NORTH NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman who sold land that's been farmed by her family for five generations has donated a portion of the profits to help preserve the heritage of the Native American landowners more than a century before her: the Kaw Nation.
Florence Schloneger tells the Wichita Eagle that she gifted $10,000 to the nonprofit Kanza Heritage Society as a way to acknowledge that her family's ownership of the McPherson County land "came at a great cost" to the Kaw, or Kanza, people.
Schloneger's family owned 320 acres of prairie that was historically Kaw hunting grounds.
The nonprofit's president, Jim Pepper Henry, says Schloneger's donation is a first for the tribe. Henry believes many are starting to understand the lands their families acquired over the years were swindled, coerced and even forcibly taken from the Kaw people.