Town won't apologize for using weed killer on historic mound

Leaders in Franklin, North Carolina, won't be apologizing to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for spraying weed killer on the Nikwasi Indian Mound.

Alderman Bob Scott drafted a letter to the tribe but other leaders said there was no need to apologize. They defended the decision to use an herbicide on the historic site even though the tribe wasn't consulted beforehand.

"I don’t think we did anything destructive,” alderman Sissy Pattillo said, The Smoky Mountain News reported. “And I have a problem with the chief or whoever saying we did something disrespectful. That just bothers me.”

The herbicide killed all of the grass on the mound, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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