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The American Indian Resource Center provides cultural, educational and informational resources, activities and services honoring American Indian heritage.
Last Updated: Mar 13, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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AIRC Programming

Osage Language Class


6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Skiatook Library, 316 E. Rogers

This class is sponsored by the Osage Nation Language Dept.


2017 American Indian Festival of Words Writers Award


2017 American Indian Festival of Words Make and Take: Basket Making


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.

2015                                                         2017

Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)                        Tim Tingle to be honored on Saturday,

                                                                   March 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the

                                                                   Hardesty Regional Library

2013                                                         2005

Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek)                  Leslie Marmon-Silko (Laguna Pueblo)

2011                                                         2003

LeAnne Howe (Choctaw)                          Vine DeLoria, Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux)

2007                                                          2001

Carter Revard (Osage)                              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.

2016                                                2014

Sam Proctor (Muscogee Creek)      Ruthe Blalock Jones  (Shawnee)  
2012                                                2010                     

Kirke Kickingbird (Kiowa)                 Billy Mills (Oglala Sioux)                                                   

2008                                                 2006

 Neal McCaleb (Chickasaw)             Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee)


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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    Teresa Runnels, Coordinator
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    Zarrow Regional Library
    American Indian Resource Center
    2224 W. 51st St.
    Tulsa, OK 74107
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    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.

    Projects & Programs Sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust


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