Mustang Indian Education hosts “A Day with David Grann”
(Mustang, Oklahoma – September 12, 2022) – The Mustang Public Schools Title VI/Indian Education program along with contributions from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Johnson-O’Malley program, the Chickasaw Nation Department of Education, and Indian Education programs from 25 schools across the state of Oklahoma welcomed David Grann, author of the New York Times Best Seller Killers of the Flower Moon (Adapted for Young Readers) to the Mustang Performing Arts Center on September 12, 2022. This was an opportunity for the district to provide an engaging and relevant learning experience for Native students that supports the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Social Studies.
The event opened with the presentation of colors by the Kiowa Women Warriors, an all-female veterans group providing military honors and services in support of all communities. The Carnegie Public Schools Indigenous Young Ladies Society was also present to sign the National Anthem in Kiowa sign language. Kathryn Red Corn, former Director of the Osage Nation Museum, provided a brief history of the Nation, their journey, and value of their culture ensuring that students walked away with a more comprehensive understanding of the Osage people beyond the series of tragic events discussed in Grann's book.
In his lecture, author David Grann illuminated how the struggle for Native American rights extends from the first contact with settlers to the present day with Standing Rock. Grann highlighted the saga of the Osage Indians, who once controlled the central part of the country. Students saw a collection of photographs on loan from the Osage Nation Museum during Grann’s keynote, after which he answered questions submitted by students and teachers.
A book signing concluded the event that brought together approximately 900 Native American students from across Oklahoma. This experience allowed the students to see that their culture is just as important to the framework of our state’s history as it is to its future. Additionally, on a national level, the work of the author documented the creation and development of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that still exists today. “We were extremely excited to partner with so many to bring this opportunity to Mustang,” Native American Education Coordinator Katy Patterson said. “It was a unique experience and we so appreciate those who helped make this happen for our students.”
About David Grann
New Yorker writer and bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z, David Grann doesn’t just write about incredible people—he walks in their shoes. Whether crossing the ocean or trekking through the Amazon, Grann digs deep to give his stories a pace and intensity unlike any other. In his talks, Grann explores his creative process – from what initially inspires him to investigate a story to his painstaking research and then links the (often) forgotten histories to their relevance to today.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, is a true-crime tale that unravels one of the most sinister crimes and racial injustices in American history. With more than 49 weeks on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list, it was a finalist for the National Book Award and ranked #1 on both Shelf Awareness and Amazon’s Single Best Books of the Year. The PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book club, 'Now Read This,' selected Killers of the Flower Moon for their February 2018 read. Following a highly publicized bidding war for the film rights, Killers of the Flower Moon is set to be released in 2023, with Martin Scorcese as director and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Dinero.
About Mustang Public Schools
The Mustang Public School District covers 69 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,000 certified and support employees. Voted one of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces for the past two years, the school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), three middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education.
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