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Oklahoma State University

Sovereign Nation Partners

Created as a result of President Hargis’ vision for focused service to sovereign tribal nations in Oklahoma, the Center for Sovereign Nations was launched in August 2015.
The center’s collaborative model was made possible through the joint investment of OSU and the Chickasaw Nation, with the ongoing invitation to other tribal nations to join as financial partners.  In August 2016, the Choctaw Nation joined as a center partner.

Center strategy is guided by partner input. Decisions are made collaboratively which ensures that the center connects tribal nation partners to the students they send to our campus. This collaborative approach also ensures that center activity is aligned with tribal nation partner interests.

A three-fold mission guides the center:

  • Sovereignty: Promote understanding, respect and exercise of tribal sovereignty
  • Students: Promote American Indian student success and graduation
  • Partnerships: Increase the number and quality of partnerships between OSU and the 39 federally recognized tribal nations in Oklahoma.

We invite leaders of federally recognized sovereign nations in Oklahoma to contact us for more information about becoming a partner.

We welcome you!