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A Possible New Future For A Sacred Cherokee Mound

Lilly Knoepp
Blue Ridge Public Radio

The Nikwasi Mound in downtown Franklin, North Carolina looks like a small, grass-covered hill, but for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the site holds great importance.

The mound was a traditional meeting place for their ancestors and is considered a sacred site. The Franklin Town Council voted Monday to move forward on a motion to transfer legal ownership of the mound to Nikwasi Initiative, a nonprofit organization run in part by the Eastern Band.

The town of Franklin has owned the mound since the mid 1900s. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Blue Ridge Public Radio reporter Lilly Knoepp and Cherokee One Feather Editor Robert Jumper about the development and the response from residents of Franklin and members of the Cherokee community.

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Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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