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Wichita Tribes Blog
  • Rock Spring Indian Baptist Church Celebrates 140 Years
    August 21, 2014 8:36 PM

  • SCC-Job Posting
    August 21, 2014 5:42 PM

  • Sugar Creek Casino-Job Posting
    August 13, 2014 9:36 PM

  • Community Building Viewing
    August 13, 2014 8:28 PM

    Saturday, August 16, 2014-We realize there will be many of our people that travel out of state to attend our annual dance. The Community Building is not complete but we will have it open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday so that tribal people can walk through. It’s a walk through only so […]

  • Vacancy Announcement-ICW Caseworker
    August 7, 2014 7:22 PM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes has an opening for a Family and Children Services Caseworker. Assists the Director in carrying out the proposed goals and objectives of the P.L. 93-638 Indian Child Welfare Contract; Assists in finding placement for children in State and/or Tribal custody; Appear at scheduled hearings involving children; Transports clients as needed; […]

  • Vacancy Announcement-VOCA Victims Advocate
    August 7, 2014 7:20 PM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes has an opening for a VOCA Victims Advocate. Ensures goals are met for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant; Develops a coordinated tribal and community response for victims of violence; and Provides accompaniment and advocacy through medical, law enforcement, social system, and court proceedings. Will be On-Call 24 hours […]

  • Vacancy Announcement-Special Diabetes Program Director
    August 5, 2014 10:15 AM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes has an opening for a Special Diabetes Program Director. Directly responsible for the administration, management, and coordination of all activities associated with or related to the Special Diabetes Program for Indians and the Fitness Center. Duties: Ensures goals and objectives are met; Client services and case management; Data entry and […]

  • Arts and Crafts Contest
    August 3, 2014 9:31 PM

    The Wichita Cultural Education Program will be sponsoring an Arts and Crafts Contest for enrolled Wichitas and Wichita descendants. There will be youth and adult categories. The age groups are 7 and under, 8 to 12, 13 to 17, and 18 and over. Artwork and craftwork will be combined into single categories. Prizes will be […]

  • EXPO BRACELET TICKETS FOR CHILDREN-AUGUST 6, 2014
    August 3, 2014 9:27 PM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will distribute bracelet tickets for the American Indian Expo on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for ages 4-16 at the Administration Building. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. A brief application and CDIB will be required. A signed note from […]


  • July 28, 2014 6:03 PM

A New Beginning: 1934-Present

"When they awoke the next morning they found beside them a stalk of corn that had already grown. A voice said to them that this was Mother Corn; that they should use it again ... It was promised further on that they would have their grass lodge built and would be given plenty of things to use; and there would be corn planted by the lodge which they were to eat." - Tawakoni Jim in The Mythology of the Wichita, 1904

Wichita history has been one of endurance and survival despite overwhelming adversity. Although village and communal life was destroyed with the loss of reservation land in 1900 and the grass lodges were replaced by frame houses by the1930's, the Wichita people have preserved many elements of their culture for the present and future generations. These descendants of the Wichita, Waco, Tawakoni, Taovaya, and Kichai people survive as a group perhaps because of their shared memories of the past as well as common experiences of the present and their faith in the future.

Organized as the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, the center of activity is at Anadarko, Oklahoma, where the tribal park and office buildings are located. The tribal government, established under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 and the Oklahoma Welfare Act of 1935, consists of a President and Executive Committee who are elected to four-year terms by the enrolled tribal members. The Wichitas have joined also with the Caddo and Delaware tribes to form WCD Enterprises, an organization that promotes business development. 

While developing new skills at technical institutions, colleges, and universities, Wichita people attempt to maintain their identities and links with the past. Some young people attend college during the week, returning home on weekends and holidays to participate in family and community gatherings. Here, memories of the past are shared with the younger generation by relating stories of life in the grass house villages of the Southern Plains or of growing up on farms and in rural communities in early Oklahoma. Memories to share with future generations are also being formed at contemporary tribal and intertribal dances and gatherings that take place in Anadarko, Gracemont, Pawnee, and other communities. Because of the active presence of grandparents in the daily lives of children, some of the most vital elements of traditional culture, knowledge, and skills are transferred to the younger generation.

Over the years, the Wichita Mission and the Rock Springs Baptist Church have been the locations of Wichita services, dinners, and camp meetings. Both churches continue to have active members who often sing hymns in the Wichita language. The Native American Church, with its emphasis upon gaining spiritual knowledge through personal revelation, also continues to be a focus of Wichita religious life.

Another continuing tradition is the yearly summer visitation which takes place between the Wichita and Pawnee people. These visits, in which each tribe alternates as host, consist of two-week encampments during which friendships and family ties are recognized through a ceremonial exchange of gifts. Individuals have the opportunity to visit, remember the stories and songs of the past, and to recall the longstanding relationship that has existed between these two groups.

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