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.
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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.
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