Visitors get glimpse into CHC archives

BY STACIE GUTHRIE
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
08/18/2017 12:45 PM
PARK HILL, Okla. – Cherokee Heritage Center visitors had the chance to get a glimpse into the CHC’s permanent archive collections with the “Preserving Cherokee Culture: Holding the Past for the Future” exhibit that was set to run Aug. 14-19.

“We want to just feature things that people don’t get to see very often. On average only about 1 percent of a museums holdings are on display at any given time, so this will give people a little inside look into more of the items that we have,” Callie Chunestudy, CHC curator, said.

Nearly 60 historical artifacts were selected for the exhibit, including Gen. Stand Waite’s bowie knife, a hand-written first draft of the Articles of Agreement between the Cherokee Nation and U.S. governments in 1866, photographs and more.

Chunestudy said the goal is to find a way to create a new archives and collections building.

“We are in need of a new archives and collections building, so we want to feature some of the rare and special items that we do hold so the people can understand that we really need updated housing for these,” she said. “We’ve outgrown our space immensely, and it’s time for an up-to-date archives and collections building that we’re hoping to raise money for.”
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Cherokee Heritage Center Curator Callie Chunestudy shows a Bowie knife that once belonged to Cherokee Confederate Gen. Stand Watie. The knife is part of the archive collection held by the CHC in Park Hill, Oklahoma. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX The handle of Cherokee Confederate Gen. Stand Watie’s Bowie knife was inscribed with his name before it was given to him as a gift when he was a colonel in the Confederate army. During the American Civil War, Watie rose to rank of brigadier general. He commanded an Indian cavalry unit made up mostly of Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole men and was the only Native American general in the Confederate army. The knife is now held in the Cherokee Heritage Center’s archive collection in Park Hill, Oklahoma. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX A metal safe brought from Georgia to Indian Territory during the Cherokee removal in 1838-1839 is part of the archive collection held by the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Oklahoma. During the removal, the safe fell into the Mississippi River but was fished out and eventually made it to Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX A metal safe brought from Georgia to Indian Territory during the Cherokee removal in 1838-1839 is part of the Cherokee Heritage Center archive collection in Park Hill, Oklahoma. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Heritage Center Curator Callie Chunestudy shows a Bowie knife that once belonged to Cherokee Confederate Gen. Stand Watie. The knife is part of the archive collection held by the CHC in Park Hill, Oklahoma. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In offers special experience

BY STACIE GUTHRIE
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
08/18/2017 08:15 AM
OOLOGAH, Okla. – For more than 20 years, the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore has paid homage to Will Rogers and Wiley Post with an annual fly-in at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch.

Rogers, a Cherokee Nation citizen, and Post, a famed aviator, died in a plane crash on Aug. 15, 1935, in Point Barrow, Alaska. Tad Jones, the museum’s executive director, said this year commemorates the 82nd anniversary of their passing.

“His (Rogers) character is what we want to try to keep alive. He was a guy that respected everybody, which I think it’d be great for our entire nation now to show that respect towards others,” he said. “I know Will Rogers, if he was here, he would love it because he was a man that just loved action activities, and this event has just gotten to be huge over the last number of years.”

The event kicked off at 7:30 a.m. Jones said people and planes began arriving as early as 6:45 a.m.

The free event offered more than 100 planes, a car show, Cherokee storytelling, 19th century games for children and the opportunity to tour Rogers’ birthplace home.
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A plane flies over a crowd while preparing to land on a grass airstrip during the annual Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch on Aug. 12 in Oologah, Oklahoma. The event commemorated the 82nd anniversary of the passing of Rogers and Post. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Visitors take photos and watch as a plane circles during the annual Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch on Aug. 12 in Oologah, Oklahoma. Visitors get up-close experiences with the planes, one being when they land. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX The “Yellow Peril” is one of more than 100 planes that participated in the annual Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch on Aug. 12 in Oologah, Oklahoma. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A plane flies over a crowd while preparing to land on a grass airstrip during the annual Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch on Aug. 12 in Oologah, Oklahoma. The event commemorated the 82nd anniversary of the passing of Rogers and Post. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

Flag football combine has large Native turnout

BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
08/17/2017 08:30 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Approximately 70 youths in first through fourth grades were athletically evaluated on Aug. 12 at the Boys and Girls Club of Tahlequah’s flag football combine held on the infield of Tahlequah High School’s track.

