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Poetry Reading to feature Native Authors

The Sequoyah National Research Center is sponsoring “A Reading by Poets, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke and Casandra Lopez” along with the Departments of English and Rhetoric & Writing in association with The Arkansas Literary Festival’s Writers in The Schools Initiative.

The reading will take place Friday, April 24, 1:00 - 2:30 pm at the Sequoyah National Research Center located at 500 University Plaza (5820 Asher Avenue).

Hedge Coke is an award-winning author with several published poetry collections and her memoir Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer. She most recently served as a Distinguished Writer at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa and directs the Literary Sandhill Crane Retreat.

Lopez is the 2013 Native Writers Chapbook Award Winner for Where Bullet Breaks and a Canto Mundo Fellow. She is a founding editor of As/Us: A Space for Women of the World.

For more information, contact Professor Nickole Brown at

Updated 4.14.2015

SNRC to participate in 1st Annual UALR Diversity Week

The Sequoyah National Research Center along with the Quapaw Nation are sponsoring a day of events on Monday, April 13th — Native Americans: Who We Are – Past, Present, Future for the 1st Annual UALR Diversity Week. Events include the following:

  1. Cherokee Stickball (12:30 pm, West Hall/ Trojan Grill field)
    Play and learn about the traditional game of Cherokee Stickball
  2. Inaugural speaker and Distinguished Guest: Chairman John Berrey, Quapaw Tribe (1:45 pm, EIT Auditorium)
    Native Americans: Who We Are program
  3. Dance, sing, and talk with members of the NSU Native American Student Association, Tahlequah, Oklahoma (2:15 pm, EIT Auditorium)
  4. Watch the film The Cherokee Word for Water (3:15 pm, EIT Auditorium–Movie matinee with snacks)
    Set in the 1980’s Wilma Mankiller helps move a Cherokee community to rebuild through traditional Native values of reciprocity and interdependence.

Additionally, SNRC will be hosting guided tours of the Center at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, & 3:00 pm. Trojan Shuttles will be available at the DSC: 8:45 am, 10:45 am, 12:45 pm, and 2:45 pm.

For a full schedule of Diversity Week events, visit

Updated 4.9.2015

SNRC receives $18,000 grant

SNRC has received a grant of $18,000 from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council to be used for conservation and framing of artworks in the Center’s J.T. Moncravie Osage History and Culture Collection.

SNRC staff identified three pieces in need of conservation work and selected 70 pieces for framing and archival matting from the 143 pieces of art by Osage artists in the Moncravie Collection.

Moncravie, a member of the Osage Nation and a resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, died in May of 2013 after working for over two years with SNRC to establish a center for research in Osage history and culture. In addition to artworks, the Moncravie Collection includes books, photographs, and thousands of documents related to Osage family history.

Updated 5.13.2014

Archival collection opening at SNRC

SNRC officially opened the James W. and Sallie E. Frazier Collection on 24 April.

The Frazier Collection is a treasure-trove of original source documents related to Gideon Morgan, a prominent Cherokee politician in Indian Territory and the early days of Oklahoma statehood, and his extended family and related families. The documents range from 1811 to 2010, with Cherokee land allotment and citizenship records; personal letters on politics and family life; business records related to slavery, steamships, hotels, real estate, and publishing; records of teaching and education organizations, and journals; coming from Tennessee, Arkansas, Indian Territory, and Oklahoma. Associated with the documents are hundreds of newspaper and magazine clippings, advertising, and other printed matter ephemera. The families represented included the Morgans, Bells, Yeatmans, Erwins, Staplers, and Ivies. The collection includes over 20 cubic feet of documents as well as artifacts (including a Civil War era trunk, portraits, furniture, and basketry).

Mr. and Mrs. Frazier attended the opening reception and Mrs. Frazier spoke, relating the history of the collection and how it was assembled.

Updated 5.13.2014

“Art from above the Arctic Circle” exhibit

“Art from above the Arctic Circle,” in SNRC’s J.W. Wiggins Native American Art Gallery, will run 21 March through 16 May.

The exhibit features prints, drawings, carvings, and fabric pieces by Inuit artists, drawn from SNRC’s art collections.

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:00amam to 5:00pm.

Updated 5.16.2014

SNRC staff to speak at park

SNRC Director Daniel Littlefield and Assistant Director Tony Rose will be speaking on Saturday, 13 July at Conway’s Cadron Settlement Park on Indians and the settlement of early Arkansas.

Updated 7.12.2013

Come, Let’s Dance — Native American Dance and Ceremony Paintings

SNRC will present “Come, Let’s Dance,” an exhibit of Native American dance and ceremony paintings from the SNRC’s art collections in the Dr. J.W. Wiggins Gallery, 26 July through 15 October, 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Images of dancing, both social and sacred, makes up a large part of what is thought of as traditional Native American painting. While many of the works in this exhibit are in the traditional Studio Style, many are in other styles, embracing the full range of Native American artistic expression.

Updated 7.9.2013

SNRC receives $6400 grant for interns

Sequoyah National Research Center is pleased to announce the receipt of $6400 from the Bay and Paul Foundations of New York to support two intern positions for SNRC’s Native American Summer Internship Project for this year.

The internship project provides hands-on experience developing archival skills, research methodologies, and processes for providing access to archival materials related to Native American peoples. Interns are provided with on-campus student housing for two months and a stipend to meet expenses, including travel and meals.

Updated 6.18.2013

Native interns begin work

SNRC’s fourth class of Native summer interns have begun work. Elizabeth Fehr of Arkansas, Shannon Spears of Kentucky, and Rain Koepke of Kansas will be at SNRC through July, getting hands on experience in archival work and research.

Updated 6.21.2013

SNRC receives $20,000 grant

The Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council has awarded the Sequoyah National Research Center $20,000 to process and exhibit the Herschfelder-Molin Stereotypes Collection.

The collection of 1400 artifacts was donated to SNRC by Arlene Herschfelder and Paulette Molin in 2012 and consists of advertisements, sports memorabilia, toys, books, clothing, and other items depicting Native American stereotypes collected over a forty-year period.

The stereotypical depictions of American Indians over the history of the United States have ranged from the “noble savage,” to the “Indian princess,” to the “drunken Indian” and more but the end result of all has been one of dehumanization and marginalization. Ask any group of third grade students to draw a picture of an Indian, and most, if not all, will create a figure dressed in feathers, buckskin, and beads. Ask their teachers to name an Indian tribe, and most, if not all, will name Cherokee, Navajo, or Sioux. For most Americans, the expression “American Indian” conjures up a generic, stereotyped image. Unfortunately, many have not progressed much beyond their third grade concepts. The Hirschfelder-Molin Stereotypes Collection represents a major resource for teachers and others to draw on to talk about intolerance and racial stereotyping.

Updated 5.15.2013
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