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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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From left to right are Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health employee Coleman Cox and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden as Baker and Crittenden present Cox with the Prevention Specialist of the Year award. The award recognizes the top prevention specialists in the state for their dedication and contributions to their field. COURTESY
Behavioral Health employee Coleman Cox is recognized as a top prevention specialist in the state.
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Gary Farris
James Hail
Bud Squirrel
Ronda Williams
Albert Shade
Sammy Still
Four Cherokee Nation and two United Keetoowah Band citizens receive recognition for their respective contributions.
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Cherokee Nation citizen and opera singer performs in Theatre Tulsa’s production of “Newsies.” Osborn joined the Tulsa Opera organization that has helped him develop as an artist and give him a chance to perform in different Oklahoma opera productions. COURTESY
CN citizen and opera singer Steven Osborn performs in Theatre Tulsa production of “Into the Woods,” which is one of several performance opportunities afforded to Osborn since his membership into the Tulsa Opera organization last year. COURTESY
As a member of the Tulsa Opera, Osborn is receiving more opportunities to showcase his singing abilities.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Dean Kinzer, owner and operator of Winganon Café and Bait, stands near a sign on the front of his store in Chelsea. The store acts as a home base for community fishermen and residents throughout the year. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Dean Kinzer stands in the parking lot in front of his store, Winganon Café and Bait, located 8 miles northwest of Chelsea on Oologah Lake. Kinzer has been the owner and operator since 2011. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Dean Kinzer hosts several fishing tournaments annually for nearby residents.
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Wayne Garner
The Wayne Garner band recently signs with Vision Entertainment, a Nashville-based major management company.
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The late Cherokee author Robert J. Conley gets advice from his wife Evelyn Conley during a conference in 2011. Conley died in 2014 at age 73, and since then Evelyn has worked to keep his legacy alive. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Evelyn Conley has donated seven books that were written by her late husband, Robert J. Conley, for the Cherokee Phoenix’s fourth quarterly giveaway. The drawing will be held Jan. 2. To enter, one only needs to buy a newspaper subscription or $10 worth of Cherokee Phoenix merchandise. One entry is given for every $10 spent. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Evelyn Conley spends her days ensuring Robert J. Conley’s legacy continues.
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Tonya Wapskineh
It allows for greater sustainability within large organizations and systems that deliver the National Diabetes Prevention lifestyle change program.
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“Where the Dead Sit Talking,” a book by Cherokee Nation citizen Brandon Hobson has been named a finalist for a National Book Award. COURTESY
Brandon Hobson
Cherokee Nation citizen Brandon Hobson’s “Where the Dead Sit Talking” makes the foundation’s longlist of 10 finalists.
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Four Cherokee Nation citizens have been named to the 2018 Native American 40 Under 40 class by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. COURTESY
Winners will be recognized Oct. 29-30 at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Verba Sevens stands with her son CN citizen Larry Treece in the Visitor Center Gallery at the Northeastern State University campus in Broken Arrow, where her art was displayed in August. The display contains painted items reflecting Sevens’ depiction of Native American life. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Painted items by Cherokee Nation citizen Verba Sevens are displayed on a table such as rocks, animal bones and popsicle sticks that have pictures of Native American life. Sevens had a display of art shown at the Northeastern State University campus in Broken Arrow in August. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Verba Sevens paints on natural materials to depict Native life.
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