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Fri
18
Aug

100th Anniversary of the Okla. Indian American Baptist Assn

The Oklahoma Indian 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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Thu
10
Aug

Education Becomes Weapon of Choice for Vietnam Combat Veteran

By Rosemary Stephens

Rarely will you see Jerry Surveyor without his black hat portraying a Purple Heart symbol upon his head. But he will remove it long enough to explain the symbolism.

“This is a rifle with a wreath, meaning I have been in combat … it has to have the wreath, this symbol means I got shot and this one says I was an Airborne Paratrooper. I wear it all the time … it’s just a symbol,” he said as he placed his hat back on top of his head.

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Thu
27
Jul

Overcoming Substantial Obstacles on her Journey

By Rosemary Stephens

Marie Whiteman has been chosen as the Elder of the Year for the 28th annual Oklahoma Indian Nations powwow held Aug. 4-6, 2017 at the Concho Powwow grounds in Concho, Okla.

Eighty-two year old, Marie Whiteman’s start in life was a fiery one.

When Whiteman was born on Sept. 1, 1934, a fire had broke out in a pasture at her family’s farm in Watonga, Okla. Family and friends rushed to help put out the fire and someone spilled water onto the porch, Whiteman’s pregnant mother slipped, fell and instantly went into labor, giving birth to Marie Whiteman.

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Thu
22
Jun

Judging at the County Fair

Have you ever wondered what criteria judges use to determine a blue ribbon cake, freshly baked bread or canned sweet pickles? Evaluation of exhibits has always been an important part of the county fair, quilt exhibits, or baked shows. In the 1870’s, ribbons and awards were used to identify the outstanding new products and creative innovations at the county fair. Today the judging of exhibits at the county fair, helps adults and youth improve and practice their skills and abilities. You might also see a little friendly competition to see who wins the blue ribbon yeast bread or outstanding adult clothing construction sewing project.

Judges base their placings on a set of quality standards and the individual’s ability to make or create something that closely matches the standard. We all know when we see something that we like or taste a food that has a pleasing taste, look and texture.

 

Fri
15
Apr

2016 Buffalo Butcher Days

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes proudly presents Culture and Heritage, RESpECT, SPFTIG and Language Programs presents Spring 2016 Buffalo Butcher Family Cultural Day. Day 2 - Friday, April 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m., Concho Pow wow Grounds, Concho

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Fri
15
Apr

LONGEST WALK 5 War on Drugs and Violence

by Arthur Jacobs

The Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs and Domestic Violence made its way into Oklahoma yesterday and will be in the state for at least the next week. Along the route, local runners sometimes assist the longwalkers and runners by running miles. This gives those who are going across the country much needed rest.

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Fri
08
Apr

2016 Buffalo Butcher Days

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes proudly presents Culture and Heritage, RESpECT, SPFTIG and Language Programs presents Spring 2016 Buffalo Butcher Family Cultural Day.

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Fri
08
Apr

Hearings on Indian Education

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding a hearing this Wednesday to focus on Indian education. Lawmakers will take testimony on four bills aimed at improving education systems in Indian Country. They are:

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Fri
01
Apr

Feds Don’t Know How Bad BIE Schools Are; McCain Offers Solution

by Tanya H. Lee

No heat, carbon monoxide leaks and persistently dripping ceilings are some of the appalling conditions federal reports have detailed at Bureau of Indian Education schools. But these documents tell only part of the story, according to the Government Accountability Office. The latest report from the GAO found the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ inspection program for BIE’s 183 elementary and secondary schools is grossly inadequate. The law requires that BIE schools and dorms be inspected annually, but in 2015, 69 schools were not inspected; 16 of those schools had dormitories, meaning students lived in the buildings 24/7 for weeks on end. Since 2012, the number of uninspected BIE schools has been increasing; some schools have not been inspected at all in nearly a decade.

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Fri
12
Feb

Dances & Powwows

February 13, 2016
Valentine’s Dance – Geary Community Hall, Geary.
Head staff: MC Billy Youngbird, HS Emmitt Redbird, HMD Kendrick Sweezy, HLD Bobbi Hamilton, HLB Gabriel Scraper, HLG Geneva Gonzalez Garcia, AD Icey Daukei
 
 
 

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