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CHC employee recognized with Oklahoma Youth Alumni Award
BY STAFF REPORTS
12/10/2018 4:00:00 PM
Sierra Betancourt is honored at the state Capitol where she addressed the Governor’s Committee representing Eastern Oklahoma Workforce.

Howard Hotel to host open house
BY STAFF REPORTS
12/10/2018 12:00:00 PM
WATTS – The historic Howard Hotel will host its annual Christmas open house on Dec. 15-16 at 102 First St. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 16. At 106 years, the hotel is the oldest building in town with three floors decorated for Christmas. All ages are welcome and cookies will be served.

Cherokee student is on-air personality at radio station
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
12/10/2018 9:00:00 AM
After completing an internship, Colby Luper became an on-air personality and eventually production designer at Lakes Country Radio.

EC says Duncan can run for Dist. 7 seat
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
12/7/2018 8:00:00 PM
The Election Commission says it can’t find a constitutional provision or legislative act that prevents a Cherokee Nation employee from campaigning other than needing to resign before filing for office.

NSU AIHC accepting Symposium on the American Indian proposals
BY STAFF REPORTS
12/9/2018 2:00:00 PM
Presentations should tell the stories of past and present women leaders, from the most well known and celebrated to those who are just beginning to be recognized.

US Supreme Court seeks more details in Oklahoma case
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
12/9/2018 10:00:00 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is asking new questions in a case that will decide whether an Oklahoma-based Indian tribe retains control over a vast swath of eastern Oklahoma. The court on Dec. 4 asked attorneys for both the U.S. and Muscogee (Creek) Nation to file written answers to questions in the case that involves a Native American man sentenced to death for murder in state court. The justices specifically asked whether any statute grants the state jurisdiction over crimes committed by Indians on Indian land, and whether land can qualify as an Indian reservation in certain cases. The order could mean that the nine-member court is divided on the case and that the justices are looking for a way to reach a decision. Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch is not taking part.

3 oil companies agree to settle in Oklahoma earthquake suit
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
12/8/2018 2:00:00 PM
PRAGUE, Oklahoma (AP) — Three oil companies have reached a settlement with plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit over damaging earthquakes in central Oklahoma.

Bacone College coach shows pride in school, culture
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
12/7/2018 4:00:00 PM
Phillip Barnoskie said he tells his Indian students that their culture is that “unique among unique.”

Cherokee Speakers Bureau to meet Dec. 13
BY STAFF REPORTS
12/7/2018 12:00:00 PM
TAHELQUAH – The Cherokee Speakers Bureau will be held Thursday, Dec. 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will meet in the Community Ballroom that is located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokee. All Cherokee speakers are invited to attend. If you want to bring a side dish or a dessert, feel free to bring it. Come speak Cherokee and enjoy food and fellowship. For further information about the event, please contact: the Language Program at 918-453-5151.

CN, volunteers assist people affected by tornado
BY GRANT NEUGIN
Reporter
12/7/2018 8:00:00 AM
Volunteers and Cherokee Nation staff assist people in the Welling, Caney and Wauhillau area affected by a Nov. 30 tornado.

UPDATE: CN hosts ‘Christmas on the Square’
BY STAFF REPORTS
12/6/2018 4:15:00 PM
The family-friendly event features special activities for children, including pictures with Santa, Christmas stories, lights and a parade.

EC confirms 2 Dist. 7 candidates, sets hearing for 3rd
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
12/6/2018 12:00:00 PM
Election Commission officials will hear challenges to Canaan Duncan’s candidacy at 9 a.m. on Dec. 7 in the EC Office.

CN launches Cherokee 101 program for educators
BY STAFF REPORTS
12/6/2018 8:15:00 AM
Educators will take six crash course lessons in Cherokee history and language.

Noted Cherokee artist Shan Goshorn dies
BY STAFF REPORTS
12/5/2018 4:30:00 PM
She used different media to share the challenges and achievements of Native people, including woven paper baskets, silversmithing, painting and photography.

CN hosts ‘Christmas on the Square’
BY STAFF REPORTS
12/5/2018 12:00:00 PM
The family-friendly event features special activities for children, including pictures with Santa, Christmas stories, lights and a parade.

Longtime CHC archivist Mooney dies
BY STAFF REPORTS
12/5/2018 8:30:00 AM
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 7 at the Reed-Culver Funeral Home in Tahlequah.

Cherokee Nation calendar of events for December
BY STAFF REPORTS
12/4/2018 2:00:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation hosts several events in December, including the annual Christmas open house event at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex and “Christmas on the Square” event at the Cherokee National Capitol Square.

Baker declares state of emergency following tornadoes
BY STAFF REPORTS
12/4/2018 9:15:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH – Principal Chief Bill John Baker declared a state of emergency in the Cherokee Nation on Dec. 3 after tornadoes damaged homes and property in five northeast Oklahoma counties. According to a CN press release, tribal officials estimate that at least 822 CN citizens live in the affected area. The release states Baker signed the proclamation authorizing all appropriate tribal resources and personnel to respond and activating the CN Emergency Operations Center to assess the damage.

CN, state and Gore officials celebrate nuclear waste site cleanup
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
12/4/2018 8:30:00 AM
Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma and city officials celebrate the removal of radioactive waste from the former Sequoyah Fuels Corp.

Cherokee Phoenix to print twice monthly in 2019
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
12/3/2018 4:30:00 PM
The new organization will publish the newspaper on or as close to the first and 15th of each month.

The Commodores to light up Hard Rock on Feb. 14
BY STAFF REPORTS
12/3/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Motown powerhouse is heading to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

December 2018 community meetings
BY STAFF REPORTS
12/1/2018 4:00:00 PM
December 2018 Community Meetings Dec. 3 Lost City Community Organization 6 p.m. Native American Association of Ketchum 280 East Gregory, Ketchum 6:30 p.m. Belfonte 6:30 p.m. Call Sallie Sevenstar at 918-427-4237 Marble City Community Organization MCCO Building 7 p.m. Eucha Indian Fellowship Eucha Community Building 8 p.m.

OPINION: Remembering service of Cherokee Code Talkers
BY BILL JOHN BAKER
Principal Chief
12/1/2018 12:00:00 PM
We recently concluded elections across Oklahoma and the United States. Being able to vote and participate in the electoral process is a critical part of our democracy.

December 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online
BY STAFF REPORTS
12/1/2018 8:00:00 AM
December 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online

CN EMS collecting donations for Angel Project
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/30/2018 4:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation EMS staff will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 3-8 at the Tahlequah Walmart accepting donations to help fill an ambulance.

Opioid case has new complication: Babies born in withdrawal
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/30/2018 8:30:00 AM
Babies, unlike governments or businesses, have been directly harmed by the actions of drugmakers and are entitled to their own payments, attorneys say.

CN citizens trying solar panels on homes to lower utility costs
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/29/2018 8:00:00 AM
The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation is using a grant for the pilot program.

New database available of Dawes Commission town site records
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/28/2018 4:30:00 PM
This database includes 467 names of individuals in the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Muscogee (Creek) nations.

CN officials attend Murphy case’s SCOTUS hearing
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/28/2018 10:30:00 AM
The MCN is asking the Supreme Court to uphold a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from 2017 that the MCN’s reservation was never formally disestablished.

Justices debate Indian control of land in Oklahoma
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/28/2018 9:00:00 AM
Some justices fear a ruling for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation could have big consequences for criminal cases, but also tax and other regulatory issues.

Hargis confirmed as registrar, special election set for Dist. 7
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/27/2018 1:30:00 PM
Former Dist. 7 Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis resigns her legislative seat to serve as registrar, forcing the Tribal Council to call for a Jan. 5 election.

UPDATE: Tribal Complex, Sequoyah lockdown lifted
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/27/2018 1:12:56 PM
TAHLEQUAH – According to an all-employee email, the lockdown of the Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex and Sequoyah Schools was lifted at approximately 1 p.m. “We are no longer on lockdown. We appreciate employees’ cooperation today. Employees can now unlock doors and work on business as usual,” the email states. “We thank our Cherokee Nation Marshals and security for keeping us safe, as this was the safest place for our employees to remain.” According to a CN Communications email, the complex and Sequoyah Schools were locked down at approximately 11 a.m. after an individual who may have been en route to the complex had made a threat. CN officials then asked employees to “remain in their departments with doors locked, until the lockdown is lifted.” The email stated that Cherokee Nation marshals and security were on site and worked with other law enforcement. “Employee safety is always our first concern,” the email states.

UPDATE: Tribal Complex, Sequoyah locked down
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/27/2018 12:20:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – According to an all-employee email, the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex and Sequoyah Schools were locked down at approximately 11 a.m. today and remains so. As of 12:10 p.m., according to a CN Communications email, the complex and Sequoyah campus were secure but still under a lockdown. According to the email, an individual who may have been en route to the complex had made a threat and CN officials were asking employees to “remain in their departments with doors locked, until the lockdown is lifted.” The email stated that Cherokee Nation marshals and security were on site and working with other law enforcement. “Employee safety is always our first concern. Communications will keep everyone updated as soon as we can,” the email states. “Water will be brought in and security will be checking on departments if employees need restroom breaks or have other needs.”

Tribal Complex, Sequoyah locked down
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/27/2018 11:58:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH – According to an all-employee email, the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex was locked down at approximately 11 a.m. today. “Please stay in your departments and lock doors. Keep guests inside your departments. This is not a drill. Cherokee Nation marshals are on site.” The Cherokee Phoenix has heard conflicting stories about why the marshals locked down the complex and Sequoyah Schools. We will bring you more as the story unfolds.?

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Laramie Gordon
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
11/27/2018 9:15:00 AM
He hopes to attain a career as a diesel technician and eventually have his own business.

Oklahoma ‘Doughboy’ statue restored, rededicated
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/26/2018 2:00:00 PM
The statue was originally brought to memorialize the service of the Five Civilized Tribes during World War I.

Cherokee Nation offering WIC clients in Vinita temporary alternate vendors
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/26/2018 11:30:00 AM
The tribe’s Vinita Health Center has 175 clients who participate in the Women, Infants and Children program.

Artwork from across Americas to be featured at Native Art Market
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/22/2018 2:30:00 PM
The two-day event is at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Austin named to Northeast Tech-EAST board
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/23/2018 2:00:00 PM
Tribal Councilor Keith Austin will have an opportunity to help shape the Environmental and Spatial Technology program at the Northeast Tech Claremore Campus.

Stacy produces practical-use woodwork
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
11/23/2018 10:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Buddy Stacy’s creations reflect his passion for woodworking.

Editorial Board to meet December 6, 2018 via conference call
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/21/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board will meet at 9 a.m. CST, December 6, 2018, via conference call. It is an open meeting and the public is welcome to attend by using the conference call information to join the meeting. Conference Call: 1-866-210-1669 Code: 4183136#

Tribal food distribution programs benefit from agreement
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/21/2018 12:30:00 PM
Tribal citizens living in Miami were previously excluded from the program because the city is deemed an urban area due to a population of greater than 10,000.

CHEROKEE EATS: Urban Station
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
11/21/2018 8:30:00 AM
The goal of Urban Station is to help preserve the town’s history and build its economy.

David Spade coming to The Joint on Jan. 19
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/20/2018 4:00:00 PM
The actor and comedian is coming to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Willie Nelson takes the stage in Tulsa Feb. 17
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/20/2018 12:00:00 PM
Country legend to perform at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

Bacone College reinstates Indian art program
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/20/2018 8:30:00 AM
New courses in film, script writing, performing art and other contemporary visual arts will be added to the curriculum.

STUDY: Weak reporting on missing, murdered Native women
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/19/2018 4:00:00 PM
A Seattle-based report stats that Native American and Alaska Native women are vanishing in high numbers.

Upcoming exhibit to highlight Cherokee Nation flag
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/19/2018 1:45:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – In preparation for a museum exhibit, Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is asking the public to share photos and stories of where their Cherokee Nation flag has flown.

Ketcher serving Cherokee Nation as Community Services leader
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
11/19/2018 8:45:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH – After 30 years with the Indian Health Service, Cherokee Nation citizen Martha Ketcher made her way back home to serve the CN as executive director of Community Services. Since June, Ketcher has led a “myriad” of CN programs.

Bass Pro Shops clarifies Trail of Tears rifle situation
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/18/2018 2:00:00 PM
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Bass Pro Shops has reached out to the Cherokee Nation after a photo of a Trail of Tears rifle at an Arkansas store caused social media users to call for a boycott of the business.

Conservation groups disappointed with Illinois River plan
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/18/2018 10:00:00 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Conservation groups are expressing disappointment with an agreement between Oklahoma and Arkansas officials to study ways to improve water quality in the Illinois River watershed.

Arkansas, Oklahoma agencies agree to clean up Illinois River
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/17/2018 2:00:00 PM
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas and Oklahoma state agencies have signed an agreement which commits the states to work together to address concerns about water quality in the Illinois River.

Willie Nelson takes the stage in Tulsa Feb. 17
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/16/2018 4:30:00 PM
Country legend to perform at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Bass Pro Shops pulls Trail of Tears rifle amid complaints
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/16/2018 12:30:00 PM
A customer in Arkansas posts photos of the rifle on Twitter, leading to accusations that Bass Pro was profiting from the Cherokee Nation’s forced removal.

Oklahoma sees high prices for medical pot amid scarce supply
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/16/2018 9:00:00 AM
Many licensed medical marijuana businesses in the state won’t be selling buds before December, when widespread harvests are expected to be complete.

Registrar, special election bills pass Rules Committee but not Council
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
11/15/2018 4:30:00 PM
Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis’s registrar confirmation and the Dist. 7 special election timeline pass the Rules Committee, but not a special Tribal Council meeting due to lack of quorum.

FAA recognizes Cherokee Nation 3S employee
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/15/2018 12:30:00 PM
Aaron Fletcher earns a Federal Aviation Administration honor for his role in a new weather observation model.

Walk held to commemorate river crossing during Trail of Tears
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
11/15/2018 8:30:00 AM
About 50 people walked in cold weather on Nov. 10 to remember Cherokee and Muscogee (Creek) people who crossed the Tennessee River at Blythe’s Ferry during the forced removals in 1838.

Free ACT prep boot camp available for Native students
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/14/2018 4:00:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation Foundation is offering Native American students a free ACT Boot Camp on Dec. 1. The one-day course will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Sequoyah High School Gym. Juniors and seniors can apply through Nov. 26.

Council funds ID survey of fluent Cherokee speakers
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/14/2018 1:30:00 PM
With nearly 2,000 fluent speakers identified, the Community & Cultural Outreach department will host community events in hopes of identifying more fluent speakers.

Arkansas casinos coming, but where and when unclear
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/14/2018 8:00:00 AM
The gaming facilities are approved for the central or eastern parts of the state. Cherokee Nation has two casinos along the western Arkansas border.

CMS extends Hastings Hospital compliance deadline
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
11/13/2018 2:00:00 PM
W.W. Hastings Hospital has until Dec. 22 to show compliance or its accreditation with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could be terminated.

CDC: More Oklahoma parents seeking child vaccine exemptions
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/13/2018 10:00:00 AM
The Centers for Disease Control says 2.1 percent of Oklahoma public school students and 5.6 percent of private school students claimed at least one kind of exemption.

CN offers free home energy audits for citizens
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
11/12/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation service helps cut energy costs for its citizens’ homes.

Webbers Falls displays street signs in Cherokee language
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
11/12/2018 10:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation translator John Ross helps with the town’s efforts.

Angel Project, Elder Tree angels available for adoption
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/11/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation’s Angel Project and Elder Angel Tree provide for those who would be without this holiday season.

Tribe challenges Corps findings on Dakota Access pipeline
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/11/2018 10:00:00 AM
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux is challenging new government conclusions that the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline poses no significant environmental threats to American Indian tribes in the Dakotas.

Northwestern Montana tribes to limit opioid prescriptions
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/10/2018 2:00:00 PM
PABLO, Mont. (AP) — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in northwestern Montana are seeking to fight opioid abuse by putting limits on opioids prescribed to members seeking care through the Tribal Health Department.

CN honors TERO-certified companies
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/9/2018 3:30:00 PM
The Tribal Employment Rights Office has more than 820 Indian-owned companies that are TERO-certified and able to do business with the tribe.

Cherokee Nation Businesses donations to Arkansas casino initiative tops $2M
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
11/9/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation Businesses gives money to help the group Driving Arkansas Forward promote a casino initiative.

Predominately Cherokee fraternity donates benches to CHC
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
11/9/2018 8:45:00 AM
Northeastern State University’s Sigma Nu Alpha Gamma fraternity gives four park-style benches to the Cherokee Heritage Center.

Sequoyah Fellow America Meredith to host art symposium Nov. 10
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/8/2018 4:00:00 PM
The symposium will present the media of Cherokee visual arts throughout time and bring together artists, art historians and other scholars to examine the visual arts history of the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians.

Activists laud Native American women’s election to U.S. House
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/8/2018 12:00:00 PM
Debra Haaland and Sharice Davids join two Markwayne Mullin and Tom Cole as the only Native Americans in the House or Representatives.

N.C. Cherokee say race to save their language is marathon
BY LIZ SCHLEMMER
WUNC
11/8/2018 8:30:00 AM
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is trying to save the language, which some say could be practically extinct in 30 years.

Cherokee CRC to join BIA construction effort
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/7/2018 3:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation-owned company is expected to support a $500 million contract.

CN citizens Stitt, Mullin win races
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/7/2018 11:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizens Kevin Stitt and Markwayne Mulllin easily win their respective races for Oklahoma governor and congressman.

Veterans center coming to Sallisaw
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/7/2018 8:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation Businesses will provide up to $300,000 to help relocate the center and restart operations in Sallisaw.

Cherokee race car driver has NASCAR hopes
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
11/6/2018 4:00:00 PM
Fourteen-year-old Drake Long says he wants to make it the NASCAR circuit some day.

Oklahoma drivers show loyalties through license plates
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/6/2018 12:30:00 PM
The Oklahoma Tax Commission offers more than 200 special license plate options that can be purchased to show support for organizations and causes.

CN to host veterans appreciation event Friday
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/6/2018 8:30:00 AM
The Veterans Appreciation Day event starts at 9 a.m. and includes a wreath-laying ceremony, cultural activities, a resource fair as well as lunch.

CN provides boost to communities via special project funds
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/5/2018 2:00:00 PM
The administrative and legislative branches select the donations made through the fund, which allows the tribe to partner with communities and organizations.

Many opioid addicts shut out of sober-living homes
BY WHITNEY BRYEN
Oklahoma Watch
11/5/2018 8:30:00 AM
Because Oxford Houses are sober-living homes, many residents oppose letting in newcomers who are taking drugs designed to help transition them out of opioid addiction.

In North Dakota, tribes scramble to clear voter ID hurdle
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/4/2018 2:00:00 PM
BELCOURT, N.D. (AP) — Locating a house isn't easy on the isolated and impoverished Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in northern North Dakota, and that's making it more difficult for residents and their counterparts on other reservations in the state to vote this election.

Construction to resume on Oklahoma American Indian museum
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/4/2018 10:00:00 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Construction is expected to resume in January on the long-delayed American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.

Memorial dedicated to homecoming parade crash victims
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/3/2018 2:00:00 PM
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Officials in Stillwater have dedicated a memorial to the four people killed and 50 injured in a homecoming parade crash at Oklahoma State University.

CN, OSU share plans for medical college in Tahlequah
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
11/2/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation is set to open in 2020.

Mullin: ‘volunteer walk’ comment referred to Old Settlers
BY TIM LANDES
Special Correspondent
11/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect that the last sentence of a press release on U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin’s website was edited Nov. 2 to remove the reference to his ancestors who were initially reported as having walked the Trail of Tears. U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin says his Cherokee ancestors were Old Settlers despite a Sept. 12 press release stating they walked the Trail of Tears.

Trail of Tears marker dedicated in North Carolina
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
11/2/2018 8:15:00 AM
It includes the familiar Trail of Tears Historic Route sign and one that gives mileage to Woodhall’s Depot in Westville, Oklahoma, and Fort Lindsay, North Carolina, a round-up camp for Cherokees.

Tribal removal stories shared at TOTA conference
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
11/1/2018 1:30:00 PM
Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Chickasaw and Choctaw people were moved from their homelands in and around Alabama. Historians share some of those stories.

November 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/1/2018 10:00:00 AM
November 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online

Supreme Court: Baker, Crittenden can’t run in 2019
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
11/1/2018 8:30:00 AM
Justices say the tribe’s Constitution states that no person having been elected to the principal and deputy chief offices in two consecutive elections shall be eligible to file for office following a second term.

Cherokee Nation Mission Solutions brings services to military base
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/31/2018 12:30:00 PM
The tribal company receives a five-year contract from the U.S. Army for services at Fort Campbell.

OSU hopes to attract Native American students to sciences
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
10/31/2018 8:30:00 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A group of Native American high school students handled human bones and organs during a recent field trip designed to spark their interest in science and medicine. Taking the students on a tour of the 206 bones in the body was Brandon Postoak, a first-year medical student at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences. Postoak is Chickasaw and Choctaw, which makes him an important role model, said Kent Smith, a paleontologist and anatomy professor.

Red Earth Festival announces call for 2019 artist applications
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/30/2018 4:30:00 PM
Applications for the juried art market can be found at www.redearth.org, or obtained by calling 405-427-5228.

Cherokee Nation to determine immersion school’s charter status
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
The school’s board votes to remove the charter status, but a final determination hasn’t been set.

CN publishes its own history book
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
10/30/2018 9:00:00 AM
The book emphasizes individual leadership, the struggle for internal unity and the fight against the forces that tried to destroy the Cherokee Nation’s sovereignty.

CN gives $20K to CNF At-Large Tribal Council Scholarship
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/29/2018 4:30:00 PM
The contribution funds one-year college scholarships for students living outside the tribe’s education service area, maintaining a 3.0 GPA and enrolled in a four-year, postsecondary institution.

CHC presents awards at SevenStar Gala
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/29/2018 1:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Phoenix receives the Stalwart Award for significant contributions to the Cherokee Heritage Center’s success.

Northeast Oklahoma residents raise poultry operation concern
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
10/28/2018 2:00:00 PM
MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — Northeastern Oklahoma residents are voicing concern about poultry operations planned in their communities and northwestern Arkansas. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry suspended permits earlier this month for new and expanding broiler chicken farms in the state. But the Tulsa World reports additional chicken operations are still planned, including six houses in Ottawa County that poultry operators had applied for before the moratorium. New poultry houses are also planned in nearby Benton County, Arkansas.The 80-acre Ottawa County proposal is near historic Route 66 south of Miami, about 79 miles (127 kilometers) northeast of Tulsa. Citizens groups say it's a bad place for poultry operations because it is on higher ground where heavy rains drain off to neighboring properties.

NSU, Center for Tribal Studies host American Indian Heritage Month events
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/27/2018 2:00:00 PM
Events consist of a Family Adoption Panel, a film screening of “Mankiller” and the Learning Indigenous Arts workshop series sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council.

CNSP partnering with USMC in battle against unmanned aerial threats
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/26/2018 4:15:00 PM
The tribally owned company will provide the U.S. military with counter unmanned aerial systems expertise.

