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BISHINIK PRSRT STD U.S. Postage P.O. Drawer 1210 Paid Durant OK 74702 Durant OK RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED Permit #187 THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE CHOCTAW NATION OF OKLAHOMA Serving 143,813 Choctaws Worldwide www.choctawnation.com August 2004 Issue Native Americans invited to Job Readiness Seminar Choctaw Nation Projects with Industry (PWI) Program will be Progress for the people offering a Job Readiness Seminar Tribe opens new August 24-25 at the Choctaw Nation Field Office, 219 N. Broadway in child development Hugo, Oklahoma. The seminar will center in Idabel begin at 10 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 A grand opening was p.m. on both days. held in Idabel, Oklahoma, All Native Americans are invited to on July 19 for a new participate in the class on preparing to 11,290-square-foot Child enter the workforce field. The training Devel-opment Center. includes, but is not limited to, identify- The facility will house a ing job/career choices, identifying Head Start, Day Care and strengths/weaknesses as an employee, storm shelter. Combined how to locate job sites, how to Day Care and Head Start complete job applications, job inter- programs provide much- view techniques, completion of a needed guidance during a resume, and job-keeping characteris- child’s formative years, tics. A certificate of achievement will developing a firm be given to all consumers who foundation for educa- complete the class. tional development. The PWI can assist many businesses Choctaw Nation contin- who are looking for capable, depend- ues to strive forward ... able and prescreened employees. If a taking positive steps to business agrees to hire an individual provide the best for all of through this program, the program will its members. More photos be able to reimburse for on-the-job Idabel Child Development Center on Page 11. training at 100 percent of the em- ployee salary. The business is encour- aged to retain the individual in permanent employment at the end of Council approves budget the training period. Businesses can also take advantage of federal tax for Jones Academy program credits of up to $4,000 per employee for employing Native Americans with Jones Academy will be a Certificate of Degree of Indian Grades one teaching grades one through four on campus this year, Blood (CDIB). through four funded by the Choctaw Na- Disabled Native Americans who have a CDIB and are looking for now taught tion through gaming rev- enues. employment are urged to take advan- on campus Jones Academy’s aca- tage of this program. Individuals found eligible can benefit from several demic program began last year with first- and second-graders remaining on the services offered such as on-the-job grounds for classroom studies and the older students training, job placement, job searches, attending public school at nearby Hartshorne. Each counseling and guidance, and job year, two more grades will be added to the campus readiness classes. This program can classrooms. assist native individuals with disabili- The Tribal Council approved using gaming prof- ties such as diabetes mellitus, alcohol its to fund improvements of parking areas for com- abuse/dependency, orthopedic, mental munity centers in Antlers, Crowder, Spiro and Smith- health, high blood pressure and many ville. more which are too numerous to The Head Start Program is also benefitting this mention. Applicants must reside in the year from Choctaw gaming monies, with $283,412 10 1/2 counties of the Choctaw Nation. being used to supplement the tribally operated pro- Tribal leaders such as Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby and Choctaw Chief Gregory E. Pyle, Further information on services is grams. There are Choctaw Nation Head Starts in pictured here with President George W. Bush, spend many hours in the country’s capitol, ensuring a available through the Projects with Durant, Idabel, Bennington, Hugo, Stigler, Wilbur- good working relationship between tribes and the federal government. It is also vital that we continue Industry Program. Contact Randy ton, Antlers, Broken Bow, Bethel, Wright City, Po- to send the message to our state capitols and Washington, D.C., that the voting block of Indian people Hammons, PWI Director, Angela teau, McAlester, Coalgate and Atoka. can make a difference in the outcome of elections on all levels. See Chief’s column on Page 3. Dancer, Coordinator and Sr. Counse- lor, or Bucky Ensey, Counselor, at 580-326-7758 or 877-285-6893. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Special Education and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Inter-Tribal Council honors top JOM students The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized The Choctaw Nation’s two top JOM seniors re- Member’s photo ID Tribes presented scholarships to each of the tribes’ siding in the tribe’s 10 1/2 counties are Patti Davis, top JOM students during its quarterly meeting, July a graduate of Panama High School, and Cody Key, may soon be used to 9, in Tulsa. a graduate of McAlester High School. This year the Louis LeFlore/Grant Foreman Patti, the daughter of Angela Davis, is a member obtain driver’s license Scholarship was awarded to Choctaw student Casey of the Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society and In the near future, pending ap- Wallace of Hugo. National Honor Society. She was valedictorian of proval by the State of Oklahoma, a Casey, 21, graduated in May 2002 with an her graduating class and on the Superintendent’s tribal member will be able to use his/ Associate’s Degree in Arts from Tyler, Texas, Jun- Honor Roll. She has served as president of the Na- her Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma ior College, and is presently attending Southeastern tional Honor Society and president of the Student photo ID card to obtain an Oklahoma Oklahoma State University in Durant. A nursing Council as well as being a member of the Academic driver’s license. Not all photo ID major, she is a certified phlebotomist. Team for four years and a cheerleader for four years. cards will be accepted by the state. Casey was a member of Hugo’s tennis team and She was Captain of the cheerleading team one year There will be an approval date cheerleading for four years and participated in bas- and taught youth cheerleading camp. Patti also was stipulated. More information will be ketball and show choir for two years. She was also a a member of the basketball team, Spanish Club, published in the BISHINIK as soon as member of the women’s tennis team at Tyler Junior FCCLA and the yearbook staff. it is released. College and has been a part of SOSU’s women’s Patti participates in many other activities such as This is another reason to obtain tennis team for two years. See INTER-TRIBAL Page 11 your child’s or grandchild’s CDIB and Chief Gregory E. Pyle presents Patti Davis of Tribal Membership cards as soon as Panama, Oklahoma, with a scholarship for being one possible. It takes approximately 45-90 days if we have everything we need to of the Choctaw Nation’s top graduating seniors. Several enjoy storytelling camp at Crowder process the cards. The Choctaw Nation sponsored Remember, we only accept original a Choctaw storytelling camp June state full-form birth certificates on 28 through July 1 at the Choctaw new applicants for CDIB cards. Even Community Center in Crowder. The if a person once had a CDIB and has camp featured Choctaw storyteller lost it, it is possible that not every- Tim Tingle. Many people from sev- thing now required on a person’s eral states drove to Crowder to par- ancestry is available in the file to be ticipate. able to reissue the CDIB. The CDIB/ Stories were recorded of memo- Membership department must check ries of long ago events, funny, scary each person’s ancestry lineage to see and sad stories. Over 30 hours were if the required state birth or death recorded and once they are put onto certificates are on file. If a loved one a CD they will be available to be has passed away, please send a copy checked out from the center. of their state death certificate to the Tingle has compiled a collection office so it can be filed with their of stories in a 142-page book, records. “Walking the Choctaw Road,” Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma which is available for purchasing CDIB/Membership Department Chief Gregory Pyle presents the annual Inter- from both the Choctaw Nation Mu- Tim Tingle, left, records a story from Juanita Jefferson while Jerry P.O. Drawer 1210 Tribal Council scholarship to Cody Key, a graduate seum and the Choctaw Nation Book Young, a professor at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, looks Durant, OK 74702 of McAlester High School. Store. on. August 2004, BISHINIK, Page 2 Appreciates respect Letters shown to Native American soldiers Choctaw Nation provides scholarship Dear Editor, Dear Choctaw Nation, Our family wants to express our sin- I recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in cere appreciation for the respect and Nacogdoches, Texas, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science recognition our Native American sol- and Spanish. The Choctaw Nation was instrumental in supporting diers