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WETUMPKA, ALABAMA Together with a slew of some 50-plus supporters on a bus, Muscogee Creek Nation citizens and Saving Hickory Ground supporters left Tulsa, Oklahoma on Tuesday for the trial of sacred ground supporter Wayland Gray scheduled to begin today, August 22, in Wetumpka, Alabama.
The case is still ongoing for Gray who was arrested along with three other men earlier this year for attempting to access and pray at the sacred ceremonial Hickory Ground.
Hickory Ground is currently undergoing construction to a multi-level multi-million dollar casino, where the human remains of approximately 57 Muscogee ancestors were excavated. The excavation and alleged treatment of those historical remains is what motivated the men to visit the sacred sight Hickory Ground last February when the arrests took place.
Gray, who was charged with a felony terrorist threat and criminal trespassing, was held five days in jail. The felony charge dropped to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly contact. Gray refused to plead guilty to this charge; therefore a trial was set to begin in district court today.
Gray refused to accept a deal to plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and his bench trial on the criminal trespass begins tomorrow; if found guilty, Gray can face up to one year and one month in jail.
“We are only here to honor our ancestors and protect sacred land. Regardless of the outcome we know the Creator is on our side,”
The other men, who sought to pray for their ancestors at Hickory Ground, had their charges dismissed.
posted August 22, 2013 6:00 am edt