Authorities seek vandals of Native American carving at Kansas lake

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking the public for help after a Native American carving at central Kansas lake was vandalized.

The petroglyph at Kanopolis Lake is believed to be 150 years old. The corps said the names Isaac and Emily were carved over a bison believed to be created by Native Americans. The damage is irreversible. 

“It is very sad someone would think to destroy something so important and valued by so many,” said Tim Meade, archaeologist for the Corps of Engineers. “Petroglyphs are considered to have important spiritual meaning to Native Americans representing the works of their ancient ancestors. These have been enjoyed by thousands of visitors to Kanopolis Lake over the years.” 

Anyone with information is asked to call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Kanopolis Lake directly at (785) 546-2294.

Violators may be prosecuted under Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations and the Archaeological Resources Protections Act of 1979.

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