are receiving through the BISH- my education throughout my undergraduate career, and for this I INIK. The photographs, articles and would like to express my gratitude. The scholarship I received from notes regarding our soldiers are won- the Choctaw Nation was a tremendous resource in making my edu- derful. cation possible. I will be continuing my education at the University We are also thankful that Chief Pyle’s son-in-law has returned of Tulsa pursuing a law degree, and I hope to one day be able to give home safely to his family. back to the Choctaws who have given so much to me. Thank you to Our son, Matthew, a Choctaw tribal member, has been serving in the Choctaw Nation and to all the tribal employees who make higher Volunteers construct the Choctaw Academy United Methodist sanctuary. the area of Camp Taji, also called Camp Cooke, Iraq, since earlier education assistance possible. this year. We have been forwarding him the monthly BISHINIK Candice Freeman Yakoke along with our local papers to keep him abreast of things going on League City, Texas here at home. This means so much to the soldiers, to have that sense Dear Editor, Tribe assists with summer program The members and of connection to home. pastor of the Choctaw Also, we would like to express a thank you to the hospital/clinic Dear Chief Pyle, Academy United Meth- staff in Talihina. When Matthew’s division was called up it was on On behalf of the Wright City Schools, I would like to take this odist Church at Rufe, such short notice, he needed to have some medical needs taken care opportunity to thank the Choctaw Nation for their assistance and sup- Oklahoma, wish to of. Dr. Martin and Dr. Mathis both were able to get Matthew in the port of our summer school program. Your contributions impacted 13 thank the Choctaw Na- next day to have his medical needs taken care of prior to deploy- McCurtain County high school students. Nine of those students were tion and our District 7 ment. The staff was very understanding and sent Matthew off with Native American. Councilman, Jack Aus- well wishes. Our family is truly thankful to all who assisted. Our curriculum consisted of courses of study in math, science, tin, for all the help pro- Steve and Susan Akers history and English. All 13 students successfully completed their vided during the con- Poteau, Oklahoma classes and earned credits toward graduation. This would not have struction of our sanctu- Grateful for assistance been possible without your help. ary; Mrs. May, Pushma- The Choctaw Nation is to be commended for its support of Mc- Dear Choctaw Nation, taha County Commis- Curtain County’s young people. Wright City Schools recognizes and My husband was disabled on July 7, 2003. Words cannot express sioner’s Office for help- appreciates the opportunities we are able to offer students because of all the gratitude we feel for the help we received with our utilities ing us by lending us your assistance. Thanks again for helping to make a difference in the Councilman Jack Austin and Tennessee and commodities. My husband has since been awarded his Social chairs; Goodwater Uni- lives of our students. volunteer Connie Taylor. Security Disability. ted Methodist Church Bob Finley, Principal I thank the good Lord every day for people like you who care and and Bethel Hill United Methodist Church for helping us out. We also Wright City High School help people like us in our time of need. want to thank those in the community. A special thank you to Danny John and Linda Poteet Fund helps Howe of the First Broadstreet United Methodist Church, Kingsport, Tennessee, and the crew of Volunteers in Mission from Tennessee, Colbert, Oklahoma band student Kentucky and North Carolina, who came and erected a beautiful sanc- Dear Choctaw Nation, tuary for us. Also we would like to thank Bertram Bobb and Travis A special thank you! I would like to thank you for the Youth Bankester for the use of the youth camp for lodging. Dear Choctaw Nation, Extra Curriculum Activity Fund. It helped Freeman Taylor We want to thank Chief Pyle, Council- me to purchase this Bach trumpet in Octo- man Jack Austin, Randy and Christy ber 2003. Houston-Phillips family extends thanks Hammons, Bruce Frazier, Leo and Jane John D. Hale Dear Editor, Smallwood, Steve Smallwood and Billie Avinger, Texas The family of Roger James Phillips would like to express our sin- Rhea Duncan for making it possible for cere thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, visits, phone calls, cards, our son, Chris Thomas, to have the oppor- Searching for relative flowers and food during the loss of our loved one, Roger. We would tunity to play for Elite Sports International like to send a special thank you to the Rev. Nathan Scott for your in Hawaii. Dear Editor, heartfelt words and scriptures, to all the Choctaw singers, to the Choc- An honor student at Rattan for four years, Chris was salutatorian Searching for Bill Tolan, last seen in Ada, Oklahoma, during the taw Nation Honor Guard, to Debra Bacon, CHR, to Preston Scott of his class and a member of Oklahoma Honor Society, 4-H, FCCLA 1920s. If you have any information, please contact his grandson, Billy and Missouri Brown for the Warrior’s Burial Ceremony. We will all and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was voted most talented Harkness at 936-591-0939. miss him deeply. May God bless each and every one of you. Our and class favorite by his fellow senior classmates. Active in sports, Soldier appreciates care package prayers are for your continued prayers. Chris was a member of the basketball and baseball teams. He was The Houston and Phillips family chosen to play in the OBCA All Star game, Kiamichi All Star game, Dear Choctaw Nation, and Coaches All State game, and now has the opportunity to partici- I just want to write and send thanks to the Choctaw Nation for the Missionary trip a memorable experience pate in the Elite Sports International. care package. It is great to know that the Choctaw Nation cares for Dear Editor, Thank you very much. the deployed Choctaws. I am 4/4 Choctaw from Broken Bow. I gradu- We would like to thank the Choctaw Nation and especially Perry Levi and Angela James ated from Broken Bow High School in 1997. I joined the U.S. Army Thompson for donating money to my son, Cody Peters, so he could in June of 2001 and am currently serving with the 1st Cavalry Divi- go on a mission trip to Old Mexico. The trip was a success and many sion, based out of Ft. Hood, Texas. My tour in Iraq is in the Al Rashid souls were saved. It was an experience he will never forget. Thank Host parents needed in Bryan County District, South Baghdad. Once again, thank you for the package and you again. Dear fellow Choctaws, support. It is greatly appreciated. Cody Peters and mother Becky Peters AFS Intercultural Programs is a non-profit exchange student or- SPC Jerrod L. James Hugo, Oklahoma ganization who works to improve relations between the different Baghdad, Iraq countries. We are in need of host parents in the Bryan County area. Arizona Choctaws visit with Chief Host parents provide food, a home, a bed, and a family for a student Tribe donates toward Dear Editor, from another country for 11 months. The students come with their own spending money and medical insurance. championship rings I want to thank Chief Pyle for taking the time to talk to me and my These teenagers, ages 15 to 18, come from more than 50 countries son on May 27. Also, for the caps and coffee cups. Dear Choctaw Nation, and from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Dale and Frank Williams Jr. Ashley Griffith would like to extend a students have maintained good grades, have studied the English lan- Peoria, Arizona personal “Thank You” to Tribal Council- guage for many years, and are seen as role models in their home person Hap Ward and the Choctaw Nation for the recent donation toward the purchase Smithville Rodeo has friend in Bryant communities. Hosting can be very rewarding, enriching your family by introducing a new culture. As a host parent you will develop a of state championship rings in slow pitch Dear Editor, lifelong bond with your hosted student and his or her family and help softball. Ashley is Choctaw and the pitcher The Smithville Ropers and Riders would like to thank Council- an outstanding young person grow into a more confident and knowl- for the Valliant Lady Dawgs. The Lady man Kenny Bryant again this year for helping with the Smithville edgeable adult. Dawgs recently won their first ever Class 5-A State Softball Cham- Rodeo. He is our biggest sponsor every year for the rodeo. Thank Host families can be two-parent households with children, single- pionship by beating out Okemah, New Castle, and three-time State you again, Kenny Bryant. parent families, as well as couples or single people who do not have Champion Bethel. Ashley pitched all three games of the champion- Dale Toon children. If you are interested please contact Chantel Hamner at 580- ship tournament. The championship game was played at the Hall of Smithville Ropers and Riders 847-2551 or Diane Soto at 1-866-AFS-USA1. Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. Proud parents are Jimmy and Paula Honored to receive scholarship Chantel Hamner, Chair Red River Chapter Griffith of Valliant. Bennington, Oklahoma Thank you, Choctaw Nation, for your support! Dear Choctaw Nation, It was an honor to receive the scholarship award from the Choc- Student graduates University of Colorado taw tribe. This award along with my student loans will assist me as I Dear Editor, pursue my degree in Elementary Education at the University of Okla- I would like to thank the Choctaw Nation Higher Education Of- homa. Thank you for helping me with my degree goals. fice for the financial assistance I received to further my education. I Cori Fishell graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with Care packages mean a lot a B.A. in Communications in December 2003. I am truly grateful. Zakary Watson Dear Choctaw Nation, Colorado Springs, Colorado Thank you for the many care packages you sent me while I was deployed overseas. It meant a lot to me and my soldiers. Sgt. Blaine Child Gregory E. Pyle Mike Bailey Ft. Drum, New York Chief The Official Assistant Chief Monthly Publication Native American Christian volunteers needed of the Dear Editor, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma I am the Native American Ambassador for the “Festival of the Judy Allen, Editor Americas,” a fund-raising event on September 12 for St. Eugene’s Lisa Reed, Assistant Editor Church in Oklahoma City. This festival celebrates the diverse com- Vonna Shults, Webmaster munity we live in. I would like other Native American Christians to Brenda Wilson, Technical Assistant consider volunteering their time and talents. Please contact me by e- “Old Dawgs” appreciate donation Melissa Stevens, Circulation Manager mail, email@example.com, or by phone at 405-226-8303. Last year the Native American booth won second place for the Dear Editor, P.O. Drawer 1210 educational value and I plan to continue the tradition this year. We would like to thank Councilperson Charlotte Jackson for the Durant, OK 74702 Julie Hood-Anneler donation to our baseball team. We appreciate your support. We (580) 924-8280 • (800) 522-6170 WON!!! Fax (580) 924-4148 Researching Phelps lineage The “Old Dawgs” senior softball team has been playing in local www.choctawnation.com Dear Editor, and national softball tournaments for over ten years. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org I am searching for any descendants of my great-grandmother, In that time we have received numerous trophies and awards, in- Louisa Phelps, born December 25, 1843 in Carthage, Leake County, cluding first-place World Champions – Las Vegas, Nevada, for 2003; The BISHINIK is printed each month as a service to Tribal Mem- Mississippi, and died in 1895 in Rising Star, Texas. Louisa married second-place World Champions – Mobile, Alabama, for 2003; sec- bers. The BISHINIK reserves the right to edit submitted material which Jacob Warren Brooks February 4, 1864 in Carthage. ond-place tournament – Elk Grove, California, for 2003; 50-A Cham- it finds inaccurate, profane, offensive or morally unacceptable. Copy pions – Sacramento Senior Softball Late Summer Class for 2002; may be edited for proper grammar and punctuation. Copy will be ac- Two of Louisa’s daughters were Georgia Anne Brooks (maiden name), born December 18, 1864, Leake County, Mississippi; died second-place World Champions – Roseville, California, for 2002. cepted in any readable form, but where possible, it is requested that The “Old Dawgs” material be typewritten and double spaced. You must include an ad- June 30, 1930, in Roff, Oklahoma, and Cornelia Brooks Harrell dress or phone number where you may be reached. Stewart (my grandmother), born March 5, 1872, May, Texas, and If you are receiving more than one BISHINIK at your home or if your address needs changed, we would appreciate hearing from you. died November 22, 1964, in Stratford, Oklahoma. She is buried in BISHINIK deadline Rising Star, Texas. Thank you. The BISHINIK is a nonprofit publication of the Choctaw Nation. Berl Harrell Articles to be submitted for publication in the BISHINIK need Circulation is monthly. #14 Ray Lane to be received by the 10th of the month for the following month’s BISHINIK® 2004 Mayflower, AR 72106 edition. August 2004, BISHINIK, Page 3 From the desk of Chief Gregory E. Pyle Our vote is more important than ever A recent trip to Washington, D.C., has me dwelling on the *Women won the right to vote in 1920 by the passage of the 19th importance of each and every vote. We are very blessed in the United amendment to the Constitution. Tennessee, the last state needed to States to be able to mark our choice of elected leaders on a ballot pass the amendment, ratified the amendment by one vote. and it is our responsibility as citizens to participate in the voting *In 1923 just one vote gave Adolf Hitler leadership of the Nazi process. Party. I am very proud of the percentage of Choctaw voters who take *In 1941 just one vote saved selective service, just weeks before part in tribal elections – close to 50% of eligible voters cast ballots Pearl Harbor. in most of the Council elections in recent years. Most likely, these *One vote kept Aaron Burr from becoming President. That one same active voters are interested in their area, state and national vote elected Thomas Jefferson in 1800. elections as well. *One vote gave statehood to Texas (1845), California (1850), The Native American vote is more important than ever. As Oregon (1859), Washington (1889), and Idaho (1890). increased numbers of tribal people make their voice heard, more *John Kennedy won the presidency in 1960 by just one vote per politicians are including Indian issues in their platforms. It is vital precinct in Illinois. One voter in each precinct could have changed that we continue to send the message to our state capitols and the election, giving Nixon 26 electoral votes in Illinois and Washington, D.C., that the voting block of Indian people can make consequently electing him President. a difference in the outcome of elections on all levels. *Marcus Monton was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1839 Each and every vote is powerful. We only have to look at history by one vote out of 102,066 votes cast. to see how just one vote has molded the lives we know today. *In 1950, a State Senator from Garrett County, Maryland was *In 1771 just one vote gave America the English language instead elected by one vote. The winner had 3,080. The loser, 3,079. of German. *Woodrow Wilson was elected President in 1916 by carrying one *In 1868 just one vote saved President Andrew Johnson from state by less than one vote per precinct. impeachment conviction. And we all remember how close the last Presidential election *In 1876 just one vote made Rutherford B. Hayes President of here in the United States was. Your vote or my vote could determine the U.S. The man in the Electoral College who cast that vote was an who wins an election. You can bet I’ll be at the polls to mark my Indiana Congressman elected by one vote. choice of leadership and state questions! I hope you will, too. From the desk of Assistant Chief Mike Bailey 2004 Labor Day Festival State Question on November ballot will affect tribes Gospel Singing Schedule If you are interested in singing and aren’t on the fol- The Choctaw Nation has had an agreement that clarified the lowing list or if you are on the list and will not be able gaming as a revenue-producing games, ending litigation, and to attend, please call Sabrina Turner at 800-522-6170, business since December of about $71 million would go to ext. 2335. Thank you! 1987. Since that time, the tribal education each year instead of 12 noon Shirley Marcille 7:00 p.m. Eastern Gate gaming business has grown lawyers. 12:15 p.m. The Lighthouse 7:30 p.m. Crossroads throughout Oklahoma, with Disagreements from some 12:30 p.m. The Horn Family 8:00 p.m. The Crabb Family many of the Indian Nations state leadership with SB 553 has 12:45 p.m. Goodin Family 9:30 p.m. Kingsmen opening at least one casino. The resulted in the issue being put 1:00 p.m. Sheila Graver 9:45 p.m. One Way Choctaw Nation has gaming sites before the Oklahoma voters on 1:15 p.m. The Yoder Family 10:00 p.m. The Jenkin Sisters in Durant, McAlester, Grant, November 2, 2004. On the 1:30 p.m. Daphne Johnson 10:15 p.m. Desiree Noah Idabel, Broken Bow and Pocola, ballot, it will be listed as State 1:45 p.m. Faith, Hope & Love 10:30 p.m. Country Gospel 2:00 p.m. Bubba Johnson 10:45 p.m. The Singing and we also own a race track in Question 712. A YES vote on 2:15 p.m. Master’s Touch Buck Family Sallisaw. SQ 712 will help solve 2:30 p.m. Ricky Eggenburg 11:00 p.m. The Ruckmans Earlier this year, tribes joined Oklahoma’s school funding 2:45 p.m. Heavenly Places 11:15 p.m. Wright City Singers with horsemen and educators to problems, without raising taxes. 3:00 p.m. Tulsian Quartet 11:30 p.m. Jim Selby pass legislation, SB 553, which A YES vote on SQ 712 will help 3:15 p.m. Called Out 11:45 p.m. Sammy Sadler allowed a tribal gaming compact protect our state economy and 3:30 p.m. Samantha & Esther 12 midnight Stopp Family with the state to put a portion of more than 50,000 local jobs. 3:45 p.m. Ivan & Ivanna 12:15 a.m. Charles Lee gaming revenues into education The estimated $71 million per 4:00 p.m. The Orphan Family 12:30 a.m. Hobbs Triplets funds, and allowed three tracks year in new revenue for edu- 4:15 p.m. Merle & 12:45 a.m. Deloris Eller The Gospel Four 1:00 a.m. Shelia Steele to offer some machine gaming, cation will be split as follows: 4:30 p.m. Glory Bound 1:15 a.m. Ronald Keeling which would help keep the horse 88% to local schools on a per 4:45 p.m. Tina Castleberry 1:30 a.m. Charles Boaz racing industry in our state. student basis and 12% to provide 5:00 p.m. Chantri Harper 1:45 a.m. Richie McDaniel Currently, tribes are spending college scholarships for Okla- 5:20 p.m. Tribesmen 2:00 a.m. Kelly R. Keeling millions of dollars in litigation to homa students. 