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Chief Charles Little Coyote in Peace Treaty Parade
Chief Charles Little Coyote in Peace Treaty Parade. Photo: Bob Shriner

Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty

This three-day celebration of the 1867 treaty between the U.S. government and the five tribes of Plains Indians is held in Medicine Lodge every three years in late September. It centers around a colorful outdoor pageant re-enacting the events that led to the treaty. The pageant is held at the site of the treaty signing, at the confluence of Medicine River and Elm Creek on the Kansas prairie, now designated Memorial Peace Park. The first pageant was held in 1927, when the timing for the event was once every five years. The 2000 pageant marks the 20th presentation and will include an Intertribal Powwow featuring Native American dance competitions, crafts, and food booths. The event is documented in two videotapes, pageant programs -- including one from the 1927 production -- posters, slides, several postcards and historical text.

Originally submitted by: Jerry Moran, Representative (1st District).

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