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%%->''Remember last week when we dug up all those Indian bones and made puppets out of them?''
%%->''It turns out they were buried over an '''Ancient Indian Burial Ground'''!''
%%-->-- ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''

-> ''The USA is having so many disasters and tragedies you'd almost think it was built on thousands of ancient Indian burial grounds.''
-->-- [[http://funnytweeter.com/the-usa-is-having-so-many-disasters-and-tragedies-youd-almost-think-it-was-built-on-thousands-of-ancient-indian-burial-grounds/ @shutupmikeginn]]

A common explanation for supernatural goings-on in America, most commonly seen in movies coming in two common varieties: A HauntedHouse is built on an ancient Indian burial ground. The disturbed spirits of the ancients of the land then enact their bloody vengeance against those who wake them by turning off the lights, making hooting noises, creating flies and maybe, if they feel up to it despite being dead, killing people.
Sometimes this isn't known or revealed until the end, sometimes it's known only to the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive greedy land developer]] who just doesn't care as long as he gets it cheap, or to people who don't believe in such nonsense but will by the end of the movie.

The other slightly less common version has the spirits of the dead not bothered by new construction (after all, people have to live somewhere). At least they weren't until someone dug up something they owned or disturbed their remains. At that point whoever did it or whoever was in the vicinity of it is cursed. Generally whatever horrible thing happens to the fool who did it will continue, following them from place to place no matter how far from the original burial ground they go, until they put whatever they took back or give the remains a proper burial. That activates the CurseEscapeClause and the dead go back to eternal resting until someone else decides to mess with them.

The reasons for the ancient Indian burial ground are plenty. Burial sites are often connected with [[EldritchAbomination Ancient Elder Evil]], and, in the USA, unless your definition of "ancient" is pretty flexible, that means Native Americans. Some tribes didn't give their burial grounds signs that they were graveyards, such as tombstones, memorials or rolling clouds of OminousFog. Native Americans are stereotypically assumed to be more [[MagicalNativeAmerican magical]], and hence will have niftier ghosts. The plotline can play off the concept of TheSavageIndian of TheWestern, or be used as an {{Anvilicious}} message about the [[NobleSavage Compassionate Native Who Got the Shaft from Settlers]] ''and then'' got an affordable three-bedroom home [[GreenAesop dumped on top of him by the evil real estate developer]].

Older works may ignore the supernatural aspect completely. For example, in TheWestern, disrespect for an Indian burial ground may lead to attacks by their very living relatives. In comedies, an Indian burial ground may be seen as the equivalent of BuriedTreasure. For example, in ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'' and ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' (see below), characters actively searched for lost Indian burial grounds in hopes of monetary reward or professional recognition.

This is a mostly a DeadHorseTrope these days. If it gets used, it's often at least slightly tongue-in-cheek, humorous, {{lampshade|Hanging}}d or {{subverted|Trope}}. In any plot with something weird happening, a GenreSavvy character may make the ObligatoryJoke that it's due to an ancient Indian burial ground, even if they're in Europe or Asia.

TruthInTelevision to a point: from time to time a real estate developer in America ''will'' actually be chagrined to discover that their brand new subdivision was at one time the cemetery of a local tribe or a forgotten frontier settlement. Its also worth noting that in decades past less scrupulous developers occasionally quietly disposed of such remains in the nearest empty hole, and even the more respectful tended to gather the remains and inter them en-mass in the local public cemetary with little to no effort made to identify them. This trope, however, seems be a case of a SpaceWhaleAesop resulting in positive real world changes: These days the discovery of such sites by developers not wishing to [[TemptingFate Tempt Fate]] [[note]]or at least not wishing to lose potential home buyers who don't feel like putting their own skepticism to the test...[[/note]] usually results in [[SlaveToPR very public demonstrations]] of utmost respect, proper archeological investigations, and dignified relocation or reinterring of the remains

SubTrope of DueToTheDead and HolyGround (although, once disturbed, it can easily turn into UnholyGround). Note that in many cultures, disturbing graves or other places related to the dead is regarded as dangerous.

