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Indian Times: Native Americans at the Democratic Convention (Aug 29, 2008)
This week on Indian Times, Choctaw Nation member and Democratic delegate Debbie Hogue-Downing talks about a new feeling of inclusion for Native Americans at the Democratic Convention. The largest number of Native American delegates ever was present to watch Barack Obama make history, as the first African American nominee from a major political party in the US. University of Oklahoma journalism sophomore and member of the Muscogee Creek Nation Jamie Hughes worked as an online reporter for Reznet News. She spoke with host Susan Shannon on her way to catch her plane back to Oklahoma.

Last week the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum passed a construction milestone ? the completion of the Central Promontory Mound. It's situated to the southeast of the junction of I-35 and I-40 in Oklahoma City and represents Oklahoma?s location as the center of ancient trade routes in North America. We hear from Executive Director Gena Timberman and educator Blue Clark. The mound dedication ceremony ended with a prayer from George Tiger in his Muscogee Creek native tongue and a song from Muscogee Creek elder Felix Gouge.

Upcoming native events in Oklahoma include:
Free classes in voter registration by the National Congress of American Indians at the Comanche Nation College in Lawton on September 3rd at 6pm. For more information call Southwest Oklahoma Native Vote coordinator Maya Torralba at 405-933-2140 or Krystal & Amy Ceasar at 405-247-2209.

The Native American Studies Department at the University of Oklahoma is having its Fall Open House on Thursday, September 4th. For more information call 405-325-2312.

On Thursday, September 18th, Dr. Suzan Campbell will deliver a lecture titled ?New Art Indigenous to the Soil: The Santa Fe Art Colony and Native American Fine Art? at OU's Catlett Music Center. For more information call 405-325-5939.

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