1908-Present

1911

Eliza B. Conley argues Conley vs. Ballinger at the United States Supreme Court. Her arguments were rejected and it was noted that the Citizen Class Wyandots had no legal rights in the matter.

1911-12

Charles Marius Barbeau, Canadian anthropologist, collects Huron songs from the Abbe Prosper Vincent in Canada throughout April and May of 1911.

In June and July he collected additional ethnographic material from Mary McKee, a Wyandotte living in southern Ontario.

From September 14 through November 18 he undertook fieldwork in Northeast Oklahoma on the Wyandotte Reservation.

In 1912, from April 20 though August 3, he continued his fieldwork and story collection in Oklahoma.

1912

Silas Armstrong elected Principal Chief. (second man with that name).

1913

Feb. 13 – Kansas Senator Charles Curtis is successful in getting the sale authorization of the Huron Indian Cemetery repealed. The Conleys’ struggle reaches its end.

1914

Great Britain rules most of the world’s population.

Mary McKee sells her house in Anderdon and moves to Oklahoma to the home of B.N.O. Walker.

1914-18

WWI

1918

March 20 – An agreement between the government and the City of Kansas City, KS, calls for the government to pay $1,000 to the City and the City in turn agreed to forever maintain, care for, preserve the lawns and trim the trees’.(in )said Cemetery and all care that a park of its nature in the heart of a city should demand.’

1919

Jan. 23 – Joel Cotter dies in Wyandotte – Became ill, got to feeling better – went to town, got a haircut, came home and died.  Leaves his wife with 9 children – Claude, Clarence, Homer, Dee, Leonard, Maude, Mabel, Mary, Josie.

First edition of “Tales of the Bark Lodges” by B. N. O. Walker (aka Hen Toh) is published by Harlow Publishing Company in Oklahoma City.  (William Walker was the great uncle of B.N.O. Walker). Second edition of book is published in 1920.

1921

Sept. 11 – Leaford and Leland Bearskin (twins) are born.

1936

Allen Johnson is Principal Chief.

1936-42

Leonard Cotter is Principal Chief in Oklahoma

1937

Nation in Oklahoma becomes known as the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma.

1939-45

WWII

1944-47

Sam Long Principal Chief in Oklahoma

1945

October 24 – United Nations charter ratified

1947

Mont Cotter elected Principal Chief in Oklahoma

1947-49

Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma renews its efforts to sell the Huron Indian Cemetery. It is vigorously and successfully resisted by Congressman Errett P. Scrivner, supported by local attorney and historian Grant W. Harrington.

1948-54

Leonard Cotter Principal Chief in Oklahoma

1954-62

Lawrence Zane Principal Chief in Oklahoma

1954-75

US involved in Vietnam War

1956

August 1 – Congress terminates the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma’s status as a Federally recognized and supervised tribe and again authorized the sale or transfer of the cemetery (to be concluded by Aug. 1, 1959).  The sale is rejected by the Oklahoma Wyandots because the appraised value is too low.

1957

Soviets launch Sputnik

1960

Sept. 26 – a plaque is dedicated and placed on the Wyandot Mission Church in Upper Sandusky declaring it a National Shrine by the Methodist General Conference.

1961

Berlin Wall is constructed

1963-76

Leonard Cotter is Principal Chief

1965

Feb. 25 – Dr. Frank A. Northrup, grandson of Hiram and Margaret Northrup, is buried at the Huron Indian Cemetery – the last burial.

September – Wyandotte Tribal Council in Oklahoma unanimously adopts a resolution calling for the cemetery to be preserved and designated as an historic site.  Kansas Urban Renewal Agency initiates the Center City Urban Renewal Project and a second major renovation of the cemetery property is part of the project.

1969

First human’s walk on the Moon – Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin

1971

September 3 – the Huron Indian Cemetery is entered on the National Register of Historic Places.

1976-78

Mont Cotter elected Principal Chief in Oklahoma

1978

Administration Building constructed at Wyandotte, OK

May 16 – Work is completed on the Huron Indian Cemetery. At the ceremony, it is announced that President Carter had restored the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma’s status as a Federally recognized supervised tribe on the previous day.

May 15. Many tribal Wyandots and Citizen Class descendants are present to hear the news, united in their concern for their common history.

1978-83

Phillip Peacock is Principal Chief in Oklahoma

1981

Space Shuttle Columbia makes its first flight

1983

Leaford Bearskin elected Principal Chief in Oklahoma

1987

Title 6 (Artie Nesvold Building) constructed in Oklahoma

1988

Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma instates its annual Pow Wow

Sallie Cotter Andrews asks Chief Bearskin if he will establish a Historical Committee, he does on Sept. 3 as a non-chartered committee.

1989

Historical Committee’s first project is presented to the tribe – a listing of all the chiefs, entitled “Our Great Chiefs” – prepared with the assistance of C. Aubrey Buser and Mrs. Thelma Marsh.

