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Shannon Bassett and her son, Dustin, hold a T-shirt that was printed in the T-shirt shop she owns. The shop is one of three businesses located in one building in downtown Vinita. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Shannon Bassett, center, takes a T-shirt order from customers in her shop in Vinita. The shop prints items for area companies and different organizations across the country. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Dustin Bassett finishes printing a rodeo T-shirt in a shop owned by his mother and Cherokee Nation citizen, Shannon Bassett, in Vinita. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Dustin Bassett places a seat cover on a casino chair from an area tribal casino. His mother, Shannon Bassett, has contracts with casinos to replace seat covers that damaged, which saves the casinos from constantly buying new chairs. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Shannon Bassett operates multiple businesses to help keep the small town vibrant.
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Fry Bread Factory co-owner Annette Mankiller makes an Indians taco for a customer. Mankiller said she and co-owner William Luethje began selling their business in March 2017 and travel to festivals and events to share their non-traditional fry breads. COURTESY
Fry Bread Factory co-owners William Luethje, left on check, and Annette Mankiller, right on check, are awarded a novelty check after winning the 2017 National Indian Taco Championship in Pawhuska. COURTESY
Fry Bread Factory co-owners William Luethje and Annette Mankiller are putting their own spin on the traditional food by creating items fry bread pockets and desserts using fry bread. They won the 2017  National Indian Taco Championship, which is held annually in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, last year. COURTESY
There are different methods for making and cooking fry bread but most of the time the bread is golden and fluffy after it is removed from frying in grease. COURTESY
Fry Bread Factory co-owners William Luethje and Annette Mankiller recently experimented with creating heart-shaped fry bread for Valentine’s Day, which includes strawberries and whipped cream. COURTESY
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In addition to Indian tacos, the Fry Bread Factory makes fry bread pockets, pulled pork, brisket pullovers and specialty fry bread.

Cherokee Translation
ᏫᎧᏁᏉᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏔᎪᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᎢ ᏗᎬᏂᏍᏔᏅ ᎦᏚ ᏧᏃᏢᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎪ ᎪᎢ ᏗᎬᏂᏍᏔᏅ ᎦᏚ ᏗᏜᏩᏛ, ᎦᎾᏌᏁᏓ ᏏᏆ ᎭᏫᏯ, brisket ᎦᎾᏌᏁᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎪᏛᎢ ᎪᎢ ᏗᎬᏂᏍᏔᏅ ᎦᏚ.
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Cherokee Nation citizen and beekeeper Tom Ellis displays a quart of raw honey he produced through his honey-production business, Super Bee Honey Farms. Ellis sells his honey at local farmers markets. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Covered in protective gear, Cherokee Nation citizen Tom Ellis checks on a hive by pulling out a frame of bees on his property where he operates Super Bee Honey Farms. Ellis maintains 85 hives to extract honey to sell. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee beekeeper Tom Ellis points at a brood on a frame of honeybees. A brood is a collection of honeybee eggs laid and maintained by the hive until they are hatched. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Tom Ellis is learning the ways of the honeybee and how to expand on the honey-making process.
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Denisse Ramos, left, and Cherokee Nation citizen Paula Thompson, right, are the co-owners of The Kickin’ Taco Truck. The two began the business in 2014 and serve various Mexican specialty cuisines, including quesadillas, burritos and tortas. ARCHIVE
The Kickin’ Taco Truck has this menu item for customers –a steak-filled quesadillas with avocado, pico de gallo and melted cheese topped with sour cream in a flour or corn tortilla. Denisse Ramos is the head cook and buys the ingredients each morning, while Cherokee Nation citizen Paula Thompson manages the business and catering. ARCHIVE
The Kickin’ Taco Truck takes Mexican cuisine on the road to Muskogee, Stilwell and Tahlequah each week. When not operating within the Cherokee Nation jurisdiction, co-owners Denisse Ramos and Paula Thompson travel the world getting food ideas and inspiration for their menu. ARCHIVE
The Kickin’ Taco Truck serves Mexican cuisine at locations in Muskogee, Tahlequah and Stilwell each week.
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Spears Travel CEO and Cherokee Nation citizen Greg Spears selects a brochure to better help clients with their travel needs on June 5 in Tulsa. The Tulsa branch is at 8180 S. Memorial Drive while the Bartlesville office is 500 S. Keeler Ave. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A Spears Travel agents, left, on June 5 confers with a client about travel plans at Spears Travel in Tulsa. Spears Travel is a Cherokee-owned business that has been in operation since 1958. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Spears Travel CEO and Cherokee Nation citizen Greg Spears, left, confers with one of his travel agents about a client’s travel arrangements on June 5 at Spears Travel in Tulsa. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The travel agency provides booking flights and vacation packages, as well as providing the Cherokee Nation corporate travel services.
