The past of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area is full of Native American history and heritage. Prior to U.S. acquisition in the Louisiana Purchase, the territory home to various American Indians, including the Osage, Otoe, and Kanza, and claimed by French and Spanish. Missouri quickly became settled by people from the upper South moving west bringing with them enslaved African Americans. Missouri also had a significant German population, while the Santa Fe Trail helped to bring Mexican culture to the area. After the Indian Removal Act, many eastern tribes, including the Miami, Munsee, Shawnee, Pottawatomi, Piankeshaw, Sac and Fox, Kaskaskia, Quapaw, Wea, Peoria, Ottawa, Delaware, Ojibwa, and Wyandot, were moved in the Indian Territory east of Missouri.
Many of our partner museums and historic sites include American Indian history in their interpretation. Click here for the full list. Don’t forget to plan to attend Native Neighbors of Freedom’s Frontier in October 2016 at Fort Scott National Historic Site!