This is the first in a series of programs dedicated to the stories of Oklahoma's tribes, as told by tribal members.
According to Blue Clark, in his book Indian Tribes Of Oklahoma, the Kiowa origin story tells of the tribe’s emergence out of the ground through a hollow cottonwood log. The supernatural being Saynday called them forth and taught the Kiowa how to hunt and survive.
A new tobacco tax compact between the Kialegee Tribal Town and the state of Oklahoma is now in effect. Each of the state's 38 federally recognized Indian tribes can negotiate a compact with the state that determines how much of the $1.03-per-pack tax is distributed between the state and the tribe. The Tulsa World reports that Oklahoma will collect 30 percent of all Kialegee compact taxes - or all applicable state taxes - on the sale of any cigarette or other tobacco product that is subject to the compact from Feb. 1 of this year through the end of 2015. That amount increases to 40 percent in 2016, 45 percent in 2017 and 50 percent in 2018. The compact expires at the end of 2018.
In March, Christina Fallin, the daughter of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Instagramed a promotional image of herself wearing an elaborate, albeit imitation Natuve American headdress. The tagline on the image read, “Appropriate Culturation,” which seemed an obvious play on the term “cultural appropriation” - the practice of adopting elements of one culture by another. The fallout from this promotional photo shoot sparked a series of events which culminated with a heated war of words and signs during the 2014 Norman Music Festival.
In 1971 a group of fourteen American Indian and Alaska Native doctors formed the Association of American Indian Physicians, or AAIP, with the primary goal of improving the health of native communities by, among other things, giving support to native doctors in training. Today, the group has taken this mission further by encouraging future medical students.
Sara Adams Cornell has two daughters in the Oklahoma City school district. Last year her daughters participated in a reenactment of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.
As members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Cornell said her daughters didn’t understand why anyone would want to reenact that occasion. Cornell contacted the school and was told by her daughter’s teacher and the school principal they could sit in the office or miss a day of school with an unexcused absence.
A new photography exhibition opens April 11 at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art. Heather Ahtone, the James T. Bialic Assistant Curator for Native American and Non-western Arts, says the exhibition has a global feel.
“'Our People, Our Land, Our Images' is an exhibition of indigenous photography from across the world,” said Ahtone. “It includes Native American photographers as well as Maori from New Zealand, Iranian and Palestinian photographers. It's their visual take on what it is to be indigenous and from a particular place."
The sounds of Native American flute music wafted over the South Oval at the University of Oklahoma last week as the Spring Heritage Celebration Day opening ceremonies began. It’s also the 100th anniversary of the OU Spring Contest Powwow, making it the oldest university powwow in the nation.
A two day conference allows a newly created organization to demonstrate its work and research on various health-related issues facing Native Americans in the United States. The sixth annual Tribal Epidemiology Center Public Health Conference’s theme is Where We Have Been, Where We Are, And Where We Are Going.
Caddo Nation Swears In New Chairman Amidst Protest
The Native American Times newspaper reports the Caddo Nation has sworn in a new chairman, Anthony Cotter, despite the claim from Brenda Edwards, via the tribe’s website, that she is the chairman of the Caddo Nation.
With two factions claiming to lead the 5,500 citizens of the Caddo Nation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has called the tribe a “high risk contractor/grantee” at the end of last year.