RSU hosts cultural enrichment day

BY JAMI MURPHY
Senior Reporter – @cp_jmurphy
04/06/2016 08:30 AM
CLAREMORE, Okla. – Rogers State University’s Native American Studies Program on March 5 hosted a cultural enrichment day where students and community members had the opportunity to make stickball sticks, stickball balls and traditional baskets.

Dr. Hugh Foley – a professor of fine arts at RSU, coordinator of the Native American Studies Program and Cherokee Promise scholar advisor – said it was the university’s 18th annual stickball and basket-making workshop. Foley said he works with Victor Wildcat, and adjunct Cherokee language instructor at RSU, who helps the participants make their crafts.

“I’ve known Victor for a long time, graduated Muskogee High together…He contacted me in the (19)90s. My class was on TV here at RSU… He said ‘hey we do stickball workshops. Want to do one at RSU?’ So we started doing it,” Foley said.

He added that his department reaches out to area schools and universities to offer them the opportunity to attend the cultural event.

“The most important thing is to continue these cultural traditions and life ways and hopefully instilling them in some young people who will be excited about them and want to continue on with them. There aren’t many opportunities like this around. It is free to the people that come here,” he said.
Cherokee Nation citizen Ty Martinez shows a pair of finished stickball sticks he made March 5 during a cultural enrichment day at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Cherokee Nation citizen Kristen Thomas sews a ball used to play stickball during a cultural enrichment day on March 5 at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Ty Martinez shows a pair of finished stickball sticks he made March 5 during a cultural enrichment day at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

ᎦᎴᎼᎢ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ.– Rogers State University’s ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎺᎵᎧ ᎤᎯᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏅᏱ ᎯᏍᎩᏁ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏤᎲᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎢᎦ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎾᎥ ᏗᏁᎯ ᎤᎾᏟᏅᏓᏕᎸ ᏧᏃᏢᏗ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ, ᎠᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏔᎷᏣ. Dr. Hugh Foley-- ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎤᎦᏙᎲᏒ ᎾᎿ RSU, ᎠᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎺᎵᎧ ᏗᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏂᏚᏍᏛ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ-- ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏁᎳᏚᏏᏁᏃ ᏙᏛᏃᏢᏂ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎳᎷᏣ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎮᏍᏗ. Foley ᎤᏛᏅ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰᎾᏍᎩ Victor Wildcat, ᎠᎴ ᎢᏧᎳ ᎾᏅᏁᎰ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏗᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ RSU, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎪᏢᏅᏅᎢ.

“ᎪᎯᎦ ᏥᏲᎵᎦ ᏂᎨᏐ Victor, ᎫᏐ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏙᎩᏂᏍᏆᏛ…… ᏓᏳᏟᏃᎮᏢ ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏐᏁᎳᏍᎪ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ. ᎾᎿ ᏕᎦᏕᏲᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᎾᏓᏴᎳᏛᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ RSU…… ᎤᏛᏅ ‘Ꭾ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ ᏙᏦᏢᏍᎪᎢ. ᏣᏚᎵᏍ ᎤᏍᏆᎸᏗ ᎾᎿ RSU?’ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎣᎦᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎲᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Foley.

ᎤᏁᏉᎥ ᎾᎿ ᏓᏕᏲᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᏙᏯᏅᎯᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏓᏛᏛᎲᏍᎪ ᏳᎾᏚᎵ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᏭᎵᏍᎨᏗᏴ ᎯᎠ ᏂᎦᏯᎢᏐ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏕᏅ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏕᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏃᎯᏳ ᎨᎳ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏗ ᎤᏂᏫᏗ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎯᎠ. ᏞᏃ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏳᏙᏢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎭᏂᏗᏢ. ᎠᏎᏊ ᎨᏐ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏴᏫ ᏧᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᏔᎵᏁ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ, ᎤᏛᏅ, ᏧᎾᎵᎪᎯ, ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᏓᏂᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ.

“ᏗᏏᎾᎲᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏃᏟᏍᏗ ᏕᏣᏂᎬᎬ ᎠᎾᏓᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏣᏤᎵ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏓᏤᏢ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎰᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎰᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Foley.

Ty Martinez, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏚᏍᏛ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ, ᎤᏪᏅᏒ RSU ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎢᎦ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎧᎸᎬ ᎢᏗᏢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏓᎵᏆ. ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᏚᏬᏢᏅ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᏃᏢᏗ ᏗᎳᏍᎸᏙᏗ.

“ᎣᎦᏓᏈᎬ ᏙᏣᏠᏍᎬ ᎣᎦᎵᎪᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏚᎢᏍᏛ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ. ᏙᎪᏢᏅ ᏗᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ. ᏑᏟᎶᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᏙᎩᏱᎵᏙᎸ ᏙᏥᏍᏛᎪᏍᎬ ᏚᏳᎪᏛ ᏂᏙᏨᏁᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Martinez. “ᏙᎬ ᎨᏒ ᏔᎵᏁ ᏕᎪᏢᎾ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ, ᎢᎬᏱ ᏥᏓᏬᏢᏅ ᎠᏥᎳ ᎤᏣᏍᎦᏘ ᏣᏩᏋᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎩᏲᏢᏅ ᎡᎳᏗ ᎠᎦᏘ. ᏄᏓᎴ ᏣᏋᏔ ᎠᏥᎳ ᎤᏣᏍᎦᏘ Ꮎ ᏐᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏓᎩᏱᎸᎭ ᎯᎠ.”

ᎤᏛᏅᏃ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏧᏬᏢᏅ ᏧᏁᎸᏙᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ, ᏔᎵᏁ ᏧᏬᏢᏅ ᏴᏫ ᏧᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ. “ᎦᏓᏅᏖ ᏯᏆᏚᎵ ᎾᎿ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏗᏆᏟᎶᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ, ᏃᎴᏱᎩ ᏧᎵᏏᎦ ᏱᏂᏓᏋᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏴᏫ ᏧᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏱᏓᏆᏙᏌᏗ. Ꮭ ᏙᏯᏆᏅᏔ ᎢᏗᏋᏗᎢ.”

Martinez ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎬᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏃᏊ ᎤᏃᏢᏅ ᎬᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᎯᏗᎨ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᎦᏬᏢᏅᎢ.

“ᎣᎩᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎣᎦᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏂᏚᏅᏁᎸᎢ ᎪᎯᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

RSU ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Larry Rice ᎤᏛᏅ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏂᎬ ᏂᏙᏓᏳᎵᎶᏒ ᎠᏂᏙᎲ ᎯᎠ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ.

“ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏜᏅᏓᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᏯᏛᏗᎢ. ᏗᎦᏙᏍᏙᏗ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬᎢ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ. ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᏗᎦᏙᏍᏙᏗ ᏔᎷᏣ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬᎢ. ᏗᏃᏢᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎴ ᏯᎾᏛᏁᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᎢᎦ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎾᎿ ᏅᏓᏕᏆ ᎧᎸ, RSU ᏚᎤᏍᏆᎸᎡᎵ ᏐᎢ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏛᎠᏍᏆᎸᎯ ᎢᏧᎳᎭ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎯᏯ ᎠᎺᎵᎧ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏏᏅᏓ. ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ, email hfoley@rsu.edu.

CN opens new Jay health clinic

BY SHEILA STOGSDILL
Special Correspondent
04/04/2016 04:00 PM
JAY, Okla. – Principal Chief Bill John Baker had a hard time holding back his emotions on April 1 during the grand opening of a new health center located at 859 E. Melton Dr.

“This is our most glorious clinic,” Baker said referring to the new 42,000-square-foot Sam Hider Health Center.

The $14 million state-of-the-art clinic, located north of Jay, features a basket weave design in the bricks on the building and in the sunshades surrounding the building. The new health center almost doubles the size of the former 27-year-old medical building located at 1015 Washbourne, which is 26,000 square feet.

“I believe we have the best health care in Indian Country,” Baker said. “We will soon have the best health care in the state of Oklahoma.”

The new Sam Hider Health Center is the fourth and final project completed under a $100 million health care capital improvement plan using casino profits.
Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis speaks at the April 1 grand opening of the Cherokee Nation’s new Sam Hider Health Center in Jay, Oklahoma. The $14 million facility is located at 859 E. Melton Drive. SHEILA STOGSDILL/SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Cherokee Nation dignitaries cut the ribbon opening the new Sam Hider Health Center in Jay, Oklahoma. From left, in view, are Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Cherokee traditionalist Crosslin Smith, Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis and Tribal Councilor Joe Byrd. SHEILA STOGSDILL/SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis speaks at the April 1 grand opening of the Cherokee Nation’s new Sam Hider Health Center in Jay, Oklahoma. The $14 million facility is located at 859 E. Melton Drive. SHEILA STOGSDILL/SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

ᏜᏱᎪ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Bill John Baker ᎡᎵ ᏍᏓᏯ ᏄᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎤᏣᏘ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎧᏬᏂ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎩᎳ ᎤᏂᏍᏚᎢᏒ ᎢᏤ ᎥᏱᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᏃ ᎾᎿ 859 E. Melton Dr.

“ᎯᎠ ᏭᏬᏚᏒᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Baker ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏤ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏅᎩ ᏧᏅᏏᏯ ᎢᏯᎳᏏᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎾᏏᎾ ᏗᎦᏚᎾᎢ ᎨᏱᎸ ᏄᏛᎾᏕᎬ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎮᏱᏗᎢ ᎠᏰᏟ.

ᎯᎠ ᏂᎦᏚ ᎢᏳᏆᏗᏅᏓ ᎤᏬᏚᏨ ᏲᏓᏂᎵ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗᎢ, ᎾᎿ ᎠᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎤᏴᏢᎢᏗᏢ ᏜᏱᎪ, ᏂᎬᏅ ᏙᏯᏗᏢ ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᏔᎷᏣ ᎬᏅᎢ ᏂᏕᎬᎾ ᏗᎬᏓᏅᎢ ᏂᏕᎬᏅᏛ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏓᏩᏛᎯᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᏕᏯᏛ ᎠᏓᏁᎸᎢ. ᎯᎢᎾ ᎢᏤ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏲᏢᎦ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᏓᏁᎸᎢ. ᎾᎿ ᎢᏤ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎠᎴᏊ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏩᎫᏓ ᎤᏔᎾ ᎾᏃ ᎤᏪᏘ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎤᏪᏘ ᏧᎾᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏣᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ 1015 Washbourne, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏑᏓᎵ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏅᎩ ᏧᏅᏏᏯ ᎢᏯᎳᏏᏓ.

“ᎠᏉᎯᏳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏬᏌᏂᏴ ᎢᎦᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Baker. “ᎾᏞᎬ ᏕᎦᏓᏁᎴᏍᏗ ᏫᏩᏙᏌᏂᏴ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏲᏢᎦ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ.”

ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᏤ ᏣᎾᏏᎾ ᏗᎦᏚᎾ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎮᏱᏗ ᏲᏓᏂᎵ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏅᎩᏁ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᎾᎢᎩ ᎤᏂᎲ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏙᏅ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏆᏗᏅᏓ ᏲᏓᏂᎵ ᏧᎾᏁᏍᏙᏗ ᏓᏤᏢ ᎢᏗᎬᏁᏗ ᎢᏛᏗᏍᎬ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎤᏁᏉᏨᎢ ᎨᏒᎢ.

ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏩᏥᏂ ᏴᏫ ᎠᏰᎸ ᏄᏍᏗᏕᎬ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏧᏄᎪᏔᏅ Ꭴ.ᏁᏨᎢ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᎿ ᏓᏂᎩᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᏁᎵᏍᎪᏐᏁᎳ ᎢᏳᏆᏗᏅᏓ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎢᏳᏓᎵ ᎧᏁᏨᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏅᏙᏗ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Baker.

Baker ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᏁᏍᏔᏅ ᏚᏄᎪᏛ ᎾᎿ 459,000-ᏅᎩ ᏧᏅᏏᏯ ᎢᏯᎳᏏᏓ ᎠᏔᏃᎯᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ W.W ᎮᏍᏗᏂ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏓᎵᏆ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎤᏅᏌ ᎤᎾᏤᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᏁᎵ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.

“ᎢᎬᏌ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎯᏓᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᏤᎵ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Baker ᎠᎴ ᎤᎶᏒᏍᏗ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᏚᏠᏯᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ Chuck Hoskin Jr. ᎠᎴ Baker ᎠᏂᎸᏉᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᏅ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᏂᎬᎾ ᏙᏯᏗᏝ, ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎪᎯᎦ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎤᏅᏔᏅᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎵᏍᏔᏅᏅ ᎠᏆᏅᎩᏱ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏗᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏚᏂᏝᎭ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏰᏟ.

