published Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Moccasin Bend remains to be ‘reverently reinterred’

Workers with Choctaw Transportation continued to reinforce the inner bank of Moccasin Bend while another scoop of dirt is dumped on the shore. The work is meant to protect against erosion due to high water levels.
Workers with Choctaw Transportation continued to reinforce the inner bank of Moccasin Bend while another scoop of dirt is dumped on the shore. The work is meant to protect against erosion due to high water levels.
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The American Indian remains found at Moccasin Bend will be reburied, according to an agreement reached Wednesday by U.S. Park Service officials and representatives of about seven federally recognized tribes.

Charles Coleman, a representative of the Creek Nation’s Thlopthlocco Tribe, said the centuries-old remains will be “reverently reinterred in place” on Moccasin Bend.

Coleman, of Weleetka, Okla., said seven tribes agreed Wednesday to let the Eastern Band of Cherokees take the lead in the repatriation of the remains. That will take place a few days after the National Park Service has sent a letter detailing the plans to all of the tribes, including some unable to attend the meeting either in person or on telephone conference call.

Kent Cave, spokesman for the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, called the meeting “successful” and said the tribes were “all supportive not only of the project, but also of the plan that’s been agreed to about how to deal with the Native American remains.”

An archaeologist working with a contractor for the National Park Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the Bend’s riverbank stabilization project found one set of remains in mid-June in a bank washout after a strong storm. About a week later, he found another set of remains at what appeared to be a recently looted grave site.

Carl “Two Feathers” Whitaker, chief of the Native American Indian Movement, charged that the remains were uncovered by the project, but park officials emphatically deny the accusation.

Whitaker, who had threatened a protest if the remains were not reburied respectfully, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

about Pam Sohn...

Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...

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wolfy61 said...

I am glad Mr. Carl Twofeathers Whitaker that you and your Indian group stood your ground on this issue.If it had not been for this newspaper and a reporter who tells it like it is .I believe your ancestors remains would have been boxed and shiped out to another town as many times had been done before. Isnt a surprise though that the NPS acted quickly and had a wonderful meeting.Many thanks to the Tribes that stood by our customes and heritage with respect. No NEED FOR A PROTEST NOW... Not this time..Prayers are with the Cherokee and their reburials...Aho..

July 14, 2011 at 2:53 p.m.
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