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.


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.


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


Feb. 13 – Kansas Senator Charles Curtis is successful in getting the sale authorization of the Huron Indian Cemetery repealed.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.


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.




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.’


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.


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


Allen Johnson is Principal Chief.


Leonard Cotter is Principal Chief in Oklahoma


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




Sam Long Principal Chief in Oklahoma


October 24 – United Nations charter ratified


Mont Cotter elected Principal Chief in Oklahoma


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.


Leonard Cotter Principal Chief in Oklahoma


Lawrence Zane Principal Chief in Oklahoma


US involved in Vietnam War


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.


Soviets launch Sputnik


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.


Berlin Wall is constructed


Leonard Cotter is Principal Chief


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.


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


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


Mont Cotter elected Principal Chief in Oklahoma


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.


Phillip Peacock is Principal Chief in Oklahoma


Space Shuttle Columbia makes its first flight


Leaford Bearskin elected Principal Chief in Oklahoma


Title 6 (Artie Nesvold Building) constructed in Oklahoma


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.


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.


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.


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


Education Building is constructed in Oklahoma


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


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


Bearskin Clinic and Wellness Center is constructed in Oklahoma.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


September 12 – 14th; Twelve year old Caleb Garcia was roached and became the first Wyandotte to competitively dance in a powwow. Caleb danced as a fancy dancer at the 25th anniversary of the Wyandotte Nation powwow. When asked how he felt dancing for his tribe Caleb stated, “If you aren’t breathing hard at the end of the night. You aren’t dancing hard enough for your people.”


Sept. 11 – Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the Wyandotte Nation Cultural Center and Museum.

For the second year in a row a Garcia was roached at the Wyandotte Nation Pow Wow. Mr. Joshua Garcia, son of Kim and Arturo Garcia, was roached as a grass dancer.

Sept. 12 – Our first lady dancer, thirteen year old Miss Sara Wright, danced fancy shawl.



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