A sacred Cherokee site — Kituwah, the Mother Town of the Cherokee — was threatened by construction of a power station in North Carolina. Kituwah is called the Mother Town because it is where we began as a people, where the Creator gave us the rules we were to live by and where we were given the gift of fire. After months of protests and discussions between Duke Power and the Eastern Band of Cherokees, the power company has decided to build the power station elsewhere. From my tribal paper, the great Cherokee Phoenix:

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Duke Energy announced Nov. 2 the electricity tie station that was the center of controversy earlier this year will be constructed inside the Swain County, N.C., Industrial Park.

After months of meetings and negotiations involving Duke representatives, citizens of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Swain County Commissioners regarding the tie station, Duke Energy announced in August it would seek another site for the station.

It was to be built near Hyatt Creek and the Kituwah mound site that is sacred to the Cherokee people.

In a statement, Duke Energy acknowledged it was through “collaborative discussions” with the EBCI and county leaders that Duke planned to move the tie station to a location out of direct view of Kituwah, a sacred gathering place for Cherokee people that is adjacent to the Tuckaseegee River, near Bryson City, N.C.