Sam's Club, a division of retail giant Wal-Mart, wants to build a new store in Oxford, Alabama and has purchased a site for a new store. The location of the store isn't much of a problem but the company wants to use a nearby 1500-year-old Indian mound as "fill" for the construction site.
The mound is the largest known structure of its kind in the state. Workers hired by the city carried dirt away from the site this week. The move has angered American Indians and others.
You can read more and see lots of pictures or the destruction in a series of two articles on the "Deep Fried Kudzu" blog at http://www.deepfriedkudzu.com/2009/07/oakville-indian-mounds-oakville-al-and.html and at http://www.deepfriedkudzu.com/2009/07/oxford-alabama-destroying-1500-year-old.html.