Cars sit in the parking lot of the Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs for a previous “Blast to the Past Car and Truck Show.” The show returns on Aug. 11 to the casino located in West Siloam Springs, Okla. COURTESY PHOTO
West Siloam Springs’ largest free car show returns Aug. 11
WEST SILOAM SPRINGS, Okla. – It’s time to wash, wax and register your car for the seventh annual “Blast to the Past Car and Truck Show” on Aug. 11 at the Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs.
Categories consist of classics built between the years 1924-60, 1961-80 and 1981 to present; customs; the popular “Redneck Award;” club attendance; and People’s Choice Award.
Cash prizes and trophies are awarded for first through fifth places in each category. Participants also receive a free T-shirt, free rewards play and a discounted ticket to the buffet.
“Last year, my 1932 Chevy sedan earned the People’s Choice Award and fourth overall in its category,” said Ron Giles, of Locust Grove. “We really enjoy this show. It is one of the largest in the region, and the casino gives you a place to get out of the heat.”
Registration and entry into the car show are free. Registration is available at the casino through noon on Aug. 11. Participants can also fax registration forms to 918-422-6229.
“This show consistently attracts around 250 of the hottest cars,” Roger Barr, Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs general manger, said. “We always look forward to bringing this show to our guests.”
For more information on the show, including the registration form and definitions of each award category, visit the promotions page on the Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs section of www.cherokeestarrewards.com
or call 1-800-754-4111.
Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs is located off of U.S. Highway 412 and State Highway 59.
The Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board will be meeting via conference call at 9 a.m. CDT, June 2, 2015. To attend, please use the conference call information listed below.
The meeting agenda is <a href="http://www.cherokeephoenix.org/Docs/2015/5/9284_150602_EBAgenda.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Tulsa Veterans Center is partnering with the Cherokee Nation to create three new combat support groups at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Service Center.
To enroll, veterans need to bring a copy of their DD214 or discharge papers that show their combat service.
According to a release, the VSC staff understands the issues combat veterans go through and wish to give a safe and private place for these veterans to be around other veterans who can relate to their experiences.
The Combat Support Group meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays each month.
The Vietnam Combat Support Group meets from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays each month.
The Women’s Combat Support Group meets from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month. This group is open to any female who has served in a combat zone. Female combat veterans are encouraged to join other female combat veterans to talk about their experiences and to find others who can relate to your experiences.
For more information, call Matthew Tiger at 918-453-5693.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – A wreath ceremony to honor Cherokee veterans will be held at 2 p.m. on May 22 in recognition of Memorial Day at the Cherokee Nation’s Veterans Center and Warrior Memorial located on the Tribal Complex.
Those expected to attend include Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, veterans and their families.
According to a CN press release, the program includes the raising of the flags and a solo performance by a Cherokee National Youth Choir member.
“Cherokees have always honored and revered our warriors,” Crittenden, a U.S. Navy veteran, said. “We invite the public to join us and pay tribute to all the men and women who bravely fought and died for our freedoms.”
The release states that there will be a reception and Code Talkers exhibit following the program.
The exhibit includes 12 panels of World War I and II memorabilia to recognize soldiers from the Cherokee Nation and other tribes who used their Native languages to relay important military messages in unbreakable codes, the release states. It also features the 2013 Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the tribe in recognition of the dedication and valor of Native American code talkers during WWII, the release states.
For more information, call 918-772-4166.
LOCUST GROVE, Okla. – The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation recently renovated a park in Locust Grove for children of all ages to enjoy.
The $30,000 renovation project helped provide new picnic tables, slides and a swing set for the park located on the corner of Delaware Street and Ross Avenue.
“The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation is constantly looking for project opportunities that not only benefit Cherokee children, but all children in our communities, and taking advantage of this opportunity at Locust Grove was a no-brainer for our group,” HACN Executive Director Gary Cooper said. “This newly restored playground gives the children of the community a safe and fun place to come and just enjoy time in the sun.”
The HACN used money from Housing and Urban Development funds for the renovation project.
“The Cherokee Nation and the Housing Authority are doing so much to promote healthy families. This play structure will be a place for children to come and have fun while they stay healthy,” Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor said. “I appreciate Principal Chief Bill John Baker and the Housing Authority’s enthusiasm for this project for the Locust Grove community.”
CN citizen and Locust Grove resident Amber Buckskin Swarer said the addition is exciting for the community, including her two boys.
“We are just so excited to have somewhere we can take our kids,” said Swarer. “Before this, there was not really anything. Now we have something and can get our children outdoors and active, and we don’t have to drive to another town to take advantage of it.”
Locust Grove resident Ema Parker said she is thankful the new playground equipment is age-appropriate for toddlers, such as her 13-month-old, Chett.
