Laws & Acts & Indian Burial Grounds

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The last 3 days I have went o’er several ways to research specific property (houses and area of interest) and what steps we could take to possibly uncover an active site. One of the most incredible thoughts while researching is whether or not the property used to be a burial site. It’s exciting, and almost mesmerizing to assume that perhaps we will stumble upon a home similar to the poltergeist situation. Movies (as I hope you all understand) do have a pinch of truth but they as well have a serving of fiction. They are like a great novel and borrow our imaginations for a while and introduce us to the possibility. I have to admit myself; I have always kind of looked for a pet cemetery and have a little knowledge through several contractors that a local housing project right in my own back yard is located at an old burial ground.

There are federal laws and acts that protect burial sites; they are as follows: There are two important federal acts that have an influence on historic properties and Native American graves. These are the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended 2000, and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of November 16, 1990 (Link leads to PDF) If you would like to read more about these laws and acts; go here: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/…/federal_laws_and_acts_…/1876

Here’s the deal; there are numerous sacred Indian burial grounds in North America! Not all of them have yet been uncovered, however, if they have been, they are protected by United States law. Now we are starting to see that just maybe that fantastic idea of sacred grounds existing beneath something is real unlikely but there is a scintilla of possibility even still.

We must first assume responsible thought and try to remain productive and rational while researching. Here’s something to chew on slowly—the land you step out onto is old. It’s as old as the day earth came to be. If the sacred grounds are fit for your fancy then you’re in luck because chances are something (or someone’s) cadaver is most likely below your feet or someone has died right there. Think about how far back in time the crucifixion was. Before that; go as far back as when man first appeared which is what … 2900 B.C. (give or take) and I bet it’s even further yet. I think it’s safe to assume something associated with death or a buried cadaver has happened on or around most lands.

What I want you to as well keep in mind while you are on your path of research is respect for the dead. Some of my personal footwork has been done here at home. I have read numerous articles looking at fantastic gravesites that have been since damaged. Some people get so crazy about proof or discovery that they will go as far as destroying someone’s final resting place just to reach their goal. I always say; respect people the way you yourself want respect given to you. If you or someone you loved was on one of these locations, would you really want someone stealing an arm (extreme, but it happens) or kicking in the side of their casket? No, of course you wouldn’t. This is another reason why federal laws are in place.

Now that we have an outlined understanding of the basics, let’s get back to business. We have been researching land/house/whatever and there is a hearsay possibility of sacred Indian burial grounds here. You have now learned that the probability of that is very unlikely. Amid your prior research; you would have uncovered little hints and specs that spell that out and you haven’t yet so perhaps you could rest the thought with a sense of confidence. There would be a record of the sacred land because of the laws attached.

Now, are you wondering if Lakeport did build on top of sacred land? I would like to believe those rumors are false; I have done a little research and intend to do a bit more but in case we assumed it couldn’t happen; I found you this little gem which discusses million dollar houses and a rare Indian burial ground: http://gizmodo.com/rare-indian-burial-ground-quietly-destro…

Bottom line. Through the deeds and the local records and other resources I have thus far taught you about; you ought to be able to pull information in relation to a burial ground because of the laws involved; however, there are as well unmarked, and undiscovered grounds not yet recorded or located but I would like to think you could gather that information if that is a belief of the property. If your suspicions are that it is the final resting place of Native Americans, you ought to go speak with parties in relation (eg) the local tribe and its elders.

As I stated above also; the ground we walk on is as old as the day Earth came to be so there probably is something down there, and that something just may not have a paper trail yet (just … don’t lose sleep over it.) Here’s a link to one bazaar situation of the discovery of 22 skeletons http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/It-happened-I-32-skeletons-ben…

I will leave you with this next link which takes you to a website known as tv tropes. It kind of explains to you why television-formed ideas are the makeshift of some beliefs http://tvtropes.org/pmwi…/pmwiki.php/Main/IndianBurialGround