Kaw Nation asks for return of sacred prayer rock
December 13, 2020
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Native American tribe is seeking the return of a prayer rock that was transformed into a monument honoring Kansas settler.
Before the Kaw people were forcibly moved from Kansas to what is now Oklahoma in 1873, they held ceremonies and gathering before the 23-ton boulder known as the "Big Red Rock," the Lawrence Journal-World reports.
As Lawrence prepared for its 75th anniversary in 1929, the rock was moved from a site at the confluence of the Kansas River and Shunganunga Creek that the tribe considered sacred to a park in town. It then was fitted with a plaque list...