Cox named Prevention Specialist of Year
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/26/2018 12:15:00 PM
Behavioral Health employee Coleman Cox is recognized as a top prevention specialist in the state.

Cherokee Nation collects Cherokee language data in communities
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/26/2018 8:15:00 AM
Documenting Cherokee fluent speaker information will help the Cherokee tribes to gain more language resources.

AARP Oklahoma honors 6 Cherokee elders
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/25/2018 4:00:00 PM
Four Cherokee Nation and two United Keetoowah Band citizens receive recognition for their respective contributions.

Daniel H. Wilson Named Guest Editor of TCJ Student
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/25/2018 1:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Daniel H. Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestselling “Robopocalypse” and its bestselling sequel “Robogenesis.”

Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd run marks 8th year
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/25/2018 8:15:00 AM
Founded in 2011, the event follows a scenic trail near the Illinois River that racers say is beautiful yet challenging.

Bacone hosts golf tournament for scholarship fund
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/24/2018 4:45:00 PM
Bacone College hosts golf tournament to benefit the Bacone Student Scholarship Fund.

Families honor ancestors who survived Trail of Tears
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
10/24/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Trail of Tears Association’s Oklahoma Chapter holds a ceremony at the Hungry Mountain Cemetery to respect survivors of the removal.

CN to host OKC Thunder Youth Basketball Camp
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/24/2018 10:00:00 AM
The cost per camper is $55 and includes an exclusive Oklahoma City Thunder Youth Basketball Camp T-shirt, water bottle and commemorative basketball.

Osborn performs several shows through Tulsa Opera
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/24/2018 8:45:00 AM
As a member of the Tulsa Opera, Osborn is receiving more opportunities to showcase his singing abilities.

SHS Drama Dept. to perform encore One Act Play for Charity
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
10/23/2018 4:00:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – After placing second earlier this month at the OSSAA Regional competition with their one-act play, “When We Were Young and Unafraid,” the Sequoyah High School Drama Department is heading to the state competition in Mustang on Oct. 26.

CN gives $12K for Lenapah water quality
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/23/2018 12:00:00 PM
The funds will help with installation of a new media filter, which is used to remove pollutants.

Kinzer creates hub for fishing community near Chelsea
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/23/2018 8:30:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Dean Kinzer hosts several fishing tournaments annually for nearby residents.

CN breaks ground on Head Start storm shelter
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/22/2018 4:00:00 PM
The above-ground shelters will protect around 300 toddlers, preschoolers and staff throughout the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction.

CN hosting College and Career Night in Tahlequah, Vinita
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/22/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Tahlequah event is set for Oct. 23, and the Vinita event is set for Nov. 8.

Tahlequah Pizza provides uniquely styled pizza to area
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/22/2018 8:45:00 AM
The restaurant makes a Boston-style crust for their pizzas, which is not seen in the Tahlequah area.

CN teams with Stilwell on tobacco-free ordinance
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/19/2018 4:00:00 PM
It prohibits tobacco use, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices, on all city-owned property and in city vehicles.

CN Registration staff assist with firefighter IDs
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
10/19/2018 8:30:00 AM
When an emergency such as a fire arises, rural and volunteer firefighters often come straight from their homes or work to the scene, making it difficult for people to know who they are or why they’re there. New IDs made by the CN Registration Department should help.

Tahlequah Writers group to meet Oct. 20 at Cherokee Arts Center
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/18/2018 4:30:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The next meeting of the Tahlequah Writers group is 2 p.m., Oct. 20 at the Cherokee Arts Center multi-purpose room at 212 S. Water Street in Tahlequah behind the “Spider Gallery.”

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa hosts ‘Ghosts and Glam’ Oct. 27
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/18/2018 1:15:00 PM
CATOOSA – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is transforming into a world of spooky enchantment with its “Ghosts and Glam” Halloween Party on Oct. 27.

Photographer wins Best of Show at Cherokee Art Market
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/18/2018 8:30:00 AM
TULSA, Okla. – Navajo artist Eugene Tapahe received the Best of Show award for “Never Forget Standing for Unity” at the 13th annual Cherokee Art Market at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on Oct. 13-14.

Tribal Council supports Coordinating Council on Poultry Growth
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/17/2018 12:30:00 PM
The Coordinating Council on Poultry Growth will examine the expansion of poultry growth within the tribe’s jurisdiction.

‘Sovereignty’ play to be performed at PAC in Tulsa
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
10/17/2018 9:30:00 AM
“Sovereignty,” a play written by Cherokee Nation citizen Mary Kathryn Nagle will be performed at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Liddy Doenges Theater in October and November.

Cherokee Nation responds to Senator Warren’s DNA test
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
10/16/2018 3:15:00 PM
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. issued a statement on Oct. 15 in response to Sen. Warren’s DNA test claiming Native heritage.

Goodrich hopes to be ‘positive influence’ at Kenwood
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/16/2018 8:30:00 AM
Goodrich comes to Kenwood to help tutor students in math and reading as well as assist the athletics coach.

Cherokee Nation to appeal Oct. 4 ruling against ICWA
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
10/15/2018 1:00:00 PM
The ICWA has been contested in court numerous times since its passage in 1978, but this is the first time that a federal judge has put the future of the law in jeopardy.

OBN hears JR Baker case on registered nursing license
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/15/2018 8:15:00 AM
Baker was responsible for incorrectly administering medications and potentially exposing patients to blood borne pathogens.

Garner continues making his mark in country music
BY MARK DREADFULWATER
Multimedia Editor – @cp_mdreadfulwat
10/12/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Wayne Garner band recently signs with Vision Entertainment, a Nashville-based major management company.

Widow keeps late Cherokee author’s legacy living
BY CHRISTINA GOOD VOICE
Special Correspondent
10/12/2018 8:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Evelyn Conley spends her days ensuring Robert J. Conley’s legacy continues.

Wapskineh selected for Emory University diabetes prevention training
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
10/11/2018 2:00:00 PM
It allows for greater sustainability within large organizations and systems that deliver the National Diabetes Prevention lifestyle change program.

Tribal people gather to celebrate their day in Tulsa and Tahlequah
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
10/11/2018 8:00:00 AM
Numerous people representing various Oklahoma tribes took part in two events that celebrated Native American people on Oct. 8.

New Cherokee Nation book to be discussed at Oct. 16 COCA meeting
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/10/2018 4:00:00 PM
The speaker for the meeting will be Dr. Bob Blackburn who will discuss the book “Cherokee Nation: A History of Survival, Self Determination, and Identity.”

AIGC’s Know Before U Go comes to Univ. of Oklahoma on Nov. 3
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/10/2018 12:00:00 PM
Free Event Offers Native High School Students and Families Information on College Preparation, Scholarship Opportunities, and Financial Literacy.

CHEROKEE EATS: Wheelhouse Kitchen
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/10/2018 8:00:00 AM
The restaurant’s goal is to serve clean, natural, local foods by using local farmers and business for their ingredients.

Tribe supports state for temporarily suspending new poultry farm permits
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/9/2018 1:00:00 PM
The suspension provides the Cherokee Nation, state of Oklahoma and area residents time to work together on a plan for responsible growth of the poultry industry in many eastern Oklahoma counties.

Bingo night set for Oct. 13 at Rocky Mountain community
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/9/2018 12:00:00 PM
Bingo play will begin at 6 p.m. at the RMCCO community building located about 5 miles west of Stilwell.

CNB company provides safety, security services to DHA
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/9/2018 4:00:00 PM
The tribally owned company announces a $22 million contract with the Department of Defense.

Cherokee Nation dietician weighs in on 2018 Dirty Dozen list
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
Though fruits and vegetable contain pesticide residues, there are ways to reduce and eliminate residue on produce.

Georgia TOTA Chapter meeting set for Nov. 10
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/8/2018 2:00:00 PM
Anita Finger-Smith will speak, and her topic will be “Those Who Didn’t Go,” which is about the Cherokee people who were not removed during the Trail of Tears.

Cherokee Speakers Bureau to meet Oct. 11
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/7/2018 2:00:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Speakers Bureau will be held Thursday October 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will meet in the Community Ballroom that is located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokee. All Cherokee speakers are invited to attend. If you want to bring a side dish or a dessert, feel free to bring it. Come speak Cherokee and enjoy food and fellowship. For further information about the event, please contact: the Language Program at 918453-5151.

CHC hosting special events in October
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/7/2018 10:00:00 AM
Events include Cherokee treasure hunts, archery tournaments and cultural classes.

DATA: Farms add more chicken houses in northwest Arkansas
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
10/6/2018 2:00:00 PM
Poultry producers in northwest Arkansas are adding more chicken houses to their farms this year, according to new state data.

Editorial Board to meet October 16, 2018 via conference call
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/5/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board will meet at 9 a.m. CST, October 16, 2018, via conference call. It is an open meeting and the public is welcome to attend by using the conference call information to join the meeting. Conference Call: 1-866-210-1669 Code: 4183136#

Thousands attend CHC Ancient Cherokee Days
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
10/5/2018 1:30:00 PM
PARK HILL – More than 2,000 school children and their teachers along with some parents traveled to the Cherokee Heritage Center’s annual “Ancient Cherokee Days” event held on Oct. 4 and 5 in Park Hill.

Cherokee Phoenix announces quarterly giveaway winner
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/5/2018 8:30:00 AM
Naomi Birdtail, of Tahlequah, wins a handmade buffalo tooth necklace by Cherokee artist Sherri Hattori.

Pocahontas Club to host Will Rogers tribute Nov. 3
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/4/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore.

Will Rogers birthday celebration set for Nov. 1-4
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/4/2018 12:00:00 PM
Along with a parade, other events on the schedule will be a Kids Day at the museum on Nov. 1, the Will Rogers Memorial Wings Race, the 22nd Annual Native American Festival at Rogers State University Centennial Center, 1st Saturday on Main Street on Nov. 3 and a kids program at the Birthplace Ranch in Oologah.

109 graduate from CN adult education program
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/4/2018 8:30:00 AM
The program allows participants to study subjects such as math, reading and writing at their pace until they are ready to take the high school equivalency test.

Cherokee Nation hosts free flu vaccine clinics
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/3/2018 4:00:00 PM
Tribal health officials have dozens of vaccination clinics scheduled in October and November throughout the tribe’s jurisdiction.

New Cherokee Casino Tahlequah topped out
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/3/2018 2:30:00 PM
The entertainment facility is slated to open next spring at the Cherokee Springs Plaza.

CHC’s Will Rogers exhibit focuses on his early life, family
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
10/3/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Heritage Center Curator Callie Chunestudy says the exhibit highlights his life in Indian Territory.

Career Services’ NACTEP offers child development certification
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/3/2018 8:45:00 AM
The Child Development Associate certification is a national credential that demonstrates knowledge and skills in working with young children.

Census Bureau begins jobs recruiting effort for 2020 Census
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/2/2018 4:30:00 PM
The positions will be located across 248 Area Census offices nationwide and offer flexible work hours, including daytime, evenings and weekends.

CN accepting Angel Project, Elder Tree applications
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/2/2018 1:00:00 PM
This year project applications are available online starting Oct. 1 and at more than 10 application sites starting Oct. 8.

Paden confirmed to Cherokee Nation Supreme Court
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
Lee Paden is the fifth judge seated on the Supreme Court under the Baker administration.

OPINION: All-Cherokee language section more than novelty
BY MARK DREADFULWATER
Multimedia Editor – @cp_mdreadfulwat
10/1/2018 2:00:00 PM
In case you haven’t seen it, we recently published an eight-page, all-Cherokee section within the September issue of the Cherokee Phoenix.

OPINION: Ambitious new book expertly details Cherokee Nation history
BY BILL JOHN BAKER
Principal Chief
10/1/2018 12:00:00 PM
Three men I deeply admire – the late Drs. Duane King, Dr. Neil Morton and Dr. Bob Blackburn – collaborated to write an engaging new history book called “Cherokee Nation: A History of Survival, Self Determination and Identity.”

October 2018 Community Meetings
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/1/2018 10:00:00 AM
September 2018 Community Meetings Oct. 1 Lost City Community Organization 6 p.m. Native American Association of Ketchum 280 East Gregory, Ketchum 6:30 p.m. Belfonte 6:30 p.m. Call Sallie Sevenstar at 918-427-4237 Marble City Community Organization MCCO Building 7 p.m. Eucha Indian Fellowship Eucha Community Building 8 p.m. Oct. 2 Vian Peace Center 604 W. Schley 5:30 p.m. Muldrow Cherokee Community Organization MCCO Building 6 p.m. Call Timothy Laney at 918-427-5440 Brushy Cherokee Action Association 465406 E 1010 Rd 6 p.m. Call Gary Bolin at 918-775-6914 Tulsa Cherokee Community Organization 6:30 p.m. Call 805-551-6445 tulsacherokees@gmail.com One Fire Association Kenwood Community Building 7 p.m. emmahayes87@yahoo.com

October 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/1/2018 8:00:00 AM
October 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online

Oklahoma City mayor proclaims Oct. 8 Indigenous People's Day
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/29/2018 2:00:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt has proclaimed Oct. 8 as Indigenous People's Day, adding the city to dozens around the nation that acknowledge Native Americans on the day known nationally as Columbus Day.

CN HERO Project receives honors
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/28/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation’s Behavioral Health is recognized for its work in suicide prevention and Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

Chouteau-Mazie School hosts Native American Day
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
9/28/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation representatives took part in the first Chouteau-Mazie Public School Native American Day on Sept. 20.

Junior Miss Cherokee speaks at National Tribal Health Conference
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/28/2018 8:30:00 AM
At 15 years old, Kaitlyn Pinkerton has traveled the country advocating for mental health awareness.

National Indian Health Board names Grim impact leader
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/27/2018 3:15:00 PM
The Impact Award is given health care professionals and organizations for their contributions to the health care of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives.

Cherokee brings suicide prevention walk to Tahlequah
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
9/27/2018 12:00:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – With some help from her friends and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Cherokee Nation citizen Drushane “Dru” Teehee made the inaugural “Out of the Darkness” suicide prevention walk a reality.

Enrollment deadline for next CN EMT class is Oct. 9
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/27/2018 8:30:00 AM
The EMT class will begin Jan. 7, 2019, and will be held from 6-10 p.m., Monday and Tuesday for eight months or Aug. 27, 2019.

Cherokee Casino Tahlequah celebrates construction milestone
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/26/2018 4:00:00 PM
The new casino is slated to open in 2019 at Cherokee Springs Plaza.

Trail of Tears Association to mark 3 graves on Oct. 20
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/26/2018 12:30:00 PM
The markings will take place at 2 p.m. at the Hungry Mountain Cemetery near Tahlequah to pay tribute to Cherokee people who endured the Trail of Tears in the 1830s.

Cherokee’s book named as National Book Award finalist
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/26/2018 8:30:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Brandon Hobson’s “Where the Dead Sit Talking” makes the foundation’s longlist of 10 finalists.

U.S. doubles tribal funding to fight violence against women
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/25/2018 4:45:00 PM
An additional $133 million will be awarded to tribes to help Native American crime victims.

New NSU College of Optometry ophthalmic laser treats multiple eye conditions
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/25/2018 12:45:00 PM
The laser combines multiple treatment platforms for open-angle glaucoma, narrow-angle glaucoma, floaters and post-cataract surgery capsular opacification or cloudiness into a single laser system.

O’Keefe wins distinguished psychology award
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
9/25/2018 8:45:00 AM
Victoria O’Keefe wins an award for work regarding American Indian and Alaska Native youth suicide prevention.

Murrow Home benefit powwow set for Oct. 6
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/24/2018 4:00:00 PM
The powwow will assist the Murrow Indian Children’s Home with paying for the needs of its resident children.

Cherokee Art Market set for Oct. 13-14
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/24/2018 1:30:00 PM
The annual event returns for its 13th year at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Lawmaker examining growth of Okla. chicken farms employed by poultry company
BY CLIFTON ADCOCK
The Frontier
9/24/2018 8:45:00 AM
Josh West, whose district includes the mid-eastern and most of western parts of Delaware County, is employed in management as a Lean coordinator for Simmons Foods.

UKB: Casino could happen with, without city of Enid approval
BY JESSICA MILLER
Enid News & Eagle
9/22/2018 8:00:00 AM
While the United Keetoowah Band’s attorney general says the tribe does not need the city’s support to move forward, it wants it.

CN gets nearly $1M grant from DOJ
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/23/2018 4:00:00 PM
The $976,218 grant is to improve public safety, serve victims of crime, combat violence against women and support youth programs.

HACN opens housing waiting list for Sequoyah County
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/23/2018 12:00:00 PM
Families may submit applications beginning Sept. 21 to live in re-inventoried homes in Sequoyah County.

Arkansas commission to give $1.4M for Illinois River cleanup
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/23/2018 8:00:00 AM
Arkansas officials are distributing about $1.4 million appropriated to improve the Illinois River more than a decade ago to applicants who want to implement practices to keep the river clean.

CHC to host ‘The Cherokee Kid’ exhibit
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/22/2018 4:00:00 PM
The new exhibit about Will Rogers runs Sept. 29 through March 30.

CN to host 4th annual Elders Summit
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/22/2018 12:00:00 PM
The summit will be held on Sept. 25 in Tahlequah and the next day in Claremore.

CHC invites students to experience Cherokee culture
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/21/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Heritage Center will host Ancient Cherokee Days on Oct. 4-5 and the Cherokee Heritage Festival on Nov. 1-2.

Cherokee vets visit national monuments via Warrior Flight
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
9/21/2018 12:45:00 PM
Eight veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War take part in the fifth annual event to the nation’s capital.

Tribes take part in ‘Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival’
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
9/21/2018 8:15:00 AM
Tribal officials from various tribes attended the 31st annual event.

Local schools receive much-needed school supplies
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/20/2018 3:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation Businesses employee volunteers visit local schools and deliver items for classrooms in need.

9 CN nurses among Oklahoma’s Great 100 Nurses
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/20/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Great 100 Nurses Foundation honors nurses from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina and Louisiana who go above and beyond in health care each year.

4 Cherokees named Native American 40 Under 40 award recipients
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/20/2018 8:30:00 AM
Winners will be recognized Oct. 29-30 at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa.

Tribe’s EMS gets Saint Francis Hospital award
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/19/2018 3:00:00 PM
It was selected for a series of events where individuals with life-threatening injuries were treated and transported, and the treatment provided exceeded hospital expectations.

Interior Department rules against tribe in trust land bid
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/19/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Interior says the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe doesn’t qualify because it wasn’t under federal jurisdiction when the Indian Reorganization Act passed.

Eastern Trails Museum hosts Cherokee Day on Sept. 22
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/19/2018 8:00:00 AM
The event will feature music, cultural demonstrations and a book signing.

CN, Fallin create poultry growth council
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/18/2018 3:45:00 PM
The council will examine the expansion of poultry production and its impact on rural communities and citizens in the region.

American Indian Center of Arkansas searching for executive director
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/18/2018 1:30:00 PM
The executive director manages the organization’s planning, programs, personnel, finances, compliance and relationships with its collaborators and supporters.

Cherokee National Treasures demonstrates crafts at Silver Dollar City
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/18/2018 8:15:00 AM
Tommy Wildcat, Lisa Rutherford and Richard Fields will showcase their talents inside the new Cherokee Indian Trading Post.

UALR hosting ‘Patriot Nations’ exhibit through Nov. 30
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/17/2018 2:30:00 PM
The Sequoyah National Research Center is hosting the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces” exhibition through Nov. 30.

‘Remember the Removal’ applications available through Oct. 12
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/17/2018 12:00:00 PM
The three-week bike ride in June spans around 950 miles between Georgia and Oklahoma, covering the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears.

Fifth annual Warrior Flight is taking veterans to nation’s capital
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
9/17/2018 8:45:00 AM
The nine veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War will fly to the nation’s capital to tour national war memorials created in their honor, Sept. 17-19.

TRIBES: Trump illegally approved oil pipeline from Canada
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/16/2018 2:00:00 PM
Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota sued the Trump administration on Monday, claiming it approved an oil pipeline from Canada without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction.

Bilingual certificates proposed for Oklahoma diplomas
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/16/2018 10:00:00 AM
An Oklahoma organization is proposing the state add a bilingual certification on diplomas given to high school graduates who speak more than one language.

Oklahoma voters can update information online soon
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/15/2018 2:00:00 PM
Oklahoma voters wanting to change their party affiliation or their address can now do so online for the first time starting Sept. 10.

TRU by Hilton coming to Tahlequah
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/14/2018 2:00:00 PM
Promise Hotels will build and manage a new hotel at Cherokee Springs Plaza in Tahlequah.

Special Operations Water Rescue Team deploys to North Carolina
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/14/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Incident Management Team in North Carolina expects widespread flooding.

Claremore Indian Hospital to host VA benefits fair
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/14/2018 10:00:00 AM
Hospital benefit coordinators will assist Native American veteran patients in enrolling for Veterans Affairs health care services.

American Indian College Fund to host online college fair
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/14/2018 8:30:00 AM
Admissions officers from colleges and universities that offer tuition waivers and affordable tuition will answer questions specific to Native students’ concerns.

U.S. House passes Stigler Act amendment
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/13/2018 4:00:00 PM
It would remove the one-half blood requirement for landholders in the Five Tribes, which are the only tribes subject to such a requirement.

Some Oklahoma doctors won’t prescribe medical marijuana
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/13/2018 12:00:00 PM
Saint Francis and Oklahoma State University Medical Center officials say their physicians can’t recommend cannabis because hospital rules require doctors to follow federal law.

OSU to start tribal finance certificate program
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/13/2018 8:15:00 AM
The introductory level is ideal for people who do not have a finance or business background.

Walkingstick wins top prize at Native Fest Art Show
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/12/2018 2:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Karin Walkingstick has been making hand coil pottery for five years and is a student of Cherokee National Treasure Jane Osti.

Oklahoma nonprofit offers ‘Community Care Chests’ to needy
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/12/2018 4:00:00 PM
The chests are repurposed newspaper racks to be filled with items ranging from food to school supplies to diapers.

Stickball tradition continues at Cherokee holiday
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
9/12/2018 12:00:00 PM
Variations of the game have been played within tribes and between tribes for hundreds, possibly thousands of years, officials say.

Council sends Supreme Court nomination back to committee
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
9/12/2018 10:15:00 AM
Some Tribal Councilors voice concerns regarding Shawna Baker’s lack of experience in tribal law.

5th annual Cherokee Warrior Flight departs Monday
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/12/2018 8:45:00 AM
Cherokee veterans are to present a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C.

CN gets $1.3M DOT for electric buses
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/11/2018 3:00:00 PM
Electric buses produce zero tailpipe emissions and will reduce harmful carbon emissions within the tribe’s jurisdiction.

Group asks Arkansas court to strike casinos ballot measure
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/11/2018 12:00:00 PM
Driving Arkansas Forward, the group campaigning for the pro-casino measure, has raised more than $2.2 million, nearly all of it from the Quapaw and Cherokee tribes.

Empower Seniors helps Cherokees, seniors with Medicare enrollment
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
9/11/2018 8:15:00 AM
Michael Hixson is a Medicare advisor who helps seniors 65 years and older find suitable Medicare plans.

