Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival
September 17-20, 2015
Performing at OK Indian Summer Festival: September 17th
Frank Waln is an award winning Sicangu Lakota Hip Hop artist, producer, and performer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, Waln attended Columbia College Chicago where he received a BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics. Waln’s awards include three Native American Music Awards, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 2014 Native American 40 Under 40, and the 2014 Chicago Mayor’s Award for Civic Engagement. He has been featured on Buzzfeed’s 12 Native Americans Who Are Making a Difference, USA Today, ESPN, and MTV’s Rebel Music Native America. Waln has written for various publications including Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, and Society and The Guardian. Frank Waln travels the world spreading hope and inspiration through performance and workshops focusing on self-empowerment and the pursual of dreams.
The purpose of Oklahoma Indian Summer, Inc. is to sponsor, coordinate and present traditional Native American cultural public events for the benefit of community education, cultural preservation and the development of positive multicultural community relations.
Additionally, Oklahoma Indian Summer, Inc. is further committed to sponsoring higher-education opportunities for Native American students. In particular Oklahoma Indian Summer, Inc. shall continue to sponsor and coordinate the annual Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival traditionally held in the city of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The goal of the Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival is to provide a free public festival showcasing Native American art, dance, demonstrations, workshops and interactions intended to encourage the participation of all cultures and bridge the cultural divide.
As an Intertribal festival, Oklahoma Indian Summer welcomes each of the more than 28 federally recognized nations, tribes, bands and townships headquartered in the state of Oklahoma. Since 1988, the Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival has been sponsored by the Cherokee, Delaware and Osage tribes of Indians. Those three Indian tribes located in Green Country, Oklahoma, have played a significant role in the Bartlesville area.
The Cherokee once occupied the entire Southwest Allegheny mountain region of Virginia, the Carolinas, parts of Tennessee, northern Georgia and northeastern Alabama. Eventually, Cherokee leaders chose to adopt the ways of the white man, accepting whites into their society through intermarriage. The Cherokee developed industries and prospered. In the late 18th century, Sequoyah devoted himself to creating the Cherokee alphabet. With it, the Cherokees had a written form of communication, which led to greater prosperity and sophistication. It was also during this era that the tribe formed the Cherokee National Council. Learn More