Note that this trope refers to Native Americans, not people of the country (or subcontinent) of India. The majority of the people of India are Hindu, and hence [[UsefulNotes/{{Funerals}} usually get cremated instead]]. This wiki does not, however, recommend desecrating burial grounds in India [[LoopholeAbuse purely on the basis of this loophole]].

Compare GypsyCurse and HollywoodVoodoo, similar curse-related tropes with similar ethnic baggage.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In an issue of ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk'', the eponymous Hulk lands in a Wild West Ghost Town, which was 'ghosted' by the vengeful ghosts of a nearby Indian Burial Ground, who were disturbed by the greed of the gold-miners. There, he gets attacked by Pariah, an undead cowboy wielding a [[GreenRocks Glowing Green Rock]] infused with the howling souls of a thousand angry indians.
* In one DonaldDuck story, Indian Ghosts suddenly appear in Donald and the boys' house (after Donald made a huge short circuit by wiring all household appliances on one plug hole). Subverted, as the boys first think it's a case of ole' Indian burial ground, but it turns out, that it's an ancient Indian relaxation spot, and they find the house comfortable.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Boneyard}}'', a gargoyle jokes that the eponymous cemetery is built on the site of an Indian burial ground.
* In the Gold Key comic ''Ripley's Believe it Or Not: True Demons and Monsters'', they had a bizarre inversion that used an ancient Celtic burial ground supposedly protected by [[OurDragonsAreDifferent draconic monsters]]. When stones from the burial ground decorated with the dragon gods were dug up and [[TooDumbToLive used to make a pool]] at an [[HauntedHouse English estate]], the pool was supposedly haunted by a murderous lizard man for decades until he was driven out by exorcism. Fun story if not exactly believable.

* The movie ''Film/PetSematary'' has a well-marked Indian Burial Ground that could resurrect the dead. As one might expect, they [[CameBackWrong Come Back Wrong]]. It's also something of a subversion, because it's implied that the burial ground was possessed not by the spirits of the dead natives, as in most Indian burial ground stories, but by a {{wendigo}}, a cannibalistic [[http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/io9/2009/10/wendigo.jpg demon]] that could possess humans. Well before the white settlers move in, the Indians recognized the danger of the place and stopped using it.
* In ''Film/TheShining'', it is mentioned early on that the hotel was built on an old burial site.
* Despite being found in parodies of ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'', ''Poltergeist'' itself averts this trope. When Steven tries to get answers from the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive greedy land developer]], his answer is along the lines of, "What's the problem? It's not like it was built on an Indian burial ground." (He's technically correct, as the subdivision in which Steven and his family reside was actually built over a regular cemetery; the curse-and-vengeance aspects of the trope still seem to apply, however.)
* In ''Scalps'', a group of students go digging in an Indian burial ground and have to face a restless spirit.
* A ghostless version is used in ''Film/JeremiahJohnson''. Johnson, after spending a good chunk of the movie getting to know his family and get settled into the life of a mountain man, is recruited by soldiers to lead them through the hazardous mountains to rescue a caravan stranded in Crow territory (Crow Indians are referred to as the more dangerous of the local bands in the movie). Johnson reluctantly agrees and takes leads them. However, they come across a Crow burial ground and Johnson refuses to pass through, saying its sacred and that even Crow people don't often step foot in them. The soldiers balk at his warning and ask how long it would take to go around. Johnson says it would take days and the soldiers press Johnson to lead them through the graveyard, which he does, warning the soldiers to go slowly in single file and be absolutely silent. They make it safely through the burial ground and get to the caravan, but when Johnson goes back through the sacred grounds he notices, to his horror, that one of the skeletons is adorned with [[spoiler: his wife's blue bead jewelery. He rides home as fast as he can and finds both his wife and adopted son slaughtered]].
* In ''Film/{{Identity}}'' after a few of the cast have been picked off by the still unknown antagonist, Clea [=DuVall=] suggests that maybe this is a result of the motel being built upon an Indian burial ground, as it is detailed in a brochure she read about the area they are in. Given the subsequent events, this would have to be considered a subversion.
* ''Within the Woods'', a short film that Creator/SamRaimi made in order to secure funding for ''Film/TheEvilDead1981'', has Creator/BruceCampbell disturbing an Indian burial ground.
* In the original film version of ''Film/TheAmityvilleHorror1979'', the house moved into by an otherwise happy family is revealed to be built on an Indian burial ground. As in, the Indians sent their crazy people to this land to die, though they didn't bury them. The bad spirits there cause the husband/father to grow his beard, become moody, and develop a worryingly [[AxCrazy close relationship with an axe]].
* According to the CrustyCaretaker in ''Twisted Nightmare'', the camp is built on one.
* In ''Film/PoultrygeistNightOfTheChickenDead'', what's being built over an Indian burial ground is actually not a house, but a fast food restaurant. The title is kind of giveaway.
* Used by Hawkeye in ''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans'', to hide from other Native Americans.