5:40 p.m. Christlike 2:15 a.m. Nails Scar clarify what electronic games are Oklahoma voters can help 6:00 p.m. Choctaw Hymns 2:30 a.m. Warren Peterson legal and which games cannot be support education and jobs by 6:30 p.m. Glen Bonham played in our casinos. Under SB voting YES on SQ 712 on e – Mor Labor Day information on Page 8 553, the tribes and the state had November 2nd. Choctaw Nation receives Windows on the Past award “We open windows on the past and thereby see both people and the land more clearly.” – From “Heritage – It’s About Time!” A National Strategy In 2002 the Heritage Resource section of the Oklahoma Ranger District of the Ouachita National Forest sponsored a Government Visitor through the International Volunteer Program from the Uni- versity of Newcastle Upon Tyne in Great Briton. Through ties de- veloped with the visitor, the Oklahoma Ranger District learned the university required the students to complete two Kelly Russell presents the national Windows on the Past award weeks of field excavation. Be- to Terry Cole, Director of the Choctaw Nation’s Cultural Re- cause of the favorable experience sources Department for Cole’s and the tribe’s participation in in the International Volunteer the Region 8 International Heritage Tour. Program, the district and forest presentation from their area of Oklahoma, the United States and Jackson is CNAIRA All Around Cowgirl offered to host archaeology stu- dents from the university for a expertise and engaged the stu- dents in a spirited discussion on American Indian Culture. Fur- thermore, they gained an insight Assistant Chief Mike Bailey presents a belt buckle to Marci Jackson of Durant, the Choctaw Nation two-week excavation of sites in the history and prehistory of both to federal heritage preservation All Indian Rodeo Association Region 8 All Around Cowgirl for 2004. Jackson, a member of the Chero- southeastern Oklahoma. Oklahoma and the United States. efforts. The district archaeologi- kee Nation, competed in Ladies Breakaway and Barrel Racing. Assistant Chief Bailey is vice president Last year, the Choctaw Nation The Heritage Tour gave the cal technicians took a personal of the CNAIRA. Pictured are Bailey, Jackson and son Joe Paul Jackson, and CNAIRA secretaries Janie of Oklahoma was recruited to co- eleven international archaeology responsibility to educate the stu- Dillard and Shanis Goodson. host with the forest’s Ranger student tourists an opportunity to dents concerning the inventory District the first Region 8 Inter- experience firsthand the history and preservation methods prac- national Heritage Tour. Eleven and prehistory of southeastern ticed on the ground. Choctaw Nation GED Classes archaeology student tourists af- filiated with the University of BRYAN COUNTY McCURTAIN COUNTY Newcastle Upon Tyne partici- Beginning date and time: Beginning date and time: pated in the excavation of two September 13, 2004 September 14, 2004 sites, one of which was a post- Mondays and Wednesdays Tuesdays and Thursdays removal 1832 Choctaw homes- from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ite on land that had been ex- Choctaw Nation Tribal Complex E.T. Dunlap Higher Education Center changed to Weyerhaeuser. The (south bldg. downstairs) Idabel, Oklahoma Choctaw Nation provided an in- 16th & Locust St., Durant, Oklahoma sight to the artifacts being recov- ered and a flavor of contempo- rary Choctaw and American In- LATIMER COUNTY NORTH LEFLORE COUNTY dian culture. Beginning date and time: Beginning date and time: The Heritage tour was an September 13, 2004 September 14, 2004 overwhelming success. The stu- Mondays and Wednesdays Tuesdays and Thursdays dents participated in excavation from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. activities during the day and ar- Choctaw Nation Community Center Choctaw Nation Family Investment Center chaeological presentations in the Wilburton, Oklahoma Poteau, Oklahoma evening. In addition to the Choc- The class will meet two days each week for approximately 3 months. Books, supplies and testing taw Nation, speakers were re- fees are provided. In addition, a $10.00 (per day) transportation stipend is paid to those who attend cruited from the Oklahoma Ar- chaeological Survey, Oklahoma classes on a regular basis and attempt the GED test. If you have turned in an application with our Adult Education Program for GED classes and wish to attend the upcoming class, please contact Historical Society, and Okla- Chief Pyle greets Minor twins Linda Tyler or Kathy Springfield at the Durant office, 800-522-6170 or 580-924-8280, ext. 2319. homa Anthropological Society as Chief Gregory E. Pyle visits with twins, Sgts. Jeremiah and Joshua Also, you may register at the first class. A Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) is required. well as Ouachita National For- Minor. Sgt. Jeremiah Minor just returned from 193 days in Iraq serv- est Archeologists. Each gave a ing in the U.S. Army. Sgt. Joshua Minor lives in Houston, Texas. August 2004, BISHINIK, Page 4 Fire risk increases Let’s try new foods ... together in summer months Good feelings about trying new foods help lead to a lifetime of healthful eating. Try new fruits and vegetables Submitted by the Choctaw Nation When using an WOMEN, INFANT & CHILDREN as fun experiences with your child. of Oklahoma extinguisher use Safety Development the PASS technique: Enjoy all kinds of foods? That’s good advice for kids – and for • Go for at least “one bite.” But stay away from forcing your Department you. Why? When kids learn to enjoy many foods, they have more child to taste. Keep food trying positive. During the summer sea- choices for smart eating throughout life. That’s good because dif- • Try new foods, too. Encourage your whole family to try new son there is an increased P = Pull the pin. ferent foods promote growth and health in different ways. Food variety makes eating more interesting and fun, too. Re- foods! Kids copy what they see and hear. Keep quiet if you don’t like the food. risk of fires from pastures to barns, workshops, and even houses. The Safety Devel- A = Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire member: seeing, trying, comparing, and talking about different foods is a part of learning. • Prepare new foods in different ways. Many kids prefer to pick up raw vegetables with fingers. That may seem better than • Offer a new food first, before your child has eaten. Kids the same new vegetable that is cooked. opment Department would like to remind you to call the fire depart- S = Squeeze the handle usually are more willing to try new foods when they are hungry. • Have your child choose a new food as you shop. Trying new • Try and try again! Many kids need to try a new food five to ten times before they like it. It’s normal for kids to be cautious at ment first, and use extreme cau- tion around fires. If 911 is not available in your area, then we S = Sweep the nozzle side to side foods is more fun when the children pick them out. • Do a taste test. Talk about a new food. Have your child de- first. • Relax. Your child doesn’t need to like every food. Everyone suggest you post emergency scribe the color, feel, shape, smell, sound, and taste – and not (you, too) has different food favorites. whether your child likes it or dislikes it. NO “Yucks!” Provided by: Nibbles for Health, USDA phone numbers next to your telephone. We have included some tips on using a fire extinguisher in the event it becomes necessary to fight a fire. Cervical Class A fires are combustibles like wood, paper, cloth, upholstery, plastics and similar materials. Use the appropriate Health centers participating in cancer extinguisher – either a water or dry chemical. Class B fires are flammable gases or liquids, such as gasoline, kerosene oil, kitchen grease and paint. Use only dry chemical study for children with diabetes can be or carbon dioxide extinguishers. Do not use water extinguishers on these fires. Three Native American medications with and without Class C fires occur when energized equipment or wires are on fire. Use a dry chemical or a carbon dioxide extinguisher. It health centers are joining OU Children’s Physicians Diabe- Common symptoms of diabetes include: intensive lifestyle interven- tion in young people ten to 17 prevented would be good if possible to discontinue the power source to tes Center in testing treatment years of age. the equipment first then the fire becomes Class A or B, but if it regimens for the growing * Frequent urination The grant “Treatment Op- Call for an number of Oklahoma children * Excessive thirst tions for Type 2 Diabetes in still has power running through it then do not use water on it. with type 2 diabetes. * Extreme hunger Adolescents and Youth (TO- appointment: The research project is be- DAY) is sponsored by the 1-800-349-7026 Healthy Lifestyles ing conducted at 12 sites na- * Increased fatigue * Irritability National Institute of Diabetes ext. 6368 tionally. In Oklahoma, the and Digestive and Kidney * Blurry vision Minimizing exposure to allergens study is being conducted at the OU Children’s Diabetes Cen- Diseases and the NIH. The $1.4 million grant is for the “There is good news about Allergies or hay fever is a common problem for adults as well as cervical cancer,” said Dr. Floyd ter at the University of Okla- Children with diabetes ei- first of a five-year project, Goodman, obstetrician/gyne- children. The most common symptoms include a stuffy or runny nose homa Health Sciences Center, ther don’t produce insulin or expected to result in a total with clear drainage or congestion, repeated sneezing, itchy eyes and cologist at Choctaw Nation and at these Native American their bodies don’t effectively award of $4 million to $6 mil- nose, sore throat, throat clearing and a cough that may be worse at Health Care Center in Talihina. health centers: the Choctaw use the hormone, which helps lion dollars. night and in the morning. Children with allergies may also breath “It is preventable and we have Nation Health Care Center in convert sugar into energy. In Children participating will through their mouth a lot and have dark circles under their eyes (“al- Talihina, Carl Albert Indian Oklahoma, one out of three receive free study related appointments for screening lergic shiners”). Health Facility in Ada, affili- diabetes cases diagnosed in medications, diabetes educa- available. Although allergies are not inherited, the tendency to develop an ated with the Chickasaw Na- children is type 2, which is tion, laboratory tests and doc- “Regular Pap Cytology (Pap allergy is inherited. If you are allergic to a substance, then your child tion, and Little Axe Health also referred to as adult-onset tor visits. Reimbursement for Smears) can pick up problems has a one in three chance of developing an allergy and not always to Clinic, affiliated with the Ab- diabetes. According to Ken- all study-related costs as well and allow time to clear the dis- the same allergen (things that cause allergies). If both parents have sentee Shawnee Tribe. neth Copeland, M.D., an OU as rewards for achieving study ease long before it becomes can- allergy problems, the child will have a 70% chance of developing Over the past ten years, type Children’s Physicians pediat- related goals will be provided. cer,” Goodman said. “The test is allergies. 2 diabetes has become increas- ric diabetes specialist, the Participation in the project simple and painless.” These symptoms usually occur during certain times of the year ingly common in young adults problem is a direct result of will be for up to three years. A wart virus, the human pap- for people with seasonal allergies, being exposed to outdoor aller- and children. Oklahoma has the growing number of chil- The OU Children’s Physi- illoma virus is often the under- gens, such as tree pollens, grasses and weeds. one of the highest incidence dren who are overweight and cians Diabetes Center focuses lying cause of cervical cancer. Other people may have perennial allergies, with symptoms oc- rates in the nation. Although inactive. solely on pediatric diabetes It begins as a viral infection and curring year round from exposure to indoor allergens, such as dust the trial is open to every Okla- “Type 2 diabetes has in- and is located at the Univer- can progress to an intermediate mites, pets, secondhand smoke and molds. homa child with type 2 diabe- creased dramatically over the sity of Oklahoma Health Sci- stage called cervical dysplasia. tes, Native American children last decade,” Copeland ex- ences Center. The center was Dysplasia is not, in itself, dan- Allergies may become debilitating and chronic, which have long- are especially targeted for plained. “The epidemic can be awarded the American Diabe- gerous. It is only when it is term effects on your health and happiness. There are some steps you evaluation due to high rates of related to genetics as well as tes Association Education ignored, that it can become can- can take to minimize your exposure to allergens, such as: type 2 diabetes. to the rise in the number of Recognition Award for its dia- cer. • Keeping windows closed in the car and home to avoid expo- Diabetes in Native Ameri- children who are overweight betes self-management pro- sure to pollens, especially on days when the pollen forecasts In Choctaw Nation there are cans was a rare occurrence be- and who don’t get enough gram. Through research, OU many women who are not get- predict medium or high pollen levels. fore the 1930s, but today, the physical activity.” Children’s Physicians has de- • Limiting outdoor activities when pollen counts are highest – ting routine exams in spite of Oklahoma State Department Diabetes is the leading veloped recommendations for early morning for spring time tree pollens, afternoon and early readily available appointments. of Health estimates that as cause of blindness, kidney preventing diabetes and evening for summer grasses, and in the middle of the day for Women who are past child bear- much as 25% of Oklahoma’s failure and lower extremity screening high-risk children. ragweed in the fall. Native Americans have the amputations. It also increases This research provides access ing and have no need to see a gy- • Do not hang clothes outside to dry; instead, use a dryer or disease. The Indian Health the risk of heart disease. to treatment innovations that necologist for other reasons, like hang the clothes inside. Service reports a 68% increase Copeland was awarded a may not be widely available birth control, are at the highest • Bathe at bedtime to wash off allergens. from 1990 to 1998, in diabe- $1.4 million National Insti- for years. risk of not getting the exams they • If your allergy symptoms aren’t getting under control with tes prevalence in adolescents tutes of Health (NIH) grant to For more information need. They may not be seen for your current medications, a recheck with your physician between 15 and 19 years of conduct the study. He is evalu- about the study, call 405-271- several years. might be a good idea. age. ating the effects of diabetes 7755 or 800-613-8512. The timeline for an infection “Healthy Living = Longer Life” with the wart virus to progress to cervical cancer is fortunately Kelly Garrett honored with going-away party several years long, allowing enough time for screening exams Child and Adult Care Food Program Kelly Garrett was re- to detect and simple treatments The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Day Care Program an- cently honored with a go- to eradicate the disease. There nounces its participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Pro- ing-away party held at the have been some changes in rec- gram (CACFP). All participants in attendance are served meals, Choctaw Community ommendations as to frequency of at no extra charge to the parents and without regard to race, color, Center in Crowder, Okla- evaluation for patients who are national origin, sex, age, or disability. In accordance with fed- homa. older and have had normal ex- eral law and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kelly is Choctaw and a ams for three years. However, it policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the 2004 graduate of Crowder is best to let a clinician go over basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. School. He joined the U.S. the records to make an educated To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Navy and left on July 27 recommendation. Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 for training at Great Lake, “If it has been more than 12 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or Illinois. months since an exam, we highly call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal oppor- Family and friends recommend you call our office tunity provider and employer. brought a covered dish or your local clinic to make an This statement applies to the center(s) listed below: Choctaw and had a money tree for appointment,” Goodman said. Nation Day Care, Durant; Choctaw Nation Child Development Kelly. His grandmother, “The number to call is 1-800- Center, Talihina; Choctaw Nation Child Development Center, Grandmothers Kay Collier and Mini Power; Grandpa Sam Power; Kay Collier, also had a 349-7026, ext. 6368. The Bennington; Choctaw Nation Child Development Center, Coal- Great-grandma Golda Smith; Kelly Garrett; his mother, Tanja Garrett; cake made with the Navy Women’s Clinic has doctor, mid- gate; Choctaw Nation Child Development Center, Stigler. father, Buster Garrett; Grandpa James Offutt; brother, Dakota Garrett; seal on it. Everyone en- wife and physician assistant ap- cousin, Canaan Cook, and sister, MacKie’Lee Garrett. joyed the party. pointments available.” VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND PROJECTS WITH INDUSTRY PROGRAM September Calendar Choctaw Nation WIC Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Serving the Choctaw Nation at 14 sites A Vocational Rehabilitation and Projects With Indus- 1 2 3 4 try representative will be available at the locations SITE PHONE HOURS DAYS listed. A representative is available Monday thru Fri- day 8-4:30 except for holidays at the Hugo office. Antlers 580-298-3161 8:30-4:00 Every Tuesday Stigler Atoka 580-889-5825 8:00-4:30 Every Mon., Thurs. & 1st, 3rd, 4th Wed. 