Longhorn Mountain has tremendous spiritual significance and is considered to be the most sacred of all sites by the Kiowa people of Oklahoma. Longhorn Mountain is used by the Kiowa, Comanche, Apache and other surrounding Plains Indian tribes for prayer, the vision quest and events of other religious significance. Native people go to pray for their families in times of illness and death. They also burn the cedar gathered from Longhorn Mountain for the purpose of purification.
Longhorn Mountain is currently facing a serious threat. The landowners that currently own the western half of the mountain have leased the land to Stewart Stone of Cushing Oklahoma, a rock crushing company that would strip mine the Kiowa tribe’s sacred Longhorn Mountain turning it into the gravel that is used to pave our highways. The destruction of Longhorn Mountain would be a tragic loss and an act of cultural genocide perpetrated against the Kiowa people and all traditional Native Americans.
I called Governor Fallin’s office to express my concern about the impending threat to Longhorn Mountain. The Governor’s assistant demonstrated a complete lack of interest or concern saying to me “We do not get involved in such matters.
I then told Governor Fallin’s assistant “The state of Oklahoma is on the verge of losing a rare historical treasure, the sacred mountain where the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache have gone to do their vision quests for centuries and you’re telling us that you do not get involved in such matters.”
Governor Fallin’s assistant then told me that I needed to call the Agriculture and Highway Departments.
May I remind you that Oklahoma and the rest of the nation was all Native American land? A systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing or genocide was perpetrated against the Native population. The vast majority of Native lands were forcefully taken in the process.
Longhorn Mountain is one of the very few sacred sites located in the state of Oklahoma where Native Americans go to do the vision quest. The destruction of Longhorn Mountain would be a tremendous historical loss for the state of Oklahoma. And it would be an especially devastating loss to the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache and traditional native people from other tribes that hold Longhorn Mountain sacred.
Governor Fallin, The least you can do is work to protect what little native people have left by helping us to get state and federal recognition of Longhorn Mountain as a historical and Native American Sacred site. Your immediate attention to this matter will be greatly appreciated.
Please sign our petition to Save Longhorn Mountain:
And please contact Governor Mary Fallin and let her know how important Longhorn Mountain is to us.
Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Local: (405) 521-2342
Fax: (405) 521-3353
Tulsa Office of Governor Mary Fallin
440 S. Houston Ave., Suite 304
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127
Phone (918) 581-2801
Fax (918) 581-2835
You can also email Governor Fallon: