Recent Update on Iotla Burials & Macon County Airport
Hope everyone is doing well. Get ready for a fight.
At first glance, one would be lead to believe that the March 23rd meeting was not going to take place. However, I Googled Macon County Board of Commissioners website and much to my surprise, not, there was an agenda.
The airport site was not on the agenda. This lead to my question. What in the world is going on? So I Googled some more. Online places like Smoky Mountain News, 3/25/2009 issue, maconnews.com, March 26th. There was a meeting.
It seems a select few individuals got together and had a field trip. They are going to try to sneak this thing through. Although the federal grant money was taken back, they are trying to get it back by saying it is the Cherokees fault. Then there is the wetlands issue that they are trying to ignore. And the safety issues, they are trying to ignore them. My main concern is the historical loss potential, not to mention all the graves destroyed, if they get their way. One comment during the field trip was that it was really neat finding an arrow head with a possible date of 2,000 B.C. And this is before the dirt is removed. They can not wait to uncover greater "finds." So with all this I offer the following pictures of what this site could possibly look like, if they get their way. What you will see will be self explanatory.
What you won't see is the 25 foot mound that it was. This was also located in Macon County, Franklin, N.C. I took these pictures while the destroyers were hard at work. Later, we went and talked and recorded the commission meeting while also showing them the pictures. There were so many burials, they ran out of boxes and had to use bags. The one shown below, has the date, location, and that it is a little boy on the bag. The commissioners did not seem concerned at all. And today it is a parking lot. It was called the Fox Site.
I don't want to see this happen again.
Founder- Save The Sacred Sites Alliance