19th ‘March to Honor Lost Children’ brings up ways to heal

Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 5:23 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - For 19 years, Native Americans in the community have marched on the day before Thanksgiving, from War Eagle Park to the Woodbury County Courthouse. Today was no exception.

It’s a memorial march to remember the first one 19 years ago, Wednesday, and to remember Native children “lost” in the foster care system. During the initial march, those who took part needed security, and some even wore war paint.

The march began with a prayer at Rosecrance Jackson Centers. Marchers then went to the Urban Native Center, and Woodbury County Courthouse, before ending the march at the Sioux City Convention Center for one final prayer. Organizers are pleased with the evolution of the march.

“We had to have security when we first started. Because even cars going by would shout profanity against the Natives. And, today we have the police on patrol we’ll have the police with us today,” said Terry Medina, a marcher. “Now the negative feelings people have the hatred the bitterness, the anger, the revenge. Has now turned into forgiveness, love, and compassion for their relatives.”

Manape LaMere, who started organizing the march after his father passed, is proud to continue his father’s legacy.

“I think it’s just natural, you know he started it, and like I said he said ‘not to ever go away’ so if there was anything to talk out of all of the inspirational things he said. Just using that one, that one inspirational thing, look what it’s done, we’re carrying it on,” said LaMere.

Students from the Omaha Nation public school attended, and more than 100 people marched.

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