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The American Indian Resource Center provides cultural, educational and informational resources, activities and services honoring American Indian heritage.
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2017 American Indian Festival of Words Writers Award

Honoree Tim Tingle

    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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    AIRC Programming

    Traditional Kiowa Singing

    Tuesday, June 6
    6:00 - 8:00
    Zarrow Regional Library
    Come and enjoy the beautiful sounds of traditional Kiowa singing. Presented by the Tulsa Kiowa Language Culture Revitalization Program. 

    2017 SRP

    2017 Summer Reading Program


    2017 Summer Reading Program

     Summer Reading Program


    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 2:00 – 3:00 Skiatook Library, 316 E. Rogers Pawnee Oral Tradition Comes to Life with Jr. Pratt

    Make and Take

    THURSDAY, JUNE 29 6:00 – 7:45 P.M. Glenpool Library, 730 E. 141 ST. Native American Patchwork with Native Amer-I-can Patchwork Apparel  

      American Indian Writers Award

      Inaugurated in 2001, the American Indian Festival of Words Writers Award recognizes written contributions of outstanding American Indian authors, poets, journalists, film and stage scriptwriters.  It is the first and only award given by a public library to honor an American Indian writer. The award is given in odd-numbered years. Recipients receive a $5,000 cash prize which is sponsored by the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation.

      2017 Tim Tingle (Choctaw)

      2015 Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)                                                                               

      2013 Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek)                  

      2011 LeAnne Howe (Choctaw)       

      2009 No Award Given                   

      2007 Carter Revard (Osage)                              

      2005 Leslie Marmon-Silko (Laguna Pueblo)

      2003 Vine DeLoria, Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux

      2001 Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek)


        American Indian Circle of Honor

        Inaugurated in 2004, the Circle of Honor ceremony honors an American Indian for their lifetime achievements and contributions that have enriched the lives of others. Induction into the Circle of Honor is a celebration of the honoree’s actions in the face of adversity, commitment to the preservation of American Indian culture and legacy for future generations. An individual is inducted into the Circle of Honor in even-numbered years. Recipients receive a $5,000 cash prize which is sponsored by the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation.

        2018 To Be Announced in October!

        2016 Sam Proctor (Muscogee Creek)                                            

        2014 Ruthe Blalock Jones  (Shawnee)

        2012 Kirke Kickingbird (Kiowa)                                                              

        2010 Billy Mills (Oglala Sioux)                                                   

        2008 Neal McCaleb (Chickasaw)                                         

        2006 Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee)

        2004 Charles Chibitty (Comanche)


        American Indian Festival of Words

        Tribal elders, storytellers, craftsmen, dancers and musicians share the history and traditions of North America’s native people during the American Indian Festival of Words, held annually in March. 

        The free festival celebrates the contributions of American Indians through enlightening family programs offered at numerous libraries.

        The highlight of the festival is the presentation of the American Indian Festival of Words Author Award and the Circle of Honor ceremony, which alternate each year.

          About the American Indian Resource Center

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          American Indian Resource Center
          2224 W. 51st St.
          Tulsa, OK 74107
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