Memorial Stone Awarded to Park

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A local group’s work to preserve Native American history and culture is being recognized.

The Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission awarded a memorial stone on Thursday to the Sullivan County American Indian Council.

The stone was placed at the Waapaahsiki Siipiiwi Mound Historical Park in Fairbanks.

The park honors the tribes who would have lived in that area and that’s why the INAIAC felt it deserved recognition.

“There were a couple of places that we felt had some significant Indiana history. As you know, these are ceremonial grounds that they’re protecting here, so we felt it was a good place,” says Kerry Steiner, the Executive Director of INAIAC.

Council members say the award is very special to them.

“We’re very pleased and very honored to be able to receive this award, seeing as though we are relatively new. It was dedicated, this park, in 2013 and we’ve done a lot of work to honor the people past and present,” says Treasurer Susan Petoskey.

The stone includes a list of the tribes as well as information about INAIAC.

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