Ioway Tribal Elder Pete Fee (Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska) looks over a map of the Ioway reservation in Kansas and Nebraska. The Ioways were moved to the reservation after the signing the "Platte Purchase" Treaty of 1836.
Platte County celebrates its 175th anniversary this year. The 12-month celebration, sponsored by the Platte County 175th Celebration Committee and Platte County Parks and Recreation, kicked off at the Platte County Courthouse in Platte City on December 31, 2013, and featured spring home tours, a Civil War re-enactment at Camden Point, summer historical society special collection displays, and a Bonnie and Clyde symposium.
The committee also devoted August to the Native American story in Platte County. The weekend of August 15-16th is dedicated to the Ioway Nations, with special presentations by representatives of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska: Ioway Tribal Elder Pete Fee, Ioway artist/culturalist and writer Lance Foster (The Indians of Iowa, Sacred Bundles of the Ioway Indians), Ioway singers Nathaniel and Duane Scates; Ioway Tribal Elder Joyce BigSoldier Miller from the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma; historian/writer Greg Olson (author of The Ioway in Missouri and Great Walker: Ioway Leader); and a special screening of Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle's award-winning documentary Lost Nation: The Ioway 2.
"We wrestle with Native American history the same as we do slavery. How do we acknowledge a painful past while not obscuring the positives and cultural contributions?" wrote Bill Graham, a reporter for the Platte County Citizen, who encouraged readers to mark their calendars. "Some thoughtful educational events are slated regarding Native Americans in Platte County and the nation. All events are free and will be at the Meeting House at Park University, 8700 N.W. River Park Drive in Parkville, Missouri." (read full article HERE.)
Lance Foster (Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska), Artist & author of "The Indians of Iowa" will speak on August 16.
The 1836 Treaty known as "The Platte Purchase" resulted from pressures by the intrusion of American Europeans on the Ioways' and other American Indians' remaining lands in Missouri. The Ioway and the Sac & Fox of Missouri agreed to relinquish the land and move across the Missouri River to a reservation bordering Kansas and Nebraska.
At Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, with Superintendent of Indian Affairs William Clark presiding, the "Platte Purchase" Treaty was signed on September 17, 1836 by a number of Ioway leaders, including Mahaska (White Cloud II) and Notchininga (No Heart), and leaders of the Sac and Fox.
The tribes were paid $7,500 for their land and the U.S. government was to "build five comfortable houses for each tribe, break up 200 acres of land, fence 200 acres of land, furnish a farmer, blacksmith, teacher, interpreter, provide agricultural implements, furnish livestock."
"The lands of the Platte Purchase [included] lands in northwest Missouri where today we find St. Joseph among other cities. In addition the Ioways were assigned a reservation in Kansas, much larger than the one of today, with the first village on the mouth of the Wolf River. Within a year or so that village was abandoned and the greatest number living in family groups between Highland and Iowa Point." Ioway.NativeWeb.Org
All Platte County 175th Anniversary Celebration events are free to the public. Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 will screen on Friday, August 15th, 2014, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Park University "Meeting House", 8700 N.W. River Park Drive, Parkville, Missouri. Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the film.
On Saturday, August 16th, presentations continue in the Park University "Meeting House", 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with: historian/author Greg Olson speaking on the Platte Purchase and the relocation of the Ioways to the reservation near White Cloud, Kansas; Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska's Pete Fee, Lance Foster, Duane and Nathaniel Scates; and Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma's Joyce BigSoldier Miller present on Ioway culture, music, heritage and the Ioway of today.