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Sale of alleged burial site will not move forward

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Sale of alleged burial site will not move forward

By Todd Hicks. CREATED Nov 15, 2013

RACINE - The sale of a controversial piece of land at a Racine cemetery will not move forward.

Protesters claimed the land was a sacred Native American burial site and fought the sale.

The Meredith family who operates a successful funeral home business backed out of the deal after consulting tribal members.

"It makes the Ho-Chunk Nation quite glad there is some honor and respect being shown." said William Quackenbush, Tribal Historian for the Ho-Chunk Nation.

The decision was announced in a joint news conference at Racine's City Hall.

"We've had everybody in our city that support us say fight for it, keep going, go to the end." said Duke Meredith. 

He added, "It's just not worth it."

Meredith said his family will now begin the process of looking for another family burial plot.

Racine's Mayor said he will seek donations from people who were against the sale to fund further study of the site. 

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Todd Hicks joined TODAY'S TMJ4 after working at WGBA in Green Bay, where he was an anchor and reporter for the NBC affiliate.