Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 8:43 pm
Imagine being able to drive an all-terrain vehicle right up next to a sacred earthen Native American burial mound.
At Effigy Mounds National Monument, you can. Three million dollars' worth of illegal construction projects went on for a decade at one of the nation's most sacred Native American burial grounds in northeast Iowa. And it happened under the watch of the National Park Service.
The park didn't do the proper archaeological studies before installing an intricate boardwalk system that now encircles ancient burial mounds that are shaped like bears and birds.