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CARES Act Required Information

this information is required by the department of education since csc has received cares act funds:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $254,729.00.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).
    1. To-date, (July 6, 2020), $101,250 has been distributed directly to students. A second distribution will be given in Fall 2020.
  4. The estimated total number of students at the institution who are or could be eligible to participate in the Federal student financial aid programs under  Section 484  of the Higher Education Act   of 1965, as amended,  and thus are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
    1. Bacone College determined that approximately 174 students were eligible for funding. 
  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
    1. To-date (July 6, 2020), 135 students have received one payment of $750. The remainder, 39 students who are thought to also be eligible, have not signed a CARES Act Student Agreement and have not received payment to-date.
  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
    1. Learn about eligiblity requirements in our CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions ?FAQ.
  7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
    1. Bacone College students who were enrolled in traditional on-campus courses on March 23, 2020 may be eligible for CARES Act funding. Learn about eligiblity requirements in our CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ.
    2. Students: if you believe you are eligible for a CARES Act payment, please update your student contact information using this online form. A representative will contact you. Please note you will be required to fill out this CARES Act Student Agreement in addition to meeting all eligibility requirements to receive funding.


due to the current covid-19 pandemic and its disruption of life and businesses, including bacone college’s plans to hold its annual commencement on may 2, the school has decided to postpone commencement until dec. 12, 2020.

澳门威尼斯人注册网站“we know how important a commencement ceremony is to graduates and their families, and we sincerely want them to have their moment to walk across the stage,” said bacone college president dr. ferlin clark. “though their walk will be delayed, receiving their diplomas will not once they have met all requirements for graduation.”

澳门威尼斯人注册网站for those who are completing their program in may, degrees will be posted to transcripts as soon as the office of the registrar confirms that all academic requirements have been completed and the business office confirms that accounts are paid.    

any student needing confirmation of their degree for employment, application for further education or other purposes can receive an official transcript upon request.  

when all requirements are met, graduates should receive their diplomas in approximately 60 days upon request. all students who complete in may, august or december, will be invited to walk in the december graduation ceremony.

Bacone College will continue to keep graduates and the community informed as more concrete plans develop. In the meantime, questions may be directed to Vice President for Student Affairs Kaila Harjo at or at 918-360-7771 or Vice President for Academic Affairs Leroy Thompson at or at 918-360-9694.


Bacone College’s Spring 2020 Pow Wow on April 4, sponsored by the Osage Nation Casino Hotel, has been postponed. Please continue to watch for updated information on our website,, and on our social media pages as the college will make announcements when the details for the new date have been confirmed.

澳门威尼斯人注册网站tuesday, march 17, 2020

bacone college will extend the online classes to the end of the semester. huo?we are taking these measures to protect the safety and well-being of our college community,huo?said bacone college president dr. ferlin clark.

students leaving campus now or who have already left campus may leave their personal belongings in dorms and return to pick them up when they feel safe and comfortable in doing so. campus security will remain in place.

faculty are not required to be on campus as they teach their courses online using zoom and moodle.

students will login to moodle to complete assignments and utilize zoom sessions for participation. these steps will constitute the attendance component of classes for the remainder of the semester.

澳门威尼斯人注册网站college activities and events through the end of the semester, including the april 4 spring pow wow, have been postponed. new dates will be announced at a later time.

the may 2 commencement remains scheduled as planned, but should it become necessary to postpone, the college will notify students, faculty, and staff through campus email and on the college’s website,

澳门威尼斯人注册网站for more information, please contact vice president of student affairs kaila harjo at


friday, march 13, 2020

bacone college was notified today that the association of independent institutions (aii) has suspended all conference practices and competitions due to concerns about novel coronavirus (covid-19).

consequently, all bacone college athletic practices and competitions have also been suspended indefinitely.

澳门威尼斯人注册网站the health and safety of our students is of utmost importance, and as such, the college will continue to follow the guidance of the aii and the national association of intercollegiate athletics (naia) and keep the campus and community informed.

For more information regarding athletic practices and competitions, please contact Dr. Nicole Been at



wednesday, march 11, 2020

澳门威尼斯人注册网站after careful review of centers for disease control statistics and world health organization recommendations regarding the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, and in light of two individuals testing positive for the virus in the tulsa area, bacone college will proceed with precautionary social-distancing measures for the next two weeks.

