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a Mile in                                                      Alumni                                                                            of recorded interviews of
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                                                                                                                                                 This month – Laura Jameson
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May 2011 Issue                                          serving 205,930 Choctaws Worldwide                                Choctaws ... growing with pride, hope and success


Choctaw Days in Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian National Museum
of the American Indian hosting
four-day Choctaw festival in June
By LISA REED
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

  thousands of people from around the world will soon have
the opportunity to absorb the sights, sounds and culture of the
Choctaw nation of Oklahoma.
  the smithsonian’s national Museum of the American indian
(nMAi) and the Choctaw nation are working together to pro-
                                                                                      Photo provided: DANA WALDoN   Choctaw Nation: LArIssA CoPeLAND                                  Choctaw Nation: LArIssA CoPeLAND
vide a memorable experience for visitors and those who live in
the Washington, D.C. area. the Choctaw Days event will be held                   Marcus Amerman works                 Flute maker Presley By-            Shirley Barboan and Vonna Shults create Choctaw menu
June 22-25 during nMAi’s height of the tourist season when an                   on beadwork creation.               ington.                            items.
average of 1,500 visitors come to the museum every day.
  “We are honored to be the first American Indian tribe                                                                                                be featured every hour.
from Oklahoma to have a festival of this kind at the
                                                                                                  zx Related articles on Pages 11 and 13                 nMAi Executive Chef richard Hetzler is working with
national Museum of the American indian,” said Chief Gregory                                                                                            vonna shults and shirley barboan to provide 10 Choc-
E. pyle. “i remember when the museum opened on the national                       Choctaw Days will begin each morning with the melodic                taw-related dishes in the Mitsitam native Foods Café.
Mall almost seven years ago and i have visited nMAi numer-                      chanting of Ron McKinney and the fluid movements of the                The top-notch restaurant, located on the first floor of the
ous times since. it is a remarkable place, showcasing hundreds                  Choctaw Youth Dancers in front of the museum’s east en-                museum, features authentic native foods found through-
of tribes from south, Central and north America.                                trance. the boys and girls, in colorful traditional shirts and         out the Western Hemisphere. During the week of Choctaw
  “We have assembled several of our best artists, dancers, sing-                dresses, will perform the jump dance, the quick steps and              Days, the menu will include fried salt pork, pinto beans,
ers and cultural experts. We know that we will have a different                 shouts of the fast war dance, and the stealing partners dance          tanchi labona, fried rabbit, rabbit gumbo, braised veni-
audience than we are accustomed to and want to ensure that                      with audience interaction. the snake dance will end outside            son, banaha indian bread, grape dumplings, wild onions
they all understand just how special our tribe is,” he said.                    but more singing, dancing, fluteplaying and storytelling will                                     See CHOCTAW DAYS Page 16




Providing aid to Tushka tornado victims
Tribe pledges up to $10,000 match in students’ penny drive for Tushka Schools
By LARISSA COPELAND                                  tions were pulling into town to pro-
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma                           vide aid to their neighbors in need.
                                                     the Choctaw nation of Oklahoma is
  though the April 14 tornado in                     proud to be one of those to answer
tushka lasted only minutes, the ef-                  the call as well, providing aid to
fects of the devastation felt by the                 storm victims by offering resources
residents will be long lasting. the                  for food, water, supplies and ser-
storm, which the national Weather                    vices.
service rated an EF3 on the En-                        the Choctaw nation is commit-
hanced Fujita scale, tragically killed               ted to helping the entire commu-
two people and left 43 injured. it                   nity during this time of need. it has
also affected 237 homes in the small                 joined forces with nine school dis-
town in southeastern Oklahoma. Of                    tricts in southeastern Oklahoma to
the homes affected, 33 will need                     help the tushka school. the school
repairs, 47 will need major repairs                  was reduced to rubble when the tor-
before they will be livable, and truly               nado ripped through the town and
heartbreaking, 149 were completely                   students and faculty from neigh-
destroyed. Of these homes, only 42                   boring schools have organized a
percent were covered by insurance,                   penny drive to help them rebuild.
leaving many families in tushka                      the Choctaw nation of Oklahoma
wondering what to do next.                           has pledged to match up to $10,000
  Almost before the storm cleared,                   brought in by the students in the fun-                                                                                                   Choctaw Nation: LIsA reeD
an outpouring of family, friends,                    draiser.                                   An aerial look at some of the devestation in Tushka. The tornando affected 237 homes in the small com-
churches, and numerous non-profit                      the schools that are participating     munity, completely destroying 149. Choctaw Nation provided much needed aid in the aftermath, such as the
and governmental relief organiza-                                See TUSHKA Page 12           tarps pictured covering the roofs of the homes left standing.




u What’s inside                                      Culbreath a 2011 Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame inductee
Notes to the Nation ........................ 2
Columns ........................................ 3   By JUDY ALLEN                            Obama appointed her last year to
Nursery News ................................ 4                                               serve on the no Child Left behind
                                                     Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Food Distribution ........................... 4                                               negotiated rulemaking Committee.
People You Know .......................... 6            the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of            When asked what the most im-
education....................................... 7   Fame has recognized a Choctaw            portant work she has accomplished,
Obituaries ............................... 14-15     legend – a Joy in both name and at-      Joy will reply that her activity in her
Iti Fabvssa ................................... 16   titude. Longtime Executive Director      church and at home with her family
                                                     of Education for the tribe, Joy Cul-     has been the most important job she
                                                     breath has been inducted into the        has ever fulfilled.
  The Mission
                                                     Hall of Fame, honored as a pioneer         Governor Mary Fallin and secre-
  of the Choctaw                                     in her field who has made significant    tary of veterans Affairs Maj. Gen.
  Nation of Oklahoma                                 contributions to the state of Okla-      rita Aragon (ret.) of the Oklahoma
    to enhance the lives of all                      homa.                                    Commission on the status of Wom-
  members through opportu-                              the Choctaw nation has always         en were joined by Chief Gregory E.
  nities designed to develop                         known that Joy was a jewel, creat-       pyle at the induction Ceremony for
  healthy, successful and pro-                       ing a successful adult education pro-    Joy and the seven other honorees for
  ductive lifestyles.                                gram, a remarkable school of Choc-       the 2011 event.
                                                     taw language, and growing multiple         inductees in the 2011 Women’s                                                               Choctaw Nation: JUDY ALLeN
                                                     other education programs and ser-        Hall of Fame are Dr. Laura boyd,            Chief Gregory E. Pyle and Joy Culbreath, executive director of edu-
                    the bisKiniK                     vices that provide opportunities for     Minister Chloe brown, Joy Cul-            cation, pose for a photo at the 2011 Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame
                    is printed on                    people across the united states.         breath, Marcia Mitchell, Ardina           induction ceremony. Joy and seven other honorees were recognized for
                                                        Her talents and passion have          Moore, Dr. Cindy ross, Kathy tay-         their significant contributions made to the state of Oklahoma in their
                    recycled paper.
                                                     been noticed nationally – president      lor and Helen thompson.                   specific fields.
May 2011, BISKINIK, Page 2


                                                                                                NOTES TO THE NATION
Thanks from Goodland Academy                                                                      Thankful for disaster relief                                        Birthday gospel singing
   Chief Pyle, thank you very much for the assistance. Some-                                        State Representative Paul Roan would like to tell Chief Pyle,       A birthday gospel singing for Joseph Wolf will be held at 7
times we never know how far reaching our spheres of influence                                     Assistant Chief Batton and the Tribal Council members how           p.m. May 28 at the Choctaw Community Center on Big Lots
can be. I received a call from a pastor at The Potter’s House                                     much he appreciates what the Choctaw Nation is doing for            Road in Durant. Special groups in attendance include New
Church in Dallas, a mega church whose pastor, Bishop T.D.                                         constituents in Tushka.                                             Creations, The Gastineaus and many more. Bring your groups,
Jakes, is on national TV frequently. Pastor Wesley, from the                                                                                                          and admission is free of charge. Supper will be served at 11
church, called us seeking to bring work groups and help sup-                                                                                                          p.m. and concessions are available. For more information, call
port our program. He informed me that he was related to two of                                    Thank you                                                           580-775-2065.
our day students that started last fall. He told me that the posi-
tive transformation that has occurred in their lives has been as-                                   Thank you to Chief Pyle and the Choctaw Nation for the
tonishing and that he wanted to be a part of the amazing things                                   birthday cards, the newspaper and the precious Christmas or-        LeFlore High School reunion
that are happening here at Goodland Academy. Your support                                         naments, which really add beauty to my tree. A letter about ed-
                                                                                                  ucation from my younger brother was in the paper once and a           The LeFlore High School Annual Alumni and Former Stu-
has made our motto, “Striving for Excellence,” a reality! We
                                                                                                  picture of two of my children was in another issue of the paper.    dents’ Association Banquet will be held May 7 at the old Le-
want each of you to know when you give to Goodland, you
                                                                                                    I’ve lived in Missouri over 60 years, but I’m an Oklahoma         Flore High School gym. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and
become a part of our success stories.
                                                                                                  Choctaw at heart. I’m glad you are making Oklahoma a better         dinner at 7 p.m. If you are a former student or graduate of Le-
                                                                             David L. Dearinger                                                                       Flore High School, make plans to come and get reacquainted
                                                                                                  place to live.
                                                                                                                                                                      with your old classmates. For more information, contact Susan
                                                                                                                                                  Billie F. Kelley
                                                                                                                                                                      Cantwell at 918-647-6327 or email smcantwell2000@yahoo.
Thank you for donation                                                                                                                                                com.
   I want to sincerely thank Chief Pyle and the Choctaw Nation                                    Thank you from Byington family
for your donation of baby wipes for our soldiers in Afghani-                                                                                                          Casey/Ward reunion
stan. We are mailing them little by little, as postage is quite                                      The family of Wanda Byington wish to express their appre-
high. Once again, please accept our deepest thanks for your                                       ciation to Brother Daniel Wind for his message and Chief Pyle,         The Casey and Ward reunion will be held at noon June 25
generosity.                                                                                       Assistant Chief Batton and District 11 Councilman Bob Pate          at the Choctaw Community building in Spiro. If you have any
                                                                                                  for their kind words spoken of their mother. They wish to thank     questions, please contact John Casey at 918-962-2316 or 918-
                           Cara Dominick, Hugo High School                                        their friends and family who sang and The Choctaw Singers           774-4940. Thank you.
                                                                                                  with Jeremy Scott.
                                                                                                     Thanks to Presley Byington, who played his native flute; it
Seeking information on cousin                                                                     meant so much to them. To all the volunteers, co-workers and
                                                                                                  friends of Choctaw Nation who prepared food and dropped it
                                                                                                                                                                      Beal reunion
  I am looking for information on my cousin, Darlene Bohan-
an Fields, who I lost contact with a few years ago. I am also                                     off or called, thank you. Their support truly touched the fam-        The Charlie and Minnie Beal family reunion will be held
searching for any of the Bohanan relatives. My grandmother                                        ily’s heart. May God bless all of them. Also, a special thank       June 11 at Central Church, located at 4949 hwy 7 West be-
was Lillian Dee Bohanan. Her siblings were Choice, Faye,                                          you to Chaney-Harkins Funeral Home.                                 tween Davis and Sulphur. The family will be staying at Turner
Metta Juan, Daphanee and Ailene.                                                                                                                                      Falls Inn from June 10 through June 11. For more info, please
  Any information or pictures would be greatly appreciated.                                                                                                           contact David Deal at 806-676-6633, or Debbie Green at 806-
My name is Tammy Vargas, and my number is 817-692-6307.                                           Thanks to Career Development                                        676-6096.

                                                                                                    I wanted to express how incredibly thankful my son, Alex,
                                                                                                  and I are to Ken English and Bettye Bolen of the Career De-         McAlvain reunion
Thank you for support                                                                             velopment Program. My son is trying desperately to obtain an
                                                                                                  education for the field he wishes to work in, and the Choctaw          The 2011 Polk/McAlvain family reunion will be held in Wis-
   Jennifer Empron recently received her                                                                                                                              ter at the community/activity building on the north side of Lake
                                                                                                  Nation has helped him overcome difficulties every step of the
bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                Wister on June 4 at noon. There will be a potluck lunch, and the
                                                                                                  way. Alex was diagnosed with a severe form of optic neuritis
health services: occupational therapy and                                                                                                                             meat portion of the meal will be provided. Each family is en-
                                                                                                  and lost a great amount of his vision. Following that, my hus-
graduated summa cum laude. She would                                                                                                                                  couraged to bring a side dish, drinks, an auction item for both
                                                                                                  band, Robert, passed away.
like to thank the Choctaw Nation for the                                                                                                                              adults and children and lawn chairs.
                                                                                                    Ken English and Bettye Bolen stepped into our lives and
scholarship money to help her continue                                                                                                                                   Families are also gathering at the Kennady/McAlvain Cem-
                                                                                                  changed everything. They have helped us above and beyond
her education.                                                                                                                                                        etery in Wister on June 5 at 9:30 a.m. For further information,
                                                                                                  the call of duty. Because of them, Alex will be able to com-
                                                                                                  plete his education and begin work in his chosen field. They        contact Val (McAlvain) Templin at 918-429-9925 or email at
                                                                                                  are incredibly quiet about it, too, just stating matter-of-factly   outbackok@gmail.com. For Wister Lake State Park cabins,
                                                                                                  “That’s what we do here,” but what they have done, and what         RV, camping information or directions call 918-655-7212 or
Thank you for                                                                                     the Choctaw tribe has done, is a miracle. Alex has a renewed        800-654-8240.
blessings                                                                                         sense of purpose and his drive and energy are now endless with
                                                                                                  enthusiasm. He has always been a strong young man and a hard
  Shirley Picklesimer is                                                                          worker but now he is even more so.                                  Nail/Henington reunion
grateful for the blessings                                                                          All we ever hear as a society is bad news. The good news is         The late Dock Nail and Henington reunion will be held June
she has received from                                                                             that there are people out there that care, and there is help for    28 through July 4 at Cardinal Point. The family invites relatives
the Choctaw Nation. In                                                                            people like us who don’t normally ask for help. My life and         to camp out with them or come and go. All relatives of the late
recent times Shirley has                                                                          Alex’s life are like other people’s lives, filled with adversity.   Dock Nail and Lewis Henington are welcome. For more infor-
earned over 10 certifi-                                                                           Ken and Bettye have made me realize that there is much good-        mation call Lillie Nail Henington at 918-429-3382, Benjamin
cates qualifying her for work in the culinary arts and plans to                                   ness and kindness. We are blessed to be Choctaws.                   Henington at 918-470-5885 or Pat Henington at 918-470-3997.
pursue even more. Bakery Assistant Certification and Cook’s
                                                                                                                                            Luann Wooley Hays
Assistant Certification are a couple of the many credentials she
has accrued that will make her successful in her life.
  Shirley would like to thank God first and foremost for all the                                                                                                      Choctaw
people and provisions he has placed in her life that have been                                    Seeking photo
of great assistance. “I would like to thank each and everyone
                                                                                                                                                                      seniors
                                                                                                     I am trying to get a picture of my great-great-grandfather
who has been involved in my education,” says Shirley.                                             James Darneal. I have been told he was a Light Horsemen sher-       stay fit
  She extends great thanks to the Choctaw Nation Vocational                                       iff for Judges Isaac Parker. Years ago I saw a photo, gun and
Development Department led by Rita Workman and her staff.                                                                                                                The Choctaw
                                                                                                  badge at Kerr Museum in Poteau. I went back a few years later       Senior Citizen
She also is grateful for Sabrina Ralls, who is the director of                                    and the museum had been robbed, leaving no trace of those
the Poteau Choctaw Community Center, and all those involved                                                                                                           exercise class
                                                                                                  articles. None of my family has a photo and it is real important    in McAlester in-
with the center for their assistance and encouragement.                                           that I find one of him of any kind. If you have any information,
  Coouncilman Delton Cox has also earned a special “Thank                                                                                                             vites seniors to join them Tuesday and Thursday mornings at
                                                                                                  please contact G. Swift at 918-962-3955.                            10 for fun, exercise and a salad lunch. They enjoy doing chair
You” for his continued aid with her future.
                                                                                                                                                                      exercises, walking, using treadmills, cycling, using exercise
                                                                                                                                                                      DVDs and using elipticals.
                                                                                                  Thank you                                                              Pictured in the front from left to right are instructor Neatha
    Gregory E. Pyle                                                            Gary Batton                                                                            Smith-Quinn and coordinator Jay Tisho, and in the back are
        Chief                                                                 Assistant Chief       I would like to offer my sincere thank you to the Choctaw         Helen Key, Joan Hogan, Mary Ann Fabry, Sue Davis and John-
                                                                                                  Nation for its great ability and dedication in providing excel-     ny Cudd.
                        The Official                                                              lent health care as well as financial assistance.                      The positive benefits of exercising are weight loss, reduction
                   Monthly Publication                                                              In October 2010, I was diagnosed with cancer. Because of          of blood sugar, decreased risk of stroke and cardiac disease.
                          of the                                                                  the Choctaw Nation’s many available assistance programs,            For more information, call Neatha Smith-Quinn at 918-423-
                Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma                                                        several of my personal needs were met quickly and graciously.       6965 or 918-423-1016.
                                                                                                    I would also like to give a great thank you to my Councilman,
                Judy Allen, Executive Director
                  Lisa Reed, Director/Editor
                                                                                                  Joe Coley of District 6. Councilman Coley is a hard-working
                                                                                                  councilman who sees to the needs of the people he serves and
             Melissa Stevens, Circulation Director
                                                                                                  the Choctaw Nation. The Choctaw Nation administration, the
                                                                                                                                                                      Seeking address to send quilt pattern
               Larissa Copeland, Assistant Editor
             Karen Jacob, Purchasing Coordinator                                                  Choctaw Health Care and Councilman Coley are all highly re-            On March 26 I visited with a lady at the McAlester Expo
            Brenda Wilson, Administrative Assistant                                               garded by my family and me.                                         Center who gave me her address on a napkin so I could send
             Bret Moss, Copy/Production Assistant
                                                                                                                                                    Sheila Isabell    her a Sunbonnet Sue quilt pattern; however, the napkin was
                Chrissy Dill, Journalism Intern                                                                                                                       left in my jeans pocket and was washed and ruined. I know the
                          P.O. Box 1210                                                                                                                               woman was from McAlester, and if she could, please contact
                                                                                                                                                                      Debbie Damron at 1-800-522-6170 ext. 2309 and I will mail
                       Durant, OK 74702
               (580) 924-8280 • (800) 522-6170
                                                                                                  Buck succeeds at                                                    the pattern. Thank you.
                       Fax (580) 924-4148
                   www.choctawnation.com
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              e-mail: biskinik@choctawnation.com                                                     Bailey Buck of Madill FFA
     The BISKINIK is printed each month as a service to Tribal                                    is pictured with Mr. Spears                                         Thankful
  Members. The BISKINIK reserves the right to edit submitted                                      of the Choctaw Nation at the                                           My family would like to sincerely thank the Choctaw Nation
  material which it finds inaccurate, profane, offensive or mor-                                  2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo                                            and the Biskinik staff for making sure we get our monthly edi-
  ally unacceptable. Copy may be edited for proper grammar and                                    Premium Sale. She would                                             tion of the newspaper. We also appreciate the calendar and the
  punctuation. Copy will be accepted in any readable form, but                                    like to thank the Choctaw Nation for its continued support.
  where possible, it is requested that material be typewritten and                                                                                                    wonderful gift we received at Christmas time. It was a great
  double spaced. You must include an address or phone number                                                                                                          way to explain to my son some of the culture of our tribe.
  where you may be reached. Due to space limitations and the                                                                                                             I am also very thankful to have received a grant from the
  quantity of article submissions, we are unable to include every-                                Thank you for help in time of need                                  Department of Higher Education, which is helping me achieve
  thing we receive.                                                                                                                                                   my goal of becoming a college graduate. May God bless our
     If you are receiving more than one BISKINIK at your home                                        My name is Patricia Clarke Tom and I would like to thank         nation and tribe,
  or if your address needs changed, we would appreciate hearing                                   the Choctaw Nation for coming through for us at Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Seth S. Tom
  from you.                                                                                       time when we were in financial stress. My kids were able to
     The BISKINIK is a nonprofit publication of the Choctaw Na-                                   have a good Christmas.
  tion.
                                                                                                     I also wanted to share the good news that my husband was         Seeking family information
     Circulation is monthly. Article deadline is the 10th of the
  month for the following month’s edition.                                                        able to get a motorized chair for himself. I am still trying to
                                                                                                  gain financial help with a van and medical equipment and              I am currently seeking my McClure family line. My mater-
     The BISKINIK E-News is a digital version of your monthly                                     attachments on the van so I can transport my husband to his         nal great-grandmother was Narcissa McClure, who was half
  Biskinik. It is delivered to your e-mail inbox twice monthly and                                necessary doctor appointments, since he is having his above-        Choctaw and married George Miflin Bond. Narcissa died about
  contains articles from the most recent BISKINIK newspaper                                       the-knee amputation soon. We have had to move several times         1894. Her parents were Isaac McClure, a full-blood Choctaw,
  as well as links to the current BISKINIK and archives. Sign up                                  since Christmas to locate a doctor who will do his procedure        and Sarah Schemerhorn McClure. Family oral history has it
  today on choctawnation.com.                                                                                                                                         that Isaac came to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears and was
                                                                                                  and have finally moved to California. We have found a home
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                                                                                                  ladies who helped me through my time of need, and thank you         information to smeltzerd@live.com. Thank you!
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Disasters affect tribe and tribal members
From the Desk of Chief Gregory E. Pyle                                                                                                     As I walked through the areas hit by the storm, I was able to
                                                                                                                                       talk with residents who not only survived the storm, but were
   The entire nation has been riveted to the broadcasts of the                                                                         still able to smile and talk about their future plans in the rebuild-
heart-wrenching images of the devastation left behind from the                                                                         ing of their homes - building back on the same site, in Tushka,
April tornadoes that have repeatedly swept from Oklahoma and                                                                           their home. Their stories of the night of the storm were inspir-
Texas to the east coast. Just a few miles from the headquarters                                                                        ing, with their values of God and family uppermost in the re-
in Durant, in the hometown of some of our employees, one if                                                                            counting of events. Each person I talked to was thankful their
the first super-storms of Spring spawned a multi-vortex system                                                                         family was safe, was thankful to God, and was busy cleaning up
of tornadoes that ripped apart the school in Tushka, completely                                                                        their property with a true Choctaw “warrior” spirit that not even
destroyed 149 homes and damaged about 90 other homes.                                                                                  a tornado can chase away.
     Tushka is the Choctaw word for “warrior,” and I want to                                                                                The sad situation in Tuscaloosa (Choctaw word for “black
pass along to the rest of the world that the fighting spirit in                                                                        warrior”) also affects the Choctaw Nation. We have tribal mem-
this small town is strong! Minutes after the doors to the storm                                                                        bers all over the world, including Alabama, and we are anx-
shelters were opened, residents began the search and rescue                                                                            iously awaiting word if any Choctaws were lost in this storm.
for friends and relatives. Because of the advance forecasts and                                                                        Just down the road from Tuscaloosa is Moundville, a historic
warning systems, the Choctaw Nation and other agencies were                                                                            site of our ancestors probably used for politics and ceremonies
prepared with teams quickly in place to provide assistance. Two                                                                        between the 11th and 16th centuries that includes 32 amazing
precious lives were lost, but when viewing the miles of disaster                                                                       earthen mounds, and now has a museum open for the public. We
the churning tornado had appeared to chew up and spit back out,                                                                        have been notified that the tornado was visible from Moundville
it seems a miracle that more people were not killed.                                                                                   but did not damage them.
    The tribe set up a cooking area adjacent to the incident com-      gency assistance. Partnering with the local churches, volun-        The prayers of my family, the Council, the employees and
mand center to provide 1,200 hot meals each day, as well as            teers, American Red Cross, and other agencies, many resi-       myself go out for all those who have been victims of storms and
donating bottled water, toiletries, food items, cleanup and emer-      dents were reached within hours to get help.                    other disasters this year.




Youth Activity Camps offer opportunities for development                                                                                        Chaplain’s Corner
From the Desk of Assistant Chief Gary Batton

   The Choctaw Nation has a series of youth camps
                                                                                                                                 Preparing for eternity
during the summer months that offer unique opportuni-
ties for youth ages 8 – 18. Beginning the first of June,                                                                     Again it is my privilege to share with
over 500 youth are registered to take part in two days                                                                    you something from the Word of God. I am
of Cultural Enrichment camps at Tushka Homma.They                                                                         reminded much of our Choctaw-speaking
will be enthralled to learn the rules of stickball, how to                                                                preachers saying, “Achukmalit illa nukfilla
use the ball sticks (kapucha) to throw and catch the ball                                                                 shke.” (“Let’s meditate or think on these
(towa) and actually compete in a stickball game.                                                                          things.”)
    The Cultural Enrichment camps also teach archery                                                                         The Bible indicates that this life we are
with a long bow, Choctaw pottery-making, basketry,                                                                        living is only for a brief period – preparing
bead-working and tribal language.                                                                                         us for eternity. There are many who are liv-
    Sports camps are offered in golf, football, baseball                                                                  ing only for today with little thought about
and softball. These are free of charge, giving a tremen-                                                                  the future life. The Bible has a great deal to
dous advantage to the students so they can get great                                                                      say about the future, one is the subject of
instruction in sports of their choice. Multiple incentives                                                                hell.
for attending these camps includes keeping in shape,                                                                         In the record of the rich man in Luke 16,
staying involved in sports that are enjoyable and being                                                                   we have an example of a man who chose
introduced to new sports. Students will also be shown                                                                     to disregard God’s law and lived to regret
                                                                                                                          it in a place that Jesus called hell. Jesus was
how setting goals and self-discipline not only helps          dents grow, the gloves and bats need to grow in size
                                                                                                                          trying to picture what would happen if you
their playing ability, but also helps in their life off the   with the players. Basketball and football campers are
                                                                                                                          left God out of your plans. Because He will
field.                                                        given balls at the end of their instruction.
                                                                                                                          bring judgment in the life to come.
    The instructor for the Golf Camp is Ed Bowe, the              The tribe provided the bus ride when the camps are                                                               Rev. BeRtRam BoBB
                                                                                                                             In Luke 16:22 we see that this man was
ESPN Golf Schools Director of Instruction. The staff          at locations far from home. Lunches and plenty of Ga-       rich, “...the rich man also died, and was bur-               tribal Chaplain
and instructors are motivated to teach each participant       torade and water are available at all the camps. This has   ied.” God does not condemn men because
whether it be a first time or an advanced golfer. Each        been a great opportunity for the youth of the Choctaw       they are rich, nor does He justify a man because he is poor. Poverty is not a
new golf participant gets a set of clubs to encourage         Nation, and the Chief and Council have been proud that      virtue nor are riches in themselves sin.
them to continue the sport. The softball and baseball         so many young people have been able to attend over the         The altar of God is where the rich and the poor meet. There are no rich nor
participants are being gifted gloves this year. Alternate     past few years. We all hope that hundreds more will be      poor in heaven and with one voice they say, “Nothing in my hands I bring,
years, bats are given. Coaches explain that as the stu-       at the camps this summer for a wonderful experience!        simply to thy cross I cling.” Some of the finest Christians are men of means,
                                                                                                                          but their bank accounts, like their lives, are consecrated wholly to God. But the
                                                                                                                          rich man of whom Jesus spoke, lived selfishly.
                                                                                                                             This rich man eventually found himself forsaken by the God he had ignored
Tribal Council meets in regular April session                                                                             and by his friends whom he had neglected. Money with all its advantages can-
                                                                                                                          not buy everything. This rich man died and all of wealth could not buy one
   The Choctaw Nation Tribal Council met April 9 in              • Kiamichi Economic Development District of              more precious hour of life.
regular session at Tushka Homma.                              Oklahoma (KEDDO) Outreach Budget, a grant that                 Think of the things that cannot be bought with money. It cannot buy health,
                                                                                                                          friends, love, or peace of heart and mind. It cannot buy peace of soul. We come
   New business addressed included approval of:               provides services to low income and economically dis-
                                                                                                                          to the conclusion then, that money in itself is not worthy of the importance
   • Native American Housing Assistance and Self              advantaged older persons.
                                                                                                                          most people place upon it.
Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) 2011 Indian                  • A 90-acre grazing lease in Latimer County.
                                                                                                                             This man’s sin was his selfish use of money. He placed it ahead of God and
Housing Plan to be submitted to the U.S. Department              • The disposition of assets from the Choctaw Nation      because of that, his heart was conditioned for hell instead of heaven.
of Housing and Urban Development.                             Housing Authority in accordance to existing policies.          Notice in verse 23 of Luke 16 the place to which the rich man was con-
   • The funds and budget for the 2010 Environmental             • Donation of excess land in Bryan County to Chi-        demned, “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham
Protection Agency for the Climate Showcase Com-               howa Okla “God’s People” United Methodist Church            afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”
munities Grant Program where the federal govern-              to be used to meet the spiritual needs of the people of        I find no pleasure in the knowledge of the fact of hell, but it is my duty to re-
ment has awarded a grant of $189,817 to assist the            the area.                                                   mind you that the same book, the Bible, that proclaims the wonders of heaven
Choctaw Nation in the enhancement of environmen-                 A sanctuary and fellowship hall are to be built on the   also describes the terrors of an eternal separation from God in hell.
tal, economic, public health and social conditions for        land and ownership shall default back to Choctaw Na-           The rich man carried all of his faculties with him when he went to hell. He
the community.                                                tion if the property ever ceases to be a church.            saw, he felt, he heard, he remembered and he cried.
   • The Choctaw Nation Faith-based counseling for               • A Right To Work provision, which limits certain           A million years from today, for eternity, you will still be living somewhere.
Crimes Victims in Indian Country Grant where the              requirements of employees to the Choctaw Nation.            The immaterial part of man, your memory, your hearing, your feeling, your
federal contribution is $54,148, which is added to               Tribal Council members meet in regular session           sight, your taste, will be living somewhere forever according to the teaching
$6,016 in tribal cash from the General Fund for a total       at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of every month at         of the Bible.
of $60,164.                                                   Tushka Homma.                                                  It is reasonable to believe that God the Father would not send His only
                                                                                                                          Begotten Son to leave heaven, to come to this earth, to become man, to be
                                                                                                                          mocked by an insane mob, to be spit upon by the rude rebels, to be nailed to
                                                                                                                          the cross and to die shamefully upon the cross, if there were no danger of your
              Choctaw Nation                                                                                              soul being lost and going to hell.
                                                                                                                             There are many people who feel that sermons on hell are intended to fright-
               of Oklahoma                                                                                                en the lost into accepting Jesus Christ. This is not my motive. This is what the
                                                                                                                          Bible teaches, if our Lord Jesus Christ mentioned it over and over again it is
         Photo Contest                                                                                                    important enough for me to mention.
                                                                                                                             Notice how the rich man was punished in Luke 16:23, “And in hell he lifted
                    Capture the Spirit                                                                                    up his eyes, being in torments, ...” It took the torments of hell to turn this rich
          of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma                                                                               man’s thoughts toward others. What will people endure in the service of Satan
                 and share your heritage                                                                                  and sin? See him descending down the social ladder in spite of the prayers of
         with tribal members around the world.                                                                            friends and loved ones and the faithful convicting plea of the Holy Spirit.
                                                                                                                             The rich man had the torment of memory. Abraham said in Luke 16:25, “...
             Winning entries will be used                                                                                 remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise
        in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s                                                                               Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.”
                   2012 Calendar.                                                                                            I imagine also that this man had an opportunity to turn to God, but refused
                                                                                                                          or neglected it and now he had the memory of those neglected opportunities.
     PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIFICATIONS:                                                                                             You remember the times that you drove by the church. You are going to
     • Digital images are preferred but not required. •                                                                   remember the times that you saw the Bible and neglected to read it. You are
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                                                                                                                          going to remember the times the Spirit of God spoke to you in the quietness of
  To be considered for a top inside calendar page images
                                                                                                                          your heart, but you didn’t turn to God. You are going to remember throughout
  need to be at least 2 to 5 mb JPG files in horizontal
                                                                                                                          eternity and that alone will be a torment that will drive you deeper into hell.
  format.                                                                Choctaw Nation                                   This man squandered his opportunity.
    All photos must be received by July 1, 2011.                                                                             Notice, the rich man had the torment of thirst. We read in Luke 16:24 “... he
    All photos must be accompanied by photographer’s                   to aid with loans                                  cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he
  contact information including name, address, phone                                                                      may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented
  number and e-mail address.
                                                                   The Southeastern Oklahoma Indian Credit                in this flame.” Is there literal fire in hell? I answer, by reminding you again that
    The subject(s) of the photos must be identified.
                                                                                                                          these are the words of Jesus. Jesus said, “in this flame.”
     The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma reserves the right            Association offers small business, home,                   This brings us to the last torment. The torment of separation in Luke 16:26,
  to use submitted photos in other publications.                  home improvement and agriculture loans.                 “And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they
     Watch future Choctaw publications and web sites:              To be eligible to apply, a person must reside          which would pass from hence to you cannot, neither can they pass to us, that
  Even if you don’t win this calendar contest, your im-                                                                   would come from thence.”
  age may be used in future publications!                         within the 10-1/2 county service area of the
                                                                                                                             Sin separates God from man. It was man’s sin in the beginning which cre-
                                                                  Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and must pos-
     A Grand Prize of $150 will be awarded to the person                                                                  ated a gulf of separation between God and man.
  submitting the cover photo. Individual $50 prizes will          sess a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood               But Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the supreme act of atonement fashioned
  also be awarded each person whose photo is chosen               (CDIB) from a federally recognized tribe.               a bridge over the impassable gulf of separation, and reconciled God and man.
  for calendar pages.                                              For more information, please contact Su-               This bridge was in the form of a cross and every man who comes to God must
                                                                  san Edwards at 580-924-8280 or toll-free                come by the way of the cross. Will you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior today?
     E-mail entries to lisareed@choctawnation.com or                                                                      You do this by faith.
                          mail to:                                800-522-6170.                                              Remember to pray for America. Pray for our leaders. May is Memorial
       Lisa Reed, PO Box 1210, Durant, OK 74702                                                                           month, pray for our Service men and women.
May 2011, BISKINIK, Page 4


Gardens: a great way                                                                                                   Nursery News
                                                                      Joy Love Hall                                                              Grayson Prewitt
to get physical                                                         Joy Love Hall was born on                                                  Grayson Alexander Prewitt was
   As spring rolls in, now
is a wonderful time to
consider planting a fam-
                                            WIC
                                            WOMEN, INFANTS
                                                                      Aug. 18, 2010. Her parents are
                                                                      Jamie and Amy Hall of Ed-
                                                                      inburg, Texas. Grandparents
                                                                                                                                                 born at Northside Hospital in At-
                                                                                                                                                 lanta, Ga., at 5:09 p.m. on Aug. 29,
                                                                                                                                                 2010, weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces
ily garden. Depending on the                 AND CHILDREN             are Ron and Mary Sieger of                                                 and measuring 20.25 inches.
amount of space you have,                                             Marietta and grandma Pricilla.                                               His proud parents are Lindsey
you could grow just a cou-                                            Great-grandparents are the late                                            (Shurley) and Mark Prewitt of Acworth, Ga.
ple of fruits or vegetables or a lot. A family garden not             James and Melvina Polk, and                                                  Grayson’s maternal grandmother is USAF Lt. Colonel Re-
only provides you with delicious, homegrown produce,                  Leon and Delsie Dove of Edinburg.                                          becca (Lowrance-Shurley) Gober stationed at San Antonio,
it also offers a great opportunity to be physically active.                                                                                      Texas. His maternal great-grandparents are the late James Alex
Tips for a Family Garden:                                                                                                                        and Mabel (Russell) Lowrance of Soper. Grayson’s maternal
   *Walk to the local nursery or store to select you seeds, plants    Tatum Choate                                                               great-great-grandmothers, both Choctaw, are the late Dora
and supplies.                                                                                                                                    (Edwards) Lowrance-Boyd of Soper and the late Isabel (Best)
   *Spend family time designing the layout of the garden.               Tatum Kay Lushoma Choate                                                 Russell of Rattan.
   *Assign each family member one of the fruits or vegetables         was born at 5:52 p.m. on Oct. 16,
to tend.                                                              2010, and weighed 7 pounds 14
   *Take turns watering all the plants; remember there is a va-       ounces. Her parents are Nashoma
riety of exercise that can be done in the garden such as raking,      Choate and Amber Tiger of Tulsa.                                           Cierra and Kierra
weeding, pruning and digging.                                         Grandmother is Lavon Choate,
   *Once your garden is ready to pick, research healthy recipes       great-grandparents are Ron and                                                Twin sisters Cierra Diane and Kierra Marie Knight were
that you can cook using your homegrown produce.                       Mary Sieger of Marietta and Frank                                          born Sept. 25 at the Choctaw Nation Hospital in Talihina. Cier-
   Having a family garden or visiting the local Farmer’s Mar-         Choate and great-great-grandparents are the late James and                 ra weighed 4 pounds, 15 ounces, and Kierra weighed 5 pounds
ket allows us to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and     Melvina Polk.                                                              7 ounces. They both were 18 inches long. Proud parents are
helps us to eat all the colors of the food pyramid. Making your                                                                                  Ricky and Stacey Knight. Grandparents are Linda and Lee
diet colorful is a great way to make your meal times fun and                                                                                     Knight. They have a big sister, Hannah.
exciting and helps prevent burnout on certain types of foods.         Kelsey Lee Springs
   Remember…eating right with fresh fruits and vegetables
creates happy, healthy habits that last a lifetime!                     Kelsey Lee Springs was born on
                                                                      Jan. 27, 2011, to Patrick and Delia
                                                                                                                                                 Kennedy Williams
                                                                      Springs of Artesia, Calif.
                                                                                                                                                   Kennedy Olivia-Reese Williams
Shaking that sodium sensation                                                                                                                    was born on Jan. 5, 2011, at Duke
                                                                                                                                                 University Hospital in Durham,
  Warmer weather is on its way and we all know what that
                                                                                                                                                 N.C. She weighed 6 pounds 9.6
means…grilling! Yet with grilling sometimes salt and sodium
                                                                                                                                                 ounces and was 19 inches long.
can find its way into and on our foods. Most Americans take in
                                                                                                                                                 Proud parents are Kia and Maurice
more salt then they actually need in a day. The current recom-
mendation for sodium intake is less than 2,400mg a day. This is
                                                                                  Recipe of the Month:                                           Williams. She is welcomed with
                                                                                                                                                 love by her grandfather, James M.
the equivalent to 1 teaspoon of salt in a day. This is to include                  Stove Top Popcorn                                             Williams, her great-grandmother, Kity Mae Williams and a
the salt that is already in the foods we eat. Furthermore, the salt      Ingredients:                      Turn the stove to medium              host of family members, all of Oklahoma City.
and sodium we are watching for is not just table salt, which             2 Tbs. vegetable oil              high heat.
includes Kosher salt and sea salt as well. According to the              ½ cup of popcorn kernels            • Listen for the first pop-
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) for some-               Preparations:                     corn kernel to pop.
one with high blood pressure, recent research has shown that             • Place 2 Tbs. of vegetable         • Start shaking the pan on          Megan Moore
people consuming diets of 1,500mg of sodium had even better            oil in a heavy saucepan with        top of the stove.
blood pressure lowering benefits and can help blood pressure                                                                                        Megan Alexis Moore was born
                                                                       a cover.                              • Continue shaking the
medicines to work better. May is National High Blood Pres-                                                                                       at 8:10 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2011, at
                                                                         • Add ½ cup popcorn ker-          pan until the kernels stop
sure Education Month and since one of the ways we can keep                                                                                       Palomar Medical Center in Escon-
                                                                       nels to cover the bottom of         popping.
blood pressure from rising is to reduce salt and sodium in the                                                                                   dido, Calif. to proud parents Darrin
                                                                       the pan in a single layer.            • Remove the pan from the
diet, let’s take a look at ways to flavor our grilling selections                                                                                and Valerie Moore of San Marcos,
                                                                         • Put the lid on the pot.         stove.
without salt:                                                                                                                                    Calif. She weighed 7 pounds 1
  • Beef - Bay leaf, marjoram, nutmeg, onion, pepper, sage,                                                                                      ounce and was 20.25 inches long.
and thyme
  • Lamb - Curry powder, garlic, rosemary, and mint
                                                                                  FOOD DISTRIBUTION                                              Grandparents are Cecil and Betty
                                                                                                                                                 Moore of Lancaster, Calif., and Kristina Pofahl of Escondido.
  • Pork - Garlic, onion, sage, pepper, and oregano                                               ANTLERS                                        Great-grandparents are Joe and Jessie Dick of San Jose, Ca-
  • Chicken - Ginger, marjoram, oregano, paprika, rosemary,            Market open weekdays June 1-28 , except for:                              lif., and the late Charles and Marian Case of Riverside, Calif.
sage, tarragon, and thyme                                              June 1 : Idabel 9-11 a.m.; Broken Bow 12-2 p.m. (market closed)           Aunts Deborah Clipper and Theresa Moore also welcome Me-
  • Fish - Curry powder, dill, dry mustard, lemon juice, marjo-        June 8: Bethel 9-10:30; Smithville 12-2 (market closed)                   gan into this world.
ram, paprika, and pepper                                               Closed June 29-30 for inventory
  • Carrots - Cinnamon, cloves, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary,            Cooking with Carmen: None held this month
and sage
  • Corn - Cumin, curry powder, onion, paprika, and parsley                                     DURANT                                           Maycie Twitty
  • Greens - Onion and pepper                                          Market open weekdays: June 1-28, except for:
                                                                                                                                                    Omar and Shanda Twitty are
  • Peas - Ginger, marjoram, onion, parsley, and sage                  Closed June 29-30 for inventory
                                                                                                                                                 proud to announce the birth of their
  • Potatoes - Dill, garlic, onion, paprika, parsley, and sage         Cooking with Carmen: None held this month                                 daughter, Maycie Alyse Twitty. She
  • Tomatoes - Basil, bay leaf, dill, marjoram, onion, oregano,
                                                                                              McALESTER                                          was born on Dec. 7, 2010, at 8:58
parsley, and pepper
                                                                       Market open weekdays June 1-28, except for:                               p.m., at the Healthplex Hospital in
  • Squash - Cloves, cinnamon, curry powder, ginger, marjo-
                                                                       Closed June 29-30 for inventory                                           Norman. She weighed 8 pounds 1
ram, nutmeg, onion, rosemary, and sage
                                                                       Cooking with Carmen: None held this month                                 ounce and was 18.25 inches long.
  • Green beans- -Dill, curry powder, lemon juice, marjoram,
                                                                                                                                                 She joins proud big sister Tayshia
oregano, tarragon, thyme                                                                        POTEAU                                           Ry’Ann Smith. She is the granddaughter of Barbara Roebuck
                                                                       Market open weekdays June 1-28, except for:                               Smith of Norman, Lanier and Cynthia Parker of Norman, Lo-
                                                                       Closed June 29-30 for inventory.                                          rine Twitty of Paris, Texas and the late Albert James Smith of
                                                                       Cooking with Carmen: None held this month                                 Roanoke, Va. She is the great-granddaughter of the late John
 Recipe - Butternut Squash Kabobs                                                                                                                “Jack” and Peggy Roebuck of Coalgate, Lanier Sr. and the late
                                                                       CHOCTAW NATION FOOD DISTRIBUTION                                          Sylvia Parker of Hugo, and Mary McDonald of Hugo.
  Makes: 8 servings, Prep:                                                     Open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday thru Friday. We
30 minutes, Roast: 20 min-                                                      will take lunch from 11:30 to 12 noon
utes                                                                                WAREHOUSES & MARKETS
                                                                      Antlers: 306 S.W. “O” St., 580-298-6443                                    Lucas Hill
  Ingredients:                                                        Durant: 100 1/2 Waldron Dr., 580-924-7773
  1 2-lb butternut squash                                             McAlester: 1212 S. Main St., 918-420-5716                                    Lucas Minko Hill was born
  3 Tablespoons butter melt-                                          Poteau: 100 Kerr, 918-649-0431                                             at 7:46 a.m. on July 21, 2010 to
ed or canola oil                                                                   FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITES                                       Stephanie Hill of McAlester. Lucas
  1 tsp curry powder                                                  Bethel: Choctaw Community Building                                         was 8 pounds 13 ounces, measur-
  salt                                                                Broken Bow: Choctaw Family Investment Center                               ing 21.25 inches long. His family
                                                                      Idabel: Choctaw Community Center                                           includes his grandmother, Barbara
   Directions:                                                        Smithville: Choctaw Community Center                                       Hill; great aunt Wilda Taliaferro;
   1. Preheat oven to 450          ars - 2g, Unsat. fat - 2g, So-     Stigler: Choctaw Community Center                                          cousins, Eric and Rachel Taliafer-
degrees F. Cut squash in           dium - 36mg.                          In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agri-             ro; great uncle Dennis Hill; his Durant family, Christy, Paula
half lengthwise and remove           For further information you      culture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on      and Betty Stark; and Alan Williams family.
seeds. Peel squash. Cut            may contact Erin Adams, RD,        the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political
squash halves in 1 to 1 1/2-       LD of Choctaw Nation Dia-          beliefs, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write
inch pieces. Place in a 3-quart    betes Wellness Center 800-         USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication and Compliance, 1400                Elliot Banks
rectangular baking dish. In a      349-7026 ext: 6959                 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or
small bowl combine canola                                             call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an                  The Banks family is very proud
oil and curry powder. Drizzle                                         equal opportunity provider and employer.                                   to announce the arrival of their
over squash, tossing to coat.                                                                                                                    newest addition, Elliot Lee Banks.
   2. Roast squash, uncov-                                                                                                                       Elliot was born March 15, 2011, at
ered, for 20-25 minutes
or until tender and lightly                                  Choctaw Nation WIC                                                                  Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas,
                                                                                                                                                 home of the USAF Thunderbirds.
browned, stirring once or                                                                                                                        She weighed 9 pounds 6 ounces
twice. Serve immediately or                                   WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN                                                        and was 21.75 inches long. She is
let cool to tote. Store in an                                                                                                                    the daughter of Tech Sgt. Joel Banks and Christi Banks, grand-
airtight container in the re-                                                                                                                    daughter of Dave Banks, and great-granddaughter of Bobby
                                      SITE               PHONE                       HOURS               DAYS
frigerator up to two days.                                                                                                                       and Betty Banks.
                                      Antlers            580-298-3161                8:30-4:00           Every Tuesday
   3. Serve squash at room
                                      Atoka              580-889-5825                8:00-4:30           Every Mon., Wed., Thurs. &
temperature threaded on
                                                                                                         Fri.
eight 8-inch skewers. Season
to taste with a pinch of salt.
                                      Bethel             580-241-5458                8:30-4:00           1st Tuesday                             Tristin Limon
                                      Boswell            580-380-5264                8:30-4:00           Every Friday
   To reheat kabobs, grill on         Broken Bow         580-584-2746                8:00-4:30           Daily, except 1st Tues. & 2nd             David and Beatrice Bohanan
a gas or charcoal grill di-                                                                              Thurs.                                  of Houston would like to an-
rectly over medium coals (or          Coalgate           580-927-3641                8:00-4:30           Every Wednesday                         nounce the birth of their first
preheat gas grill to medium)          Durant             580-924-8280 x 2257         8:00-4:30           Daily                                   grandson, Tristin Jaden Lee
about 10 minutes or until             Hugo               580-326-5404                8:00-4:30           Daily                                   Limon. Tristin was born at
heated through, turning ka-
                                                                                                                                                 9:21 p.m. on March 11, 2011.
bobs occasionally.                    Idabel             580-286-2510                8:00-4:30           Mon., Thurs. & Fri.
                                                                                                                                                 His weight was 8 pounds 1.5
                                      McAlester          918-423-6335                8:00-4:30           Daily
                                                                                                                                                 ounces, with a length of 20 inches. He was born to the proud
   Nutrition facts                    Poteau             918-647-4585                8:00-4:30           Daily
                                                                                                                                                 parents Joseph Limon and Jadira Betancourt of Houston, and
   Amount per serving                 Smithville         580-244-3289                8:30-4:00           2nd Thursday
                                      Spiro              918-962-3832                8:00-4:30           Every Wednesday - Friday                proud great-grandparents, Hack and Ella Bohanan of Bethel.
   Calories - 69, Total Carbs
                                      Stigler            918-967-4211                8:30-4:00           Every Monday - Wednesday                Tristin was welcomed home by his aunt Tala Lynn and uncle
- 7g, Total fat - 5g, Choles-
                                      Talihina           918-567-7000 x 6792         8:00-4:30           Mon., Tues., Wed., & Fri.               Robert of Houston. Tristin would like to say “halito!” to his
terol - 12mg, Fiber - 1g,
                                      Wilburton          918-465-5641                8:30-4:00           Every Thursday                          great-uncles Bobby, Stevie, Dana, Daniel Bohanan of Bethel,
Sat fat - 2g, Protein - 1g, Sug-
                                                                                                                                                 and his great-aunts, Angela and Debbie.
                                                                                                                                                                                  May 2011, BISKINIK, Page 5

                                                                                                                                                    Choctaw member to
                                                                                                                                                     appear on Food
                                                                                                                                                    Network’s new show
                                                                                                                                               By BRET MOSS
                                                                                                                                               Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

