Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department

News Release

November 22, 2010




Contact:  Lindsay Vidrine

Phone:   405-230-8414

Email:  Lindsay@TravelOK.com


Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with new Oklahoma Indian Country Guide


Brochure features American Indian attractions statewide, plus tribal profiles and more


The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department is pleased to announce its new Oklahoma Indian Country Guide. November marks Native American Heritage month, however Oklahoma receives year-round interest from travelers seeking American Indian experiences.


“Oklahoma is a state comprised of many nations, languages and cultures. The Oklahoma Indian Country Guide is our way of lifting up these important stories and sites which add richness to the fabric of our state,” said Hardy Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. “This brochure captures the beauty and diversity of Oklahoma’s American Indian heritage and we hope it will make it easier for travelers to experience these unique cultures and attractions first-hand.”


This new guide is free of charge and will assist travelers in planning trips to Oklahoma’s 90+ tribal museums, historic sites, art galleries and more, including a casino guide. Visitors can learn about the state’s distinct culture and history through profiles detailing the 39 tribal nations of Oklahoma, more than any other state. The guide also features breathtaking artwork, historic photography, maps, and major events and festivals.


            A publication like this requires significant research and collaboration, and the Tourism Department would like to recognize the partners who contributed to this brochure. They include the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, cover artist Brent Greenwood and other artists who gave permission to use their beautiful works, the Oklahoma Indian Tourism Association, and the 39 tribal nations of Oklahoma who provided guidance and input throughout the process.


The Oklahoma Indian Country Guide is free and can be ordered online at www.TravelOK.com or by calling an Oklahoma Travel Counselor at 1-800-652-6552. They are also being distributed through the 12 Tourism Information Centers statewide. An electronic version of the guide can also be viewed here.


For more great travel ideas, tune into the weekly television program Discover Oklahoma, click on the newly redesigned www.TravelOK.com  or check out Oklahoma Today magazine for all the latest must-see restaurants, shops, attractions and more statewide. 


The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD) is working to advance the exceptional quality of life in Oklahoma by preserving, maintaining, and promoting our natural assets and cultural richness. The department is the steward of the state park system and also promotes Oklahoma as a travel destination through many award-winning programs. To learn more about Oklahoma’s unique events and attractions, please visit www.TravelOK.com or follow us at Facebook.com/TravelOK or Twitter.com/OklahomaTourism.