State’s medical marijuana law holds no weight in CN
BY CHRISTINA GOOD VOICE
Special Correspondent
9/10/2018 2:30:00 PM
The possession of marijuana – medical or recreational – is illegal on all tribally owned properties, including Cherokee Nation buildings, casinos and facilities.

Cherokee National Holiday means celebrating culture, heritage
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
9/10/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee National Holiday visitors reflect on what the annual event means to them.

Cherokee National Holiday quilt show displays practice as art form
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
9/10/2018 8:30:00 AM
This year’s show introduced a new judging style and an additional category called the Cherokee Nation Holiday Themed entry.

Claremore Indian Hospital to host health insurance fair
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/9/2018 2:00:00 PM
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Oklahoma will be at the Claremore Indian Hospital on Sept. 11 to help patients sign up for free to low-cost health insurance.

NSU welcomes Matriarch co-founder Sarah Adams-Cornell
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/8/2018 8:00:00 AM
The talk will explore the missing and murdered Indigenous women movement and the moving pieces that make Native women the most targeted and resilient community in the nation.

Officials top out new Hard Rock structure
BY TIM LANDES
Special Correspondent
9/7/2018 4:45:00 PM
The 65,000-square-foot, two-story addition replaces the sprung structure that had been in operation since 2002.

Oklahoma follows national trend in increase in sex diseases
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/8/2018 2:00:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is following a national trend with a sharp increase in the number of sexually transmitted diseases. The Oklahoma State Department of Health says chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases rose from 29,716 in 2016 to 31,779 in 2017. The health department announcement came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that there were 2.3 million cases of STDs in 2017, an increase of more than 200,000 from the year before. The diseases can be cured with antibiotics. Left untreated, they can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and increased risk of the virus that causes AIDS. The health department encourages regular testing for STDs, having protected sex, limiting the number of sexual partners and avoiding the use of shared needles.

Despite past reforms, Native women face high rates of crime
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/8/2018 10:00:00 AM
For generations, Native American women have been victimized at astonishing rates, with federal figures showing that more than half have encountered sexual and domestic violence at some point during their lives — even amid a wave of efforts aimed at reducing such crimes.

Cherokee National Holiday Art Show showcases a variety of Native art
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
9/7/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Best In Show winner at this year’s Cherokee National Holiday Art Show was Cherokee-Pawnee artist Daniel HorseChief of Sallisaw who won with his oil painting titled, “Grandmothers.”

66 annual Cherokee National Holiday busy time for Chief
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/7/2018 9:00:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s schedule at the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday was not for the faint of heart. “I try and visit as many events as I can.” Commented Baker, “But it’s not possible to be at them all.” Chief Baker and first lady Sherry’s Holiday began early when they attended the 2018 Cherokee Ambassador, Junior Miss and Miss Cherokee competitions on August 25. From there their schedule picked up speed. Said Baker, “People don’t understand what it takes to invite 100,000 people to a party!” Cherokee Phoenix covered some of Chief Baker, Cherokee National Holiday Director Bayly Wright and CN Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin’s schedule and produced the following highlight video.

Cherokee Nation Healthcare Services to support Military Health System
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/6/2018 4:00:00 PM
It will provide medical operations services and solutions to the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs facilities.

CN holds at-large meeting in Edmond
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/6/2018 12:00:00 PM
EDMOND – The Cherokee Nation held at-large meeting on Aug. 27-28 at the Nigh Center on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma. CN citizens in the Oklahoma City area and elsewhere were able to receive new photo identification cards from the tribe’s Registration, apply for hunting/fishing licenses, meet with CN administrators, Tribal Councilors, Cherokee National Treasures and CN departmental representatives at information booths. The Cherokee Phoenix covered the event and produced the following video.

Cherokee business owner in Vinita wears many hats
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
9/6/2018 8:45:00 AM
Shannon Bassett operates multiple businesses to help keep the small town vibrant.

CN begins work to save historic Saline Courthouse
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/5/2018 4:00:00 PM
Renovations will restore, preserve and modernize the structure for future use.

Competitors battle in Traditional Native Games finals
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
9/5/2018 12:00:00 PM
From April through August players compete to finish in the top three in six games.

Cherokee artist Verba Sevens’ work displayed at NSU-BA in August
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
9/5/2018 8:30:00 AM
Verba Sevens paints on natural materials to depict Native life.

Baker highlights 7-year tenure at State of the Nation
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/4/2018 2:00:00 PM
Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s speech spotlights the progress made under his administration during the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday.

Former immersion school students testifies to Senate committee
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/4/2018 4:00:00 PM
Lauren Hummingbird spoke at a hearing on “Examining Efforts to Maintain and Revitalize Native Languages for Future Generations.”

Cherokee artist creates ‘for the fun of it’
BY MARK DREADFULWATER
Multimedia Editor – @cp_mdreadfulwat
9/4/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee artist Sherri Hattori dives into jewelry making for fun and hobby.

Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo holds Cherokee Night
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
9/4/2018 9:10:30 AM
VINITA – The 82nd annual Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo was held recently and Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Businesses and CN citizens were heavily involved in the five-day event, from sponsors to administrators and participants. “Cherokee Nation was the major sponsor and for good reason,” Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Will Rogers was Cherokee and proud his entire life. He actually attended school a few years here in Vinita. The story goes that after Rogers became famous in the entertainment industry, he visited Vinita promising if the city would hold a rodeo, he’d return for it each year. Unfortunately, Will Rogers and famed American aviator Wiley Post died in a plane crash the following year in Alaska. To honor Will Rogers memory, the city of Vinita kept its promise, holding the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo for the last 82 years.” The Cherokee Phoenix was at the rodeo on a night appreciating the CN and produced this video highlight.

Oklahoma students learn Cherokee at immersion school
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/2/2018 12:00:00 PM
In a country where the majority of the population speaks English, one school in Tahlequah is immersing its students in their native tongue.

September 2018 Community Meetings
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/2/2018 8:00:00 AM
September 2018 Community Meetings Sept. 3 Lost City Community Organization 6 p.m. Native American Association of Ketchum 280 East Gregory 6:30 p.m. Belfonte 6:30 p.m. Call Sallie Sevenstar at 918-427-4237 Marble City Community Organization MCCO Building 7 p.m. Eucha Indian Fellowship Eucha Community Building 8 p.m.

OPINION: 5 types of domestic violence that are often overlooked
BY STRONGHEARTS NATIVE HEARTLINE
9/1/2018 2:00:00 PM
Most people know of domestic violence as physical violence – pushing, slapping, hitting or strangling – all stirring images of bruises and black eyes. However, people tend to forget the other abuse types, which are difficult to recognize.

OPINION: Reclaiming CN’S land base, preserving historical and environmental site
BY BILL JOHN BAKER
Principal Chief
9/1/2018 12:00:00 PM
The site is one of the historic endpoints of the Trail of Tears, which is especially significant in 2018 as we commemorate the 180th anniversary of the forced removal of the Cherokee people to Indian Territory, now modern-day Oklahoma.

September 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix and 2018 All Cherokee issue available online
BY STAFF REPORTS
9/1/2018 8:00:00 AM
September 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix and 2018 All Cherokee issue available online

Stines showcase rose rock creations in museum, store
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
8/31/2018 2:00:00 PM
Joe and Nancy Stine own and operate the Rose Rock Museum, which features rose rocks found in central Oklahoma.

Stine proud of Cherokee, British heritage
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
8/31/2018 4:00:00 PM
Rose Rock Museum co-owner Joe Stine says he takes pride in both cultures.

‘Cherokee chef’ relishes culinary career at Cherokee Casinos
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
8/31/2018 12:00:00 PM
Nowata native Don McClellan is appreciative of the job with the tribe and being able to share his experiences.

CHEROKEE EATS: Fry Bread Factory
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
8/31/2018 11:00:00 AM
In addition to Indian tacos, the Fry Bread Factory makes fry bread pockets, pulled pork, brisket pullovers and specialty fry bread.

Cherokee teen coming ‘into her own’ with karate
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
8/31/2018 8:30:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Raigyn Mayes has earned a black belt and a No. 1 state ranking while practicing karate.

One Fire Association works to revive 2 communities
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
8/30/2018 3:30:00 PM
The One Fire Association aims to enlighten and engage the Kenwood and Wickliffe communities in Delaware and Mayes counties, respectively.

Earn EMT certification in 324 hours with Cherokee Nation EMS
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
8/30/2018 12:00:00 PM
The course costs $350 for individuals with a Certificate Degree of Indian Blood and $550 for those without.

Wings Fitness provides members physical activity opportunities
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
8/30/2018 8:30:00 AM
Wings Fitness members have the opportunity to run more than 20 races in Cherokee Nation communities.

Human Services helps citizens with emergency housing
BY LANI HANSEN
Former Intern
8/29/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation program helps families obtain housing during emergencies.

Map shows CN citizen population for each state
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
8/29/2018 12:00:00 PM
There are approximately 365,000 Cherokee Nation citizens. The last time a population map was done in 2013, the population was approximately 320,000 CN citizens.

First Nations launches Keepseagle grants for Native farmers, ranchers
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/29/2018 10:30:00 AM
LONGMONT, Colo. – The First Nations Development Institute on Aug. 20 launched a grant program to support Native American farmers and ranchers. The program is an outgrowth of the Keepseagle v. Vilsack case that spanned more than 18 years in federal litigation. The program’s funding comes from the Keepseagle-related Native American Agriculture Fast-Track Fund.

CN youth shelter turns 40 in 2018
BY JACKSON WELLS
Former Intern
8/29/2018 8:30:00 AM
The John A. Ketcher Youth Center offers emergency refuge for youth between the ages 12 and 17.

Erb to be part of First Fridays art series in Kansas City
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/28/2018 2:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Joseph Erb’s work will be shown on Sept. 7 in the Crossroads Art District.

Cherokee Nation College Resources serves college, concurrent students
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
8/28/2018 12:30:00 PM
In the 2017-18 school year, it served 4,325 undergraduate and graduates students and 417 concurrent students with financial aid.

Roach crowned 2018-19 Miss Cherokee
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/28/2018 10:15:00 AM
Whitney Roach will represent the Cherokee Nation as a goodwill ambassador to promote its government, history, language and culture for the next year.

Lewis plays integral Arts Outreach Program role
BY JACKSON WELLS
Former Intern
8/28/2018 8:45:00 AM
As part of his work with schools and community groups, Robert Lewis tells Cherokee stories and leads art sessions.

Glenn partakes in Native physicians’ youth initiative
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/27/2018 4:00:00 PM
Students take educational trips to the National Institutes of Health, George Washington University School of Medicine, Indian Health Service and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Free ACT prep classes available in Fort Gibson, Sallisaw
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/27/2018 12:00:00 PM
The service is available for high school juniors and seniors with a Sept. 12 registration deadline.

CN hosts U.S. attorneys involved in Indian Country
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/27/2018 8:45:00 AM
Attorneys discuss tribal law enforcement partnerships with tribal marshals and meth and opioid issues in Indian Country.

More signatures turned in for Arkansas casino proposal
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/26/2018 4:00:00 PM
Supporters of a plan to legalize casinos in Arkansas have submitted thousands of additional signatures to try and get their proposal on the November ballot.

Oklahoma medical pot rules proceed amid court challenge
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/26/2018 12:00:00 PM
The latest medical marijuana rules will stay in place after a judge's decision on a court challenge against them.

Recreational marijuana effort falls short in Oklahoma
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/26/2018 8:00:00 AM
An effort to place recreational marijuana on Oklahoma's general election ballot in November has fallen more than 20,000 signatures short.

CN to host annual Traditional Native Games Championship in Tahlequah
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/25/2018 4:00:00 PM
The championship games consist of cornstalk shoot, Cherokee marbles, chunkey, horseshoes, blow gun and hatchet throwing.

Smith uses nature for artistic inspiration
BY LANI HANSEN
Former Intern
8/24/2018 4:00:00 PM
As a painter and a sculptor, Ryan Lee Smith uses his connection to nature as inspiration for his artwork.

Tribe donates to Sequoyah County communities
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/24/2018 12:00:00 PM
On Aug. 16, Cherokee Nation leaders crisscrossed Sequoyah County and presented donations to 10 organizations and churches in Tribal Council districts 5 and 6. The big recipient was Belfonte Baptist Church, which received a used Chevrolet Tahoe from Cherokee Nation Businesses’ surplus fleet.

4 named as 2018 Cherokee National Treasure honorees
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/24/2018 8:45:00 AM
Loretta Shade, Troy Jackson, Lisa Rutherford and the late Annie Wildcat make up this year’s class.

Hastings Hospital works to comply with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
8/23/2018 3:30:00 PM
It has until Oct. 31 to comply with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in three service areas or face losing its Medicare agreement.

Grand View’s after-school program teaches students Cherokee language
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
8/23/2018 12:00:00 PM
Around 20 students in grades third through fifth learn Cherokee words, phrases, songs and other material.

Ball-and-dice games open at Hard Rock Tulsa
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
8/23/2018 8:00:00 AM
The casino in the past had offered similar games that were based on cards, not ball or dice.

Executive & Finance Committee approves $886M budget for FY 2019
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/22/2018 5:00:00 PM
The biggest departmental budget belongs to Health Services at $367.9 million, which is up $4.3 million from last year.

Art by Cherokee Artists promotes CN, UKB, EBCI citizens
BY JACKSON WELLS
Former Intern
8/22/2018 4:15:00 PM
The Facebook group allows Cherokee artists to display, sell and solicit feedback from fellow artists as well as patrons.

Native Agriculture & Food Systems College scholarships available
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/22/2018 12:00:00 PM
First Nations will award five scholarships of $1,000 each to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and related fields.

Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program accepting applications
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/22/2018 9:00:00 AM
After completing the program, students will have 4,000 contact hours with the Cherokee language and spend more than 40 hours each week studying and speaking the language.

Oosahwee’s artistic life continues to grow
BY JACKSON WELLS
Former Intern
8/21/2018 2:00:00 PM
Harry Oosahwee’s earliest inspiration stems from his mother’s clay animals. He now works in many media, including stone carvings.

Pinkerton named 2018-19 Junior Miss Cherokee
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/21/2018 12:00:00 PM
Kaitlyn Pinkerton’s platform focuses on mental health awareness, a topic that she has shared all over the United States.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum to host Cherokee Fall Festival
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/21/2018 8:15:00 AM
The festival set for Sept. 8-9 will show visitors another time in Cherokee history.

CN sets 2019 LIHEAP comments period
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/20/2018 4:00:00 PM
A copy of the draft plan will be available for review Aug. 20-21.

Annual Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In honors Cherokee son
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
8/20/2018 12:00:00 PM
On the day of the event, planes begin landing on a 2,000-foot grass airstrip next to the ranch. The public is allowed to stand next to the runway to watch the planes land and take off.

Editorial Board sets in-person meeting for Aug. 30
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/20/2018 8:45:00 AM
The Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board will meet at 10 a.m. on Aug. 30 in the Tribal Services Conference room.

Judge orders new federal review of Keystone XL pipeline
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/19/2018 4:00:00 PM
A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline's proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route, raising the possibility of further delays to a project first proposed in 2008.

SURVEY: Oklahoma teacher vacancies remain, despite pay hikes
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/19/2018 12:00:00 PM
A new survey shows Oklahoma schools continue to struggle filling classroom positions after the largest teacher pay raise in state history.

Oklahoma governor places Vision Fund on election ballot
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/19/2018 8:00:00 AM
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot a proposal to create a new oil and natural gas trust fund to help operate state government.

U. of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State ban medical marijuana
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/18/2018 4:00:00 PM
The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University both say all marijuana, including medical marijuana, remains banned on the two campuses.

Ethics panel warns lawmakers against product endorsements
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/18/2018 12:00:00 PM
The House Ethics Committee is warning members of Congress not to advertise or endorse products in which they have a financial interest. It says “under no circumstances” should a lawmaker be “personally selling or endorsing” such products.

U.S. Census Bureau hiring field reps
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/17/2018 4:00:00 PM
Field representatives perform various vital functions such as updating address lists and maps, conducting interviews with residents in assigned areas, explaining the purpose of the census interview and answering residents’ questions.

Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center to host resource fair
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/17/2018 1:00:00 PM
Veterans and family members will have the opportunity to learn about VA benefits and services, and ask questions to Veterans Health Administration and Veterans Benefits Administration staff.

‘Nanyehi’ film to be featured at Tribal Film Festival
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/17/2018 8:15:00 AM
The local cast shares the story of Cherokee Nancy Ward.

Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council applications available
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/16/2018 4:00:00 PM
The 17-member youth council advises the Tribal Council on issues that impact youth, and participants also serve as ambassadors for the tribe. Those selected will attend Tribal Council meetings and assist with various community service projects throughout the year.

Register for soapstone carving class on Sept. 15
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/16/2018 12:00:00 PM
Participation in the soapstone carving class costs $40 and early registration is strongly recommended.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Virginia Drywater-Whitekiller
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/16/2018 8:15:00 AM
She will conduct research at Vancouver Island University, British Columbia, as part of a project designed to explore Indigenous cultural resilience student supports in higher education pathways.

Council supports homeownership program in Arkansas, Texas
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
8/15/2018 4:30:00 PM
The program would impact nearly 11,000 Cherokee Nation citizens living in certain Arkansas and Texas counties.

Berry wins art show with beaded protest piece
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
8/15/2018 8:45:00 AM
Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry says her bandolier bag illustrates President Trump’s threat to Native Americans and the people of the United States.

Georgia TOTA Chapter meeting set for Sept. 8
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/14/2018 4:30:00 PM
September’s presentation will be the fourth in the Georgia Chapter’s series commemorating the 180th anniversary of the Cherokee removal from Georgia.

Bacone College to resume classes Aug. 15 after rumored closure
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
8/14/2018 10:30:00 AM
The college was expecting 400 students to enroll for the fall semester.

Cherokee Homecoming Art Show winners announced
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
8/14/2018 9:00:00 AM
The art show and sale runs through Sept. 22 at Cherokee Heritage Center.

Oklahoma student proficiency rates remain low
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/13/2018 4:00:00 PM
Oklahoma test results show that student proficiency rates are down slightly in almost every grade and subject in the second year of higher academic standards.

Gay, Native American Democrat busts candidate mold in Kansas
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/13/2018 12:00:00 PM
Democrat Sharice Davids of Kansas added her name Wednesday to her party’s increasingly diverse slate of candidates advancing to the November ballot.

Group submits signatures for Oklahoma recreational marijuana
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/10/2018 4:00:00 PM
A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma has submitted signatures to qualify the measure for a statewide vote after saying it may not have enough.

CRITICS: Okla. Medicaid work requirement threatens coverage
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/12/2018 4:00:00 PM
Critics of a proposal to impose work requirements on some Oklahoma Medicaid recipients said Tuesday that the plan is designed to reduce the state’s Medicaid rolls at the expense of health care services for some of its poorest citizens.

Oklahoma governor seeks extension for REAL ID compliance
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/12/2018 12:00:00 PM
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has asked federal officials for another extension to comply with the REAL ID Act.

Court dismisses challenge to Indian child welfare law
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/12/2018 8:00:00 AM
A federal appeals court has dismissed a challenge to a law that gives preference to American Indian families in adoptions of Native children.

Energy companies opposed medical marijuana in Oklahoma
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/11/2018 4:00:00 PM
Records show that energy companies were the biggest donors to an Oklahoma campaign against medical marijuana.

Oklahoma chief justice seeks removal of district judge
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/11/2018 12:00:00 PM
The chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court is seeking the removal of a state district judge for allegedly neglecting his duties and abusing his power as a judge.

Vazquez visits communities across Dist. 11
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
8/13/2018 8:00:00 AM
Tribal Councilor Victoria Vazquez visits communities in her district such as South Coffeyville, Vinita and Lenapah.

2018-19 Little Cherokee Ambassadors crowned
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/10/2018 12:00:00 PM
Little Cherokee Ambassadors act as role models and ambassadors for the tribe by attending events and parades for the next year.

Though no longer bustling, Porum has rich history
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
8/10/2018 8:30:00 AM
The town is named for Cherokee Nation citizen John Porum Davis, a rancher, Civil War veteran and Canadian District tribal councilor.

Oklahoma lawsuit against opioid makers back in state court
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/9/2018 3:30:00 PM
The ruling in Oklahoma City sends the matter back to state court. Drugmakers had it moved to federal court in June.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Katelyn Morton
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
8/9/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation citizen will take her talents to Oklahoma City University this fall to major in vocal performance and Spanish.

Phillips takes on ‘heavy’ subject matter in new book
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
8/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
Faith Phillips’ third book is a true crime novel that focuses on two murders that shocked the small Oklahoma town of Weleetka.

Cherokee, Adair and Sequoyah County rural schools eligible for classroom grants
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/8/2018 4:00:00 PM
Classroom Enhancement Grants of $1,000 to $5,000 will be awarded to pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms for projects focusing on arts and humanities, science or literacy.

CNB waiting on green light for craps, roulette
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
8/8/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation Businesses awaits federal approval and publication in the Federal Register before starting its new ball-and-dice games.

Cherokee playwright Lynn Riggs’ legacy in new exhibit
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
8/8/2018 8:30:00 AM
He was born a few miles south of Claremore in Indian Territory and wrote “Green Grow the Lilacs,” on which the famous play “Oklahoma” is based.

CNF adds new scholarship opportunity
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/7/2018 4:15:00 PM
The memorial scholarship honors the late U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Texie C. Taylor.

Sequoyah Schools participating in Oklahoma Child Find initiative
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/7/2018 12:15:00 PM
All children with disabilities residing in Oklahoma, whether attending public or private schools, should be identified, located and evaluated.

Oklahoma governor signs revised medical marijuana guidelines
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/7/2018 10:00:00 AM
Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a revised set of emergency rules governing the use of medical marijuana in Oklahoma less than a week after they were approved by the state Board of Health.

Cherokee beekeeper creates Super Bee Honey Farms
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
8/7/2018 8:30:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Tom Ellis is learning the ways of the honeybee and how to expand on the honey-making process.

Cherokee Nation Election Commission holds special meeting
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/6/2018 12:45:00 PM
Cherokee Nation Election Commission holds special meeting July 25, 2018.

IGNITE offers instructional methods to language teachers
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
8/6/2018 8:30:00 AM
Some of the world’s finest language educators instruct area Cherokee language teachers on effective teaching techniques and strategies.

Oklahoma voters to decide governor-lt. governor joint ticket
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/5/2018 2:00:00 PM
Oklahoma voters will decide in November if candidates for governor and for lieutenant governor should run on a joint ticket, much like candidates for U.S. president and vice president.

Cardinals counting on healthy Bradford, never a sure thing
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/5/2018 10:00:00 AM
The Arizona Cardinals brought Sam Bradford along slowly in the offseason and didn’t make him a full participant in workouts until the three-day mandatory minicamp.

Creek Nation Freedmen file lawsuit against Oklahoma tribe
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/4/2018 4:00:00 PM
A second Oklahoma tribe is facing litigation over the citizenship status of the descendants of its former slaves.

North Carolina raids 3 casinos run by unrecognized tribe
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/4/2018 12:00:00 PM
Authorities arrested 26 people in raids on three casinos they say were illegally operated by the Tuscarora Indian Nation of North Carolina, which lacks federal or state recognition as a Native American tribe.

