http://www.cherokeephoenix.orgDavid Comingdeer, chief of the Echota Ground in Park Hill, Oklahoma, visits with Jack “Red” Flynn, right, and Jimmy Ross, left, during a benefit stomp dance on Feb. 7 at the Tahlequah Community Building. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
David Comingdeer, chief of the Echota Ground in Park Hill, Oklahoma, visits with Jack “Red” Flynn, right, and Jimmy Ross, left, during a benefit stomp dance on Feb. 7 at the Tahlequah Community Building. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

Stomp dance raises money for Cherokee family

The Flynns’ vehicle after a head-on collision in January. The family was left with multiple injuries that have left them incapacitated. COURTESY
The Flynns’ vehicle after a head-on collision in January. The family was left with multiple injuries that have left them incapacitated. COURTESY
BY JAMI MURPHY
Former Reporter
02/17/2015 08:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – During a Feb. 7 benefit stomp dance, more than 400 people gathered at the Tahlequah Community Building to raise money for a local Cherokee family that suffered a horrific car accident in January.

The stomp dance was originally planned to raise money for the Echota Ground, a Cherokee stomp ground in Park Hill. Echota Ground Chief David Comingdeer said the event raised more than $3,500 with half going to the Flynns to help with their expenses.

Family members suffered multiple injuries and totaled their vehicle in the accident.

“This evening here in Tahlequah we’ve called all our ceremonial grounds together from the Cherokee Nation, Muskogee Creek, Eucha, Shawnee, Seminole, Seneca Cayuga, even Peoria and Ottawa,” Comingdeer said. “We’ve all come together to help a family, a Cherokee family, a ceremonial family who got in a really bad wreck. We’ve decided to do what we can to help them.”

The Flynns, driving a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer, were hit in a head-on collision on State Highway 51 by Randall Welch, of Welling, who was driving a 2002 Nissan Frontier.

Welch was taken by Tulsa Life Flight and admitted for injuries while the driver of the Trailblazer, Jack “Red” Flynn, was taken to Arkansas with external trunk, leg and head injuries.

Jack’s passengers were Kathy Gann, Jimmy Ross and Nellie Flynn, all family members of Jack. Ross suffered injuries to the head trunk and leg, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Nellie, Jack’s mother, was taken to a Tulsa hospital with similar injuries.

Nellie was unable to make it to the event because of continual problems with the injuries she suffered. Jack, Ross and Gann were present during the dance along with several other family members.

Some family members said the accident had put the family in a financial bind with hospital visits and losing the vehicle.

“Their going back and forth to the hospital. Both him (Jack) and Nellie are going,” Linda Christie, a Flynn family relative, said.

She said the funds would help with gas, food, travel and anything else unforeseen.

Jack said without the benefit assistance the family would be forced to suffer more with the financial hardship in which the accident put them.

The Flynns and Ross will have a long road ahead of them for full recovery, family members said, but they were appreciative of the donations and support from those who attended.

Stomp dance attendee Celia Xavier said witnessing the fundraiser “felt like a throwback to the way our earlier societies were.”

“Moving in the same direction, giving a helping hand when one needed it. What affects one, affects all. We are supposed to help each other,” Xavier said. “The antithesis of today’s ‘me society.’ It was interesting to see kindness through the actions of the chief of the Echota Grounds. He is giving half the donations to the Flynn family, who was in dire need of help. It was a moving and spiritual experience.”

The family is a member of Stokes Ceremonial Grounds, but Comingdeer said it doesn’t matter what ground one is from.

“They may not be from our ground, but they’re from another ground and we have a lot of respect for each other. We always support each other, try to love and understand each other,” he said. “You can take everything away from us, even our land. You can take all of our corporation away, as long as we still have our beliefs and our tradition we can build a fire, have our dances and take our medicine, speak our language, then we’re still a tribe. Tonight is the foundation of our culture. It’s the foundation of our tribe, and this is how we help each other.

For those interested in donating to the Echota Ground or the Flynns can do so by mailing a check to Route 4 Box 1570, Stilwell, OK 74960. Make checks out to Echota Ground and indicate in the memo where donation is to go.
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ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎾᎯᏳ ᎧᎦᎵ ᎦᎵᏉᎩᏁ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎩᏒᎩ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏂᏟᏏᏍᎬᎢ, ᏅᎩᏧᏈ ᎤᎶᏒᏍᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᎾᏓᏟᏌᏅ ᏓᎵᏆ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎤᏂᏟᏐᏗ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᎥ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎩᏟᏲᏨ ᏗᎦᏚᎴᏂ ᏚᎾᏓᏛᏂᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ ᏥᎧᎸᎢ.

