Kansas Statehouse Event Honors Buffalo Soldiers

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A ceremony at the Kansas Statehouse honors Buffalo Soldiers for their service in the U.S. Army. Those African-American cavalry units began serving on the Great Plains after the Civil War. The Army disbanded the last unit in 1951, after President Truman had integrated the armed forces.

About 70 people attended the event Wednesday, the 140th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Arikaree in eastern Colorado, which pitted the Army against the Plains Indians. Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt said the soldiers served with honor and courage but haven't received the recognition they deserve.

Their designation as Buffalo Soldiers came from the Cheyenne
tribe, whose members had not seen African-American soldiers before.