Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma

Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma is one of three federally recognized Kickapoo tribes in the United States. Their tribal jurisdiction encompasses Oklahoma, Pottowatomie, and Lincoln Counties. Membership to the tribe requires a minimum blood quantum of ¼ Kickapoo decent.

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The Kickapoo were a Woodland tribe, speaking an Algonquian language, and were related to the Sac and Fox. They first came into contact with Europeans in the mid-seventeenth century in southwestern Wisconsin.  By the mid-18th century the Kickapoo lived in two communities, the “Prairie Band,” along Illinois’s Sangamon River, and the “Vermillion Band,” east of the Wabash River in Indiana.

The Prairie band Kickapoo resisted acculturation and continued to migrate, going first to Missouri and then to the Spanish province of Texas before the 1821 Mexican Revolution. Spanish officials gave them land in Texas. However, after the Texas Revolution the Republic of Texas did not want them. In 1839, they were forcibly removed, and many traveled to Mexico. There, the Mexican government gave the tribe a land grant and eventually placed them at Nacimiento in exchange for protecting their northern borders. Some Kickapoo decided to settle in two villages in Indian Territory. Some settled on Wild Horse Creek in the Chickasaw Nation, and the others settled in Creek Nation near the confluence of the Canadian and Little rivers. Many Kickapoo would eventually leave the Indian Territory during the Civil War and rejoin those in Mexico.

In 1873, a military scheme forced some of the Mexican Kickapoo to relocate to the Indian Territory. In 1883, they were assigned a reservation. However, after the enactment of the Kickapoo Allotment Act in 1893 they lost much of their land. This left the tribe desolate and in poverty, which they did not begin to recover from until the 1930s and finally in the 1960s with the help of federal government programs.

The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma was organized under the Indian Welfare Act of 1936. As of 2003 the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma had 2,522 enrolled members. Their headquarters are located in McCloud, Oklahoma and is presently governed by a 5-member Business Committee. Many of them reside in Lincoln, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie counties. Other tribe members currently live near Topeka, Kansas, Eagle Pass, Texas, and Nacimiento, Mexico. http://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=KI004

Today the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma culture remains strong, and the language is still spoken. They offer many services and programs to their tribal members which seek to empower and improve their lives. This includes housing, scholarship opportunities, child welfare, and job opportunities. Today, tribal revenue is largely generated by the Kickapoo Casino.

David Peco (Chairman)
Tel: (405) 964-2075
Fax: (405) 964-4228
PO Box 70
McLoud, OK74851-0070

Website: http://www.kickapootribeofoklahoma.com

The Kickapoo were a Woodland tribe, speaking an Algonquian language, and were related to the Sac and Fox. They first came into contact with Europeans in the mid-seventeenth century in southwestern Wisconsin.  By the mid-18th century the Kickapoo lived in two communities, the “Prairie Band,” along Illinois’s Sangamon River, and the “Vermillion Band,” east of the Wabash River in Indiana.

The Prairie band Kickapoo resisted acculturation and continued to migrate, going first to Missouri and then to the Spanish province of Texas before the 1821 Mexican Revolution. Spanish officials gave them land in Texas. However, after the Texas Revolution the Republic of Texas did not want them. In 1839, they were forcibly removed, and many traveled to Mexico. There, the Mexican government gave the tribe a land grant and eventually placed them at Nacimiento in exchange for protecting their northern borders. Some Kickapoo decided to settle in two villages in Indian Territory. Some settled on Wild Horse Creek in the Chickasaw Nation, and the others settled in Creek Nation near the confluence of the Canadian and Little rivers. Many Kickapoo would eventually leave the Indian Territory during the Civil War and rejoin those in Mexico.

In 1873, a military scheme forced some of the Mexican Kickapoo to relocate to the Indian Territory. In 1883, they were assigned a reservation. However, after the enactment of the Kickapoo Allotment Act in 1893 they lost much of their land. This left the tribe desolate and in poverty, which they did not begin to recover from until the 1930s and finally in the 1960s with the help of federal government programs.

The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma was organized under the Indian Welfare Act of 1936. As of 2003 the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma had 2,522 enrolled members. Their headquarters are located in McCloud, Oklahoma and is presently governed by a 5-member Business Committee. Many of them reside in Lincoln, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie counties. Other tribe members currently live near Topeka, Kansas, Eagle Pass, Texas, and Nacimiento, Mexico.

The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma is headquartered in McCloud, Oklahoma. Their tribal jurisdiction encompasses Oklahoma, Pottowatomie, and Lincoln Counties

105365 S. HWY 102

Mcloud, OK 74851

About 400 tribal members speak the Kickapoo language.[7] It is one of the few Oklahoma tribal languages spoken by children today.

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Today the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma culture remains strong, and the language is still spoken. They offer many services and programs to their tribal members which seek to empower and improve their lives. This includes housing, scholarship opportunities, child welfare, and job opportunities. Today, tribal revenue is largely generated by the Kickapoo Casino.

The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma owns a gas station, a smoke shop, and a casino. Their estimated annual economic impact was $16 million in 2010. The Kickapoo Casino is located in McLoud, Oklahoma. In 2012 the tribe established plans to open a second casino in Shawnee, Oklahoma which was scheduled for an August, 2012 opening.

David Peco (Chairman)
Tel: (405) 964-2075
Fax: (405) 964-4228
PO Box 70
McLoud, OK74851-0070
Website: http://www.kickapootribeofoklahoma.com

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105365 S. HWY 102
Mcloud, OK 74851