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TAHLEQUAH – In this “How To” video, we learn how to make a Cherokee double-wall basket with Cherokee National Treasure Mike Dart. To make your Cherokee double-wall basket you will need the following: commercial reed size 1, awl (or flat head screwdriver), elastic cord (or cut a hair band), scissors comfortable for your hands and a tube or bowl large enough for water to wet the reed.
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The Cherokee Phoenix Breakdown is back with its seventh episode of the Cherokee Phoenix’s virtual roundtable discussion that highlights significant topics in the Cherokee Nation and Indian Country, and elaborates on their impact as it relates to Native people. In this episode, we are joined by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin as well as Cherokee Freedmen Historian and Advocate Melissa Payne. The final episode of 2020 touches on the history of Cherokee Freedmen and the tribe’s plan to promote the history of Cherokee Freedmen and their contributions to the Cherokee Nation in 2021.
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The Oklahoma Blood Institute has a constant need for convalescent plasma donations from those who have recovered from COVID-19 or who have had a positive COVID-19 antibody test.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Cheyenne McKinney, right, a former boxer, teaches a student the one-two combo during a Dec. 7 class at Cheyenne’s Boxing Gym in Tulsa. She recently opened the gym to teach children 6 years old and up, as well as adults, how to box and prepare them to compete. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Cheyenne McKinney, left, watches as two young students spar each other in one of her boxing classes at Cheyenne’s Boxing Gym in Tulsa’s Greenwood District. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Cheyenne McKinney displays a championship belt she won in 2009 as an amateur boxer at her gym Cheyenne’s Boxing Gym in Tulsa. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Former boxer Cheyenne McKinney opened her own gym to coach children.
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TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation set up a food drive for all veterans on Dec. 15 at the Tribal Complex where officials and employees provided produce and chicken. Along with the food, Cherokee veterans received a blanket as thanks for their service.

“I think the turnout is even greater than I expected,” said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “You know, the weather’s turning cold. It’s difficult times right now with COVID, but I think this is an example of how we’re playing it safe. So, people are able to drive through, stay in their vehicles. Everybody’s gloved up and wearing masks. I think we’re setting a good example and also providing a great service to the veterans.”

CN officials also made a stop in Vian on Dec. 16 and will be in South Coffeyville at 11 a.m. on Dec. 18 at the Native American Fellowship Inc., or NAFI, Building.
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2020 Cherokee Phoenix Seven Feathers Awards Gala
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Elizabeth Reeve
Elizabeth Reeve is this year’s recipient of the Cherokee Phoenix Seven Feathers service award.
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Tyler Fourkiller
Tyler Fourkiller will receive the second annual Seven Feathers business award.
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Ellie Johnson
Ellie Johnson started writing letters at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to spread hope to others.
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Julie Thornton-Brison
Family and a desire to educate led Julie Thornton-Brison into the textile arts.
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Shane Ford launched the “4D Outdoors” channel and has used it to document and share the work that goes into preparing for deer season.
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