Concho Indian School

30
City/Town: Concho
Location Class: SchoolGovernment
Year Built: 1909
Year Abandoned: 1983
Status: AbandonedGuttedUnder Renovation
Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler MooreBilly DixonMichael SchwarzEmily Cowan

Assimilation

In 1867, the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes were forced to move to a reservation land in Indian Territory near Fort El Reno, Oklahoma. The Dawes Act broke up the reservation land stating that any land not owned by a Native American individual would be open to settlement during the Land Run of 1892. Then came the Curtis Act of 1898 which resulted in the tribal governments fallout as an attempt to assimilate the tribes. They would need to lose their traditional ways of thinking, living, and culture to become what the government considered “Americans”. 

Curriculum

After the close of The Darlington Agency, it was relocated to Concho, Oklahoma and renamed Concho Indian Boarding School. Built in 1909, it was run with a military routine and a government assimilation curriculum. Students woke up at sunrise, did military exercises and went to class at 6am. Their days were split into two parts with the first half of the day being in classes. Classes consisted of teaching the students to read, write, and speak in the English language. Speaking in their native tongues or practicing their culture resulted in punishment of one hour of labor work. They were forced to change the way they presented themselves in society such as cutting their hair and changing the style of clothing they wore. For the second half of their day they participated in labor. Boys were taught farming methods such as planting techniques and caring and raising livestock. While girls were taught domestic labor such as cooking, cleaning, sewing and nursing. In addition to their studies they were taught Christianity. Although most of the Indians and the children reluctantly accepted most of the assimilation methods most refused to accept Christianity as their religion. In the 1920’s they  formed sports team, music and art classes and educational subjects and curriculum just like other public schools in the area.

Final years

Concho served grades 1-8th and on May 14, 1982 had its last graduating class of 142 students. It was closed due to federal budget cuts shortly after. Parents of the students and tribe members fought to keep their school open but due to lack of funding was permanently closed by the end of the 1983 school year. The buildings were turned over to the tribes in 1985 where they still sit abandoned to this day although a recent revisit has shown signs of some restoration to a few buildings with the future of the others unknown.

Murals

The murals of Concho Indian School were started in 2014 by 38 year old artist Steven Grounds to pay tribute to the Cheyenne and Arapaho indians that once attended the decaying assimilation boarding school. Amongst the murals is Chief Black Kettle an important tribal figure of the Northern Cheyenne. Chief Black Kettle was known for being a peacemaker with the US government by accepting treaties and while still protecting his people. His murals depict people from photographs found in tribal archives as well as Native American advocate Suzan Shown Harjo who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014. What he thought would be just one big mural at the beginning turned into an artistic journey of multiple murals throughout the abandoned Concho buildings. Steven doesn’t have plans to stop and has even been in talks with Cheyenne and Arapaho tribe leaders to help restore the buildings and turn them into a mural gallery.

Bibliography

“Concho Indian Boarding School.” Concho Indian Boarding School – Asylum Projects, www.asylumprojects.org/index.php/Concho_Indian_Boarding_School.

30
Leave a Reply

avatar
23 Comment threads
7 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
  Subscribe  
Notify of
trackback

[…] Concho Indian School […]

Martin
Guest
Martin

can u get in the school or is this private land

Sandra K Gordy
Guest
Sandra K Gordy

O attended concho for 8 yrs . it was a safe place for me comong from a torn family.
But i was happy to have a chance to learn and become a strong person while i never seen my parents being half breed i wss bullyed by other students . but i survived and became a indapendant strong person. Haunted yes i seen and heard strange actions . but i close my eyes prayed to hod yo keep me safe . sad it closed it was home to all of us that didnt have a home . <3

Mercedes Bailey
Guest

do you know who owns this school? i am interested in seeing it but i would like to get permission first. if you know or could tell me how to get permission for this school please email at mercedesbailey6314@yahoo.com Thank you

Robert Pettit
Guest
Robert Pettit

To believe that my grandmother was a teacher in this school around 1915. My grandfather, Wolf Face, was an Episcopalian priest in El Reno and my father was born there in 1915. They later moved to Bay City Tx, (when, I don't know) then to New Brunswick, NJ about 1926.

amantajo
Guest
amantajo

Very sad to see the pathetic situation of Concho Indian boarding school situated in northwest of El Reno. The given photos clearly describe the real situation of this school. It was one of the best schools, so the authority must need to take certain measures to make the school a better one. zipline kit

newakis smoker
Guest
newakis smoker

ah bull it is not haunted i lived there in 2003 i had to go in the building to take showers and i would walk around that place at night and in all the buildings so that is bunch of crap

Henry Kissinger
Guest
Henry Kissinger

You are a ghost so your comment proves it is haunted!

