Cultural Engagement Center

Standing Bear story told to culminate 
Native American Heritage Month

TL WalkerNOC students learned the history of Pon-ca Chief Standing Bear Wednesday from guest lecturer T.L. Walker at the Cultural Engage-ment Center at NOC Tonkawa as part of Native American Heritage Month.
Walker told the audience she was privileged to tell the story of Standing Bear, a story that she said was not told for over 100 years.
According to Walker, Standing Bear was a mem-ber of the Ponca Tribe that originally settled an area in northern Nebraska but was removed to Oklahoma in 1878 after the government placed the Ponca and Sioux nations on the same land in 1868.
After the two nations fought, the government wanted to move the Ponca Tribe to Oklahoma.  The tribe sent 10 chiefs to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) by train to see the land but when they told government agents the land was not suitable, the government did not provide transportation back to Nebraska.
The chiefs then walked the 500 miles back to Nebraska where they found the tribe’s possessions packed by the government. The 750-member tribe was then forced to travel to Indian Territory on foot.  One-third of the tribe died on the way to Indian Territory, including Standing Bear’s daughter.
According to Walker, the Ponca Tribe had to learn the new soil and warm climate.  Standing Bear’s son, Bear Shield, became ill after the tribe moved.  He asked his father to bury him in Nebraska if he died, a promise Standing Bear made to his son.
When his son died, Standing Bear took his son to Nebraska for burial but was arrested for leaving his Indian Territory land.
After his arrest, Standing Bear’s story became known.  A number of attorneys took on his case and argued that his 14th Amendment rights were violated when the Ponca Tribe was forced to move from their home-land.  He appeared in court dressed in full regalia.  His attorneys recommended that he not testify.
A judge ruled in his favor Standing Bear then became a civil rights advocate and gave speeches across the country.
Many Ponca members stayed in Indian Territory while Standing Bear and some of the tribe moved back to his native Nebraska land.  He died in 1908.
Walker said she often tells the story of Standing Bear in an effort to explain that “It’s okay to be different.  It’s okay to embrace that fact that people are different.”
She often tells the Standing Bear story to kindergarten and  lower elementary students where society has not instilled on them that “It’s not okay to be different.”
Walker said the Standing Bear Museum and Education Center, located on the south edge of Ponca City on a 63-acre park, features tribal dis-plays, traveling exhibits, artwork and other educational materials.
The museum honors six area tribes including Osage, Pawnee, Otoe-Missouria, Kaw, Tonkawa and Ponca.
The Ponca Chief Standing Bear statue located at the park is 22 feet tall, created by Cowboy Art-ist of America, Oreland C. Joe.

by Scott Cloud, The Maverick, Dec. 8, 2017

In celebration of 

Native American Heritage Month 2017

a Tribal Government Education Session

was held on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Guest Speaker, Dawna Hare, a member of the Pawnee Business Council serving since May 2015, presented an informative session on the history of tribal education and government since European arrival. At Pawnee Nation she chairs the Human Resource Committee and serves as a member of the Enrollment and Property Committees. Dawna comes from a family of educators that view education as a life-long commitment. Dawna graduated has an associate degree from Haskell Indian Junior College (now Haskell Indian Nations University), a bachelor degree in personnel administration from the University of Kansas, and a master’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. In addition to serving as an elected official at Pawnee Nation, Dawna also serves as an adjunct instructor in American Indian Studies at Oklahoma State University and an advisor for the Native American Student Association.

Donna Riding In lecturingDawna lives in Pawnee with her husband Charles. They have three grown children Carly Hare, Electa Hare-Red Corn, and Danon Hare. They have four grandchildren Lottice, Atticus, Signey, and Tawali.

Native American Mentoring Service

The Maverick - November 15, 2017 - Story on Ted MooreBeginning October 2017, Native American mentors will be available for NOC Native students to receive personal attention, guidance, encouragement, and communication outside of traditional advising, or tutoring. The mentors are Native American college graduates and leaders from different fields of study. Any Native American student taking courses through NOC - Tonkawa, Enid, Stillwater, or online courses, is eligible to receive this one-on-one guidance. If you are interested, please contact Ted Moore. And please, share this opportunity with others. 

Thank you,

Ted Moore
Native American Student Services Specialist
Phone: (580) 628-6384
Office: 100 H - Cultural Engagement Center
(in the Vineyard Library Building, Tonkawa Campus)

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Program Description:

This program provides grants and related assistance to Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions to enable such institutions to improve and expand their capacity to serve Native Americans and low-income individuals.

This website provides information on the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions Program authorized by the Higher Education Opportunity Act, 2008 (HEA, Title III, Part A, Section 319; CFDA# 84.031X) as well as the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions Program Program originally authorized by the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 (HEA, Title III, Part F, Section 371; CFDA# 84.382C).

NASNTI Part F Highlights:

  • The Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) program, part F is a federally funded grant through the U.S. Department of Education. It is for Institutions of higher education (IHEs) that have “an enrollment of undergraduate students that is not less than 10 percent Native American students; and are not a tribal college or university (as defined in Section 316 of the Higher Education Act)” (U.S. Department of Education).
  • The grant awarded under part F is a developmental grant that can be used for a particular set of activities as listed by the Department of Education’s website.
  • The project, entitled Merging Tradition and Technology: Engaging Native American and Low Income Students to Complete College, has identified a wide variety of activities through three main initiatives approved by the grant that will be implemented throughout the five years of the grant, October 2016-September 2021.
  • The first initiative will expand access to high demand, high quality courses by revising 30 existing online courses to meet Quality Matters standards; equipping access sites within tribal centers for each of the service area’s six tribes designed to serve as a computer lab and ITV classroom.
  • The second initiative is to develop high quality, interactive online services to support both on-campus and distance education students. NOC will have new and redesigned online services backed by a new data analytic tool that will allow staff to readily access student-level data in real time; provide an online learning readiness assessment, financial aid advising, academic advising, degree mapping, and transfer services.
  • The third initiative is to target Native American student success by establishing a Cultural Engagement Center (CEC) (COMING FALL 2017) within the Vineyard Library Administration building that will provide student support services, cultural activities, and professional development.
  • NOC will also provide resources to highlight Native American culture through language resource library within the Cultural Engagement Center and provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff on approaches to support Native American student success.
  • Ted Moore, our Native American Student Success Specialist, will run the CEC by leading the development and piloting of culturally aligned individual coaching and other student support services. For more information, please see our contact page.