The ETZANOA Conservancy was formed by citizens of Cowley County Kansas to support and develop archaeological research, preservation, education and tourism in the surrounding area with an emphasis on ETZANOA.
Our plans include:
- Create “hand on”, project oriented, experiential learning opportunities for students and tourists.
- Encourage and assist archaeological research throughout the area.
- Preserve archaeological sites through education, agreement, outright ownership or other appropriate means.
- Work toward recognition of ETZANOA as a National Historic Landmark, National Historic Battlefield and World Heritage Site.
- Develop a Visitor Center Museum and Regional Archaeological Center.
- Work with property owners to create recreational activities that include archaeological learning opportunities.
- Promote archaeological projects that illuminate the 13,000-year history of Native Americans on the Great Plains.
The mission of the Etzanoa Conservancy, Inc is to conserve and secure archaeological sites and artifacts in Cowley County, Kansas, and the surrounding area and to support archaeological research, interpretation and education with an emphasis on Etzanoa, the Great Settlement of the Wichita Nation encountered in 1601 by New Mexico founder Don Juan de Oñate, the “Last Conquistador”.
Board of Directors
Warren “Hap” McLeod
Donald Blakeslee. Ph.D., Archaeologist
Ex-Officio Chamber of Commerce CEO
Ex-Officio City Manager of Ark City
Ex-Officio Cowley College President
Ex-Officio Ark City Library Director
Ex-Officio Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum Director