Seneca Scott featured in Indian Country Today

From Indian County Today:

Seneca Scott originally moved from his job in Oklahoma City to north Tulsa to attend law school. Instead, Scott found his calling in neighborhood organizing, along with a passion for making Oklahoma a more environmentally sustainable state.

”Neighborhoods are an extension of family and community,” he said. ”I think that’s why I emphasize the neighborhoods so much. In an underserved area, you have to draw on what allows people to come together – a sense of neighborhood, a sense of belonging, a sense of community. There may still be problems and challenges, but there’s a common ground there.”

A Choctaw Nation tribal member, Scott’s interest in community service began while majoring in history and Native American studies at the University of Oklahoma. During this time, he worked with the Green Corn Organization, where the ”emphasis there was more with getting college students out to places like rural Indian reservations or African-American urban Oklahoma City, and find ways for us to contribute back,” he said.

After graduating and working three years with a federal ”empowerment jump” program for Oklahoma City’s economic development office, Scott and his family moved to the Kendall-Whittier area of north Tulsa, where Scott became active with neighborhood-based groups as well as organizations with the city of Tulsa.

In addition to neighborhood involvement, Scott has been active with pursuing renewable resources, serving as the immediate past president of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network. During this time, one of OSN’s accomplishments was to obtain a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant for the farmer’s market of north Tulsa, where people living in the area could buy fruit and vegetables through WIC and food stamp programs. Yet his interest in renewable resources is also multifaceted – Scott’s full-time job is in the oil and gas industry, where he has been an operations manager for Trivestco Energy for the past three years.

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