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Kanza: The Forgotten Kansas Natives

TheDarkestPeriod RonParksThe Native American people known as the Kanza Indians are mostly gone from Kansas. But here, in the state that bears their name, you can still find remnants of when the Kanza called this place home. The tribe lived here for generations before they were forced to move south into present-day Oklahoma. Commentator Rex Buchanan says a new book on the history of the Kanza provides insight into this group of people, about which most modern-day Kansans know so little.

RB-3Commentator Rex Buchanan is the interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas. He's also a frequent contributor to KPR's Morning Edition. You'll find more of his work on the KPR website.

The new book from Ron Parks is called: "The Darkest Period: The Kanza Indians and Their Last Homeland." It's available from the University of Oklahoma Press.


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