on-line quarterly newsletter of the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

HOP Steel
January - March 2010                                                       www.aiccm.org                                                                                          

HOP steel columnsHall of the People Steel Goes Up
February - March
The structural steel for the Hall of the People began to arrive at the AICCM construction site on February 15, 2010. The first delivery included the tallest column at 90' in length, weighing 32,000 lbs. (See the VIDEO of the arrival of the steel.) On March 15, 2010, the tallest column was the first to be set in place. The Hall of the People is the central gathering space of the AICCM and is evocative of the traditional architectural structures in Native communities. (See the VIDEO of the first column being erected.) 
Cultural Planning

The AICCM hosted a planning meeting with the Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, Ontario, Canada, and representatives of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism.  Located along the shores of Lake Huron, the Kettle Point community is exploring the feasibility of establishing a cultural center as a year-round destination. Kettlepoint
Iowa State Design Dialogue

Architectural graduate students from the Iowa State University's College of Art and Design visited the AICCM site for a first-hand look at the construction progress and to discuss the design aspects of the project.
Forum TheatreArts & Exhibitions
January - March
Arts and Exhibitions recently completed review of programming priorities for the east wing which included the North Gallery and Forum Theaters, and the Discovery Center. The development of a site-wide art plan will serve as a positive strategy for the incorporation of more Art in Public Places projects for the site.  In consultation with Ralph Applebaum Associates and Johnson Fain/Hornbeek Blatt, locations throughout the site have been identified for consideration in the future.  
NIENewspapers in Education
Hey Teachers! Sign up now to receive the newest edition of the Newspapers in Education teaching supplement focused on Oklahoma's Native foodways which publishes in April. This edition focuses on Oklahoma's diverse American Indian cultures through their unique food traditions and practices. From wild onions to maple syrup, students will gain a greater understanding of the rich Native cultures found in Oklahoma.

Chickasaw HorticultureChickasaw Horticulture
In February the COPP division had the opportunity to visit with youth volunteers at the Chickasaw Nation Horticulture Department in Ada, OK. Under the direction of Governor Anoatubby, the Chickasaw Nation has developed a successful garden program where youth are employed along with adult program participants to help grow fruits and vegetables year-round. The produce is then distributed throughout the local community. This is a wonderfully innovative program that is sending tribal youth the right message and providing healthy food within the community.
NFEducateEducation Outreach at NW Classen HS
Nancy Fields, Education Coordinator, spoke with Northwest Classen High School Indian Education students about the career opportunities that are available as a museum professional. Students learned about the various departments and responsibilities that are central to museum work. Students also learned how working within a tribal museum provides an empowering opportunity to serve in a role of influence and stewardship for tribal communities and Native people as a whole.
MFSIMvskoke Nation Food Sovereignty Conference
The Muscogee Creek Nation hosted the 2010 Food Sovereignty Symposium in Okmulgee, OK. The focus of the symposium was to share a variety of guest speakers experiences with Native community food sovereignty issues from across the state of Oklahoma. Topics ranged from climate change to supplying local farm grown produce to local public schools. MFSI can also be found on Facebook.

BuffaloCheyenne & Arapaho Buffalo Program
The Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes Buffalo Pilot Project boasts approximately 350 head of buffalo herd that grazes over 2,000 acres of tribal land in Concho, Oklahoma. The COPP division met with staff from the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes Diabetes Wellness Program and Farm and Ranch Program to learn about the program and how the buffalo is distributed to community members. The Cheyenne & Arapaho are striving, through this unique program, to improve the overall health of their tribal members through a traditional and ancient practice.

Rep Anastasia Pitman
OklaVisionary & Okla Native Culture
Monday's & Wednesdays @ Noon (CST)

AICCM & OklaVision present two segments weekly highlighting Oklahoma's Visionary leaders and Native Cultural representatives. OklaVisionary has featured Rep. Ken Luttrell, Rep. Anastasia Pittman, Sen. Andrew Rice,  Sen. Harry Coates, David Hornbeek, Scott Johnson, Bill Fain and Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre. Okla Native Culture has featured Phyllis Wahahrocka-Tasi, Comanche
National Museum, Karen Whitecotton-Phillips, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center, Lil Mike & Funny Bone, Mary Charlotte Crofford, Cherokee Heritage Center and Chief Gregory Pyle, Choctaw Nation.
OITAOklahoma Indian Tourism association

OITa is a collaborative effort to promote and develop tourism of authentic Oklahoma American Indian cultures, histories and destinations. OITa and the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department will join together to create the first "Oklahoma Indian Travel Guide" in 2010.  Find out how you can be included in the guide at the next OITa meeting on April 6, 2010 from 10am - noon located at the Oklahoma History Center in OKC. For more information email or call Debbie Lindsey at 405.239.5501.
WebpageAICCM Webpage
January - March
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Census Mvskoke Woman Mails Census Form

Alma Brown, who is 90 years young said, "I'm thankful to be able to participate and be counted." Mrs. Brown walked outside to her mailbox in Oklahoma City to mail her U.S. Census form to ensure her Native Vote was counted. HAVE YOU MAILED YOURS BACK?

VIDEO about the Grand Ronde Tribe who lost Federal recognition in 1954.  Filling out the census ensured they had a say in their own future!

HOP Steel
Cultural Planning
Design Dialogue
Arts & Exhibitions
Newspapers in Education
Chickasaw Horticulture
Education Outreach
Mvskoke Food
C & A Buffalo
OK Indian Tourism
AICCM Webpage
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Honors & Recognition
 Last day w LORD
Margaret May, Retiring
(LORD Cultural Resources)
Worked with NACEA for the past 9 years. 
Thank you for your contributions! You will be missed.
Shoshana Wasserman
(Thloppthlocco Tribal Town,  Muscogee Creek)
March 1, 2010 Three
Year Anniversary with the State of Oklahoma. 

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