July 2005
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Last Comanche Code Talker of World War II Passes Away

Charles Chibitty, the last of 20 Comanche Indians who used their native language as a code to transmit messages for the Allies during World War II, has died. He was 83. Chibitty was living at a Tulsa nursing home when he died Wednesday, said Cathy Flynn, administrative assistant in the tribal chairman's office.



Comanche University of the 49 Officially Opens

After four years of stasis and neglect, Indian 101 finally received its long awaited overhaul. Founded in 1995 as "Rick's Indian Stuff" in response to plethora of NewAge and twinkie sites on the internet, the website has morphed from Rick's Indian 101 to the Comanche University of the 49 (CU49). Work began in 2004. Official opening was July 24, 2005.

"I still have a lot of work to do", said Dean Rick Powelson. "I had intended not to open CU49 until I had everything done, but I simply got tired of waiting until I got around to it."

Most of the work is complete with the exception of the Student Center. In what was considered a suprising move, the university newspaper, The Horseman, resumed operations after 4 years of inactivity.

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