The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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October 27, 2012

Enid Intertribal Indian Club to hold events in November

ENID, Okla. — The Enid area possesses a club that not only brings together American Indian tribes, but also educates community members about the American Indian culture.

Established in the 1960s, Enid Intertribal Indian Club represents more than 20 tribes. The club has three objectives: to maintain continuity of American Indian cultural heritage, to provide opportunities for active participation in cultural events, and to act as a resource to the community for education of American Indian issues.

The club draws in community members, but it also does its part to reach out. Each year, Enid Intertribal Indian Club gives a scholarship to an American Indian youth to help with the cost of higher education. The mission behind the scholarship is one of encouragement. Not only does the club provide the scholarship to help students achieve their goals, it also hosts an annual picnic to recognize students and honor them for their scholastic achievements.

The annual scholarship is partially funded by the club’s popular Indian taco booth held each fall on the Garfield County Court House lawn.

The Enid Intertribal Indian Club gladly presents any cultural information to schools and organizations who request such information. Club members strive to be actively involved in their communities, serving on many boards and participating in many organizations with the goal of helping enrich the Enid community.

A series of community events will be held Nov. 4-6 and Nov. 10 in Enid as part of Enid Intertribal Indian Club’s Native American Awareness Week.

The events include food tasting, American Indian crafts, a book reading and a traditional gourd dance honoring military veterans.

“The events of the week help educate our community about American Indian heritage — especially their influence in Oklahoma’s history,” said Bob Phillips, a club member who also is a member of the Seminole and Creek tribes. “People tend to forget the importance of the Native American in the early days. Even before statehood.”

The public is invited to attend all of the following events:

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