Posted December 22, 2020
A Statement from Ohio History Connection–Serpent Mound
Serpent Mound is an internationally known National Historic Landmark built by the ancient American Indian cultures of Ohio and is on the U.S. Tentative List for possible World Heritage inscription by UNESCO, a designation reserved for only the most authentic and historically significant sites. Serpent Mound is well-known and visited by many people of different faiths and religions. However, there is no question it is a sacred American Indian site.
In 2017 we discontinued the lighting of the Serpent Mound during the Winter Solstice – a decision that was reached after conversations with leaders of multiple tribal nations with Ohio ties. The incident on Sunday, December 20 stands as a reminder that there is more work to do to preserve and share the site in the most appropriate ways. We are committed to working with our tribal partners to offer the public a better understanding of its history and significance to American Indians.