Tribe buys last surviving Indian mound in St. Louis for $230,000

Sunday, August 2, 2009

ST. LOUIS -- An Oklahoma-based tribe has bought the last remaining American Indian mound in St. Louis for about $230,000.

Osage Nation Principal Chief Jim Gray described the purchase Friday as "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

The tribe traces its ancestry to the ancient mound-building people who erected massive earthworks such as Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Ill.

The Gateway City was once home to more than 40 mounds and was known as Mound City before the St. Louis moniker stuck. But urban development destroyed all of them but Sugar Loaf more than 100 years ago.

The couple who owned Sugar Loaf put it up for sale last fall.

The Osage tribe plans to turn the mound into an interpretive historical site.

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