Hoskin ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏔᏅ Ella Cummings, ᏣᎾᏏᎾ ᏗᎦᏚᎾ ᎤᏪᏣ ᎠᎨᏯ, ᎾᎿ ᎡᏙᎲᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏤ Sam Hider ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏲᏢᎦ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᎠᏰᎸ ᏙᎯ ᎢᎬᏁᏗᎢ ᎤᏃᏢᎯ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Ꮭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏂᎬᏁ ᎤᏪᏘ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗᎢ ᏧᏃᏢᏒᎢ.

“ᏃᏊ ᎣᎩᏲᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᎯ,” ᎥᏱᎸ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏗᏕᎦ Executive Director Connie Davis ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᏧᏩᎪᏔᏅᏒ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏓ ᏱᎩ ᏧᏂᏢᎦ ᎠᏎ ᏓᎵᏆ ᏭᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᎯᎠ ᎤᎪᏕᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎮᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏐᏅᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏳᏁᎯᏍᏓᏁ ᎢᎸᏢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Davis.

ᎧᏁᏉᏓ, ᎾᎿ ᎢᏤ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᎢᎬᏛᏗ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬ, ᏓᏂᏅᏙᎬ, ᏗᏂᎦᏙᎵ, ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏖᏗ, ᏓᏂᎷᎬ ᏧᏂᏍᏨᎸᏗ, ᏅᏬᏘ ᎾᎿ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᎦᏂᏙᎯ ᎬᏩᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᎾᏓᏅᏍᏗ, ᎤᎪᏛ ᎬᏩᎾᏛᏗ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎨᏒ, ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏴᏗ, WIC, ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏅᏁᏗ ᎤᏣᏘᏂ ᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᎬᏩᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎤᏁᎯ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ.

ᏗᎦᎳᏫᎦ Harley Buzzard ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᏬᏂᏒ, ᎤᏃᎮᏢ ᎢᎦᏓ ᏅᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏜᏱᎪ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏲᏓᏂᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎵᎮᎵᏤᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᏅᏖᎸ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏙᏯᏗᏢ ᏂᎬᏅ ᎠᏓᏁᎸᎢ.

“ᎣᏂᎯᎨᏍᏗ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏥᎪᏢᏒ ᏗᎦᎾᏗᏫᏒ ᎤᏅᏎᏴ ᏧᎾᏓᏱᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏐᏁᎳᏗ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪ ᏔᎵ ᎤᏂᎲᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏃᏊ ᏥᎩ ᎦᏚᎲ ᏄᏂᎬᏩᏳᏌᏕᎦ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎤᏂᏴᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᏁᎵᏍᎪ ᏐᏁᎳ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏧᏂᎲᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᏧᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏃᏊ ᎤᏬᏚᏨ ᎠᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎢᎪᏢᎭ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎢᎾ ᎢᎦᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᎧᏁᏉᏓ ᎤᎪᏛᏯᎾᏛᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎯᎠ ᎢᎦ ᎤᎪᏗᏓ ᏓᏤᏞᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎤᎪᏕᏍᏗ ᏓᏤᏞᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎦᏤᎵ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Buzzard. “ᎢᏤᎵᎢᏛ ᎾᎿ ᏙᏯᏗᏝ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᏯ ᏔᎷᏣ ᎬᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᏃᎴ ᏧᎾᏓᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᏂᎬᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗᎢ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᏤᎵ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅᎢ. ᎠᏓᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏳᎦᎶᏏ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗᎢ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏧᎾᏓᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏗᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏚᏂᏝᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏗᏨᎾ ᏱᎩ. ᎠᏆᏚᎵ ᎠᏔᎵᎭ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᏙᎥ Sage Butler, Vickie Blackwood, Josie Jones ᎠᎴ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ.”

ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎩᎦᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, Ꮎ ᏐᎢ ᏜᏱᎪ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏥᏚᏗᎲᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏂᎥ ᏚᏂᎪᎵᏱᎥ ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎢᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏚᏂᏁᎸ 154,000 ᏚᏂᏁᎸᎢ.

ᏃᎴᏍᏊ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏍᏚᎢᏒ ᎢᏤ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎾᎿ Ochelata ᎠᎴ ᏚᎾᏔᏃᎯᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏌᎷᎾᎨᏴ ᎠᎴ ᏍᏗᎵᏪᎵ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎩᎦᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.

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Tribe, CNE break ground on Grove casino

BY SHEILA STOGSDILL
Special Correspondent
03/29/2016 12:00 PM
GROVE, Okla. – A $23 million Grove casino is expected to bring in nearly 200 jobs to the Grove and Grand Lake area, Principal Chief Bill John Baker said during a groundbreaking ceremony for the tribe’s newest casino, Cherokee Casino Grove.

Many Cherokee Nation dignitaries, as well as Grove and Grand Lake officials, participated in the March 28 ceremony at the proposed site, which is on U.S. 59 Highway near a cutoff road to Monkey Island, approximately 10 miles north of Shangri La Golf Club, Resort and Marina.

“One hundred and seventy-five jobs is more important than 1,000 jobs,” Baker said referring to the Tulsa-based Williams Cos. proposed merger that will reduce its workforce.

The 39,000-square-foot casino is expected to bring 175 jobs to the area, and be completed this winter, Baker said during the ceremony.

“Our entertainment division consistently brings to the market the best jobs and the best entertainment options,” Baker said. “The jobs created by this venue drive our economy, and the financial success of our businesses is reinvested throughout northeast Oklahoma to provide a better quality of life for the Cherokee people.”
An artist’s rendering of the front entrance of the Cherokee Casino Grove. The casino will be Cherokee Nation Entertainment’s 10th casino and second in Delaware County. COURTESY Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Cherokee traditionalist Crosslin Smith wait to turn dirt for the Cherokee Casino Grove groundbreaking ceremony on March 28 in Grove, Oklahoma. The casino is expected to create 175 jobs in the area. SHEILA STOGSDILL/SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT An artist’s rendering of the Cherokee Casino Grove and its parking lot. The 39,000-square-foot casino is expected to bring 175 jobs to the area, and be completed this winter. COURTESY
An artist’s rendering of the front entrance of the Cherokee Casino Grove. The casino will be Cherokee Nation Entertainment’s 10th casino and second in Delaware County. COURTESY

ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᎾᏍᎩᏃ $23 ᎢᏳᏩᏗᏅᏓ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏓᏛᏅᎢᏍᏕᏍᏗ 200 ᏱᎦᎢ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ Grand Lake ᎾᎥᎢ, ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Bill John Baker Z ᎢᏳᏪᏓ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎦᏓ ᏣᏂᏲᏍᏗᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮎ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏩᏤᎯᏴᎢ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏃᏢᏒᎢ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ.

ᎤᏂᎪᏗᏃ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏰᎬᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ Grand Lake ᏄᏂᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ, ᎠᏁᎸᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᏅᏱ 28 ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏧᏙᏢᏒᎢ, ᎥᎿᎾᏃ U.S. 59 ᎤᏔᎾ ᎦᏅᏅᎢ ᏥᏳᏗᏊ ᏫᎦᎶᎯᏍᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏗᏜ Monkey Island, 10 Ꮓ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎤᏟᏗᏢᎢ Shangri La Golf Club, ᎤᏂᏣᏘ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏥᏳ ᏧᏂᏔᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ.

“ᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪᎯ ᎯᏍᎩ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏗᎬᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᏗ ᏒᎵᏍᎨᏗᏯ ᎠᏏᏅ 1,000 ᏗᎦᎬᎸᏫᏍᏁᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Baker ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ Ꮎ Tulsa-Based Williams Cos. ᏗᎫᎪᏔᏅᎢᎯ ᏌᏉ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏯᎦᏲᎶᎦ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ 39,000-ᏱᎳᏏᏗ-ᏅᎩ ᏧᏅᏏᏱ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗ 175 ᏗᎬᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏙᏛᏙᏢᏂ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎡᏍᎦᏂ, ᎠᎴ ᎯᎠ ᎪᎳ ᏥᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᏍᏆᏕᏍᏗ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Baker ᎾᎯᏳ.

“ᎢᎦᏤᎵᎢ entertainment division ᏂᎬᎯᎵᏐᎢ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎦᎷᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏫᏓᏤᏢᎢ ᏗᎬᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏫᏓᏤᏢᎢ entertainment ᎬᏑᏰᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᎡᏍᎬᎢ Baker. “ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏚᏙᏢᎾ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎦᏌᏙᏍᎩ ᎢᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ, ᎠᎴ Ꮓ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎠᏙᎷᏩᏘᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏁᏉᎠ ᏂᎦᏅᎯᏒᎢ ᎤᏴᏢᎢᎧᎸᎬᎢ ᏗᏜ ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏓᏤᏢᎢ ᎤᎾᏕᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ.”

ᎯᎠᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ 10TH ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ Entertainment ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᏥᏚᏙᏢᎭ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵᏁᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎠᏆᏂᎩᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ. CNE ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮓ Ꮎ ᏥᎪᏢᎭ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎤᏕᎵᎬᎢ ᏅᏬᏘᎢ ᏗᎦᏄᎪᎬᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎤᎦᏅᏮᎢ ᏗᏜ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᎩ ᏦᎢᏁᏃ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎴᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎠᏂᏏᏂᎩ-ᎧᏳᎦ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗ Grand Lake ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎥᎿ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏓ 400 ᎠᎾᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏗᏁᏟᏙᏗ, ᏗᎦᏍᎩᎶᎩ ᏗᏁᏟᏙᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎤᏕᎵᏓ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎧᏅᏑᎳ, ᏧᎾᎵᏍᏓᏰᏗ, ᏧᎾᏗ-ᏔᏍᏗᎢ, ᏧᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏎᏍᏗ, ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᏲᏓᏝᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎵᏦᏕᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎠᏓᏴᏍᏕᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏗᏗᏔᏍᏗ. ᎾᏍᎩZ rustic, lodge-ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏕᎵᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏙᏱ ᏗᏜ ᎤᎾᏅᏗᎢ ᎠᏲᏓᏞᏍᏗ.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎪᎯᎩᏊ ᏃᎦᏚᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ,” Shawn Slaton, CEO ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᎬᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᏊ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿ CNE, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎹᏳᏟᏗ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏙᏳᎢ ᎤᏬᏚᎯ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ Ꮩ ᎠᏕᏗᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂᏃ Ꮎ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᎭ ᎠᎴ ᏙᎯ ᎡᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏂᎬᏫᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏲᎯᎮᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏫᏓᏤᏢᎢ entertainment ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎡᏍᎦᏂ.”

Baker Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᏩᎬᏗᏗᏒᏃ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏒᏍᏗᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ CN ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲᏃ entertainment ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ 1990 ᎠᎴ Ꮓ ᎾᏊ 3,700 ᎢᏯᏂ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ entertainment ᎠᎴ hospitality division. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏚᏂᎩᏏᏓ Hard Rock ᏧᏂᏒᏍᏗ & ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ Tulsa ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎦᏚᏌ, ᎠᎴ ᏧᏁᎳ ᏂᏚᏓᎴᎢ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᏐᏈᎵ ᏧᎾᏙᎩᏯᏍᏗ, ᏦᎢ golf courses ᎠᎴ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ.

Chunestudy feels at home as CHC curator

BY ROGER GRAHAM
Media Specialist – @cp_rgraham
01/28/2016 02:00 PM
PARK HILL, Okla. – After more than a decade, the Cherokee Heritage Center has a new curator. One who is familiar with the center after having worked at it before.

Callie Chunestudy, 34, took over the position on Nov. 9 after former CHC Curator Mickel Yantz accepted a job with the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa.

Chunestudy is a graduate of Northeastern State University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

“The Heritage Center has always held a big place in my heart. It’s where I worked at 16 on (Cherokee Nation) Summer Youth (Employment Program) and at 18 for the pottery division back when that was going on,” she said.

