Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Native American Heritage Month throughout November beginning with guest speakers Jim Parrish, Richard Adams and Roger Scott on November 1. Parrish, who has been the director of the School of Choctaw Language since December 2009, will discuss the importance of the Choctaw Language Program.
Adams, a Choctaw Nation historian, will share information about the tribe and significant historic events. Scott will sing traditional Choctaw songs in Choctaw and discuss the significance of the songs to the Choctaw people. “Singing ties the language and history together and is a very vital part of the culture of the Choctaw people,” states a press release.
Southeastern will host Native American Student Visitation Day November 9 fro 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The school will also host the Ninth Native American Symposium and Film Festival from November 2-4 with keynote speaker Henrietta Mann. For a complete listing of events visit the college’s Native American Center website or call 580-745-2376 or 580-745-2812.