Testing included speed evaluations, route running as well as passing and catching a football.

Boys and Girls Club of Tahlequah CEO Dennis Kelley said the combine testing is crucial to selecting evenly matched league teams.

“It’s for all kids across the county. You don’t have to be a Boys & Girls Club member. We have 13 clubs throughout Cherokee County in almost every school except Hulbert and Shady Grove. Our club stats for Cherokee County show we’re at about 70 percent Native American. So anyone who wants to sign up can. Boys and girls are welcome.”

Kelley said the fee for joining is $45.
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Children in grades first through fourth participate in the Boys and Girls Club of Tahlequah’s flag football combine on Aug. 12 at Tahlequah High School. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Children in grades first through fourth participate in the Boys and Girls Club of Tahlequah’s flag football combine on Aug. 12 at Tahlequah High School. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

9 Tribal Councilors sworn into office

BY STACIE GUTHRIE
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
08/14/2017 06:15 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – On Aug. 14, nine Tribal Councilors who won elections for their respective districts this summer were sworn into office during an inauguration ceremony at Sequoyah High School’s “The Place Where They Play” gymnasium.

Incumbents Joe Byrd (Dist. 2), Frankie Hargis (Dist. 7), Harley Buzzard (Dist. 10), Victoria Vazquez (Dist. 11) and Janees Taylor (Dist. 15), as well as newcomers Dr. Mike Dobbins (Dist. 4), E.O. Smith (Dist. 5), Mike Shambaugh (Dist. 9) and Mary Baker Shaw (At-Large) will serve on the Tribal Council from 2017-21.

Supreme Court Justice John Garrett swore in the legislators. Councilors’ family members were invited to hold Bibles while the lawmakers took their oaths of office.

Dobbins said for his term he hopes to become “more informed” on certain issues and bring forth his knowledge on health and education.

“My plans are to become more informed on the multi-issues with the Cherokee people. I am pretty well-versed in health care and education, and I look forward to immediately start making some suggestions in that area,” he said. “Our health care system is a model for other systems to emulate, but that’s an area that I’ll have immediate effect on. But I do have a learning curve in other areas.”
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Tribal Councilors who were recently elected wait to take their oaths of office during their inauguration ceremony on Aug. 14 at Sequoyah High School’s “The Place Where They Play.” From left to right are Joe Byrd, Frankie Hargis, Victoria Vazquez, Janees Taylor, Harley Buzzard, E.O. Smith, Mike Shambaugh, Dr. Mike Dobbins and Mary Baker Shaw. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Supreme Court Justice John Garrett, left, gives the incumbent Tribal Councilors their oaths of office on Aug. 14 at Sequoyah High School’s “The Place Where They Play” in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Joe Byrd, center, and Frankie Hargis, right, take their oaths. Not shown are Tribal Councilors Victoria Vazquez, Janees Taylor and Harley Buzzard. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Incoming Tribal Councilors Mike Shambaugh, left, and Dr. Mike Dobbins, right, hold up their right hands and take their oaths of office on Aug. 14 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The two joined E.O. Smith and Mary Baker Shaw as new members of the Tribal Council. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Tribal Councilors who were recently elected wait to take their oaths of office during their inauguration ceremony on Aug. 14 at Sequoyah High School’s “The Place Where They Play.” From left to right are Joe Byrd, Frankie Hargis, Victoria Vazquez, Janees Taylor, Harley Buzzard, E.O. Smith, Mike Shambaugh, Dr. Mike Dobbins and Mary Baker Shaw. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Cherokee Phoenix Radio August 13, 2017

BY STAFF REPORTS
08/14/2017 04:00 PM
  • In this week's broadcast:
  • We feature Cherokee Nation citizen and artist Keli Gonzales
  • Also, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma and the Cherokee Nation have formed a medical legal partnership.
  • ...plus much more.

