1st CN chief justice to be honored June 8

BY STAFF REPORTS
05/03/2013 08:58 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – A ceremony to honor the first chief justice of the Cherokee Nation, John Martin Jr., is set for 2 p.m. on June 8 at the lawn of the Cherokee Courthouse in downtown Tahlequah.

During the ceremony, a Judge Martin monument will be dedicated on the courthouse square and unveiled by the oldest and youngest Martin descendants. Also, Principal Chief Bill John Baker will be presented a museum-quality plaque, which will in turn be presented to the Supreme Court Museum from the CN and the Descendants of Judge John Martin Jr. to be displayed.

This is the first monument to be established in Martin’s honor and the first attempt of a nationwide Judge John Martin Jr. family reunion. Several hundred descendants from throughout the country, in addition to the many local citizens, are expected to attend the monument ceremony and reunion.

Martin was also the first treasurer, a circuit court judge for two districts in Tennessee and Georgia, a delegate and signer of the 1827 Cherokee Constitution. He was re-elected chief justice of the tribe’s Supreme Court under the 1839 Constitution after the “Trail of Tears.”

He died Oct. 17, 1840, and is buried near the Palisade Fort and Visitors Center at Fort Gibson. His gravesite and home are located at the intersection of Jackson and Elm streets in Fort Gibson.

A bus tour of the 1824 Fort Gibson military fort, Martin’s gravesite and cabin will leave the Methodist Church Annex in Tahlequah at 8 a.m. on June 8 and will return at 12:30 p.m.

Cherokee flute player Tommy Wildcat is scheduled to entertain ceremony attendees. The ceremony will open at 2 p.m. with the Cherokee Color Guard posting colors, followed by the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club reciting the Lord’s Prayer in sign language.

Tahlequah Mayor Jason Nichols, Col. Joe Martin, Chief Baker, Supreme Court Justice Troy Wayne Poteete and Tribal Council Speaker Tina Glory Jordan are scheduled to speak during the ceremony.

A three-day Martin family reunion is set for 9 a.m. on June 7 at the Methodist Church Annex at 300 Delaware St. in Tahlequah. A genealogist will be on hand to help with family lineages and other family history. Other Martin-related activities will be held at the Cherokee Heritage Center on June 7.

For more information, call event organizer Col. Joe Martin at 480-365-8202 or email joemartinproperties@cox.net.
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ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎾᎿ ᏓᏳᎾᏕᏘᏴᎯ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒ ᏗᎫᎪᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ, John Martin Jr., ᏧᏂᏒᏍᏔᏅ ᏔᎵ ᏳᏩᏂᎸ ᏒᎯᏱᏯᏗᏢ ᏕᎭᎷᏱ ᏧᏁᎵᏁᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎣᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᏱᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏓᎵᏆ ᏗᎦᏚᎲᎢ.

ᎾᎿᏃ ᎤᎾᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬ, ᏗᎫᎪᏗᏍᎩ Martin ᏅᏯ ᎨᏛᏍᏗ ᎤᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏙᏓᏳᏂᏲᏏ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏓᏱᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏅᎩ ᏧᏅᏏᏲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏛᏄᏞᏏ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏩᎦᏴᎵᏴ ᎠᎴ ᏩᏓᎨᎢᏴ Martin ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏂᏓᏳᎾᏓᎴᏅᎯ. ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Bill John Baker ᎡᏙᎮᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏰᎦᏁᎵ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏔᏅᎲᏍᏗ ᏥᏓᏂᎲᏍᎪᎢ ᏓᎾᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏫᏙᏛᎠᏁᎵ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏓᏰᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏔᏅᎲᏍᏗ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏂᏓᏳᎾᏓᎴᏅᎯ ᏗᎫᎪᏗᏍᎩ John Martin Jr. ᎠᎴ ᎠᎮᏍᏗ ᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ.

ᎯᎢᏃ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏅᏯ ᎨᏛᏍᏗ ᎤᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎤᏃᏢᎾ ᎾᎿ Martin ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᎾᏛᎦ ᎠᏰᎵᏂᎬᎾᏛᎢ ᏗᎫᎪᏗᏍᎩ John Martin Jr. ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎾᏓᏟᏏᏍᎬᎢ. ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᏯᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎠᏅᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏂᏓᏳᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏁᏙᎮᏍᏗ ᏂᏙᏓᏳᎾᏂᎩᏓ ᏂᎬᏮ, ᏫᎧᏁᏉᎥ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏗᏁᎯ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎤᏅᎭ ᏧᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᎯᎢᎾ ᎤᎾᏓᏟᏌᎲ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᏄᏛᏁᎸ Martin ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᏅᏯ ᏛᏁᏘᏂᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏓᎾᏓᏟᏏᏍᎬᎢ.

