THE KANSAS INSTITUTE
FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND NATIVE-AMERICAN
This website concerns: African American history -- especially
historic and current connections with Native Americans, Black history,
social history of the American Mid-West, family history, and commemorating Kansas history.
New video material added Feb. 28, 2014 (Scroll down to end of the Forum section below)
-- OUR 2012 PUBLIC FORUM --
“Out of the shadows:
Notable African American families
and sites of Mid-America”
Saturday, August 25, 2012 -- 10am to 2pm
at The Black Archives of Mid-America
1722 E. 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108
Sponsored by The KIAANAFH (with partial support by FFNHA, the Black Archives
and the M.I.T. Political Science Dept.)
African Native American Genealogy
Forum for all topics on Black/Indian connections, especially the recent
controversies regarding restoration of historic citizenship rights for "Freedman"
Freedmen Descendants of the 5 Tribes website
Creek Freedman Organization
For current news from an Indian nations perspective, click here
The "Bleeding Kansas Heritage Area Project" has been transformed into the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (click here for its website)-- --
(for information on ALL the Heritage Areas, click here )
Black Archives of Mid-America
BLACK PAST: African American History
through people and places;
see especially the vignette of Seminole Chiefs Billy Bowleg (Halpata & Sonaki Micco)
National Resources for doing genealogy on African Americans and Native Americans
AfroAmerican Historical and Genealogy Society
Afrigeneas - genealogy and history site
African American Museum Wichita
Mid West Indian Center Wichita
Heart of America Indian Center KC MO
African-Native online exhibit National American Indian Museum
Regarding the historic underground railroad site at the Quindaro Ruins:
listen to an interesting radio interview on the KC Currents show at KCUR (brought to our attention by Marvin S. Robinson II) http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kcur/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1837930
For an earlier Los Angeles Times archive article on the Quindaro Ruins site: Click here
The KIAANAFH is an independent, non-profit, membership organization founded
in 1991 to promote the preservation, documentation and appreciation of family
identity, traditions, and achievements of the members of the African American
and Native American communities of the Mid-West United States. The
KIAANAFH aims to assist families with a regional base of ancestral roots
and widely scattered branches, to know, preserve, strengthen and celebrate
their own achievements.
The KIAANAFH was founded by persons whose parents or grandparents were/are still resident in Kansas, or whose current work is associated with the study and preservation of historical material relating to Kansas. Many of them represent mixtures of African American and Native American descent, or have "Freedman," and/or “comrade in arms” connections with Native American peoples. Many of them are academicians, in a variety of fields, who can help identify and mobilize resources to assist families to document themselves more fully and to preserve their important memorabilia. In particular, they aim to improve the resource base for revealing and commemorating the often neglected and difficult to document aspects of African American and Native American genealogical and historical relationships.
Monetary contributions made to the KIAANAFH are tax deductible.
Other KIAANAFH PAST ACHIEVEMENTS include:
* CHEROKEE NATION CENSUS (1869/1870): transcription of a Cherokee pension census commissioned in 1869, and supervised by Capt. J. W. Craig. It records ALL known residents in the territory of The Cherokee Nation (Indian Territory/Oklahoma) including colored persons, whether citizens or not, and intruders. This census was submitted to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Dec. 1871 by F. E. Foster, Sp. Agent in the Pension Office. It had been lost in the National Archives since 1871. KIAANAFH members may request lookups for up to five individuals -contact Pres. Willard R. Johnson at the address below.
Mr. Lyle Gibson
Mrs. Thirkelle Howard
Mr. Charles F. McAfee
Ms Geri Sanders
Ms. Deborah Tucker
To join the KIAANAFH download and fill out this form
and send $25/yr to our Treasurer.
( Make checks payable to “KIAANAFH” -- plese note that contributions and membership payments are NOT tax deductible)
Ms. Edith Walker
492 Beacon St. #76
Boston, MA 02115
Prof. Willard R. Johnson
Cambridge, MA 02139
tel: 617 253 2952 fax 617 258 6164
Mr. Eric Kirkwood
(KIAANAFH Resident Agent)
2530 N. 54th St.
Kansas City, KS 66104