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TCU鈥檚 Native American and Indigenous Peoples Initiative welcomes and connects with Native American nations and communities.

Wichita and Affiliated Tribes President Terri Parton and TCU President Daniel W. Pullin

Since 2015, TCU鈥檚 Native American and Indigenous Peoples Initiative has worked with Native Americans across the metroplex, state and country. This work includes sponsoring Native American-focused workshops, lectures and other campus activities, and developing curriculum informed by and in dialogue with Native American communities so that students learn from 鈥 rather than about 鈥 Native Americans.

Timeline

2015

Chebon Kernell, citizen of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and Mekko (traditional ceremonial leader) of the Helvpe ceremonial grounds (Muscogee/Creek), speaks to religion classes and broader university audiences on a variety of Native American and Indigenous issues. TCU鈥檚 Native American and Indigenous Peoples Initiative evolves from these presentations.

2016 

TCU hosts the first annual Native American and Indigenous Peoples Day Symposium.

2016-18 

Working with the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, TCU creates a Native American monument between Reed and Jarvis Halls. Text on the monument is incorporated into the university鈥檚 Land Acknowledgment.

2017 

Students start the Native and Indigenous Student Association.

2019 

TCU establishes the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women鈥檚 scholarship.

2020 

Provost Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg appoints faculty member Scott Langston as the Native American Nations and Communities Liaison. Langston forms the Native American Advisory Circle.

2021

In April, TCU adopts a land acknowledgment and reads it during 2021 Convocation, marking the first time that such an acknowledgment is made at a major university event.

2022

The university purchases two works of art by the contemporary Comanche/Kiowa artist J. NiCole Hatfield. 鈥淏ased on Mrs. Jack Treetop-Standing Rock 1908鈥 and 鈥淏ased on Quanah Parker鈥 Kwahadi Band of Comanche are installed on the first floor of The Harrison administration building.

NAIPI develops and distributes the guide 鈥淭eaching with TCU鈥檚 Land Acknowledgment and Native American Monument鈥 and holds the first Koehler Center Workshop on the topic.

2023

TCU鈥檚 Housing and Residence Life places plaques featuring TCU鈥檚 Land Acknowledgment in almost all residence halls. 

NAIPI begins offering land acknowledgment training to departments and campus units that want to better understand and implement the ethics, values and experiences of TCU鈥檚 Land Acknowledgment.

TCU鈥檚 Native and Indigenous Student Association completes and dedicates the Native American Nations Flags Project as a permanent display in the university鈥檚 Mary Couts Burnett Library.

TCU President Daniel W. Pullin hosts a reception for the largest on-campus gathering of Native American and Indigenous leaders as part of the university鈥檚 seventh annual Native American and Indigenous Peoples Day Symposium. 

2024

TCU launches the Four Directions Scholars Program and receives applications for the 2024-25 academic year.