Through the Summer Youth Employment Program, Chunestudy said she gave tours in Adam’s Corner, the CHC’s rural village that depicts Cherokee life in the 1890s before Oklahoma statehood. Chunestudy added that she also worked in the museum archives department and as a secretary under the same employment program, giving her a total of two years experience at CHC before her current position.
The Cherokee Heritage Center’s new curator, Callie Chunestudy, adjusts items on Jan. 25 in the CHC exhibit gallery in Park Hill, Okla. ROGER J GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The Cherokee Heritage Center’s new curator, Callie Chunestudy, adjusts items on Jan. 25 in the CHC exhibit gallery in Park Hill, Okla. ROGER J GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

ᎠᏭ ᎤᏂᏴᏍᏗ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ.- ᏍᎪᎯ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏂᎨᏐ ᎩᎳ ᎢᏤᎢ ᏗᎦᏘᏱ ᎤᏂᎧᏁᎢ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎣᏍᏓᏃ ᎠᎦᏔᎯ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅ ᎥᎿ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏟᎢᎩᏍᏓᏅᎯ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎨᏒᎢ.

Callie Chunestudy, 34, ᏅᏓᏕᏆ. 9ᏁᎢ ᎤᎴᏅᎮ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎤᏑᎵᎪᏣ Mickel Yantz ᏗᎦᏘᏱ ᎨᏒ Sherwin Miller ᎤᏪᏘ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏛ Jewish Arts Tulsa ᏭᎴᏅᎮ ᏚᎩᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ.

ᎤᏴᏢᎧᎸᎬ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᏱ ᏧᏍᏆᏛ Chunestudy ᎣᎯᏍᏗ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏙᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ.
“ᏓᎳᏚ ᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎤᎴᏅᎮ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ (ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ) summer youth (ᏗᎨᏥᎾᏢᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ) ᎠᎴ ᏁᎳᏚ ᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎦᏓᎫᎦ ᏧᏃᏢᏗ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᎪᎨᏱ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ, ᏥᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᏴᏫ ᎠᏂᎷᎬ Adam’s Corner, CHC ᏕᎧᏃᎯᏎᎲ ᏂᏧᎵᏍᏓᏅᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏣᏁᎮ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ 1890s ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎠᏂ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬᎾ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ ᏔᎵ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎴ Summer Youth Program ᏧᏪᏘ ᏗᎪᏪᎳᏅ ᏗᏍᏆᏂᎪᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ ᎨᏎ Chunestudy.

ᎾᏊ ᏗᎦᏘᏱ ᏥᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᏠᏱᏊ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏥᏍᏓᏩᏗᏎᏍᏗ Mickel ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎠᏗᏍᎨᎢ Chunestudy. ᏌᏚ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏛ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎨᏌ Meckel, ᎣᏍᏛ ᏄᏛᏁᎴ ᎣᎯᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᏕᎬᏁᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏆᏚᎵ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎢᏤ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏛᏁᎸᏗ ᎠᎩᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏰᎵ, ᎾᏞᎬᏊ ᎯᎸᏍᎩ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ. ᎾᏊ ᎨᏒᎢ “ᏧᎦᎶᎩ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏗ ᏧᏃᏴᎦ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ” ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ 15 ᎤᏓᎴᏅᎮ ᎧᏬᏂ 12 ᎢᎪᎯᏛ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ 2016 Trail of Tears ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏗᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ.

“ᎩᎳ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎨᏒ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗ ᏙᎦᎵᎪᏎᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᏅᏗᏍᎬ, ᎣᏍᏓᏃ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏐᎢ ᏅᏍᎩ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏌᎭ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎠᎴ ᎢᎬᏱᎢ, ᏓᏲᏣᎵᏲᏂ ᏣᎳᎩ Art Market ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ ᏓᏲᎩᏍᏆᎸᎡᎵ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᏅᏗᏍᎩ. ᏂᎬᏯᎢᏎᏍᏗ, ᎠᎭᏂ Heritage Center, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᎾᎾᎢ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏄᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎨᏍᏗ Trail of Tears Art Show.”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᏚᎵᏍᎨᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎦᏘᏱ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ, Chunestudy ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏂᎪᎯᎸᏃ ᎤᎸᏉᏕᎢ ᏧᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᏗᏍᏆᏂᎪᏔᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎢᏳᏛᏅᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ.

“ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅᏃ ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎾᏂᎥᏃᏍ ᏯᏂᎪᏩᏔ ᏄᏬᏚᏒᎢ. ᏓᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ Cherokee Heritage Center ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎦᏘᏗᏗᏍᏗ ᎢᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᎦᏟᏎᏅᎢ ᏱᎪᎯᏓᏃ ᏛᎦᏌᏙᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᎯᏴ ᏥᎩ ᏣᏁᎭ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎠᎩ ᎢᏯᏆᏛᏁᏗᎢ,” ᏗᎦᏍᎬᎢ.

CHC ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒ Candessa Tehee ᎢᏳᏪᏛ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Ꮎ CHC ᎣᏏ Chunestudy ᏏᏊ ᏧᎴᏅᎲ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ.

“ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏂᏔ ᏧᎶᏌ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᎴᎪᏟᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏕᎤᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Tehee. “ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎸᏉᏛᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅᎢ ᏧᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᏴᎪᏩᏔ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎤᏩᎬᏗᏗᏒᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ CHC.”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ CHC ᎥᎿ ᏧᏙᏢᎭ 21192 S. Keeler Drive. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ᎤᎾᏙᏓᏉᏅᎢ ᎤᎾᏙᏓᏈᏕᎾ ᏂᏛᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏕᎭᎷᏱ 15 ᏚᎵᏍᏗ 15 ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᎠᏍᎢᏐᎢ.

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CN Angel Project provides Xmas gifts for children

BY STACIE GUTHRIE
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
12/03/2015 08:30 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – On Nov. 24, the Cherokee Nation kicked off the season of giving with its 2015 Angel Project event to help provide Christmas gifts to Cherokee children in need.

To begin the giving, CPR, a Tribal Employment Rights Office-certified and Cherokee-owned roofing business, donated 250 bicycles to the help fill the wants of children who were a part of the Angel Project.

“Giving back is something my mother raised me to do and my employees love helping give back also,” CPR President Robert Brown said. “I remember one year when my mother was unable to buy me a Christmas gift and she received help from a local store owner, who helped her in providing me that one toy under the Christmas tree.”

Rachel Fore, CN Indian Child Welfare administrative operations manager, said the donation of bikes would cover a “large amount” of what children are requesting for their respective Christmas gifts.

“That’s a fabulous donation that we haven’t ever had before, so it kind of changed the way we had to do things on the application side,” she said. “We pretty swiftly decided that we would just pull all the angels that have requested bikes and then we would utilize the funds that we receive to fill in the needs for those children.”
People surround the Cherokee Nation Angel Project Tree on Nov. 24 at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. There are nearly 2,000 Cherokee children in the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction who are apart of the project this year. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
People surround the Cherokee Nation Angel Project Tree on Nov. 24 at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. There are nearly 2,000 Cherokee children in the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction who are apart of the project this year. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᏅᏓᏕᏆ. 24, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲᎩ ᎯᎠ ᏓᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᎬᎢ 2015 ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏗᏙᎯ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᎯᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲᎢ ᏗᏓᏁᏗ ᏧᏂᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎯᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᏁᏗᎢ, CPR, ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏧᏂᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏗ – ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ-ᎤᏅᏏ ᎤᎾᏤᎵᎢ ᏗᏂᎵᏦᏛᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ, ᏚᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ 250 ᏱᎦᎢ ᎳᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᏗᎩᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᎪᏪᎸᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏗᏙᎯ ᎤᎾᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗᎢ.

“ ᎪᎱᏍᏗᏃ ᎠᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎩᏥᏃ ᎠᏇᏲᏅᎢ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎦᏥᎾᏝᎢ ᎠᏂᏉᏗᎭ,” CPR ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ
Robert Brown ᎢᏳᏪᏓ. “ᎡᏘᏴᏃ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᏫᎦᏅᏓᏗᎠ ᎠᎩᏥ ᎤᏄᎸᏅᎢ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᎩᏁᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏓᎾᏅᎢ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᏆᏍᏕᎸᎲᎢ ᏌᏊ ᏗᏁᏟᏙᏗ ᎠᎩᏁᎸᎢ. ᎯᎠᏃ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᎬᏴᎵᎨᎢ ᏛᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏰᎵᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲᎢ ᏑᎾᎴᎢ.”

Rachel Force, ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᏂᏚᏍᏗᏗᏒᎢ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏌᏕᎩ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᏗᎩᎸᏙᏗ ᏧᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎤᏂᎪᏗ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᎩᏍᏗ “ ᎤᏓᏍᏈᏍᏙᏒᎢ” ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᏂᏔᏲᎯᎲᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲᎢ.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎸᏈᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎥᏝ ᎢᎸᎯᏳ ᎥᏍᎩᏳᎵᏍᏓᏂᏙᎸᎢ ᏱᎩ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃᏅ ᎤᏓᏁᏟᏴᏒᎢ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗᎢ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎩᎳᏫᏴᎢ ᏙᎫᎪᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮎ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏗᏙᎯ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᏔᏲᏢᎢ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᏗᎩᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᏥᎩ ᏱᏓᏅᏗ ᎥᏍᎩᎾᏅ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏧᏂᏔᏲᏢᎢ ᏱᏓᏂᎲᏏ.”

Fore Z ᎢᏳᏪᏓ ᏂᎦᏛᏃ 250 ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏗ ᏗᎩᎸᏙᏗ ᏚᎪᎭ ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏨᎢ ᏚᏂᏠᏛᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏙᏱᏗᏢᎢ W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.

“ᏓᏆᏠᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏱᏗᏣᏁᏏ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏍᏈᏍᏙᏒᎢ ᎠᏁᎭ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎦᏲᏝ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎦ ᏗᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎪᏪᎸᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏗᏙᎯ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎬᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎩᎶ ᎬᏬᏟᏍᏗ ᏙᎯᏳᎯᏯ ᎤᏚᏟᏛᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎪᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏘᏲᏍᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏙᏳᎢ ᏗᎦᏙᎵᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦᎨᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏓᎾᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Fore Ꮓ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ 2,000 ᎾᎥᎢ ᏄᏂᏨᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᏂ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗ ᎠᏁᎳ. ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢᏃ ᏓᎬᏖᏃᎲᎢ ᏧᎪᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᏢᏃ 100 ᎢᏳᏂᏨᎢ ᎤᎾᏚᏟᏗ ᏳᎾᏛᏂ ᏧᏂᎧᎵᏏᏌᏅᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏥᏛᏟᏱᎳ.

“ᎾᎥᏂᎨᏍᏗᏃ ᎠᏟᎠᎵᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫ ᏂᏛᏂᏪᏏ, ᎥᏝ ᏱᏥᎦᏔᎮᎢ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏧᎵᎬᏩᎶᏗᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎣᏍᏗᏁᎳ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎤᏲᎱᏎᎸᎢ ᏥᏛᏟᎠᎵᏒᎢ. ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ ᎥᏍᎩᎾᎾ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏱᏙᏥᏯᎾ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏙᏥᏍᏕᎳ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎡᏘᏴᏃ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ, 2,016 ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏙᏥᏍᏕᎸᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏂᎬᏩᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᏦᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏘ.”

Fore Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏳᏓᎵᎭᎢ ᎥᏝ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᎪᏪᎸᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎢᏡᎬᎢ ᏱᎨᎦᏑᏰᏐᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏓ ᎥᏝᏃ ᏳᏂᏂᎬᎨᏍᏗ.

“ᏳᏓᎵᎭᏃ, ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᎣᏣᏓᎾᎾᏁᏍᎪᎢ 200 ᎠᎴ 400 ᏦᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎢᏡᎬᎢ ᎨᎪᏪᎸᎢ ᎨᎦᏑᏰᏓ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏱᎩ, “ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᏃ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎣᏨᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏦᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏣᎦᏎᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬᎢ ᎢᎬᏱᏱᎢ ᎡᎵᏊᏃ ᏌᏊᏊ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏔᏲᏢᎢ ᎠᏂᎩᎰᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ.”

Fore Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎯᎠᏃ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏃᏱᏱᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᎸᎿᏩᏗᏙᎯ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ “ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏅᎢ” ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᏆᏕᎶᎰᏒᏅᎢ.