* Parodied in Creator/KimNewman's short story "The Pale Spirit People", in which an Indian tribe in an AfterTheEnd setting suffer from supernatural manifestations after locating their new burial ground on the former site of a suburban housing development.
* Justified in ''Literature/DeadBeat'', which establishes that reanimated bodies in the world of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' have more power if they've been dead longer. Hence, necromancers prefer to call up the undead from the oldest burial sites a given continent has to offer. Or a local museum's [[spoiler:dinosaur exhibit]].
* In the short story ''The Devil and Tom Walker'', Tom meets with {{Satan}} and makes his [[DealWithTheDevil pact]] at a site where Native Americans used to meet to [[ReligionOfEvil worship the Devil]] until they were driven from the area.
* In Tom King's short story ''A Seat in the Garden'', one suggestion one of the white folks gives for the presence of a Native ghost in his garden is that his home is on an Indian Burial Ground. However, it's much more likely to be a [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness mutual hallucination]].
* This seems to be the explanation for quite a few of Creator/StephenKing's stories, most prominently ''Literature/PetSematary''. Though, as mentioned above, whether the [[CameBackWrong weirdness]] is due to haunting or [[{{Wendigo}} something else entirely]] is left ambiguous.
* A twist on this came in a novel, ''The Marshal'', about an apparent ghost who seemed to be, or think he was, Wyatt Earp in late-1970s California. His appearances, though, were always preceded by a whistling noise somehow identified as being used by Sioux warriors, and no one could find any record of Wyatt Earp ever meeting a Sioux. At the very end of the book, it was found that Earp's grave was right next to that of a Sioux -- and something had caused the Indian's headstone to fall against Earp's.
* In ''Sacred Ground'' by Creator/MercedesLackey, the book's villain invokes the trope by seeding a construction site with (stolen) Native American artifacts and arranging a few "accidents," causing the more superstitious workers (quite a few of whom are Native American themselves) to get spooked enough to refuse to continue working at the site. The book also plays with the trope in some other ways: messing around with Native American artifacts can bring on quite a bit of supernatural unpleasantness, and the ultimate source of the trouble that moves the book's plot is a burial site - albeit disturbed by erosion rather than the hand of man, which let out [[SealedEvilInACan something very nasty the site was designed to contain]].
* In ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', Rincewind asks if the cursed beer warehouse was built on an [[LandDownUnder Aboriginal Burial Ground]] or other sacred site. Subverted because he's told the natives said the builders were welcome to the land, it was completely unwanted and unsacred.
* In Creator/DorothyGilman's ''Literature/TheClairvoyantCountess'', Madame Karitska warns an archeologist against digging one up.
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster wrote a short story, ''Ferrohippus'', about MountainMan Mad Amos Malone aiding a tribe who were trying to keep railroad construction from disturbing their ancient burial site. It ended when the ancient unleashed a literal [[HellishHorse Iron Horse]] that tore up a section of the rail and chased off the foreman, causing the replacement foreman to decide that routing the line away from the site was a good idea.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Radio/PetticoatJunction'': In ''Hooterville Valley Project'', Uncle Joe briefly tricks a state official into believing that the Shady Rest Hotel is the site of an Indian Burial Ground. Not to scare him off, but to set up a archeological dig that would derail Mr. Bedloe's plans to flood the area with a dam.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the episode "Pangs" concern a tribal spirit that gets released when Xander excavates some land for a building site. Amongst other things, it gives him a venereal disease. Which one? ''{{All of them}}''.
