Oaks Indian Mission honors former student
TULSA, Okla. – The Oaks Indian Mission recently honored Cherokee Nation Entertainment employee Jimmie Marrujo as an outstanding alumnus. He attended the mission in Oaks 40 years ago.
According to a CNE press release, Marrujo, who is Cherokee and Pueblo and works at the Cherokee Hills Golf Course in Catoosa, is a positive role model for Native American youth, even more so for those students coming from Oaks.
“Marrujo attended Oaks Indian Mission throughout high school and graduated in 1962. The award recognizes Marrujo as an inspirational alumnus who has created a lasting, positive impact on Oaks Indian Mission,” the release states.
Marrujo spent 11 years playing professional baseball. He played two years with players such as Mickey Mantle and Rich Barry as a member of the New York Yankees.
“Oaks will always be near and dear to my heart because I grew up there and it’s where I made lifetime friends,” Marrujo said. “It helped me adjust to the outside world, and people outside of my family.”
Marrujo has been married to his wife Jessica for 45 years, and spends a great deal of time with his son and grandson.
He’s been a employee at Cherokee Hill Golf Club since 2004 and said enjoys his job more than playing professional baseball, but still enjoys watching the game.
According to the release, Oaks officials contend that his inspirational story and continued efforts to bring awareness to the Oaks Indian Mission make him much more than that to the children who live there now.
Oaks Indian Mission, located in Delaware County, is a nonprofit, privately funded shelter alternative for Native American children ages 4 to 18. For more information, visit oaksindianmission.org
ᏔᎳᏏ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᏧᏍᎪ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᎪᏍᏗ ᎾᏞᎬ ᎤᎾᎵᎮᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎦᏅᏔ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ Jimmie Marrujo ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏩᎠᎪᎵᏴ ᎠᎦᏅᏔ ᏧᏍᏆᏛ ᏓᎾᏓᏟᏏᏍᎬᎢ. ᏚᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᏧᏍᎪ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ.
ᏚᎾᏙᎵᏤᎸ ᎾᎿ CNE ᏗᏂᎴᏴᏗᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᏙᎵᏤᎸ, Marrujo, ᎾᏍᎾ ᎠᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᎴ Pueblo ᎠᎴ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏚᏏ Golf Course ᎾᎿ ᎦᏚᏏᎢ, ᎤᏙᎯᏳᎯ ᏗᎬᏟᎶᏍᏙᏗ ᎬᏩᏂᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎨᎳ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ, ᎤᎪᏛᏃ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏍᎪ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏃᏊ.
“Marrujo ᏚᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᏧᏍᎪ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏕᎦᏂᏙᎲ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏚᏍᏆᏛ ᏔᎳᏚᏏᏁ ᏗᎦᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪ ᏔᎵ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ. ᎯᎠ ᎤᏓᏒᏅ ᎠᎪᎵᏍᏙᏗ Marrujo ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᎦᎵᏍᏗ ᏗᎬᏩᏓᏅᏓᏗᏍᏙᏗ ᏃᏊ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᎦᏅᏔ ᎪᎯᎦ ᎬᏩᎴᏅᏓ, ᎣᏍᏓ ᎦᏱᎦᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᏧᏍᎪ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ,” ᏗᏂᎴᏴᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᏃᏪᎸᎢ.
Marrujo ᏌᏚ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏕᏁᎶᏅ ᏧᎾᏔᏂ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᎷᎬᎢ. ᏔᎵ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎢᏧᎳᎭ ᏚᎾᏁᎶᏅ Mickey Mantle ᎠᎴ Rich Barry ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏁᎸᎢ New York Yankees.
“ᏧᏍᎪᏃ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎾᎥ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏆᏓᏅᏛ ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏓ ᏗᏆᏓᏅᏛᎢ ᎾᏅᏃ ᎠᏆᏛᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏆᎵ ᏓᎩᏩᏛᎲ ᎦᎴᏂᏙᎲ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Marrujo. “ᎠᎩᏍᏕᎸᎲ ᎠᏇᎳᏗᏓᏍᏗ ᎡᎶᎯ ᏫᏚᏳᎪᏛᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏙᏯᏗᏢ ᎾᏃ ᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ.”
Marrujo ᏓᎦᏨᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᏓᎵᎢ Jessica ᏚᏙ ᎠᎴ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᎾᏂᏁᎶ, ᎠᎴ ᎤᎪᏛᏊ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏁᏙᎰ ᎤᏪᏥ ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎵᏏ.
ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰᏃ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏚᏏ Golf Club ᎬᏩᎴᏅᏓ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏅᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎬᏩᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎸᏉᏓ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎾᏃ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ ᏚᏁᎶᏅᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮟ ᏓᎦᏙᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎬᎢ.
ᏚᎾᏙᎵᏤᎵ ᎯᎠ ᏗᏂᎴᏴᏗᏍᎩ, ᏧᏍᎪ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎦᎵᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᎾᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎯᎠ ᎧᏃᎮᏢ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎬᏱᎵᏒ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏧᏍᎪ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎤᎾᏓᏁᏖᏗ ᏃᏊ ᏥᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᎢ.
ᏧᏍᎪ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎾᎿ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏆᏅᎩ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ, ᏞᏃ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏃᏢᏍᎩ ᏱᎩ, ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎩ ᏓᏂᎲᏍᎪ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏅᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ. ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ, visit oaksindianmission.org.