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Emergency Medical Technician students Megan Cox, left, and Hope Shatwell practice joint immobilization on fellow student Kyle Masterson during an EMT certification class on July 17 held at the Cherokee Nation EMS building in Tahlequah. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Read More
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Robert Lewis, a Cherokee Nation school community specialist, interacts with fifth and sixth grade students during a Cherokee storytelling event at Grand View School in Tahlequah. Lewis visits area schools and community groups as part of the tribe’s Arts Outreach Program. ARCHIVE Read More
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Cherokee Nation citizen and third grade teacher Darlene Littledeer uses a chart to teach colors in the Cherokee language during a 2018 summer school session language class at Grand View School north of Tahlequah. Learning Cherokee is part of an implemented after-school language program. COURTESY Read More
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Principal Chief Bill John Baker speaks to a group of veterans at a reception for them on Sept. 1 during the Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah. The stop was one of many for Baker that day, the busiest of the three-day event. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker with first lady Sherry Baker and guests Barry Switzer and Mrs. Switzer participate in the powwow. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s schedule at the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday was not for the faint of heart.

“I try and visit as many events as I can.” Commented Baker, “But it’s not possible to be at them all.”

Chief Baker and first lady Sherry’s Holiday began early when they attended the 2018 Cherokee Ambassador, Junior Miss and Miss Cherokee competitions on August 25. From there their schedule picked up speed.

Said Baker, “People don’t understand what it takes to invite 100,000 people to a party!”

Cherokee Phoenix covered some of Chief Baker, Cherokee National Holiday Director Bayly Wright and CN Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin’s schedule and produced the following highlight video.
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Cherokee Nation citizens gather to eat during an at-large meeting held Aug. 27-28 in Edmond. Citizens were able to access services and meet with tribal officials during the two-day event. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
EDMOND – The Cherokee Nation held at-large meeting on Aug. 27-28 at the Nigh Center on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma.

CN citizens in the Oklahoma City area and elsewhere were able to receive new photo identification cards from the tribe’s Registration, apply for hunting/fishing licenses, meet with CN administrators, Tribal Councilors, Cherokee National Treasures and CN departmental representatives at information booths. The Cherokee Phoenix covered the event and produced the following video.
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The Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses were major sponsor of the 82nd annual Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo held Aug. 21-25 in Vinita. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
VINITA – The 82nd annual Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo was held recently and Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Businesses and CN citizens were heavily involved in the five-day event, from sponsors to administrators and participants.

“Cherokee Nation was the major sponsor and for good reason,” Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Will Rogers was Cherokee and proud his entire life. He actually attended school a few years here in Vinita. The story goes that after Rogers became famous in the entertainment industry, he visited Vinita promising if the city would hold a rodeo, he’d return for it each year. Unfortunately, Will Rogers and famed American aviator Wiley Post died in a plane crash the following year in Alaska. To honor Will Rogers memory, the city of Vinita kept its promise, holding the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo for the last 82 years.”

The Cherokee Phoenix was at the rodeo on a night appreciating the CN and produced this video highlight.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Joe Stine stands next to a painting he recreated of his fourth great-grandfather, Cherokee Chief Ostenaco. Ostenaco was one of three Cherokee leaders who accompanied British Lt. Henry Timberlake to London, England, in 1762 to try to get an audience with King George III. The original painting of Ostenaco was painted Sir Joshua Reynolds and is on display at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Joe Stine’s grandfather, John Anderson Timberlake, attended President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration in 1913 as a representative of the Cherokee Nation. Timberlake was a direct descendant of Cherokee Chief Ostenaco. John’s father, Richard Timberlake, survived the Trail of Tears. COURTESY
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Rose Rock Museum co-owner Joe Stine says he takes pride in both cultures.

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Rose Rock ᎤᏪᏘ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏛᎢ ᎤᎾᏤᎵᎢ Joe Stine ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎸᏉᏗᏳ ᎢᏧᎳ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ.
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The Rose Rock Museum in Noble is along Highway 77 and showcases rose rock creations in the museum and store. The rocks come from a vein of barium sulfate located east of Noble. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Joe Stine shows a creation he made using local rose rocks. A larger rose rock forms the base of the piece while smaller, dime-size rocks are used along with copper leaves. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
After mass pieces of barium sulfate rock are dug out of the ground, Rose Rock Museum co-owner Joe Stine uses a power wash to remove the rose rock formations located in the rock. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Rose Rock Museum co-owner Joe Stine looks at rose rocks that will be used for rose rock creations he makes to sell in the museum’s gift shop. The museum and gift shop are located in Noble. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Rose rocks ready to be made into centerpieces and other display items sit in the workshop of Joe Stine, who makes items for the Rose Rock Museum in Noble. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Nancy Stine assists customers at the gift shop in the Rose Rock Museum in Noble. She operates the museum with her husband Joe. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Joe and Nancy Stine own and operate the Rose Rock Museum, which features rose rocks found in central Oklahoma.

