TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Leaders of five Indian tribes plan to join Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback this week for a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the state’s admission to the union.
The event is set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kansas State Historical Society in west Topeka.
Participants will include leaders from the four tribes with reservations in Kansas the Iowa, the Kickapoo, the Prairie Band Potawatomi and the Sac and Fox.
Also joining them will be representatives from the Kaw Nation, now based in northern Oklahoma. The Kaw were a prominent tribe in what became Kansas, but treaties before statehood in 1861 reduced the tribe’s lands and its members were pushed into Oklahoma after the Civil War.