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Cherokee Casino Ramona offers guests nearly 500 electronic gaming machines to play, and its Ramona Grill serves foods from specialty burgers to homemade Indian tacos. It’s at 31501 U.S. Highway 75. COURTESY
Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville, located at 1506 N. Highway 169, has The Bar and Grill, which is open daily and includes a large cocktail and beer menu as well as appetizers, soups and salads, entrees, sandwiches, burgers and desserts. COURTESY
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa offers many amenities, including a luxury spa. It’s located at 777 W. Cherokee St. in Catoosa. COURTESY
Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs’ 55,245-square-foot complex is one of two racinos in Oklahoma and offers gaming, live music, dining and more. It’s located at 20900 S. 4200 Road in Claremore. COURTESY
Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs has a hotel, live entertainment, fine and casual dinning and full-service bars. Inside the more-than-369,000-square-foot facility, there are 1,475 electronic games, 18 table games and an eight-table poker room. It’s at 2416 Highway 412. COURTESY
Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson features more than 29,000 square feet of gaming, dining and entertainment space. The Three Rivers Tavern is a full-menu restaurant offering live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night from the over-the-bar stage. The casino is at 107 N. Georgetown Road. COURTESY
The Cherokee Casino Tahlequah features more than 400 electronic games, and its River City Café is open seven days a week and features a menu from appetizers to homemade desserts as well as homemade fry bread and golden-brown fried catfish and hushpuppies. It’s at 16489 Highway 62. COURTESY
Within minutes from Fort Smith, Arkansas, the Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland sits along Highway 64. Choose from 120 non-smoking hotel rooms, including 12 suites, and enjoy a dip in the specially designed pool and hot tub. The 323,210-square-foot facility is at 205 Cherokee Blvd. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation Entertainment has 10 casinos located throughout the tribe’s jurisdiction in northeast Oklahoma.
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Native Uniques owner Samantha Barnes, left, assists a customer with clothing in the boutique located in Bartlesville. The women’s clothing store also has unique handmade Native American-style jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces and earrings. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Native Uniques owner Samantha Barnes works on a beaded bracelet using a peyote stitch pattern in her boutique in Bartlesville. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Native Uniques owner Samantha Barnes carefully stitches a bead onto a cuff. The boutique is located in Bartlesville and offers women’s clothing and jewelry. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A beaded cuff made Native Uniques owner Samantha Barnes incorporates a peyote stitch pattern. COURTESY
The team of Kelly McCracken, left, Naomi Park, center, and owner Samantha Barnes, is available to assist customers at Native Uniques, a women’s clothing and jewelry store in Bartlesville. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The Bartlesville-based women’s clothing store also carries Native American-style jewelry.
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Cherokee Nation citizen and Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo owner Jillian Gates interacts with a young visitor to the zoo on April 12 near Paradise Hill in Sequoyah County. The petting zoo offers farm and exotic animals in exhibits for a hands-on experience. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Two donkeys are a part of the farm animal exhibit where visitors can roam the nearly 4-acre grounds and view exhibits offered at Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo in Paradise Hill in Sequoyah County. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo’s Nature Center contains turtles, a salamander, geckos, hermit crabs, an iguana, a ball python, a tarantula, Madagascar cockroaches and a tortoise. The zoo is located in Paradise Hill in Sequoyah County. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Summer Cochran, a Grand View School student, holds a hedgehog at Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo in Paradise Hill during a school field trip in 2015. ARCHIVE
Cherokee Nation citizens and siblings Swimmer and Sadie Snell feed an eager llama on April 28 at the Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo. The zoo features domestic and exotic animals. TRAVIS SNELL/ CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Jill Gates – who owns the Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo in Paradise Hill – helps children from Grand View School with animals during a field trip in 2015. ARCHIVE
It offers up to 50 different types of animal species in several exhibits.
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Harmony House owner Mandy Scott grabs a cupcake out of the display. She said the business offers treats in its bakery such as cookies, cinnamon rolls, pies and bread pudding that are made from scratch daily. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Harmony House offers daily specials and desserts, but is well known for its grilled chicken sandwich. It’s made with homemade pita bread, grilled chicken and cheese before being topped with Harmony House’s homemade honey mustard dressing. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Muskogee resident Kristie Testerman eats lunch recently at the Harmony House. She said she and a friend have gone to Harmony House every Tuesday for the past 12 years. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Mandy Scott owns the Harmony House, a tearoom lunch spot located in a century old building in Muskogee. It was first a home, then bank and church before being converted into an eatery. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
It’s located at 208 S. Seventh St. in Muskogee and open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
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The Pine Lodge Resort in Afton is a short walk away from the Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees and features log-style cabins, mobile homes and recreational vehicle slips for rent. Cherokee Nation citizen June Box and her husband, Art, began building the resort in 1997. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The Pine Lodge Resort features amenities such as a clubhouse with a pool, laundry services, a kitchenette, table games and movies. It’s always open for guests to use. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Pine Lodge Resort owner June Box says the resort is the only establishment on the Grand Lake to feature true log cabins. Each cabin features a private wood deck with a patio set, charcoal grill and hot tub. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The Pine Lodge Resort in Afton features two lakefront cabins with boat slips on Grand Lake. Summer rates are $198 nightly, and a two-night minimum stay on weekends is required. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Each Pine Lodge Resort cabin is equipped with a queen or king bed, kitchenette, sleeper sofa, rock fireplace and private dining area. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Each log cabin at the Pine Lodge Resort is equipped with cable, a kitchenette with dishes and utensils, as well as a rock fireplace and full bathroom. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Log cabins, mobile homes and recreational vehicle slips are available to rent on a nightly, weekly, monthly and annual basis.
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