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Cherokee Nation citizen Zach Blankenship stands on the victory podium for Bixby High School after winning Oklahoma’s Class 6A wrestling championship in the 120-pound weight class. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Zach Blankenship has his arm raised in victory after defeating Broken Arrow’s Jared Hill for the Class 6A wrestling championship in the 120-pound weight class. Blankenship attends Bixby High School. COURTESY
A Bixby High School freshman, Zach Blankenship wrestled at 120 pounds in his first state championship tournament and won it.
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Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff and former state Rep. Chuck Hoskin received the Northeast Oklahoma Central Labor Council’s 2019 Eagle Award. COURTESY
Chuck Hoskin receives the Eagle Award for his service and support of labor unions in the state Legislature as well as in his work in tribal government.
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LOOK National Road Series Technical Director Jose Alcala has been assisting with the “Remember the Removal” bicycle ride since 2014 and was honored by the Cherokee Nation on March 11 for volunteering his time to provide assistance. Principal Chief Bill John Baker, left, and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden presented him with a Pendleton blanket on March 11. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Bicycle mechanic Jose Alcala speaks with 2019 “Remember the Removal” cyclists following their training ride on March 10. He encouraged them and gave them advice for their training. The Cherokee Nation honored Alcala for volunteering his time since 2014 to assist with the annual bicycle ride. In June, the 11 cyclists will retrace the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears, a nearly 1,000-mile journey. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
LOOK National Road Series Technical Director Jose Alcala speaks with “Remember the Removal” trainer Sarah Holcomb following a March 11 Tribal Council meeting in which he was honored by the Cherokee Nation for volunteering his time to provide technical assistance to the annual bicycle ride. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
LOOK National Road Series Technical Director Jose Alcala has assisted with the bicycle ride since 2014 and is honored on March 11.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Bobby Clark, a 92-year-old former rodeo clown, stands in his home in Warner. He started in the rodeo business at roping. GRANT NEUGIN/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Bobby Clark wrestles a bull at a rodeo during his active days as a rodeo clown. He started the profession around 1948 with his brother Gene. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Bobby Clark grew up performing in rodeos and is in the Cowboy Hall of Fame.
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As a Cherokee Nation citizen, Shad Seaton has use of the “Cherokee Barn,” which is reserved for Cherokee trainers and owners, at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Shad Seaton, owner and trainer at Will Rogers Downs, takes a horse out for a gallop on the track. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Shad Seaton looks forward to Will Rogers Downs’ thoroughbred season.
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Children’s book author and Cherokee Nation citizen Julia Hash answers questions from second graders on Feb. 12 at Claremont Elementary School in Claremore. Hash read her book “The Adventures of Carson and Haiden: The Nighttime Noise” to the students. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cover of  “The Adventures of Carson and Haiden: The Nighttime Noise.” COURTESY
Julia Hash has written “The Adventures of Carson and Haiden: The Nighttime Noise,” a children’s book featuring her grandsons.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Gabe Simpson says he enjoys the challenges of balancing his coursework with membership on two athletic teams at Oklahoma State University. PISTOLSFIRINGBLOG.COM
Cherokee Nation citizen Gabe Simpson is a successful walk-on player for Oklahoma State University’s football and basketball programs. COURTESY
Gabe Simpson may be the only current football-basketball non-scholarship player in NCAA Division I.
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Cherokee singer Natahne Arrowsmith has been singing since she was a child and has studied music, which has led her to a singing career. COURTESY
Natahne Arrowsmith, a Cherokee singer from Rohnert Park, California, is part of a group called Dark Mondays and is recording music with her husband Russell Adamson, left, and producer/engineer Murray Orrick, right, of The Grove Studio. COURTESY
The band Dark Mondays includes the vocals of Cherokee singer Natahne Arrowsmith of Rohnert Park, California. The band is recording its second EP to be released in the spring. COURTESY
Cherokee singer Natahne Arrowsmith collaborates with her husband Russell Adamson to write and record music in Rohnert Park, California. The pair are a part of a group called Dark Mondays. COURTESY
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Cherokee singer Natahne Arrowsmith learns of a song-writing method that has led to recording songs for two EPs.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Patrick Warrington, 26, a Tulsa native, has worked as a lighting technician for acts as such Elton John, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins and Judas Priest. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Patrick Warrington can’t name every act he has worked with as a touring lighting technician because of non-disclosure agreements, but the list is long. COURTESY
Patrick Warrington says he’s traveled to more than 40 countries and 45 states as a lighting technician for major musical acts. COURTESY
Patrick Warrington has toured with Elton John, Green Day and the Smashing Pumpkins.
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Cadie Hanes graduates from Baylor University with a nursing degree and is pursuing a doctor of nursing practice.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Austin Jones, 19, plays piano and sings on Jan. 17 at Oklahoma City University. Jones is studying for a bachelor’s degree in music theater. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Oklahoma City University music theater major, Austin Jones, 19, of Lost City, sings on Jan. 17 during class. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Oklahoma City University student Austin Jones, a Cherokee Nation citizen, plays piano on Jan. 17 on campus. Jones said he hopes to perform on Broadway some day. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Austin Jones is majoring in music theater at Oklahoma City University.
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