澳门威尼斯人注册网站though spring break will continue as planned march 16 through march 20, we encourage all to practice appropriate health measures and exercise common sense. bacone college classes for the week of march 23 through march 27 will be held online.

students will login to moodle to complete assignments and utilize zoom sessions for participation. these steps will constitute the attendance component of classes for that week.

if a student is unable to return to campus after spring break, and they will not have internet or moodle access at home, they should contact their instructors immediately for further instructions.

there will not be academic forgiveness for work not completed and online classes not attended if the instructor has not been contacted to make other arrangements. classes on campus will resume at their regularly scheduled times on monday, march 30.

the dining hall will resume operations after spring break at 5:30 p.m. sunday, march 22. however, for the week of march 23 through march 27, the cafeteria will serve meals on the usual weekend schedule. the cafeteria will resume normal operations on monday, march 30.

the campus is not closed, and no events have been postponed or canceled at this time. employees should check with their supervisors for further instructions.

our studentshuo?well-being is of the utmost importance to us, and we hope these two weeks of reducing social interaction will protect everyonehuochu health, safety and well-being.

For more information, contact Kaila Harjo, vice president of student affairs, via email at


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in world war i and world war ii, the united states relied on a special group of men to keep its messages safe from the enemy. branches of the military recruited native americans from tribes across the country, including the cherokee, crow, hopi, muscogee creek, osage, pawnee, sac and fox, seminole, sioux, choctaw, comanche and navajo tribes.

these brave men became known as a renowned group called code talkers.

“We honor all of our Native languages, cultures, and veterans here at Bacone College,” says President Dr. Ferlin Clark. “All of our Native languages and cultures are unique and have power. They are our source of strength.?/span>

indeed, native americans are distinguished by their level of military service – more than any other ethnic group in the country huo?approximately 44,000 native americans served in wwii alone, and of those, some 400 were navajo code talkers.

ontingaugust 14, 1945, japan surrendered, ending world war ii. on that same date in 1982, president ronald reagan established national navajo code talkers day to recognize the service of the navajo code talkers and their vital contributions to the war.

one bacone college alumnus was among those code talkers during wwii, peter macdonald, sr. he is also a former leader of the navajo nation, a graduate of high school and junior college at bacone college, an electrical engineer who was a member of the elite hughes technical staff and a recipient of the congressional silver medal for his services as a usmc navajo code talker.

bacone, says his daughter hope lonetree, played a major part in the trajectory of his life after the war.

huojue only had a sixth-grade education, but bacone and the gi bill really helped him get where he is today and to do what he has done for his people,huo?she says.

MacDonald, who attended high school and college at Bacone from 1948 to 1951, says she is right, “Bacone really gave me a start in things I never knew I had the capabilities to do.?/p>

he says he was a huotingixth-grade dropouthuo?after the war when he decided to follow his cousin, bob myers, to get his ged. he roomed with myers, who was in college, on campus at bacone while he went to high school.

“After eight months, I got my GED following an eight-hour test,?MacDonald says. “The second year I enrolled as a freshman at Bacone College, not because I wanted to go to college, but because I was having fun meeting Indians from all parts of the United States. Bacone was friendly and an all-Indian school!?/p>

macdonald also enjoyed learning about other native americans and dignitaries connected to bacone college, such as patrick hurley, a decorated major general who graduated from indian university, nowtingbacone college, in 1905 and went on to be the united states secretary of war from 1929 to 1933.

澳门威尼斯人注册网站huo?#8217;if these indians can make it, so can ihuo?was my motivation,huo?macdonald says.

he also enjoyed learning about many other tribal cultures, such as pow wow songs and dances he had never experienced before.

澳门威尼斯人注册网站huoyuy two years in junior college at bacone were full of surprises, struggles, and achievements and i never thought i was capable,huo?macdonald says. huoleit’s a long story – essentially i got my footing, confidence, and vision as to what my parents, grandparents, and family members were telling me and trained me for as i was growing up 100 percent navajo.

huolei learned more than just the academics, life as it is, history of other tribes, true differences between us and settlers and then one of the requirements to graduate was to study the bible, the life of christ and preach a sunday sermon at the chapel,huo?he says.

todayhuochu bacone college continues to serve native american students, offering a home-away-from-home for students from a number of tribes across the country. as the school transitions to a public, tribal college, culture has become an over-arching theme in its curriculum, vision, mission, and events.

