Cherokee group, church provide Adair County students backpacks

BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
08/10/2016 12:00 PM
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New Life Church backpack coordinator Amy Helm places a hygiene kit in a backpack that was given away on July 29 at the church near Stilwell, Oklahoma. With funding from the Cherokee Nation, the church prepared 460 backpacks to give to elementary and high school students from Adair County. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Liberty Nikolas receives a new backpack for school from New Life Church backpack coordinator Amy Helm during a backpack giveaway on July 29 at the church near Stilwell, Oklahoma. Church volunteers packed 460 backpacks with school supplies to give away to students in Adair County. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Orchard Road Community Outreach President Reba Bruner, left, works to fill Indian taco orders on July 8 with the help of Sydney Helm during a fundraising event at the ORCO office in Stilwell, Oklahoma. The fundraiser helped benefit a backpack giveaway held July 29 at New Life Church near Stilwell. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Orchard Road Community Outreach volunteer Angie Morgan carries fry bread for Indian tacos that were sold during a July 8 fundraiser held at the ORCO office in Stilwell, Oklahoma. Money raised was used to help fill backpacks given away on July 29 at New Life Church to students attending Adair County schools. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
STILWELL, Okla. – Area-school students and their families gathered July 29 at the New Life Church to participate in activities, visit fire and police officials and get backpacks loaded with school supplies and hygiene kits.

New Life Church is on Orchard Road east of Stilwell along Hwy. 51. Amy Helm, the church’s backpack coordinator, said about 90 percent of the children receiving free backpacks were Cherokee.

“There is a need in the community. Our pastor, Max Ford, has a heart for the community. Anytime he sees that need, he likes to fill that need,” Helm said.

Elementary students received smaller backpacks with crayons, rulers and notebook paper. High school students received backpacks with college-ruled paper, pens and colored pencils. Helm said students also got hygiene kits with a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, soap and shampoo.

She said 460 backpacks were prepared to give to students from communities such as Bell, Westville and Greasy. Helm said this is the fifth year the church has hosted the giveaway.

“This event is very popular. Typically we have about 350 people that will come,” she said. “If this event grows, and it has grown over the years, we will buy more backpacks. We want it to grow from year to year. We’re very grateful for the Cherokee Nation because they provide the funds necessary to purchase the backpacks and the supplies.”

Local groups and services such as the Orchard Road Community Outreach, a group that got its start at New Life Church, also set up information booths to assist the children and their families.

ORCO President Reba Bruner said the church used to receive calls from people in need, but it really wasn’t equipped to help, so that gave rise to ORCO.

“We felt like we could help some people in need, so that’s why we started this. It was long process getting where we are at today,” Bruner said.

ORCO has served the community for three years. It holds fundraisers for its activities and funds needed to assist people at its office in the former Circle In Motel in Stilwell.

“Our organization has our meetings here, our fundraising – anything that we’re doing we try to do here,” Bruner said. “We do cultural activities. We’ve had basket weaving classes, pottery classes and things like that. We’ve also had Cherokee Nation departments here to speak to our residents to help them with housing and education and training.”

The group also receives funding from Cherokee Community Outreach, a CN program that works with Cherokee groups to help them serve their respective communities.

“We are very appreciative of CCO for helping with funding, plus the other organizations that have donated to us,” Bruner said.

She said a July 8 Indian taco sale held at the office raised money to buy the hygiene kits.

Using the former motel’s rooms, ORCO also operates a transitional housing program for people who lose their homes to fire or are having difficulties transitioning from one living place to another.

“We’ve got a couple here right now that the house they were renting got sold, so they had to move with no place to go. So we’re here for them until they can find something else,” she said.

Another project ORCO is starting is a women’s shelter in Stilwell. Bruner said the facility’s construction is nearly finished, and the group will be looking for grants to help fund it.

“We just help wherever we’re needed,” she said.

For more information on ORCO, call 918-696-7247 or visit http://orcoutreach.org. For more information on New Life Church, call 918-696-2041 or visit www.nlcstilwell.org.
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ᏝᏬᏚᎯ ᏗᎦᏚᎲᎢ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᎡᏍᎦᏂ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ -ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏚᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏚᎾᏓᏟᏌᎲᎢ ᎫᏰᏉᏂ 29 ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ New Life ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᏁᎳᏗᏙᎲᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎠᏍᏆᎮᏍᎬᎢ, ᏗᏩᏛᎯᏓᏍᏗ ᏗᏅᏜᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏓᏂᏱᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᏁᏍᏗᎢ ᏗᏐᏢᏗ ᏕᎦᎶᏗ ᏗᎧᎵᎢ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᏅᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᎦᏟᏙᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ.

