If asked to name some famous Native Americans, most of us might mention
Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull — maybe even Chief Joseph. After visiting the
National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians outside Anadarko,
Oklahoma, chances are you’ll remember a lot more.
You learn, for example, that Chief Ousamequin
communicated with Europeans before the arrival of Pilgrims, and that
Simon Walkingstick, a Cherokee and a graduate of the University School
of Law in Nashville, Tennessee, was admitted to practice law before the
U.S. Supreme Court in 1889 at the age of 21.
This wonderful outdoor museum includes a garden lined with
bronze busts of 42 prominent American Indians, from Will Rogers and
Sacajawea to Pocahontas and Jim Thorpe. Who was Sequoyah, Black Beaver
and Charles Curtis? Stop by this museum and find out.
The facility is located east of the city, along Highway 62 E;
it’s open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Call
(405) 247-5555 for more details.