                                                                                                                                                  David “Famous Dave” An-
                                                                                                                                               derson is just what his name
                                                                                                                                               implies, famous, especially
     The Choctaw Nation Head Start in Wright City held its annual                                                                              if you are privy to the art of
                                                                                                                                               barbeque. Anderson, a mem-
        Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital                                                                                 ber of the Choctaw Nation,
                                                                                                                                               is a notable character to the
   Since 2002 the Head Start                                                                                                                   barbeque game.
students have been participat-                                                                                                                    He is the owner of the
ing in raising funds for the                                                                                                                   publically traded company,
hospital while learning em-                                                                                                                    Famous Dave’s of America,
pathy and caring for others.                                                                                                                   which went public in 1996.
Tribal Councilman Jack Aus-                                                                                                                    The company stemmed from
tin helped out by purchasing                                                                                                                   his restaurant endeavors,                              Photo provided
trike helmets for all the stu-                                                                                                                 which stemmed from his
dents to wear in order to pro-                                                                                                                                                         “FaMOuS DavE”
                                                                                                                                               first location, Famous Dave’s             aNDERSON
mote safety.                                                                                                                                   BBQ Shack located in Hay-
   Center Supervisor Deborah                                                                                                                   ward, Wis. With over 180            founding Famous Dave’s of
Dailey would like to encour-                                                                                                                   locations stretching across         America, a restaurant chain
age anyone who would like to                                                                                                                   the United States, Ander-           of over 180 locations, being
donate to St. Jude’s Hospital                                                                                                                  son’s chain of restaurants          an Olympic Torch bearer in
to please drop your donations                                                                                                                  has earned him considerable         the 2002 Winter Olympics
off at the Wright City Head                                                                                                                    clout in the field of barbeque.     and founding the LifeSkills
Start on 10th & Main St. or                                                                                                                       With this clout, Anderson        Center for Leadership.
call the Head Start at 580-                                                                                                                    was easy to recognize by               Accorrding to Anderson’s
981-2634.                                                                                                                                      the producers of the Food           website, he has appeared on
                                                                                                                            Submitted photos   Network’s upcoming real-            major networks NBC, CBS,
                                                                                                                                               ity show, “Best In Smoke,”          ABC including: Regis and
                                                                                                                                               which pits some of the best         Kathy Lee, CNBC’s The
Men of the Choctaw Nation walk a mile in ‘her’ shoes                                                                                           barbeque cooks in the nation
                                                                                                                                               against each other in a com-
                                                                                                                                                                                   Next Big Idea with Donny
                                                                                                                                                                                   Deutsch, the Discovery
  Teams of Choctaw men              and domestic violence shel-            Tens of thousands of men        April 9 at Market Square            petition for $50,000 and the        Channel, the Food Network,
put on a pair of high heels         ters. For a decade, men in the       have worn heels to raise hun-     in Durant and at 10 a.m. on         title of “Best In Smoke.”           FOX Morning Show, and The
and joined the “Walk a Mile         community have been taking           dreds of thousands of dollars     April 30 in Idabel with the            The program premiered on         Travel Channel. NASDAQ
in Her Shoes” event to sup-         a stand against sexualized           for this cause. “Walk a Mile”     walk starting at 12:30 from         the Food Network at 9 p.m.          honored Famous Dave’s of
port local rape crisis services     violence.                            events occurred at noon on        the Courthouse.                     on May 8 and features six of        America for the 15th year
                                                                                                                                               the best barbeque masters in        anniversary by ringing the
                                                                                                                                               the nation as they attempt to       NASDAQ Bell and fea-
                                                                                                                                               avoid elimination.                  tured Famous Dave’s on The
                                                                                                                                                  Though competition will          World’s Largest 10-Story TV
                                                                                                                                               be stiff for Anderson and his       on Times Square!
                                                                                                                                               partner, Charlie Torgerson,            Dave’s life story was fea-
                                                                                                                                               who is a Culinary Institute of      tured on a special Oprah Win-
                                                                                                                                               America graduate and today          frey Show honoring six indi-
                                                                                                                                               is Executive Chef and Direc-        viduals who made a special
                                                                                                                                               tor of Culinary at Famous           difference in the lives of oth-
                                                                                                                                               Dave’s of America Inc., they        ers. Dave received Oprah’s
                                                                                                                                               have a lot of experience and        Angel Award for his leader-
                                                                                                                                               credentials under their belts.      ship work with at-risk youth.
                                                                                                                                                  Anderson has spent over             Dave has received a pres-
                                                                                                                                               40 years perfecting his now         tigious presidential appoint-
                                                                                                                                               award-winning famous reci-          ment, which required a full
                                                                                                                                               pes that have captured over         Senate confirmation serving
                                                                                                                                               500 Blue Ribbons, Best of           as Assistant Secretary for
                                                                                                                                               Class, and First Place Tro-         the U.S. Department of In-
                                                            Choctaw Nation: KAREN JACOB
                                                                                                                                               phies, including being award-       terior in Washington, D.C.
   Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was presented with the trophy for the                                            Choctaw Nation: KAREN JACOB
                                                                                                                                               ed “Hottest Concept in Amer-        Anderson has served several
 largest team to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” Team Members were Larry                        Shane Haddock and Billy Stephens,                  ica!” by Nation’s Restaurant        governors in advisory posi-
 Behrens, Billy Stephens, James Wallace, Shannon McDaniel, Shane Had-                     employees of ICW, are walking the walk               News. Dave’s barbeque sauce         tions regarding community
 dock, Bennie Robison, Daniel Marcy and John Hobbs.                                       in the their red pumps.                              Rich and Sassy won Best             economic development and
                                                                                                                                               Sauce in America in Kansas          small business. Dave has also
                                                                                                                                               City at the prestigious Ameri-      provided key testimony that

Balloon release to remember child abuse awareness                                                                                              can Royal Barbeque Contest
                                                                                                                                               and Dave’s cookbook won
                                                                                                                                                                                   has been used in Congress
                                                                                                                                                                                   and several U.S. Senate Se-
                                                                                                                                               Best Barbeque/Grill Cook-           lect Committees.
   Youth and adults from                                                                                                                       book in America by the Na-             He has earned his Master’s
across the Durant area                                                                                                                         tional Barbecue Association.        Degree from Harvard Univer-
gathered to release 100                                                                                                                           Even though he grew up           sity without an undergraduate
blue balloons in an ef-                                                                                                                        in Chicago, Anderson has            degree and has received an
fort to raise awareness                                                                                                                        deep connections with the           Honorary Doctorate Degree
about child abuse, its                                                                                                                         south and the southern style        for his life’s work.
detremental impact on                                                                                                                          of cooking that comes with it.         His success story has been
young lives and preven-                                                                                                                        His father, an Idabel native,       featured in many books, in-
tion methods that can                                                                                                                          instilled the importance of         cluding “Chicken Soup for
be employed to help re-                                                                                                                        southern style eats in his son      the Entrepreneur’s Soul.” He
duce the number of child                                                                                                                       and passed on his passion for       has authored his own books
abuse cases across the                                                                                                                         such cuisine.                       as well, and takes his success
Choctaw Nation.                                                                                                                                   His father, James, taught        story to the public through
   Assisstant Chief Gary                                                                                                                       him the importance of using         motivational speeches and
Batton spoke inspira-                                                                                                                          only the best and most fresh        seminars.
tional words just before                                                                                                                       ingredients in his culinary            Though he has many rea-
the crowd released the                                                                                                                         creations. James would often        sons to be boastful, Anderson
mass of balloons.                                                                                                                              travel south to get the spe-        still says that, “Being asked
                                             Choctaw Nation: BRET MOSS     May is National Foster                                              cific ingredients needed for        to participate on this Food
                                                                                                                                               his creations, displaying to        Network Show is definitely a
                                                                               Care Month                                                      Anderson the importance of
                                                                                                                                               staying true to the recipe.
                                                                                                                                                                                   highlight of my career.”
                                                                                                                                                                                      Anderson was not able to
                                                                            Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an oppor-               “I have lived my whole life      disclose much about the show
                                                                         tunity to shine a light on the experiences of children and youth      devoted to the blending of          before it aired, but is able to
                                                                         in the foster care system. The campaign raises awareness about        Southern spices and discov-         tell that it was a grueling and
                                                                         the urgent needs of these young people and encourages citizens        ering all the secrets of Real       rigorous experience. “We
                                                                         from every walk of life to get involved – as foster or adoptive       Pit Barbecue,” said Ander-          all started at 5 a.m., which
                                                                         parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways.             son as he described the pas-        means we had to be picked
                                                                            With the help of dedicated people, many formerly abused            sion his father passed on to        up at 4:30 each morning and
                                                                         or neglected children and teens will either reunite safely with       him at a young age. “My dad         we had to start filming at
                                                                         their parents, be cared for by relatives or be adopted by loving      taught me how important it          5:30, but the real kicker was
                                                                         families.                                                             was to make everything from         that we didn’t get back to the
                                                                            Currently we have approximately 150 Choctaw children               scratch using only the best         hotel until midnight which
                                                                         placed out of the home in relative and foster homes in the 10 ½       and freshest ingredients,” he       meant it was hard to get to
                                                                         counties of the Choctaw Nation.                                       continued.                          sleep after being on your feet
                                                                            Thanks to the many advocates, OKDHS workers and Indian                His mother, who ran a fry        all day,” described Anderson.
                                  Choctaw Nation: LARISSA COPELAND
                                                                         Child Welfare staff, we are trying to reduce that number. Even        bread booth at pow wows                Though Anderson and his

    Honoring Earth Day                                                   with reducing the numbers, we still need more Choctaw foster
                                                                         homes for our Choctaw children. Our Choctaw children need –
                                                                                                                                               taught Anderson how to cook
                                                                                                                                               and work the business. With
                                                                                                                                                                                   partner were the oldest team
                                                                                                                                                                                   in the competition, he men-

     one seed at a time
                                                                         and deserve – caring adults who love and support them.                the skills he learned work-         tioned that he was able to
                                                                            We call on all Choctaws to join us in helping to change a life     ing with his mother, he was         hold his own against a young-
                                                                         of a child or youth in foster care. No matter who you are or how      able to not only make some          er crowd using his wisdom
    In honor of Earth Day,                                               much time you have to give, you can help create permanent,            of what is considered the best      that he had acquired over his
  Durant Choctaw Head Start                                              lifelong connections for these children and youth.                    barbeque in America, but was        years in the business.
  students joined the Du-                                                   All children — including Choctaw children and youth in             able to turn it into a lucrative       “Whether I win or not…
  rant seniors to plant tomato                                           foster care — deserve a safe, happy life and an opportunity to        success.                            just being chosen means that
  plants in the community                                                stay connected to their Choctaw culture. Young people in foster          Anderson is not only a suc-      I am already regarded as be-
  garden at the Choctaw Com-                                             care especially need nurturing adults on their side because their     cessful businessman in the          ing one of the best barbeque
  munity Center. Pictured are                                            own families are in crisis and unable to care for them.               restaurant game, but a man          cookers in America,” said
  Head Start students Hunter                                                For more information about foster care contact:                    of many accomplishments in          Anderson. Whether he wins
  Wingfield, front left, and                                                Larry Behrens, Adoption/Foster Care                                various areas of life. Among        or not, the Choctaw Nation is
  Ethan Factor.                                                             580-924-8280, ext 2331                                             his numerous successful             proud to claim such an inspir-
                                                                            lbehrens@choctawnation.com                                         endeavors in life include,          ing individual.
May 2011, BISKINIK, Page 6


                                                                    PEOPLE YOU KNOW

Happy birthday, Aire                                                Kiera and Teagan
  Aire Sequoyah Thorne turns 16 years old                           meet Chief Pyle
on April 14. She is a sophomore at Moore
High School where she plays tennis.                                   California Choctaws Kiera
  Her parents John and Marie and sisters                            and Teagan Sidles enjoyed
Melody and Trinity wish her a happy birth-                          meeting Chief Gregory E.
day as well as her grandparents, Gene and                           Pyle. They were in Durant
LaHoma Murphy Cranthers of Oklahoma                                 during their recent spring
City. Aire is the great-granddaughter of the late William and       break visiting their grandpar-
Ella Murphy of Idabel.                                              ents, Dick and June Sidles.
                                                                    They live in Clovis, Calif.,
                                                                    along with their parents, Damon and Aimee Sidles. Their great-
                                                                    grandfather, Turner Silmon, was an original enrollee.
Skye turns 2                                                                                                                               Wanda James of Poteau, who is half-Choctaw, recently
  Celestial Skye Maxwell, Choctaw/                                                                                                       had all of her granddaughters and great-granddaughters
Mississippi member, celebrated her                                  Keylons celebrate 50th                                               pose in their original Choctaw dresses. Wanda made the
second birthday on Feb. 24. She is the                                                                                                   dresses as well as their jewelry. Pictured from left to right
daughter of Zach Maxwell of Sawyer.                                   Congratulations to M.H. and Aileen                                 aregreat-great granddaughter Kjyia Kinsey; granddaugh-
Her siblings include Kalan and Miko                                 Keylon who celebrated their 50th an-                                 ters Carla Stacy, Ericka Vineyard, Deana Vineyard and
Maxwell of Sawyer and Anoli Max-                                    niversary on March 15 with a trip to                                 Chelsea Brown; and great-granddaughter Ally Vineyard.
well of Nassau Bay, Texas. She cel-                                 Maui.
ebrated her birthday in early March with dad and brother Miko         M.H. and Aileen are both graduates
in Philadelphia, Miss.                                              of Hugo High School, M.H. from the                                   Happy first birthday!
                                                                    class of 1959 and Aileen the class of
                                                                    1960. They were married by the Rev.                                    Ja’koiya S.L. Hankins turned a year old
News from the OK                                                    Alton Webb at the First Baptist Church in Hugo.                      on April 26. Wishing her a happy birthday
                                                                      Aileen is the granddaughter of original enrollee Leta Thorpe.      are proud parents Oliver and Patty Han-
Choctaw Tribal Alliance                                                                                                                  kins; brothers Marquette and Jamaal Han-
                                                                      M.H. and Aileen have three daughters, five granddaughters,
   Halito! We have been busy here                                   one great-granddaughter and three great-grandsons. M.H. has          kins; and grandmother Peggy Tushka.
at the OK Choctaw Tribal Alliance                                   worked as an industrial maintenance engineer for over 45 years
this past month. We placed an entry                                 before he had to retire for health reasons, and Aileen retired
in the Oklahoma City St. Patrick’s                                  from the University of North Texas where she was a payroll
Day Parade and won first place in                                   accountant for over 20 years.                                        Congrats, great-
the float category, receiving a very                                  Since their retirement, they enjoy traveling and attending car     grandfather
nice trophy. Congratulations to all those who participated in       shows with their classic 1950 Mercury, just like the one M.H.
this event.                                                         had on their first date in 1957.                                       Congratulations to Morris
   Our wild onion dinner and monthly taco sales were a great                                                                             W. Amos Jr. for becoming
success, thank you for your support. Please join us for our next                                                                         a first-time great-grandfa-
taco sale on the second Saturday of the month. We’d also like                                                                            ther. He is pictured with his
to invite you to the Senior Outing/Luncheon held Fridays from
                                                                    Parks barrel races                                                   great-grandchildren Jaydyn
10 a.m.-3 p.m. We have been discussing Choctaw history with            Ashley Parks is pictured as she                                   Meeks-Hagle (left), born March 8, and McKinzee Grogan
a bit of teaching of the Choctaw language in a unique form          slingshots her horse through the first                               Crower, born March 1.
that combines both topics. The seniors really seem to enjoy the     barrel Saturday morning, Feb. 19,
venue. We had a total of 55 attending on April 1. We had fried      and finished with a time of 15.371,
chicken, fried potatoes, salads and desserts. Curtis Stewert, the   the best time of the day. Cowboys                                    Happy birthday, Lauryne
Alliance minister, has been teaching this part of the program       and girls competed in the slack
with Norris Samuels.                                                portion of the Florida High School                                     Happy eighth birthday on April 21 to Lauryne Dunsworth
   Storytelling is also on the agenda with Stella Long leading      Rodeo. They competed in various                                      “Sissy,” and happy 10th birthday on April 22 to Devyn Duns-
the way. We are having a great time rediscovering our roots.        events, including goat roping, team roping, breakaway, barrel        worth. Lauryne and Devyn are the children of Marcy Love and
The depth of the Choctaw language is so rich, we are just cov-      racing and tie down at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in        Justin Dunsworth of Kansas; grandchildren of Mickey Robbins
ering the surface of it but we are having fun doing it. Come join   Ocala.                                                               Love and Joe and Cheryl Love of Wichita; and great-grand-
us and leave full of both food and knowledge! We are located                                                                             children of Karen Robbins Holden and Coe of Wichita. They
at 5320 S. Youngs Blvd. in Oklahoma City. Yakoke!                                                                                        are the niece and nephew of Nick Love and David and Jessica
                                                                    Week of the                                                          Love, also of Wichita.
                                                                                                                                           Lauryne and Devyn celebrated their birthdays with family
Congrats, Justin                                                    Young Child                                                          and friends. The babies and grandbabies would also like to
                                                                                                                                         wish a belated happy birthday to “Grammie” Mickey Robbins
   Congratulations to Justin Bull, student                             The Choctaw Na-
                                                                                                                                         Love.
at Colbert High School, for winning an                              tion Child Devel-
iPad at the 2011 Career Expo in McAles-                             opment in Durant
ter. Colbert High School was one of the                             kicked off the “Week
25 high schools that attended the annual                            of the Young Child,”                                                 Happy birthday, Cephus
event.                                                              with a balloon release
                                                                    on April 11.                                                           Happy birthday to Cephus John who
                                                                       The “Week of the                                                  turned 70 years old on April 18. He
                                                                    Young Child,” now                                                    was born in Golden, and he says it is
                                                                    in its 40th year, is an                                              wonderful to be 70. He’s very proud
Congrats, Johnathin                                                 annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for         to be Choctaw, and says, “God bless,”
                                                                    the Education of Young Children. The purpose of the “Week            to his friends in Broken Bow, Idabel,
  Congratulations to Johnathin Illapottubee for his graduation
                                                                    of the Young Child,” is to focus public attention on the needs       Golden and Goodland Church.
from Moyers High School. His family is very proud of him,
from Aunt Jamie and cousins Jeraid, Rocky, Annie, Jessica and       of young children and their families and to recognize the early
baby Cruz.                                                          childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
                                                                       Other activities that will be enjoyed by the children and their
                                                                    parents are a teddy bear parade, family picnic, personal expres-
                                                                                                                                         Happy birthday, Danielle
                                                                    sion day (let the children pick out their own clothes) and parent      Happy 17th birthday on May 20 to
Happy first birthday, Adler                                         appreciation.                                                        Danielle R. Smith, an 11th-grader at
   Adler Theodore Graff is the son of Adam                                                                                               McAlester High School. From mom
and Jennifer Graff of Albuquerque, N.M.                                                                                                  and dad; Ronnie Smith Jr.; grandpar-
Adler was born on May 4, 2010, at Lovelace                          Congrats, Alyssa                                                     ents Evelyn Johnson and the late Eulus
Hospital in Albuquerque. He has an older                                                                                                 Johnson of McAlester.
sister named Cambria. He is the grandson                               Congratulations to Alyssa Derby for her eighth grade gradu-
of Wes and Judy Dunlap of Scottsdale,                               ation from Moyers High School, from her best friend Jessica
Ariz., and Tom and Jan Graff of Wichita,                            Renteria.
Kan. Adler’s maternal great-grandmother is Oteka N. Lund
                                                                                                                                         Happy birthday, Elijha
and his great-great-grandmother is Lorma V. Montgomery of                                                                                   Elijha Kentley Roberts turned 1 year old
Lawton, who is listed on the Dawes Roll for the Choctaw tribe.      Congrats, Seth                                                       on May 10. He is the son of Tiffany Roberts
Lorma died at age 98 and lived in Oklahoma all of her life.                                                                              of Durant and the grandson of Willard and
                                                                    and Melissa                                                          Betty Crosby, also of Durant. Happy birth-
                                                                                                                                         day, Elijha, from mom, grandma, grandpa,
                                                                       Seth Sterling Tom and                                             all your uncles and aunts and from your
Happy birthday, Terry                                               Melissa Ann Smith were                                               cousin Anberlin.
                                                                    wed on July 8, 2010, in
  Wishing a happy birthday to Terry                                 Wayne County, N.C. Pic-
Donahue of Hobbs, N.M., who turned                                  tured are Seth and Me-
60 years old on May 24. Terry is a                                  lissa and two sons, Elijah
                                                                                                                                         Congrats, Mario
Vietnam veteran formerly of Virginia                                Tom and Jeffry Clark.                                                and Karolee
and now resides in Florida.
                                                                                                                                           Congratulations to Mario Mo-
                                                                                                                                         rales and his soon-to-be bride Kar-
                                                                                                                                         olee. They took their first step to-
Lawson turns 8                                                      Congrats to the Loves                                                wards happily ever after on April
   Lawson Paul Wilkins celebrated                                     Congratulations to David Allen Love and Jessica Marie An-          23.
his eighth birthday on May 7. He                                    dre Love, who were married on St. Patrick’s Day.
loves hunting, fishing and sports.                                    David is the son of Mickey Robbins Love and Joe and Cheryl
Lawson is an honor student at S.C.                                  Love, all of Wichita, Kan. He is the brother of Marcy Love and       Happy birthday, Marcus
Tucker Elementary in his hometown                                   Nick Love; the grandson of Karen Robbins Holden and Coe;
of Danville, Ark. His proud family is                               and the nephew of Tammy Robbins, all of Wichita.                       Happy birthday to Marcus Burton,
Paul, Susan and Gunner Wilkins. His                                   David and Jessica are the parents of two little girls, Izzy and    from his mom, father and family. Marcus
grandparents are Joel Camp of Mead, Kathy Hanson and the            Leah Love, and they make their home Wichita.                         will be 8 years old on May 19.
late Roy Wilkins and Tyke Wilkins of Blue Ball, Ark. Lawson
is proud to be a Choctaw.
                                                                    Congrats, Kaylee
                                                                      Kaylee Ann Daugherty just turned 16
Happy 15th!                                                         years old and has been accepted to attend
  Kelsey Shea Preston of Paris, Texas,
                                                                    Cottey College for a one-week program                                Madysen
                                                                    for careers in science, and she received a
turned 15 on April 18. She excels in                                                                                                       Pictured is Madysen McKinney. This
                                                                    $300 scholarship to help her go. Kaylee
school and is very involved in debate,                                                                                                   photo was taken by her grandmother,
                                                                    wishes are to be in medicine, and she’s
choir and cheer. She is the daughter of                                                                                                  Linda Womack. Her grandfather is Mel-
                                                                    very excited to attend this program and
Donald and Julie Preston and the grand-                                                                                                  vin Womack.
                                                                    have the chance to see this college up
daughter of Don and Ruth Wear. Her
                                                                    close. Cottey is an all-girls college in Nevada, Mo., run under
great-great-grandmother was Mary Irene
                                                                    P.E.O. Sisterhood for women, by women. This will be a great
Brashear Wyers. Happy birthday, Kelsey,
                                                                    experience for her.
from mom, dad, Donovan and Annie.
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                                                                                               EDUCATION

Jackson receives two top scholarships
   Oklahoma State Univer-                                                         care or tribal public policy.
sity junior Blake Jackson of                                                      Only 80 students nationwide
Hartshorne has received two                                                       are selected for this award
of America’s top scholar-                                                         each year, and Jackson is the
ships, capturing both the Har-                                                    13th OSU student to earn it.
ry S. Truman Scholarship and                                                        OSU was named Okla-
the Morris K. Udall Scholar-                                                      homa’s inaugural Truman
ship. He is the first OSU stu-                                                    Honor Institution because          The Krebs Johnson O’Malley students, parents and guardians with Indian Education
dent to receive both awards in                                                    of its production of Truman      committee members took an educational and fun field trip to the Chickasaw Cultural Cen-
the same year.                                                                    scholars. The Truman Schol-      ter in Sulphur on Saturday, April 9.
   “I feel extremely blessed to                                                   arship provides up to $30,000
be the recipient of both these                                                    in funding to college juniors
awards,” said Jackson, an          centrate his studies in envi-                  with exceptional leadership                             Congratulations to Ideal Home Care!
agribusiness major. “I truly       ronmental and Native Ameri-                    potential who are committed                              Winner of the Choctaw Nation 2011 Best of Show Award
did not know what to expect        can law. For students who                      to careers in government, the                                                                                                                Ideal Home Care
when applying for them. I          are considering applying for                   nonprofit or advocacy sectors                                                                                   Family is one of the most precious gifts on Earth, and at Ideal Home Care family

                                   either of these scholarships,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  has been embraced as the cornerstone of their business. They are committed to
always told myself that I had                                                     or education. Jackson was the                                                                                   helping families stay involved in the care of the ones they love. Operating under

                                   Jackson said he would advise
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the principle that patients should be able to maintain happy, healthy lives in the
grown a lot through the pro-                                                      16th OSU student selected for                                                                                   comfort and privacy of their own homes, they create a partnership for the well

cess and that regardless of the    them to go for it.                             this honor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  being of everyone involved.


outcome, just applying was            The Udall scholarship pro-                    Jackson will attend Truman
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Since 2004, Ideal Home Care has been devoted to providing the highest
                                                                                                                                                                                                  standard of patient care. The company has always been RN owned and

worthwhile because I had the       vides $5,000 for educational                   Scholar Leadership Week in
                                                                                                                                                                                                  operated, and this extensive experience has contributed to their continued
                                                                                                                                                                                                  success. Built upon two guiding principles, compassionate patient care and

chance to interact with a lot      expenses to outstanding soph-                  Liberty, Mo., this month to                                                                                     employee satisfaction, they are able to establish trust and treat patients as
                                                                                                                                                                                                  extended family members.
of people I wouldn’t have met      omores and juniors who are                     introduce him to the Truman                                                                                     The Ideal Home Care sta is an invaluable resource and is dedicated to uphold-
otherwise.”                        studying environment-related                   community. He will officially                                                                                   ing the standards of the company. Working together with patients and their

                                   fields or who are of Native
                                                                                                                                                                                                  families they are able to reduce stress and eliminate worry as they strive to assist
   After graduating from                                                          receive his Udall award at the                                                                                  their patients in reestablishing personal freedom with their health care issues.

