Afterlife Injustices: The Desecration of Native American Burial Grounds

Long before the first Europeans landed on the shores of what we now know as the United States, many nations of beautiful, cultural people roamed the mountains and prairies.  They treated the land with great respect…and looked at death not as an end to life, but as a step on a journey toward becoming one with the Earth and the elements. To ensure safe passage into the next realm of existence, certain burial ceremonies and rituals were done, and it was the general understanding that the land that was used for burial was sacred ground…not to be touched.

After much bloodshed and manipulations, these nations of what we now call Native Americans (although the word “America” was not a name they ever used, but rather the name of the explorer Amerigo Vespucci that was coined in the year 1507) had their land taken from them.  They not only had to suffer the indignities of being removed from their regions and placed in specified areas…they also had to leave behind the remains of their ancestors.  One …