Editorial: Construction damage to Effigy Mounds NMon was avoidable, cannot be allowed to happen again

In 2000, Richard Moe, president of National Trust for Historic Preservation said in a magazine interview: “Preservation ensures that future generations will have a past to appreciate.”

Moe’s point is an important, and often-overlooked, one. Preservation of our historical sites is vital to our existence because it helps us understand who we are, where we came from and how we got here.

It is with this in mind that we are saddened to hear about the possible damage done to ancient Indian burial grounds by unauthorized construction projects at Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa.

Effigy Mounds National Monument was created by President Harry Truman in October 1949 to protect a small area along the banks of the Mississippi River where Native Americans had been building earthen mounds for millennia. The 2,500-acre area encompasses nearly 200 mounds.

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