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Native American history at risk in Chappaqua land sale plan, neighbors say

The Chappaqua School District has previously tried to sell a 20-acre property where "a lot of artifacts were found," according to Leon Briggs of the Tonawanda Seneca Hawk Clan.

News 12 Staff

Aug 15, 2022, 9:42 PM

Updated 645 days ago

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A group of Chappaqua residents are fighting to preserve a piece of land before it is sold by the school district because of what they say are significant ties to Native American history.
The Chappaqua School District has previously tried to sell a 20-acre property where "a lot of artifacts were found," according to Leon Briggs of the Tonawanda Seneca Hawk Clan.
"There's also strong evidence that there are probably different burial remains in different areas on both properties and adjacent properties," Briggs argues, adding that "it needs to be protected."
Tracey Bilski and her group Friends of Buttonhook are trying to raise enough to purchase the property themselves.
Bilski says the property "offers tremendous educational opportunities for our children and for future generations."
A Chappaqua schools spokesperson confirmed the district is entertaining a new round of bids to buy the land. They are due by the end of this month.


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