Indian Times

News and interviews from Indian Country.

OU School of Law

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor came to the University of Oklahoma last week to speak at the OU School of Law. One of the last questions came from a Choctaw student who greeted her in Choctaw.

"Halito, (words in Choctaw) yakoke. As Professor Tai said, my name is Kelbie Kennedy and I'm a proud citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma,” said Kennedy. “I am so glad that you are preserving your native language. It’s so important for people in your generation to do that, thank you for attempting and succeeding obviously!” Sotomayor said.

Native American Pioneer In Medicine Recognized

Sep 12, 2014
Dr. Everett Rhoades

The first Native American to head the Indian Health Service was a rarity, one of the earliest Indian doctors in the country, and it was a bit lonely.

“I only knew of two Indian physicians accidentally, the famous Dr. Taylor McKenzie, the late great Navajo leader, Taylor McKenzie and another individual whom I didn't know but knew of, named Thomas St. Germaine Whitecloud, a member of the Lac du Flambeau Chippewas,” Dr. Everett Rhoades said.

theilr /

Sovereignty and food aren’t two words usually heard together.

“Food sovereignty in a nutshell means the rights that we have to not only grow and procure our own food but also to have access to water, land and resources to grow our own food,” Brenda Golden said.

Golden is a policy analyst for the Muscogee Creek Nation and a longtime native rights activist. The two back to back conferences next week are close to her heart and she takes pride in the fact that her tribe will be host.

Cole Says Tribal Jobs Are Here To Stay

Aug 29, 2014
Susan Shannon

The recent reports of employers leaving the United States for tax breaks won’t ever happen with certain businesses in Oklahoma: those companies belong to tribes, and they’re here to stay.

That’s one big message from Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole. At his recent town hall meeting in Purcell, Cole (Chickasaw) said the sovereign tribes of Oklahoma are also their own corporations—buying, selling, and creating jobs.

Business And Arts In Oklahoma's Indian Country

Aug 23, 2014
Indian Country Business Summit

Doing Business With Indian Country Or U.S. Government Can Be Tricky But Not Impossible.

Providing a roadmap for doing business with tribal agencies or the federal government, including FEMA and military bases, is the purpose of the 8th annual Indian Country Business Summit taking place next week in Norman.

Denise Bowman is a counselor and conference organizer at the Tribal Government Institute, one of the sponsors of the Indian Country Business Summit. Bowman says sometimes good business is about timing.

Aaron Carapella

When Aaron Carapella (Cherokee) contacted the U.S. Copyright office about his concept for a map that showed Native America pre-contact, he was told it had never been done before on such a grand scale.

This news seemed to validate his hours of long work, traveling and contacting more than 250 reservations and tribal communities. It had all started when he was an adolescent growing up in southern California.

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is marking its 40th year in operation with a celebration powwow. It will be held on the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds on August 16th.

The clinic started in 1974 with a handful of volunteer heath care providers looking to fill the need of urban Indians seeking medical care. David Toahty, Chief Development Officer for the clinic, said the first clinic was just a storefront on Hudson. Toahty said the clinic currently serves 18,000 patients and fills 240,000 prescriptions a year.

Amanda Cobb-Greetham

Amanda Cobb-Greetham (Chickasaw) is the new director of the Native American Studies program at the University of Oklahoma. She is enthusiastic about the job that has brought her full circle.

Cobb-Greetham grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and earned her undergraduate degree at Southeastern Oklahoma University in Durant. She became very interested in Chickasaw history and culture. The high number of native faculty attracted her to University of Oklahoma.  

Cheyenne And Arapaho Tribes

After years of turmoil and litigation, the leadership dispute within the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes is settled.

The Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes consist of the Southern Arapaho and Southern Cheyenne people who banded together in western Oklahoma. The small community of Concho serves as tribal headquarters and that’s where Governor Eddie Hamilton will carry on his elected duties as tribal governor, thanks in part to a recent court ruling by the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or IBIA, recognizing the Cheyenne and Arapaho’s 2013 election as legitimate.

This Week In Indian Country

Jul 25, 2014
Susan Shannon

Decision Made On Cheyenne And Arapaho Tribal Government

It’s been a long four plus years for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes - working under two governments, enduring separate court systems and dealing with divisive and competing decisions by local Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officials. Compounding these difficulties was the freezing of assets which adversely affected tribally owned casinos, payrolls and tribal programs that served the Cheyenne and Arapaho people.