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Kituwah Cherokees announce plans to build casino in Ball Ground, Georgia

Kituwah Cherokees announce plans to build casino in Ball Ground, Georgia


There is a bombshell in the Atlanta Area news this morning.  Two officials of the United Keetuwah Band of Cherokees in Oklahoma came to Georgia yesterday to announce plans for a casino on Interstate 575 near Ball Ground, Georgia.   They said that a private developer will purchase the land for them so it can be declared a United Keetuwah Cherokee Reservation.  They are also presenting the project as a done deal in which the citizens of Georgia have no say-so.   

Deja vue . . . Eighteen years ago the Keetuwah Cherokees made an identical announcement for a tract of land on Interstate 75 in northwest Metro Atlanta near Adairsville . . . but were turned down by the Bureau of Indian Affairs because the Keetuwah Cherokees never lived in Georgia.  The main party of Keetuwah left southeastern Tennessee in 1817 and moved to Arkansas.

Ten years ago the People of One Fire was formed in response to an outrageous series of actions by Georgia archaeologists and state bureaucrats when they tried to declare the ancestral Creek towns on the Etowah River to be Cherokee.   The focus of the controversy was the 9CK1  archaeological site in Ball Ground, Georgia!   Several of the state bureaucrats involved were Italian-Americans, who had recently moved to Atlanta from New Jersey or northern Illinois.  Two others were formerly associated with a Mafia-owned construction company in Atlanta.  We couldn’t figure out why the Mafia would want to change Creek heritage sites into Cherokee towns.

Five years ago, the very same Georgia archaeologists, who had been the consultants and spokesmen for the Keetuwah Cherokees efforts to build a casino in Georgia became the most outspoken critics of our efforts to make the public aware that the Creeks have always said that we were part Maya.    We could not understand why organized crime and neo-Nazi’s, who do their “dirty work,”  could give a flying flip about Maya refugees coming to Georgia a 1000 years ago.  Now it becomes completely clear.

Four years ago, a rock musician in Oklahoma, who didn’t even look Native American, but claimed to be a Keetuwah Cherokee, wrote an editorial article in Indian Country Today, claiming that white people in Georgia were trying to steal Cherokee “sacred sites” in Georgia to keep the Cherokee People from worshiping there.  The woman had never even been in Georgia. All of these so-called Cherokee “sacred sites” were built by the ancestors of Georgia’s Creek Indians, many centuries before the Cherokees even existed.  The first mention of the Cherokees in a British colonial document was in 1715.  There were very few Cherokees in Georgia until after the American Revolution.

Several POOF members are aware that organized crime has put me through living hell over the past 11 years . . . especially when I formerly lived a few miles up the road from the proposed casino site.  My home and car were constantly vandalized.  Three of my dogs were killed.  Georgia law enforcement on the payroll of the Mafia constantly interfered with my efforts to have a woman in my life.  I was acting president of the Georgia Trail of Tears Association, but had to leave the organization because of the direct threats on my life from organized crime and back-stabbing by North Carolina Cherokees.   Of course, all this culminated in me getting three days notice on December 21, 2009 to being evicted illegally on Christmas Eve. Now we know why.  They didn’t want a Creek leader messing up their plans. 

The WSB TV news announcement begins with the statement that the plans to build a casino in Ball Ground began ten years ago.  The news reporter also made the false statement that the Keetuwah Cherokees left Georgia on the Trail of Tears in 1838.  It all becomes perfectly clear.  I was right all along about the ridiculous statements by Georgia’s archaeologists in the taxpayer-funded “Maya Myth-Busting in the Mountains” campaign being somehow connected to a Cherokee gambling casino.   What a tangled web sleazeballs weave, when at first they try to deceive.

Here is the newscast:


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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    How can we stop this?

    • Contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the news media and Georgia elected officials to remind them that the Kituwah Cherokees left Tennessee in 1818. They were never in Georgia. Also, tell them about all the shenanigans that we have been experiencing during the past 10 years.


    I thought most of that area was NRHP (national register of historic places). They had to defer and modify plans for bridge construction of SR372 because of the historic archeological deposits there. Strange indeed.

    • Apparently, the casino is planned for the Ball Ground intersection on I-575, but Bureau of Indian Affairs rules require that a Native American casino be built on land traditionally occupied by that tribe. That is why the archaeologists in Georgia tried to change the history books to make it appear that Creek towns in Georgia were built by the Cherokees.


    Incredibly informative! I’m sharing this and contacted our elected officials on this. I am a resident in Ball aground and I don’t want this corruption in our town!

    Contact congressman Loudermilk Sen. Isakson and Perdue. Get this corruption out of Georgia!

    • No you don’t! Casinos suck the life out of communities. Have you seen Atlantic City lately? Or go up to Murphy, NC? Everybody up there thought they would get rich when the Cherokee casino opened. The gamblers spend very little in a community . . . but they have chased away the family tourists. I was in Murphy on a Saturday Night in the peak leaf season. Three-fourth’s of the parking lot of Murphy’s nicest motel was empty. Across the street, a mid-range motel had three cars in its lot. Meanwhile, Andrews, NC looked like a ghost town. Several of its restaurants were forced to close after the casino opened, because their patronage dropped so much.


    Richard, The Native people of Oklahoma made 90 billion dollars in casino profits last year… if I remember the number right. Choctaw, Creeks, Cherokee and many other Nations have gambling money poring in every day and don’t pay any State taxes on that money. Where that amount of money is going in the Native nations….I have no idea.
    Hope that your state gets to share some of the massive profits of these gamblers money is the best you can hope for as most likely the Casinos are on the way to Georgia. Oh watch your speed around those counties that have Native casinos as they have a lot of cops that make up for lost county taxes by writing speeding tickets.

    • Mark, you are not making us feel any better! LOL A big corporation out of Las Vegas has announced plans to build a $2 billion casino in Downtown Atlanta if the state legalized casino gambling.


    Hey Richard
    About 30 years ago my father said if Georgia wanted to make tax money off gambling they were stupid, only the mob made money. With the other gambling in Alabama,Mississippi, North Carolina and Florida available why do the people of Georgia want casinos here?
    The tax money leaving the state angle is a hollow argument, the tax base in this area can be expanded with tourism not gambling.
    I will be contacting my reps and let them know what a bad thing casinos will be for Georgia.
    Thanks again Keeper

    • With the exception of Las Vegas, gambling casinos suck the life out of regions. Take a look at Atlantic City. Some of the casinos, such as Mr. Trump’s, have gone bankrupt. Walk a block away from the casinos one block . . . if you dare . . . it is a visage of hell. What used to be a beloved place for families to take vacations is now the Twilight Zone.


    everyone knows the only legal gambling in GA is government run gambling.

    • Laws passed by Congress in the 1980s exempted federally recognized tribes from state laws against gambling. However, for a federally-recognized tribe to build a casino in another state, they must prove that the location was traditionally in their territory. That is why Georgia politicos tried to change the state’s history.


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