Cherokee Phoenix calls for 2019 homecoming T-shirt concepts
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
12/8/2018 10:00:00 AM
The Cherokee Phoenix will accept concepts from artists who are Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band or Eastern Band citizens until midnight on Jan. 1.

Fears in Oklahoma over ruling in tribal sovereignty case
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/3/2018 12:00:00 PM
State and federal officials warn, too, that if the ruling stands, it could have far-reaching effects on areas beyond criminal jurisdiction, including tax collection and property rights.

Area residents air chicken house worries
BY KELLY BOSTIAN
Tulsa World
8/3/2018 8:00:00 AM
Of 41 new poultry farm permits listed statewide for the past year, 16 licenses (for 96 new houses) are listed for Delaware County.

Oklahoma health board approves new medical marijuana rules
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
8/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
Eliminated are the rules banning the sale of smokable pot and requiring a pharmacist be in every dispensary.

Sequoyah Schools releases meals policy
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/2/2018 12:00:00 PM
To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households should fill out the application and return it to the school.

Supreme Court Justice Barker-Jones dies
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
8/2/2018 8:30:00 AM
Angela Barker-Jones was only the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, which she did for the past 5-1/2 years.

Cherokee Nation calendar of events for August
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/1/2018 4:00:00 PM
Events include Junior and Miss Cherokee Ambassador competitions and traditional games contests.

OPINION: 4C program provides cultural foundation for foster youth
BY BILL JOHN BAKER
Principal Chief
8/1/2018 12:00:00 PM
A new program created by the Cherokee Nation’s Indian Child Welfare department is called 4C – short for Cherokee Children’s Cultural Connection. It’s designed for children ages 4 to 18 who are in tribal custody.

August 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/1/2018 10:15:00 AM
August 2018 list of Cherokee community meetings in and around the Cherokee Nation jurisdiction.

August 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix and 2018 Holiday Guide available online
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/1/2018 8:30:00 AM
August 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix and 2018 Holiday Guide available online

Auditions set for ‘Sovereignty’ play in Tulsa
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/31/2018 4:00:00 PM
TULSA – The Heller Theatre Company has announced an audition date for the play “Sovereignty” by Cherokee Nation citizen and Oklahoma native Mary Kathryn Nagle. Auditions begin at 1 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the Fly Loft at 117 N. Boston Ave. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Callbacks will be announced later. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 26-27, Nov 2-3; and 2 p.m., on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center inside the Liddy Doenges Theater. Carolyn Dunn will direct “Sovereignty.”

Oklahoma recreational marijuana measure hits signature goal
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/31/2018 12:00:00 PM
A group working to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma says it's gathered enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Andre Ethier retiring after 12-year career with Dodgers
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/31/2018 8:15:00 AM
His last major league at-bat was a pinch-hit RBI single in Game 7 of last year’s World Series against the Astros.

Oklahoma health department revised medical marijuana rules
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/30/2018 4:45:00 PM
The original rules approved in early July prompted outrage from medical marijuana supporters who said they were far too restrictive.

Cherokee teen speaks on mental health, suicide prevention
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
7/30/2018 1:15:00 PM
Kaitlyn Pinkerton spoke about mental health at the Cherokee Nation Junior Miss Cherokee competition in 2017, which paved the way for her platform across the country.

More than 200 students attend Camp Cherokee
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/30/2018 9:45:00 AM
The annual camp provides academic experiences, including classes in the areas of art and science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM.

Construction begins on $50 million museum in Fort Smith
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/29/2018 4:00:00 PM
Construction is now underway on the long-awaited, $50 million museum in Fort Smith focused on the U.S. Marshals Service.

Oklahoma pharmacy board fires director amid probe into texts
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/29/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy fired its executive director Wednesday after state investigators confirmed she is the target of a bribery probe involving text messages exchanged with a top lawyer involved in writing the state's new medical marijuana rules.

Arkansas casino supporters given more time to get signatures
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/29/2018 8:00:00 AM
Supporters of a proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas have been given 30 more days to circulate petitions after falling short of the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot.

Oklahoma pharmacy board to consider director's future
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/28/2018 4:00:00 PM
The State Board of Pharmacy has scheduled a special meeting to discuss possible disciplinary action against its executive director after authorities confirmed she's under investigation.

Oklahoma optometry petition to appear on Nov. 6 ballot
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/28/2018 12:00:00 PM
Gov. Mary Fallin has authorized a state question that would allow eye doctors to practice inside Oklahoma retail establishments to appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

Phoenix taking names for elder/vet subscriptions
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/10/2018 10:00:00 AM
Using the Cherokee Phoenix Elder/Veteran Fund, elders who are 65 and older as well as military veterans can apply to receive a free one-year subscription.

Leeds named University of Arkansas’ economic development vice chancellor
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/27/2018 4:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Stacy Leeds will be responsible for assessing, increasing and communicating the university’s economic and social impacts.

Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In is Aug. 11 in Oologah
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/27/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In starts at 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 11 at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch.

NAB informs tribal citizens on home loans, insurance
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
7/27/2018 8:30:00 AM
Native American Benefits specializes in informing people about home loan and health insurance benefits not provided by tribal governments.

CN contributes $411K to Washington County highway project
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/26/2018 12:00:00 PM
The intersection project is to provide safer traffic to Cooweescoowee Health Center in Ochelata.

Cherokee Nation commemorates 5th annual ‘Charles Head Day’
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/26/2018 10:00:00 AM
Family and friends met on July 18 at the Cherokee Nation Heritage Garden to remember the life of the late secretary of State and co-creator of One Fire Victim Services, Charles L. Head as part of the fifth annual “Charles Head Day.”

‘The Saltworks of Sequoyah’ exhibit opens Aug. 3
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/26/2018 8:30:00 AM
The special exhibit runs through Jan. 31 at Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum in Sallisaw.

Recreational pot initiative unlikely to make November ballot
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/25/2018 4:00:00 PM
Oklahoma's secretary of state says an initiative petition to allow Oklahoma voters to decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use is "highly unlikely" to appear on the election ballot in November.

3 CN citizens honored for ‘Making a Difference’
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/25/2018 12:00:00 PM
Former Tribal Councilor Cara Cowan Watts, Cherokee Ballard of Oklahoma Natural Gas and Kimberly Teehee of Cherokee Nation Businesses will be honored on Oct. 11 in Oklahoma City.

Will Rogers’ first movie being commemorated
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/25/2018 8:15:00 AM
“Life Begins at Forty” will show July 27. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

College prep course connects students to university reps
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/24/2018 4:45:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation Foundation partners with Northeastern State University to host the weeklong camp.

Poultry farming growth hits northeast Oklahoma water supply
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/24/2018 12:30:00 PM
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Families living near new and larger poultry farms in northeast Oklahoma are blaming the facilities for their diminishing water supply.

Sorell’s debut book features all things Cherokee
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
7/24/2018 8:00:00 AM
The “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga” picture book reflects modern-day Cherokee life using history, culture, beliefs and the Cherokee language.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Kirby Parnell
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
7/23/2018 4:15:00 PM
Kirby Parnell is using the Fulbright Scholar award to study bioacoustics at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark.

Man’s murder trial for 1999 Oklahoma case continues
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/23/2018 2:15:00 PM
A Craig County district judge postpones Ronnie Dean Busick’s case until September. He is accused of murder, arson and kidnapping in the 1999 deaths of two girls.

CNB donates $525K to Arkansas casino initiative
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
7/23/2018 10:15:00 AM
Cherokee Nation Businesses donates the money to help the group Driving Arkansas Forward get a casino initiative on the ballot for November.

‘Warriors for A Cure Powwow’ set for Aug. 11 in Muskogee
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/22/2018 2:00:00 PM
Powwow dancers, drummers, food vendors, sponsors and volunteers are invited to take part in the fight against cancer.

Car dealership removes Native American statue after 50 years
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/22/2018 10:00:00 AM
A North Carolina car dealership has taken down a 23-foot fiberglass statue of a Native American that has drawn complaints over its 50-year history.

Cherokee Phoenix selects Standingcloud as holiday T-shirt artist
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
7/21/2018 2:00:00 PM
Cherokee artist Nathalie Standingcloud designed the artwork for the news organization’s 2018 holiday shirt.

Oklahoma sorority chapter bring home national award
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/20/2018 4:00:00 PM
The sorority’s newest chapter, the Iota Pi Chapter in Cherokee County was named the 2017-18 Professional Chapter of the Year.

Earn credits at NSU by taking Cherokee Humanities
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/20/2018 12:00:00 PM
Applications for the course will be accepted through Aug. 13.

Cherokee Nation secures future for Oaks property
BY KELLY BOSTIAN
Tulsa World
7/20/2018 8:30:00 AM
Community effort leads the tribe to buy the Trail of Tears landmark, saving the historic parcel from chicken farm development.

Oklahoma Medicaid approved for drug pricing experiment
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/19/2018 4:00:00 PM
The state and a pharmaceutical company would agree to a set payment if its medication works as advertised, but only a fraction of that if the drug is not as effective as promised.

Cherokee National Treasures host art show
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
7/19/2018 12:00:00 PM
Some student artists who presented are already accomplished artists but wanted to learn another artistic medium.

Cherokee National Treasures Dart, Hummingbird pass on knowledge
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
7/19/2018 8:30:00 AM
Each year Cherokee Nation citizens who have shown exceptional knowledge of Cherokee art and culture are selected to receive the Cherokee National Treasure Award. Since its inception in 1988, the tribe has awarded 96 citizens with the prestigious honor, including 2017 recipients Mike Dart and Jesse Hummingbird.

Dartmouth student interning in tribe’s garden
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
7/18/2018 3:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Taylor Armbrister got the Dartmouth Native American Studies Department to pay for his internship at the Seed Bank garden.

Mallory receives Ucross Fellowship for Native artists
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/18/2018 12:00:00 PM
The award includes a one-month residency at Ucross, a stipend of $1,000 and inclusion in a forthcoming exhibition at the Ucross Art Gallery in 2019.

CN citizens perform as NSU River City Players
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
7/18/2018 8:30:00 AM
Seven members of the cast and crew are Cherokee Nation citizens.

Tehee named Muskogee police chief
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/17/2018 4:15:00 PM
Former Deputy Chief Johnny Tehee is looking forward to being chief of the Muskogee Police Department.

Indian Falls Creek assembly a tradition for Indian families
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/17/2018 12:00:00 PM
The opportunity to attend with the entire family and people of all ages makes IFC an annual event for many churches.

UKB to distribute clothing vouchers, gift cards
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/17/2018 10:30:00 AM
Disbursement of funds is also not dependent upon income guidelines.

CN leaders tour new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah site
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
7/17/2018 8:30:00 AM
The new gaming site is expected add 50 jobs to the existing 175 jobs at the current casino along Highway 62.

College Housing Assistance Program applications available July 23
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/16/2018 4:00:00 PM
The CHAP will provide up to 125 students with up to $1,000 per semester for housing

Election Commission amends its bylaws, rules
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
7/16/2018 12:00:00 PM
One change allows the commission chair to vote on all motions instead of in the event of a tie.

Registration Office handles citizenship, CDIB queries
BY LANI HANSEN
Former Intern
7/16/2018 8:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen applicants need to complete applications listing their direct lineal ancestors (parent, grandparent) back to a Dawes Roll enrollee.

Oklahoma advocates want amendment on medical marijuana
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/15/2018 2:00:00 PM
Activists in Oklahoma are looking to entrench the right to use marijuana in the state's constitution by promoting a pair of ballot measures.

Oklahoma sees more severe earthquakes, fewer overall
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/15/2018 8:00:00 AM
Oklahoma's 4.0 earthquakes are up significantly this year, but the overall rate of earthquakes is declining.

Marijuana proponents file lawsuits over strict new rules
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/14/2018 2:00:00 PM
Civil lawsuits have been filed in two Oklahoma counties accusing state health officials of improperly imposing strict rules on the state's recently approved medical marijuana industry.

Cherokee Nation gives $90K to domestic violence shelters
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/13/2018 3:30:00 PM
The donations are provided through the tribe’s charitable contributions fund.

Fallin signs emergency rules, infuriates marijuana advocates
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/13/2018 12:45:00 PM
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on July 11 signed into place strict emergency rules for medical marijuana that pot advocates say are intentionally aimed at delaying the voter-approved use of medicinal cannabis.

Candidates see rigorous training before becoming marshals
BY LANI HANSEN
Former Intern
7/13/2018 8:30:00 AM
An applicant must go through at least 12 months of training before becoming a deputy marshal.

Tribal Council approves $31M Indian Housing Plan
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
7/12/2018 4:00:00 PM
The funds will be used for housing assistance such as $5.6 million for housing rehabilitation, nearly $4.5 million for the Rental Assistance Program and $3.4 million for the Mortgage Assistance Program.

Mosquito bites can be more than itchy
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/12/2018 12:30:00 PM
Except for the southernmost states in North America, mosquito season starts in the summer and continues into fall.

CN hosts training, banquet for community organizations
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/12/2018 8:15:00 AM
The two-day conference hosted by the tribe’s Community and Cultural Outreach was held in June at Northeastern State University.

Vinita firefighters successfully use CN-provided Naloxone in opioid overdose
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/11/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Narcan kit distributed by the Cherokee Nation at a February training is credited for helping save an unresponsive patient.

Cherokee Phoenix wins 4 NAJA media awards
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/11/2018 12:00:00 PM
The annual competition recognizes excellence in reporting by Native and non-Native journalists across the United States and Canada.

Cherokee Nation College Resources serves college, concurrent students
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
7/11/2018 8:30:00 AM
In the 2017-18 school year, it served 4,325 undergraduate and graduates students and 417 concurrent students with financial aid.

3 Cherokee youths win golf tournaments
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/10/2018 4:00:00 PM
Kylie Fisher, Edwin Wacoche and Chase Jones compete in the U.S. Kids Golf – Tulsa Spring Tour Championship at the Cherokee Hills Golf Course.

No one tests positive for HIV after syringes reused
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/10/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation officials in Oklahoma say more than 180 patients affected by a tribal hospital nurse improperly reusing syringes have been notified they can receive free blood tests and that no one has tested positive for HIV or hepatitis.

Cherokee artists win at Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/10/2018 8:30:00 AM
Nearly $16,000 in prize money awarded to top artists at the 26th annual festival in Indianapolis.

Explore 8 decades of history at Cherokee National Prison
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/9/2018 4:00:00 PM
The “Cherokee Prison: Post Statehood” exhibit is on display through Jan. 31.

Tahlequah LBGTQ community holds annual pride event
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
7/9/2018 12:00:00 PM
Local and regional members of the LBGTQ community on June 30 held the fifth annual TahlEquality Pride march and picnic.

Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program accepting applications
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/9/2018 8:15:00 AM
After completing the program, students will have 4,000 contact hours with the Cherokee language and spend more than 40 hours each week studying and speaking the language.

Tuition rising at 21 of Oklahoma's 25 higher ed institutions
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/8/2018 2:00:00 PM
Tuition will increase at 21 of Oklahoma's 25 higher education institutions.

July 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/8/2018 10:00:00 AM
July 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings

Proposed medical pot rules detail doctor, patient parameters
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/7/2018 2:00:00 PM
A few things would be banned under proposed emergency rules to regulate medical marijuana in Oklahoma, including dispensaries near schools, indoor smoking in public places and psychoactive gummy bears.

Cherokee Phoenix announces quarterly giveaway winner
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/6/2018 4:00:00 PM
Dusty Helbling, of Ozark, Arkansas, wins the custom 12-foot, two-piece fishing pole by Larry Fulton of Larry’s Bait and Tackle in Fort Gibson.

Eastern Band citizen completes running Trail of Tears Benge Route
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
7/6/2018 12:00:00 PM
Kallup McCoy II completes a nearly 800-mile run to raise awareness for drug addiction among Cherokee people.

Hatfield appointed to Oklahoma City Indian Clinic board
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/6/2018 8:00:00 AM
Tribal Councilor Wanda Hatfield will serve a three-year term, overseeing the clinic’s finances and directing the strategic plan along with 11 other members.

‘Stories on the Square’ returns in July
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/5/2018 4:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is hosting a storytelling series at the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion.

OPINION: Expanded laws allow CN to better enforce VAWA
BY BILL JOHN BAKER
Principal Chief
7/5/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation remains committed to protecting our women and children from violence.

‘Nanyehi’ takes stage, screen at Circle Cinema Film Festival
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/5/2018 9:00:00 AM
Musical performances and the short film share a compelling story of the legendary Cherokee Nancy Ward.

Group drops effort to repeal tax hikes for Oklahoma teachers
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
7/3/2018 4:00:00 PM
An anti-tax group seeking to roll back a package of tax increases approved by the Oklahoma Legislature to help fund a teacher pay raise said Monday it is abandoning the effort.

Cherokee Arts Center, Spider Gallery to host Hannon exhibit
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/3/2018 12:45:00 PM
The works of Cherokee artist J. Wade Hannon will run from July 6 to Aug. 3 at the Spider Gallery.

EBCI purchases land for housing projects
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/3/2018 8:45:00 AM
Tribe expects to increase housing units on purchased property, which should alleviate some demand for housing in the area.

Applications available online for Cherokee ambassador competitions
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/2/2018 3:30:00 PM
The deadline for all applications is July 16.

July 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online
BY STAFF REPORTS
7/2/2018 12:00:00 PM
July 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online

Editorial Board to meet July 10, 2018 via conference call
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/29/2018 3:00:00 PM
It is an open meeting and the public is welcome to attend.

Cherokee Nation calendar of events for July
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/28/2018 4:00:00 PM
Events include a genealogy class at the Cherokee Heritage Center and a free cooking at the Vinita Health Center.

Oklahoma health official: Rules ready for medical marijuana
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
6/28/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Oklahoma Department of Health has been developing proposed rules and regulations in case the medical marijuana program was approved.

Cherokee veteran Houseberg receives Medal of Patriotism award
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
6/28/2018 8:15:00 AM
The Medal of Patriotism award is given to Cherokee veterans honoring their military service.

Oklahoma voters approve medical marijuana despite opposition
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
6/27/2018 4:00:00 PM
The proposed law outlines no qualifying conditions, which would allow physicians to authorize its use for a broad range of ailments — a fact that sparked bitter opposition, particularly from law enforcement.

Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission prepares for ball-and-dice games
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
6/27/2018 12:00:00 PM
Games such as craps and roulette could be offered at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa as soon as Aug. 2.

Leach/Kenwood Road nears completion after delays
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
6/27/2018 9:00:00 AM
The Delaware County road does not have a completion date but is being worked on and is several months behind schedule.

Oklahoma primary: teachers, marijuana and a governor's race
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
6/26/2018 12:00:00 PM
After massive demonstrations from teachers at the Capitol, the teachers are running for state House and Senate seats. Some even are Republicans challenging GOP incumbents who voted against tax increases that funded teacher pay hikes.

Various people support ‘RTR’ cyclists on road
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
6/26/2018 8:15:00 AM
“Remember the Removal” cyclists are supported by people to keep them moving.

Cherry Tree residents petition for new water board
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
6/25/2018 4:00:00 PM
Residents in the Adair County community say the water district board hasn’t paid bills or employees while still collecting customer fees.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: LaNice Belcher
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
6/25/2018 12:00:00 PM
Belcher attends the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. She said she takes 16 to 17 credit hours per semester while attending rehearsals as a bassoon player and teaches every evening at the music-based, after school program called El Sistema.

‘Remember the Removal’ cyclists return home on June 21
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
6/25/2018 10:35:00 AM
The return-home ceremony honors the 18 cyclists and the Cherokee ancestors they rode to honor.

Age is just a number for 3 ‘RTR’ cyclists
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
6/22/2018 4:00:00 PM
Three riders from the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians range in ages 47 to 62.

CN opens Cherokee National Peace Pavilion
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/22/2018 12:00:00 PM
More than 200 guests join tribal officials for a ceremony commemorating the 175th anniversary of an 1843 intertribal peace gathering.

June 22, 1839: a bloody day in Cherokee Nation
BY TESINA JACKSON
Former Reporter,
WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez &
JAMI MURPHY
Former Reporter
6/22/2018 8:00:00 AM
Elias Boudinot, his uncle Major Ridge and Major’s son, John, were assassinated for being Treaty Party members.

Election Commission urges voter registration to eligible citizens
BY STAFF REPORTS
8/6/2018 4:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizens who are at least 18 years old, or will be 18 on June 1, 2019, must register to vote by midnight CST on March 29, 2019.

‘Remember the Removal’ cyclists find strength, develop leadership skills
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
6/20/2018 4:00:00 PM
The three-week ride is meant, in part, to strengthen the participants’ leadership skills and confidence.

Young named Tahlequah Public School District Teacher of the Year
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
6/20/2018 12:00:00 PM
Crystal Young was first awarded Cherokee Elementary Teacher of the Year, which put her on track for the district award.

University of Arkansas holds agricultural summit for Native youth
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
6/20/2018 9:45:00 AM
Thirty-five high school and college students representing 20 tribes study in one of four educational tracks.

Chief’s son ID’d as RN who potentially exposed patients to pathogens
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
6/19/2018 8:15:00 PM
John Ross Baker, Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s son, admits to being the nurse who was behind a protocol lapse involving the administration of medication for surgical patients.

CHEROKEE EATS: The Kickin’ Taco Truck serves Mexican cuisine
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
6/19/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Kickin’ Taco Truck serves Mexican cuisine at locations in Muskogee, Tahlequah and Stilwell each week.

Cherokee Nation Management & Consulting supporting U.S. military forces
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/19/2018 8:45:00 AM
The tribally owned company will provide the U.S. Army with support to ensure sustainable and ready operational services and enhance the ability of the U.S. military forces to fight and meet the demands of the national military strategy.

CN gives $138K to local law enforcement agencies
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/18/2018 4:00:00 PM
Twenty percent of the revenue from the tribe’s motor vehicle tax is used to fund the annual law enforcement donations.

Cherokee Ambassadors applications available
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/18/2018 12:00:00 PM
The deadline for all competition applications is July 16.

Cherokee-owned Spears Travel providing travel services since 1958
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
6/18/2018 8:45:00 AM
The travel agency provides booking flights and vacation packages, as well as providing the Cherokee Nation corporate travel services.

Farmers on Keystone XL route deed land to Indian tribe
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
6/16/2018 2:00:00 PM
A husband and wife who don't want the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to run through their farm have deeded a plot of their land over to a Native American tribe, creating a potential roadblock for the project.

South Dakota high court dismisses appeal against Keystone XL
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
6/16/2018 10:00:00 AM
South Dakota's Supreme Court this week dismissed an appeal from opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying a lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear their cases. But an attorney battling the project says the "fight is not over."

Georgia TOTA Chapter meeting July 14 in Calhoun
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/15/2018 4:00:00 PM
The meeting is part three of the chapter’s remembrance of the 180th anniversary of the Cherokee removal. “The Journey To Indian Country” will be presented by past chapter president W. Jeff Bishop.

United Keetoowah Band to begin Elder Home Project
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
6/15/2018 12:00:00 PM
The target budget for each home is $50,000 and will be paid out over a 10-year loan.

