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TULSA – She orders her coffee black and indulges in a thick slice of carrot cake, which she agrees would best be enjoyed outside near the fire pit blazing on the patio of this mid-town Tulsa coffee shop. Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca, has made the more than hour long drive south into the city from her rural home near Marland. She’s here to talk about getting arrested, of all things, and to speak at a peaceful rally a little later downtown.

Arrested? Yes. A few weeks earlier, this near 70-year-old woman got herself zip-tied and locked in a basement. Her offense? She was praying and wouldn’t move.

She holds up her arm. The number 138 is written in black marker between her wrist and elbow. She laughs.

“Standing Rock 138. My new Indian name!”

She smiles behind the rim of her white coffee mug as she takes a sip.

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MIAMI (AP) — The Shawnee Tribe is planning to build a $1 million cultural center in northeast Oklahoma.

The Journal Record reports that the 6,000-square-foot center will be near Miami and will be built in two phases. Construction on the first phase is to begin this fall.

Shawnee Tribe Second Chief Ben Barnes says the center will feature artifacts and that it will be able to tell the story of the tribe. Barnes says if other tribes want to put up exhibits, the Shawnee Tribe would be willing to work with them.

The center is being built northwest of the Oklahoma Welcome Center on land held in trust for the nine tribes in northeastern Oklahoma, including the Miami, Quapaw, Peoria, Ottawa, Eastern Shawnee, Shawnee, Wyandotte, Seneca-Cayuga and Modoc tribes.

The Shawnee Tribe is funding the project.

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MUSKOGEE (AP) – Signs touting school activities plaster Jerrod Adair’s door at Alice Robertson Junior High.

Right in the middle is a sign that sums up why Adair does what he does. It reads “Our Children Are Sacred.”

Adair, 41, is AR’s interventionist for Indian education and the sponsor of several character-oriented school clubs. He also is youth pastor at The Bridge at Christ Church in Muskogee.

He told the Mukogee Phoenix he sees a mission in guiding youth, particularly Native youth. He traces it to his upbringing in the cultures of Wichita, Pawnee and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians.

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Complimentary teacher’s guide and student activity book enhance the cultural outings

TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation is offering students an exclusive look at its rich history and culture through an education tour grant program.

Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is awarding the grants to increase the experience and knowledge of Cherokee history and culture for elementary students attending public schools within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction.

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