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16 Episodes

Melissa Tartsah Morgan and Vicky Gold

S4 • E5
After enduring a harrowing medical struggle, Vicky Gold and her daughter, Melissa Tartsah Morgan, agree: To be Chickasaw, you have strength.

Dr. Whitney Tolpinrud

S13 • E5
Chickasaw citizen Dr. Whitney Tolpinrud says she always knew she would figure out a way to give back to her tribe.

John Herrington: Chickasaw Determination

S5 • E7
Astronaut John Herrington speaks about the pride he feels for his Chickasaw heritage, and the importance of diligence in the face of adversity.

Abigail McNally

S17 • E7
Introducing Abigail McNally, Aerospace Engineer. And Chickasaw.

Troy Lawrence

S17 • E6
Meet Troy Lawrence. Putting bad guys behind bars using the most advanced data extraction technology available.

Paula Vanbuskirk

S16 • E6
As Chief of Dental Services at the Chickasaw Nation, Dr. Paula Vanbuskirk is dedicated to the health and well-being of the nation's youngest citizens.

Dr. Suzanne Van Cooten

S4 • E4
Dr. Suzanne Van Cooten says she feels like a protector of the land and strives to leave the earth better than she found it.

Kent Smith, Ph.D.

S13 • E1
Kent Smith founded the Native Explorers program as a way to recruit, train and educate the next generation of Native Americans in science & medicine.

Dr. Teresa Shavney

S5 • E2
Dr. Teresa Shavney talks about her breast cancer patients, and how she uses empathy to take away fear and help make people well.

Teri Centner

S11 • E6
Chickasaw citizen Teri Centner is using her lifelong love of science and math to help youth succeed in these advanced fields.

Tessa Stamile

S9 • E1
Tessa Stamile is thankful for the educational opportunities the Chickasaw Nation provides.

Brandon Postoak, D.O.

S17 • E8
Brandon Postoak credits his Chickasaw heritage for changing the trajectory of his life and sending him on a path to become a doctor.

Dr. Tina Cooper

S2 • E6
Family Practitioner, Tina Cooper, M.D. inspires and encourages young women in their pursuit of big career goals.

Joe F. Moore

S16 • E1
Joe F. Moore achieved his dream of attending MIT and went on to become a pioneer in computer technology and oil refining.

Joshua Tingle

S9 • E8
Joshua Tingle is a talented and intelligent young Chickasaw with a promising future ahead of him.

Chris Carpenter

S8 • E5
Chris Carpenter understands the importance of Chickasaw heritage.


26 Videos

Chickasaw Culture and Identity

Tina Cooper
Chickasaw culture is a mix of many things: caring about one another, self-improvement, a strong sense of family and a sense of identity.

Getting Serious About Treatment Options

Vicky Gold
When her daughter began suffering kidney failure, Vicky Gold decided it was time to get serious about how to proceed with the medical treatment.

Lifestyle Changes

In honor of Diabetes Awareness
Increasing rates of diabetes make monitoring one's lifestyle a necessity.

Native American Risk

In Honor of Diabetes Awareness
Native American communities are statistically at a higher risk to become type 2 diabetic.

Initial Kidney Treatments

Vicky Gold
Chickasaw mother Vicky Gold tells the story of the initial treatments for her daughter Melissa, after she was diagnosed with FSGS.

John Herrington: I Dreamed of Being an Astronaut

Meet Our People – The Enduring Spirit of the Chickasaw Nation
John Herrington tells the story of how he came to be an astronaut, and describes the adventure of being in space.

Family Kidney Transplant

Vicky Gold
Chickasaw mother Vicky Gold continues the saga toward becoming a kidney donor for her daughter Melissa who was in desperate need of a transplant.

Leadership of Chickasaw Ancestors

Suzanne Van Cooten
Through her father's stories about their ancestors, who were leaders, Suzanne Van Cooten was able to realize a sense of leadership in herself.

Dr. Judy Goforth Parker: Chickasaw Nation Making History

Meet Our People – The Enduring Spirit of the Chickasaw Nation
Dr. Judy Goforth Parker describes the ways that the Chickasaw Nation is making history.

Dr. Judy Goforth Parker: Obesity

In Honor of Diabetes Awareness
Obesity is a growing issue in the United States and can also raise a person's risk for type 2 diabetes.

John Herrington: Advice to Children

Meet Our People – The Enduring Spirit of the Chickasaw Nation
John Herrington, the first enrolled Native American member in space, encourages children to recognize the importance of following their dreams.

Opening Session: John Herrington (full version)

2010 Creativity World Forum
Former NASA Astronaut and Chickasaw John Herrington was featured in a delightful sketch that opened the World Forum.

Tracing My Roots

Suzanne Van Cooten
Suzanne Van Cooten explains how the process of tracing her family tree helped her to gain a sense of community within the Chickasaw Nation.

