Upcoming Events
  • 2016 Office Filing Period
    Now until June 10, 2016

    The official opening of the filing period for the 2016 Tribal election began on Monday. The filing period opened May 30, 2016 and closes at 5 p.m. June 10, 2016 for the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three Committee Members.
    More information at left.

  • Honor Dance for Sydney Prince, Miss Indian Oklahoma
    Saturday, June 4, 2016

    Wichita Tribal Dance Grounds

    Anadarko, OK 

    Gourd Dance 2pm-5pm

    Supper Break 5:30pm- 6:30pm

    Wichita Dances 6:30pm- 7:30pm

    War Dancing 7:30pm- ????

    More info can be found on the Flyer

  • Summer Youth Program
    June 6- July 29, 2016

    This program will run from June 6th-July 29th. MONDAY-THURSDAY. You will be able to drop your camper off at 8AM Monday-Thursday, and pick them up by 5PM each day. Daily activities will include cultural arts and crafts, cultural lessons, storytelling, and athletics. Through the summer program we will take weekly field trips as well. Consent forms and more information will be sent home before each trip.

  • Oklahoma Promise Event
    June 9, 2016

    Attn: Current 8th, 9th, & 10th Grade Students

    We will offer assistance in completing the Oklahoma Promise Application and also give college information, ACT test info, etc.

    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    5:00-8:00 p.m.

    Education Office,

    Multi-Purpose Building

    Wichita Tribal Complex

    Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at #247-8612

    www.okpromise.org

    *Earn tuition at Oklahoma colleges or Public Tech. Centers; certain requirements must be met.

     

     

  • Annual General Council Meeting
    July 16, 2016

    Mark your calendars.  More information TBA. 

  • 2016 Tribal Elections
    July 16, 2016

    Elections will be held for all 7 positions on the Wichita Executive Committee.  More information on filing can be found at left. Mark your calendars to participate in the 2016 elections. 

  • Annual Dance
    August 11-14, 2016

    Wichita Annual Dance is scheduled for August 11-14, 2016. Mark your calendars. More information to be provided at a later date. 

Wichita Language
kó:kis kwaʔasa:rʔa
lettuce
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Wichita Tribes Blog
  • TAG OFFICE TIME CHANGES
    June 2, 2016 8:10 AM

    BEGINNING IN JUNE 2016, THE WICHITA TAG OFFICE AND TAX COMMISSION WILL BE CLOSED THE 1ST AND 3RD MONDAY FROM 8 AM- 1PM.  TAGS WILL NOT BE ISSUED DURING THIS TIME. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING DAYS THE TAG OFFICE WILL BE OPEN FROM 1 PM-4:30 PM ONLY:   JUNE 6TH & JUNE 20TH JULY 5TH […]

  • 14th Annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair
    April 20, 2016 1:03 PM

  • Community Visioning Meeting for Enrolled Tribal Members
    April 14, 2016 4:01 PM

    Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ 10:00 a.m. in the Community Building located at the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes  Lunch will be provided. There will also be door prizes available. The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Executive Committee will hold a one day Community Visioning Session to gain tribal community input on the economic development vision, community priorities […]

  • Lawton IHS Centennial
    April 14, 2016 3:46 PM

    Lawton Indian Hospital will be celebrating 100 years on this date with reception to follow. More information can be found in the flyer.

  • Elder Informational Meeting
    April 14, 2016 3:45 PM

    Information from different entities providing services for elders will be available at this informational session. Meal provided. More information on this event can be found in the flyer.

  • JOM Honor Dance 2016
    April 14, 2016 3:44 PM

    JOM student awards will be presented at this event, along with a meal and honor dance.

  • Land Buy Back Program
    March 9, 2016 4:29 PM

    The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests in trust or restricted land from willing sellers at fair market value. Consolidated interests are immediately restored to tribal trust ownership for uses benefiting the reservation community and tribal members. There are […]

  • Circuit Training
    February 19, 2016 8:37 AM

  • Great American Cleanup
    February 18, 2016 3:21 PM

  • 2016 High School Senior Assistance
    February 18, 2016 3:17 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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