Cherokee Phoenix Radio August 6, 2017

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08/07/2017 04:00 PM
  • In this week's broadcast:
  • We have a story on the fourth Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit that was held in July.
  • Also, the Locust Grove Cardinals 8-and-under baseball team wins its division in the USSSA World Series.
  • ...plus much more.
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Cherokee Heritage Center hosts ‘Return from Exile’ print action

BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
08/04/2017 08:15 AM
PARK HILL, Okla. – The Cherokee Heritage Center hosted its first on-site print action and gallery tour on July 29, using artists who have work in the traveling “Return from Exile” Native American contemporary art exhibit, which opened May 13 at the CHC and ends Aug. 11.

“A print action is an event that you can attend where artists are screen-printing live,” CHC Curator Callie Chunestudy. “So you can bring items such as shirts or tote bags and they’ll print on those for you or we’ll be giving out paper prints of the images they’ve designed for us today.”

Participating artists were Bobby C. Martin (Muscogee Creek), Tony Tiger (Sac and Fox/Seminole), Margaret Roach Wheeler (Chickasaw/Choctaw), as well as Cherokee artists Toneh Chuleewah, Demos Glass and Roy Boney.

“It’s a chance for patrons to come out and meet the artists of the exhibit whose works they’ve seen over the summer. We’re also giving out free prints so it’s an opportunity for free art and to learn more about contemporary Native American art,” Chunestudy added.

Boney said he was proud to be a part of the traveling exhibit. “The ‘Return from Exile’ show has traveled across the country and features contemporary art of Southeastern tribal artists.”
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Sac and Fox citizen and artist Tony Tiger displays work he created for the “Return from Exile” print action on July 29 at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Oklahoma. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Cherokee Heritage Center Curator Callie Chunestudy assists artists participating in the “Return from Exile” print action held July 29 at the CHC in Park Hill, Oklahoma. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Sac and Fox citizen and artist Tony Tiger displays work he created for the “Return from Exile” print action on July 29 at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Oklahoma. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

Tulsa Drillers hosts ‘Cherokee Nation Night’

BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
08/03/2017 02:00 PM
TULSA, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizens, administrators, Tribal Councilors and representatives from several CN programs attended “Cherokee Nation Night” at ONEOK field on July 28 to see the Tulsa Drillers baseball team play the Arkansas Travelers.

Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., who threw out the first pitch, said the event is not only fun but also important because it brings awareness and access to CN programs to Cherokees in Oklahoma’s second-largest city.

“This is a sponsorship. Cherokee Nation Businesses sponsored this evening, so it’s an opportunity for employees to come out and get some free tickets to the game, but we also offer Cherokee citizens a chance to come out on this beautiful July evening,” he said. “We also have some staff here from some of our programs to show just what Cherokee Nation does for northeast Oklahoma.”

The programs and departments in attendance consisted of the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation, Indian Child Welfare, Hunting & Fishing, Talking Leaves Job Corps, Health Services, Tax Commission, Cherokee Phoenix, Education Services, Commerce Services, Cherokee Vote and Career Services.

CN citizen Mandy Adair took her family to “Cherokee Nation Night” at the ballpark. “I’m here at ONEOK Field to watch the Drillers play, with my son, my nephew, my brother, my sister-in-law and a couple of friends. My reason for coming was just to catch a great game of baseball with my kiddo and support Cherokee Nation.”
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Cherokee Nation administration officials meet Tulsa Drillers players on “Cherokee Nation Night” on July 28 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Standing with Drillers Mascot “Hornsby” are Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., left, Drillers Manager Scott Hennessey, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation administration officials meet Tulsa Drillers players on “Cherokee Nation Night” on July 28 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Standing with Drillers Mascot “Hornsby” are Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., left, Drillers Manager Scott Hennessey, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

Cherokee family lives rodeo lifestyle

BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
07/28/2017 08:45 AM
WAGONER, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizens Wendall and Randi Stanley, along with their 7-year-old son Tripp, were slated to compete in the July 29 Cherokee Nation All-Indian Rodeo in Tahlequah.

The Stanley’s 5-year-old daughter, Taya, is waiting for her chance to compete in a rodeo when she is old enough. In other words, rodeo is a way of life for this Cherokee family.

“Yeah, my wife competes in breakaway roping, and I’m in the team roping this weekend. Tripp is entered in the mutton busting (sheep riding),” Wendall said.

