Of the 190 contestants, 129 of them are Cherokee, and competitors must be citizens of federally recognized tribes. Prize money, jackets and custom saddles will be given to winners in the rodeo’s three divisions.
One division consists of team roping and senior team roping. Another division consists of bareback, saddle bronc, breakaway, senior breakaway, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, junior team roping and barrel racing. The third division consists of junior bull riding, junior breakaway and junior barrel racing. Also, peewee barrel racing for children 8 years old and under and mutton busting for children 6 years old are slated.
The slack – which is for the “overflow” contestants of calf roping, team roping, barrel racing and steer wrestling who wouldn’t fit in the nightly rodeo performance, will begin at 8 a.m.
The evening rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. The arena is located 3 miles west of Tahlequah on Highway 62.
The tribe placed the youths at jobs in June and July, helping them gain work experience and income for high school, college and other needs.
The program, administered by the tribe’s Career Services, helped the youths, ages 16 to 24, work 40 hours a week for eight weeks. The program was expected to wrap up on July 28.
Each youth earned $7.25 per hour for a total potential income of $2,320 each, and a collective $1.6 million in summer wages.
While many participants work within CN departments across the tribe’s jurisdiction, the program also found opportunities for youths in the public and private sectors, including in schools and businesses.
Cherokee Nation Education Services officials said “a virus” spread during the camp days across the campsite requiring campers to learn survival skills while searching for a cure.
Camp Cherokee Director Mark Vance called the zombie-themed program a success.
“Everyone is enjoying the classes. Everyone is engaged. The kids are having a blast...the staff worked hard, which made for a successful camp,” he said.
Officials said electronic devices were not allowed during camp week, although educational tools like iPads and drones were provided in individual classes. This year 150 campers attended the camp, and the camp was open to students who are CN citizens entering eighth through 12th grades for the 2017 school year.
Camp Cherokee participants practice the art of blowgun shooting under the watchful eye of camp counselor Corey Still on July 21 at one of the camp’s activity areas in Welling, Oklahoma. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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.”
Tickets start at $75 and go on sale July 27.
Bad Company’s stop at The Joint: Tulsa is the band’s only U.S. appearance before heading to Mexico for a series of performances.
Bad Company was formed by Free’s Paul Rodgers (vocals/multi-instrumentalist) with Mott The Hoople’s Mick Ralphs (guitar) plus Free’s Simon Kirke (drums) and King Crimson’s Boz Burrell (bass), who passed away in 2006.
Six albums in nine years yielded tens of millions of copies sold and massive success in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The band is known internationally for hits like “Can’t Get Enough,” “Bad Company,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy” and “Shooting Star.”
This event helps pass down Cherokee oral traditions in downtown Tahlequah each Wednesday morning during the summer months.
Tahlequah native Candice Byrd, 28, is Quapaw, Osage and Cherokee. She helps preserve Cherokee storytelling by participating in the event and telling stories such as “Mockingbird” to children and other regular attendees.
Byrd earned a bachelor’ degree in film, drama and television from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa and earned a master’s degree at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She has been performing in theater productions since high school, and the subject of her thesis was Native American storytelling.
“I created a one-woman show with three stories based on traditional Native American cultures. I took the Cherokee Spider Story, Osage Spider Story and the Wyatt people’s Spider Story,” she said.
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.
Thanks in part to a donation from Cherokee Nation Businesses, as well as donations from Cherokee Phoenix individual subscribers, it was possible to expand the fund to include Cherokee veterans of any age.
“The Elder Fund was created to provide free subscriptions to Cherokee elders 65 and older,” Executive Editor Brandon Scott said. “Due to an influx of recent donations, we had the ability to extend the Elder Fund to include Cherokee veterans. We will continue to give free subscriptions to our elders and veterans as long as we have money in our Elder & Veteran Fund.”
Using the newly renamed Elder & Veteran Fund, elders who are 65 and older and Cherokee veterans of any age can apply to receive a free one-year subscription by visiting, calling or writing the Cherokee Phoenix office and requesting a subscription.
The Cherokee Phoenix office is located in the Annex Building on the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex. The postal address is Cherokee Phoenix, P.O. Box 948, Tahlequah, OK 74465. To call about the Elder & Veteran Fund, call 918-207-4975 or 918-453-5269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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.”