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Curtis Zunigha
Chief of the Delaware Tribe of Indians



Curtis Zunigha is a consultant on communications, public relations, and governmental policy. He is a lecturer and political activist whose career pursuits have centered on the world of the American Indian.

Mr. Zunigha was elected in November 1994 to a four-year term as Chief of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, a federally recognized tribe headquartered in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Delaware Tribe, Inc., the non-profit branch of tribal government. He has previously served as tribal councilman, business manager, cultural educator, and ambassador to Sweden.

Chief Zunigha serves in additional capacities throughout Indian Country.
Title
Organization
Chairman of the Board Claremore (OK) Indian Hospital
Chairman of the Board Oklahomans for Indian Opportunity
Vice-Chairman of the Board Oklahoma Institute of Indian Heritage
Treasurer United Indian Nations in Texas, Kansas, & Oklahoma
Member of the Board of Trustees Delaware Grand Council of North America.
Gov. Frank Keating appointed Chief Zunigha to the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission in 1995.

Curtis Zunigha has produced and directed television and radio programming (primarily Native American public affairs) since 1988 at Rogers State College in Claremore, OK. He has also produced several video programs for Indian tribes and organizations around the country. His 1993 documentary on the Delaware Tribe was selected for the archives of the Smithsonian Institution.

Zunigha has lectured to numerous audiences across the country and taught college courses on Indian political, economic, and cultural issues. He is a master of ceremonies at various public functions from banquets and awards ceremonies to pow-wows, pageants, and parades. His educational background includes degrees in business administration and broadcasting.

The 43-year old Air Force veteran (Vietnam-era) is a member of American Legion Post 198. He is a traditional dancer and singer at pow-wows and ceremonials. He is also of Isleta Pueblo descent. Zunigha is a member of the Shawnee Chapter of the Native American Church of OK.


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