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Welcome to the Native Nations Center

The University of Oklahoma recognizes the sovereign status of the Native Nations of Oklahoma and the institution-to-institution relationship between the University of Oklahoma and Native Nations.The Native Nations Center was officially established in 2015 as a part of the Department of Native American Studies. The Native Nations Center is now a Provost direct unit with office space and a special events space in Copeland Hall.  It is our hope that, someday, the NNC will fulfill the vision of OU’s American Indian students and President William Bizzell and grow into a stand-alone building. In 2018, the Chickasaw Nation endowed the Native Nations Center to ensure its future. The center works to enhance research opportunities for scholars and provide much-needed resources for Oklahoma’s tribes while also enriching the lives of our students and all Oklahomans.

Current Events

"Above and Below the Land” presentation and exhibit highlights John Hitchcock’s new series of works on paper

Exhibition Date: Monday through Friday until December 2nd, 2022
Where: Native Nations Event Center, room 233 in Copeland Hall

Join Native Nations Center for our Sounds, Images, Places of Belonging yearlong focus to highlight the works and talents of Indigenous creatives, artists, and scholars. John Hitchcock is a contemporary artist and musician of Comanche, Kiowa and Northern European decent based out of Madison, Wisconsin. This event is open to all, but space is limited. The exhibit will be open to the public to tour from October 6th through Friday, December 2nd 2022 in the Native Nations Event Center in Copeland Hall, room 233 from 8:00 to 5:00 daily. 

Also on the Horizon: NNC Podcast Workshop Series - Learn Skills to Conduct Professional Level Podcasts and Recordings

This workshop will give you hands-on experience, training, tools, and exposure to resources needed to take the leap and create your own podcast. Our Native Nations Center Director, Brian Burkhart will be instructing this series with one workshop devoted to Mac users and the other to PC users integrating the latest software.

Current News

Tana Fitzpatrick

OU Names Associate Vice President of Tribal Relations

March 22, 2022

The University of Oklahoma announced today the appointment of Tana Fitzpatrick as associate vice president of tribal relations, pending OU Board of Regents’ approval.

Ryan Lee

New American Indian Programs & Services Coordinator

August 11, 2022

The Office of Student Life welcomes Ryan Lee as the new Coordinator, American Indian Programs & Services. For more information, contact Ryan Lee at

Western History Collection Current Job Posting

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The Western History Collections in the OU Libraries is recruiting a Senior Administrative Support Specialist. The Western History Collections is a special research collection focused on the American West and houses books and collections of manuscripts, photographs, and sound recordings. Many of these collections are focused on Native Americans. The WHC serves students, faculty, and community researchers, including tribal nations. This position supervises several student employees, provides excellent service to users, and helps manage the facility and steward the collections.

Please apply through and the job number is 223060.

Interested applicants are welcome to contact Lina Ortega if they have questions.


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Native Nations Center at OU Current Job Posting

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The Native Nations Center has an office management position open. This person will coordinate and provide administrative support to the NNC Director and other staff members and perform clerical duties for the front office operations following established standards.

Please apply through and the job number is 222870.

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  • Provide a “front door” and clearing house for those interested in Native initiatives at OU.
  • Provide nationally known guest speakers, governance workshops, and applicable curriculum for faculty, students, and tribal nations. 
  • House a research and policy center with full-time research faculty (non-advocacy, applied research).
  • Provide research opportunities for OU, Oklahoma, national and international scholars. 
  • Provide significant opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student recruitment and retention.
  • Provide a gathering place and educational leadership programming for Native students.
  • Promote and support the use of innovative technology within our Native community for cultural continuance, sovereignty, representation, and sustainability.
  • Elevate and institutionalize OU’s existing relationships with tribal nations.
  • Make OU the “hub” of related Native American and Indigenous activities in the state.


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