Historic Comanche Artifact to be Scanned at BluePearl

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The X-ray and CT scan at BluePearl Veterinary Partners Surgery Center are typically used to diagnose sick or injured pets. On Monday, they will be used to help reveal the hidden past of an important piece of Comanche history.

A lance that reportedly belonged to Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Comanche tribe, will be scanned at 10 a.m. Monday at the center, 13551 N Indiana Ave in Oklahoma City.

Christa Brinkman, practice manager for the BluePearl Surgery Center, said she was enthusiastic when members of Sia asked if they could use the facility to scan the lance.

“As proud members of this community, we applaud the good work done by the Sia program to promote a better understanding of our cultural roots,” said Brinkman. “We are honored to be a part of this historic event.”

Quanah Parker. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Quanah Parker. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Quanah Parker was the leader of the Comanche as they transitioned from a free-roaming existence on the plains to life on the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Reservation. He later became known as an astute businessman, negotiating grazing rights with Texas cattlemen and investing in a railroad. Among his many friends was President Theodore Roosevelt.

The Sia program currently serves as the nesting place for more than 70 eagles and other birds of cultural significance to American Indians. The organization is dedicated to preservation through cultural understanding of the eagle.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners

BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs 2,400 team members including more than 500 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa FL.