Apr 17, 2013 6:17 PM by Caroline Flores - email@example.com
ALICE - While getting the land ready to build the new multi-purpose center in Alice, some pre-historic items were discovered.
"We were fortunate to actually find some human remains of a Native American," said Alice Mayor John Lemon.
But that's not all they dug up. City Manager Ray de los Santos said they also found, "things like arrow heads, things like charred clay, um pieces of flint."
According to the archaeologist on the project, all things they discovered belonged to the Lipan Apache Tribe.
But even though they were found on the city's construction site, they say this won't affect their plans.
"It should not interfere and will not interfere with our overall project because it's not where we're going to be doing heavy construction," said Lemon.
Coincidently the remains and artifacts were found in an area that was already planned to be used as a park. So because of that the city plans to have the area memorialized turning it into a place where visitors and residents can sit, reflect, and learn about the Native American culture.
That's something the local Lipan Apache spokesperson is very happy about.
"We are very happy and proud about this. For us to be able to be recognized and to set a monument, a historical monument under the Lipan Apache Tribe," said Lipan Apache spokesperson Moises Hernandez. He says this will be the first historical marker for their tribe in Jim Wells County.
The chief of the Lipan Apache tribe is expected to make a trip to Alice in the next few weeks to discuss tribal ceremonies and a memorial with city officials.