Carlos Marshall
Guest

never heard of concho ok. until i came back a year ago , it was a site of alot of suffering indian children in a goverment funded school ,they were taken away from there parents and sent to concho to like and go to school !

Melia Adolphson
Guest
Melia Adolphson

If you are novice to domain registrars then you are definitely a Domainbie

trackback

[…] Concho Indian School has a rich and interesting history and, after closing its doors due to inadequate funding in the […]

Alex J. Stone
Guest
Alex J. Stone

What I see here is the old chocho demo-school. is there anyone who remembes the first concho indian school? It was called the cheyenne and arapaho school and it was on the westside of the concho agency, next to the railroad tracks. it's gone now and there is nothing there. I went back to visit the old school in 1995 (summer) and took my wife and kids and showed them where each building was and the playground. That is what I call the old concho indan school. the demo school came much later.

nora jessepe parker
Guest
nora jessepe parker

yes I do, I went to school there, I only remmeber, Ms Hart, Mr Glass. we lived in a buidling called a quanshut
or a metal round building. I remmeber the railroad tracks. I was at concho at 8 to 10 years ago. I wanted to see if there was anything left of the old concho.. is there a road there.?? I seen new concho buidling destroy by vandulism. Nora jessepe Parker 1964 1965 or 1966 I think i attended

Jenny warrior
Guest
Jenny warrior

My grandmother told me bout this place. Im indian an my grandmother an elders of my tribe have nothing good to say bout this place. they refuse to even speak of it

william
Guest
william

concho school has some really horrorble stories as i listen to lot of elders talk how they where treated in school ! i cryed when they told me how kids died in that school !

calvin white
Guest
calvin white

I have recently done an investigation in the boys dorm…got an evp saying…"we didn't want to die" … Still kids there…but for some..that was the only place they could call home…

ipad wall mount
Guest

Valuable information and excellent design you got here! I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and time into the stuff you post! Thanks.

jimmy black
Guest
jimmy black

Iv not ben in the school i went to as a boy n many years. It looks like spooks really tore it up.wow

trackback

[…] Images of Concho Indian School by Billy Dixon at Abandoned Oklahoma […]

Snaps Magee
Guest
Snaps Magee

Another great portfolio. Apparently this place had a second life long after it closed in 1981. The print magazines piled together are relatively recent. The issue of U.S. News with Jesus on the cover is from April 24, 2000. The poster of the Channel 9 weatherman has a website address on it, and the Xmas cards posted to the wall are definitely not from 30 years ago, so I'm guessing part of the building was fixed up and used briefly around 2000. But by whom? Great job, guys.

Rick
Guest
Rick

I hope that a return visit is arranged, and if such, I would like to see pictures of the dining room/kitchen, school building and gym. Also, underneath the dining room is a basement that housed the student union. We spent alot of time there as students and it may still have furniture or fixtures. Thanks for all the good pics!

Rick.
Guest
Rick.

I attended this school the last year is was open and it wasn't a good experience. I was glad to see it closed. I never saw anything paranormal while I was there, but did hear alot from the other kids about how it was haunted and how it was built over an ancient burial ground. It's only haunted by bad memories.

Jeremy Chaffin
Guest
Jeremy Chaffin

Great Pics. this place is supposed to be pretty haunted, did yall see anything? kids laughing and playing in the gym sounds of basketball bouncing?

Michelle Walker
Guest
Michelle Walker

I went to this school a few yrs back with a local Paranormal group. I got an EVP and you can clearly hear a basketball bouncing.

Brittany
Guest
Brittany

Is it legal to visit this place? I would really like to go, I just don't want to risk getting in trouble.

Michael Schwarz
Guest

Wow this place is awesome! and I can tell by the windows broken, and no boards that this place is begging to have people go in! lol

AbandonedOK
Guest

Thank you for the Kudos Michael! About entering, not exactly. It is patrolled by the Tribal Police and therefor is extremely dangerous to enter without proper permission.

Copyright 2008-2020 by AbandonedOK.com - info@AbandonedOK.com.com - Designed By Michael Schwarz - Disclaimer