Wipala Wiki Lodge has enjoyed a rich history with great traditions. This history has been enhanced with the addition of separate histories and traditions from other great lodges of the past. The footprint of Wipala Wiki Lodge has changed and evolved over the years, to the great lodge that it is today. The brothers of three other great lodges have been invaluable to the growth and success of the present-day Wipala Wiki Lodge. The three lodges which have become a part of the rich Wipala Wiki Lodge history are; Salado Lodge #551, Chee Dodge Lodge #503, and Pang Lodge #532.
Salado Lodge #551
The Apache Council headquartered in Miami, Arizona operated from 1922 to 1930. In 1943, the Three G Council was formed out of the same area as the previous Apache Council, but added the three “G” Counties of Graham and Greenlee counties in Arizona, and the Grant County in New Mexico. The new Council’s headquarters was located in Safford, Arizona.
On May 22, 1946, the Three G Council chartered the Order of the Arrow Lodge named Nisjaw #338. Nisjaw Lodge only operated through 1947. The Nisjaw Lodge totem was the owl.
The Three G Council continued to operate out of Safford until 1962, at which time it changed it’s name to the Copper Council. Prior to this change, the Council chartered a new Lodge in 1961, called the Na-Ko-Na Lodge #551. This new Lodge disbanded two years later in 1963.
After the second disbanding, a groups of Scouts and Scouters from Thatcher, Arizona’s Troop 23 and Post 23 registered in Catalina Council and joined Papago Lodge as the Graham Chapter. One of this group, Fred Lynwood Turner, was elected the Papago Lodge Chief in 1965. In 1964, previous to his election, Fred had obtained permission from Copper Council Scout Executive Hal Greer, to restart a Lodge in Copper Council. In August of 1965, Fred and the other Thatcher Arrowmen restarted the Lodge. Keeping the number of 551 from Na-Ko-Na, they named the new Lodge Salado. Fred Turner was elected the first Lodge Chief of Salado, and Dave Miller, another Papago Lodge member, was elected as a Chapter Chief and a Lodge Vice Chief.
Salado Lodge #551 was named after the Salado people who had ruins at one of the Copper Council’s Scout Camps in Silver City, New Mexico. The totem for the Lodge was the Native American symbol for the sun; a circle with three rays going out from the circle in each of the four directions. The new Lodge had it’s headquarters in Safford, Arizona. Salado Lodge had Chapters in Safford, Duncan, Clifton-Morenci, and Globe-Miami. Salado Lodge was the only new Lodge formed in 1965, the 50th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. They proudly called themselves the 50th Anniversary Lodge. Their first pocket flap had a circle attached to the bottom of it, which announced this fact. Fred Turner’s father, Dr. Fred Turner of the University of Arizona, donated the cost of the 385 patches made for the Lodge.
In 1966, David Miller was elected as the Lodge Chief of Salado. On February 25th through the 27th the Lodge had it’s first callout at Stockton Pass, North of Globe, Arizona. A Papago Lodge ceremony team came from Tucson, Arizona to conduct the ceremony.
On May 15, 1977, Salado Lodge merged with Wipala Wiki Lodge after the Copper Council merged with the Theodore Roosevelt Council. The Graham Chapter of Salado Lodge became the Salado Chapter in Wipala Wiki Lodge.
Chee Dodge Lodge #503
The Yavapai-Mohave Council was headquartered in Prescott, Arizona from 1916 to 1929. The Council then changed it’s name to the Northern Arizona Council. In 1944, the name was again changed to Grand Canyon Council. The Council’s headquarters moved from Prescott to Flagstaff, Arizona.
Chee Dodge Lodge was chartered on March 16, 1954 in the Grand Canyon Council, headquartered in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Lodge was named after the first Navajo Tribal Chairman, Henry Chee Dodge. They had selected their Lodge totem as the Thunderbird.
On January 1, 1993, the Grand Canyon Council merged with the Theodore Roosevelt Council. The Councils combined to create the new Grand Canyon Council, and the Lodges formed the new Wipala Wiki Lodge. Ten new Districts were formed from the Grand Canyon Council membership, along with ten new Chapters.
The 1989 National Chief of the Order of the Arrow, Jack Stephens, hailed from the Chee Dodge Lodge. Upon the merger of Chee Dodge and Wipala Wiki, he wrote a letter to the members of Wipala Wiki Lodge about the new brothers they have gained. The letter is called, Rainbow of Turquoise: A Message from the Past National Chief of the Order of the Arrow, Jack Stephens, and reads as follows:
Dear Arrowman of Wipala Wiki Lodge,
I feel impressed to share with you my thoughts and feelings on the new lodge formed this new year. You all have an opportunity to accept and enjoy the rich traditions brought by the merging of Chee Dodge Lodge with the former boundaries of Wipala Wiki Lodge. I write this for those of you who were members of Chee Dodge Lodge, and especially you who are unfamiliar with what that Lodge was.