“It’s nice to have somewhere with safe, clean equipment that I can bring my son to so that we can play outside, and I’m so glad they put in the baby swings because there wasn’t much catering to babies before,” said Parker. “I appreciate everything the Cherokee Nation and Housing Authority have done to help out and give the kids a good place to play here in Locust Grove.”
For more information on the HACN, visit <a href="http://www.hacn.org" target="_blank">www.hacn.org</a>.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – People can support the “Remember the Removal” bike ride by purchasing T-shirts that support the ride and the cyclists taking part.
Proceeds from the sales of the shirts will help support the riders as they travel 950 miles retracing the Trail of Tears in June. The shirts (adult S-XXXL) cost $15 and are available at the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop Tahlequah and online at CherokeeGiftShop.com. Youth sizes small through large are $10.
“Remember the Removal” staff members will be selling the shirts at local events such as the upcoming Strawberry Festival.
Currently, 12 CN citizens are training to retrace the northern route of the Trail of Tears through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas before returning to Oklahoma.
They will put their bodies to the test as they travel an average of 60 miles a day, mirroring in part the hardships of their Cherokee ancestors who made the same trek on foot 176 years ago. Of the estimated 16,000 Cherokees who were forced to make the journey to Indian Territory from eastern Tennessee and other sites in the old CN, 4,000 died due to exposure, starvation and disease.
On the journey, the “Remember the Removal” cyclists visit various gravesites and historic landmarks along the trail, including Blythe Ferry in Tennessee, which was the last piece of Cherokee homeland the ancestors stood on before beginning the trek to Indian Territory, and Mantle Rock in Kentucky, which provided shelter to their ancestors as they waited for the Ohio River to thaw in order to cross safely.
The cyclists and staff will leave on June 3 for Cherokee, North Carolina, where they will join up with seven cyclists from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The EBCI has been participating in the ride since 2011. The cyclists will begin making their way back from New Echota, Georgia, on June 7 along the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears and arrive in Tahlequah on June 25.
For more information, visit RememberTheRemoval.Cherokee.org. The public may follow this year’s journey on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/removal.ride" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/removal.ride</a>.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee is demanding that the Obama administration hold off on new rules that could make it easier for Indian groups to win federal recognition as tribes.
American Indians have been pushing for years to revise the process, but proposed regulations nearing the finish line have deeply divided existing tribes and Congress.
Rep. Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican, said he’s prepared to use every tool at his disposal to block enactment of the regulations. He criticized the Interior Department for forwarding the regulations to the Office of Management and Budget for final approval earlier this week. He said the administration has ignored lawmakers’ requests to hold off on the rules until Congress has a chance to review them.
“Are our concerns not important to you?” Bishop asked an Obama administration official during a subcommittee hearing.
Kevin Washburn, an assistant secretary of the Interior, said the administration has been criticized for moving too slowly on the regulations, and he refused Bishop’s request.
“There’s been a lot of oversight. In fact, that’s where we got a lot of our ideas,” Washburn said. “... There’s been an enormous amount of effort, and we are going to try to get this done.”
Federal recognition has been granted to 566 American tribes, and others seek it because of the health and education benefits it brings to its members, along with opportunities for commercial development. Under the current recognition process, which dates back to 1978, the Interior has recognized 17 tribes and denied 34 requests.
A proposed rule issued 11 months ago changes some of the thresholds groups would need to meet to be federally recognized as a tribe. For example, the proposed regulation reduced how far back in time a tribe must demonstrate it has been a distinct political entity with authority over its members. The proposed regulation would also allow tribes denied federal recognition to try again.
Republicans and Democrats in Congress have expressed concern about the cost to the federal government, and about how the approval of new tribes could alter the casino landscape in their home states. Existing tribes have also raised the casino issue and say that adding tribes would stretch already scarce federal resources allocated for health care, education and housing for Native Americans.
“The legitimacy of the federal acknowledgement process, no matter how cumbersome, must be protected,” said Robert Martin, chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, based in California.
The National Congress of American Indians, whose members include leaders from dozens of tribes, is supporting the administration's efforts. Brian Cladoosby, president of the group, said applicants now wait decades before the federal government reaches a final decision. He said the changes being sought address a basic need for efficiency.
Washburn told lawmakers that some of the concerns he’s heard from lawmakers and existing tribes will be addressed when the final regulations are enacted.
“It’s a difficult compromise because we’ve got people all over the political map on this. But my job is to do what I think is right, and I think we’ve reached that,” Washburn said.
Bishop was insistent, though, about pulling the regulations back to allow more congressional input.
“One way or another, we’re going to push you until we do it the right way,” Bishop said.