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    School supplies will be given out on July 25, 2014.  

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    July 31, 2014

    Parents of children in grades 6th-12th may apply for the grade incentive award until July 31, 2014.  Please click here for more information.

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    July 31, 2014

    The deadline for the Kitikiti'sh Scholarship is July 31, 2104.  Please contact the Higher Education Program for more information. 

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Wichita Tribes Blog
  • REFERENDUM ELECTION NOTICE AND DOCUMENTS INCLUDING SAMPLE BALLOTS & ELECTION PROCEDURES
    July 18, 2014 8:05 PM

    On Saturday July 19, 2014, a Referendum Election will be conducted at the Wichita Tribal Complex, 1 ¼ miles North of Anadarko, Oklahoma on Highway 281. The polling place will be located in the Museum area of the Wichita Tribal Cultural and Administration Building. Voting hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The […]

  • REFERENDUM ELECTION NOTICE AND DOCUMENTS INCLUDING SAMPLE BALLOTS & ELECTION PROCEDURES
    July 16, 2014 3:35 PM

    On Saturday July 19, 2014, a Referendum Election will be conducted at the Wichita Tribal Complex, 1 ¼ miles North of Anadarko, Oklahoma on Highway 281. The polling place will be located in the Museum area of the Wichita Tribal Cultural and Administration Building. Voting hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The […]

  • Wichita Tribe to Offer Transportation for Referendum Election
    July 16, 2014 2:51 PM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will be offering transportation to and from the Wichita Tribal Complex to allow enrolled tribal members 18 and over, who do not have transportation in the Gracemont/Anadarko area, the ability to vote in the Referendum Election. Children and non-enrolled individuals will not be allowed to accompany you in order to […]

  • Sugar Creek Casino-Job Posting
    July 14, 2014 8:07 PM

  • Oral Histories Panel-07/12/2014
    July 9, 2014 11:43 PM

    The Wichita Cultural Education Program has scheduled an Oral Histories Panel discussion to be held at 1:00pm, July 12, 2014. The panel will convene at the Administration On Aging Building, Wichita Tribal Complex which is located one mile north of Anadarko on HWY. 281 and one half mile west on Wichita Lane. The Panel will […]

  • REFERENDUM ELECTION NOTICE AND DOCUMENTS
    July 3, 2014 8:58 AM

    REFERENDUM ELECTION NOTICE AND DOCUMENTS INCLUDING SAMPLE BALLOTS & ELECTION PROCEDURES On Saturday July 19, 2014, a Referendum Election will be conducted at the Wichita Tribal Complex, 1 ¼ miles North of Anadarko, Oklahoma on Highway 281. The polling place will be located in the Museum area of the Wichita Tribal Cultural and Administration Building. […]

  • Wichita Tribal Newsletter-Will be Available July 7, 2014
    July 3, 2014 8:55 AM

    Due to various activities coming up that need to be in the newsletter such as the Annual Meeting, Referendum Election, Annual Dance Flyer and with this being a holiday week, the newsletter will not be out via email until Monday, July 7, 2014 and will be mailed out next week. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Tribal Offices Closed for Employee Picnic & Holiday
    July 3, 2014 8:54 AM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will be closed on Thursday, July 3, 2014 for the Employee Picnic. The offices will also be closed on Friday, July 4th for the 4th of July holiday. The AoA Program will be open on Thursday for our elders. The Wichita Child Development Center will also be open on Thursday.

  • Referendum Election Information-July 19, 2014
    July 1, 2014 11:27 PM

    REFERENDUM ELECTION NOTICE AND DOCUMENTSINCLUDING SAMPLE BALLOTS & ELECTION PROCEDURES On Saturday July 19, 2014, a Referendum Election will be conducted at the Wichita Tribal Complex, 1 ¼ miles North of Anadarko, Oklahoma on Highway 281. The polling place will be located in the Museum area of the Wichita Tribal Cultural and Administration Building. Voting […]

  • Free Photo ID’s-July 1 to July 18, 2014
    June 25, 2014 10:16 PM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will offer FREE tribal ID’s to enrolled tribal members 18 and over from July 1 to July 18, 2014.  Valid federal, state or Tribal identification is required to vote in the Referendum Election to be held on July 19, 2014.  You must be present for the ID to be made.  […]

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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