Cherokee marshal's evidence room audited by BIA
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A Bureau of Indian Affairs agent says the federal agency is auditing the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service's evidence room at the request of the tribe.
BIA Special Agent Mike McCoy says the audit has been going on for about two weeks. He says the BIA's professional standards division is performing the audit at the request of the Marshal Service but that he does not know how long it will take. He says no exit interview has been conducted.
Tribal councilor Bill John Baker says he and his counterparts have not been given any information about the investigation.
In a statement, tribal Marshal Sharon Wright says BIA personnel are reviewing the service's evidence procedures. Wright says the marshal service's future procedures could be revised based on recommendations made by the auditors.
CATOOSA, Okla. – After touring and recording for the past 44 years, ZZ Top will be performing on Jan. 16 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will perform classic hits ranging from “Sharp Dressed Man” to “La Grange” and “Legs” and "Tush" along with “I Gotsta Get Paid” and other new material from “La Futura,” their latest album with producer Rick Rubin.
ZZ Top formed in Houston in 1969, becoming an international touring act in the 1970s. Their unique hybrid of dirty blues and hard rock, incorporating new sounds and technology, earned them induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
The band will be releasing a comprehensive greatest hit collection titled “The Baddest of ZZ Top.” They will be sharing bills with Jeff Beck next summer and undertaking a slate of tour dates on their own in the fall.
Tickets to the show start at $60 and can be purchased online at www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com or by calling 918-384-ROCK. For more information on the band, visit <a href="http://www.zztop.com" target="_blank">zztop.com</a>.
LOST CITY, Okla. – American flags lined the dirt road leading up the Swimmer Church in rural Lost City on Nov. 11 as veterans and their families came to partake in the church’s annual Veterans Day program.
One of the event’s organizers, Pat Martinez, said her late mother, Lora Crittenden, and her mother’s best friend, Juanita Allen, began honoring veterans at the church 25 years ago on Veterans Day. She said her late uncle, Bob Crittenden, was a prisoner of war during World War II, and her mother and Allen thought it would be nice to honor Bob and other veterans in the community on Veterans Day.
“So they called and they went to see people and asked people to come to Veterans Night. They made little trinkets and used crate paper (to make decorations). It’s evolved to 25 years later to what it is now,” Martinez said. “We give them something to remember the church and also to remember them being a veteran. We’re proud of this small community coming together and making a difference.”
During the program, veterans enter the church after everyone else is seated and are seated in the front. Veterans are presented with certificates and medals and are asked to stand or sit on the stage and tell everyone the military branch in which they served.
After the program, which includes a welcome from the pastor and patriotic songs, the veterans walk next door to the church’s fellowship hall for a potluck meal.
Martinez said the church’s congregation understands a program and a meal is “not much” to thank the veterans for their willingness to sacrifice themselves to help protect the country.
“If you served during peace time or if you were combat, our freedom still depends on men and women like you,” she said during the program. “God bless you veterans and God bless America.”
Cherokee veteran Ross Gourd, who lives in the nearby community of Double Springs, served in the Army from 1969-71. He has been coming to the Swimmer Church Veterans Day program for 13 years and appreciates that veterans have a place to get together on their day and enjoy a home-cooked meal. He is a recipient of the Cherokee Warrior Award from the Cherokee Nation.
Jimmy Carey of Hulbert served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era from 1966-70.
“I did what I had to do to show that my people were supportive of this government. I think it’s the greatest government there is. It’s not perfect, but it’s great, and I wouldn’t want to live anyplace else,” he said.
A CN citizen, Carey taught the Cherokee language at Sequoyah High School for 14 years and worked for the Nation for 22 years. He retired from teaching this past spring.
It was his first time attending the church’s Veterans Day program and he said he was “impressed.”
“This is what can happen when you get to thinking you need to do something. I like it. I really do. I’ll be back next year,” he said.
Martinez said 20 to 25 veterans attend the program each year, but as the years pass there are less and less World War II and Korean War veterans.
“We hope the younger ones will pick up the torch and come,” she said.
WASHINGTON – Photographer Dana Gluckstein is working alongside Amnesty International to honor Native American Heritage Month. In doing so they announced the tour of DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition, an award-winning photography exhibition that honors indigenous peoples worldwide.
Exhibition photographs are being shared on social media sites during November. The exhibition will open on Jan. 29 at the Boston University Art Gallery.
According to a Boston University College of Fine Arts press release, DIGNITY’s artistry, power and impassioned call to action create a historic exhibition in support of indigenous peoples, who represent six percent of the global population.
DIGNITY previously toured in European museums for the past several years. More exhibition dates and locations will be announced soon.
