Washita Battlefield NHS

NPS STAFF…Staff at the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, back: Richard Zahm, Kristi Sumpter, Ty Labeth, Kate Roesch, Jeff Shockley. Front: Kevin Young, Kenny Points & Doug Handke.
Washita Battlefield NHS Park Ranger Ty Labeth talks to a visitor from Anchorage, Alaska on Monday.

Park Service recognized the Battle of the Washita a historical event and took over the Battle of the Washita from the State of Oklahoma to help preserve the location in its historic formation. The establishment of the park came as the pinnacle of years of hard work by many people, including but not limited to local landowners, Members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Congressional Members, historians, and many community members, who thought the story of the park needed to be preserved and shared with others.
The staff of the park are strong believers in educating others of the history and preservation of the land. The Washita Battlefield celebrated its 25th Anniversary as a National Park from November of 2021 to November 2022. The National Park as an Organization was established in August of 1916 with a mission to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources throughout the country. Washita Battlefield NHS recognizes the attack by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his 7th US Cavalry on the Cheyenne and Arapaho encampment of Cheyenne Peace Chief Black Kettle as a nationally significant element of the US government Indian policy and the struggles of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes to maintain control of their traditional homelands.
The park offers walking trails through the location of the battle to have a personal experience to educate the conditions of the historic event. They have historic exhibits, and educational movies to help tell the story of the Battle. The Park rangers provide Programs and Tours through the site for visitors of all ages and provide educational programs off-site at different community events.
There is a gift shop located at the Visitors Center that has a large selection of educational books and many different souvenirs that relate to the nature and history of the location.
“We are very fortunate and thankful to be located in a community with great resources and an amazing involvement and support from other organizations and businesses,” stated Park Ranger Kenny Points. “We are astonished by the humbleness and support from the community. The Washita Battlefield Staff would like to say Thank You to everyone for your support,” he added.
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