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A Bird of Resilience

The woodpecker is rich with symbolism for the Chickasaw Nation and a variety of other Native American tribes. When Ada artist Lokosh (Joshua D. Hinson, Ph.D.) paints and carves likenesses of the ivory-billed woodpecker, which is critically endangered or possibly extinct, he does so with a hope that the bird “still exists in the deep Louisiana swamps.” In September 2021,...

The Ada Style

Nearly six decades ago, an Oklahoma journalist took exception to an east-coast writer’s snooty characterization of Ada as a “hick town.” @media screen and (min-width:768px){.stk-8cb0657{flex:1 1 66.7% !important}} Ada News columnist Ernest Thompson said back then that even with a few minor flaws, his hometown offered close to the best to be had in terms of overall quality of life. And...

A Look Inside Native America

What’s New? The Oklahoma economy is booming, thanks in part to a variety of infrastructure projects spearheaded by Native American Nations. For example, the Choctaw Nation broke ground in June on a $238 million casino and resort in southeast Oklahoma. Choctaw Landing will employ about 600 people in Hochatown, near Broken Bow Lake, says Janie Dillard, senior executive officer of the...

Sublime in Sulphur

Once a destination for people who believed in the healing and restorative powers of the nearby sulphur springs – from which the town took its name – and for the location of Oklahoma’s only national park, Sulphur remains a place that beckons people looking for a variety or outdoor recreation, dining, or even a little pampering.  The city’s variety makes...

A Briefing on Tribal Nations

Developing Infrastructure Iron Horse is not your run-of-the-mill industrial park, says James C. Collard, director of economic development for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.  When the Canada-based Pro Pipe opens its $5.5 million factory at the tribal-owned park later this year, it will be doing so in the only active foreign trade zone on Native American land, says Collard. Pro Pipe will employ...

Past, Personal Connections

Ironies abound with Oklahoma’s oldest continuously active military base and its longtime historian. Fort Sill, just north of Lawton, is the state’s only remaining post constructed during the Indian Wars of the 1800s, according to Towana Spivey, who curated, interpreted and directed its museum from 1982 to 2011. Oklahoma, today, prides itself on Native culture, but the federal government certainly didn’t...

Oklahoma’s Tribal Impact

A photo album of these native Oklahomans is striking. One picture is of an accomplished TV and film actress strolling down the red carpet; there’s an action shot of a Division I college athlete. Other snaps include a successful fashion designer, a health-care professional receiving accolades from the U.S. surgeon general, and an internationally acclaimed poet. These are images of...