Testimony on Behalf of the Oklahoma Humanities Council
Prepared for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies by Valorie Walters, Executive Officer for the Division of the Chickasaw Cultural Center, Chickasaw Nation, and board member, Oklahoma Humanities Council; addressing the National Endowment for the Humanities, May 16, 2017.
Mr. Chairman and Members of the subcommittee, I appreciate the opportunity to present testimony on behalf of the Oklahoma Humanities Council, Oklahoma’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). You will hear testimony during these two days about many issues of critical importance to Native Americans, but all too often, the less tangible issue of how we preserve, celebrate, and increase awareness of our rich history and culture is overlooked. I am here to provide information on the importance of NEH funding—which helps us tell this story that is so fundamental to understanding the history of the nation as a whole—to Native Americans in Oklahoma and across the nation.