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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.”

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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.
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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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Tiger wins Trail of Tears Art Show grand prize
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
04/18/2017 08:15 AM
PARK HILL, Okla. – Sac and Fox artist Tony Tiger took home the grand prize award for his work “Metamorphosis” at the Cherokee Heritage Center’s 46th annual Trail of Tears Art Show.

Winning artists for the show were announced April 7 during an opening-night celebration for the show, which can be viewed through May 6. The TOTAS is the longest-running Native American art show in Oklahoma and features a variety of authentic art. Featured artwork is available to purchase throughout the show’s duration.

CHC Interim Director Tonia Hogner Weavel said the show is open to any federally recognized tribal citizen. Artists competed for more than $14,000 in prize money in seven categories: paintings, graphics, sculpture, pottery, basketry, miniatures and jewelry.

“The art is the most prestigious in the country, and it is for sale to the public. The art show gives people the opportunity to see some of the most contemporary artists that are being featured nationally. So, we are pleased and happy to host this show,” she said.

Tiger said he has been participating in the art show for about 10 years, and this is the first time he’s won the grand prize.

“I was very surprised,” Tiger, who is also Seminole and Creek, said. “Artists have to have opportunities to exhibit their art, to sell their art, and this (TOTAS) is a wonderful way to do that.”

Cherokee Nation citizen Renee Hoover entered her contemporary double-wall baskets using round reed material in the show and won a first place award for her “My Mother’s Basket.”

“The Trail of Tears Art Show is really a special show. It recognizes the wonderful traditions of Native people and the artistry that we have. I especially like participating in it because of the quality of the art is outstanding. It’s very competitive, and I always come in worried ‘will I be good enough, will I be juried in?’ So, there’s a lot of anxiety,” she said. “It’s wonderful to also appreciate the artwork that’s here and the way we as Native people use our art to continue to allow our traditions and culture to thrive.”

For a complete list of awardees, visit www.Anadisgoi.com.

2017 TOTAS Winners & Awards

Painting: Roy Boney Jr., Cherokee Nation, “She Led Her By the Hand ”

Sculpture: Troy Jackson, Cherokee Nation, “Exodus, The Assembling of Displacement”

Basketry: Renee Hoover, Cherokee Nation, “My Mother’s Basket”

Pottery: Chase Earles, Caddo Nation, “Caddo Story of the Flood: Respect Land and Animals”

Jewelry: Toneh Chuleewah, Cherokee Nation, “Copper Style Bracelet”

Graphics: Brenda Bradford, Cherokee Nation, “Light Through Fire”

Miniature: Merlin Littlethunder, Cheyenne Nation, “Chiefs Meeting on Water Rights”

Emerging Artists: Kellie Vann, Cherokee Nation, “Bath Time for Super Heroes”

Bill Rabbit Legacy Award: Karin Walkingstick, Cherokee Nation, “Tsi-s-du”

Betty Garner Elder Award: Paul Hacker, Choctaw Nation, “The Chief”

Education

CN donates $14K to Kansas Public Schools
BY STAFF REPORTS
04/18/2017 01:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation officials donated $14,000 to Kansas Public Schools in Delaware County to help construct an indoor hitting facility for the school’s baseball and softball teams.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Curtis Snell presented KHS head baseball and softball coach Austin Graham the check at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.

“Schools today don’t have the extra revenue to dedicate toward the needs of extracurricular activities,” Tribal Councilor Curtis Snell said. “It’s great that the tribe can step up and help schools like Kansas partially fill the funding gap so that students can have amenities like the baseball and softball teams’ indoor hitting facility.”

Graham said that without the donation, the hitting facility would not be possible.

“The tribe’s help is huge,” Graham said. “We wouldn’t even be able to think about getting new batting cages or a building built without their support.”

The tribe donated the money from its special projects fund.

Council

Legislators resolve to protect tribally owned land
BY STACIE GUTHRIE
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
04/12/2017 10:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – At the April 10 Tribal Council meeting, legislators unanimously passed an act to protect Cherokee Nation-owned lands against ingress, egress and encroachment.

‘The Principal Chief will direct appropriate offices and staff within the executive branch to not allow any individual, company or any other entity to restrict ingress/egress access to any Cherokee Nation property, to not allow any encroachment on any Cherokee properties whatsoever and if any entity has restricted ingress/egress or encroached on Cherokee Nation property to begin negotiations or legal proceedings to resolve ingress/egress problems, or remove encroachments on Cherokee Nation property,” the legislation states.

