"I was born on the prairie where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no inclosures and where everything drew a free breath. I want to die there and not within walls."
— Quote from Comanche Chief Ten Bears at 1867 Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty
Go anywhere in Kansas and the influence of the Native American tribes who lived on this land is there. It is in the names we give our places: the Ninnescah and Kansas rivers; our cities: White Cloud, Topeka, Wichita and Tonganoxie; and counties, Pawnee, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Osage, Ottawa, Pottawatomie and more.
Explore the back roads and look closely on sandstone bluffs at the drawings — of teepees and stars, deer and bison — centuries after they were etched; walk in fields and see the pottery shards and arrowheads.
After more than 15 decades of pioneers plowing the prairie and building cities, the Native American mounds and sacred places of the first civilizations of Kansas have not been destroyed. "We are still here.”
Text summarized and credited to Beccy Tanner and The Wichita Eagle. Read the full story here.
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