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Southeastern celebrating Native November

Students participate in stickball during SE Live/Native American Visitation Day Wednesday at Southeastern.

LaDonna Brown of the Chickasaw Nation presents information during a professional development program as part of Native November activities at Southeastern.










DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s is celebrating Native November with a variety of events throughout the month.

The celebration opened Nov. 1 with  a performance of  “To Us It Wasn’t Code,” in the Fine Arts Little Theater.

The play, a collaboration between Southeastern and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, debuted last summer at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as part of Choctaw Days.

The production covers the history of the World War II Choctaw Code Talkers and the vital role they played in the war.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, recipients of Native American Scholarships (Harvey and Parsons Scholars) were recognized at the Southeastern-Harding football game.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the Professional Development: Chickasaw Department of Homeland Affairs presented a professional development program in Russell 300. The presentation included  an overview of Chickasaw history, in particular, some recent discoveries in the tribal Homelands of current-day Mississippi.  The Chickasaw Nation Department of Homeland Affairs is responsible for consulting with federal agencies when they take actions that might cause impacts to sacred sites and culturally significant historic sites in the homeland states of Oklahoma, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi under the National Historic Preservation Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Native November activities continued on Wednesday, Nov. 7, with SE Live and Native American Student Visitation Day.

Other upcoming events include:

Nov. 17 – Chickasaw Cultural Center field trip to Sulphur (8:15 a.m.-3p.m.) Visit Traditional Village; see demonstration of the “Stomp Dance;” view 17-minute film “Behind the Scenes” on 40-foot by 60-foot screen; lunch at noon; Chikasha Poya Exhibit Hall tour; explore the CCC campus;  visit Honor Garden, Gallery and Gift Shop.

Nov. 26 – Mini-Choctaw Days on campus as Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will present dancing, artists and other cultural demonstrations.


Native American scholars were introduced at Saturday’s Southeastern-Harding football game. Front Row: Brenner Billy, Evan Staples, Clay Moore, Leslie Wesberry, Allyssa Rhoades, and Michael Noah. Second Row: Southeastern president Larry Minks, Hailey Cusher, Kirsten Ashby, Dakota Palmer, Caley Wesberry, Dr. Lisa Coleman (director of the Honors program), Mary Burgess, Rebecca Gordon, Lyndi Standefer-Scarberry (Honors program assistant), Jaren Richards, Leigh Ward, Brian Campbell (Chief Strategy and Development Officer for the Chickasaw Nation) and Chris Wesberry (director of the of the Native American Center for Student Success). Back Row: Erin McDaniel (student and Native American Center for Student Success), Jennifer Kemp (Native American Center for Student Success), Kristopher Ward, Chantelle Standefer (Native American Center for Student Success), Taylor Reeves, Dakota Estrada and Phil Ford.