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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 3, 2018
Tulsa, Okla. – Muscogee (Creek) Nation will team up with the City of Tulsa and the Greater Tulsa Indian Affairs Commission for this year’s celebration of Native American Day on Monday, Oct. 8.
The event will take place at Guthrie Green with an official welcome from MCN Principal Chief James R. Floyd and other city and tribal leaders. The reading of the proclamation will kick off festivities at 11 a.m.
The parade starts at 11:30 a.m. featuring Chief Floyd, MCN Royalty, Lighthorse, Mvskoke Nation Youth Services, Office of Child Care and Environmental Services. Chief Floyd, Cherokee Chief Bill John Baker and Osage Chief Geoff Standing Bear will serve as parade marshals.
Following the parade, the day will be full of Native culture with the posting of colors, traditional and non-traditional music, social dances, a movie and more.
Native American Day will also offer informational booths that will include; Historic and Cultural Preservation, Tourism and Recreation, Mvskoke Media, Election Board and Language.
More than 70 percent of modern-day Tulsa is Creek Territory and considered the founders of Tulsa. Tulsa is the shortened version of the Mvskoke word Tallasi, meaning “Old Town.”
If you cannot make it to Tulsa, the City of Okmulgee and Mvskoke citizen, Brenda Golden, have a separate event to start at noon at the Historic Council House in downtown Okmulgee. Members of MCN National Council and city leaders are expected to be in attendance.
Okmulgee and Oklahoma City are the latest cities to adopt a resolution recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day. Tulsa was the first major city in the state to adopt it last year. The day acknowledges the state’s Native culture and works as an alternative to Columbus Day.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend both of these events. If you are not able to attend, please visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/mcnpr for all the sights and sounds.