Bryan Scott Dugan
CN citizen joins The New York Times staff
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen Bryan Scott Dugan joined The New York Times staff on July 31 as a copy editor.
He is working at the newspaper’s editing center in Gainesville, Fla., which serves as an area for copy editors to prepare stories for the paper’s national and international editions and other newspapers that subscribe to receive The New York Times articles.
Dugan is a copy editor for the wire service and a designer for international versions of the newspaper.
A 2008, graduate of Sallisaw High School in Sequoyah County, Dugan graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
He also edits for “Mental Floss” magazine and previously served as a “Dow Jones News Fund” copyediting intern last summer. This position is a highly sought after position for collegiate journalists interested in a career in editing and design.
At OU, Dugan was editor-in-chief of the 2012 Sooner yearbook, a national Pacemaker finalist book that has won 19 Gold Circles from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The association will announce in October if the yearbook will be awarded a Pacemaker, often called the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism.
Dugan is also a member of the Native American Journalists Association.
He is the son of Scott and Tonya Dugan of Sallisaw and is the grandson of George and Linda Turnipseed Collins of Midland, Ark.
His future plans include completing and publishing a “fun” novel and to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail, which would take three months or longer.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – About 250 Native American cowboys and cowgirls participated in the Cherokee Nation’s second annual All-Indian Rodeo on Oct. 1 at the Cherokee County Rodeo Grounds to compete for prizes, cash and titles.
Bruce Davis, CN Management Resources executive director who oversaw the rodeo, said along with the nearly 250 participants the rodeo brought in hundreds of viewers.
“It’s a big event for us, one of our biggest events,” he said. “It’s traditional for Cherokee people to honor and respect our animals, and we have a good working relationship with our cowboys and cowgirls that are Cherokees.”
He said the rodeo is typically held during the fall when the temperatures cool down.
“We try to have it in the fall so the weather’s better and not so hot,” he said. “(It) coincides right after our (Cherokee) National Holiday, and so that’s one of the things that we look forward to every year.”
The rodeo’s events included team roping, bareback, junior bull riding and mutton busting.
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said one of his favorite events was the mutton busting.
“My favorite is the mutton busting where the little kids go out and ride,” he said. “We’ve got barrel racing, calf roping, bull riding. You name it, we’ve got it here at the Cherokee rodeo.”
He said it’s important to have the rodeo so Native Americans can come together and compete.
“We want an opportunity for Cherokees and members of other federally recognized tribes to come together and compete in the rodeo,” he said. “It’s great entertainment for Cherokees and we’ve got a lot of Cherokee that live rodeo and this is just a great venue to do this.”
Principal Chief Bill John Baker said this event seemed to be the “biggest and best” yet.
“It looks to be the biggest and best we’ve ever had,” he said. “We went from 8 o’clock to noon this morning with the slack, and we’ll have the full rodeo this evening and we’ve got Native American cowboys from all around.”
<strong>This year’s winners were:</strong>
Wyatt Lunberg, Mutton Busting (6 and under); Jernie Roper, Peewee Barrels (8 and under); Briar Calico, Junior Bull Riding; Anthony Craig, Junior Breakaway; Maggie Passmore, Junior Barrels; Cody Parker, Bareback; Gulley Finnell, Saddle Bronc; Anthony Craig, Junior Breakaway; Dick Foreman, Senior Breakaway; Mollie Bassett, Ladie’s Breakaway; Shane Slack, Calf Roping; Chris Brown, Steer Wrestling; Hayden Harris, Bull Riding; Stevie Blackbird and Marcus Foreman, Junior Team Roping; Sallye Williams, Barrel Racing; Eric Flurry and Stiches Stanley, Team Roping; and Ben Foreman and Joel Maker, Senior Team Roping.
SEATTLE – Cherokee Nation citizen Gary “Litefoot” Davis in September was named executive director of the Native American Financial Services Association.
