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Tishomingo NWR and the Chickasaw Nation host Youth Heritage Day in honor of Native American Heritage Month.
Southwest Region, November 4, 2008
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Refuge Manager Kris Patton addresses the crowd at Youth Heritage Day.
Refuge Manager Kris Patton addresses the crowd at Youth Heritage Day. - Photo Credit: n/a
The Chickasaw Dance Troupe performs for the crowd.
The Chickasaw Dance Troupe performs for the crowd. - Photo Credit: n/a

 

Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge hosted the Chickasaw Nation Youth Heritage Day on November 4.  The event was open to all Oklahoma schools at the fifth through eighth grade levels. Approximately, 125 students, some as far away as Lindsey, Oklahoma, traveled to Tishomingo to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.  Traditional events included archery, stick ball, corn husk dolls, Chickasaw language lesson, tribal history, storyteller, D.A.R.E. officer, bead jewelry, flute making, martial arts, Chickasaw dance troupe, and the Chickasaw firefighters.  Deanna Kendall, Director of Youth Services with the Chickasaw Nation, was on hand to make the opening address stating the importance of partnerships and teamwork in completing community goals. A hotdog lunch was provided by the Chickasaw Nation to all in attendance.  Refuge Manager Kris Patton stated ‚Äúthat November is traditional recognized as Native American Heritage Month and was honored that the Chickasaw Nation selected Tishomingo NWR to host Youth Heritage Day."


Contact Info: Kristopher Patton, (580) 371-2402, Kris_Patton@fws.gov



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