Okla Humma: I Maya Moma Hoki (The Honorable People: We Have Remained in This Place) by Tammy Greer
As a member of the United Houma Nation and director of the Center for American Indian Research and Studies (CAIRS) at the University of Southern Mississippi, Tammy Greer has worked with Southeastern Native tribal members on numerous projects, including the formation of CAIRS and the building of a one thousand-square-foot Medicine Wheel garden on the USM campus. She is the faculty advisor for the Golden Eagles Intertribal Society, a Native focused student group on campus who, along with CAIRS, tends the garden, hosts a yearly powwow, and organizes two Native Ways School Day events each year. Greer is currently working with the Mississippi INBRE Telenutrition Center to recruit Native students from Mississippi and Louisiana to engage in a summer program in health disparities research. The focus of her Okla Achukma project is to address preventable chronic diseases in our Southeastern Native tribes in a more holistic way using the traditional teachings of the sacred Medicine Wheel. In this SouthTalk, Greer will discuss how Medicine Wheel teachings can lead us to a more inclusive, more holistic way of being with one another and with all beings on earth.