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Indian Times: Legislation proposed to honor Native American war hero (Apr 23, 2010)
This week on Indian Times, State Representative Paul Wesselhoft, of District 54, has put forth House Bill 1006. This bill would designate the portion of Interstate 40 between the junction of I-35 and I-40 and Eastern Avenue as the ?Billy B. Walkabout Memorial Highway.? Walkabout, a Cherokee from Oklahoma, served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Company F, 58th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. According to U.S. Department of Defense reports, he is believed to be the most decorated Native American soldier of the Vietnam War. Walkabout passed away in 2007 from complications related to his exposure to Agent Orange.

Former University of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is chosen as the first overall pick of the NFL draft on Thursday night. Bradford will play for the St. Louis Rams.

Upcoming native events in Oklahoma:
The Kiowa Tia-Piah Society will be hosting its All Gourd Dance Benefit Powwow in the Red Buffalo Hall at the Kiowa Tribe Complex in Carnegie, Oklahoma. For more information call Warren Queton at 405-824-6584.
The United Aerospace Workers American Indian Intertribal Society hosts the 24th Annual All Nations Indian Youth Powwow on Sunday, May 2nd in the United Aerospace Workers Hall in Tulsa. For more information call 918-760-3039.
The Eastern Oklahoma Country Technology Center is offering a full time summer Fire Academy specializing in structural and wild land fire fighting. This program is designed to introduce and prepare Native Americans for a position as a career firefighter or volunteer firefighter. For more information call Mark Masters 405-747-1887. Applications deadline is April 29th.
The University of Oklahoma?s 2010 Native American Art Show is on display at the Jacobson House in Norman and will be up until the end of June.
Also on display at the Jacobson House is a collaborative show called 180-4-89?er Day Prospective. The Moore-Lindsay House Museum invited native artists to share their viewpoints of the Land Run. For more information on this show call the Jacobson House at 366-1667.

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