Help save the sacred Cherokee and historically important site - Kittuwah sign now

Please sign this petition to help save an American historical and Cherokee Sacred site.
The Cherokee people lost Kittuwah in the 1800s with their forced removal by the federal government. .

This land was bought "back" , (purchased) in 1996 by the Eastern Band of Cherokee and it is their property.
It is a very beautiful grassy field alongside the river and is the site of the ancient mounds and oldest hometown of the eastern Cherokee Nations people.

Read more about it's history in a book written by James Mooney, Americas first true cultural anthropologist in the book: History Myths and sacred history, by James Mooney (1891) at the below url:

(copy and paste the below url into your browser) to read parts of the book online with links to various sellers.

http://books.google.com/books?id=G9bnhN6iDL4C&lpg=PP1&ots=hC9OqRHjC4&dq=Cherokee\%20myths\%20history\%20and\%20sacred\%20knowledge\%20James\%20Mooney&pg=PP5#v=onepage&q=&f=false

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The article on Fwix.com publisheb in the Asheville Citizen Times is here:

http://fwix.com/asheville/share/eb9ddc4c2b/Cherokee_Duke_project_threatens_holy_site.

Excerpt from the article:

CHEROKEE The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians is fighting Duke Energy's construction of a substation that tribe members believe would desecrate a sacred site.

The Tribal Council adopted a resolution protesting the Swain County project and authorizing the Tribal Attorney General's Office to seek legal advice on how to stop it.

Duke is grading a site overlooking what the Cherokee call Kituwah, the ancestral home of the tribe that archaeologists believe was inhabited at least 9,000 years ago.

It's known as the mother town of the Cherokee, the first town the Cherokee inhabited, said tribe spokeswoman Lynne Harlan. It's the place our people became a people. It's the center of the Cherokee world.

The site in a field near the Tuckasegee River includes a mound 170 feet wide and 5 feet high. The mound contains remnants of council houses, according to archaeologists.

Duke has been clearing land about a half-mile away across the river for a tie-in station designed to help electricity move through lines by raising or lowering voltage. The structure will be about 40 feet high, according to the company.

Company spokesman Jason Wall said that Brett Carter, president of Duke Energy Carolinas, plans to meet Wednesday with Principal Chief Michell Hicks in Cherokee to discuss the project. But Wall said the company has no plans to abandon it.

Construction is moving forward, and we certainly understand there is sensitivity over the location of the project, he said. We want to identify ways to minimize visual impacts of that tie-in station.

Kituwah is the most important sacred site to the Cherokee people, and it is amazing that it remains intact into the 21st century, Chief Hicks said. Obviously, that land is very important to the Eastern Band.

This site is Special, I have spent much time there, and there is much history imprinted upon the very atmosphere, and it Is a much loved and sacred place to the Cherokee people as a whole, and area residents, As well as the fact that it Is a very important part of American history that should Not be eradicated or dessicated merely to enlarge the electrical grid. And I believe that an alternative location should be found which would suffice to install a substation which would still be in the same relative proximity to the main transmission lines which would have to feed the substation transformers.
If you agree every effort to find alternate location for the power substation should be pursued,

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