Cherokee Nation citizen and SHS drama teacher Amanda Ray said she switches from Broadway-style plays to variety shows on alternative years for several reasons.
“This year we decided to do a variety show because we have so many students at Sequoyah that come from all different walks of life when it comes to the performing arts. We have musicians. We have dancers, and we have singers. I just wanted to showcase as much talent as we had this year,” she said.
Ray said this year’s 25-act show included a lot of seniors. “I wanted to showcase their talents especially.”
CN citizen, SHS junior and veteran performer Katelyn Morton said participating in variety shows is a great change of pace.
Sequoyah High School holds its bi-annual “Are You Not Entertained” variety show on May 12-13 at “The Place Where They Play” gymnasium in Tahlequah, Okla. In the front row are SHS students Noah Scearce, Savannah Edgar, Mikaela Murphy, Stormie Dreadfulwater, Indy Hicks, Amanda Ray, Katelyn Morton, Kirsten Samuels and Hannah Jimenez. In the middle row are students Bretly Crawford, Liam McAlpin, Joseph Farmer, Josh Rooster and Seif Drywater. In the back row are students Jonathan Christie, Presley Hair, Elijah Bennett, Noah Bennett, Jillian Rose, Michael Lenaburg, Sinihele Rhoades, Aubrey Rose, Madalyn Arnall, Chyna Chupco and Danya Pigeon. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The Journal Record reports Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation that will punish any person or organization affiliated with protests that result in property damage.
Fallin approved a similar bill earlier this month that imposes steep fines or prison time against people convicted of trespassing at a critical infrastructure facility to impede operations.
The author of the bills, Rep. Mark McBride, says the idea came after the protests along the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The American Civil Liberties Union in Oklahoma voiced concerns of such laws, noting property damage is already illegal and further legislation would likely serve as intimidators.
Originally from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Macy’s mother, Wahlesah Rose, also a CN citizen, was a tennis player at Northeastern State University and has been a section and national-level volunteer for the USTA for almost 10 years. Macy’s father, Eric Rose, is the owner and director of tennis at Shellaberger Tennis Center in Santa Fe.
“My mom taught me at the Tahlequah High School tennis courts. I would chase the balls around and eventually I started hitting them. I saw her teaching my cousins and other kids and playing, and I couldn’t wait to start hitting,” Macy said. “My parents let me come to tennis on my own. They both loved it. I told them my dream, and they told me how much hard work it is. I didn’t believe them, but now I do. It’s about the work and dedication each day to something, even when you don’t feel like it.”
Along with submitting an essay to the USTA about how the game of tennis has impacted her life and information about her future tennis aspirations, Macy showed that she maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment. She is of the Wolf Clan and attended the Cherokee Immersion Charter School until her family moved to Santa Fe when she was 7.
“I’m from Briggs (Oklahoma). I still go home and visit all my family. Each birthday my cousins and friends still sing to me in Cherokee. My mom will yell phrases in Cherokee to me on court and, when she says my Cherokee name, I know she is serious,” Macy said. “It’s in me. It always has been, and it always will be. No matter where I travel to, my home and tribe is always in my heart. My clan is known as the protectors, and I can see that in my family. We are strong women. We enjoy caring for others, and we don’t give up on the tennis court or in life.”
According to a Cherokee Nation press release, renovations include an upgraded dance floor and entertainment venue, an improved bar, new gaming floor and simulcast area, as well as redone banquet space.
Approximatley$5 million was invested to make 43,000 square feet of renovations, the release states. According to a 2016 story, the renovation was slated for completion by April 2017 and was estimated to cost $3.5 million.
“The feedback we’ve received from our guests made the investment worth it,” WRD General Manager Rusty Stamps said. “The upgrades offer a high-quality experience for new guests, while our loyal customer base is overjoyed with the improvements to their favorite horse racing facility.”
It also states the gaming floor offers 250 electronic games in a new location on the casino’s south side. The new layout offers a more cohesive gaming experience for guests and has created the opportunity to introduce some game variety, the release states.
Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs recently underwent a $5 million upgrade. The renovations covered 43,000 square feet of space. COURTESY
Funding recipients included clubs in Washington, Delaware, Sequoyah, Rogers, Nowata, Cherokee, Mayes and Adair counties.
Funding was based on the number of Native American students in each program. The eight area programs serve more than 11,000 students, with nearly 60 percent being Native American.
According to a press release, the CN donated to the following Boys & Girls Clubs:
• Bartlesville with a 1,021 enrollment at $5,299.09,
The vouchers will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at:
• Sequoyah High School’s “The Place Where They Play” on July 5 in Tahlequah,
• Carl Albert College’s Multi-Purpose Student Center on July 6 in Sallisaw,
• Stilwell High School cafeteria on July 12,
In this 2014 photo, Amanda Shell, from Locust Grove, Oklahoma, registers to receive Cherokee Nation clothing vouchers for two of her three children at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah. ARCHIVE
Monthly Tahlequah Writers meetings are casual and involve news of interest to writers and updates on what attendees are writing. Attendees include poets, fiction writers, historians, essayists, humorists, playwrights and scriptwriters. Participants discuss the art of writing as well as the business of publishing and promotion.
The public is invited. Area writers are encouraged to bring their works to the meeting to be critiqued.
Tahlequah Writers organizer Karen Cooper is asking members to bring ideas about structuring the group so that it continues after she moves to Florida soon.
Cooper also announced some Tahlequah Writers members would be reading poetry at 11 a.m., May 27 at the Wagoner Arts Alliance in Wagoner.
Barteaux is completing the late Bart Fite’s term, which expires on Feb. 10, 2018.
Fourteen Tribal Councilors voted to approve the appointment, while Tribal Councilors Shawn Crittenden, Harley Buzzard and Buel Anglen opposed it.
Barteaux, 33, of Bixby, said he considers the appointment the “pinnacle” of his career.
“It’s something that I never thought would happen within this amount of time, but I’m extremely honored to have been appointed by (Principal) Chief (Bill John) Baker and confirmed by the Tribal Council. I look forward to helping protect our Nation through the legal process,” he said.
Only about 120 entities nationally have attained the Type 3 all-hazard incident management team status, and the CN is among the first tribe to attain it, Emergency Management Manager Jeremie Fisher said.
As defined by FEMA, a Type 3 team can respond within hours to a natural disaster, a public health emergency, a large-scale crash or another crisis within tribal boundaries.
The status also allows the team to remain active and on scene for several days to help coordinate with other agencies to respond to disasters.
“We are one of the first tribal Type 3 All-Hazard Incident Management Teams in the nation,” Fisher said. “Because we have combined our resources from within the Cherokee Nation, we can coordinate on-scene operations after natural disasters like a tornado or flood, or during other emergencies. Our team includes trained personnel from different departments and agencies who have a variety of expertise.”