Many of the units of the National Park Service consult with tribes. Here is a list of our current associated tribes: Apache; Comanche; Quapaw; Cheyenne and Arapaho; Wichita and Affiliated Tribes (Wichita, Keechi, Waco & Tawakonie); Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation; Chickasaw Nation; Choctaw Nation; Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, Louisiana; Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; and Kiowa.

This weekend when Dr. Meadows presents on the “Kiowas at the Washita,” a few Kiowa tribal members will be in attendance. For the Park, this is considered an informal tribal consultation, known as the little ‘c.’ The big ‘C’ is the government to government consultation involving officials from both parties at a formal meeting. Sometimes the best way to begin a relationship is informally, and it’s something I have done repeatedly over the years. This weekend is the Oklahoma Indian Nation Powwow in El Reno. I’ll be attending the event on Friday night and it’s a great way to meet many tribal members in an engaging environment. Chief Ranger Kevin Mohr It is hard to believe that July is over, and August is here. Schools will be starting soon! Where did the summer go?

We send our prayers and get well wishes to – Margie Martin, Johnnie Allen, Cailby Perez, Frankie Cockrell, Tommy Kendall, Jimmy Wilson, Sue Suttle, Debbie Beavin, Gary Martin, Linda Kahoa, Marva Karber, Sarah Hammer, Jackie Price, Dovie Smith, Teddy Calvert, Randall Calvert, Jodie Wright, BJ Payne, Gary W. Kirk, Glen Hensley, Suzann VerSteeg, Darla Beasterfeld, Karen Creach, James & Linda Maddux, Leah Smith, Barbara Nistler and Donald Atzet.

Happy Birthday to – August 2: Lynanne Hendrickson, Lisa Woods; August 4: Roger Leser, Kylan Rose, Rusty Whitson; August 5: Yvonne Albright, Jan Bailey, Marli Pennington, Casey Beaty, AJ Butler; August 6: Ti Barber, Melba Ruth Boswell, Kathy Thomas; August 7: Donne Ford, Jr.;