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Cherokee Nation citizen Verba Sevens stands with her son CN citizen Larry Treece in the Visitor Center Gallery at the Northeastern State University campus in Broken Arrow, where her art was displayed in August. The display contains painted items reflecting Sevens’ depiction of Native American life. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Painted items by Cherokee Nation citizen Verba Sevens are displayed on a table such as rocks, animal bones and popsicle sticks that have pictures of Native American life. Sevens had a display of art shown at the Northeastern State University campus in Broken Arrow in August. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Verba Sevens paints on natural materials to depict Native life.
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A turquoise necklace, earring and bracelet set with silver spaces by Cherokee artist Sherri Hattori. COURTESY
Cherokee artist Sherri Hattori’s bone and horn tube necklace with a buffalo tooth pendant. COURTESY
A beaded necklace made with seed beads and ceramic turtles by Sherri Hattori. The spacers are pearl and silver. COURTESY
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Cherokee artist Sherri Hattori dives into jewelry making for fun and hobby.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Raigyn Mayes, 15, trains in karate at Apollo’s Martial Arts in Tulsa. She holds a first-degree black belt and competes in the advanced division in her age group at Oklahoma Karate Association-sanctioned tournaments. KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Raigyn Mayes spars with a classmate at Apollo’s Martial Arts in Tulsa. She is ranked No. 1 in point sparring in the Oklahoma Karate Association. KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Raigyn Mayes, 15, kicks a classmate while training at Apollo’s Martial Arts in Tulsa. She began training at Apollo’s when she was 8. KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Raigyn Mayes demonstrates her favorite form for competitions. To represent her Cherokee heritage, Mayes wears the CN seal on the back of her gi during competitions. KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Raigyn Mayes wants to earn a second-degree black belt in karate as well as to go to the 2019 World Congress of Martial Arts and Traditional Martial Sciences Association championship. KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Cherokee Nation citizen Raigyn Mayes has earned a black belt and a No. 1 state ranking while practicing karate.

Cherokee Translation
ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ,Raigyn Mayes ᎤᎾᎢ ᎬᎿᎨ ᎠᏓᏠᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏩᎦᎸᏂᏗᏴ ᎢᎦᎢ ᎢᎦᏘ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᏥᎧ ᎥᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ Ꮎ ᎠᎵᏏᎾᎯᏍᏗᎲᎢ ᏤᏆᏂᏏ ᎤᎾᎵᏗ.
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Screenwriter and playwright Lynn Riggs was born on Aug. 31, 1899, a few miles south of Claremore in Indian Territory. He wrote “Green Grow the Lilacs,” which was the basis for the famous Broadway play “Oklahoma.” A Riggs exhibit titled “The Cherokee Who Brought Oklahoma to the World” is on display at the Claremore Museum of History. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A Cherokee screenwriter and playwright, Lynn Riggs also was a musician. One of his guitars is on display in an exhibit dedicated to him titled “The Cherokee Who Brought Oklahoma to the World” at the Claremore Museum of History. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
He was born a few miles south of Claremore in Indian Territory and wrote “Green Grow the Lilacs,” on which the famous play “Oklahoma” is based.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Sam Bradford only played two games for the Vikings last season because of knee issues, the latest setback in an injury-riddled career that also includes a pair of torn ACLs. ARIZONA CARDINALS
Injuries have limited Cherokee Nation citizen Sam Bradford to 80 games in his eight seasons. He’s twice torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and another left knee injury wiped out nearly all of his 2017 season in Minnesota. ARIZONASPORTS.COM
The Arizona Cardinals brought Sam Bradford along slowly in the offseason and didn’t make him a full participant in workouts until the three-day mandatory minicamp.
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Andre Ethier hit .285 with 162 homers and 687 RBIs in 1,455 games. The two-time All-Star announced his retirement on July 25. COURTESY
His last major league at-bat was a pinch-hit RBI single in Game 7 of last year’s World Series against the Astros.
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Former Tribal Councilor Cara Cowan Watts, Cherokee Ballard of Oklahoma Natural Gas and Kimberly Teehee of Cherokee Nation Businesses will be honored on Oct. 11 in Oklahoma City.
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“We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga” by Cherokee author Traci Sorell reflects modern-day Cherokee life using history, culture, beliefs and the Cherokee language. The picture book will be released Sept. 4 and be available at two book signings during the Cherokee National Holiday. COURTESY
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The “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga” picture book reflects modern-day Cherokee life using history, culture, beliefs and the Cherokee language.
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Former Deputy Chief Johnny Tehee is looking forward to being chief of the Muskogee Police Department.
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Kylie Fisher, of Tahlequah, won seven golf tournaments this spring on her way to winning the U.S. Kids Golf – Tulsa Spring Tour on June 10. Fisher won the Girls 7-Under Division with a score of 36 for nine holes. COURTESY
Kylie Fisher, Edwin Wacoche and Chase Jones compete in the U.S. Kids Golf – Tulsa Spring Tour Championship at the Cherokee Hills Golf Course.
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The works of Cherokee artist J. Wade Hannon will run from July 6 to Aug. 3 at the Spider Gallery.
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