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Established in 2006

OUR MISSION

Oso Vista Ranch Project provides commercial tobacco prevention, youth leadership, and entrepreneurship programs for the Ramah Navajo and other New Mexico Native American communities resulting in personal, family and community empowerment.

The foundation for the Oso Vista Ranch Project model is cultural competency. Our goal is to empower Native American communities by providing them with tools, strategies, programs and systems based in their cultural and historical understandings. This enables them to see their uniqueness, have hope and take responsibility for their lives, thus making healthy choices for themselves, their families and their community.

Our belief is further supported by the Best Practices on Indigenous Knowledge, created by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organizations and the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation.

Our Programs

Oso Vista Ranch Project facilitates outreach events, education and awareness programs for the youth and adults of Native American communities to increase awareness of the dangers of commercial tobacco and second-hand smoke. These events and programs facilitated by our Commercial Tobacco Use Prevention Facilitator, include: clean air policy change, youth leadership events, Challenge Course Activities, Elder Presentations, Navajo Culture Education, Service Learning Projects, a newsletter and community information outreach. 

Oso Vista Ranch Project has helped approximately 40 Navajo Nation Chapter communities to pass clear air resolutions, protecting non-smokers from second-hand smoke in public and work places.

Oso Vista Ranch Project provides commercial tobacco prevention, youth leadership, and entrepreneurship programs for the Ramah Navajo and other New Mexico Native American communities resulting in personal, family and community empowerment.

This letter is in support of Oso Vista Ranch Project’s commercial tobacco prevention and cessation programs. I am grateful for the work that Oso Vista is doing with Dine people because commercial tobacco use is a major contributor to one of the leading causes of death for Navajo people, heart disease.

Projects such as the Oso Vista Ranch Project are critical to providing appropriate commercial tobacco prevention education within a cultural context. Oso Vista has provided innovative and effective tobacco use prevention programs that have emphasized the importance of cultural identity as an essential protective factor. They have worked diligently with Navajo youth and adults through individual and group workshops, newsletters, radio public service announcements, youth leadership camps and service learning projects. These methods have proven to be very successful in educating the community regarding the dangers of commercial tobacco use.

Rex Lee Jim

Former Vice-President Navajo Nation

The Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development-Eastern Regional Business Development Office supports the application of the Oso Vista Ranch to the Tobacco Cessation and Prevention grant program for funds to provide educational and cultural training programs at the Oso Vista Ranch, near the Ramah Navajo Reservation. We have met with Margaret Merrill and other board members of the Oso Vista non-profit organization, and feel they are providing a service that will only benefit the Ramah Navajo Community and its people.”

Economic Development Eastern Regional Business Development Office, The Navajo Nation

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