CN citizen receives IHS award
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Indian Health Services has acknowledged Cherokee Nation Health Services employee Linda Squirrel for her contributions by giving her the Trauma and Emergency Care, Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention for Native Americans Contribution Award.
“(Linda’s) important and sustained contribution has been most helpful in establishing the Trauma Care and Injury Prevention Program we have today,” David Boyd, IHS National Trauma Systems coordinator, said. “She recognized a real clinical problem or system deficiency and through a process of conceptualization, creativity, adaptability and hard work brought forth a nuance not yet seen or experienced in Indian Country.”
Squirrel started her career at CN 33 years ago, spending the majority of her time working in EMS. She helped initiate and establish tribal EMS organizations in Oklahoma and nationwide and has served on numerous boards and committees to promote tribal EMS. Most recently she served on the U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Advisory Council representing more than 80 tribal EMS programs across the nation.
“I have always been adamant about promoting tribal EMS and injury prevention,” she said. “I have received several awards and recognitions over the years, but this recognition is very significant for me because it is from Dr. Boyd.”
ᏓᎢᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏗᏂᏰᎸ ᏄᎾᏛᎾᏕᎬ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏄᏅᏁᎸ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎥᏱᎸ ᏄᏛᎾᏕᎬ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ Linda Squirrel ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᏚᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎨᏥᏐᏅᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᎠᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ, ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏯᎾᏛᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏥᏐᏅᏅ ᎠᎭᎷᎩᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᎪᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏄᏛᏁᎸᎢ.
“ (Linda’s) ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎬᏱᎵᏒ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎬ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᏗᎨᏥᏐᏅᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎪᏇᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎭᎷᎩᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎪᎯ ᎢᎦ,” David Boyd, IHS ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎤᏣᏘ ᎨᏥᏐᏅᏅ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙᎯ, ᎤᏛᏅᎢ. “ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅ Ꮎ ᎨᏥᎪᎵᏰᏗ ᎠᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᏎᎸᏁᎲ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ,ᎪᏢᏗ, ᏚᎾᏙᎵᏤᎲ ᎠᎴ ᏍᏓᏯ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ Ꮭ Ꮟ ᎠᎪᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎦᏙᎲᏒ ᏱᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ.”
Squirrel ᎤᎴᏅᎲ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏦᏍᎪ ᏦᎢ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ, ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰ ᎾᎿ EMS. ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏓ ᎤᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ EMS ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᏚᎾᏙᏢ ᏗᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎧᎻᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᎾ ᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ EMS. ᎤᎪᏛ ᎾᏞᎬ ᏚᏍᏕᎸᎭ ᎾᎿ U.S ᎤᎾᏙᏢ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏙᏗ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ EMS ᏗᎨᏲᏂᏙ ᏗᏂᎳᏫᎦ ᎠᏂᏅ ᏂᏓᏛᏁᎲ ᏁᎵᏍᎪ ᎤᎶᏒᏍᏓ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ EMS ᏚᎾᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏫᏚᏳᎪᏛ.
“ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎠᏆᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏁᏉᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ EMS ᎠᎴ ᏗᎨᏥᏐᏅᏅ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᏕᎬᎩᏁᎳ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᎬᏩᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᎬᏮᏁᎲ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏓᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎯᎠ ᎬᏩᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎠᏯ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏃ Dr. Boyd ᎠᎩᏅᏁᎸᎢ.”