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Students, advocates for cultural rights tour Indian Mounds Park, part of "Trail of Broken Promises" tour

A group of Haskell Indian Nations University students and advocates for cultural rights tour Indian Mounds Park in Quincy. (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)
Posted: May. 25, 2012 8:14 am Updated: Nov. 29, 2014 1:16 am

A group of Haskell Indian Nations University students and advocates for cultural rights toured Indian Mounds Park in Quincy Thursday.

The group left Lawrence, Kan., on Sunday, traveling on foot and by caravan to Washington, D.C., on "The Trail of Broken Promises." 

The group is trying to raise awareness of sites sacred to indigenous peoples that are being threatened by development.

Millicent Pepion is a member of the Navajo and Blackfeet Nations. She's a junior at Haskell, and one of the event's organizers. She says the movement is about more than just cultural preservation.

Organizers are planning for "The Trail of Broken Promises" journey to take 58 days and run through 44 towns. Once the group gets to Washington, leaders hope to present members of Congress with a bill that would protect sacred sites.