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N O. 2 1 JUNE 2011 http://www.dreamcatchermag.net info @ dreamcatchermag.net 405-360-8805 405-360-2228 FAX 3101 N Flood Ave Norman, OK 73069 Subscriptions: $25/year James T. Lambertus, Publisher james@dreamcatchermag.net Advertising Inquiries: ads@dreamcatchermag.net Letters & Editorial Submissions: edit@dreamcatchermag.net Laurie Haigh, Operations Manager laurie@dreamcatchermag.net ŠCopyright June 2011 OCE Publishing, LLC First Mesa, LLC N AT I V E A M E R I C A N OW N E D

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HELLO

CHOCTAW

(How are you doing?) OTOE

MUSCOGEE (CREEK)

AYA AYA MIAMI

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PONCA (How are you?)

KWEH

WYANDOTTE

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Caddo Songs

Chilocco National Alumni Reunion and Pow Wow

Tuesdays, 7 pm Caddo Nation Cultural Building

SKIATOOK

June 2, 1924 All American Indians are granted US citizenship

Osage Language Wednesdays, 6 to 8 pm, Adults and Teens Skiatook Library, 316 E Rogers http://www.tulsalibrary.org/eventguide

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June 21 Aboriginal Day (Canada)

Kiowa Language Class Thursdays, 6 to 8 pm, Jacobson House Jacobson Art House, 609 Chautauqua Ave jacobsonhouse@gmail.com, 405-366-1667 http://www. jacobsonhouse.com

Weaving Traditions Tuesdays in June, 6:30 to 8:30 pm Jacobson Art House Southern Plains Style Beadwork Classes with Kevin Connywerdy (Comanche/Kiowa).

OKLAHOMA CITY 25th Red Earth Festival Friday, June 3 thru Sunday, June 5 Cox Convention Center, Downtown Oklahoma’s premier Native American gathering

American Indian Chamber of Commerce Second Wednesdays, 11:30 am Meinders School of Business, NW 26th St & McKinley Buffet Luncheon $20. 405-808-3593

Thursday, June 9 thru Saturday, June 11 Choctaw Casino Resort Registration: 4 pm daily Pow Wow Grand Entry: 7 pm, Friday, June 10 580-352-2670, juniorkent@ymail.com

STROUD Chickasaw Language Classes Immersion Series Sunday, June 19 thru Friday, June 24 The Tatanka Ranch Contact: Rachel Wedlow, 580-272-5540

TALEQUAH Adams Corner Anniversary Jubilee Saturday, June 18, 9am to 5pm Cherokee Heritage Center 21192 S Keeler Dr http://www.cherokeeheritage.org, 918-456-6007 Celebrate the anniversary of the opening of this 1890s village with games, refreshments, competitions, demonstrations and music. Free and open to the public.

FLAGSTAFF Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture Saturday, July 2 thru Sunday, July 3 A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s. Over 65 artists’ booths, storytelling, music, food and dances. Walk a nature trail with a medicine woman. Museum of Northern Arizona, 602-774-5211 http://www.musnaz.org/hp/heritage-program.shtml

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See us at the 2011 Red Earth Festival, Booth 1014 2010 Red Earth competition dancer Brady Yother (Cherokee), Photograph: John Jernigan


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G at h e r i n g s “We are honored to be the first American Indian tribe from Oklahoma to have a festival of this kind at the National Museum of the American Indian.” Chief Gregory E. Pyle, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Thousands of people from around the world will soon have the opportunity to absorb the sights, sounds and culture of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. June 22-25 are Choctaw Days at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. Each morning will begin with melodic chanting and Choctaw dancers. Booths will be set up inside the museum and visitors can view the intricacies of basket weaving, bead working, flute making, and pottery making. Choctaw-related dishes will be featured in the

Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe. Cultural exhibits will explain the craftsmanship and skills Choctaw ancestors displayed in everyday life. A favorite of any festival is its storytellers and two of the Choctaw Nation’s finest, Tim Tingle and Greg Rodgers, will be weaving their magic. Choctaw Days is a celebration of the strength and perseverance of the Choctaw people, and will leave NMAI visitors with an enlightened perspective of the tribe.

