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Artifacts found near Ambassador bridge tell history of indigenous populations

Mike Russell
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The Maroun family owns the Ambassador Bridge and have been vigorously fighting the construction of a second bridge over the Detroit River. Matthew Maroun testified against a new bridge today.

When field workers began digging last spring at the future site of the bridge that will eventually replace the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Canada, they expected to find a lot of indigenous artifacts.

And they were right. So far, they’ve discovered nearly 30,000 items – including a 10,000-year-old arrowhead – along the banks of the Detroit River. 

Dean Jacobs is a member of the Walpole Island First Nation and runs its External Projects Program. He’s helping to oversee the excavation. Jacobs spoke to Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition host Doug Tribou.

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