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Tue
05
Dec

Statue of Comanche Leader Quanah Parker Dedicated in Texas

SNYDER, Texas (AP) — Quanah Parker stands again above the Texas plain. Poised with spear in hand, he's turned eastward, ready to mount his horse and face the future once more.

The Abilene Reporter- News reports the bronze statue, crafted by Abilene artist Terry Gilbreth, was installed on the campus of Western Texas College in front of the Scurry County Museum. Commissioned in 2011 on the centennial of Parker's death, it finally was dedicated Nov. 16 in a ceremony attended by descendants of the Comanche chief.

Parker is one of the most complex and revered figures to emerge from the bloody history of westward expansion in Texas during the second half of the 19th century. His story is one of pain, sacrifice and, ultimately, hope.

 

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Tue
28
Nov

Northwestern Faculty, Staff Honored for Years of Service at 14th Annual Ceremony

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s employees were honored during the 14th annual Employee Service Recognition Ceremony Nov. 14-15. Ceremonies were held in Alva and Enid to honor employees who work at Alva, Enid and Woodward campus locations.

Dr. Bo Hannaford, vice president for academic affairs, presented Dr. M. Cris Gordon, assistant professor of psychology and chair to the psychology department, the John Barton Distinguished Teaching and Service Award during the annual ceremony. Nominations for the award are made by faculty, staff and students then the recipient is determined by a selection committee. To be selected, the recipient must be a full-time faculty member at Northwestern and exemplify distinguished teaching and administrative leadership.

Tue
03
Oct

Native American Twins at OSU to Research Insect- Related Diseases

(STILLWATER, Okla., Oct. 2, 2017) – Twins Taylor and Alexis Coles, Oklahoma State University entomology freshmen from Norman, have done everything together from day one. Now, their joint interest in the study of insects will take them on an adventure that could help improve the health of their fellow tribal nation members.

Thanks to a grant to the Center for Sovereign Nations at OSU, the pair will join Dr. Wyatt Hoback in a research program that is exploring reasons Native Americans suffer twice the rate of certain insectrelated diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, than non-natives.

Taylor and Alexis, who are members of the Choctaw Nation, are two of six Native American students who have received research funding from the grant, which partners the center, the Choctaw Nation and the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at OSU.

 

Tue
29
Aug

HUD-VASH Helps Homeless Veterans Have a Place to Call Home

During the 2015 annual convention of the National Congress of American Indians, then HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced a new demonstration program for Native American Veterans.

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes were one 26 tribes selected to be a part of the HUD-VASH program, and though the process has been long and sometimes unbearable, three Cheyenne & Arapaho tribal veterans now have a place to call home … and more are in the process of being approved.

 

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Tue
29
Aug

OSU Tops in Native Americans Earning Degrees in Engineering

Oklahoma State University has the highest number of Native Americans earning bachelor degrees in engineering, as well as engineering technology degrees, among all the engineering schools in North America, according to data from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

“We’re proud to be leading the way nationally, but what’s really important is that we’re making progress and Native American students are responding to our invitation to earn highly-skilled degrees that offer real promise for success in their chosen fields of engineering,” said Dr. Paul Tikalsky, dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) at OSU.

 

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Tue
15
Aug

100th Anniversary of the Oklahoma Indian American Baptist Assn.

The Oklahoma Indian said. American Baptist Association (OIABA), was established 100 years ago and formally known as the Western Oklahoma Indian Association. The annual camp meetings were being held by early day churches as early as 1893.

The Annual Camp meetings were being held in a large tent which was often called the 'Big Top'. Family camps and arbors were set up around the big meeting tent. It was a time of Christian fellowship, Indian hymns of different tribes, association business and worship services. The Big Top and camping will be part of the four day celebration to be held at the Deyo Mission Baptist Church, located west of Lawton, Oklahoma, beginning Wednesday, August 23rd to Saturday, August 26th.

 

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Tue
15
Aug

Santa Fe Indian Market Fuses Tradition with Contemporary Art

For nearly a century, American Indian jewelers, potters and other artists have been gathering in the heart of northern New Mexico to show off their creations at one of the nation's most prestigious art markets.

The annual Santa Fe Indian Market begins Saturday as organizers push ahead with raising the bar for showcasing what they say are the best examples of art that has evolved from centuries-old traditions.

Some artists and their families have participated for years, but this marks the first time organizers have shifted entirely to a juried application process that has resulted in fierce competition.

 

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Tue
20
Jun

Interior Head Suggests Reducing Bears Ears National Monument

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday recommended that the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be reduced in size and said Congress should step in to designate how selected areas of the 1.3 million-acre site are managed.

Zinke made the recommendation as part of an interim report to President Donald Trump on the scenic swath of southern Utah with redrock plateaus, cliffs and canyons on land considered sacred to tribes.

 

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Tue
13
Jun

Braves, Warriors, Chieftains: Oregon Takes on Tribal Mascots

BANKS, Ore. (AP) — This fall, the football team in the tiny Oregon logging town of Banks will once again take the field as the Braves. But this time, they have the approval of the tribe that originally inhabited the area.

It's one of many changes in the works this spring across Oregon prompted by the nation's long-running uproar over Native American sports mascots. School districts in the state with tribal mascots must do away with them by July 1 or risk punishment that could include the withholding of state funds.

 

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Tue
13
Jun

Shortage of Native American Doctors Raises Concern

PHOENIX (AP) - Dena Wilson never doubted what she wanted to do with her life while growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Her mother worked at the Indian Health Service as a social worker, and aside from a brief desire to be a bird in kindergarten, Wilson knew she wanted to become a doctor.

 

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