NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Native American advocates have called on Oracle to put their project in Nashville on hold before it begins as they fight for what lies below.
Advocates spoke on Thursday and city officials listened to a detailed ancient history of Nashville and explained why they believe the land we stand on is of historical significance. These advocates told News 4 they were encouraged by the conversation.
Heads of state unanimously approved a $ 65 million economic grant for Oracle to come to Nashville.
The ground was dug at the oracle site along the east shore of Nashville and below, Native American advocates believe there are burial sites thousands of years old.
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“Oracle is a very powerful company economically, and I believe it can have a beneficial influence on others,” said Albert Bender.
Before the project continues, they fight to get the city to push Oracle to conduct an archaeological excavation of these burial sites and any other artifacts. They hope other businesses along the eastern shore will follow suit.
Native American activists are pushing Oracle to delay development along the East Rim because they believe ancient artifacts lie beneath the surface.
“We hope this will provide some kind of leadership to other business stakeholders involved to follow Oracle’s lead,” Bender said. “Recognizing these sites and recognizing the importance of Native American history is key to the future of Nashville, all of Tennessee, and indeed key to the future of the country.”
According to the city, Oracle has already hired an archeology firm and says they cite “want to do the right thing.”
Several organizations across Nashville gathered on Wednesday to protest the city’s plan for another large downtown development along the East Bank.