Treaty of the Little Arkansas

Thousands camped along the Little Arkansas River about five miles north of the present city of Wichita in October of 1865 for the negotiation and signing of the Treaty of the Little Arkansas. This treaty predated the Medicine Lodge Treaty by two years. Of the hundreds of treaties signed in U.S. history, none were ultimately honored.

Today the original treaty document resides at the National Archives in Washington D.C. The exhibit quality copy provided by the National Archives and exhibited here has been reproduced in its actual size. The original treaty was last exhibited in Kansas during the state’s centennial, celebrated in 1961.

The exhibit features a high quality reproduction of the Treaty from the National Archives, an artistic depiction of the Treaty signing recently commissioned by Fidelity Bank and a video of the treaty site today.