How would you feel if 1,000 strangers held a party on your ancestor's grave? Probably the same as Lakota Indian Wally Ripplinger, a resident of Chaska, Minesota, felt last night.
A "Taste of Chaska" community party was held Wednesday in the city's City Square Park, and people were walking all over the three ancient burial mounds located there. Ripplinger and other American Indians were present to usher people off the sacred site.
Ripplinger worries that without oversight, people will continue to desecrate the mounds.
"If we weren't here there'd be people walking up and down the mounds, there'd be people up there eating their evening meal," Ripplinger said. [Link]