Bingo hall meets strong opposition

Published 12:31 am Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Advance Staff Writer
The intentions of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to proceed with a bingo hall at Wetumpka has once raised the ire of the Mvskokee (Creek) People.
The area for the proposed bingo hall is on an area known as Hickory Ground, a sacred ground to the Mvskokee Creeks.
Although PCI Tribal Council Chairman Eddie Tullis has stated that a cap was put on a 100 square foot piece of property, and the land was built up about 18 inches in site preparation. His claim that no land was excavated is not satisfactory to the opponents. They prefer to see the grounds undisturbed.
Rvro Yvholv, Buddy Anderson's Creek name, president and cofounder of Southeastern Mvskokee Redsticks, released the following statement to the people of Alabama:
In 1990, PCI had archaeological investigations done at the Hickory Ground site. The following are some of the findings from that investigation:
In the northern site area, at least 11 postholes and other features were found. Three of the features were pits, and human remains were discovered in one of these.
Archaeologists concluded that hide preparation may have occurred in the southwestern site area. Corncob pits for such activities were found. The remains of an infant were discovered under one of the structures, with other burials nearby.

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