CMN inaugural building reflects Muscogee culture

May 13th, 2011 | By | Category: 22-4: Honoring Student Success, Tribal College News

DISTINCTLY MUSCOGEE. The College of the Muscogee Nation dedicated its inaugural building in Okmulgee, OK, in December 2010. Photo by Crystal Bowles

The College of the Muscogee Nation (CMN, Okmulgee, OK) dedicated its inaugural building on Dec. 17, 2010, with an open house celebration.

Construction on CMN’s first building began in December 2009 and was completed in November 2010. Designed to represent the dignity of Muscogee people, the building portrays the balance between traditional academic features and Native culture— and establishes the campus as distinctly Muscogee. From the eastern orientation of the building that expresses the Muscogee appreciation for the beginning of each new day, to the traditional arbor that addresses the setting sun, cultural influence permeates the structure.

About 300 people from across Oklahoma attended the dedication. One of the tribal college founders, Dr. James King, reflected on the meaning of the tribal college building to Muscogee people: “We should never forget that this building of the College of the Muscogee Nation is a monument to the sacrifices and perseverance of our Muscogee ancestors who traveled the long, difficult road of the removal from our homeland in the Southeast.”

As a highlight of the dedication program, a time capsule containing early college memorabilia and cultural items was sealed in the center of the cultural plaza. College President Robert Bible shared his thoughts regarding the importance of the time capsule and dedication ceremony. “The time capsule will give future generations the ability to learn about the college and its early years,” he said. “It will be opened on the college’s 50th anniversary. Today was a great day for the college and its friends, tribal citizens, and above all, our students.”

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