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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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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.


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. 

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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Feature Stories

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From Library Journal:

Cherokee Language Comes to a Library Near You



2017 American Indian Festival of Words Make and Take: Finger Weaving


    Mango Languages offers Cherokee Languages

    Working on the Mango Languages Cherokee Lesson

    This was a collaboration between Mango Languages, Tulsa City-County Library, and the Cherokee Nation.


    "Place of the Turtles" Screen

    James L. Henkle, associate professor of the school of art at the University of Oklahoma designed the screen on commission from the Tulsa Historical Society.  In the center of the screen is a stylized turtle, made of oxidized copper.  Surrounding it, in braised brass, polished brass and copper, are flame forms representing the sacred fire of the Creek Indians, Tulsa’s first citizens.  The screen weighs more than 500 pounds...

    The bronze plaque mounted on the oak leaves of the screen was originally placed on the Council Oak Tree (18 Street and South Cheyenne Avenue) by the Tulsa D.A.R. chapter in 1923.  In 1965 the plaque was given to the Tulsa Historical Society for fear of it being vandalized.    On July 1, 1965, the plaque and “Place of the Turtles” screen was dedicated on the 3rd floor of the Central Library to identify the then  location of the Tulsa County Historical Society headquarters and archives.

    Source: Tulsa World, May 1, 1965; p. 1; Tulsa County Historical Society Dedicatory Program, July 1, 1965.

    In May 2013, the American Indian Resource Center moved from Central Library to Zarrow Regional Library (2224 W. 54th ST, Tulsa). Central Library closed in August 2013 for a two-year major renovation. In March 2014 the ‘Place of the Turtles’ screen was erected at Zarrow Regional Library. The American Indian Resource Center and its Turtle screen will remain at Zarrow Regional Library.


      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.


      AIRC Song

      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"


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      About the American Indian Resource Center

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