“We want what Peter MacDonald experienced ?friendliness, a chance to learn about and celebrate other cultures, and a home-like atmosphere ?to be what our students experience today, too,?Bacone College Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Beverly Smith says. “We are doing that. We are bringing the sweat lodge, Native American ceremonies, pow wows, and dances, songs and drums back to our campus through our Center for American Indians. It’s a good place here. Education is good Medicine.?/p>


(All photos courtesy of Peter MacDonald Sr.)

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muskogee, oklahoma huo?august 3, 2020

澳门威尼斯人注册网站bacone college is pleased to announce dr. nicky kay michael (lenape, aka delaware tribe of indians) as the collegehuochu executive director of indigenous studies and curriculum.

澳门威尼斯人注册网站michael holds a bachelors degree from stanford university, masters degree from oklahoma state university, and ph.d. from the university of oklahoma. she is the only lenapexkwe to use her language for both her ma and phd language requirements.ting dr. michael chairs lenapeowsi foundation, a 501(c)3, which teaches lenape language and culture to local tribal and non-indian children.ting she is also on her second term of the delaware tribal council and third term as an elected leader of the delaware tribe.ting

“We are confident Dr. Michael will use her expansive education and experience to help Bacone as we transition to a public, tribal college,?said President Dr. Ferlin Clark. “Welcome to Bacone College, the original Indian University, Dr. Michael.?/p>

Michael is a mother to three boys, who are also Kiowa and Florida Seminole.  She has taught Indigenous and American Indian Studies for over ten years in Oklahoma, Wyoming and Minnesota.  A number of her Ojibwe and Dakota students honor Dr. Michael by regarding her as an auntie or older sister for the way she cares for them.  “We have to support students with a wraparound approach to well-being for them to succeed in education,?she said. “I emphasize Indigenous world views, pedagogies, and decolonization in my courses.?/p>

michael has published articles on indian child welfare and the delaware relationship with the cherokee nation and teaches everything from tribal governance to indigenous environmental sustainability.ting

michael and her family participate in ceremonies and stomp dancing.ting she and her boys also enjoy powwow dancing and singing.ting huolei am excited to return home to oklahoma where i can assist, perpetuate, and revitalize indigenous language and cultures by supporting indigenous students in education,huo?she said.ting

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澳门威尼斯人注册网站muskogee, oklahoma – july 31, 2020

The Bacone College School of Indian Art has received a legacy donation of $75,000 from the estate of a long-time Muskogee woman, Doris Chancellor Rader.
The estate of Mrs. Rader designated that a college or university receive proceeds from the estate, and the family selected Bacone College.
“We are honored by the Chancellor family’s choice to bless Bacone College,” said President Dr. Ferlin Clark. “Nizhoni.”
Mrs. Rader was Cherokee, and her brother, Hubert Clyde Chancellor, took art lessons at Bacone College in the 1970s from one of the program’s renowned art directors, Walter Richard “Dick?West.
The Bacone College Art Department was founded in 1935 and was led by such prestigious directors as Acee Blue Eagle; Woody Crumbo; Terry Saul; Ruthe Blalock Jones and Tony Tiger, in addition to West.
The Chancellor family cherishes its Cherokee roots and noted the importance of keeping the estate dollars in Muskogee and connected with an Indian arts curriculum ?in particular equipment to help the art program and its students grow and prosper.
“As we rebuild the program and honor the legacy of artists gone before, this support is an incredible blessing,?said Gerald Cournoyer, art program director. “We are in need of equipment to move the program and our students forward in their learning experience as we provide a well-rounded curriculum for our students. Thank you Andrea Chancellor and the Doris Rader Estate.?/div>
The check was recently presented to Bacone officials by Andrea Chancellor, niece of Doris Chancellor Rader and daughter of Hubert Clyde Chancellor.

