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Otoe-Missouria Tribe Agrees to Charter Bacone College

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA

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
status.

“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
grandchildren.”

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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. www.bacone.edu

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. https://www.omtribe.org/

Mindi Kee, VP of Development
August 9, 2019
580-401-3909
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