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Volume 2   September 2011

Southeastern students attend Choctaw Indian Fair
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Mississippi Band of Choctaw IndiansMississippi: Native American students from Southeastern Oklahoma State University recently attended the 62nd annual Choctaw Indian Fair in Choctaw, Mississippi.

Chris Wesberry, coordinator of SOSU's Native American Center, and Chantelle Standefer, academic advisor, attended the Fair with the students.

“Visiting the Choctaw and Chickasaw Homelands gave our students the opportunity to actually be in some historically and culturally significant places where our ancestors lived and died,” Wesberry said. “Visiting the Nanih Waiya Mound and Cave and the Tchichitala town site was unforgettable. We hope
Nanihwaiyathat our students will pass this experience on to others.”

Josh Riley, Kesha Fryer and Terri Henry were among the students on the trip. All were impressed by the visit to the  sacred grounds of their ancestors.

“I was especially excited to see the Nanih Waiya Cave," Riley said. "This cave is at the heart of the Choctaw Creation story. I cannot explain how it made me feel to be able to do this.”

A highlight of the Fair was the World Series of Stickball.

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