ᎾᎿᏃ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᏗ ᏚᏄᎪᏔᏅ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎤᏂᏟᏐᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏦᏗ ᎦᏘᏲ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ, ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏘᏲ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᏭᏂᏴᏍᏗᎢ ᏚᏙᎥᎢ. ᎢᏦᏗ ᎦᏘᏲ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒ David Comingdeer ᎤᏁᏨ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎸ ᎤᏙᏢᏅ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏦᎢ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎯᏍᎩᏧᏈ ᏄᏂᏛ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎢᏴ ᏙᏛᏂᏁᎵ ᎠᏂFlynns ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ.

ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎤᏂᎩᎵᏲᏨ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏲᏣᏁᎸ ᏗᎦᏚᎴᏂ ᎤᏂᎲᎢ.

“ᎪᎯ ᏒᎯᏰᏱ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏓᎵᏆ ᏙᏥᏯᏂ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎦᏘᏲ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵᎢ, ᎹᏍᎪᎩ ᎠᏂᎫᏌ, ᎠᏂᎤᏥ, ᎠᏂᏌᏂ, ᎠᏂᏏᎹᏃᎵ, ᎠᏂᏌᏂᎦ ᎧᏳᎦ, ᏃᎴᏍᏊ Peoria ᎠᎴ ᎣᏔᏩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Comingdeer.

“ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᏙᎩᎷᏨ ᏙᎦᏓᏟᏌᏅ ᏙᏥᏍᏕᎸᎲ, ᎯᎠ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ, ᎠᏂᎦᏘᏯ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏚᏂᏐᏅᏅ ᏗᎦᏚᎴᏂ ᏚᎾᏓᏛᏅᏍᏔᏅᎢ. ᏙᎫᎪᏔᏅ ᎢᎦᏲᎦᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏦᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗᎢ.”

ᎠᏂFlynn’s, ᎤᎾᏦᏛ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏅᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎤᏃᏢᏅ Chevy Trailblazer, ᎨᎬᏂᎴ ᎢᎬᏯᎢᏗᏝ ᎠᎦᏘ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏔᏅ ᎦᏅᏅ ᎯᎦᏍᎪ ᏌᏊ ᎪᏪᎵ Randall Welch ᎤᏅᏂᎴ ᏪᎵᏂ ᎡᎯ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏰᎴᎲ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏔᎵ ᎪᏢᏅ Nissan Frontier.

Welch, ᏩᏥᎸᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎳᏏ ᏓᏅᏅ ᏗᏂᏂᏙ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏥᏴᏔᏅ ᎤᏐᏅᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏱᎴᎯ Trailblazer, Jack “Red” Flynn, ᎠᏥᎾᏫᏛᎲ ᏙᏧᏯᏓᏛᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏁᏥ, ᏗᎦᏅᏍᎨᎾ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏍᎪᎵ ᎤᏐᏅᏅᎢ.

JackᏃ ᎬᏩᏣᏁᎸ ᎯᎠ Kathy Gann, Jimmy Ross ᎠᎴ Nellie Flynn, ᏂᎦᏓ ᏚᏓᏘᎾᎥ Jack Ross ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎸᏅ ᏗᏂᏁᏥ, ᏗᏂᏍᎪᎵ, ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏅᏍᎨᎾ, ᎠᏃᎵᎬ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᏕᎦᏅᏅ ᏧᎾᎦᏎᏍᏗ. Nellie, Jack ᎤᏥ, ᏔᎳᏏ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎠᎦᏘᏅᏒ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎤᏐᏅᏅᎢ.

Nellie Ꮭ ᎬᏪᏓᏍᏗ ᏱᎨᏎ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏂᏟᏏᏍᎬᎢ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ Ꮟ Ꮭ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏱᎩ ᎤᏐᏅᏅᎢ. Jack, Ross ᎠᎴ Gann ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏁᏙᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏘᏲ ᏃᎴ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏚᎾᏓᏘᎾᎥᎢ.

ᎢᎦᏓ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏄᏂᎲᎾ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᏓᏁᏙᎲ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎦᏚᎴᏂ ᏄᏂᎲᎾ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᎢ.

“ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᏩᏁᏙᎲ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ. ᎢᏧᎳ (Jack) ᎠᎴ Nellie ᎠᏁᏙᎰ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Linda Christie, ᎠᏂFlynn ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᏓᏛᏂ.

ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᎨᏥᏁᎸ ᏛᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏔᏂ ᎾᎿ gas, ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏴᏗ, ᎠᏁᏙᎲ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏓᎴ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᏎᎲ ᏂᏗᎪᏩᏘᏍᎬᎾ.

Jack ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᏂᎨᏥᏍᏕᎸᏓ ᏱᎨᏎ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎢᎦ ᎤᏦᏎᏗ ᏱᎨᏎ ᎠᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬ ᏃᎦᎵᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂFlynn’s ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂRoss ᎪᎯᏓ ᎤᏓᎷᎳ ᎧᎵ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ, ᎠᎾᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸ, ᎢᎦᏃ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏚᏁᏙᎸᎢ.

ᎦᏘᏲ ᎡᏙᎯ Celia Xavier ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎪᏩᏘᏍᎬ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏂᏟᏏᏍᎬ “ᎤᏠᏯ ᎨᏒ ᎪᎯᎦ ᏥᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ.”

“ᎠᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎤᏠᏯ ᏚᏳᎪᏛ, ᎠᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎩᎶ ᎤᏂᎬᎬ. ᎾᎿ ᎤᏕᏯᏙᏗᏍᎬ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᎾᏕᏯᏙᏗᏍᎪᎢ.

ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᏗᎦᎵᏍᏕᎸᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Xavier. “ᏝᏃ ᏂᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏄᏍᏗ.’ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎤᏓᏅᏘᏴ ᎦᏘᏲ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒ ᎢᏦᏗᎢ. ᎠᏰᏟᏃ ᎢᎦ ᎤᏂᏟᏌᏅ ᏚᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂFlynn ᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ, ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬ ᏗᏍᏕᎸᏗᎢ. ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎸᏉᏙᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ.

ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎨᏒ ᎦᎨᏙ ᎦᏘᏲ ᎠᏁᎳ, ᎠᏎᏃ Comingdeer ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Ꮭ ᏱᏓᏓᎴᎦ ᎠᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎤᏣᏘᎾ ᏂᏓᏳᏂᎩᏓ.

“ᏝᏃᏙᎢ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎠᏁᎳ ᏱᎩ, ᎤᏣᏘᎾ ᎦᏘᏲ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎠᏎᏃ ᏙᎦᏓᎨᏳᏐᎢ. ᏂᎪᎯᎸᏃ ᏙᏣᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ, ᏃᎩᏤᎲ ᎢᎦ ᏙᎦᏓᎨᏳᏐ ᎠᎴ ᏙᏣᏓᏙᎵᏤᎰᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏂᎦᎥᏃ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏱᏍᎩᎩᏌ, ᎦᏙ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ. ᎣᎦᏙᏢᏒ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏱᏍᎩᎩᏌ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᎣᎪᎯᏳᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎲ ᏲᎦᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎣᎪᏗ, ᎦᏘᏯ ᎣᎩᏍᏆᎸᎡᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎣᎦᏙᏗ, ᎣᎬᏌ ᎣᎩᎲ ᎣᎩᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ, ᏏᏊᏃ ᏂᎬᏩᏍᏗ ᎣᏥᏅᏍᏓᏢ ᏱᎩ. ᎪᎯ ᎤᏒ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎵᎫᏍᏛᏛ ᎣᎦᏤᎵ ᏯᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎣᎩᎲᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎰ ᏙᏣᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᏂᏣᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎢᏣᎵᏍᎪᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏦᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂFlynn ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏂᏓᏣᏁᏗ ᏣᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ Route 4 Box 1570, Stilwell, OK 74960. ᎢᏳᏃ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᏎᎯᏍᏓ ᏱᏗᏣᏅᎾ ᏦᏪᎶᏗ Echota Grounds ᎠᏎᏃ ᏦᏪᎶᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎩᏍᏗ ᎭᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

