TULSA -- Osage Nation Chief Geoffrey M. Standing Bear has asked that Tulsa Public Schools not change the name of Chouteau Elementary School.
A few weeks ago, TPS identified four schools within the district that may be rename - Chouteau, Columbus, Lee and Jackson.
The schools, named after Christopher Columbus, Robert E. Lee, Andrew Jackson and Jean-Pierre Chouteau, were chosen after the district received community feedback and discussed the names with the Tulsa Board of Education.
Standing Bear released the following statement:
Members of the Chouteau family are part of our Osage Nation. They have great pride in their ancestors. We understand there is a name change contemplated for Chouteau Elementary School under your jurisdiction. Although we do not know the reason for the change, we do encourage you to keep the name Chouteau for this school.
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