CN participates in area Christmas parades
Cherokee Nation employees, legislators, administrators and volunteers participate in the Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Christmas parade. Christmas parades provide opportunities for CN officials to meet tribal citizens away from the CN capital in Tahlequah. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Between Dec. 2-9, Cherokee Nation representatives took part in Christmas parades in Nowata, Bartlesville, Fort Gibson, Locust Grove, Vian, Vinita, Tahlequah, Stilwell, Jay, Hulbert and Sallisaw.
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said Christmas parades are an opportunity to meet citizens away from the CN capital.
“These Christmas parades are something everyone including our citizens look forward to, especially in smaller towns, and there are strong Cherokee communities in all of them. This is our chance to not only wish them season’s greetings, but to learn how they’re doing,” he said. “Our Tribal councilors take advantage of this seasonal opportunity as does our Principal Chief Bill John Baker. Fellowship is a big part of the holiday season.”
CN citizen and Nowata resident Brianda Medlin agreed with the secretary.
“I came here to watch my cousin in the Christmas parade, but it’s nice to hear Cherokee Nation is in it too. A lot of us are Cherokee up here so that’s kind of a big deal,” she said.
The following is a Cherokee Phoenix Christmas parade video wrap-up made from several locations inside the CN.