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Chilocco - Today and Yesterday
August 29, 2007

The North Central Alumni will host a one day event on campus at Chilocco according to President Garland Kent. A combined effort between the Kaw and Otoe tribe along with Garland and James Baker has re-established a passable road to the cemetery which was washed out by our heavy rains earlier in the year.

Presently Gary Gallagher is working for Oklahoma State University while they have the campus leased. I would like to get on campus for some before pictures so you can watch the work in progress. When the weather cools a bit I’ll try to do that.

October 13th will be the day the North Central Alumni will be hosting an event on campus, something like a clean up around the cemetery again, since tall grass has once again grown up on the west side. At that time we will probably have the ladies bringing pot luck for workers and fellowship for Alumni and new Associate members.

Vicky Ebbert and her husband Les, came over from Blackwell to meet with us at the pow-wow but we weren’t able to get people together so we will have to try again. Vicky does much tedious work with cemetery recordings and we will need to ask her to become an associate member of the Alumni.

While at the pow-wow I was able to re-acquaint myself with Dr. Stephen Karr who works with a museum in Los Angelos. Hopefully, we will be able to keep in touch with him.

At this time I’ve learned that the Oklahoma Historical Building has eight boxes of Chilocco annuals that can be researched by anyone asking to see them. You can type Oklahoma Historical Society into Google and that site will come up.

More and more it looks like my dreams of having a genealogy library on campus to house all these records of each and every student ever attending Chilocco might be little more than just a dream. After all, to be able to walk into a museum there and ask to see pictures, birth dates, tribal affiliation and other vital records of your ancestors is important to each and every one of us.

Donna Jones Flood, Historian, North Central Chapter, Chilocco Alumni

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