Cherokee Nation citizen Barbara McAlister has taken the stage with The Washington Opera, Arizona Opera, San Diego Opera, Tulsa Opera, Florentine Opera, New York Grand Opera and Opera New England, and has performed in numerous opera houses in Europe. Here, she is shown performing in Germany as Azucena in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore.” COURTESY
Cherokee opera singer Barbara McAlister performs the role of Preziosilla in the Verdi opera “La forza del destino.” The photograph was taken during the 10 years that McAlister sung repertory opera in Germany. COURTESY
Barbara McAlister, Cherokee Nation citizen and CN Vocal Class instructor, performs a “welcome” song for those attending the Vocal Class’s spring recital on April 28, 2016, in Tahlequah. ARCHIVE
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Barbara McAlister’s career spanned decades and took her around the world.
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Isabel Baker
For more than 43 years, Dr. Isabel Baker served in public education.
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Genealogist and archivist Robin Swayney talks about her role with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is located in Cherokee, North Carolina. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians operate it. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
“Ostenaco’s trip to London” is an historical exhibit at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Museum of the Cherokee Indian employee Robin Swayney pushes for more and correct information about Cherokee history and culture.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Kayla Radtke, 12, won the bronze medal with her teammates in the 4x800-meter relay at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games in Greensboro, North Carolina. COURTESY/ANGELA RADTKE-CARTER
The 12-year-old Cherokee Nation citizen Kayla Radtke reaches a national event in her first year of competition.
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Whitney Roach, the outgoing Miss Cherokee, speaks to tribal leaders in August about her year as an ambassador. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Whitney Roach, the 2018-19 Miss Cherokee, was the tribe’s goodwill ambassador for the past year.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Ryan Dirteater was transported to a Tulsa hospital on Aug. 11 after being stepped on by a bull at the Professional Bull Riders’ championship round of the Express Ranches Classic. COURTESY
A doctor confirmed that Ryan Dirteater has a collapsed right lung, lacerated liver and several rib fractures.
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Martha Ketcher recently led the tribe’s Community Services, while Lynn headed its Transportation Department.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Vance McSpadden and tennis doubles partner Ron Cox hold the Gordon Trophy. McSpadden and Cox helped Team USA beat Team Canada in the annual international seniors tennis competition July 25-27 in Ohio. COURTESY
The Gordon Trophy is the second-longest international tennis competition, bested only by the Davis Cup.
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Cherokee knife maker Becky Martin, of Tahlequah, has been learning knife making from fellow Cherokee knife maker Ray Kirk, and is now making and selling her own knives. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee knife maker Becky Martin says it takes patience and skill to grind a knife blade evenly. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
After forging a knife and putting on a handle, knife maker Becky Martin grinds the blade evenly to give it a sharp, even edge. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee knife maker Becky Martin, of Tahlequah, uses various hardwoods and deer antlers for her knife handles. The handle on the knife second from left is made from the antler of a Sambar Stag from India. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Becky Martin, who has been making knives for three years, is excited about her journey.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Zachary Beck holds a bowl of freshly picked banana peppers, bell peppers and carrots that he and his mom, CN citizen KaSandra Beck, grew together in their garden at their home near Colcord. Zachary began learning how to cultivate a garden with his great-grandfather in 2019. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Zachary Beck picks ripened bell peppers from his garden at his home near Colcord. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Zachary Beck holds a cabbage he grew in his garden near Colcord. At just 7 years old, Beck is learning the ins and outs of gardening by growing several types of fruits and vegetables. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Zachary Beck, kneeling, learned from his great-grandfather, Arthur Speer, how to plant seeds in his garden near Colcord. COURTESY
Seven-year-old Zachary Beck is learning about gardening via knowledge passed down from his great-grandfather.
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Tyler Fish
Tyler Fish, an attorney who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, will work on tribal issues at the White House.
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