During the March 21 Rules Committee meeting, Tribal Councilor Dick Lay said he’s thought about the “protection” of tribal property since the tribe began purchasing more land.

“I’ve been thinking about this for years now, since we’ve started purchasing more property in the Cherokee Nation…the protection of our property and our lands, whether it be trust…or anything else,” he said. “I’ve checked with our legal counsel and with the assistant AG (attorney general) to make sure that this act does not interfere with any previous acts or resolutions or any other work that we’ve done previously in granting easements and that sort of thing.”

The bill follows the legislators rejecting a resolution in January to lease 190 acres of trust land in Adair County to Hunt Mill Hollow Ranch. The ranch is a hunting resort, and its owner wanted to lease the acreage to resolve a trespassing issue with the tribe. After purchasing approximately 5,000 acres nearly a decade ago, the ranch owner fenced in his property as well as CN trust land.

Legislators also unanimously authorized a right-of-way easement to Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company for the W.W. Hasting’s Hospital expansion. Ground was broken for a 469,000-square-foot addition in February.

During the April 10 Resource Committee meeting, Lay said he had concerns about a waiver in the right-of-way bill.

“We need power and gas and so forth, but I keep seeing, in fact, I see them on all three of these resolutions that are coming through Resources. Mr. Speaker and I, we’ve talked about these waivers of evaluation and waivers of bonds, waivers of compensation. Whenever I see a waiver, a red flag goes up, and forgive me for being so independent, but that’s just the way I am,” Lay said.

Joel Bean, of the CN Realty Department, said the waiver in place because the tribe wasn’t requesting any “compensation” for the land.

“For a project that we’re not requesting any compensation for, that’s the reason we’re asking for the wavier evaluation because there’s not really a reason for the tribe to spend three or $4,000 getting an appraisal done for the easement and the substation itself that we’re not going to be charging that company the money for,” he said. “The tribe itself isn’t going to charge for that easement itself, you know. If we’re charging for a pipeline going across our property or something like that we wouldn’t include the wavier unless it was for something that was supplying Cherokee Nation’s property or the business or the buildings or houses. Everything’s going to be supplied to the Nation.”

Lay said he didn’t “like” waivers but voted for the resolution “under protest.”

“What we’re doing here is a good thing. We need it. We gotta have it. But I’m going to vote for it under protest of all these waivers. I just don’t like these waivers because some of these things were built up and sent up for the protection of tribes at one time or another,” he said.

During the Tribal Council meeting, legislators also unanimously passed a resolution to allow the building of seven storm shelters for Head Start facilities in the tribe’s jurisdiction.

During the April 10 Education Committee meeting, Christina Carroll, of CN Grant Services, said the facilities were chosen because they are “Cherokee-owned facilities.”

“We can’t place them on state land or non-tribal facilities. So the seven facilities will be all various communities, and they’ll get shelters that fit their needs for each building,” she said. “They will be attached to the facilities. It’s not a under the ground or anything like that. It’s a additional room on the building and they will be FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)-rated buildings.”

Legislators also unanimously passed a resolution to sponsor a CN Scout Award for the Boy Scouts of America.

During the March 21 Rules Committee meeting, Tribal Councilor Keith Austin said by sponsoring the award “every Cherokee boy in scouting throughout the United States, or throughout the world, can achieve a Cherokee Scout Knot for their uniform.”

In other business, legislators:

• Increased the fiscal year 2017 capital budget by $375,000 to $279.9 million,

• Increased the FY 2017 operating budget by $2.02 million to $669.9 million,

• Approved Dewayne Marshall as a Sequoyah High School board of education member,

• Authorized CN to lease approximately 25 acres of tribal trust land on which a gym and ball field are located to the CC Camp Community Organization in Adair County,

• Authorized the BIA to update the tribe’s inventory of tribal transportation facilities,

• Authorized an application to the Federal Highway Administration for two bridges over Wickliffe Creek in Mayes County,

• Approved CN warehouse donations to Maryetta School, Boys & Girls Club in Delaware County, Disney Assembly of God Church, Spavinaw Community Building, Cedar Tree Baptist Church, Calvary Indian Baptist Church, Stilwell Public Library and the Neighborhood Association of Chewey, and

• Approved CN Education Service donations to Bluejacket Public School.

