Today and Yesterday
To Whom It May Concern
This is to introduce Novaline
Shipp, who on this date, has been appointed by the President of the North
Central Alumni Association, Garland Kent, President of the local chapter and
in the presence of the President of the Alumni Association, Jim Baker, and
Past President, Jim Edwards, to be the public relations spokesperson for
this chapter here in Ponca City, Oklahoma.
Novaline has had a life time
in working with the medical profession. She qualifies as a public relations
person and has had experience in difficult negotiations with doctors and
nurses in the medical world. She has worked with numbers of tribes. She has
had many difficult assignments and has successfully brought productive
achievement to establish satisfactory results for both sides.
“My goal will be to will be
to work for the inclusion of the Alumni Society to benefit the five tribes:
1. Ponca, 2. Kaw 3. Otoe 4. Pawnee 5. Tonkawa and the total Alumni society
which the present Alumni believes can be productive and a help to the five
tribes so that a legacy of pride in our accomplishments can be left to our
generations of descendants, and indeed, to our total Native American culture
from all tribes,” Novaline states.
North Central Alumni Chapter
Outline of Past Goals Accomplished, November 22, 2006 Chilocco
1. The forming up of a chapter off the Chilocco Alumni National Association
at Ponca City, Oklahoma
2. Meetings two and three times a week at first
3. Tour groups formed for strangers to view the campus. For years Chilocco
was not accessible to the non-Indian and was guarded by Federal authorities.
Allowing people of this community around Ponca City, Newkirk, Arkansas City,
Blackwell, and other small towns to at last see how the school was built and
how it functioned is creating a better atmosphere and relationship between
the Native American and the people of the community and in this way is
building a foundation of trust and understanding. It creates a pride in the
citizens of this nation because they can see how well America treated its
4. Meetings on the grounds by the Alumni pressed them into realization and
forced them to see the conditions of the campus due to the impoverished .
place the institution had fallen into even in the face of a wealthy nation
and began to bring their thinking around to a place where they wanted to
have a vision for allowing their descendants be proud of their Nation for
educating their ancestors. And, to be equally reminded that their fathers
and mothers endured and persevered just as we want our descendants to do in
their present life.
5. Saving this giant total museum of buildings throughout the campus and by
being on the National Preservation Society will give an opportunity for the
tribes to work together toward new goals so that those Native Americans from
all tribes who come after we are gone will have an appreciation for their
past and be encouraged by it.
6. Allowing the remaining descendants still living to express their feelings
of appreciation and love for their old school is a way of creating positive
works in this nation.
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