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Tulsa Public Schools students and staff stand in front of the flags of the USA, Oklahoma, and Muscogee Nation

Kendall-Whittier Elementary and the Tulsa Public Schools Indian Education team held a land acknowledgement ceremony at the school. Students in the Indian Education program watched as they raised the flag of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to recognize that the school sits on their reservation. A flag song was also performed. After the ceremony, students gathered inside where they learned more about tribal flags and each student received a card with their tribe's flag on it.

Oklahoma is home to 39 federally recognized Native American tribes, and our district serves students belonging to more than 50 tribes. The City of Tulsa sits on the boundaries of the Cherokee, Muscogee, and the Osage Nations. Tulsa Public Schools recognizes their history and commitment to our community and the land on which they settled and honors them. Tulsa Public Schools sits within the reservations of these great tribes and is proud of the partnerships with them. 

The Indian Education Program in Tulsa Public Schools – the largest such program in the state of Oklahoma – provides cultural, academic, and other opportunities for over 3,000 Native American students to engage in educational experiences linked to heritage.

Click through the slideshow below to see photos from the flag ceremony.

Land Recognition Ceremony at Kendall-Whittier Elementary