“The appointment of Gary Davis will be transformative for our organization and the tribal communities we serve,” NAFSA Chairman John R. Shotton said. “Gary has been a passionate and tireless advocate for creating new economic opportunities for Indian Country, and nobody has fought harder to ensure the preservation of our tribal sovereignty. We are thrilled to have him joining our NAFSA team.”
According to its website, NAFSA’s mission is to advocate for tribal sovereignty, promote responsible financial services and provide better economic opportunity in Indian Country for the benefit of tribal communities.
“I am excited to begin serving as the new executive director of NAFSA, where I believe we can help create greater awareness about the financial services provided by tribally owned companies and the positive impact those companies have in tribal communities,” Davis said. “Since its founding, NAFSA has been a catalyst to help its tribal members grow and flourish, and I want to expand its portfolio to create even greater growth in the tribal financial services sector for the benefit of all of Indian Country.”
For nearly five years, Davis previously served as president and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. During his NCAIED tenure, he shared his vision and passion for economic empowerment, strengthened the National Reservation Economic Summit and launched regional RES events across the country. Davis was also instrumental in taking Indian Country’s economic message to international audiences to promote business partnerships.
Davis, along with his wife Carmen, have also launched the Davis Strategy Group, which specializes in providing business consulting services as well as providing clients strategic communication, marketing, branding, event planning, digital strategy and video production services.
“Davis Strategy brings together over 25 years of business experience, vision and industry knowledge to help our clients grow their businesses,” he said. “We couldn’t be more passionate about helping others achieve their business goals.”
Davis, who began a career in acting in the film “Indian in the Cupboard” has since appeared in films such as “Mortal Kombat Annihilation” and ‘Adaptation,” as well as television shows “CSI: Miami” and “House of Cards.”
Davis was also expected to launch a YouTube series “Litefoot’s Relentless Pursuit” on Sept. 30. “Litefoot’s Relentless Pursuit” is a vlog of Davis’ everyday business life and constant travel.
Davis will also be launching a podcast, “The Litefoot Show.”
“For more than 20 years I have had the pleasure of speaking in countless tribal communities and at conferences across the world. Podcasts are a rapidly growing medium and an excellent way for me to directly express my views, interact with listeners and engage with some of the most respected names in Indian Country and beyond,“ he said. “I believe the show will be very entertaining and a lot of fun.”
NORMAN, Okla. – What started as a way to stay in shape for soccer has turned into a path to college for one Cherokee Nation citizen.
At the suggestion of her middle school soccer coach, Hayley Redwine went out for cross-country.
“I had some friends on the cross-country team, so I gave it a shot,” she said. “I didn’t like it.”
Over time, that changed. When she started at Norman High School, Redwine gave the sport another chance and eventually soccer fell by the wayside.
After earning eight state track medals as a junior and senior and a team state runner-up trophy in cross-country, Redwine found herself across town at the University of Oklahoma, running in crimson and cream.
“I’m from Norman and have always wanted to go there,” she said. “When the coach called me with an offer, I couldn’t think of anywhere else I wanted to go. The opportunity to be a Division I athlete there was really attractive.”
According to data compiled by the NCAA, 64 American Indian and Alaska Native women competed in intercollegiate cross-country among all three NCAA divisions in 2014-2015, the most recent academic year for which data is available. Only 17 of those women ran for a Division I school.
Among Big 12 teams, Redwine was one of four Native cross-country runners – male or female – on a roster that season.
At its first meet this season, OU’s women’s cross-country team finished second at the Cowboy Duals in Stillwater behind 11th-ranked Arkansas. Redwine finished fifth individually at the Sept. 1 event, one of five Sooners to finish in the top 10.
After a stress fracture caused her to miss almost her entire freshman season, Redwine received a hardship waiver and is classified as a sophomore by the NCAA. However, she is on track to graduate this May with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from OU’s Honors College.
With plans to pursue a master’s degree and eventually law school, she is not sure whether this will be her last season with OU’s cross-country team. For now at least, she’s focused on taking things one race at a time and staying healthy to help her team as much as possible.
