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  • OKLAHOMA CITY – One by one, the names and accomplishments of 50 Indian Elders were shared with an audience of more than 800 at AARP Oklahoma’s 9th Annual Indian Elder Honors celebration at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. As the distinguished elders were announced, they stood to applause and a medallion was presented to each honoree.





    Otoe-Missouria Tribe Agrees to Charter Bacone College


    The Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians voted unanimously to charter Bacone College on
    August 8, 2019. Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council Chairman John R. Shotton executed the
    resolution at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Headquarters in Red Rock where he formally
    announced the tribe’s decision to charter Bacone College as it applies for tribal college

    “This partnership is important in our effort to provide higher educational opportunities for
    our students, “ said Chairman Shotton. “Education is a key that we believe will open
    many doors of opportunities for our students and our Otoe-Missouria people.”

    The Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council resolution chartering Bacone College as a Tribal
    College is the third resolution from an Oklahoma federally-recognized tribe, including
    the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Osage Nation.

    “We appreciate the Otoe-Missouria Tribe’s leadership in forming a consortium of
    Oklahoma tribes to transform Bacone College into a Tribal College,” said Dr. Ferlin

    Clark, Bacone College President. “The leadership of our tribes uniting to help us
    become a tribal college will help sustain Bacone College into the long-term future, it’s
    good medicine.”

    “The support from the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, along with the Osage and Keetoowah
    Tribes, and other tribes we are talking to, is a movement to unite our Oklahoma tribes
    around our fire of education,” said Archie Mason (Osage), President of the Bacone
    College Board of Trustees. “It’s time for our Native American nations in Oklahoma to
    come together, both small and large tribes, to invest in the education of our children and


    About Bacone College

    Bacone College was founded in 1880 as Indian University with a mission to educate
    American Indians, and is the oldest continuously operated institution of higher education
    in the state. The college has historic ties to various tribal nations and is affiliated with
    American Baptist Home Mission Society. Bacone College’s current president is Dr.
    Ferlin Clark of the Navajo (Dine) Nation. He is the fourth Native American president of
    Bacone College in its 139 years of existence.

    About the Otoe-Missouria Tribe

    Today most of the nearly 3,300 tribal members still live in the state of Oklahoma, but
    there are members who live throughout the United States including New Jersey,
    California, Hawaii and Alaska. The tribe is still one of the smaller tribes in Oklahoma,

    but led by a progressive Tribal Council, they have parlayed their gaming revenue into
    long-term investment in other sustainable industries including retail ventures, loan
    companies, agriculture, natural resource development, hospitality, entertainment and
    several other projects still in development. Tribal members perpetuate tribal traditions
    with feasts, dances, an annual powwow and song leaders continue lineage, clan and
    tribal ties.

    Mindi Kee, VP of Development
    August 9, 2019
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  • PAWNEE, Okla. – Facing a Republican majority at the state and federal levels of government, tribal officials from three states came together Monday morning to figure out what a Donald Trump presidency means for Indian Country.

    “It is on us to provide an education to the new president and new members of Congress,” Ernie Stevens Jr. said. “If we don’t hear what we want to hear, then we will try again. If we don’t get what we need, we will try again.”

    The chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, Stevens addressed the members of the United Indian Nations of Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas at the Pawnee Nation’s Wellness Center as part of the inter-tribal organization’s quarterly meeting.  

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