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Cherokee Nation citizen Angel Goodrich, now a Tulsa Fire Department member, says her family has always supported her decisions. COURTESY/TULSA FIRE DEPARTMENT
The former Sequoyah High School basketball star and pro athlete is anything but retired.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Brooklynn Cookson, right, and her sister Sarah Cookson sew masks at their home during the COVID-19 pandemic to help others stay safe. They have made more than 300 masks. COURTESY
Shown are several double layer cotton masks sewn by Cherokee Nation citizen Brooklynn Cookson and her sister Sarah Cookson. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Brooklynn Cookson models a mask she made. She and her sister have made and donated more than 300 masks to essentials workers and individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Brooklynn Cookson and her sister use their sewing skills to make fabric masks for people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Ben Schoonover is a physiology major at the University of Oregon. COURTESY/KAYLA LOCKWOOD
Cherokee Nation citizen Ben Schoonover says Cherokee culture plays an important role in his life.
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Jordan Gann, with ball, is among the new generation of Lady Indians carrying on a basketball legacy begun at Sequoyah High School two decades ago. COURTESY
The success of the Sequoyah High School girls basketball program now spans generations.
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Ashley Nevitt
Cherokee Nation citizen Ashley Nevitt is dressed in personal protective equipment on her job as an emergency room registered nurse at Swedish Emergency Room-Mill Creek in Everett, Washington. She is contracted as a traveling nurse and began her job at the same time COVID-19 made its way across the United States. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Ashley Nevitt is an Oklahoman experiencing COVID-19 as a traveling nurse in another state.
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Jay Herrin
Jay Herrin led the Indians to eight straight state tournament berths and won 209 games in 10 seasons.
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As a Cherokee Nation citizen, NFL hopeful Mason Fine says he is often asked about his heritage. MEAN GREEN SPORTS
Mason Fine threw for 12,505 yards and 93 touchdowns in four seasons as quarterback for the University of North Texas. MEAN GREEN SPORTS
NFL draft experts expect Mason Fine will land a priority free agent contract even if his name isn’t called.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Mikah Walters, owner of MTech Cave in Stilwell, is using his 3-D printer to craft face shields for people in need. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Face shields made by are lined up at his shop in Stilwell. COURTESY
Mikah Walters wears a face shield he made in this photograph posted to Facebook. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Mikah Walters’ 3-D printer made these parts for face shields. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Mikah Walters is using technology to help others during the pandemic.
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April 4, 2020, moderator Whitney Rencountre, a Crow Creek Dakota tribal citizen, is seen on a screen on April 4 from Rapid City, South Dakota, as he talks with Wakiyan Cuny, a Dakota and Lakota tribal citizen, during a live streamed powwow, in Puyallup, Washington. The largest powwows in the country have been canceled or postponed amid the spread of the coronavirus. Tribal citizens have found a new outlet online with the Social Distance Powwow. They’re sharing videos of colorful displays of culture and tradition that are at their essence meant to uplift people during difficult times. ELAINE THOMPSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – The names pop up quickly on Whitney Rencountre’s computer screen, and he greets them as he would in person.
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Cherokee Nation citizen and nurse Sasha Qualls protects herself at work by wearing personal protective equipment such as a gown, goggles, face mask and a face shield. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Sasha Qualls, right, with her husband Bryan and daughter Keelea in a family photo. Qualls works as an obstetrics registered nurse amid the COVID-19 pandemic and takes necessary precautions to protect herself and her family. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Sasha Qualls is one of many in the medical field who is battling the coronavirus.
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Cherokee Nation citizen and Sequoyah High School senior Kailey Lasley, in maroon, competes in the Maverick Conference wrestling tournament earlier this year at SHS. STEPHANIE TACKETT HAIR/PRICELESS POSES PHOTGRAPHY
Cherokee Nation citizen and Sequoyah High School senior Kailey Lasley, in maroon, competes in the Maverick Conference wrestling tournament earlier this year at SHS. Lasley is the first female from SHS to attend college on a wrestling scholarship. STEPHANIE TACKETT HAIR/PRICELESS POSES PHOTOGRAPHY
Kailey Lasley is the first female wrestler from Sequoyah High School to go to college on a wrestling scholarship.
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