(Tulsa, OK) – Tulsa’s annual Native American Day celebration, hosted by the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission, will be held Oct. 9, starting at 9 a.m. at Dream Keepers Park, 1875 S. Boulder Park Drive. This year’s theme is “Weaving a Legacy.”

“In Tulsa, on Native American Day we recognize our city’s tremendous Native American culture and heritage,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “We celebrate at Dream Keepers Park, not far from the Council Oak Tree where Tulsa was founded. I am grateful for everyone who works to honor this special day each year.”

Native American Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October, this year on Oct. 9. The city of Tulsa is home to a population of approximately 30,000 Native Americans. Oklahoma is home to 39 federally recognized Native American tribes.

“Come join us for a fun filled day of celebrating Tulsa’s 7th annual Native American Day,” said Cheryl Cohenour, chair of Tulsa Native American Day and member of the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission. “Our parade starts at 11a.m., and Sterlin Harjo is our Parade Marshall this year. Our featured artist is the renowned Dana Tiger. There will be food trucks, dancing and drumming, as well as a program in the morning that includes our Chiefs from the Osage Nation, Muscogee Creek Nation and Cherokee Nation.”

Native Americans have continuously inhabited the Greater Tulsa area for thousands of years. By celebrating Native American Day, Tulsa formally recognizes its indigenous populations who have made valuable contributions to our community through shared knowledge, stewardship of the land, labor, science, technology, philosophy, arts, and deep cultural influences that have substantially shaped the character of the city of Tulsa.

The deadline is Oct. 1 for all sign-ups to be a merchandise or food vendor, or a volunteer. Sign up online with the following links:

Vendors: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/634416545967

Volunteers: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/634420357367

Food Vendors: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/642491087137

Some parking will be available at Dream Keepers Park. Also, a shuttle will be available from the parking lot of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, 1301 S. Boston Ave. The shuttles will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. People going to the festival need to bring their own chairs. In case of rain, a large general admission tent will be on site.

See below the schedule/agenda for the 2023 Tulsa Native American Day:

9-9:15 a.m.       Opening Ceremony

Introduction of Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission

Introduction of Mayor of Tulsa via video

Welcome - District 4 City Councilor Laura Bellis

Recognition of City Councilors attending

Land Acknowledgement – Lachelle King, Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity

9:30-10 a.m.       Posting of Colors-CREEK Women Veterans Songs

Flag Song, Memorial and Victory Songs

The Lord’s Prayer ‘Signed’ by Native Princesses

Connie Foreman Singing The Lord’s Prayer

Singers & Drummers Paul Bighorse, Mason Bighorse, Paul Macron

Open invite for others

Convocation - Archie Mason

Introduction of Princesses

10 a.m.-2 p.m.    Art in the Field, canvasses and art for kids to create

10-11a.m. Welcome and Introduction of Tribal Leaders

Osage Chief Standing Bear

Muskogee Creek Chief Hill

Cherokee Chief Hoskin, Jr.

Introduction of Parade Marshall- Sterlin Harjo

11 a.m.-noon      PARADE

Parade Marshall: Sterlin Harjo

Chiefs, Tulsa City Council Members, and Princesses, many schools and bands

12:30 p.m.          PARADE CONCLUDED

Open drum for others to join in afternoon

1-1:30 p.m.         Cherokee Choir

Pawnee Singers and Dancers

1:30-2 p.m.         Q& A with Chief Standing Bear & Danette Daniels

Showing trailer of Killers of Flower Moon; questions afterwards

2-2:30 p.m.        Cultural dancing & Princess Dance

2:30-3 p.m.        DREAM KEEPER AWARD WINNERS - Winners to attend personally

Cultural exhibits and demonstrations all afternoon; IHCRC drummers with Robbie Anquoe

3-3:30 p.m. Dancing exhibition - Rising Buffalo Dancers.