Native leaders applaud recommendations to reroute Indian Mounds Park trails to respect burial sites

Some neighbors push back; public meeting set for Monday

A recent cultural landscape survey of Indian Mounds Park in St. Paul indicates that burial features spread further out from the mounds than originally thought. The city of St. Paul plans to redo the existing trail system, a plan approved by indigenous leaders who want to protect and honor the sacred site. Some neighbors oppose the plan, saying they don’t want to lose the trail system’s current views.

A public meeting is planned for Monday, July 22, 5 p.m. at Marian Care Center, 200 Earl St., St. Paul. There will be a light meal from 5-5:30 p.m. followed by a listening session. “The purpose of the listening session is to understand the cultural significance of the site and build common ground for an approach toward long-term management and future land use of the park,” according to one flyer.

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