1990

A large rock monument to Leatherlips is dedicated in Dublin, Ohio. A delegation from Oklahoma goes to participate as well as Wyandots from Kansas and Michigan and many friends and Wyandot scholars.

1991

A full remarking program at the Huron Indian Cemetery, funded by local tax monies, was carried out by the Kansas City Kansas Parks Department.

Marker placed on Matthew Mudeater – Chief of the Wyandotte Nation’s grave (1813 – 1878) in Bland Cemetery, Wyandotte, Oklahoma

1993

Education Building is constructed in Oklahoma

1994

Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma acquires “Self-Governance” status in the area of Indian Health Service.

1995

Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma acquires “Self-Governance” status from the B.I.A.

1998

Bearskin Clinic and Wellness Center is constructed in Oklahoma.

1999

Members of all four nations gather together – in June 4-6 for a reconciliation time; on August 27-29 for a Gathering and the forming of a new confederacy.  A reburial of our ancestors bones held by the Royal Ontario Museum was also accomplished.

2002

wyandotte-nation.org the official website of the Wyandotte Nation is introduced at the Annual Meeting

2003

Marker placed on Mary McKee’s grave (1833 – 1922) in Wyandotte, Oklahoma

2004

The first Cultural Week is held in Wyandotte, Oklahoma, with members coming together from all four nations and all corners of the US and Canada.

An addition is built onto the Turtle Stop convenience store including a small casino and a car/truck wash.

Earlene Roskob becomes Second Chief.

Earlene Roskob and Ramona Reid attend the grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

2005

New benches are added at the Pow-Wow grounds.  Over 108 veterans participate in the Veterans Special at the Pow-Wow.

Bearskin Aviation Service opens at the Joplin Regional Airport.

Lloyd Divine wins a gold Addy for design of the 2004 Culture Week poster, along with a silver ADDY for the design of the Nation’s website.

2006

Wyandotte language renewal takes off with adult classes being taught in the evening at the tribal center and classes for students being taught in the Wyandotte Public School and Wyandotte Nation Preschool by R. Z. Smith and Carol Smith.

A $794,700 grant is received to construct an addition to the tribe’s preschool.

57 acres adjacent to the tribal headquarters are acquired for a future housing project.

Groundbreaking for the Wyandotte Nation Casino takes place on June 6th at the site of the pow-wow grounds.

Billy Friend is elected Second Chief.

Chief Bearskin receives the Outstanding Civilian Career Services Award from the United States Air Force.

2007

In January the Wyandotte Nation holds a job fair to staff the new casino; over 600 people apply.

The casino opens on April 16th with over 500 slot machines, 8 blackjack tables and more.  Chief Bearskin emphasizes that the end result of this business venture will be better services for our nation’s membership.

165 acres of our original Wyandotte allotment land is acquired for a new pow-wow grounds east of the tribal complex.

Construction begins on the new preschool addition project; it will be named in honor of Carla Culver, Wyandotte Education Director.

The Wyandotte Nation Honor Guard, led by Ted Nesvold, is a very in-demand group for pow-wows, school programs and veterans’ gatherings.

2008

The Wyandotte Nation’s 7th Street Casino opens on January 10th in Kansas City, KS, after a decade of litigation.   Chief Bearskin performs a smoking ceremony.  The ribbon is cut by Kansas City Mayor Joe Reardon and Congressman Dennis Moore.

The Wyandotte Nation purchases three lots in Port Clinton, Ohio, for re-burial purposes.

Through the work of the tribe’s Environmental Dept., children experience the natural world through scientific investigation geared to their learning level – such as bug collecting, planting a garden, studying invertebrates, and more.

Chief Bearskin performs a smoking ceremony for the new American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.

With the new addition on the preschool, enrollment soars to 52 children.

The Wyandotte Nation Tribal Heritage Department is established.

2009

Coinciding with the establishment of the Tribal Heritage Department the previous year, the Wyandotte Nation Culture Committee is officially established with an official tribal ordinance.

Five new “Entering/Leaving Wyandotte Nation” roadway signs are installed at the boundaries of our historic area near the tribal center.

Masters Degree scholarship funding becomes available enhancing undergraduate, vocational, student housing assistance funding, and a summer internship program for students.

Chief Bearskin receives the “Putting Your Stamp on Oklahoma” award given by the Oklahoma State Conference on Aging for improving the lives of elders in the state of Oklahoma.

103 children enroll in the tribe’s Summer Program activities.

With beautiful weather adding to the enjoyment, the 20th Annual Pow-Wow, coordinated by Sherri Clemons, is held at the new pow-wow grounds.

The new Senior Duplex units built just north of the tribal headquarters are completed and occupied.

2011

June 1 – Billy Friend assumes the position of chief after the retirement of Leaford Bearskin.

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