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14. CAPE GAZETTE, lridii, N6vemb'r 27" - [Jem"r3, l' " Island Continued from page 13 the 15 or 20 acres of island interi- or thatcompose the cemetery site. "Who else really respects the cemetery but us Native Ameri- cans," asked Clark. "It is only nat- ural that we should be the people who have control over the site.It is sacred to us, and it should be ours to maintain." Clark explained for those who may doubt the ancient cemetery is a resting place for Nanticoke bones that it is, in fact, a burial place for Nanticokes as well as other indigenous people who lived here thousands of years ago. "Thompson Island has a long history as a Native American bur- ial site," Clark related. "It was a cemetery, or 'towandia,' long be- fore we arrived. But when our people moved here from the Chesapeake Bay region some 700 years ago, we brought the bone. bundles, or 'chiacasoans,' of our ancestors wi us. It was a tradi- tional practice of our people to keep the bones of their dead near them wherever they lived. "When we came to this area, our 'chiaea- soa0s' came with us, and they were buried at the old 'towandia' on Thompson Island." Clark speculates that the oldest remains at Thompson Island may date back 2,000 or 3,000 years. But he claims that Nanticoke trib- al history says the newest graves are only 200 years old, filled with Lewes BPW denies Conectiv request to hang new wires due to linemen concerns By Dennis Forney Lewes Board oJ Public Works members (BPV) voted unani- mously at their Thursday, Nov. 19 meeting to deny a request from Conectiv to hang fiber optic ca- bles on BPW-owned poles in town. Cohectiv had proposed set- ting up the system to offer the res- idents of Lewes an alternative telephone and communications service. The vote followed a presenta- tion the month before. Conectiv representatives said it would pay the BPW $18 per pole per year to use 52 poles - $936 per year total - for the new cable. Although the fiber optic cable would be able to Continued on page 15 j ; olaervation of World AIDS Day, December l, 1998, we would like to nize ' "te many members of the team who broutJht HIV prevention and treatment services to every corner of our state during the past year. OtmvJkoJM m,man AIDS De /merkan Ked (m Betlel AIIE kll)$ T,,-dt Fore CAHP ReSobmh (atlk (keiti Children and Famtt fir Oai,m 61rt Hlth  OmmunLe Connect. CSP Oelawe Cenm for Jmtke Delaware Department of tduco-don Delaware Technkal Dental Oinic I)uPont Hospital for Children/ Jefferson Univerdly Health Sems Fi State Community Action Agency, In(. Girls, Inc.. Ibndon Wellness Jackson Street Bo and 6i1 Club Kent County (oun-,eli Kon In t,-  C, mm O.ntn Pmle's  As Pzin Health Sk:es Nmcd I'enthood d   Coumy AtDS Com Trmler (enter VA Pk, dic,d Cente' Alolintiddmnllmkhn Ou" mmm,m vmo p'mided mddm,lm" re Division of Pu He.kh l)d,re Di0n d obol, D , and I.,ntal Ialth Defuse State  I to.p nda P.Po PMrm,xic M d r mW mir caqwm ml bdidldmm /J mtlm Ootlmaud bones of his people who died after encroaching upon the cemetery European colonization of Ameri- area." ca. Sheri Woodruff, spokesperson The island was privately owned for Gov. Carper, said this week until 1992 when it was. acquired that, "while the talks with the by the state and dedicated as a part ' Nanticokes are ongoing, it would of the Division 0f.Parks and be'inappropriate to speculate Recreation's Seashore :State Park. aboutwhere those talks will lead." Althoughstate park officials ad- Woodruffsaid the Nanticoke re- mit that few people know about or quest :tO protect the cemetery is visit the Thompson Island nature "very reasonable'" and state plans trail of Seashore State Park, they now seem to indicate an end tothe say it is a scenic place that does at- hunting on Thompson Island and tract enough public attention to the construction of a fence around warrant a nature trail, the cemetery to ensure it is not Charles Salkin, state director of further violated by grave robbers. parks and recreation, said this month that he understands the Sensitivity that the Nanticokes New Homes from the 50's to 100's hold for the burial site, and that is why the state has stopped hunting there and temporarily placed the __.nlO 5 ' .oOT'x area off limits to the public. But !MI!Q Salkin said he is hopeful that by next season, "we can create an un- obtrusive nature trail that loops #OfLmllm:k the outer perimeter of the island Nar the Ormn. Far from Ordbm O. and allows people to enjoy the Call 945 1005 natural beauty of the area without i Y Clark, who said that he has been back to the cemetery five times since April to pick up bones and rebury them with proper respect, wants to be able to restore the sa- cred cemetery and keep it in good condition. "I cry each time I go there," Clark said. "And I will not quit fighting to protect that land and the bones of our ancestors. The public has to understand just what this means to us. We want the right to take care of our dead. That should not be too much to ask." "IF WE ALL HAD THE IDEA THAT COMMUNITY- SERVICE WAS SOMEONE ELSE'S -RESPONSIBILITY, THEN NOBODY WOULD BE DOING.IT." If each of us pitched in to help wherever we could, together we would create a very powerful force to improve our community. Become a community person. Mary Hockman (Habitat for Humanity) /ounlgu .ehoboth Beach Milford 00'000000lanli, - o 424"2500 Long Neck Seaford ..... 947-7300 628-4400 MEMBER FDIC