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Native Americans oppose planned Fall Line Freeway route

Editors:

In the article "Native Americans oppose planned Fall Line Freeway route" (12-13-02) , Heather Duncan correctly reports that - "Proponents argue the proposed Eisenhower Extension would be the most uninterrupted route for the Fall Line Freeway. "

Look at the maps yourself. It is obvious that at least 5 traffic stoplights along the Eisenhower Parkway Extension (EPE) will interrupt this optional routing of the Fall Line Freeway. Staying on I-75 and I-16 is in fact the "most uninterrupted route". Much information about these routes is published online at macon-bibb.com/EPE

I hope that in the next article, Ms Duncan will list all the goofy good-ole-boys by name who continue to spout such fantastic nonsense about this $180 Million public road project. Voters and taxpayers of middle Georgia need to wake-up and remove every one of these con-men from political power.

- Lindsay D Holliday

PS - Federal Highways, please just put this project where it belongs - on the "Fast-Track" - to Oblivion

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Posted on Fri, Dec. 13, 2002

macon.com/mld/telegraph/news/local/4728037.htm

Native Americans oppose planned Fall Line Freeway route

By S. Heather Duncan

Telegraph Staff Writer

An alliance of five Native American tribes has declared its opposition to the Eisenhower Parkway Extension through Macon's Ocmulgee Old Fields. The Old Fields are considered the cradle of the Muskogee/Creek Indian, whose ancestors lived there for more than 12,000 years.

The Inter-Tribal Council of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Seminole, and Muscogee nations sent a resolution against the proposed route to the Federal Highway Administration on Thursday. It was signed in October.

The United South and Easter Tribes, comprised of 24 federally recognized tribes, passed its own resolution seeking to protect the Old Fields in October, and the Muskogee/Creek Nation has passed several such resolutions.

They argue that the "Reserve Tract" ceded to the Muskogee by the first Treaty of Washington in 1805 protects the Old Fields from road development.

Joyce A. Bear, historic preservation officer for the Muskogee/Creek nation, said she hopes the new resolutions will have a stronger impact because they show that more than one tribe is upset about the possible impact of the freeway. The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes represents 450,000 Native Americans.

"It's not just our tribe," she said. "We're hoping they'll start listening. What is it about 'no' you don't understand?"

Proponents argue the proposed Eisenhower Extension would be the most uninterrupted route for the Fall Line Freeway, which is planned to connect Columbus and Augusta through Macon.

To contact Heather Duncan, call 744-4225 or e-mail [email protected]

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