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Photos of Track Rock Gap Destruction

Photos of Track Rock Gap Destruction

On Saturday morning, July 7, 2012 a group of outdoor enthusiasts from around the United States that included a Los Angeles movie producer, Native Americans and journalists, were shocked to discover that USFS personnel had recently cut down over 100 live trees to block their access to the trail.  The group was forced to go off trail to continue their guided tour, but thoroughly documented the desecration done by federal employees.  They also found that the USFS had allowed many new tree saplings to grow in the 300+ stone ruins, probably causing permanent damage to archaeological artifacts beneath the surface. Read the article of the destruction



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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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