Nuyaka Mission, National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, 1972

A National Register of Historic Places (National Park Service) nomination form dated 1972. Submitted by the Oklahoma Historical Society.

On April 13, 1972, Nuyaka Mission (1882-1922) was awarded placement on the National Register of Historic Places. This document provides details of the application submitted by the Oklahoma Historical Society and briefly describes the school property as it stood in the early 1970s. The document also provides a short history of the Nuyaka Mission. 

Cultural Narrative: 

Authorized by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council and founded by the Presbyterian Synod of Indian Territory in 1882, the Nuyaka Mission boarding school was one of many Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation schools. The William S. Robertson family, a prominent nineteenth-century Presbyterian mission family, worked extensively within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. William's daughter, Alice M. Robertson, raised funds in the east to help build Nuyaka, and her sister Mrs. Augusta Moore was made superintendent and principal of the school by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Located fifteen miles west of Okmulgee, the school, where both Mvskoke boys and girls attended, remained in operation until 1922. Alice Robertson taught at Nuyaka before moving to Muskogee in 1885 and becoming principal at the Presbyterian School for Indian Girls. In 1922, after the mission school closed, the site became an orphanage operated by the Southern Baptist Convention until 1931. The mission site became a private residence in the following years, and the Oklahoma Historical Society currently owns the property.