Family History in Achilles: Oklahoma

Tina Cooper
There was a time when the entire town of Achilles, Oklahoma, belonged to the land allotment of Tina Cooper's ancestors.

Choosing Chickasaw Health Services

Vicky Gold
The Carl Albert Indian Health Facility served Chickasaw citizens with quality care before the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center opened in 2010.

Childhood Dream

Tina Cooper
Since before she earned her First Aid badge in Girl Scouts, Tina Cooper has been interested in science and medicine.

What is Diabetes?

In Honor of Diabetes Awareness
Diabetes is a disease characterized by high blood glucose levels.

Family Encouraging Healthy Habits

In honor of Diabetes Awareness
Healthy lifestyles can be strengthened when the entire family is involved.

Support of the Chickasaw Nation

Vicky Gold
The emotional support provided by the Chickasaw Nation helped Vicky Gold and her daughter Melissa.

Kidney Transplant Recovery

Vicky Gold
Vicky Gold remembers seeing her daughter for the first time after the surgery.


19 Profiles

Dr. Suzanne Van Cooten

A Chickasaw scientist working to bring Native Americans into the field of meteorology
Van Cooten is a highly esteemed hydrometeorologist at the National Severe Storms Lab in Norman, Oklahoma.

Chris Carpenter

A spirit for success and innovation
Chickasaw citizen Chris Carpenter greatly admired his determined grandfather, a man who received his pilot’s license when he was just 16 years old.

Brandon Postoak D.O.

Emergency medicine doctor of osteopathic medicine inspired by his Chickasaw heritage
As an emergency medicine physician, Dr. Brandon Postoak hopes to inspire other First Americans to pursue careers in science and medicine.

Teri Centner

A dedicated proponent for Native Americans in the sciences
Chickasaw citizen Teri Centner is using her lifelong love of science and math to help youth succeed in these advanced fields.

Joshua Tingle

Challenging his skills and imagination to think beyond the possible
Joshua Tingle is an intelligent and talented individual. He's a young Chickasaw, but is pushing the limits any way he can imagine.

Abigail McNally

Meet a young woman who thinks science is "cool." And who knows her Chickasaw heritage is so important.
As an aerospace engineer at Northrop Grumman, Abigail McNally recognizes the profound possibilities in the stars.

Dr. Judy Goforth Parker

A Dynamic Chickasaw Woman committed to the health of the Chickasaw Nation
Dr. Judy Goforth Parker is the Chickasaw Nation Commissioner of Health Policy.

Kayla Dewitt

As the lead therapist for The Chickasaw Nation Empowered Living Clinic, Kayla Dewitt proudly says, "I am Chickasaw."
A Chickasaw citizen continuing a family legacy of service as the lead physical therapist for the Empowered Living Clinic.

Joe F. Moore

A computing pioneer for the petroleum industry
Mr. Moore applied his knowledge of computer modeling to the process of oil refining.

Dr. Teresa Shavney

Breaking down barriers as the first female surgeon in Oklahoma City
Displaying the notorious unconquerable Chickasaw spirit, Teresa Shavney is a barrier breaker in the field of medicine.

Dr. Jonathan Trent

Award-winning Chickasaw physician and cancer researcher
Dr. Jonathan Trent is a board-certified oncologist.

Paula Vanbuskirk

Dedicated to all the health and wellbeing of the nation's youngest citizens
Chickasaw citizen and pediatric dentist Paula Vanbuskirk loves waking up every morning to help brighten the smiles of children.

Kent Smith, Ph.D.

Dedicated to recruiting and training the next generation of Native Americans in scientists
Kent Smith founded the Native Explorers program as a way to recruit, train and educate the next generation of Native Americans in science & medicine.

Troy Lawrence

"I don't like a problem that I can't solve. So, I feel that's a Chickasaw trait I would be able to embody ... And make a difference."
Chickasaw Troy Lawrence paves the way for advanced computer-based forensics at the Fort Worth Police. Catching criminals one digit at a time.

Tessa Stamile

Dreams to support the health of Native Americans in Oklahoma
Tessa Stamile is a woman who is proud of her Chickasaw heritage.

John Herrington

The first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space
Herrington has spent his life as a proud Chickasaw member serving as a U.S. Naval Aviator and an astronaut for NASA.

Melissa Tartsah Morgan and Vicky Gold

Shining examples of the strength and determination of the Chickasaw people
Melissa Tartsah Morgan is a kidney transplant recipient and her mother, Vicky Gold, was her living donor.

Dr. Whitney Tolpinrud

An unwavering commitment to serve her fellow Chickasaw people
Chickasaw citizen Dr. Whitney Tolpinrud is a high achiever, to say the very least.

Dr. Tina Cooper

A strong advocate for the progress of Chickasaw citizens in the areas of health and science
Dr. Cooper currently works as the medical director of the Sovereign Family Medical Center (under the Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce).