Alex Galindo
Cherokee Nation citizen Alex Galindo builds wiring harnesses for spacecraft.
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Neilson Powless of the US rides during the 16th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 164 kilometers from La Tour-du-Pin to Villard-de-Lans Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
The Tour rookie has become a powerful symbol himself as the first tribally recognized Native North American to have raced in the 117-year-old event.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Billy Shotpouch recently moved to Oklahoma from California to learn more about his Cherokee heritage and culture. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Billy Shotpouch, center, sits with his father, Billy Keys Sr., and Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin at the 2019 Shotpouch hog fry in Delaware County. COURTESY
The Keys/Shotpouch family moved west in the 1930s searching for work and eventually settled in California. Pictured are the grandfather and uncles of Billy Shotpouch: Lloyd Keys, Henry Keys Sr. and Henry Keys Jr. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Billy Shotpouch moves to Oklahoma to reconnect with his heritage.
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Blues performer and Cherokee Nation citizen Danny Baker runs a medical marijuana dispensary, performs with his band and is working on a new album. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Danny Baker has been a staple of the Tulsa blues music scene for decades. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Danny Baker is concentrating on his cannabis business while working on his fifth blues album.
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Cherokee Nation Wings program member Mae Dean Johnson Erb of Blackgum in Sequoyah County continues to train for 5K runs she usually does with Wings. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Wings program member Mae Dean Johnson Erb is working on a goal of running and walking 100 days in a row. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Mae Dean Johnson Erb has been a Cherokee Nation Wings program member for about 20 years and enjoys running with friends and family. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Cherokee Nation Wings member Mae Dean Johnson Erb trains daily though she is not able to run in area 5Ks with fellow Wings members because of COVID-19.
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United Keetoowah Band citizen Matt Girty talks about the different types of stones he uses in his work while holding a soapstone carving. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
United Keetoowah Band citizen Matt Girty demonstrates a process of stone carving by sawing a large piece of rock that will eventually become a chunkey stone. He uses a various power tools to create his art. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
This “Spirit Walker” stone carving is by United Keetoowah Band citizen and artist Matt Girty. It depicts a family on the Trail of Tears being led by a spirit helper. It is made from steatite and soapstone with a wood base. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
“Back to School Blues” made by United Keetoowah Band citizen and stone carver Matt Girty depicts a little boy on his first day of school, encouraged by his mother. It is made from North Carolina soapstone. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The “7 Clans Pipe” made by United Keetoowah Band citizen and stone carver Matt Girty has images carved into Virginia steatite that represent the seven clans of the Cherokee. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Matt Girty has been carving for more than 20 years, creating Cherokee-specific art from soapstone, alabaster, granite and marble.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Ryan Dirteater hopes to manage a top-10 finish during his farewell season of Professional Bull Riders competition. PBR.COM
Cherokee Nation citizen Ryan Dirteater attempts to ride the bull, Code Blue, during the 2009 Troy-Bilt Invitational in Tallahassee, Florida. The 2020 season is Dirteater’s last, as he plans to retire. ANDY WATSON/BULL STOCK MEDIA
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An injury put the veteran bull rider out of competition for three months.
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Narcissa Chisholm Owen
Narcissa Chisholm Owen is one of history’s forgotten suffragettes who spent her elder years seeking voting rights for women, including Native American women.
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In this 2017 photo, Gene Norris, Cherokee Heritage Center genealogist, discusses with Chandler Kidd, a former Cherokee Phoenix intern, the information he found after researching her Cherokee family tree. Norris has 17 years of genealogical experience with the CHC and nearly 40 years of experience in genealogy. ARCHIVE
Gene Norris had always been intrigued with history and genealogy but never imagined being a professional genealogist.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Liam Puls’ photo features his younger and older brother. He said it depicts his younger brother looking up and “dreaming” of serving and his older brother as “looking” to the next generation of leaders. COURTESY
Liam Puls
Cherokee Nation citizen Liam Puls’ photo will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year.
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Paul Crittenden
Cherokee Nation citizen Paul Crittenden retires from Peavine School after a 40-year stint as a bus driver.
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