Could Cahokia Mounds become a national park?

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.

2 comments

  • Deontae b

    Thats not constructed by natives, all lies. Thats monks mound and africa constructed that pyramid. Its the largest pyramid in the northern hemisphere, its terrible how these people try and tear down a piece of african history to deatroy any evidence of who was here first..smh. Im disgusted with this. Shame you all who agree, do your homework and quit lying to the masses

    • s

      Excuse me but it was not blacks that lived there and built the items up that are there. It was native indians that lived there many years ago and it has been documented and proved and even artifacts found to prove that it was and is true. So mabey you need to know your facts first like you state. I grew up there and have pure cherokee indian in me, These people would not lie and it was not started from or has nothing to do with africans. Please look it up and get Your facts straight, it was indians not black,nothing against blacks just you dont know your story

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