Macon residents try to halt Nikwasi deed transfer

By Jessi Stone, Smoky Mountain News

A group of Macon County residents plan to file a complaint seeking an injunction to keep the town of Franklin from giving up its sole ownership of the Nikwasi Mound.

The complainants include Betty Cloer Wallace, Gloria Raby Owenby, Mary Ruth Byrd, Edward Burton “Bud” Shope and Judith Dowdle while the defendants are Franklin Mayor Bob Scott and the six members of the Franklin Town Council. 

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The Nikwasi Initiative, a collaboration including the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and neighboring communities, is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and promoting the culture and heritage of people and places on the landscape that was traditionally the Cherokee homeland.

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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