One Fire Association works to revive 2 communities
The One Fire Association hosts fundraisers at the Kenwood Community Building in Kenwood to raise funds for the building’s upkeep. The association’s goal is to enlighten and engage in activities in the Kenwood and Wickliffe communities in Delaware and Mayes counties, respectively. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
One Fire Association Chairman and Cherokee Nation citizen Anthony Proctor calls number for a bingo game during an OFA fundraiser at the Kenwood Community Building in Kenwood. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Kenwood community members play bingo during a fundraiser hosted by the One Fire Association at the Kenwood Community Building in Kenwood. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
KENWOOD – Kenwood and Wickliffe residents have come together to create the One Fire Association in order to revive the two areas that used to have much activity. OFA Chairman and Cherokee Nation citizen Anthony Proctor said the association wants to recreate an engaging locality with a high percentage of Cherokees.
“Our mission statement is that we believe in unity by bringing forth two communities to create one fire. I take pride in what I am and who I am, and that’s a full-blood Cherokee. There’s not very many left. I love my community so much that it broke my heart at what it looked like. It used to be active in the past,” he said.
Kenwood, in Delaware County, has a population of around 1,200 people. Wickliffe, in Mayes County, has less than 100 people.
Proctor said he created the OFA after watching and helping his father- and mother-in-law run the former Kenwood Community Association, which operated for more than 20 years. His wife, Pamela, encouraged him to start a new association.
“(She said,) ‘I know you care about the people around here. I know you love kids and the elders. Why don’t you try something here?’ I pondered with it for a long time,” he said.
With her and some community members’ help, an OFA board was created in 2016. Aside from Proctor and his wife, board members consist of Secretary and United Keetoowah Band citizen Emma Hayes, Treasurer and CN citizen Sherri Davis and member and Al Mouse.
The 501(c)(3) nonprofit started after Wickliffe community members voiced concerns about wanting to liven up the area but had no building or land, Proctor said.
When Kenwood residents learned of what the OFA was attempting at Wickliffe, they asked if the group would help their area. The OFA board members then voted to add Kenwood to their initiative in 2017.
The board then worked with the CN to get a building and lease land in Kenwood. In January, the lease was officially approved for nearly 12 acres and a community building for the next five years.
“It’s part of the relief that we were looking for because we’ve walked so far to get to where we are, and we’ve strived to get it. To me, in my heart, it’s a great celebration because we’ve achieved something. To have something like this in our organization is very, very meaningful,” Proctor said.
Hayes said she likes the community building because people can use it for events, celebrations, parties and other gatherings for a small fee. “That’s what the community needs. Before we either had to do to Salina or Blue Springs (Church) or somewhere way out. For me, for it to be here at Kenwood, it’s just right there. It’s convenient.”
Elders also use the building for free lunches and phone and fax services. Another plan in the works is to get an adjacent softball park operating again, which will bring in revenue for the OFA.
Funds will then go back into the communities, OFA members said. Proctor said he would also like to work with elders to sponsor them when they go on trips and help pay for their food.
Other events being planned include an Easter egg hunt, back-to-school events and basketball tournaments. With only a few fundraisers under its belt, the OFA is working to have more.
“I just hope people realize that we’re here for them. We’re here for the children. We’re here for the elders. We’re here for the community. We want to do what we can to be a part of them, and we want them to be a part of us,” Proctor said.
The OFA meets at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday each month in the Kenwood Community Building.
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ᎠᏳᏩᏏᏱ - ᎠᏳᏩᏏ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏂᏙ ᏗᏁᎯ ᎤᎾᎵᎪᏅ ᎤᏃᏢᏅ ᏌᏊ ᎤᏃᏛ ᎤᎾᎵᎪᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏱᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᏧᎾᏤᎲᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾᏃ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎾᎢ. OFA ᏧᏓᏘᎾᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Anthony Proctor ᏄᏪᏒᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎾᎵᎪᏒ ᎤᎾᏚᎵ ᏧZᏢᎯᏐᏗ ᎾᏃ ᎤᎾᏜᏂᎬᏁᏗ ᎾᎥᏂᎨᏍᏗ ᏗᏁᎯ ᎾᏍᎩᎾᏃ ᎤᏂᎪᏕᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎾᎿᎢ.
“ᎢᏯᏛᏁᏗ ᎣᎩᎲ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᎪᎯᏳᏒ ᎣᎦᎵᎪᏒ ᎾᎢ ᏓᏂᎾᏄᎪᏫᏍᎬ ᏔᎵ ᏚᏂᏚᏒ ᏌᏊ ᎤᏃᏛ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᎢ. ᎠᏆᏢᏉᏗ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎾᏩᏍᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏴᏋ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎧᎵᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎨᏒᎢ. Ꮭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦᎢ ᏃᏊ ᏯᏁᎭ. ᎤᏍᏆᎸᏗ ᎠᎩᎨᏳᎯ ᎣᎩᏚᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏯᏓᏅᏙᎩ ᎤᏲᏨᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏅᏍᏛ ᏗᎧᏃᏗ ᎠᎭᏂ. ᏧᏩᎫᏔᏅᏛ ᎠᎾᏜᏂᎬᏁᎯ ᎨᏒᎩ,” ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᏄᏪᏒᎢ.
