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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...

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...