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"If the Union Wins, We Won't Have Anything Left": The Rise and Fall of the Southern Cherokees of Kansas
Maps, photos, and article about the Cherokees of Kansas and their settlement of the Cherokee Neutral Lands and Chetopa, Kansas, area. Includes a table "Heads of Cherokee Families Identified as Living on...
A Pictorial Historian
Brief article describing a George Catlin exhibit on loan (from the Smithsonian American Art Museum) to the Museum of the American West in Los Angeles from the Smithsonian Institution from Jun 4-August...
All Indian Trails Lead to Lawrence, October 27 to 30, American Identity and the Dedication of Haskell Institute's Football Stadium
Haskell Indian Institute (now Haskell Indian Nations University), located in Lawrence, Kansas, opened in 1884 and its curriculum resembled that of Carlisle Institute, an Indian training school located...
Announcements: Native American Heritage Museum
Photo and description about the Native American Heritage Museum "located at the Highland Mission State Historic Site, Highland, Kansas," and "administered by the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka,"...
Ask the Marshall
Question and answer column including a statistical summary of casualties incurred during the ''Indian Wars'' in the western United States. The author writes that in 1,240 post-Civil War engagements, 2,125...
Before Manifest Destiny
Article describes 16 points of interest in the United States and Canada for people interested in ''Old West'' trading posts and Indian factory replicas.
Choosing Sides: American Indians Square off in Southwest Missouri
A look at Indian involvement in Civil War battles in Missouri which "holds the distinction of having been the stage for the only conflict of the war, the First Battle of Newtonia, in which American Indian...
Chronology of Cyprien Chouteau's Life
Chronology of trader Cyprien Chouteau's life, beginning with his birth on October 1, 1804 in St. Louis, Missouri, including his settlement in the Randolph area in the 1820's, and concluding with his death...
Conflicts and Contacts Between Native Americans and White Settlers, With Special Reference to Emporia and Lyon County, Kansas, 1854-1870
The article presents the clash of culture that happened between the Indians, particularly the Kansa Indians and the Sac and Fox tribes, and the settlers in Lyon County, Kansas in the mid- nineteenth century....
Coon Creek Crossings on the Santa Fe Trail
Article discusses the several Santa Fe Trail crossings of Coon Creek, a tributary of the Arkansas River flowing through Ford, Edwards, and Pawnee Counties in Kansas. Coon Creek's proximity to Fort Larned...
Digging Up Massacres
Interview with and description of the writings of Jerome A. Greene, a National Park Service historian who conducted investigations into the archaeology and legacy of the Sand Creek Massacre. The study...
Don Santiago Kirker, The King of New Mexico
November 1, 2006
Biographical article describing James Kirker, a controversial mercenary and early Santa Fe Trail adventurer of Scots-Irish descent. Among his many pursuits, Kirker led raiding bands of displaced Shawnee...
El Cuartelejo: Pueblo on the High Plains
Article describes in detail the ruins of El Cuartelejo, the only known dwelling of "Pueblo Indians" in the state of Kansas. Refugees from the Taos pueblo in northern New Mexico came to the area of Scott...
Fort Osage: First Settlement in Jackson County
October 3, 1921
Article about the history of Fort Osage, commonly known as the first white settlement in Jackson County, Missouri, from 1808 to 1827. Discussion of the events before 1808 leading to its establishment and...
Items listed in Malcolm Conn's Store Ledger, Council Grove, Kansas, 1859
November 1, 2006
Article consists of a lengthy list transcribed from the business ledger of Malcom Conn, owner of the "Stone Store" in Council Grove, Kansas during the Santa Fe Trail era. The list enumerates items sold...
Keepers of the Plains
Article describes various museums and locations of interest in Kansas pertaining to local Native American history.
Landscapes of Removal and Resistance, Edwin James's Nineteenth-Century Cross-Cultural Collaborations
Article discusses Edwin James's early career as botanist on the Long expedition to the Rocky Mountains and his collaborative works with John Tanner as well as Stephen H. Long. According to the author,...
Medicine Snake Woman
Article describing the life of Natawista (Natoyist-Siksina), also known as Medicine Snake Woman. A Blackfoot Indian born in 1824, she married fur trader Alexander Culbertson in 1840, and became an important...
More Reports of the Fur Trade and Inland Trade to Mexico
Second in a two-part series of articles reproducing letters and other reports by prominent fur traders or government officials involved in the fur trade or inland trade with Mexico in 1831. Among the report...
Murder On the Santa Fe Trail: The United States v. See See Sah Mah and Escotah
The article covers the case against See See Sah Mah and Escotah, two Sac Indians accused in the murder of trader Norris Colburn on the Santa Fe Trail in 1847. The article illustrates the "larger story...
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