|Newsletter, December 20, 2002|
This illustration is a design for the proposed
Standing Bear Museum and Education Center at Ponca City, Oklahoma.
The architect, Whit Todd, says, "This new
center is unique in that it will include cultural aspects important to
all six tribes, as well as elements representing Earth, Water, Fire and
"This new Center is significant in that it
will help convey the importance of Chief Standing Bear and how the events
of his life play a valuable role in American History."
Mr. Todd continues, "this new Center is
important because it will provide a meeting place, a place for
long-distance learning and a much needed permanent facility for the
Memorial Park. Finally, this new Center will soon become a new landmark
for Ponca City."
"If you are not familiar with the legacy of
Chief Standing Bear, I recommend that you learn this fascinating and
historic story. I also suggest you visit the Memorial Park."
"If you are already familiar with the
legacy of Chief Standing Bear, I urge you to help. There is a critical
need for funding. Not only for the maintaining the beautiful Memorial
Park, but also for the administrative costs and construction of the
Education and Welcome Center. Furthering the Standing Bear project is
important on many different levels, and you can play a vital role."
The following is an annual membership to
help support the ongoing work of the Standing Bear project. Make checks
payable to: Standing Bear Native American Foundation
___Circle of the Eagle: $25,000 and up
___Circle of the Bison: $15,000 and up
___Circle of the Flame: $1000 and up
___Circle of the Bear: $500 and up
___Circle of the Drum: $100 and up
___Circle of the Arrow: $25 and up
The mailing address is:
Standing Bear Native American Foundation
P.O. Box 111
Ponca City, Ok. 74602
Newsletter, December 2002
No doubt about it, this has been a rompin' stompin' Oklahoma year. We have
set our mind to a number of projects and carried them through much to our
The new plant going in
here is rapidly progressing right along. Rodney came out of retirement
just for a while, partly because they asked him and partly because he just
can't resist the challenge of seeing the coming to town of a promise of
Conoco and Phillips oil company's are one
and the same here now going by the name of Conoco Phillips. There was
quite a transition to be made by folks as they either transferred to
Houston, Bartlesville or accepted lay offs here. Everything was in a mood
of change with people having to uproot their lives and start all over
somewhere else. As the oil people had to conform to their new jobs whole
families were having to make a move.
Our handicapp daughter has been enjoying
the used spa her father put in for her. The lift to get her in and out
cost more than the spa but for the joy she has and relaxation from the
warm waters is a wonderful investment.
My other daughter with her father's help
and building her own house was an inspiration to all of us. She did work
at the computer for Conoco but is now enrolled in school. She wants to
work somewhere in the medical field, maybe psychology. Building her home
will give her a less expensive life style as to rent and she will be able
to spend more time studying rather than working full time.
She definitely has a broader education as
to framing, flooring, electrical wiring, sheet rock, tapeing and bedding
sheetrock, carpeting and painting. She went ahead with the work
uncomplaining, doing it well, even though she had never had any experience
other than helping her father pull wire when she was a kid. Her husband
and his family helped her with the impossible work. The roofing and the
ceilings with lifting sheet rock. They also did the heavy moving for her.
Without them she could not have built her house.
Working long hours to complete the project
is going to give her time to be ready for school in January.
Because of redirecting money toward the
terrorist protection it is my understanding the Standing Bear Museum has
been put on hold, which is really a let down. We all had so much looked
forward to the new museum which would have complimented the park, statue,
and nature trails.
After a couple of rocky weeks the four year
old grandson finally made the transition from home to school where he is
loving every minute of it now.
The Standing Bear Pow Wow gave us a chance
to display some of our arts and crafts in a booth. We had fun with that.
The children, of course, liked it too. Now they are more inclined to sit
down with Gramma to work at any particular project she is doing. This is a
We had visitors from California. Family who
we had never met and it was wonderful. They had good looking kids and we
are proud to be "kin." We did everything in our power to try to give them
a good stay with hospitality so they have more understanding of the people
and culture in our area.
My son finished his studies on a topic and
passed his test for license and we were also very thankful for this too. I
told him it would probably rain a deluge because we were all doing a rain
dance around the kitchen table when we heard the news.
All in all it has been a wonderfully busy
year and we are very thankful to have been able to struggle through.
Dear Family, and friends who have helped
Senator Muegge referred me to Senator Harrison and he referred me to
Harvey Payne, attorney at Pawhuska regarding the suggested museum to
honor the family name. Senator Muegge, and Senator Harrison, along
with the Historic Records Department of the Federal government feel this
is a worthy project. These are the scales to tip the weight of
society toward those of us in this family to reward us in whatever way
to protect and further our survival with our working to encourage
society by setting our history as an example of what hard work,
dedication to family, did at one time accomplish.
However, after I spoke with Harvey Payne
I realize there have been no further ways I could go on with doing this
work without any hope of an accomplished end. He felt that I
should own the property in order to continue. There has never been
any desire for me to "own" the property. My desire was
simply for a united effort between we of the family to work together on
a project. It seems those who are not of the family are stronger at this
point than we are, and it is definitely their only interest to stand
between any development to opening up jobs to our young people and that
interest is only their need for revenge for some imagined wrong or
whatever, or personal profit.
It is sad to me because there are
competent people among our young people who could use the work and what
an encouragement and an honor to work on something that would
bring pride to their ancestors and to their own grandchildren at some
place in the future. We have those in our family who are grant
writers, workers in the medical field, historians, film producers.
We have those who are gifted with caring for the land, who have degrees
in business management, geology (for the study and preservation of the
rock wall). There are young people who have parents who are successful
business people, pioneering their own positions into a monied society.
These young people have "absorbed" their parents
abilities but are ready to do something on their own. We have a computer
genius who needs a station to hold him, free from the terrors and
stresses of big business and big cities because of his delicate health.
To the gentleman in California who
successfully stopped progress let me say I know his God, and I know this
God does not approve of denying succor and promise of hope to a younger
generation. For whatever motives of revenge or greed or of not being
able to get past those old scars he has the knowledge to know of what he
did. To remain in a position of and as being a judge will,probably, be
denied him too: since, we cannot be a judge and hold old angers
and hatreds, especially when this brings harm to an innocent generation.
I appreciate the help of the web mistress
for the site she designed and I will leave it up in hopes someone will
benefit and learn from it. When I tried to have her list these thoughts
on the web page she did not want me to give up my dream. Believe
me, it saddens me not to have been a strong enough leader to pull
things together for the health and well being of the young people in our
As I told Mr. Payne, at this point in
time, all my work, recording, filming, organizing historical facts all
free gratis will just have to go on the shelf. I believe in a higher
power, and it is in this way I will continue to pray for our young
people as I do nightly listing them all by name and this in itself is an
exercise for this old gray matter.
Donna Jones Flood