Leeds co-writes ‘Mastering American Indian Law’
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen Stacy Leeds, dean and professor in the University of Arkansas School of Law, has co-written the book titled “Mastering American Indian Law.”
The book will be available in September and was co-written with Angelique Townsend EagleWoman of the College of Law at the University of Idaho where she is an associate professor of law.
“Mastering American Indian Law” is designed to provide readers with an overview of Indian law beginning with the important eras of United States Indian policy in the introductory chapter up to contemporary developments in American Indian law. The authors said they hope the book serves as a useful supplement to classroom instruction covering tribal law, federal Indian law and tribal-state relations.
Throughout the text, explanations of the relevant interaction between tribal governments, the federal government and state governments are included in the various subject areas.
In Chapter 10, titled International Indigenous Issues and Tribal Nations, the significant evolution of collective rights in international documents is focused on, as these documents may be relevant for tribal governments in relations with the United States.
For Indian law courses, law school seminars on topics in American Indian Law, undergraduate and graduate level American Indian studies classes, and those interested in the field, this book will provide an easy-to-read text meant to guide the reader through the historical to the contemporary on the major aspects of American Indian law and policy, states the book’s description.
Leeds joined the University of Arkansas in 2011 and became the first American Indian woman in the country to serve as dean of a law school. In 2013, she received the American Bar Association Spirit of Excellence Award for promoting a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. Over the years, she has focused her teaching and extensive research on property, natural resources and American Indian law.
Leeds is the first Native American woman to be a law school dean. She is the first woman to serve as a justice on the CN Supreme Court, and is also one of five appointees to the Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform. The commission is conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s management and administration of nearly $4 billion in American Indian trust funds.
Leeds earned her master’s degree after completing a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Law School, before joining the faculty of the University of North Dakota’s School of Law, where she was director of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center. She worked as a law professor at the University of Kansas before she accepted her position at Arkansas in 2011.
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.
LUBBOCK, Texas. – Coming from a family of educators, Cherokee Nation citizen Jamie Roe followed in those footsteps and is a teacher at Sharp Academy, a school for dyslexic, ADHD and ADD students.
“I am teaching biology I, II and chemistry, so since I was a nutrition major I had all of the sciences imaginable. So I had biology I, biology II, anatomy I, anatomy II, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, just everything like that, so kind of a science nerd,” she said. “I thought I would be able to give back to them in that aspect.”
Roe, who graduated from Texas Tech University in the spring, said she always had an interest in kids with “brain differences” and wanted to help them in the classroom setting.
“I’ve always kind of been interested in kids with brain differences, and I was really drawn to this school,” she said. “A lot of them, like having dyslexia, words and things will move around on them, and I think that in a way I’ll be able to kind of help them overcome that and I’ll be patient with them.”
Roe said she isn’t the first teacher in her family, and probably won’t be the last.
“Everybody in my family was in education, like my grandpa, my grandmother, most of my aunts and uncles, my dad and my mom. So it’s kind of been inevitable,” she said.
She said her mother, who is the special education director for Tuba City Unified School District in Arizona, where Roe grew up, is one of her role models. She said she believes her mother’s line of work drew her to where she is now.
“It definitely kind of drew me towards this because she is one of my role models, and I think that just seeing her work with kids that a lot of people have put aside kind of motivated me to follow in her footsteps,” she said.
Roe has been teaching since August and said she enjoys it.
“I’ve truly enjoyed it. I think the kids are making it easy on me for sure,” she said. “I think that I’m learning a lot from them as well, a lot about myself. It’s a great opportunity to be able to give back because I know that I’m giving to the future in a way.”
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation officials honored a trio of brothers with Medals of Patriotism at a special presentation on Aug. 31.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden presented the medals to Daniel Ray Tanner, 67, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota; Michael Ray Tanner, 51, of Jay; and Johnny Lee Tanner, 75, of Jay, as an acknowledgment for their service to the country.
