Items donated to display at Cherokee Veterans Center
Cultural contractor Corey Still takes delivery of a Cherokee Braves flag on Feb. 1 at the Cherokee Nation’s Cherokee Veterans Center in Tahlequah, Okla., from CN citizen Jimmy Langley of McAlester. Langley took the flag with him when he deployed to Iraq and it flew over the country from 2003-10. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
This replica of a Cherokee Braves flag flew over Iraq at various Army bases from 200310. It was owned by CN citizen Jimmy Langley who served in Iraq. Langley donated the flag on Feb. 1 to the Cherokee Veterans Center so that it can be put on display. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – An open house was held Feb. 1 at the Cherokee Veterans Center to allow Cherokee veterans to donate items they wish to display in the center when it opens later this year.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Tribal Councilors Curtis Snell and Lee Keener attended the event to greet and visit with veterans as they delivered their items, which included uniforms, photographs, flags, medals and other small mementos.
Baker said the items donated not only memorialize the veterans’ service to the United States but also memorialize their service to the Cherokee Nation.
“We’ve had people coming that are extremely proud of their service,” he said.
There are numerous display cases to fill in the center. In one case, Tim Baker’s service in the Navy during World War II is honored with related, donated items. Tim Baker is the late father of Chief Baker.
“This is an opportunity to display items at the Cherokee Nation where generations will be able to come back and see the medals, see the honors and see the write ups of their family,” Chief Baker said.
He added that more items from veterans are needed to fill the display cases inside the 8,700-square-foot center. Along with displays and Cherokee artwork, the center has space for veteran’s services, counseling offices, a kitchen area, a library and a community room.
Mary Adair HorseChief of Sequoyah County brought a booklet she made to honor her brother John Adair.
The CN citizen served as an aviator in the Navy during the Vietnam War and piloted more than 200 missions over North Vietnam flying an A-6 Intruder. Within the booklet, she also honors other family members who served in the military.
“I have memoirs from my brother from his service days. I just typed them up and put them in here. He’s my little brother. He served in Vietnam, and he had three tours of duty over there. He flew off of an aircraft carrier, and I feel very fortunate he made it back. He had some close calls,” she said. “There’s also some pictures of relatives I thought might be of interest to somebody.”
HorseChief’s family has a long history of serving America, including a grandfather who served in the War of 1812.
“He and one of his brothers were in the Battle of New Orleans and his brother didn’t make it back. Somewhere I have a copy of his (grandfather) service record,” she said.
Another grandfather served during the Civil War under the leadership of Cherokee Gen. Stand Watie. Her father served during World War I and was exposed to mustard gas, which left him disabled for the remainder of his life.
“I’m kind of a peace dove. I don’t care too much for wars,” she said.
CN citizen Jimmy Langley of McAlester brought mementos to display, including a replica of a Cherokee Braves flag he took with him to Iraq.
“Before I deployed in 2003, I had some friends from the Cherokee Nation that gave me a Cherokee Braves flag,” he said. “I brought that flag in because it belongs to all the Cherokee people. It flew all over Iraq from 2003 through 2010. People got to know when they saw that flag that was where they could resupply their ammo because I was an ammo supply officer.”
He served with the 3rd Infantry Division, the 1st Cavalry Division and the 101st Airborne Division while in Iraq as an ammunition supply and explosive safety officer.
Langley said his Cherokee great-great grandfather Lock Langley fought under the Cherokee Braves flag with the 1st Cherokee Mounted Rifles cavalry during the Civil War. This unit was also under Gen. Watie.
“Like I said, the flag was given to me by some friends of mine who knew the history. It was something to take (to Iraq) that had a connection to me and also had a connection to my Cherokee heritage,” Langley said.
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎤᎾᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᏂᏍᏚᎢᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎧᎦᎵ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᎲ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᏅᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᎵᏍᏚᎢᏒ ᎣᏂ ᎤᏩᎦᏛᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏓ.
ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Bill John Baker, ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᏓᎴᏁᎯ ᎤᎬᏳᏫᎯ S. Joe Crittenden ᎠᎴ ᏗᎦᎳᏫᎦ Curtis Snell ᎠᎴ Lee Keener ᎤᏁᏙᎸ ᏚᏂᏲᎵᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏚᎾᏟᏃᎮᏔᏅ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏲᏢᏍᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏄᏬᏗ, ᏗᏓᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ, ᏗᎦᏓᏗ, ᏗᎧᏁᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏓᏒᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏐᎢ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎤᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
Baker ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏂᏲᏢᏅ Ꮭ Ꮩ ᎠᎾᏅᏓᏗᏍᎬᏊ ᎢᎦ ᏱᎩ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᎠᎾᏅᏓᏗᏍᎬ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᏍᏊ.
“ᎢᎦᏓᏃ ᎠᏂᏴᏟᎯᎰ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎪ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ.
ᎤᎪᏗᏃ ᎠᏝᎾᎢ ᏕᎪᏢᏒ ᎠᏟᏅᏗ ᏧᎧᎵᎢᏍᏗᎢ. ᏌᏊ ᎠᏝᏅᏗ ᎤᎰᏢᏒ, Tim Baker ᎤᏲᏏᏙᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎹᏱ ᎠᏁᏙᎯ Navy ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎠᏓᎾᏩ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᎲᎢ ᎠᎦᎵᎡᎵᏍᏔᏁ ᎠᏥᏁᎸ, ᏗᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅᎢ. Tim Baker ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏓ ᎨᏒ ᏃᏊ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᏥᎩ ᏃᏊ.
“ᏃᏊ ᎠᏝᏅᏓᏗᎠ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᎬᏁᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᎿ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏗᎬᎾ ᎬᏩᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏗᎧᏁᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏓᏒᏅᎢ, ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᎦᎵᎡᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎪᏪᎳᎾᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎬᏩᏳᎯ Baker.
ᎤᏃᎮᎸᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏝᏅᏛ Ꮟ ᎬᏩᏂᏝᏅᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏳᏂᎭ ᏳᎾᏚᎵ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏳᏅᏗ ᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎠᎭᏂ 8,700-ᏅᎩ ᏧᏅᏏᏯ ᏔᏯᎳᏏᏓ ᎢᎩᏓ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᏰᏟ. ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᎠᏝᎾᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅᎢ, ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎤᏠᏅᏓ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸ ᏧᎾᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ, ᎠᏓᏍᏓᏴᏗ, ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᏂᏅᏗ ᏧᏂᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎧᏅᏑᎸᎢ.
Mary Adair HorseChief ᎾᏍᎩ ᏏᏉᏲ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᏃᏢ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏙ John Adair.
ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ ᎤᏪᏙᎸ ᎤᏲᏒ ᏥᏳ ᏗᏢᏫᏗᏍᎩ ᏗᏱᎵᏙᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ Navy ᎠᏯᎥᎢ ᎾᎿ Vietnam ᎠᏓᎾᏩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏪᏙᎸ ᏧᏝᏫᏔᏅ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎾᏃ ᏔᎵᏧᏈ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏗ ᎠᏥᏅᏌ ᏭᏫᏓᏍᏗ ᎤᏴᏢ Vietnam ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎦᎸᎳᏗᏢ ᎤᎶᏌ ᎾᎿ A-6 Intruder ᎤᏦᏓ. ᎾᎿ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎭᏫᎾᏗᏢ, ᏓᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ.
“ᏓᎩᏁ ᎠᏅᏓᏗᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎡᎩᏙ ᏣᏯᎥ ᎠᏂᏲᏍᎩᎢ. ᏕᎪᏪᎳᎢᏌ ᎠᎴ ᏕᏥᎸᎥᎦ ᎾᎿᎢ. ᎤᏍᏗ ᎥᎩᏙᎢ. Vietnam ᎤᏪᏙᎸᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᏦᎢ ᎢᏧᏪᏅᏍᏗ ᎤᎲ ᎢᏳᏛᏗ ᎾᎿᎢ. ᏥᏳ ᎠᏝᏫᏛᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏔᎾ ᎠᎹᏯ ᎡᏙᎯ ᏥᏳᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦ ᎦᎵᎡᎵᎬ ᎥᎦᎷᎬᎢ. ᎢᏴᏓᎭ ᎡᎵ ᎤᎵᏍᏓᏁᎸᎲᏍᎬ,” ᎤᏛᏅ. “ᏗᏓᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏃ ᏓᎩᎭ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏗᏋᎾ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎩᎶ ᏱᏓᏍᏆᏂᎪᎯ ᎨᎵᏍᎬᎢ.”