ᎠᏳᏩᏏᏱ, ᎾᎿᎢ ᎠᏆᏅᎩᏱ ᎤᏍᏗ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ, 1,200 ᎾᏢᎢ ᎾᏂᎠ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᏁᎭ. ᎫᏁᏓᏱ, ᎾᎿ ᎪᎩᏍᎩ ᎤᏍᏗ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ, 100 ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎾᏂᎠ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᏁᎭ.
Proctor ᏄᏪᏒᎩ ᎾᎢ OFA ᎤᏬᏢᏅᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏚᎦᏙᏍᏔᏅᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏚᏍᏕᎸᎲᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏥ-ᏚᎶᏏᏴᎢ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏛ ᎠᏳᏩᏏ ᎤᏂᏚᏒ ᎤᎾᎵᎪᏒ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ 20 ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎤᎶᏒᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏔᏅᎩ. ᎤᏓᎵᎢ, Pamela, ᎤᏅᏫᏍᏔᏅᎩ ᎢᏤ ᏧᎾᎵᎪᏗ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏙᏗᎢ.
“(ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎨᏴ ᏄᏪᏒᎩ,) ‘ᎠᏩᏅᏔ ᏕᎯᎨᏳᏒ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᏂ ᏣᏁᎭ. ᎠᏩᏅᏔ ᏕᎯᎨᏴᏒ ᏗᏂᏲᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎦᏴᎵ. ᎦᏙᏃ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎾᎴᏗᏍᎬᎾ?’ ᎾᏍᎩᎾᏃ ᎪᎯᏓ ᎠᏩᏓᏅᏖᎯᎶᎥᎢ,” ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᏄᏪᏒᎩ.
ᎤᏓᎵᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎤᏂᏚᏒ ᎠᏁᎭ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᎲᎩ, ᎾᏳᏃ OFA ᎠᏂᎾ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏅᎩ ᎾᏳᎢ 2016 ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏒᏗᏒᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᎾᏃ Proctor ᎠᎴ ᎤᏓᎵᎢ ᎠᏂᏐᎢᏃ, ᎠᏂᎾ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎯᎠ ᎢᏳᎾᏍᏗ ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎦᏚᏩᎩ ᎨᎳ Emma Hayes, ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᎦᏘᏯ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Sherri Davis ᎠᎴ ᎨᎳ Al Mouse.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ 501(c)(3) ᎬᏂᎬᎬ ᎪᏢᏔᏅᎩ ᏧᎬᏩᎵᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲᎩ ᏭᏩᎫᏔᏅᏃ ᎬᏂᏙ ᎤᏂᏚᏒ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎤᏂᏁᏨᎩ ᎤᎾᏕᏯᏙᏗᏍᎬ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏓᏂᏁᎸ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮭ ᏱᏓᏓᏁᎴ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏙᎢ ᏯᎮᎢ, Proctor ᏄᏪᏒᎩ.
ᎾᏳᏃ ᎠᏳᏩᏏ ᏗᏁᎯ ᎤᎾᏕᎳᎰᏒ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ OFA ᎠᎾᏁᎵᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿᎢ ᎬᏂᏙᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎤᏂᏔᏲᏢ ᎬᏩᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎤᎾᎢ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ OFA ᎠᏂᎾ ᎠᏁᎳ ᏃᏊ ᎤᏂᏁᏨ ᏗᏠᏯᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏳᏩᏏ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎾᏳᎢ ᏚᏄᎪᏔᏅ 2017 ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏒᏗᏒᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂᎾ ᏃᏊ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎡᏧᎳᎭ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏙᎢ ᎾᎿᎢ ᎠᏳᏩᏏᏱ. ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ ᎧᎸᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᎾᏃ ᎣᏏ ᎤᏂᏰᎸᏅ ᎣᎦᏙᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᏙᎢ 12 ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏛ ᎾᎥᏂᎨᏍᏗ ᎢᎩᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏚᏒ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᏧᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗ 5 ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎢᏳᏟᏱᎸᏓ ᎣᎦᏙᏍᏔᏅᎩ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎣᎩᏍᏕᎸᎲ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏦᏥᎦᏘᏃᏴᎢ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬᏃ ᎢᏅᎯ ᏦᎩᎶᏌ ᎠᏂ ᏥᏃᎦᏛᎾ, ᎠᎴ ᏍᏓᏯ ᏙᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎯᎠ ᏦᎩᎭ. ᎠᏯ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᎠᏆᏓᏅᏙᎩ ᎨᏒ, ᏍᎩᎾᎢ ᎡᏆ ᎣᎦᎵᎮᎵᏨᎩ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬᏃ ᎪᎱᏍᏓ ᎣᎩᏍᏆᏛᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎯᎠ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎣᎩᎲ ᎣᎦᏙᏡᏒ ᏙᏳ, ᏙᏳᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎢᏳᏰᎵᏗ,” Proctor ᏄᏪᏒᎩ.
