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Strategic Partners

In the year 2000, Dr. Copeland forged a collaborative relationship with the Choctaw Nation, in which he began visiting their clinics on a regular basis to provide diabetes and endocrinology services to the Choctaws. He wanted to create synergistic professional bonds that would produce mutually beneficial clinical services and research. He extended similar partnerships to the Absentee Shawnee and Chickasaw tribes in 2001 and the Cheyenne-Arapaho tribe through the IHS-Clinton Service Unit. More recently, Dr. Copeland has been developing alliances with the Cherokee nation and the Citizen-Potowatami tribe.  To be able to include the participation of Native American families from so many different tribes makes Oklahoma's contribution to the national TODAY study highly unique  and treasured and provides a valuable service to Native Americans across the state.

Map of Strategic Partners


Choctaw Flag 
 Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Absentee Shawnee Flag 
 Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

Chickasaw Nation Seal
 The Chickasaw Nation

Cheyenne Arapaho Flag 
 Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma

Cherokee Flag 
 The Cherokee Nation

Citizen Potawatomi Flag 
 Citizen Potawatomi Nation

OKCIC Logo 
 Oklahoma City Indian Clinic