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BALDWYN, Miss. (AP) - One of George Washington's friends used to live in Northeast Mississippi.

"George Washington called Piominko his friend in his letters," said Mitch Caver, 58, of Baldwyn. "Piominko did the same in return."

Area residents know him as Piomingo, but the book Caver and Thomas Cowger co-wrote is titled "Piominko: Chickasaw Leader."

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Modeling their handmade historic clothing at the “Choctaw Dress Making Graduates Style Show” Wednesday, March 22 in Durant are, from left, Sharon Mullins, LaDona Dry, Georgia Yeager, Instructor Oneida Winship, Diana LaRoque, Deanna Creel, and Ann Kaniatobe. Photo by Charles Clark | Choctaw Nation

 

DURANT – When Oneida Winship taught her first class on Choctaw Dressmaking a year ago, she did not know it would be so popular. Several classes have followed across southeastern Oklahoma.

“Each class has about eight to 10 sessions of about two hours each,” Winship said. “It depends on a number of things, like how fast they sew. Each one is a little different.”

She noted how one class even had a 13-year-old boy who made a Choctaw men’s shirt. “It took him a while,” she said. “He cut each diamond so precisely.” He also has a younger sister making her own dress and younger brother making a shirt.

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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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