I love working in Indian Country, but nothing feels like working in Chickasaw Country. Last week, I was invited to Ada, Oklahoma to speak in the Chickasaw Clemente Course at East Central University on Crossing the Digital and Media Divide in Indian Country.
This is one of my areas of specialty and I’ve spoken all over the nation to different tribes and to tribal leadership on this topic. But, it was special presenting this information in my Chickasaw homelands, to my people, to students and community members. The audience consisted of Chickasaw elders, Chickasaw nation employees, tribal members, and ECU students. Since I don’t live in the homelands, going “home” is always a positive experience, but this event really stands out.
While I was at Chickasaw Nation, I also made time to visit the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities. They sponsored my lecture and have sponsored me for other events in the past. Additionally, they have this amazing new building with an art gallery in the front. I enjoyed seen the works on display and talking to friends that work there.
I also spent some time at Chickasha Poya, the Chickasaw Cultural Center and the Holliso Research Center, both in Sulfur, Oklahoma near the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. This is an amazing campus and I look forward to many visits in the future. Here’s a great video on this site: Holliso Center for the Study of Chickasaw History and Culture