Tribe gets Hall Mountain back (Photos - Video)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) celebrated the deed signing of the Hall Mountain Tract in Macon County back to tribal ownership on May 31.

Hall Mountain, a 108 acre tract of land, is the viewshed of the historic Cowee Mound site which is located six miles south of Franklin. The Mound, a site of great cultural significance to the Tribe, was the largest, busiest diplomatic and commercial center for the Cherokee people and all Native people on the East Coast until the late 1700s. Sharon Taylor, deputy director of the LTLT, worked with the Tribe in 2007 to return Cowee Mound to the EBCI. LTLT is a Franklin-based land trust that works to protect the natural and cultural heritage of the Upper Little Tennessee and Hiwassee River Basins.

This project was a partnership between the LTLT, The Wilderness Society, and the EBCI and is among the first to receive a grant from the newly formed Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program, one of just 10 recipients nationwide and one of only two in the Southeast to receive funding.

Principal Chief Michell Hicks spoke of Hall Mountain during the Remember the Removal send-off event at Kituwah Mound on Saturday. “Yesterday was a big day for us. We repurchased the Hall Mountain Tract near the Cowee Mound.”

The Tribe now possesses Cowee Mound and the Hall Mountain Tract. Referring to another site in Franklin, he continued, “There’s a mound in Franklin named Nikwasi. It needs to be back in the hands of the Cherokee.”

Principal Chief Hicks, Vice Chief Larry Blythe, Vice-Chairperson Bill Taylor, and LTLT executive director Paul Carlson came to the table to sign the documents for the land transfer.

Along with the land transfer, the celebration featured several speeches by dignitaries and the dancing of the Warriors of Anikituhwah.

VIDEO Hall Mountain Celebration

Responses to "Eastern Cherokees celebrate return of historic and sacred site"

  1. Crystal says:

    That's fantastic!

  2. LaurA ~ * says:

    I started crying when I first read this. Thank you, Great Spirit. Thank you for sharing your success. Bless you.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This can happen and must happen. There is healing that can take place.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I pray every land that was stolen comes back to you all...

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful! Now if only the gov't would release more. One step at a time...

  6. Anonymous says:

    i am happy to see this love you all

  7. Unknown says:

    Sgi Do Da

  8. Unknown says:

    Just happy right now.

  9. Unknown says:

    Just happy right now.

  10. Anonymous says:

    recovering our sacred sites does my heart good

  11. Anonymous says:

    So Happy to hear this!!

  12. Unknown says:

    If we can just recover our most sacred sites. That will be wonderful. Thanks to the Creator for all he does. This makes me proud to be Native. And it fills my heart with joy and love.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful peice of history. I pray that it's the first of many.

  14. Unknown says:

    Long overdue and much more needs to be done, for all the tribes the US has exploited and defrauded since the days of the Trail of Tears when my Grandfather was Chief.

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