Friday, April 20, 2007

Timucuan Site Found !

Painting by Dean Quigley

The following press release is from our friend David Thundershield:


Please join with Florida-AIM (American Indian Movement) and the American-Indian Right Network (AIRN) of St. Augustine, Fl to help protect a threatened 500-1,000 year old Timucuan Ceremonial-Burial site at Magnolia Avenue, St. Augustine (SJ2457 as listed by State of Florida).The State wants to buy it.

The landowner wants to sell it to the public.

But the City of St. Augustine wants it kept on the tax rolls,and refuses to provide the information and management agreement required by the State acquisition process.

Meantime, Indigenous human remains and sacred, funerary items removed from the site are being held by the City!WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP? PLENTY!ACTION

1 : COME SEE THE FILM -- Who Owns the Past? -- Followed by a discussion led by Florida-AIM and the local American-Indian Rights Network of St Augustine.TIME: Sunday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.PLACE: St. Johns County Public Library, 1960 North Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, Fl. Free and open to the public.ACTION

2: ATTEND the CITY COMMISSION MTG. on MONDAY APRIL 23, CITY HALL (KING ST./LIGHTNER MUSEUM BLDG.) at 5:00 p.m.Get there early and sign a guest card to speak in support of the resolution for acquisition and City Management of the site. Speak, if you can. If you cannot speak your presence will still help. We may ask you to stand to show our support in numbers.ACTION 3: MAKE a CALL and/or SEND an EMAIL to the city/state officials listed below:

ST. AUGUSTINE MAYOR/CITY COMMISSION:Mayor Joe Boles: (904) 824-4278 - Commissioner George Gardner: (904) 825-3648 - Commissioner Errol Jones: Phone: (904) 819-7589 Commissioner Susan Burk: (904) 829-1960 -tCommissioner Don Crichlow: (904) 824-5785 GOVERNOR/STATE ARCHAEOLOGIST:Governor Charlie Crist: (850) 488-7146 - State Archaeologist Ryan Wheeler: (850) 245-6301 - email:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Glenda Bailey-Mershon (904) 377-1323 or David Thundershield Queen (904) 461-1147 of the American-Indian Rights Network of St. Augustine.

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