Chilocco National Alumni Association

Chilocco Indian
Agricultural School
1884 to 1980
First and Last
graduating classes

Louis McDonald,
Class of 1884 (top 1st
left) is the
GGGFather of
Damon McCarty,
Class of 1980 (right
Chilocco National Alumni Association
Stillwater, OK 74075
Welcome to the official website of the Chilocco National Alumni Association.  We hope to have
made this site viewable to everyone. By clicking on the menu on the lift side of the pages you will
be able to access the various pages on this website. Although this site is primarily to maintain
another form of communication with our association members, former Chilocco students, former
employees and families, we realize others will hit on this site. For this reason we attempt to
convey information about Chilocco Indian Agricultural School, its legacy and the national
association of former students, employees, and associate members. If you have need for more
information about Chilocco, the association, or annual reunion activities, please contact one of the
board members. There is a wealth of information that we are not able to convey on this site at any
one time. Information will be routinely updated, however. Please enjoy your visit.
121st Annual Chilocco Reunion
May 28 - 31, 2015
Site: First Council Casino Hotel/Chilocco - Newkirk, OK
Honoring the Golden Class of 1965 and Silver Class of
Lodging nearby in Ponca Cty, OK and Ark City, KS.
The above students were
awarded the
Congressional Medal of
Honor during WWII
Lt. Jack Montgomery
Col Ernest Childers
Chiloccoans KIA are honored
by this Chilocco Memorial in
The Chilocco Indian Agricultural School was officially closed in June, 1980 after 96 years educating over 17,000
Indian students and awarding over 5,400 high school diplomas. Another thousand or more certificates were issued
to graduates of the post high vocational training. It also awarded certificates of completion to thousands of Navajo
students through a specially designed transitional program.  Because Chilocco reached out to all corners of this
country and to all tribes, it was a common ground for all tribes of today. This is exemplified by the manyformer
students who went on to become leaders of their tribes as Chairmans, Presidents, Governors, Council members,
and key program leaders, and even state legislative members. Many former students have made careers in various
federal capacities in key management positions which further had impacts in Indian country.

Today, as the campus sits idle with very little life, the Chilocco National Alumni Association membership, though
aging and slowly reducing in numbers, continues to thrive, and are working diligently to continue the brotherhood
and sisterhood that developed from the years at Chilocco, which actually began with the very first graduating class
in 1894 and continues with the last graduating class of 1980. This can be witnessed live each reunion when over
300 annually attend to enjoy the rekindling of friendship, love and camaraderie. Even many non-students attend
and show their support and attend the many functions.

The campus is now under the control of the five Northern Oklahoma Indian tribes, the Kaw Nation, Ponca,
Tonkawa, Otoe Missouria and Pawnee. The Association is thankful to these tribes for their support and allowing
us occasional use of the campus, which is now on the
National Register of Historic Places.
National Register of Historic Place