Martin ᎾᏍᏊ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᎦᏘᏯ ᎨᏒ, ᏃᎴ ᎠᏕᏯᎯ ᏧᎾᏓᏱᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏗᎫᎪᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎾᏏ ᎠᎴ ᏣᏥᏱ, ᎠᏥᏅᏏᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ 1827 ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᎫᏍᏛᏗ. ᏃᏊᏃ ᏚᏓᎩᏴ ᎤᎾᏙᎩᏴ ᎾᎿ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒ ᏗᎫᎪᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏓᏱᎵᏗᏍᏗ ᎭᏫᎾᏗᏢ ᎾᏍᎩ 1839 ᎦᎫᏍᏛᏗ ᎣᏂ ᎾᎿ “ᎦᏅᏅ ᏚᎾᏠᏱᎸᎢ.”

ᎤᏲᎱᏒ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ ᎦᎵᏆᏚᏏᏁ, 1840, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏥᏂᏌᏅ ᎾᎥ Palisade ᏗᏐᏴ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏓᏩᏛᎯᏙ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏍᏆᎦᏟ ᏗᏐᏴᎢ. ᎠᏥᏂᏌᎲᏃ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏪᏅᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏅᏅ ᏚᏠᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ Jackson ᎠᎴ Elm ᏕᎦᏅᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏍᏆᎦᏟ ᏗᏐᏴᎢ.

ᏴᏫ ᎤᎾᏦᏙᏗ ᎠᏂᎦᏖᏃᎵᏙ ᎾᎿ 1824 ᏧᏍᏆᎦᏟ ᏗᏐᏴ ᎠᏂᏲᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏐᏴ, Martin’s ᎠᏥᏂᏌᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏁᎳᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏛᏂᎩᏏ Methodist ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎲ ᏓᎵᏆ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ ᏌᎾᎴ, ᎾᎿ ᏕᎭᎷᏱ ᏧᏁᎵᏁ ᎠᎴ ᏛᎦᎷᏥ ᏔᎳᏚ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒᎢ.

ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏤᎷᎦ ᏗᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ Tommy Wildcat ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏎᎸᎯ ᏧᏃᎩᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬ ᏗᏁᏙᎯ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏛᎾᎴᏅᎯ ᏔᎵ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ ᏒᎯᏱᏯᏗᏢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸ ᎦᏓᏗ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ, ᎣᏂᏃ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ Pocahontas ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎠᏂᎪᎵᏱᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᎤᏓᏙᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏧᏃᏱᎾ ᏗᎬᏗ ᏛᏂᏃᎮᏟ.

ᏓᎵᏆ Mayor Jason Nichols, Col. Joe Martin, ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Baker, ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏓᏱᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏗᏘᏲᎯᎯ Troy Wayne Poteete ᎠᎴ ᎪᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏗᎦᎳᏫᎦ ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ Tina Glory Jordan ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏎᎸ ᎤᏂᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᏤᎲᎢ.

ᏦᎢ ᎢᎦ Martin ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏓᎾᏓᏟᏏᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏎᎸᎯ ᏐᏁᎳ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏕᎭᎷᏱ ᎦᎵᏉᎩᏁᎢ ᎠᏂMethodist ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎲ ᎾᎿ 300 Delaware St. in Tahlequah. ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᏃᎷᏩᏘᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᏙᎮᏍᏗ ᏧᏍᏕᎸᎯᏓᏍᏗ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏂᏓᏳᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᏁᏙᎲ ᏂᏓᏳᎾᏓᎴᏅᎢ. ᎠᏂᏐᎢ Martin ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏓᏛᏂ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏣᎳᎩ Heritage ᎠᏰᏟ ᏓᏁᏙᎮᏍᏗ ᏕᎭᎷᏱ ᎦᎵᏉᎩᏁᎢ.

ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎱᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ, ᏩᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗᏍᎩ Col. Joe Martin at 480-365-8202 or email joemartinproperties@cox.net.

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