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At Gilcrease, a Conference on Native American Self-Determination from the Nixon Era to the Present

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Aired on Monday, May 21st.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, our guest is the Washington-based attorney Reid Chambers, who was formerly (during the Nixon and Ford administrations) Associate Solicitor for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Chambers will be the moderator for a free-to-the-public forum entitled "Renunciation of Termination, Self-Determination, and the Trust Relationship," which is being jointly presented by the Gilcrease Museum, the University of Tulsa, the National Archives, and the Richard Nixon Foundation. This event happens at the Gilcrease Museum (at 1400 North Gilcrease Museum Road; in Tulsa) on Wednesday the 23rd, beginning at 10:30am; it will focus on the dramatic if not progressive ways in which the U.S. government changed its relationship with many Native American tribes during the Nixon presidency (and in the decades following it). Guests and panelists for this day-long conference --- which will actually consist of two different sessions, one at 10:30am and the other at 1pm --- will include various Nixon administration officials, all of them experts on the legal, political, governmental, and historical relations between the federal government and the Native American peoples. More information about this forum can be found here.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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