Health

Meth surge leads to record overdose deaths in Oklahoma
BY JEFF RAYMOND
Oklahoma Watch
04/05/2017 08:15 AM
A record number of Oklahomans died from drug overdoses in 2016, and for the first time in years, methamphetamine was the single biggest killer, preliminary data shows.

An Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control analysis shows 952 people died from overdoses, and the number is likely to rise as pending autopsies are finalized. The total number of overdose deaths is well above the 862 recorded in 2015 and the previous record of 870 in 2014.

Meth was involved in 328 of the deaths, climbing steeply from 271 in 2015 and surpassing the total combined deaths involving much-abused opioids hydrocodone and oxycodone.

Opioids remain a potent threat, however. As a group, they were involved in more fatal overdoses than meth in 2016.

Fatal heroin overdoses continued to surge, with the drug involved in 49 deaths in 2016, up from 31 in 2015. Other states have seen larger increases in deadly heroin abuse.

The Narcotics Bureau said its numbers derive from its running collection of autopsy results from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Narcotics Bureau spokesman Mark Woodward attributed the meth-related deaths partly to the growing use and continued availability of the drug.

Oklahoma’s high rates of mental illness and addiction, along with crackdowns on opioid prescribing, have made the state a ready market for a form of meth, called “ice,” provided by Mexican cartels.

The living-room meth labs of the previous decade are less common now, with discoveries of labs decreasing dramatically, Woodward said. Instead, meth comes from “super labs” in Mexico and along the U.S.-Mexico border. People who once would have cooked small amounts of meth to sell and use now steal or barter to feed their habits.

“It’s cheap, it’s accessible and someone in your circle will have it if you’re using drugs,” he said.

Changes in law have helped decrease opioid overdoses, health officials say. A 2015 law requires doctors to check the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program database before prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, to new patients. A 2014 reclassification of combination opioids, such as Lortab, which includes hydrocodone and acetaminophen, into Schedule II controlled dangerous substances, prohibits doctors from writing prescriptions for more than 90 days and phoning them in to pharmacies.

Jeff Dismukes, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, said the declining number of opioid-related deaths also corresponds with lives saved from administering opioid-blocking Naloxone.

“It’s pretty darn close,” he said. “You can see how we’re really making a difference in bringing that number down.”

However, prescription drug overdoses remain a scourge.

“We’ve made a little progress with opioids but we’re nowhere near that not being a problem,” Dismukes said. “That’s still the biggest issue in the state”

Jessica Hawkins, prevention director for the Mental Health Department, cautioned against oversimplifying potential links between meth and prescription drug abuse. A drop in one doesn’t necessarily lead to an increase in the other, she said.

“They’re concurrently problematic,” she said. “What we don’t want to do is switch attention from another serious epidemic, which is the opioid epidemic we’re in, and move attention away from that.”

Hawkins said potential causes include increased strength of methamphetamine, manner of taking the drug (IV users are more likely to suffer an overdose), using meth with other substances, and multigenerational use in some families.

Woodward said there is no way to know if the hundreds of Oklahomans who died from meth overdoses were regular users or were shifting from prescription opioids to meth. Autopsies and medical examiner reports only determine what was in a person’s body at the time of death, or if responders found drugs or paraphernalia nearby. Also, many people who die from drug overdoses have taken multiple drugs, although the Narcotics Bureau counts them according to the main drug found in their systems.

“When you’re an addict, you’ll take what you can get. … They all have their drug of choice, but they’re not exclusive to that drug,” he said.

Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that produces in-depth and investigative content on public-policy issues facing the state. For more Oklahoma Watch content, go to oklahomawatch.org.

Opinion

OPINION: Women play essential role in history, success at CN
BY BILL JOHN BAKER
Principal Chief
04/01/2017 12:00 PM
Historically, the Cherokee Nation has been a matriarchal society and has always looked to strong women for guidance and leadership. Cherokee women are proud and powerful and fuel our success as a tribe. This fact is as true today as ever. We are honor and celebrate the enormous contributions Cherokee women have made throughout our history and in our modern government and business endeavors.

As Principal Chief, I strive to place talented women in leadership roles within this administration and at Cherokee Nation Businesses. In fact, there are more women in management at CNB and Cherokee Nation than ever before. Many of our tribal programs and departments are led by women and our tribal government’s workforce is dominated by women. Of the 3,665 employees we have at Cherokee Nation, 2,597 are female. That represents more than 71 percent of our staff.