OSU, Jackson said he plans         American decent and pursu-                     orientation weekend in Tuc-
                                                                                                                        Pictured: Kelli Ostman, Marketing Coordinator for Choctaw Nation Career   The ultimate goal is to contribute to a better life for the Ideal Home Care patient.
                                                                                                                             Development (left) and Jimmy Tynes of Ideal Home Care (right)        Contact Jimmy Tynes for more information at (580)224-7542.

to attend law school and con-      ing fields related to health                   son, Ariz., this August.                                                            www.choctawcareers.com



                                                                                     House named OSU Graduate of Distinction
                                                                                     Years of agriculture
                                                                                     leadership recognized
                                                                                        Jody House is known            naming him the 2011 Gradu-
                                                                                     around the tribe as “The Voice    ate of Distinction in Agricul-
                                                                                     of Choctaw Nation” because        tural Leadership.
                                                                                     he is the voice heard over the       Each year, the department
                                                                                     loudspeaker at the Event Cen-     faculty members recognize
                                                                                     ter at all concerts and special   alumni who have distin-
                                                                                     activities.                       guished themselves profes-
                                                                                        He earned a degree in Ag-      sionally in the community,
                                                                                     ricultural Education, Com-        state and nation. Robert Terry,
                                                                Photo Submitted      munications and Leadership        department head of Agricul-
   First-grader Zander Thomas, left, Mrs. Garvin, and sec-                           several years ago from Okla-      tural Education at OSU said,                                                                                        Choctaw Nation: JUDY ALLEN
 ond-graders Madison Cheek, Melina Tushka and Lastenia                               homa State University in          “We are thrilled that Jody has                               Dr. Bill G. Weeks, OSU agriculture education pro-
 Lainez-Ortiz.                                                                       Stillwater, and just recently,    been selected for the award of                             fessor, presents Jody House with the 2011 Graduate
                                                                                     the university honored him by     recognition.”                                              of Distinction in Agricultural Leadership award.
 National Library Week at Jones
    Jones Academy elementa-         Academy librarian, has done
 ry school students celebrated      various activities with the                      Lansdell graduates                                                                           Conner to begin
 National Library Awareness         students throughout the year
 through the week of April          including storytelling, color-                   with honors                                                                                  residency at OU
 14. Students participated in       ing contests, design a library                      Tawnya Lansdell is the grand-                                                                Andrew Conner, M.D., 2011
 several activities in an effort    theme T-shirt and motto,                         daughter of the late Lee Cusher Sr.                                                          graduate of Indiana University
 to observe the contributions       reasoning games and library                      and Ennie (Tonika) Cusher of Broken                                                          School of Medicine is set to begin
 libraries make to our com-         skills. This year, the elemen-                   Bow and the daughter of Charles and                                                          Neurosurgical Residency at the
 munities.                          tary students have learned                       Georgie Griffin of Horatio, Ark. Taw-                                                        University of Oklahoma Health
    The first and second grade      the Dewey decimal system                         nya is an honor graduate of the Texas                                                        Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.
 elementary students did an         and practiced their sign lan-                    A&M Corpus Christi campus Family                                                                Conner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physi-
 arts and crafts project and        guage skills. Mrs. Garvin has                    Nurse Practitioner Program and will walk in graduation cer-                                  ology from Oklahoma State University in 2007 and gradu-
 learned about bears and tur-       endeavored to teach the stu-                     emonies on May 14. She will be receiving her Master’s of Sci-                                ated from Seminole High School in 2004. He is the son of
 tles during National Library       dents that learning and read-                    ence degree in Nursing and will be inducted through superior                                 Rick and Tammy Conner, grandson of Ronald and Glenda
 Week. Elaine Garvin, Jones         ing can be great fun.                            academic excellence into Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor                                 Conner, Orville S. and Ima Russell and the late June Rus-
                                                                                     Society for Nurses.                                                                          sell. He is the great-grandson of Essie J. Turner, all of
                                                                                        Tawnya joined the staff at the Idabel Clinic as a registered                              Seminole.
                                                                                     nurse in 2006. While working at the clinic, she found her devo-                                 The department of neurological surgery at OUHSC ac-
                                                                                     tion to nursing and the needs of the Choctaw people as motiva-                               cepts one physician per year to pursue a seven-year period
                                                                                     tion to continue her education. In 2008 she completed a Bach-                                of intensive training in the surgical treatment of brain,
                                                                                     elor in Nursing degree, became a certified Diabetes Educator                                 spine and peripheral nerve disease.
                                                                                     in 2009 and completed the Master of Science in Nursing in                                       While pursuing his Doctorate of Medicine at Indiana
                                                                                     2011. Tawnya gives credit for her success to God, family and                                 University School of Medicine, Conner was awarded the
                                                                                     the Choctaw people.                                                                          American Association of Neurological Surgeons Research
                                                                                        “The Choctaw Nation has provided the financial and educa-                                 Fellowship as well as the Indiana University School of
                                                                                     tion assistance that made my endeavors successful, and I have                                Medicine Research Scholarship. His research dealt with
                                                                                     a deep appreciation for our Choctaw leaders who have the fore-                               stem cell therapy as a treatment modality for spinal cord
                                                                                     sight to fund all of the wonderful educational assistance pro-                               injuries. Further, Conner co-authored a chapter in the En-
                                                                                     grams that are available,” she says.                                                         cyclopedia of Intensive Care Medicine entitled “Quad-
                                                                                        “Being a Nurse Practitioner, I can now fulfill my lifelong                                riplegia.” It is due to be published in 2012.
                                                                                     goal of helping people in the best possible way. I plan to use                                  Conner would specifically like to extend his utmost
                                                                Photo Submitted      my success as an example of the opportunities available for                                  gratitude to the Choctaw Nation Department of Higher
    Mrs. Garvin helps first grader Melvin Birthmark with                             those with the aptitude and motivation to make their commu-                                  Education for their financial support through his under-
  his turtle.                                                                        nity thrive, healthier and stronger,” she continued.                                         graduate and medical training.

                                                                                                                       Congrats,                                                                      Choctaw Nation awarded
 Choctaw Nation                                                                                                        Andrew
                                                                                                                                                                                                      over $180,000 in Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Showcase Communities Grant
 Vocational Rehabilitation Calendar                                                                                       Andrew Foster Shi                                                              The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                                                                                                                       graduated May 14                                                               (EPA) announced today the Choctaw Nation
                                                                                                                       from the University                                                            of Oklahoma is receiving $189,817 in Cli-
                                                          Broken Bow                    Broken Bow                     of Oklahoma Col-                                                               mate Showcase Communities grant funding
                                                          8 a.m.-4:30                   8 a.m.-4:30                    lege of Law with his                                                           to improve the energy efficiency of its health
                                                          p.m.                          p.m.                           Juris Doctor and Price College of Business                                     facilities through technology and behavioral
                                                          Idabel by appt.               Idabel by appt.                with a Master of Business. Andrew was on                                       change. This clear and effective strategy will
                                                                                                                       the Dean’s honor roll for four semesters and                                   serve as a much needed model for small and
                                                          Broken Bow                                                   represented the university on the American                                     rural communities across the United States.
                     Durant        Antlers by             8 a.m.-4:30                                                  Bar Association National Appellate Advoca-                                        The Choctaw Nation grant is a part of $8.3
                     8 a.m.-4:30   appt.
                     p.m.
                                                          p.m.
                                                                                                                       cy Competition in Turkey and Cord, Ireland                                     million in funding to 22 communities across
                                                          Idabel by appt.
                                                                                                                       and Boston. He was recipient of a Speaker                                      the country, including three Indian Tribes,
                                                                                                                       Award and Best Brief Award his first year, as                                  to pilot innovative local strategies to combat
                     Durant         Talihina
                                                   McAlester
                                                                                        Crowder by                     well as the Am-Jur Award (Supreme Court                                        climate change. These new grantees join 25
                     8 a.m.-4:30    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
                                                   10 a.m.-2 p.m.
                                                                                        appt.                          Decision-Making and Int’l Human Rights).                                       communities awarded funding in 2010. These
                                                   Stigler by                                                                                                                                         projects will target every aspect of a commu-
                     p.m.                                                                                              He was selected as vice president of his third
                                                   appt.
                                                                                                                       year class, was on the Dean’s Council for                                      nity’s carbon footprint, including energy use
                                                                                                                       Mentoring to the first-year law class, section                                 in homes, businesses, vehicles, waste manage-
                     Durant        Wilburton              Poteau 11:30                  Wright City by                 leader and Mentorship Program for Int’l Stu-                                   ment practices, energy production, and land
                     8 a.m.-4:30   10:30 a.m.-2           a.m.-1 p.m.                   appt.                          dents chair. Andrew received the Choctaw                                       use management.
                     p.m.          p.m.                                                                                Nation Membership Grant for Higher Educa-                                         Grantees estimate that by 2014 these proj-
                                                                                                                       tion, the 2010-2011 Joseph F. Rarick Native                                    ects will reduce about 167,000 metric tons of
                                                                                                                       American Student Award.                                                        greenhouse gasemissions annually – equiva-
                                                          Broken Bow                                                                                                                                  lent to the emissions from more than 33,000
                     Durant        Atoka
                                                                                                                          Andrew is the son of Dr. A.H. Shi and Car-
                                   9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.   8 a.m.-4:30
                     8 a.m.-4:30   Coalgate                                                                            ol Carter Shi of Seminole. He is the grandson                                  passenger vehicles or 14,000 homes – and save
                                                          p.m.
                     p.m.          12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
                                                          Idabel by appt.                                              of the late Clyde E. Carter Sr., member of the                                 over $13 million per year in energy costs. The
                                                                                                                       Choctaw Nation, and Esther Blalack Carter                                      projects will also improve people’s health and
     Durant-Mondays • Broken Bow-Mon., Wed. and Fri. • Idabel-By appointment                                           Naylor; and the great-grandson of original                                     quality of life by improving indoor and out-
                           Phone: 580-326-8304; Fax: 580-326-2410                                                      enrollee Erma Eva Lillian Battle Carter and                                    door air quality, increasing walkability, and
                           Email: ddavenport@choctawnation.com                                                         Bessie Jackson Shi, Choctaw member.                                            reducing household energy bills.
 May 2011, BISKINIK, Page 8


Red Eagle inspiring youth to soar above negative influences
By LARISSA COPELAND                                                  I take the elders’ message and     the time. He lived there until
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma                                           put it in a form the youth re-     he was about five years old,
                                                                     late to and understand. They       and even spent a short period
   “When the police kicked                                           don’t speak the same ‘lan-         of time in foster care, until
in my door I thought they                                            guage’ anymore. I get to play      coming back to live with his
had the wrong house,” tells                                          coyote, be a trickster. The        father. He considers Oklaho-
Jesse “Red Eagle” Robbins,                                           Choctaw culture is so dope         ma City and Norman home.
a 25-year-old Choctaw from                                           (cool). When kids hear it in       His siblings are Tiffany York,
Oklahoma City. That wasn’t                                           the music, they hear how cool      Seth Fairchild and Cheyenne
the case though and it was in                                        the culture is.”                   Murray; two of these three
fact Robbins that the police                                            He thinks that it’s someone     he didn’t even know until he
were after.                                                          like himself who is best suited    reached adulthood.
   He was 20 years old at the                                        for reaching this group of kids       “My family life was part of
time and had been on the                           Photo Provided    too. “They want to hear me         where my rebellion started,”
wrong path for several years
                                   JESSE “RED EAGLE” say it, not some 50-year-old                       he admits, “but my culture is
prior to that. “I got a felony                                       they can’t relate to.”             what set me straight.”                                                       Choctaw Nation: JUDY ALLEN
                                 ROBBINS
drug charge, my first crimi-                                            Another thing he tries to          He considers himself for-         Robbins, far left, walks on to the field at the 2010 Stick-
nal charge ever, for dealing volved in gang activity.                impress upon the youth he          tunate for being raised by a        ball World Series in Mississippi.
drugs,” said Robbins. “I was       “I was confused about visits with is the power of an                 father who immersed him in
given five years of probation what a warrior was,” he said, education, as his father did to             the tribal-cultural ways of the     to Native Americans. It’s an      on May 14 at Jones Academy
and 100 hours of community explaining the attraction he him. His father, Dr. Rockey                     Choctaw at an early age. And        opportunity for me to reach       where he’ll be joined by fel-
service. But by the time I got felt. “Gangs provide a false Robbins, is an associate pro-               those roots stayed strong.          kids, to tell them you can get    low Choctaw hip-hop artist
busted I’d already ‘woken up’ sense of belonging for kids. fessor at the University of                  His Choctaw name, “Onse             through hard times, to turn to    Chris Taylor and Anthony
and finding my Choctaw cul- But they don’t protect – they Oklahoma in the educational                   Homma” or “Red Eagle” was           the old ways. It’s my opportu-    “DJ Pyro” Mnic’opa, a Da-
ture is what saved me.”          destroy. They provide a false psychology department. His               given to him during an old          nity to give the youth a voice,   kota/Seminole. Together they
   The charge was for some- sense of identity. I thought focus is in multicultural coun-                Choctaw traditional naming          to just lend a hand to this       will be performing as the
thing old that he had done (at I was being different but I seling and according to Rob-                 ceremony; a ceremony that           generation and help revive a      group “Native Nation.”
age of 18) but it didn’t matter was conforming. Gangs take bins, he has always instilled                Robbins fears is being lost         youth appreciation of our cul-       Robbins has put out several
in the eyes of the law. “I still you outside your culture. in him the importance of edu-                through the generations. “My        ture,” he says.                   mix tapes over the years. He
got it and I’m going to use it I’m Choctaw but I was with cation. “Education is a ladder.               grandfather gave it to me              In addition to visiting mid-   recently released a mix tape
for good,” said Robbins.         mostly Hispanics. They were My dad taught me that early                when I was five years old,”         dle schools and visiting with     in New York entitled 1491
   He does this by reaching my clan. I was striving for a on,” he says. “I tell that to the             he said. “He walked out into        youth, his music has created      and is currently in the final
out to the youth who may be tribe, an identity, a warrior kids too. I say to them ‘go                   the woods and when he came          many other unique opportu-        stages of another album. He’s
on the same negative, con- role. A gang provided that, or to college.’ Some kids never                  back he told me that was my         nities for him. Most recently     also in the beginning phase
fused path he went down so I thought.”                               hear that word at home.”           name.”                              and according to Robbins,         of producing a poetry album.
as a young teen. “I travel to      It was around the same age           This is something Rob-             From the time he was a           one of the most interesting,      His music can be heard on
middle schools around south when Robbins was looking to bins took to heart himself.                     young child the ways of the         was being invited in February     his Youtube page, onsehom-
Oklahoma City to speak to gangs for acceptance, he was After graduating from Little                     Choctaw always had deep             to present in New York City at    ma21, or his Facebook page,
the kids about anti-gang and also turning to a more cre- Axe High School in 2004,                       meaning to him. Though he           Columbia University’s pres-       www.facebook.com/Jesse-
anti-drug activity,” he says. ative outlet for his thoughts he enrolled in Oklahoma                     took a slight detour from           tigious 28th Annual Cross-        Robbins405.
“I speak to them from expe- – writing poetry.                        City Community College.            these ways during his late          Cultural Winter psychology           Just a few of his Native
rience. When I was their age,      “When I first started visit- He plans to transfer to OU in           teen years, he soon realized        roundtable, themed “Privileg-     American themed songs in-
I was so lost. I try to get to ing the schools I’d read my Norman in Fall 2011.                         the greatest limiting factor        ing Indigenous Voices.”           clude “Seventh Generation,”
them in middle school. You poetry but the kids couldn’t                 Beyond setting the ground-      to his connection to his tribe         A Native American profes-      “We got that Swag,” Wom-
have to catch them young or really relate to that so I turned work for his culture and edu-             was himself. “Now, I do what        sor at Columbia heard his mu-     en,” “Ain’t Your Mascot,”
it’ll be too late.”              to music,” he says, “and I cation, his father has been at              I can to keep our old ways and      sic and enjoyed the message it    among many, many more.
   Robbins knows this first- can’t sing or play guitar…so his side during his hard times.               our ceremonies alive. I want        sent, leading to his invitation      As heard in the lyrics to
hand. He began to go down I guess you could say hip-hop “I’m lucky because my dad                       our people to speak our lan-        to the university. He led the     “Seventh Generation,” it’s
the wrong path around the age chose me.”                             stands by me,” said Robbins.       guage. I speak Choctaw, play        youth plenary session, open-      easy to know he walks the
of 15. “I’ve never drank alco-     Robbins has had much suc- “But I did come from a bro-                stickball, go to the stomp          ing the meeting by leading the    talk when he says his music
hol and I’ve never smoked or cess spreading his message ken home. I think that’s an-                    dances.”                            group with a Choctaw snake        encourages his people to stay
done drugs in my life because and connecting to the kids other reason the kids can con-                    Robbins was also part of         dance. He then performed          connected to who they are:
I’ve seen what it’s done to through his music. “I repre- nect to me. Not all these kids                 the Choctaw Nation stickball        half his presentation by read-        “Keep the shells
our people. I didn’t want that. sent a bridge,” he says. “I do have a great home life either.           team that played in the 2010        ing his poetry and half by per-       Keep the songs
What I did though was get in- music to connect generations. I get that. I want my music to              Stickball World Series in           forming his hip-hop music. A          Keep on stomping all
                                                                                  be a positive mes-    Mississippi.                        large photo slide show was        night long
                                                                                  sage in the ears of      Today, Robbins considers         projected on the wall behind          Keep the dance
                                                                                  those kids with       himself an advocate for Na-         him during his presentation,          Keep the drum
                                                                                  their headphones      tive Americans everywhere           displaying numerous images            Keep the language on
                                                                                  on, their heads       and he uses his music to get        of Choctaw people during          your tongue”
                                                                                  bobbing up and        his point across. “Native           various stages of history. He        He takes that to heart and
                                                                                  down, while their     Americans need a voice,” he         received a standing ovation       lives it. By being someone
                                                                                  parents might be      explains. “I’ve been backed         from the students and faculty     the kids can relate to, Robbins
                                                                                  in the other room     into a corner. I am a warrior       in the audience.                  plans to continue using his
                                                                                  fighting.”            and I will fight for our culture.      In addition to radio airplay   music to inspire and encour-
                                                                                     Robbins never      Peace and love scare people         on numerous radio stations,       age the youth to soar above
                                                                                  had a relationship    but a warrior is peaceful. Mu-      Robbins performs his music        negative influences.
                                                                                  with his mother.      sic is a form of protest and I      live whenever possible. He           But he doesn’t want peo-
                                                                                  He was born in        use it to be an activist for the    was also honored to have          ple to think that because his
                                                                                  Durant but soon       tribe.”                             been offered a position to        subject matter is serious that
                                                                                  moved to the             Robbins considers him-           play at the Gathering of Na-      his music is all somber and
                                                                                  Kickapoo Reser-       self a modern day storyteller.      tions Pow Wow in Albuquer-        solemn though. “Humor is a
                                                                  Photo Provided  vation in Kansas      “Music is breath to me,” he         que, N.M., in April but was       huge part of my music,” he
  Robbins, far right, leads a group of students and faculty in the Choc- where his father               says. “This is more than a          unable to attend this year. His   says, “and it just might make
taw snake dance at Columbia University in New York City.                          was a teacher at      hobby. Every song is catered        next live performance will be     you dance!”




    2011
    Career Expo                                                                                                                                                                          Andrew Massey,
                                                                                                                                                                                       left, of McAlester
                                                                                                                                                                                       visits with Ken-
                                                                                                                                                                                       ny Tolbert at the

                      Future
                                                                                                                                                                                       Scholarship   Ad-

             Map Yourer Expo Center                                                                                                                                                    visement Program
                                                                                                                                                                                       booth.
                                     st
                       – McAle                                          Tracy Horst is proud to show off the Choctaw
         April 6
                                                                       Nation Go Green display.

          Photos by LARISSA COPELAND Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma




                                                   Karen Thomas,
                                                 right, explains the
                                                 Career Develop-                                                                                         Jackson Willhite of Poteau spins the wheel
                                                 ment Program to                                                                                       for a prize at the Choctaw Casino booth as
                                                 Anthony Turpin of               Lisa Byington, right, and expo guests open plas-                      Kim Maxwell from the Durant Casino Resort
                                                 Quinton.                      tic eggs to see the prize they’d won.                                   Human Resources department looks on.




                                                                                                             Dawn Hix, right, explains the Choctaw Asset Build-                 Jake Dolezel facilitates
 The Choctaw Public Safety team greets visitors to the expo.                                                                                                                  the breakout sessions.
                                                                                                           ing (CAD) Program to Ralph Adcock of Quinton.
                                                                                                                                                                   May 2011, BISKINIK, Page 9




The lyrics of an earlier age
Former Wheelock
students talk about
their days at the
Choctaw Nation
boarding school
By LISA REED
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma


     “Wheelock, Wheelock, we love you. We
   long shall remember and honor you, too!
   We’ll work for you, live for you, sing for
   you all through the years. Wheelock, we
   love you.”                                                                                                                                                                        Photo provided

                                                                               Wanda Bohanan, Delores Johnico Dye, Wylene Wadley, Mary Edna Jacob Watson, Johnnie Marks McDaniel,
                               Wheelock Academy closed                               Leona Marks Marshall, Paula Wilson Carney, Lois Pitts Brown, Eleanor “Lena” Cooper Caldwell and
                           its doors in 1956 but the girls                       Laura Stephens Lewis are pictured in front of the old Pushmataha Hall on the Wheelock Academy campus.
                           still remember the lyrics of
                           the song they sang every day
                           in music hour. The group gets             and just laid on                                               school days. Lois Pitts Brown, who attended the lun-
                           smaller every year but the re-            the       stairway                                             cheon with her son, Johnny Brown, and her granddaugh-
                           maining Wheelock students try             with the needle                                                ter, Karen Brown Main, tells of an early impact in her
                           to get together annually to visit         sticking in her                                                family. Lois’ mother was brought to Wheelock orphan-
                           and reminisce with old friends.           ear.”                                                          age before it was turned into a boarding school. Lois’
                           Fifteen attended an alumni lun-              Paula’s voice                                               mother was only 2 months old when her mother died
                           cheon held in their honor April           rose as she de-                                                and her father thought it was the best thing for his infant
        Wylene Nicholas 1 at the Choctaw Community                   scribed the fun-                                               daughter. When he remarried he took her home. Lois said
      Wadley loved mu- Center in Wright City before                  ny, but scary ex-                                              her grandfather was remarried in the Wheelock church.
      sic hour where she dropping by the old school                  perience.                                                        Born in 1918, Lois attended Wheelock from 1927 to
     learned to sing and campus in the afternoon.                       “I tried to re-                                             1929, along with a younger sister. She took “homemak-
          play the piano.      “We always had music,” said           vive her and fi-           Sisters Maxine Wilson McCrary       ing” classes and learned to cook and to sew using a pedal
                                                                     nally ran to get a       and Ilene Wilson Sparks attended      sewing machine. “Whatever you cooked you had to eat,”
                            Wylene Nicholas Wadley. “We
                                                                                                  Wheelock because the route to
                            would go in to music hour and            cold wash cloth.                                               she said. Many of the girls would get up early to help
                                                                                             regular school near their home was
                            sing and sing! We had Easter             She woke up and                          blocked by a river.   cook breakfast in the kitchen.
                            and Christmas cantatas and the           wanted me to                                                     The lessons and skills learned there have served them
                            people in the surrounding com-           finish the other one,” she said, still marveling over the      well for the past 60 to 70 years. The ages of the girls
                            munities would participate.”             escapade.                                                      when they were brought to Wheelock varied, some as
                               Wylene learned to read mu-                                          The events that happened         young as Johnnie, some as old as 14 or 15 when they
                            sic and play the piano. She has                                     during their boarding school        entered the boarding school. They came from different
                            continued playing at church                                         years stand out for many rea-       backgrounds, different locations, but became one large
                            throughout the years. She at-                                       sons.                               family. The bonds made in youth have never been bro-
                            tended first through eighth                                            There is one day Maxine Wil-     ken. The notes ring clear – “Wheelock … we long shall
            Paula Wilson grades at Wheelock and went                                            son McCrary will never forget.      remember.”
    Carney of Coalgate on to Haskell University in                                              All of the girls were called into
       was introduced to Lawrence, Kan. Wylene re-                                              the auditorium. They stood
          Christianity at                                                                       solemnly around the tall radio          Wheelock
                            tired from nursing but is using
               Wheelock.                                                                                                                 Academy
                            her skills to help out a fellow                                     and listened quietly to Presi-
                                                                                                dent Roosevelt declare war on             is open
Wheelock student, Theda Carnes, who has become blind.
                                                                                                Germany. She said she didn’t         to the public 9
Wylene lives with Theda and they are facing the struggle
                                                                                Leona Marks understand at first the implica-                a.m.
together.
                                                                                      Marsh tion of the announcement or                  to 4 p.m.
   Paula Wilson Carney also learned to play the piano
                                                                                                the impact it would have on our           Monday
during their music hours. She has sung and played the
                                                                                                country.                                  through
piano all of her life and credits her classes at Wheelock.
                                                                                                   Maxine and her three sisters            Friday.
   Paula’s fondest memory of her days at Wheelock,
                                                                                                                                        There is a
though, is of one of her teachers. Paula was playing in                                         were sent to Wheelock because
                                                                                                                                      museum and
the yard and heard, for the first time, the lady praying.                                       there was a river between their
                                                                                                                                      information/
“She was calling out to God,” Paula said. “I was prob-                                          home in the Ringold area and
                                                                                                                                       gift shop on
ably in the third grade and had never heard anyone pray-                                        regular school. Their brothers
                                                                                                                                      the grounds.
ing like that before. That was my first introduction to                                         went to Jones Academy. The
                                                                                                                                         For more
Christianity.”                                                                                  girls loved it at Wheelock, she
                                                                                                                                     information or
   Humorous tales were plenty during the special day at                                         said, and always tried to par-                            Assistant Chief Gary Batton says hello
                                                                                                                                         to set up
Wright City. Almost sheepishly, Paula recalls an incident                                       ticipate in activities. She and                          to the oldest in attendance at the Whee-
                                                                                                                                           a tour,
that can be laughed at now but was a bit unnerving at the                                       sister Ilene Wilson Sparks en-                              lock alumni luncheon at Wright City.
                                                                              Johnnie Marks                                             please call       Lois Brown of Hennessy turns 93 years
time.                                                                                  Daniel
                                                                                                joyed Sundays when a minister
                                                                                                                                     580-746-2139.                              young on June 28.
   Pierced ears were becoming popular with the girls.                                           would come. They would have
Without the fancy salons of today, they had to improvise.                                       a different traveling minister
“When someone wanted their ears pierced, we would all                                           from different denominations
take turns holding the earlobe real tight to numb it,” she                                      stop in to deliver sermons ev-
said while demonstrating the technique. When one of the                                         ery Sunday.
girls’ arms got tired, another girl would step in to hold                                          Sisters Leona Marks Marsh
the earlobe in a tight grip with her fingers. This would go                                     and Johnnie Marks McDaniel
on until the ear was numb, then a threaded needle would                                         attended Wheelock in the early
be used to pierce the lobe.                                                                     ’50s. Johnnie was just 4 years
   “We would pull the needle through, cut the thread and                                        old. Leona remembers Johnnie
tie it off, then put Vicks on the ear and turn and turn and                                     being brought in to the cafeteria
turn,” Paula laughed. “They decided I was good at it so                                         30 minutes early to start eating.            Eleanor               Wanda            Mary Edna
they were always asking me to pierce their ears.                              Virginia Peters      “She was a slow eater who         “Lena” Cooper       Bohanan started          Jacob Watson
   “One day, a girl stopped me in the middle of the stair-                          Jefferson would take one little bite at a       Caldwell attend-     school at Whee-         arrived on her
way. She had everything we needed. I squeezed and                                               time,” Leona said, stressing         ed Wheelock in         lock when she        seventh birth-
squeezed on her ear. Well, about the time I got the needle           with her words how slow her sister ate. Often, one of           1946 and 1947.       was 6 years old.      day. She stayed
pushed halfway through, she fainted! She fell backwards              the other girls would take her food before she finished it.    She was 14 when         She was there           through the
                                                                     “She was there when the others got there and sometimes              she started.     until the school       seventh grade.
                                                                     still there when they left. She was the youngest one in                               closed in 1956.
                                                                     the school.”
                                                                        The sisters and their friend, Virginia Peters Jefferson,
                                                                     recall how they would go back to the barn after their
                                                                     day of classes to ride horses. Someone gave them a Red
                                                                     Flyer wagon to play with. They played with paper dolls,
                                                                     rode bicycles and played soccer, softball or basketball.
                                                                        “Someone donated roller skates to the school once,”
                                                                     said Leona. “We would take turns skating up and down.”
                                                                        Their memories also include having their hair cut when
                                                                     they were brought to the school. All of the girls’ long
                                                                     hair was cut and fashioned into a Dutch boy style. None
                                                                     of them were allowed to speak their native language.
                                                                     Listed right up there with the not-so-fond memories the
                                  Choctaw Nation Photos: LISA REED   girls have of Wheelock was the time they were made to
     Assistant Chief Gary Batton listens to Theda Carnes             take ballet lessons, a bit much for the tomboyish group.              Laura Stephens Lewis, Christine Thomas Ludlow,
   during the Wheelock Alumni Luncheon in Wright City.                  Wheelock’s heritage goes years beyond the boarding                             Viola Obe and Delores Johnico Dye.
May 2011, BISKINIK, Page 10




