The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory

On Wednesday, February 22, 7-8:30pm in Marvin Auditorium 101C, the library will host Kansas authors James N. Leiker and Ramon Powers as they discuss their new book The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory.

Northern Cheyenne ExodusThe Exodus of the Northern Cheyenne synopsis: The Northern Cheyenne Indians’ attempt to flee from Indian Territory and return to their homeland in Montana in 1878 and 1879 is an important event in American Indian history. It is equally important in the history of towns like Oberlin, Kansas, where more than 40 settlers died at the hands of Cheyenne warriors on their flight north. Subsequently more than 60 Cheyennes were killed when they resisted the U.S. Army’s order to return to Indian Territory. The authors explore ways in which the event has been remembered, told and retold.

Leiker is associate professor of History at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. He earned his undergraduate degree from Fort Hays State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kansas. He has numerous publications including Racial Borders: Black Soldiers along the Rio Grande and The Changing Village: A History of Antonino, Kansas, 1905-2005.

Powers, formerly executive director of the Kansas State Historical Society, also holds an undergraduate degree and an M.A. from Fort Hays State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He is the author of numerous articles on Plains Indian history.

Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the author talk. For more information please call the Topeka Room at 785-580-4510.

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