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1999 Native American Symposium

The Third Native American Symposium: Stealing/Steeling the Spirit: American Indian Identities

November 11-13, 1999

On behalf of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, welcome to our third Native American Symposium, Stealing/Steeling the Spirit: American Indian Identities. Oklahoma’s diverse Native American heritage offers a unique perspective on the studies of literature, film, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, and communications.

The Native American symposium seeks to increase public understanding and appreciation of Native American culture in all its expressions. Varied special events offer many opportunities for communication, education, and pleasure.

The conference planning committee has provided us with a unique experience to raise our level of consciousness regarding Native American culture. Their dedication to bringing this special event to our campus is indeed commendable.

I hope you enjoy Stealing/Steeling the Spirit: American Indian Identities.


Glen D. Johnson


Southeastern Oklahoma State University would like to thank the following contributors for their generous sponsorship of the Third Native American Symposium

Choctaw High Stakes Bingo

Estep Chevrolet-Buick, Inc.
James and Mary K. Hodge
Indian Nation Wholesale Company
Pat and Dot Phelps
Red River Valley Rural Electric Association
Sherrard RV & KOA

VanMeter Realty

Dr. Bala Arabolu
BancFirst of Marietta

We would also like to thank:

  • Oklahoma Humanities Council
  • Musical Arts Series
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Oklahoma Arts Council
  • Red River Arts Council
  • SOSU Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Committee
  • SOSU Organized Research Fund
  • Assistant V.P. Dr. Douglas McMillan
  • Special Assistant to the President, Dr. Jack Robinson
  • SOSU School of Arts and Sciences
  • Interim Dean C. W. Mangrum
  • We thank Brantley’s Flowers and Gifts in Durant for the donation of the floral centerpiece

Members of the Conference Planning Committee

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


James Pellerite
7:30 pm November 11, 1999. Flute Recital by James Pellerite
Fine Arts Recital Hall

Keynote Address – Dr. Philip Deloria
Dr. Philip Deloria will deliver this year’s keynote address. Dr. Deloria, who has written and presented extensively on various Native American topics, received his bachelor’s degree in music education and master’s degree in journalism and mass communications at the University of Colorado, and his Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale University. Dr. Deloria has lectured widely around the country at universities including Stanford University and University of Washington. He has also presented at various conferences in Chicago, Denver, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, and Baltimore. Dr. Deloria’s most recent publication entitled Playing Indian traces the tendency of Anglo-Americans to appropriate Native American customs and dress. His book explores how White Americans have used their ideas about Indians to shape national identity in different eras, and how Indian people have reacted to these imitations of their native dress, language, and ritual.

Justice Yvonne Kauger
Speaking Saturday, November 13, 1999, at 11:00 AM
A fourth generation Oklahoman from pioneer stock, Justice Kauger grew up in Colony, which her mother described as a town “between two feed towns – Corn and Alfalfa.”

Upon graduating first in her class from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1969, Justice Kauger began her legal career working for Senator Cleta John Rogers. Three years later, Justice Ralph B. Hodges asker her to become the first female staff lawyer for the Oklahoma Supreme Court. In 1984, Governor George Nigh appointed Justice Kauger to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, making her the second female to serve in that capacity. Two years earlier, Governor Nigh had appointed Justice Alma Wilson as the first female Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice.

Roundtable Discussion
November 13, 1999 at 1:00 PM on “Sovereignty Issues”
Moderator: President Glenn Johnson
Panel Participants:

Greg Pyle
Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Chief Gregory E. Pyle became Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in 1997, after serving more than 13 years as the Assistant Chief of the tribe. Chief Pyle has negotiated millions of dollars in new contracts for the tribe, as well as expanded existing programs and initiated many innovative services. His home is in Durant, Oklahoma, yet Chief Pyle extends his time and tribal services to communities and Choctaws across the United States.

Bill Anoatubby
Governor of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Jerry Haney
Principal Chief, Seminole Nation

Third Native American Symposium Proceedings