Tulsa Drillers hosts ‘Cherokee Nation Night’
Cherokee Nation administration officials meet Tulsa Drillers players on “Cherokee Nation Night” on July 28 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Standing with Drillers Mascot “Hornsby” are Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., left, Drillers Manager Scott Hennessey, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TULSA, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizens, administrators, Tribal Councilors and representatives from several CN programs attended “Cherokee Nation Night” at ONEOK field on July 28 to see the Tulsa Drillers baseball team play the Arkansas Travelers.
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., who threw out the first pitch, said the event is not only fun but also important because it brings awareness and access to CN programs to Cherokees in Oklahoma’s second-largest city.
“This is a sponsorship. Cherokee Nation Businesses sponsored this evening, so it’s an opportunity for employees to come out and get some free tickets to the game, but we also offer Cherokee citizens a chance to come out on this beautiful July evening,” he said. “We also have some staff here from some of our programs to show just what Cherokee Nation does for northeast Oklahoma.”
The programs and departments in attendance consisted of the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation, Indian Child Welfare, Hunting & Fishing, Talking Leaves Job Corps, Health Services, Tax Commission, Cherokee Phoenix, Education Services, Commerce Services, Cherokee Vote and Career Services.
CN citizen Mandy Adair took her family to “Cherokee Nation Night” at the ballpark. “I’m here at ONEOK Field to watch the Drillers play, with my son, my nephew, my brother, my sister-in-law and a couple of friends. My reason for coming was just to catch a great game of baseball with my kiddo and support Cherokee Nation.”
Other events for the evening included Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden leading the crowd in the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch and a post game concert by Christian band “Citizen Way.” The Drillers beat the Arkansas Travelers, 6-2.