Tulsa Drillers host Cherokee Nation Night
Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, left, tosses a baseball beside Tribal Councilor Joe Byrd before throwing out the first pitch for Cherokee Nation Night on May 4 at the Tulsa Drillers ONEOK Field. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TULSA – Cherokee Nation citizens gathered at the Tulsa Drillers ONEOK Field on May 5 for Cherokee Nation Night.
Cherokees enjoyed themselves in the bleachers, as well as the lawn behind the outfield. The evening started with Cherokee Nation Youth Choir singing the National Anthem before Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden threw out the first pitch. Crittenden later led the crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.
“I was kind of drafted,” Crittenden said. “So I have the honor and pleasure of throwing out the first pitch. We’ll see how it goes.”
CN citizen and Tulsa Drillers Vice President of Public Relations Brian Carroll said the business relationship between the CN and the Drillers is a longstanding tradition.
“Our staff has worked with the Cherokees for several years as a partnership on many, many events. It’s a valuable relationship for us, and on that has grown over the years, and has become better and better in that time,” he said.
Various CN departments and entities such as Career Services, Cherokee Heritage Center and Government Relations also attended. Staff members manned booths in the stadium’s main corridor while Cherokee Nation Businesses employees handed out Hard Rock Hotel & Casino drink koozies to Tulsa Drillers and Arkansas Travelers fans.
Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller said it’s important for the CN to take part in such events.
“We’re still here, and we’re thriving. We are a fun people. We do enjoy other things outside our cultural boundaries,” she said.