STAFF CHILOCCO INDIAN SCHOOL, 1955|
DONNA COLLEEN JONES FLOOD, Lower left-hand
Chilocco Indian School will be forever
etched into the minds of great numbers of Native Americans who received
their high school, vocational and junior college at Arkansas City, Kansas
while on working scholarship at Chilocco.
Each student will have their own special
memories particular to their own life there. As a student my memories are
golden and precious. It was a place where there was freedom from
prejudice, crime, financial worries, and fear of failure. No matter what
one's particular talent was it seemed to be sought out and polished.
We were as close as brother and sisters.
There was time for acquaintances to be made that resulted in marriages and
life long relationships. Children of those marriages in turn came to
Chilocco for their own education.
Many trades were offered. My own studies
centered around journalism and home economics.
If one must analyze the good of the thing
as opposed to the negative this becomes most difficult. However, if I were
to need to send my children to such a school I would be most reluctant to
do so. It has been impossible for me to relate to my children's teenage
problems, since I had none.