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Cherokee Heritage Center employees on Oct. 29 sit with members of Northeastern State University’s recently founded Sigma Nu Alpha Gamma fraternity on benches that the fraternity donated to the CHC. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Northeastern State University’s Sigma Nu Alpha Gamma fraternity gives four park-style benches to the Cherokee Heritage Center.
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Sequoyah Schools Drama Department will perform an encore of their state qualifying one-act play at 7 p.m., Oct. 24, at Sequoyah’s gymnasium. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – After placing second earlier this month at the OSSAA Regional competition with their one-act play, “When We Were Young and Unafraid,” the Sequoyah High School Drama Department is heading to the state competition in Mustang on Oct. 26.
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Cherokee citizen Hominy Littledave carries the American flag in front of Iowa Tribe veterans during the 2nd annual Native American Day parade in Tulsa on Oct. 8. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Tribal leaders, including Principal Chief Bill John Baker, right, sit on the stage at the Guthrie Green as honored guests during the 2nd annual Native American Day event in Tulsa on Oct. 8. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker served as Parade Marshal for the 2nd annual Native American Day parade on Oct. 8 in Tulsa. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Numerous people representing various Oklahoma tribes took part in two events that celebrated Native American people on Oct. 8.
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“The Cherokee Kid: A Will Rogers Exhibit” opened Sept. 29 at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill. Rogers’ life in Indian Territory is highlighted in the exhibit as well as his family who came to the territory on the Trail of Tears and as Old Settlers. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Rogers County residents Debra West, left, and Ollie Starr read a panel that is part of “The Cherokee Kid: A Will Rogers Exhibit,” which opened Sept. 29 at the Cherokee Heritage Center. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A signature hat worn by Will Rogers is part of the “Cherokee Kid: A Will Rogers Exhibit” at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill. It focuses on his early life in Indian Territory and will run through March 30. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Artifacts, panels and highlights from Will Rogers’ movie career shown on a movie screen are all part of “The Cherokee Kid: A Will Rogers Exhibit,” which opened Sept. 29 at the Cherokee Heritage Center. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A copy of a portrait painted by the noted early 20th century painter Charles Banks Wilson is part of “The Cherokee Kid: A Will Rogers Exhibit” that runs until March 30 at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Heritage Center Curator Callie Chunestudy says the exhibit highlights his life in Indian Territory.
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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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Cherokee Nation citizen Tana Washington throw her chunkey pole at a rolling chunkey stone during the Traditional Native Games finals held Aug. 25 at the One Fire Field in Tahlequah. COURTESY
Traditional Native Games competitor Mary HorseChief throws her chunkey pole at a rolling chunkey stone during finals for the Traditional Native Games on Aug. 25 in Tahlequah as part of the Cherokee National Holiday. COURTESY
A Traditional Native Games competitor throws a hatchet during the hatchet throw competition on Aug. 25. The finals for the games were held at One Fire Field in Tahlequah. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Two women aim their blowguns at a target during the Traditional Native Games finals held on Aug. 25 at One Fire Field in Tahlequah as part of the Cherokee National Holiday. COURTESY
From April through August players compete to finish in the top three in six games.
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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.

Cherokee Translation
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.

Cherokee Translation
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.

Cherokee Translation
Nowata ᎡᎯᏯ Don McCellan ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎠᎴ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎠᏯᏙᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ.
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