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Kaw Nation to Hold Official Powwow Near Council Grove

The seal of the Sovereign Nation of the Kaw

COUNCIL GROVE, Kan. (AP) — An American Indian tribe is poised to hold its first official powwow for the first time in 142 years on its own land near Council Grove. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Kaw Nation, also called the Kanza, is scheduled this weekend to hold the powwow, with more than 300 dancers. The Kaw Indians had claimed a territory that covered parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, but by the mid-19th century it was forced into what's now Oklahoma. The tribe's legacy and culture is ingrained in Kansas history. The state took its name from the tribe, and a Kaw warrior stands atop the dome of the state Capitol. The Kaw Nation in 2000 purchased more than 145 acres of land along the Little John Creek near Council Grove.


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