Sgt. Major Daniel Tanner was born Jan. 13, 1949, in Eucha and was drafted into the Army in 1968. He was deployed to Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and served with the 82nd Airborne Division. Along with several other deployments, he served as a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps instructor and Forces Command of the Minnesota National Guard Advisor and attended U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. He retired from the Army in 1991 after 23 years and of service. He now lives in White Bear Lake, but said his heart is still in Eucha.
“To be recognized by the tribe like this, I really do appreciate it,” Daniel Tanner said. “I’ve been thinking about this honor for so long and have seen others get it. I couldn’t wait to get it, because it is from the Cherokee Nation.”
Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Turner was born Dec. 20, 1964, and entered the Navy in 1984. He received his basic training in San Diego and attended the Navy Marine Intelligence Training Command in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He served on three western Pacific cruises and in Hawaii at Commander Air Wing Patrol. He was an intelligence specialist when he received his honorable discharge in 1991.
Cpl. Johnny Tanner was born July 20, 1941, and drafted into the Army in 1963. He received basic training at Fort Polk in Louisiana and advanced individual training on Howitzer self-propelled artillery at Fort Knox in Kentucky and at Little Falls, Vermont. He was stationed at Fort Knox for three years where he played both football and baseball for special duty. Johnny Tanner also trained the Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania, ROTC on self-propelled artillery. He furthered his training on self-propelled artillery in the Dominican Republic and received an honorable discharge in 1965. After being discharged, he spent two years in the Army Reserve at Fort Chaffee in Arkansas.
Each month the CN recognizes Cherokee service men and women for their sacrifices and as a way to demonstrate the high regard in which the tribe holds all veterans. To nominate a veteran who is a CN citizen, call 918-772-4166.
WAGONER, Okla. – Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Cody Standifird saved a man’s life while out on patrol the morning of Aug. 21.
Standifird, a Cherokee Nation citizen, said he was patrolling near a public access area known as Coal Creek around 9:30 a.m. when he noticed a “suspicious looking” vehicle parked with the back hatch open. As he circled the parking lot, he said he noticed a person’s foot hanging out of the back of the vehicle. He parked his patrol car and walked to the vehicle.
“When I walked up to the vehicle, I found a man that…appeared to have a severe head wound.” Standifird said. “There was a lot of blood on him, and he was barely breathing.”
Standifird requested Wagoner County dispatch to send emergency medical services to his location. While waiting, he attempted to help the man, identified as Robert Potter Jr., to breathe better but then noticed Potter stopped breathing completely. Standifird then administered CPR.
Standifird said Potter “was revived quickly” and began to breathe on his own. However, after a short time, Potter stopped breathing again, and Standifird again administered CPR. Potter was revived again and able to breathe on his own until the EMS arrived.
Standifird said he did not expect to “randomly” come across someone in need while patrolling.
“I wasn’t expecting that by any means. I was really unsure what kind of injury the man had. He seemed to…give indicators that he had possibly been shot or severely beaten, and I wasn’t sure exactly what was wrong with him,” Standifird said. “I have done CPR on people before, but I’ve never just randomly discovered someone that needed it without being dispatched.”
Standifird said Potter was transported to a Muskogee hospital where he was placed in the intensive care unit, but listed in stable condition and expected to recover.
“I don’t consider myself a hero at all. It’s just something that was completely random that happened,” Standifird said. “I happened to be at the right place at the right time, and I did my job.”
Standifird joined the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office in 2014 and works as a firearms instructor, Emergency Response Team member and a field-training officer.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation officials honored a World War II veteran and two Vietnam War veterans with Medals of Patriotism at the Aug. 15 Tribal Council meeting.
Gary Dale Douglas, 71, of Coweta; James Clarence Huggins, 95, of Fort Gibson; and James David Murphy, 65, of Stilwell, each received a medal acknowledging their service to the country from Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden.
Spc. Douglas was born Feb. 27, 1945, in Houston, Missouri. He was drafted into the Army in 1967, attended basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas, and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.