New Life ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗᎢ ᏧᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ Orchard Road ᏝᏬᏚᎯ ᏗᎦᏚᎲᎢ ᎧᎸᎬᎢ ᏗᏜ ᎤᏔᎾ ᎬᏅᏅᎢ. 51. Amy Helm, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗᎢ ᏗᏐᏢᏗ ᏕᎦᎶᏗ ᏓᎾᏓᏅᏁᎲᎢ ᎠᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ 90 ᏭᏂᎪᏛᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏓᏂᏁᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏎᏭᎢ ᏕᎦᎶᏗᎢ.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏚᎸᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ. ᎣᎩᎦᏘᏱᏃ, Max Ford, ᎤᎿᏫᎢ ᏂᏛᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏂᏓᏛᏁᎰᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ. ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎲᏭ ᏳᏕᎶᎰᏏ ᎩᎶ ᎤᏚᎸᏗ ᎿᏛᏅᎢ, ᎤᎸᏉᏙᎢ ᏧᏍᏕᎸᎯᏓᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Helm.

ᎩᎳ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏗᏲᏟᎨᎢ ᏚᏂᏁᏌ ᏕᎦᎶᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏩᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏗᏑᏫᏍᏙᏗ, ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ. ᎦᎸᎳᏗᏃ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᏁᏎᎢ ᏕᎦᎶᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏩᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ-ᎪᏪᎵ, ᏗᎦᏁᎯ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎵᏑᏫᏓ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏗ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Helm ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏅᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗᏃ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎩᏒᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᎦᏟᏙᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᎵᏔᏬᏍᏗ, ᏓᏂᏙᎬᎢ ᏧᏂᏅᎦᏟᏙᏗ, ᎣᏟ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎵᏍᏚᏟᏙᏗ ᎣᏟ.

ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ 460 ᏱᎦᎢ ᏕᎦᎶᏗ ᏚᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᏧᏂᏅᏁᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎭᎸᏂᎢ ᎢᎪᏛᎢ ᏧᎴᏫᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎪᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏂᏙᏓᏳᎾᏓᎴᏅᎢ. Helm Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎯᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏂᏗᎬᏩᎾᏓᎴᏅᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎬᎾᏛᏁᎰᎢ ᏓᎾᏓᏅᏁᎲᎢ.

“ᎯᎠᏃ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᎦᏃ ᏧᏓᏃᏣᎵ. ᏳᏓᎵᎭᏃ 350 ᎢᏳᏂᏨᎢ ᎠᏂᎷᎪᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎢᏳᏃ ᏳᏁᏉᏣ ᎯᎠ ᏥᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ, ᎠᎴ ᏯᏂᏁᏉᎦ ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏕᎦᎶᏎᎦ, ᎤᎪᏗ ᏕᎦᎶᏗ ᏱᎪᎩᏩᎭ. ᎣᎦᏚᎵᏃ ᎤᏁᏉᎢᏍᏗᎢ ᏕᎦᎶᏎᎬᎢ ᏓᏕᏘᏴᎯᏒᎢ. ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᏥᎩ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏰᎵᏃ ᏦᎩᏩᎯᏍᏗ ᏕᎦᎶᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏅᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ.”

ᎡᏍᎦᏂᏃ ᏚᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏍᏗ Orchard Road ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙᎯ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᎩ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ New Life ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎠᏕᎳᎰᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏚᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ.

ORCO ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ Reba Burner ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗᎢ ᏧᎾᏟᏃᎮᏗᎢ ᏙᏗᏅᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏴᏫ ᎤᏚᎸᏗ ᏄᎾᏛᏅᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎥᏝ ᏙᏳᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏳᏂᎮᎢ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎥᎿ ORCO.

