FINALLY!!! The bugs are worked out of the layout, and our site is back in play! Check back often because you'll see a lot of new information on this site in almost every category!
The site is rolling out in phases.
Phase I - Basic Formatting: Implementing the new drop down menu feature, breaking the site into individual sections and providing access to new materials (a HUGE influx of new documents!)
Phase II -Additional Features will be Added:
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Search Function: will help viewers find the data they need
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About the Wyandot Nation of Kansas
The Wyandot Nation of Kansas is made up of the descendants of Wyandots formerly known as "absentee" or "citizen class Wyandot Indians. We called ourselves Wendat, meaning People of the Island. However, the French explorers and traders called us "Huron" which may have referred to the roach headdress worn by Wendat men. Our ancestral homeland is considered to be the area around Georgian Bay, an inlet of Lake Huron. Due to war and disease our people were forced to disperse; one group went east to Quebec the other south to Ohio, Michigan and Ontario. The name Wendat was Anglicized to Wyandot / Wyandott / Wyandotte while we were in Ohio and Michigan. In 1843, the Wyandots were the last of the Indian Tribes to leave Ohio and relocated to Kansas. Little did our ancestors realize that we were stepping into a political and social powder keg known as "Bloody Kansas". During this dangerous period, we founded the towns of Wyandott and Quindaro, which later became the City of Kansas City Kansas. The town of Quindaro was the first freeport on the Missouri River. Following the Civil War, the Wyandots that stayed in Kansas while others moved to Oklahoma came to be known as the Wyandot Nation of Kansas.
In response to the U.S.Government policies and procedures intent to dissolve American Indian tribes, along with repeated threats to commercially develop Huron Indian Cemetery, in Kansas City Kansas the Wyandot Nation of Kansas incorporated in the State of Kansas in 1959 . The Wyandot Nation of Kansas is currently petitioning the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs for federal recognition.
The Wyandot Nation of Kansas is dedicated to the preservation of Wyandot history and culture and the preservation, protection, restoration and maintenance of the Huron Indian Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.
Wyandot Nation of Kansas Votes "No Casino for Us"
During a tribal meeting in 1995, The Grand Council of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas voted unanimously that when we receive federal recognition, we will not pursue gaming, or enter into any form of casino developments. While gaming may be a viable means of revenue for some Native Nations, our vote reflects our collective belief that a casino development would not be in the best interests of our people.
The Wyandot Nation of Kansas is proud to be a member of the Wendat Confederacy. The historic Wendat Confederacy was in effect before our people were visited by Viking explorers and was reaffirmed on August 27, 1999 in Midland Ontario by the leaders of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas, Wyandott Nation of Oklahoma, Wyandotte Nation of Anderdon and the Huron Wendat of Wendake.
The Wyandot Nation of Kansas
P.O. Box 171755, Kansas City, KS 66117-0755