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OLA 2015: What Your Local Tribe Wants You to Know...
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Date: Friday May, 1
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sponsor: Tribal Libraries Committee (TLC)
Co-Sponsor: Public Libraries Division (PLD)

Brandon BurnetteBrandon Burnette will be sharing among other things, how to do research on tribes in historical publications.  Sandy Tharp will discuss the Iowa Nation Library.  Susan Johnson from the Sapulpa Public Library will discuss their partnership with the Euchee Tribe.

Originally from Evansville, Indiana, Brandon Burnette has been the Government Documents/Reference Librarian for 14 years at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma.  A graduate of Texas Christian University, he received his Masters in Library Science from the University of Kentucky.  He has previously presented Native American topics for n umerous conferences including OLA and the Native American Symposium at Southeastern.  In 2012, Brandon’s annotated bibliography on Native American history was published as part of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) Occasional Papers series. 

Sandra Tharp-TheeSandra Tharp-Thee, Library Director for the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is known for creating programs, working with little or no funds and community outreach.  She will be sharing the success and challenge of  “Gathering Hope” the library’s after school program, where everyday students come to the library for a snack, homework help and cultural activities, funded by an IMLS Native American Enhancement Grant, which also includes summer youth camp, family and health literacy.  In June 2013 she received a Whitehouse Champion of Change Award, April 2013 the library received the  OLA Ruth Brown Award  for social responsibilities and in 2012 the ATALM Institutional Library of Excellence Award.

Susan Johnson: I was born in Sapulpa,(many, many years ago) and moved to Texas, and back to Creek County in the late '90's.  I always knew of my Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Cherokee heritage, or as my son said, Chop Chop Cherry Cake.  When we started looking for information about the Yuchi tribe, I asked my uncle if he knew of any Yuchis.  He looked at me and grinned, and said, "Yeah, you."  For the first time, I connected with that side of my family.

I have three sons, one stepson, and two semi-adopted sons.  From those three, I have six grandchildren, soon to be seven.  I love learning more about the Yuchi tribe.  My favorite days are the ones I call "Yuchi Days", when different members of the tribe show up to visit.  My world is full of turtles, and led by hawks.

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