Cemetery Fund helps groups maintain area cemeteries

BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
09/06/2020 02:00 PM
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Individuals or organizations may apply for cemetery preservation assistance from the Cherokee Nation to restore, preserve, repair and maintain cemeteries such as this cemetery near the Saline Courthouse in Delaware County. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
BARTLESVILLE – The Cherokee Nation’s Cemetery Preservation/Restoration Assistance fund helps people restore, preserve, repair and maintain cemeteries located within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. 

The tribe’s Community & Cultural Outreach handles the funds, which are appropriated to it by the Tribal Council. Currently $500 is allotted for each qualified application and currently 67 cemeteries are funded at $33,500. 

Jim Pratt, 80, of the Washington County Cherokee Association, said the group maintains three cemeteries in the county but has had to rely on a lawn service to mow them because the WCCA needs to buys a mower.

“We’ve got three (cemeteries) that we’re taking pretty good care of right now. Actually, we have got paperwork in so that we can get a new mower,” he said. “I suggested to the board that we can’t get out there. I’m 80 and a couple of them are older than I am, and we just can’t get any young blood to come out. We’re trying to but we do need some new equipment because what we’ve got is piecemeal.”

The WCCA cares for the Keyes (or Cobb), Jesse Creek and Beck cemeteries. It also helps maintain Stokes Cemetery, north of Bartlesville, but hasn’t been able to work on it because of heavy rain in the spring. Beck Cemetery is the oldest one the group cares for, Pratt said. It was established circa 1888.

Pratt said the paperwork for a new lawnmower was submitted to the Cemetery Preservation/Restoration Assistance Program. An individual may put in a request to work on different cemeteries, and if approved, the individual can receive up to $500 for each cemetery restoration or maintenance project. Applications demonstrating self-help by labor contribution and community involvement will be given preference. Also, applications are taken from Feb. 1 through Aug. 31.

A cemetery may only receive monetary aid once every fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. 

More than 50 percent of the graves in a cemetery must contain CN citizens to receive funding or the cemetery must have historical significance. Also, the money must be put toward the repair, preservation, maintenance or restoration of a cemetery. Applicants may only apply to work on three cemeteries per fiscal year. However, there may be exceptions an applicant is approved. 

Dist. 12 Tribal Councilor and WCCA member Dora Smith Patzkowski, of Bartlesville, said having access to the cemetery fund is “extremely important” because there are a lot of CN citizens buried in the cemeteries cared for by WCCA.

“A lot of them (cemeteries) are deteriorating to the point some areas have washed away. We’ve all had great concerns about those issues for many cemeteries,” she said. “We’re an aging group and we do what we can. It is absolutely important to us to do what we can.”

All cemetery projects that receive funding must be completed within the fiscal year the money was granted. Approved projects also require written accounts of the funds and copies of all receipts for purchases made. Allowable and non-allowable purchases are listed on the application.

Also, applicants must complete taxpayer identification forms, which are attached to the applications. People receiving assistance for cemeteries must also sign tax responsibility acknowledgment forms. 

For an application or information, call Michael Hamlin at 918-453-5000, ext. 4922 or email michael-hamlin@cherokee.org.
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ᎫᎪᎢ – ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ / ᏗᏤᎯᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᏂᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅᏓ, ᏧᏂᏤᎯᏍᏙᏗᎢ, ᏧᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ, ᎤᏃᏢᎯᏐᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗᎢ ᏧᎾᏓᏂ9/4/20ᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏙᏢᏩᏗᏒᎢ ᎥᎿᎿᏂ ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᎤᎾᏤᎵᎪᎯ 14-ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᎤᏤᎵ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ & ᎢᏯᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᏙᏯᏅᎯᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎠᏂᎦᏘᏱ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏅᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᎤᏂᏯᏙᏢᎢ. ᎾᏊ ᎨᏒ $500 ᎠᏕᎳ ᏕᎨᏥᏯᏙᎮᎰᎢ ᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏩᎩᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᎧᎵᏏᏌᏅᎢ ᏱᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏊ ᎨᏒ 67 ᏱᎦᎢ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ ᏚᏙᏢᏩᏗᏒᎢᎾᏍᎩ $33,500 ᏕᏥᏯᏙᎮᎰᎢ.

