Anadarko_A historic landmark in Anadarko has a new owner. The Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma has taken over the 53-year-old Oklahoma treasure, made possible through a $1 Million grant. After years of low attendance, the owners of the site decided to sell, and now the Kiowas will renovate and expand the area so visitors can step back in time.
Indian City sits atop the Tonkowa Hills just south of Anadarko. By purchasing the landmark, the Kiowas are hoping to bring more opportunities and revenue to the tribe. Don Neconie, the tribal treasurer, says it took four years to land the deal. "Fruition of hard work, and a plan to expand," says Neconie.
Indian City is a one-of-a-kind learning experience, with guided tours of the Indian villages, and authentic dance performances. The different villages were reconstruction with Native American labor under the direction of an anthropologist.
George Moran's father is the founder of the "city." He has been overseeing the operation of the site, which has drawn thousands of visitors over the years. The Kiowa Tribe is keeping Moran on as an advisor to the new staff. "This is a positive move," says Moran. "My dad would be pleased."
The past owners are pleased that Indian City is now under the direction of a tribal entity. Linda Poolaw served on the board of Indian City for years. She says its spirit will remain the same - a unique destination where visitors can reflect on the history of the area, and witness the progress made by the Kiowa Tribe. "It's beautiful, and now it's back to the Natives," she says. "Couldn't ask for anything more."