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New Faces at 2011 Powwow

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by Mike Konz

Kearney, Nebraska — Last year’s powwow featured the Pawnee Tribe’s long lost cousins from North Dakota, the Arikara, but this year’s event will feature the Pawnee’s next-door neighbors, the Otoe-Missouria. “It’s an opportunity for the Otoe-Missouria to teach about their culture,” said Ronnie O’Brien, educational director for the Great Platte River Road Archway, where the 2011 powwow will unfold June 17-18.

As during the 2009 and 2010 powwows, the 2011 event will feature the colors, sights and sounds of Native American culture with an added emphasis on education. The opening day of the powwow will be reserved for the Otoe-Missouria visitors to teach about their tribe, its history, customs and lore. The second day will feature music, dancing, food, art and other popular powwow attractions. “The education day will allow is to take more time for in-depth learning,” O’Brien said. “We heard from so many people during our first powwows that they want to learn more.”

» Originally published on KearneyHub.com.

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February 6th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

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American Indian Languages get ‘Breath of Life’

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by James S. Tyree

Tracey Moore is a member of the Osage, Otoe-Missouria, Pawnee and Sac & Fox tribes who aims to help keep their disappearing languages alive by learning, speaking and teaching them. She learned how recently during the Breath of Life workshop at the University of Oklahoma’s Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

The May 24-28 program taught participants how to conduct linguistic research on tribal languages, starting with archival materials at the museum. The program is designed for people from tribes that lack fluent speakers of their language who want to help preserve the language for future generations. Moore was eager to return home to Fairfax, where she would study even further and share that knowledge with her students in the Osage Nation’s Language Program. “It’s just inspiring; I can’t wait to go back and dig in,” she said. “With the linguistics part, I will have the ability to learn all my languages.”

» Read the complete article on NewsOK.com.

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June 9th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Dickey to Speak on the Missouria Indian Nation

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Michael Dickey will speak on “The Missouria Indian Nation: A History of the Nyut^achi People” at the Arrow Rock [Missouri] State Historic Site Visitor Center Saturday, March 6, at 10 a.m., according to a news release from the Friends of Arrow Rock and the Arrow Rock Historic Site.

Dickey has been the site administrator at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site since 1995 and is the author of “Arrow Rock, Crossroads of the Missouri Frontier.” Dickey’s presentation is based on research completed for a new book on the Missouria Indian Nation. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The world “Missouri” evokes one of two images: The great Western river followed by Lewis and Clark or the state known for its rolling farmland, forested Ozark hills and symbolic Gateway arch in St. Louis. Even residents of the state seldom associate “Missouri” with the once powerful Missouria native nation that gave name to the river, then to the state. Their villages on the Missouri River in present-day Saline County, made them the first American Indian tribe encountered by European explorers venturing upriver.

For more than a century, the Missouria played a key role in the commercial and military activities of the Louisiana Territory and Illinois Country. They had numbered in the thousands, and William Clark described them as “once the most powerful nation on the Missouri River.” When he wrote this in 1804, fewer than 400 Missouria remained, living with the Otoe tribe in Nebraska or the Little Osage tribe in southwest Missouri.

» Read the complete article in the Marshall Democrat-News.

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March 5th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

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Calendar Signing Event in Norman

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Thirteen of the nation’s most well known Native artists will be in Norman December 5-6 to sign copies of an art calendar showcasing their work. Now in its sixteenth year, this event never fails to bring in fans from across Oklahoma and the surrounding states. “The draw this group of artists has is outstanding. Customers begin purchasing the calendars in June of each year to ensure they have theirs for this event,” Leslie Zinbi said.

Several authors will also be at the gallery this weekend with their latest books, including Murv Jacob from Tahlequah and Deborah Duvall from Tulsa.  Jabob and Duvall write and illustrate books about Cherokee myths and legends featuring all animals and are generally done for children.  Both tour and lecture across the nation.

This year’s calendar artists [include]… David Kaskaske, Otoe-Missouria, Master Artist…

» Read the complete article on NativeTimes.com.

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November 26th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Posted in culture,people

Cherokees Donate to Chilocco Restoration

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The Cherokee Nation recently provided $25,000 in funding to assist in the restoration project at Chilocco School, a former Native American boarding school located in the old Cherokee Strip of Kay County.

“We are pleased to be a partner in this restoration effort,” said Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.  “During its operation, Chilocco School brought together thousands of Indian students from more than 120 tribes across the country.  It is the duty of all tribes to participate in preserving this common ground for future generations to remember the Indian boarding school era.”

After 96 years of service, operation of the school ended in 1980.  Today, the campus has approximately 70 buildings and is governed by the Council of Confederated Chilocco Tribes, consisting of the Kaw, Otoe-Missouria, Pawnee, Ponca and Tonkawa Nations.  The Cherokee Nation owns thousands of acres of land surrounding the campus, including the entrance to the school.

» Read the complete article on NativeTimes.com.

