Oklahoma City Indian Clinic will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a powwow Saturday at State Fair Park. Gourd dancing will begin at 2 p.m., and the grand entry will start at 7 p.m.
“We want to bring together not only our patients and staff, but also the entire Oklahoma City community as we celebrate 40 years of providing quality health care to American Indians in Oklahoma,” said Robyn Sunday-Allen, CEO of the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. “This powwow will be a fun opportunity for families to experience the rich culture and traditions of tribes throughout our state.”
In addition to traditional music and dancing, prizes will be given away to men, women and children who participate in Cloth, Buckskin, Jingle, Fancy Shawl, Straight, Grass, Traditional, Golden Age Combined and Tiny Tots dances. Merchandise vendors and health booths will also be in attendance.
Since 1974, the clinic has worked to increase access to quality health care and wellness services for urban Indians living in central Oklahoma. The clinic serves 18,000 patients annually from more than 220 federal recognized tribes. The clinic offers a wide variety of health services, including general medical, dental, pediatrics, optometry, radiology, laboratory, behavioral health and breast care health.
In 2013, the clinic expanded its pediatrics from two exam rooms to a new 7,200-square-foot Harmon-y Pediatric Clinic in its Everett R. Rhoades, M.D., Medical Building, 5208 W Reno. This year, the clinic is holding a $2 million fundraising project to construct a new 7,000-square-foot pharmacy that will enable staff to fill more than 400,000 prescriptions a year.
Admission and parking for the powwow are free. For more information or to reserve a booth, call Angie Childers at 948-4900, ext. 621, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.okcic.com.