Melissa Lewis, PhD, LMFT

Melissa Lewis, PhD, LMFT is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine

The Rogers County Cherokee Association (RCCA) is hosting Cherokee Nation citizen, Dr. Melissa Lewis, for a traditional plants class which includes an overview of identifying and gathering plants as well as preparing and processing the plants for teas, syrups, and lip balms.  The class is essentially home economics for Cherokees.

Melissa Lewis, PhD, LMFT is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.  Dr. Lewis's professional research interests include Indigenous Health, Cardiovascular Disease Disparities, and Stress and Trauma.  

In her personal life, Melissa has made time to research and learn to identify, gather, prepare, and process traditional Cherokee plants for use in her personal kitchen.  Culturally informed holistic health care is of interest to Melissa.  So, knowledge of traditional Cherokee plants and their day-to-day uses is a natural fit.

RCCA is blessed to have Melissa as a guest to share her personal knowledge in a hands-on class, this Sunday, July 15, from 2pm to 4pm at the RCCA building in Tiawah between Claremore and Inola.  Melissa has asked folks to gather and bring the following plants to the class; dandelion, sumac, bee balm, smartweed, hickory tree leaves, elderberry flowers, mullein, jewelweed, and yarrow.

Cherokee Nation citizens who are 18 years of age or older qualify for paid membership in RCCA which allows them to vote as members of the organization and hold leadership positions.

RCCA was established in 2003. After searching for consistent meeting space, the community pursued grants and raised money to purchase land and worked together to build a community center. Fourteen years later they continue to be served by the building they built together and maintain.

Each meeting consists of a brief business meeting for the non-profit, questions and answers with Rogers County's Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Members Buel Anglen, Janees Taylor and Keith Austin as well as a cultural or government presentation. A volunteer host or hostess provides nourishment for meeting attendees to welcome all members, guests and visitors.

Instead of an August meeting, RCCA will be hosting the 2nd RCCA Cherokee Gospel Singing on Saturday, August 11. Details to follow on the RCCA Facebook page.

RCCAmeets monthly except September and December on the second Sunday of the month at 2pm.  RCCA meets in their own building located in Tiawah, OK at 15488 East 523 Road, Claremore, OK 74019 which is East of Tiawah-Justus School's North campus.

To learn more about RCCA, visit the RCCA website at http://www.rogerscountycherokees.org/ or Facebook 'Rogers County Cherokees.'  To contact RCCA, email rogerscountygwys@ gmail.com, mail P.O. Box 142, Claremore, OK  74018 or call (539) 777-2898.