TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ 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
Their designation as Buffalo Soldiers came from the Cheyenne
tribe, whose members had not seen African-American soldiers before.
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