GUTHRIE- The ceremony concluded as the sun set on Oklahoma’s first century, looking forward to tomorrow when it will rise on a new 100 years for the state.
The ceremony represents a melding of talents from American Indians as tribal prayers, dances and songs are shared as gifts to Oklahoma. The goal of the ceremony is to honor the past and those who have paved the way for what is remembered today.
Our native cultures are still here and continue to grow, said Gena Howard, with the American Indian Cultural Center.
Rep. Shane Jett, who is a Cherokee and co-chairman of the American Indian legislative caucus, said, “If any time in your life you have been proud to be an Oklahoman, this is the night.”
The state and its people have made some mistakes in the first 100 years, but Jett, R-Tecumseh, urged everyone to learn from history, and not let it repeat itself.
The end of the ceremony marked the last event before Oklahoma’s statehood day tomorrow. Events begin at 9:15 with a commemoration of Oklahoma being declared a state on Nov. 16, 1907. Check back here tomorrow for live, up-to-date coverage from Guthrie on the commemorative events, parade and picnic.
- Jennifer Mock, Capitol Bureau