Department of Preservation

About the Department

The Department consists of:

  • the Wichita Tribal History Center,
  • the Wichita Tribal History Center Gift Shop,
  • the Cultural/Language Program, and the
  • THPO Program.

Wichita Tribal History Center

The Center is located one mile north of Anadarko, OK on Highway 281 on the Wichita and Affiliated Bands Reservation and opened its doors in April of 2018.

The history, culture, and language of the Wichita people is showcased through a series of graphic panels, traditional museum exhibits, and an outdoor exhibit of a life-size grass house and summer arbor.

The Center also houses a language archive, photo archive, and a research library. The resources accessible at the Center tell the story of the Wichita from the time of creation to the present day. Guided tours and lectures are available.

Elder Interviews

Cultural & Language Programs

The Cultural/Language Program provides a number of services related to the history, culture, and language of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.

The program is currently supporting and/or assisting the following projects:

  • the Wichita Annual Dance,
  • the Wichita Community Language Project,
  • the Wichita Children’s Language App and Picture Books Project, and
  • Community Connections and Persistence Over the Allotment Period: Documenting Wichita Allotment Sites Along Sugar Creek, Caddo County, Oklahoma.

Cultural & Language Education Events

Wichita Language

English to Wichita

water | kicʔa

Wichita Language Children’s Book Videos

Tribal Historic Preservation Office

The THPO is funded by a grant from the National Park Service (NPS) pursuant to a MOA with the NPS. In accordance with the MOA, the Tribe has assumed the following functions as set out in Section 101(d)(2)(D)(i) of the National Historic Preservation Act.

· Direct and conduct a comprehensive survey and maintain an inventory of historic and culturally significant properties on tribal lands;

· Identify and nominate eligible properties to the National Register of Historic Places and otherwise administer applications for listing historic properties on the National Register;

· Develop and implement a comprehensive preservation plan covering historic, archaeological, and traditional cultural properties on tribal lands;

· Administer the tribal program of Federal assistance for historic preservation within the Tribe;

· Advise and assist, as appropriate, Federal and State agencies and local governments in carrying out their historic preservation responsibilities;

· Cooperate with the Secretary, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and other Federal agencies, State agencies, local governments and organizations, and individuals to ensure that historic properties are taken into consideration at all levels of planning and development;

· Provide public information, education and training, and technical assistance in historic preservation; and

· Consult with appropriate Federal agencies in accordance with 54 USC 306108 (commonly known as Section 106 of the Act) on: Federal undertakings that may affect historic and culturally significant properties on tribal lands and the content and sufficiency of any plans to protect, manage, or to reduce or mitigate harm to such properties.

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