In 2008 a number of Oklahoma Tribes and the Oklahoma State Department of Health formed a unique collaborative partnership to offer a conference entitled "Preparing for the 7th Generation: Preventing and Treating Commercial Tobacco Dependence."
The tribes and the state are working together and sharing resources to reduce tyhe death and disease associated with commercial tobacco use and addiction.
Native Americans are at great risk of suffering from tobacco-related death and disease because they have the highest prevalence of commercial tobacco use compared to any other population group in Oklahoma. As a result, every deliberation of the partnership considers the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations so they no longer have to suffer the consequences of commercial tobacco abuse experienced today.
7th GenerationConference is sponsored by:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American Heart Association
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Osage Nation CX and M-POWER
Oklahoma State Department of Health
OU Health Sciences Center College of Public Health
Fawn Cheshewalla was awarded the Community Advocate Award. This award was designed to recognize an individual or entity showing excellence in policy change within the Native community. The award was influnced by the Communities of Excellence model with its focus on grassroots involvement, local focus, and systematic collection and strategic use of local data. This award recognizes the work carried out by those at the community level creating change within the community whee they live.
Fawn has served as a member of the Osage Nation Tobacco Team for over five years, during this time she has worked to create a tobacco-free Osage County. Fawn is outspoken and has played a pivotal role in Pawhuska declaring all recreational areas to be tobacco-free. She assists with activism activities all around Osage County. Fawn is one of the spokespersons for the Osage NAtion in the Honor What Is Sacred statewide advertising campaign. Fawn is a Freedom From Smoking facilitator and takes her role as a spokesperson for a Tobacco-Free Osage Nation, Osage County, and Oklahoma very seriously. We are very fortunate to have a young woman with Fawn's dedication toward the health of all people in our community.