<EM>Was the wetlands boardwalk damaged by vandalism and will it be repaired? Are there any cemeteries along the southern border of the wetlands? Are they open to the public?</EM>
About 190 feet of the 850-foot boardwalk was destroyed on April 18 during what was supposed to have been a controlled burn. It was not vandalism.
The Jayhawk Audubon Society is leading efforts to repair the boardwalk.
There are no formal cemeteries in the wetlands. But Chuck Haines, a Haskell Indian Nations University instructor who has studied the wetlands and its history, says the area contains several unmarked graves.
There is no known record of the burials, Haines said, but many tribal elders have told Haines and others that students -- children, actually -- who died while at Haskell in the late 1800s and early 1900s were often buried in the southern part of the wetlands. Their graves were not marked.