Thursday, January 29, 2015

Meet Native America: Gary Pratt, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma

Meet Native American. The National Museum of the American Indian.

"In the interview series Meet Native America, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian invites tribal leaders, cultural figures, and other interesting and accomplished Native individuals to introduce themselves and say a little about their lives and work. Together, their responses illustrate the diversity of the indigenous communities of the Western Hemisphere, as well as their shared concerns, and offer insights beyond what’s in the news to the ideas and experiences of Native peoples today." 
-Dennis Zotigh, NMAI 


Chairman Gary Pratt, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Photo Courtest of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma  and the National Museum of the American Indian's Blog.
Chairman Gary Pratt, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma.
Photo Courtest of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
and the National Museum of the American Indian's Blog.
"Where is the Iowa Tribe located?

The offices of the Iowa Tribe are located three miles south of Perkins, Oklahoma. Our jurisdiction covers four counties—Lincoln, Logan, Oklahoma, and Payne.

Where was the Iowa Tribe originally from?

History of the tribe dates us back to the 1600s when we were present in the Red Pipestone Quarry region in Minnesota. The Iowa people lived the majority of our recorded history in what is now the northern region of Iowa. The state of Iowa takes its name from the Iowa Tribe."

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