"Everything depends on our ability to sustainably inhabit this earth, and true sustainability will require us all to change our way of thinking on how we take from the earth and how we give back."
The Title VI and J.O.M. programs are designed to connect Native American students with programs and resources to reach their educational goals. Choctaw/Nicoma Park Schools serve over 700 Native American students from 33 Tribes.
Oklahomans can be proud that its first United States Poet Laureate is also the first-ever Native American to serve in the esteemed position. “To be called forth in this way by my community is a tremendous honor,” Harjo said. “It’s an honor I accept on behalf of the ancestors and relatives who have walked this earthly trail and inspire us with their artistic, literary, and keeping-it-together talents, who took and take care of the spirit of the people so we can keep going no matter the challenges in the story field. My story winds around the world, inspired by so many, but it begins and ends here in Oklahoma. Mvto.” Appointed in 2020 to a rare third term as 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee Nation. She is the author of nine books of poetry, several plays and children’s books, and two memoirs. Her honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Harjo has produced seven award-winning music albums. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and a current Tulsa Artist Fellow. Her signature project as U.S. Poet Laureate, “Living Nations, Living Words,” features an interactive story map developed in conjunction with the Library of Congress that maps 47 contemporary Native American poets across the country and connects to an online audio collection developed by Harjo and housed in the Library’s American Folklife Center.
To the left is the official music video of the hit "Come and Get Your Love". This recognizable Top 5 hit was released in 1974 by the band Redbone. Redbone is an American funk rock band founded in 1969. Their Native American heritage was reflected in their songs, stage costumes, and album art. This record made Redbone the first Native American band to reach the Top 5!