** This is referenced hilariously in both "Buffy vs. Dracula" ("I'm sick of being [[ButtMonkey the guy who eats insects and gets the funny syphilis!]]") and "Once More With Feeling" ("His penis got diseases from a Chumash tribe!")
* Variation: the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Bugs" put the killer bug infestation up to the fact that the houses were built on what had once been an Indian village. After the village was destroyed by the Europeans, the village chief cursed the land so that no white man could ever live there.
* In an episode of ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'', Jerry has to go to the basement of the Atlas Dinner and discovers a stone plate stating it was built on such ground.
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'' one of the things that Phoebe brings to adorn Monica's new antique dollhouse is a handkerchief ghost. She claims that this is because the house is built on an ancient Indian burial ground. And a toxic waste dump.
* The harvest festival on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' was built on Indian burial ground. The local tribal chief puts a curse on the festival (in spite of not believing in such nonsense) in order to get some negotiating leverage. When the town caves to his demands, he performs a spurious ceremony to remove the "curse."
** Considering the staggering number of massacres and atrocities the original settlers inflicted on the native population, the entire city is basically built on their mass graves.
* In the premiere of ''Series/{{Boss}}'' some workers discover an Indian burial ground while moving a Christian cemetery located on top of it. This severely derails the mayor's plans for extending the airport onto that site and threatens to put a stop to a massive 20-year redevelopment plan for the area. The man who failed to keep the discovery from the media [[spoiler: gets his ears cut off]] as punishment.
* In ''Series/TheWaltons'' season 6 episode "The Warrior", the Walton's barn is revealed to have been built on an Indian burial ground, and an old Cherokee man who wishes to be buried there demands they tear it down and purify the land, because they are desecrating it, which Pa Walton is dead set against. Things come to a head when the Cherokee man sets fire to the barn and insists he will continue trying after he is arrested. Grandpa Walton confirms that the burial ground is there by digging up the floor, shattering their original beliefs in "morally righteous white settlers versus savage Indians". The old Cherokee man dies from the stress in his holding cell, and the Waltons agree to let his son bury him on another part of their land, surrounded by nature.
* In an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Hilda plans to put an Indian Burial Ground under an annoying neighbour's house, but Zelda stops her because that sort of thing affects the whole neighbourhood.
* The Hawaii ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' episode has the boys returning a taboo statue to the burial ground of the first kings to stop the bad luck they think it's causing. They end up running into an old archaeologist, played by Vincent Price, who's desperate to protect his find, ties them up for a while and talks to the big statue there.

