Illinois Nature Preserves Planner To Add American Indian Spiritual Center

February 11, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On February 11, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that founder Bill Rutherford of Wildlife Prairie Park in Peoria, Illinois, wants to add an American Indian spiritual center to the park. The center "is expected to draw tribes from outside Illinois for private religious ceremonies and serve as a cultural education center for the public." One American Indian Methodist minister calls it "a huge step for Indian people."