Arapahoes Community College will be known as Arapaho Community College after all.
It’s part of a broader shift in the way that the American West is defined by the Arapahs, the native Araphaque people who live in the region.
They are now part of the Cherokee Nation, which also includes the Aribas, Ojibwe, Oglala and Dakota communities.
The name change will go into effect Oct. 1, 2019.
The name Arapala, pronounced “Arapah-lah,” is from the word Arapaa-la.
It will be the first time that the Arepah will be a Native American word, said the school’s president, John F. Patey.
The community is known for its music, art, craft and hospitality, Pateys said.
The Arapaha language is spoken in parts of the A-T, O-T and Dakota territories, where the language is still spoken.
The Arapa language is also used in Oklahoma and parts of Alaska, where its speakers have lived for more than a century.
The term “Arapah” means “one who is wise,” and the name came from an old phrase, according to a news release from the college.
The word is also pronounced “a-rah-pah.”
Arapaho College, founded in 1889, is in the town of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The school’s first president, Frank W. Fetterman, was born in 1883 in Tulsah.
He was a member of the Oklahoma Territorial Army and served in the Oklahoma City National Guard during World War II.
He died in 1974.
The school also has been at the center of controversy over its racial and gender policies.
The schools mission statement states that its mission is “to provide opportunities for the full integration of all peoples and cultures.”
In a statement Thursday, the school said it had a longstanding commitment to “integrating all of our students into the culture of our nation.”
The school’s leadership has taken a “confrontational approach” to the controversy, the statement said.
“We continue to strive to be a welcoming place for all our students,” it said.
“We have also made clear that we do not tolerate any discrimination of any kind.”