William "Tick" Johnston served as a mechanic and driver for his Sherman tank during World War II. He was part of the American forces that pushed across Germany during World War II and helped end the war. COURTESY
William "Tick" Johnston formerly of Vinita displays the medals he received for his service during World War II. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
William “Tick” Irwin Johnston served in the 786th Tank Battalion in Europe as a driver and mechanic for his Sherman tank.
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Cherokee Nation citizen and artist Keli Gonzales paints a mural on the side of a building. Gonzales has been raising funds via an online apparel company. The photo was taken as part of an upcoming season 6 episode of OsiyoTV. COURTESY
Shown is the front of Cherokee Nation citizen and artist Keli Gonzales’ T-shirt, which was designed to raise money for the Cherokee Children’s Home in North Carolina. COURTESY
Shown is the back display for Gonzales’ T-shirt. The design depicts Cherokee social stickball. COURTESY
Keli Gonzales uses drawing skills to raise funds for communities and nonprofits.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Lori Enlow, of Tahlequah, traveled to Colorado in mid-July to repeatedly climb a mountain to raise funds for mountain biking and hiking trails for Tahlequah. ARNOLD BEGAY
Lori Enlow makes her way up Handies Peak near Silverton, Colorado. The Cherokee Nation citizen climbed the mountain five times on July 13 to raise funds for mountain biking and hiking trails for Tahlequah. ARNOLD BEGAY
Cherokee Nation citizen Lori Enlow is raising money to design and build a mountain biking and hiking trail system for Tahlequah.
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As a four-year starter, Sequoyah High School’s Lexy Keys finished with 1,806 points averaging 16.1 points per game. She finished with 433 rebounds, 464 assists and 412 steals and won was a driving force in Sequoyah’s back-to-back Class 3A basketball state championships as a freshman and sophomore. BYRON BEERS/TAHLEQUAH DAILY PRESS
Sequoyah High School’s Lexy Keys put together a storybook career for the Lady Indians.
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Sam Houston is the only American to serve as governor of two states – Tennessee and Texas. COURTESY
The famed Texan developed a relationship with Cherokee people that would last most of his life.
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Kristen Thomas with the Cherokee Nation’s Language Master Apprentice Program is one of Oklahoma Magazine’s 2020 “40 Under 40” honorees for 2020. COURTESY
Kristen Thomas says that without significant intervention, Cherokee language could face extinction in less than 40 years.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Nacoma Hutchison is one of several CN citizens who chases storms for KTUL Channel 8 in Tulsa. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen James McMullin is from Kansas, but now chases storms in Oklahoma for KTUL Channel 8. COURTESY
Storm chasers Nacoma Hutchison and James McMullin help with public safety by chasing severe weather.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Sequoyah Quinton sits in storm chasing vehicle, displaying a radar he uses when out on a chase. COURTESY
A photo of a tornado taken by Cherokee Nation citizen and storm chaser Sequoyah Quinton in 2019 in Beaver County. COURTESY
In this 2011 photo, Cherokee Nation citizen Jeff Robbins, storm chaser for KTUL Channel 8 in Tulsa, sets up storm-chasing equipment in his vehicle. Robbins is still chasing storms for KTUL. ARCHIVE
In this 2011 photo provided by storm chaser Jeff Robbins, a funnel cloud hovers above the ground. COURTESY
Two Cherokees help provide public safety despite as storm chasers during severe weather.
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Meghan O’Connell
Dr. Meghan O’Connell O’Connell is a 2020 Bush Fellow. With the award she hopes to gain skills to make impactful changes for people in her community.
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Newly selected Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons coordinator Patti Buhl, left, discusses her new role with U.S. Attorney Trent Shores in his office. Buhl, a Cherokee Nation citizen, is a 25-year law enforcement veteran. KERI THORNTON/TAHLEQUAH DAILY PRESS
The U.S. Department of Justice launched the MMIP program to address missing and murdered Native Americans in 2019.
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Jameson Brown
Cherokee Nation citizen and author Jameson Brown is pictured with his great-grandmother, Mary Jane Howard, near her home in Tahlequah. Howard’s stories of her life are recounted in Brown’s book, “The Jewel in Oklahoma.” COURTESY
Shown is “The Jewel in Oklahoma,” which was written and published by Cherokee Nation citizen and author Jameson Brown. The book can be found on Amazon. COURTESY
“The Jewel in Oklahoma” tells the story of family and shows it does not just mean those of blood relation.
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