Upcoming Events
  • Wichita Travel Plaza Cashiers Needed

    The Wichita Travel Plaza is hiring part-time entry level cashiers.  Applicants must possess a valid Oklahoma drivers' license, have reliable transportation and be able to work flexible schedules.  Apply in person at The Wichita Travel Plaza 1 mile North of Anadarko.  Applications are available onsite.  Indian preference applies.

  • BIA TREES Pathways Program
    Apply by June 2015

    Tuition assistance, internships, and job placement, available to Native American and Alaska Native forestry and natural resources students. More information can be found in this flyer

  • 2015 Annual General Council Meeting
    July 18, 2015

    2015 Annual General Council Meeting will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015. More details to be posted later. 

  • Annual Dance
    August 13 – 16, 2015

    The Annual Dance this year will be August 13 - 16, 2015. More details to come.

  • Texas Archeological Society Scholarship Program
    June 13-19

    The Texas Archeological Society (TAS) cordially invites you to participate in the annual field school to be held at Tait-Huffmeyer 7T6 Ranch site near Columbus, Texas, on June 13-19. Activities at this year's field school will focus on excavation, pedestrian survey, and artifact processing. Additional information about this year's field school can be found on the attached flyer or at the following URL: http://www.txarch.org/Activities/fschool/fs2015/.

     

    The TAS Native American Scholarship Program is offering up to two representatives from each tribe financial assistance to attend the field school (no previous experience required!). Since 2003, the TAS Native American Program has provided over 90 scholarships to members from 17 Native American Tribes to attend the annual field school. These scholarships are sponsored by donations from members of the TAS and other local archeological societies, the Council of Texas Archeologists, archeological contracting firms, foundations, and others. The scholarship program increases the level of understanding among the many people who have called Texas home. The program allows our members to meet, talk with, and learn from the native peoples whose traditions and lifeways are tied to Texas archeological sites. Additional information about the Native American Scholarship Program can be found at the following URL:   http://www.txarch.org/scholarships/native.html.

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Wichita Tribes Blog
  • White House to Host Tribal Youth Gathering
    May 12, 2015 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, July 9, 2015, the White House will host the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC, to provide American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the country the opportunity to interact directly with senior Administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs. The Tribal […]

  • Summer Youth Program NOW ENROLLING
    May 12, 2015 11:05 AM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Juvenile Services Program will be hosting a Summer Youth Program for enrolled tribal members and descendants (descendants must provide proof of eligibility for example father/mother CDIB card or other documentation).  The program will focus on those between the ages 6 – 15 years old.  It will be hosted at the […]

  • Texas Archeological Society Scholarship
    May 12, 2015 8:22 AM

    The Texas Archeological Society (TAS) cordially invites you to participate in the annual field school to be held at Tait-Huffmeyer 7T6 Ranch site near Columbus, Texas, on June 13-19. Activities at this year’s field school will focus on excavation, pedestrian survey, and artifact processing. Additional information about this year’s field school can be found on […]

  • Wichita Food Distribution Program Demos
    April 10, 2015 11:46 AM

  • Oklahoma Inter-tribal Diabetes Coalition Golf Scramble
    April 10, 2015 11:45 AM

  • WDEP Hosts Great American Clean-Up
    April 10, 2015 11:43 AM

  • Tribal Princess Birthday Honor Dance
    April 10, 2015 11:42 AM

  • Job Application Class today!
    February 12, 2015 9:45 AM

  • Informational Meeting for Elders in the Community
    January 13, 2015 4:01 PM

  • Seeking Tribal Administrator
    January 13, 2015 12:15 PM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes has an opening for the position of a Tribal Administrator. Under the supervision of the Wichita Executive Committee, position is responsible for the daily administration and overall operation of Tribal Programs. DUTIES: Responsible for the efficient operation of all tribal programs, submission of proposals for funding and implementation of the […]

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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