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Tribal agriculture efforts get boost from aquaponics

Joe Clay
Communications Director

The Seminole Nation Food And Nutrition Program has put in an aquaponics system, which is located in front of the Seminole Nation Food and Nutrition Services building, with the help of the Sheena V. Foundation and Symbionic Aquaponics.

They recently finished the aquaponics system, which was completed in early June. The greenhouse in which the aquaponics system is held was acquired from a USDA grant. The Seminole Nation Maintenance department and the Seminole Nation Food and Nutrition program installed the Green House. There was a ribbon cutting ceremony which took place on April 1, 2015 at the Mekusukey Mission at the Seminole Nation Food and Distribution program.

The aquaponics system is the agricultural practice of growing plants and fish in a closed, self-sustaining ecosystem. True aquaponics recycles water within a closed system, which by many estimates reduces water consumption by approximately 99%.  This means that a tomato grown in an aquaponic system requires 1% of the watering required by a tomato grown with traditional farming.  This is because an aquaponic system is more efficient, such that the majority of the water in the system is directly used by the plants.  In traditional agriculture more water is used because very little of the water goes directly to the plant.  Much of the water is lost to run-off, evaporation, and soil absorption not directly being used by the plant.

The Sheena V. Foundation’s mission is to serve Native American communities throughout the United States. Their Primary areas of focus for imbursement include educational programs, counseling and children’s cancer research. Through the implementation of efficient and accessible programs that address physical health and wellness, financial literacy and educational programs, all contributing to a self-sustaining and successful life, the Sheena V. Foundation restores hope to Native American youth, fulfilling and ensuring lifelong dreams and aspirations.

Symbionic Aquaponics is a national, award-winning company that specializes in custom aquaponic system designs, commercial builds and community education and outreach. Symbionic Aquaponics is run by two Choctaw tribal members – brothers Kaben and Shelby Smallwood from Talihina, Okla. Their dream is that every Native American tribe will grow its own food and conserve natural resources in the process.


Seminole Nation to host WWII event in August

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Head Start graduation held at Mekusukey Mission

Kimberly Richardson
Staff Writer

The Seminole Nation Headstart Graduation was held Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at the Mekusukey Mission Gymnasium.

This year, the presentation of colors and National Anthem were performed by the Seminole Nation Honor Color Guard and Seminole Nation Princesses.

The diplomas were presented by Tracy Rogers of the Mekusukey Mission Center, Michelle Tsosie of the Konawa Center and Adrianne Harjo of Barking Water Center. After the ceremony refreshments were served.


Head Start holds annual Trike-a-Thon

Joe Clay
Communications Director

The Seminole Nation Head Start held their annual Trike-A-Thon on May 14, 2015 at the Mekusukey Mission in Seminole. The St. Jude Trike-A-Thon is a free educational program that teaches preschool and daycare students riding-toy safety and the importance of helping others while benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

St. Jude relies on funding from individuals, meaning participants are making a real difference in the lives of kids just like them.

The Seminole Nation head start students rode their bikes along with each of the kids families from the Head Start building down to the softball fields. It was a great turnout for a great cause to help St. Judes Hospital.

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