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Bethel 580-241-5458 8:30-4:00 1st & 3rd Tuesday by appt. only Idabel Durant 10 am-12 noon McAlester 10 am-2 pm Boswell 580-566-2243 8:30-4:00 1st & 2nd Friday 10 am-2 pm Broken Bow 580-584-2746 8:30-4:00 2nd & 4th Tues., every Wed. & Thurs. 12 13 14 15 Atoka 16 17 18 Coalgate 580-927-3641 8:30-4:00 2nd Wednesday Talihina Wilburton 9-11 am Broken Bow Durant 580-924-8280 x 2255 8:00-4:30 Daily 10 am-2 pm 10:30 am-2 pm Coalgate 10 am-2 pm 12 noon-2 pm Hugo 580-326-5404 8:00-4:30 Mon., Wed., Thurs., 3rd & 4th Fri. 19 20 21 22 Crowder 23 24 25 Idabel 580-286-2510 8:00-4:30 Monday and Friday Antlers Durant by appt only Poteau McAlester 918-423-6335 8:00-4:30 Daily by appt. only by appt only McAlester 11 am-1:30 pm Poteau 918-647-4585 8:00-4:30 Daily by appt only Stigler 918-967-4211 8:30-4:00 Every Monday 26 27 28 29 30 Bethel Talihina 918-567-7000 x 6792 8:00-4:30 Tuesday , Wednesday and Friday Wright City by appt only by appt. only Wilburton 918-465-5641 8:30-4:00 Every Thursday August 2004, BISHINIK, Page 5 Phase I Language Choctaw Nation OEH releases guidelines Class scheduled In an effort to better serve the What to consider before deciding Choctaw people, the Choctaw in Wilburton Nation Office of Environmental where to build or place a home A Phase I Choctaw Lan- Health (OEH) has revised its ✓ Is water available here? guage Class will begin guidelines and applications so ✓ How far is it to get water here? August 3 at the Choctaw that the federal dollars allotted ✓ How far is it to get electricity here? Nation Community Center, for providing water and sewer ✓ How much will it cost to put a driveway here? 515 Center Point Road in facilities to individual qualifying ✓ What type of soil is here? What type of septic system Wilburton, Oklahoma. The homes can meet its fullest poten- will it require? class, taught by McKinley tial. Following is a brief sum- ✓ Can I afford to maintain an alternate septic system? Taylor Jr., will be held mary of the OEH guidelines: from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rural Water District (RWD) or time for processing applica- The Choctaw Nation Office of Environmental Health provides community. We will not autho- tions, review, design, schedul- Register water and sewer facilities for rize the RWD to install a meter ing and construction. Funding for Internet qualified homes of federally rec- until an application has been delays may also occur. The an- Language Classes ognized Indian Tribe members. approved and said water de- ticipated time for finished work Registration is open This is a federally funded pro- partment has been contacted is 4 to 6 months from the time until the end of August for gram through the Indian Health by this office. a complete application package Internet Language Classes. Service (IHS), therefore, federal Water wells producing 2 or is received. Visit the Choctaw guidelines are involved. Facili- more gallons per minute (gpm) Any questions regarding these Language Department’s ties include wells or community will be completed. Dry wells or guidelines or this program should website – water and drainfields or commu- those producing less than 2 gpm be directed to the OEH office in www.choctawonline.com nity connections. Sites requiring are abandoned and plugged caus- Hugo, 580-326-9673. Original enrollee and follow the appropriate lateral lines are left with ing the home to be dropped from Note: The Choctaw Nation Councilman Kenny Bryant presents a blanket to Irene Johnston, links to register for the mounded soil loosely placed on this program. We can only drill Environmental Health Office can recognizing her as an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation of Fall 2004-Spring 2005 the lines. This material needs to one well per site. assist a qualifying household Oklahoma. One of only a handful of the remaining original enroll- classes. settle naturally over time. Driv- The water and sewer facilities with water and/or septic if such ees, she will celebrate her 100th birthday on October 3. Also pic- ing on the lines or attempts to are warranteed for one year. All services are deemed feasible. tured is Irene’s granddaughter, Carrie Plymale. Skullyville Singing level with machinery will likely facilities require maintenance for This program only deals with cause damage and void any war- best performance and longevity. water and septic. This office does to be August 20 ranty from this office. Maintenance and repair after the not pump septic tanks. Any other The Skullyville Choctaw Homes connecting to com- warranty period, or for problems types of services needed such as Singing will be from 6 to munity water systems will re- caused by negligence, is the re- electric, propane, etc., may not be 11 p.m. on Friday, August quire a service agreement be- sponsibility of the home owner. available through the Choctaw 20, at the Spiro Choctaw tween the homeowner and the Finished services require Nation. Community Center west of Spiro, Oklahoma. Sched- uled to sing are the Baker Family, Salonie Singers Diabetes educators and Jubilee Singers. All Choctaw singers and Choate and Roberts musicians are welcome. Potluck will be served at 6 p.m. and door prizes will complete CDE exam be awarded. For more Annette Choate, R.N., Community Diabetes information, please call Educator from Broken Bow Clinic, and Lee Ann Roberts, R.N., Community Diabetes Coordinator 918-962-3832. There is no Educator from McAlester Clinic, successfully charge to attend. completed the Certified Diabetes Educator exam in May. OK Choctaw Annette and Lee Ann have been employees of Tribal Alliance the Choctaw Nation since October 2001. They District 1 royalty schedule of events started the Community Education Program that Councilman Hap Ward congratulates Jenny Townsend on being year and since that time two additional commu- crowned Jr. Miss Choctaw Nation for District 1. The 15-year-old The OK Choctaw Tribal nity educators have been added as well as a com- Valliant high school student is the daughter of Jim and Marlene Alliance Inc. would like to munity dietitian. Townsend of Valliant. She is the granddaughter of Bill Townsend of invite everyone to its The community educators work in the fifth Texas, Novelle Townsend of Valliant and the late Jack Downing and monthly Taco Sale, held grade classes of schools in the 10 1/2 counties of every second Saturday Victoria Aragon. the Choctaw Nation. The Salad Sisters present a from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Diabetes Prevention Program to the students that the center, 5320 S. Youngs is fun and educational. In addition, they work in Blvd. in Oklahoma City. connection with the Community Health Program On the second Monday and other programs in the Choctaw Nation to edu- Visit of every month a Potluck cate on prevention of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Dinner is held at 6 p.m. followed by a General Cousins enjoy Okla Chahta Education classes are held in each area for those Our Website diagnosed with diabetes to help them understand Meeting at 7 p.m. Mem- Gathering in Bakersfield the disease and prevent complications. bership is not required to Cousins Willie Mack LeFlore Floyd of Fresno, Community Educators have worked with the Choctaw Nation Home Finance attend the meeting or California, and Wiley Burns of Denham Spring, CDC and Department of Health and Human Ser- It’s so easy and convenient for you to apply dinner. Louisiana, enjoyed their visit at the Okla Chahta vices in the DDI Program to find those at risk for online to purchase or refinance a home at The Choctaw Language type 2 diabetes, early detection and prevention. www.choctawhomefinance.web-loans.com Gathering held in May in Bakersfield, Califor- Classes will resume at the The Certified Diabetes Educator accomplish- nia. They are pictured, top, with Chief Gregory We lend money in all 50 states and if you qualify you could center on the third week of ment is just one more step in providing the best in E. Pyle, and bottom, Willie Mack was picked the apply for up to $333,700 with 1 to 3% down with a conventional September. To sign up for diabetes care to the people of the Choctaw Na- prettiest lady at the gathering and Wiley trav- tion. Please schedule an appointment with the dia- fixed rate for 30 years – and if eligible, Choctaw Nation Home classes, obtain princess eled the farthest to attend. applications, or for more betes educator in your clinic. Finance will finance 2% of your down payment and all of your information you may closing as a second mortgage. For any additional information needed, call Choctaw Nation contact the office from noon to 4 p.m. Monday- Workshops scheduled for businesswomen Housing Authority, Home Finance Department, at 1-800-235- Thursday or 10 a.m. to 2 The Oklahomans for Indian “Building Blocks for Growing a Successful Business” 3087 for help with the application and/or we will address addi- p.m. on Fridays, 405-688- Opportunity Women’s Center 1-3 p.m. on September 9 tional questions for you. 4191, 405-681-0869, or e- (OIO) and the Choctaw Nation Choctaw Nation Tribal Complex - Auditorium Also, if you live near one of the following areas and want to mail email@example.com are presenting free workshops 16th & Locust, Durant, Oklahoma learn more about homeownership or refinancing, please call the for any woman who wishes to go ~~~ office to register to attend a homebuyer class. Johnico Family into business or needs help with “Developing Your Business Plan” DATE LOCATION TIME Centennial their existing business. (Plan Your Work – Work Your Plan) August 19 Antlers 5:30 p.m. Participants attending the 9 a.m.