INDIAN BURIAL AND SACRED GROUNDS WATCH
The Indian Burial and Sacred Grounds Watch web site exists as a tool for purveying and disseminating news on relevant issues which may appear on the internet and email lists. Its purpose is not to duplicate the efforts of others but hopefully to assist in the directing of individuals to items of interest. As many preservation efforts call for petition, letter and phone campaigns, the Indian burial and Sacred Grounds Watch web site has compiled a number of links to state and federal representatives, and other pertinent, potential contacts as an aid to individuals who would wish to pursue activism. For those who wish to be better informed, there is also a compilation of links and online material which may help educate in awareness as to the laws which effect relevant issues. Believing that there may be many who wish to involve themselves in activism, yet may be unsure about their ability to help, it's hoped that this web site may ultimately provide some basic assistance. If the Indian Burial and Sacred Grounds Watch web site proves helpful to even a single individual or preservation effort, then its purpose is served.
http://www.petitiononline.com/ provides free online hosting of public petitions for responsible public advocacy. A good suggestion is reading and studying other petitions. PetitionOnline suggests that for experienced advice on writing persuasive letters and petitions one should take a look at the book Shocked, Appalled, and Dismayed! How to Write Letters of Complaint That Get Results by Ellen Phillips.
IBSGWatch (Indian Burial and Sacred Grounds Watch)
General contact and webmaster, Juli Kearns. Please contact me if you have news, updates, suggestions for links etc. for the web site.
Edward Reynolds heads the Indian Burial Grounds Action Group.
I'll add this: "Burial cairns are generally large (10+ ft) and tend to be located on the highest points in the area. Conical mounds commonly contain more than one burial...Human remains do not need to be present for a location to be a final resting place.
Cairns are sometimes made to ensure that... (i)f that individual should die while away from his homeland, the cairn will ensure that the spirit will return to its home.
Those markers without human remains are no less sacred than those that are associated with human remains..."
APPENDIX D ARCHEOLOGICAL FEATURES (FROM PETERSON 2003)
If you are from IBSGWatch (or know anything about a current similar group), this is a plea in reference to a threatened ceremonial and possible burial site in Massachusetts.