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Commemoration of the sesquicentennial of Kansas statehood

Friday, November 18, 2011



Governor Sam Brownback, left, and Michael Zogry,
acting director, Indigenous Studies

Michael Zogry, acting director of Indigenous Studies, attended an event Nov. 16 commemorating the sesquicentennial of Kansas statehood.

Leaders from the five American Indian tribes of Kansas (Iowa, Sac & Fox, Kickapoo, Prairie Band Potawatomi, and Kaw Nation) joined Kansas Governor Sam Brownback at the event, which also included a welcome from Chris Howell, executive director for the Kansas Native American Affairs Office, followed by posting of the colors by Prairie Band Post 410 Color Guard. Jennie Chinn, executive director of the Kansas Historical Society, made remarks about Kansas 150 events. Governor Brownback spoke and presented an American Bison from the state herd to each of the five tribes.

Click to see the proclamation.

The event was at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka.



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