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Tribe defends its gravesites

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For the often-forgotten Chahta Indians who have inhabited the north shore for thousands of years, the constant vandalism of their ancestral gravesites is looked on as simply another attack on their quickly vanishing culture. At the Parker and Green cemeteries near Airport Road in Slidell, the ground holds the remains of thousands of members of the Tchefuncta Nation. The sites, which are part of the few land grants remaining under tribal control, are being systematically robbed of their treasures, which are then sold on the black market, tribe officials say.