Shirley Barboan and Vonna Shults Choctaw Food Menu

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Presley Byington Flute Making

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Regina Green Cultural Exhibits

Marcus Amerman Beadwork

Ian Thompson Pottery making

Greg Rodgers Storyteller

Tim Tingle Storyteller


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ark your calendar for the 37th Annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival, host to nearly 20,000 spectators and boasts exciting entertainment and activities for the entire family. This year’s theme, “Celebrate Life!” encourages us to enjoy every aspect of living. The official Festival weekend kicks off with a ceremonial Stomp Dance on Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 pm at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Complex in Okmulgee. Festival activities continue through June 26 at the Claude Cox Omniplex and include a parade, 5K walk/run, cultural demonstrations, All-Indian rodeo, concerts featuring local and national acts, arts & crafts, traditional games, farmers market, food vendors, children’s fun fair, senior activities and more. Tournaments will be held in basketball, golf, horseshoes, Junior Olympics, fast and slow pitch softball and co-ed volleyball. All events are free, and everyone is welcome. http://www.muscogeenation-nsn.gov


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Opening Stomp Dance, courtesy Muscogee (Creek) Nation


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Keeping Tradi t ion

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Stickball Exhibition @ UCO Organizer: Brenner Billy Basic Stickball Opposing teams use kabocca (handcrafted sticks) and a towa (woven leather ball). Each team tries to advance the ball down the field to the other team’s goalpost using only their sticks, never touching or throwing the ball with their hands. Points are scored when a player hits the opposing team’s goalpost with the ball. Exhibition Rules • Players must shoot the ball at a 15 yard radius from the pole for points to count • Males can tackle other males • Males cannot tackle females • Females can tackle other females • No hitting below the waist

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y father and older cousins played stickball. I grew up watching them. The first time I ever played with grown men was when I was about 12 years old at the Tushkahomma Labor Day Festival. My grandfather Curtis Billy taught my father Bryon Billy and he taught me everything I know. Eventually, I will pass it on to my own children, to keep our tradition alive.” Brenner Billy (Choctaw)

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CASINO TRAIL

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Indian Gaming 2011

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ribal leaders, gaming executives, vendors, politicians, artists and media converged on Phoenix, AZ for the National Indian Gaming Association’s 2011 Indian Gaming Conference and Tradeshow. The conference provides networking opportunities, training, certifications for Indian gaming, and workshops on issues facing Indian Country. NIGA Members elected new officers and NIGA Chairman Ernest L. Stevens, Jr. easily retained his office. The Tradeshow featured the latest in games, products, services and technologies. The evenings featured dance performances, the Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award banquet, and the American Indian Business Network closing reception.

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OKLAHOMA GAMING

Compact Fees Increase Gaming Pays $118 Million to the State of Oklahoma in 2010 The fees paid to the state of Oklahoma by gaming tribes have grown each of the six years of compacting. Tribal-State compacts are agreements that establish the rules for conducting Class III gaming activities (Card games played against the house, slot machines, dog and horse racing, jai alai, and all other types of casino gaming). A compact is negotiated between a tribe and a state, but the Secretary of Interior must also approve the compact. Oklahoma gaming compacts expire on January 1, 2020 but may be extended or terminated by mutual consent of the Tribe and the State of Oklahoma. It’s important to realize that tribes are overdelivering on our deal with the state. We’ve created thousands of jobs while the state is far exceeding revenue projections. The gaming compact has been a great deal for the state of Oklahoma, really very beneficial to both tribal and state governments.“1 — Principal Chief Chad Smith, Cherokee Nation Our gaming compact with the state of Oklahoma is the result of negotiations which ultimately provide benefits to everyone concerned. It has contributed to an increasingly positive and mutually beneficial relationship with the state of Oklahoma. We are also making a significant contribution toward expanding tourism in the state. Construction of the Chickasaw Cultural Center, expansions of our casinos, renovation of Remington Park and construction of new hotels are a few examples of that.”1 — Governor Bill Anoatubby, Chickasaw Nation

2010 State Tribal Compact Revenues Chickasaw Nation Choctaw Nation Cherokee Nation Muscogee (Creek) Quapaw Tribe Citizen Potawatomi Otoe-Missouria Tribe Osage Nation Cheyenne & Arapahoe Tribes Tonkawa Tribe Kiowa Tribe Comanche Nation Fort Sill Apache Eastern Shawnee Tribe Iowa Tribe of Sac & Fox Nation Kickapoo Tribe Seneca-Cayuga Tribe Peoria Tribe Wyandotte Nation Kaw Nation Delaware Nation Miami Tribe Apache Tribes Absentee Shawnee Tribe Pawnee Nation Seminole Nation Ottowa Tribe Thlopthlocco Tribal Town Total

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33,330,424 22,753,832 12,208,041 8,637,622 5,706,714 5,499,238 5,051,241 4,858,437 2,850,210 2,451,375 2,414,545 2,277,850 1,461,604 1,453,270 1,141,585 1,050,365 895,422 601,760 470,940 436,897 394,151 374,533 343,742 336,199 278,389 267,580 250,537 196,563 12,116 118,624,111

1 Tulsa World, 2 Oklahoma Office of State Finance


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