* In ''Pinball/AmericasMostHaunted,'' the War Fort has apparently been turned into a burial ground for the former soldiers there.
-->'''War Ghost:''' "You dare disturb the burial ground of brave Confederate soldiers?!"

* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': The promise of a large reward sees Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Walter Denton search for a lost Indian Burial Ground in the episode [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ''Indian Burial Ground'']]. The trope is partially subverted as the supernatural plays no role in the program. This is fortunate for Miss Brooks and company, as they end up digging up an empty lot in search of artifacts!
* Inverted in an episode of James Lileks's radio show ''The Diner''. In the episode, James visits the Haunted Diner, which is haunted because they built an Indian burial ground ''on top'' of it.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''Ghost Towns'', a crossover between ''[[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Werewolf: The Wild West]]'' and ''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'', uses this as a possible scenario.
** In the ''Wraith'' book ''Mediums: Speakers with the Dead'', Native American burial mounds are called out as being one of the few places in the living world where the original Dark Kingdom of North America, which oversees the Native American dead, is still strong. (Most of North America is under the control of Stygia, Europe's Dark Kingdom.)

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* ''Ride/BigThunderMountainRailroad'' at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks is apparently built on one, according to its back-story. It's said that this causes an earthquake on the third lift hill of all versions.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Lampshaded and subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'':
-->'''Frankie''': The camp is built on an Indian burial ground and-\\
'''Raz''': Oh my gosh! Indians buried their dead here?!\\
'''Frankie''': Ewwww! I hope not. No, stupid, they buried their arrowheads here.\\
Thus neatly [[HandWave handwaving]] why so many psitanium arrowheads, the currency of the game, are buried around the camp.
** And then further played with during Vernon's story about the Ancient Indian Summer Camp built on top of a Caveman Burial Ground.
* ''VideoGame/GhostMaster'' has an Indian ghost with a shed built on top of his grave.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s fifth Scream Fortress event, the Mann brothers have died and the mercs job is to push the other brother's corpse into a portal to Hell. Said portal was discovered by a mining operation taking place in an Indian Burial Ground, which the Mann brothers {{facepalm}} over and ask why they didn't move the operation to a less haunted place. Said discovery also caused an army of skeletons to rise, acting as the neutral enemies for the map.
** Subverted in the sixth Scream Fortress event, where Merasmus forgets to build his AmusementParkOfDoom over a Sumerian burial ground, which causes it not to work properly. He figures out a loophole and hires the mercenaries to kill people to provide enough bodies to create a "burial" ground for the amusement park.
* In the Arena of the Citadel DLC for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', when you're helping debug the program the guy you're helping will joke that they've been having so many problems with their equipment that it's been speculated that the Arena was built over an old [[BenevolentPrecursors Prothean]] burial ground.
* In ''Videogame/BeyondTwoSouls'', Jodie stays in a ranch owned by a Navajo family, which happens to be haunted by a restless spirit summoned by their ancestors.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Lampshaded in ''WebVideo/ZombieRoadkill''. Witches came in and burned the Indians' virgins, then cannibals ate the witches, then the government built a lab and experimented on murderers and child molesters. Then they built a cursed highway over it.
* WebVideo/FiveSecondFilms has [[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/the_used_car "The Used Car":]]
-->''"You don't want this one. It was built on an '''Indian burial ground'''. And [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking there's a stuck tape]]."''
* Marik in ''LetsPlay/MarikPlaysBloodlines'' searches a hotel haunted by Creator/MelGibson:
-->''"Ironically, there was an Indian burial ground built on top of the hotel!"''
* A variation in ''WebVideo/DoomHouse'', the house turns out to be built on [[spoiler: a "terrorist burial camp"]].
* Website/TheOnion: [[http://www.theonion.com/video/report-economy-failing-because-us-built-on-ancient,20638/ Report: Economy Failing Because U.S. Built on Ancient Indian Burial Ground"]]