“ᎡᎵᏃ ᎦᏲᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎩᎶᎢ ᎤᏚᎸᏗ ᏄᏛᏅᎢ ᎣᏤᎵᏍᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏄᏰᏟᏗ ᎯᎠ ᏦᎦᎴᏅᎲᎢ. ᎪᎯᏗᏃ ᏚᏟᎠᎵᏙᎸᎢ ᏥᏄᏍᏗᏓᏂ ᎬᎯᏴᏥᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Brunner.

ORCO ᏦᎢᏃ ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏂᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏄᎾᏛᏅᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏂᏟᏏᏍᎬᎢ ᏚᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎰᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗ ᏴᏫ ᎥᎿ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿ Circle In ᏧᏂᏒᏍᏗᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏝᏬᏚᎯ ᏗᎦᏚᎲᎢ.
“ᎠᏯᏃ ᎣᎦᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎭᏂᏃ ᏙᏣᏠᏍᎪᎢ, ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎣᏥᏟᏏᏍᎪᎢ-ᏂᎦᎥᏃ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᎣᏣᏁᏟᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎠᎭᏂᏊ ᏱᏲᎦᏛᏁᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Bruner. “ᏂᏧᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎳ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎰᎢ. ᏔᎷᏣᎢ ᏓᏅᏍᎪᎢ, ᎦᏙᏆᎳ ᎬᏗ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎪᎢ ᏓᏁᏲᎲᏍᎪᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ. ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᏕᏙᎰᎢ ᏧᎾᏟᏃᎮᏗᎢ ᎾᎥᎢ ᏗᏂᏁᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᏟᏗᎢ ᏧᏁᏅᏒᎢ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎵᏏᎾᎯᏍᏗᎢ .”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏓᏂᎩᏍᎪᎢ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅᎢ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ CN ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏚᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ.

“ᎢᏙᏳᏃ ᏙᏣᎵᎮᎵᎦ CCO ᎪᎩᏍᏕᎸᎲᎢ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎬᏗ, ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎪᎩᏁᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Brunner.

ᎠᎴᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎫᏰᏉᏂ 8 ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᏴᏫᏯᎢ taco ᏓᏂᎾᏕᎬᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᏂᏟᏏᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏩᎯᏍᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᏂᏒᏍᏗᎢ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᏕᎧᏅᏑᎸᎢ ᏓᏅᏗᏍᎬᎢ, ORCO ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᎢᏒᎢ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᏴᏫ ᏚᏁᏅᏒᎢ ᏧᎾᎪᏁᎸᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎦᏁᏄᏟ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎠᎾᏓᏅᏏᏙᎲᎢ.
“ᎾᏊᏃ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᏁᏙᎠ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᎵᏦᏕᎢ ᎤᏂᏲᎱᏎᎸᎢ ᏂᎬᏂᏏᏍᎩ ᎤᏤᎵᎪᎯ ᎤᏅᏗᏅᏒᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎠᏂᏁᎸᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏍᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎥᏝ Ꮓ ᎤᏙᏢᎭ ᏭᏂᎶᏍᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏩᏂᏩᏘᏍᎬᎢ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᏙᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᎭ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᏄᏓᎴᏃ ᎠᎢᏒᎢ ORCO ᎠᎴᏂᎭ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᏭᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏝᏬᏚᎯ ᏗᎦᏚᎲᎢ. Bruner Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎾᏁᏍᎨᎲᎢ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏗᏓ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ ᏚᏂᏲᎮᏍᏗ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎭᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ.

“ᎣᏣᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᎥᎿᏊ ᎤᏚᎸᏗ ᏄᎾᏛᏅᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏲᏚᎵᎠ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅᎢ ORCO, ᏩᏟᏃᎮᏗᏊ 918-696-7247 ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᎪᎵᏰᏗ http://orcoutreach.org. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎧᏃᎮᏗ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅᎢ New Life ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗᎢ, ᏫᎬᏙᏗᎢ 918-696-2041 ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᎪᎵᏰᏗ www.nlcstilwell.org.

- Translated by David Crawler

About the Author
Will Chavez is a Cherokee/San Felipe Pueblo Indian who has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 25 years. During that time he has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a writer, reporter and photographer for the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers. 

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Will Chavez is a Cherokee/San Felipe Pueblo Indian who has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 25 years. During that time he has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a writer, reporter and photographer for the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers. For many years h ...

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