89er Day land run

Fifth grade children participate in a re-enactment of the Oklahoma Land Run at an John Ross Elementary School.

Following a request to end re-enactments of the Oklahoma Land Run at Edmond elementary schools, Edmond Public Schools’ officials met with members of the group, Live Indigenous OK.

The group stated the Oklahoma Land Run re-enactments don’t paint a clear picture of what really happened during the Land Run.

According to district spokesperson Susan Parks-Schlepp, Price Brown, executive director of elementary education, met with a representative from Live Indigenous OK in October. 

The representative, along with Synda Yellowfish, director of Indian Education for the district, then had a followup meeting with elementary principals, Parks-Schlepp said.

“During the meeting with the elementary principals, the representative from Live Indigenous OK as well as Ms. Yellowfish discussed with principals the importance of presenting a historically accurate account of how the state was formed and the resulting impact on Native Americans,” Parks-Schlepp added. “They also discussed curriculum and activities that would enhance students’ understanding of Oklahoma history.” 

Currently, school sites determine if they want to conduct Oklahoma Land Run Re-enactments. Students are not required to participate.

At Russell Dougherty Elementary School, long known for its depiction of Statehood Day with students making covered wagons, setting up camp sites, and demonstrating how butter and quilts were made, Principal Penny Dilg said the tradition is still being carried on.