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From left to right are Mikah Glass, 28, of Greasy; Ricky Duvall, 48, of Lyons Switch; Stan Ross, 42, of Leach; and Robert Glass, 44, of Chalk Bluff. The four graduated from the Cherokee Language Master/Apprentice Program on Dec. 12 in Tahlequah. This is the third graduating class of Cherokee speakers and teachers. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Ricky Duvall, 48, of Lyons Switch, receives a framed certificate from Principal Chief Bill John Baker during a Dec. 12 Cherokee Language Master/Apprentice Program graduation ceremony at the Tahlequah Municipal Armory. Standing with Duvall are his wife Kay Duvall and mother Lizzie Duvall. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Language Master/Apprentice Program Manager Howard Paden places a copper gorget on CMLAP graduate Robert Glass, 44, of Chalk Bluff, during a graduation ceremony on Dec. 12 in Tahlequah. CMLAP graduates are able to speak and teach the language. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
They are now considered highly proficient Cherokee speakers and can teach the language.
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Eligible applicants must be a citizen of a federally recognized tribe and a resident of the Cherokee Nation jurisdictional area.
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Cherokee Nation employees Loretta Keener, accounting/finance supervisor, and Kristen Mankiller, contract specialist, hold certificates after recently partaking in a pilot program at Oklahoma State University that assists Native American tribes with accounting and finance training. The 28-hour pilot program is an effort of the OSU Spears School of Business and the Oklahoma Tribal Finance Consortium and the Native American Finance Officers Association. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Oklahoma State University creates a pilot program to address financial education needs expressed by tribal nations in the Oklahoma Tribal Finance Consortium.
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The NAJA/NBC News Summer Fellowship gives students real world experience and exposure to one of the world’s leading news divisions.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Tanya Butler is a financial advisor with the Edward Jones investment company in Broken Arrow. She works with people to help them achieve their financial goals. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Tanya Butler Edward Jones is a financial advisor with the Edward Jones investment company.
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Encore! Performing Society Ballet Dancers pose with audience members before their production of “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 8, at the Wagoner High School Performing Arts Center. Sydney Terrie (Snow Queen), left, Lacy Ullrich (ballerina doll), Clistia Geary (Mouse Queen), Reece Cowart, (Masha) and Natalie Walker (Sugar Plum Fairy). ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
WAGONER – The Encore! Performing Society entertained audience members with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 8 at the Wagoner High School Performing Arts Center.

Encore’s Chairwoman Elena Gladkova Huffman spoke on the organization’s origin.
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The United Keetoowah Band is offering $40 to each eligible child and $75 for each eligible elder.
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From left to right are Keep Oklahoma Beautiful President Shanon Phillips, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Executive Director Jeanette Nance, Cherokee Nation Secretary of Natural Resources Sara Hill and Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague. Hill received the Towering Spirit Award on Nov. 30 in Edmond. COURTESY
Sara Hill has led efforts resulting in 10,000 tons of nuclear waste recently being removed from the former Sequoyah Fuels Corp.
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From left to right are Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Melissa McLawhorn Houston, Eastern Oklahoma Youth Alumni Award recipient Sierra Betancourt and Rebecca Sarmiento of the U.S. Department of Labor. Betancourt works at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill. COURTESY
Sierra Betancourt is honored at the state Capitol where she addressed the Governor’s Committee representing Eastern Oklahoma Workforce.
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WATTS – The historic Howard Hotel will host its annual Christmas open house on Dec. 15-16 at 102 First St.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 16.

At 106 years, the hotel is the oldest building in town with three floors decorated for Christmas. All ages are welcome and cookies will be served.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Colby Luper works at Lakes Country radio station in Tahlequah as an on-air personality for Billy Country and as a production designer producing commercials. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
After completing an internship, Colby Luper became an on-air personality and eventually production designer at Lakes Country Radio.
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