What would a legislative session be without resumption of Civil War-related hostilities? But, who knows? Maybe Rep. Charles Blake’s idea will receive unanimous consent.

In short, he’d have the legislature decree that the star above the word Arkansas on the state flag would recognize Indian tribes, not the Confederacy.


The blue star above the word “ARKANSAS” is to commemorate the Confederate States of America commemorates the heritage and contribution of the Quapaw, Osage, and Caddo tribes and the other Native American nations who inhabited Arkansas before France or Spain exercised dominion over Arkansas. 

His bill has an extensive preamble about the tribes that once thrived in Arkansas. It notes the state name is derived from the Quapaw word for “southern place.” The state has many Native American antecedents, including being on the route of the Trail of Tears, the forced migration of the 1830s. “Native American history and culture is an important part of the history of this state,” the bill says.

If you didn’t know the single star had Confederate antecedents, do you know what the three stars below signify?