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Southeastern hosts Native November activities

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma StateUniversity is hosting Native November 2016.
The program is sponsored by the Native American Institute and offers events throughout the month.
“A tradition at Southeastern has been a celebration of Native American culture during November,” said Dr. Bruce King, Executive Director of the Native American Institute. “The Native American Institute has coordinated and partnered with a number of others, such as the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation, to provide various types of activities and events to showcase Native American traditions, history, and culture. Many Native American students select Southeastern as they pursue their academic and career goals. We are pleased to be able to recognize the contributions of Native Americans during these fun and educational events. We hope that students, faculty, and staff will join us.”
Notable events include:
Wednesday, November 9 – social stickball on the front lawn
10 a.m., Friday, November 11 – Desiree Blankenship speaks on Natural Wellness Healing in the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library
2 p.m., Wednesday, November 16 – Chickasaw Culture and Storytelling in the library
2 p.m., Thursday, November 17 – Choctaw Culture and History, Russell Building, room 300
For a complete schedule of Native November events, contact the Native American Institute at 580-745-3368 or visit http://www.se.edu/dept/native-american-center/native-november-6/

Native American Symposium scheduled for November 5-6

DURANT, Okla. – The 11th Native American Symposium: Native Leadership: Past, Present, and Future will be held in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on November 5-6. The symposium is in conjunction with the Native November celebration throughout the entire month.

The two-day event begins at 1 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 5) with stickball on the front lawn of Morrison Hall (weather permitting).  That will be followed by the Native American Film Presentation at 2 p.m. in the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library.

Dr. Clara Sue Kidwell, a strong proponent and major fixture in the

development of American Indian Studies programs, will present a 3 p.m. lecture on Native Studies in the library.

The Native American Leadership Student Presentations will begin at 4:30 p.m., also in the library.

The Keynote Banquet will begin at 6 p.m. in the Southeastern ballroom with Richard Green as the featured speaker. Green is the tribal historian of the Chickasaw Nation and author of “B.F. Overton: The Chickasaw Nation’s Last War Chief.”

Friday’s schedule opens at 9 a.m. with Native Education and Welfare in the student union auditorium with speakers Joseph Bohanon of Bacone College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Margaret Neubauer of Southern Methodist University. Other presentations throughout the day include such subjects as Native Identities, History, Literature, Leadership, Studies, Film and Performing Arts, Public Awareness, Social Services, Arts, Philosophy, and Languages.

The day features Lunch in the Loft at noon and will close with Fiction and Poetry Reading in the student union auditorium at 4 p.m. with Jeffrey DeLotto of Texas Wesleyan University and Ron G. Wallace of Southeastern.

An exhibit of Native American art from the Southeastern collections will be held in the Visual and Performing Arts Centre Gallery through November 20. The exhibit is the Hogan and Keithley Native American Collection.

For a complete list of Native November events, please visit http://www.se.edu/dept/native-american-center/2015-native-november/

Native November events include Native American Symposium on Nov. 14-15

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University is planning a number of special activities and events to celebrate “Native November.’’

Among the many highlights is the 10th Native American Symposium on Nov. 14-15.  The theme of this year’s symposium is “Native Ground: Protecting and Preserving History, Culture, and Customs.’’

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Brad Lieb from the Chickasaw Nation’s Division of History and Culture. He also serves as president of the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists.

The banquet is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ballroom on the Southeastern campus.

A number of interesting sessions will be held on art, film, history, politics, music, and recreation.  For a complete schedule of symposium events, go to homepages.se.edu/nas/

Other Native November events, sponsored by the Native American Center for Student Success, include:

  • Nov. 5: Native American Center for Student Success Open House Reception, 3-5 p.m.
  • Nov. 6: SE Live and Native American Visitation Day
  • Nov. 7: The Chickasaw Nation’s Cultural Renaissance and the Development of Family Ways of Thinking, Russell  Building 300, 2 p.m.
  • Nov. 9: Chickasaw Cultural Center Field Trip, Sulphur, Oklahoma
  • Nov. 12: Social Dancing and Stickball, Front Lawn, 3-5 p.m.
  • Nov. 19: Round Reed Basket Making, Magnolia Room, 2-4 p.m.
  • Nov. 21: Native Student Debate and Traditional Storytelling, Russell Building 300, 3-5 p.m.

Choctaw Day held on campus

Dancing was one of the activities during Mini-Choctaw Day on Monday.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated Mini-Choctaw Day on campus Monday.

