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Human remains, the bones of Monacan ancestors, have been found multiple times at the Rassawek site in Central Virginia.

Rassawek was one of the most important Monacan towns, the political center of the tribe, and the place where its chiefs lived.

If a proposed water pump station is built on Rassawek, it will destroy a sacred location for the tribe.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is trying to force the tribe to endure the traumatic and somber process of repatriating and reburying their ancestors.

At a time when Virginia and the United States are working to preserve and interpret the historic capital of the Powhatan Confederacy, Werowocomoco, it is disturbing to see such willingness to destroy the Monacans’ capital.

We ask that the leadership of Virginia and the Army Corps conduct a systemic review to identify other options for the water intake and pump station project that do not destroy this irreplaceable history.

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The petition reads:

To: Tom Walker, Chief of the Regulatory Branch of the Norfolk District Army Corps

We ask you not to allow the James River Water Authority (JRWA) to build a pump station and pipeline project at Point of Fork. This project would destroy the historic Monacan capital of Rassawek, first identified by Captain John Smith in 1612, in addition to several other significant historical and archaeological sites. It is not in the public interest for the Army Corps of Engineers to issue a permit to JRWA to destroy our shared history, especially when JRWA can construct its project at an alternate location and still provide water to Zion Crossroads for speculative economic development. The Monacan Indian Nation is a federally-recognized tribe and has experienced centuries of oppression and destruction at the hands of the federal and Virginian governments, and we should hold ourselves to a higher standard now.


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