Relationship with the Arapaho Nation
Beginning in 1992, Ron Booth, principal of Arapahoe High School, began visiting and working with the Arapaho Nation on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming to create an authentic representation for the Arapahoe Warrior. The original warrior actually depicted a Pawnee Indian. (The old and new warrior representations are pictured above.) His visits began a relationship that promoted awareness of the co-existence of two very diverse cultures.
On September 17, 1993, Arapahoe High School and the Arapaho Nation held the Arapahoe Warrior Assembly at which the new Arapahoe Warrior, created by Wilbur Antelope, Northern Arapaho artist, was dedicated. The “Arapahoe Warrior” and the history of the Arapaho Nation are deeply embedded in Colorado. The Arapaho Nation’s survival and plight is recognized through the endorsement of the “Arapahoe Warrior.”
The Arapaho Nation endorsed the use of the “Arapahoe Warrior” logo for school activities, but the logo is not displayed on the gym floor as it would be a sign of disrespect to walk on it. The Arapaho Nation also agreed to the spelling of Arapahoe High School with an “e.” A proclamation was signed which stipulated the exchange and agreement between both parties.
Since the endorsement and the signing of the proclamation, an ongoing cultural and educational relationship has been nurtured. On December 9, 1995, Arapahoe High School’s gymnasium was renamed in Honor of Arapaho Elder Anthony Sitting Eagle as a permanent reminder of the mutual respect shared between Arapahoe High School and the Arapaho Nation.
Anthony had been instrumental in forging the relationships between Arapahoe High School and the Arapaho Nation. Like many of his people, Anthony was a teacher and believed that by working together within the boundaries of respect for the two cultures, a precedent could be set to provide a positive solution in the midst of mascot controversy. A permanent banner displays the new name of the “Sitting Eagle Gymnasium.”
Currently, the members of the Arapaho Nation visit Arapahoe High School every other year in the spring. Students and faculty are treated to the sight and sounds of a drum circle and performances of fancy dances and men’s traditional dances by members of the nation. The elders and younger members of the nation visit classrooms and tell stories of their culture and offer life lessons to students and staff.
Members of the Arapaho Nation also attend Arapahoe’s graduation ceremonies each May where tribal elder Mark Soldier Wolf frequently speaks to the graduating seniors. In August of 2002, Pejuta Soldier Wolf, a member of the Arapaho Nation, will begin attending Arapahoe High School as a 9th grader and will live with an Arapahoe host family. Certainly, the Arapahoe Warrior has come to signify a common ground shared between Arapahoe High School and the Arapaho Nation.
Information from a brochure entitled, Ceremony to Renew Our Relationship, March 16, 2001
The History of Littleton, Colorado
The History of Littleton, Colorado – Site by a Highlands Ranch High School history teacher (brother of one of our classmates) includes plenty of old Littleton photos, Colorado History, and one heck of a lot more. This site is well worth your time!
Alferd Packer Cannibal Treats, Roadside America – … Umm… What more can we say? This quick site also features a photo of Alferd Packer’s grave in Littleton Cemetery.