Oxford removing Indian site for discount store

OXFORD, Ala. (AP) - A Creek Indian woman is unhappy with plans
to remove a hill containing an American Indian site near where a
Sam's Club store is being built.

Sharon Jackson of Fruithurst said she has contacted the store's
parent company, Wal-Mart, Governor Bob Riley's office and other
local and national lawmakers to express her concerns.

The hill includes a stone mound that is the largest of its kind
in the state, according to the Alabama Historical Commission. The
site is believed to be at least 1,500 years old.

The city has paid to have the hill taken down and used as fill
for the discount store.

Oxford Mayor Leon Smith and City Project Manager Fred Denney say
the site was used to send smoke signals. A Jacksonville State
archaeology professor said it could contain human remains.

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