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STILWELL – Braxton Thomas, is a 5-year old who has big dreams and a big talent for golf.

Braxton’s dad, Travis Thomas, said his son “tried to swing a golf club before he could walk.”
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STILWELL – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cherokee Nation has been able to provide food for citizens in need across the tribe’s jurisdiction.

CN officials and many volunteers have come together in a time of need to help their respective communities.
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TAHLEQUAH - The Cherokee Phoenix recently met with Cherokee Nation Health Services Executive Medical Director Dr. Roger Montgomery to discuss how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. Montgomery’s tips include wearing a mask, effectively washing one's hands and practicing social distancing.

According to CN Communications, when entering a CN health facility “a mask must be worn at all times, and will be provided at the entrance upon screening.”
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STILWELL – Cherokee Nation citizen Kenny Limore is referred to by his friends as “The Cherokee Noodler.”
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TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Phoenix is excited to announce the launch of a new multimedia project, “The Cherokee Phoenix Breakdown.” A virtual round table discussion, “The Cherokee Phoenix Breakdown” will highlight significant topics in the Cherokee Nation and elaborate on the impact of the highlighted event for the Cherokee people and other tribal citizens. The first virtual round table discussion includes Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Stacy Leeds, former dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law and former justice of the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, and focuses on the United States Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 ruling on McGirt v. Oklahoma and its impact for Cherokee Nation citizens and citizens of the other Five Tribes.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Stephen Summerfield fishes using a rod and reel on July 6 on the bank of Lake Eucha near Jay. He has been fishing and gigging since he was young, learning from his father Henry Summerfield. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Stephen Summerfield demonstrates how to fillet a sand bass, by cut down both sides of its rib cage to remove the meat. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
To cook fish, Cherokee Nation citizen Stephen Summerfield uses corn meal, salt, pepper and vegetable oil. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Stephen Summerfield places a prepared piece of fish into boiling vegetable oil to cook thoroughly until it has a crunch-like texture. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A fish fry may include fried fish, fried potatoes, hot links, onions and other foods that Cherokees might enjoy. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A fish fry is instrumental to many Cherokees as a meal and family connection.
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Cherokee Nation citizens David VanSandt, of Kansas, Oklahoma, and his son Glendon clear a trail of large rocks. The trail is part of system of trails at the Siloam Springs (Arkansas) City Lake that VanSandt advocated to have built for public use. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Siloam Springs (Arkansas) Parks and Recreation Manager Jon Boles, left, and Cherokee Nation citizen David VanSandt clear debris from a creek near a hiking and biking trail located at the Siloam Springs City Lake. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Volunteers help keep trails clear of debris and depend on the public to let them know when a trail needs maintenance. Federico Suarer, left, David VanSandt, Glendon VanSandt, Jon Boles and Jaydon Boles recently worked together to clear debris and large rocks from one trail located at the Siloam Springs (Arkansas) City Lake. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A map is available at the head of the trail system located at Siloam Springs (Arkansas) City Lake to help people navigate and use the trails maintained by the Borderline Ozark Off Road Cyclists group. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
David VanSandt advocated for years to have trails built in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. With city help and grants, he’s finally able to get them built.
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STILWELL – Every year, when it starts to warm up, you can find Cherokee Nation citizen Beau Sanders wading through local creeks and streams on the hunt for one of his favorite traditional foods, the crawdad.
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STILWELL – As summer has come and temperatures have started to rise, the growing season is in full swing for farmers and gardeners across the Cherokee Nation.
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Wade Fletcher, a Cherokee Nation citizen and beekeeper, inspects a hive frame on June 5 at his property in Uniontown, Arkansas. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Wade Fletcher tends to honey bees on his property in Uniontown, Arkansas. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Wade Fletcher and his family are seen at their home in Uniontown, Arkansas. Fletcher has raised bees for almost a decade. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Beekeeper Wade Fletcher has an estimated 400,000 honey bees on his property in Uniontown, Arkansas. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Beekeeper Wade Fletcher points out a queen bee, which is marked with a blue dot. The Cherokee Nation citizen has 20 hives on his Arkansas property. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Wade Fletcher is a hobbyist with an estimated 400,000 honey bees.
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Westville alumnus, coach archives history of school’s football program
WESTVILLE – Brendal Rector, an alumnus of Westville Public School, has taken it upon himself to research and archive a complete history of Westville football from the very beginning to present day.
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