I am writing in regards to the Nikwasi Indian Mound. I am concerned for the community of Franklin and the image it is giving off to the rest of this country. Franklin has a lot of part-time residents that live elsewhere and a lot of others who are keeping up on the going-ons that are deciding whether to retire or visit here.
First off, I cannot believe that the Town of Franklin has missed the mark concerning the return of the mound to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). This is an opportunity to close some wounds, restore a church to a culture that has thousands of years history to the land, and to demonstrate understanding and goodwill. Folks, when I ask people what religion they feel Franklin is, they say “there are a lot of Christians.”