The Place that Prepares
American Indian Leaders
Director of Center for American Indians
Welcome to the
Center for American Indians
at Bacone College
The Center for American Indians incorporates and utilizes the Medicine Wheel framework in thinking, planning, implementing, and assessing cultural activities.
The Medicine Wheel framework is a circular, cyclical concept that is unending. It is an opportunity for teaching and learning, growth, and education.
The First Section – East quadrant allows brainstorming and thinking of cultural ideas/activities that engage students, staff, faculty, administrators, Board members, and community members. Thinking about the appropriate cultural activities that respect the tribe, region and timing of the event is presented. As well, there is discussion about the personnel, budget, and intended audience.
The Second Section – South quadrant involves planning events that celebrate the various American Indian cultures of our students that creates a home-like setting for students. College employees work with student sponsors and students themselves to plan when, where, how, and why events and activities are held. Discussions are held for everyone to communicate what resources, location of the activities, and key individuals who will lead and assist in the planned activity. Time and preparation, as well as required human and fiscal resources are identified, raised, and identified.
The Third Section – West quadrant is the time to implement the idea with the appropriate resources into action. Individual and team work, building trust, communication, responsibility, and confidence are achieved. To see the actual idea planned and implemented creates a sense of pride and allows students and college employees to build a sense of community.
The Fourth Section – North quadrant is the opportunity to reconvene and talk about what students learned or achieved. This time to reflect allows students to identify what worked and what didn’t so the next time the event is held the identified missteps will not reoccur. This also opens up new or additional ideas and activities to be part of the monthly, semester, or annual activities of the College, creating a sense of community.