The relationship between the Supreme Court of the United States and Native Americans has a rocky history and recent rulings have not gone the way Indian Country hoped. The Supreme Court, friend or foe, is charged with interpreting the law of the land.
A Kiowa tipi over 100 years old was “discovered” amidst the artifacts at the Oklahoma History Center by Matt Reed, Curator of the American Indian collections for the Oklahoma Historical Society. Reed, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, at first was reluctant to believe he had… what he had.
Summer is coming to a close and it was a headline making summer for Oklahoma’s natives and tribes. We revisit one of those stories, the fate of Longhorn Mountain.
Last June, it was learned that half of Longhorn Mountain near Lawton had been leased to a rock crushing company that would soon start mining gravel. Longhorn Mountain is a sacred site to the Kiowa Tribe that had passed out of tribal ownership, and though the tribe had been notified by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation about the construction of a road, they didn’t understand what exactly was going to happen.
Tourism in Indian Country…what does that bring to mind? White tourists looking at baubles, bangles and bright shiny beads? The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, or AIANTA, thinks it’s so much more than that. The organization was formed in 1993 to help tribes recognize that cultural tourism could help preserve traditions.
100 years ago, give or take a year, according to whom you are speaking, the Smithsonian sent an artist out to different reservations to make busts of Native Americans, the thinking being that these were a “vanishing people” and should be preserved for posterity.
Then, these busts were forgotten, becoming just more acquisitions for the Smithsonian Institution’s vast holdings.
Several Native American tribes across Oklahoma are holding celebrations this weekend to recognize their culture and heritage.
In Tahlequah, the Cherokee Nation is hosting the Cherokee National Holiday. The holiday commemorates the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution. The event runs through Sunday and will feature arts and crafts, softball and basketball tournaments, fireworks and more.
The Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur is hosting a stomp dance, stickball and cultural demonstrations as part of a Labor Day celebration on Saturday.
How a baby begins life after birth affects the rest of the baby’s development. The Baby Friendly Initiative, begun by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, recognizes that. It currently has made inroads in 152 countries, including the United States, and now Oklahoma. The first hospital to make the grade is Claremore Indian Hospital.
Georgiana Sweetwater, who goes by Gibby and is from the Pawnee Nation, is the Nurse Manager for OB In-Patient Services and Women’s Clinic. She attended a workshop sponsored by the United Nations in Albuquerque.
The Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 is one of the darkest hours in the history between the US Government and Native American Tribes. To add insult to injury, certain reparations were promised in the Treaty of Little Arkansas, but never happened. So the descendants are taking their grievances to court.