History swept under a prairie

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To the naked eye, this 160-acre section of windswept prairie tucked in the far southeast corner of Ness County is just a pasture.

Dig deeper, Kansas researchers Leo Oliva and George Elmore say. Evidence rests below the soil, in old documents stored in Washington and in the diaries of the past.

It once was a Cheyenne and Sioux village of around 1,500, dotted by 300 lodges - a wintering spot before the spring buffalo hunts.

Until, that is, the U.S. military burned the entire village to the ground.

More than 140 years have passed since the act that historians say was a pivotal point in the Indian wars of 1864-1868. Now these historians are trying to put the spot back on the map - hoping the U.S. government will declare it a National Historic Site....

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