Ryan Dirteater is sidelined with a back injury for three months after being bucked in early February during the Iron Cowboy in Los Angeles. ANDY WATSON/BULLSTOCK MEDIA
Hulbert resident and Cherokee Nation citizen Ryan Dirteater will retire after the Professional Bull Riders World Finals on Nov. 4-8 in Las Vegas. ANDY WATSON/BULLSTOCK MEDIA
The Hulbert resident announced in January his plans to retire at the end of the 2020 season.
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Sharon Oster
A lack in Native American representation among law enforcement prompts Sharon Oster to seek ways to get Natives interested.
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Jeff Turtle
Sequoyah High School coach is nominated for coach of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association award.
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Cherokee journalist Rebecca Nagle is a recipient of the third annual American Mosaic Journalism Prize for uncovering stories about Native peoples, migrants and “hidden” American communities. COURTESY
The prize is awarded for excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups in the United States.
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Brandon Doyle
Cherokee Nation citizen Brandon Doyle plays a role in the film “American Patriot.” COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Brandon Doyle as Thomas Putnam in a production of “The Crucible” at Oklahoma City University. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Brandon Doyle has moved to California to pursue his acting goal.
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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. AARP Oklahoma is now accepting nominations for its 12th annual event. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Now in its 12th year, the celebration will recognize those who impact their tribes, families and communities.
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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
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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