- Associated Press - Thursday, December 29, 2016

LEWES, Del. (AP) - A proposed shopping center in Lewes is drawing protests from a group who says the development would be built on a sacred Native American burial ground.

Media outlets report that residents gathered Tuesday to protest the Gills Neck Village Center. In addition to opposing construction on indigenous grounds, protesters say the construction will contaminate the area’s water.

Protester Jules Jackson says the burial ground, known as the Townsend site, is on the National Historic Register.

Sussex County Council President Michael Vincent says that if this is the case, there are state laws that require developers to go through an authentication process. If any trace of a burial site is found, construction won’t be permitted.

Vincent added that a water source protection is in place to prevent contamination.

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