“ᏁᎵᏍᎬᏃ, ᎦᏙᏍᎩᏂ ᏄᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᏁᏍᏗᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ?’ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎤᎾᏓᏥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᏙᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏚᎵᎠ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏁᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏚᏂᎧᎲᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎠᏴᏃ ᎥᏝ ᏱᎨᎵᏍᎨᎢ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᎦ ᏂᏓᏥᏰᎸᏂᏒᎢ.”

ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎤᏠᏱ ᏄᏁᎵᏒᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎾᏅᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲᎢ.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏂᏃᏅ ᎤᏠᏱ ᎾᏊᎵᏍᏓᏁᎰᎢ ᎠᏋᏌ ᎨᎥᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎢᎦᏥᎦᏙᏍᏗᎰᎢ ᎠᏆᏌ ᏓᏆᏓᏘᎿᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏱᎾᏇᎵᏏ ᏍᏈᏯ ᎢᎦᏥᏁᎰᎢ ᎠᏋᏌ ᏓᏆᏓᏘᎿᎥᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏍᏗᏃ ᎬᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏛᎧᏂᏍᎬᎢ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏗᏙᎯ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗ ᎠᏯᏃ ᏄᏓᎴᎢ ᎣᏥᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎣᏥᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏃᎦᏛᏅ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ. ᎡᎵᏊᏃ ᎾᏊ ᎥᏝ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᎦ ᏱᏂᎦᎬᏛᎦ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏂᎦᏥᏛᏂᏏ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮎ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᏰᏟᏴ ᎠᏋᏏ ᏓᏆᏓᏘᎿᎥᎢ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏱᎦᏥᎥᏏ.”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Ꮎ ᎦᎧᎿᏩᏗᏙᎯ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ 14-ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ, ᏱᎦᏃ ᎠᏃᏢᏍᎬᎢ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᎢᏳᏅᏁᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ 0 ᎠᎴᏱᎩ 16 ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏱᏚᏂᎧᎭ.

Fore Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᏗᎦᏇᏅᏓ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏧᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎢᎬᏱᏱᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ Tribal Complex ᎤᏓᎷᎸᏊ ᎥᏍᎩᏱ. 9. “ᎤᏓᎷᎸᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏴᎯᏁᎦ ᎠᏏᏴᏫ ᏚᏙᎥᎢ,’ ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

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Sarabia finds success in BMX sport

BY STACIE GUTHRIE
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
11/06/2015 08:30 AM
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. – A young Cherokee Nation citizen is making a name for herself in the BMX world, also known as bicycle motocross. Payton Sarabia, 5, has two big titles under her belt and is just beginning her biking journey.

Payton’s mother, Priscilla, said Payton became interested in BMX after attending one session.

“It was very hard to find a sport that would take kids at that young of an age, and BMX was one of them. We took her one day and she tried (it) and from there she was hooked,” she said. “She started on one of those little bikes that don’t have pedals, it kind of teaches the kid to balance. From there she moved onto pedal bikes, which is what she’s on now and competing on.”

Payton said she likes the sport because she likes making friends and “jumping” her bike.

Priscilla said Payton’s usual class she races with, the 5 and under class, is extremely competitive.
Cherokee Nation citizen Payton Sarabia rides her bike with a purple tutu over her riding gear. She has earned the name ‘Payton the Purple Pickle Flying Tutu’ for her look. COURTESY Payton Sarabia
Cherokee Nation citizen Payton Sarabia rides her bike with a purple tutu over her riding gear. She has earned the name ‘Payton the Purple Pickle Flying Tutu’ for her look. COURTESY

Bullhead City, Ariz. – ᎠᏓᎨ ᎠᎨᏳᏣ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ ᎠᎦᏅᏐ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᎳ BMX ᎡᎶᎯ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ, ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᏔᎵᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᏗᏫᏍᏗᎭ. Payton Sarabia, ᎯᏍᎩ ᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ, ᎦᏳᎳ ᏚᎾᎠ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᏄᏛᏁᎸ ᎭᏫᎾᏗᏢ ᎤᏓᏠᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏃᏊ ᎠᎴᏂᎭ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᎠᎩᎸᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎪᎢ.

Payton’s ᎤᏥᎢ, Priscilla, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Payton ᎤᎴᏅᎲ ᏓᏍᏆ.ᎪᏍᎬ BMX ᎣᏂ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏭᏪᏙᎸ ᏌᏊ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎾᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᏍᏓᏱ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏩᏛᏗ ᏗᎬᏩᎾᏁᎶᏗ ᎬᏩᎾᏕᎳᏗᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏯᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏗᏂᏲᏟᏊ, ᎠᎴ BMX ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏂᏯᏂᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎢᏳᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ. ᏌᏊ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓᏘᏅᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏁᎶᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎤᎴᏅᏓ ᎤᎸᏉᏔᏅ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎤᎴᏅᎲ ᎤᎩᎸᏔᏅ ᎤᏍᏗ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ Ꮭ ᏗᎳᏍᎬᏍᏗ ᏱᏗᎪᏢᏎ, ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎤᎾᎩᎸᏙᏗᎢ. ᎾᎯᏳ ᎤᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᏌᏊ ᎠᎳᏍᎬᏍᏗ ᎪᏢᏒ, ᏅᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎩᎸᏙ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏙᎩᏯᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ.”

Payton ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎸᏉᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏁᎶᏗ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎸᏉᏙ ᏧᎵ ᏓᏩᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ “ᏓᎵᏔᏗᏅᏗᏍᎬ” ᎾᎿ ᎤᏤᎵ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ.

Priscilla ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Payton’s ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᎩᏍᎬ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᎠᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏓᏙᎩᏯᏍᏗᏍᎬ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎭᏫᎾᏗᏝ ᎠᏂᏯᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦ ᎤᏂᎸᏉᏓ ᎤᎾᏙᎩᏯᏍᏗ.

“ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏱᏃᎵ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᎠᏁᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏬᎸᏗ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎢᎦ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎾᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᎸᎴᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏧᏣ ᏱᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎰ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᎤᏠᏯ.”

Priscilla ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏓ Payton ᎤᎩᏒ ᎤᏓᏠᏒ ᎾᎿ Arizona ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᏂᏙᎾ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ DK ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᏓᎶᏂᎨ ᎠᎫᎩᏍᏓ Regional ᎤᏂᏍᎦᏎᏗ, ᎢᏧᎳ ᎾᎿ ᎯᏍ ᎢᏳᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎭᏫᎾᏗᏢ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᎠᏂᏯᎥᎢ.

“ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏙᎦᏁᎶᏂ ᎤᏔᏂ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏓᎶᏂᎨ ᎤᎵᏍᏈᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎾᏙᎩᏯᏍᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᎨᏒ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ. ᎤᏕᎳᏛ ᎾᎿ, ᎠᏆᏚᎵ ᎠᏆᏗ, ᏑᏓᎵ ᏯᏂᎢ. ᎤᏗᏗᏝ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎾᏙᎩᏯᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎩᏒ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᎾᎿ ᏅᎩ ᎤᏂᏅᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏛ ᏂᎦᏓ, ᎠᎴ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏊ ᎩᎶ ᏭᎪᏛ ᎤᏂᎾᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏭᎪᏛ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒ ᎠᎵᏍᏆᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎪ ᎤᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᎤᏓᏠᏒᎢ.”

Priscilla ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ Peyton ᏓᏱᎦᎵᏍᎪᎸᏓᏁᎵ ᎤᎾᏫᏗᎢ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏖᎵᏙ ᎤᏫᏗ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᎤᎩᎸᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᏠᏒ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ. ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎩᎦᏚ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᏂᏙᎾᎢ ᎦᎵᏔᏅᏙᏗ ᏕᎦᎶᏗ ᎠᎵᏏᏓᏍᏗ.

ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Peyton ᎤᏍᏆᏛ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏕᎵᎬ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎾᎿ DK ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏓᎶᏂᎨ ᎤᎵᏍᏈᏓ.

“ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏂᎦᏔᎲᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎠᎾᏙᎩᏯᏍᎬ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᏳ ᏛᎬᏂᎩᏏᏒ ᎤᏓᏠᏒᎢ.”

Priscilla ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏱᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏪᎧᎲ ᎠᎨᏳᏣ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦ ᎤᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏓᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᎠᏯ ᎢᎦ ᎦᎵᎡᎵᎬ. ᏥᏢᏩᏍᎬ ᎠᏇᏥ. ᎠᏍᏆᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎢᎦᏃ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏛ ᎾᎿ ᎯᎠ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏓᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎢᏳᎾᏥᏍᏈᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎪᎢ.”

ᎾᏍᎩ Tuff Gurlz Trophy ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ, ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ BMX ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ, ᎤᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙ Payton.

Priscilla ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Payton ᎠᎦᏅᏙ ᎤᎾᏬᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏕᎭᎷᎨ ᏚᏚ ᎦᏚᏗᏝ ᎠᎾᏙᎩᏯᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏄᏬᏍᏗ ᏚᏄᏭᎢ.

“ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏧᎴᏅᎲ BMX Ꮭ ᏳᏅᏖ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏑᏰᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ BMX ᎠᎴ ᎤᎵᏍᎩᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᏓᎴᏅᎭ ᎾᏍᎩᎴ ᎤᎩᏍᏔᏅ ᏚᏙᎥᎢ, ‘Payton ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏕᎭᎷᎨ ᎦᎦᎹ ᎦᏃᎯᎴᎦ ᏚᏚ’ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏅᏬ ᏚᏚ ᎦᏚᎵᏢ ᎾᏃ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏚᏄᏮᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Ꮟ ᎾᏥᏪᏎᎰᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏕᎭᎷᎨ ᏚᏚ ᎤᏄᏬᎢ.”

Payton ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎸᏉᏛ ᎤᏄᏬᏍᏗ ᎠᏕᎭᎷᎨ ᏚᏚ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ “ᎤᏟᏍᏗ” ᎨᏐ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏩᏓᏠᎯᏍᏗ.

Priscilla ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᏳᏂᎪᎯ Payton ᎤᏄᏮ ᎤᏤᎵ ᏚᏚ ᎠᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᏁᏥ ᎠᎨᏳᏣ ᎤᏪᎳᏗᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᎤᎪᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᎾᏙᎩᏯᏍᏗᎬ ᎣᏤᏙᎲ, ᎢᎦᏓ ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᎠᏂᏧᏣ ᏚᏂᎧᎲ ᎠᏂᏧᏣ ᎠᎾᏙᎩᏯᏍᎪ ᎠᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎪ ᏧᏁᏣ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏗᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏂᏪᏍᎪ, ᎠᏂᏧᏣᏛᎢ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ. Ꮭ, ᏯᏆᏚᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏯᏆᏛᏗᎢ.’ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂᎷᏤᎭ Payton ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏛᏛᎲᏍᎪ ᏗᎨᎦᏟᎶᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏅᏮ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏎᎮᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏁᏣ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏗ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎯ ᎡᎵ ᎢᎨᏣᏛᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ ᏙᎯᏳᏃ ᏓᏂᎦᎵᏍᏓᏗᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎪᎢ.

McCarter shares blowgun dart-making knowledge

BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
10/05/2015 08:41 AM
PARK HILL, Okla. – Cherokee artist Danny McCarter, of Tahlequah, possesses skills handed down by Cherokee people for hundreds of years. He makes blowguns from river cane and the darts shot from it.

Along with knowing these skills, he uses a blowgun at his job as a villager in the Cherokee Heritage Center’s Diligwa Village. He interprets for the village’s visitors the Cherokee lifeways of the mid-1700s.

To make darts, he uses a thistle plant and a wooden shaft, which is usually difficult for a person when first trying.

“I can teach people to make a blowgun in one day...but the dart is really the art part because it takes a lot of dexterity to roll the dart and catch the thistle on there,” he said. “It looks simple when you see somebody do it that’s done it a thousand times, but it’s really difficult.”

