Talk about making a mountain out of a mound -- whoever is making this a big deal needs to see the upside of allowing the EBCI to retain control of this site. I pass the Cherokee Mound almost daily and am always wondering why this historic site hasn't been restored.
If the town can't take proper care of it, why not allow the EBCI to do so? What's the big fuss? We build special roads to let sovereign multi-national corporations take over our town and put local business out of business and siphon our money back to its sole owners in Arkansas (hello Walmart!). Yet, we think it's a big deal that a tribe that once ruled the lands here wants a sacred place back. Let them have it, let them restore it, let it be a sign of co-operation and provide a sign of respect for the people that once lived here. It's really a win-win, since the Cherokee Mound should be a tourist draw if restored. P eople do come to the area for its historic significance, why not make it a museum next to the mound? Celebrate the presence of this sacred site and make the now ugly entrance to Franklin something other than run down auto shops and metal buildings.
Franklin is missing an opportunity to be a destination for those interested in Cherokee history, just as it fails to exploit its place as a center for outdoor action and recreation.
J.C. Tripp — Franklin, N.C.