Flagler College and the National Park Service, with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, announce a Native American Heritage Month program. Special events will take place to remember and honor the Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors imprisoned at Fort Marion (Castillo de San Marcos) from 1875-1878.
Fort Marion (now Castillo de San Marcos) was used as a prison for Native Americans during conflicts in the 19th Century (1837, 1870s, and 1880s). The National Park Service, in coordination with Flagler College, continues to learn and develop new ways to interpret these significant periods in the history of Castillo de San Marcos. Together, the National Park Service and Flagler College have worked closely with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma to explore the much-needed perspective of the descendants of those imprisoned.
Educational sessions will be presented in thirty three minute increments, with breaks. Topics will include history of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the long-lasting impacts and intergenerational trauma of imprisonments and assimilation efforts, Native American prisoner of war burials in St. Augustine, and the importance and impact of art in recording and preserving Tribal heritage. For more detailed information, please visit www.flagler.edu/castillo.