* Parodied in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/05/24/episode-996-renovations/ this]] ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'', where a temple was built on top of the graveyard where graveyards, which had evil stuff built on them, were relocated.
* ''Webcomic/GoblinHollow'': [[http://www.rhjunior.com/GH/00201.html Why Beltane claimed to want to perform a rite there.]]
* Played for laughs in ''WebComic/{{xkcd}}'' with [[http://xkcd.com/782/ this comic.]]
* Also parodied in [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2011/10/13/how-to-tell-a-scary-story-rerun.html this strip]] of ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions''.
** And inverted in [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2009/8/19/how-to-create-an-original-story.html#comment6394557 this one.]]
* In ''WebComic/TheWhiteboard'' Tawny asks if the "outlaw" paintball field (where safety rules are ignored) is something like an old burial ground where [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1229.html "they only buried the really stupid ones."]]
* Inverted in the HalloweenEpisode of ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' where the Native American resort the Circle Band is performing at is built over [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/10092012/ a graveyard that used to be used by some of the old lumber camps.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' ("Petergeist") parodied the film ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' ([[ShallowParody despite it being a regular cemetery in the film]]). Peter builds a multiplex in the back yard, then discovers that underneath is an Indian burial ground. He then finds an ancient Indian skull and uses it as codpiece. And then uses it to pee in. You'd think building a multiplex over an Indian burial ground would be enough to get him haunted for life, but noooo...
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** The pet shop in the episode with the {{evil twin}}s from the MirrorUniverse was built on an Indian cemetery. Though, that wasn't enough to anger the spirits, as the owner, one night, dug up the bodies, pissed on their bones, and buried them back upside down.
--->'''Kyle:''' Why!?\\
'''Store owner:''' Why? I don't know. [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy I was drunk.]]
** "Margorine" parodies ''Film/PetSematary'' when Butters' dad buries a dead pig (who he thinks is the dead Butters) in an ancient Indian burial ground to resurrect him. When Butters (who was FakingTheDead the whole time) returns, his dad assumes he CameBackWrong and locks him in the basement.
* Shows up in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' on two separate "Treehouse Of Horror" stories:
** "Treehouse of Horror": It turns out the Simpsons' new house is cursed because it was built on Indian burial grounds.
*** When he discovers this, Homer calls the realtor who sold the house to him and angrily accuses him of keeping it secret. "He says he mentioned it five or six times."
---->'''Lisa''': An ancient Indian burial ground!
---->'''Bart''': Wow, this place has everything!
*** The graveyard (see page image) includes tombstones for Geronimo, Sacajawea, [[OddNameOut and]] UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi.
*** Hilariously, when the Simpsons try to negotiate with the house to live amicably together, it decides ''to destroy itself'' to escape them.
** "Treehouse of Horror V":
--->'''Mr. Burns''': This house has quite a long and colorful history. It was built on an ancient Indian burial ground and was the setting of satanic rituals, witch-burnings, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking five John Denver Christmas specials]].\\
'''Homer Simpson''': (shivers in fear) [[FauxHorrific John Denver]]...
** It was also used in the main continuity when Krusty the Klown reveals that Kamp Krusty was built on an Indian burial ground. Subverted in that this fact is actually a sign of the camp's dismal quality, rather than actually affecting it. In the Simpsons' world, Krusty merchandise tends to be extremely shoddy and poor quality, if not outright dangerous to use.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the Venture compound was built over an Apache burial ground. Their ghosts rise from the dead and wreak havoc every year. Usually Dr. Orpheus, necromancer extraordinaire, takes care of it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' used this a few times:
** In one episode, the MonsterOfTheWeek was the result of toxic waste being dumped on an Indian burial ground.
** In another episode, a farm is haunted by the zombified family who used to own the place, because a later owner removed the tombstones from the family cemetery and built over it. (Ray says that this "meets all the criteria" for this type of haunting.)
** In yet another episode, a roller coaster at a carnival becomes "possessed" by the spirits of animals who died in a fire at a previous carnival that was on the site of the current one.
* The song "Rockin' the Suburbs" used as the ending song for ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' had the verse:
-->''In our house, safe and sound-
-->Built on Indian burial grounds''
* Mentioned on ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' when the Carmichaels move in across the street from the Pickles:
-->'''Didi''': Looks like someone's finally taking the [[Literature/PeytonPlace Peytons']] [[ParentalBonus place]].
-->'''Betty''': Yep, must be nobody told them about the house being built on an ancient Indian burial ground.
-->'''Didi''': Oh, Betty, that's just a myth.
-->'''Betty''': Yeah? [[NoodleIncident Tell that to the Peytons]].
** At the end of the episode, Randy Carmichael jokingly wonders if "that ancient Indian curse" their realtor warned them about has manifested in their next door neighbor Stu.
* When Dr. Doofensmirtz is about to get kicked out of his building in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', he tries to spread this rumour to make it unsellable. As all his endeavours, this does not work.
* ''WesternAnimation/YvonOfTheYukon'' has one of the main characters bring a visitor on a tour of his town, noting a ridiculous amount of buildings built upon an 'ancient Indian burial ground.' The one thing that wasn't was the modern Indian burial ground, which uses the latest in technology to ensure nobody can build on top of it.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' had Otis disturbing the spirits of deceased house pets when he built a shack over where they were buried.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' has the episode "Ghostesses In the Slot Machines", where the cast discovers that the house was built on top of an ancient Indian burial ground during a remodeling challenge which disturbs the spirits and makes them haunt the house. To appease them, the housemates gives them a muddy patch of dirt in the backyard where the swingset used to be. The spirits wants to honor the land like their ancestors would have wanted; by building a casino on it.
--> '''Princess Clara''': Genocide is easily rectified through inadequate compensation!

