Otoe-Missouria Tribe Agrees to Charter Bacone College


The Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians voted unanimously to charter Bacone College on August 8, 2019.  Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council Chairman John R. Shotton executed the resolution at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Headquarters in Red Rock where he formally announced the tribe’s decision to charter Bacone College as it applies for tribal college status.

“This partnership is important in our effort to provide higher educational opportunities for our students, “ said Chairman Shotton.  “Education is a key that we believe will open many doors of opportunities for our students and our Otoe-Missouria people.”

The Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council resolution chartering Bacone College as a Tribal College is the third resolution from an Oklahoma federally-recognized tribe, including the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Osage Nation.

“We appreciate the Otoe-Missouria Tribe’s leadership in forming a consortium of Oklahoma tribes to transform Bacone College into a Tribal College,” said Dr. Ferlin Clark, Bacone College President.  “The leadership of our tribes uniting to help us become a tribal college will help sustain Bacone College into the long-term future, it’s good medicine.”

“The support from the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, along with the Osage and Keetoowah Tribes, and other tribes we are talking to, is a movement to unite our Oklahoma tribes around our fire of education,” said Archie Mason (Osage), President of the Bacone College Board of Trustees. “It’s time for our Native American nations in Oklahoma to come together, both small and large tribes, to invest in the education of our children and grandchildren.” 

About Bacone College

Bacone College was founded in 1880 as Indian University with a mission to educate American Indians, and is the oldest continuously operated institution of higher education in the state. The college has historic ties to various tribal nations and is affiliated with American Baptist Home Mission Society. Bacone College’s current president is Dr. Ferlin Clark of the Navajo (Dine) Nation. He is the fourth Native American president of Bacone College in its 139 years of existence. www.bacone.edu

About the Otoe-Missouria Tribe

Today most of the nearly 3,300 tribal members still live in the state of Oklahoma, but there are members who live throughout the United States including New Jersey, California, Hawaii and Alaska. The tribe is still one of the smaller tribes in Oklahoma, but led by a progressive Tribal Council, they have parlayed their gaming revenue into long-term investment in other sustainable industries including retail ventures, loan companies, agriculture, natural resource development, hospitality, entertainment and several other projects still in development. Tribal members perpetuate tribal traditions with feasts, dances, an annual powwow and song leaders continue lineage, clan and tribal ties. https://www.omtribe.org/