Claremore Cherokee Association Hosts Guest Speaker

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Dr. Hugh Foley Guides Community Discussion on American Indian Mascots Sunday October 8
A professor of fine arts at Rogers State University, Dr. Hugh Foley’s primary areas of scholarship are American Studies with an emphasis on Oklahoma music and culture, Native American studies and cinema.  Foley has lectured widely on the controversy and educational issues surrounding the American Indian mascot issue.  To watch Foley’s documentary, Savage Country, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEzPEkVVDd0.  Savage Country documents American Indian mascots used in public schools across Oklahoma.
The Rogers County Cherokee Association (RCCA) will meet on Sunday, October 8, at 2:00 pm for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
Dr. Hugh Foley of RSU will present on “Savage Country: American Indian Mascots” followed by questions and answers with community members.
The Cherokee Business Moment includes a two-minute brief presentation by a local Cherokee owned and operated business during the meeting.
An RCCA member will provide light refreshments to nourish attendees.
“Open to the public, all area Cherokee families are encouraged to attend and join our activities,” said Cara Cowan Watts, RCCA President. “Tribal citizens and their relatives of all ages are included.”
A professor of fine arts at Rogers State University, Dr. Hugh Foley’s primary areas of scholarship are American Studies with an emphasis on Oklahoma music and culture, Native American studies and cinema.  Foley has lectured widely on the controversy and educational issues surrounding the American Indian mascot issue. 
Foley’s documentary on the subject, Savage Country, has been shown on public TV and at conferences around the country, as well as receiving thousands of views on YouTube. He has produced several documentary videos for his televised Native American Studies courses aired on RSU-TV since 1998. 
In addition, Foley serves as the Faculty Advisor to RSU’s Native American Student Association.
After a brief business agenda, Foley will facilitate a community discussion on Native American mascots following a presentation about their impact on Native students and the perception of modern American Indians.
To watch Foley’s documentary, Savage Country, prior to the meeting, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEzPEkVVDd0.  Savage Country documents American Indian mascots used in public schools across Oklahoma.
Cherokee Nation citizens who are 18 years of age or older qualify for paid membership in RCCA which allows them to vote as members of the organization and hold leadership positions.
RCCA was established in 2003. After searching for consistent meeting space, the community pursued grants and raised money to purchase land and worked together to build a community center. Fourteen years later they continue to be served by the building they built together and maintain.
Each meeting consists of a brief business meeting for the non-profit, questions and answers with Rogers County’s Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Members Buel Anglen, Janees Taylor and Keith Austin as well as a cultural or government presentation. 
RCCA meets monthly except September and December on the second Sunday of the month at 2pm.  RCCA meets in their own building located in Tiawah, OK at 15488 East 523 Road, Claremore, OK 74019 which is East of Tiawah-Justus School’s North campus.
To learn more about RCCA, visit the RCCA website at http://www.rogerscountycherokees.org/ or Facebook ‘Rogers County Cherokees.’  To contact RCCA, email rogerscountygwys@gmail.com, mail P.O. Box 142, Claremore, OK  74018 or call (539) 777-2898.


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