WHAT IT IS
- The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, 2,000-3,000 year old Indian Mounds in Newark, OH are nominated for a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List (WHL).
- Moundbuilders Country Club is on top of Octagon Mound, a part of the Earthworks, hindering the WHL nomination.
WHY IT MATTERS
The Country Club, and the fact that there are no recognized tribes or reservation land in Ohio, has sparked indigenous activism in and outside of the state. Tribal members, including Chief Glenna Wallace of the Eastern Shawnee tribe, have made recurring visits to the state to advocate for the mounds’ preservation. The mounds are especially important to the Eastern Shawnee because their tribe, along with others, were removed from the state in the 1800s.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Members of a steering committee hope to have the Newark Earthworks on WHL by 2018.
- The country club wants to remain private.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
- Revenue of the country club vs. potential revenue if the Earthworks receive a WHL designation.
- Indigenous groups feel this land was taken from them, but members of the club feel that it’s now become a part of their community. How can we have this discussion?