The Native American Nations Flags Project is now permanently located in front of the central stairs on the second floor of the Mary Couts Burnett Library.
In 2022-2023, TCU’s Native and Indigenous Student Association created the Native American Nations Flags Project to recognize and honor the diverse Native presence on our campus. These nine flags represent:
- The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, on whose historical homeland our university is located.
- The Pawnee Nation, for the first identifiable Native American student at TCU, Bert Peters, who attended TCU in 1929.
- The Navajo Nation, for four Navajo students, Julius Charlie, Michael Charlie, Robyn Mitchell and Tabitha Tan, who in the 1990s were instrumental in organizing TCU’s first Native student organization.
- Nations representing some of the Native American students attending TCU in 2022-2023: Blackfeet Nation, Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Pueblo of Isleta and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
“Through this display, TCU honors all Native Americans who have attended and worked at TCU and the diverse and distinct nations they represent,” said Tracy Hull, library dean. “This is both an important teaching tool, as well as affirmation and acknowledgment of our Native students, faculty and staff.”
The project was a combined effort of Hull and other library staff; Scott Langston, interim Native American Nations and Communities liaison; TCU’s Native and Indigenous Student Association; and Native individuals in the DFW area and Oklahoma.
Learn more about TCU’s Native American and Indigenous Peoples Initiative.