Native Americans trash plans to expand a sprawling Illinois landfill.
But Andria and others say expanding the landfill is bad public policy because it will reside in the middle of a floodplain adjacent to Horseshoe Lake State Park. The dump's proximity to the mounds and the fact that archaeologists unearthed ancient Indian remains in this place two years ago are sore spots for environmental activists.
"I realize we need landfills," says Andria, "but they should be suitably sited. I think there are many areas that are not adjacent to a state park and next to the most culturally significant site in the state that's sacred ground for Indians. And it certainly should not be in a floodplain, for God's sake."