Both Wendall and Randi were on the Bacone College Rodeo team and have won their share of rodeos and prizes during the years. Some of Wendall’s accomplishments include a 2017 All-Star Team Rodeo 16 Invitational win, being a five-time Indian National Finals Rodeo qualifier, a 2016 INFR Go Round win, being a 10-time International Finals Rodeo qualifier, being a 16-time American Finals Rodeo qualifier, being a 14-time Central Region Rodeo Association qualifier, a 2004 National Intercollegiate Heeler championship, being a 2014-16 American Cowboys Rodeo Association champion heeler and 2015 CRRA champion heeler.

Randi’s accomplishments include being a 2008 and 2014-16 American Finals qualifier, a 2008 ACRA Breakaway Roper champion, being a three-times CRRA qualifier and winning the 2016 CRRA Breakaway Horse of the Year and 1999 All-Indian Rookie of the Year.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Wendall Stanley competes in a team roping competition at the 2017 Miami (Oklahoma) Rodeo. COURTESY Seven-year-old Tripp Stanley and his 5-year-old sister Taya wait for their turns to enter the family’s roping arena on July 20 in Wagoner, Oklahoma. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Cherokee Nation citizen and breakaway roper Randi Stanley wears her “ROPE LIKE A GIRL” cap during roping practice at the Stanley home arena on July 20 in Wagoner, Oklahoma. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Wendall Stanley competes in a team roping competition at the 2017 Miami (Oklahoma) Rodeo. COURTESY

ᏙᏆᎴᎷ , ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ Wendall ᎠᎴ Randi Stanley, ᎠᎴ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᏧᏣ ᎤᏂᎧᎯᎢ Tripp ᏧᏙᎩᏓ, ᎨᎪᏪᎳᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏰᏉᏂᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏐᏁᎵᏁ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏩᎦ ᏗᏂᏍᏜᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎾᎿ ᏓᎵᏆ.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂStanley ᎯᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᎨᏳᏣ, Taya, ᎠᎨᏘᏯ ᎤᏟᎶᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎢᏳᏛᏗ ᏩᎦ ᏓᎾᎩᎸᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᎵ ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᎢ. ᏐᎢ ᏱᎧᏁᏣ, ᏩᎦ ᏓᎾᎩᎸᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᎦᏔᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏁᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ.

“ᎾᏍᎩ, ᎠᏆᏓᎵᎠ ᎠᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᎾᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᏓᏯᏍᏜᏗᏍᎪᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎵᎪᎯ ᏙᏥᏍᏜᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏍᏆᏗᏍᎬ ᏒᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ. Tripp ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏖᎳᏛ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏃᏕᎾ ᏓᎾᎩᎸᏗᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Wendall.

ᎢᏧᎳ Wendall ᎠᎴ Randi ᎾᎿ Bacone ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏩᎦ ᏗᏂᏯᏍᏜᏗᏍᎩ ᎨᏒ ᎤᎾᎵᎪᎯ Ꭰ. ᏧᎾᏓᏠᏒ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏏ ᏧᎶᏒ ᏓᏕᏘᏴᎯᏒᎢ. ᎢᎦᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ Wendall’s ᎤᏍᏆᏛ ᎠᎴ ᏚᏓᏒᏅ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎦᎵᏆᏚ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏧᎾᎵᎪᎯ ᏗᏂᏯᏍᏝᏗᏍᎩ ᏓᎳᏚ ᎠᏥᏯᏅᏓ ᎤᏓᏠᏒᎢ, ᎯᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᏩᎦ ᏗᏂᏍᏢᏗᏍᎩ ᎡᎵᏋ ᏯᏛᏁᎯ, ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏓᎳᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ INFR ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎩ ᎠᏕᏲᎯ ᎤᏓᏠᏒ, ᎠᎴ ᏂᎦᏚ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᏩᎦ ᏗᏂᏯᏍᏝᏗᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᎵᎪᎯ ᎡᎵ ᏯᏛᏁᎯ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏅᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ Intercollegiate Heeler ᎤᏍᎦᏎᏍᏗ, ᏃᎴᏍᏊ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏓᎳᏚ ᏚᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᎠᎹᏰᏟ ᏗᏂᏍᏜᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏈᎬ ᎤᏂᏍᎦᏎᏗ heeler ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎩᎦᏚ CRRA ᎤᏍᎦᏎᏗ heeler.

