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Join the National Park Service and partners for special free events in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Made possible with close partnership with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, the Kiowa Tribe, the Comanche Nation, and the Caddo Nation, as well as partners from the Florida National Guard, Flagler College and the University of Central Florida.

Fort Marion was known as the old fort in St. Augustine through much of the 1800s. And, it served as a military prison where Native Americans were incarcerated during three different time periods. These included the Seminole in 1837, warriors of five Plains tribes in 1875-1878, and the Apache in 1886-1887.

This year’s commemorations and memorial events will feature representatives from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the Kiowa Tribe, the Comanche Nation and the Caddo Nation – all traveling from Oklahoma – sharing the history of their ancestors and honoring those who were imprisoned.

Event Schedule
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 — 9:00am-12:00pm and Thursday, November 16, 2023 — 9:00am-3:00pm
Educational Sessions (Open to the Public) — at Flagler College’s Ringhaver Student Center. Includes – presentations by ledger artists, the sharing of history by descendants of the imprisoned warriors, sessions on the legacy and impact of the 1870s imprisonments today. Click the attached for all the details.  Click the attached for information on the schedule; Honoring_Historic_Footprints_Flyer

Thursday, November 16, 2023 — 3:45pm
A Memorial Ceremony — at Castillo de San Marcos. General public admission will be Free to attend this event inside the fort.  Includes – a gathering of tribe members, the playing of TAPS, the firing of a cannon salute, and a Kiowa Victory Dance.

Image used is from the Castillo’s website.


November 15, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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50 Sevilla Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States
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St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States
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