Jim Pratt, 80, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏩᏌᏓᏃ’Ꭲ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎩ ᎨᎳ, ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎰᏢᏒᎢ ᏦᎢ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏓᏂᏅᎦᎸᎯᏙᎰᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ ᎦᏄᎸ ᎠᏂᎦᎵᏍᎦ ᏚᎾᎵᏍᎦᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ Ꮎ WCCA ᎤᏂᏩᎯᏍᏗ ᎦᏄᎸ ᎠᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ .

“ᏦᎢ ᏱᎦᎢ (ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗ) ᎣᏏ ᏙᏥᏅᎦᎸᎯᏙᎰᎢ ᎾᏊ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎰᏩᏃ, ᎪᏪᎵ ᏫᏙᎩᏝ ᎣᎩᏩᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎦᏄᎸ ᎠᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᏥᏁᎢᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏗᏄᎦᏔᏂᏙᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏲᎩᎩᏍᏗ. 80 ᎢᏯᏆᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᏂᏔᎵᏃ ᎤᎾᏂᎵᎨ ᎠᏯᏅ,ᎨᎲ, ᎥᏝ ᎣᏂ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏱᎬᏂᎷᎩ ᎪᎩᏍᏕᎸᏗᎢ. ᎣᏣᏁᏟᏗᎭ ᎠᏎᏅ ᎬᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎣᎩᏂᎬᎬᎦ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎾᏊ ᎨᏒ ᎬᏮᏍᏗᎬᏒᏓ ᎠᎯᎸᏗ ᎢᎩ.”

ᎾᏍᎩ’Ꮓ Ꮎ WWCA ᏓᏂᏅᎦᎸᎯᏙᎰᎢ Ꮎ ᏍᏚᎢᏍᏗᎢ (ᎠᎴ ᏱᎩ ᎤᏗᎢ), ᏤᏏ ᎠᎹᏳᏟᏗ ᎠᎴ Beck ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ. ᎠᎴ Stokes ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ ᎠᎵᏍᏕᏟᏗᎭ, ᎫᎪᎢ ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᏗᏜ, ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ ᎩᎳ ᎪᎨ ᎤᏛᏍᏈᏯ ᏚᎦᏅᏅᎢ ᎥᏝ ᏍᎩᏱᎦᎢ ᏱᏙᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᎣᎸᎢ ᎥᎿ. Beck ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏩᎦᏴᎵᏴᎢ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Pratt. 1888 ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎴᏅᎢ. Pratt Ꮓ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏎᏅᎢ ᏫᏚᏂᏝᎠ ᎥᎿ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ / ᏗᎪᏢᎯᏐᏗᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏍᏕᎸᎯᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏤ ᎦᏄᎸ ᎠᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᏩᎯᏍᏙᏗ. ᎠᏐᏴᏫᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏰᎵ ᎬᏮᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏣᏘᎾ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎤᏣᏘᏂ ᏧᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎣᏏ ᏳᎾᏓᏰᎸᎾᏁᎳ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏏᏴᏫ $500 ᎠᏕᎳ ᏧᎩᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏤᏟᏓᎭ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᏤᎯᏍᏙᏗᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᎦᏘᏗᏍᏗᎢ. ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗᎢ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏱᎬᏁᎯ ᎣᏮᏌ-ᎠᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᎸᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎥᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎥᎨᎸᏗᏙᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎥᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᎬᏱᎢ ᎬᏮᎩᏍᏗ. ᎠᎴᎾᏍᎩᏊ, ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᏩᏢᏗ ᎧᎦᎵ 1 ᏂᏛᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᎦᎶᏂ.31ᎯᏁ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗ ᎤᏤᏟᏗ ᎠᏎᏢ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏌᏉ ᎢᏳᏩᎬᏘ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏗ ᏳᏓᎵ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ.1 ᏚᎵᏍᏗ. 30ᎯᏁ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᏂᏗᎬᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ. 50 ᎠᎴ ᏳᎪᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᏕᎦᏂᏌᎭ ᎥᎿ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ ᎠᏎᎢ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵᎢ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏯᏙᏢᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎿ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ ᎠᏎᎢ ᎪᎯᎩ ᏂᏧᏂᏍᏔᏅᏒᎢ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᎾᏓᏚᏕᏫᏒᎢ ᏱᎩ. ᎠᎴᎾᏍᎩᏊ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏎᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎦᎷᎶᎬᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏫᏄᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏓᎵᎬᏩᏢᏅᎯᏙᎲᎢ, ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗᎢ, ᎦᏅᎦᎸᎯᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᏤᎯᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ. ᎠᏂᎧᎵᏏᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏰᎵ ᏱᏓᏢᎢ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏗᎬᏮᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ ᏂᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏳᏓᎵ. ᎠᏗᎾ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏰᎵᏊ ᎣᏏ ᎬᏩᏂᏰᏟᏗ ᏱᎩ.

