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Russ Tallchief, Director of Student Engagement, Inclusion, and Multicultural Programs

Russ Tallchief (Osage Nation) ~ Director of Student Engagement, Inclusion, and Multicultural Programs

Russ Tallchief administers the Office of Student Engagement, Inclusion & Multicultural Programs, which encompasses the offices of Student Life—Student Activities and as well as Intramural Sports and Recreation.

As a writer and educator, Tallchief teaches leadership in the OCU Leads President’s Leadership Class. He has taught various courses in literature, writing, and public speaking at Oklahoma State University, Rose State College, Oklahoma City Community College, and Bemidji State University in Minnesota.

Tallchief earned his Master's Degree in English from Bemidji State University in Minnesota and a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from the University of Central Oklahoma. His graduate work also includes specialized studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the University of Toronto. 

Tallchief is in his 15 th year as the Art Galleries Editor for Native Peoples Magazine (2000 – present), and has contributed articles on art and culture to various publications throughout the U.S., including Veranda, Southwest Art, The Santa Fean, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian magazine American Indian, and Slice Magazine in Oklahoma City. In his creative writing, Tall Chief is the author of Jacobson and the Kiowa Five (aka The Jacobson House, 1930), which is a theatrical dance performance about “The Kiowa Five (Six),” who were the first Native artists formally trained at the University of Oklahoma during the 1920s.  Tallchief is also entering the third draft of a book honoring his great-aunts, Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, who were world-renowned ballerinas.  Tallchief has been curating exhibitions of art and cultural materials for the past 10 years, most notably and recently organizing the Art en Capital~Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l’Eau, in Paris, France. 

Tallchief served as organizer as well as featured dance performer during the weeklong events in shows during 2011 and 2012. Tallchief is a Taildancer and former Drumkeeper for the Greyhorse District of the In’lonshka Osage ceremonial dances. In 1994, Tallchief served as Head Man Dancer for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian’s historic opening celebration of the museum’s New York City facility.  He went on to work in both the Education and Public Affairs departments of the museum’s New York City facility until 2001.

Rolonda Robinson
Rolonda Robinson