Superior City Council approves burial ground resolution

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The Superior City Council has voted in favor of a resolution to turn the burial grounds on Wisconsin Point, back to the Fond Du Lac Band.

“It’s a dark history, but we need to be optimistic in where we are sitting today and move forward with different things, recognizing and realizing that we’re all humans. This is an act of humanity," Fond Du Lac Chair Kevin DuPuis said.

The land was seized from the Band to make way for a steel plant that was never built. The city resolution acknowledges that about 200 graves were disinterred from the site, and moved to a mass grave near St. Francis Cemetery.

Through the resolution, councilors are asking the State Preservation Committee to make a formal recommendation on the site. From there, senators would petition the federal government to transfer the land back to the care of Fond Du Lac.

“This is the beginning of something fresh, something real and I could not be more proud to be a part of this work with you," Superior City Councilor Jenny Van Sickle said.

At the City Council meeting Tuesday, the Fond Du Lac Honor Guard also presented their flag in Chambers for the first time ever.