Poarch Creek continue to defend burial grounds from tribal casino
Hickory Ground Poarch Creek were at Elmore County courthouse supporting Wayland Gray, Mike Deo, Mike Harjo, and a Cherokee from Alabama, "Maggot," in their court hearings today, Hickory Ground said in a statement.
Three of the ones arrested had their trespassing charges dropped. Wayland Gray was originally charged with terrorist threats and trespassing. The charges were amended to disorderly conduct after the Grand Jury found no evidence. Gray was offered a plea deal to plead guilty for disorderly conduct, in exchange the court would drop the trespassing charge and there would be no jail time, which carries up to three months if found guilty. Gray, however, pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial on August 29.
On Monday, Hickory Ground members gathered to access the property at Hickory Ground.
Wayland Gray said, "They would not allow us in the fence and wouldn't tell us where the mass grave was located.
"They are cowards. When we got on the property a sudden wind came and started throwing debris off the building. A construction worker told us it tore up $4,000 worth of plastic off the roof. The creator and ancestors were with us. In the background is the towering monster they are building on our ancestors and sacred land.
"Never surrender," Gray said.