The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum Quarterly newsletter   

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Hall of the People

Message from the Director   

July - September

Halito! I am excited to share with you the current status of The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. As you are aware, last legislative session, the Funding Plan for the The American Indian Center, which would have authorized approximately $40M of state bonds, subject to non-state matching funds to complete the project, was unfortunately not considered and approved by the Legislature. I am happy to report that construction is presently ongoing, with the multipurpose/performance space for the Center almost complete. more       

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Ainu Elder

Hokkaido University, Japan 2011    


The American Indian Center participated in an International Symposium on Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony in Japan. The Center is viewed as a model for success because of the relationships it maintains with Oklahoma Indian communities. The collaboration between the OU American Indian Studies and Hokkaido University's Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies focuses on helping the Ainu people plan and build a new cultural center symbolizing the coexistence of Ainu people and mainstream Japan.



Multipurpose Building


July - September

A considerable amount of work was done on the Multi-purpose Theatre, including completion of the exterior walls, waterproofing, metal roof panel and gutter system installation. Metal wall panels and trim were installed, while wood soffit framing and Aluminum curtain walls were completed along with the framing and glass work. The gallery and basement saw a flurry of activity as metal stud walls were covered with sheetrock, the balance of air handling units were installed, and duct-work and duct insulation was completed, along with the sprinkler system.   


Former Governor's Frank Keating & Brad Henry 

Site Tours

July - September

During the last quarter, a number of site tours and meetings were hosted at The Center's construction site, including:  Working Group Member tour, Thomas Consultants, Chinese Delegation, and City Arts Center tour. View the current TV spot featuring  Former Governor and First Lady Frank and Kathy Keating, and Former Governor and First Lady Brad & Kim  Henry.

Communication and Teamwork Hands

Staff Encircling Mound  


Values & Behaviors

July - September   

The Center has developed organization specific Values and Behaviors, which are an important part of  the day-to-day operations. Each month, the staff and board highlight and emphasize one of the twelve values and behaviors. The August focus was "Communication and Teamwork," fostering an open, collaborative and inclusive environment. The  September focus has been "Respect," honoring the diversity of all cultural values and perspectives. 

Group photo Staff Retreat

The Center Staff

Staff Retreat


In July, the staff participated in a two-day team building retreat to strengthen internal and external communications, enhance leadership and develop both short-term and long- term organizational strategies. The first day of the retreat was facilitated by Sandra Medrano at the Chesapeake Boathouse. The second day was hosted at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History with an additional visit to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum. A special  thank you to those who shared their time and facilities! 

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Braided Paths: Conversations In Indian Country, Seminole
Coming October 13, 2011
The third and final Braided Paths program will be held on October 13, 2011 at Seminole State College.  Funded by the Oklahoma Humanities Council, this program explores the community voices and histories of Oklahoma's Native people.  Working in partnership with state and tribal colleges, programs include a presentation of community interviews as well as tribal presenters. Videos & more information   
Education workshop

Education Workshop

Dallas Museum of Art Education Workshop


Staff recently participated in an education workshop, "Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection" at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA). The workshop explored belief systems, materials, and culture of American Indians through artworks in the exhibit. Participants responded to works of art through interactive gallery experiences, including; writing, sketching, and discussion. Additionally, DMA offered an overview of their online teaching materials with a reciprocal presentation from The American Indian Center and Museum.
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N. Scott Momaday

Tribal Outreach


Interviews with Native community members continue to be conducted to provide media for opening day exhibits, programming content and archival materials. Recent interviews include: former Oklahoma State Senator and world-renown artist Enoch Kelly Haney (Seminole) who discussed his early childhood in Oklahoma, as well as his art and political careers. Pulitzer Prize winning author and Oklahoma's Native son, N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) shared his memories growing up in Oklahoma, how he became a writer and the importance of storytelling. Haney Video     
Exhibit Rendering
Exhibition Development
July - September
Exhibition content work for The Center's opening day is well underway.  Work continues in research, writing and refinement of the content, (stories shared in the exhibit spaces.)  This collection is assembled in an outline with each topic researched and vetted. Exhibit design is approximately 50% complete.  Exhibition designers,  Ralph Appelbaum Associates (NY), are coming to Oklahoma in October for a workshop The Center's staff to further advance content and designs

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American Indian Cinema Showcase
November 3-5, 2011
The Center is honored to partner with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for the fifth consecutive year. In celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month, the Cinema Showcase explores native cultures through the lens of native films. This year the Showcase features "A Good Day to Die," which chronicles a movement that started a revolution and inspired a nation. The film recounts the life story of Dennis Banks, the Native American who co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968.


Tribal Outreach


Website Enhancements  

July - September

In order to provide the latest and greatest news about The Center's development, new content, images, video and are continually being added to the website.  Check out a few of the additions added during the last three months:
Help Spread the Word, Tribal Outreach 

and Commercial Development, 2010 Construction 2011 Construction



Anvil Award

PRSA Award

Oklahoma Indian Country Guide     

July - September

The Oklahoma Indian Country Guide is a valuable resource about the who, what, where, and when of the 39 Indian Nations in Oklahoma today. The Public Relations Society of America awarded the 2011 Oklahoma Indian Country Guide the National Bronze Anvil award. This winning publication, produced by the Oklahoma Recreations and Tourism Department, is being reprinted and will be available at Travelok.   

OITA July mtg
OITa Members

Oklahoma Indian Tourism Association Meeting


The Oklahoma Indian Tourism Association is a collaborative effort to promote and develop tourism of authentic Oklahoma American Indian cultures, histories and destinations in Oklahoma.The next meeting will take place in conjunction with the Oklahoma Governor's Conference on Tourism. The meeting will be held on October 25, 2011 at 2:00pm. Participants do not have to register for the Governor's Conference to attend OITa meeting.
Director's Message
Hokkaido University
Site Tours
Values & Behaviors
Staff Retreat
Braided Paths
Education Wkshp
Web Enhancements
OK Indian Country Guide
Honors & Recognition

Stacey Halfmoon
 Stacey Halfmoon
4 Year Anniversary, July Director of Community Outreach & Museum Programs
Nancy Fields
3 Year Anniversary, September
Education Coordinator   



AICCM Welcomed

Kimberly Rodriguez

Communications and Graphics Assistant

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