Garry Ives identified this pin as from the Order of the O-hit-e-kah. It was
an Eagle Scout Association created by the Oakland Area Council and was one
of the first in the nation. The Order was founded in 1922 at Camp
Dimond in Oakland three years before the Knights of Dunamis (the San
Francisco Eagle Scout Association) was founded. O-hit-e-kah was an Native
American Sioux Indian word for a male that meant “Brave”.
Order of O-hit-e-kah tribe was made up of Eagle Scouts only. Members of the
Oh-hit-e-kah Tribe gave Eagle Scouts an opportunity to show their leadership
ability not only in the work of their respective troops, but also in the
service which they are rendering at Scout Camp. The Scout Scribe (the
newsletter of the OAC indicated) "Members of the tribe assist other
troops in leadership capacity acting as special examiners in many of the
Scout tests. They are an exemplification of the spirit of Scouting for they
believe and render to others as great a service as they possibly can."
Order had at least three known chapters (they were called both Teepees and
Tribes), Oakland Council (Teepee #1, founding Teepee), Stockton Council
(Teepee #2, founded 1928) and the Bronx Council (Teepee #3, founded 1929).
In 1929 the Order of O-hit-e-kah ceased to be a local organization
when the Bronx Valley Council in the state of New York under the leadership
of Scout Executive Ripley was founded.
to the Oakland Tribune articles, the Order of the O-hit-e-kah as a service
organization of Eagle Scouts lasted until at least October 1931. Other Eagle
Scout associations most notably the Knights of Dunamis, which was founded
across the bay by the San Francisco Council in April 1925, had a much
stronger following and larger organization.
the O-hit-e-kah Tribe dissolved or was disbanded, the Oakland Area Council
became associated with the Knights of Dunamis Eagle Scout Association on
June 14, 1936 when the Oakland Chapter was officially formed. The Oakland
Chapter of the Knights of Dunamis was known as Chapter 40 and lasted until
1964 when the Oakland and San Francisco Councils merged. Both the Order of
the O-hit-e-kah and the Knights of Dunamis were the predecessors to the
National Eagle Scout Association.