IPAO, NSU to host ‘Indigenous People’s Day’ celebration

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/06/2017 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Indigenous Peoples Alliance of Oklahoma in conjunction with Northeastern State University’s Center for Tribal Studies, Cherokee and Indigenous Studies, Cherokee Language Education and Cherokee Cultural Studies programs will host an “Indigenous People’s Day” celebration on Oct. 9.

The day will include an Indigenous People’s Walk, keynote speaker Sunhawk Hill, a stomp dance exhibition and intertribal dances.

Cole Hogner, Tahlequah resident and Cherokee Nation citizen, said the Tahlequah area has such a diverse population of Indigenous people and the event will allow the Indigenous community to come together as a whole.

“We wanted to give this community the opportunity to come together so we can celebrate the strength of our people and share our culture as it has been handed down to us. Partnering with NSU has helped ensure this event is a successful one,” Hogner said.

Sara Barnett, chair of the NSU American Indian Heritage Committee, said she’s happy to partner with IPAO.

“It is a great way to bring the community together in celebration of our people, our culture, our heritage and our resiliency,” she said.

After the Indigenous People’s Walk, guest speaker Sunhawk Hill, a Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation citizen, will address the public.

According to his biography, Hill believes we should look at the color of one’s character not the color of one’s skin.

The Indigenous People’s Walk will begin at 6 p.m. at the Cherokee Nation Courthouse in downtown Tahlequah and move toward the NSU campus where Hill will speak. Other events are scheduled at the 2nd Century Square located on NSU’s campus after Hill’s speech. The location is reserved until midnight where plans are slated for intertribal and a stomp dance exhibition.

For more information about the event, email ipao2017@yahoo.com or call Jami Murphy at 918-822-3182. For information on the Center for Tribal Studies visit https://offices.nsuok.edu/centerfortribalstudies/TribalStudiesHome.aspx.

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