Kaw Nation to dedicate new park features on original land near Council Grove

Public is invited to dance and ceremony at historic site

COUNCIL GROVE – The Kaw Nation will dedicate a new dance arbor, campsites and trails at Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015. Native dancers will perform at 3:30 p.m. at the dance arbor. Visitors are advised to bring a lawn chair. The park is located 3 1/2 miles south of Council Grove on Dunlap Road, then one-half mile east on X Avenue. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park and campsites are a short distance from the Flint Hills Nature Trail.

The dedication will be led by Kaw Nation Tribal Council Chair Elaine Huch and council members Erin Kekahbah, Gena Warren, Jason Murray, Jim Lesert, Patti Kramer and Terry Pepper Clinton.

Council Grove was the last location of the Kanzas before they were removed to Indian Territory in 1873. On February 28, 2000, the Kaw Nation purchased 146.8 acres of their original land along Little John Creek, and it was dedicated as Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park on April 20, 2002. In August 2013, the Kaw Nation was awarded a $350,000 grant from the Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism for a dance arbor and trails and campground improvements at the park. Groundbreaking for the arbor took place in September 2014. K-Construction, of Alta Vista, was selected to build the arbor, and it was completed in March 2015.

The tribe intends to re-establish a Kaw Nation presence in Kansas, and develop the park as a cultural gathering place for educating the public, promoting tourism, and preserving Kanza heritage.

For more information visit www.kawnation.com.

Information provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

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