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Sequoyah High School band director Sam Morris stands next to a plethora of trophies and awards his band students have won during the 10 years he’s been band director. Although a Sac and Fox citizen, he has taught many Cherokee students during his career. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Sequoyah High School band director Sam Morris, right, conducts a practice with SHS band students on May 2 in the school’s band room in Tahlequah. Although a Sac and Fox citizen, he has taught many Cherokee students during his 46-year career. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – For more than 40 years, Sac and Fox Nation citizen Sam Morris has been in marching band music via participation, college, teaching and directing. He is currently the band director for Sequoyah High School’s marching band.

Morris took interest in music in the fourth grade, playing trumpet for his school’s marching band. He continued it in junior high and high school. After high school, he joined the military. And after four years of service, he attended Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, where he joined the school’s marching band.
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Cherokee Nation citizen and voice coach Barbara McAlister introduces her students during the 13th annual Voice Recital on May 5 at the Sequoyah High School chapel in Tahlequah. She had seven Cherokee students who went to the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activity Association state competition and all received superior ratings. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Megan Jacobs, right, a senior at Muskogee High School, performs during the 13th annual Voice Recital on May 5 at the Sequoyah High School Chapel in Tahlequah. Jacobs was one of seven Cherokee students to receive a superior rating at the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activity Association state competition. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Aislyn Hensley announces her recent achievements for singing at the 13th annual Voice Recital on May 5 at the Sequoyah High School chapel in Tahlequah. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Under the guidance of voice coach Barbara McAlister, seven Cherokee students receive superior ratings in state competition.
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Zach Adair, 38, worked at Sequoyah’s Cabin and the Cherokee Heritage Center. He died on April 26 in a car crash. COURTESY
Funeral services for Zachary “Blak” Adair, of Sallisaw, were held on May 1 at Cave Springs High School in Stilwell. Interment followed at Tahlequah City Cemetery.

Adair, 38, was born on June 28, 1980, and died on April 26 in a single-vehicle crash in Adair County.
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A bucket of strawberries sits in a strawberry patch owned by Collyge Farm & Produce near Westville. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Dylan Collyge, owner of Collyge Farm & Produce near Westville, said he hopes other young people will start strawberry patches in Adair County to continue the tradition of having strawberries in the county. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Pickers gather strawberries from a patch owned by Collyge Farm & Produce near Westville. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Strawberries grow on top of black plastic cover in a patch owned by Cherokee grower Dylan Collyge. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Dylan Collyge, a Cherokee Nation citizen and owner of Collyge Farm & Produce, hopes young people will start strawberry patches in Adair County.
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Cherokee biologist Caleb Hickman talks about salamanders on March 27 in Cherokee, North Carolina. An Oklahoma-born scientist from the Cherokee Nation, he turned his passion for the environment into a career helping manage wildlife on the Qualla Boundary. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Caleb Hickman helps manage wildlife on the Qualla Boundary in North Carolina.
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Lacey Horn
As treasurer, Lacey Horn says the tribe’s budget increased from $600 million to $1 billion in eight years.
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In this 2014 Associated Press photo, monolingual Cherokee speaker Mack Vann holds the start of a handmade bow in the backyard of his Briggs home. Vann was one of the last monolingual Cherokee speaker. KRISTI EATON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Mack Vann, a United Keetoowah Band citizen, died on April 22 at age 88.
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Vietnam veteran Junior L. Chewey, left, is honored as a Cherokee Warrior on April 15 during a Tribal Council meeting as Tribal Councilor Buel Anglen looks on. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
U.S. Army veteran Jewell D. Garrison, right, speaks after receiving the Cherokee Nation’s Medal of Patriotism on April 15 from Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Flanked by Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor, Korean War veteran George W. Tipton Sr. accepts the Cherokee Nation’s Medal of Patriotism during a council meeting on April 15. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Three Army veterans – Junior L. Chewey, Jewell D. Garrison and George W. Tipton Sr. – each receive the Cherokee Nation’s Medal of Patriotism.
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Preparing to take questions from the media are, from left, Miss McAlester Marra Juarez, who served as emcee of the “Heaven’s Window” video release, Cherokee Nation citizen Ava Rose Johnson, Sean Fuller, Lainey Edwards, Billy Dawson and James Rayner. Johnson helped create the song in honor of a deceased friend. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
During her video release event, Ava Rose Johnson offers the crowd some ATV safety tips. Johnson’s song “Heaven’s Window” was written to remember her friend, Behr Place, who died in an ATV crash in 2017. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Sean Fuller, who is the drummer for country duo Florida Georgia Line, was among the artists who helped write “Heaven’s Window.” D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Ava Rose Johnson honors her friend who died in 2017 in an ATV crash.
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Dakota Page
Cherokee Nation Dakota Page, of Catoosa, is now a finalist for Bassmaster High School All-American Team.
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Dakota Page
Page was one of 62 high school anglers selected across the country for the Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing team.
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