BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI) — A dedication ceremony was held Friday in Prophetstown State Park to honor native Americans.
The Circle of Stones is a monument made of 14 stones bearing the names of tribes native to the Prophetstown area. Thirteen of the 14 stones have a name of a well-known tribe that was around during the founding of Prophetstown. The 14th stone recognizes all of the tribes and people that were not documented by history.
Representatives from those native tribes and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources spoke about the site and its importance. The dedication was a celebration of both the native people and the 100th birthday of the state park system.
“I really feel like anyone standing on the Circle of Stones today, and looking out over this beautiful prairie, can’t help but appreciate the land — the way it looked, the importance of that land to the people at that time, and the importance of the land to the people today both native and non-native,” said Vicki Basman, chief of interpretation for the Indiana State Parks’ division of DNR.
The ceremony closed with the release of a wild eagle. The eagle had been rehabilitating for months, after contracting West Nile Virus.