June 12, 2021
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Photos: Crews assess how to return Kaw Nation’s prayer rock

Crews were at work Thursday morning in Lawrence to determine how exactly to move a massive boulder in order to return it to its rightful owners. 

Lawrence city commissioners recently voted to return In´zhúje´waxóbe, a sacred prayer rock, to the Kaw Nation and formally apologize for misappropriating it in 1929. 

The rock currently sits in Robinson Park at 4 W. Sixth St. Specialists from the University of Kansas on Thursday assessed the rock using ground penetrating radar, according to the city.

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“The assessment will help us develop a plan to safely relocate In´zhúje´waxóbe,” the city posted on Facebook Wednesday. “Weather permitting, it will begin around 8 a.m. and should last 3-4 hours. The Kaw Nation pre-approved this assessment.”

August Rudisell/@KsScanner Crews assess In´zhúje´waxóbe, the prayer rock of the Kaw Nation, on April 29, 2021.
August Rudisell/@KsScanner Crews assess In´zhúje´waxóbe, the prayer rock of the Kaw Nation, on April 29, 2021.
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