Kansas City Public Radio Report Denounces 'White People' Tribute On Sacred Stone

A recent report from Kansas City "public" radio reads like an amateurish blog post . . . Again, at the very least, allow that this blog can smell one of our own. 

Accordingly . . .

Check this scathing rebuke of history amid breathless reporting of a big-ass rock . . .

White people forcibly removed the Kaw from Kansas in 1873 after decades of shrinking the tribe’s reservation lands down from millions of acres.

Then, in the 1920s, residents of Lawrence who feared Topekans would beat them to the punch hauled the boulder away from the junction of the Kansas River and Shunganunga Creek between the two cities.

They placed it in Lawrence and turned it into a monument to the arrival of white people — specifically, the city’s founders.

“To the pioneers of Kansas,” they wrote on a plaque they attached to the rock, “who in devotion to human freedom came into a wilderness, suffered hardships and faced dangers and death to found this state in righteousness.”

“It was just another way to kind of erase the memory of our people in Kansas,” vice chairman of the Kaw Nation and CEO of the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City Pepper Henry said.

Kansas is named after the Kaw, or Kanza, people.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

The Kaw will reunite with a sacred rock that Lawrence used as a monument to white people

LAWRENCE, Kansas - James Pepper Henry was in his 20s the first time he saw the massive quartzite boulder in downtown Lawrence. The sheer size of the 20-plus-ton red rock sacred to the Kaw people surprised him. Its significance overwhelmed him. "The hairs kind of stood up on my arms," Pepper Henry said.