Monday, May 11, 2015

Meet Native America: Ted Grant, Vice-Chairman of the Otoe–Missouria Tribe

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 


Ted Grant, vice-chairman of the Otoe–Missouria Tribe. The tribal seal in the background shows the seven clans of the Otoe–Missouria, with a prayer feather at the center. Image Courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian's Blog.
Ted Grant, vice-chairman of the Otoe–Missouria Tribe.
The tribal seal in the background shows the seven clans of the Otoe–Missouria,
with a prayer feather at the center.
Image Courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian's Blog.
"Where is your community located?
The Otoe–Missouria Tribal Complex is located in north central Oklahoma in Noble County.

Where were your people originally from?
At one time the Otoes and Missourias, along with the Winnebago and Iowa peoples, were part of a single tribe that lived in the Great Lakes region of the United States. In the 16th century the tribes separated from each other and migrated west and south, although they still lived near each other in the lower Missouri River Valley."

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