Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma Endorses Lebanon, Indiana’s Stone Eater Bike Park Name & Usage
Cited Promotion of Family Values, Youth Development Personal Character, Service
On December 6, 2022 the Business Committee of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma passed a resolution of support for the naming and dedication of Stone Eater Bike Park in Lebanon, Indiana. The Peoria Business Committee made the decision following joint consultation with The City of Lebanon, Peoria Cultural Preservation and Miami Nation of Oklahoma. The decision was made official based on The City of Lebanon’s commitment to the historic integrity of Wea Chief “Stone Eater” and in cooperation with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), promoting family values, youth development, personal character, service, and community cycling.
“We are thrilled the Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma has made their support for Stone Eater Bike Park official,” said City of Lebanon Engineer Kevin Krulik. “With the rich Native American history in the area, it was the City’s desire from the park’s inception to honor Wea Chief Stone Eater. The Peoria Tribe was receptive to the idea from the beginning, and we look forward to continuing the partnership throughout the construction of the park, and beyond.”
The Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma are federally recognized as the confederated Wea, Kaskaskia, Peoria and Piankeshaw people, per Ratified Indian Treaty of 1854. Chief Ahsenahamanka “Stone Eater” was first historically recorded in the early 1800s and was a prominent civil leader for the Waayaahtanwa after they left the site today known as Ouiatanon. Chief Stone Eater was trusted by William Henry Harrison to carry messages during the period leading up to the War of 1812.
Stone Eater Bike Park is expected to be complete in the fall of 2023. When finished, Stone Eater Bike Park will cover 110 acres, and will be a reuse of the city’s landfill. Stone Eater Bike Park will feature five miles of all weather trails, that can be used for mountain biking, walking, or running. Through the partnership with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, the park will also serve as a venue for sanctioned youth mountain bike races. Cross country running races will also be held at Stone Eater Bike Park, through a partnership with Lebanon Community School Corporation’s Cross Country teams.
Stone Eater Bike Park will feature information and educational exhibits, further honoring the Wea Chief Stone Eater.