On November 24, 2014, the Wichita Executive Committee, by a vote of 6-0-0, approved the Non-Smoking Policy for the Wichita Tribal Complex to be effective on January 1, 2015. The use of tobacco for traditional ceremonial purposes is exempt from this policy.
On December 23, 2014, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes received notification that it met the criteria of a Healthy Business. There are three levels of certification that include: basic, merit and excellence. Last year the Tribe received a Certificate of Merit. This year the Tribe earned a Certificate of Excellence. An awards luncheon will be held on February 4, 2015 where we will receive the award. The Certified Healthy Business program is a administered by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
The Wichita Little Sisters and the Wichita Young Men’s Society are sponsoring a New Year’s Eve Watch Night on December 31, 2014 at the newly renovated Wichita Community Building, Wichita Tribal Complex which is located one mile north of Anadarko on Hwy. 281 and one half mile west on Wichita Lane.
The evening will begin with a pot luck dinner at 6:00 PM followed by hand game, social dancing, traditional Wichita dances and ghost dance. At midnight a cedaring ceremony will be held. Shortly after, the first meal of the New Year will be shared with all who attend. Other activities will include raffles, games, cake walk and a concession.
Adrian Spottedhorsechief, Pawnee tribal member, will be taking care of the drum. A special invitation is extended to Wichita singers, Stuart Owings and Jimmie Reeder, the Wichita Executive Committee, Wichita Service Club, Wichita Tribal Princess, Wichita tribal employees and their families, and the followers of the Wichita/Pawnee Visitation.
The event is open to the public. Please bring your own chairs. No alcohol or drugs allowed. For more information you may contact Gary McAdams at (405)247-2425 Ext. 169.