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10th Native American Symposium


Native Ground: Protecting and Preserving
History, Culture, and Customs
Keynote Speaker Dr. Brad Lieb
November 14-15, 2013
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Durant, Oklahoma


The Tenth Native American Symposium will focus on the protection and preservation of Native history and culture. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Brad Lieb from the Chickasaw Nation’s Division of History and Culture, currently president of the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists. Papers, presentations, creative projects, and films on all aspects of Native American life and studies are welcome. All papers presented at the symposium will be eligible for inclusion in the published proceedings.



Brad Raymond Lieb (1976 – ) is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, who grew up in Madison County along the old Natchez Trace, on the abandoned Greenwood Plantation, a setting which inspired a lifelong interest in Indian history, culture, and historical archaeology. Lieb first began working with the Chickasaw Nation in 2003 while in a research associate position at Cobb Institute of Archaeology, Mississippi State University. Dr. Lieb is an archaeologist specializing in Chickasaw and Southeastern Indian archaeology and ethnohistory. As part of a collaborative NEH-funded research project involving regional universities, Lieb classified and seriated historic period Chickasaw ceramics from sites around Tupelo, Mississippi, resulting in the first fine-grained ceramic chronology for a historic tribe in Mississippi. He has also worked successfully with generous local citizens to identify, preserve, and study Chickasaw village sites and artifact collections in the pre-Removal Chickasaw Homelands centered in Northeast Mississippi. Lieb currently serves the Chickasaw Nation as a Cultural Resources Specialist for the Chickasaw Nation Division of Historic Preservation, and has taught anthropology and American Indian ethnohistory courses through Troy University in Alabama. Brad resides in the Mississippi Homelands with his two young sons, Henry and Emmett.


Thursday, November 14

1:00 pm – Magnolia Room

  • Karin Hicks —“Eho Kullo, Strong Woman”

1:30 pm – Magnolia Room

  • Chris Wesberry — 2012-13 Natchez Trace Student Project

2:15 pm – Magnolia Room

  • Amy Gantt — Chickasaw Language and Culture: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Chickasaw people.

2:45 pm – Magnolia Room

  • Brenner Billy and Clay Moore — An Introduction to Stickball

3:15 pm – Social Game of Stickball will be played on campus.

4:30 pm – Hogan Collection Exhibit at the Visual and Performing Arts Center

  • Gleny Beach, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Native Traditions: Then and Now”

5:30 pm – Ballroom: Keynote Banquet

Keynote Speaker: Brad R. Lieb, Chickasaw Nation, Division of Historic Preservation

Reconnecting with Native Ground: Promoting Heritage Preservation through Conservation Archaeology in the Chickasaw Homelands

Efforts in the past ten years to reconnect with pre-Removal sites and landscapes in the Chickasaw Homelands of the Southeast have led to a watershed of rediscoveries, sacred site preservation, repatriations and donations of material culture collections, and collaborative relationships with Homelands stewards, scholars, and residents, all leading to a vastly increased database at the Chickasaw Nation Division of Historic Preservation. Student projects, heritage tourism efforts, Chickasaw genealogy and spiritual reconnections, and research & preservation pursuits of all kinds have benefited and continue to blossom in the pre-Removal Chickasaw Homelands.

7:30 pm – Ballroom

  • It Wasn’t Code to Us, and locally written and developed play on the Choctaw Code-Talkers of World War II.

8:15 – Ballroom

  • Choctaw Social Dancing

Friday, November 15

9 am – Native Representations – Student Union Auditorium 213

  • Melissa Biggs, University of Texas at Austin, and John Bodinger de Uriarte, Susquehanna University, “Gambling on History: Shaping Narratives in Native Public Spaces”
  • Rick Lybeck, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, “Where Truth Telling and White Public Pedagogy Collide: Educative Barriers to Justice in Dakota Homeland”

9 am – Native Performance and Film – Student Union 323

  • Alison Fields, University of Oklahoma, “Circuits of Spectacle: The Miller Brothers’ Ranch 101 Real Wild West Show”
  • Mark B. Spencer, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “The Fast Runner: Epic Filmmaking”

