TULSA, Oklahoma – The Tulsa Drillers temporarily changed their name to the “Tvsle Rez Dogs” for the annual Muscogee Night at ONEOK Field on June 10. The event was attended by a sellout crowd of 7,977.
Muscogee Night is a partnership between the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the Tulsa Drillers. The game was notable for the Drillers’ temporary jerseys that display the word “Tvlse.”
The event featured Principal Chief David Hill and Muscogee Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo throwing the first pitch. Nancy Mason opened the game by singing the National Anthem in the Mvskoke Language. The newly crowned Muscogee Royalty, Tema Yarjee, and Chenoa Barnett were also introduced on the field for the opening ceremonies.
This year marked the second year Chief Hill threw out the first pitch. According to Chief Hill, he felt more confident about this year’s pitch.
“It felt a lot better than last year. It was a good strike, ” Chief Hill said. “That’s why we always want to create that partnership here, with Drillers and Tulsa. It was great”.
Chief Hill said his favorite part about Muscogee Nation Night is seeing the citizens come out and have a good time at the ballgame. MCN gave away over 500 tickets for citizens to attend the game.
The team debuted their new white and red jerseys against opponent Northwest Arkansas. The temporary name “Rez Dogs” refers to the award-winning Original Television Series Reservation Dogs, which is set to debut its second season on Hulu Aug 3.
T-Shirts and jerseys featuring the name “Rez Dogs” were available in limited quantities.
Rock the Native Vote was also present with a booth providing information on voter registration and handing out freebies such as pins and fans.
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals defeated the Tulsa Rez Dogs in a 13-4 win.
To view prior coverage on Muscogee Nation Night, visit: https://www.mvskokemedia.com/muscogee-nation-night-held-at-oneok-field/