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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Visit Wichita markets the greater Wichita area as a major convention and tourism destination, thereby enhancing the economic development of the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by President and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2013 travel and tourism contributed more than $1 billion in economic impact to the Wichita MSA.