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UCO Celebrates Native American Heritage with Month of Events

A traditionally-dressed Native American performer attends a UCO Spring Pow Wow.Oct. 31, 2017

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UCO Celebrates Native American Heritage with Month of Events

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a series of events on campus.

The month of events kicks off with keynote speaker Hickory Starr Jr. at noon, Nov. 1 in Nigh University Center (NUC), Ballroom A. Starr, a health, wellness and fitness professional, will discuss his role in bringing Indian Health Services to Lawton, Oklahoma, while highlighting this year’s Native American Heritage Month theme, “A Part of History, but Not History.”

Other Native American Heritage Month events include:

  • Native Fit Classes, 5-6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2 and Wednesday, Nov. 15, International House, 930 E 2nd St.: Trainers from OKC Indian Health Clinic Wellness Center will lead an exercise class.
  • Frybread Social, 6-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, Cherokee Room, NUC 213: Enjoy networking with the UCO community over Indian Tacos at this event co-sponsored by the UCO Native American Faculty Staff Association.
  • Hand Games Tournament, 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, NUC Ballroom A: Students from Oklahoma universities will compete to see who has the best Hand Game team of 2017.
  • Fourth Annual Miss Native American UCO Scholarship Pageant, 7-10 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5, NUC Constitution Hall: Come cheer on contestants to see who will be crowned the next Miss Native American UCO. Entry is free for UCO students and $7 for others.
  • Author Presentation: Native Americans in Higher Ed, 12-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, Carl Albert Room, NUC 300: Dr. Heather Shotton, the primary author who edited, Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education, will give a presentation on Native American students to the UCO campus community. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching & Learning (CETTL). Registration is required. Register at
  • Stickball Exhibition, 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, Plunkett Park: Learn how to play the traditional game of stickball. This event is sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation.
  • Movie Night: This May Be the Last Time, 7-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, Heritage Room, NUC: Set in Oklahoma, “This May Be the Last Time” reveals the rich history of powerful hymns and their use in Native communities in times of worship, joy, tragedy, and hope as they research facts of a mysterious death.
  • Stomp Dance Demonstration, 5-10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, Wantland Hall Gym: Join in fellowship as students have the opportunity to learn how to stomp dance. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. and dancing begins at 6 p.m.
  • Lessons in Leadership: Tony Dearman, Director of Bureau of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Interior, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, Constitution Hall: Lessons in Leadership is UCO’s unique speaker series which features outstanding metro, state, national, and global leaders. Co-sponsored by Leadership Central and UCO Native American Faculty Staff Association.
  • True Meaning of Thanksgiving, noon-1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, International House: Discussion regarding historical significance of Thanksgiving and how it has evolved to present-day traditions.

All events are free and most are open to the public. For a complete schedule or more information about Native American Heritage Month at Central, visit