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Geological testing paused on land claimed as sacred

By Todd Hicks. CREATED Oct 4, 2013

RACINE - Testing at a disputed ancient burial site at a Racine cemetery is on hold after protesters turned out.

The city's common council voted to sell the plot of land to a local family. The move upset some local historians and Native American groups who claim it's a sacred site.

The family seeking to purchase the plots hired geologists to test the land. They promised to not move forward with the sale if it was ruled to have historic significance.

"This was sacred grounds for the Native Americans probably two to three thousand years ago," said Margo Drummond. The Racine historian said any digging at the site, including geological testing, would desecrate the site.

"I feel sorry for the family; the family is getting caught up in a squabble between the commission and the city." Said Mayor John Dickert. The Racine Mayor approved the sale after a tie vote by the common council. He called it a case of sour-grapes by the city's Cemetery Commission who is against the sale. 

Mayor Dickert couldn't say when geologist would re-examine the site, but he insisted the process will move forward.

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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.