Randi’s ᏚᏍᏆᏛᎢ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏂᎦᏚ ᏓᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᏗ ᏚᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎠᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎵᏍᎪᎸᏓᏁᎯ, ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏓᎳᏚ CRRA Breakaway ᏐᏈᎵ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ 1999 ᏂᎦᏓ--ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ Rookie ᎾᎿ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.

“ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᏛᏁᎲ ᎨᏙᎲ ᏩᎦ ᏗᏅᎩᎸᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᏯᏆᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏂᎨᏒ ᎠᏆᎴᏅᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Wendall, “ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᏆᎴᏅᏓ ᎡᏙᏓ ᏥᏍᏓᏩᏕᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎡᏚᏓ. ᎾᎯᏳ ᏂᏓᎬᏩᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᎴᏂᏙᎲᎢ. ᏃᏊ ᏥᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᏛᏁᎰ ᏂᎪᎯᎸᎢ. ᏃᏊ ᎠᏇᏥ ᎠᏧᏣ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ (ᏗᏂᏍᏜᏗᏍᎩ). ᎠᎴ Ꮭ ᏱᏓᎪᎯᏣ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎠᏇᏣ ᎠᎨᏳᏣ Taya ᏛᎴᏅᎯ ᎨᎳᏗᏙᎲ ᎾᎿ ᏓᎾᏙᎩᏯᏍᎬ ᎡᏙᏂ ᎠᎾᏕᏲᎲᎢ.”

ᏃᎴᏍᏊ Randi, ᎤᏬᎯᏳᏐ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᎴᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ “ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ.”

“ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏩᎦ ᏗᏂᎨᎯᏙ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏒ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏆᏛᏏᏗᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎩᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎬᎩᎵᏏ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎣᏤᏙᎲ ᎠᏆᏛᏒᎢ. ᎬᏆᏘᏁᎬ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏩᎦ ᏓᏂᏍᏝᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏌᏚᏏᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎲ ᎾᏍᏊ. ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏛᎢ. ᏃᏊ ᏥᎩ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎰᎢ ᏓᏆᏓᏘᎾᎥᎢ, ᎠᏆᏓᏅᏛ ᎦᎷᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏰᎸᏗ. ᏂᎦᏓ ᎣᏥᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎣᎩᎸᏉᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏲᎦᏛᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Culture

Visitors get glimpse into CHC archives
BY STACIE GUTHRIE
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
08/18/2017 12:45 PM
PARK HILL, Okla. – Cherokee Heritage Center visitors had the chance to get a glimpse into the CHC’s permanent archive collections with the “Preserving Cherokee Culture: Holding the Past for the Future” exhibit that was set to run Aug. 14-19.

“We want to just feature things that people don’t get to see very often. On average only about 1 percent of a museums holdings are on display at any given time, so this will give people a little inside look into more of the items that we have,” Callie Chunestudy, CHC curator, said.

Nearly 60 historical artifacts were selected for the exhibit, including Gen. Stand Waite’s bowie knife, a hand-written first draft of the Articles of Agreement between the Cherokee Nation and U.S. governments in 1866, photographs and more.

Chunestudy said the goal is to find a way to create a new archives and collections building.

“We are in need of a new archives and collections building, so we want to feature some of the rare and special items that we do hold so the people can understand that we really need updated housing for these,” she said. “We’ve outgrown our space immensely, and it’s time for an up-to-date archives and collections building that we’re hoping to raise money for.”

All the archives and collections are stored in the CHC basement, which Chunestudy said doesn’t allow for proper preservation techniques.

“It’s a little difficult to climate control and things like that just because of the structure of the building, and so we’re looking at building a new facility that will be up-to-date and in line for best practices for housing these items,” she said. “Without a new archives and collections building the items that are currently housed in the basement of the (Cherokee) Heritage Center are in danger of becoming damaged. It’s a secure space, but it’s not up to best practices for archives and collections so our goal is to bring that up to par.”

