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Guests are Jon Boursaw, retired CPN Cultural heritage director and CPN member, and Kelli Mosteller, CPNM member and current Cultural Heritage Center Director. They discuss the November 5, 2011 celebration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the 1861 treaty between the then-Mission Band of Potawatomi Indians and the U.S> government.

Mosteller explains that the 1861 treaty created a path to U.S. citizenship for members of what was renamed the Citizen Band of Potawatomi Indians. She explains the import of the treaty for the Citizen Potawatomis’ future and how the tribe’s leaders of the late 1800s used its language to improve the location and size of plots of land available to Citizen Potawatomi members through allotment after they moved to Indian Territory.

Boursaw says the treaty-signing anniversary celebration will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 5 at the Kansas State Historical Society grounds at 6425 S.W. 6th Avenue in Topeka.

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