HorseChief’s ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎪᎯᎦ ᎾᏁᏙᎰ ᎠᏂᏲᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ, ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏚᏓ ᎤᏟᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏔᎳᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.
“ᎤᏩᏌ ᎠᎴ ᏌᏊ ᎠᎾᎵᏝᏅᏢ ᎠᏂᏯᎡ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏟᎸ ᎢᏤ Orleans ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏓᏅᏟ Ꮭ ᏱᎤᎷᏤᎢ. ᎢᎸᏢ ᎠᎩᎾᎢ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏚᏓ ᎤᏲᏏᏙᎸ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ,” ᎤᏛᏅ.
ᏐᎢ ᎤᏚᏚ ᎤᏪᏙᎸ ᎾᎿ Civil ᎠᏓᎾᏩ ᏓᏓᏘᏁᎲᏃ ᎠᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏍᎦᏰᎬᏍᏗ Stand Watie. ᎤᏙᏓ ᎤᏟᎸ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎪᏪᎳ ᏓᎾᏩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏠᏤ mustard ᎨᏌ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬ Ꮭ ᎡᎵ ᏯᏛᏁᎯ ᏱᎨᏎ ᎠᎴᏂᏙᎲ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏯᏊ ᎫᎴ ᏗᏍᎪᏂᎯ ᎠᏯ. Ꮭ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎤᏟᎢᎦ ᏱᎨᎵᏍᎪ ᏓᎿᏩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Jimmy Langly ᎾᎿ McAlester ᎡᎯ ᎤᏲᏢ ᎠᏅᏓᏗᏍᏙᏗ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᏅᏁᏗ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏛ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏟᎭ ᎦᏓᏗ ᎤᎾᏫᏛᎲ ᎾᎿ Iraq ᏧᏪᏅᏒᎢ.
“Ꮟ ᎾᏇᏅᏓ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏦᎢ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, ᏗᏆᎵᎢ ᎠᏁᎲ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵᎢ ᎬᎩᏅᏁᎸ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏟᎯ ᎦᏓᏗ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ,”ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎠᎩᏃᏢ ᎯᎠ ᎦᏓᏗ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏂᎦᏓ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᎾᏤᎵ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᏂᎬᎢ ᎤᏪᏙᎸ Iraq ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏦᎢ ᎤᏕᏃᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ. ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎾᎿ ᏳᏂᎪᎯ ᎯᎠ ᎦᏓᏗ ᎤᎾᏅᏛ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎬᏩᏴᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎦᏂ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎮᏃ ᎢᎦᏛᏁᎯ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎦᏂ ᏫᏗᏥᏱᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏲᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏴᏗ.”
ᎤᏪᏙᎸ 3rd Infantry Division, ᎾᎿ 1st Cavalry Division ᎠᎴ 101st Airborne Division ᎾᏍᎩ Iraq ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏯᏛᎾ ᎦᏂ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏔᏍᎩᏍᎩ ᏄᎾᏱᎯᏍᏛᎾ ᏗᎦᏘᏯ.
Langley ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏔᎵᏳ ᎤᏚᏓ Lock Langley ᎤᏟᎸ ᎭᏫᎾᏗᏝ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏟᎯ ᎦᏓᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏣᎳᎩ Mounted Rifles cavalry ᎾᎿ civil ᏣᎾᏟᎮᎢ. ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᏍᎦᏰᎬᏍᏗ Watie ᏓᏘᏁᎲᎢ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᏥᎾᎩᏪᏒ, ᎦᏓᏗ ᎥᎩᏅᏁᎸ ᎨᏒ ᏗᏆᎵᎢ ᎤᎾᏅᏘ ᏂᏧᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᏔᏅᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎩᎾᏫᏛᎲ (Iraq) ᎾᎿ ᎠᏆᏓᏂᏴᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏯ ᎠᎩᏂᏴᏗᏍᎬ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏂᏛᏆᏓᎴᏅᎢ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Langley.