Medicine Lodge Indian Peace Treaty

A celebration of the history and heritage of Medicine Lodge, Kansas


Peace Treaty

September 2019

The next Peace Treaty festival is scheduled for September 27, 28 and 29, 2019. In addition to the myriad community activities, it’s the next opportunity to experience several signature Peace Treaty events.

image of Native Americans at a powwowPeace Treaty Powwow
Attending a powwow gives spectators the opportunity to learn more about the history of Native Americans by witnessing a centuries-old tradition. learn more

image of man riding bucking horsePeace Treaty’s Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo
Teams are invited to compete in events much like day work on the ranch with thrilling action featuring calf branding, team penning, wild cow milking and more. learn more

Image of Carrie Nation in the night showPeace Treaty’s Historical Night Show
Don’t miss the historical reenactments on Friday and Saturday night. learn more

The 2019 Peace Treaty festival events will also include a concert, craft fair and more. We’ll be adding information about these events over the coming months.

Peace Treaty Pageant

September 2021

In addition to the activities found in Peace Treaty’s yearly festival, the Peace Treaty Pageant weekend features many more activities.

image of grandstands full of attendees at Memorial Peace ParkPeace Treaty Pageant
The reenactment of the history surrounding the signing of the peace treaty is the main event. learn more

covered wagons on Main Street in Medicine Lodge during recent paradePeace Treaty Parades
Parades on Main Street each day provide an up-close view of the actors, wagons, horses, Native Americans and more. learn more

About the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant

The Medicine Lodge Indian Peace Treaty Pageant commemorates the Great Peace Council of 1867 between the US Government and the five Plains Tribes: Apache, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Comanche and Kiowa.

The large-scale reenactment takes place in a natural amphitheater just east of Medicine Lodge in the beautiful Gyp Hills near the original site of the council where the Medicine River and Elm Creek flow together. It compresses 300 years of history into two hours of entertainment and education, celebrating the diverse cultures of the native peoples, discoverers, explorers and settlers.

The pageant is an invitation to watch history unfold. Witness the Spanish discovery with Coronado. Lewis and Clark and Zebulon Pike come alive on the prairie. The natives become unsure of their place in their homelands. Cowboys drive a herd of longhorn cattle. The settlers move west ahead of the impending railroads. Not all are peaceful journeys in the covered wagons, and the cavalry must rescue settlers from a warrior attack.

Learn about the history of the pageant

History

It was 1917 that citizens of Medicine Lodge decided to commemorate the Treaty of Medicine Lodge, signed in 1867. learn more