The American Indian Resource Center and Virtual Reality through the Sevenstar Spatial Network

Students in VR


Pamela E. Iron from the American Indian Resource Center interviewed by Cherokee Nation citizen Andrew Dayton.

Executive Director American Indian Resource Center, Inc. and the Institute for Native Justice Pamela Iron, Cherokee, Laguna Pueblo, has forty (40) years of experience working in Indian country developing programs and assisting communities in discovering their needs and facilitating problem solving through guided community planning. She has served as Executive Director for two non-profits, one urban and one rural and was the Health Director and the Chief of Staff for the former Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller. During her tenure with these organizations she was able to develop cultural competency programs and co-author a book on cultural competency.

Pamela has served on local, regional and national boards and committees. She was appointed by the Attorney General of the United States to sit on the National Advisory Committee on Violence against Women, 2006. Other committees and boards include the National Indian Women’s Health Steering Committee for the Indian Health Service Director, and a founding board member of the National Indian Youth Leadership Project and the American Indian Theatre Company of Tulsa. She served as the Vice-President of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority when it was founded to assume Medicaid.

The American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) works within Cherokee Nation boundaries to incorporate emerging technologies into schools. The AIRC also provides Virtual Reality instructional content that relates directly to Oklahoma State Standards by grade level. The AIRC has provided equipment and training to schools, teachers, and administrators as well as developing relationships within the global emerging tech industry.Through its Sevenstar Spatial Network, the AIRC is building an interconnected network of community and industry emerging technology work centers that communities will utilize to provide a pathway to economic revitalization and sustainability. The Sevenstar Spatial Network is a dedicated, server-based network of fiber-connected computers equipped and staffed to offer virtual reality and advanced scanning and rendering technologies to collaborative groups situated directly within Northeastern Oklahoma homes and communities as well as within community schools.We partner with industry to connect job readiness initiatives to virtual training for specialized skills needed by key regional and global employers.


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