“I don’t know how hard it would be to go to grad school and run at the same time,” she said. “Some do, but I’m just going to wait and see how the season goes before I decide.”
<strong>Hayley Redwine’s Stats
Finished fifth in the 3K at the OSU Cowboy Duals with a time of 10:44.6.
Finished 82nd (74th in team scoring) in the 5K race at the Virginia Panorama Farms Invitational with a time of 19.34.4... Placed 10th individually (ninth in team scoring) in the 5K run at the Ken Garland Invitational with a time of 18:32.00.
Finished 28th at the Hurricane Cross Country Festival with a time of 11:56…Received a medical hardship to preserve a year of eligibility…Named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie team.
Made All-State in cross-country in 2012 and 2013…Was the cross-country team captain in 2012 and 2013…Made All-State in track in 2014…Eight-time medal winner in the track state championship…State champion in the 3200-meter run…Selected for the 2014 Bob Colon/Jim Thorpe Association Student Athlete Award.
Daughter of Philip and Dedra Redwine…Has two siblings: Brooke and Trace…A 2014 AP scholar with Distinction.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation swore in its 2016-17 Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Councilor on Oct. 4 as they began serving a one-year term volunteering and helping shape future tribal policy.
The Tribal Youth Councilors are Bradley Fields, Locust Grove High School; Alexa Fuson, Stilwell High School; Jamie Garrett, Connors State College; Callie Horner, Chelsea High School; Camerin James, Fort Gibson High School; Andrew Jefferson, Tahlequah High School; Austin Jones, Tahlequah High School; Destiny Matthews, Northeastern State University; Amari McCoy, Carl Albert State College; Morgan McSpadden, Rogers State University; Katelyn Morton, Sequoyah High School; Olivia Rains, Pryor High School; Laurel Reynolds, Claremore High School; Whitney Roach, Sequoyah High School; Cade Russell, Pryor High School; Chelbie Turtle, Sequoyah High School; and Madison Whitekiller, Verdigris High School.
The Youth Council leadership program started in 1989 and has more than 180 alumni.
The 17-member council learns the CN Constitution and bylaws and identifies issues affecting Cherokee youths to pass on to the Tribal Council and administration.
Students meet monthly and also serve as tribal ambassadors.
During an inauguration ceremony at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. thanked the Cherokee youths for taking their first step in helping make the tribe bigger and better and continuing the tradition of great, young Cherokee leaders.
“Participating on the Tribal Youth Council is enlightening and empowering for any Cherokee citizen,” Hoskin said. “These young people are cultivating their skills by volunteering for public service and learning more about our tribal government and our unique culture. Additionally, they act as a sounding board for our administration and our Tribal Council, so we have better two-way communication and understanding with our tribal youth and the issues important to them today.”
Supreme Court Justice John Garrett gave the official oath of office to the Youth Councilors.
Matthews, who is serving on the Tribal Youth Council a second consecutive year, said the Tribal Youth Council is a great opportunity for Cherokee youth to learn about the tribe.
“Being able to serve on the Tribal Youth Council is an amazing opportunity because we learn so much about our tribe, language and heritage while gaining leadership skills and, most importantly, learning the value of public service. I hope to gain more knowledge of my culture and heritage and meet other youth who have the same passion for their tribe,” Matthews said.
Jamie Garrett, a new addition on the Tribal Youth Council, said she hopes to develop her leadership skills and gain knowledge in order to help protect tribal sovereignty.
“I’m proud to serve on the Tribal Youth Council because it gives me an opportunity to be a voice and an example for the youth of my tribe. I’m excited to serve my community and make it better for everyone the best that I can. I hope to empower other young women to overcome the fear of failure and to work hard to achieve their goals,” she said. “I hope to gain more leadership skills and gain more knowledge about my tribe so I can help my generation preserve our tribal sovereignty.”
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Businesses and Cherokee Nation Entertainment employees were recently named 2016’s NextGen Under 30.
The annual statewide program honors individuals who demonstrate talent, drive and service to their communities.
Fifteen employees from the tribe and its business arm received recognition across nine categories.
"These young Cherokee Nation citizens all possess an expertise in their respective career field and exhibit the values of commitment and diligence that we hold so dearly within our tribal government and business entities,” Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “We are very proud of them all, as they are outstanding representatives of the Cherokee Nation and CNB. It is a well-earned and deserving distinction to be named to this list. These individuals are truly the state’s best and brightest emerging leaders.”
NextGen Under 30 recognizes and encourages the next generation of innovative, creative and inspiring individuals who push the boundaries in 15 categories of endeavor.
“Our employees exemplify the reasons we are a successful company and strong community partner,” CNB CEO Shawn Slaton said. “We hold ourselves, both as a company and as individuals, to a high standard when it comes to civic responsibility, service to those in need and our continued growth. It’s great to see these individuals receive well-deserved recognition for continually exceeding that standard.”
NextGen Under 30 award-winners are selected by a panel of respected business and civic leaders based upon their participation in and contribution to their communities.
A Nov. 18 award dinner and banquet will be held for the 2016 winners:
Arts: Keli Gonzales, CNB
Arts: Robert Nofire, CN
Finance: Erin Reynolds, CN
Finance: Zachary Vann, CNB
Health care: Wayne Coldwell, CN
Law: Danielle Eastham, CNB
Nonprofit Organizations: Amy McCarter, CNB
Policy and Public Service: Hunter Palmer, CN
Policy and Public Service: Adam McCreary, CNB
Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising: Dylan Stephens, CNB
Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising: Tyler Thomas, CN
Science, Technology and Engineering: Feather Smith-Trevino, CN
Tribal Government Gaming: Jennifer Williams, CNE
Tribal Government Gaming: Miranda Jackson, CNE
Tribal Government Gaming: Steven Shofner, CNE
For a complete list of winners, visit <a href="http://nextgenunder30.com/nextgen-2016-complete-list" target="_blank">http://nextgenunder30.com/nextgen-2016-complete-list</a>.
WASHINGTON – At the recent National Association of Federally Impacted Schools’ board of directors meeting in Buffalo, New York, Jeff Limore, superintendent of Dahlonegah Public Schools in Oklahoma, was appointed the organization’s Region V director.
Limore, a Cherokee Nation citizen, will serve with 14 other school district officials from around the country as a board member for NAFIS, a national association that works to ensure the needs of federally connected children are met through adequate federal funds.
“We are excited to welcome Mr. Limore to the NAFIS board of directors,” NAFIS President Sandy Doebert said, “as we know he brings with him significant expertise in impact aid to his board position, and we look forward to working with him.”
Limore’s career spans more than 30 years as a teacher, counselor and administrator. He has taught elementary students, gifted and talented education, alternative education and adult education.
“My educational values are rooted in my parents’ relentless push toward higher education for their children as a way out of poverty, something neither of them attained,” Limore said. “They did, however, achieve their goal through their four children, and I’m happy to begin the important work as a NAFIS board member.”
Limore serves on the board of education of Sequoyah Schools, a Bureau of Indian Education-contracted school with the CN. In addition, he sits on the National Indian Impacted Schools Association board of directors, currently as secretary.
Limore earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. In addition, he has completed post-graduate work at Oklahoma State University and the University of Arkansas.
As the Region V director, Limore will help establish and review major policy and plans of the association and will have specific legal and fiscal responsibilities to the members of the association that represent federally impacted school districts across the country.
NAFIS Executive Director Hilary Goldmann shared Limore’s excitement and anticipation.
“I am looking forward to working with Jeff,” Goldmann said. “He brings with him a wealth of experience and ideas from which I know our association will benefit.”
NAFIS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of school districts from throughout the United States. NAFIS is organized primarily to educate Congress on the importance of impact aid and to make sure school districts affected by a federal presence receive the resources necessary to provide a quality education program for their students.