Nez Perce Trail Extension Project
Kansas & Oklahoma

Baxter Springs, Kansas Unveiling (Nov 2005)
 
McCormack Landscape Architecture teamed with Nez Perce historian Crystal White to design and develop three interpretive sites in Kansas and Oklahoma in order to have the sites certified as part of the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail. The interpretive panels portray the story of the Nimiipuu, or Nez Perce during their period of exile in Indian Territory from 1878 to 1885.


Bicentennial Park (Quapaw, Oklahoma) Unveiling (Nov 2005) 
 
Since the project sites were located within the traditional homelands of other tribes, MLA consulted with several Kansas and Oklahoma tribes to develop the interpretive sites. The three sites were unveiled in 2005 and 2006, and were well attended by Nez Perce descendants, Oklahoma and Kansas tribal leaders, historians, and the local print and television media. The formal unveiling ceremonies included traditional prayers, songs and drum presentations, followed by a traditional meal hosted by the local tribes.
 
Tonkawa, Oklahoma Unveiling (Sept 2006)

Client: USDA Forest Service - Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail
Completion Date: 2005-2006