Annual Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In set for Aug. 11
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/15/2018 8:15:00 AM
The annual event celebrates aviation and marks the anniversary of Will Rogers and Wiley Post’s Aug. 15, 1935, deaths in Alaska due to a plane crash.

Cherokee Nation to celebrate Cherokee National Peace Pavilion’s opening
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/14/2018 4:00:00 PM
Its design pays tribute to the gathering by interpreting the look of the large log structure that hosted what former Principal Chief William P. Ross called “the most important Indian council ever held on the American continent.”

Law lets school districts transfer land to HACN
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/14/2018 12:00:00 PM
House Bill 1334 allows school boards to transfer land to tribal housing authorities.

HorseChief selected for Five Tribes Lighthorse Monument
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/14/2018 8:30:00 AM
Cherokee artist Daniel HorseChief’s life-size bronze statue will reflect a Native law enforcement officer of the post-Civil War era patrolling Indian Territory.

Gaming compact amended to add ‘ball-and-dice’ gaming
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
6/13/2018 4:00:00 PM
The gaming compact supplement will allow Cherokee Casinos to begin offering Las Vegas-style table games such as craps and roulette on Aug. 2.

CN helps educators with STEM funding
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/13/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation awards $10,000 to 10 teachers with science, technology, engineering and math projects.

Young adults need less sodium, saturated fats and added sugars
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
6/13/2018 8:30:00 AM
When comparing the nutritional value of two or more food items, examine the nutrition facts label’s daily value percentages.

Amazon to expand in Oklahoma with Tulsa fulfillment center
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/12/2018 3:00:00 PM
The new 600,000-square foot facility is expected to create 1,500 full-time jobs.

Nurse who potentially exposed 186 patients no longer at Hastings Hospital
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
6/12/2018 10:30:00 AM
Of the 186 patients identified as being potentially exposed, 89 have returned for blood testing. None have showed any “signs of exposure.”

4-year-old Keys jumps into motocross
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
6/12/2018 8:30:00 AM
With half a dozen races under his belt, Cherokee Nation citizen Cooper Keys has notched five third-place finishes and one second-place finish.

Prospect of Native congresswoman galvanizes American Indians
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
6/11/2018 4:00:00 PM
New Mexico, a state with deep historical ties to American Indians whose images and symbols are rooted in everything from the state flag to town names, has moved closer to electing the first Native American woman to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Cherokee Speakers Bureau set for June 14
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/11/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee speakers will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Community Ballroom located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokee in Tahlequah.

Better weather can bring tick illnesses
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/11/2018 9:00:00 AM
May, June, July and August are the months when ticks are most active.

Oklahoma tribes, lawmakers eye way toward sports betting
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
6/10/2018 12:00:00 PM
Oklahoma’s Native American tribes are prepared to offer sports betting at some of the more than 100 casinos across the state, but so far the state’s Legislature hasn’t reached an agreement on how to do that.

Oklahoma facing health problems despite smoking decrease
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
6/9/2018 2:00:00 PM
Oklahoma has high rates of death from heart disease, stroke, cancer and respiratory disease despite a decrease in smoking, according to a new report.

Hastings nurse gives meds ‘incorrectly,’ potentially exposes 186 to disease
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
6/8/2018 8:30:00 PM
Of the patients identified as being potentially exposed, 64 have returned for blood testing and showed “no signs of exposure.”

Sequoyah Chapbook Award offered to emerging Native poets
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/8/2018 5:15:00 PM
The award is open to any enrolled citizen of a federally recognized tribe in the United States.

‘Lapse in protocol’ at hospital potentially exposes patients to diseases
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
6/8/2018 4:30:00 PM
A Cherokee Nation statement says some patients were asked to return to W.W. Hastings Hospital for testing following a “brief lapse in protocol” earlier this year.

CN gets $66K preservation grant from Interior, NPS
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/8/2018 12:00:00 PM
The historic preservation grants fund tribal preservation programs and assist tribes in the preservation of their cultural heritage and promote the protection of historically significant sites.

Claremore Indian Hospital to host VA benefits fair
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/7/2018 4:00:00 PM
Hospital benefit coordinators will assist Native American veteran patients in enrolling for Veterans Affairs health care services.

Enhanced tour adds dimension for Will Rogers Museum visitors
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/7/2018 12:00:00 PM
Using an electronic device, areas in the Will Rogers Museum and Birthplace Ranch are marked with “Stop” numbers to provide audio information, images and other content.

CN hosts All-Indian Rodeo on June 2
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
6/7/2018 8:00:00 AM
Overall, there were 270 entries to the traditional rodeo.

CHC to open Pocahontas Club exhibit June 9
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/6/2018 4:00:00 PM
Visitors can learn of the commitment to Cherokee communities and education that has guided members of the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club for more than a century.

Woman dies of kick from horse at Oklahoma racetrack
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
6/6/2018 2:45:00 PM
Authorities say a woman has died after she was kicked in the chest by a horse at Will Rogers Downs racetrack near Claremore.

88 translated words added to Cherokee language
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
6/6/2018 12:00:00 PM
Since 2007, fluent speakers from the Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have translated more than 2,500 words into Cherokee.

Native Explorers visit Cherokee Nation to spark science, medicine interests
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
6/6/2018 8:30:00 AM
The student group visits Cherokee Nation landmarks such Diligwa Village and the Native Gardens.

Cherokee casinos offer their own special amenities
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
6/5/2018 4:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation Entertainment has 10 casinos located throughout the tribe’s jurisdiction in northeast Oklahoma.

RCCA to screen ‘Mankiller’ documentary on June 10
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/5/2018 2:00:00 PM
Wilma Mankiller overcame sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman principal chief in 1985.

Native Uniques boutique continues successful run
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
6/5/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Bartlesville-based women’s clothing store also carries Native American-style jewelry.

Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo shows growth in past 7 years
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
6/5/2018 8:30:00 AM
It offers up to 50 different types of animal species in several exhibits.

CHEROKEE EATS: Harmony House offers meals in 100-year-old tearoom
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
6/4/2018 4:00:00 PM
It’s located at 208 S. Seventh St. in Muskogee and open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Pine Lodge Resort invites guests to enjoy Grand Lake
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
6/4/2018 12:00:00 PM
Log cabins, mobile homes and recreational vehicle slips are available to rent on a nightly, weekly, monthly and annual basis.

Editorial Board to meet June 15, 2018 via conference call
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/4/2018 10:00:00 AM
It is an open meeting and the public is welcome to attend.

Venues celebrate Will Rogers’ life, career
BY MARK DREADFULWATER
Multimedia Editor – @cp_mdreadfulwat
6/4/2018 8:30:00 AM
Visitors to both locations will see into the life and times of Will Rogers.

Claremore Indian Hospital to host insurance fair
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/3/2018 4:00:00 PM
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Oklahoma will be in Conference Room 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to help people sign up for health insurance.

Cherokee Nation partners with Blue Star Museums
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/3/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Blue Star Museums program features more than 2,000 museums nationwide, representing fine arts, science, history, music, film, crafts, nature and children’s museums.

Newk’s Eatery to open Cherokee Springs Plaza location
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/3/2018 8:00:00 AM
The eatery serves made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads, soups and handcrafted pizzas for lunch and dinner.

Georgia TOTA Chapter meeting is July 14 in Calhoun
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
The meeting is the third in a series of meetings commemorating the 180th anniversary of the Cherokee removal.

EBCI citizen running Trail of Tears route
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
6/2/2018 8:00:00 AM
Kallup McCoy II started May 14 in North Carolina and is expecting to arrive June 28 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, after more than 1,000 miles.

Cherokee Nation events calendar set for June
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/1/2018 4:00:00 PM
Some of the events the Cherokee Nation will host in June include “Stories on the Square” and the 2018 “Remember the Removal” Bike Ride return ceremony. See all calendar items below.

CN, food bank partner to assist veterans
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
6/1/2018 2:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation personnel and federal officials bag and distribute approximately 10,000 pounds of food to qualified veterans.

OPINION: Addressing food insecurity for veterans in northeast Oklahoma
BY BILL JOHN BAKER
Principal Chief
6/1/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation is steadfastly committed to our military veterans, those men and women who have sacrificed so much for our tribe, our country and our collective freedoms.

June 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/1/2018 10:00:00 AM
June 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings

June 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online
BY STAFF REPORTS
6/1/2018 8:15:00 AM
June 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online

Bentonville’s Museum of Native American History to Host Symposium
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/31/2018 5:00:00 PM
The symposium will bring together Native cultural leaders for a weekend of performances, presentations and workshops.

Clothing Assistance Program applications now available
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/31/2018 4:00:00 PM
Family Assistance Manager Angela King said voucher applications will be taken via fax, mail, email or walk-in until June 29.

Switzer named NSU Alumni Association Outstanding Senior
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/31/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Kaylee Switzer, of Keys, is honored as one of the 17 Outstanding Seniors for 2018.

Larry’s Bait and Tackle offers more than namesake suggests
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
5/31/2018 8:15:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Larry Fulton donated a 12-foot, two-piece fishing pole with custom wrapping and thread for the Cherokee Phoenix’s second quarter giveaway.

‘Remember the Removal’ cyclists leave for 2018 trek
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/30/2018 4:00:00 PM
While commemorating the 180th anniversary of the Trail of Tears, cyclists will travel through seven states before concluding on June 21 in Tahlequah.

Rabbit invests in education, honoring father
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/30/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee artist Traci Rabbit establishes the Bill Rabbit Legacy Art Scholarship with the Cherokee Nation Foundation.

Lyons Switch fire department gets CN funds
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
5/30/2018 8:15:00 AM
The Highway 100 West Fire Department is among the 131 volunteer fire departments to receive $3,500 checks from the Cherokee Nation.

‘Remember the Removal’ cyclists get genealogy information
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
5/29/2018 4:00:00 PM
They receive the information for taking part in the ride, which lets them learn more about their ancestors in the old Cherokee Nation.

Q&A with EBCI ‘Remember the Removal’ participants
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
5/29/2018 12:00:00 PM
Eight cyclists from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will join the Cherokee Nation’s riders for the 2018 “Remember the Removal” bike ride.

Research shows ‘RTR’ ride benefits participants
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
5/29/2018 8:15:00 AM
Dr. Melissa Lewis, of the University of Missouri, is researching how the “Remember the Removal” bicycle ride benefits participants.

Fort Smith National Historic site increases entrance fees
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/28/2018 4:00:00 PM
The entrance fee modification is to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs to enhance the visitor experience.

Cherokee Nation lauded for hepatitis C elimination effort
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/28/2018 12:00:00 PM
Federal officials say the Cherokee Nation could serve as a national model in the fight against the infection.

Kenwood, rural fire depts. get annual Cherokee Nation funds
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
5/28/2018 8:00:00 AM
Kenwood Fire Department is one of 131 volunteer fire departments to receive Cherokee Nation money to help with equipment, fuel and other needs.

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic raises awareness about heat safety
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/27/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic wants to remind Oklahomans to stay safe during the summer’s extreme heat.

Jones named NAJA scholarship recipient
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/27/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Storme Jones will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Native American Journalists Association for pursuing a media career.

Free subscriptions available to at-large citizens
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
5/27/2018 8:00:00 AM
The Cherokee Phoenix is taking names on a first-come, first-served basis until a $10,000 disbursement for subscriptions is depleted.

Tribes welcome opportunity to add sports book to casinos
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/26/2018 4:00:00 PM
American Indian tribes are welcoming an opportunity to offer sports betting in potentially hundreds of casinos across the country after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize it.

Experts: Earthquakes could affect Oklahoma infrastructure
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/26/2018 12:00:00 PM
Experts are looking at how Oklahoma's seismic activity impacts critical infrastructure as frequent, low-level earthquake swarms continue to pop off throughout the state.

CN to host send-off for ‘Remember the Removal’ cyclists
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/25/2018 3:30:00 PM
They will meet eight cyclists from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina for a ride that begins in New Echota, Georgia and retraces a Trail of Tears route.

Registration open for Oklahoma Senior Games
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/25/2018 12:00:00 PM
All athletes must be 50 years old by Dec. 31, except for those who compete in badminton, cycling, tennis and table tennis.

CN Supreme Court dismisses Freedmen case
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
5/25/2018 10:00:00 AM
It rules that plaintiffs failed to show standing and that Tribal Councilors acknowledged the tribe “would be bound by the decision of the federal court.”

Children 9-12, teens must establish diets that provide for development
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
5/25/2018 8:30:00 AM
Clinical Dietitian Tonya Swim says establish healthy habits early and encourage food choices that support energy and growth.

University security guard takes CN citizen’s ID, threatens arrest
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
5/24/2018 4:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Nicolas Rojas has his tribal-issued identification taken by a Marymount California University security guard while trying to go on campus.

4 CN employees graduate OU Economic Development Institute
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/24/2018 12:00:00 PM
OU EDI is a 117-hour certificate program that provides advanced education for economic development professionals.

Trump administration wants tribal people to work for Medicaid benefits
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
5/24/2018 10:00:00 AM
The Donald Trump administration contends that by being classified as a race rather than organized tribal governments, Native Americans would not be exempt from Medicaid work rules.

United Keetoowah Band discusses current, upcoming housing programs
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
5/24/2018 8:30:00 AM
Housing surveys for United Keetoowah Band citizens can be picked up at and returned to the UKB Federal Programs building until June 29.

Cherokee College Prep Institute registration now available
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/23/2018 4:00:00 PM
The weeklong camp connects students with admissions counselors from across the U.S to analyze, prepare and complete college applications, identify scholarship opportunities and explore schools.

LIHEAP helps elderly, disabled with ‘summer cooling’
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/23/2018 12:30:00 PM
The aid is eligible to those who are over 60 or disabled and received a winter heating payment.

Cherokee Nation working on 5 water access projects
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
5/23/2018 8:30:00 AM
Two projects are in Muskogee County and three are in Delaware County.

CN hosts inaugural ‘Sequoyah Day'
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
5/22/2018 4:00:00 PM
Visitors to the first “Sequoyah Day” event experience all things Cherokee.

Sequoyah High School Summer Food Program begins May 29
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/22/2018 12:00:00 PM
Children aged 18 and under, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, are eligible to receive meals through the program.

Sharpe pursues basketball dream in Australia
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
5/22/2018 8:45:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Jeylyn Sharpe is named to the 2018 State Basketball League All-Star Games to be held June 4-5 in Australia.

Sequoyah Schools hosting basketball camps
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/21/2018 4:00:00 PM
The camps are designed to help youngsters develop skills, master techniques and learn basic concepts of basketball.

Justices to review Oklahoma’s Indian territory murder appeal
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/21/2018 2:00:00 PM
Patrick Dwayne Murphy, a Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizen says he should have been tried in federal, not state, court because the crime occurred in Indian territory.

Food bank coming to CN Veterans Center
BY GRANT D. CRAWFORD
Tahlequah Daily Press
5/21/2018 12:00:00 PM
It is the Food Bank’s first tribal partnership, as the two entities hope to reach more hungry people that could use assistance. In particular, the program will serve veterans and widows of veterans.

Cherokees take part in annual Stilwell Strawberry Festival
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/21/2018 8:15:00 AM
The 71st annual Stilwell Strawberry Festival was held May 11-12.

Oklahoma City weighs renaming 3 Confederate-named schools
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/18/2018 12:00:00 PM
One school is named after Gen. Stand Watie, a Cherokee who fought for the Confederacy.

Descendants of Cherokee Seminaries award 2 scholarships
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
5/18/2018 8:00:00 AM
This year’s recipients were Cherokee Nation citizens Bryley Hoodenpyle and Marilyn Tschida.

Highers graduates OU Economic Development Institute
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/17/2018 4:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Stephen Highers says he intends to become a certified economic developer through the International Economic Development Council.

Hospice group, community band together for York
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
5/17/2018 1:15:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Grant York, 9, suffers from a disease in which he can’t absorb nutrients.

Duch riding high as trick rider
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
5/17/2018 8:15:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Sophie Duch is a 10-year-old trick rider and mounted target shooter.

HACN give 11 Cherokee families keys to homes
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/16/2018 4:00:00 PM
The 1,350-square-foot brick homes on Miller Street each feature a garage, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Council amends VAWA to prosecute non-Indians
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
5/16/2018 2:45:00 PM
The amendment authorizes special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence, dating violence or a violation of a protection order.

CN to host Sequoyah Day on May 19
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/16/2018 12:00:00 PM
The event will be held in conjunction with Cherokee Nation’s Traditional Native Games.

Morton, Ford named Sequoyah valedictorian, salutatorian
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/16/2018 10:00:00 AM
Valedictorian Katelyn Morton will attend Oklahoma City University, while salutatorian Aspen Ford will go to Northeastern State University.

TERO-certified Fourkiller Lawn Solutions keeps growing
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
5/16/2018 8:15:00 AM
Tyler Fourkiller started mowing lawns as a teenager looking for a way to make cash to buy hunting gear.

CN donates funds for RiverHawks women’s hoops road trip
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/15/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Northeastern State University team will participate in a two-game basketball classic in Los Angeles over Thanksgiving break.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Gabe Simpson
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
5/15/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen and Jay High School senior Gabe Simpson will attend Oklahoma State University to play football this fall.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Ashlee Fox
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
5/15/2018 8:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Ashlee Fox plans to pursue a career in federal Indian law and policy to create change.

CN Veterans Affairs Office to host Memorial Day ceremony
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/14/2018 4:00:00 PM
The ceremony will include a laying of wreaths, a rifle volley and the playing of “Taps.”

Gospel Sing returns to Cherokee Heritage Center
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/14/2018 12:00:00 PM
Performances are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 19.

Deiter promoted to forest supervisor in Arizona
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
5/14/2018 8:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Dale Deiter is selected as forest supervisor of the Prescott National Forest.

Billboards aim to recruit teachers from Oklahoma to Texas
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/13/2018 4:00:00 PM
A Texas school district is trying to recruit teachers with a billboard campaign in Oklahoma, where teacher protests about salary and other education issues recently closed schools across the state.

Going once, going twice: Oklahoma puts bison on surplus site
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/13/2018 12:00:00 PM
Oklahoma is auctioning off a herd of about 55 bison to the highest bidder as part of its state surplus program.

2 more North Dakota tribes sue opioid industry groups
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/13/2018 8:00:00 AM
The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Spirit Lake Sioux are the latest North Dakota American Indian tribes to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Appeals court: Tribal casinos can be subject to US labor law
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/12/2018 4:00:00 PM
A U.S. appeals court says employees at Native American casinos can receive protection under a federal labor law.

Army Corps meeting with tribes on Dakota Access oil pipeline
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/12/2018 12:00:00 PM
Environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is likely to continue into the summer as federal officials meet with American Indian tribes who have raised concerns about being left out of the process.

Cherokee Nation Distributors named Sikorsky’s Elite
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/11/2018 3:30:00 PM
Aerospace industry leader recognizes tribal company for best-in-class performance.

Bacone College to temporarily suspend operations due to lack of funds
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
5/11/2018 12:30:00 PM
Oklahoma’s oldest higher education institution will temporarily close its doors on May 14 due to lack of funds.

Aquaponics gardening benefits W.E.B. Tri-Community
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
5/11/2018 8:30:00 AM
Aquaponics is a system combining conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water).

Oklahoma photo ID law gets backing of state Supreme Court
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/10/2018 4:00:00 PM
The ruling addresses potential voter fraud even though there’s no evidence of it in Oklahoma elections.

Group seeks to overturn Oklahoma tax hikes for teacher raise
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/10/2018 12:15:00 PM
The group Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite has until July 18 to gather about 41,000 signatures needed to place the question on the ballot.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum to host Wagnon book signing
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/10/2018 8:15:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Brad Wagnon has written two children’s books, “How the World Was Made: A Cherokee Story” and “The Land of the Great Turtles.”

UPDATE: 27 Cherokees running for Oklahoma seats
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
5/9/2018 5:00:00 PM
The positions they are campaigning for include U.S representative, judgeships and state Legislature. Also, a Cherokee Nation citizen is running for a state House seat in Missouri.

UPDATE: 770 candidates vying for 317 Oklahoma seats
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/9/2018 5:00:00 PM
The candidates will appear on ballots for Oklahoma’s June 26 primary elections.

CN gives nearly $500K to volunteer fire departments
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/9/2018 5:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation officials give each department a $3,500 check to help with equipment, fuel or other items needed.

Digital exhibit to showcase Chief John Ross’ writings
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/9/2018 12:00:00 PM
“The Letters of John Ross” is on display at John Ross Museum through January.

Cherokee Speakers Bureau to host meeting May 10
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/9/2018 10:00:00 AM
Cherokee speakers are invited to attend from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Ballroom located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokee in Tahlequah.

Snow earns collegiate honors at University of Mobile
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
5/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Christian Snow is named the NAIA Player of the Week for posting monster numbers in March.

Largest state budget falls short of restoring years of cuts
BY TREVOR BROWN
Oklahoma Watch
5/8/2018 4:30:00 PM
An Oklahoma Watch analysis shows the budget will ultimately do little to reverse years of reductions to education, health care, public safety and other state agencies.

Tulsa Drillers host Cherokee Nation Night
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
5/8/2018 12:00:00 PM
Various tribal departments and entities such as Career Services, Cherokee Heritage Center and Government Relations set up booths.

MONAH to host storytelling, beadwork class on May 12
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/8/2018 8:00:00 AM
Admission is free, and the events are open to all.

Fallin vetoes state Native American Day bill
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/7/2018 10:00:00 AM
The bill would have created a second holiday observance alongside Columbus Day on the second Monday in October by moving Native American Day, which is observed in November.

Oklahomans to vote on 2 state questions in 2018
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
5/7/2018 8:30:00 AM
State Question 788 calls for medicinal marijuana, while State Question 794 seeks certain rights for crime victims.

Educators seek impeachment of Oklahoma teacher union leaders
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/6/2018 4:00:00 PM
Some educators are at odds over two Oklahoma Education Association leaders' actions during the statewide teacher walkout and have conflicting statements regarding the impeachment effort against those executives.

Oklahoma rural, urban educators disagree on school needs
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/6/2018 12:00:00 PM
Even as they presented unified calls for increased funding, rural and urban educators had starkly different ideas of how to accomplish it, lawmakers said.

University fined for violating Indian remains law
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/6/2018 8:00:00 AM
A university in West Virginia has been fined $4,999 for failing to complete inventories of American Indian remains and artifacts in its possession.

Police: Incorrect reports could hinder Oklahoma cold case
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/5/2018 2:00:00 PM
Authorities in northeast Oklahoma say recent reports of witness intimidation are incorrect and can disrupt their investigation into the disappearance of two teenagers nearly 20 years ago.

Suspect's lawyer in 1999 abductions, deaths wants case notes
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/5/2018 12:00:00 PM
The attorney for a man accused in the 1999 deaths of an Oklahoma couple and the disappearance of two 16-year-old girls wants the mother of one of the teens to turn over notes from her own private investigation.

Man charged in Oklahoma killings says he’ll talk to families
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
5/5/2018 10:00:00 AM
Ronnie Dean Busick is accused of killing Danny and Kathy Freeman, their daughter and her friend in 1999.

