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Commemorating the Fabric of Oklahoma

The long-awaited First Americans Museum has a story to tell to the world, and the visitor experience is vital to the mission. But the museum will also honor the cultures of the 39 tribes based in Oklahoma, with features not so easily recognized by non-Natives. “The entire project was designed to align with the cardinal directions, so the special times of...

John B. Herrington

A Wetumka native, John B. Herrington is the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space. Before his career with NASA, Herrington received his commission in the U.S. Navy and has logged over 4,600 flight hours in over 30 different types of aircraft. After two years of training, Herrington was selected as a Mission Specialist...

Alluring Anadarko

.ugb-76f4ec0 > .ugb-inner-block > .ugb-block-content > .ugb-columns__item{grid-template-columns:1.54fr 0.46fr !important} In a state whose very name is a Native American phrase meaning “Red Earth,” one Oklahoma city is notable for playing a major role in the history, government and culture of the state’s Plains Indian tribes. Anadarko, county seat of Caddo County situated about 80 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, is the...

Bridging Two Worlds

Believe it or not, Molly Murphy Adams was a science major in college. Now, she’s a Tulsa Artist Fellow.  The Montana-born artist was accepted to the 2019 Tulsa Artist Fellowship, established by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Murphy Adams, a descendant of the Oglala Lakota tribe, found her identity as an artist through her heritage and love of contemporary art.  “My...

A Look Inside Wounded Knee

Before the 1973 siege at Wounded Knee, Native Americans had “to live the lie, and put their ‘Indian-ness’ away,” says Richard Ray Whitman, an Oklahoma City resident who traveled to South Dakota soon after the occupation began and stayed until a cease-fire agreement was reached. The occupation – led by 200 Oglala Lakota and followers of the American Indian Movement...

Warriors’ Circle of Honor

El Reno native Harvey Pratt, honored by his tribe and law-enforcement agencies across the country, didn’t think his work as a display and forensic artist was worthy of something as hallowed as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Cheyenne and Arapaho artist Harvey Pratt's law enforcement career spans over five decades. A top U.S. forensic artist, he...

Tenacity, Pecans and Cowboy Hats

The grit and gumption of two Alabamans displaced by the Civil War continues with their southern Oklahoma descendants, whose heart-healthy products have a global following. Dan Hamilton, his sons Mark and Paul and grandson Jacob run a pair of Johnson County businesses – Tri-Agri Farm Center and Native American Specialty Products – that account for one of the largest pecan...

A Convoluted Past

Generations of Oklahoma school children dress in prairie duds every spring to commemorate the Land Rush of 1889 … from the perspective of non-Native American settlers. But with the 130th anniversary of the April 22 opening of Unassigned Lands in Indian Territory, historians examine long-term impacts of that and other historical developments affecting tribal sovereignty. “People focus on the Land Run,”...

A New Year’s Powwow

The 18th annual New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow kicks off at the Muskogee Civic Center at 1 p.m. with traditional Native American ground dancing until 5 p.m., followed by gourd dancing, singing, games, raffles and contests – until the countdown just before midnight to welcome in the new year. This alcohol-free, Native American-focused event showcases traditional music, drums, costumes and...