CN, NSU optometry partnership honored
The Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry is located in the former W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, Okla. The optometry partnership between NSU and the Cherokee Nation, which has endured more than 25 years, was honored during the Jan. 14 Tribal Council meeting. COURTESY PHOTO
A patient has his eyes scanned at the Oklahoma College of Optometry located at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. The college, which is a part of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, honored the Cherokee Nation on Jan. 14 during the Tribal Council meeting. COURTESY PHOTO
An eye chart written in the Cherokee syllabary hangs in the Cherokee Nation’s Three Rivers Health Clinic in Muskogee, Okla. The clinic houses Northeastern State University optometry operations. COURTESY PHOTO
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Northeastern State University President Steve Turner and Oklahoma College of Optometry Dean Dr. Doug Penisten presented a resolution honoring the Cherokee Nation at the Jan. 14 Tribal Council meeting.
Turner said the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry voted to honor the CN with the resolution. ASCO represents all 23 schools and colleges of optometry in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
“There have been a number of partnerships that predate everyone in this room between Northeastern State and the Cherokee Nation. We’re here tonight to present a very special award recognizing at least 25 years of partnership between the Cherokee Nation and the Oklahoma College of Optometry,” Turner said.
Penisten said the partnership is recognized nationwide as a model for the delivery of health care in a rural setting.
“This resolution...commends the commitment of the Cherokee Nation to provide its citizens with the highest quality in health care,” Penisten said. “ASCO also wishes the acknowledge the truly unprecedented and remarkable partnership between the Cherokee Nation and Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry.”
NSUOCO faculty, residents and students provide optometry and eye care services at the tribe’s eight clinics: the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell, Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw, Sam Hider Community Clinic in Jay, Amo Community Clinic in Salina, Bartlesville Health Clinic, Three Rivers Health Center in Muskogee, Will Rogers Health Center in Nowata and the Vinita Health Center. Services are also provided at W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah and the NSUOCO Campus Clinic on the NSU campus.
Annually, NSUOCO students, residents and faculty experience more than 50,000 patient encounters, according to information provided by the NSUOCO.
The partnership also plays a role in setting a standard of excellence in education for optometric students, Penisten said.
“The eye and vision care provided by the faculty, residents and students of the Oklahoma College of Optometry is recognized as the highest and most advanced level of care of any optometry program in the world,” he said.
The resolution was presented to Principal Chief Bill John Baker during the council meeting.
“It’s ironic they came and gave us an award for the partnership when very likely we should be giving them an award for serving our people so well with optometry care all these many years,” Baker said.
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎧᎸᎬ ᎢᏗᏢ ᎰᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Steve Turner ᎠᎴ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᏦ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᎦᏙᎵ ᏗᎾᏓᎪᎵᏰᎯ Dean Dr. Doug Penisten ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏄᏩᏁᎸ ᏓᎵᎮᎵᏤᎲ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ ᎧᎸ ᏂᎦᏚᏏᏁᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏗᏂᎳᏫᎦ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ.
Turner ᎤᏛᏅ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᎦᏙᎵ ᏗᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᎯ ᎤᏂᏁᏨ ᎨᎦᎵᎡᎵᏤᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎵᏁᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎤᏂᏝᏅ ᎧᎾᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎤᎵᏍᏓᏱᏛ. ASCO ᏂᏓᏛᏁᎰ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏦᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᎦᏙᎵ ᏧᏂᎪᎵᏰᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎹᏰᏟ, Puerto Rico ᎠᎴ Canada.
“ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᎵᎪᏁᎵ ᏧᏩᎪᏔᏅᏍᏛ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎧᏅᏑᎸ ᏥᏗᏯᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎧᎸᎬ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ. ᎪᎯ ᎤᏒ ᎢᏕᏙᎭ ᎡᏗᏁᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎠᏓᏁᏗ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᏍᎩᏦᏁ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏗᎵᎪᎯ ᎨᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᎸᏙᎵ ᏗᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᎯ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Turner.
Penisten ᎤᏛᏅ ᏗᎵᎪᎯ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᏗᎬᏟᎶᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏍᏗᏊ ᏕᎦᏚᎲᎢ.
ᎯᎠ ᏗᎵᏁᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ……. ᏓᏓᏁᏤᎸ ᎠᏚᏓᎸᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏓᏁᎳᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏴᏫ ᏚᎾᏓᏂᎶᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Penisten. “ASCO ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᏚᎵ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎰᏩ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎨᏒ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ ᏧᎾᎵᎪᎯ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎧᎸᎬ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᎦᏙᎵ ᏗᎾᏓᎪᎸᏰᎯ.”
NSUOCO ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᏂᎾ, ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎲ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᎦᏙᎵ ᏧᎾᏓᎪᎵᏰᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎨᎶ ᏳᏚᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏳᎵᏍᏓᏁ ᏗᎦᏙᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎸᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏧᏁᎳ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ: ᎾᎿ Wilma P.Mankiller ᎥᏰᎸ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎾᎿ ᏍᏗᎵᏪᎵ, Redbird Smith ᎥᏰᎸ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎾᎿ ᏌᎷᏂᎨᏴ, Sam Hider ᎾᎥ ᏄᎾᏓᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎸᏰᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏜᏴᎪᎢ, ᎠᎼ ᎾᎥ ᏄᎾᏓᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎸᏰᏗ ᎾᎿ Salina, Bartlesville ᎥᏰᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ, ᏦᎢ ᏚᏪᏴ ᎥᏰᎸ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎾᎿ ᎫᏐᎢ, Will Rogers ᎥᏰᎸ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎾᎿ Nowata ᎠᎴ ᏚᏧᏓᏢᎥ ᎥᏰᎸ ᎠᏰᏟ.
ᏄᏍᏛ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎸᏍᎪ Ꮎ W.W Hastings ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏓᎵᏆ ᎠᎴ NSUOCO Campus ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏰᏗ ᎾᎿ NSU campus.
ᏓᏕᏘᏴᎯᏒ, NSUOCO ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ, ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏓᏂᎪᏩᏘᏍᎪ ᎯᎦᏍᎪ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏯᏂ ᎠᏂᎶᏍᎪ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᏲᎯ, ᎠᏂᎪᏩᏘᏍᎪ ᏗᎪᏪᎳᏅ ᎤᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏔᏅ NSUOCO.
ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᎵᎪᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏃᏢᏍᎬ ᎤᏂᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏙᏗ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᏂᎦᏙᏗ ᏗᏂᎪᎵᏰᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ, ᎤᏛᏅᎢ Penisten.
“ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎦᏘ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎠᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ, ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᎦᏙ ᏗᏂᎪᎵᏰᏍᎩ ᏯᎾᎵᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎨᎪᎵᎦ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥᎢ ᎨᏒ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏂᎩᏏᏗᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎡᎶᎯ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎵᏁᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏭᏂᏃᎮᎸ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Bill John Baker ᎾᎿ ᏗᏂᎳᏫᎦ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ.
“ᎡᎵᎧ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᏂᎷᎦ ᎨᎦᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᏁᏗ ᎡᎩᎥᏏ ᎾᎿ ᎢᎦᎵᎪᏒ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏒᏱᎩ ᎠᏯ ᏳᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᏱᏕᏗᎲᏏ ᎯᎠ ᏂᏓᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᏗᎦᏤᎵ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏗᏂᎦᏙᎵ ᏓᏂᎪᎵᏰᎲ ᏧᏕᏘᏱᎶᏓ,” ᎤᏛᏅ BakerᎢ.