Renovations on Cherokee National Capitol begins
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/4/2018 4:00:00 PM
The tribe has started interior renovations of the Cherokee National Capitol building that are expected to help prepare it to serve as a museum in future years.

‘Cherokee National Treasures’ book earns global recognition
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/4/2018 12:00:00 PM
The book’s portrayal of nearly 100 Cherokee culture keepers earns a silver medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Ceremony held in Fort Smith for Cherokee emigrants
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
5/4/2018 8:00:00 AM
The observance commemorates the April 28, 1838, crossing of the river by a Cherokee detachment from Waterloo, Alabama.

Pocahontas Club to host ‘Old Fashion Picnic’ at Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/3/2018 4:15:00 PM
The picnic, which is open to the public, is an opportunity to share Cherokee culture and games.

Meredith named 2018 NSU Sequoyah Fellow
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/3/2018 2:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen America Meredith is the publishing editor of First American Art Magazine and an author, artist and independent curator.

NSU offers various summer youth camps
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/3/2018 12:00:00 PM
The academies are held through the Continuing Education Department on the Tahlequah, Muskogee and Broken Arrow campuses and will begin in June with programs available for children ages 4 and older.

Cherokees join thousands at 2018 Red Fern Festival
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
5/3/2018 8:15:00 AM
From the Cherokee Nation Courthouse Square to Northeastern State University, the streets offered music, food, culture and arts and crafts.

CNB’s Garrett to join 'Removal' riders during first week
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
5/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation Businesses Executive Vice President Chuck Garrett hopes to gain tribal knowledge as well as be a mentor to younger “Remember the Removal” riders.

Crittenden asks Supreme Court to rule him eligible for re-election
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
5/2/2018 3:00:00 PM
Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden claims he’s eligible because his 2011 oath was for principal chief instead of acting principal chief.

Q&A with ‘Remember the Removal’ participants
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
5/2/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Phoenix asks the “Remember the Removal” cyclists about why they wanted the challenge and how the experience has been so far.

Cherokee Nation hopes to create ‘agents of change’ with Environmental Festival
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
5/2/2018 8:30:00 AM
Approximately 200 students from Salina, Adair and Justus-Tiawah schools attend the seventh annual Cherokee Nation Environmental Festival on Arbor Day.

CN calendar of events for May
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/1/2018 4:15:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation hosts several events in May, including Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and an annual Memorial Day Ceremony.

OPINION: Is it time for a technology detox?
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
5/1/2018 2:00:00 PM
According to a recent Time magazine article, every day we check our smartphones about 47 times – about every 19 minutes – while spending approximately five hours on them.

OPINION: American Indian Center and Cultural Museum to be state boon
BY BILL JOHN BAKER
Principal Chief
5/1/2018 12:00:00 PM
Art, history and contemporary culture will be all in one place, and if people want to dig deeper they can travel to Tahlequah or Ada or Anadarko or Lawton.

May 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/1/2018 10:00:00 AM
May 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings

May 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online
BY STAFF REPORTS
5/1/2018 8:45:00 AM
May 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online

Hoskin reappointed to HHS Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/30/2018 4:30:00 PM
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. will participate in forums, meetings and conversations between federal officials and elected tribal leaders.

Bureau of Indian Affairs director resigns after 6 months
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/30/2018 2:30:00 PM
The director of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has resigned after six months on the job.

Cherokee College Prep Institute registration available
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/30/2018 12:30:00 PM
The weeklong camp readies high school juniors and seniors for college.

Cherokees pitch in for Help-In-Crisis fundraiser
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
4/30/2018 8:30:00 AM
About 200 walkers help raise money for the nonprofit organization that helps families, women and individuals flee domestic violence and sexual assault.

Republican leaders reach deal on Oklahoma agency spending
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/29/2018 4:00:00 PM
Republican legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that increases overall spending by more than 10 percent and gives virtually all state agencies a boost in funding.

Oklahoma governor signs industrial hemp legislation
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/29/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Oklahoma governor has signed into law a measure allowing universities and farmers who work them to grow industrial hemp.

Affidavit: Suspects bragged about abducting Oklahoma teens
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/29/2018 10:00:00 AM
Authorities say suspects in the 1999 shooting deaths of an Oklahoma couple and the abduction of their 16-year-old daughter and her friend "bragged" about photographing the girls while they were bound.

Cherokee Phoenix asks readers to complete survey
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/29/2018 8:00:00 AM
Readers who complete the survey will have a chance to win one of several Cherokee Phoenix prize packages, which include shirts, fleece jackets and more.

Editorial Board to meet May 8, 2018 via conference call
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/28/2018 11:30:00 PM
It is an open meeting and the public is welcome to attend.

Oklahoma City district rejects charter school plan
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/28/2018 4:00:00 PM
Supporters of a proposed Oklahoma City charter school that would serve mostly Native American students plan to take their application to the state after a second rejection by a public school district.

Group seeking Oklahoma teacher pay hike abandons effort
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/28/2018 12:00:00 PM
A group planning a signature drive to let voters decide whether to increase the oil and gas production tax to fund a $4,000 pay raise for Oklahoma teachers is abandoning their effort.

CN dietitian receives ‘Outstanding Dietitian of the Year’ award
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/27/2018 4:00:00 PM
The award reflects clinical dietitian Tonya Swim’s dedication to promoting healthy nutrition.

OKCIC encourages discussion of alcohol consumption dangers
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/27/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is using Alcohol Awareness Month to raise understanding about the negative consequences of alcohol use.

Cherokee ancestor’s burial site found via cemetery preservation
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
4/27/2018 8:00:00 AM
After decades of not knowing where his great-grandmother’s burial site is, Cherokee National Treasure Eddie Morrison discovers her resting place.

Barrett to intern at Smithsonian’s NMAI
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/26/2018 4:00:00 PM
The business management major from Springdale, Arkansas, will intern in the National Museum of the American Indian’s Executive Planning Office.

Arkansas initiative could affect Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
4/26/2018 12:00:00 PM
A new gaming proposal in the Natural State could affect Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs.

‘Right place, right time’ leads Blakestad to Council attorney job
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
4/26/2018 8:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Tahlina Nofire Blakestad was recently appointed as the Tribal Council’s attorney.

Tribal Council changes several civil statutes
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
4/25/2018 4:00:00 PM
One change allows tribal citizens to bring civil suits in tribal courts based on any federal statute, common law or laws of any state where the citizen resides.

Symposium on the American Indian honors tradition, culture
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
4/25/2018 12:00:00 PM
The theme of the symposium was “Walking with our Ancestors: Preserving Culture and Honoring Tradition.”

Cherokee stays positive amid Hodgkin lymphoma battle
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
4/25/2018 9:30:00 AM
Shacotah Sanders began the first of 22 radiation treatments in April and has a GoFundMe account to help pay for expenses.

CN Supreme Court hears Freedmen ruling case
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
4/24/2018 4:15:00 PM
Some Cherokee Nation citizens object to Attorney General Todd Hembree not appealing the federal ruling that grants Freedmen tribal citizenship and rights.

CN sponsors donkey basketball fundraiser
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
4/24/2018 12:00:00 PM
The annual event is the Rogers County Adult Day Care Center’s biggest fundraiser.

Georgia TOTA Chapter meeting May 12 in Chatsworth
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/24/2018 10:00:00 AM
It’s part of a series of meetings commemorating the 180th anniversary of the Cherokee removal.

NSU features Cherokee artist Troy Jackson
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
4/24/2018 8:30:00 AM
Northeastern State University will host “The Arrival” exhibit from April 5 to May 4 in the John Vaughan Library.

Supreme Court asked to declare Crittenden eligible in 2019
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
4/23/2018 12:00:00 PM
The appeal states the District Court “erred” in its decision that Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden cannot run for re-election.

Motion filed to dismiss lawsuit, reconsider ruling on election eligibility
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
4/23/2018 10:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Michael Moore says the lawsuit regarding the principal and deputy chiefs’ election eligibility should be dismissed because there’s no “case or controversy.”

‘Nanyehi’ short film to debut at local film festival
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/23/2018 8:30:00 AM
The local cast shares compelling story of the Cherokee’s Beloved Woman Nancy Ward.

Five Tribes Ancestry Conference set for June 7-9
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/22/2018 4:00:00 PM
The genealogy event is expected to provide tools to research Native American ancestry and discussion topics with guest speakers.

Tribes’ request for more involvement in Dakota Access pipeline review rejected
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/22/2018 12:00:00 PM
A judge has rejected the request by two American Indian tribes to be more involved in a court-ordered environmental review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Medical marijuana push spreads to Utah, Oklahoma
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/21/2018 4:00:00 PM
The push for legalized marijuana has moved into Utah and Oklahoma, two of the most conservative states in the country, further underscoring how quickly feelings about marijuana are changing in the United States.

Arkansas, Oklahoma divided on opioid withdrawal alternative
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/21/2018 12:00:00 PM
Legislation on an alternative substance that some say could help mitigate the effects of opioid withdrawals is divided along state lines.

CHC offers cultural classes promoting traditional Cherokee art
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/20/2018 4:00:00 PM
Register now for May 5 and June 2 classes.

Tribe: Ruling could reform U.S. agency for Native education
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/20/2018 12:00:00 PM
Lawyers say the case could have widespread effects for Native children in more than 180 schools overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education.

Cherokees have used NSU optometry clinic for 39 years
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
4/20/2018 8:30:00 AM
Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry works with nine Cherokee Nation clinics, also known as Rural Eye Programs, and services 40,000 to 60,000 patients per year.

NB3 Foundation opens mobile app competition for Native youth
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/19/2018 4:00:00 PM
The app is meant to focus on health and nutrition.

Rematriation Magazine presents ‘An Indigenous Response to #MeToo’
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/19/2018 12:00:00 PM
Its purpose is to share a culturally grounded response to address the #MeToo movement in Indigenous communities.

Cultural artists begin working in CHC interactive exhibits
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/19/2018 10:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizens Lily Drywater and Geoff Little provide cultural demonstrations in Diligwa, while Charlotte Wolfe works in the Adams Corner Rural Village.

Lake Eucha gigging tournament hits 46th year
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
4/19/2018 8:15:00 AM
The National Green Country Giggers Association tournament gets more popular each year.

Tahlequah’s Red Fern Festival set for April 28
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/18/2018 4:00:00 PM
The festival honors the story “Where the Red Fern Grows,” which was written by Cherokee Nation citizen Woodrow Wilson Rawls from nearby Scraper.

Powwow concludes NSU Symposium on the American Indian
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/18/2018 12:15:00 PM
The powwow begins at 2 p.m. on April 21 in the University Center Ballroom.

Jackson wins Trail of Tears Art Show grand prize
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
4/18/2018 8:15:00 AM
This year the show received 172 submissions from 89 artists representing 12 tribal nations.

Three Rivers Health Center hosting car seat checkup
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/17/2018 4:00:00 PM
Visitors can learn how to install children’s car seats or booster seats or find out if it’s time for a seat change.

Tahlequah Writers group to meet April 21 at Cherokee Arts Center
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/17/2018 12:00:00 PM
Area writers are encouraged to bring their work to the meeting to be critiqued.

CN provides mental health first-aid training
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/17/2018 8:00:00 AM
Only about 5,000 instructors nationwide are certified to teach mental health first aid, including six from the Cherokee Nation.

'I just have to do it.' Teachers struggle with second jobs
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/16/2018 4:00:00 PM
Hundreds of thousands of American schoolteachers work second jobs to boost their income.

Governor's race tops Oklahoma candidate filings
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/16/2018 12:00:00 PM
Dozens of Oklahoma teachers are among hundreds of political hopefuls who signed up this week to run for office during a tumultuous second week in which frustrated educators and their supporters flooded the state Capitol.

‘Four Moons’ tells Native ballerinas’ stories, showcases Cherokees
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
4/16/2018 8:15:00 AM
“Four Moons” was expected to run in Washington, D.C., for the annual Cherokee Days on April 13-15 at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Tribes see improvements, hurdles as they charge non-Natives
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/15/2018 4:00:00 PM
But gaps remain after the Violence Against Women Act allowed tribes to bring criminal charges against non-Natives in domestic violence cases.

1 dead, 1 injured after hostage situation in Oklahoma
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/15/2018 12:00:00 PM
Oklahoma police say one man is dead and another is injured after a hostage situation occurred in a rural residence.

Des Plaines school reviews ‘Warrior’ mascot after criticism
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/14/2018 4:00:00 PM
Officials at a high school in suburban Chicago are re-examining the use of an Indian mascot after a burst of social media attention.

Pipeline spill in South Dakota twice as big as first thought
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/14/2018 12:00:00 PM
A crude oil spill from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota last November has turned out to be nearly twice as big as first reported.

Native American tribes get funding boost for crime victims
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/14/2018 10:00:00 AM
The appropriation was tucked into the $1.3 trillion federal spending bill approved in late March, and comes as federal Native American programs and services overall are seeing a funding boost.

Cherokee educators participate in teacher walkout
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter &
LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
4/13/2018 4:00:00 PM
Oklahoma Education Association officials say the walkout secured $479 million for teacher and support staff raises and educational funding.

Girl Attorney LLC rallies with teachers at Capitol
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
4/13/2018 3:00:00 PM
The women marched to the Capitol to talk with representatives about increasing funding for Oklahoma’s public schools.

NSU helps working adults complete degrees
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/13/2018 12:00:00 PM
Reach Higher is a flexible program that provides an adult student the opportunity to work full-time, have a family and complete a degree online.

Oklahoma teachers shift from marching to running for office
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/13/2018 10:00:00 AM
When Oklahoma second-grade teacher Cyndi Ralston heard her state representative berate teachers for walking out of the classroom and marching on the Capitol, she knew she’d be running against him in November.

SHS drama department presents ‘Into The Woods’
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
4/13/2018 8:00:00 AM
“Into The Woods” will be held at the Sequoyah’s The Place Where They Play on the SHS campus.

NMAI to open ‘Trail of Tears: A Story of Cherokee Removal’ exhibit
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/12/2018 4:00:00 PM
The 40-panel exhibition takes a deeper look at Indian removal from the Cherokee perspective.

Haggard helps his NSU fishing team win Texas tournament
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/12/2018 12:00:00 PM
The victory earned the Northeastern State University bass club $2,600 and a spot in the 2019 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

Oklahoma teacher walkout to match length of West Virginia
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/12/2018 9:00:00 AM
Oklahoma's two largest school districts will close for the ninth consecutive day because of a teacher strike, matching the length of a walkout in West Virginia earlier this year that started a rebellion of teachers in some Republican-led states.

Luna receives national health recognition
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/12/2018 8:15:00 AM
With Career Services’ help, Luna received a grant for dislocated workers and eventually became a certified nurse aide.

Oklahoma’s teen birth rate still second-highest in US
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/11/2018 4:30:00 PM
The state’s rate of about 33 births per 1,000 females ages 15-19 was second only to Arkansas.

Grim named Health Services executive director
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
4/11/2018 2:30:00 PM
Dr. Charles Grim had been serving as the interim executive director since November.

Oklahoma Republicans refuse to bow to teachers’ demands
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/11/2018 1:30:00 PM
A top Republican lawmaker said Tuesday that the Oklahoma Legislature has no plans to bow to striking teachers’ demand to eliminate a capital gains tax break as a way to end a walkout now in its second week.

First Peoples Fund training teaches Native artists entrepreneurship
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
4/11/2018 8:15:00 AM
Topics include drafting a business plan, writing for grants and loans, marketing and time management.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa to expand
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/10/2018 4:30:00 PM
Demolition begins on the oldest portion of the current resort destination.

District Court rules Baker can run for re-election, Crittenden can’t
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
4/10/2018 1:30:00 PM
The attorney general’s office said it would decide later whether to appeal, while David Cornsilk plans to appeal Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s eligibility.

CNF accepting applications to 5th annual ACT prep camp
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/10/2018 12:00:00 PM
The weeklong camp is offered to Cherokee Nation citizens at no cost.

Cherokee teachers speak out on walkout
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
4/10/2018 8:30:00 AM
Contingencies of teachers inside the Cherokee Nation rally for better public education funding.

Second Oklahoma tribe files opioid lawsuit
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/9/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Creek Nation’s lawsuit comes nearly a year after the Cherokee Nation filed a similar suit.

Guess-Perdue shares life story in CCO series
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
4/9/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Winnie Guess-Perdue is a direct descendant of Sequoyah and an accomplished ballerina, fancy dancer and artist.

Massive Oklahoma teacher protests enter 2nd week
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/9/2018 11:00:00 AM
Oklahoma lawmakers were returning to the state Capitol on Monday as teachers in the state’s largest school districts entered a second week of massive demonstrations to demand more education funding.

StrongHearts Native Helpline provides advocacy, referral services to abuse survivors
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
4/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
Native American dating and domestic violence survivors can receive confidential and culturally appropriate services by calling 1-844-762-8483.

NSU’s Symposium on the American Indian schedule released
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/8/2018 4:00:00 PM
The keynote speakers are Daryl Baldwin, Dr. Lee Francis IV and Dr. Daniel Wildcat.

Cherokee Speakers Bureau set for April 12
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/8/2018 12:00:00 PM
All Cherokee speakers are invited to the Community Ballroom located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokee in Tahlequah.

Watchdog group sues EPA over suppressed Superfund site audit
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/7/2018 4:00:00 PM
A watchdog group is suing the Environmental Protection Agency seeking the release of records involving an investigative audit into the cleanup of the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeastern Oklahoma that the state’s attorney general wants to keep secret.

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic participates in ‘Diabetes Alert Day’
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/7/2018 12:00:00 PM
Nine out of 10 Americans are at risk for Type 2 diabetes and don’t know it.

George Lopez brings stand-up to Hard Rock Tulsa
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/6/2018 3:30:00 PM
The comedian, actor is coming June 16 to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Bighorse named Cherokee Nation’s Vinita Health Center medical director
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
4/6/2018 12:30:00 PM
Amanda Bighorse, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, continues her work in family medicine for the Cherokee Nation.

Oklahoma teacher walkout stretches into 5th day
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/6/2018 9:30:00 AM
A teachers strike in Oklahoma stretched into a fifth day on Friday, and a state union leader said he doesn’t think pending proposals to increase revenue are enough to stop the walkout from extending into next week.

Cherokee Phoenix announces quarterly giveaway winner
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/6/2018 8:30:00 AM
James McNew, of El Dorado, Kansas, wins a loom-woven blanket by Cherokee weaver Janice Dreadfulwater.

HACN accepting apps for low-rent housing in Claremore, Vinita
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/5/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Will Rogers Senior Complex in Claremore and Tom Buffington Heights in Vinita have one-bedroom apartments available. Applicants for Will Rogers Senior Complex must be at least 55 years old.

Teachers say pay is important, but issues facing profession go deeper
BY JENNIFER PALMER
Oklahoma Watch
4/5/2018 12:00:00 PM
The problems facing teachers and the teaching profession are myriad, but, like so many things in state government, they boil down to money.

High-earners’ tax break could be key to ending teacher walkout
BY TREVOR BROWN
Oklahoma Watch
4/5/2018 10:00:00 AM
Teachers, education advocates and House Democrats have launched a renewed push since the teacher work stoppage began for the Legislature to eliminate the state’s capital gains deduction.

Martina McBride to play Hard Rock Tulsa
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/5/2018 8:00:00 AM
The singer joins the summer’s Country Gold Series at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

NSU library hosts ‘The Arrival’ art show
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/4/2018 5:00:00 PM
Troy Jackson is an award-winning Cherokee artist whose works will be featured April 5 to May 4 in Northeastern State University’s John Vaughan Library.

Changing diets for 1- to 8-year-olds
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
4/4/2018 4:30:00 PM
As children reach “school age” well-rounded meals are important for muscle and brain growth.

NSU to host Inter-Tribal Language Summit April 18-19
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/4/2018 12:00:00 PM
Topics to at the summit will focus on how to get families more involved with language learning.

Teacher protests put Republicans on the spot in red states
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/4/2018 10:00:00 AM
Republicans are walk a fine line before midterm elections between placating constituents who are angry over education cuts and conservative supporters who want a smaller government and low taxes.

Austin hits meetings, events in Dist. 14
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/4/2018 9:15:00 AM
Tribal Councilor Keith Austin recently made a whirlwind tour of his district, making six stops to attend meetings and events across Rogers and Tulsa counties.

Descendants of Cherokee Seminary students to meet May 7
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/3/2018 4:15:00 PM
The reunion is held every May 7 to commemorate the on May 7, 1889, re-opening of the Cherokee National Female Seminary north of Tahlequah.

OPINION: The Information Super Highway
BY KEITH AUSTIN
Tribal Councilor
4/3/2018 12:30:00 PM
For as long as a thousand years, Indigenous people have used a route of travel not far from here because it was the most efficient route to deliver information and supplies.

Oklahoma teachers walk out for 2nd day
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/3/2018 10:00:00 AM
Many schools will remain closed for a second day in Oklahoma Tuesday as teachers rally for higher pay and education funding in a rebellion that has hit several Republican-led states across the country.

Cherokee mother-daughter team opens 2 businesses
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
4/3/2018 8:30:00 AM
Morning Sky Boutique and Evening Shade Mercantile in Vian are the ideas of Cherokee Nation citizen Suzanne Sullivan and Callie Prier.

Cherokee tribes return to NMAI for ‘Cherokee Days Festival’
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/2/2018 6:30:00 PM
Cultural demonstrations and performances will be supplemented with two banner exhibitions highlighting Cherokee history at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Limitless Nutrition brings nutrition store to Fort Gibson
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
4/2/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Jon Griggs co-owns the one-stop nutrition shop, which recently opened in Fort Gibson.

Oklahoma teachers rally for more money
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
4/2/2018 8:45:00 AM
Thousands of Oklahoma teachers are expected to descend on the state Capitol Monday to demand lawmakers approve more education funding just days after the Legislature did just that.

April 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/1/2018 4:00:00 PM
April 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings

OPINION: Raising wages for our teachers is the right thing to do
BY BILL JOHN BAKER
Principal Chief
4/1/2018 2:00:00 PM
Over the past decade, the state of Oklahoma has made drastic budget cuts to public education. At the same time, teachers continue to meet additional demands beyond simply fulfilling the daily lesson plans.

April 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online
BY STAFF REPORTS
4/1/2018 12:00:00 PM
April 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online

Chickasaw tribe to expand company in NC, not OK home turf
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/31/2018 4:00:00 PM
An American Indian tribe plans to expand a subsidiary in North Carolina with more than 350 jobs over five years rather than moving company headquarters to its Oklahoma home turf.

Oglala Sioux latest SD tribe to sue opioid industry groups
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/31/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Oglala Sioux Tribe is the latest South Dakota American Indian tribe to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Oklahoma high court OKs state question on oil-and-gas tax
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/31/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Oklahoma Supreme Court says an initiative petition seeking a public vote on whether to increase the oil and gas production tax to help fund education can move forward.

Feds seize millions in gaming revenue from New Mexico tribe
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/31/2018 10:00:00 AM
The federal government has seized a bank account with more than $10 million in gambling revenue from New Mexico’s Pojoaque Pueblo.

CN supports to Rogers County groups
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/30/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Rodeo Arena Co-op of Claremore, the Rogers County Adult Day Center and the Free Little Library in Oologah benefit from nearly $9,000 in donations.

