This past week, hundreds gathered at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site to close a chapter in the Native American history of our region. They witnessed a ceremony honoring the reburial of the remains of Mississippian-era mound builders who lived in our area almost a thousand years ago. For over 50 years, the owners of the land that now makes up the historic site displayed them as part of a tourist attraction called Ancient Buried City.
Hundreds of people gathered in Wickliffe Kentucky today for a public ceremony to mark the end of a long battle by Native Americans to have their ancestors’ remains reburied in accordance with tribal traditions. The remains were removed from the Wickliffe Native American Burial Mounds by archeologists several decades ago, and at one point were even displayed to the public. Chickasaw Nation Lieutenant Governor Jefferson Keel says the display was disrespectful. He says,