Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples Day
Monday, Oct. 10, 2022 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
FREE | No Tickets Required for Event ($5 Discounted Gallery Admission)

  • The FAM campus is ADA compliant and accessible parking is available in the museum’s parking lot.
  • Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are permitted in all areas of the museum. A limited number are available for free checkout at the coat check desk.
  • Service animals are permitted if trained to perform specific tasks due to disability. Companion and emotional support animals are not allowed. 
  • See more museum accessibility details here.

Groups are welcome to participate in Indigenous Peoples Day. Please note that it is strongly encouraged to arrange transportation via bus or van to the museum. Parking is extremely limited. Buses may drop off groups at the FAM Center loading zone and park offsite at Crooked Oak Public Schools, located at 15th and Eastern. Parking is $10. 

Save additional time by purchasing tickets in advance. Email [email protected] for details.

Boxed lunches, group restaurant reservations and guided tours for groups are not available during this event. Access Funds for schools are not available during this event.

Outside food or drink is not permitted. Dining options include Thirty Nine restaurant, Arbor Cafe and food trucks in Festival Plaza. 

In the case of inclement weather and/or wet grounds in Festival Plaza, some activities may be canceled. FAM will endeavor to issue updates on rain plans by 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Limited free parking is available onsite. Overflow parking with shuttle is available for $10 at Crooked Oak Public Public Schools at SE 15th and Eastern. All proceeds benefit the school.

Pets are not permitted inside FAM or at the event. Service animals required due to disability are permitted. 

  • All commercial photography must be approved in advance. Submit inquires to [email protected] 
  • Flash photography or tripods are not permitted in the galleries. 
  • Drones are not permitted except without prior authorization from FAM.

Prohibited items include firearms and weapons, drones, fireworks, coolers and ice chests. Bicycles, scooters, roller skates/blades, and hoverboards are not permitted inside the event. Powwow/camp chairs are not encouraged—FAM will provide bleacher seating at the stickball games and main stage.

Soliciting or proselytizing is not permitting on the FAM campus. Visitors exhibiting threatening or violent behavior will be asked to leave. Vending is not permitted at this event without prior written permission from FAM.

FAM is a smoke free campus, including vaping. The designated smoking area is behind the FAM Theater emergency exit facing east. 

Full Schedule

All Day (10 a.m.–5 p.m.) | Chalk Mural in Courtyard; Advocacy booths in Hall of The People; $5 discounted admission to exhibitions; Food trucks in Festival Plaza; FAMstore and Arbor Cafe open

10 a.m. | Museum opens; Stickball games begin in Festival Plaza (Two hours)

11 a.m. | This Has Always Been Indian Country youth art contest awards presentation in Xchange Theater (30 min.); Tipi storytelling at Courtyard (15 min.); Thirty Nine Restaurant opens

12 p.m. | Performance by AJ Harvey (Ponca/Pawnee/Hidatsa) at Main Stage

1 p.m. | Mayoral proclamation reading and remarks at Main Stage (One hour)

2 p.m. | Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe at Main Stage (20 min.); Tipi storytelling at Courtyard (15 min.)

2:30 p.m. | Kalyn Fay (Cherokee) performs at Main Stage (45 min.); “What is Sovereignty?” panel discussion in Xchange Theater (One hour)

3 p.m. | Tipi storytelling at Courtyard (15 min.)

3:30 p.m. | Leah Palmer (Choctaw) poetry reading at Main Stage (20 min.); Moore Public Schools Indian Education Dance Trouble in Xchange Theater (20 min.)

4 p.m. | Labrys performs at Main Stage (40 min.); Thirty Nine Restaurant closes

Main Stage

Join us at the main stage in Festival Plaza!  

  • AJ Harvey (Ponca/Pawnee/Hidatsa) | Noon
  • Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe | 2 p.m.
  • Kalyn Fay (Cherokee) | 2:30 p.m.
  • LABRYS (Penny Pitchlynn (Choctaw)) | 4 p.m.
  • Leah Palmer (Choctaw) | 3:30 p.m.
  • Remarks and Mayoral Proclamation | 1 p.m.
  • Sarah Adams-Cornell (Choctaw) Emcee
  • Thunder Boy Singers as Host Drum

Ready to rumble? Watch the very best players in Indian Country compete for victory from 10:30–noon. Spectators are invited to cheer on our champions!

Through the afternoon, you are invited to play social games with our community stickball athletes. We will provide sticks for men and boys!


Discover the issues impacting Indian Country today and how you can help. Visit nonprofit booths in Hall of The People throughout the day to learn more:

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Education Department
  • Diversity Center of Oklahoma/Central Oklahoma Two-Spirit Society
  • Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Oklahoma Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Statewide Chapter
  • Rock the Native Vote
  • Tinker Inter-tribal Council (TIC)

Don’t miss the What is Sovereignty? panel discussion at 2:30 p.m. in Xchange Theater. Panelists will address the topic of tribal sovereignty from various perspectives. 

  • Dr. heather ahtone (Choctaw/Chickasaw), FAM Director of Curatorial Affairs
  • Stephen Greetham, Senior Counsel of Chickasaw Nation
  • Carrie Lehi (Cheyenne [Tsétsêhéstâhese]), Language advocate
  • Amy Warne (Muscogee), Licensed dietician and food sovereignty advocate
Art & Culture

Courtyard Chalk Mural

Get your doodle on at our monumental chalk mural designed by Summer Zah (Jicarilla Apache/Choctaw/Navajo) and translated to the ground by our friends at Sunny Dayz Mural Fest. Spanning over several hundred square feet, this interactive design invites you to get creative at Indigenous Peoples Day. 

Tipi & Storytelling

Caddo Nation educator Leonard Kionute (Delaware Nation/Caddo) will host a tipi in the courtyard and answer you questions about this iconic structure of the plains. Drop in for 15-minute storytelling sessions at 11 a.m., 2 and 3 p.m.

Visit the Exhibitions

All visitors four years old and up will enjoy discounted $5 gallery admission to our exhibitions. Friendly docents will be on hand to guide your visit, share stories and answer your questions. No food, drink or large bags are permitted in the galleries. Strollers, wheelchairs and mobility scooters are allowed.

Youth Art Contest

View work by young Indigenous artists on the Xchange Theater screen throughout the day. Multimedia works will address the theme of This Has Always Been Indian Country, a message that greets visitors to our galleries. Prizes for winners in each age category! 

Dine and Shop

Enjoy the following food options:

  • Thirty Nine Restaurant (11 a.m.-4 p.m.)| Special menu, no reservations
  • Arbor Café (all day) | Casual fare
  • Food trucks outside in Festival Plaza | Bunny Rolls, Plato’s Provisions, Psycho Tacos and Vanessa’s Restaurant

Purchase First American art, jewelry, apparel and gifts at FAMstore.

Indigenous Shorts Showcase

7 p.m. | Rodeo Cinema (2221 Exchange Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73108)
FREE | Tickets Required

Rodeo Cinema and First Americans Museum present an evening of FREE Indigenous Cinema Shorts selected by film programmer and scholar Sunrise Tippeconnie (Comanche). This event takes place offsite at Rodeo Cinema after the events at FAM.

2022 Volunteer Support & Sponsors

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma Shirt Company