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has taken demonstrations of Choctaw culture all over the United States, including the renowned Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Monday’s event included demonstrations of dancing, beadwork, visual artists, Native flute, storytelling, stickball and Chahta Anumpa (Choctaw language).

Mini-Choctaw Day was a part of the University’s Native November celebration. Approximately 80 people attended/participated in the event.

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.

Southeastern to celebrate Native November with variety of events

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Native November celebration opens with a performance of “To Us It Wasn’t Code.”

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.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Fine Arts Little Theater on campus.

Events are scheduled throughout the month and all are free and open to the public.

Nov. 3 – Recognition of Native American Scholarships (Harvey and Parsons Scholars) between the third and fourth quarters of the Southeastern-Harding football game.

Nov. 6 – Professional Development: Chickasaw Department of Homeland Affairs (2-4 p.m., Russell Building Room 300). The presentation will be 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.

Nov. 7 – SE Live and Native American Student Visitation (9 a.m.-3 p.m. , Montgomery Auditorium). This is an event in which Native American students are invited to learn more about campus.

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.

For more information, contact Chantelle Standefer, Academic Advisor for the Native American Excellence in Education program, at 580-745-2812, 580-745-2316 or cstandefer@SE.edu.

Southeastern celebrates Native November

Southeastern celebrates Native November

Press Release Date: 10-26-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Native November with events scheduled from Nov. 1 through Nov. 28.

Native November opens with guest speakers on Nov. 1 and includes a wide variety of events. This includes recognition of Native American Scholars and the first recipients of the Southeastern Choctaw Language and Culture minor at the final football game of the season on Nov. 5 when Southeastern will host Ouachita Baptist University.

Three guest speakers will highlight the opening day (Nov. 1) of the celebration.

Jim Parrish, Director of the School of Choctaw Language, historian Richard Adams, and singer Roger Scott will be the featured speakers.

Parrish will discuss the importance of the Choctaw Language Program, how the Program works with Southeastern to provide the courses needed, and why the Choctaw Nation needs Language Instructors.

Parrish earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southeastern and completed the Superintendent of Schools program in 1998. He retired in 2009 after 34 years of teaching and coaching in public schools, with the last 15 years in administration.

Parrish was named Director of the Choctaw Language Program in December 2009.

Adams, a historian for the Nation, will share information about the Choctaw tribe and events that have been significant to the tribe. He is a full-blood Choctaw and has been an employee of the tribe for the last 12 years.

Adams joined the U.S. Air Force in 1964 and retired in 1987. He performed Baptist Mission and Ministry work for 10 years and served on the Board of Directors of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma from 1991-95.

He began teaching the Choctaw Language in October 1997 as a volunteer in Poteau, Oklahoma, and was certified by the tribe to teach the language in July 1998. He began his employment with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in 1999.

Scott will sing traditional Choctaw songs in the Choctaw language and explain the significance of these songs as they relate to the Choctaw people.

Singing ties the language and history together and is a very vital part of the culture of the Choctaw people.

Native American Student Visitation Day is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. A welcome session will be followed by discussions on tribal aid, group activities and Native American orientation and services.

Other events include roundtable discussions of history and culture, Native movies hosted by Southeastern students, , stickball, Native storytelling, traditional dress fashion show, Choctaw social dancing, a tour of the Chickasaw Cultural Center, and an opportunity to meet Miss Indian Southeastern.

For more information on Native November and a complete listing of events, call 580-745-2376 or 745-2812 or visit www.SE.edu/native-american-center.

Chris Wesberry serves as Coordinator of the Native American Center for Student Success. Chantelle Standefer is the NAEIE Academic Advisor, Blaine Parnell is the Choctaw Peer Advisor, and Amy Gantt is the Chickasaw Retention Coordinator.

Southeastern celebrates Native November

Southeastern celebrates Native November

Press Release Date: 11-17-2011

Brenner Billy

Brenner Billy enjoys stickball.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s is hosting several events on the Durant campus to celebrate Native November.

The month-long celebration started Nov. 1 with guest speakers and has featured the Native American Symposium, High School Visitation Day, Native Movies, Native Storytelling Competition, Traditional Dress Fashion Show, Choctaw Social Dancing, and the Miss Indian Southeastern competition.

The High School Visitation Day on Nov. 9 included Southeastern services, tribal funding, lunch and Stickball, a Native social game.

Dancing

Among the many activities was Native American dancing.