9 am – Native Politics – Student Union 303

  • Lindsey Churchill, University of Central Oklahoma, “’They do not exist in Uruguay:’ Representations of Indigenous Peoples in the Uruguayan Left, 1960s-80s”
  • Bill Kingfisher, Jr., “Felix Cohen and the Spanish Model Reconsidered”

10 am – The Native Museum – Student Union Auditorium 213

  • Olivia Chilcote, University of California, Berkeley, “Hidden Behind Glass: The (In)Visibility of Native Californians and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology”
  • Caroline Laurent, University of Minnesota-Duluth & Sorbonne University, Paris, “Can Indian Museums Revive the Culture of Tribes: The Case of the Mille Lacs` Indian Museum”

10 am – Native Memories – Student Union 323

  • Mattea Sanders, American University, “Representation of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians”
  • Noel Edward Smyth, University of California, Santa Cruz, “Contested Histories: A History of Natchez Survival Amidst Narratives of Natchez Disappearance”

10 am – Native Politics – Student Union 303

  • Gretchen Eick, Friends University, “Lakota Writing on US Indian Policy in the Early 20th Century”
  • Neal M. Hampton, University of Central Oklahoma, “‘We Have to Think of the Indian People Themselves:’ Oklahoma Indians and the Congresses of October 1934”

11 am – Native Sovereignties – Student Union Auditorium 213

  • Claudia Little Axe, Hannah Berryman, and Linda Sue Warner, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, “Sacred Places: Indigenous Perspective of Education and Place”
  • Brian K. Hudson, University of Oklahoma, “First Beings as Sovereign Species”

11 am – Native History – Student Union 323

  • Richard Mize, Edmond, Oklahoma, “Saving White Eyes”
  • Stanley Rice, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Nanyehi: War and Peace in Cherokee History”

11 am – Native Literature I – Student Union 303

  • Yonka K. Krasteva, Butler Community College, “Transcultural Crossings: Spirituality, War and Selfhood in Linda Hogan’s People of the Whale”
  • Steven B. Sexton, University of Oklahoma, “Transnationalism in LeeAnne Howe’s Evidence of Red”
  • 12 pm – Lunch in the Loft

    1 pm – Native Art – Student Union Auditorium 213

    • Protection, Preservation, and Proliferation of Native American History, Culture, and Customs through Contemporary Native Art
      Jean Merz-Edwards, Heather Ahtone, Linda Lomahaftewa, America Meredith, and John Torres-Nez

    1 pm – Visions of Native Americans – Student Union 323, East Central University Panel

    • Jennifer McMahon, “Ghost Dance: Visions of Death in Contemporary Native American Cinema”
    • B. Steve Csaki, “Process Ontology in Early American Pragmatism, Buddhism, and Native American Thought”
    • Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, “Structures of Mystery and Memory in Contemporary Native American Literature”

    1 pm – Native Literature II – Student Union 303

    • Debashree Dattaray, Jadavpur University, India, “An Act of Resistance: A Comparative Study of Indigenous Women’s Narratives”
    • Richard Moon, Lanier High School, San Antonio, “Verbal Tales to Postmodern Works: Native American Literature Explores Traditions and Customs”

    2:30 pm – The Choctaw and Chickasaw – Student Union Auditorium 213

    • Kennith H. York, “Choctaw Nationalism”
    • Phillip Carroll Morgan, Chickasaw Press, “The Best of Treasure Hunts: Tribally Specific Research”
    • Laura Clark, East Central University, “Chikasha on the Trace: Voices of the Homelands”

    2:30 pm – Native Music – Student Union 323

    • Indigenous Songwork: Native Music as Rhetorical Tapestry, Northeastern State University Panel
      • Kimberli Lee, “Pura Fe: Singing Native Women’s Realities”
      • Jaquetta Shade, “Indigepunk as Pastiche”
      • Christina Cedillo, “Musical Hybrids or Living Traditions?: Contesting the Myth of Cultural Extinction”

    2:30 pm – Native Government Documents – Native American Room, Henry Bennett Library

    • Brandon Burnette, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Historic Indian Publications by the United States Federal Government”

    4:00 pm – Poetry and Short Story Readings – Student Union Auditorium

    • Ron Wallace, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “Of Horses and Hawks and the World in Between”
    • Jeffrey DeLotto, Texas Wesleyan University, “Two Hawks Again” (real title TBA)