Upcoming Events
  • 2016 High School Senior Assistance
    Spring 2016

    Enrolled Wichita Tribal members in their senior year of high school may qualify. For more information, see the flyer, or contact the education department at 405-247-8612.

  • Wichita Language Classes for Children
    Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

    Language classes are being held on Sundays at 2:00 p.m.  

  • Great American Clean Up
    Saturday, April 23, 2016

    The Wichita EPA will host a clean-up event. More information can be found here

  • Lawton IHS Centennial
    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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

  • Honor the Child Event
    April 28, 2016

    More information on this event can be found on the flyer to the left or here

  • JOM Honor Dance
    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    JOM Student Awards will be given at this event, along with a meal and honor dance. More information can be found here

  • Elder Informational Meeting
    Friday, April 29, 2016

    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 here

  • Community Visioning Meeting
    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    Community Visioning Meeting for Enrolled Tribal Members

    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. 

    More information can be found here

    Agenda for meeting can be found here

  • 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 will be announced at a later date. 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. 

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Wichita Tribes Blog
  • 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

  • Wichita Community Garden
    February 18, 2016 2:47 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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