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.