-3 p.m. September 23 and September 24 August 26 Durant 5:30 p.m. Reunion “Building Blocks for Growing a Choctaw Nation Family Investment Center The Johnico Family Successful Business,” Septem- 210 Hollis Roberts Dr., Broken Bow, Oklahoma Centennial Reunion will ber 9 in Durant, will be exposed be held 10:30 to 3 p.m., Saturday, September 4, at to business basics such as Plan- ning for Success, Legal Struc- AUGUST SPECIAL the Choctaw Nation Field Adult day care centers provide homelike setting Office, Dallas and Rail- road St., Talihina, Okla- tures, Licensing Requirements, Registering with Governmental Adult day care centers provide and older persons involved with Choctaw Nation homa. Meat will be furnished for the potluck Agencies, Tax Considerations, Insurance, Franchising, Basic a caring homelike setting in which adults both young and old a strong support system are less likely to become depressed and Book Store Record Keeping, and Creative can relax, enjoy meals, arts and are better equipped to deal with lunch. Please RSVP to Management Techniques. crafts and other activities such as life’s problems. Myrtle Lee Johnico King, “Developing Your Business exercise and outings. The centers People who need supervision “Life and Times 405-634-6786, or mail to Plan” (Plan Your Work – Work serve individuals with physical but do not need 24-hour medical 1023 S.W. 38th Apt. C, Your Plan) is scheduled for limitations and those who just monitoring should not be placed of the Choctaw Oklahoma City, OK two days, September 23 and 24, Original Enrollees” have trouble with the normal ev- in nursing homes simply because 73109. in Broken Bow. Participants will eryday activities of daily living. they have no caregiver or because be exposed to business basics They may be on walkers or in their caregiver cannot afford a $ Family reunion for Jones descendants such as The Management Plan, Personnel Management, Market wheelchairs or skipping meals, a little forgetful or just plain lonely. live-in sitter. Adult day care pro- grams give caregivers the secu- Sale August only! 40 A family reunion will be Analysis, Marketing Strategies, The goal of adult day centers rity and peace of mind necessary This 407-page book contains stories told by Choctaw Origi- held for descendants of Financial Planning, Forecasting is to assist participants in maxi- to succeed in the workforce. It nal Enrollees or their children and grandchildren as they were Cephus Jones, Reba Jones Profitability, Basic Record mizing the highest level of inde- also provides respite for non- passed down to them. The stories are very happy, heart-warm- Meashintubby, Bettye Keeping, plus much, much pendence and prevent further dis- working family members. ing, sad and spiritual. Reg. Price $55. Hardcover, 8.5”x11”, Jones Thompson and more. abilities while striving to ensure Patchwork Angels Adult Day weight 3 lbs. 11.3 oz. Shipping $6. Wilburn Jones Sr. from 9 The Small Business Adminis- that they receive the highest qual- Care in Durant participates in the Qty_____@ $40 + $6 shipping each =___________ a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, tration and the private sector ity of and most cost-effective Choctaw Nation Respite Voucher Please Complete: September 25, at Atoka fund the OIO Women’s Center. health and human services. Par- program. The majority of the Park on Great House The center’s goal is to assist all ticipation in an adult day program center’s participants are Choctaw Name ____________________________________________ Road, Atoka, Oklahoma. women in the state to go into can mean the difference in going and when possible they are bused Address __________________________________________ Everyone please come and business or if already in business into a nursing home or staying to lunch at the Choctaw Nation bring a covered dish and to help them succeed. If you have independent longer. Center on Wednesdays. The staff City/State/Zip _____________________________________ dessert. For directions and ever thought you might like to Older and disabled persons is also participating in a Choc- Phone Number ____________________________________ more information contact go into business or if you are in often suffer from feelings of iso- taw language class. Eldene Jim at 580-889- business and feel you could use lation and depression. This prob- For more information, please To place an order, please send check or money order to: 6809; Evangeline assistance call 405-329-3737 or lem can exacerbate illnesses and contact Brianna Sherman at Choctaw Nation Book Store Meashintubby at 580-364- if out of the area 800-375-3737 set off a cycle of self-abuse with Patchwork Angels, 580-931- PO Box Drawer 1210, Durant, OK 74702-1210 2103, or Katherine Leach toll free to register for the work- the end result being costly hos- 0444, or Monica Blaine, Choc- Or call toll-free at 888-932-9199 at 972-926-7357. shop or to talk with a Business pitalization or commitment to a taw Nation Caregiver Depart- or 800-522-6170, ext. 5148 Development Specialist. long-term care facility. Disabled ment, 580-924-8280, ext. 2448. for credit card orders August 2004, BISHINIK, Page 6 People You Know Happy 17th, Deletra Jean Ann turns seven Wishes for a happy 17th birthday on August Happy birthday to Jean Ann Graham, who 13 are sent to Deletra Freeman from her mom, turns seven years old on August 15. Jean Ann Sweetie, and brother, Kenneth. We love ya! is the daughter of Shreda Graham of Durant, Oklahoma, and James Graham of Bokchito, Oklahoma. She has a sister, Krista, and a brother, Justin. Jean Ann is the granddaughter of Hubert and Ladell Krebbs of Boswell, Oklahoma, Bobby and Fran Keva is turning 19 Williams of Caney, Oklahoma, and Patsy Graham of Bokchito, Okla- Happy 19th birthday on August 16 to Keva homa. She has one very special friend, Papa Robert John of Silo, Ferguson. I love ya – Aunt Sweetie. Oklahoma. Happy birthday, Princess, from the whole family. Look who turned one! Wade Dewayne Minyard is wished a happy first birthday on July 15 by his parents, Jim and Ann Minyard; his Nana and Papa Tran, Look who’s one Bubba Corey Brown, Sissy Hailey Brown, Francis and Lucretia Brown of Oklahoma City, Uncle Jr., Aunt Cindy, Uncle Mitchell and proud grandparents of Craig S. Brown, would Cousin Ethan. like to wish him a happy first birthday on July Happy sixth birthday 2004-05 District 12 Princesses 23. His uncles are Steve Moore of Marlton, New Jersey, and Tim Bear of Seminole, Oklahoma. Randall would like to wish his brother, Jor- Winners of the Choctaw Nation’s District 12 Princess Pageant held He has a special nanny, Elizabeth. dan Isaac, a happy sixth birthday on June 4 May 24, pictured with 2003-04 Miss Choctaw Nation Nicole Billy, which he celebrated with family and friends. far left, are Little Miss Alyson Chapman, Jr. Miss Leandra Morgan Austin turns four Jordan likes to play volleyball and ride his bike. and Sr. Miss CheyAnne Cagle. He will be attending Hays School in Ada, Okla- Caleb and Logan would like to wish their homa. Jordan is the son of Ricky and Rolena Happy 94th, Myrtle! brother, Austin Sullivan, a happy fourth birth- Bohanon of Ada. He is the grandson of the late Isaac and Lula day on August 22. Austin loves cars and trucks Myrtle Adelia Willey McBroom recently Bohanon of Paris, Texas, and the late Josh and Minnie Wallace of and wants to be a train conductor or a pilot celebrated her 94th birthday. Myrtle was born Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. when he grows up. Austin is the son of Matt June 16, 1910, in Newcastle, Oklahoma. Her May God bless you and we love you – from your Auntie. and Lori Sullivan of Durant, Oklahoma. His father was Orren L. Willey and her mother was Josephine Suds Bench, an original enrollee. grandparents are the Rev. Floyd and Nancy Peters of Antlers, Okla- homa, and Dale and Lois Sullivan of Haworth, Oklahoma. The boys Celebrating fourth Myrtle now lives in the little town of Fruita, would like to wish their mother a happy birthday on August 10 and a Happy birthday to Maggie Freeny who is Colorado, where her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and happy birthday to Girlie Battiest on the 24th. celebrating her fourth birthday. Maggie is the great-great-grandchildren, family and friends celebrated the occa- daughter of John and Laura Freeny of Tulsa, sion. Myrtle would like to thank everyone for the cards, calls and Happy fifth birthday Oklahoma. visits. We love you, Mom, from all your kids. Jace Garrison Hardy turned five years old Celebrating 86 years on June 10. He is the son of Scott and April Happy birthday to Silas Lamar Kaneubbe Goines and the brother of Ashton and Happy