A partnership is more than just two or more people or associations working together. It’s a state of being. It’s a collaborative relationship, an alliance and connection. It’s learning and growing and helping. It’s the way we work together to accomplish the same goal. There’s strength in numbers and the wisdom gained in a partnership is unmatched. We seek out and strive to make partnerships. We work to maintain them and share our experiences. We invite you to explore a few of our partnerships below.
The Eagle Adventure program brings the story of Mr. Eagle and his friends to life in a classroom setting. With a foundation built around storytelling and an exciting Eagle Play as the program introduction, children learn how staying healthy and strong can help prevent type 2 diabetes. In August-September 2015, the Eagle Adventure program soared to Frontier Elementary through our partnership with the Otoe-Missouria tribe in North Central Oklahoma. The diabetes program educator and the tribe’s nutrition coordinator teamed up to implement the program with 105 students in 1st - 3rd grades. The Eagle Play performance, lesson delivery, scheduling and evaluation assistance were provided by members of the OSU and Chickasaw Nation Eagle Adventure team to ensure successful implementation through our partner tribe.
The flourishing partnership between our team and the Otoe-Missouria tribe started in 2011. The Chickasaw Nation Eagle Adventure team hosted a share session in March and several employees of the Otoe-Missouria tribe attended. The tribe’s nutrition coordinator wanted to bring the program to the tribal youth in a summer program setting. We not only followed the in-school curriculum during the summer of 2011 but we were able to plan additional activities and experiences for the youth. We had a scavenger hunt that included older youth and adults. Recipes that are typically sent home with children were made together.
In the spring of 2012, we partnered with the Otoe-Missouria tribe to bring Eagle Adventure to Frontier Elementary school. Many tribal members attend the school and school administrations and personnel were inviting to our team. Additional tribal employees were interested in using the curriculum and attended a workshop we hosted on the OSU campus during the summer of 2012. In early fall of the same year, we participated in the tribe’s health fair; further showing our support of the community and tribal families.
The summer of 2011 marked the first year we participated in the tribe’s Intertribal Youth Celebration. Each June, members of the Eagle Adventure team reconnect with and strengthen the partnership with the Otoe-Missouria tribe as a nutrition education and physical activity contributor for the tribe’s annual event. In 2015, the Intertribal Youth Celebration was held in conjunction with the tribe’s Outdoor Education Days. A total of 188 kids from the Otoe-Missouria, Ponca, Tonkawa, Iowa, Pawnee and Kaw tribes ranging from age 4-16 years participated in jump roping and agility games at the Eagle Adventure booth. In addition to an incentive to promote physical activity at home (jump rope or flying disk), participants were given the Coyote and the Turtle’s Dream book to further their learning about the importance of making healthy choices and being active. Each year our team looks forward to the Otoe-Missouria Intertribal Youth Celebration and we hope to continue participating for many years to come.
In just 5 short years, we’ve learned and grown through our partnership efforts with the Otoe-Missouria tribe. The partnership keeps us inventive; coming up with new ideas and seeing through past dreams of activities and information we want to share with the Native community. The inspiration we gain and the fun times we have, help to keep us going and always wanting more.