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KPR airs comments, essays and book and movie reviews from a bevy of regular contributors. Those commentators include William Jennings Bryan Oleander (aka Tom Averill - Writer-in-Residence at Washburn University), Cheryl Unruh (columnist for the Emporia Gazette), Rex Buchanan (Interim Director of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas) and John Richard Schrock (Emporia State University biology professor).

Remembering the "Kidder Massacre" in Northwest Kansas

Depiction of the scene, witnessed by George Armstrong Custer, following the "Kidder Massacre" in Sherman County, Kansas, in the summer of 1867. (Image credit: Harper's Weekly)

Almost 150 years ago this month, a group of Union Army soldiers were attacked and killed by Indians on the High Plains of northwest Kansas in what's come to be called the "Kidder Massacre" by some historians.  Like many Native Americans, Commentator Rex Buchanan doesn't refer to the attack as a "massacre," but he did recently visit the site of the battle, near Beaver Creek in Sherman County.

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