           Crowder Fun Days                                                                                                                    Crowder senior
                                                                                                                                               citizens are keen
                                                                                                                                               on keeping active
                                                                                                                                               The District 12                  borhood and line dancing is
                                                                                                                                                                                popular with the ladies.
                                                                                                                                               group makes                         They like to decorate for
                                                                                                                                                                                holidays and held an Easter
                                                                                                                                               having fun                       egg hunt in April. Everyone
                                                                                                                                               a requirement                    brought a prize and cor-
                                                                                                                                                                                responding numbers were
                                                                                                                                                                                placed in the “prize” eggs.
                                                                                                                                               By LISA REED
                                                                                                                                               Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma          Raffles are held every
                                                                                                                                                                                Wednesday, a project that
                                                                                                                                                                                helps fund their trips. They
                                                                                                                                                  Today’s fuel prices have      also hold events such as
                                                                                                                                               curtailed some activities,       fish fries to get money for
                                                                                                                                               but the senior citizens of       their excursions.
                                                                                                                                               the Choctaw Community               “We’ve been to the
                                                                                                                                               Center in Crowder pack as        Smoky Mountains, Bran-
                                                                                                                                               much into their Wednes-          son and Nashville,” said
                                                                                                                                               days as they can.                Walter Phelps, president
                                                                                                                                                  They held a special bash      of the senior group. “The
                                                                                                       Choctaw Nation Photos: LISA REED        on March 23 – Crowder            fuel prices have hampered
                                                                                                                                               Fun Days, when sun-              our plans for a long trip this
 Assistant Chief Gary Batton, Keith Holman, the owner of the white 1959 Cadillac, Councilman James Frazier and                                 glasses, rolled-up jeans,        year but we take little trips.
Chief Gregory E. Pyle are in the mood for Crowder Fun Days on March 23.                                                                        leather jackets and poodle       We go to concerts in Du-
                                                                                                                                               skirts were brought out          rant whenever there is one
                                                                                                                                               for a 1950s theme. A band        scheduled.”
                                                                                                                                               played old rock ‘n’ roll and        The group hopped on
                                                                                                                                               the dance floor was bop-         the bus for a recent jaunt to
                                                                                                                                               pin’.                            Muskogee where they vis-
                                                                                                                                                  A special drag race be-       ited the 5 Tribes Museum
                                                                                                                                               tween Chief Gregory E.           and the Azalea Festival, as
                                                                                                                                               Pyle in a 1951 Ford and As-      well as eating out and do-
                                                                                                                                               sistant Chief Gary Batton in     ing a bit of shopping.
                                                                                                                                               a 1959 Cadillac highlighted         They are also talking
                                                                                                                                               the afternoon. Councilman        about taking a short trip to
                                                                                                                                               James Frazier told them to       Van Buren, Ark., for a train
                                                                                                                                               start their engines, waved       tour.
                                                                                                                                               them on and got out of the          Once a month, they meet
                                                                                                                                               way.                             for breakfast so that the
                                                                                                                                                  On normal Wednesdays,         senior citizens who aren’t
                                                                                                                                               the seniors meet at 10 a.m.      able to enjoy the bus trips
                                                                                                                                               to exercise. This doesn’t        can have a special outing.
                                                                                                                                               mean just a few leg lifts or        “We try to have some-
                                                                                                                                               arm waves. The group en-         thing for everyone,” Walter
  Chief Pyle gives Troy and Pat Smith his               The Crowder ladies demonstrate their line dancing skills.                              joys walking in the neigh-       said.
“Fonzie” smile.




                                                                               Assistant Chief Batton says hello to Margaret
  Martin and Frances Killingsworth take the dance floor while the            Yocco. He brought out his Clayton High School                  Leon and Shirley Cloud will celebrate their 56th wedding
band plays old rock ‘n’ roll hits.                                           jacket for the occasion.                                     anniversary on May 14.




Laura Lucille Hancock Jameson shares her life story
   Laura Lucille Hancock Jameson was                                                    school in town.                                      During their years together, Carl and Laura enjoyed going to
born on July 26, 1921, to Annie Ensharkey                                                  Eufaula public school had a band, and          the old time square dances. They enjoyed swing dancing with
Hancock and Jefferson Lee Hancock near                                                  the bandmaster asked Laura to join, but she       each other as well.
Featherston, Okla.                                                                      needed an instrument. Her father sent her a          When World War II began to affect the country, a need for
   Her grandmother, Susan Kincaid Han-                                                  flute, which she eventually learned to play       emergency war teachers came to her attention. The community
cock Moore, a full-blooded Choctaw, took                                                and made it in the band.                          asked if Laura would teach through the eighth grade, and she
her to the church in which she grew up and                                                 The principal decided the school should        accepted.
was baptized. This was the Bascum Meth-                                                 have an orchestra, and they would travel to          She taught at Courts School on Ash Creek Road, which later
odist Church.                                                                           Jones Academy to perform. The orchestra           became Buffalo Mountain Road. The school is no longer there.
   Her father attended Jones Academy for                                                was called the Eufaula White Socks. They             She had eight boys in her class, from the first though the
education. He also taught himself how                                                   wore all white, shoes and all.                    eighth grade. At recess time, a local mother would come and
to read by subscribing to the McAlester                                                    After her time with                                                  help watch the children.
newspaper.                                                                              the public school, she                                                     She used a horse for her transportation to
   Laura’s mother was an orphan whose                                                   went to Haskell Institute.                                              and from the school. On most occasions, it
parents were both original enrollees of the                                             While she was there the                                                 was Carl’s horse named Tony. She also rode
tribe. She was part of an orphanage at Bacone College in Musk-      bandmaster, who was a full-blooded Na-                                                      another horse, a grey mare.
ogee.                                                               tive American of a northern tribe, told her,                                                   One a particular day, she was bringing
   Early in her life, Laura and her family moved to Buffalo         “If you can play the flute, you can play the                                                some needles and dresses to sew with her to
Mountain near Krebs to her grandmother’s allotment. They            piccolo.” She played that instrument from                                                   the school. The horse bucked and the nee-
were the only Native Americans in the new location.                 then on at football games and other events,                                                 dles were thrust into her knee. She then had
   The children attended Rock School House, a one-room              where her skills were complimented on var-                                                  to have an operation on her knee.
schoolhouse that Laura and her brother, Solomon, had to walk a      ious occasions.                                                                                She only taught for about a year because
great distance across a pasture and creek to get to.                   She stayed at Haskell until she was about                                                she got pregnant. After her pregnancy, there
   Annie would make chicken and biscuits and stick them in a        18 years old. After her education there, she                                                were always people needing help or a place
syrup bucket for the children to take to school for lunch. She      met Carl Jameson.                                                                           to stay, so Carl and Laura would help them
would also make their clothes by sewing together flour sacks.          She and her friends were always talking                                                  out. Laura helped raise many children dur-
   Laura’s grandmother was a very big part of her early life. She   about boyfriends. Her buddy told her that                                                   ing this time.
could speak both English and Choctaw. Laura remembers one           she would marry a white man, but Laura al-                                                     She later went to work at a prison as a
instance when her grandmother took her to the bank, told Laura      ways said she would marry an Indian.                                                        matron guard. She did very well in the pis-
what she wanted in Choctaw, and in turn Laura conveyed the             To her irony, she met Carl, who was                                                      tol training and was placed in the women’s
message to the teller in English. Laura knew that her grand-        white, not long after their conversation.                                                   ward, which was out in a pasture. She de-
mother could have done it herself, but she wanted Laura to learn    Once they met, they decided that they were                                                  scribed it as similar to working in a nursing
something.                                                          good for each other, and eventually Carl de-                                                home.
   When she was a teenager, the Indian Department of McAles-        cided to make Laura his wife.                                                                  During her time at the prison, she was in-
ter decided to send her to a government school at Eufaula. She         He came up to her one day, and said, “Let’s get married.”          volved in a riot in which the National Guard was called in for
and a girl named Lucy Wade traveled to the school together.         “When?” replied Laura. He answered with, “Now. I’ve already           aid.
There, she made friends with a Creek girl who helped her with       got the marriage license.” He then gave her some money and               She then went on to work at Jones Academy as a guard. She
the Creek language.                                                 said, “Go get a wedding dress.”                                       worked there until 1984 doing split shifts so she could take care
   She lived in a dormitory, which had 15 cots per room. It had        She went down to a department store in McAlester and got a         of grandchildren in between.
three stories and an attic which was used for parties. There was    dress. It was light brown with checks. She was very happy with           In her more recent years, Laura has attended many pow wows
a matron who Laura didn’t care much for, but she did enjoy the      her choice. The couple went down to the courthouse and got            and Red Earth Festivals. One year, when land was being dedi-
company of the school cook.                                         married with two witnesses, which were the courthouse work-           cated around the state capitol at the Oklahoma City Tribal Flag
   The children at the school were assigned different duties,       ers.                                                                  Plaza, Laura was honored to carry the Choctaw flag, while her
and when it was time to change duties, the cook, Mrs. Calhoun,         After they were wed, they lived in Carl’s apartment in McAl-       brother, Walter Amos, danced.
would always request Laura to come help her work.                   ester for a while. Carl worked as a ranch hand for a man named           She has taught the Choctaw language at Crowder schools to
   While in the kitchen, Laura would work with dairy products,      Freddie Browne, who had land at Jack Fork and also around             the kindergarten through third grade levels. Her lessons were
skimming cream and making butter. She would also use the            Blocker and Quinton.                                                  taped and have been used after she left that job.
large bread makers the school had, as well as potato peelers.          Carl and Laura moved into a furnished house on the ranch.             She was the president of the Choctaw Senior Citizens’ Group
   She would stay at the school for nine months and come home       At the house they had a cow, chickens and a garden. They lived        at Arrowhead Lodge before Choctaw Nation sold it. She later
for the summer. She went to the Eufaula Boarding School             there off and on for several years and over the years had five        went on to the Crowder and McAlester centers, where she en-
through the eighth grade. After she left, she attended a public     children.                                                             joys all of the activities.
                                                                                                                                                                                    May 2011, BISKINIK, Page 11



Couple to display their love and talents at Choctaw Days
By LARISSA COPELAND                                                                                             “It was funny though, about     instilled in him an interest         there are so many variables
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma                                                                                   two weeks after the festival       in the traditional arts in his       that go with the clays, things
                                                                                                             he came by the Language De-        youth and Ian’s passion for          you add to it, the way it’s
   A small, tossed pebble was                                                                                partment to be certified as a      the art has grown exponen-           shaped and the way it’s fired.
where it started.                                                                                            Community Language Teach-          tially over time.                    It’s hard. What I’d recom-
   The young Choctaw man                                                                                     er,” said Amy.                        “From the time I was seven        mend to someone wanting to
would toss a small rock to get                                                                                  “It completely surprised        or eight I can remember mak-         learn is to try to come to one
the attention of the maiden to                                                                               me,” said Ian. “I was waiting      ing clay pots and trying to fire     of our pottery classes and talk
whom he was attracted. She                                                                                   to be seen and she came walk-      them in bond fires outside and       with the other students.”
would respond positively or                                                                                  ing through the room. I didn’t     they’d blow up because I had            The pottery classes he’s re-
negatively, thus setting in mo-                                                                                          know I’d ever see      no idea what I was doing,”           ferring to are the ones started
tion the prelude to nuptials.                                                                                            her again after the    said Ian. “I just stuck with it      under the National Parks
   Two hundred years ago,               Choctaw Nation: LARISSA COPELAND                                                 Labor Day Festival     and kept experimenting with          Service Heritage Preserva-
when a Choctaw couple de-                                                                                                because I was still    it on my own. I got into col-        tion grant the Choctaw Na-
                                     Ian and Amy Thompson dis-
cided to marry, the way they                                                                                             living in Missouri     lege and met people who              tion received last year for the
                                  play the traditional clothing
went about their courtship                                                                                               at the time.”          could teach me how to really         classes. However, once the
                                  they’ll be wearing at the re-
and wedding ceremony dif-                                                                                                   They struck up      do it.                               grant ran out, the classes con-
                                  enactment this summer.
fered greatly from how it                                                                                                a conversation that       “I took what they taught          tinued in four locations with
would typically happen today.                                                                                            day but they took it   me, studied the ancestral            tribal funding and with many,
For some couples, integrating                                                                                            slow at first. They    Choctaw pottery, interviewed         many hours from dedicated
those cultural traditions into    will differ from their original                                                        didn’t begin dat-      elders and looked at written         volunteers. Ian and Amy are
their own relationships and       wedding, according to Ian,                                                             ing until about six    accounts from different time         co-instructors of the classes,
ceremonies remains signifi-       is, “I’ll chase the bride, we’ll                                                       months later. But      periods as part of my disser-        along with Brian Moreland
cant today. One of those cou-     do Choctaw dances, all will                                                            it didn’t take long    tation research. After I gradu-      and Karen Denham-Downen.
ples is Ian and Amy Thomp-        be wearing Choctaw cloth-                                                              before Ian knew        ated, I started working full-        The classes continue to be
son.                              ing, and the service will be                                                           that Amy was           time for Choctaw Nation and          taught regularly in Durant,
   Ian, Choctaw Nation His-       performed completely in the                                                            “the one.” Seven       got a National Parks Service         and Antlers, and at other loca-
toric Preservation Depart-        Choctaw language. Of course,                                                           months into their      Heritage Preservation grant          tions upon request.
ment assistant director, and      it’ll be different because we’ll                 Choctaw Nation: LARISSA COPELAND      relationship,    he    and set up classes to help              Ian and Amy will take their
his wife, Amy, Choctaw Na-        have a narrator explaining ev-                                                         proposed.              revitalize Choctaw pottery,”         skills as teachers of the art of
                                                                             The Thompsons on their wed-
tion Language Department          erything to the audience.”                                                                “He threw his       he continued, explaining his         Choctaw pottery when they
                                                                           ding day, April 10, 2010, pictured
administrative assistant, were       One aspect remaining                                                                pebble, I guess you    experience and knowledge of          travel to Washington, D.C.,
                                                                           in their formal wear at the cer-
married April 10, 2010. Their     unchanged from their wed-                                                              could say,” said       pottery.                             this summer. They will be
                                                                           emony.
own wedding consisted of a        ding to the re-enactment is                                                            Amy.                      Though Amy’s experience           giving demonstrations to visi-
mix of traditional Choctaw        the minister officiating, Olin                                                            And in April        may not be as long as Ian’s,         tors on the Choctaw art using
and western elements – from       Williams, who is both their              Amy began working for 2010, they became husband                      her passion runs just as deep.       old,      pre-European-contact
the singing of hymns and          friend and Ian’s co-worker in the Choctaw Nation in the and wife. An interesting facet                        She’s only been working with         tools and hand-dug Oklaho-
reading of scripture in both      the Choctaw Nation Historic Language Department in to the re-enactment they’re                                pottery for about three years        ma clays. They will also have
English and Choctaw, to the       Preservation Department. “A August 2008. It was that set to perform this summer                               now. In fact, it was Ian that        a “make-and-take” section
serving of traditional and        lot of credit goes to Olin for next month, at the Choctaw came with the rehearsal. They                       taught her the art. Her inter-       for children who want to get
modern food side-by-side at       revitalizing the traditional Nation Labor Day Festival, practiced for the wedding re-                         est peaked after a visit to Ian’s    a hands-on feel for creating a
the reception, the “old” and      Choctaw wedding ceremony that she met her future hus- enactment nearly one year to                            home where she saw many of           piece of Choctaw art.
“new” blended flawlessly.         in Oklahoma,” said Ian.               band. Having done traditional the day from their actual wed-            his handcrafted pieces lining           The Choctaw Days festival
   This summer they’ll again         The re-enactment will tell arts almost his entire life, ding.                                              his walls. “The pieces were          will be held in Washington,
be performing a wedding           the story beyond just the wed- Ian worked part-time at the                    The fact that they get to       beautiful,” she said. “I just        D.C., at the Smithsonian Na-
ceremony together, however,       ding ceremony.                        Choctaw Nation, teaching at experience this re-enactment                thought, ‘What a beautiful           tional Museum of the Ameri-
this time they will be per-          “It’ll start from the point of the Culture Camps and in the together has special meaning                   art’!”                               can Indian from June 22-25.
forming a re-enactment of         the courter tossing a pebble at Village teaching those arts to to the Thompsons.                                 He taught her all she need-       The festival will be four days
an “old” Choctaw wedding,         the person he’s interested in guests of the festival.                         “I’m feeling a whole mix-       ed to know, literally from           of food, workshops, and per-
from the courtship phase          and it’ll pick up at the wed-            The Choctaw Language ture of emotions,” said Amy.                    the ground up. “We went out          formances. Along with Ian
up to the actual ceremony.        ding,” said Amy. “So it’ll Department managed a book- “I’m excited and I feel hon-                            and hand-dug the clay and he         and Amy’s Choctaw wedding
The re-enactment will be          show the whole courtship…” store on the grounds at Tushka ored.”                                              had me to grind up my own            re-enactment and pottery
performed in play format at          “…all in about three min- Homma during the festival. It                    “I’m excited about it too,”     mussel shell just to start,” ex-     demonstrations, the festival
the Choctaw Days this sum-        utes,” interjected Ian, laugh- was here that Ian and Amy said Ian. “It’s a special event                      plained Amy. “He’s showed            will also feature stickball
mer in Washington, D.C., in       ing.                                  first crossed paths. “I saw for us to do as a married cou-              me everything up to the point        games, Choctaw dancers,
the theater at the Smithson-         The real life courtship of Amy when she was working ple. We’re honored to get to                           of where I am now, making            singers and storytellers, and
ian National Museum of the        Ian and Amy would take at the Language Book Store,” represent the Choctaw Nation                              pots and teaching others.”           booths showcasing beadwork,
American Indian, with well-       much longer to tell than just explained Ian, with a smile. “I to a wider community there at                      “She’s a very, very patient       flutes, the Choctaw language,
known Choctaw storyteller         three minutes though. With just kept coming by, buying the museum. We’re proud to                             woman,” said Ian, with both          and tribal cooking.
Tim Tingle narrating.             just over a year of marriage, books from her.”                             get to show the beauty of the      of them laughing.                       Something       Ian    hopes
   At the re-enactment, Ian       they still have a newlywed               “He’d ask about a particular Choctaw wedding.”                          When it comes to Choctaw          people are able to take away
and Amy will be leaving be-       glow about them as they tell book and our conversations                       In addition to the wedding      pottery, it’s not something a        from the festival is the dis-
hind the western aspects from     how their relationship be- kept going on and on,” Amy re-enactment, Ian and Amy                               person can just pick up over-        tinctiveness of the tribe. “We
their own wedding, taking just    gan. Amy grew up in Ravia, continued, also grinning.                       will also be holding Choc-         night. The process is long and,      want people to see how the
the traditional components to     Okla.; Ian in Independence,              Even though the attraction taw pottery demonstrations                according to Ian, learning it        Choctaw people and Choc-
give the audience an in-depth     Mo. Though the distance may was clear, they didn’t ex- during the four-day Choctaw                            from scratch is somewhat dif-        taw society really are, to have
look at how their Choctaw an-     seem far, it was their employ- change contact information Days festival.                                      ficult. “When I was learning         people get away from the ste-
cestors might have carried out    ment at the Choctaw Nation with each other and after the                      Pottery is a craft Ian has      Choctaw pottery, I had 300           reotypes, and for them to see
the ceremony.                     that would bring them to- festival ended, they both went been working to perfect since                        hours of work and a huge pile        that we really are unique,” he
   Where the re-enactment         gether.                               their separate ways.                 he was a small boy. His uncle      of broken pottery because            stated.




It’s a birthday bash!
Choctaws of District 11 host joint birthday celebration
for Chief Greg Pyle and Councilman Bob Pate
                                                                                                                               Presley Byington plays the flute.




                                                                                                                                                                           Choctaw Nation Jr. Princess Nikki
                                                                                                                                                                          Amos sings in Choctaw at the birth-
                                                                                                                                                                          day bash.




  The birthday guests of honor –
Chief Greg Pyle and District 11
Councilman Bob Pate. Chief Pyle’s
birthday was on April 25 and Coun-           The Idabel Seniors were invited to lead the Choctaw dancing at the party and they had a great time.                         Bob Pate is happy about his birth-
cilman Pate’s was on April 22.                                                                                                                                          day present.
                                             Photos by BRET MOSS Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma




 Jeffery Sam plays the guitar at the birthday             Chief Pyle shows off a birthday gift.                     Chief Pyle, Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby, and guests enjoy a dance at the
bash.                                                                                                              party.
 May 2011, BISKINIK, Page 12


TUSHKA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Idabel
                                                                             dents where it can,
                                                                             it found it could also
                                                                             make a large impact
                                                                    by helping the aid organiza-
Tribe aids victims
of April 14 tornado
                                                                    tions that were there to help
                                                                    as well. It fulfilled requests
                                                                    from the Red Cross, churches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Appreciation
                                                                    and other organizations on the
Continued from Page 1

in the penny drive are Krebs,
                                                                    ground by providing $3,000
                                                                    in large tarps and eight gener-
                                                                    ators to meet medical needs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Dinner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photos by BRET MOSS Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Hartshorne, Pittsburg, Sa-                                          The tribe delivered eight pal-
vanna, Kiowa, Lakewood,                                             lets of water immediately fol-
Indianola, Crowder, and Ca-                                         lowing the storm and another                                                                                          Choctaw Nation: BRET MOSS
nadian. The penny drive ran                                         10 pallets were delivered the
through May 4.                                                      following week, along with                            Durant Casino Resort employee Shawn Lyday, right,
   The Choctaw Nation also                                          diapers, baby wipes, tooth-                          delivers hot meals to two Tushka residents affected by the
offered immediate assistance                                        brushes, toothpaste and vari-                        April 14 tornado.
to the entire community fol-                                        ous other hygiene items. It
lowing the tornado at the                                           also made a donation to the                          happy to provide to everyone                           say these donations will make
Incident Command Center,                                            Voca Baptist Church for                              affected by the storm – Indian                         the biggest impact, which is
located first at the Tushka                                         enough lunch sacks, sand-                            or non-Indian,” said Chief                             where the Choctaw Nation
Fire Department, then at the                                        wich bags, and chips to make                         Gregory E. Pyle, referring                             will turn its focus. Along with
Tushka Baptist Church. A                                            4,000 sack meals. The church                         to the community assistance                            contributing to the student’s
few of the services offered                                         gave out approximately 800                           the Choctaw Nation offered                             penny drive, the Choctaw Na-
there were free meals, free                                         sack lunches per day.                                the victims of the storm di-                           tion has set up tornado relief
water, assistance with clear-                                          The community center in                           saster. The debris removal,                            fund for those who would like
ing drives and roadways, as                                         Atoka was also turned into                           free meals, ice, tarps, and                            to help out. Donations can be                                      Penny Jones, left, and Gena Fowler dis-
well as support with other                                          a temporary shelter over the                         immediate aid provided with                            made by calling Mandy Law-                                       play their excitement at the Idabel appre-
vital needs of the community.                                       weekend after the tornado,                           boarding up windows and                                son at 580-271-1758, or in                                       ciation dinner.
   With 2,700 people left                                           providing a place to stay for                        doorways blown out by the                              person at the tribal complex
without electricity in the days                                     many displaced families.                             tornado are only part of the                           at 529 N. 16th in Durant.
following the storm and no                                          The tribe also held a clothing                       help mentioned by the Chief                               In addition to the aid being
way to cook a hot meal, the                                         drive to help those who lost                         that the Choctaw staff was                             provided locally, the White
Choctaw Nation took to feed-                                        everything in the storm. The                         able to provide.                                       House approved Gov. Mary
ing families and volunteers in                                      clothing drive was a huge suc-                          At the current time, the tribe                      Fallin’s request for federal di-
Tushka. Choctaw Nation em-                                          cess, meeting the immediate                          is moving out of the response                          saster assistance related to the
ployees grilled hamburgers                                          needs of those impacted by                           phase in Tushka and moving                             tornado, meaning individuals
and hot dogs, even delivering                                       the storm. The tribal clinic in                      into the recovery phase. Em-                           and business owners impact-
the warm meals to families,                                         Atoka stayed open late in the                        ployees continue to volunteer                          ed by the tornado may now
when needed. In the first 24                                        week following the storm to                          so that the clean-up process                           qualify for assistance with
hours alone, the Choctaw Na-                                        assist tribal members. Choc-                         will persist. Though the resi-                         repairs or temporary housing.
tion served more than 1,000                                         taw Nation Health Services                           dents are now able to apply                            Victims of the storm can re-
meals. Volunteers were giv-                                         also provided services to the                        for assistance through FEMA,                           quest assistance from FEMA
ing out approximately 1,200                                         entire community by setting                          their entire losses may not be                         by calling 1-800-621-FEMA
hamburgers and hotdogs each                                         up a mobile command unit.                            covered in some cases, mak-                            or 1-800-426-7585 for hear-                            County Sheriff Johnny Tadlock, center, John Martin,
day the week after the storm.                                          “The minor things the tribe                       ing monetary donations vital                           ing impaired, or by register-                        Idabel Police Capitan and Chief Pyle pose for a picture
   While the Choctaw Nation                                         could help with like bottled                         to help fill the void. For those                       ing online at www.Disaster-                          after dinner.
is providing support to resi-                                       water and food – we were                             wanting to help out, officials                         Assistance.gov.




