Upcoming Events
  • Fitness Center Extends Hours
    Current Hours of Operation

    The Fitness Center hours of operation are 8:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. Monday-Thursday and 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Friday.  Closed on weekends.

  • Wills-Service Dates
    April 25th

    OCU has service dates seheduled for preparing Wills at their campus on April 25th. For more information please click here

  • College Applications
    Beginning April 1, 2014

    College applications for the fall 2014-spring 2015 semesters are now available. 

  • AoA Easter Activities
    April 16, 2014

    The AoA Program will have its Easter activites on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.  Please see the attached flyer for details. 

  • Elder Lawn Mowing Program
    April 1, 2014

    Applications for the Elder Lawn Mowing Program will be available on April 1, 2014.  Please click here for more information. 

  • Diabetes Education Sessions
    April 17, 24 and May 1 & 8, 2014

    Spring Diabetes Education Sessions 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Health Building.  Please click here for more information. 

  • Demographic Survey Deadline
    April 30, 2014

    The deadline to turn in the Demographic Surveys is April 30, 2014.  Tribal members, 18 and over, will recieve a $10 Walmart card for completing the survey. 

  • Annual General Council Meeting
    July 19, 2014

    Time and place to be announced at a later date.  Please make plans to attend.

  • Referendum Election
    July 19, 2014

    Details to be announced. Please make plans to vote in this tribal referendum election regarding absentee voting and blood quantum.  

  • Grade Incentive Award Deadline
    July 31, 2014

    Parents of children in grades 6th-12th may apply for the grade incentive award until July 31, 2014.  Please click here for more information.

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Wichita Tribes Blog
  • Senior Cap & Gown/ACT Test Fees
    April 14, 2014 7:45 PM

    Don’t forget that the Tribe has a tribal funded assistance program for enrolled Wichita youth in the 12th grade that can assist with Senior Cap & Gown and ACT Test Fees. Please contact the Education Department with any questions at (405) 247-2425 ext. 106 or 112 or email to yolanda.walker@wichitatribe.com or louisa.riffel@wichitatribe.com.

  • Demographic Survey
    April 14, 2014 7:44 PM

    We have received several of the Demographic Surveys back from tribal members. Please make sure to send yours in if you have not done so. We keep accepting them until April 30, 2014. This information will be used for future grants and business ventures. Please see the February 2014 newsletter for more details. Enrolled tribal […]

  • Graduate Pictures for Newsletter
    April 14, 2014 7:42 PM

    If you have an enrolled child that will be graduating in May, you are welcome to submit their picture an a brief write up for the newsletter. The deadline for the April 30, 2014 newsletter is April 20, 2014 and May 20, 2014 for the May newsletter. Please email to newsletter@wichitatribe.com.

  • Wichita Tribe Blog Posts
    April 14, 2014 7:42 PM

    Originally posted on wichitatribeblog:
    If you know anyone who doesn’t use social media but would like access to the blog posts they can visit http://www.wichitatribe.com. We have added the blog posts to the right hand side of the website.

  • Wichita Referendum Election to Be held July 19, 2014
    April 14, 2014 7:41 PM

    Originally posted on wichitatribeblog:
    A referendum election will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Details will be announced at a later date. The January 2014 newsletter will provide more information regarding tribal member input. Please click here for the documents from the Referendum Election held in July 2013. You may submit comments to newsletter@wichitatribe.com…

  • http://www.nativetimes.com/index.php/news/tribal/9772-doi-approves-wichita-and-affliliated-tribes-hearth-agreement
    April 14, 2014 7:33 PM

    http://www.nativetimes.com/index.php/news/tribal/9772-doi-approves-wichita-and-affliliated-tribes-hearth-agreement

  • Graduate Pictures for Tribal Newsletter
    April 10, 2014 8:34 PM

    Originally posted on wichitatribeblog:
    If you have an enrolled child that will be graduating in May, you are welcome to submit their picture an a brief write up for the newsletter. The deadline for the April 30, 2014 newsletter is April 20, 2014 and May 20, 2014 for the May newsletter. Please email to newsletter@wichitatribe.com.

  • Graduate Incentives
    April 10, 2014 8:34 PM

    Originally posted on wichitatribeblog:
    Graduating High School Seniors may apply for the $100 incentive for graduating. College graduates also receive incentives for graduating. The amount depends on whether the degree is a Associates, Bachelors, Masters or PHD &JD. Please contact Yolanda Walker @ (405) 247-2425 ext. 106 or Louise Riffel @ (405) 247-2425 ext. 112…

  • Weather Emergency Preparedness Seminar-April 29, 2014
    April 10, 2014 8:29 PM

  • Assistant Secretary Approves Leasing Regulations for Wichita and Affiliated Tribes
    April 10, 2014 1:40 PM

    Press Release from DOI Assistant Secretary Washburn Approves Four HEARTH Act Applications to Help Spur Economic Development in Tribal Communities Dry Creek Rancheria, Jamestown S’Klallam, Mohegan, and Wichita and Affiliated Tribes join eight others already cleared to process economic development leases without BIA approval WASHINGTON, D.C. — Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn […]

Wichita Language Class

Class Instructors

Doris McLemore and Gary McAdams

Click here to see and hear sample words in the Wichita language.

 

ABOUT THE WICHITA LANGUAGE

 

There are many ways in which Wichita is a very special language, compared with other languages from around the world. The sound system is extraordinarily simple; almost no other language has so few different sounds. But the way in which words change their pronunciation in different sentences is exceptionally complex, and the internal structure of individual words (what they are made of, and how those pieces fit together) is more complex than that of any other language.

 

Wichita is closely related historically to Pawnee, Arikara, and Kitsai. That means that some time in the past-- probably on the order of 800 to 1200 years ago-- the ancestors of these four tribe lived together and spoke one language, which then developed differently among the different groups after they were no longer living together. Some time even earlier than that, the ancestors of these groups and those of the Caddo also formed one group. Linguists have given the name Caddoan Family to this set of languages, but there is no sense in which any of the modern languages is older than any other-- they all go back to a single group, much as all the branches of a tree go back to the trunk, with no main branch being the source of any other branch, but rather all deriving from the trunk.

 

(The above description description was written by Dr. David Rood in the Introduction to Wichita Language Lessons, 1993.)