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Oklahoma Native Americans

Hear and learn from the oral histories of Oklahoma's Native Americans and the indelible impact their legacies have had in shaping the success of the state.

Learn From These Influential Oklahomans

Angie Debo

Angie Debo

Teacher, Historian, and Author

The words on her gravestone sum up her life: "Historian, discover the truth and publish it."

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Bill Anoatubby

Bill Anoatubby

Governor, Chickasaw Nation

As leader of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987, the governor has shepherded it to social and financial stability.

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Cynthia Warner

Cynthia Warner

Ponca Nation Elder

Cynthia Warner recounts the rich history of the Ponca Tribe, including the forced relocation to Oklahoma.

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Enoch Kelly Haney

Enoch Kelly Haney

State Legislator, Seminole Chief, and Artist

Native son with a heart to serve people; as a politician, Seminole Chief, and an internationally-recognized artist.

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Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe

Olympic Athlete

Bill Thorpe talks about his father, Jim -- regarded as the greatest athlete in the 20th century.

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Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo

Native American Poet and Musician

inspired by the creative women in her life, Joy became a writer, musician, activist, and the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate.

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LaDonna Harris

LaDonna Harris

Social Activist and Politician

A loyal and tireless advocate for the civil liberties of women and Native Americans.

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Minisa Crumbo Halsey

Minisa Crumbo Halsey

Native American artist

Daughter of the groundbreaking Native American artist Woody Crumbo celebrates her father's legacy.

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N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday

Writer, Artist, Teacher

Poet, novelist, playwright, storyteller, artist, and teacher.

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Neal McCaleb

Neal McCaleb

State Legislator; Chickasaw Nation, DOT

A determined civil engineer, member of the Chickasaw Nation, and Republican politician.

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The Perryman Family

The Perryman Family

Rancher, Creek Nation

Stories from one of Tulsa's founding families and early Creek Nation as told by descendants Monetta Trepp and her son, Robert.

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Wilma Mankiller

Wilma Mankiller

Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation

"I want to be remembered as the person who helped us restore faith in ourselves."

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