306. Kaw Mission (Exhibits about the Kaw and the Santa Fe Trail)

A National Park Service ranger holds a sign while standing near interpretive signs outside of Kaw Mission.
Interpretive Waysides on the grounds of Kaw Mission

By treaty, more than 1,600 Kanza were relocated from lands on the Missouri River to a reservation near Council Grove, Kansas, in 1846. The Santa Fe Trail had become a successful trade route that passed through the reservation. As more people headed west, either for trade or to settle, the Kanza’s reservation was reduced in size several time. In their final forced move, they were sent to Indian Territory, in present-day Oklahoma near Kaw City, which is where they are headquartered today.

These exhibits were developed by Kaw Mission State Historic Site, the Kaw Nation, and the National Park Service. They focus on how the Kaw Indians were forcibly relocated several times to reservations of different sizes and locations. They also describe life for the boys that attended school here at Kaw Mission.

From exhibits developed by the Kaw Mission State Historic Site, National Park Service, and Kaw Nation.

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