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We Are Family

Sometimes there are those unusual moments that take you completely off guard! The other day was one of those instances when I unexpectedly reflected back to when the promontory mound, visitor center and museum buildings were not present as part of the AICCM landscape. It was a little overpowering to realize we are creating something that future generations will take for granted and think has always been around. This cultural park complex will soon be a busy hub ~ full of life with school groups, local visitors, out-of-town guests, conference attendees etc. As I drove up to the visitor center to attend our weekly staff meeting it struck me; everyday so much is being accomplished by a small yet powerful group of individuals who are passionate and committed to the vision. It made me realize that these few, but mighty people, are laying the foundation for the experience guests will have when they visit for years to come. The lyrics “We are family” popped into my head:


“Get up everybody and sing
Everyone can see we're together
As we walk on by
And we fly just like birds of a feather
I won't tell no lie
All of the people around us, they say
Can we be that close
Just let me state for the record
We're giving love in a family dose
We are family…”

Cheesy you say! Maybe? But together this small family gathers each day to combine their passion, enthusiasm, optimism and commitment to build a place like no other! This is no simple feat, it requires dreaming, risk taking, making mistakes and relying on each other with respect and gratitude. I hope you will take the opportunity to get to know our museum champions and the role each one of them play weaving the stories of Oklahoma American Indians together with dedication and integrity. Our organizational values & behaviors are the foundation or our family structure. What better way to build something for the future than in a family way?

NACEA/AICCM STAFF
Gena Timberman
Ryan Barnett
Nancy Fields
Sue Fish
Stacey Halfmoon
Nathan Hart
Debbie Lindsey
Susan Manning
Kimberly Rodriguez
Veronica Simon
Russ Tall Chief
Shoshana Wasserman
Amy Weaver

Project Partners
Leslie Gee
Neely Herndon

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