His late uncle, J.C. McCarter, who worked in the CHC’s Ancient Village, introduced him to the blowgun. Danny’s brother, Rob, and another villager named Scott Rackliff also had a hand in teaching Danny about the blowgun and dart making when they worked in the village in the 1980s.
Cherokee artist Danny McCarter, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, attaches Scottish Thistle to a wooden shaft using thread to make a blowgun dart for a river cane blowgun. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX After tying thistle to a wooden shaft to make a blowgun dart, Cherokee artist Danny McCarter rolls the dart in his palms to get rid of loose seeds and downy from the thistle. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Cherokee blowgun maker Danny McCarter removes seeds from a dry Scottish Thistle bulb before using it for fletching for a blowgun dart. He gathers the thistle in mid-to-late August. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Scottish Thistle is used for blowgun dart fletching. The purple plant blooms about mid-August in northeastern Oklahoma. For a dart’s fletching, Cherokee artist Danny McCarter takes a dried thistle bulb and gently removes the brown, seedy part from the pod to avoid pulling out the white, fluffy part of the pod that will be used to form the fletching. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee artist Danny McCarter, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, attaches Scottish Thistle to a wooden shaft using thread to make a blowgun dart for a river cane blowgun. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

ᎠᏭᏂᏴᏍᏗ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᏣᎳᎩ ᎪᏢᏅᏍᎩ Danny McCarter, ᏓᎵᏆ ᎡᎯ ᎠᎦᏔᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏂᏓᏃᏢᏍᎪᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎦᏘᎯ. ᏕᎪᏢᏍᎪ ᏚᏇᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᎯᏯ ᏕᎪᏢᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏥᏥ ᏗᏍᏓᏲᏍᏙᏗ.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏅᏙ ᎯᎠ, ᎬᏗᏍᎪ ᏚᏇᏍᏗ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎤᏍᏗ ᎦᏚᎲ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏗᎵᏆ ᎤᏍᏗ ᎦᏚᎲᎢ. ᏕᎧᏃᎯᏎᎰ ᎤᏍᏗ ᎦᏚᎲ ᎠᏁᏙᎯ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏁᎲᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎵᏆᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.

ᏥᏥ ᏗᎪᏢᏗᎢ, ᎬᏗᏍᎪ ᏥᏥ ᎠᎴ ᎬᎾᏍᏗ, ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎬ ᎡᎵ ᎠᏍᏓᏲᎢ ᎢᎪᏢᏗᎢ.

“ᎡᎵᏊ ᏱᏥᏰᏲᎲᎦ ᎨᎶ ᎾᎿ ᏚᏇᏍᏗ ᎪᏢᏗ ᏌᏊ ᎢᎦ…….ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ ᏥᏥ ᏓᏃᏎᎰ ᏚᏇᏍᏗ ᏗᏍᏓᏲᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏙᎯᏳ ᏍᏓᏯ ᎪᏢᏗ ᎪᎯᏓ ᎾᏟᎢᎵᏙ ᏥᏥ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏅᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎾᏍᏗᎢ ᎪᎯᏗ ᎠᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏙᏗ ᎩᎳ Ꮩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏴᏕᎶᏆ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᏛᎧᏂᏍᎬᏊ ᎠᎴ ᎩᎶ ᏱᎪᏢᏍᎦ ᎠᎯᏓ ᏄᏫᏍᏙ ᎠᏎᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏛ ᎨᏒ ᎢᏩᏛᏁᎸ ᎨᏐᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎢᎦ ᏍᏓᏱᎢ.”

ᎤᏚᏥ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎮ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏍᏗ ᎦᏚᎲ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎨᏎ ᎦᏙᎥ J.C. McCarter ᏚᏙᎡᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏪᏲᏁ ᏌᏊ ᎨᏒ ᏗᎾᏓᏅᏟ Rob ᏧᏙᎩᏓ, ᏐᎢᏃ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎮ Scott Rackliff ᏚᏙᎡ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᎡᎴᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏍᏓᏲᏍᏙᏗ ᏥᏥ ᏗᎪᏢᏔᏅ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᎥᏁ ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏁᎵᏍᎪ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ ᎨᏎᎢ.

Danny ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏔᏂᏙᎸ Ꮭ ᏙᎢ ᏱᎦᏅᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎤᏓᎴᏅᎲ ᎦᏇᏍᏗ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏓᎴᏅᎲᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏓᏅᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᏃᎰᎵᏙᎲᎢ. ᎢᎦᏓᏃ ᎤᏛᎾ ᎤᎦᎾᏮ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎢᎦᏓ ᏓᏅᏗᏍᎪ ᏧᏠᏯ ᏚᏇᏍᏗ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᏎᏃ ᏓᎾᏟᎲ ᏓᏅᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏓᏟᏓᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏅᎵᏰᏍᎪ ᎦᎾᏍᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏓᏅᏗᏍᎪ ᏚᏇᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏌᎶᏂ, ᏥᏍᏚ, ᎠᎴ ᏥᏍᏆ ᏚᏂᏲᎲ ᏓᏂᎯᏍᏗᏍᎪ. ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎨᎳ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᏓᏅᏗᏍᎪ ᏓᏂᏲᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏯᏕᏯᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᏫᏒᏅᎢ.

ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏅᏔᏅᏍᎬ Ꮭ ᎠᏎ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎤᏟᏂᎩᏓ ᏱᎨᏎ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂ ᎠᏂᎦᏔᎾᎢ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬᏃ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎢᎦ ᏍᏓᏯ ᎠᎾᏦᏔᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᏚᏇᏍᏗ ᏝᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᎩ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᏩᏦᏔᏍᏗ.

ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏓᏠᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᎾᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎬᏗᏍᎬᏃ ᏚᏇᏍᏗ ᏅᎩ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎢᎳᏏᏗ ᎢᎦᏅᎯᏓ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎨᏴ ᏕᎦᏅᎯᏒ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏫᏚᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᏯᎳᏏᏗ ᎨᏐᎢ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏤᎵ ᏚᏇᏍᏗ ᏱᏚᏍᏓᏲᏟ ᎤᎪᏙ ᎤᏟᏂᎩᏓ ᎠᏝᏫᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏅᎯᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎢᏯᎳᏏᏗ ᎨᏐ ᏫᏓᏂᏲᎯᎲᎢ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏓᏍᏓᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏍᏆᎳᎯᎨ ᏴᎬᏗ ᎤᎪᏙ ᎤᏟᏂᎩᏓ ᎨᏐ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏅᎯᏲ ᎠᏟᏫᏗᏍᎪᎢ.

Danny ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎪ ᎦᏟᏏᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏲᎰ ᏥᏥ ᎢᎾᎨᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏳᏥᎸᎾ ᎠᏰᏟᏴ ᎤᏂᎩᏓ ᎦᎶᏂ ᎠᎴ ᏚᎵᏍᏗ ᏕᎧᎸᎢ ᏱᎩ ᎤᏲᎰ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏕᎭᎵᎩ ᎠᏥᎸᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏴᏢ ᎢᏗᏢ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎴ Ꮟ ᎣᏂᏴ ᎤᏣᏘᏂ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᏥ ᏏᏉᏲ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ Ꮭ ᏯᏥᎸᏍᎪ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᏂᎩᏓ ᏚᎵᏍᏗ ᎧᎸ.

“ᏝᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏱᎩ ᎢᎬᏅᏕᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎭᎵᎨ ᏳᏥᎸᎭ. ᎢᎬᏅᏕᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏬᏗᎨ ᏱᎩ. ᎢᏳᏃ ᏱᏂᎬᏂᏕᏏ ᎠᎴ ᏯᏍᏆᏂᎪᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎭᎵᎨ ᏱᎩ ᏱᎧᎾᏬᏓᏛᎦ (ᎣᏂ ᎬᏙᏗ ᏱᎵᏏ), ᏱᎧᎾᏬᏓᏛᎦ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᏅᎯᏓ ᎤᏝᏫᏗᎢ ᏥᏥ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏬᏌᏂᏴᎢ ᎬᏙᏗᎢ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᎬᏙᏗᎢ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏂᎦᏓᏊ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏓᏅᏗᏍᎪ ᏚᏇᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᏅᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏫᏚᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎢᎳᏏᏗ ᎢᏴᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏚᎪᏛ ᏚᏇᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᎳ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎢᎳᏏᏗ ᎢᏗᎦᏅᎯᏓ ᎨᏐᎢ. ᏯᏛᏂᏃ ᎦᎶᏇ ᏱᎩ, ᏚᏇᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎦᏅᎯᏓ ᏱᎩ ᎢᎾ ᏫᎦᎷᎪ ᏥᏥ ᎦᏅᎯᏓ ᎠᏝᏫᏗᏍᎪᎢ.

ᏱᎰᏓᎪᏢᎾ ᏧᏍᏓᏲᏍᏙᏗ, ᎤᎧᏲᏓ ᎬᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᏂᏕᎬᏅᏕᏍᎪ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᏬᏗᎨ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎦᏘ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏁᎦ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎧᏃᎯᏯᏍᎪ ᎤᏬᏢᏙᏗ ᏥᏥ.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏊᏃ ᎢᎦ ᎨᏐ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎭᏫᏂ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏕᎪᏢᏗᏍᎪᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᏃᏊᎴ ᎠᏴᏩᏘᏍᎪ ᎦᏥᏃᏍᏗ ᎠᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏰᎶᎰ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎨᎶ ᎠᎵᏊ ᏱᏕᎪᏢᏗ ᎢᎯᏯ ᎠᎴ ᎧᎶᏇᏓ ᏓᎶᏂᎨ ᎾᏄ ᏍᏓᏯ ᎠᏓ ᎤᏬᏚᎯ ᎾᏍᏊ. ᏗᏐᎢ ᎠᏓ ᏗᎦᎬᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏍᎦ, ash, maple, ᏩᏁᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᏎᏗ. ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ, ᎤᏟᏍᏛᎢ ᏗᎪᏢᏗ ᏱᏓᏩᏏᏊ ᏕᎦᎳᏗᏍᏛ ᎦᏅᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᏓᏍᏓᏴᎲᏍᎪ ᏓᏅᏗᏍᎪᎢ.

ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏱᏓᏰᎳᎵ, ᏴᎩ ᎦᏰᏫᏒᏙᏗ ᎬᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᏓᎧᏁᎯᎰ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎬᏅᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎬᎾᏍᏗᎢ.

ᏃᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏁᎦ ᏩᏂᎨ ᎨᏒ ᎦᏅᏍᏗᎢ ᏃᏊ ᎠᏍᏘ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎪ ᎦᎸᏪᏯᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎪᏢᏍᎪ ᏚᏇᏍᏗ ᏗᏍᏓᏲᏍᏙᏗ. ᏙᎯᏳᏃ ᏕᎬᏗᏍᎪ ᏧᏬᏰᏂ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏗᎦᏅᏙᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎬᏗᏍᎪ ᏂᎬᏅᏗᏍᎬ ᏥᏥ ᎾᎿ ᎬᎾᏍᏗᎢ.

ᏓᎧᏁᎯᎰ ᎤᏍᎪᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏩᏂᎨ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎸᏪᏯᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎦᏅᏍᏗᎢ ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᏳᎸᏪᏯᏍᏔᏂ ᏂᎬᏅᏕᏍᎪ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏃᏒ ᎨᏒᎢ.

“ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎣᎬᏔᏅᎾ ᏙᏦᏢᏗᏍᎬ ᏗᏲᏍᏙᏗ ᏯᏛᎾ ᏥᏍᏆ, ᏌᎶᎵ ᎦᏙᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᏥᏍᏚ ᎤᏩᏂ. ᎠᏂᏣᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᏍᎩᏲᎩ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᏥᎸᎢ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏥᎸ ᎠᎾᏛᎯᏍᏗᏍᎩ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏥᏥ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏬᏌᏂᏴ ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᏥᏥ ᎦᎶᏇᎯ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ , ᎠᎴ ᎠᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᎦᎶᏇᎯ ᏥᏳᎪᏓ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏥᏥ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎦᏟᏓ.

Three C’s of Crawdads: catching, cleaning and cooking

BY JAMI MURPHY
Senior Reporter – @cp_jmurphy
08/19/2015 08:00 AM
LOST CITY, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen Larry Shade has lived his life in this northern Cherokee County community learning the ways of the Cherokee culture from his grandparents and father, the late Deputy Chief Hastings Shade. Among the cultural aspects he’s learned, one he truly enjoys is crawdad gigging.

Larry gigs crawdads in a section of Fourteen Mile Creek that his family owns.

“It’s just something that my dad always did when we were growing up. He worked, and when he came home that was the first thing we were going to do. We’d go out in the daytime, but a lot of times we’d go out at night, which is a lot easier,” he said. “It’s just a time-honored tradition that we hold true to our culture.”

He said many people who catch crawdads use traps, but he and his family use homemade gigs, something he also learned to do from his father.

