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Benefit Golf Scramble Signups Now

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Golfers are sought to play in a four-man scramble Monday June 22 at the Ponca City Country Club with all proceeds to benefit the Otoe-Missouria Encampment Committee as they prepare for the tribe’s annual July encampment.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start beginning at 10. There is a $500 team entry fee with lunch provided. Prizes will be awarded for First, Second, Longest Drive and Closest To Pin. The event is sponsored by the First Council Casino.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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June 20th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Pawnee Boarding School Reunion July 4

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The Gravy Had no Lumps

A Gravy Reunion is to be held July 4th in Pawnee, Okla. at the former Pawnee Boarding School once a Bureau of Indian Affairs, (BIA) institution, Most alumni remember the institution by the less bureaucratic label of “Gravy”; however during the institution’s 80 years existence, an unknown student whose fame is forever etched in the annals of anonymity christened the government school with its infamous name “Gravy”. The nickname probably surfaced from the savory chipped-beef gravy that was a limitless breakfast staple. Another student pundit tacked on “U”, and the institution fast became “Gravy U”, remaining so even after the schools closure in 1958.

» Read the full article on NativeTimes.com.

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June 16th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Pawnee ‘Gravy U’ Reunion Set

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Nearly a half century has passed since the Pawnee Industrial School, also known as the Pawnee Indian Boarding School, was closed in 1958 after eighty years of operation.

But, the school’s influence lives on in the hearts and lives of the hundreds of students drawn from the Pawnee, Otoe-Missouria, Kaw, Ponca, Tonkawa, Shawnee and other tribes who attended the government run school. Many former students affectionately call the school “Gravy U” in memory of the watery gravy served at most meals.

Former students, employees and relatives will gather near the site of the old school on Saturday, Aug. 11 for the 18th reunion gathering and homecoming. Organizers are asking those attending to bring old school photos and memorabilia to share with others. Souvenir booklets will be available for participants.

The gathering will take place beginning at 1 p.m. at the Pawnee Tribal Community Hall located on the Pawnee Tribal Reserve, two blocks north of the tribal casino on Morris Road. Soft drinks, coffee and donuts will be available from 1-2 p.m., with an afternoon visitation scheduled from 2-5 p.m. Supper will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to tour the former school’s campus, part of which is being used by the new Pawnee Nation College.

Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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August 6th, 2007 at 10:04 pm

Halloween Handgame

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The Otoe-Missouria Tribal Employees Club will sponsor the annual Halloween-Masquerade and Chili Cook-off Thursday evening, Oct. 30 at the Otoe-Missouria Cultural Building. Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with supper and the chili contest. Handgame will start at 7:30 p.m. and will continue throughout the masquerade contest which will begin at 8 p.m.

Cash prizes will be given for the chili contest and for children, teen and adult categories in the masquerade contest. There will be carnival booths and games for all ages. The Otoe-Missouria Tribe challenges all neighboring tribes in the handgame.

For information, contact Otoe-Missouria Tribal Employees Club at 580-723-4466.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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October 27th, 2003 at 12:36 pm

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