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Jess McPherson had a request for those gathered Wednesday to consecrate the land where Landis Place on King will be built.

Due to Covid-19, Native American communities are suffering great losses among their elders, their “culture bearers,” said McPherson, of Circle Legacy Center, an artist and Native American activist.

“I ask you today as you build this home for your elders, your knowledge keepers, your culture bearers, please remember how dear and important they must be to all of us,” she said.

a woman watering a tree as part of a ceremony.
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