Peace Circle Dedication Ceremony

The City of Grapevine, Texas, dedicated a Peace Circle statue garden on Saturday, September 18 honoring the Chiefs of ten American Indian nations who signed the Treaty of Bird’s Fort with Texas President Sam Houston in 1843.

“Peace Circle” is an interpretation of a moment in time of a meeting of Republic of Texas President Sam
Houston and 10 American Indian chiefs/ captains on the Grape Vine Prairie in 1843. The work of public
art features 11 bronze statues standing 1.25 percent larger than life size, representing Republic of Texas
President Sam Houston and American Indian chiefs/ captains from the Delaware, Chickasaw, Waco,
Tawakoni, Keechi, Caddo, Anadarko, Ioni, Biloxi and Cherokee Nations.

Sam Houston and the tribal leaders met in a spirit of friendship, peace, hope and trust in an effort to
establish a place – a line that would not be crossed – where the tribes could live in peace. The Peace
Circle meeting later led to the signing of the Treaty of Bird’s Fort on September 29, 1843. This treaty
defined Indian Nations and European settlement boundaries and was one of the few Indian treaties ratified by the Republic of Texas Senate.

Watch the video of the statue reveal here.