The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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February 28, 2014

Wyandotte Tribe begins gearing up for annual festival

WYANDOTTE, Okla. — The Wyandotte Nation is preparing to put on its seventh annual environmental festival on April 25, bringing students and community members together for educational opportunities.

The festival is slated at the Wyandotte Nation powwow grounds, located five miles east of town on Highway 60. Program director Christen Lee said the event is focused on showing area environmental projects.

“We invite several of the area’s tribes, along with regional colleges to show what they are doing with the environment,” Lee said. “Students can come through and learn directly of how local people are working toward protecting the land that they live on.”

Attendance for the festival has steadily grown since its inception in 2008. Lee said she expects as many as 1,000 people to attend this year’s festival.

“In keeping with an Earth Day and Arbor Day theme, we moved this event outdoors so that more people could attend,” Lee said. “We had done outreach activities for about 15 years, and we decided to start hosting our own festival so that we could welcome more people.”

Lee said she has received attendance confirmation from the Eastern Shawnee Tribe, Miami Tribe, Quapaw Tribe, Audubon Society and Oklahoma State Parks Department, though she expects more to be added by April.

“This is our biggest event of the year and it gives an opportunity for not only students, but community members, to see how they impact their environment,” Lee said.

The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Waste collection

The Wyandotte Nation will also be the host for an electronic waste collection effort during the week at the tribe’s recycling center at 4 Lost Creek Drive. Lee said that the tribe will accept old televisions, appliances and computers as part of the event.

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