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Creek Nation Official to Visit JSU

June 17, 2004 -- An official of the Creek Nation will deliver an address on Tuesday, 22 June at Jacksonville State University. Mrs. Joyce Bear, tribal historic preservation officer with the Creek Nation of Oklahoma, will speak at 7 p.m. in Room 234 Martin Hall.

The public is invited to hear Mrs. Bear, whose topic will be “The Removal of the Creek (Muscogee) People of Alabama.”

Mrs. Bear manages the Culture and Historic Preservation Office for the Creek Nation in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and acts as consultant to libraries and museums. She also conducts tribal research and is actively involved in the Muscogee Nation Library and Archives. She serves as the tribal representative and consultant with state and federal agencies on national historic preservation matters, as well as issues involved in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. She holds a master’s degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

“We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Bear visit our campus, and anyone interested in Native American history is encouraged to attend,” said Gail King of the JSU Archaeological Resource Laboratory, sponsor of the event. Mrs. Bear will be accompanied by Native American college students from Oklahoma. While here they will visit an archaeological excavation that JSU is conducting near Alexandria, where the Battle of Tallussahatchee took place in November of 1813.

  For additional information call Gail King at 782-8207.

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