Welcome to the Kaw Nation

Allegawaho Park

Taylor, grandson of Allegawaho
Council Grove, Kan., August 1925

Allegawaho Park
“Ladies, Gentlemen and Friends:
“Hear me while I speak for my people, the living and the dead of the Kaw Nation. I am glad to be here with you at this celebration. We come back to the old reservation where the tribe lived many years. We dedicate this fine monument as the resting place of the remains of the unknown Indian. It will be a permanent memorial to our tribe, of which he was a brave warrior. From this monument hill, I look down, and across the rich Neosho Valley I see the old homes of my ancestors. Where have they gone? I see the bluffs, ravines, and streams where they hunted and fished. Many of them lived and died here long ago. Only a few are living who once called this their home. The others have gone over that
long trail of the stars to the Happy Hunting Grounds beyond. A few of the young members of the tribe come to this celebration you welcome us with signs and gifts of friendship. When we return to our Oklahoma reservation, we will tell of your great kindness. We will not forget.

“In old days, it was necessary to have a head chief. I am proud to say that my grandfather Allegawaho was Head Chief when the tribe was moved from here in 1873 to its new reservation in Oklahoma. It is my duty to speak these words of thanks for my people. On behalf of the Kaw Nation, living and dead, I now thank Mr. Frank Haucke and the many Council Grove friends for building this fine monument in memory of my people who lived in this beautiful place. Let it be a pledge of peace and friendship as long as the grass grows and the water runs along the Neosho Valley. The Great Spirits will reward your kindness. This is my prayer and the prayer of my people. We thank you. I have spoken.”

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Pete Taylor gave this speech in the language of the Kanza and Mr. Forest Chouteau repeated the content in English for the audience. This monument inscription is placed on the hill and is inscribed with “Unknown Kanza Warrior” placed here in 1925. The Kaw Nation purchased this property in October 2000 and named it Allegawaho Park. It is located south and east of Council Grove, Kan.

This commemorative act was prompted by the discovery of a warrior’s remains that were exposed by the cut bank erosion of a nearby streambed. The Warrior, his horse and his burial paraphernalia were entombed in the base of this 35-foot high monument on Aug. 12, 1925. This monument was built with rocks collected and hauled from nearby hills with the assistance of the local Boy Scouts and the American Legion. The body was originally found by the Boy Scouts. The Haucke family donated the land and assisted in the expense of the celebration. To thank Mr. Haucke for his dedication, the Kaw people granted him an honorary position as Chief of the Kaw and Ernest Thompson presented him with a headdress, blanket and other Indian objects. Mr. Haucke was also given a Kaw Indian name Ga-he-gah-skeh, which means White Chief. In his speech Mr. Haucke is noted as saying “After my father moved to the land formally occupied by the Indians he was kept busy reburying the dead when men would dig them up for the treasures which they never found.” In 1930 Vice President Charles Curtis came to the monument and performed a dedication ceremony to the Kaw People.

The casket was being transported by the American Legion Council Grove Post. The procession was made up of Kaw Tribal people that had journeyed to the site to pay tribute and show their respect. Some of the attendees that were in the procession are, the Ralph Pepper family, Forest Chouteau and family, Silas and Abby Conn, the Auld family, Walter, and Marie Kekahbah, William, Jess, and Ray Mehojah, Claude, Tahjahme, and Johnny R. McCauley, Tompahpe and Lucian Farnsworth.

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