News Release 372

Native American Heritage Month observed Nov. 12 at Van Meter State Park

Volume 39-372 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., NOV. 2, 2011 -- Observe Native American Heritage Month with a special program on American Indian involvement in the Civil War Nov. 12 at Van Meter State Historic Site near Miami. The free program will be given at 2 p.m. in Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center and the public is invited.

Steve Cottrell, author of “Civil War in the Indian Territory,” will discuss American Indian involvement in Missouri Civil War battles and skirmishes. The program will include a documentary on the Battle of Newtonia in southwest Missouri. At this battle in 1862, Missouri American Indians served on both the Union and Confederate sides.

Steve Cottrell is a descendant of a Sixth Kansas Cavalry member who served in the Indian Territory during the Civil War. He has participated in several battle re-enactments, including the Academy Award-winning motion picture “Glory.” Cottrell is also the author of “Civil War in Texas and New Mexico Territory,” “Civil War in Tennessee,” and “Haunted Ozark Battlefields.”

From May through September, Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The center is closed Monday and Tuesday. Van Meter State Park is located 12 miles northwest of Marshall on Highway 122. For more information, contact the park at 660-886-7537 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-349-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit