Cherokee artist honored by ‘Women in Tyler’ organization

CN veterans advocate Rogan Noble dies

The late Rogan Noble speaks during the tribe's Nov. 10, 2012, Veteran’s Day ceremony honoring military veterans at the Cherokee Warriors Memorial in Tahlequah, Okla. Noble served in the U.S. Marines Corps from 1968-72. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The late Rogan Noble speaks during the tribe's Nov. 10, 2012, Veteran’s Day ceremony honoring military veterans at the Cherokee Warriors Memorial in Tahlequah, Okla. Noble served in the U.S. Marines Corps from 1968-72. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
03/12/2013 02:39 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Rogan Noble, a longtime employee of the Cherokee Nation’s Office of Veterans Affairs and Housing Authority, died on March 9 at age 64.

Services for Noble will be at 10 a.m. on March 13 at Sequoyah High School’s The Place Where They Play Gymnasium with Steve Campbell and Richard Allen officiating. Former U.S. Marine Cpl. Noble will be buried at 2 p.m. at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery under the direction of Hart Funeral Home of Stilwell.

According to his obituary, Noble was a proud Marine Corps veteran who served in the Vietnam War. While working with the CN, he was instrumental in establishing its Office of Veterans Affairs and the Warrior Memorial that sits adjacent to the Tribal Complex.

Noble also sold Warrior Memorial bricks that listed veterans’ names, their respective branch of service and when they served as a fundraiser for the memorial and could be seen sometimes installing the bricks in the walkway next to the memorial.

He worked diligently as an advocate for Cherokee veterans and served as a liaison between the CN and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He also supported and helped plan the construction of the tribe’s Veteran’s Center being built next to the Warrior Memorial.

“Rogan was a valued employee of the Cherokee Nation. He was a true warrior and deeply committed to furthering Cherokee veterans,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “He was our director of our tribal veteran’s program and a champion of our Veteran’s Center. He’ll be sorely missed, and I wish he could have seen the completion of the Veteran’s Center.”

Noble was born on Aug. 27, 1948, in Lawrence, Kan. He is the son of the late Clayton Sequoyah Noble and Cynthia (Snell) Noble. He is survived by his wife Sarah of the home; an older brother Jamey L. Noble of Stroud; daughter Kelly Zunie of South Ogden, Utah; stepchildren Ryan Tiger of Stilwell, Dawn Rush and Bronson McNeil of Tahlequah; and seven grandchildren. His parents and his son Brian Noble preceded him in death.

Noble joined the Marines on Jan. 15, 1968. He served with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions during his four-year enlistment, achieving the rank of corporal. He was trained as a radioman and served in the Republic of Vietnam in 1969 with “Task Force H” in the Northern I Corps area of operations.

During his tour of duty, he received the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

He received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps on Jan. 15, 1972. He was employed by the CN as the tribal veterans representative and was an accredited service officer of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.

Noble was proud of “his Corps” and believed it to be second to none. He was loyal to his comrades and to the Marine Corps, adhering to the motto “Semper Fidelis” or “Always Faithful.”