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November 4th, 2009 at 9:26 am

Posted in culture,education

Ioway Tribes Pledge Support for Film

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Press Release submitted by Fourth Wall Films

Iowa Governor Chet Culver has proclaimed October 4-10, 2009 the third annual Native Ioway History Week, honoring the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. The special week reminds state residents and Iowa educators to remember the American Indian people whose name the state bears. The tribes’ little-known history has recently come to light with the success of the documentary “Lost Nation: The Ioway” by filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Moline. Both tribes have pledged support for a documentary sequel project that will be released in 2011.

Descending from a culture archaeologists call the Oneota, the Ioway were removed from the territory now known as Iowa in 1837 to a reservation near White Cloud, Kansas. The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska split in 1878 and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma was established near Perkins, Oklahoma. Both tribes have a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 members. The Ho Chunk (Winnebago), Otoe, and Missouria tribes are also descendants of the Oneota culture.

» Read the complete article on Quad-Cities Online.

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October 7th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

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Kansas City Indian Fest

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Nya Renelle-Smith, 8, stood before more than 100 people Sunday wrapped in an ornate shawl with eagle feathers on her head. Ed Smith of Overland Park, Kansas, her father, also was dressed in American Indian regalia. As he began the rhythmic beating of a drum and his voice lifted in tribal song, Nya spread her shawl like wings and began dancing. She floated through the dance as gracefully as a bird or butterfly, dipping and then turning.

Nya is Navajo and Osage and she has been participating in American Indian dance most of her life. She was one of many dancers who performed over the weekend at Kansas City Indian Fest at Line Creek Community Center in Kansas City, North…

Event officials explained that Kansas City’s Line Creek Valley has special significance for native people. It is rich with historical artifacts. Gil Nichols, who gave presentations on North American Indian antiquities, said the community center features a large clay-fired cooking pot found in the area that dates to between 800 A.D. and 900 A.D. When fur traders first came to this area, he said, they found Missouria and Otoe tribes living here.

» Read the complete article on KansasCity.com.

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October 5th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

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‘First Council’ Statues Dedicated

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In the spring of 1804, the Corp of Discovery, sponsored by President Thomas Jefferson, set sail to explore the lands of the Louisiana Purchase, and to meet the Indians. After much anticipation, as the expedition was setting up camp, they were approached by their first tribe and arranged to meet with their chiefs on August 3, 1804.

First Council Casino dedicated the monument, “First Council” on July 10 that commemorates and interprets the first official meeting between Captains Lewis and Clark and chiefs of the Otoe and Missouria Indian Nations.

In June 2002, the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Committee of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, commissioned a sculptor, Oreland Joe, to create life-sized sculptures including Lewis and Clark, an Otoe chief and a Missouria chief, a French interpreter and Lewis’ dog. These statues are within feet of where the original council occurred, a place Lewis and Clark named Council Bluffs in present-day Nebraska. At the request of the Otoe-Missouria tribe, Oreland Joe has created a replica of the monument to grace the entrance of First Council Casino located in Newkirk. The six figures are cast in bronze and are arranged in a setting much like you would have expected to see if you attended the historic meeting more than 200 years ago.

Lester Harragarra, a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and a major component in having the monument erected at First Council, said, “It is an honor to have Oreland Joe recreate this historic moment in our tribe’s history. This gives us an opportunity to share a part of our culture, which we strive to incorporate in our everyday lives, not only with our own tribal members, but with everyone that visits First Council.”

Oreland Joe, who attended the dedication, is world-renowned for his work in stone and bronze sculptures. He is a native of New Mexico and is of Dine’ (Navajo) and Ute decent. Currently, Kirtland, N.M., provides home to his family and his studio. The First Council Casino is located at 12875 N. Highway 77.

» Originally published on NativeTimes.com.

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July 13th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

125 Years of Barnston, Nebraska

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The temperature was hot, the funnel cakes went fast and the free hot dog stand seemed to be the most popular place in Barneston’s City Park Saturday. But as the clock neared 1 p.m., more and more people grabbed an iced tea to go and headed to a dilapidated building just outside of the park… The building was formerly the Otoe-Missouria Mission School House. Barneston was the former agency headquarters for the Otoe-Missouria reservation.

Barneston, founded by Francis Barnes and Mary Jane Dripps-Barnes 125 years ago, is a place where many Otoe-Missouria American Indians can find their roots… Matt Jones, a member of the Otoe-Missouria tribe, was also on hand to help. The Lincoln resident is a retired professor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he taught multicultural studies.

» Read the full article in the Beatrice Daily Sun.

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June 4th, 2009 at 10:15 am

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Lester Harragarra – Photography Exhibition

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Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma

Lester Harragarra is an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and a descendent of the Kiowa Tribe. Lester’s father is the late Kenneth Harragarra, a World War II veteran and a former Otoe-Missouria Tribal Chairman. Lester’s Otoe-Missouria grandparents are Moses and Mary Harragarra. His grandfather was one of the last hereditary Chiefs of the Otoe-Missouria and his grandmother initiated the first all American Indian War Mothers Chapter in the United States in 1943.

» Read the complete article on the Indian Arts and Crafts Board website.

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May 15th, 2009 at 1:50 am