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With the help of many tribal nations and community partners, we established “Completing the Circle”, a program that helps foster children, their foster and bio families, and their tribal families travel a path together toward healing. With a focus on the rich heritage of their tribal nation, “Completing the Circle” strives to raise awareness among these children that they are part of a bigger circle of life, that they are not alone in their journey, and that step by step, they will complete the circle.

Our program teaches Native American culture, practices and heritage to Native American foster children in central Oklahoma who are placed in non-Native American foster homes. Their foster parents, and the OKDHS staff charged with caring for the children, also learn about Native American culture. About 100 Native American foster children attended last year’s event. Native American foods, dances, music, arts and history are presented each year.

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Circle of Healing

One way to help Native American children to heal is through their proud and strong Native American heritage, and acknowledging this strong connection with their tribe and culture. We help them realize that the circle holds many meanings in cultures around the world, but the circle is especially sacred in the Native American culture. It represents the Sun, Moon, and the Earth. It marks the edge of the world with the four directions and the winds that travel there. Most importantly, it is a symbol for the Circle of Life, which is forever evolving and teaching us new lessons as we travel each path. These Native American children need to feel good about who they are, where they come from, who their ancestors are, and that they too draw strength through their mind, body, and spirit.

If you have questions about the conference, please contact Kelly Tannehill at 918-614-5042.