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The location chosen to place a new billion dollar stadium in St. Louis will be located in close proximity to an area where American Indians populated a prosperous city with a great square 900 years ago.
The Osage consider themselves to be the descendants of the gods who built the hill. Any disturbance in these hills entails a desecration of the ancestors. Everett Waller, the head of the Osage Minerals Council has stated: 'This was our land, in the middle of two great rivers. It predates the Cahokia era, it has been the prehistoric mark for the Osage. We have not been the only ones, but we have been installed there for 400 years. Much of my family's history is in these fields«. Waller also claims that there is still much to learn from the people who lived on this side of the Mississippi in prehistoric Mound City. Many of the villages were destroyed in the middle of the 19th century.
Along the Mississippi River in Illinois, extensive research has been conducted in the area, but not in Missouri. No one knows what can be found under the remains of what was a prosperous civilization. «It's like talking about our grandparents, they lived and died here and I think that should be recognized"Says Waller, which is direct descendant of Osage leader Watiankah. «I know that there are many people who want to build the stadium but it cannot be built anywhere. If this were happening in the Middle East, there would be a holy war. If it were happening in Japan, they would protect a holy place. Sometimes it's not just about football or money, this place needs to be recognized as the holy shrine that it is.«Concludes Waller.
There is a lot of interest in taking this project forward even from the NFL, where the commissioner of the National Football League. Roger Goodell has stated that the grounds on the bank of the Mississippi are perfect and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has made it clear that he wants there is an NFL stadium in this place since it would be very positive for the investment and the creation of jobs.
Joe Harl along with the St. Louis Archaeological Research Center, is against the stadium being built and calls for at least some of the remains that may remain from the Cahokia era are saved Before the construction works finish everything.