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Office of American Indian Culture and Preservation

The Office of American Indian Culture and Preservation was established April 1, 2013, by the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The purpose of this office is multi-fold:

  • Strengthen the ties between the thirty-eight federally recognized tribes of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Historical Society
  • Work closely with tribal cultural preservation staff to assist with any issues that may require special expertise and guidance with culturally important materials, i.e. documents, textiles, photographs, or other ephemera
  • Conduct oral history projects with tribal elders
  • Provide workshops regarding preservation issues with cultural preservation staff
  • Enhance collections development of American Indian materials
  • Enhance research opportunities for tribal groups or individuals regarding the OHS collections

Additional Resources

In 2014 the Office of American Indian Culture and Preservation released the Oklahoma Tribal Pocket Guide, which outlines contact information, tribal programs and leaders, culture, economics, and more for tribes headquartered in Oklahoma today. View the 2014 Pocket Guide (PDF).

Genealogical Requests

If you are looking for genealogical information or are tracing your American Indian ancestry please visit our genealogy page or contact the OHS Research Center.