ᏍᎦᏚᎩ. 12 ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏗᎦᎳᏫᎩ ᎠᎴ WCCA ᎨᎳ Dora Smith Patzkowski, ᎫᎪᎢ ᎡᎯ, ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏗᎬᏮᏙᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏗᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎤᏂᏣᏘ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏁᎵᏛᎢ ᏕᎦᏂᏌᎭ ᎥᎿ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ WCCA ᏣᏂᎦᏘᏱ.

“ᎤᎪᏗ (ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ ) ᏕᎪᏢᏒᎢ ᏓᏲᏤᎬ ᏕᎦᏃᎱᎩᏍᎬᎢ. ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᎣᎨᎷᎯᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᏕᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ ᏕᎪᏢᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᎦᏓᏡᎬᎢ ᎣᏥᎦᏴᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏱᎦᏲᎦᏛᏁᏗ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎭ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏙᎯᏳᎯᏯᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏗᏳ ᎣᎩᏰᎸᎭ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏱᎬᏲᎦᏛᏁᏗ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎭ.”

ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ ᏧᎾᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᏓᏂᎩᏍᎪᎢ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏎᎢ ᎤᏂᏍᎪᏗᏍᏗ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᏴᎢ ᏚᏂᎩᏒᎢ ᎠᏕᎳ. ᎣᏏᏃ ᎨᏥᏰᎸᎾᏁᎸᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎠᏎ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᎢᏧᏅᏁᏗ ᏗᎪᏪᎳᏅᎢ ᎠᏚᏓᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏚᎵᎬᏩᏝᏂᏙᎸᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏩᏒᏅᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᏩᎯᏍᏗ ᏕᎪᏪᎳ ᎥᎿ ᎠᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗᎢ.

ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ, ᎠᏂᎧᎵᏏᏍᎩ ᎠᏎᎢ ᎤᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎠᏈᏱᏍᎩ ᎪᎯᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎥᎿ ᏕᎪᏣᎳ ᎠᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᎨᏥᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎠᏎᎢ ᏧᏃᏪᎶᏗᎢ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎪᏣᎴᏍᏗ ᎠᏎᎢ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᏗ ᎪᎯᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏲᏚᎵᎭ ᎠᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᏛᏛᏗ, ᏩᏟᏃᎮᏗ Michael Hamlin ᎯᎠᏃ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ 918-453-5000, ext. 4922 ᎠᎴᏱᎩ michael-hamlin@cherokee.org.

– TRANSLATED BY DAVID CRAWLER

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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. 

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