CN gives $13K to organizations in Delaware, Mayes counties
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/30/2018 12:00:00 PM
The donations consisted of $3,000 donation to Jay Public Schools, a $5,000 donation to the Spavinaw Youth and Neighborhood Center and a $5,000 donation to the Delaware County Historical Society.

CN donates vehicle to Vian Police Dept.
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/30/2018 10:00:00 AM
Police Chief Mark Fisher said his department is working on a new partnership with Vian Public School to provide a full-time school resource officer on its campus.

SHS Lady Indians basketball championship team honored
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
3/30/2018 8:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation officials held a reception on March 27 for the Sequoyah High School Lady Indians basketball team who won the 3A girl’s basketball championship for the third time in four years.

Participants announced for annual “Remember the Removal” bike ride
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
3/29/2018 4:30:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation has selected 10 participants to put their physical and mental endurance to the test as part of the 2018 “Remember the Removal” bicycle ride.

Thompson appointed to Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
3/29/2018 12:00:00 PM
Brenda Thompson’s confirmation means the Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board is at its full capacity with five board members.

National Indian Women’s Health Resource Center promotes healthy living for Natives
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
3/29/2018 8:15:00 AM
The National Indian Women’s Health Resource Center provides services to Native American women and their families.

Tribe breaks ground on new Tahlequah casino
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/28/2018 4:00:00 PM
The 92,000-square-foot entertainment destination will include 525 electronic games, a 144-seat restaurant, a grab-and-go cafe, a live music venue and full-service bar.

Bear Necessities offers supplies to at-risk Tahlequah students during walkout
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
3/28/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Bear Necessities Coalition is collecting non-perishable food and hygiene items through March 29 at several Tahlequah locations.

CNF awards $210K in scholarships for 2018-19 academic year
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/28/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation Foundation awards the money to 88 students.

Oklahoma lawmakers scramble to avert teacher walkout
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/28/2018 10:00:00 AM
Pressure mounted Tuesday on the Republican-led Oklahoma Legislature to broker a deal on taxes to pay for hundreds of millions in new education spending and avert a threatened strike of teachers next week.

NFL sees its first Cherokee referee in Phillips
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
3/28/2018 8:30:00 AM
Jerrod Phillips started officiating to make gas money. Now he is a NFL official.

Heavy rain brings threat of flood
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/27/2018 4:00:00 PM
Heavy rain is forecast across parts of the central United States and the National Weather Service says there is a threat of flooding.

Oklahoma House passes tax hikes to fund schools, teacher pay
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/27/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Oklahoma House has passed a sweeping package of tax hikes aimed at funding a teacher pay raise and averting statewide school closures set to begin next week.

Swedish researchers suggest 5 types of diabetes, not 2
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
3/27/2018 8:00:00 AM
While diabetes has traditionally been diagnosed as Type 1 and Type 2, a study examined nearly 15,000 patients to determine five cluster categories.

CN donates bus to Cherokee Children’s Mission
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/26/2018 4:00:00 PM
The shuttle bus was donated from the Cherokee Nation Businesses fleet to help provide safe and reliable transportation.

Energy Department withdraws from Arkansas power-line project
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/26/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a participation agreement between the agency and Clean Line Energy Partners was severed on Friday.

Cherokee tribes gather for language consortium
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
3/26/2018 10:15:00 AM
First-language Cherokee speakers develop words and curriculum in the Cherokee language.

Tribe in Oklahoma sues opioid manufacturers, distributors
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/24/2018 2:00:00 PM
A tribe in Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit accusing 26 drug manufacturers and distributors of contributing to the tribe's opioid epidemic by fraudulently misrepresenting the risks and benefits of addictive painkillers.

OKCIC educates about risks of HIV/AIDS, encourages testing
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/23/2018 3:00:00 PM
Compared with other races or ethnicities, Native Americans have poorer survival rates after an HIV diagnosis.

CN to break ground on new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/23/2018 12:00:00 PM
The new casino is slated to open in 2019 at the Cherokee Springs Plaza.

Public celebration slated for Lady Indians’ state hoops title
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/23/2018 10:15:00 AM
A public celebration for the 2018 Class 3A state champion Sequoyah Lady Indians basketball team will be held at 6 p.m. on March 27 at The Place Where They Play.

Cherokee marshals conduct active shooter training for tribal employees
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
3/23/2018 8:30:00 AM
The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service has conducted active shooter trainings the past three years for tribal departments.

CN allocates $37K to Adair County law enforcement
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/22/2018 4:00:00 PM
Each year the tribe allocates 20 percent of car tag sales revenue to local law enforcement agencies.

Alternatives lead to healthier wild onion recipes
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
3/22/2018 12:00:00 PM
Simple alternatives provide a way for a healthier diet of wild onions in the spring.

Indian Territorial Genealogical and Historical Society to meet at NSU
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/22/2018 8:00:00 AM
Ashley Thirsty-Vann, Cherokee Heritage Center associate genealogist, will speak about the Cherokee Orphan Asylum and searchable genealogy records.

U.S. Marshals Museum highlights Cherokee history
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
3/21/2018 4:00:00 PM
Jurisdiction and Judgment’s first lecture looks at the connection between the Cherokee Nation marshals and U.S. marshals.

Claiming Indian exemption on taxes
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/21/2018 12:00:00 PM
American Indians, Alaska Natives and people eligible for services through IHS, tribal or urban Indian health programs may claim an exemption from the tax penalty for not maintaining health care coverage throughout the tax year.

2 Cherokees chosen for 2018 NAJF class
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/21/2018 8:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizens Lydia Fielder and Kaitlin Boysel will travel to the Native American Journalists Association’s annual media conference this summer.

Rock icon John Fogerty returns to Hard Rock
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/20/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Hall of Famer will perform June 8 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Sofidel paper company to build Inola plant
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
3/20/2018 2:30:00 PM
The Italian-based paper plant will cost $360 million and support 300 jobs.

Smith, Golden honored with CN Patriotism medals
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/20/2018 12:00:00 PM
Each month the Cherokee Nation recognizes service men and women for their sacrifices and as a way to demonstrate the high regard in which the tribe holds all veterans.

Season 4 of ‘Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People’ to air March 25
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
3/20/2018 8:00:00 AM
OsiyoTV kicks off the season with public screenings featuring highlights of upcoming shows.

CNTS earns $21M contract with Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/19/2018 4:00:00 PM
The tribally owned company commits resources to battle infectious diseases.

OETA hosting live chat for ‘Mankiller’ documentary
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/19/2018 12:00:00 PM
Starting at noon on March 21, OETA.tv/live will live chat about the award-winning documentary about Wilma Mankiller.

Researchers hope to change tide on Bigfoot mystery
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
3/19/2018 8:00:00 AM
Hundreds flock to the Oklahoma Bigfoot Symposium at CC Camp in Stilwell.

State employees to join teachers in walkout for better pay
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/18/2018 2:00:00 PM
State employees plan to join Oklahoma teachers in walking off the job next month if lawmakers don't give them a pay raise.

Tahlequah man charged with murder in 2007 slayings
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/18/2018 10:00:00 AM
A 32-year-old Oklahoma state prison inmate has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a couple in their home more than a decade ago.

NSU hosts fishing seminar on March 27
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/17/2018 2:00:00 PM
The seminar will feature professional anglers Jason Christie, a Cherokee Nation citizen, Tommy Biffle and Chris Jones.

Lady Indians repeat at state, boys fall early
BY MARK DREADFULWATER
Multimedia Editor – @cp_mdreadfulwat
3/16/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Sequoyah High School girls basketball team secure its third Class 3A basketball title in four years.

When the Clock Strikes releases EP, prepares for March 17 show
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
3/16/2018 12:45:00 PM
When the Clock Strikes is a pop punk band with influences from bands such as My Chemical Romance.

Hannah enjoying long career as umpire
BY MARK DREADFULWATER
Multimedia Editor – @cp_mdreadfulwat
3/16/2018 8:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Leslie D. Hannah is in his 39th year as an umpire.

Advocates say tight budget leading to open-press threats
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/15/2018 4:00:00 PM
Amid another cash-strapped state budget, some agencies are looking at ways to potentially save this year by restricting the public’s access to records or information.

Hastings Hospital CEO named ACHE fellow
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/15/2018 12:00:00 PM
Brian Hail, W.W. Hastings Hospital CEO, is named a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Sequoyah students take part in national student walkout
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
3/15/2018 10:00:00 AM
Tahlequah-Sequoyah High School students walked out of their classes on March 14 to take part the nationwide movement to create awareness of the need for gun safety in schools and to remember the victims of past school shootings.

Osburn reaches for tag team wrestling pinnacle
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
3/15/2018 8:30:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Lance Osburn began wrestling three years ago after contacting friends who ran a show in Tulsa.

CN, CNB to break ground on new Tahlequah casino
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/14/2018 4:00:00 PM
The new casino is expected to feature a resort hotel, convention center and golf clubhouse. The final phase includes the creation of a retail strip.

Families enjoy free interactive activities during spring break
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/14/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation museums hosting educational events on March 22.

Cherokee Nation Foundation’s ACT Prep Class offers students ‘leg up’
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
3/14/2018 8:00:00 AM
The class is six weeks long and offers pre-tests to help students prepare.

Cherokee Nation OKs $10K raise for SHS, immersion teachers
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
3/13/2018 5:00:00 PM
A $5,000 lump sum for the current academic year was set for March 29, while next year’s increase will occur July 1.

US House OKs bill extending Amber Alerts to tribal lands
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/13/2018 4:00:00 PM
The House gave final approval Monday to a bill that will give tribes direct access to funds that will let them quickly post Amber Alerts over text messaging, radio and television to counties within reservation borders.

Cherokee-owned SSLG Trading Group opens
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
3/13/2018 8:00:00 AM
The store sells housewares items for less-than-retail pricing and is looking to become a resource center for people in need.

Pell Grants now available for summer courses at NSU
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/12/2018 4:00:00 PM
The current maximum federal Pell Grant for an eligible student is $5,920 per academic year, unless enrolled for summer.

Topping out ceremony held for Cherokee Nation health expansion
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
3/12/2018 2:00:00 PM
The final beam for the W.W. Hastings Hospital project is connected to the four-story steel frame.

Register now for genealogy seminar in Tulsa
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/12/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Family Research Center is hosting the seminar on April 14 at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.

Sequoyah powerlifter wins state meet
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
3/12/2018 8:15:00 AM
Laynee Pennington wins her weight class while her teammate, Kailey Lasley, places seventh.

Fallin inks final 2 pieces of Oklahoma's 2018 budget plan
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/11/2018 2:00:00 PM
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed the final two bills of the 2018 state budget.

Virginia Democrats rename annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/11/2018 10:00:00 AM
Virginia's Democratic Party is renaming its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Elizabeth Warren seeks to put 'Pocahontas' barbs behind her
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
3/10/2018 2:00:00 PM
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is hoping to defuse an issue that has dogged her for years, her claims of Native American heritage, ahead of a possible run for president in 2020.

Tahlequah Writers to meet March 17 at Cherokee Arts Center
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/10/2018 10:00:00 AM
Tahlequah-area writers are encouraged to bring their work to the meeting for critique.

5 Civilized Tribes join Fort Smith’s bicentennial
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
3/9/2018 5:00:00 PM
The Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole nations hosted cultural activities such as dances and arts demonstrations.

Cherokee Nation partners with Grand Gateway Community Development Foundation
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/9/2018 4:00:00 PM
A four-year agreement worth $10,000 between the Cherokee Nation and the Grand Gateway Community Development Foundation provides veterans transportation.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum to offer Cherokee language classes
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/9/2018 12:00:00 PM
Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians citizens Gil Jackson and Lou Jackson will teach the classes.

Symposium to explore human displacement, migration
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/9/2018 10:00:00 AM
The University of Tulsa and Gilcrease Museum are sponsoring a symposium titled “Dislocations and Migrations” March 30-31.

Cherokee Heritage Center hosting annual Indian Territory Days
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
Students are invited to experience Cherokee culture firsthand on March 28-29.

Native language-immersion program grants available
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/8/2018 4:00:00 PM
The First Nations Development Institute is accepting applications until March 23

Cherokee Nation motions to dismiss term-limit challenge
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
3/8/2018 12:00:00 PM
The motion states that tribal citizen David Cornsilk’s petition “lacks jurisdiction” and “fails to state a claim for which the Court can grant relief.”

Anderson, Payton among Leadership Native Oklahoma class
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
3/8/2018 8:00:00 AM
It’s for business and governmental leaders in Indian Country to broaden their networks and better understand self-determination.

NCAI accepting Mankiller fellowship applications
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/7/2018 4:15:00 PM
The National Congress of American Indians will accept applications until midnight on March 15 with decisions made no later than April 15.

AICF launches higher education repository
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/7/2018 4:00:00 PM
Located on the American Indian College Fund’s website, it provides researchers and the public access to research work the AICF and others do to support Native student success.

Hastings expansion topping out ceremony set for Friday
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/7/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation leaders and W.W. Hastings employees will sign the beam to signify the completion of the interior shell of what will be the largest tribal health facility in the country.

Cherokee Language Classes: Get to know your instructor
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter &
STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
3/7/2018 8:00:00 AM
The free classes are part of the Cherokee Language Program and are taught by first- and second-language speakers.

NSU announces 46th Annual Symposium on the American Indian
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/6/2018 4:00:00 PM
The symposium is set for April 16-21 in the University Center of the Tahlequah campus.

Cherokee Nation gives $5.4M to 108 public schools
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
3/6/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation allocates 38 percent of its jurisdictional motor vehicle tax revenue to public education per its compact with Oklahoma.

CN proclaims Feb. 28 ‘Rare Disease Awareness Day’
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/6/2018 12:00:00 PM
There are more than 7,000 known rare diseases worldwide, and 95 percent of these diseases do not have a current treatment or cure.

Hobson’s ‘Where The Dead Sit Talking’ explores Native American gender and identity
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
3/6/2018 8:00:00 AM
The New York City-based publisher Soho Press releases “Where The Dead Sit Talking” on Feb. 20.

JOM art competition gets 543 entries
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
3/5/2018 4:00:00 PM
The competition sees hundreds of entries annually from students at Johnson-O’Malley serviced schools in the Cherokee Nation jurisdiction.

Sly retires after 25-year career with CN
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
3/5/2018 12:00:00 PM
A Feb. 27 reception is held for Dr. Gloria Sly honoring her years of service to the Cherokee Nation.

Clarkson’s fishing lures show love of craftsmanship
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
3/5/2018 8:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Glenn Clarkson’s love for fishing inspired him to create handmade fishing lures.

Claremore Indian Hospital to host VA benefits fair
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/4/2018 4:00:00 PM
Hospital benefit coordinators will assist Native American veteran patients in enrolling for Veterans Affairs health care services.

Sixkiller to be 2018 Pac-12 Hall of Honor inductee
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/4/2018 12:00:00 PM
Sonny Sixkiller revolutionized the passing attack as a quarterback and took the nation by storm when he burst on the scene for Washington football in 1970.

‘Nanyehi’ returns to The Joint May 4-5
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/4/2018 8:00:00 AM
The historical Cherokee musical shares the story of Nancy Ward.

Claremore Indian Hospital to host insurance fair
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/3/2018 4:00:00 PM
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Oklahoma will be in Conference Room 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to help people sign up for health insurance.

OPINION: Cherokee ego, tenets through time
BY KAREN COODY COOPER
Cherokee Nation citizen
3/3/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Cherokee language is in the Iroquoian language family.

CN pays state $19M in gaming fees
BY MARK DREADFULWATER
Multimedia Editor – @cp_mdreadfulwat
3/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation pays Oklahoma its largest sum ever in gaming compact fees for 2017.

Cherokee Speakers Bureau to meet March 8
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/2/2018 2:00:00 PM
Cherokee speakers will meet in the Community Ballroom located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokee in Tahlequah.

CNB increasing support for Tulsans in need
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/2/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation Businesses ramps up donations and volunteer hours at Iron Gate in Tulsa.

Editorial Board to meet March 13, 2018 via conference call
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/2/2018 10:00:00 AM
It is an open meeting and the public is welcome to attend.

Cherokees compete in state archery competition
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
3/2/2018 8:00:00 AM
With help from the Cherokee Nation Johnson-O’Malley program, more than 100 schools in the tribe’s jurisdiction compete in a state archery tournament.

OPINION: Financial management equals more health services, aid for Cherokees
BY BILL JOHN BAKER
Principal Chief
3/1/2018 6:00:00 PM
When someone comes to a CN health center and needs something that our own clinics do not provide, like a knee replacement for example, we send them to a specialist who is outside our network of CN doctors and health care providers.

Cherokee Phoenix going smaller with April issue
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
3/1/2018 4:00:00 PM
The reduced size will allow the monthly issue to be mailed in an envelope and at a faster rate.

March 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/1/2018 2:00:00 PM
March 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings

CN calendar of events for March
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/1/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation hosts several events in March, including Public School Appreciation Day and Cherokee Nation Legislative Day.

CHEROKEE EATS: Okie Joe’s BBQ
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
3/1/2018 10:00:00 AM
Cherokee Eats gets saucy at the barbecue joint, Okie Joe’s BBQ, in Stilwell.

March 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online
BY STAFF REPORTS
3/1/2018 8:00:00 AM
March 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online

What to eat and avoid: Birth to 12 months
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
2/28/2018 4:00:00 PM
A Cherokee Nation clinical dietitian gives advice on what babies should eat in their first year.

Veterans Center adds more help, events
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
2/28/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation’s Veterans Center is working to provide additional services to veterans.

Five Tribes festival part of Fort Smith bicentennial
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
2/28/2018 10:00:00 AM
The city of Fort Smith, Arkansas, will host a Five Civilized Tribes Cultural Festival on March 3.

Vance passes on knowledge in cultural classes
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
2/28/2018 8:00:00 AM
United Keetoowah Band citizen Carrie Vance will teach basketry, moccasin making and twining at the John Hair Cultural Center.

Will Rogers museums returning to 7-day week schedule, lists upcoming events
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/27/2018 4:00:00 PM
On March 1, the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore and the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch near Oologah will return to a 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7-day week schedule.

Rush stresses importance of Native law
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
2/27/2018 2:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Violet Rush urges more people to look into studying Native law.

CN awarding $5.4M to NE Oklahoma schools
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/27/2018 12:00:00 PM
This year’s distribution is an increase of about $400,000 compared to 2017’s disbursement.

$500K grant aims to preserve Cherokee ecological knowledge
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/27/2018 10:00:00 AM
Young Cherokees will be matched with elders to learn about and sustain traditional Cherokee life ways by working in the tribe’s heirloom garden, learning the language and participating in field botany exercises.

Will Rogers Downs patrons enjoying renovations
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
2/27/2018 8:15:00 AM
The horse-racing casino underwent $5 million improvements such as an improved restaurant and gaming and dance floors.

CHC acquires Stephen Foreman belongings
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
2/26/2018 4:00:00 PM
A donation belonging to prominent Cherokee Rev. Stephen Foreman was recently donated to the Cherokee Heritage Center to help preserve Cherokee history.

Bentonville’s Native museum is ‘hidden treasure’
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
2/26/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Museum of Native American History holds up to 18,000 years of Indigenous people’s history.

Osteopathy doctor treats ‘body, spirit and soul’
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
2/26/2018 8:15:00 AM
Osteopathy is treatment via the manipulation of bones, joints, muscles or other areas requiring treatment.

NSU Center for Tribal Studies hosts Indigenous Men’s and Women’s Summit
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/25/2018 2:00:00 PM
The March 10 event will provide a forum for higher education students and others to discuss and recognize their role as Indigenous leaders in Indian Country.

CN roads program to wrap up three road projects by spring
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
2/25/2018 10:00:00 AM
CN Roads Program is busy completing several projects currently on its priority list.

‘Hollywood Medium’ Tyler Henry arrives to Hard Rock
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/24/2018 2:00:00 PM
Tickets start at $49 and go on sale March 2 for the May 10 show.

CN receives Indian Health Services settlement funds
BY MARK DREADFULWATER
Multimedia Editor – @cp_mdreadfulwat
2/23/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation gets $8.2 million in unpaid contract support costs for 1998 stemming from a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Judge issues final judgment on Freedmen case
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
2/23/2018 12:00:00 PM
Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan says are all Cherokee Nation citizens are entitled to a final judgment not only for closure but also to facilitate implementation and enforcement of the court’s ruling.

Mitchell’s metalwork finally hits its stride
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
2/23/2018 8:00:00 AM
Cherokee metal artist Tommy Roe Mitchell creates works that feature colors and special grinding techniques.

Hoskin earns NSU Centurions honor
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/22/2018 4:00:00 PM
Centurions are individuals whose leadership and commitment, in the course of helping others, have made a significant impact during Northeastern State University’s history.

Rocky Mountain hosting Cherokee language classes
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/22/2018 12:00:00 PM
The eight-week class is to help students learn how to read and write the Cherokee syllabary and how to speak Cherokee.

Dreadfulwater continues loom-weaving tradition
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
2/22/2018 8:15:00 AM
Cherokee loom weaver Janice Dreadfulwater donates a handmade blanket to the Cherokee Phoenix quarterly giveaway.

Hembree’s term-limit opinion challenged
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
2/21/2018 4:00:00 PM
The District Court is asked to declare Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden ineligible for candidacy in 2019.

CHC offers cultural classes promoting traditional Cherokee art
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/21/2018 12:00:00 PM
Register now for the March 10 and April 7 classes by calling 918-456-6007, ext. 6161.

Cherokee Phoenix marks 190th anniversary
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
2/21/2018 8:15:00 AM
It was the first bilingual newspaper in North America, printed in Cherokee and English.

Tour Tahlequah brings Bassmaster College Series to town
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
2/20/2018 4:00:00 PM
The college fishing tournament will be held July 19-21 at Lake Tenkiller.

Blue Star Mothers donate memorial stone
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
2/20/2018 12:00:00 PM
The stone honors military veterans and resides at the Cherokee Warrior Memorial.

Key makes difference as pediatrician
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
2/20/2018 8:00:00 AM
Dr. Cerissa Key works in pediatrics at Mercy Clinic Primary Care in Moore where she shares her heritage and faith.

Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival hits 31 years
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
2/19/2018 4:00:00 PM
The festival began in 1987 and was inspired by the cast of the 1984 American Indian Theater Company production “Black Elk Speaks.”

Hastings Hospital lease with OSU med school approved
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
2/19/2018 2:30:00 PM
Oklahoma State University will lease space in the current W.W. Hastings Hospital after the new primary care facility opens in 2019.

CN judicial branch moves to Tribal Complex
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
2/19/2018 12:00:00 PM
After 27 years, the Cherokee Nation court system is no longer in the Cherokee Capitol Building.

First Oklahoma Cherokee immersion students to graduate
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
2/19/2018 8:30:00 AM
Launched in 2001, the Cherokee Immersion Charter School started with 23 students. Only nine made it the through the program.

Report shows funding gaps for Native causes?
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/18/2018 2:00:00 PM
Researchers find that on average only 15/100ths of 1 percent of community foundation funding goes to Native American organizations and causes annually.

