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Natives retain control over Mounds but questions remain, Mr X interjects
On Friday 11/15/13 press conference called Mayor Dickert of Racine was called to announce that Meredith had withdraw their offer to buy an area of Mound Cemetery that many believe to be a native Mound used for religious purposes such as burial.
This effort by the Meredith’s opposed by both Native Americans and local residents. also brought unwelcomed Media coverage, from local, State, and National outlets.
A new civic group was formed due what was seen by many as an attack on Native rights this group Ogichidaa Mawansomag, (Ojibwa for Warriors Gathering People Together was in the forefront of this struggle).
At the Conference the Meredith referred to the effort opposing the purchase of what could be a native Mound a “ three-ring circus” Mayor Dicker himself would call the protest effort made up of Natives and Residents doing such acts as speaking in front of City Council during public comments, and holding peaceful Drumming Rallies as acting in “an unprofessional manner”
We (this readership) should ask if the City of Racine not returning phone calls/emails or meeting with local native leadership was unprofessional.
Members of the Ho-Chuck Tribe from Baraboo WI, spoke on the effort over the mounds, and now the effort to work with the City of Racine moving forward
Mayor Dickert also called on Ogichidaa Mawansomag to keep to their Letter offering to buy the site in question and maintain said area.
Ogichidaa Mawansomag is now scheduled to meet with the City some time in the New Year, to plan the fund raising efforts needed to move forward in order to obtain the site for further preservation what they and others see as a sacred site.
As one of the members of the public stated after the conference “ Before today I was unaware of any City response, to any of the Emails or Phone calls made to the City, about this issue to include the letter Mayor Dickert spoke of, this letter was send weeks ago. Why could he not have met with us then?”
Other questions remain unanswered among them are:
Time and again Leadership of Ogichidaa Mawansomag has requested a meeting both by Letter and publicly at a City Council meeting in October, why did this get refused?
Time and again Ogichidaa Mawansomag asked to talk with the Meredith’s and that get refused why?
Why did Meredith’s call Ogichidaa Mawansomag Bullies what did they do? Is there a Police report on that?
Mayor John Dickert once again said the City was out of money that then what happen to the Cemetery fund that once has over a million dollars in the account. What happened to the funds over the years, was this money used for other purposes if so who approved this spending?
Mayor Dickert may this with his song and dance the Mound issue is over.
The public may have questions that the Mayor will have to answer.
Mr X my long term source is of the firm belief that until the City and the Natives have an agreement in writing, that Mayor Dickert who still has a permit to test mayl go forward with a test then use the fact that the city has no money to sell the plot anyway, then move forward to be able to do so.
Mr X sees the City doing this early one morning and closing the gates deploying the RPD so the work can go on and not be interrupted
After all its Mayor John Dickert he hates losing.
I am sure that if Racine did that, we end up in court but that has not stoped Dickert yet. He has if you recall sued his own city.
Why stop there? How low can Racine go? How would Dickert’s backstabbing should it happend make you feel?