Welcome to the University of Oklahoma’s American Indian student page, designed to aid American Indian students navigate the college admissions process and explore the resources and community awaiting on our campus.
Long before the University of Oklahoma was established, the land on which the University now resides was the traditional home of the “Hasinais” Caddo Nation and the “Kirikirʔi:s” Wichita & Affiliated Tribes. We acknowledge this territory once also served as a hunting ground, trade exchange point, and migration route for the Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, and Osage nations..
Today, 39 tribal nations dwell in the state of Oklahoma as a result of settler and colonial policies that were designed to assimilate Native people. The University of Oklahoma recognizes the historical connection our university has with its indigenous community. We acknowledge, honor, and respect the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this land. We fully recognize, support, and advocate for the sovereign rights of all of Oklahoma’s 39 tribal nations. This acknowledgment is aligned with our university’s core value of creating a diverse and inclusive community. It is an institutional responsibility to recognize and acknowledge the people, culture, and history that make up our entire OU community.
Additional Resources for learning about the land you are currently on, a guide to acknowledging land, and an Ally Toolkit:
Refer to the lists below to learn more about a variety of events and organizations dedicated to your success at the University of Oklahoma, both before and after you arrive on campus. This includes information about our more than 680 student organizations, details about events during which you can learn more about what life is like at OU, academic and financial resources, and more.
Visit our website for the most up-to-date information about our on-campus events.
Broadcast Journalism | Class of 2023 | Anadarko, Oklahoma | Kiowa and Cherokee
"It’s been such a life-changing journey I have been on at OU. There is a place for everybody here. The campus experience definitely gives students a family atmosphere. You really get to feel that closeness and tight-knitted nature you have within a family."
Economics and Supply Chain Management | Class of 2023 | Tahlequah, Oklahoma | Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw
"American Indian students should know that OU becomes a home away from home. The Native community at OU will welcome you with open arms. From fellowship meals to Halloween costume competitions and meat pie sales, I always have an event to look forward to and great friends to enjoy it with."
Major - Political Science Concentrating in Elections & Campaigns Management | Class of 2024 | Sulphur, Oklahoma | Chickasaw
"Being at OU has shown me that there are many people that want to impact this university, town, state, and even country. The people here inspire me to make myself better, in mind and in physical aspects. The people empower each other and in turn empower OU. They make this place what it is. OU is a place where everyone is included, quality education is earned, and a good time is always had."
Class of 2019 | MA - Applied Linguistic Anthropology | Indian Education Coordinator and Adjunct Instructor at Frontier Public Schools
"My experiences at OU helped me connect with other Native scholars across the university, not just in my department. These experiences have truly helped me in my job today where I have to use skills from a wide range of disciplines, all of which I learned from my Native peers and allies.
Wichita, Comanche, and Kiowa
Class of 2018 | Finance | Financial Coordinator at the University of Oklahoma - Research Financial Services
"During my time at OU, I became a lot more knowledgeable of the different aspects of higher education. I learned more culturally from other organizations as well as from my sisters of Gamma Delta Pi. I enjoyed my college experience and hope my kids will attend OU as well."
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The goal of the Native Nations Center is to foster respectful and mutually productive relationships between Oklahoma Tribes, the students, the University, the community and key stakeholders.