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12:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

St. Gregory’s Revives Honor Dance For Newly Named American Indian Saint

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Credit Catholic Online

After the death of Father Vincent Traynor, an honorary member of several tribes in Oklahoma, the honorary dance to honor the then Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, became of thing of the past.  With her being named the first Native American saint last October, Abbot Lawrence at St Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, thought it was high time to revive it.

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Indian Times
1:55 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Labor Day Deadline Looms for Public Input on Indian Trust Reform

Commissioner Stacy Leeds
Credit courtesy of University of Arkansas website

The Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform is coming to the end of its two year appointment.  Commissioner Stacy Leeds says they “will hunker down and write this thing” in the fall, so that it may be presented to President Obama during his yearly meeting with tribal leaders in Washington, D.C.  in December.

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Indian Times
11:46 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Kiowas Looking To Keep Their Sacred Mountain From Being Made Into A Molehill

View from Longhorn Mountain
Credit Courtesy Warren Queton

Longhorn Mountain is an important place to Kiowas, not just because they’ve been going there to pray since being in Oklahoma, it’s in the way that they pray using the sacrament they believe is unique to that mountain, cedar.  And now, its habitat is in danger.

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Indian Times
10:01 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Honorable Ponka-We Victors Tells Riverside Grads To Have A Dream

Kansas State Rep. Ponka-we Victors at Riverside Indian School graduation.
Credit Susan Shannon

Commencement at Riverside Indian School is always a big day, but this year the commencement speaker is the only Native American woman to serve in the Kansas legislature, the honorable Ponka-we Victors.

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Indian Times
2:56 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Tribe and Red Cross Help Native and Non-Native Residents Recover from Tornadoes

Local residents register with Red Cross at the Little Axe Resource Center
Credit Susan Shannon

Interviews with Linda Day, Donna Butler, Gov. George Blanchard & Dr. Lois Pokwarney

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe’s Little Axe Resource Center is surrounded by greenery and gently rolling hills making it a beautiful backdrop for what has become a place to get help and some of the necessities of life for the surrounding residents.

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Indian Times
6:06 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

Need A Job? The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Wants You

The Grand Casino Hotel and Resort near Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Credit courtesy of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is looking to expand its business enterprises by adding on a hotel to the Grand Casino. And the by-product of this expansion is jobs.


In addition to preparing for the opening of the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort , Paul Vanraamsdonk, Director of hotel operations, says the tribe is planning a job fair to fill those positions.


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Indian Times
4:32 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Native American Women, Once Denied, Can Now Recieve Emergency Contraceptives

Executive Director of NAWHERC Charon Asetoyer (Comanche)
Credit courtesy of indiancountrytodaymedia.com

Emergency contraception is now being offered at most Indian Health Service clinics around the country but it’s not certain the medication will be offered in the future.

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Indian Times
4:58 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Online Degree Targets Federal Indian Law

OU Law Professor Taiawagi Helton
Credit Susan Shannon

The University of Oklahoma’s Law School will be offering a new online degree from the OU Law School.  It’s a Master of Legal Studies in Indigenous Peoples Law.


The OU Law School is located in the heart of the original Indian Territory with nationally and internationally known faculty.

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Indian Times
6:20 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

ICWA Protects More That Just The Indian Child

Taiawagi Helton
Credit Photo by Susan Shannon


The United States Supreme Court this week heard the case Adoptive Couple vs Baby Girl which concerns the return of a three year old girl to her Cherokee Nation member father via the Indian Child Welfare Act, but is it a valid law or an out-dated race based law?

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Indian Times
4:30 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

Once Con, Now Pro, State Senator Supports Completion of Museum

View from above of the AICCM with downtown OKC in the background.
Credit Courtesy of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

The board overseeing the  American Indian Cultural Center and Museum has been given more time to see if it can develop a plan to fix its funding problems. In July of last year, construction on the partially completed structure was halted when lawmakers failed to approve a $40 million bond proposal that would have been matched by a similar amount in private donations.

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