The Native American Community Resource Coalition will commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 7 at the Mid-America All-Indian Museum (MAAIM), 650 N Seneca St. The Trail of Tears Memorial will begin with a blessing and reading of the proclamation stating that the City of Wichita will recognize Monday, October 9 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, followed by a walk around the drum on the back grounds of the museum. This walk honors those who suffered during the Trail of Tears and ensures the memory of that piece of American history is remembered.
This event is free and open to the public. Community Resource and Health Stations will be onsite to administer flu shots and test for blood sugar, high blood pressure and HIV. Hands-on projects and games for children will also be available.
Following the Indigenous Peoples Remembrance Day from 2 – 8 p.m., MAAIM will host the Wichita All-Nations Powwow Council for their Powwow.
MAAIM will also host a Senior Wednesday talk about Indigenous Peoples Remembrance Day from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27. Entry is $2 and includes museum admission. Admission is free for museum members.
The Indigenous People’s Day events are hosted by the Native American Community Resource Coalition, which includes Ascension Living Hope, Native American Elders Council, Native American Parents Advisory Council, Greater Wichita Cherokee Community, Hunter Health, Wichita Indian United Methodist Church, Kansas Department for Children and Families, Kaw Nation CCDF, USD 259 Native American Indian Education Program, MMIW Wichita-KS Chapter and MAAIM.
Visitors are asked to park at Exploration Place and walk across the Keeper Plaza to MAAIM, as the small parking lot in front of the museum is reserved for elders and those who are handicapped.