Winkelman added to panel for Cameron University’s Constitution Day discussion of Native American perspectives on the U.S. Constitution

Cameron University's annual Constitution Day celebration takes place on Wednesday, September 17 with a keynote address and panel discussion of the Native American perspective on the U.S. Constitution. Dr. Kim Winkelman, president of Comanche Nation College, will participate in the panel discussion, replacing previously announced Jerry Bread, who is unable to attend. Winkelman joins Representative T.W. Shannon, Representative Shane Jett, Dr. Aaron Mason of Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith on the panel, moderated by CU assistant professor Dr. Melody Huckaby. Smith will also deliver the keynote address.

The event, which takes place in CU's Shepler Ballroom from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., is part of the university's continuing Centennial Celebration and also serves as the first meeting of the Cameron University Centennial Political Science Forum.

Copies of the U.S. Constitution and commemorative bookmarks will be distributed. This event is free and is open to the public. Sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts, the Department of History and Government, and the Lawton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the event commemorates the 1787 signing of the Constitution of the United States of America.

For more information on this event, contact Tony E. Wohlers, Cameron University Assistant Professor of Political Science, at 580-581-2496 or  For more information about Constitution Day, go to

Fast Facts on the U.S. Constitution

  • The U. S Constitution was written in the same Pennsylvania State House where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where George Washington received his commission as Commander of the Continental Army. Now called Independence Hall, the building still stands today on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, directly across from the National Constitution Center.
  • Written in 1787, the Constitution was signed on September 17th; it wasn't until 1788 that it was ratified by the necessary nine states.
  • The U.S. Constitution was prepared in secret, behind locked doors that were guarded by sentries.
  • Some of the original framers and many delegates in the state ratifying conventions were troubled that the original Constitution lacked a description of individual rights. In 1791, Americans added a list of rights to the Constitution. The first 10 amendments became known as The Bill of Rights
  • Of the 55 delegates attending the Constitutional Convention, 39 signed and three delegates dissented. Two of America's "founding fathers" didn't sign the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson was representing his country in France, and John Adams was doing the same in Great Britain.
  • Established on November 26, 1789, the first national "Thanksgiving Day" was originally created by George Washington as a way of "giving thanks" for the Constitution.
  • Of the written national constitutions, the U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest.
  • At 81, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania was the oldest delegate at the Constitutional Convention, and at 26, Jonathon Dayton of New Jersey was the youngest.
  • The original Constitution is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, it was moved to Fort Knox for safekeeping.
  • Of the more than 11,000 amendments have been introduced in Congress, only 33 have gone to the states to be ratified. Of these, 27 have received the necessary approval from the states to actually become amendments to the Constitution.

Source: National Constitution Center


Sept 15  2008

PR# 08-146