He was sent to Vietnam in October 1967 and was assigned to the 585th Dump Truck Company. Douglas drove a jeep for the first platoon sergeant and then the company commander. After the company commander was killed in an ambush, he drove a jeep for the second platoon sergeant.
Douglas was ambushed twice, first by the Viet Cong and then by the North Vietnamese regular army. As a result, he earned two Silver Star medals for valor in combat. Douglas took over the night crew of the motor pool for the remainder of his service after the second ambush. The motor pool was responsible for the upkeep and repair of the vehicles. Douglas received an honorable discharge in 1968.
He earned several ribbons and medals for his service, including the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Combat Medal and National Defense Service Medal. ??
“I just want to say thank you to the Cherokee Nation for this honor,” Douglas said. ??
Staff Sgt. Huggins was born June 10, 1921, in Fort Gibson. He entered the Army in 1942. Huggins and two other men from Fort Gibson traveled to Fort Sill for training. In October 1943, he was sent to Fresno, California, for training at Hammer Field.
Huggins later was sent to Portland, Oregon, where he was promoted from buck private to buck sergeant. In July 1944, Gen. Douglas MacArthur selected Morotai Island as the location for air bases and naval facilities needed to support the liberation of the Philippines. Huggins was stationed on the Indonesian island.
He returned to the United States in 1945 and received an honorable discharge. He arrived home in Fort Gibson on Christmas Eve night as an early Christmas present to his family.
Huggins received honors for his service, including the Distinguished Service Medal and Ribbon, Philippines Liberation Medal and World War II Victory Medal. ??
Petty Officer 3rd Class Murphy was born Feb. 24, 1951, in Tahlequah and entered the Navy in 1969. Murphy attended basic training in Orlando, Florida, and was then sent to Hunters Point Naval Ship Yard in San Francisco for his duty aboard the USS Midway.
While the Midway was in port undergoing modernization, Murphy received personnel launcher training in San Diego. Once aboard the Midway, he was responsible for ship-to-ship transfers of supplies and munitions.
Murphy served two combat tours in the Tonkin Gulf in North Vietnam. Fighter jets flew missions off the Midway into Northern Vietnam while Murphy was aboard the ship. He sustained an injury to his knee and was sent to the Oakland Naval Hospital where he spent four months rehabbing.
Murphy was discharged from active duty in 1973 and transferred to Naval Reserve, where he served until 1975.
He received several honors for his service, including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Combat Medal and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. ??
Each month the CN recognizes Cherokee service men and women for their sacrifices and as a way to demonstrate the high regard in which the tribe holds veterans. Native Americans, including Cherokees, are thought to have more citizens serving per capita than any other ethnic group, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. To nominate a veteran who is a CN citizen, call 918-772-4166.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen Lauryn Skye McCoy, 15, was crowned the 2016-17 Junior Miss Cherokee during the 25th annual competition on Aug. 20 at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center.
During her reign, she will be a goodwill ambassador for the tribe and will promote the government, language, history and traditions of the Cherokee people.
McCoy said winning this title means she gets “to carry on the traditions of the past winners.”
“I also hope to spread awareness about who we are and what we do as a tribe, as well as my platform,” she said.
McCoy competed against five other girls in three categories: cultural presentation, impromptu question and a speech on their platform. For each respective category, McCoy demonstrated how to make traditional shell shackles for stomp dancing, answered why she thought the Cherokee society has always held women in high esteem and gave a speech on the importance of building self-confidence in Native youth.
McCoy, who is a freshman at Muldrow High School, previously served as the 10-to-12-year-old 2014-15 Little Cherokee Ambassador.
Natalie Gibson, 16, of Miami, Oklahoma, was named first runner-up and Danya Pigeon, 17, of Hulbert, was named second runner-up.
The Miss Cherokee competition is set for 6 p.m. on Aug. 27 at Cornerstone Church in Tahlequah.