05/23/2016 09:52 AM
LOS ANGELES – A new online course called Cherokee Community Organizations and Development is being offered this summer through the University of California Los Angeles Extension. The online course will be from June 30 through Sept. 8 and will be in conjunction with the Tribal Learning Community Educational Exchange. It is open to both students and community members, and is available for three unites of transferable college credit through UCLA Extension. According to a class flier, all work will be done online except a bi-weekly video conference on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. To register for the class visit .
05/20/2016 01:45 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians will host the Keetoowah Cherokee Football and Sports Skills Camp from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 22. The camp will be at the UKB Celebration Grounds on West Willis Road. Boys and girls ages 8-18 are able to register for the free camp. To sign up for the camp, call Sammy Still at 918-431-1818, ext. 156 or email <a href="mailto:"></a>.
05/19/2016 05:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Tribal Council on May 16 approved submitting more than 800 acres of tribal land to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to be placed into trust status. The 809.15 acres are located in Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Nowata and Washington counties and includes land on which four of the tribe’s health centers are built. Tracts of land being requested for trust status were on the Nation’s priority list to be submitted to the BIA in an effort to help the federal government reach their trust goal in 2016. “Placing land into trust status is an assertion of our tribe’s sovereignty,” Tribal Councilor Joe Byrd said. “Trust status grants our tribe full control of our land and its uses. With more land potentially being placed into trust status, we can pursue more housing for our citizens or create more jobs for our citizens through potential economic opportunities.” The CN already has more than 61,000 acres of land in trust status. The next Tribal Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 13 at the W.W. Keeler Complex.
05/19/2016 04:00 PM
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05/19/2016 08:15 AM
NEWKIRK, Okla. – The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Eastern Oklahoma Regional Office recently placed nearly 1,334 acres of Cherokee Nation land into trust, the office’s largest-ever single trust designation. Principal Chief Bill John Baker and BIA Regional Director Eddie Streater signed the deed that moved 1,333.99 acres from fee status into trust status on April 21. “Having land placed into trust status gives the Cherokee Nation the authority to decide how we use our natural resources for things like new economic development or housing to benefit our Cherokee people for generations to come,” Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. The property is about 22 miles north of Ponca City in Kay County and was formerly the Chilocco Indian Industrial School site. Natural Resources Secretary Sara Hill said the lands were located within the former Cherokee Outlet and were once part of the CN. According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, in February 1890 President Benjamin Harrison forbade all grazing in the Outlet after October, effectively eliminating tribal profits from leases. The CN agreed to sell the following year at a price ranging from $1.40 to $2.50 per acre. According to the OHS, the Outlet was later deemed surplus land, and on Sept. 16, 1893, it was Oklahoma Territory’s fourth and largest land run. “The United States bought the property from the Cherokee Nation in 1893, and the government developed the Chilocco Indian School,” Streater said. “About 75 years later, the U.S. government determined 2,667 acres was surplus to the needs of the school and the Cherokee Nation was allowed to buy it back for $3.75 an acre.” Originally, the school was 8,640 acres. The CN, as well as the Kaw, Pawnee, Ponca, Otoe-Missouri and Tonkawa tribes now own the land. The Nation’s 2,667 acres are in two parcels and both are now in trust. Hill said the CN leases the land for agricultural purposes and that the trust designation would not affect the leases. According to a CN Freedom of Information Act response, the tribe leases at least nine land tracts in Kay County, titled Chilocco 1-9, totaling nearly 4,200 acres and accruing more than $230,000 annually. According to the response, the leases end on June 30, 2018, and the names of the lessees are confidential. Hill added that the tribe in the future could explore other avenues for the land. “Getting it into trust was a first step in order for the tribe to make decisions on how best to use our resources to benefit our Cherokee people long term,” she said. The land is outside the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction, but the property has strong historical connections to the tribe. More Cherokees attended Chilocco than citizens of any other Indian tribe. For the previous 180 years, the acreage has had no owner other than the CN and the United States. Previous to that, the land was under the ownership of Spain from 1762 to 1803, when it was purchased by the United States in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase for $15 million.
05/18/2016 02:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Tribal Councilors on May 16 authorized Attorney General Todd Hembree to seek a complete historical accounting of the United States’ management of Cherokee Nation property and assets controlled by the federal government. According to a CN press release, the property and assets include trust accounts, property, natural resources and other valuable tribal resources. “The Cherokee Nation is legally entitled to the accounting it seeks,” Hembree said. “We believe a full accounting will show additional assets the United States owes to the Cherokee Nation. We look forward to obtaining those records so we can fully measure any shortfall or damages owed to the tribe.” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said since he was elected his administration has examined in detail the historical record of the United States’ handling of CN trust funds, natural resources, sales of land accounts, land management and other valuable CN assets held in trust. “A full accounting by the federal government of our assets is warranted, and we are entitled to it under the law,” Baker said. According to the release, the tribe’s analysis shows many of the treaties between the United States and the Nation promised compensation to the tribe and provided that monies would be held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the CN. An accounting is required to determine whether the United States has fulfilled these obligations, the release states. According to the Attorney General’s Office, the federal government is obligated to prudently manage the land, real estate, property and natural resources, as well as the income derived from those resources it holds in trust on behalf of the CN. The United States has exercised extensive control over the tribe’s resources but has never provided a comprehensive accounting to the CN or the Cherokee people, according to a CN press release. Without a full accounting, it is impossible to determine whether the Cherokee Nation’s assets are being managed properly, the release states. “The Cherokee Nation has many valuable natural resources, which have been comprehensively managed and controlled by the United States,” Secretary of Natural Resources Sara Hill said. “The Cherokee Nation is entitled to an accounting of the income earned by these natural resources over the decades the federal government has held them in trust.” According to the release, the United States’ obligation extends to the time it controlled and suppressed the tribal government in about 1906 until after the landmark decision of Harjo v. Kleppe in 1978, which held that the United States’ takeover of the CN government was illegal. The United States, during that time, was obligated to act in the Nation’s best interests and make claims on its behalf. Todd Hembree first went before the Tribal Council to request approval of the litigation during the April 28 Rules Committee meeting. “This is a monumental lawsuit. We discussed the details and arrangement. This does involve treaty rights, therefore, in accordance with the Consent to Litigation Act, before going forward we want to have a council resolution,” he said at the meeting. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime type of suit and we hope to be very judicious in its prosecution and hope to be a game changer for the Cherokee Nation.” The lawsuit requires a contract with outside counsel that is expected to cost an undetermined amount of tribal monies, tribal officials said. “I will tell you…it is very advantageous for the Cherokee Nation,” Hembree said on April 28. “The way it’s structured is, if I was the plaintiff in this lawsuit, I’d be comfortable with it.” Officials said other tribes have done something similar to this and been successful. Hembree said he hopes to prosecute the lawsuit within three years.