Niskithe Prayer Camp takes to Lincoln City Hall
The protest against a development near Wilderness Park has moved away from the hill near the park and is on the road.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – “We’re not going away”. That’s been the rally cry at the Niskethe Prayer Camp for more than two weeks. Although they broke camp Wednesday morning, the ongoing ideas behind the prayer camp will never be broken.
“We’ll have a series of actions well into the future”, says Citizen of Cherokee Nation Erin Poor. “We need people to stay focused on this effort to protect our ceremonial grounds and to protect this land, so stay with us and stay focused on this mission.”
It’s the mission that started more than two weeks ago in response to plans to bring a development near Wilderness Park. Too close, the protesters say, to one of their oldest sweat lodges.
“It’s gotten to the point where the community’s just going to say, ‘no more’. It’s happened for 500 years now, and it’s finally come to a pinnacle of resistance”, says Larry Wexelman, the interim communications director for the Indian Center. “I don’t think this is going to be the end. We’re seeing it across the country, in multiple movements, right now.”
This movement is a literal one. The final tipi is pulled down, only to be put up again across Lincoln on Wednesday, and quite possibly, into the future.
The Niskethe Prayer Walk, as it is now being called, will take the tipi from City Hall, to Centennial Mall, to the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, and finally, to Memorial Park. To learn more about their journey, and their ongoing mission, check out the Prayer Camp Facebook page.