http://www.cherokeephoenix.orgFrom left to right are Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Keith Austin, U.S. Army veteran Granvill Murray, Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor and Principal Chief Bill John Baker. The tribe honored Murray with a Medal of Patriotism in June. COURTESY
From left to right are Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Keith Austin, U.S. Army veteran Granvill Murray, Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor and Principal Chief Bill John Baker. The tribe honored Murray with a Medal of Patriotism in June. COURTESY

CN honors 3 veterans in June

From left to right are Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Harley Buzzard, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Frederick Morrow and Principal Chief Bill John Baker. The tribe honored Morrow with a Medal of Patriotism in June.  COURTESY From left to right are Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Buel Anglen, military veteran William Lawrie Jr. and Principal Chief Bill John Baker. The tribe honored Lawrie with a Medal of Patriotism in June. COURTESY
From left to right are Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Harley Buzzard, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Frederick Morrow and Principal Chief Bill John Baker. The tribe honored Morrow with a Medal of Patriotism in June. COURTESY
BY STAFF REPORTS
07/05/2017 08:30 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation honored three veterans with the Medal of Patriotism at the Tribal Council meeting in June.

Frederick Morrow, 68, of Eucha; Granvill Murray, 83, of Claremore; and William Lawrie Jr., 72, of Collinsville, were recognized by Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, acknowledging their service and sacrifice to their country.

Lt. Morrow was born on July 12, 1948, in Aberdeen, Washington, and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967. Morrow volunteered for Force Logistics Commands and Provisional Rifle Company, which was an infantry unit. In the unit he performed more than 200 patrols and more than a dozen operations. Morrow was discharged in 1969 and later received numerous awards for his service. Morrow is currently serving his third term as commander of the American Legion Post 192 in Spavinaw.

“Of all of the medals I have ever received, this is the greatest honor,” Morrow said. “Thank you so much for recognizing me.”

Cpl. Murray was born on April 24, 1933, in Mazie and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953. He was sent to Camp Chaffee in Arkansas for basic training where he was assigned to the 144th battalion. After being transferred to Fort Campbell, he enrolled in paratrooper school. After being transferred again to Fort Rucker, Alabama, Murray received an honorable discharge in 1955. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, in addition to other medals and ribbons. Using the money from his GI Bill, Murray attended OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee where he studied heat and air and later operated his own business until he sold the company in 1980.

Sgt. Lawrie was born on March 20, 1944, in Wichita, Kansas. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1961 and completed basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois. After being discharged from the Navy Reserves in 1963, Lawrie enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he was stationed in Guam, New Hampshire and Massachusetts before being discharged in 1971. Later that year, Lawrie enlisted in the Army, where he served in Panama, California, Germany and Kansas before he retired in 1983. In 1984, Lawrie returned to Fort Riley in Kansas as a civil service employee at range control before going to work for the U.S. Postal Service in 1985. Later during his career, Lawrie transferred to the Tulsa post office where he worked until his retirement in 2006.

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. To nominate a veteran who is a Cherokee Nation citizen, please call 918-772-4166.

