Muscogee College Library receives donation, kudos

Feb 8th, 2012 | By | Category: 23-3: Technology and Culture, Tribal College News

CMN DONATION. Dr. James King, Robert Bible, Dr. Phyllis Fife, and Sharon Mouss stand in front of the new tribal college building, which houses CMN’s administrative offices, library, and classrooms.

By Helen Clements, Karen Haught, and Chelsea Whaley

The College of the Muscogee Nation’s (CMN, Okmulgee, OK) Library is having a banner year.  In addition to moving into a brand new facility and adding several hundred items to our core collection, the library has received a donation from a respected tribal member and also hosted the Oklahoma Library Association’s Tribal Libraries Ad Hoc Committee. (See TCJ, Vol.22, No. 4 for more about the building.)

Last June, Dr. Phyllis Fife presented CMN with a monetary donation of $500 to be used toward the library. The donation was accepted by President Robert Bible, Regents Director for Institutional Effectiveness Dr. James King, and CMN Board of Regents Secretary Sharon Mouss (who is also Fife’s sister).

Fife is the director of Tribal Studies and an assistant professor of Education at Northeastern State University. She is a Muscogee (Creek) citizen and was the 2011 commencement speaker at the third CMN graduation on April 22, 2011.

In presenting the check to President Bible, Fife said that the tribal college, which began as a dream, took many years of development and the work of many hands and many minds. She stated, “This institution has the potential for strengthening our sovereign nation through an informed and educated body of tribal leaders who are responsive to the needs of our communities.” Fife’s donation is being used to strengthen the library’s Native American music collection.

In October, CMN also hosted the Oklahoma Library Association’s Tribal Libraries Ad Hoc Committee.  The committee spent the first half of their trip at the tribal college and then visited the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s Tribal Library.  The new facility, an increase in the collection and circulation, the monetary donation, and visits from library professionals have all combined to provide a sense of excitement in the library. 

For more information, contact Karen Haught at (918) 549-2812.

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