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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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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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Presentations should tell the stories of past and present women leaders, from the most well known and celebrated to those who are just beginning to be recognized.
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Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Keith Austin and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. look on as Cherokee Language Program Manager Roy Boney demonstrates Cherokee 101 to pilot program participants and Chelsea Public School faculty members Falon Wilson, Pam Phillips and Travis Battles. COURTESY
Educators will take six crash course lessons in Cherokee history and language.
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Laramie Gordon
He hopes to attain a career as a diesel technician and eventually have his own business.
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Keith Austin
Tribal Councilor Keith Austin will have an opportunity to help shape the Environmental and Spatial Technology program at the Northeast Tech Claremore Campus.
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Timothy Tate Nevaquaya, left, Sterlin Harjo, Bacone President Dr. Ferlin Clark and Gerald Cournoyer are part of the re-establishment of the Bacone Indian Art program, which will begin classes in 2019. COURTESY
New courses in film, script writing, performing art and other contemporary visual arts will be added to the curriculum.
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TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation Foundation is offering Native American students a free ACT Boot Camp on Dec. 1.

The one-day course will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Sequoyah High School Gym.

Juniors and seniors can apply through Nov. 26.
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Medical student Brandon Postoak shows an X-ray as he speaks to high school students taking part in a hands-on examination of human bones on Oct. 4 Oklahoma State University OKC in Oklahoma City. The field trip is part of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society National Conference being held at the Cox Convention Center. CHRIS LANDSBERGER/THE OKLAHOMAN VIA AP
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A group of Native American high school students handled human bones and organs during a recent field trip designed to spark their interest in science and medicine.

Taking the students on a tour of the 206 bones in the body was Brandon Postoak, a first-year medical student at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences.

Postoak is Chickasaw and Choctaw, which makes him an important role model, said Kent Smith, a paleontologist and anatomy professor.
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The school’s board votes to remove the charter status, but a final determination hasn’t been set.
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