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Serve as an ambassador for Indian Education providing guidance and leadership to the Native American tribes recognized as sovereign nations. Services include technical assistance information and appropriate professional development, as well as, collaborative efforts to bridge the gap between the state, tribal nations and schools.  Provide educators with continued access to culturally appropriate resource/information and in-service that reflects teaching strategies and learning styles which ensure full inclusion of the Native American child in a positive learning environment and furthers the educational opportunities of the Native American students enrolled in Oklahoma’s public schools. 

Resources on ED 506 Form

Links to Native American Resources

Facts, Figures and People to Know

  • There are over 130,000 Native American students attending Oklahoma public schools. 
  • Oklahoma has 400 Title VII Indian Education programs in Oklahoma public schools. 
  • The Family Wellness and Youth in Distress program of the Association of American Indian Physicians has developed a Youth Violence Prevention Curriculum that can be used in schools with large numbers of Native American students.  Please contact Robert Whitebird at or (405) 946-7072.

Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education


The Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education was created by House Bill 2929 which became effective on July 1, 2010 and will continue until July 1, 2014. The Council shall make recommendations to the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of public instruction in the Education matters affecting the Education of Native American students in Oklahoma.

The Council is composed of an 18 member board which will make recommendation, evaluate, and make an annual report on the effectiveness of the public education system in meeting the needs of the Native American students in Oklahoma. The Council meets quarterly.

Membership List

The complete list of appointees for the 18-member Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education is as follows:

Members representing Tribes – appointed by Governor Henry

  • Greg Anderson, Muscogee Creek Nation
  • Jana Roth, Delaware Tribe
  • Lori Hamilton, Chickasaw Nation
  • Lisa John, Chickasaw Nation
  • Gay Munsell, Kaw Nation

Members representing Tribal Education Departments – appointed by Governor Henry

  • Judy C. Davis, Miami Nation
  • Mary McCormick, Sac and Fox Nation
  • Jim Parrish, Choctaw Nation
  • Jack W. Shadwick, Modoc Tribe

Member representing the Oklahoma Council for Indian Education – appointed by Governor Henry

  • Lucyann Harjo, Director of Indian Education, Norman Public Schools

Members representing statewide teacher organizations – appointed by President Pro Tempore

  • Esther Bell, Shawnee, Ok
  • Mr. Paul Pinkerton, Stilwell, OK

Member representing a statewide organization for school superintendents –appointed by the Speaker of the House

  • Superintendent Tom Crimmins, Elgin Public Schools

Member representing an Oklahoma Tribal College – appointed by Chancellor of Higher Ed

  • Dr. James King, College of the Muscogee Nation

Director of the Native American Cultural & Educational Authority  

  • Gena Timberman

The Chancellor of Higher Education’s Designee

  • Dr. Houston Davis

Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education’s Designee

  • Dr. Joe Robison

Council Meetings

2013 Meeting Dates

All meetings begin at 10:00 a.m., unless noted otherwise.

  • February 13th, 2013
    Oklahoma State Department of Education. Oklahoma City , Oklahoma
  • February 19th, 2013 (10am-3pm) 
    State Board Room, State Department of Education
  • March 6, 2013
    -Room 315, State Department of Education
  • April 10th, 2013
    Oklahoma State Capital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • July 10th, 2013
    Cox Convention Center Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • October 9th, 2013
    University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma State Department of Education
Previous Year Meetings


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For More Information Contact: Dwight M. Pickering, Director of American Indian Education Culture/Heritage, (405) 522-1591.


Last updated on December 26, 2013