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Joe ᎠᎴ Nancy Stine ᎤᎾᏤᎵᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏏᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᏥᎸᏍᎩ ᏅᏯ ᎤᏪᏘ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏓᏅᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏂᏚᏍᏓ ᏧᏂᏥᎸᏍᎩ ᏅᏯ ᏧᏂᏩᏛᏓ ᎥᎿ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ.
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Don McClellan, a chef and the Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs food and beverage director, stands next to a fireplace inside the Flint Creek steakhouse at the casino. He is responsible for three restaurants, three bars, an employee dining room, the banquet and catering program, the sales department and 252 employees that includes 40 managers and supervisors. KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Don McClellan, a chef and the Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs food and beverage director, assists in the kitchen at the casino. KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Nowata native Don McClellan is appreciative of the job with the tribe and being able to share his experiences.

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Nowata ᎡᎯᏯ Don McCellan ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎠᎴ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎠᏯᏙᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ.
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The One Fire Association hosts fundraisers at the Kenwood Community Building in Kenwood to raise funds for the building’s upkeep. The association’s goal is to enlighten and engage in activities in the Kenwood and Wickliffe communities in Delaware and Mayes counties, respectively. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
One Fire Association Chairman and Cherokee Nation citizen Anthony Proctor calls number for a bingo game during an OFA fundraiser at the Kenwood Community Building in Kenwood. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Kenwood community members play bingo during a fundraiser hosted by the One Fire Association at the Kenwood Community Building in Kenwood. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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The One Fire Association aims to enlighten and engage the Kenwood and Wickliffe communities in Delaware and Mayes counties, respectively.

Cherokee Translation
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏌᏊ ᎤᏃᏛ ᎤᎾᎵᎪᏒ ᎤᎾᎳᏐᏍᏛ Ꮎ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎾᏅᏁᎲ ᎤᏂᏙᎲᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏜᏂᎬᏁᎲ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏳᏩᏏ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏂᏙ ᏚᏂᏚᏒᎢ ᎾᎿᎢ ᎠᏆᏅᎩᏱ ᎠᎴ ᎪᎩᏍᎩ ᎤᏍᏗ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ, ᏚᏓᎴᎿᎥᎢ.
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Students take time to learn about colleges, universities and vocational schools on Nov. 14 during the Cherokee Nation’s College and Career Night at Sequoyah School’s “The Place Where They Play” gymnasium in Tahlequah. COURTESY
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In the 2017-18 school year, it served 4,325 undergraduate and graduates students and 417 concurrent students with financial aid.

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ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ 2017-18 ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ, ᏚᏂᏍᏕᎸᎭ 4,325 ᏗᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ 417 ᏧᎾᎵᎪᎯ ᎠᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎨᏥᏍᎸᏗᎢ.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Ryan Lee Smith, of Bristow, says he uses nature to inspire his artwork, which focuses on drawings of animals, because he has had connections with them his entire life. COURTESY
Ryan Lee Smith’s acrylic painting “Unanimous.” COURTESY
Ryan Lee Smith’s mixed media painting of a fox. COURTESY
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As a painter and a sculptor, Ryan Lee Smith uses his connection to nature as inspiration for his artwork.

Cherokee Translation
ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏲᏢᏍᎩ, Ryan Lee Smith ᎤᏁᎳᏅᎯ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᏩᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬ ᎤᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏓᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
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Dealers prepare for the first game of craps at a new table in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Ball-and-dice games became available at the casino on Aug. 20. Craps is a dice game played on a table where players wager on the outcome of a dice throw, and roulette is a ball game where a ball is placed on a spinning wheel and eventually rolls into a one of 38 slots on the wheel. Players wager on where the ball will stop. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin prepares to throw the first dice on a new craps table on Aug. 20 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. After his throw, the table was opened for players. A tribal gaming compact supplement signed by Gov. Mary Fallin made the game possible. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A roulette wheel sits ready for play on Aug. 20 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Ball-and-dice games were officially opened that day for players. In roulette, players bet on red or black or odd or even numbers before a ball is dropped on the outer edge of a spinning wheel with numbers on alternate red and black pockets. The ball eventually falls onto the wheel and into one of 38 colored and numbered pockets on the wheel. COURTESY
The casino in the past had offered similar games that were based on cards, not ball or dice.
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Cherokee artist Harry Oosahwee works on a sculpture at his Tahlequah home. Oosahwee didn’t take a formal art class until he attended Bacone College in Muskogee. COURTESY
Cherokee artist Harry Oosahwee uses Cherokee symbolism in his artwork. He says the history Cherokee elders imparted to him influenced his art. COURTESY
Harry Oosahwee, a Cherokee artist from Tahlequah, performs detail work on a stone sculpture. He says his earliest artistic inspirations came from his family. COURTESY
Examples of sculptures and effigy pipes by Cherokee artist Harry Oosahwee. JACKSON WELLS/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Harry Oosahwee’s earliest inspiration stems from his mother’s clay animals. He now works in many media, including stone carvings.

Cherokee Translation
Harry Oosawhee, Ꮎ ᎤᏥ ᎤᏓᎵᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎩ Ꮎ ᎢᎾᎨ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎦᏙ ᎬᏂᏗ ᏕᎪᏢᏍᎬᎢ. ᏃᏊᎨᏒ, ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎪᏢᏅᏍᎪᎢ, ᎾᏍᏊ ᏅᏱ ᏗᏲᏢᏍᏗ ᎾᏛᏁᎰᎢ .
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