The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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November 1, 2013

Activities planned for Native American Awareness Week

ENID, Okla. — Enid Intertribal Club has a slate of activities planned for next week in honor of Native American Awareness Week.

On Sunday, events kick off with a church service conducted by Robert and Ramona Walters at First Indian Baptist Church, 1205 N. 3rd. A covered-dish dinner will follow the service. Meat for the meal will be provided.

At 4 p.m. Monday, Enid High School sophomore Haleigh Childs, dressed in native garb, will present a copy of the book, “For a Girl Becoming,” by Joy Harjo, to Public Library of Enid and Garfield County.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the club will sponsor a food tasting at Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid. Guest speaker will be psychologist Lahoma Schultz. Schultz practices at the White Eagle Health Center in Ponca City.

Schultz said she will speak about working with native youth, especially prevention efforts relative to methamphetamine and suicide.

While American Indian youths are not the largest group among age categories for suicides, prevention efforts aim to keep it that way, Schultz said. Drug use among youths also is targeted. Jake Roberts will speak about alternatives to drug use.

Each year, Enid Intertribal Club awards a college scholarship to an American Indian youth. The scholarship is partially funded by the club’s annual Indian taco sale on the courthouse lawn.

Besides celebrating their cultural heritage, club members learn about the traditions of other tribes and educate the community at large. Club members make cultural presentations for schools and organizations upon request.

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