CHC Director Charles Gourd said those at the CHC have a “responsibility” to preserve and protect the tribe’s history.

“One of the primary functions and purposes of the Cherokee National Historical Society, and then now the (Cherokee) Heritage Center, is the preservation of our material culture. Those objects of cultural patrimony and things that are important to our history,” he said. “In the (19)95 Constitution, we were mandated and specifically designated as the repository. Now, we’re the designated repository as an act of the (Tribal) Council in 1985 to back that up. So we have a responsibility to preserve and protect all of these objects that are important to Cherokee history, government and the Cherokee people.”

According to a CHC press release, the Cherokee National Archives has more than 40,000 items in collections and 200,000 items in archives dating back to pre-European contact.

The CHC is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive. For more information, call 918-456-6007 or visit www.cherokeeheritage.org.

Education

NSU Alumni Association honors 2 Cherokees
BY STAFF REPORTS
08/14/2017 12:00 PM
TAHELQUAH, Okla. – The Northeastern State University Alumni Association board of directors has chosen two Cherokee Nation citizens as 2017 honorees of the university’s Distinguished Alumnus awards.

CN Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Julie Erb-Alvarez were selected as distinguished alumni and will receive their honors on Sept. 29 at the Alumni Association Honors Dinner and again Sept. 30 at the homecoming Emerald Ball. Both events are open to the public.

Awards are presented annually to NSU alumni who, through personal achievement and service, have brought honor and distinction to both themselves and the university, a NSU release states.

Crittenden graduated from NSU in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration. Crittenden has previously served on the Tribal Council, as the Eastern Oklahoma vice president for the National Congress of American Indians and as a U.S. Postal Service postmaster. He is also a Navy veteran.

“It is an honor to receive this award from Northeastern State University,” Crittenden said. “It has been 43 years since I graduated from the university, and I still wear my gold NSU class ring every single day. I was an atypical college student, returning to school after serving in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. However, I was blessed to receive an excellent education at NSU, and what I learned there helped guide me on a long career of public service.”

Crittenden has given back to NSU by supporting the tribe’s efforts to restore Seminary Hall and install modern classroom technologies. He also offers support and advice to youth in their pursuit of higher-education opportunities.

“I am proud to say I am an alum of a school that is so committed to Native students and developing leaders for Indian Country,” Crittenden said. “Cherokee Nation and NSU have established one of the most unique and successful collaborations between a tribal government and public higher education institution.”

NSU President Dr. Steve Turner said Crittenden was extraordinarily qualified to be recognized as a distinguished alumnus.

“His career path is highlighted by many years of service to the Cherokee Nation and to our country. I am so excited for Joe and his family and am honored to call him friend,” Turner said.

Erb-Alvarez is a distinguished epidemiologist and chief of patient recruitment for the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute who graduated from NSU in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in health and human performance.

She continued her education at the University of Oklahoma, earning a master’s degree in epidemiology. She has served as an epidemiologist for the Oklahoma Tribal Epidemiology Center, the Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Public Health, Ministry of Health in the Republic of Palau.

Erb-Alvarez was commissioned into the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in 2010 and was deployed to Monrovia, Liberia in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2014-15. She is a life member of the NSU Alumni Association.

“I was truly honored when I received the call from NSU President Steve Turner. I was completely surprised and really excited when he told me I had been selected as one of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni. And then when explained who the other honorees were, it instilled another sense of pride and emotion. I am deeply grateful for this honor, and am completely humbled with the company I now keep, with those who are also being honored this year and those who have been honored in the past,” she said. “I look forward to NSU Homecoming Weekend in September when I can come back to my beloved alma mater and experience NSU all these many years later. I can’t wait to talk with students, educators, other professionals and friends – those who helped build my education – and share my post-graduation career and life experiences. I want them all to know and understand how much NSU has given me. I had a very solid foundation thanks to my years at NSU. It was easy for me to find my way and excel after an educational experience like that. Both of my parents are NSU graduates, and I was born while my parents were students and living at NSU married student housing. I have a long, long and wonderful history with NSU. The fact that NSU began as a Cherokee Seminary gives it all the more meaning to me as a Cherokee citizen.”

Turner said Erb-Alvarez has amassed an outstanding list of accomplishments since her time at NSU.”

