SANTEE, Nebraska (KTIV) – Members of the Santee Sioux Tribe gathered Saturday in Santee, Nebraska for a memorial revealing.
Veterans and members paid tribute to the Santee Sioux Tribe members who lost their lives fighting in various wars throughout the years. Officials say the memorial has been years in the making.
Now that it’s up, it is officially considered sacred ground.
“It’s very emotional. We’re going to remember our ancestors, our warriors in 1862, and all our veterans coming forward. So, it’s an honor to be here today,” said Santee Sioux Nation Board Member Thelma Thomas.
The ceremony included a blessing of the memorial along with Santee Sioux tribe singers.
Thomas says having the memorial up is a blessing, and is looking forward to the next steps.
“It was difficult. Money had to be raised for this project,” Thomas said. “This is phase one of the project and phase two will be coming along hopefully withing the next couple of years here.”
Thomas adds additions to the memorial will include more names of fallen soldiers from the Gulf War and the War on Terror.