Cherokee artist Traci Rabbit, 51, smiles next to some of the products in her studio. Rabbit was recently announced as a Cherokee National Treasure. COURTESY
Shown is a photo of the late Cherokee artist Bill Rabbit and his daughter Traci, who is also an artist. Traci said her relationship with her father was special to her. COURTESY
Traci Rabbit was recently named a 2020 Cherokee National Treasure, the same designation her father received.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Greg Buzzard, of Tulsa, was a contestant on the game show “Jeopardy!” in August 2013. Here he stands with the show’s late hose, Alex Trebek, who died of cancer on Nov. 8, 2020. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Lenzy Krehbiel Burton, of Tulsa, appeared on the popular game show “Jeopardy!” April 2-3, 2007. Here she stands with the show’s late hose, Alex Trebek, who died of cancer on Nov. 8, 2020. COURTESY
Competing on the game show “Jeopardy!” changed the trajectory of two Cherokee Nation citizens’ lives.
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“Veterans” painted by Cherokee artist Jesse T. Hummingbird represents the diversity of Native military service through the past 250 years. COURTESY
Jesse T. Hummingbird
Jesse T. Hummingbird’s acrylic painting will also be in a National Museum of the American Indian book.
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A Cherokee Nation Health Services doctor, who is Choctaw, also makes the list.
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Roy Blackfox, of West Siloam Springs, served in Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division as an armored personnel carrier driver. COURTESY
Roy Blackfox, 72, served in Vietnam in 1968-69 with the 4th Infantry Division and drove an armored personnel carrier that helped protect Army supply trucks. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Veteran caps belonging to Cherokee veteran Roy Blackfox sit lined up on a table in his home in West Siloam Springs. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee veteran Roy Blackfox keeps a sticker on his planner book to show he is a Vietnam veteran. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee veteran Roy Blackfox served in Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division in 1968-69.
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Charles Curtis Brave, 88, served in the Army during the Korean War and was in combat with his unit Headquarters Company, Third Battalion, 17th Infantry Division. COURTESY PHOTO
Charles Brave was one of three Cherokee veterans who fought in the Korean War who visited the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., in September 2019 as part of the Cherokee Nation Warrior Flight. Brave, left, Selbert Taylor and George Green stand in front of statues of soldiers at the memorial. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Korean War veterans, Charles Brave, left, George Green and Selbert Taylor meet their tour guide, who shared information about the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., in September 2019. The veterans traveled to the nation’s capital as part of the Cherokee Nation Warrior Flight. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Charles Brave served with the Army during the Korean War in 1953-54.
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U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Douglas Lowrey, a Cherokee Nation citizen, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Sean Rice unfurl the one-star flag during Lowrey’s promotion ceremony held Sept. 18. USASAC PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Douglas Lowrey is the only Native American general officer on active duty.
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For a two-year period after leaving the Oklahoma State program, Christian Littlehead says he “hated football.” Today, his love of the game is restored and he works as a defensive assistant for the Edison program. MATT BARNARD/TULSA WORLD
Christian Littlehead pursues a Texas Tech ball-carrier during a 2012 Oklahoma State victory in Stillwater. COURTESY/OSU
The former Sequoyah High School player bottomed out after leaving Oklahoma State but again has passion for the game.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Macy Rose – originally from Briggs, Oklahoma – recently won the Girls New Mexico State Corley Cup Championships in tennis. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Macy Rose holds the two trophies she recently won at the Girls New Mexico State Corley Cup Championships in Albuquerque. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen earns $1,250 in scholarship money from winning two tournaments.
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Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Justice Ramona Applegate on Oct. 13 swears in Cherokee Nation citizen Richard D. Osburn as the tribe’s district judge in Onamia, Minnesota. COURTESY
Kristie Vance-Osburn puts a robe on her husband and Cherokee Nation citizen, Richard D. Osburn, who on Oct. 13 was sworn in as the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe district judge in Minnesota. COURTESY
Kristie Vance-Osburn stands with her husband, Richard D. Osburn, after he was sworn in as the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe district judge on Oct. 13 in Onamia, Minnesota. COURTESY
Richard D. Osburn previously worked for the Cherokee Nation’s attorney general’s office.
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Andrea Nichols, of Grove, is a rangeland management specialist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Eastern Oklahoma Region. She recently joined a BIA wild land firefighter crew to help put out a forest fire in Colorado. COURTESY
Bureau of Indian Affairs wild land firefighter Andrea Nichols helps put out a flare-up after a forest fire in the Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado. COURTESY
Wild land firefighters for the Bureau of Indian Affairs walk in a line to their next assignment in Colorado. COURTESY
Andrea Nichols, a Bureau of Indian Affairs rangeland management specialist for the Eastern Oklahoma Region, volunteers to help put out a Colorado forest fire.
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