Photo caption: OSU Center for Health Sciences named Piper Long Outstanding American Indian Student on May 6. Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear placed a gold Osage Nation stole on Long at her ceremony. Courtesy Photo
TULSA, Okla. - A former Daposka Ahnkodapi teacher graduated from the Oklahoma State University with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree and is among several Native American medical students graduating with the Class of 2021.
Piper Long (Osage) participated in the May 6 honoring ceremony for Native students in the Tandy Conference Center and was named Outstanding American Indian Student, according to an Osage Nation press release. Long, who previously taught Kindergarten at Daposka Ahnkodapi, graduated from her studies in Radiology and Diagnostics with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. The spring 2021 class included Native students who also come from the Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, and the Muscogee Nation.
Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear attended the ceremony and placed a golden graduation stole on Long during the honoring. Dr. Kent Smith (Comanche and Chickasaw) formally recognized each Native graduate from the OSU Office of American Indians in Medicine and Science (AIMS) and placed a Pendleton blanket on Long during the ceremony.
In a statement on her achievement, Long said: “My academic experience as a Native American student has been extraordinary. I have received an abundance of support from my Native American community throughout my educational journey. I am honored to have been the recipient of several Native American scholarships, including the Indian Health Service Scholarship, Cobell Scholarship, and Osage Nation Higher Education Scholarship. These scholarships have given me the financial support to achieve my educational goals while serving my community as a Native American Student Ambassador for OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.”
Long left Daposka Ahnkodapi in May 2017 to start her medical studies. She will be completing her residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa.
The Office of American Indians in Medicine and Science is OSU Center for Health Sciences’ designated organization for developing Native people as physicians, researchers, and educators. For more information on programs and educational opportunities, visit its website at: www.medicine.okstate.edu/oaims/index.html
For more information on scholarship and other student opportunities from the ON Education Department, visit its website at: www.osagenation-nsn.gov/what-we-do/education-department