Community Pushing to Preserve Indian Burial Ground

April 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WPXI

http://www.wpxi.com/news/16095336/detail.html

McKees Rocks wants to move debris at the base of a burial mound.

One man find[s] this extremely offensive.

Euegene Strong says, "If a person were to write a story of Pittsburgh, this is the beginning of that story."

Hidden on a tree covered mountain, in a place people talk about, let alone ever get to see, stands a Native American Burial Ground.

And it's a place some people call hallowed ground.

"This is not just a burial ground, this is a holy temple. It's as sacred as any church throughout Allegheny County," says Eugene, "And decimation that they've been doing with the bodies that has to stop."

The McKees Rocks mound is the largest native american burial site in Western Pennsylvania.

Hand built by the Adena people between 200 B.C. and 100 A.D.

33 Skeletons and artifacts were found here in the late 1800's.

But now part of the mound is privately owned and leased to a construction company.