I am now an adviser to Papago Lodge in Tucson, but I was inducted ten years ago, this year, into the Lodge of the rainbow, and the Thunderbird, Chee Dodge Lodge #503, named for the pioneering Navajo Tribal Chairman, Henry Chee Dodge. It was with brothers from Prescott, Flagstaff, Payson, Snowflake, Page, Cottonwood, and other towns in Northern Arizona that I attended summer camp and worked on staff at Raymond Scout Reservation near Sycamore Canyon and Bill Williams Mountain. It was thre that I first heard the voice of Kitchkinet, “… Come, let us find the arrow.”
Meet those Arrowmen who join you from the North. Our camporees were often spent in snow caves, and driving 200 miles to a Lodge meeting was a minor inconvenience. You will find in the brothers of Chee Dodge Lodge great stories of Grand Canyon hikes, trips to Old Blue, the Bradshaws, Pariah Canyon, San Francisco Peaks, water skiing on Lake Powell, ceremonies at Second Mesa, and hosting Scouts from around the world. Take the time to learn about Scouters like Jay Wilkinson, Angel Gomez, Ben Scott, and the many others who have made the boy’s lives better through over forty years of service to that Lodge.
These Arrowmen bring with them a deep respect for the Navajo and the Hopi, for their lives and for their traditions. They honor the heritage of those with whom they share the land. See the silver and turquoise jewelry and simple, beautiful clothing these members wear in their ceremonies. Learn of a culture different from the Apache of the Valley.
As these Arrowmen pack away their rainbow suspenders, neckerchiefs, hats, shirts, shorts, underwear, headbands, and socks, know that the spirit they bring to this new Lodge is bottomless. Perhaps at the Section Conclave in November, Wipala Wiki can win the Chee Dodge Section Spirit Award, so named for this group’s long lasting spirit and dedication to the principles of the Order.
Brothers, enter this new era with an open mind and an open heart. Savor the impressive pasts of your first Lodges. Learn from each other, and use all of your energies to strengthen this new great Lodge. You each have tremendous histories and traditions to join together. You each have the opportunity to make your own history and your own traditions. Do not falter under this chance, but raise it high above your heads and make this new Lodge, this new Wipala Wiki, your own success.
Lodge Chief, Chee Dodge Lodge. 1986-87
National Chief, Order of the Arrow, 1989
Pang Lodge #532
Pang Lodge #532 was formed in the Fall of 1957, in the Desert Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America. For the first six years, it was part of Area 12-F. During this time, Pang Lodge had two Area Chiefs, one who was elected for two terms. In 1964, Pang became a part of Area 12A. Pang Lodge chose the Desert Bighorn Sheep for it’s totem. During the re-organization of the Areas, Pang became a part of Section W-4B.
The Desert Trails Council was headquartered in El Centro, California. The Council was made up of Imperial and Riverside Counties in California, and Yuma County, Arizona. Yuma County was split into two Counties, Yuma and La Paz. The Lodge formed three Chapters; Elauwit, Nianque, and Memekis.
In about 1981, the Council Office in El Centro had burned down, and with it all records were lost. The Yuma Farm Bureau had allowed their offices in Yuma to be used as the Council Office. In 1983, the Goldsmith Foundation donated a building which was shared by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as their Council Offices.
The first Pang Pow Wow was held at the United States Army Yuma Proving Ground on October 26-28, 1990. Arrowmen from Wipala Wiki, Wiatava, and Ashie Lodges attended. Pang had previously attended Wiatava Lodge Pow Wows, and in the 1970’s, held camps with some of the Mexican Scout units. These camps were held on both sides of the border. An Ordeal was held during the Pow Wow in which fifteen members were inducted, and eight members went through the Brotherhood ceremony.
The second Pow Wow was held at the Yuma Proving Grounds in 1991. Native Americans had talked with and taught Arrowmen in attendance, helping them gain new knowledge of their culture. They had asked the Lodge to join them again the next year.
The Desert Trails Council and the San Diego Council had merged to form the Desert Pacific Council. The Northern Yuma and Imperial Counties joined with the Riverside Council to form the Inland Empire Council.
The same re-organization of the Councils caused Elauwit and Nianque Chapters to merge with Ashie Lodge #436. Memekis Chapter merged with Cahuilla Lodge, and then later with Nebagamon Lodge. In 1992, Pang held it’s Pow Wow, and Ashie it’s fellowship together to formally merge the two Lodges. The new Lodges’s name became Tiwahe, which means family in the Lakota language. Tiwahe was numbered 45, which was the joining of the first number of each of the former Lodges. The Red Tail Hawk became the new lodge totem. The Chapters from Ashie and Pang kept their names.
The Nianque Chapter was still supportive of the Lodge, even though they were the furthest from the Lodge activities. The Chapter typically had the largest percentage of participation out of all of the Chapters in Tiwahe Lodge. In 2001, the Nianque Chapter had separated from Tiwahe Lodge and merged with Wipala Wiki. The youth of the Chapter had felt that the Pang heritage should be remembered, and voted to change the Chapter name to Pang. Wipala Wiki Lodge had approved the change.