To view Gluckstein’s work, visit her Twitter and Instagram @DanaGluckstein.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Revenue at U.S. casinos jumped more than 6 percent in 2012, the first significant increase in three years as economic growth picked up speed and more casinos opened in several markets.
But revenue generated by Indian casinos rose less than 2 percent the same year, Casino City’s North American Gaming Almanac found. Growth is limited due to regulations restricting tribal casino expansion beyond reservations and differences between tribes over how best to expand, said Vin Narayanan, editor-in-chief of Casino City.
“There’s a giant political question about that,” he said.
Total gambling revenue in 2012 was $94.47 billion, with the largest share, $40.38 billion, from casinos and card rooms. Tribal casinos generated $28.14 billion followed by lotteries ($23.41 billion) and racing and sports gambling ($2.55 billion) in 2012.
Casino revenue grew by a fraction of 1 percent in 2011 and 2010 and fell nearly 6 percent in 2009 as the steepest economic downturn since the Depression took hold.
Year-to-year revenue changes are vastly different from one state to another. In Ohio, for example, total gambling revenue jumped by one-third from 2011 to 2012 as casino gambling ramped up.
But in New Jersey, seventh largest among the states in overall gambling revenue in 2012, casino revenue fell from $3.69 billion in 2009 to $2.71 billion in 2012 as three Atlantic City casinos shut. Nevada, California and New York are the top three states in casino revenue.
Narayanan said saturation is the culprit for the decline of Atlantic City’s casinos, but it’s not an issue elsewhere.
“Are there too many casinos in the market? As far as Atlantic City is concerned, there are too many casinos on the market,” he said.
But casinos opening in Ohio are satisfying “pent-up demand,” he said.
Similarly, the legalization of casino gambling in Maryland in 2008 and the opening of the state’s first casino in 2010 generated tremendous revenue. Casino and card room revenue increased from $27.6 million in 2010 to $377.8 million in 2012. Total gambling revenue jumped to $1.15 billion in 2012 from $760.6 million in the same period.
“Maryland is a place that’s just taking off,” Narayanan said.
The opening of casinos in Massachusetts in the next few years is expected to lead to a significant new source of revenue, possibly at the expense of neighboring Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort casinos.
Narayanan questioned if gamblers who check out a Massachusetts casino will still be comfortable traveling to Connecticut’s tribal casinos.
“That’s a real good question,” he said.
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – According to a Cherokee Nation Election Commission statement, the last day register to vote in the tribe’s upcoming June 27 general election, as well as a potential July 25 run-off election, is March 31.
Open for the 2015 election are the principal chief and deputy chief seats, as well as seats for Tribal Council districts 1, 3, 6, 8, 12, 13, 14 and an At-Large seat.
Legislative Act 04-14 states that CN citizens who are 18 years of age or older on the date of the election may apply to be a registered voter. Also, tribal citizens who are 17 years old and can show that their birth dates are prior to the election date shall be allowed to register to vote.
“Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are not currently registered in the district of their residence and persons who are registered but who need to change their registration information may apply by filling out and mailing a Cherokee Nation Election Commission Voter Registration Application form,” the EC statement reads.
According to the EC, each person who submits an application will receive a written EC response.
“The response is either a Voter Identification Card listing the new voter’s precinct and district location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved,” the statement reads. “Any person who has submitted a Voter Registration Application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the Election Commission Office.”
EC officials said EC staff members are preparing for several voter outreach events and have completed events at Westville High School, Cherokee Eldercare and Sequoyah High School.
“The Cherokee Nation Election Commission is reaching out to all ages of Cherokee citizens,” EC Director Connie Parnell said. “The voter registration is well-received and the office is commended on their efforts to increase voter registration for the 2015 general election.”
According to EC records, there were 37,415 registered voters as of April 2011. As of Nov. 4, 2014, there were 63,236 registered voters.
Officials said new voters and voters who have had name or an address changes should fill out new voter applications. EC officials said it’s important to have the most current information before the next election. They added that if a voter is registered, then the voter should verify that his or her information is correct.
Voter applications are available at the EC Office located at 22116 S. Bald Hill Road in Tahlequah and at most community meetings. Applications also are available www.cherokee.org/elections. Citizens may also receive it by email or fax.
For more information call 918-458-5899 or toll free at 1-800-353-2895. One can also fax 918-458-6101 or email email@example.com. To mail a form to the EC office use P.O. Box 1188, Tahlequah, OK 74465.
For more information, visit <a href="http://www.cherokee.org/OurGovernment/Commissions/ElectionCommission.aspx" target="_blank">www.cherokee.org/OurGovernment/Commissions/ElectionCommission.aspx</a>.