“The gigs we are using tonight are all hand-forged by my dad. I’m in my 50s and the gigs that we’re going to use, I was 18 when dad made them,” he said.
Cherokee Nation citizens Larry, left, and Dustin Shade hunt for crawdads at night in Fourteen Mile Creek in Cherokee County. The father-son duo used homemade gigs to catch the crustaceans. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Father and son Larry, left, and Dustin Shade clean crawdads after gigging them in Fourteen Mile Creek. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Before cooking crawdads, Larry Shade and his family soaks the cleaned crustaceans in hot water with salt. After draining them, the Shades add salt and pepper, cornmeal and then fry them in oil. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Cherokee Nation citizen Larry Shade, the son of the late Deputy Chief Hastings Shade, cooks crawdads and fried potatoes near the bank of Fourteen Mile Creek in Lost City, Oklahoma. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Larry Shade holds a cleaned crawdad just after being caught out of Fourteen Mile Creek in Cherokee County. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Cherokee Nation citizen Dustin Shade shows a large crawdad he caught. COURTESY Cherokee Nation citizen Larry Shade, the son of the late Deputy Chief Hastings Shade, holds a gig made by his father more than 30 years ago. Larry continues to use the gig to hunt crawdads. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizens Larry, left, and Dustin Shade hunt for crawdads at night in Fourteen Mile Creek in Cherokee County. The father-son duo used homemade gigs to catch the crustaceans. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

LOST CITY, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ.- ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Larry Shade Z ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᏗᏜ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏗᎦᏚᎿᎢ ᎦᏁᎳ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᎡᎲᎢ ᎤᏙᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏏ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᏓᎴᏁᎢ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏔᏂᎢ Hastings Shade. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᎥᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏭᎸᏈᏛᎢ ᏥᎩ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᏕᎦᏘᎲᎢ.

Larry Ꮓ ᏕᎦᏘᎰᎢ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏂᎦᏚ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎠᎹᏱ ᎤᏪᏴᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏥᎩ ᎤᎾᏤᎵᎪᎯ.

“ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᎯ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏂᎪᎯᎸᎢ ᎣᎩᏙᏓ ᏙᎦᏛᏏᏗᏒᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᏱᎤᎷᏥ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎥᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏱᎢ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎲᎢ. ᎢᎦ ᏱᎩ ᎣᏤᏙᎲᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏭᎪᏛᎢ ᎨᏒ ᎤᏒᎢ ᏱᎩ ᏬᏤᏙᎲᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎯᏗᏳ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᎸᏉᏗ ᎢᏲᎦᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎣᎩᎭ ᏙᎩᏂᏱᏓ.”

ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏭᏂᎪᏛᎢ ᏴᏫ ᏗᏌᏛᏗ ᏓᏅᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᏓᏂᏂᏍᎬᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᏮᏌ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏧᏃᏢᏅᎢ ᏗᎦᏘᏍᏗ ᏓᏅᏗᏍᎪᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᎩ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᎡᎸᎢ ᎤᏙᏓ.

“ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᎦᏘᏍᏗ ᏥᏕᏛᏗᎲᎢ ᎪᎯ ᎤᏒᎢ ᎡᏙᏓ ᏧᏬᏢᏅᎢ. ᎯᏍᎩ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎤᎶᏒᏍᏗ ᎢᏯᏆᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᏘᏍᏗ ᏥᏙᏓᏛᏔᏂ, 18 ᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏯᏆᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏥᏚᏬᏢᏅᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Hastings Ꮓ 2010 ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎤᏲᎱᏎᎢ 67 ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᎯᏳ. ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᎪᎵᎦ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎠᏃᏟᎩ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏍᎩ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏏᎾᏏ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎤᏬᏢᏅᏗᎢ. ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎨᏥᎸᏉᏗᏍᎩ ᎨᎳ ᎥᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᏃ 1991ᏗᎬᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎤᏬᏢᏅᏗᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᏘᏍᏗ ᎦᎪᏢᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ.

ᏛᎦᏘᎲᏃ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ Larry ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏰᏍᏗᏃ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏓᏂᏂᏱᏍᎬᎢ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏩᏌ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏱᏓᏄᎪᏓ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏂᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏁᎵᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏳᏁᎾ ᎥᏍᎩᏭ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏓᏂᏂᏍᎬᎢ.
“ ᏙᏥᏂᏯᏍᎬᏃ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏧᏂᏂᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎡᏘᏴᎢ ᏦᎩᏂᏗ, ᎥᏝᏃ ᏦᎬᏙᏗ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏱᏙᏥᎾᏫᏗᎰᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏗ ᎠᏣᎳᎩ ᎢᏳᏛᏁᏗᎢ.”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏭᎪᏛᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ “ᏳᎾᏓᏟᏌᏂ” ᎾᎯᏳ ᎤᏒᎢ ᏯᏁᎾ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᏱᏓᏂᏘᏡᎦ.

“ᎠᏇᏥᏃ ᎠᏧᏣ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎵᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏇᏥ ᎠᎨᏳᏣ, ᏲᏤᎾ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏔᎯ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎠᎹᏱᏃ ᎦᏁᎲᎢ ᎣᏣᎢᏐᎢ ᏳᏴᏜ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏳᎦᎾᏩ, ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏜᏄᏐ ᏯᏂᏯᎠ ᎠᎴ ᏱᎩ ᎢᎾᏛᎯ ᏱᎩ. ᎤᎾᏂᏙᏃ ᏂᎦᏂᏰᎬᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏙᎦᏛᏏ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏂᎬᏲᏣᏛᏁᎰᎢ.”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᏄᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᏛᏁᏗᎢ Shade ᎥᏝ ᎠᎯᏓ ᏱᎩ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Larry, ᎠᏎᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎤᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎤᏍᏗ ᎤᎭ ᎦᎸᏉᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎤᏂᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏗ.

“ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎠᎯᏗᏱ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᏗᎦᎦᏂᏱᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ, ᎠᏎᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎤᏍᏗ ᏱᎦᏲᎦᏛᏁᏗ ᎨᏒᎢᏢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ ᏥᏏᎾᏏᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏯᏆᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏍᏓᏯ ᏄᏓᎴᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎢᏯᏆᏛᏁᏗᎢ.”

Larry Ꮓ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎦᏅᏓᏗᏍᎬᏃ ᏂᏗᎦᏘᏟᏙᎲᎢ.

“ ᏂᏗᎬᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩᏃ ᎡᏙᏓ ᏁᎳᎩ ᎤᏪᎵᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎡᎵ ᎢᏲᎦᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏂ ᎠᎴ ᎣᎪᏟᏍᏗᎢ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎦᏛᎬᎢ ‘ᎥᏝ’ ᎠᎴ ᏞᏍᏗ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᏣᏛᏁᎸᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. 5 ᎯᏍᎩ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ 6 ᏑᏓᎵ ᏓᎬᏛᏂ ᎢᏲᎦᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ … 46 ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ.”

ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᎸᎯᏳᏃ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᏛᎦᏂᏱᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏕᎢ ᏗᎦᎨᎳᏍᏗ ᎨᎲᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ. ᎥᏝ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᏄᏍᏗ ᎪᎯᏴᏥᎩ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎬᏔᎲᎢ ᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏧᏪᎵᏍᏗᎢ ᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᎸᏉᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏙᏗ.

“ ᏗᎬᎩᏚᏓᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᏱ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎳ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏁᏲᎾ ᎡᏙᏓ. ᎠᎴ ᎡᏚᏓ, ᏕᎦᏃᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏔᎷᎩᏍᎩ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎨᏲᏅᎢ ᎡᏙᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Larry. “ Dustin’s (Larry’Z ᎤᏪᏥ) ᎣᎩᎾᎵᏲᏐᎢ ᏭᎪᏛ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦᎵᎮᎪᎢ ᎣᎩᎾᎵᎪᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎠᏋᏐᎢ ᏂᎬᏯᎢᏎᏍᏗᏊ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏧᏣ. ᎥᏝᏃ ᏂᎪᎯᎸᎢ… ᏲᏤᎮᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎠᏋᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏲᎦᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᏦᎩᎭ… ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏦᎨᏥ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏓᎩᎧᎲᎢ ᎠᏂᏧᏣ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᎵᎢ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎠᏋᎭ ᏂᎬᏂᎯᎵᏎᏍᏗᏊ ᎾᏅᏛᎲᎢ ᎤᏠᏱ.”

Larry Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎩᎶ ᎢᎸᎯᏳ ᎤᏁᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏱᎩ ᏧᏩᏘᏍᏗᎢ ᏳᎾᏚᎵᎠ ᏱᏛᏂᏃᎲᎵ ᎠᎲᏂ larry-shade@cherokee.org.

ᏱᎦᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᏥᏩᏛᏗᎢ. ᏗᏍᏆᏟᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ. ᏱᎦᏯᏘᏄᎦ. ᎤᏒᏃᎢ ᏱᏁᎾ ᎠᎴ ᏱᎬᏰᏲᎲᎦ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ ᎾᎢᎥᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎨᎳ. ᎢᏳᏃ ᏳᎾᏚᎵᎠ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎪᎯᎩ ᏥᎨᏒ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏲᏟ ᎢᏱᎦᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ.”

Catching

Larry Shade ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏍᎦᏃᎵ ᎠᎾᎢᏐᎢ ᎠᎹᏱ ᏗᏨᏍᏗ ᏗᎪᎯᏅᏍᏗ ᏓᏂᏰᎰᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎤᎵᏣᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎦᏘᏍᏗ. ᏥᏍᏛᏂᏃ ᎤᏒᎢ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᏓᏂᏙᎰᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂShade ᎤᏅᏬᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏍᏛᎩᎢ ᎠᎹᏱ ᏓᏂᏂᏱᎰᎢ. “ᎭᏢᏊ ᏗᏩᏛᏗ ᏱᎩ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᏁᏙᎲᎢ ᏫᏣᎷᎯᏍᏗ. ᎥᏝ ᏂᎯ ᎮᏙᎲᎢ ᏱᎬᏂᎷᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

LarryZ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏭᏂᎪᏛᎢ ᏴᏫ “ᏓᏂᏌᏛᏍᎪᎢ” ᎾᎯᏳ ᎤᏒᎢ “chum” ᏭᎾᏕᎪᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗ Ꮎ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏂᏌᏛᏍᎬᎢ. “ ᎠᏣᏗᏃ ᏱᏓᎩᏅᎦᎸᎯ, ᏳᏓᎵᎭ ᎥᏍᎩᎾᎾ ᏱᏩᏮᏓᎤᎦ ᎠᎹᏱ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗᏭ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ. ᎥᏝ ᏱᎦᏥᏌᏛᏍᎪᎢ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᎯᎩᏴ ᏥᎿᎾᏛᎲᎲᎢ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎰᎢ. ᎥᏝ ᏱᏥᎶᏄᎮᏍᎪᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

LarryZ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏱᏛᎦᏘᎭ, ᎾᎥᏃ ᏫᎦᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᏗᏁᏙᎲᎢ ᎡᎵᎢ ᏱᎩ ᏂᏛᏍᎦᏍᏓᏁᎲᎾ ᏱᎩ, ᎾᏊᏃ ᏗᎦᏘᏍᏗ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᎦᏘᏍᏗ ᎬᏗ ᎦᏚᎢᏗᏜ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᎠᏰᎸᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎦᏂᏓᏛᎢ ᎦᏰᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎥᏝ ᏱᏣᏚᎵᎠ ᏣᏲᏍᏙᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏱᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏗᏯ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᏱᏙᏲᎭ ᎠᏎᎢ ᎢᎦᎯ ᎠᏨᏍᏗ ᎠᏫᏗ ᏰᎵᏊ ᎠᎹᏱ ᎭᏫᎾ ᏫᏗᎬᏩᎸᏌᏓᏗᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏂᏘ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎥᎿ ᎬᏩᏕᏱᏓ ᎥᏙᎲᎢ.

Cleaning and cooking

ᎣᏍᏓᏃ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏱᏗᎦᏂᏴᎯ, LarryᏃ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏓᏂᏅᎦᎵᏍᎪᎢ Ꮎ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ, ᎥᎿᎿ ᎠᎹᏳᏟᏗ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎠᎯᏗᏭ ᎨᏐᎢ.

“ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᏱᏙᎩᏅᎦᎸ ᎦᏚᎢ ᏗᏜ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏌᎾᎩᏍᏗ ᎦᎸᏓᎬᏘ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏅᎦᏟᏗ ᏱᏗᎬᏓᎡᏗ ᏚᎩᏧᎸᎢ. ᎠᎴ ᎣᏂᏗᏢ ᏗᏜ ᎦᏂᏓᏛᎢ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᏥᏍᎦᏢᎢ ᏱᎬᏂᏕᏍᏗ. ᎤᎩᏧᎸᏃ ᏅᎬᏂᏕᎠ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᎾᏛᏁᎳ. ᏭᎪᏛᏃ ᎨᏒ ᏙᏥᎳᏕᏍᎪᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎠᎩᏍᏗ ᎨᎰᎢ ᎢᎬᏱᏗᏜ ᏗᏜ ᎤᏕᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᎬᏂᏍᏔᏂ ᎠᎴ ᏲᏥᏲᏍᏓ ᎦᏂᏓᏛᎢ ᏗᏜ ᎤᏕᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏲᏥᎦ ᎭᏫᏯ ᎥᎿ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎤᏯᏍᎦᏢᎢ ᎭᏫᏂ.”

ᏲᎩᏍᏆᏓ ᏙᏥᏅᎦᎵᏍᎬᎢ, ᏙᏨᏩᏢᏍᎪᎢ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᎤᏗᏞᎩ ᎠᎼᎢ ᏍᏗ ᎠᎹ ᏚᎵᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᎦᏗᎢ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏫᏛᎬᏂᏍᏗᎲᎢ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ.

ᎢᏳᏃ ᎠᏂShade ᏂᏚᏅᏂᏍᏔᏅᎾ ᏱᎩ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎤᏒᎢ, LarryᏃ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏳᏓᎵᎭ ᏑᏟᎶᏓ ᏕᎦᏟᏗᎢ ᏱᏕᎦᎸᎠ ᎠᎹᏃ ᏯᏟᏍᏗ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᏕᎦᎸᎢ ᎠᏗᏙᏗᏃ ᏥᏚᏍᏗᎧ ᏯᎧᎵᏣ ᎠᎹ ᏱᏕᎫᎵᏍᏓ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏁᏍᏓᎳᏗᏍᎩ ᏱᏕᎦᎸᎠ.

ᎾᏊᏃ ᏳᏟᎠᎶᏝ ᏗᎬᏂᏍᏙᏗᎢ, Larry ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎥᏝ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏄᏓᎴᎢ ᏳᏑᏯᏃᎢ, ᎠᏑᏴᏙᏗᏊ ᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏌᎷᎢᏌ.

ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏍᏗᏃ ᎠᎹ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏆᏲᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏍᏗᏭ ᏎᎷᎢᏌ ᏗᎦᏅᎵᏰᏗ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ.

“ ᏍᏗᏃ ᎠᎹ ᎠᎴ ᏍᏗ ᏗᏆᏲᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎿᏊ ᏍᏗ ᏎᎷᎢᏌ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏛᎬᏣᏢᎦ,” “ᎠᏊᏂᏔ ᎥᏝ ᏙᏳᎢ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏱᎩ ᏗᎬᏣᏢᏅᎢ ᏱᎩ, ᎠᏎᏅ ᎥᏍᎩᏭ ᏂᎦᏲᏣᏛᏁᎰᎢ ᏙᏦᎦᏛᏒᎢ.”

CCO brings Cultural Enlightenment Series to local community

BY STACIE GUTHRIE
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
07/30/2015 08:00 AM
BRIGGS, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation’s Community and Cultural Outreach has found a way to help CN citizens and local community members learn more about the Cherokee culture with its Cultural Enlightenment Series.

The series is held the second Tuesday of each month, and in July it took place at the TRI Community Association W.E.B. Building (Welling, Eldon and Briggs) in Briggs. Those attending watched participants play Cherokee marbles, weave baskets and perform other family and culture-friendly activities.

CCO Director Rob Daugherty said this is just one of the many communities his department reaches out to within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction.

“This is one of the buildings that we helped start fund along with other departments of the Cherokee Nation,” he said. “In our jurisdiction area we have several of these building and we work with approximately 38 community buildings that we have. We work with way more communities than that, but this is one of them.”

Daugherty, who watched the marble games, said he’s glad the community has taken up the sport.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker, right, plays a game of Cherokee marbles at the TRI Community Association W.E.B. Building in Briggs, Oklahoma. The Cherokee Nation’s Community and Cultural Outreach hosted its Cultural Enlightenment Series at the community that included marbles and basket weaving. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Cherokee Nation citizens Stacy Holcomb and her son, Preston, weave baskets during the Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach’s Cultural Enlightenment Series at the TRI Community Association W.E.B. Building in Briggs, Oklahoma. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Principal Chief Bill John Baker, right, plays a game of Cherokee marbles at the TRI Community Association W.E.B. Building in Briggs, Oklahoma. The Cherokee Nation’s Community and Cultural Outreach hosted its Cultural Enlightenment Series at the community that included marbles and basket weaving. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

Briggs ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏕᏅ ᎤᎾᏙᏯᏅᎯᏛ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᎲ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎥ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏕᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎵᏙᎸ ᏓᏁᏲᎲᏍᎬ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᏒᎢ.

ᎾᎿ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᏒᎢ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎰ ᏔᎵᏁᎢᎦ ᏔᎵᏁᎢᎦ ᎾᎿ ᏏᏅᏓ ᏂᏕᎵᏍᏔᏂᏒ, ᎠᎴ ᎫᏰᏉᏂ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏒᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ TRI ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏧᎾᎵᎪᎯ W.E.B. ᎠᏓᏁᎸ (Welling, Eldon and Briggs) ᎾᎿ Briggs. ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ ᏗᎦᏓᏲᏍᏗ, ᏔᎷᏣ ᏓᏅᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏳᎾᏛᏗ-ᎤᏓᏅᏘ ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ.

CCO ᏧᏓᏘᎾᎢ Rob Daugherty ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏓᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎨᏒ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏓᏁᏙᎲ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎾᎿ ᏓᏘᏂᏙᎰᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎦᏚ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ.

“ᎯᎠ ᎾᎿ ᏌᏊ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏥᏍᏕᎸᎲ ᎣᎦᎴᏅᎲ ᎣᏥᏟᏏᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. “ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏟᎶᎥ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᏓᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎣᏤᏙᎰ ᏙᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏦᏍᎪ ᏧᏁᎳ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏓᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏙᎩᎲᎢ. ᎤᎪᏓ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏙᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎯᎠ ᏌᏊᎢ.”

Daugherty, ᏚᎦᏙᏍᏛ ᏓᏂᏓᏲᎯᎲ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎪ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎰ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎪ.

“ᎢᎦ ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎵᎪ ᎯᎠ ᎣᎦᏓᏡ Ꭼ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ ᏗᎦᏓᏲᏍᏗ. ᎤᏂᎩᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᎪᎯᎦ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏅ, ᎠᎴ ᏃᏊ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎪᎯ ᏥᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎰᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᏃᏌᏂᏱ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ Ꮭ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎯᎳ ᎢᏣᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ. Ꮭ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎯᎳ ᎯᎭᏔ ᏱᎩ. Ꮭ ᎠᎱᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎯᏌᏑᏓ ᏱᎩ. ᎯᎠ ᏗᏁᎶᏗ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏊ ᎢᏴ ᏗᏣᏁᎶᏗ. ᎯᎠ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ ᎤᏬᎸᏗ ᏗᏁᎶᏗ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎧᎾᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᏗᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏙᏗ ᎯᎠ ᏗᏁᎶᏗᎢ. ᏧᎾᎵᎪᎯ ᎨᏐ, ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᎵᎪᎯ ᏓᎾᏟᏃᎮᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᎲᏍᏗᎢ, ᎤᏩᏅᏍᏗ, ᎤᎵᏍᏛᎷᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗᎢ.”

Daugherty ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅ ᏧᏂᎶᏒ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪᎢ.

“ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏔᎾ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ,ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏓᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎩᏁᏍᏔᏅ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏅᏛᏁᎲ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎢᏛᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

John Sellers, TRI ᏍᎦᏚᎩ W.E.B Association ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏂᎷᎬ ᏧᎾᏓᏁᎸ ᏧᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ.

“ᎣᏤᏙᎰ ᏙᏣᏕᎶᏆᏍᎪ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏗ ᏏᏅᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᎾᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎪᎲ ᎣᏥᏯᎥ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏪᏔ ᏗᎦᏓᏲᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ, ᎠᎴ ᎣᏣᏓᏛᏛᎲᏍᎬ ᏧᏂᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏙᏗ ᏚᏂᎲᎢ, ᏄᏍᏛ ᏯᏛᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᏁᏙᎰ ᎪᎨᏲᎲᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᎯᎠ ᏄᏂᏪᏒ, ᎾᏍᎩ, ᏏᏅᏓ ᎢᏳᏓᎵ ᏗᏠᎯᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏙᏓᏲᏣᏠᏏ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎠᎴ ᏂᏓᏲᏣᏛᏁᎵ,”’ ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏃᏊ, ᎾᎯᏳ ᎩᎶ ᏛᎤᎵᏃᎮᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎨᏯ ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᏔᎷᏣ ᏗᎪᏢᏗ ᏧᏕᏲᏗ, ᏕᎯᏯᏐᏙᏯ ᎠᏆᏛᏅᎢ.”

Sellers ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎢᎦ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎯᎠ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ.

“Ꮭ ᎡᎵ ᎢᎦ ᏱᎦᏥᏃᎮᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏝᏃ ᏱᎾᎦᏲᏣᏛᎦ ᎯᎠ ᏥᏃᏣᏛᏁ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏙᏢᏒᎾ ᏱᎩ.”

ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏂᏙᎸ Enlightenment Series, visit www.facebook.com/CNCCO.

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Culture

CHC to host 16th annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference
BY STAFF REPORTS
03/15/2017 12:45 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Discover your family history and Cherokee ancestry at the Cherokee Heritage Center’s 16th annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference June 9-10 at the Tribal Complex.

The event provides participants with the tools to research their ancestry with Cherokee historical records and features a variety of discussion topics, including historical events before and after the removal, inter-tribal relationships and advancements in social media and its effect on genealogy research.

Participants will also learn about various CN records available online as well as resources available in their local area for Cherokee ancestry research.

A discount is given to those who register before June 3. Pre-registration is $60 for Cherokee National Historical Society members and $75 for nonmembers. The deadline is June 3. Registrations after June 3 are $70 for CNHS members and $85 for nonmembers.

The Cherokee Ancestry Conference will be held in the Osiyo Room at the Tribal Complex. It is located at 17725 S. Muskogee Ave. in the same building as Restaurant of the Cherokees.

For more information, including accommodations and registration, call 918-456-6007, ext. 6162, or email ashley-vann@cherokee.org.

Education

OU to host symposium on environmental issues on March 24
BY STAFF REPORTS
03/20/2017 04:00 PM
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma College of Law on March 24 will host the American Indian Law Review’s annual “Indigenous Peoples, Law, and Power Symposium.”

This year’s theme is “Oil and Water.” The symposium is co-sponsored in partnership with the OU’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Native American Studies Department. The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the Dick Bell Courtroom in Andrew M. Coats Hall.

Experts of Native American environmental issues will sit on two panels and give two keynote addresses. The speakers and their topics include:

Morning Panel: “The Chickasaw-Choctaw Compact in Context,” Sara Hill, senior assistant attorney general of the Cherokee Nation, and Taiawagi Helton, professor of law, University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Morning Keynote: “Water Sovereignty and Stewardship: The Historic Chickasaw-Choctaw Water Settlement,” Stephen Greetham, chief general counsel and special counsel on water and natural resources, Chickasaw Nation and Michael Burrage, managing partner, Whitten Burrage Law Firm;

Afternoon Panel: “Justice and Juxtaposition: Environmental Justice and Protest in Parallel,” Taiawagi Helton, professor of law, University of Oklahoma College of Law; and
Afternoon Keynote: “The Impact of Fracking on Indian Nations: A Case Study,” Walter Echo-Hawk, of counsel, Crowe & Dunlevy.

“This year’s “Indigenous Peoples, Law, and Power Symposium” builds upon several dedicated events we have held this year, all of which have focused on the intersection of Native American rights and environmental law,” said OU College of Law Dean Joseph Harroz Jr. “We are honored to host these discussions on such important issues and we’re pleased to have the partnership of OU’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Native American Studies Department as we do so.”

