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Jedis and Indians! Star Wars dubbed in to the Diné language

Rather than introducing the film to a new audience, the point of this exercise is to bring a very popular, familiar piece of media to an audience eager to connect with their fading traditional language. Manuelito Wheeler, director of the Navajo Nation Museum in Arizona, conceived of the project to preserve the language for generations, [...]

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‘Smiling Indians’ tries to balance older series

“Ryan took a camera to the (Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa) Powwow, and I went off to Santa Fe. And we started asking people to smile for us,” Harjo said. The resulting film, “Smiling Indians,” was posted on YouTube in February. Although it hasn’t drawn the same number of viewers that videos by pop artists [...]

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39th Symposium of American Indian is April 11-16 at NSU

(Tahlequah, OK)–The Center for Tribal Studies and Northeastern State University extends an invitation throughout the region to attend the 39th Annual Symposium of the American Indian and NSU Powwow. Preliminary symposium activities begin April 11, with the full schedule running April 13-16. This year’s theme is “Hands Across Nations: Smart Legacies – Strong Spirits.” Confirmed [...]

Lloyd Oliver, among last of original Code Talkers, dies at 87

In 1942 at age 19, he left the reservation to help in the war. After training as a Code Talker, he served on the islands of Guadalcanal, New Britain, Saipan and Peleliu. He was a corporal when the Marines cut him loose in 1945. When asked by an Arizona Republic reporter in 2001 about his [...]

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Indigenous Cinema film fest Nov.9th @ Circle Cinema

more information: Sterlin Harjo’s new film Barking Water Before Oklahoma was a red state, it was known as the Land of the Red People, described by the Choctaw phrase Okla Humma. In his sophomore film, Sterlin Harjo takes viewers on a road trip through his own personal Oklahoma, which includes an eclectic mix of [...]

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Oglala Lakota code talker Clarence Wolf Guts laid to rest

STURGIS — Three rifle volleys echoed through the Hills Tuesday afternoon, bidding farewell to the nation’s last Oglala Lakota code talker. Clarence Wolf Guts, an 86-year-old World War II veteran, was laid to rest in the Black Hills National Cemetery with the Lord’s Prayer and drum beat resonating inside the rock rotunda. A procession of [...]

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Native American Culture Brochure is now available

A new brochure, “Native American Culture; Rich in the Tulsa region” is now available through the Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau and local tribal tourism offices. The brochure was created as an educational and informational piece to inform local citizens and visitors of Tulsa’s rich Native American history and tradition. The three Tulsa regional tribes [...]

Wes Studi to be Honored at Circle Cinema

Acclaimed actor from Oklahoma, Wes Studi, will be honored by the Circle Cinema on Saturday, May 1, with a dedication of a medallion on the Circle’s Oklahoma Walk of Fame.  Activities start at 11am with the dedication, followed by a reception.  Sterlin Harjo, Native American filmmaker from Oklahoma, will read the dedication.  The Circle will [...]

Getting 10,000 Books in to the hands of Native American Teens

via BoingBoing: Young adult author Lorie-Ann Grover sez, “In 2008 and 2009, readergirlz, GuysLitWire, and YALSA orchestrated publishers’ donations of 20,000 new young adult books to hospitalized teens across the country. For 2010, If I Can Read I Can Do Anything has joined forces with these three organizations to drop over 10,000 new YA books, [...]

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YouTube Video of the talk at Ignite Tulsa

My five minutes of fame! Thanks to the entire team at Ignite Tulsa, as well as all the sponsors, the fellow speakers, and everyone who came out and supported us! It was a great night. I was QUITE nervous (and sick!), but I made it through thanks to my wife and daughter who were there to cheer me on.

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