2005 Groundblessing 

Sunrise Ceremony

The day began with community members gathers for the starting of a new fire. Traditional Mvskoke leaders gathered and began the new fire with embers from the fires of many different tribal communities that were brought from original homelands to then Indian Territory. As the sun rose it was a magical moment as the traditions of the past converged with all of the dowtown activity of city life.

Commemoration Luncheon  

Hosted by: Downtown OKC Rotary Club & OKC Chamber of Commerce at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The lunch featured the model of the cultural center and museum so guests could get an idea of what was to come. There were music performance by a Choctaw youth group, dancing by the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers and a presentation by Gena Howard.

Afternoon Cultural Celebration and Evening Ceremony

The story of the removal and relocation of American Indian peoples to what is now Oklahoma and the rebirth of these communities is integral to the understanding of what America is today and where it is going tomorrow. The groundblessing ceremony shared the grand scope and drama of this unique story.

Groundblessing Processional

Kiowa Black Leggings
Seminole Nation Honor Color Guard
Choctaw Nation Dancers – Walk Dance (Walk Dance signifies an important, ceremonial event is about to begin)
Ponca Calling Song

Moving Fires - Welcome & Introductions

Emcee Gena Howard, Deputy Director, Native American Cultural and Educational Authority
Opening Blessing -Stuart Owings (Wichita)
Lord’s Prayer -An Invitation to Tribal Royalty
Blessing the Ground of the American Indian Cultural Center
Governor Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation and Co-Chair of Honorary Groundblessing Committee (Chickasaw)
Kim Henry, First Lady of Oklahoma and Co-Chair of Honorary Groundblessing Committee

The Fire Still Burns

Mvskoke Preparation of the Fire
The Everlasting Fire:  Feeding the Fire/Building the Community
An Invitation to the Tribes -Enoch Kelly Haney, Principal Chief of the Seminole Nation (Seminole
Performance by Chickasaw Children’s Choir
Governor Brad Henry, Governor of Oklahoma

Closing Remarks & Blessing

Lawrence Hart, Cheyenne Peace Chief and Honorary Groundblessing Committee Member (Cheyenne)

Recessional

Kiowa Black Leggings
Seminole Nation Honor Color Guard
Choctaw Nation Dancers – Walk Dance (Walk Dance signifies an important, ceremonial event is ending)
Victory Song & Celebration Fireworks Display