NAS English Professor Kirby Brown (Cherokee Nation) featured in OsiyoTV segment on Cherokee playwright Lynn Riggs
In this episode, Brown speaks about Bronson’s almost six-decade-long career of service and activism on behalf of Native peoples, communities, and nations. In addition to teaching alongside Ella Deloria and Henry Roe Cloud at Haskell Institute, Bronson also founded the American Indian Higher Education Scholarship Program while an employee at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was a founding member and executive officer for the National Congress of American Indians. As Brown notes in the feature, “Ruth Muskrat Bronson is one of the most important American Indian figures of the early 20th century who almost no one knows of or writes about.” Brown’s work on Bronson’s life and work seeks to change that.
The interviews were recorded during the Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah, Oklahoma over Labor Day weekend. The Holiday remembers and honors the arrival in Indian Territory of the last detachments of Cherokee people forcibly removed from their homelands in the US Southeast on the Trail of Tears in 1839.