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In Seattle, Washington, the famous Pike Place Market is built over an Indian Burial Ground according to historical record. This is just one of the many spooky facts about this location, no wonder people think it's haunted.
* When construction began on the Superdome in New Orleans, the graves of the victims of yellow fever turned up. Some claim this was it took the Saints so long to have a winning season, though the Saints were a losing team before the Superdome was even conceived.
** According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the Saints began play in the same year that the Superdome was designed so they were not yet a losing or a winning team. League rules of the time decidedly did not favor expansion teams, an expansion team of the time would not be expected to become competitive for at least a half-decade. The Saints needed ''two'' decades to get their first winning season, and several more to get their first playoff victory, and another two decades to reach the SuperBowl. By comparison, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who initiated their franchise with an [=NFL=]-record 26-game losing streak, were in contention to reach the SuperBowl in only their fourth season. And, by the way, that Buccaneer losing streak was broken...against the Saints, in the Superdome.
* The prospective wind farm planned for a few miles offshore of Cape Cod has run into this among its many, many public relations problems. It's not so much the issue of a curse they're worried about as it is the protests of living Native Americans.
** This is not, incidentally, an example of Native Americans practicing burial at sea; the wind farm is to be built on a shoal that's all that remains of a peninsula -- where the Wampanoag buried their dead -- that began to sink beneath the waves about six thousand years ago. To the Wampanoag, this is like building a power plant on top of Stonehenge.
* In the state of Kansas, only Indians get to run true casinos, with a handful of exceptions which are mostly in DevelopmentHell. Indian casinos must be on Indian land. Kansas City, Kansas had an Indian burial ground right in the heart of downtown; once gambling became entrenched on the Missouri side of the KC metro area, the Indians who owned the burial ground built a casino right on top of it. KCK tried to shut the place down, but failed... All casinos are cursed regardless, so it doesn't matter quite as much.
* Also in Kansas, this time the Western half of the state, there used to be a roadside attraction built on an Indian Burial Ground. The nature of the attraction? The unearthed and lacquered remains of said Indians.
* Land belonging to California State University Long Beach was found to contain an Indian burial ground/sacred site when development unearthed human remains. There have been occasional plans to turn it into a mini-mall or parking lot, but after the college endured protests it has been left undisturbed and undeveloped. (The remains that were revealed in the initial development were reburied by modern descendants of the tribe.)
* Protests have been ongoing over a developer being allowed to build his retirement house over a First Nation burial ground on Grace Islet on Saltspring Island, Canada, especially as BC law is meant to give legal protection to funeral cairns. So far construction has been ongoing, although the case is being brought before the Supreme Court of Canada, so perhaps the trope will be averted.
* Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, located in West Virginia, was built on top of a desecrated Indian burial ground which was the site of the Mitchell Clay settler farm in 1783. Three of the Clay children were killed by natives; Mitchell Clay led a group of settlers in retaliation, killing several Indians. In the 1920s, it was purchased and developed into an amusement park. At least six park-goers were killed and the park was abandoned in 1966, with rumours of it being cursed and haunted. Still an AbandonedPlayground to this day, tours are run in the days before Halloween.