OKCIC supports teens to build healthy relationships
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/18/2018 10:00:00 AM
Three in four parents never talk to their children about domestic or dating violence.

Court hears tribal challenge to South Dakota child removals
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
2/17/2018 2:00:00 PM
A lawyer representing two American Indian tribes urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to keep in place the changes a judge ordered for a South Dakota county's system of removing children from homes in endangerment cases.

CNB business joins effort to manage tribal lands
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/16/2018 3:00:00 PM
The tribal-owned Cherokee Services Group earns a Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs contract.

Hard Rock Tulsa ranked among best U.S. hotels
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/16/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa honors the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa with a Silver Badge.

Missouri lawmakers try to define real Native American art
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
2/16/2018 8:00:00 AM
A Missouri House committee approves a bill that would ban people who are not citizens of federally recognized American Indian tribes from selling their arts and crafts as authentic American Indian work.

CN webinars help citizens hone technology skills
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
2/15/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Community and Cultural Outreach Program helps citizens stay up to date with technology so nonprofit organizations and individuals can excel in a more connected world.

CN Veterans Center hosts Valentine’s dance
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
2/15/2018 2:00:00 PM
The event features a live band, a photo booth, food, desserts and fellowship.

Sorell receives First Peoples Fund fellowship
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/15/2018 12:00:00 PM
Author and Cherokee Nation citizen Traci Sorell is one of 15 artists selected for a 2018 Artist in Business Leadership fellowship.

Woodsman Trading Co. helps people connect with outdoors
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
2/15/2018 8:00:00 AM
Outdoor lifestyle store Woodsman Trading Co. opened on Nov. 26 at The Village in Oklahoma City.

Descendants of Nancy Ward group hosting bus trip to Cherokee sites
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/14/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Association of the Descendants of Nancy Ward will host a bus trip in conjunction with its March 24, 2018, annual meeting in Chota, Tennessee.

National Native American Veterans Memorial finalists chosen
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/14/2018 12:00:00 PM
The finalists have until May 1 to refine their design concepts that fully explains the spatial, material and symbolic attributes of the designs and how they respond to the vision and design principles for the memorial.

New sign unveiled at Red Clay State Historic Park
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/14/2018 8:00:00 AM
Red Clay served as the last eastern capital of the Cherokee Nation just before the forced removal (Trail of Tears) of Cherokee people in 1838-1839.

CN hosts STEM fair at NSU
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
2/13/2018 4:00:00 PM
The fair was open to all tribal citizens in grades 5-12, and participants could choose to work on projects as individuals or in pairs.

Gladd uses CN-owned racehorse training center
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
2/13/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Andy Gladd owns a racehorse-training business and has used the Blue Ribbon Downs facility for the past three years.

Sequoyah National Research Center seeks summer interns
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/13/2018 10:00:00 AM
Student interns will work between June 4 and July 27 and at least 25 hours per week doing basic archival and research work.

Tribe’s burial aid for needy families
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
2/13/2018 8:00:00 AM
For nearly 20 years, the Cherokee Nation’s Burial Assistance Program has helped tribal citizens with funeral expenses.

Veterans receive handmade Valentine cards
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/12/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation’s Valentines for Vets program was started in 2008 by the late Rogan Noble, a Marine Corps veteran and advocate for the tribe’s veterans’ affairs.

Tahlequah Writers group to meet Feb. 17 at Cherokee Arts Center
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/12/2018 2:00:00 PM
Area writers are encouraged to bring their work to the meeting to be critiqued.

CN takes steps to help if floods arise
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
2/12/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation Emergency Management fills 10,000 sandbags for use by community members in the tribe’s 14 jurisdictional counties.

CN group tours Muskogee MLK Center programs
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
2/12/2018 8:30:00 AM
Cherokee Nation leaders take an informal tour of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.

Cherokee Casino employee advocates for Tulsans in need
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/11/2018 2:00:00 PM
Elizabeth West is honored as the 2017 Goal Buster Campaigner of the Year for the YMCA Community Services Campaign.

Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit applications open
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/11/2018 10:00:00 AM
Youth between the ages 15 and 18, including recently graduated high school seniors, who are passionate about food and agricultural production and have the courage to lead their tribes and communities into the future are encouraged to apply.

Airport agents to get training after Native church's lawsuit
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
2/10/2018 2:00:00 PM
A wooden box carried an eagle feather and bone whistle, a gourd rattle and a feather fan — items that carry spiritual energy and are used in Native American religious ceremonies.

GateHouse media launches national scholarship competition
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/9/2018 3:00:00 PM
The competition will award five $1,000 scholarships and one $3,000 grand prize scholarship.

Native Americans: Benching Wahoo step in right direction
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
2/9/2018 12:00:00 PM
The players won’t don Chief Wahoo on their uniforms starting in the 2019 season, though the red-faced cartoon with a big-toothed grin and feather headband won’t disappear from merchandise.

Less sodium, altered recipes can lead to healthier life
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
Mark Keeley, a clinical dietitian, puts his spin on old classics while using less salt in meals.

Tribal judiciary moving to CN Complex in February
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/8/2018 4:00:00 PM
With the growth of the court system over the years, it became necessary for them to find an alternate location.

CN providing grants to support spring education tours
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/8/2018 12:00:00 PM
Teachers can apply Feb.5 through March 23 www.VisitCherokeeNation.com or by calling 918-384-7787.

Exercise improves health, life in seniors
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
2/8/2018 8:15:00 AM
Exercise has numerous benefits for all ages, but for seniors there are benefits that play a crucial part in living a healthy and longer life.

CN recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day as official holiday
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/7/2018 4:00:00 PM
Indigenous Peoples’ Day will be recognized annually on the second Monday in October.

CN files opioid lawsuit in state court
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
2/7/2018 3:30:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation files its case against six opioid drug distributors and retailers in Sequoyah County District Court after a federal judge rules the tribe’s courts lacks jurisdiction.

Mammography exams aid in early detection of breast diseases
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
2/7/2018 12:00:00 PM
The X-ray images often make it possible to detect tumors that cannot be felt.

Stress can spawn from various life events
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
2/7/2018 8:15:00 AM
Not treating stress could have negative effects on the body.

47th annual Trail of Tears Art Show opens April 7
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/6/2018 4:45:00 PM
The Cherokee Heritage Center is accepting submissions until March 16.

CN attorney general says Interior violated APA
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
2/6/2018 4:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation officials say the Justice Department misinterpreted the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act and ignored CN consent needed for trust land for the United Keetoowah Band.

Transparency is key to teen sexual health
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
2/6/2018 12:30:00 PM
Almost 50 percent of Oklahoma teen mothers live in poverty, while only 38 percent who have children before age 18 receive high school diplomas.

Sleep, exercise vital in healthy children
BY MARK DREADFULWATER
Multimedia Editor – @cp_mdreadfulwat
2/6/2018 8:15:00 AM
A good balance of exercise and sleep is necessary for a child’s physical, mental and emotional development.

2018 NAJF student applications extended through Feb. 14
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/5/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Native American Journalism Fellowship is an opportunity for college and graduate students to broaden their reporting and multimedia skills while learning from tribal journalists and news industry professionals.

Therapy improves autism effects in children
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
2/5/2018 12:00:00 PM
Autism is a neural disorder that affects one in 52 children in Oklahoma.

Healthy eating necessary at any age
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
2/5/2018 8:30:00 AM
Tonya Swim, Cherokee Nation registered dietician, gives health tips for each stage of life.

Oklahoma quakes tied to how deep wastewater is injected
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
2/4/2018 2:00:00 PM
A new study finds that a major trigger of man-made earthquakes rattling Oklahoma is how deep — not just how much — fracking wastewater is injected into the ground.

The hidden health inequalities that American Indians and Alaskan Natives face Annie Belcourt, The University of Montana
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
2/3/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.

Health officials say 92 flu deaths in Oklahoma this season
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
2/3/2018 10:00:00 AM
Oklahoma health officials say this season's death toll from influenza has reached 92 and that about 2,500 people have been hospitalized with flu-related symptoms.

Editorial Board to meet Feb. 13, 2018 via conference call
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/2/2018 5:00:00 PM
It is an open meeting and the public is welcome to attend.

Loretta Lynn cancels upcoming show at Hard Rock Tulsa
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/2/2018 2:15:00 PM
Sold tickets for the show will be refunded.

ACT prep classes available in Fort Gibson, Sallisaw
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/2/2018 12:00:00 PM
The deadline to enroll for the Cherokee Nation Foundation’s spring ACT prep classes is Feb. 21.

Tribal registered voter number nears 70,000
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/2/2018 10:00:00 AM
It was announced that as of Jan. 2 there are 69,240 registered voters in the Cherokee Nation.

CHEROKEE EATS: Nancy’s Homemade Pies and Café
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
2/2/2018 8:45:00 AM
Nancy’s Homemade Pies and Café serves appetizers and entrées, though it’s known for desserts such as pies, cakes and pumpkin rolls.

CHEROKEE PHOENIX GENEALOGY SERIES: News Writer Lindsey Bark
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/1/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Phoenix and Cherokee Family Research Center at the Cherokee Heritage Center teamed up to create this series on Cherokee genealogy.

CN calendar of events for February
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/1/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation hosts several events in February, including the 12th annual Cherokee Nation Science & Engineering Fair.

February 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/1/2018 12:00:00 PM
February 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings

OPINION: CNB investment expands Cherokee language program
BY BILL JOHN BAKER
Principal Chief
2/1/2018 10:15:00 AM
Preserving the Cherokee language is preserving Cherokee identity, as the heritage and traditions of the tribe are rooted in our language.

Feb. 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix and Health Guide available online
BY STAFF REPORTS
2/1/2018 8:15:00 AM
Feb. 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix and Health Guide available online

Cherokees show strong presence at Tulsa women’s march
BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
1/31/2018 4:30:00 PM
Among the thousands of marchers, Native American women and girls, including Cherokees, were strongly represented.

WSOP returns to Hard Rock Tulsa March 15-26
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/31/2018 4:00:00 PM
Road to Global Casino Championship to run through Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Jay Leno brings comedy Hard Rock Tulsa
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/31/2018 12:00:00 PM
The former late-night TV host is coming April 5 to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

CN allocates $9.4M to ease MRI constraints
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
1/31/2018 8:15:00 AM
Before the allocation, Health Services could not approve MRI referrals relating to “elective orthopedics.”

Further details emerging on fatal collision
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
1/30/2018 3:00:00 PM
Malinda Phillips, 36, of Park Hill, was killed when her 2017 Buick Encore reportedly was struck by a 2001 Ford F350 driven by Aram Barak Catron, 35, of Colcord.

CN provides vans to 4 area transit services
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/30/2018 12:00:00 PM
Six vans are disbursed to Ki Bois Area Transit System (KATS), Pelivan, Cimarron and Muskogee County Transit.

Barlow works to add Cherokee language at Walmart
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
1/30/2018 8:00:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Brian Barlow is working to have produce in the Tahlequah store translated into Cherokee.

Oklahoma advances efforts to combat tobacco use
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
1/29/2018 4:00:00 PM
Oklahoma ranks seventh on spending to curb tobacco use, with $19 million going to anti-smoking programs in the current fiscal year, a report says.

Walkingstick resigns as Muskogee School’s Indian Ed director
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
1/29/2018 12:00:00 PM
Tribal Councilor David Walkingstick’s resignation follows a petition presented to Muskogee Public Schools in early December from the Descendants of the Cherokee Freedmen.

DROP Task Force combats opioid addiction
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
1/29/2018 8:00:00 AM
Mayes County citizens gather to combat drug addiction where more than 4.5 million opioid-based drugs were dispersed by county pharmacies in 2016.

Concurrent enrollment program faces changes
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
1/26/2018 4:00:00 PM
Changes include paid credit hours dropping from nine to six per semester and private or proprietary institutions no longer being eligible.

Shawnee Tribe gets trust land for gaming
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/26/2018 12:00:00 PM
The Shawnee Tribe proposes to develop a 42,309-square foot gaming facility in Guymon, which is located in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Cherokee Copper hopes to sell jewelry worldwide
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
1/26/2018 8:30:00 AM
It’s now offering a Valentine’s Day line featuring freshwater pearl and copper heart necklaces, rose quartz necklaces, cuffs and more.

Cherokee County CASA advocate training begins Feb. 12
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
1/25/2018 4:30:00 PM
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cherokee County officials say there is always a need for CASA advocates.

CN distributes more than 5K winter gift cards
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
1/25/2018 12:00:00 PM
The tribe’s Human Services helps Cherokee children stay warm in the winter by providing vouchers to help buy them coats.

Nagel showcases Native American flute talent
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
1/25/2018 8:00:00 AM
Gaby Nagel was introduced to the instrument when she came across a man playing one in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Marshal Service rewards 7 students with computers
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/24/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service receives desktop computers each year to present to deserving students who are chosen by their school leaders.

Native language-immersion grants applications open
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/24/2018 12:00:00 PM
Through this initiative, the First Nations Development Institute seeks to stem the loss of Indigenous languages.

After cancer, Charles continues music dream
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
1/24/2018 8:15:00 AM
Cherokee Nation citizen Trett Charles opens shows for some of Red Dirt music’s most popular names.

Hard Rock Tulsa announces wedding giveaway
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/23/2018 4:00:00 PM
Wedding package includes venue, catering and complimentary stay in All-Suite Tower.

Illinois River issues approach tipping point
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
1/23/2018 12:00:00 PM
May through November, that’s when the river suffocates in the heat. It gets thirsty but has no permission to drink leading to fish kills.

Cherokee language program created for immersion school grads
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
1/23/2018 8:00:00 AM
Selected Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program participants pilot will teach the language to Cherokee Immersion School graduates who enter Sequoyah High School.

‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ author to present at NSU
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/22/2018 4:00:00 PM
David Grann will offer personal insight on his book “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and Birth of the FBI,” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 28 in the Center for the Performing Arts.

Reed adjusting to Ivy League school
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
1/22/2018 12:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation citizen Miriam Reed is in her second year at Columbia University in New York City.

Sunchokes harvested at CN plant site
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
1/22/2018 8:15:00 AM
The tubers, also known as Jerusalem artichoke, are believed to have been a main food source for Cherokees prior to European contact.

Cherokee Art Market hosting Native youth art competition
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/19/2018 12:30:00 PM
Entries will be received between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on March 29.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield hosting enrollment support in Vinita
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/19/2018 10:00:00 AM
Tribal citizens can also visit to see if they qualify for available financial assistance to help lower the cost of monthly payments.

AG cites perjury in Freedmen case response
BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
1/19/2018 8:15:00 AM
A filing states five Cherokee Nation citizens listed in a Dec. 11 petition perjured themselves by claiming they voted in the March 3, 2007, special election.

CNTS wins Army medical research contract
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/18/2018 4:00:00 PM
Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions will work to preserve and advance the health and well-being of soldiers and military retirees, their families and Army civilian employees.

Country singer Easton Corbin comes to Hard Rock Tulsa
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/18/2018 12:00:00 PM
Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin returns March 2 to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

NSU to increase 4-year leadership scholarships
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/18/2018 8:15:00 AM
Current President’s Leadership Class Scholarship recipients are available for interview upon request.

CHEROKEE PHOENIX GENEALOGY SERIES: Advertising Specialist Samantha Cochran
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/17/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Phoenix and Cherokee Family Research Center at the Cherokee Heritage Center teamed up to create this series on Cherokee genealogy.

CHEROKEE PHOENIX GENEALOGY SERIES: Advertising Representative Danny Eastham
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/17/2018 3:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Phoenix and Cherokee Family Research Center at the Cherokee Heritage Center teamed up to create this series on Cherokee genealogy.

1st trial date set in state lawsuit over opioid epidemic
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
1/17/2018 12:00:00 PM
Oklahoma, one of at least 13 states that have filed lawsuits against drugmakers, alleges fraudulent marketing of drugs that fueled the opioid epidemic in the lawsuit filed in June 2017.

CN Seed Bank online distribution begins Feb. 1
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
1/17/2018 8:15:00 AM
The Heirloom Garden and Native Plant Site produces seeds to disperse around 2,000 to 5,000 seed packets per year.

CHEROKEE PHOENIX GENEALOGY SERIES: Former Intern Chandler Kidd
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/16/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Phoenix and Cherokee Family Research Center at the Cherokee Heritage Center teamed up to create this series on Cherokee genealogy.

CHEROKEE PHOENIX GENEALOGY SERIES: News Writer Brittney Bennett
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/16/2018 3:30:00 PM
The Cherokee Phoenix and Cherokee Family Research Center at the Cherokee Heritage Center teamed up to create this series on Cherokee genealogy.

CN honors MLK while dealing with slavery issue
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
1/16/2018 12:00:00 PM
The tribe recognizes the King holiday for the first time with participation in a parade and a visit to the Martin Luther King Community Center in Muskogee.

CFRC shines light on Cherokee genealogy
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter &
STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
1/16/2018 8:30:00 AM
The Cherokee Family Research Center located within the Cherokee Heritage Center has been assisting individuals with tracing their family genealogies since the 1980s.

Groups document voting rights abuses in Indian Country
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
1/14/2018 2:00:00 PM
Election sites far from reservations. Poll workers who don't speak tribal languages. Unequal access to early voting sites.

Oklahoma gubernatorial field weighs in on medical marijuana
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
1/14/2018 10:00:00 AM
Oklahoma's Republican gubernatorial candidates have mostly avoided taking a clear stance on whether the state should legalize medical marijuana, though both Democratic candidates support the policy change.

Cherokee Nation to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
1/13/2018 2:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation next week will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an official holiday for the first time, months after a federal court ruled that descendants of black slaves, known as freedmen, who were owned by members of the nation have a right to tribal citizenship.

Cherokee Phoenix Elder Fund now available to veterans
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/13/2018 10:00:00 AM
The Cherokee Phoenix modifies its Elder Fund program to include Cherokee veterans of any age.

Newton-John to hit Hard Rock Tulsa
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/12/2018 4:00:00 PM
The award-winning Olivia Newton-John will perform March 22 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

AARP Oklahoma opens Indian Elder Honors nominations
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/12/2018 12:00:00 PM
The 2017 AARP class included five Cherokees. Deadline for the 2018 nominations is April 30.

Baron Fork Outfitters celebrates first anniversary
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
1/12/2018 8:15:00 AM
Inspired by nature and local destinations, the clothing brand is a hit with locals and people outside the area.

EBCI chief to participate in post-play panel in Washington
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/11/2018 4:30:00 PM
Principal Chief Richard Sneed of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will participate in a post-show discussion on issues related to tribal sovereignty and the restoration of tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians.

Judge: CN courts can’t hear opioids case
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
1/11/2018 8:00:00 AM
Attorney General Todd Hembree says the tribe will now file the case in state court.

Youngdeer named EBCI’s Beloved Man
BY SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
Cherokee One Feather
1/10/2018 4:00:00 PM
Robert S. Youngdeer served in Marine Corps and Army and followed that up as an Indian policeman and chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

CN recognizes 9 Adair County schools for promoting health
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/10/2018 12:00:00 PM
Each school received $5,700 in 2017 to start programs related to fitness or healthy eating.

EBCI’s land-into-trust bill has movement in House
BY SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
Cherokee One Feather
1/10/2018 8:15:00 AM
The bill would place approximately 76 acres of land in Tennessee into trust for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Hard Rock to host Indian Health Care Resource Center fundraiser March 10
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/9/2018 4:00:00 PM
The dinner and auction was established 28 years ago as an annual fundraiser to help support Tulsa’s Native American youth.

Oklahoma governor sets June election for medical marijuana
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
1/9/2018 12:00:00 PM
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says voters will decide whether medical marijuana will be legal in the state in a June 26 election.

Wheelchair-bound archer knows no limits
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
1/9/2018 8:15:00 AM
Unable to play regular sports growing up, Michael Lackey’s dad got him into archery.

Cherokee Speakers Bureau to meet Jan. 11
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/8/2018 2:30:00 PM
Cherokee speakers will meet from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Ballroom located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokee.

Judges recommend rebates for utility corporate tax savings
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
1/8/2018 8:15:00 AM
Oklahoma’s attorney general estimates that customer savings could be at least $100 million a year because of lower corporate income tax rates.

Cherokee Phoenix announces quarterly giveaway winner
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/5/2018 4:00:00 PM
Geneva Collins, of Park Hill, wins handcrafted wooden art by Cherokee artist Jay Cox of Notchietown Hardwoods.

Experts preserve Osage language through technology
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
1/5/2018 12:00:00 PM
Mogri Lookout had been studying the Osage language for three decades when, in 2004, he was asked to lead the tribe's efforts to preserve it.

2 states’ river feud clearing up
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
1/5/2018 8:00:00 AM
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the level of phosphorus in the Illinois River continues to consistently exceed Oklahoma’s state standard of 0.037 milligrams of phosphorus per liter.

Tahlequah Writers group to meet Jan. 20 at Cherokee Arts Center
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/4/2018 4:00:00 PM
Area writers are encouraged to bring their work to the meeting to be critiqued.

Native American identity absent from urban Oklahoma schools
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
1/4/2018 12:00:00 PM
For the 20 percent of Native students attending a school in the state’s two largest metro areas, cultural connections can be harder to find, especially when it comes to a specific identity.

Cherokee Nation Red Wing earns quality accreditation
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/4/2018 8:15:00 AM
The tribally owned company is recognized for commitment to quality in aerospace industry.

Group mounts ballot effort to remove Legislature from redistricting process
BY TREVOR BROWN
Oklahoma Watch
1/3/2018 4:00:00 PM
The goal is to take politics out of the process by preventing any party in power from drawing the lines in a way that gives an advantage to their party or a candidate.

Officials: 18-year-old cold case could be at 'turning point'
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
1/3/2018 12:00:00 PM
The state's top law enforcement agency says an 18-year-old cold case involving a double homicide and disappearance of two girls in northeast Oklahoma could be at "a turning point" with the discovery of new evidence.

Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys team up at Hard Rock
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/3/2018 8:15:00 AM
The Tex-Mex rockers are heading to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on March 9.

CN calendar of events for January
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
The Cherokee Nation hosts several events in January, including events at its Veterans Center.

HHS agenda aims to improve behavioral health for Natives
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/2/2018 12:00:00 PM
American Indians and Alaska Natives represent 2 percent of the total U.S. population, but experience disproportionately high rates of behavioral health problems.

Health facility construction, employment planning underway
BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
1/2/2018 8:15:00 AM
The Cherokee Nation health facility will serve as the primary health care access point for American Indians and Alaskan Natives residing in the service area.

OPINION: Never too late to learn Cherokee Language
BY MARK DREADFULWATER
Multimedia Editor – @cp_mdreadfulwat
1/1/2018 2:00:00 PM
Language is vital to the Cherokee people and is more than a way to communicate.

OPINION: Successful CNB businesses reinvest in CN service programs
BY BILL JOHN BAKER
Principal Chief
1/1/2018 12:00:00 PM
Building safe homes, increasing scholarship opportunities and offering accessible health care to our citizens are essential services provided by the Cherokee Nation tribal government.

January 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/1/2018 10:00:00 AM
January 2018 Cherokee Community Meetings

Jan. 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online
BY STAFF REPORTS
1/1/2018 8:00:00 AM
Jan. 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix available online