Upcoming Events
  • Beadworking Workshop
    September 28, 2014

    The Wichita Cultural Education Program (WCEP) will be sponsoring a Beadworking Workshop on September 28, 2014. Please see website for more details. 

     

  • Youth Archery Workshop
    September 20, 2014

    The Wichita Cultural Education Program (WCEP) will be sponsoring an Archery Workshop at 1:00 PM on September 20, 2014.  Please see website for more information. 

  • Special General Council Meeting
    September 27, 2014

    Special General Council Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 beginning at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the newly remodeled Community Building.  More details will be available prior to the meeting. 

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Day
    October 24, 2014

    Wichita and Affiliated Tribes to host a Breast Cancer Awareness Day.  Please click here for the flyer. 

  • AoA Thanksgiving Dinner
    November 20, 2014

    The AoA Program will have its Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  More details will be available at a later date. 

  • AoA Christmas Dinner
    December 18, 2014

    The AoA Program will have its Christmas Dinner on Thursday, December 18, 2014. More details will be available as the date approaches. 

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Wichita Tribes Blog
  • WCEP Schedules Beadworking Workshop
    September 17, 2014 9:48 PM

    The Wichita Cultural Education Program (WCEP) will be sponsoring a Beadworking Workshop on September 28, 2014. The workshop will be held from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Portable Building, Wichita Tribal Complex which is located one mile north of Anadarko on Hwy. 281 and one half mile west on Wichita Lane. Participation is […]


  • September 15, 2014 2:47 PM

  • WCEP Schedules Archery Workshop For Wichita Youth
    September 15, 2014 2:46 PM

    The Wichita Cultural Education Program (WCEP) will be sponsoring an Archery Workshop at 1:00 PM on September 20, 2014. The instructor will be Mr. Kenneth Stephenson. Mr. Stephenson is an accomplished archer who has given demonstrations and participated in archery competitions for many years. The workshop will be held at the Portable building, Wichita Tribal […]


  • September 10, 2014 12:00 PM

  •  VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT-Case Management Aide/Office Assistant
    September 10, 2014 11:59 AM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes has an opening for a Case Management Aide/Office Assistant. Provides administrative support for the Indian Child Welfare programs; monitors budget expenditures; conducts intake interviews; performs homevisits; and manages supervised visitations. Qualifications:  Prefer Associates Degree in Sociology, Psychology, or related field and at least 3 years of general clerical and case […]

  • Wichita Child Development Center-5th Anniversary-09.13.14
    September 8, 2014 10:47 AM

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Event
    September 7, 2014 7:25 PM

  • SCC-Job Postings-09.05.14
    September 7, 2014 7:23 PM

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

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