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American Indian Resource Center: About the Center

The American Indian Resource Center provides cultural, educational and informational resources, activities and services honoring American Indian heritage.

AIRC Programming

AIRC E-Newsletter

In an effort to inform the public about services, programs, and resources available through the AIRC, an e-newsletter is released each month. Please feel free to forward the newsletters to others who might be interested or benefit from the information.

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Native READ poster

Meaning of the Turtle Logo

The logo design representing the American Indian Resource Center is a turtle logo surrounded by a circle.  The turtle is a stylized representation of an engraved shell figurine pendant found at the Spiro Mounds archaeological site in Spiro, Oklahoma. (see The Spiro Ceremonial Center, James A. Brown. University of Michigan, Memoirs of the Museum of Anthropology, Number 29, 1996, p. 597). 

Artifacts found at the Spiro site indicate that prehistoric Spiro people created a sophisticated culture which influenced the entire Southeast.

The image also pays tribute to the beginnings of Tulsa.  “Tulsa's first "town council" meeting in 1836, under an oak tree which still stands on a hill near the downtown area, was presided over by Archie Yahola, a full blooded Creek Indian and chief of the Tulsa Lochapokas. The name Tulsa was derived from "tallasi," a contraction of the Creek "Tullahassee" or "tallahassee," meaning "old town.“  (City of Tulsa)

Surrounding the turtle is a circle, a symbol common to American Indian cultures.  The circle suggests continuity, wholeness and interconnectedness.  The history of American Indians is integral to American history as well as the history and culture of Oklahoma.

Welcome to the American Indian Resource Center!

Tulsa City-County Library's American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) is one of only two centers in public libraries across the nation that provides cultural, educational and informational resources, activities and services highlighting the American Indian culture.  The AIRC, which began in 2003, provides access to more than 4,000 books, periodicals, and media for adults and children by and about American Indians, including historical and rare materials, new releases, films and music with a focus on native languages. 



American Indian Resource Center At-A-Glance

Subject Guide

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Teresa Runnels
Zarrow Regional Library
2224 W. 51st St.
Tulsa, OK

Tulsa Library Trust

Funding AIRC Programs & Events
AIRC programs and events are community funded by people like you. If you would like to support the AIRC please contact the Tulsa Library Trust.

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Feature Stories


AIRC Song (mp3)
The Center is privileged to have its own theme song composed by Jay Mule with lyrics provided by Warren Pratt, Jr in the Pawnee language.  The song is about "The turtle is always the smartest of animals"

Native READ Video Clip