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TULSA, Oklahoma — Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum joined Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James Floyd and a host of tribal dignitaries, officials and presenters in commemorating the inaugural Native American Day in Tulsa on Oct. 9.
The ceremony honoring this historic day took place downtown at the Guthrie Green and was coordinated by the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission.
Representatives were also in attendance from the Osage and Cherokee Nations as well as princesses and drum group singers from various tribes.
Bynum was honored with a Pendleton blanket and spoke about his pride in the city council recognizing the need for such a proclamation.
“I’m so thankful we live in a city where the contributions of the Native American community here are so glaringly obvious,” said Bynum. “When these types of proclamations have been presented to other city governments in other places around the country, in other cities here in Oklahoma even, there’s been controversy, there’s been push back, there’s been lengthy debate. But not here in Tulsa.”
Floyd lauded the working relationship of MCN and the City of Tulsa as an example of what government-to-government relations can be in the state of Oklahoma.
“I am hopeful that this relationship can become a model for other cities,” said Floyd.