Tickets, sponsorships for Seven Feathers Awards available

10/08/2019 11:30 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
The Cherokee Phoenix Seven Feathers Award Gala has tickets available and proceeds will go the Elder/Veteran Subscription Fund.
TAHLEQUAH – Tickets for the Cherokee Phoenix’s inaugural Seven Feathers Awards Gala are on sale, and sponsorships to the event are available.

Tickets for the event are $20 each. All proceeds will go to the Cherokee Phoenix’s Elder/Veteran Subscription Fund, which provides free annual subscriptions to CN citizens who are 65 or older, as well as veterans and active military personnel.

The Cherokee Phoenix is also offering three sponsorship levels: gold, silver and bronze.

One gold-level sponsorship is still available at $700. With it, the sponsor gets reserved seating for four tickets, sponsor name in the program and mentioned at the event, as well as a full-color ad in the program.

Three silver-level sponsorships are available for $500 each. With it, the sponsor gets reserved seating for two tickets, sponsor name listed in the program and mentioned at the event, as well as a half-page color ad in the program.

Four bronze-level sponsorships are available for $300 each. With it, the sponsor gets name listed in the program and at the event, as well as a quarter-page color ad in the program.

For information about tickets or sponsorships, call Samantha Cochran at 918-207-3825 or email

The event, set for 6 p.m. on Nov. 23 in the Cherokee Casino Tahlequah Chota Center, will honor Janelle Adair for Culture, Cindy Irwin for Business, Howard Paden for Language, Kaitlyn Pinkerton for Health, Zachary Self for Education, Richard Tyler for Service and Kirby Williams for Community.

Adair, of Tahlequah, is a former Miss Cherokee who works for Cherokee Nation Businesses as a storyteller, at which she shares her knowledge of the Cherokee culture and history.

Irwin, of Gore, owns Gambinos Pizza and holds an annual Easter egg hunt in which she pays for prizes, eggs and candy for children. She also donates profits from her business to aid local causes and residents.

Paden, of Leach, is the Cherokee Nation’s Cherokee Language Master-Apprentice Program manager. Described as a “language warrior,” Paden perpetuates the Cherokee language by being active in Cherokee communities and promoting its everyday use.

Pinkerton, of Claremore, is a former Junior Miss Cherokee who advocates for mental health issues in Indian Country. She has presented at national medical conferences about erasing the mental health stigma in Native Americans and plans to attend medical school to study psychology.

Self, of Stilwell, is a prevention specialist with the Chain Breakers Coalition of Adair County. He works in communities to educate youths on the dangers of opioid abuse. He also works with law enforcement, government agencies and businesses to implement community prevention strategies.

Tyler, of Vian, owns Native Oklahoma Aquaponic Harvest, a greenhouse that grows chemical-free produce. Tyler donates produce to his nonprofit food pantry, the Vian Peace Center, and the Northeastern Oklahoma Food Bank.

Williams, of Omaha, Nebraska, is the outreach coordinator of the Legal Aid of Nebraska’s Native American Program. As coordinator, she raises awareness and promotes prevention of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking against Native Americans.


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