“Her commitment to preserving the health of the nation and serving others through the National Institute of Health and the United States Public Health Service is admirable and makes her more than deserving of this honor,” he said.

Council

Dobbins takes aim at improving health care
BY LINDSEY BARK
News Writer
08/17/2017 04:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Dr. Mike Dobbins, of Fort Gibson, said he’s ready to serve his first term as the Dist. 4 Tribal Councilor and looks to improve the Cherokee Nation’s health care system.

Dobbins will take his councilor seat with 37 years of experience in health care, practicing dentistry for 20 of those years.

“I chose to run because from a distance I’ve become quite familiar with the Cherokee health system, and there are some great things about it. The framework’s in place…and a lot of good has transpired. With my experience I feel like I can lend some expertise to help improve the system. That was my primary motive in running for council...to see what I could do to improve the health care system,” Dobbins said.

He said he has more to learn about the CN Health Services and how it functions on a daily basis.

Dobbins is also involved in higher education, teaching at dental schools for the past 17 years and assisting Cherokee students interested in health care.

“I’ve assisted multiple Cherokee students with scholarship opportunities, not only with Cherokee scholarships, but with other Native American scholarships and try to help them go through college with little-to-no debt as possible,” he said.

He said in Dist. 4, he’s also heard concerns from CN citizens about housing issues.

“I’m also knowledgeable of the fact that there’s a lot of other Cherokee needs (including) infrastructure, housing, elder care. I’m also sensitive to those areas as well. I plan to be a multi-purpose councilman,” Dobbins said. “I’m on the outside right now, but I intend to see (and) get familiarized with the housing program and make sure that citizens of District 4 are considered for any housing possibilities.”

The 2017 Tribal Council election was Dobbins’ second attempt at becoming a CN legislator. He said he learned from his “mistakes” four years ago and that it was a “less stressful” campaign this time around.

“I ran four years ago and lost by two (votes) to an 18-year incumbent,” he said. “You learn by experience, and I enlisted more help, actually, this time. I tried to do a lot of myself four years ago. I’d say…most importantly I learned what not to do rather than what to do.”

Dobbins said he has an obligation to serve not only the CN citizens who helped or voted for him, but also those who did not.

“I’m their councilman now, and I feel a deep debt of obligation to fulfill that duty,” he said. “I just look forward to serving the Cherokee people on the council. I do have a busy schedule but I feel like I will be accessible. I have a busy schedule outside my councilman responsibilities, but my councilman responsibility will be my priority.”

Health

Casting for Recovery to hold retreat for Native women with breast cancer
BY STAFF REPORTS
08/08/2017 04:00 PM
AUSTIN, Texas – Casting for Recovery, a national nonprofit organization providing free fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer, will hold a retreat exclusively for Native American women in October in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Set for Oct. 13-15, Native American women who reside in Oklahoma and have received a breast cancer diagnosis are eligible to apply. Up to 14 women will be randomly selected to attend the retreat at no cost. Meals, lodging, equipment and supplies will be provided for each participant. The deadline to apply is Aug. 11.

CfR officials said Native American women face numerous cultural and economic barriers to cancer care. By providing support, education and resources, CfR officials said they hope to improve the quality of life for Native American women, creating a ripple effect for health in their communities.

CfR officials said the program empowers women with educational resources, a new support group and fly fishing, which promotes emotional, physical, and spiritual healing. For more information or to apply for this retreat, visit https://castingforrecovery.org/breast-cancer-retreats/arkansas-oklahoma/ or call Susan Gaetz at 512-940-0246.

CfR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1996 featuring a program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. Officials said its retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR’s retreats are open to women of all ages, all stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery, and are free to participants.

?For more information, visit https://castingforrecovery.org.

Opinion

OPINION: Environmental efforts ensure fresh water, better future
BY BILL JOHN BAKER
Principal Chief
08/01/2017 12:00 PM
Protecting the environment and practicing conservation principles have always been important to the Cherokee people. It’s fitting that the 65th annual Cherokee National Holiday theme is “Water is Sacred.” It is something that resonates with all of us as Cherokees. Water is sacred to our people and has been forever. Water has been part of our ceremonies. Water has sustained us with food and an ability to grow our crops. Water is something we share and celebrate with our families. Our close relationship to water, the land and the traditional knowledge about our natural surroundings has always been part of who we are. Cherokee values and these historic ideas, established over multiple generations, about ecological preservation benefit all of northeast Oklahoma.

