Kirby Williams
Kirby Williams serves as the legal aid coordinator for the Legal Aid of Nebraska’s Native American Program.
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Cindy Irwin
Cindy Irwin will receive the Cherokee Phoenix Seven Feathers Business Award on Nov. 23.
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Claude Stover, 72, of Oaks, served with the U.S. Army’s 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam and was wounded during his service. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Infantryman Claude Stover was assigned to carry the M-60 machine gun while he served with the U.S. Army’s 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam. COURTESY
The Army’s 9th Infantry Division was assigned to patrol the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. Cherokee Nation citizen Claude Stover served with the unit in 1969. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Claude Stover, right, checks the paperwork of a Vietnamese civilian during his service in Vietnam in 1969. COURTESY
Infantryman Claude Stover eats a can of food during his service in Vietnam. Stover served with A Company, 1st Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Claude Stover served in the Mekong Delta area of Vietnam, which is a flat flood plain with a lot of mud. He served with the U.S. Army’s 9th Infantry Division. COURTESY
Claude Stover was 22 when he served as an infantryman in Vietnam in 1969 for nearly six months before being wounded.
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From left to right are Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Victoria Vazquez, Cherokee National Treasure Dorothy Dreadfulwater Ice, Cherokee Nation Businesses Executive Chairman Bill John Baker and Cherokee Nation first lady January Hoskin. Crittenden, Vazquez, Ice and Baker were presented with the Cherokee Heritage Center’s SevenStar Awards on Nov. 2 in Tahlequah. Baker accepted the award on behalf of Cherokee Nation Businesses. COURTESY
Four awards were given: the Contemporary Achievement Award, Tradition Bearer Award, Warrior Award and Stalwart Award.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Mason Fine, quarterback for the University of Texas, sets to throw a pass. Fine was named The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for Nov. 4-8. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS ATHLETICS
Mason Fine completed 24-of-39 pass attempts for 332 yards and seven touchdowns on Nov. 2 against UTEP.
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Ollie Star
The Claremore resident was inducted for her lifelong dedication to helping people and improving her community.
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Cherokee actor Wes Studi attends a screening of “Hostiles” in New York. Studi was to become the first Native American actor to receive an Oscar on Oct. 27 at the Governors Awards. EVAN AGOSTINI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
With projects just wrapped or in the works, Wes Studi doesn’t appear ready to slow down or retire anytime soon.
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World War II veteran and Cherokee Nation citizen Paul Dudley, left, is recognized for his service on Oct. 15 by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and other tribal leaders. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Korean War veteran Thomas Parris, left, is honored on Oct. 15 by the Cherokee Nation for his 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Vietnam veteran Larry Parker, right, stands next to Cherokee Nation Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden on Oct. 15 after being honored as a “Cherokee Warrior.” CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation leaders, including Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., right, honor CN citizen and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jared Harnar for his service on Oct. 15. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Paul Dudley, Thomas Parris, Larry Parker and Jared Harnar each receive a Medal of Patriotism.
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Cherokee Nation citizen J.J. Eckert has followed in the footsteps of his father Tom to coach the Northeastern State University football team. MALLORY SEMROW/NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
The son of a former Northeastern State University coach has returned to lead the RiverHawks.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Curt Warren, of Rose, holds a FLW trophy after getting his first Costa FLW Series win at Grand Lake in Grove. The win netted him $77,175 and a new boat. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Curt Warren, of Rose, gets his first FLW win.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Sharon Dawes, center, is recognized Oct. 1 at the 11th annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors event held in Oklahoma City. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizens Charlie Soap, left, and Curtis Snell attend an AARP Oklahoma event at which they were honored, along with 50 other Native elders, on Oct. 1 in Oklahoma City. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Ernestine Berry, an elder with the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, gives an interview Oct. 1 before she and others are honored by AARP Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Calvin Rock, right, speaks with fellow honorees at the AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors event Oct. 1 in Oklahoma City. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee actor Wes Studi, shown in this 2014 photo, received the Dr. John Edwards Memorial Leadership Award on Oct. 1 at the AARP Oklahoma’s 11th annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors ceremony in Oklahoma City. Studi did not attend but sent a video message. ARCHIVE
They are among 52 elders from Oklahoma tribes honored for their work in their communities and careers.
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