- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - University of Oklahoma President David Boren says the school is putting a greater emphasis on the study and appreciation of American Indian culture.

The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1RFzaqv ) reports Boren announced the plans Monday during the university’s first Indigenous Peoples Day celebration. Boren said he is recommending turning the Native American Studies program into a department.

As a department, Boren said the Native American Studies program would give students more resources and academic opportunities. The move is pending approval from the university Board of Regents and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Boren also announced Monday that a Native Nations Center will be formed and a tribal liaison officer has been appointed.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com


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