AAA World Magazine, January 1, 2017

"Before popular legends of the Old West, before the pioneers and before the pre-statehood Bleeding Kansas confrontations, Kansas was home to several Native American Indian tribal nations, and Native American culture continues to thrive in the state today. Tucked throughout the Sunflower State in museums, cultural centers and parks graced with statues is evidence of the history and culture of the state's first people.

Even the state's name is derived from the Kaw Nation--also known as Kansa or Kanza, meaning People of the Wind. Kansas cities, too, took names originating from indigenous people's languages--Wichita, Lenexa and Olathe, to name just a few."

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