Cherokee Phoenix calls for Seven Feathers Awards nominations

BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
05/20/2020 02:30 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Honorees of the Cherokee Phoenix’s inaugural Seven Feathers Awards pose with their awards on Nov. 23 at the Cherokee Casino Tahlequah’s Chota Center. Back row from left are Richard Tyler, Howard Paden, Zachary Self and Cindy Irwin. Front row from left are Janelle Adair, Kaitlyn Pinkerton and Kirby Williams. The nomination period for the 2020 class begins in April and runs to May 31. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – Are you or do you know someone who makes positive impacts in people’s lives or communities? If so, consider submitting a nomination for the Cherokee Phoenix’s second annual Seven Feathers Awards.

On Dec. 12, the Cherokee Phoenix will honor seven Cherokees who work to make the world a better place in the categories of Business, Community, Education, Health and Service as well as advance the tribe’s Culture and Language.

Nominations can be submitted through May 31 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CherokeePhoenix7FeathersNominations 
“The Cherokee Phoenix Seven Feathers Awards is an opportunity for our readers to nominate Cherokees who are doing outstanding work in a variety of areas,” Executive Editor Tyler Thomas said. “In our inaugural year, we were honored to recognize some exceptional citizens, and I believe the awardees at our second annual Seven Feathers Awards Gala will be equally remarkable.”

Nominees must be citizens of the Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band or Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. There are no age requirements. Also, nominees do not have to live in the Cherokee Nation’s jurisdiction.

In 2019, the Cherokee Phoenix honored Richard Tyler (Service), Howard Paden (Language), Zachary Self (Education), Cindy Irwin (Business), Janelle Adair (Culture), Kaitlyn Pinkerton (Health) and Kirby Williams (Community) as its inaugural class of Seven Feathers Awards recipients.

The Cherokee Phoenix will announce this year’s honorees on Aug. 17 in its annual holiday guide.

The 2020 awards will be colorful metallic feathers by Cherokee artist Tommy Roe Mitchell of Yukon. The feathers will be approximately a foot long and 3 inches wide. Each feather will be mounted on a cedar plank with a plaque displaying the recipient’s name and award category.

The awards gala will be held Dec. 12 in the Cherokee Casino Tahlequah’s Chota Conference Center.

Tickets for the gala are $25 each. Along with the awards presentation, a silent auction will be held. All proceeds will go to the Cherokee Phoenix’s Elder/Veteran Fund, which provides free annual subscriptions to CN citizens who are 65 or older, as well as veterans and active military personnel.

For information about tickets, sponsoring the gala or donating to the silent auction, call Samantha Cochran at 918-207-3825 or Terris Howard at 918-453-4743 or email samantha-cochran@cherokee.org or terris-howard@cherokee.org .
About the Author
Travis Snell has worked for the Cherokee Phoenix since 2000. He began as a staff writer, a position that allowed him to win numerous writing awards from the Native American Journalists Association, including the Richard LaCourse Award for best investigative story in 2003. He was  ...
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Travis Snell has worked for the Cherokee Phoenix since 2000. He began as a staff writer, a position that allowed him to win numerous writing awards from the Native American Journalists Association, including the Richard LaCourse Award for best investigative story in 2003. He was ...

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