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july 28, 2020

Dear Bacone College Campus Community,

yahuoyinhuozhuahuoxuaneh huo?hello! i hope this message finds you healthy and safe.

postponing the start of our semester is never an easy decision to make, as we value our bacone college family and miss having you on campus. however, your health and safety are important to us, so we will continue adapting and changing with the current situation as best we can to honor your education, safety, health, and wellbeing.

澳门威尼斯人注册网站as such, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the first day of classes for two weeks, making the new start date wednesday, aug. 26, 2020. this will have an impact on the semesterhuochu schedule overall, pushing us later into december than we normally operate. a revised academic calendar will be released soon.

Revised Move-In Dates

new move-in dates for most residential students will be aug. 23-25 with orientation on tuesday, aug. 25 at 10 a.m. via zoom or in person. all new students and transfer students are required to attend orientation.

澳门威尼斯人注册网站however, we will be able to allow move-in on the originally planned dates (aug. 9-11) for any student athletes whose sports are in season this fall. those student athletes should contact their coaches as soon as possible.

we will also honor specific emergency housing needs students may have to move in on earlier dates. some situations that may allow students to move in earlier include non-refundable plane tickets already purchased and unsuitable or unsafe housing where the student currently resides.

To apply for emergency housing, please visit You will be asked to provide documentation of your reason to move in earlier and your request will be reviewed by the vice president of student affairs and director of housing for approval.

How will this help?

covid-19 cases are continually rising as our country fights to overcome this ruthless pandemic. this extra time allows us to fully prepare all living and learning areas to be as healthy, safe and pandemic-prepared as possible.

once classes start on aug. 26, you will be able to choose from attending in-class courses, online courses or hybrid schedules depending on your comfort level, and we will provide personal protective equipment and policies in place to protect everyonehuochu health.

Also, please review our COVID-19 policy at for important updates on safety requirements for returning to campus.

please be safe and remain healthy. you are important and appreciated. i look forward to seeing you on-line or on-campus in the weeks ahead. hahuoganohuoyinhuodangee – until i see you again!


Dr. Ferlin Clark, President
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澳门威尼斯人注册网站muskogee, oklahoma huo?july 21, 2020

Bacone College is pleased to announce Dr. Beverly Jean Smith, enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Grandfalls, Arizona, has been selected to fill the role of vice president of academic affairs for Bacone College.

Smith, whose Navajo clans are Naakaii Dine’e, Kinlich’iinii, Todich’iinii and Tsenjinkini, is the maternal great-granddaughter of Hastiin Alchini Lani (Muchachos Muchos), one of the markers of the Navajo Treaty of 1868.

Smith attended public schools and residential Indian boarding schools, before earning her Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University in 2001. She then earned a master’s degree in education counseling with a student affairs emphasis in 2011, and in 2017 she earned her doctoral degree in education organization and leadership with a concentration in higher education and a graduate minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Dr. Smith brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in American Indian higher education that will benefit and inspire our faculty and students,” said Bacone College President Dr. Ferlin Clark. “We welcome her to our Medicine Wheel circle of learning at our historic college.”

Smith credits her parents for raising her in a deeply traditional and cultural environment and credits her son and network of scholars who mentor and inform her leadership and administrative work.

“My philosophy reflects my grandparents?cornfield teachings, ‘as long as you have a way, we are happy for you,?tending and harvesting in good thought and purpose,?Smith said. “I embrace diversity and support President (Ferlin) Clark’s vision for Bacone College. I humble myself to be appointed in an administrative leadership position with levels of agendas with and toward student success.?/span>

For more information, please contact Wendy Burton at 澳门威尼斯人注册网站or 918-360-3866. 

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Helpful Contacts:

Kaila Harjo, Vice President of Student Affairs, Director of Admissions and Recruitment

Josh Chapman, Interim Financial Aid Director
Whether you’re well along your career path or just starting out, higher education can help you reach the next level. If you’re ready to move forward, we’re ready to help. Baccalaureate and associate degree programs include study in both professional programs and the arts and sciences.

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Bacone College announces new director for the Center for American Indians


Bacone College is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Aaron Adson, a Bacone alumnus and cultural and tribal liaison for the college, to the position of Director of the Center for American Indians.

Adson is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation who also represents the Pawnee and Dine’ (Navajo) nations. He was born and raised in Pawnee, Oklahoma and is a member of the Native American Church. Adson earned his business degree with an emphasis in American Indian leadership from Bacone College in 2019.

