Groundbreaking At Nikwasi Mound


The Cherokee Cultural Corridor in rural Western North Carolina to


ok a major step forward this week.

Through the rain, officials from the Town of Franklin and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians gathered with others together at the Nikwasi Mound. 

“We’re going to have the actual groundbreaking so get your cameras ready!”

Principal Chief Richard Sneed and Mayor Bob Scott used golden shovels to officially mark the construction of an informational kiosk which will be placed next to the mound. This kiosk will be part of the 60-mile cultural corridor.

Sneed explained this is an important step.

“To mark these places and to tell our story to me, forages the right path forward,” says Sneed.


To Read More at Blue Ridge Public Radio, visit: https://www.bpr.org/post/groundbreaking-nikwasi-mound-celebrates-next-step-cultural-corridor#stream/0















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Using engaged partnerships, Nikwasi Initiative focuses on developing cultural resources for diverse projects from the nationally significant Cultural Corridor along the Little Tennessee River, to restoration of heritage apple species, and widespread cultural collaboration.

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