Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska

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Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
FOUR WOMEN OF THE IOWA INDIAN TRIBE ARE SHOWN WEARING A MODERN VERSION OF THEIR COSTUMES ON THE MAIN STREET OF WHITE... - NARA - 557158.tif
Four Iowa women in White Cloud, Kansas, 1974
Total population
2,000 (1990s)[1]
Regions with significant populations
 United States
( Kansas and  Nebraska)
Languages
English, Iowa
Religion
traditional tribal religion, Christianity, Native American Church
Related ethnic groups
other Iowa people, Otoe, Missoria

The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska is one of two federally recognized tribes of Iowa people. The other is the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma.

They hold an annual Indian rodeo and a powwow every September.[2]

Reservation[edit]

The Iowa Reservation is located in Richardson County in southeastern Nebraska and Brown and Doniphan Counties in northeastern Kansas. It spans 1,500 acres of checkerboard lands, alternating between tribal and non-Native ownership.

Government[edit]

The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska is headquartered in White Cloud, Kansas. The tribe is governed by a five-member council. The current administration is as follows.

  • Chairperson: Tim Rhodd
  • Vice-Chairperson: Coreena Adkins
  • Treasurer: Rachel Kent
  • Secretary: Tony Fee
  • Council: Robbie Craig.[3]

Economic development[edit]

The tribe owns and operates a dairy farm, fuel station, grain processing operation,[4] Casino White Cloud, and the Mahuska Restaurant, located in White Cloud, Kansas.[5]

History[edit]

The Iowa originally lived near the Great Lakes. In the 17th century, Iowa people lived in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. During the 1820s and 1830s, the tribe signed numerous treaties with the US federal government and were assigned a reservation near the Great Nemaha River near the Kansas–Nebraska border in 1836.[1]

In the 1870s, the tribe split into two groups, and the Southern Ioway moved to Indian Territory, while the Northern Ioway remained in Kansas and Nebraska.[1] They ratified their constitution and by-laws on February 26, 1937.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pritzker 323
  2. ^ "Pow-Wow." Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Executive Committee." Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  4. ^ Pritzker 324
  5. ^ "Casino White Cloud." 500 Nations. Retrieved 27 May 2013.

References[edit]

  • Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1

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