In honor of Native American Heritage Month 2021 we are excited to host presentations by speakers from Tribal Nations with roots in Arkansas.
Native American Heritage Month has been observed in November since 1990, with other, briefer, observations being designated in earlier years. In addition to this year's speaker series, we invite all visitors to explore The Arkansas Archeological Survey’s website, to learn how our archeological research contributes to knowledge about the history of American Indians.
NOTE: You must register for these sessions and have a Zoom account to attend.
This presentation traces the Osage from their earliest known existence to their removal into Oklahoma. The presentation focuses on history, but also provides information on Osage culture.
Sarah O’Donnell is an archaeologist and has served as the NAGPRA Coordinator for the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office since 2015. She works with museums, state agencies, Federal agencies, and local historical societies on active consultation for repatriation and preservation compliance.
Following the Indian Removal Act, Choctaw Chiefs were forced to sign the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830. This treaty not only ceded the last remaining Choctaw homelands in Mississippi, but also led to the removal of over 20,000 Choctaw people to Indian Territory through a series of orchestrated removals from 1830 to 1855. The last federal removal was organized in 1903, with the intent on removing more Choctaws people to Indian Territory in time for the closure of the Dawes Rolls. In anticipation to this in 1902, land speculators were eager to exploit Choctaw families in order to take a portion of allotted lands. Over the past four years the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Historic Preservation Department has worked to research and document these stories of the final removal with the hope of honoring our ancestors and to contribute to the family history of Choctaw people today.
Deanna Byrd is a registered professional archaeologist and completed her education at The University of Oklahoma and Illinois State University. She serves as the NAGPRA Liaison-Coordinator for her Tribe The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She is currently working with several institutions across the United States for the respectful repatriation of Chahta ancestors as part of a comprehensive nationwide search, No Stone Unturned Project. Deanna values her time by learning new Chahta cuisine dishes, beading, quilting, restoring her historic home, and spending time with her three beautiful children.
Ryan Spring is a tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has worked in the Historic Preservation Department since 2011. He works to assist the Choctaw community in protecting and preserving Choctaw sacred and historic sites as well to assist the community in its efforts to revitalize Choctaw traditional culture and history. In 2017 he received his M.S. in Native American Leadership. Ryan plays for the Choctaw Nation’s Tvshka Homma Stickball Team and lives in Calera, Oklahoma with his beautiful wife Kathia and his two nieces Amiya and Kinsley Walker.
Mr. Bandy will talk about how he came to work in tribal government, Quapaw history and historic preservation, as well as Section 106 and the experience of working with professional archeologists from the perspective of a tribal member and the Quapaw THPO. He will also walk through an example of how the regulatory process can go wrong and how it can succeed in preserving sites of historic importance.
My name is Everett Bandy and my Indian name is Mą́ke othí̜. I am an enrolled member of the Quapaw Nation, and serve as the Director of the Quapaw Nation Historic Preservation Program and the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Quapaw Nation. I also represent Eastern Oklahoma as an elected board member of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (NATHPO), as well as being a member of the Quapaw Gourd Dancers, and the elected secretary of the Quapaw Native American Church. I previously served as an appointed member of the Quapaw Grounds Committee, served 7 years on the Quapaw Powwow Committee and was an elected Board Member for the Dhegiha Language Preservation Society.
As THPO I am responsible for issues concerning historical and cultural preservation on tribal trust land and for consulting with state and federal agencies and private businesses to promote historic preservation and carry out the Quapaw Nation’s responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act. Before serving in this role I also served as the Public Relations Director for the Quapaw Nation, and worked for Downstream Casino and for the Quapaw Tribal Gaming Agency.