                                                Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
                                                recycling center locations
 District	
  	
   	
                      County	
  	
   	
           Name	
  of	
  facility	
  	
   	
   	
                Address	
  	
          	
          	
                    Hours	
  of	
  Operation	
  	
  
 District	
  9	
  	
                      Bryan	
  	
   	
            Choctaw	
  Recycling	
  Center	
  	
                  3108	
  Enterprise	
  Blvd.,	
  Durant	
  	
             manned	
  8:00-­‐4:30	
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  off	
  unmanned	
  24	
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Harvey Allen and Dorothy Cunningham
 Roll	
  Off	
  Bins:	
  	
  	
  	
  	
                                                                                                                                                                                                         are pleased to attend along with many other
 District	
  1	
  	
                      McCurtain	
  	
             Idabel	
  Field	
  Office	
  	
          	
           2408	
  E.	
  Lincoln	
  Road,	
  Idabel	
               	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr	
  	
                             proud Choctaws.
 District	
  2	
  	
                      McCurtain	
  	
             Idabel	
  Shopping	
  Center	
  	
   	
               1421	
  E.	
  Washington	
  Idabel	
  	
                 	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  2	
  	
                      McCurtain	
  	
             Broken	
  Bow	
  Field	
  Office	
  	
   	
           210	
  Choctaw	
  Road	
  Broken	
  Bow	
                	
  unmanned	
  24hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  3	
  	
                      Le	
  Flore	
  	
  	
       Choctaw	
  Hospital	
  	
                	
           One	
  Choctaw	
  Way	
  Talihina	
  	
                  	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  4	
  	
                      Le	
  Flore	
  	
  	
       Poteau	
  Health	
  Clinic	
  	
         	
           109	
  Kerr	
  Ave.	
  Poteau	
  	
         	
           	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  5	
  	
                      Haskell	
  	
   	
          Stigler	
  Field	
  Office	
  	
         	
           120	
  N.	
  Broadway	
  Stigler	
   	
  	
              	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  6	
  	
                      Latimer	
  	
  	
           Wilburton	
  Field	
  Office	
  	
   	
               515	
  Center	
  Point	
  Road	
  Wilburton	
            	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  7	
  	
                      Pushmataha	
  	
            Antlers	
  Field	
  Office	
  	
         	
           4001/2	
  SW	
  St.	
  Antlers	
            	
           	
  unmanned	
  24hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  7	
  	
                      Tuskahoma	
  	
             Choctaw	
  Capital	
  Grounds	
  	
   	
              Tuskahoma	
                     	
          	
           	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  8	
  	
                      Choctaw	
  	
               Choctaw	
  Tribal	
  Services	
  	
   	
              304	
  Chahta	
  Circle	
  Hugo	
   	
                   	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  8	
  	
                      Choctaw	
  	
               Choctaw	
  Gaming	
  Center-­‐Grant	
  	
             Rt.	
  1,	
  Box	
  17-­‐1	
  Grant	
  	
   	
           	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  10	
  	
                     Atoka	
  	
   	
            Choctaw	
  Gaming	
  Center	
  	
   	
                895	
  Hwy	
  69/75	
  N	
  Stringtown	
  	
             	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  10	
  	
                     Atoka	
  	
   	
            Atoka	
  Field	
  Office	
  	
           	
           1410	
  S.	
  Gin	
  Road,	
  Atoka	
  	
   	
           	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  11	
  	
                     Pittsburg	
  	
             McAlester	
  Field	
  Office	
  	
   	
               1632	
  George	
  Nigh	
  Expway	
  	
                   	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  12	
  	
                     Hughes	
  	
   	
           Crowder	
  Field	
  Office	
  	
         	
           707	
  Bond	
  St.	
  Crowder	
  	
   	
                 	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
  
 	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
 Trailers:	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
 District	
  4/5	
  	
                    LeFlore	
  	
   	
          Spiro	
  field	
  Office	
  	
  	
          	
        19400	
  AES	
  Road	
  Spiro	
         	
               	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  7	
  	
                      McCurtain	
  	
             Wright	
  City	
  Field	
  Office	
  	
     	
        HC	
  74	
  Box	
  1760	
  Wright	
  City	
  	
          	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
  
 District	
  9	
  	
                      Bryan	
  	
   	
            Travel	
  Plaza	
  East	
  	
  	
           	
        4015	
  Choctaw	
  Road	
  Durant	
  	
                  	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
          	
      Whitney Griffith is excited to share a moment with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        	
       	
  
 	
                   	
                  	
               	
         	
           	
                 	
          	
        	
            	
            	
          	
               	
  	
  (cardboard	
  only)	
  	
               Chief Pyle and Assistant Chief Batton.


 	
  
 District	
  9	
  	
                      Bryan	
  	
   	
            Food	
  Distribution	
  	
                  	
        100	
  Waldron	
  Dr.	
  Durant	
  	
   	
               	
  unmanned	
  24	
  hr.	
  	
          	
         	
           	
  
 	
                   	
                  	
               	
         	
           	
                 	
          	
        	
            	
            	
          	
               	
  	
  (cardboard	
  only)	
  	
  



                                                                                                                                                                                Chilocco reunion to be held at Choctaw Casino Resort
                                                                                                                                                                                   The Choctaw Nation will serve as host for the 117th annual reunion of the Chilocco Indian
                                                                                                                                                                                School National Alumni Association at the Choctaw Casino Resort, June 9-11. Planning with
                                                                                                                                                                                the resort marketing staff is completed and everyone is looking forward to this eventful week-
                                                                                                                                                                                end. Chilocco closed as an off-reservation boarding school in 1980 after 96 years of operation.
                                                                                                                                                                                During this tenure 5,542 Indian high school students from 124 different tribes received a high
                                                                                                                                                                                school diploma. Of this number, 609 were members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
                                                                                                                                                                                   The surviving members of the alumni have continued the tradition of an annual reunion and
                                                                                                                                                                                continue to draw from 200-275 attendees each year. The reunion has traditionally been in a met-
                                                                                                                                                                                ropolitan setting. Now the reunion coming to Durant will enjoy a country and tribal atmosphere.
                                                                                                                                                                                According to Jim Baker, this reunion will not continue much longer as the youngest alumni is
                                                                                                                                                                                now 49 years old.
                                                                    T-shirt Order Form                                                                                             The reunion begins Thursday, June 9, with a reception for members arriving early. On Friday,
                                                                                                                                                                                a golf scramble will be held at the Silverado Golf Club. Any Indian senior age 55 plus is wel-
                                        2011 T-shirts are white. Sizes available are:
                                                                                                                                                                                come to participate and may call Charley Johnson at 918-607-5022. A pow wow will be the fea-
                                          Children – (2-4), (6-8), (10-12) and (14-16)                                                                                          ture event on Friday, with the Gourd dance and specials in the afternoon and the intertribal dance
                                     Adults – Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X, and 3X                                                                                         and adult dance contests in the evening session, all to be held at the Choctaw Event Center. This
                                                                                                                                                                                pow wow is free admission and everyone is welcome to participate. The Choctaw Tribal Color
                            Item                                       Size                               Quantity                        Total Price                           Guard has been invited to lead the Grand Entry at 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                   The primary activity of the reunion is the annual Business Meeting and the Banquet, both held
        T-shirt – $10 ea.                                       __________                            __________                         __________                             on Saturday. The day closes with the dance immediately after the banquet.
                                                                                                                                                                                   This year there will be no Chilocco Hall of Fame induction ceremony as no nominations were
                                                                __________                            __________                         __________                             submitted. A memorabilia room will be set up with Chilocco puctures, yearbooks and various
                                                                __________                            __________                         __________                             items donated by former staff and students for display. This will be in the Yannish Room of the
                                                                                                                                                                                Choctaw Inn. The reunion will close on Sunday with a worship service.
                                                                __________                            __________                         __________
        Cap – $10 ea.                                                                                 __________                         __________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Choctaw Moccasin Class
        Name ______________________________________________________                                                                                                                                                       – Oklahoma City –
                                                                                                                                                                                              May 21st at 5 p.m. at the OK Choctaw Tribal Alliance, 5230 S. Youngs. Blvd.
        Address ____________________________________________________                                                                                                                                                      Enrollment Limited
        City/State/Zip _______________________________________________
        Phone Number ______________________________________________                                                                                                                                            Choctaw Traditional Pottery Class
        E-Mail _____________________________________________________                                                                                                                                                              – Durant –
         Price includes postage and handling. Limited supply of Children and 3X sizes.                                                                                                                              May 16th, June 6th, June 20th – 5-9 p.m.
         To order, send payment (NO PERSONAL CHECKS) with completed form to:                                                                                                                           Pottery Studio behind Cultural Events Building, 4451 Choctaw Rd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    – Antlers –
                                                     Trail of Tears Walk T-shirt                                                                                                                                     May 19th, June 9th, June 30th – 6-9:30 p.m.
                                               P.O. Box 1210, Durant, OK 74702-1210                                                                                                                         Antlers Library and Community Building, 104 S.E. 2nd Street
                                                                                                                                                                                May 2011, BISKINIK, Page 13



Dills earns astounding Gates scholarship
By CHRISSY DILL                       great financial award. “We                                           Stephanie       Hodge-Gardner.       Success 101, Faith Seeking          ing golf and swimming.
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma            had to wait three weeks after                                        “With a resumé of community          Understanding and study of             However, of all her hobbies
                                      we found out I was a finalist.                                       service and leadership activi-       the New Testament.                  she enjoys bettering the com-
   On April 15, Durant High           It was about 1,000 pounds of                                         ties like Mackenzie’s, writ-            “I love the Christian side       munity around her the most.
School senior Mackenzie Dills         relief when we got it!”                                              ing a recommendation was             to OBU,” said Dills, “and           “Helping the community and
received a much-anticipated              Dills, a Choctaw member,                                          an easy task,” said Stephanie.       learning with the Bible as an       participating in my student
letter in the mail, and what          explained the criteria the GMS                                       “But her resumé is more than         influence.” On a visit to the       organizations are my hobbies,
she read gave her assurance           Program searches for in its                                          a list of good deeds, it’s a clear   university, Dills witnessed         that’s just what I’ve always
that her years of dedication to       inductees. “They only help                                           reflection of her dedication to      scripture as being a start to the   done.”
advance her education did not         minorities,” she said. “They                                         serving others.”                     OBU student’s day. “Educa-             Without the accomplish-
come without a reward.                pay anything that the school                                            Dills was also recommend-         tion is important to me, but my     ment of earning the Gates
   Dills has been selected as         doesn’t, all the way up to grad-                                     ed for the scholarship by her        Christian faith is more impor-      scholarship, gaining her de-
one of the 1,000 Gates Millen-        uate school.”                                                        YAB sponsor Leslie Raines,           tant,” she stated.                  sired education would be sig-
nium Scholars. This scholar-             The application process                                           who had to complete about               “I’ll probably major in edu-     nificantly more difficult for
ship provides her with funding        for the Gates Millennium                                             six essay questions addressing       cation or psychology,” said         Dills. “It would have been
for her education through the         Scholarship proved to be de-         MACKENZIE DILLS                 Dills’ participation and com-        Dills. She continued by say-        a lot harder and I probably
master’s and doctoral levels          manding for Dills, consisting                                        munity involvement, accord-          ing the two will blend together     wouldn’t be able to get my
and allows her to attend any          of about 15 essay questions        (YAB) and Family, Career          ing to Dills.                        well with what she wants to do      master’s,” she said. “Now I
U.S. accredited college or uni-       examining her strengths and        and Community Leaders of             Dills plans to attend Okla-       in her future.                      won’t have to worry about
versity of her choice.                weaknesses, involvement and        America (FCCLA) as well as        homa Baptist University in              “I’ve always wanted to           working to support my school-
   This scholarship Dills has         what has made her stronger         Students Working Against To-      the fall, where she will focus       teach,” she said, “but I love       ing.”
earned is especially notable          throughout the years of her        bacco (SWAT) and 2 Much 2         on her studies and participate       psychology and child devel-            Dills would like to thank her
in context of the more than           schooling. “They look at com-      Lose (2M2L), a student orga-      in a learning committee. “I          opment.”                            family for their support and
23,000 students who applied,          munity service, leadership and     nization that promotes under-     look forward to the new atmo-           Dills plans to work with         for being there for her through
making this year the largest          academic achievement – those       age drinking prevention and       sphere and meeting new peo-          child development and funda-        her educational career and this
and most competitive group            are the three main things they     where Dills served on the state   ple,” she said. “I’m ready for       mentals in her future. “I love      scholarship process. She is
of candidates in the program’s        look at,” Dills explained.         youth council.                    the change and a new spot.”          kids,” she said. “Being with        also grateful for Stephanie and
history, according to Dills’ ac-         “They kind of wanted to            During high school, Dills         In this learning committee        a child and inspiring them to       Leslie for their prompt and
ceptance letter.                      know your life story and how       was also busy getting a jump-     meant for incoming freshmen          try different things has been a     praising recommendations.
   “This is wonderful news,           being Native American has af-      start with college courses be-    at OBU, she will spend time          passion of mine for years.”            “Mackenzie is an outstand-
Mackenzie and her family              fected your life,” she contin-     ing a concurrent student at       with several other first-time           Dills also stated that she       ing student with a heart for
should be very proud,” com-           ued.                               Southeastern Oklahoma State       college students. “We will           may continue her education          fellow Choctaw people and
mented Chief Gregory E.                  Dills has had experience        University.                       meet and discuss do cam-             with a Master’s of Education        I know this opportunity will
Pyle. “This could only happen         with many organizations dur-          Currently, Dills is employed   pus events together,” she ex-        or gain a doctoral to become a      allow her to reach her high-
after years of study and hard         ing her time at Durant High        with the Choctaw Nation           plained.                             teacher.                            est potential,” commented
work,” he added.                      and has contributed a positive     Scholarship Advisement Pro-          Dills will also share class          In her spare time, Dills likes   Stephanie. “This program will
   “I put all that hard work          influence in her community.        gram, working closely with        time with these new students,        to experiment with photog-          change her life, and I am eager
into it,” said Dills, describ-        She is a member of the Choc-       her Gates scholarship nomina-     all being enrolled in OBU’s          raphy and practice her scrap-       to see all that she accomplish-
ing her surprise to receive this      taw Youth Advisory Board           tor and fellow SAP employee       required courses Philosophy,         booking. She also enjoys play-      es because of it.”




King contributes Choctaw artwork
By CHRISSY DILL                        closer to Choc-                              ing on a graph-        Days, being put on many T-
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma            taw tradition.                                ite and colored        shirts and posters.
                                         Paul creates                               pencil      piece,        “Whatever piece I’m work-
   “I’m thankful to the Choc-         his artwork using                             describing     his     ing on at the moment is my
taw Nation for bringing us            a variety of tech-                            process with the       favorite,” said Paul, but his
all together with pottery, arts       niques, includ-                               first step taking      work, “Buffalo Tribute,” is
and basket weaving,” said             ing pen and ink,                              a photo through        particularly special to him,
Paul King, chosen to display          acrylic on can-                               the fence at the       having earned him a Choctaw
his work at Choctaw Days at           vas, ink wash on                              Choctaw       vil-     Heritage Award in 2009.
the National Museum of the            illustration board                            lage in Tushka            Paul has held several posi-
American Indian in Washing-           and even acrylic                              Homma. He then         tions throughout his life that          King’s work, “Skilled,” has been chosen as an identity
ton, D.C., this summer with           on leather base-            PAUL KING         will use colored       require his creativity as an          piece for Choctaw Days at the National Museum of the
many other talented Choctaw           ball. “I like it                              pencils to draw        artist. In 1974 to 1975, he           American Indian this summer.
artists.                              all,” commented                               the background         was employed by the Okla-
   “I’ve been creating my             Paul, “but my favorite right through the fence and graph-            homa Publishing Company              that many of his former stu-        is a good resource,” he said.
art for a while,” said Paul,          now is my work with pencils, ite pencils for the foreground,         in Oklahoma City as an il-           dents continue to work in the          He was also surrounded
though is wasn’t until 2004           colored and graphite.”            “symbolizing the old and           lustrator, editorial and ad-         graphic design industry. Be-        by artistic influences when
that he began creating Choc-             If you were to examine new,” he explained.                        vertising artist. This position      cause of his dedication as an       he was growing up, his sis-
taw artwork. He entered his           his portfolio of artwork, you       Paul also enjoys combin-         included illustrations for The       educator, Paul received a na-       ter participating in dance and
first Choctaw piece entitled          would see many impressive ing type and illustration in               Daily Oklahoman, and Paul            tional award as Advisor of the      drawing and his brother a
“Champions” in the Choctaw            works by Paul, created by us- his work, he described. “I             designed and created client-         Year in 1998 and Tulsa Tech         singer. “I’ve always appreci-
Nation Art Show, for which            ing many different methods. always try to put a Choctaw              based advertising in addi-           Teacher of the Year in 1996.        ated the encouragement I’ve
he received third place.              “There’s not much medium word into my pieces,” he                    tion to color separations of            Today, Paul is employed          received from my family,”
   Some of Paul’s awards re-          I don’t like,” he said. “I re- added, which can be seen in           a full-color comics page, at         as a Career Advisor at Tulsa        said Paul.
ceived at the Choctaw Na-             ally like acrylic but it requires his work, “Skilled,” which         that time the only one in the        Technology Center, his re-             Paul gives credit to his
tion Art Shows include: first         more time than pencils.”          has been chosen as a branding      nation.                              sponsibilities including high       parents as well for their help
place with “Skilled” in 2005,            According to Paul, work- or identity piece for Choctaw               Not only does Paul create         school recruitment, events          throughout his life in pursuit
second place with “Genera-            ing with pencils and graphite                                        his works of art to retain some      and tours. He also trains a         of becoming a successful art-
tions” in 2006 and first place        is less difficult because he                                         of his heritage and out of pure      team of recruiters to make          ist. “They always encouraged
with “CHAHTA” in 2008. “I             is able to set down his tools                                        enjoyment, he has contributed        presentations on behalf of          me to do what I wanted to
always strive to do better with       and come back to work on his                                         his skills as a teacher as well.     Tulsa Tech to schools, busi-        do,” he said.
my work,” he stated.                  piece at a later time, unlike                                        “I’m an educator by choice,”         nesses, and he participates in         “To display my art at The
   Though Paul has earned             acrylic paints.                                                      he said. From 1975 to 2000 he        various events within Tulsa         Smithsonian’s National Mu-
many honors throughout his               Paul utilizes his photogra-                                       taught graphic design courses        County.                             seum of the American Indian
time as an artist, he does not        phy as a tool in his painting                                        at two institutions, Charles            Paul has gained much in-         is an honor,” said Paul. “I am
create his pieces for the glory.      and drawing process, photos                                          Page High School in Sand             spiration and encouragement         overwhelmed and thrilled
“I do it to reclaim some of my        being a “key part of his re-                                         Springs and Tulsa Tech.              from his family members. He         with the opportunity.” Paul
heritage,” he explained. Paul         search for his work,” he said.                                          Paul challenged his stu-          remembers watching his un-          plans to display over 12 of
wasn’t able to participate            “My ideas are all in my head,”                                       dents so they’d gain experi-         cle draw when he was young.         his pieces in Washington,
in many Choctaw activities            he described. “It goes through                                       ence and explore their cre-          “I was fascinated by it,” he        D.C. “As an artist, you gain
when he was young, so com-            transformations before I com-       “Buffalo Tribute” earned         ativity through a variety of         said. His sister is interested in   that feeling of accomplish-
pletion of his Choctaw-in-            plete it.”                        King a Choctaw Heritage Award      mediums and artistic tech-           Choctaw genealogy and gives         ment when your work is dis-
fluenced artwork brings him              Paul is currently work- in 2009.                                  niques. He is proud to say           him ideas for his pieces. “She      played,” he said happily.




