Native American Symposium

1996-First Annual Native American Symposium: Theme: “Speaking Aloud/Allowed: Native American Voices Past, Present and Future



This year’s keynote dinner address is delivered by professor Alfonso Ortiz, a nationally known Native American activist, scholar, teacher, and writer. Professor Ortiz will address changing historical relationships between Native Americans and Euro-Americans. Professor Ortiz is the author of several influential books on Native American history and anthropology among them The Tewa World: Space, Time, Being, and Becoming in a Pueblo Society (University of Chicago Press) and North American Indian Anthropology (University of Oklahoma Press). He has also edited numerous books on these topics.


Tribal members and historians discuss topics such as attacks on tribal religion, state taxing of smoke shops, tax revenues gathered from tribal gambling establishments, and proposed constitutional changes that would dramatically affect tribal financial operations and judical proceedings. Participants:

* Ernest Hooser is a Choctaw story teller, photographer, and historian. After forty years as an administrator and a math teacher at Durant High School, he is now retired.

* Curtis Billy is a Choctaw story teller who, as a guest lecturer, broadens the perspective of humanities courses in public schools and community colleges in the Texoma area.

* Cecile Carter is a Caddo historian and cultural representative of the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma who has published several historical studies, including Caddo Indians: Where We Come From (University of Oklahoma Press, 1995). This recent book traces Caddo history according to archeologists, explorers, missionaries, and what she calls “searchers.”

* Bob Rabon practices law in Hugo, Oklahoma, where he is a member of the law firm of Rabon, Wolf and Rabon. He is a 1968 graduate of Oklahoma University of Law School. Actively engaged in the field of Indian Law, he and his frim have served as general counsel to the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations for more than twenty years.

* Cliff Jones …..

* Alfonso Ortiz will serve as the moderator for this panel.


According to the Chickasaw Nation’s brochure: “The Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe was formed in 1992 to educate, preserve and restore the Chickasaw traditions. The troupe serves as a goodwill ambassador for the tribe. The purpose of the Chickasaw Nation Dance troupe is to preserve ceremonial and social Chickasaw songs and dances.” The Dance troupe also wants “reinforce our traditional beliefs and to continue this heritage through future generations.” The Chickasaw Nation Dance troupe “educates and encourages participation from our audiences. With these avenues, we can communicate our heritage by interrelation.”

  • Dr. Andrew Robson, Chair, English, Humanities, and Language (Committee Chair)
  • Ms. Neta Cox, Assistant Librarian
  • Mr. Brad Cushman, Chair, Art
  • Ms. Corie Delashaw, Social Sciences
  • Ms. Jane Gainey, Director of Counseling Services
  • Dr. Elbert Hill, English, Humanities, and Language
  • Ms. Marion Hill, Community Representative
  • Ms. Tamla Hill, Student Representative
  • Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, Psychology and Counseling
  • Mr. Chad Litton, Sociology
  • Ms. Camille Phelps, Multicultural Coordinator
  • Dr. Glenda Zumwalt, English, Humanities, and Language