We have created a more female-friendly work environment at Cherokee Nation by establishing a fully paid, eight-week maternity leave policy for expectant mothers who work for the Cherokee Nation and by raising the minimum wage for all employees, allowing our employees to continue working for the Cherokee people while meeting their family obligations.

The tribe’s legislative body, the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, is shaped, in part, by Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez and Councilors Frankie Hargis, Janees Taylor and Wanda Hatfield. Their leadership and vision are helping drive the Cherokee Nation into a brighter future.

Recently, we also recognized the fourth anniversary of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. At Cherokee Nation, we remain committed to protecting women and children from the epidemic of domestic violence. We created the ONE FIRE Victim Services office to be a beacon of hope and safety for women and families within our tribal jurisdiction.

People

Stretch starts fencing program sparked from passion
BY STACIE GUTHRIE
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
03/29/2017 08:15 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – A passion for fencing and teaching others the sport encouraged Cherokee Nation citizen Kevin Stretch to begin a fencing program at the Academy of Performing Arts.

He said the first class began approximately three months ago and he hopes to get “a lot” of attention drawn to fencing.

“Currently I have six (students). It’s my first group, and they range from 6 years old, which is pretty young, to probably in their mid-40s. Two dads come with their children,” he said.

Stretch said he’s tried to start a fencing program for “years.” He said he started one in Tahlequah because the sport is “under promoted” in the area.

“When I moved to Tahlequah, there’s not a lot of opportunity. The opportunities are in Fayetteville (Arkansas) or Little Rock, Arkansas, or Tulsa, so it’s an hour and a half drive to get to fencing in this area. Plus, I think that it’s…under promoted in this area, and I’d kind of like to see us grow into a nice club where we can go fence with our people,” he said.

Stretch said his program focuses on foil fencing, where one hand is typically behind the fencer.

“What we do primarily is foil fencing, and it is a thinner weapon. It has a blunt tip on it so it doesn’t actually make a puncture wound. Foil’s kind of the finesse of the sport,” he said. “So there’s foil, there’s épée and there’s sabre. Sabre’s like the MMA (mixed martial arts) of fencing where it’s kind of a brutal sport. Foil fencing, the torso, not counting arms, is the target area. So when you make a touch on the torso then you get a point. The way we play it is the first to five points wins.”

He said in fencing different articles of protection are necessary when competing. He said some items worn are the jacket, which is form-fitting with a strap that goes between the legs, and a mask, which provides protection for the head and neck. The mask’s face is metal mesh. There is also the plastron, an underarm protector that provides extra protection under the jacket, and gloves, which provide protection for the sword hand.

As for his students, Stretch said they’ve done a “great job.” “I didn’t really have any expectations, and they’ve done a great job. Some of them are turning into great fencers. They’re learning off of each other.”

Logan Stansell, 14, of Tahlequah, is a student who began fencing because he wanted to “get in shape.”

“I use to be very out of shape, you know, unhealthy, and I wanted to change that. So I saw fencing as a good idea due to it being an interesting alternative to normal exercise. Something that can be fun and enjoyable while at the same time a good workout,” he said.

He said the sport is “amazing,” and it’s something he enjoys weekly. “I feel like I’m actually learning. You feel the progress. You learn when you’re getting better.”

Stretch said he’s been interested in fencing since college and started fencing at the Tulsa YMCA.

“I was playing racquetball at the time, and I noticed that they had fencing, so I started taking fencing there and did it for several years,” he said. “Then I moved, at one point, to Little Rock, Arkansas, and they have great fencing there. So I was fencing in Little Rock at the Central Arkansas Fencing Club, and then I arose to be an assistant coach there and that’s kind of where I got the interest of coaching.”

Stretch said his next class starts on April 14 and it’s a beginner’s class for ages 6 and up. He said students do not have to have equipment immediately because he starts them on “footwork.”

“What we do is…we have a few weapons for you to practice with. You won’t fence anyone else because you won’t have equipment, but after you’ve done it for a couple of weeks then we have a little basic fencing set that you can purchase online,” he said. “That usually runs about $150 for that basic setup, and it’s the jacket, the mask and the glove and the weapon.”

He said he eventually hopes to offer advanced classes.

“So what we’re hoping is that once we build up a small group then maybe we can have intermediate classes and maybe advanced,” he said.

For more information, call 918-803-1408 or visit the “Fencing in NE Oklahoma” Facebook group.
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