Over the past year, Cherokee Nation has put a focused effort to preserve water rights and natural resources. We have been active within our 14 counties and across Indian Country when it comes to conservation of our water. CN established the office of the secretary of Natural Resources to address a various environmental issues. Secretary Sara Hill oversees the programs and services related to preservation and conservation of our air, land, water and animal and plant life.

As a tribal government, and as Cherokees, we have a responsibility to protect the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the land we live on. We will unequivocally fight for the rights of our people to live safely in their communities. We have a right and a responsibility to protect our water. It is our duty for the next seven generations.

An excellent example of our renewed conservation efforts was a recent federal court decision naming CN the court-appointed steward of restoration efforts of Saline Creek in Mayes County. David Benham, a CN citizen originally from the Kenwood area and a property owner along the creek bank, personally sued Ozark Materials River Rock for the extreme damage done to the water. The company, which will pay for the restoration effort, mined at the foot of the creek, removing the gravel at the lower reaches. Erosion upstream redirected the creek and eroded vegetation, which in turn increased stream temperature and algae growth.

It is appropriate that the court appointed CN as the steward of Saline Creek and will manage the recovery of the damaged areas and easement. Saline Creek has spiritual as well as historical significance to CN citizens in that area. Additionally, it is one of the most beautiful creeks in northeast Oklahoma.

Earlier this year, Secretary Hill’s team defended the Arkansas and Illinois rivers, as CN played a critical role in preventing Sequoyah Fuels Corporation from disposing radioactive waste near important waterways. We are working with the company to find appropriate off-site disposal.

Recently, the tribe also earned a $75,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency that will help support the critical environmental work that we do at the local level. The partnership between CN and the EPA benefits our people, our environmental endeavors, and the health and beauty of northeast Oklahoma.

Together with the EPA’s federal dollars, we can sustain the environmental protection efforts that preserve our clean air, healthy land and fresh water. The CN created a five-person board, the Environmental Protection Commission, which works with Secretary Hill to help the tribe administer its environmental programs and develop community and education programs.

The CN is also a founding member of the Inter-Tribal Environmental Council, an organization that helps protect the health of Native Americans, tribal natural resources and the environment. This tribal organization was created to provide support, technical assistance, program development and training to member tribes nationwide. Today, almost 50 tribal governments are members and share best practices.

Our tribal government strives to build a better future for our people and fights for the rights of our people to live safely in their communities. Protecting the environment through CN’s active and progressive conservation programs is one of the most important things we can do to ensure we achieve that goal.

People

Flag football combine has large Native turnout
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
08/17/2017 08:30 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Approximately 70 youths in first through fourth grades were athletically evaluated on Aug. 12 at the Boys and Girls Club of Tahlequah’s flag football combine held on the infield of Tahlequah High School’s track.

Testing included speed evaluations, route running as well as passing and catching a football.

Boys and Girls Club of Tahlequah CEO Dennis Kelley said the combine testing is crucial to selecting evenly matched league teams.

“It’s for all kids across the county. You don’t have to be a Boys & Girls Club member. We have 13 clubs throughout Cherokee County in almost every school except Hulbert and Shady Grove. Our club stats for Cherokee County show we’re at about 70 percent Native American. So anyone who wants to sign up can. Boys and girls are welcome.”

Kelley said the fee for joining is $45.

“We try to keep it as low as we can. Plus, if someone can’t afford it, we try to scholarship them in. Cherokee Nation helps us with some money throughout the year, so we try to use that money for scholarships for kids who can’t afford to pay,” he said.

Cherokee Nation citizen Julie Deerinwater Anderson said bringing her son to try out was a mutual decision.

“I brought my son out today because he was very interested in flag football. It’s an opportunity for him to be a part of a team. Plus it’s his first year, so he can learn some skills without the risk of tackle football,” she said. “It’s healthy and it’s outside. It’s important to me that my son has healthy options.”

For more information, call the Boys and Girls Club of Tahlequah at 918-456-6888.
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