French woman looking for family of Oklahoman killed in World War II
                                      By BRYAN DEAN                      a tribute to the men who gave        Meunier said she                     lies of American                 was like before he died.
                                      The Oklahoman                      their lives to liberate France.   wants to know more                      soldiers killed in                  Little information on Har-
                                      Reprinted with permission          As her annual ritual to honor     about the two men                       World War II.                    kins is available. His death
                                                                         Harkins approaches, Meunier       whose graves she                           The group’s pri-              was reported in the Aug. 20,
                                         Catherine Meunier visits        is trying to find any living      visits each year. All                   mary goal is to help             1944, edition of The Oklaho-
                                      the grave of Wilburn R. Har-       relatives who can tell her        she knows is was                        family members at-               man. He is listed as the son
                                      kins every Memorial Day.           about the man she has come        what was printed                        tend memorial ser-               of Silas G. Harkins, of Hugo.
                                      She is looking to find out         to regard as part of her fam-     on the white cross-                     vices in Europe for              He attended Soper School
                                      more about Harkins, who            ily.                              es that mark their                      loved ones killed in             and worked at the factory be-
                                      grew up in southeast Okla-                                           graves.     Harkins’ WILLIAM R. the war. But Stuard                      fore enlisting in 1940.
                                      homa before joining the U.S.       Honoring soldiers                 cross shows his          HARKINS        also works closely                  A newspaper clipping from
                                      Army before World War II.                                            rank, tech sergeant;                    with like-minded                 the Oklahoma Historical So-
                                         Wilburn R. Harkins was a          Meunier is part of an ef-       his unit, 23rd Infan-         French groups, including                   ciety’s archives includes a
                                      member of the Choctaw Na-          fort by a French group whose      try 2nd Division; his home Flowers of Memory.                            photo of Wilburn Harkins
                                      tion who was born in the tiny      name translates to “Flowers       state, Oklahoma; and his date    Stuard volunteered to help              and mentions that his wife,
                                      town of Swink and worked at        of Memory.”                       of death, July 26, 1944.      Meunier try to find out more               Edith, lived in Dallas.
WILBURN HARKINS: Cathrine             a peanut plant in Hugo before        “The history of those              “It would be nice to put a about Harkins and the other
Meunier is a French woman who
                                                                                                                                                                                       Wilburn Harkins is listed
                                      he enlisted in the U.S. Army.      soldiers, who all left their      face to these two soldiers, soldier whose grave she vis-                 on the Choctaw Nation of
has been putting flowers on the
grave of an American soldier ev-      He died in July 1944 during        country and families to fight     and to get to know what their its, George Kashula.                       Oklahoma’s website on a
ery Memorial Day for the past 18      the Allied invasion of Nor-        in a country that they did        lives were like before they      “George Kashula has no                  page honoring Choctaw war-
years. Meunier is looking for more    mandy and is buried along          not know, for our freedom,        were lost. I find myself ask- living family,” Stuard said.               riors who died in World War
information about the soldier, Tech   with 10,000 others at the          should not be forgotten,”         ing ‘Who was this man and “Lets hope that Harkins                        II.
Sgt. Wilburn R. Harkins, who          Normandy American Cem-             Meunier said through an in-       what did he look like?’” she does.”
is from Oklahoma. Harkins was                                                                                                                                                          Meunier said she would
killed July 26, 1944, and is buried
                                      etery at Colleville-sur-Mer,       terpreter. “I knew of Flow-       said.                                                                    love to know more about the
at the Normandy American Ceme-        France.                            ers of Memory and that their         Robert Stuard is trying to
                                                                                                           help. Stuard is president of
                                                                                                                                                A few words                         man behind the name on the
tery at Colleville-sur-Mer, France.      Meunier places flowers on       purpose was to honor these                                                                                 cross where she places flow-
Meunier would like to see a photo     Harkins’ grave, along with         soldiers by putting flowers on    the Lacey-Davis Foundation,      Meunier isn’t asking for                ers each year.
of Harkins and learn a little about   that of another American sol-      their graves each year. It was    an American organization much. Just a photo and a few                      Contributing: Linda Lynn, The
what he was like before he died.                                                                           that works with the fami- words explaining what he
                                      dier, every Memorial Day as        a gesture of thanks.”                                                                                      Oklahoman News Research Editor
ORG XMIT: KOD
May 2011, BISKINIK, Page 14

                                                                            OBITUARIES
                Nancy Huddleston                                                         Jim O’Kelley                                                    Imogene Welch
   Nancy LouAnn Huddleston,                                           Jim H. O’Kelley, 70, of Hartshorne                                 Imogene Welch, 90, of the Reichert community passed from
58, of Talihina passed away on                                     passed away on Feb. 23, 2011, at his                               this life to her eternal Heavenly home on March 20, 2011, sur-
Feb. 7, 2001, in Talihina.                                         home.                                                              rounded by many family members. She was born June 28,
   Nancy was born Aug. 2, 1952,                                       Born Aug. 18, 1940, in Hartshorne,                              1920, in Monroe to Robert and Belle (White) Owens. She
in Edmond to Dennis and Billie                                     he was the son of James Henry and                                  married Claud Welch on Oct. 7, 1938. She was a member of
Huddleston. She attended Poteau                                    Dorothy (Reed) O’Kelley. He grew                                   Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church. She spent her life as a house-
Public Schools and worked for                                      up in Hartshorne and graduated from                                wife and mother to their four daughters. She enjoyed teaching
the Choctaw Nation Health Care                                     Hartshorne High School.                                            her children and grandchildren the hobbies she enjoyed which
Center for the past 17 years in the                                   He married Roena Barnes on Nov.                                 consisted of ceramics on Monday at Tookies’ and quilting on
Dietary Department.                                                25, 1960, in Poteau. They lived in                                 Thursdays at the “center.” Cooking and sewing were some of
   She loved “spoiling” her only granddaughter, Kylee to whom      Dallas for a short time where he was                               her favorites. She was a charter member of the Reichert quilt-
she was known as “Nana.” Nancy never met a stranger and was        a construction supervisor until they returned to Hartshorne in     ing club. She enjoyed traveling with the Choctaw Seniors of
a friend to everyone. She was one who would help in any way        1964.                                                              District 4 in Poteau and was proud of her Choctaw heritage.
if need be. She was an avid OU Sooner fan and was Neal Mc-            He was a police officer for the McAlester Police Department,    She was named outstanding Choctaw elder in October 2007.
Coy’s biggest fan. She enjoyed spending time with her family       and then served as chief of police for the City of Hartshorne.        She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Claud
and friends. Nancy will be truly missed.                           He had been working as a security guard for the Choctaw Na-        Welch; one grandson, John Alan Ward; one great-granddaugh-
   She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ben and          tion at Jones Academy for the past 19 years.                       ter, Tayia O’Neal; son-in-law, Johnny Ward; and siblings, Hes-
Gladys Huddleston and Jock and Minnie Standefer; and her              He was also a well-respected horse trainer, helping not only    ter Cogburn and R.L., Johnny, Paul, and Ben Owens.
father, Dennis Huddleston.                                         his kids, but others training their horses and teaching them how      She is survived by four daughters, Shirley and Bill Ward of
   She is survived by her mother, Billie Huddleston; daughter      to ride specific rodeo events. He thoroughly enjoyed going to      Leflore, Edith Ward of Leflore, Claudette Hamner of Reichert,
Staci and Travis Anderson; granddaughter Kylee Anderson;           rodeos. He was of the Baptist faith.                               and Brenda and Jackie Sweeten of Cameron; nine grandchil-
sister Freita Shockley; nephews, David and Sancie Bandy and           He was preceded in death by his parents; two nieces, Melin-     dren, Teresa and Dave Gadlage of Louisville, Ky., Kelly and
Rodney and Lisa Bandy; niece Tammie and Cameron Swearin-           da O’Kelley and Stacey O’Kelley; and a nephew, John Adams.         Tim Thornburg of Wister, Shelley and Chris Kelley of Jones-
gen; great nephews Arvil and Lane; great nieces Cristin, April        Survivors include his wife, Roena O’Kelley; one daugh-          boro, Ark., Susan and James Cantwell of Poteau, Keith and
and Sheleigh; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of        ter, Rejeani Wilson with husband Gary; two sons, Buddy             Deanne O’Neal of Summerfield, Anthony Ward of Kyle, Tex-
friends.                                                           O’Kelley with wife Janell, and Michael O’Kelley with wife          as, Shelia Hollan of Panama, Kendall and Vanessa O’Neal of
                                                                   Lana; grandchildren, Amber Armstrong and Robert, Lindsey           Hartford, Ark., and Larindi Sweeten of Cameron; and 19 great-
                                                                   O’Kelley, Eric O’Kelley, Lori Lorene Martin and Ty, Scarlett       grandchildren. She was a fifth generation grandmother to 12
                  Juanita Jefferson                                Wilson, Hunter Wilson, Dusty Willson and Sarah, Austin Will-       great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister,
                                                                   son and Sammie, Michael O’Kelley and John O’Kelley; one            Wanda Dell of Spiro; and one brother, H.B. Hayes of Spiro;
   Juanita June Jefferson, 84, of Ta-                              great-granddaughter, Eelyn Bell Martin; four great-grandsons,      stepsister Anna Bell Osburn of Bluejacket; and stepbrother
lihina, passed away on March 30,                                   Hunter and Gage Eastteam and Cameron and Logen Willson;            Boyd Hayes of Pocola; several nieces, nephews, and other be-
2011, at her residence. Mrs. Jeffer-                               seven siblings, Frances Mordecai, Ann Rich, Mary Lou Clunn,        loved relatives.
son was born in Whitefield on June                                 Patricia Smith, June O’Kelley, Bobby O’Kelley and Tommy
21, 1926, the daughter of the late
Davis Benton and Annie (Jackson)
                                                                   O’Kelley; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Louise Brown and                            Wanda Dell
                                                                   Jeanie and Ed Wright; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Folsom. She lived in Whitefield from                                                                                                    Wanda Stewart Dell, 78, of Spi-
1926 to 1940 when she moved to                                                                                                        ro, passed away March 28, 2011, in
Tuskahoma where she lived for four                                                                                                    Spiro. She was born Feb. 6, 1933, in
years. She then moved to Talihina.                                                       Velma Toole                                  Summerfield to Dommis Goforth and
She completed elementary school in Whitefield, high school                                                                            Nancy Bell (White) Hayes.
                                                                     Velma Toole, 90, passed away at her home in McAlester on
in Tuskahoma and Draughan’s School of Business. She then                                                                                She was a member of the Choctaw
                                                                   March 4, 2011. She was born on Jan. 16, 1921 in Savanna, to
entered the workforce in a competitive culture. She learned to                                                                        Senior Citizens and the First Assem-
                                                                   Samuel William and Priscilla (Pitchlyn) Lowry.
speak English in school and taught her non-English speaking                                                                           bly of God Faith. She enjoyed church
                                                                     She graduated from East Central University in Ada with a
family and lived comfortably in both worlds.                                                                                          and blue grass gospel singing, and
                                                                   bachelor’s degree and worked as a social worker for Oklahoma
   She married a full blood Choctaw, Norman Jefferson, and                                                                            she loved to travel. God and family
                                                                   Department of Human Services. She was a member of the First
they had two daughters, Linda Kay and Nancy Ann. Juanita                                                                              were her number one priorities. Her
                                                                   United Methodist Church.
worked for Indian Health Services for 30 years from regis-                                                                            mission on Earth was to invite everyone to church, attending
                                                                     She was preceded in death by her parents and 12 siblings.
tration clerk to hospital administrator. She then moved to the                                                                        church, and like she so often did, “take someone to church with
                                                                     She is survived by her children, Jack Toole, Van Toole, Joe
Choctaw Nation Judicial Branch where she served as a judge                                                                            you.”
                                                                   Toole, Sue Walker with husband Kenneth, Sonja Rodgers,
for 22 and a half years. She served as president of Choctaw                                                                             She is preceded in death by her parents; two husbands,
                                                                   Sammie Johnson, all of McAlester, and John Toole with wife
Nation Health Service Authority for 14 years.                                                                                         William Stewart and Pete Dell, one son, Phillip Stewart; one
                                                                   Kathy of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Misty Lalli, Jeremy
   After retirement she was a storyteller for the Choctaw Tribe                                                                       grandson, John Rogers; two sisters, Imogene Welch and Hester
                                                                   Rogers, Kenneth Walker Jr., Robb Walker, Joedie Walker, Can-
at churches, schools and elder centers. She also volunteered                                                                          Cogburn; four brothers, Johnny, Ben, Paul, and R.L. Owens.
                                                                   dice Toole, Damien Toole, Marketta Johnson, Mandy Johnson,
with the Talihina Public Library, Talihina Elementary School                                                                            She is survived by three daughters, Wythina Lovell with
                                                                   Samantha Toole, Tara Toole, Britt Toole, along with numerous
and District 3 Choctaw Community Center and was a teacher                                                                             husband Steve of Spiro, Marsha Sharp with husband Freddie
                                                                   great-grandchildren and other family members and friends.
of conversational Choctaw Language. She was past presi-                                                                               of Muldrow and Starla Sober with husband Bryant of Spiro;
dent of Talihina Business and Professional Women. Juanita                                                                             daughter-in-law Sharon Stewart of Spiro; six grandchildren,
authored a book, “Chatah, Remembering Our Roots” on the                                                                               Brent Lovell, Brad Lovell, Jeff Clark with wife Dana, Michelle
making of ceremonial dresses and shirts. She had accepted
                                                                                     Shirley Reinhardt                                Graham, Ashley Jackson with husband Justin, and Frank Stew-
Christ as her savior and was a longtime member of St. Paul’s         Shirley Gene Choate Reinhardt                                    art; three great-grandchildren, Caroline Clark, Kyle Jackson
UMC-OIMC which was founded by the General Commis-                  passed away on Feb 1, 2010. She was                                and Cole Jackson; brother HB Hayes of Spiro; stepsister Anna
sion on Race and Religion where she served as a director and       born on Feb. 13, 1937, in McAlester.                               Bell Osburn of Blue Jacket; and stepbrother JB Hayes of Po-
teacher, coordinated and directed singing Choctaw hymns and        At the age of three she moved to Red-                              cola.
held various offices.                                              lands, Calif.
   She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Jefferson of the home;       She spent her first year of high                                                Osa Charles Judy Jr.
grandchildren Lilly Geesling and children Jacob and Cassan-        school in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her last                                 Osa Charles Judy Jr., 86, of
dra, Amy with husband Santiago Portillo and son Justin, Jen-       three years she spent in San Diego,                                Wister,passed away on Nov. 26, 2010
nifer Bigpond and daughter Mariah Clarke, Norma Bigpond            where she graduated with honors                                    at his home.
and son Xander; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.          from Lowell High School in June of                                    He was born on April 11, 1924, in
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Davis B. and An-      1955.                                                              Wister to Osa Charles Judy and Ruth
nie M. Folsom; husband Norman; brother and sister-in-law             On Oct. 29, 1955, she married William Charles Reinhardt.         Anne (McDaniel) Judy. He was sim-
Cooper and Lucille Folsom; two sisters in infancy, Geneva          After the birth of her first child, Pamela Jean, they moved to     ply known as “O.C.” to his family and
and Flora; nephew Harry Folsom and daughter Linda Jeffer-          French Morocco in Africa where they lived for two years. They      friends. The Judy family was early
son Bigpond.                                                       moved back to Oakland, Calif., in 1958. They had two more          residents of Wister where they oper-
                                                                   daughters named Rebecca Kathleen and Brenda Lee.                   ated a farming and cattle operation
                                                                     She is survived by her husband, William; daughters, Pamela       as well as a general dry goods store and pharmacy for many
                                                                   Patton with husband Al of California, Rebecca Howell with          years. The pharmacy, known as Judy Drug became a landmark
                    Vivian Blalack                                 husband Shayne of Florida, and Brenda Riley with husband           in Wister and O.C. was involved in the business until it closed
                                                                   David of Georgia; grandchildren, Cathryn Riley, Kevin Riley,
  Vivian Louise Scroggins Blalack,                                                                                                    after the death of his parents.
                                                                   Bethany Howell, Nathan Howell and Kimberly Riley.
95, passed away on Dec. 28, 2010, in                                                                                                     O.C. was actively involved in support of the Choctaw Nation
Longview, Texas.                                                                                                                      and he was very proud of his Choctaw heritage. He is the great-
  She was the daughter of Freddie                                                                                                     grandson of the Rev. Willis Folsom, a famous Methodist circuit
Baxter Scroggins and Christopher                                                      Cassie Whitener                                 rider pastor in Choctaw history. He was also the first cousin of
Scroggins. Her father was an origi-                                                                                                   “Wahoo” McDaniel, a notable professional football player and
nal Choctaw enrollee in the Dawes                                    Cassie Renee Whitener, 41, passed                                wrestler who passed away earlier. His mother was an original
Choctaw Enrollment of 1896. She                                    away on Dec. 18, 2010, in Fort Worth.                              enrollee of the Dawes Commission Rolls as were his grandpar-
was born on July 3, 1915, on her                                   She was born on Oct. 21, 1969, in                                  ents, Mary Folsom McDaniel and Ed McDaniel who served
father’s 1903 Choctaw allotment,                                   Ardmore.                                                           several terms on the Choctaw Tribal Council.
consisting of 160 acres at the Cedar                                 She grew up in Ardmore and at-                                      O.C. was also preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Anne
Grove settlement near Francis.                                     tended Ardmore High School, where                                  Judy.
  In 1930, she joined her brothers, Ernest Lee Scroggins and       she graduated in 1987. She played                                     He is survived by Roy Lane and Adam Morris of the home,
Edgar Scroggins, as a student at the Chilocco Indian School.       the saxophone in the band and was                                  along with many cousins and relatives.
She was proud of her younger brother Ernest, who was vale-         involved with the gifted and talented
dictorian of the graduating class of 1930. Also in the Chilocco    program. Her senior year, she entered
1930 graduating class was her older brother, Edgar, who re-        the Air Force and was stationed in San Antonio for basic train-                       Shreta Williams
mained at Chilocco and became its plant/building superinten-       ing. She received an honorable discharge in October of 1997           Shreta Lorene Williams, 71, a Muskogee resident, passed
dant from 1932-1957.                                               after sustaining injuries to her ankles. She was very proud of     away on March 23, 2010, in Muskogee. She was born March
  At his passing in 1965, he was honored by numerous tribal        her service and was a patriotic woman.                             24, 1938, in Grady to Irid and Dorothy Riley Hanks.
councils for his service and dedication to the welfare of thou-      Cassie was a very beautiful, talented and kind person. She          Shreta grew up in Grady where she received her education,
sands of Indian students attending Chilocco over a 35-year         enjoyed singing and writing stories, especially Big Foot related   later moving to California with her family at the age of 16,
period.                                                            ones. She was a fabulous cook and had an admiration for na-        where they settled in Hemet. After school she became a wait-
  At Chilocco, Vivian formed a lifelong friendship with her        ture. She loved collecting butterflies and was touched when she    ress. She met, fell in love and later married Boyd Williams on
roommate, Vera Whitby, which friendship continued until            discovered the symbol for cervical cancer is the teal colored      Dec. 24, 1965, in Las Vegas. They moved to Arizona where she
Vera’s death in 2009.                                              butterfly. It became something of beauty to her as well as a       became a homemaker. After their retirement they moved to the
  While residing in Home Three, Vivian was a home mate             reminder to her of the battle she was in for her life.             Checotah area where they lived before moving to Muskogee.
with the two daughters of the famous Indian athlete Jim Thor-        She collected people too. She had friends everywhere. Cassie     She enjoyed spending time with her husband, fishing and danc-
pe. She would speak of the times Mr. Thorpe would come to          had a heart for misplaced kids; taking them under her wings and    ing and was known to always read a good book. She loved
visit his daughters and take all the girls in Home Three for ice   helping them get back on track. Cassie was active in church.       raising flowers, especially roses. Shreta attended the Baptist
cream, while the boy students would gather at a distance to        She was the assistant to the pastor and the church secretary.      Church. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
observe Mr. Thorpe.                                                  She was a Choctaw and very proud of her heritage. She was           She was preceded in death by her parents; a step-son, Frankie
  Vivian was also proud that several of her ancestors served       a descendant of William Durant, for whose family the city of       Williams; and one great-granddaughter, Layni Williams.
the Confederacy during the War Between the States by enlist-       Durant was named.                                                     She is survived by her husband, Boyd of the home; daughter
ing with the 1st Chickasaw-Choctaw Mounted Rifles, C.S.A.,           Cassie worked for Kort Water in Weatherford for 10 years         Shelia Hathaway with husband Donnie of Richardson; a son,
which was the last Confederate land unit to surrender to Union     then went to work for American Pipe and Steel in Weatherford.      Keith Williams with wife Jami of Austin; two stepchildren,
forces in July of 1865.                                            She worked there until her health no longer permitted.             Jacque Lawson with husband Wayne and Jerry Williams with
  Vivian’s strong ties to her Chickasaw-Choctaw heritage was         She was preceded in death by grandparents, Perry N. and          wife Sally, all of Muskogee; three grandchildren, Samantha
evidenced when her son, Joe Ray Blalack, was a candidate           Ovella Phillips Whitener, and Dock Monroe and Lojuana Hart-        Hathaway, Kellie Williams and Logan Williams; eight step-
in the 1975 Choctaw election in which David Gardner was            man Loving.                                                        grandchildren, Bryan Lawson, Mark Lawson, Mallori Wil-
elected principal chief.                                             She is survived by father David Jack Whitener of Pine Bluff,     liams, Shelbi Williams, Kati Williams, Maddi Williams, Jenni-
  In 1931, Vivian married Hoe C. Blalack of Wilburton, who         Ark.; mother Betty Lee Loving Owens of Gainesville, Texas;         fer Hamzy and Casey Hamzy; seven great-grandchildren; three
died in 1966.                                                      brothers, Lowel Keith Grimes, Tyson Whitener, David Vowell         brothers, Leo Hanks with wife Sharon, Roland Hanks with
  She is survived by her two children, Joe Ray Blalack and         and Brian Vowell; sisters, Sheri Vowell Saulter and Lacy Whit-     wife Sharon and Cletus Hanks with wife Gina; many nieces,
Janet Blalack Johnson, and four grandchildren.                     ener; special cousins, Carla Payne and Lojuana Slovack.            nephews, other extended family and a host of friends.
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                                                                            OBITUARIES
                     B. Dale James                                                     Shelva Moore                                                     Harold McAlvain
  B. Dale James, 82, of Shady Point,                                 Shelva Sue Moore, 73, passed away                                   Sgt. Maj. Ret. Harold ‘Mac’ McAl-
passed away on March 28, 2011, in                                  on March 12, 2011, in Hugo. She                                    vain passed away on March 1, 2011,
Shady Point. Dale was born Feb. 25,                                was born May 16, 1937, in Hugo, the                                in Nocona, Texas. Mac was born Dec.
1929, in Calhoun to Cornelius and                                  daughter of Fred and Mary (Locke)                                  15, 1932 in Oologah, to Sarah “Lou-
Ella M. (Priest) James. He worked in                               Parker. She was raised in the area and                             ise” Woodside and William “Polk”
the oil field. He was a veteran of the                             then moved to Ashdown, Ark., where                                 McAlvain.
U.S. Army.                                                         she lived about 25 years before mov-                                  Mac graduated from Oologah High
  Dale was preceded in death by his                                ing back to the Messer area in 1999.                               School in 1950 and then joined the
parents; grandson, Travis Reed; great                              Shelva was kind, generous, and loved                               service and served his country in both
grandson, Jordan Martin; and brother,                              by all who knew her. She was a won-                                the U.S. Air Force and then the U.S.
Hampton James.                                                     derful cook and enjoyed cooking for friends and family. Shel-      Army. He retired after 33 years of service at the rank of Ser-
  Survivors include his wife, Betty Ruth James of the home;        va’s proudest accomplishments were her six children in whom        geant Major. He was active in the VFW Bowie Post, the DAV,
daughters, Patricia with husband Neil Donathan of Shady            she instilled her strong work ethic and love of family. Shelva     and the American Legion Post 252 of Bowie, where he served
Point, Mona with husband Kirk Reed of Mountainburg, Ark.,          was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ as well as a         as commander. He was a faithful member of Jean’s Men’s Bi-
Ruth with husband Steve Burrows of Edmond; one son, Robert         proud member of the Choctaw Nation.                                ble Class in Nocona, Texas, and enjoyed the social coffee hour.
James with wife Linda of Shady Point; eight grandchildren,           She was preceded in death by parents; husband Judson Nipp;       Mac was very active in the Nocona Cemetery Association and
David Donathan, Shannon Lee, Ashley Goff, Robbin Stockton,         one sister, Maleace Hill; one brother, Dwight Parker; one great-   a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Chris James, Stephanie Martin, Stacy Christopher, Joshua Bur-      granddaughter, Kailey Montgomery.                                     Mac was preceded in death by his parents Polk and Louise
rows; 13 great-grandchildren, Steven Lee, Alyssa Lee, Court-         Shelva is survived by six children, Susan Turner with hus-       McAlvain; brother James McAlvain with his wife Helen Wom-
ney Lee, Joseph Lee, Nickolas Donathan, Kenedi Ross, Izac          band Fred of Orlando, Rebecca Miller with husband Johnny           ack McAlvain in 1999.
Goff, Louden Stockton, Kagan Stockton, Dakota James, Jaxon         of Ashdown, Ark., Terry Nipp with wife Kiandra of Chidester,          Survivors include children, Richard McAlvain, Patricia
James, Savannah Martin, Aiden Martin; brother Robert Ken-          Ark., Kelly Nipp with wife Brenda of Stillwater, Bobbie Lynn       London with husband Bill, Kevin McAlvain with wife Tammy,
nedy with wife Sue of Roland; sister-in-law Betty Jo James         Smith of Ashdown, Ark., Tammy Embry with husband Alan              all of Oklahoma City, Carrie Haslacker with husband Steven
of Shady Point; six special nieces and nephews, Beverly and        of Crossett, Ark.; 15 grandchildren, Kristina Turner Waggoner,     of Clarksville, Texas; stepchildren, Sherry King with hus-
Harry Killian, Gary James, Danny James, Debbie and Wayne           Nikkole Turner Montgomery, Jeremy Miller, Shaine Miller,           band Dale of Bridgeport, Texas; Tony Martin with wife Lisa
McDonald, Janie and Kevin Sims, Bryan James; other relatives       Jennifer Miller Scarborough, Cortney Miller Jaggears, T.J.         of Sanger, Texas; Leslie Martin with wife Charlene of Wyn-
and loved ones; and many beloved friends.                          Nipp, Aria Nipp, Logan Nipp, Ashley Nipp, Katharine Nipp,          newood; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brother
                                                                   Joshua Smith, Kymberly Smith, Zackary Smith, Lexie Em-             Edward L. McAlvain of Wichita Falls, Texas; and sister-in-law
                                                                   bry; eight great-grandchildren, Tyler Waggoner, Bayley Mont-       Jackie McAlvain of Seminole.
                   Virginia Blansett                               gomery, Addysen Montgomery, Michala Scarborough, Pey-
                                                                   ton Scarborough, Chloe Jaggears, Mackenzie Smith, Mataya
  Virginia Marie Wallis “Ginny” Blansett passed away at her        Smith; other survivors include three brothers, Adrain Parker of
                                                                                                                                                              Eva Parish
home on Feb. 11, 2011, her family by her side until the end.       Slaten, Texas, Jim Parker, of Hugo, and Caral Parker of Saw-          Eva Felihkatubbee Parish, 79,
She was born June 5, 1943, in Bristow.                             yer; one sister, Ann Shannon of Hugo; as well as numerous          of Riverside, Calif., passed away
  She was preceded in death by both parents; a daughter,           nieces and nephews.                                                peacefully on Feb. 17, 2011, with
Rhonda Blansett; another daughter, Elizabeth Blansett; and a
                                                                                                                                      her family at her side, on a beautiful
granddaughter, Amanda Ames.
                                                                                        Elvin Jaquess                                 afternoon in a place she loved to be,
  Her surviving family includes husband Douglas Blansett;
                                                                                                                                      Forest Lake, Ariz.
daughters Jada Henley and Nona Colegrove; grandchildren               Elvin Virgle Jaquess, 80, of Pick-                                 Eva attended Center Point Elemen-
Joshua Colegrove, Allen Scott Mooreland, Mellisa Colegrove,        ett, passed away on March 22, 2011,                                tary School in Atoka County and at-
Cassie Colegrove, Justin Renolds and Elizabeth Colegrove;          at his home. He was born June 2,                                   tended Chilocco Indian School. She
and great-grandchildren, Autunm Colegrove, Nick Colegrove,         1930, in Earth, Texas, to Leo Haskell                              met and married Coleman Ray Felih-
Kaleb Ames, Allen Mooreland, Conner Colegrove, Wyatt               and Frances Joella Bartee Jaquess.                                 katubbee in Antlers. They were relocated to Southern Califor-
Colegrove, Aron Mooreland and Gracie Renolds.                      Elvin’s maternal grandparents were                                 nia in 1955. She lived most of her adult life in Southern Califor-
                                                                   Andrew Pearce Bartee and Mary                                      nia close to the Pacific, which she loved to be near. Mom was
                                                                   Cordelia Stowers Bartee of Madill,                                 known for her shopping and she enjoyed travelling back and
                         Kyle Rule                                 who received an original land allot-                               forth to Oklahoma where she liked to gather wild onions with
   Kyle Martin Rule of Henryetta went                              ment with the Choctaw Tribe. Pa-                                   Betty Lou. She also liked spending time with her daughter, Ro-
to be with the Lord on Dec. 7, 2010,                               ternal grandparents were Lansdon Wilburn Jaquess and Emma          berta and her family on the Navajo Reservation in Pinon, Ariz.
after a battle with leukemia. He en-                               Agnes Cowan Jaquess.                                               She liked to sing in English and Choctaw, go to her daughter
tered this world Aug. 30, 1972, in                                    Elvin and his family moved five miles west of Ada where he      Eva Jean’s house to eat with family and friends, and just enjoy
Oklahoma City.                                                     attended Pickett Grade School and graduated from Ada High          life to the fullest. Mom worked and retired in June 2010 from
   Kyle was a member of The General                                School. After graduation, he married his childhood sweetheart,     Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, Calif. One of her
Assembly and Church of the Firstborn.                              Sue Norvill on Dec. 26, 1950. He graduated from East Central       most enjoyable times was working with the students at SIHS
He graduated from Graham School in                                 State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial      and was known to them as “Grandma.” Her last wish was to go
1990 and later attended Tulsa Welding                              Arts. Following a two-year stint as a teacher in Union Valley      to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona where she spent much of
School graduating in 2009. Kyle en-                                High School (south of Waurika), he returned to Pickett and         her time. She always had an adventurous side to her and any-
joyed playing his guitars with friends or alone, trying out new    joined Jaquess Brothers Construction Company which was in-         time we’d ask her to go somewhere, she was ready to go! She
tunes or playing the old ones gave him pleasure in his music.      strumental in developing the Pickett area.                         was a very spiritual and religious woman who prayed and read
He also enjoyed cooking and was very particular on how it was         Elvin was a long-time member of the Diamond “K” Kiwanis         her Bible daily. Even with humble beginnings, she was a very
done; you just didn’t serve a dish that wasn’t perfect.            Club and served as its president for one year. As a Kiwanis        strong woman who stood with integrity and honor and yet was
   Kyle’s greatest passion in life was fishing. He was always      member, he loved driving the train and merry-go-round at Win-      a very compassionate and thoughtful. She liked to write poems
ready to be at the water’s edge no matter what. You just knew      tersmith Park and delivering Meals-On-Wheels.                      and short stories and everyone remembers her as a storyteller.
that if he wasn’t at home he was most likely fishing at the lake      Elvin and Sue were members of the Ada Hereford Whirl-           When we were little we didn’t have a lot of books and mom
or a pond nearby. It gave Kyle great joy to supply his family      ers Square Dance Club for over 20 years. He was active in          always made up her own stories, which were always one of a
and friends with plenty of fish for all the fish fries. Once he    the Pickett Methodist Church where they were married over 60       kind. She touched the lives of many people throughout her life.
even supplied fish for a benefit for a person that had the same    years ago. They later joined the First United Methodist Church        Eva was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Darwin and she is preceded
illness he had. Kyle kept his life simple but the most cherished   in Ada. He was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class.     in death by her grandparents, Elias Parish and Melissa Parish;
legacy he left us all was his faith in God. He never got mad          He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger         her father, Faulker Austin of Valliant; mother Zarina Parish of
nor asked “why me?” He spoke to his sons telling them to read      sister, Oneta June Jaquess.                                        Darwin; brother Irvine Austin; sons Coleman Ray Felihkatub-
in their Bible and keep reading to learn and understand God.          Survivors include his wife, Sue Jaquess, of the home; his two   bee Jr., Luke Felihkatubbee; and grandson Loman Felihkatub-
While in the hospital he wrote a prayer thanking God for his       daughters, Janelle McKnight with husband Wayne of Eufaula          bee of Carson, Calif.; uncles Sham, Noah, Samson and Elijah
illness to help him humble himself to God.                         and Sharon Butler with her husband Charles of Englewood,           Parish of Darwin; and sister Bertha Wilson of Sacramento, Calif.
   He was preceded in death by grandparents James and Goldie       Colo.; two grandchildren, Bonnie Parker with husband Jon of           Eva is survived by her brother, Buddy Austin with wife Betty
Rule and nephew Nahman White.                                      Aurora, Colo., and Allie Murphy with husband Michael of Tus-       of Valliant; brother Benny Austin with wife Queenie of Val-
   Kyle is survived by his sons, Jordan Rule of the home and       caloosa, Ala.; two great-grandchildren, Noah and Eli Parker of     liant; aunt Elizabeth McKenzie of McAlester; daughter Eva
Aaron Parker of Grandville, N.Y.; parents, Tom and Patty Rule      Aurora, Colo.; two sisters, JoAnn Prince with husband James        Jean Felihkatubbee with husband Scott Roebuck of Corona,
of Henryetta; one sister, April with husband Jason White of Ur-    of Pickett and Linda Brown of Norman.                              Calif.; son Rodney Felihkatubbee with wife Glenna of Lake
bana, Mo.; grandparents, George and Rose McKinney of Mid-                                                                             Elsinore, Calif.; daughter Roberta Ashiking with husband Al-
west City; one niece, Makenzie White; nephew Jaxson White;                                                                            lan of Forest Lake, Ariz.; son Robert Felihkatubbee with wife
and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
                                                                                     Wanda Harrison                                   Dinah of Moreno Valley, Calif.; grandchildren, Toshia Felih-
                                                                                                                                      katubbee, LaTisha Felihkatubbee and children, Milyssa Chino
                                                                      Wanda Marie (Ritter) Harrison, 83,
                                                                                                                                      and son Mark Chino, Albert Ashiking, Jennifer Felihkatub-
                                                                   of Bokoshe, passed away on March 28,
                                                                                                                                      bee and children, Daniel Felihkatubbee, David Felihkatub-
                         Ethel Hill                                2011. She was born March 22, 1928,
                                                                                                                                      bee, Abraham Felihkatubbee, Brandon Felihkatubbee, Jason,
                                                                   to Jim and Mattie (Belt) Ritter. Wanda
   Ethel Mae Hill, 84, homemaker,                                                                                                     Joshua, and Carey Felihkatubbee; niece, Linda Wilson of Sac-
                                                                   was a factory worker for many years.
passed away on March 16, 2011.                                                                                                        ramento, Calif.; nephews, Tony Wilson of Durant, Chiefie Wil-
                                                                      She was preceded in death by her
   She was preceded in death by                                                                                                       son of Pacifica, Calif., and Jonathan Wilson of Texas; cousins,
                                                                   parents; son Lewis Lawson; brothers,
husband Barton. Survivors include                                                                                                     Rosie Gilmore of Durant, Lillie Roberts of Durant, Ruth Ann
                                                                   Charles, Don, Son and Roy Ritter; sis-
children, Jolene (Ed) Snyder, Patri-                                                                                                  Trump of San Diego, Calif., Betty Lou Thomas of MacAlester,
                                                                   ter, Evonna Kelley; and great-grand-
cia (Richard) McCluney and Gerald                                                                                                     Lillie Mae Leja of MacAlester, Dena Marris of Durant, Loretta
                                                                   daughter Kristy Thompson.
(Dorthea) Hill; brother, Mack Barker;                                                                                                 Cuper of Antlers, Tom Parish of Darwin, Steve Parish of Ada,
                                                                      She is survived by her sisters, Betty with husband Jack Brew-
sister, Mildred Brazell; grandchildren,                                                                                               Jennifer Barnett of Ada, Linda Parish of Durant of Helen May
                                                                   er of Bokoshe, Yvonne with husband Marlin Forrester of Spiro;
Morgan, Emile, Shane, Megan, Mat-                                                                                                     Parish of Korea, Samuel Parish and numerous other cousins
                                                                   brother James Ritter of Spiro; her grandchildren, Melissa Harris
thew; and great-granddaughter Emma.                                                                                                   and friends.
                                                                   of Roland, Melinda Thompson of Panama, and Presley Law-
                                                                   son of Spiro; five great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews,
                                                                   other relatives and loved ones; and many beloved friends.                                Quay Myers
                     Billy Newkirk
                                                                                                                                         Quay Gibson Myers, 71, of Wright
   Billy Lee “Skully” Newkirk, 72, an                                                                                                 City passed away on March 25, 2011,
Atoka area resident passed, away on
                                                                                          Ralph Nail                                  at Paris Regional Medical Center.
April 2, 2011, in Durant. He was born                                Ralph G. Nail, 75, of Hampton,                                   The daughter of Boyd and Fannie
on Feb. 7, 1939, in Daisy to Joseph and                            Ga., passed away on Feb. 25, 2011.                                 (Jacob) Gibson, Quay was born April
Josephine (Clay) Newkirk. He attend-                               He was born in Durant to the late                                  29, 1939, in Wright City.
ed Redden and Stringtown Schools                                   Edward Leslie and Oreta Margaret                                      Quay was a member of the World-
and went on to be a truck driver after                             Gibson Nail. He was also preceded in                               wide Church of God and loved the
serving in the military, where he was                              death by his daughter, Ruth Ann Nail.                              Lord. She enjoyed fishing, garden-
stationed in Korea. He married Janice                                Mr. Nail was a member of Way Of                                  ing, animals, especially her two cats,
(Latham) on June 3, 1966, in McKin-                                The Cross Baptist Church where he                                  Nakita and Tushka Lusa, crossword puzzles, gathering wild
ny. He was of the Baptist faith.                                   also served as a deacon and taught                                 onions, traveling and reading. She was proud to be Chahta.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Janice Newkirk;   Sunday School. Ralph was ordained                                     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wil-
Aunt Sophia Impson; and grandson Seth Davis.                       as a deacon in 1962 and has taught                                 liam Myers Sr.; a sister, Faye Gibson; and an infant son, Baby
   He is survived by his children, James Van Newkirk with wife     Sunday School for over 50 years. Mr. Nail retired from the Fed-    Boy Myers.
Debbie of Weatherford, Texas, Emily Newkirk of Atoka; Stet-        eral Aviation Administration after 33 years. Ralph was an avid        She leaves to cherish her memory, four sons, Orlando Gib-
son Newkirk of Atoka, Chip Davis with wife Linsey of Weath-        outdoorsman who loved to hunt and was a jack of all trades         son of Ringold, Audie Gibson with wife Lucy of Wright City,
erford, Texas, Chandra Newkirk of White Settlement, Texas,         and known as a prankster. Mr. Nail was a veteran serving in        Dorsey Myers of Oklahoma City and William Myers Jr. of Du-
Tiffany Coates with husband Matt of Tushka, J.J. Newkirk with      the U.S. Marine Corps. Most important to him was his church        rant; two daughters, Greta Myers-Solis with husband Paul of
wife Emanda of Oahu, Hawaii; great-grandchildren, C.J. Da-         and family. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.      Idabel, Dawn with husband Desmond Walls of Idabel; a broth-
vis, Justin Davis, Toby Davis, all of Weatherford, Texas, Ketch      Mr. Nail is survived by wife Betty Joyce Nail of Hampton,        er, Berie with wife Rena Gibson of Tulsa; three sisters, Doro-
Coates of Tushka, Kollin Coates of Tushka, Colten Newkirk of       Ga.; son Steve with wife Elaine Nail of Hampton; daughter,         thy Gibson-Van Horn with husband Ron of Lawton, Eleanor
White Settlement, Texas, and Lila Newkirk of Oahu, Hawaii;         Joyce with husband Chris Cannon of Hampton; grandchildren,         Gibson-Caldwell of Wright City and Terry with husband Curtis
cousins, Carl Clay of Atoka and Fred Clay of Missouri; along       Grant Nail, Ashley Richter and Craig Scott; great grandchil-       Billy of Durant; 13 grandchildren, including two of the home,
with other relatives, friends, and McGee Valley Baptist Church     dren, Shelby Nail, Hunter Ralph Nail, Cade Richter, Laina          Sarah Williston and Matevier Thompson; 13 great-grandchil-
family.                                                            Richter, Allie Richter, Ashtyn Richter and Lauren Scott.           dren; several nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
May 2011, BISKINIK, Page 16



