Skip to main content

Shawnee Sun (Siwinowe Kesibwi) Newspaper

Shawnee SunBaptist minister, Indian missionary, and printer Jotham Meeker issued the first newspaper printed in what is now the state of Kansas - and the first in the country printed entirely in a Native American language.

Meeker devised a phonetic printing system that enabled him to print in a Native American language as easily and cheaply as in English. Among items he produced were a code of tribal laws of the Ottawa Indians and the aforementioned newspaper, the Shawnee Sun.

The Shawnee Sun began as a monthly in March 1835. Only two known copies of the newspaper exist, one of which is housed in LaBudde Special Collections at the Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City. The extant sheet contains a two-page excerpt from the November 1841 issue.

Ask a librarian.

Chat with us