– TRANSLATED BY ANNA SIXKILLER

Multimedia

BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
05/22/2018 04:00 PM
AKINS – Visitors to the first “Sequoyah Day” event held May 20 experienced all things Cherokee such as art, music, lectures, performances, demonstrations and National Treasures all on the grounds of the historic Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum where the Cherokee syllabary creator lived. “This is a chance to celebrate Sequoyah’s life and his legacy,” Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism Director Travis Owens said. “We’ve had a flute-playing performance, the Cherokee National Youth Choir performed. We had the Girty Family Singers and presenters on our language today.” Others attending the event included Cherokee National Treasures Lorene Drywater and David Scott, as well as Cherokee artists Roy Boney, Jeff Edwards and Mary HorseChief. Tribal Councilors Bryan Warner and E.O. Junior Smith, and 2017-18 Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller also attended. Another highlight was the Traditional Native Games competition. CN citizen and games coordinator Bayly Wright said “Sequoyah Day” was a great place to hold Cherokee marbles, cornstalk shoot, horseshoes, blowgun, a hatchet throw and chunky competitions. “Today is the second of the five competitions leading up to the championships, which will be held on Aug. 25, the weekend before the Cherokee National Holiday,” she said. For more information on cultural events, visit <a href="http://www.visitcherokeenation.com" target="_blank">www.visitcherokeenation.com</a> or call 1-877-779-6977.
BY KENLEA HENSON
Reporter
05/18/2018 08:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH – Every year on May 7 the Descendants of the Cherokee Seminaries Students Organization hold its annual reunion at Northeastern State University where it awards two NSU students with scholarships. This year’s recipients were Cherokee Nation citizens Bryley Hoodenpyle and Marilyn Tschida. Both students received a $1,000 scholarship based on their GPAs, activities and interviews. Hoodenpyle said her fourth great-grandmother’s aunt and two cousins attended the Cherokee Male and Female seminaries, which she discovered through online research and NSU’s archives. She said after college she plans to attend NSU’s optometry school. “It means a lot to me to receive this scholarship just because this university has given so much to me and has helped me grow personally,” Hoodenpyle said. “NSU has developed me as a student and as a leader so its really awesome to me that my family played a part in that story however many years ago.” Tschida is an education graduate student and plans to graduate in December. She said she found her grandmother’s name in the Cherokee Female Seminary roll book in NSU’s archives and decided to apply for the scholarship. “I am really proud to accept it, I think she would be very proud for me to have gotten something on her behalf,” Tschida said. On May 7, 1889, the Cherokee Female Seminary reopened north of Tahlequah after a fire destroyed it two years earlier. So, no matter what day May 7 falls on, the descendants of students who attended the Cherokee Male and Female seminaries gather to honor their ancestors and their time at the schools. DCSSO President Rick Ward said the reunion is the oldest tradition on NSU’s campus, accruing annually for 167 years with the exception of one year during World War II. “It started out as a picnic, but it wasn’t the descendants getting together it was the actual students of the seminaries coming together, bringing food and visiting out in front of the sycamore tree,” he said. After noticing the number seminary students fading away, Jack Brown established the DCSSO in 1975. Brown served as the executive vice president of the Cherokee Seminaries Students Alumni Association for years. He wanted to get the descendants of the alumni involved in the activities of the association as well as keep the tradition alive. In 1984 the name officially changed to the Descendants of Cherokee Seminaries Students Organization. The state bought the Female Seminary in 1909, which now serves as Seminary Hall and the centerpiece of NSU. DCSSO Secretary Ginny Wilson said she wants to keep the reunion tradition alive for her grandmother, who was a student at the Female Seminary. “I do this for my grandmother. We used to bring her up here to this reunion. It was always the one thing in her life she wanted to do,” Wilson said. Wilson said the DCSSO follows the same format as their ancestors did during their reunions, which consists of the organization’s meeting, lunch, a speaker, the Cherokee choir and Miss Cherokee. “We follow that format as close as we can to just do the same thing. It’s gotten a whole lot smaller, but that’s what we do as descendants in memory of those people,” she said. Since the DCSSO established a scholarship for students who are descendants in the early 2000s, its goal is to continue to provide that scholarship. “Our biggest plan is to increase our scholarship amount. That’s the most important, but also to keep the (May 7) tradition going at Northeastern. Otherwise it will die,” Wilson said.
BY STAFF REPORTS
05/16/2018 12:00 PM
