Cowboy Country

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Stop sign on the Pawnee Nation

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Outside Jim Thorpe Home in Yale, OK

Wow! It was a little tough for this lifetime Sooner fan to be in Cowboy Country but I had a great time visiting Stillwater, Oklahoma this weekend and wanted to share my experience. I learned about some exciting programs happening at OK State including the Native Explorers program. In partnership with the Chickasaw Nation, Native Explorers provides educational experiences for Indian people as well as promotes Native American participation in scientific and medical professions. I also took a trip to Pawnee Nation and visited the tribal college.  Pawnee Nation College incorporates indigenous knowledge and traditional culture into the college classroom. Near the nation, I visited Pawnee Bill Ranch and saw some buffalo! Just outside of Stillwater in Yale, OK, I got the chance to visit the home of legendary Sac and Fox & Pottawatomie athlete, Jim Thorpe, an inspiring individual and model for me to follow as I work to be passionate advocate and changemaker for Indian people.