Ponca Nation Elder
Cynthia McDonald Warner was an enrolled member of the Ponca Nation and oldest member until her death on July 12, 2012 when she was 93.
Cynthia was the daughter of the late Louis and Mattie Roughface McDonald. Louis McDonald was born in the “’old country” (Nebraska) and she was the last tribal member whose father survived the forced removal to Oklahoma from their ancestral lands in Nebraska.
Cynthia was born January 12, 1919, on the White Eagle Reservation. She attended school on the reservation and then attended the Chilocco Indian Boarding School. Cynthia left behind a legacy of Ponca tradition instilled in her family.
Cynthia’s daughter Barbara Warner was the executive director of the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission.
Interview with Cynthia Warner
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: April 13, 2010
Date Published: March 11, 2019
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
Tags: Ponca, Jim Thorpe, Pop Warner, Sundance, 101 Ranch, Tom Mix, Bill Picket, Miller Brothers, Quanah Parker, Peyote, Wounded Knee, Native American, White Eagle Reservation