Balch & Bingham partner Jim Noles addressed the Jefferson County Historical Association on Friday, April 11, 2014, on the topic of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. In recent days, Alabama has been commemorating the 200th anniversary of this battle, which resulted in the cession of 23 million acres of land from the Creek Confederacy to the United States and its Cherokee allies.
Noles, who holds a degree in history from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a law degree from the University of Texas, is a partner in the firm’s Environmental and Natural Resources section. His practice includes counseling and assisting clients in compliance with such laws as the National Historic Preservation Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), and various state laws protective of cemeteries and burials.
“Even today, the ramifications of this battle of 200 years ago are being felt in Alabama,” says Noles. “In short, a thriving Creek culture that was present here in 1814 was, within a generation, gone from much of the state. But the cultural and archaeological traces of that culture remain, and developers and land owners face a growing awareness that their property may contain historical and cultural resources that create obligations, responsibilities, and challenges.”
The Jefferson County Historical Association is dedicated to preserving and publicizing the local history of Jefferson County, Alabama, through regular meetings, publications, and events. Founded in 1975 to promote historical preservation efforts, the association has grown to over 300 members.