SALLISAW – Enjoy a day of traditional Cherokee art, music and more, honoring legendary statesman and inventor of the Cherokee syllabary, Sequoyah. The event will be held in conjunction with Cherokee Nation’s Traditional Native Games. Sequoyah Day begins at 10 a.m. on May 19 at Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum. “We are proud to bring to life an event like Sequoyah Day. It’s a unique daylong celebration of Cherokee history and culture at the home of the man who pioneered the Cherokee syllabary,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “Now that Cherokee Nation owns and operates the Sequoyah Cabin Park, we can organize these types of family-driven events that are both educational and fun for all.” The event runs until 4 p.m. and features live performances, activities for children and cultural demonstrations such as pottery, flint-knapping, bow-making, stone carving and graphics. The event includes multiple performances from the Cherokee National Youth Choir and a special language presentation at 1:30 p.m. Sequoyah built the cabin in 1829 and welcomes more than 12,000 visitors each year. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and a National Literary Landmark in 2006. The homestead includes a one-room cabin and nearly 200 acres. Prior to reopening under CN management in 2017, Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum received much-needed repairs and renovations. The museum now features large displays that share the story of Sequoyah, his development of the Cherokee syllabary and the Cherokee language today. The museum also features a retail space offering Cherokee Nation apparel, gifts and souvenirs. The museum is located at Highway 101, 7 miles east of Highway 59. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.VisitCherokeeNation.com" target="_blank">www.VisitCherokeeNation.com</a>.
BY STAFF REPORTS
05/09/2018 12:00 PM
PARK HILL – Explore the messages of John Ross in his correspondences with fellow tribesmen and political allies throughout his 38 years as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. “The Letters of John Ross” is the tribe’s first digital exhibit and allows guests to view documents that are usually off view and housed in collections at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. Featured writings address topics such as delegation nominations, potential resolutions, rumors of assassination plots and the possible removal of Cherokee people to Mexico. “This is the first exhibit of its kind for Cherokee Nation, and we are eager to see how the public responds,” Travis Owens, Cherokee Nation Businesses cultural tourism director, said. “The digital format enables guests to focus on their specific interests in an interactive and engaging way.” The exhibit runs May 4 through Jan. 31 at the John Ross Museum, which highlights Ross’ life and legacy and houses exhibits and interactive displays on the Trail of Tears, Civil War, Cherokee Golden Age and tribe’s passion for education. The museum is housed in an old, rural school building known as School #51 and sits at the foot of Ross Cemetery, where Ross and other notable CN citizens are buried. The museum is located at 22366 S. 530 Road. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call -1877-779-6977 or visit <a href="http://www.VisitCherokeeNation.com" target="_blank">www.VisitCherokeeNation.com</a>.
BY STAFF REPORTS
05/09/2018 10:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Speakers Bureau will be held Thursday May 10, 2018 from 12:30 – 4 p.m. We will meet in the Community Ballroom that is located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokee. All Cherokee speakers are invited to attend. If you want to bring a side dish or a dessert, feel free to bring it. Come speak Cherokee and enjoy food and fellowship. For further information about the event, please contact: the Language Program at 918-453-5151. Tsalagi aniwonisgi unadatlugv dodvnatlosi Nvgineiga Anisgvti 10, 2018, ganvsulvi 12:30pm adalenisgi 4 p.m. igohida. Na Anitsalagi tsunalisdayetiyi tsigotlv unaditli wayvsdi onadilvyvi utani kanvsula dodvnatlosi. Naniv Anitsalagi aniwonisgi otsitayohiha uniluhisdii. Alisdayvdi ayohisdi yodulia. Dodayotsadatlisani ale dodayotsalisdayvna hilutsvi. Ugodesdi tsadulihesdi tsadelayohisdi hiina wigehiyadvdi: Tsalagi Gawonihisdi Unadotlvsv 918- 453-5151.
BY STAFF REPORTS
05/08/2018 08:00 AM
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – The Museum of Native American History will host storytelling and a beadwork class on May 12. The museum is located at 202 S.W. “O” St. Admission is free, and the events are open to all. From 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., MONAH staff will share traditional Yup'ik (Alaska) and Cherokee stories about how berries came to be just in time for berry season. “Our stories for the day include ‘Berry Magic,’ written and illustrated by Teri Sloat and Betty Huffmon, and ‘The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story,’ retold by Joseph Bruchac and illustrated by Anna Vojtech. Stick around after the stories to make a self-portrait using nature and try akutaq, a traditional Yup'ik dish made with berries,” MONAH Director Charlotte Buchanan-Yale said. Storytime is geared toward ages 4 and up, but kids of all ages and their adults are welcome. A Creative Visions artist will host and teach a “Beadwork for Beginners” class beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the museum. Join Cherokee beadwork and jewelry artist Carolyn Chumwalooky for an in-depth introduction to the intricate art of beading. This hands-on workshop will lead participants through the process of creating a beaded keychain to take home. Registration is free and required. Supplies and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call the museum at 479-273-2456 or visit <a href="http://www.momah.us" target="_blank">www.momah.us</a>.