Welcome to The Mighty Tatanka Nation

Indian Princesses and Guides

Build strong character
Quality Father & Child Time
Create lasting memories

Our Focus

The Mighty Tatanka Nation is a father-child program based on the heritage and symbolism of the Native American Indians. We faithfully continue the legacy of the original Indian Guide and Indian Princess programs started over 80 years ago by Joe Friday and Harold Keltner. The goal of the program is to build and strengthen the loving bonds between fathers and their sons and daughters (K to 4th grade) by providing structured, fun activities for them to enjoy together during the school year.

We also hope to build life-long friendships between the fathers in the Nation by encouraging many group activities which allow the fathers to share interesting events and activities with each other and with their tribe members, all while enlightening and educating Nation members about Native American culture, traditions and history.
Purity of Heart

To be clean in body and pure in heart.


For parents to always be friends with their children and for children to always be friends with their parents.

Love My Whole Family
(Sagiiwewin endashiian)

To love the sacred circle of my family

Listen With Attention

To be attentive while others speak.

Love Thy Neighbor
(Sagiiwewin kidj’ anishinabe)

To love my neighbor as myself.

Respect Earth
(Dabandendamowin akki)

To seek and preserve the beauty of the Great Spirit’s work in the forest, fields and streams.

We have over 150 sons and daughters enjoy the program each year. Find out why they love it so much.

Event Schedule

The Mighty Tatanka Nation has both nation events and tribe events. The Nation Events are for all tribes in the nation, while tribe events are for individual tribes to organize and plan.

Nation Events

2017 - 2018
Date Event Location Photos/Videos
Aug 26, 2017
10am - 2pm
Kickoff Picnic Myers Park Pole Barn Photos
Sept 10, 2017 Bear Creek Federation Fun Day Sandy Lake
Sept 15-17, 2017 Fall Campout El Tesoro Photos
Oct 21, 2017
2pm - 4pm
Rocket Launch &
Turkey Shoot
Myers Lake Polo Field
Nov 10-12, 2017 Winter Campout Sky Ranch Photos
Dec 9, 2017 Christmas Parade Downtown McKinney
Jan 20, 2018 Pinewood Derby First Baptist McKinney
Feb 10, 2018 Daddy Daughter Dance Eldorado Country Club
March 23-25, 2018 Spring Campout Camp Carter
Apr 7, 2018 Hockey Night Allen Event Center
May 18-20, 2018 Summer Campout Grady Spruce


The Mighty Tatanka Nation is comprised of the following tribes. Each tribe contains either all boys or all girls.
Dream Catchers
Rainbow Flyers


Your children are only young for a short amount of time. Check out why fathers and children find this program such a rewarding experience that they will treasure forever.

Other Programs

The following programs allow your child(ren) to continue the adventures after they graduate from Indian Princess and Guides (after 4th Grade year)
White Buffalo

The Tatanka Nation White Buffalo program is an opportunity for your 5th grader who has graduated from the regular program to continue to attend campouts in a mentoring role for incoming members of the tribe. The program cost is $25/yr.
Events that are exempt for White Buffalo include:

  • - Rocket Launch and Turkey Shoot
  • - Pinewood Derby
  • - Daddy Daughter Dance
  • - Hockey Night Event

NOTE: If a 5th grader has never been part of the program before, he/she can register as a regular member. When registering online, please check the "white buffalo" option.

Eagle Feather Program

The Bear Creek Federation Eagle Feather program is for fathers and daughters that have outgrown the Indian Princesses programs (typically daughters ranging from ages 12 to 16+). Graduated Indian Princesses from the Tatanka Nation (McKinney, Texas), Caddo Nation (Allen, Texas), and Yo-He-Wah Nation (NE Tarrant County, Texas) are invited to participate. Those not previously participating in Indian Princesses are also welcome and encouraged to join.

The program is modeled after the Indian Princess Program, with activities aligned with the interests and abilities of older girls (and Fathers). Typically one activity is scheduled per month. Prior activities have included 3 to 4 campouts per year (sometimes in cabins), a canoe trip, Rock Climbing, Horseback Riding, a Trinity Railway Express train trip into Dallas West End for dinner and the Dallas Aquarium, outings to a melodrama dinner theater for popcorn tossing, and Laser Tag. Some of the camping trips have been in combination with rock climbing in the Wichita Mountains and visits to State of Texas fisheries, viewing the Christmas light exhibit in Tyler Texas, and the World Championship Weiner Dog Races in Sulfur, OK.

Need more information or would like to join? Visit the Eagle Feather web page for more information.

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