Bryan Waytula finishes a picture of a crane for a family member. COURTESY Read More
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Sunday, January 20, 2019
Artist Bryan Waytula fuses Indigenous culture with contemporary art
Tahlequah native Aariel Green graduated from the New Mexico State Police Academy on Dec. 14 at the top of her class as valedictorian. COURTESY
Green was one of four female recruits to graduate the academy on Dec. 14 and graduated at the top of her class.
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Sallisaw Head Football Coach Randon Lowe walks the sideline preparing for his opponent. COURTESY
Coach Lowe speaks to his players during a timeout. Lowe just completed his first year as head coach of the football team. COURTESY
Sallisaw Head Football Coach Randon Lowe speaks to his team’s quarterback during a timeout. COURTESY
Randon Lowe was named head football coach position at Sallisaw High School with expectations to revive the winning culture lost in the past couple of seasons.
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Cassidy Weaver
Weaver is proud of her Cherokee heritage and is thankful the Cherokee Nation helped pay for her schooling at the University of Oklahoma.
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From left to right are Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Melissa McLawhorn Houston, Eastern Oklahoma Youth Alumni Award recipient Sierra Betancourt and Rebecca Sarmiento of the U.S. Department of Labor. Betancourt works at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill. COURTESY
Sierra Betancourt is honored at the state Capitol where she addressed the Governor’s Committee representing Eastern Oklahoma Workforce.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Colby Luper works at Lakes Country radio station in Tahlequah as an on-air personality for Billy Country and as a production designer producing commercials. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
After completing an internship, Colby Luper became an on-air personality and eventually production designer at Lakes Country Radio.
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Phillip Barnoskie
Phillip Barnoskie said he tells his Indian students that their culture is that “unique among unique.”
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Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians artist Shan Goshorn holds one of her baskets. Her baskets won numerous awards and are a part of museum collections throughout the United States. She died on Dec. 1 at age 61. RYAN REDCORN/COURTESY
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians artist Shan Goshorn, a basket maker, died on Dec. 1 at age 61 after a battle with cancer. COURTESY
She used different media to share the challenges and achievements of Native people, including woven paper baskets, silversmithing, painting and photography.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Buddy Stacy stands in his workshop where he creates custom home décor and Christmas toys through woodworking. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Covered in Christmas decorations, a handmade mantle sits in the living room of Buddy Stacy, who created the piece for his wife, and is one of the many custom creations made by the Cherokee woodwork artist. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A stock of handmade and store bought toys sit ready to be distributed from the home of Cherokee Nation citizen Buddy Stacy, who uses his woodwork talent to create the toys from his workshop. The toys are donated each year to the CN Angel Project and Help-In-Crisis. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Buddy Stacy’s creations reflect his passion for woodworking.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Martha Ketcher is working for the CN as Community Services’ executive director after working 30 years with the Indian Health Service. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – After 30 years with the Indian Health Service, Cherokee Nation citizen Martha Ketcher made her way back home to serve the CN as executive director of Community Services.

Since June, Ketcher has led a “myriad” of CN programs.
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Aaron Fletcher
Aaron Fletcher earns a Federal Aviation Administration honor for his role in a new weather observation model.
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Cherokee Nation citizen and 14-year-old race car driver Drake Long holds two trophies while standing next to his father Roy Long, right of Drake, his grandfather, left of Drake, and two uncles after winning a race at the North Central Arkansas Speedway in Yellville. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Drake Long and his grandfather check out the 14-year-old’s race car on Oct. 26 in Pocola as they readied it for the 39th annual “Spooker” races at the Tri-State Speedway. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Fourteen-year-old Drake Long says he wants to make it the NASCAR circuit some day.
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