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News and interviews from Indian Country.

photo courtesy of Sam Noble Museum of Natural History website

Dr. Mary Linn is the assistant curator for Native Languages at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma.  This past week the 11th annual Native American Youth Language Fair took place at the Sam Noble Museum.

They Say You Can't Go Home Again... But Can a Tribe?

Mar 30, 2013
courtesy Delaware Tribe Website

Dee Ketchum, former chief of The Delaware Tribe of  Indians in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is now a consultant with the tribe.  Ketchum said the Delaware Tribe has a problem that most other tribes don’t, they are under the jurisdiction of another tribe.

In the early 1960’s Buffy Sainte-Marie all alone toured North America’s colleges, reservations and concert halls. She came after the beatniks and before the hippies.  She was met with enthusiasm by audiences and record executives who were expecting an Indian princess in fringes but were instead entertained and educated by a dose of Native American reality in the flesh. 

Chickasaw Nation

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. announced last week that five new members have been admitted to its Board of Trustees for a three year term.

Two of the five are from Oklahoma tribes and in fact are their tribal leaders:  Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation and Chief Gregory Pyle of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

The Myaamia Center, Miami University in Ohio

The Western Hemisphere has more distinctly different native languages than any other part of the world. Language is an important part of cultural identity. When Europeans first arrived in what is now the United States, more than 300 different languages were spoken. Today, only 175 remain, but many are only spoken by a small number of elderly people, and are in danger of disappearing.

From the Sequoyah National Research Center collections

SUSAN SHANNON, HOST: This week on Indian Times the Sequoyah National Research Center is a unique facility dedicated to the collection, preservation and dissemination of Native American expression in all forms…so what does that mean?  Director Dr. Dan Littlefield says a librarian’s decision to clear out a collection of Native American newspapers inadvertently led to this unique archive in Arkansas.

40th anniversary of Wounded Knee '73

Mar 2, 2013

This week on Indian Times...last Wednesday was the 40th anniversary of Wounded Knee ‘73, it was the last armed conflict between Native Americans and the United States Government... and for many, their coming of age.  We'll talk with a participant, Louis Gray.

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