Southern Plains Tribal Health Board Chairwoman Marty Wafford, left, and SPTHB Executive Director Nick Barton, right, present Lt. Randi Duncan, an occupational health nurse at W. W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, a National Indian Health Board Local Impact Award on Jan. 14 for her effort to improve influenza vaccination rates. The Cherokee Nation citizen was one of 18 people to receive such an award during the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board quarterly meeting in Shawnee. COURTESY
Lt. Randi Duncan is recognized for leading the endeavor in vaccinating 97% of W.W. Hastings Hospital’s employees for influenza.
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Left to right are Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, veteran Jack Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Joe Byrd, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner. Jack Crittenden was honored Jan. 13 for his military service during the Tribal Council meeting. COURTESY
From left to right are Tribal Councilor Keith Austin; veterans and brothers Raymond Jennings Jr., Stephen Jennings and Roger Jennings; Tribal Councilors Julia Coates, Janees Taylor and Mary Baker Shaw; as well as Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner. The brothers were honored Jan. 13 for their military service. COURTESY
Jack Crittenden, of Tahlequah, along with the Jennings brothers – Roger, Stephen and Raymond Jr. – are recognized for their service on Jan. 13.
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Ryan Dirteater, Cannon Cravens and Wyatt Rogers are a part of the all-Native team of bull riders.
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Sequoyah High School’s Lexy Keys sits between her former basketball coach Larry Callison, left, and the University of Texas at Arlington women’s basketball coach Justin Brown, right, at a letter of intent signing event on Dec. 2 at SHS in Tahlequah. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The decorated basketball guard also shined on the fast-pitch softball team.
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Cherokee National Treasure Knokovtee Scott creates a piece of art from purple mussel shells during a class at the Cherokee Arts Center in Tahlequah. The Cherokee/Muscogee Creek artist died on Dec. 21 at age 68. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee/Muscogee Creek artist Knokovtee Scott assists Cherokee Nation citizen Lisa Rutherford with filing a mussel shell piece during a 2012 shell art class at the Cherokee Arts Center in Tahlequah. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
In this 2012 photo, shell art made by Cherokee/Muscogee Creek artist Knokovtee Scott includes decorative gorgets and jewelry. To the left are the purple mussel shells used by Scott to make his art. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The Cherokee/Muscogee Creek artist worked hard to ensure artistry using purple mussel shells was not lost again.
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Cherokee Nation citizen and North Texas quarterback will play in the East-West Shrine Bowl on Jan. 18. The East-West Shrine Bowl is the premier college all-star football game in the nation. COURTESY
North Texas quarterback Mason Fine will play in the game’s 95th edition on Jan. 18.
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Cherokee National Treasure Knokovtee Scott creates a piece of art from purple mussel shells during a class at the Cherokee Arts Center in Tahlequah. The Cherokee/Muscogee Creek artist died on Dec. 21 at age 68. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Dec. 27 at the Locust Grove Funeral Home Chapel.
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Every effort to acquaint Cherokee Nation citizens with the tribe’s language can help, and CN Cherokee Language Program Manager Roy Boney displays a mousepad with the characters of the Cherokee syllabary. Boney in December was invited to the Paris UNESCO office for the “Language Technology for All Conference.” D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Roy Boney has helped bring written Cherokee into the digital age on multiple platforms.
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Tribal Councilor Mike Shambaugh, Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, veteran Hommer Turtle, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner pose for a photo on Dec. 16 as Turtle is honored for his military service. COURTESY
Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Julia Coates, veteran Charles Tritthart, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Tribal Councilor Mary Baker Shaw and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner pose for a photo as the tribe honors Tritthart for his military service. COURTESY
Tribal Councilor Rex Jordan, Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, veteran David Floyd, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner pose for a photo as the tribe honors Floyd for his military service. COURTESY
Hommer Turtle, of Oaks; Charles Tritthart, of Edmond; and David Floyd, of Wagoner, are recognized for military service.
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Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians citizen and point guard Josiah Lossiah on Nov. 14 looks to make a pass during a game for the University of Massachusetts Boston against Eastern Nazarene College. He is originally from the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, North Carolina, where he was a standout for the Cherokee Central Braves. COURTESY
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians citizen Josiah Lossiah brings the ball up the court for the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons during a Nov. 14 game against Eastern Nazarene College. As a freshman, Lossiah is building up his collegiate level basketball experience for the NCAA Division III team. COURTESY
Josiah Lossiah
Josiah Lossiah, an Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians citizen, takes his skills to the University of Massachusetts Boston.
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Cherokee Nation first lady January Hoskin
Service on the OICA board directly supports Hoskin’s platform as first lady of the Cherokee Nation.
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