Women – The givers and supporters of life
   May is the month of Moth-                                                                                                                     that is truly inspiring. Women         fleeing enemies, and carrying
ers’ Day, and it is fitting for Iti                                                                                                              were the primary creators and          their husband’s quiver of ar-
Fabvssa to honor our Choctaw                                                                                                                     custodians of the Choctaw arts         rows and shouting encourage-
mothers for their love, talents,                                                                                                                 of basketry, textiles, and pot-        ment to him on the battlefield.
and their quiet, capable work
that has supported generations                       Iti Fabussa                                                                                 tery. Choctaw girls practiced
                                                                                                                                                 these arts so that they would
                                                                                                                                                                                        In 1541, at a place called Ma-
                                                                                                                                                                                        billa, a battle was fought be-
of Choctaw families, making                                                                                                                      be able to have their pick of          tween the ancestors of today’s
the very existence of the Na-                                                                                                                    young men for a husband                Choctaw people and an army
tion possible to this very day.                                                                                                                  when they came of age                  of Spanish Conquistadors led
We will do this by presenting                                                                                                                       Women often went with               by Hernando De Soto. The
a little bit of what is known                                                                                                                    their men on diplomatic mis-           Spanish chroniclers record
about the daily lives, roles,                                                                                                                    sions to other tribes and to           that after most of the Choc-
and personal character of early                                                                                                                  Euro-American groups. Some             taw warriors had fallen, the
Choctaw women.                                                                                                                                   European commentators be-              women picked up their fallen
   Before colonization, wom-                                                                                                                     lieved that it was a mark of           husband’s and father’s weap-
en held positions of great                                                                                                                       savagery for Choctaw men to            ons and fought the Spanish
respect, esteem, and power                                                                                                   Photo Provided      bring women with them, rath-           to the last woman rather than
in Choctaw society. Women                                                                                                                        er than leaving them at home           give up their liberty and honor.
were recognized as the givers                                                                                   Choctaw women con-               where they would be protect-           To this day, the Choctaw war
and supporters of life. We can                                                                               tinue to love and support           ed. However, from a Choctaw            dance, unlike those of many
get some idea of the sacred-                                                                                 their families. Melissa             perspective, this was simply           other tribes, involves women
ness in which this role was                                                                                  Reich, above, reads to              a sign of the importance that          as well as men.
viewed, through the Choctaw                                                                                  son Jace.                           women had in Choctaw soci-                With colonization, Euro-
word “hollo,” which refers to                                                                                                                    ety, and of the confidence that        pean ideas and ways of do-
the feminine essence. From                                                                                   went with the mother’s family,      was placed in these women.             ing things were forced on the
this term, stem other Choc-                                                                                  not with their father.              Sometimes in order to es-              Choctaw people. During the
taw words such as “ihollo,”                                                                                     Choctaw women worked             tablish friendly relationships         1800s, many segments of Eu-
meaning to love, “hullochi”,                                                                                 hard to support their families      with other groups at these             ro-American society believed
to sanctify, and “holitopa,” be-                                                                             with a particular confidence        meetings, a ceremony was               that women were intellectu-
loved or holy. In the tradition-                                                                             and dignity. Women produced         conducted in which Choctaw             ally inferior to men, undeserv-
al Choctaw way of thinking,                                                                                  the majority of the food eaten      women adopted individuals              ing of formal education, and
women in general and moth-                                                                                   by their families. Assisted by      from the other group into their        unworthy of a formal vote in
ers in particular, were likened                                                                              males during field-clearing         own clans, making them fam-            community decisions. The de-
onto the earth, which makes                                                                                  and harvest, it was only fitting    ily. This not only necessitated        rogatory term “squaw” also
life possible by providing gifts                                                                             that women, the givers of life,     the presence of women at such          came into use. Some pretty de-
of sustainance, shelter, and          tona, which means “she who            In traditional Choctaw soci-     had sole charge of the fields       meetings, but also meant that          termined attempts were made
even the physical bodies we           seeks and arrives.” These and      ety, family lines followed the      during the growing season. In       they had a real say in what was        to push these Euro-American
live in. Women did the same           other names show us that early     female rather than the male         fact, according to some Choc-       taking place. Similarly, it was        views about women onto
for their families. A common          Choctaw women were re-             side, exactly the opposite from     taw oral traditions, it was a       women who made the choice              Choctaw society. It is amaz-
name for Nvnih Waiya, the             spected for demonstrating the      Euro-American society. Choc-        supernatural woman, Ohoyo-          of whether or not to adopt war         ing, from the vantage point of
most sacred place on the land-        virtues of generosity, industry,   taw individuals inherited their     osh Chishba, who gifted corn        captives into their families,          100 years later how far things
scape for early Choctaws was          and perseverence.                  Iksa and clan from their moth-      to the Choctaw people in the        and ultimately into the Choc-          have come towards full circle,
“Holitopa Ishki,” or “Beloved            Just as today, early Choctaw    er. During tribal functions, the    first place. Besides gardening,     taw tribe.                             with women earning some of
Mother.” Clearly Choctaw              women fulfilled many vital         children sat at the fire of their   women gathered greens, fresh           Choctaw women often                 the rights and respect in Euro-
women were beloved.                   roles for their communities,       mother’s family, while the fa-      fruit, vegetables, tubers and       served as motivators for their         American society, that Choc-
   Some of the virtues that           families, and tribe. Central to    ther sat at a separate fire with    nuts from the woods to bal-         families and communities, and          taw women have always pos-
Choctaw society valued high-          all of these roles was that of     his own siblings, and the chil-     ance their families’ nutrition.     did whatever was necessary to          sessed.
ly in women and mothers are           life-giver. Expectant women        dren of his sisters. The family     They prepared and served it         support them. Some women                  Our Choctaw mothers are
evident in common names that          were revered. Husbands fasted      house and most of what was          too. Although they got a lot        served as Alikchi, or doctors.         descended from a beloved and
Choctaw women carried. A              for them, and children who         inside it was considered to be      accomplished, their domestic        Sometimes, Choctaw women               honorable line of forebearers.
number of these names con-            dared to poke fun at an expect-    the property of the women. If       work was not that of a slave to     temporarily accepted the role          Today, just as they always
tain the word “ima” meaning           ant mother’s growing belly         a couple chose to break up, the     their husbands. Far to the con-     of chief when their husbands           have, Choctaw mothers con-
“to give.” For example, Hoti-         stood the risk of being repri-     man would take his weapons          trary, Choctaw women often          died; hereditary power is said         tinue to love and support their
ma means, “she who looks for          manded severely by elders.         and move into the house of his      worked in groups with sing-         to have been passed to girls           families, and make vital con-
and gives,” Pisatima means            Women secluded themselves          own family, and the children        ing, laughter, and gossip that      when there were no male heirs.         tributions to their communi-
“she who sees and gives,”             at the time of delivery. This      would go with the mother. If        made the tasks enjoyable.              Although it was the man’s           ties, country, nation, and the
Chumpatima, “she who buys             was considered the height of       a wife died, the property went         Many early Choctaw wom-          role to protect the community,         world. They are the roots that
and gives.” Other common              the female power, and men          to her children and biological      en were fantastic artists. They     fight, and if necessary, kill,         keep Choctaw society on solid
Choctaw women’s names end             were not allowed in the vicin-     family, not to her husband.         made basic, everyday utensils       there are records of Choctaw           ground and nurture it to help it
with “ona,” meaning, “to ar-          ity for fear of harm coming to     Similarly in the event of a         and articles of domestic life       women carrying weapons to              fulfill its future potential. Holi-
rive here.” An example is Ho-         them and to the baby.              mother’s death, the children        with a creativity and artistry      protect their families, tracking       topa hachiahoke!




                                                                         Thousands
Choctaw Days                                                             of visitors
                                                                                                                                                                                             Featured during
                                                                                                                                                                                                Choctaw
June 22-25 at the Smithsonian’s                                          expected                                                                                                                Days
National Museum of the American Indian
Washington, D.C.                                                         at NMAI                                                                                                               Choctaw Royalty
                                                                                                                                                                                            Miss Choctaw Nation
                                                                         Continued from Page 1                                                                                                 Kristie McGuire,
                                                                         and eggs, and pumpkin soup.
Daily Activities                                                         Chef Richard will also bring
                                                                                                                                                                                          Jr. Miss Nikki Amos and
                                                                                                                                                                                         Little Miss Mahala Battiest
                                                                         a portable station out among
w 10:45 a.m. traditional dancing begins                                  visitors to cook samples of the                                                                                            uuuu
in front of the museum with the                                          dishes at 11:30 a.m. on both                                                                                      Choctaw Youth Dancers
Jump Dance, Fast War Dance,                                              Wednesday and Saturday.                                                                                                with chanter
Stealing Partners Dance and the                                             Booths will be set up in and                                                                                      Ron McKinney
                                                                         around the Potomac circle
Snake Dance                                                              just inside the museum’s front
                                                                                                                                                                                                    uuuu

                                                                         doors where visitors can view                                                                                        Flutemaker, flutist
Singing, dancing, fluteplaying,                                          the intricacies of basket weav-                                                                                      Presley Byington
storytelling, pottery, basketweaving                                     ing by Eveline Steele, modern                                                                                              uuuu
                                                                         and traditional bead work-                                                                                              Artists Gwen
and more are featured every hour.                                        ing by Marcus Amerman and                                                                                              Coleman Lester
                                                                         Roger Amerman, flute making                                                                                            and Paul King
                                                                         by Presley Byington, and pot-                                                         David Fitzgerald Photo
Make & Take                                                              tery making by Ian and Amy                                                                                                 uuuu
                                                                                                               Regina Green shows museum items to be on display.
Classes will be held on the third floor.                                 Thompson.                                                                                                         Modern and traditional
                                                                            Cultural exhibits by Regina                                                                                        beadwork by
All ages are invited to create a basket,                                 Green, director of the Choc-        p.m.-4:30 p.m.                      available.                                Marcus Amerman and
clay pot or piece of beadwork.                                           taw Nation Museum in Tush-             “It is a great chance for the       “There will also be a com-               Roger Amerman
       10 a.m.-12 p.m.                                                   ka Homma, and traditionalist        whole family to do something        puter set up so that visitors
                                                                                                             together,” said Cultural Events     can have the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                                                    uuuu
       2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.                                                  Les Williston will explain the
                                                                         craftsmanship and skills our        Executive Director Sue Fol-         interact with a language in-             Items on display from the
                                                                         ancestors displayed in ev-          som, “and they will have a          structor in Oklahoma, similar            Choctaw Nation Museum
Rasmuson Theater                                                         eryday life with such items         small sample of Choctaw cul-        to our One-Net classes held in               by Regina Green
                                                                         as tools, weaponry, clothing,       ture to take home with them.”       schools throughout Southeast-                      uuuu
Films shown throughout                                                   basketry and pottery.                  The “Choctaw Code Talk-          ern Oklahoma,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                             Language instructor
                                                                            Two of the Choctaw Na-           ers” and “The Long Walk”               A favorite of any festival
Wednesday, Thursday,                                                                                                                                                                            Lillie Roberts
                                                                         tion’s many exceptional artists     films will loop continuously in     is its storytellers and two of
Friday & Saturday                                                        will have their work show-          the Rasmuson Theater on the         Choctaw Nation’s finest have                       uuuu
w Choctaw Code Talkers                                                   cased at this festival. Paul        first floor of the museum. At       agreed to be at Choctaw Days.                    Storytellers
w The Long Walk                                                          King, whose award-winning           1:30 p.m. Saturday, the videos      Tim Tingle and Greg Rodgers                    Tim Tingle and
                                                                         work is featured as the brand-      will be turned off for a theatri-   are not only recognized for                     Greg Rodgers
                                                                         ing image of Choctaw Days           cal re-enactment of a Choctaw       their unique tales, personal
Join us at 1:30 p.m. Saturday                                            2011, will have several piec-       wedding. From the first glance      appearances and books. They                        uuuu
for a re-enactment of a                                                  es on hand. Gwen Coleman            shared between the couple to        have been instrumental in               Basketweaver Eveline Steele
Choctaw Wedding in the Rasmuson                                          Lester, another exemplary           the wrapping of the blanket         sharing both the history and                       uuuu
                                                                         award-winning Choctaw art-          around their shoulders and the      recent accomplishments of
Theater on the first floor.                                                                                                                                                                   Potters Dr. Ian and
                                                                         ist, will have several paint-       wedding dance, visitors will        the tribe with school children
                                                                                                                                                                                               Amy Thompson
                                                                         ings, prints and hand-painted       have the opportunity to watch       throughout the United States.
                                                                         gourd Christmas ornaments           the centuries-old symbolic ac-         Choctaw Days at the Smith-                      uuuu
                                                                         on display.                         tions of a traditional Choctaw      sonian’s National Museum of                   Cultural experts
                            uuuu                                            The Choctaw Nation Cul-          wedding.                            the American Indian is a cel-                  Les Williston
                                                                         tural Events Department will           “The revival of the Choctaw      ebration of the strength and                 and Olin Williams
             For more information call the                               be holding make-and-take            culture and language is some-       perseverance of an excep-
                                                                                                             thing we are proud of,” said        tional people, combining the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    uuuu
             Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma                                  sessions on the third floor of
               800.522.6170, ext. 2249,                                  the museum. All ages are in-        Chief Pyle. “Online language        old and the new so that all will              Choctaw Singers
                                                                         vited to create a basket, clay      instructor Lillie Roberts will      leave with an enlightened per-                 The Johnsons
      or National Museum of the American Indian
                                                                         pot or piece of beadwork. The       have a table with information       spective of a tribe who contin-                     and
                    202.633.1000                                         daily sessions will be held 10      on the different types of Choc-     ues to grow with pride, hope                     Brad Joe
                                                                         a.m.-12 p.m. session and 2          taw language classes that are       and success.

				
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