Indian Country News Briefs: First Americans Museum Offers Winter Discount…and Death of C&A Advocate | Tribal


Oklahoma City – A famous exhibit at the First Americans Museum (FAM) closed early last month and will reopen this spring.

According to a press release from the FAM, sent to The Oklahoma City Sentinel and other news outlets, ‘WINIKO: The Life of an Object, Selections from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian’ exhibit is closed while museum takes steps to care for ‘sacred objects’ included.

However, the statement continued, “the museum’s other exhibits, FAMstore, Thirty Nine Restaurant and Arbor Café will remain open. FAM is offering discounted entry when WINIKO closes.

The price split in the release was as follows:

• Adults (13 years and over): $10

• Tribal, Senior (62+), Military, Student (13+): $5

• Youth (4-12): $1

• Child (3 years and under): free

The First Americans Museum is located on the Oklahoma River at 659 First Americans Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73129.

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In other news from Oklahoma Indian Country, Clara Ann Bushyhead (Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma) died in early January.

Known for her longtime work for both tribes, she was a tribal youth advocate who worked in many areas, including substance abuse prevention.

She was known to this reporter for her public relations work. She was described in her obituary as “a music lover” who “also enjoyed making jewelry, playing OU football, traveling and taking care of her family.

Born on July 3, 1964 in Clinton, her return home was on January 5 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. Bushyhead graduated from El Reno High School.

According to her obituary, shared on the C&A Tribes District 3 Facebook page, “She is survived by her children, Andy Mendez of El Reno, Connor Bushyhead of York, PA and Zachard Blackowl of El Reno; brother Charles Bushyhead of El Reno; Clinton’s sister Jesse Bushyhead; grandchildren, Kobe, Kyera, Cobyn, Peytyn and Caitlyn Mendez; and great-grandson Kendall Kozak. His father, Charles “Henry” Dawes Bushyhead; she was predeceased by her mother, Kathleen Bushyhead, and her granddaughter, Ashlyn Mendez.

His revival service was held at the Concho Emergency Response Center, followed by a cemetery service on January 13, with the Reverend Gerald Panana officiating, at the Concho Indian Cemetery.

Note: Pat McGuigan has been reporting on Indian Country from Oklahoma for over 30 years. A decade ago, his reporting on the efforts of the two tribes to regain land in and around Fort Reno, highlighting the efforts of the late Archie Hoffman, won first place from the Society of Professional Journalists (Pro Chapter) in the Diversity News category.
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