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PARK HILL – The Cherokee Heritage Center on May 10 opened its summer exhibit, “Earth Shakers: The Influence of Cherokee Women,” on Friday, which will be on display through Aug. 3.

The exhibition explores gender roles being complementary to one another, how those roles have changed, matrilineal societies as models that work and how Cherokee women embrace new materials and technologies. This exhibition traces how Cherokee women embed Cherokee cultural knowledge, even in experimental new genres, to share across generations.

“From marching for women’s suffrage in the United States’ capital to helping design the Gemini-Agena spacecraft, Cherokee women have had a major impact on the world around them. We have tried to capture their stories in this exhibit, which includes visual arts in numerous media made by Eastern Band Cherokee, Cherokee Nation, and United Keetoowah Band Cherokee women artists through history up to today,” states an exhibit description.
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TAHLEQUAH – Sequoyah High School held its spring drama program May 2-5 at the school’s gymnasium.

This year’s production was all about Elvis and was titled “All Shook Up.” The musical consisted of various songs and scenes from the 36 movies Presley made. About 30 students comprised the cast and crew. “All Shook Up” also served at the drama department’s swan song for several seniors who were expected to graduate SHS in May.
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TAHLEQUAH – Native American dancers, artists, singers, lecturers and visitors assembled in April at the University Center of Northeastern State University for the 47th annual Symposium on the American Indian, hosted by the NSU Center for Tribal Studies.

One of the highlights of the five-day event was the NSU powwow, held April 20 and was sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council. Young and old dancers and singers from the Five Civilized Tribes, southwestern states, the northern plains and other regions demonstrated various styles of Native dancing.

For more information on all NSU Center for Tribal Studies events, call 918-444-4350 or email tribalstudies@nsuok.edu.
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TAHLEQUAH – Attendants at the 11th annual Northeastern State University Drag Show took the show’s theme, “Party Like It’s 1999” to heart on Wednesday evening cheering (and tipping) the seven performers who took stage, which included one Cherokee performer.

The show served as a fundraiser for the Stonewall Equality Alliance, which is a student association under NSU’s diversity program. SEA President and Cherokee Nation citizen Ahyoka Youngdeer said the event was to promote inclusion and equality for all. For more information on the Stonewall Equality Alliance and other LGBTQ events, call the NSU main number at 918-456-5511.
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Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club scholarship recipient Ashleigh Taylor helps with making grape dumplings at the club’s wild onion dinner held on March 23 in Claremore. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
CLAREMORE – The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club annual wild onion dinner was held on March 23 in Claremore.

The $25-a-plate dinner brought in numerous people who helped raise funds for the organization’s scholarship program for Cherokee Nation citizens.

The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club was established in 1899 and predates Oklahoma statehood.
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Ohio State and Texas Tech students and teens from a Methodist group volunteer to help Cherokees.
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Presenter Jeremy Fields speaks at the Indigenous Leadership Summit on March 9 at the campus of Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – The Center for Tribal Studies at Northeastern State University held its 2019 Indigenous Leadership Summit on March 9.

The event focused on Indigenous leadership from gender perspectives that provided a forum for participants to discuss and recognize their role as Indigenous leaders in Indian Country.

Guest speakers included Jeremy Fields and Mee-Kai Clark of Thrive.unltd, a Native American owned and operated leadership company committed to providing innovative, culturally relevant training for Native American communities.

For more information on the Center for Tribal Studies, call 918-444-4350 or visit cts.nsuok.edu.
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Sequoyah High School buses carrying the boys and girls varsity basketball teams drive through Tahlequah on March 6 before heading to Oklahoma City where they are competing in the state basketball tournament for the seventh straight year. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH - The Sequoyah High School boys and girls basketball teams are competing in the state basketball tournament this week in Oklahoma City. This is the seventh consecutive year that both teams qualified for state. A pep rally was held March 6 at the high school for the teams followed by a send-off through town with stops at the Cherokee Immersion Charter School, W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex and W.W. Hastings before heading to Oklahoma City.

The boys lost to Spiro 59-56 on March 7, while the girls defeated Washington 68-44. However, the Lady Indians' bid for a third straight state title was cut short in a semifinal upset against Christian Heritage 51-48 on March 8.
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The first floor of the Cherokee Nation’s history museum will consist of a gift shop, some gathering space and nearly 1,000-square-foot of exhibit space that will constantly change. COURTESY
The Cherokee Nation’s history museum will include the tribe’s origin story. The museum will be located in the tribe’s former Capitol in Tahlequah. COURTESY
The forced removal of Cherokee people from their original homelands in what is now the southeastern United States will be a part of the new Cherokee Nation history museum. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee National Capitol Building is a downtown landmark and will continue to be as the tribe’s Cultural Tourism department readies the 152-year-old building to be a history museum.

“We’re getting ready to open this summer as a Cherokee National History Museum. We’ve been working over this past year to renovate this site,” Cultural Tourism Director Travis Owens said.

“We’ve been working several years to restore the exterior of the building. About a year ago we started on the interior, and now we’re getting ready to start on the actual exhibit installation.”
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Diligwa Villager Steve Daugherty finishes the roof of an arbor in the Diligwa Village at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill. The arbors will be used to shelter staff and visitors from the sun and rain in the village, which is a popular attraction in the spring and summer. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Heritage Center Maintenance Supervisor Charles Foster, left, Diligwa Villager Steve Daugherty, CHC Special Projects Manager Ken Foster and Diligwa Villager Danny McCarter work on placing posts for new arbors in the Diligwa Village at the CHC in Park Hill. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Heritage Center Maintenance Supervisor Charles Foster, center, uses a level on a post for a new arbor being built at the Diligwa Village. Diligwa Villager Steve Daugherty, right, Danny McCarter, left, and Tim Grayson, digging a posthole, assisted Foster. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The Diligwa Village is a popular attraction at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill. It opened in July 2013 and is a living exhibit set in 1710 that provides guests with an enhanced experience of authentic Cherokee life and history. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The first two weeks of the year the Diligwa Village is closed to allow workers to work on structures and add new ones.
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TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation Election Commission held a special meeting on Dec. 17 at their headquarters in Tahlequah. Highlights of the meeting included amending the contract of the commission attorney Harvey Chaffin, certifying Dist. 7 Tribal Council candidate Canaan Duncan and drawing for name placements on the Dist. 7 special election ballots.
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