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Cultural Systems


Develop Tribal Tours and Trails Throughout the Region

Be in touch with the Flint Hills Regional Council to develop regional tribal tours and trails.

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Tool Information


  1. Awareness
  2. Celebrate Culture
  3. Tourism


This tool creates outdoor recreation and education opportunities for all ages and backgrounds around the history of the Plains Indian tribes of the region. Partnerships and collaboration between state and tribal governments, and state-wide cultural agencies will allow more resources to be allotted to expand existing trail programs to include tribal information (history, cultural traditions, language, environmental education). This tool works best when it is combined with the Develop National Recreation/Cultural Destinations tools.

Implementation Strategy

Champions and Partners

  • KS Department of Parks and Wildlife
  • US Fish and Wildlife – Flint Hills Legacy Conservation Area
  • Flint Hills Discovery Center
  • Osage Nation
  • Kaw Nation
  • Kansas Nature Conservancy
  • Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy
  • Sunflower Rail-Trails
  • KDOT
  • Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, National Park Service
  • Large landowners and current guest ranches (Hoy Family, RK Cattle Co., Grandview Ranch (Jan Jantzen), Cedar Bluffs Guest Ranch, Pilgrim Ranch Retreat)
  • Suzan Barnes (group tour packages)
  • Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission
  • Kansas Citizens for the Arts
  • Kansas Humanities Council
  • Haskell Indian Nations University


Short (1-3 years)



Cost Details

This tool will require 1-2 full time staff as well as a volunteer advisory group to create the comprehensive study of paths, history, cultural traditions, language, and environmental educational materials in collaboration with public and private cultural recreation organizations from Kansas, Oklahoma, the Kaw Nation, and the Osage Nation. The design and implementation of the educational materials, signage, integration with tourism marketing and websites will require artistic problem-solving and cultural aptitude.

Funding Sources

Preserve America Grant program

  • The Preserve America matching-grant program provides planning funding to designated Preserve America Communities to support preservation efforts through heritage tourism, education, and historic preservation planning.

Save America’s Treasures Grant program

  • The Federal Save America’s Treasures program is one of the largest and most successful grant programs for the protection of our nation’s endangered and irreplaceable cultural heritage. Grants are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and historic structures and sites.

Tribal Heritage Grants

  • The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes grants to federally recognized Indian tribes for cultural and historic preservation projects. These grants assist Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations in protecting and promoting their unique cultural heritage and traditions.

National Trust Preservation Fund

  • Grants from National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector.


Case Study

Washunga Days

Each year in June, the town of Council Grove and the Kaw nation celebrate Washunga Days. This year’s festival includes an intertribal powwow and parade. At the parade the Washunga Days Kaw Princess, Kaw Nation CEO and tribal citizens are honored. There will be dulcimer and Native American flute playing. The events take place at the Kaw Mission State historic site structure which showcases the heritage of the Kaw Indians, the Santa Fe Trail and early Council Grove.




This event celebrates cultural traditions of tribes native to Kansas and Oklahoma.