Second National Indian Seminar

Second National Indian Seminar

After a four-year absence due to the cancellation of the 1976 event, the second National Indian Seminar was held at Camp George Thomas in Apache, Oklahoma from August 13-19, 1978. Approximately 170 Arrowmen from around the country participated in the event that for the first time saw both youth and adult participants. Like the first seminar, the purpose for a second National Indian Seminar was the continued emphasis on American Indian culture and crafts, and to educate Arrowmen on the histories and traditions of Native Americans. National OA Committee member and Lead Adviser for Indian Events, Don Thom continued to be the driving force behind this spectacular event. Don was assisted by a knowledgeable program staff and numerous special guests that included Miss Susan Arkaketa (1978 Miss Indian America); Miss Margo Dee Kerrigan (1977 Alternate Miss Indian America); Mrs. Nettie Showaway; and Scott & Doris Tonemah.

The cost of the seven-day seminar was $90.00 per participant, and included numerous subjects relating to the cultures of the Northern & Southern Plains, Southwestern, Northeastern, and Southern Indians. Special sessions were held on the Caddo and Plateau Cultures, as well as on contemporary issues of the American Indian.

Knowledgeable Arrowmen and hobbyists did an outstanding job conducting the sessions making this a successful event. In addition to the opening and closing pow wows, the highlight of the seminar was the field trip to Anadarko, Oklahoma. The field trip included visits to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, McKee’s Indian Store, the Indian Heritage Museum, and Indian City. The field trip concluded with a visit to the Annual Indian Exhibition Pageant where Arrowmen had the opportunity to see American Indian handicraft and dancing at its finest. Participants experienced first hand the everyday life of American Indians in Oklahoma. 

By any standard of measure, the 1978 National Indian Seminar was a huge success.  The next National Indian Seminar would be held in 1980.