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ADA, Okla. – In recognition of the rich cultural heritage and contributions of Indigenous peoples, the ECU Native American Students Association (NASA) and The NASNTI REACHE Program are thrilled to announce the Indigenous Peoples’ Day event taking place on Monday, October 9, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. -3 p.m. in the Foundation Hall located in the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center at East Central University.

Admission is free and open to the public.

This year's theme is titled, "Inside Native Nations.”

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an event to honor and celebrate the diverse Indigenous cultures, traditions, and histories of the original peoples of this land. This event will provide an opportunity for community members to come together, learn, and connect with the Indigenous heritage of the region.

Six distinguished guest speakers will share their insights and stories, providing a deeper understanding of Native Nations and their significance on history and modern society. Guest lecturers include; Dr. Stephanie Hudson, Executive Director of Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Dr. Jacintha Webster, Director of ECU Native American Legal Clinic, Dr. Scott Ketchum, Director of ECU Native American Studies, Vivian Morris, Tribal-State Policy Analyst with Oklahoma Policy, and Dr. Deanna Hartley-Kelso, Chickasaw Nation District Court Judge.

Local vendors will be available, promoting Indigenous arts, crafts, and products.

Indigenous Peoples Day is an occasion to promote unity, education, and respect for the Indigenous communities that have inhabited these lands for centuries. By participating in this event, attendees will gain a deeper appreciation for the rich tapestry of Native Nations' histories and their enduring contributions to our society.

For more information, contact NASA President Macen Marris at


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