On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 the Seminole Nation Community Health Representatives and Diabetes Program held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Health and Wellness Center project at the Mekusukey Mission in Seminole. The Health and Wellness Center, projected to be completed in October 2014, will be located south of the current Dialysis Center and Diabetes program building.
Tulsa, Okla. based 1Architecture provided the architectural rendering of the wellness center.
Steve Wright with Builders Unlimited Inc. is working on the building and has already begun construction.
“We look forward to getting the project done on time or a little bit ahead of schedule if possible,” said Wright. “The building has some great aspects to it with the finishes inside and the elderly assisted features,” Wright added.
Following the groundbreaking ceremony, a reception was held at the North Community Building and Seminole Nation Diabetes director Dewayne Tiger said, “This is the first step in a lot of steps coming to improve and increase the awareness of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and we are going to really try to awaken people’s minds on health and wellness.”
“I know the building is going to give us a greater advantage in helping our community and their overall health,” added Community Health Representatives Director Jerome Harrison.
The wellness center building will contain eight offices, bathrooms, showers, storage closets, a workout and fitness room, a large kitchen for cooking demonstrations, an education room and a conference room.
“This building will bring to the nation some opportunities for health and wellness, just getting out and participating in different types of exercise. This is a foundational piece of that program,” said Principal Chief Leonard M. Harjo.
Summer Internship applications available
Seminole Nation Career Services is currently accepting applications for the Native Youth Summer Internship Program.
Internships are available to students ages 16-21. Applicants must live in Seminole County and meet certain income requirements.
Click here to download an application.
Paper applications are also available at the Career Services offices at Mekusukey Mission. Submission deadline is Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
For more information, call (405) 257-7200.
Tribal Court to host summer camp
The Seminole Nation Tribal Court will be hosting a Tribal Court Camp on Friday, June 20, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The camp is open to all students ages 6-16.
During the camp, students will learn about tribal government and the operations of the Seminole Nation's court system. The camp will emphasize leadership, personal growth and cultural growth.
Click here to download an application.
Paper applications are also available at the Tribal Court Administration Building at Mekusukey Mission and the Tribal Complex in Wewoka.
Applications may be returned through mail or in-person at either the Tribal Complex or Tribal Court Administration Building, and must include a copy of CDIB or Tribal Enrollment Card.
All applications are due by Friday, June 6, 2014. However, applicants are encouraged to apply early, as only the first 20 students will be accepted.
For more information, contact Marcus Proctor at (405) 234-5257 or Annie Horton at (405) 234-5253.
The Seminole Nation and the Wewoka Service Unit Health Advisory Board hosted an Indian Country Food and Agriculture Workshop at the Seminole Nation Grisso Mansion Annex Building on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
The keynote speaker for the event was Janie Simms-Hipp. Simms-Hipp is a Chickasaw tribal member currently serving as the Founding Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She most recently served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and advised the Secretary on Tribal Relations. Simms-Hipp served as the Founding Director of the USDA Office of Tribal Relations in the Office of the Secretary.
She discussed the opportunities and challenges of creating a vision and establishing food and agriculture policy for the Seminole Nation.
“The opportunities for food and agriculture have never been better for Indian country,” said Simms-Hipp.
“I think we need people to really think about food and where their food is coming from for their community and for their families,” she added.
Simms-Hipp went on to talk about the importance of food to all societies and the need for Indian Country to focus on how food and agriculture fits into their lives to improve health and tribal communities.
“I personally believe no matter how small or big a tribe is, that they really should be thinking about how to improve our communities,” said Simms-Hipp. “A critical part of that is to set a vision for the Seminole Nation and community at-large, but also set a vision that can accommodate similar visions with other tribes because there are a lot of things that we can do working together inter-tribally around food and agriculture that would benefit all of our tribal governments and their citizens.”