In December 2015, the OU Board of Regents unanimously voted to elevate Native American Studies from a program to department status at the request of OU President David L. Boren. Since 1994, OU’s Native American Studies focus has attracted and served students of diverse backgrounds who are committed to using distinctly Native American perspectives to place the sovereignty of Native nations and the cultures of Native peoples at the center of academic study. In addition to a graduate certificate in American Indian Social Work, the Department offers bachelor’s, master’s, and joint master’s and juris doctorate degrees.

“This is our sixth year to co-host this special event,” said Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham (Chickasaw), chair of the Native American Studies Department and director of the newly established Native Nations Center. “Our partnership grows out of our joint M.A./J.D. program, which makes all of our students uniquely competitive. This year’s symposium topic is of critical importance to Native nations and communities. The subject matter is dear to our hearts as it impacts our lands as well as our political and cultural identities.”

Council

Tribal Council accepts U.S. Forest Service apology
BY JAMI MURPHY
Senior Reporter – @cp_jmurphy
02/22/2017 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Tribal Councilors on Feb. 21 unanimously voted to accept an apology from the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region for damages to a Trail of Tears site in the Cherokee National Forest near Coker Creek, Tennessee.

In July 2015, U.S. Forest Service cultural resource managers notified higher-ranked Forest Service officials that they had discovered damage made in 2014 to a site on a Trail of Tears section. The damage consisted of holes dug by a bulldozer and other heavy equipment.

“At that site, 35 large holes were dug into the historic Trail of Tears to create large, earthen berms,” Sheila Bird, Cherokee Nation special projects officer, told the Cherokee Phoenix in 2016. “They used bulldozer and other heavy equipment, and this earthmoving resulted clear and extensive damage to the historic national trail.”

She added that Forest Service employees did the work and claimed that it was done for erosion control and to prevent areas of the Trail of Tears from washing out.

“This is a well-known and mapped Trail of Tears path, but it was not marked because it was privately owned. This land was purchased by Conservation Fund and held for the U.S. Forest Service,” she said. “The District Ranger failed to follow federal laws requiring consultation with Indian tribes. The Forest Service has acknowledged fault and committed to restoring the site.”

According to a Feb 21 resolution, the U.S. Forest Service-Southern Region “recognizes the cultural and historic significance held by the Cherokee Nation regarding the Trail of Tears historic site and extends an apology for the unfortunate and adverse effects that have occurred.”

It also states the “Cherokee Nation agrees to consult on a government to government basis with the U.S. Forest Service-Southern Region regarding the restoration and mitigation of these adverse effects to this Trail of Tears sacred site.”

It adds that as a “Good Faith Effort” and to commit to jointly pursue meaningful mitigation the Tribal Council accepts the apology.

Also during the meeting, Tribal Council voted 17-0 to support the nominations of Michael Doublehead and Steven Wilson as commissioners to the Tax Commission. They also voted Ceciley Thomason-Murphy onto the Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board.

Tribal Councilors voted to donate three surplus vehicles from the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service to the Nowata Police Department and Muskogee and Delaware counties sheriff’s offices.

Three CN citizens were also honored with the Cherokee Medal of Freedom – John Thomas Cripps III, who served in the U.S. Army, and John Paul Atkinson and Jesse James Collins, who served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard and were activated in 2011 to the RECON 1-279th 45th Infantry to Afghanistan.

Two budget modifications were also passed. The comprehensive capital budget was increased by $1.8 million for a total capital budget authority of $279.6 million. The tribe’s operating budget was also increased by $2.1 million for a total budget authority of $666.6 million. The changes consisted of a decrease in the general fund by $92,000 and increases in the indirect cost pool, motor vehicle tax, Department of Interior Self Governance and IHS Self Governance and budgets.

Health

Effective interventions prevent alcohol use among Native youth
BY STAFF REPORTS
03/16/2017 12:15 PM
ATLANTA, Ga. – Community-based and individual-level prevention strategies are effective ways to reduce alcohol use among American Indian and other youth living in rural communities, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse also provided support for the study.

“This important study underscores our commitment to finding evidence-based solutions for alcohol problems in American Indian and other underserved populations,” said NIAAA Director George F. Koob “This study is one of the largest alcohol prevention trials ever conducted with an American Indian population, and the first to demonstrate the effectiveness of screening and brief counseling intervention in significantly reducing youth alcohol use at a community level.”

Although American Indian teens drink at rates similar to other United States teens, they have early onset alcohol use compared to other groups and higher rates of alcohol problems. Rural youths, including those who are a racial minority relative to their community, are also at increased risk for alcohol misuse. Early prevention is critical in these populations, but both American Indians and rural communities have been underrepresented in studies aimed at finding effective solutions for underage drinking.

To address this gap, researchers led by Kelli A. Komro of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta worked with the Cherokee Nation, the second-largest tribe in the U.S., to implement a rigorous research trial of two distinct strategies to reduce underage drinking and its consequences.

Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol is a community-organizing intervention designed to reduce alcohol access, use and consequences among underage youths. The second strategy, called CONNECT, is an individually delivered screening and brief intervention delivered in schools. The study was conducted within the 14 counties of northeastern Oklahoma that comprise the CN jurisdictional area, which is home to about 40 percent of the tribe. While CN citizens constitute a significant proportion of the population, whites and other racial/ethnic minorities also live within this area. Results of the trial are reported in the March 2017 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

“Community organizing has been used effectively in multiple other health intervention trials and appeared to be an optimal strategy to engage diverse citizens in these multicultural communities,” explained Dr. Komro. CMCA involves training teams of adults to implement policies and take actions to reduce youth access to alcohol through social and commercial sources. In the school-based intervention, a school social worker conducts a brief one-on-one health consultation with each student each semester to encourage healthy behavior change related to alcohol consumption. Students who report high risk drinking attend follow-up sessions and are referred to specialty treatment when appropriate.

Six communities, each served by a single high school, participated in the study. The student population in these communities was nearly 50 percent American Indian. The study population consisted of students who were in ninth or 10th grade when the study began and followed over three years through 11th or 12th grade.

By random assignment, students in two communities received both the community-organizing intervention and the individually delivered intervention. Students in two different communities served as controls, and received neither intervention. One of the remaining two communities used only the community-organizing intervention while the other used only the school-based individually administered intervention.

Over the course of the study, researchers found that self-reports of alcohol use, including any use and heavy drinking episodes (five or more drinks on at least one occasion) in the past 30 days, was significantly reduced among students receiving either or both interventions, compared with students in the control communities.

“The two distinct interventions alone and in combination resulted in similar patterns of effect across time,” said Komro, “but, interestingly, we found no evidence that the two interventions combined had significantly greater effects than either alone.”

Komro and her colleagues conclude that, while alcohol use among high school students remains a serious public health problem, and rural and American Indian youths are particularly vulnerable populations, the specific community and school-based interventions they examined are effective approaches for addressing alcohol problems in these diverse communities.

Additional alcohol research information and publications are available at: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov.

Opinion

OPINION: I’ll just leave this here
BY JAMI MURPHY
Senior Reporter – @cp_jmurphy
03/09/2017 04:00 PM
I'm going to share some “feels” with you. I'm not going to weep all over the page, but I will share with you what this job has meant to me, what it’s done for me and how I come to spend nearly 10 years doing it.

This job has shaped not only my career but also my life. I wasn’t one of those kids who had their tribal heritage shared with them as they grew up. I mean my story isn't that different from a lot of people. I was Cherokee. I knew that, but I missed out on the cultural aspect of being a tribal citizen. This job gave me the opportunity to not only grow and establish a career, but I grew to understand my culture, where I came from and what the Cherokee people have overcome. I learned of a tumultuous history that my ancestors faced as well as a personal history regarding my direct ancestor, Anderson Springston. I even wrote a column about it explaining the roles my people played in the killing of three prominent Cherokees: Major Ridge, John Ridge and Elias Boudinot. I also learned of the connection the son of that ancestor, John Leak Springston, had with the Cherokee Phoenix. He was known to be an Indian activist, an interpreter, newspaper editor, attorney and Keetoowah revivalist.

There have been so many stories that have left a mark on me. I’ve covered countless meetings, several tribal elections, as well as your basic health, education, cultural and people stories, and they all served a purpose of educating, entertaining and informing the Cherokee people.

It’s been nearly 10 years since I started here, and I have loved having the opportunity to work for such a historic newspaper. I’ve met some great people and made lasting relationships, but my most favorite aspect of working in this capacity has ultimately been helping people by both informing them of what their government is doing, as well as giving our Cherokee people a voice - something that has been taken from them time and again.

My concern for the Cherokee people and their involvement in the goings-on within their government is something that during the past several years I’ve noticed is most important. So I’ve tried to do that. It’s important to become educated in your government. You should want to have a say in what happens within your tribe. We’ve seen in our history what happens when we allow others to decide for us, and we’re a stronger people than that. I personally missed out on being involved with my tribe while growing up, but that will not be the case any longer and neither will it be for my children.

I buried the lede with this one friends, but on purpose, because once I’ve written it and once you’ve read it, it’s real. I have tendered my resignation from the Cherokee Phoenix effective April 8. I have accepted a job with the city of Tahlequah. Although I’m sad, scared and nervous for what is coming I know this is the best move for me.
This change will afford me the chance to reach for goals that working for the tribe will not allow. Although those goals may be far down the road, I need to give myself a true shot at accomplishing them. But new is always scary.

I hope the Cherokee Phoenix, a newspaper that has been at the forefront and example for excellent tribal journalism, will continue to be what it was created to be, what it should be – a true voice of the Cherokee people. One that stands up for what is right by its citizens and one that the Cherokee people can count on to be a real representation of the what happens within our tribe, not just what you need to know.

You are the Cherokee Nation. No voice is too big or small and at the end of the day the Cherokee Nation is not a thing, it’s a people and those people should be treated with respect and love like all people.

I wish all my fellow staffers, current and former, the best. You made me better, smarter and definitely more quick-witted.

So with that said, I bid you a fond farewell. Much love to anyone who played a part in the stories I’ve told over the years. This isn’t goodbye. If I can be of any help to someone in the future, you can email me at jamilynnmurphy@gmail.com. Do-na-da-go-hv-i.

People

Pettit thrives as radio show host
BY LINDSEY BARK
Staff Writer
03/16/2017 08:15 AM
SALLISAW, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen Justin Pettit grew up with a passion for radio broadcasting after listening to sports on the radio during his early years.

Pettit said he grew up listening to broadcasts of the University of Oklahoma Sooners and University of Arkansas Razorbacks basketball teams.

“Now, I do my own stuff. I do basketball or game of the week here on 105.1 (KXMX in Sallisaw). I do the play-by-play, the color (commentary), all my own stats, everything,” he said.

He initially thought about going into the radio broadcasting business in 2010 while working as realtor in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

“I always had a passion for radio, and I got a note from one of my friends about doing broadcasting school, and it was all online so I was able to do it,” Pettit said.

In 2011, he graduated from the American Broadcasting School and started with Cumulus Broadcasting Inc. in Fayetteville. While there, Pettit honed his skills as a radio broadcast host by covering local and college sports.

In 2015, he became a host at Mix 105.1 FM with a show called “JP in the Morning.” He is also the station’s sports director.

“I’m on the air 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. having a good time, getting people ready for the morning, getting them ready for their job or school or whatever it is they got going on,” Pettit said.

He said one of his favorite aspects of the job is interacting with listeners and fans.

“I love the interaction. That’s probably my favorite part. We’re a local radio station. We’re not owned by any big company. We get to do whatever we want. So if there’s a big event happening across town that involves the kids or anything, we’re there. We go out and interact with all the people. They love us,” he said.

He said the radio station provides more than just a show to its listeners.

“We play a mix of music. We play country, rock, Christian, all of it. They know any type of music they like they know they can listen to us and we’ll have it there for them,” he said. “They know if they need any kind of breaking weather, if there is any news happening in and around the area they tune to us. We’re live on the air. A lot of radio stations aren’t live anymore. So if there’s an accident or a road’s blocked off or anything, the people know they can tune to us or call us and we’ll let them know where to be and where not to be.”

He said to work in radio his personality has to come through in his voice.

“In radio you got to have a big personality, and a lot of guys have a radio voice. I don’t really have one. I don’t put it on because when I go out with the public, we have a lot of interaction. People say ‘well you sound just like you do on the radio.’ Well I don’t put the big…radio voice on so that’s kind one of my trademarks,” he said.

Pettit said though the radio station is only 3 or 4 years old, the ratings “are up there with the guys” who have been in the radio broadcasting business for 30 or 40 years.

His fellow employees praised Pettit for his work ethic.

Delanna Nutter, sales director, said Pettit steps up when they need him to do extra voice work and that he is “always right on point.”

“I’m just a normal guy working the job that I love and living the dream,” Pettit said.
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