Special Thanks To.....
The Chilocco History Project only exists thanks to the numerous collaborations of individuals, organizations, and agencies with a passion for documenting the numerous ways the Native boarding school story shapes the story of Native peoples.
Most of all, the Chilocco National Alumni Association, who carry the torch of their former school and home. Special thanks to Jim Baker: CNAA historian, alumni and former superintendant (1973-1978), the CNAA Veteran's Project Committee: Chair, Charmain Baker and Members, Betty and Bill Pino, and Jim Baker. Thanks to the CNAA Executive Board for your support and direction, especially Garland Kent and George Miguel. Also thanks to the members of the CNAA who have welcomed us to the annual Chilocco Homecoming events, volunteered to share their story, and encouraged this work to continue.
The Tom J. and Edna M. Carson Foundation, which provided funding for many facets of this project. The Puterbaugh Professorship for library services, the Clerico Family Chair for Library Excellence, and the Hyle Family Professorship, which helped provide funding for the documentary. The Oklahoma State University Library for supporting all areas of documentation through this project. Firethief Productions for their flexibility and vision in creating "Chilocco Through the Years." Dr. Samantha Benn-Duke and Dr. Lisa Brooks in providing such passion for getting this history into the K-12 classroom.
Thank you to Mary Culley, with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tribal Government Office for encouraging the CNAA to document their remarkable veterans history. Monica Mohindra and Rachel Mears with the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project at the American Folklife Center, for working to include the Chilocco veterans stories into the VHP archive, and recognizing the implicit need to encourage more Native veterans voices to shape the history of the Armed Forces in this country. Thank you to numerous staff members (Herman Viola, Kelly McHugh, Zandra Wilson, Martin Earring) of the National Museum of American Indian for acknowledging the Chilocco story as a significant National narrative.
Special thanks also go to Dr. K. Tsianina Lomawaima for sharing her knowledge of the Native boarding school history in the United States. Her 1994 publication, They Called it Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School, has shed a spotlight on a period of the school's history to a national audience and provided a succinct timeline of the nearly 100 year history, as well as a complex understanding of the school's early history. Dr. Lomawaima visited the OSU campus in February 2018 to join CNAA historian, Jim Baker, in discussing the history of the campus - you can see the recording of the event here.