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Native American Lecture, art exhibit set for Friday at NOC

 TONKAWA – Native American Author Walter Echo-Hawk will discuss his 2018 book The Sea of Grass and an artist reception for Sonny Howell will be held at the Northern Oklahoma College Cultural Engagement Center Friday, Nov. 15.

  Echo-Hawk’s lecture will begin at noon and Howell’s artist reception will begin at 1 p.m.

  Echo-Hawk is an author, attorney, and legal scholar.

  A Pawnee Indian with a BA, Political Science, Oklahoma St. Univ. (1970) and JD, UNM (1973), Echo-Hawk practices law in Oklahoma. He serves as Chair, Board of Directors, Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums, and is on the “Knowledge Givers” advisory board for Oklahoma’s American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

  In private practice (2009-2019) Echo-Hawk has represented various Oklahoma tribes; served as a Justice on the Supreme Courts of the Pawnee Nation and Kickapoo Nation; taught at Federal Indian Law at the law schools of Tulsa University, Lewis & Clark, and University of Hawaii.

  Howell’s art will be displayed at the CEC through Dec. 3.  The CEC is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday while school is in session.

  The exhibit, provided by a U.S. Department of Education grant through the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) program, is supportive of the initiative to provide activities that highlight Native American culture.

  The exhibit is housed in the Cultural Engagement Center through the month, ending on Dec. 3.   The CEC opened in 2017 and includes contemporary learning spaces where students, faculty, and/or tribal leaders can meet; individual study or collaborative projects can be conducted; culture-based learning activities and community/cultural events can be provided; professional development can be held; and small group or individual tutoring can occur. Northern is continually striving to support the Native American student population.

  Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services which create life-changing experiences and develop students as effective learners and leaders within their communities in a connected, ever changing world.


Cover Photo Caption:  Sonny Howell’s Strength and Beauty


Photo Caption: Walter Echo-Hawk

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