The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum Quarterly Newsletter
October - December 2011

Message from The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum Director
October - December 
Halito!  We are looking forward to a prosperous and productive 2012 as we advance the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (AICCM)!  I am excited to announce that we have enhanced our leadership team positively in a move to accelerate completion and opening of The Center. More


Let's Finish It!

October - December 

We are halfway through building The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (located at the intersection of I-35 & I-40 in Oklahoma City)! We need your help to make this dream a reality. We hope you will consider making a donation to the Capital Campaign. Gifts can be made online, by mail or over the phone. To donate by check, please call 405.239.5500.
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Construction Progress
October - December 
The most visible construction progress occurred with the extension of the Visitor Center Canopy, which encases the Courtyard of the Wind.The South stone wall foundation in the Courtyard of Nations was put into place and the central ductwork lines were installed in the first and second floor of the Gallery Buildings, East Wing and MultiPurpose Building. Last, but not least, installation of basement interior walls was completed with electrical conduits positioned in the walls.  
Site Tours & Meetings
October - December 
During the last quarter, a number of site tours and meetings were hosted at The Center's construction site, including:a Senate site tour, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Oklahoma Coalition of Tribes, and interested commercial developers.  
Values and Behaviors
October - December 
The Center has developed organization specific Values and Behaviors which are an integral part of the day-to-day operations. This quarter, staff and board  focused on the following three: Constituent Focus- develop and provide effective progressive programs and services; Positive Environment- foster a zeal for work, while maintaining a balance between professional and personal life; and Reciprocity- embrace the mutual and cyclical exchange of sharing and receiving.



Braided Paths: Conversations in Indian Country, Seminole - October  
The final Braided Paths program was hosted at Seminole State College and funded by the Oklahoma Humanities Council. Presenters included Seminole State College President James Utterback, Seminole Nation Chief Leonard Harjo and The American Indian Center's Director Gena Timberman. The evening included a brief history of area tribes, current issues, an introduction to the Seminole Nation Language Immersion program and concluded with a screening of community interviews in a documentary video.  


Sterlin Harjo
Sterlin Harjo and
Gena Timberman 
American Indian Cinema Showcase
For the fifth consecutive year, The Center and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art celebrated National American Indian Heritage Month together with  the Cinema Showcase, exploring native cultures through the lens of native films. Oklahoma's own Native American film director, Sterlin Harjo, was honored  by the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Tilghman Award.  


Newspapers In Education (NIE)
The American Indian Center, in partnership with The Oklahoman, distributed the fall edition of Newspapers in Education teaching supplement featuring traditional Native art. The content focused on learning  about Native culture through the artistic and creative traditions of tribes in Oklahoma. If you would like to receive a copy of this edition please contact Nancy Fields at  
Oklahoma Native American Museum Professionals Workshop (OKNAMPA) October    
Staff members participated in the workshop hosted by the Comanche National Museum, (CNM). Highlights included a presentation of the interactive video game produced by CNM, Touring the Bison: American Icon exhibit and collections. National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) curator,  Emil Her Many Horses, provided an update from NMAI.  The workshop was offered in partnership with the Oklahoma Museums Association


Exhibit Design Workshop
The American Indian Center and Ralph Appelbaum Associates two-day workshop included a walking tour of future exhibit spaces, matching content to each space. It also included a review of the most current exhibit designs and potential loan opportunities.  In the coming year, significant milestones will include content script finalization, preliminary exhibit object, and media identification.


A BRAND New Graphic Identity
Coming Soon  
During the next several months we will be introducing elements of our new graphic identity across the website and  in the newsletter.
The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum
is our official name but be have some nicknames to make it easier. The American Indian Center or The Center. Email addresses correspond to the new url


RFQ Materials
Commercial Development RFQ & Website Enhancements
October - December 
An invitation was extended to prospective developers to submit Evidence of Interest and Qualifications to plan, finance, develop and operate commercial, hospitality and other complimentary uses in support of The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum's development and site visits were conducted with interested developers submitting proposals.


Addy2011 ADDY Award
A special thank you to all who worked to create the award winning "Creating a Legacy Fundraising Brochure." This brochure was the result of contributions from tribal elders, children in the community, The American Indian Center's staff, and the exceptional talent at Ackerman McQueen! The brochure illustrates how Oklahoma leaders and citizens are coming together to distinguish the state as more than simply a destination. The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum is part of Oklahoma's destiny.
Gov Conf
OK Governor's Conference on Tourism
The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department revealed some impressive statistic at the conference. Domestic travelers directly spent nearly $6.2 billion in Oklahoma during 2010, an increase of 7.2 percent over 2009. Travel-generated employment is up 4.3 percent. Oklahoma's tourism industry is a vital employer with 74,900 jobs generated by Oklahoma's tourism industry in 2010. The American Indian Cultural Center will be another tremendous asset to the state's tourism industry.  More
OK Indian Tourism Association  (OITA)
The group met in conjunction with the OK Governor's Conference on Tourism in Tulsa, OK. A goal was set to elevate the many successful efforts in tribal tourism at the 2012 tourism conference by submitting appropriate breakout sessions, engaging the tribes in the region where next year's conference will be hosted, and offering recommendations for American Indian keynote speakers. The next OITa meeting will be in Oklahoma City in January.
Happy Holidays
Holiday Greeting
The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum sent a holiday wish from our family to yours. Santa and his flying buffalo helped spread  holiday cheer wishing all the best in 2012!

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In This Issue
Message from the Director
Let's Finish It
Construction Progress
Site Tours
Values & Behaviors
Braided Paths
Cinema Showacase
Exhibition Design
New Brand
Commercial Development
Addy Award
Gov. Conf. on Tourism
OK Indian Tourism
Holiday Greeting

J. Blake Wade
Executive Director
The Native American
Cultural and Educational Authority and The
American Indian Cultural Center Foundation

Georgiana Rymer
Executive Secretary
The Native American
Cultural and Educational Authority and The
American Indian Cultural Center Foundation

Gena Timberman
Gena Timberman
The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

Russ 2010
Russ Tall Chief
Community Outreach and Museum Programs


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