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'Prayer rock' will not go to Crazy Horse Memorial

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 8, 2014 at 7:09 am •  Published: August 8, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A 3-ton boulder believed to have been used by Native Americans to worship decades ago will not be moved from a Sioux Falls museum to the Crazy Horse Memorial in western South Dakota.

The Siouxland Heritage Museums board on Thursday rejected a request by local artist Richard Perkins to have the "prayer rock" moved from its spot outside the Pettigrew Museum.

Perkins believes the rock's spiritual significance gets overlooked at its current location and that it would be better appreciated at the memorial being built to the Oglala Lakota warrior in the Black Hills.

"It can be utilized in a more productive, spiritual and religious manner and be of more interest and draw more attention (from) people outside of South Dakota," he told KDLT-TV.

The museum governing board unanimously rejected the request to move the rock found by former U.S. Sen. Richard Pettigrew near the town of Evarts and moved to Sioux Falls in 1925.

To remove an artifact in its collection, the museum's board must determine that certain criteria are met, such as an item being damaged or no longer relevant to the museum's mission, according to the Argus Leader newspaper.

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