A ribbon cutting signifying the grand opening of the new El Reno Indian Health Center was held over the weekend. Participants included, from left, Moses Starr, Kelly Factor, Clinton Service Unit Director Capt. Carmen McClellan, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Gov. Eddie Hamilton, Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Services Director Rear Adm. Kevin Meeks, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Lt. Gov. Cornell Sankey, tribal Health Board member Chief Allan Sutton, and Cheyenne District 2 Legislator Alan Fletcher.Cheyenne and Arapaho Gov. Eddie Hamilton, left, presents tribal Community Development Director Melvin RomanNose with a special plaque and Pendleton blanket for his work in getting the El Reno Indian Health Center reopened. The center was destroyed almost a year ago when EF 5 tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma. Standing behind RomanNose is tribal Lt. Gov Cornell Sankey.Cheyenne Chief Larry RomanNose and Vince Scott perform a smoking blessing upon Rear Adm. Kevin D. Meeks using cedar as part of the ceremony for the opening of the new El Reno Indian Health Center.

Indian Health at El Reno reopens

   A grand opening and blessing ceremony for the new El Reno Indian Health Center were held over the weekend at 1801 Parkway Dr. in El Reno.

   The opening of operations at the El Reno center was Monday.

   Closure of the tribal medical services in the El Reno area was due to significant tornado damage which the former center suffered May 23 of last year.

   The tornado was identified as an EF5 with measured wind velocities exceeding 295 mph.

   Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal authorities said, “Many hours of hard work and collaboration between the tribes and the Clinton Indian Health Services this past year have enabled reestablishing of medical services in the El Reno area.”

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