“I feel thankful and honored for the opportunity to be the next Director of the Center for American Indians here at Bacone College,?Adson said. “First and foremost, I believe Native American culture begins in the home. Our intent and goal at Bacone is to provide a culturally aware environment that allows students to feel comfortable while studying away from home. Whether you come from a cultural background or are seeking cultural understanding while here at Bacone, we will provide a center of academics, recreation and spirituality that any of our students can relate to.”

To learn more about Bacone College and its cultural and spiritual opportunities for students, please visit for a virtual tour, a cultural and spiritual video presentation by Adson, and a presentation on its historic art program.


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Bacone College Tue, 16 Jun 2020 16:16:34 +0000 The post Native American Scholarships available at Bacone College appeared first on Bacone College.

In the summer of 2018, the college (under the leadership of new President Dr. Ferlin Clark, Navajo) began the process of fully returning to the mission of genuine Indian education to prepare and empower the Indigenous populations of all tribal communities/nations throughout the United States.  Bacone has streamlined academic, athletic and club programs and ensured that all areas of the college are meeting the needs of Indian students, their tribes and families.  Now is an incredible and important time to be a part of a renewed Bacone College!  We encourage you to apply now!  Be a true part this new era! 

10 Reasons Why Bacone College May Be for You

  1. Bacone College is the nation’s oldest American Indian University and the oldest university in Oklahoma.
  2. Bacone College is the State of Oklahoma’s most inexpensive university for American Indian students.
  3. Bacone College focuses on American Indian students (65 percent of the university’s student population) while also having students from various other countries, ethnicities and races on campus.
  4. Bacone College participates @ the NAIA Division I level in athletics and the majority of the school’s coaches and athletes are American Indian.
  5. Bacone College has an American Indian University President and many staff, faculty and Board of Trustees members who come from a variety of tribal nations and communities.  As well, there are university employees of highly diverse racial, ethnic and international origins who strongly believe in the historic mission of the university.
  6. Bacone College offers an automatic $10,000 scholarship to all residential American Indian students.
  7. Bacone College staff assist American Indian students with grant and scholarship submissions to various state, regional and national American Indian scholarship programs.
  8. Bacone College staff diligently work to ensure that all levels of federal, state and tribal aid are applied to your accounts.
  9. Bacone College offers many bachelor and associate degree programs in its urban campus of Muskogee, Oklahoma, less than an hour’s drive from the major metropolitan area of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  10. Attending Bacone continues the legacy of American Indian Education and ties you to a rich history of American Indian success, leadership and strength.

Kaila Harjo, Vice President of Student Affairs, Director of Admissions and Recruitment

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Bacone College Fri, 05 Jun 2020 23:23:29 +0000 The post Bacone College begins work on its historic art program building thanks to generous donors appeared first on Bacone College.


donations from the national society daughters of the revolution, local and national art auction participants and supporters of the schoolhuochu historical mission have provided funds for projects meant to repair and improve the building for the health and safety of bacone college school of indian art students.

澳门威尼斯人注册网站mccombs hall was built in 1935 and features several classrooms, galleries and studios. in the last few years, water has been saturating the basement unabated because of a lack of drains, gutters and downspouts on the building.

work began last month with new gutters and downspouts being installed thanks to a donation from wilson and brenda pipestem of pipestem law.

澳门威尼斯人注册网站art director gerald cournoyer and several students have been involved in the day-to-day work in completing the gutter project and one currently underway to have french drains installed around the building.

“We’re all grateful for the donations that are allowing us to complete this work,?Cournoyer said. “As we work to rebuild and reinvigorate this art program, we want our students to have a place they can work comfortably and safely in.?/p>

bacone college summer work program students yan monjardim, layne mckiddy and trey weaver were clearing foliage from around the base of the building on june 5 to prep for the installation of the french drain.

“Our next step will be to begin working on interior repairs,?Cournoyer said. “The building hasn’t been updated since the 1970s, and we’ve been pulling out old paneling and sheetrock that has deteriorated and become moldy throughout the building. We look forward to finishing up all the improvements.?/p>

For more information about the Bacone College School of Indian Art’s renovation project, please contact Cournoyer at

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