Hayes ᏄᏪᏒᎩ Ꮎ ᎤᎸᏬᏓ ᎤᏂᏚᏍᏒ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᏧᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬᏃ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏯᏅᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ, ᏚᎾᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬ, ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ, ᎠᎴ ᏐᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏰᎵᏗ ᏓᎾᏓᏟᏏᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏈᏴᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏚᎸᏛᎩ ᎤᏂᏚᏍᏒᎢ. ᎠᎬᏱ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎠᏎ ᎠᎼᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏌᎪᏂᎨ ᏗᎦᏄᎪᎬ (ᏧᏂᎳᏫᎢᏍᏗ) ᏬᎨᏓᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎨᏴ ᎾᏢ ᎢᏗᏟ. ᎠᏯᎨᏒ, ᎠᏂ ᎠᏳᏩᏏ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᏙᏳ ᏓᏤᎵ ᎠᎭᏂᏊ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎯᏗᎨᏍᏗ ᎠᎭᏂ.”
ᎠᏂᎦᏴᎵ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᏧᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᎾᏃ ᎠᏎᏊ ᎢᎦ ᎡᎯ ᏓᎾᎵᏍᏓᏴᎲᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᎵᏃᎮᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏫᎦᏅᎥᏍᎩ ᏗᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ. ᏐᎢᏃ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁ ᏓᎾᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏂ ᎠᏍᏛᏗᏟ ᏩᏂᎨ ᏍᏆᎴᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᎳᏍᎧᏗ ᏏᏊ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏙᏗᏱ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ OFA ᎠᏕᎳ ᎦᎷᎩ ᏱᏂᎦᎵᏍᏓ.
ᎠᏕᎳ ᎤᏙᏢᏅ ᏃᏊ ᎤᏂᏚᏍᏒ ᎢᏗᏟ ᏫᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ, OFA ᎠᏁᎳ ᏄᏂᏪᏒᎩ. Proctor ᏄᏪᏒᎩ ᎾᏍᏊᏃ ᏳᏚᎳ ᎠᏂᎦᏴᎵ ᎡᏧᎳᎭ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎾᏢ ᎠᏁᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᏓᏴᎲᏍᎬ ᏧᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎠᏈᏴᏓ.
ᏐᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏓᏄᎪᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎢ ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏥᏌ ᏚᎴᎯᏌᏅ ᏧᏪᏥ ᏧᏂᏍᏗᎢ, ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏰᎵᏗ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎷᏣ ᏍᏆᎴᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᎸᎮᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᏲᎵᏊ ᏚᏂᏍᏆᎸᎮᎸ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏂᏟᏏᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᎾᏃ OFA ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁ ᎤᏟ ᎢᎦ ᏧᏂᏒᏍᏙᏗᎢ.
“ᎠᏴ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎠᏮᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᎾᏕᎳᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏤᎵᎢ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏂ. ᎠᏂ ᏃᎦᏛᏅ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏙᏥᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ. ᎠᏂ ᏃᎦᏛᏅ ᎠᏂᎦᏴᎵ ᏙᏥᏍᏕᎵᎬᎢ. ᎠᏂ ᏃᎦᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᏚᏒ ᏙᏥᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ. ᎢᏳᏍᏗᏊ ᎨᏒ ᎣᎦᏚᎵ ᏲᎦᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᎤᏠᏯ ᏲᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏂ ᏄᎾᏛᏅᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎣᎦᏚᎵ ᏌᏊ ᎠᏯ ᏃᎦᏛᏅ ᏳᎾᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ,” Proctor ᏄᏪᏒᎩ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ OFA ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬ 7 ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏍᏒ ᎤᏒᎢ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵᏁᎢ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎢᎦ ᏏᏅᏓ ᎢᏳᏓᎵ ᎾᎿᎢ ᎠᏳᏩᏏ ᎤᏂᏚᏒ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᏧᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏟ ᎢᎦᎢ ᎠᏓᏃᎯᏎᎯ, ᎠᎾᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎪᏪᎸ email@example.com.
– TRANSLATED BY JOHN ROSS