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BY STACIE GUTHRIE
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
07/24/2017 04:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – At a July 24 meeting, the Election Commission certified E.O. Smith as the Dist. 5 Tribal Council winner and Mike Shambaugh as the Dist. 9 Tribal Council winner from the July 22 runoff elections. <strong>Dist. 5</strong> Smith won his first term as Tribal Councilor by getting 52.26 percent of the vote with 347 votes. His opponent Uriah Grass received 317 votes for 47.74 percent. Smith said thanked his supporters and that it has been a “long campaign.” “I would just like to thank everybody. It’s been a very long campaign. Uriah is a good guy. I will ask his advice on some things, and I want him to know he can come to me anytime with a suggestion, and I will listen to him,” Smith said. “First thing I want to do is see our community pull together and be one. I’m going to work for everybody. I am going to be everybody’s councilman, and I am going to make the people glad they voted for me. I can’t wait to get started.” Smith will serve western Sequoyah County and part of eastern Muskogee County. <strong>Dist. 9</strong> Shambaugh earned his first term as the Dist. 9 representative after receiving 54.96 percent of the vote with 421 votes. His opponent Clifton Hughes received 345 votes for 45.04 percent. Shambaugh said he would like to thank his supporters and that he’s “fortunate” to serve Dist. 9. “I had great help on this election. I had people who stepped up and made it easy for me to mingle with the crowd. I think I’m very fortunate to serve District 9,” he said. Shambaugh will serve the southern portion of Delaware County south of Highway 20 and part of eastern Mayes County. According to results, 1,432 of the 4,517 registered voters in the two contested districts cast ballots. The more than 1,400 voters accounted for a 31.7 percent turnout. According to the EC’s calendar, candidates had until 5 p.m. on July 26 to request a recount and until 5 p.m. on July 31 to contest the election. The Tribal Council inauguration ceremony is set for 10 a.m. on Aug. 14 at the “Place Where They Play” gymnasium at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah.
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
07/23/2017 02:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is reducing services to children, senior citizens and residents with disabilities as it deals with what its director says is $30 million in budget cuts to the agency. DHS officials announced the cuts on July 11. Although the Legislature increased appropriations to the agency by $18 million over last year's spending level, Director Ed Lake says the cumulative effects of previous cuts and increasing fixed costs led to the $30 million shortfall. Lake says a freeze on child care subsidies will eliminate assistance to about 1,000 children and their families. Also, senior citizens and adults and children with disabilities will see a reduction in the number of hours of services that they receive each week. The agency also is reducing reimbursement rates to foster families.
BY KENLEA HENSON
News Writer
07/23/2017 01:45 AM
VIAN, Okla. – Candidates E.O. Smith and Uriah Grass vied for the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council’s Dist. 5 seat in a runoff election on July 22. Smith won the seat by receiving 52.26 percent of the vote or 347 votes out of 664 total votes, according to the unofficial results from the CN Election Commission. “I would just like to thank everybody. It’s been a very long campaign. Uriah is a good guy, I will ask his advice on some things, and I want him to know he can come to me anytime with a suggestion, and I will listen to him,” said Smith. “First thing I want to do is see our community pull together and be one. I going to work for everybody, I am going to be everybody’s councilman, and I am going to make the people glad they voted for me. I can’t wait to get started.” Smith said he has always been a “people person” so working for the people is his main goal as the district’s councilman. “I’m going to open an office in Vian from 9 a.m. to noon, five days a week so if you have a problem come see me and I will try to get you an answer and go to work on your problems right then,” he said. “If you can’t come during those times you can call me and we will make an appointment and I’ll meet with you. I am going to be with the people so they know that I am genuinely interested in their problems.” Grass came in close behind Smith by winning 47.74 percent of the vote or 317 votes. Grass could not be reached for a comment about the election results. As Dist. 5 councilman, Smith will be serving western Sequoyah County and part of eastern Muskogee County. The Tribal Council inauguration ceremony for elected officials will be held at 10 a.m., Aug. 14 at the “Place Where They Play” gymnasium at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
BY CHANDLER KIDD
Intern
07/23/2017 01:30 AM
JAY, Okla. – A July 22 runoff election to fill the Dist. 9 Cherokee Nation council seat may be remembered for the winner as well as the low voter turn out. Candidate Mike Shambaugh defeated candidate Clifton Hughes with 54.96 percent of the vote or 421 votes. Hughes received 45.04 percent or 345 votes. In official results, only 766 voters participated in the runoff election. Voting took place at precincts in the towns of Jay, Kansas, Kenwood and Salina. Dist. 9 include the southern portion of Delaware County south of Hwy. 20 and part of eastern Mayes County. Shambaugh reacted to the win in an enthusiastic tone. He thanked his supporters and said he wanted to rest for a couple of days before working on his council agenda. “I had great help on this election. I had people who stepped up and made it easy for me to mingle with the crowd. I think I’m very fortunate to serve District 9,” Shambaugh said. “Personally I want to relax for a couple of days. Whenever you campaign every day until 11:30 at night or later it wears on you.” Although Hughes was not the winning candidate, he was still willing to comment about the runoff election. Hughes said he is proud of his hard work and campaign. “I just want to thank my supporters and (say) that I ran an honest campaign,” Hughes said. Shambaugh and the other council candidates who their races in June and in the runoff election will be sworn in to office at 10 a.m., Aug. 14 in the “Place Where They Play gymnasium at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
07/22/2017 02:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials say ancient artifacts discovered at an Oklahoma Department of Transportation construction site will be sent to the Sam Noble Museum in Norman. Oklahoma City television station KOKH reports that crews preparing for a bridge replacement project in east central Oklahoma found the artifacts several years ago. According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, workers found large fire pits and obsidian rock that isn't local to Oklahoma. Scott Sundermeyer is program director for ODOT's cultural resources program. He says the artifacts may be from Wichitan-affiliated tribes and are about 3,000 to 4,000 years old. He says the last of the artifacts was removed from the site late last year, and that the construction project won't be delayed.
BY STAFF REPORTS
07/21/2017 01:30 PM
PARIS – Airman First Class and Cherokee Nation citizen Mason Turman was one of many United States service members who helped lead the parade down Champs Elysees on July 14 in honor of France’s Bastille Day. Turman, who is in the U.S. Air Force, marched with fellow members of the U.S. Air Forces Europe Force down the Champs-Elysees in the annual event. However, this year marked the first time the American military led the parade. This year’s theme was “Operational Together,” and it highlighted the close relationship among all the French security services and with the Americans. While France is America’s oldest ally, the United States would not have won the Revolution without French sailors winning the Battle of the Chesapeake against the English in 1783. The modern version of the alliance dates to World War I. The 2017 Bastille Day Parade was almost exactly 100 years from when 14,000 American soldiers arrived in France as part of the American Expeditionary Force. The American contingent leading the parade included troops from the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Marines from U.S. Marine Forces Europe.