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American Indian Students

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.

Land Acknowledgement

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:

Resources and Events

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. 

On-Campus Events

Prospective Students

Current Students

  • AISA Fall & Spring Powwow
  • Cultural Organization Events: Gamma Delta Pi Zuma-thon, Gamma Delta Pi Native Hoops Basketball Tournament, American Indian Student Life Spring Banquest
  • AISA Spring Stomp Dance
  • N7 Youth Movement
  • American Indian Achievement Celebration
  • American Indian Heritage Day
  • Miss & Mr. Indian OU Pageant
  • American Indian Alumni Society F. Browning Pipestem Golf Tournament
  • Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair
  • Native Crossroads Film Festival
  • Native American Studies/College of Law Symposium (NAS)
  • Oklahoma Contemporary Native American Artist Speaker Series (NAS)

Visit our website for the most up-to-date information about our on-campus events.

Meet Current American Indian OU Students

Lexie McIntosh
Lexie McIntosh

Native American Studies/Pre-Law | Class of 2023 | Stuart, Oklahoma | Mvskoke

“You could come hundreds of miles from where you're from, and you'll still feel like you're home.”

Jay Toyebo
Jay Toyebo

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."

Jolie Morgan
Jolie Morgan

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."

Cedon Harazda
Cedon Harazda

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."

Natha Littlecrow

Our goal at OU is to create a learning environment where you are encouraged to foster your passions and, with the help of mentors, make a difference. One student who has done just that is Natha Little Crow. Watch our video to hear how Little Crow is making a tremendous impact not only at OU but also in the Native American community.

Meet American Indian OU Alumni

Christina "Gichegemi" Faw Faw-Goodson
Christina "Gichegemi" Faw Faw-Goodson

Jiwere-Nut'achi/Baxoje

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.

Jessika Poafpybitty
Jessika Poafpybitty

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."

Frequently Asked Questions

American Indian Students FAQ

There are many resources and organizations dedicated to serving American Indian students at the University of Oklahoma.

  • The American Indian Student Association is the central organization for Native and Indigenous OU students. AISA’s goal is to increase representation of Native students through events and activities on campus. Contact information: ouasiaexec@gmail.com
  • Project Threshold offers academic advisement, financial aid information, enrollment assistance, and tutorial services. 
  • Diversity Enrichment Programs (DEP) supports underrepresented students and their families in the admissions process through the presentation of resources, which include events, scholarships, and community programs. DEP aims to make a difference in communities with intentional experiences that are personalized to meet the needs of each student. 
  • Five Moons Student Lounge, named after the five Oklahoma-born native American ballet dancers who shaped the world of dance by inviting diversity into the world of ballet, is a space located on the first floor in Copeland Hall that offers Native students a space to come together and continue the legacy of their culture. The Five Moon Student Lounge is open daily to students. Student leaders in any of OU's indigenous-interest student organizations can request after-hours card access
  • The Native Nations Center (NNC) is located on the 2nd floor of Copeland Hall. The goals of the NNC are to provide a “front door” and clearing house for those interested in Native initiatives at OU. The NNC brings in nationally known guest speakers; Indigenous research and research ethics workshops; governance workshops; and applicable curriculum for faculty, students, and Native Nations. 
  • Monday Night Fellowship happens in the Five Moons Lounge most Mondays during the school year. Native faculty, staff, and alum contribute to a home-cooked meal for current students. It is free! 

Many of our specific colleges within the university have multicultural clubs or organizations.  

Student Life is located in Suite 370 in the Oklahoma Memorial Union on the Norman campus. Ryan Lee is the Program Coordinator and the advisor to the American Indian Student Association. Students are encouraged to visit Student Life early in their academic careers and often

OU’s Fraternity and Sorority Programs and Services is a community made up of 57 chapters, of which 30% of OU’s student body is a part of. Under this department, there are multiple umbrella organizations that house certain chapters on campus.  

  • The Multicultural Greek Council houses 13 chapters including Asian interest, Latino interest, Multicultural interest, and Native interest groups including: 
    • The Alpha chapter of Iota Gamma, formally known as Sigma Nu Alpha Gamma, was founded at the University of Oklahoma in 2004. The goals of the chapter are to offer support as they encourage Native American men to succeed and move toward graduation. 
    • Founded in 2001, the Alpha chapter of Gamma Delta Pi is the first and only American Indian Sorority on campus. The chapter focuses on furthering the lives of American Indian women academically, culturally, and socially. 
  • The Interfraternity Council (IFC) serves 18 fraternities within the council. IFC focuses on leadership, service, scholarship, and community within its 2,400 members.  
  • Independent Greek Council, the newest council at the University of Oklahoma, is home to eight chapters with 500 total members. Their chapters are diverse and focus on a variety of special interests such as technical studies, Christian-based, cultural celebration, and music interest.  
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council is the governing council for all historically, but not exclusively, Black Greek-lettered organizations. The nine chapters are home to over 60 members. 
  • The Oklahoma Panhellenic Association is home to over 3,200 members within 11 sororities. They work to promote excellence in academics, community and campus involvement, and sisterhood. 

 

Scholarship money can come from an institution like the University of Oklahoma, community organizations, local/state/national entities, national organizations, sports teams, alumni societies, and more.

American Indian students attending OU may be eligible for, but not limited to, the following:

  • National Award: The Office of Diversity Enrichment Programs administers National Award Scholarships and considers applicants who are in the Indigenous Recognition Program with a 29 or higher ACT (or SAT equivalent) and a 3.5 GPA. Students are automatically considered for this scholarship with their freshman application and is not based on financial need.

  • Community Enrichment: The Community Enrichment Scholars program recognizes students who are involved in cultural, heritage, and community activities supporting the values of diverse communities. Students must complete their community essay to be considered.

  • Diversity Enrichment Programs (DEP) Internship: Every year, 35-40 students are awarded the opportunity to serve as a Diversity Enrichment Programs Recruitment Intern. Interns receive a $1,500 tuition waiver for the academic year. Incoming freshman are eligible to apply to intern their sophomore year.

  • Other scholarship opportunities for Native students include through organizations such as the American Indian Graduate Center, American Indian Science & Engineering Society, American Indian College Fund, and the Cobell Scholarship.

American Indian Programs & Services also encourages all students to connect with their individual tribal college readiness programs or higher education programs for tribally specific financial aid. 

Students may be eligible for more scholarship opportunities. Visit OU’s scholarship page to learn more.

The American Indian Student Association (AISA) serves as the central student organization for Native and Indigenous students on The University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus. AISA increases the representation of Native and Indigenous peoples on campus through general meetings, events, and activities for students. Continual collaborations with fellow Native and Indigenous organizations across campus allows for successful social and communal experiences to reinforce the strength of students in the duration of their academic advancements at The University of Oklahoma.

Other cultural organizations are as follows: American Indian Science & Engineering Society, Gamma Delta Pi, Iota Gamma, Indigenous Graduate Student Alliance, American Indian Student Fellowship, and the Native American Journalism Association.

Indigenous People’s Day celebrates, recognizes, and advocates for Indigenous communities, histories, and culture. This holiday is celebrated annually on the second Monday of October. More information can be found through the American Indian Programs and Services page. 

 

With OU’s American Indian Programs and Services, programming takes place across campus for Indigenous People’s Day in October, Native American Heritage Month throughout November, and Indigenous Awareness Month throughout April. More information can be found through the American Indian Programs and Services page.

 

The American Indian Achievement Celebration is hosted by the American Indian Programs and Services to honor American Indian graduates. During this event graduates receive a verbal recognition, a graduation certificate, and a complimentary Native graduation stole.

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