Project plans to honor Native Americans at state park

Plans are underway at Prophetstown State Park to honor and acknowledge the people who once called this land home.
Plans are underway at Prophetstown State Park to honor and acknowledge the people who once called this land home.

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Plans are underway at Prophetstown State Park to honor and acknowledge the people who once called this land home.

The Circle of Stones has been under development for the past few months. Interpretive naturalist Angie Manuel said building the feature will kick start their relationship with the tribal community.

“The elements of nature that were found 200 years ago were brought back to showcase this site today,” said Manuel.

She said it represents the strength and unity of the people who stood bravely against the western expansion during the Battle of Tippecanoe.

She said that fought “under the leadership of Tenskwatawa, the prophet, and his brother Tecumseh to really ban together and preserve a way of life.”

The site features 16 stones altogether, 14 represent the 14 recorded tribes.

“The 15th stone will acknowledge anyone that history forgot to record,” Manuel said.

The 16th will be outside of the circle. It represents the Department of Natural Resources and state park’s responsibility to take care of the land.

All the stones that were picked came from Prophetstown State Park and in the next few years, it will be the location of the interpretive center.

“As this site becomes more naturalized, in the coming years will blend right into the prairie and the savannas and the wetlands around them,” said Manuel.