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Oklahoma celebrates Native American Heritage

The state of Oklahoma celebrated Native American Heritage Month during a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda on Monday.

Rep. Shane Jett (R), one of the 21 Native Americans serving in the Legislature, reminded attendees that Oklahoma's history did not start in 1807. The state is marking its centennial next year but tribes are sitting out the festivities.

"It began many, many years ago as people from all walks of life began to make their way to Oklahoma � some through forced marches, some with hope for the future of a better life," Jett said, The Oklahoman reported.

The ceremony was sponsored by the Department of Human Services' Office of Civil Rights. It featured dancers, drummers and cultural presentations.

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Tribes celebrate heritage (The Oklahoman 11/21)

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