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About the AIRC



Nestled in the northern corner of the Muscogee Nation, the American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) at the Zarrow Regional Library in west Tulsa sits on land that once belonged to original Mvskoke land allottee, Sammie Naharkey. The AIRC is one of only two centers in public libraries across the nation that provides cultural, educational and informational resources, activities and services highlighting the American Indian culture.  While the city of Tulsa is home to the 5th largest American Indian population in the nation, the target service area for the AIRC is Tulsa County and the outreach impact has far-reaching effects.

In 2000, the AIRC originally started as the Native American Collection. The Center’s Advisory Committee asked to change the name to the American Indian Collection and Programming.  In 2003, the name changed to the American Indian Resource Center. The Center provides access to more than 3,000 books, periodicals, and media for adults and children by and about American Indians new releases, films and music with a focus on native languages.

Contact Information


Visit the American Indian Resource Center 


Zarrow Regional Library
2224 W. 51st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
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Monday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Phone: (918) 549-7472

AIRC E-Newsletter

In an effort to inform the public about services, programs and resources available through the AIRC, an e-newsletter is released each month. Please feel free to forward the newsletters to others who might be interested or benefit from the information.

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"Place of the Turtles" Screen

"Place of the Turtles" screen

James L. Henkle, associate professor of the school of art at the University of Oklahoma designed the screen on commission from the Tulsa Historical Society.  In the center of the screen is a stylized turtle, made of oxidized copper.  Surrounding it, in braised brass, polished brass and copper, are flame forms representing the sacred fire of the Creek Indians, Tulsa’s first citizens.  The screen weighs more than 500 pounds...

The bronze plaque mounted on the oak leaves of the screen was originally placed on the Council Oak Tree (18 Street and South Cheyenne Avenue) by the Tulsa D.A.R. chapter in 1923.  In 1965 the plaque was given to the Tulsa Historical Society for fear of it being vandalized.    On July 1, 1965, the plaque and “Place of the Turtles” screen was dedicated on the 3rd floor of the Central Library to identify the then location of the Tulsa County Historical Society headquarters and archives.

Source: Tulsa World, May 1, 1965; p. 1; Tulsa County Historical Society Dedicatory Program, July 1, 1965.

In May 2013, the American Indian Resource Center moved from Central Library to Zarrow Regional Library (2224 W. 54th ST, Tulsa). Central Library closed in August 2013 for a two-year major renovation. In March 2014 the ‘Place of the Turtles’ screen was erected at Zarrow Regional Library. The American Indian Resource Center and its Turtle screen will remain at Zarrow Regional Library

Programs & Activities

American Indian Festival of Words


This free festival celebrates the history, culture, arts and achievements of American Indians through a series of enlightening family programs at your local libraries. 

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American Indian Circle of Honor


The Circle of Honor Award Presentation honors an American Indian for their lifetime achievements and contributions that have enriched the lives of others. 

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American Indian Writers Award


The American Indian Festival of Words Writers Award recognizes written contributions of outstanding American Indian authors, poets, journalists, film and stage scriptwriters. 

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Summer Reading Program



The American Indian Resource Center participates in TCCL's Summer Reading Program in all age groups.

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