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April 5, 2003 - Issue 84


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American Indian influence promoted at Oklahoma University

by Stephanie Conduff - The Oklahoma Daily Staff Writer
credits: photo - A group of students build a tipi beside Ellison Hall on Monday.

The Annual Oklahoma University Tipi Set Up began its two weeks of events.

A group of students build a tipi beside Ellison Hall on Monday.Veering from the image of traditional headdresses, American Indian Student Services is providing Oklahoma University with a cultural influx of events that exemplify its genuine culture.

The next two weeks of events hold many opportunities for Oklahoma University students in multicultural awareness. From educating students about the diversity of American Indians to promoting its influence on the Oklahoma University campus, AISS is dedicated to illuminating its lifestyles and intentions.

"American Indian Student Services (AISS) at Oklahoma University is dedicated to providing the needed support and assistance necessary to help American Indian students successfully accomplish their goals," according to the organizations Web site. "AISS is the designated liaison office for students, university departments, alumni and tribes throughout the country."

The Annual Oklahoma University Tipi Set Up with blessing took place on the east side of Ellison Hall on Monday. It was followed with a reception at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

Today, the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center is hosting a Shadow Day for Oklahoma University students from the Norman campus. Darren Northcutt, political science junior, said the day is held to facilitate growth in the career world and to aid with job skills for American Indian students.

"I feel this whole week will give people a different aspect of American Indian culture," Northcutt said.

"We are concerned with different issues. We are concerned about the arts and gaming policies," Northcutt said. "There are a lot of people that do not know about our culture. That is the purpose of the Awareness and Celebration week -- to inform the students of our culture."

Northcutt said he felt the culmination of the two weeks is the Contest Powwow. While the most participation is seen at this event, the screening of Chris Eyre's film "Skins" is his most anticipated event.

"I am most interested in the Chris Eyre film screening. He is a Native American film director and is showing his new film 'Skins' here at Oklahoma University," Northcutt said. "It has been shown at the Sundance Festival and he is going to be screening it here at Oklahoma University."

The Chris Eyre film will be shown at 7 PM in 102 Nielson Hall. A reception will follow in the Native American Studies Lounge on the second floor of Ellison Hall.

With such diverse tribes and traditions within the American Indian community, Kendrick Sweezy, University College freshman, concedes that the focal viewpoint of American Indians is unjustly all powwow and glam.

"I think the next two weeks of events is a good way to help people realize there is a lot more diversity with American Indians than people initially think of," Sweezy said. "Most people just think of Plains people with big headdresses. But there are different tribes in different parts of the United States.

"I think this is a good way for Oklahoma University to promote Native Americans of the university and of the entire nation."

Upcoming events include the R.A.I.N. & Storyweavers Dinner at 6:30 PM Wednesday at Jim Thorpe Multicultural Center, and American Indian Student Association Indian Taco Sale which will be held from 10:30 AM to 2 PM Friday at the Jim Thorpe Multicultural Center.


March 31
  • Annual Oklahoma University Tipi Setup w/Blessing, East  side of Ellison Hall, 4:30 PM;
  • NAWOMP reception 4-7 PM  @ Sam Noble Natural History Museum
April 1
  • The Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center is hosting a Shadow Day for Oklahoma University-Norman students, 8 AM @ OUHSC Student Affairs;
  • MIOU rehearsal contact Nychelle Cooper @ 325-1468
April 2
  • Native American Studies Symposium in OMU Ballroom, 8 AM - 4:45 PM;
  • R.A.I..N & Storyweavers Dinner, 6:30 PM @ JTMCC -- Storytelling to follow
April 3
  • Miss Indian Oklahoma University Pageant @ Meacham Auditorium, 6 PM;
  • NALSA Debate @ Oklahoma University Law Center, 7 PM. For more information contact Amber Wilkins
April 4
  • American Indian Student Association Indian Taco Sale @ JTMCC, 10:30 AM - 2 PM; 
  • Chris Eyre film 7 PM Nielson Hall Rm. 102 - reception to follow in Native American Studies Lounge in Ellison Hall, 2nd floor;
  • Oklahoma Flute Society meeting. Contact Jacobson House @ (405) 366-1667 for more information
April 5
  • AISES @ Roosevelt Elem. - Norman 8 AM to finish; Contact Seneca Scott for more information;
  • Storyweavers Storytelling at Jacobson House. Contact John Parish @ (405) 366-1667
April 6
  • Merlin Little Thunder Exhibit opening at the Jacobson House Native Art Center, 1 PM. Contact John Parrish @ (405) 366-1667
April 7
  • AISA American Indian Hymn Singing @ JTMCC , 6:30 PM;
April 8
  • Native American Youth Language Fair, Sam Noble Museum, Contact Mary Linn @ (405) 325-7588 for more information
April 9
  • GDPi, Native American Sorority in OKC 10-2 @ IHS Union
April 10
  • AISA Handgame @ JTMCC, 7:00 PM;
  • Native Delegation Network Network conference, April 10 - 13. For more information contact (405) 325-9690;
April 11
  • AISES Regional Conference -- All Day;
  • AISA Native Student Visitation Day and Trivia Bowl @ JTMCC, 9 AM -- 4 PM;
  • 13th Annual Stompdance @ Lloyd Noble, Dinner - 6 PM ; Stompdance - 7 PM
April 12
  • AISES Regional Conference All Day;
  • American Indian Alumni Society Annual meeting, 5 PM, location Clinton Lounge;
  • 89th Annual Spring Contest Powwow @ Lloyd Noble, Gourd Dance - 2 PM, Dinner - 5 PM, Grand Entry - 7 PM

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