COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – St. Clair County leaders want to give the historic Cahokia Mounds a new designation as a National Park.
The Belleville News Democrat reports that a resolution making that designation was unanimously approved Monday by the St. Clair County Board.
Cahokia Mounds is already a state historic site, a national landmark and is on the Register of National Historic Places.
It’s even been recognized as a world heritage site by the United Nations.
About 1,000 years ago, the Mounds was a massive Native American city with up to 30,000 people living there. In fact, it was the largest Native American civilization in the North American continent north of Mexico.
The resolution says the national park designation would help capitalize on the investments that have been made to the Mounds and also help to protect this history of the area.
We’re told it would also help to link all of the mounds in the Metro East area together with a potential trail system and would put the site in the national spotlight.
If the move happens, the area would be known as the Mississippian Culture National Historical Park.
The resolution also asks that President Obama use his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate the mounds as a national monument.
The bill still must go before Congress.