birthday, cowboy! Remington, all of Ashland, Oklahoma. who turned 86 on June 13. Born in Hugo, Okla- Happy birthday, Jace! Tyler Blayne Adams celebrated his fifth homa, and now residing in Costa Mesa, Cali- birthday on June 27. He is the son of Bryan fornia, Silas has three daughters and one son and Christal (Ishcomer) Adams of Eldorado, who love him very much. Happy birthday, Exciting first birthday Oklahoma. He has a sister, Bryanna Adams, Dad! and a brother, Connor Adams, both of Kaya Faith Selman turned one year old on Eldorado. Tyler’s grandparents are Nathan and “Stinky” turns five! May 13 and was quite excited about it. She Patty Ishcomer of Quanah, Texas, Eddie and Jean Turner of Hinton, enjoyed the cake her mom made and decorated Happy birthday to Danielle “Stinky” Oklahoma; a great-grandmother, Jolene Waller of Eldorado and the with purple trim and rubber duckies swimming Masterson who will celebrate her birthday on late Daniel Josephine Ishcomer, Clifford and Pauline Myers and Roy on and around it. In addition to her parents, July 17. Wishing her a very happy birthday are Richeson. Happy birthday - we love you very much! Ross and Kerry Selman, she was joined in cel- her parents, Johnnie and Christina Masterson, and her brother, Jonathan Masterson, of Co- ebrating by her big sis, Cheyenne, Aunt Brenda, Aunt Kim, cousins Bryanna turns seven Rachel and Caitlyn, Poppa and Nanny Beal, Poppa Ross and Nanny rona, California. Grandparents are Shari JoAnn, Great-Grandma Joyce, and friends Carol, Clay and Lexie Bryanna Danyelle Adams celebrated her Vowell of Junction City, Oregon, Pat Garcia of Van Buren, Arkansas, Maxwell, Rosemary, Joshua and Jenna King and Lorri and Zeke seventh birthday on July 23. Her parents are Louise Masterson of Corona and the late John Moore of Kingman, Brannon. Bryan and Christal (Ishcomer) Adams of Arizona. Great-grandparents are Frank and Martha Vowell of Vian, Eldorado, Oklahoma. She has two brothers, Oklahoma. Uncles Tommy and James Marineau of Junction City and Jaron turns one Tyler and Connor Adams, both of Eldorado. Larry Simpson of Corona, and Diane and Kelly of Yorba Linda, Cali- Her grandparents are Nathan and Patty fornia, would also like to wish her a happy birthday! Jaron Andrew Swearingen turned one year Ishcomer of Quanah, Texas, Eddie and Jean Turner of Hinton, Okla- old on June 24. He is the son of Nicolette homa; a great-grandmother, Jolene Waller of Eldorado and the late Happy 34th birthday Swearingen and the first grandson of Willean Daniel Josephine Ishcomer, Clifford and Pauline Myers and Roy and Jack Swearingen. His great-grandparents Richeson. Happy birthday, Bryanna - we love you very much! The family of Jennifer Turner would like to are the late Lena and Isom Wallen and the late wish her a very happy birthday! She was born August 13, 1970, at the old Talihina Indian Clara Potts and Aria Swearingen. He would Sweet 16 like to say “Hello” to his Great-Aunt Charlene Chapman who lives Hospital. Her parents are Ronnie and Leatha Happy 16th birthday to Courtney Dudley on in El Paso, Texas, and his cousin, Tammy, in Brownsfield, Texas. Hampton of Boswell, Oklahoma, and Pamela August 1. and Justin Beddo of Talihina, Oklahoma. Jenna is working at the Choctaw Nation Clinic in McAlester and is married Happy birthday Watch out, folks! She’s driving now! to Rusty Turner. Happy birthday, Sis! We love you! Kay Woolsey is the best mother in the world. We love you and want to wish you a very happy Happy first birthday! birthday – love, Toni and Jamie. Audrey turns 22 Big brothers Dustin and Joshua Hyland Audrey (Lewis) Hudson will turn 22 this would like to wish a very happy first birthday month. Wishing her a happy birthday are her to their baby sister, Jessica Marie Hyland, on husband, Chad, and her two children, Haelee June 16. Proud parents are Frank and Janice Happy third birthday and Gabriel. Hyland of Grant, Oklahoma. The family of a very special little girl would We would also like to wish a happy anni- versary to Mom and Dad on June 20. They have been married for 12 like to wish her a happy birthday. Cheyenne Happy 26th, Brandon Lake Holman of Wilburton, Oklahoma, will years! turn three years old on August 8. She is the Brandon Lewis is turning 26 years old on daughter of Crystal Holman and Billy Jones August 11. Happy birthday Jr., and the granddaughter of Mary Holman and Happy birthday, B.B. King. We would like to wish our Dad, Gary Wayne Jesse James of Wilburton and the late Alfred Hicks, a happy 38th birthday on July 16. We Holman. Cheyenne will begin school this fall love you, Dad, from Colton, Kaleb and Baron. at the Choctaw Nation Head Start in Wilbur- Have a great birthday! ton. She also participated in her first dance recital in June. Her per- formance was outstanding. We all love you very much, Cheyenne! The family and friends of James Carnes want him to have a good birthday on August 17. Happy birthday wishes Enjoy it! Ashley is turning 15 Jesse McKinney would like to We would like to wish Ashley (Taylor) wish his brother, Jacob McKinney, Heady a happy 15th birthday. Ashley will be a happy belated birthday. Jacob Happy 34th, Deana 15 years old on August 8. Ashley’s father is turned nine on June 9. Jacob would Gettin’ on up there in years, aren’t Dwayne Taylor of Hugo. You’re growing to like to wish Jesse a happy eighth ya cuz? be a beautiful young lady and we love you very birthday on August 12. Make 34 count, Deana, from your much – Daddy and Becky. Proud parents are Timothy and cousin, Gregg. Dana McKinney of Idabel, Okla- Browns celebrate homa. Their brother is Jordan Wilson of the home. Grandparents are Golden Anniversary Ray and Helen Hester of Valliant, Oklahoma, the late Ray McKin- ney and Dan and Mary Wilson of Redland, Oklahoma. Great-grand- Bill and Rose Brown celebrated parents are the late John and Mulsey McKinney of Idabel, Ella Jones their 50th wedding anniversary with of Idabel, the late Olen Wilson of Redland and Eula Wilson of 36 attend 18th Lewis Armstrong Reunion a ceremony at St. Joseph’s Church Redland. Only 36 family members from Oklahoma attended the 18th Lewis on the Rio Grande. A reception Jacob and Jesse would like to wish their Aunt Angie a happy birth- Armstrong Family Reunion held June 12-13 at Harmony School in hosted by their children, grandchil- day on August 15, their Uncle Dave on November 9 and their Uncle Atoka, Oklahoma. It was good to visit, take pictures, laugh and talk dren and great-grandchildren fol- Mark on January 3. They would like to wish a happy belated birth- about times in our past. The food was all delicious. We enjoyed ba- lowed at the Elks Club in Rio day to their NaNa Helen on July 19 and a happy birthday to Grandma naha, traditional Choctaw bread. The youngest to attend was just Rancho. Ella on October 1. under one year old and the youngest mature adult was 91. Bill was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, and moved to Albuquerque We enjoyed looking at pictures from the first reunion at Boggy in 1947. He met the former Rose Tower in January 1954 in Albu- Look who’s five Depot. Following reunions were held at Cedar Circle in Atoka and querque, New Mexico, after returning to Albuquerque from serving Chakotay celebrated his fifth birthday on June 8. Chakotay is the the most recent have been at Harmony School. in the Korean Conflict. Bill and Rose were married in her parents’ son of Tiffany, stepson of Dustin and grandson of Allen and Brenda Attending this year from Atoka were Gary and Karen Armstrong, home on July 16, 1954. Lyons. Barbara Armstrong, Danny Armstrong Jr., Marvin and Joy Cochran, Bill served in the Army for 23 years. Rose was a homemaker until Hildred Marlow, Gary, Lori and Zach Armstrong, Chandra and Ciara 1965 when she went to work at Hallmark Cards in Kansas. The couple Shalyn turns seven Sherrard, Darrell, Marleah and Brad Cochran, Chase Hutson, Leslie traveled all over the world and retired in Albuquerque in July 1973. Smithart and Aline Lowe. From Collinsville were Sherman Arm- Their family includes three children, Dollinda and husband, Clyde Wishing Shalyn a happy birthday on July 2. Happy seventh birth- strong and Delloise Brimicombe. Attending for the first time were Jorgensen, Brenda and husband, Mike Addy, and Bill and wife, Kathy day – love, Mom, Dustin, Chakotay, Devin, and grandparents Allen Cleo Armstrong, James and Pat McCosar of Holdenville, along with Brown; eight grandchildren, Jennifer and husband, Kris Martin, Doug and Brenda Lyons. Don and Lavena Mankiller of Stilwell, Woodie and Floy Crawford Jorgensen, K.C. Brown, C.J. Brown, Ashley Addy, Cheni Addy, An- thony Brown and Travis Brown, and two great-grandchildren, Jer- Happy tenth birthday of Jones, Billy and Martha Armstrong, Sarah Calhoun, Bryan Johnson, Rachel Klein and Pam Tipps, all of Mustang, Augusta Armstrong emy Luke and Paige Jorgensen. Wishing Devin a happy tenth birthday on April 7 with love are and Gayle Sapp of Oklahoma City and Danny Armstrong of Semi- Bill and Rose plan an extended trip to Alaska. Mom, Dustin, Shalyn, Chakotay, Allen and Brenda. nole. August 2004, BISHINIK, Page 7 Stanford graduate Carrico leaves for Tyler Thomas Gray, son of Bill and Jill Gray second tour in Iraq of Cottonwood, California, graduated June 13 from Stanford University. He received a de- Marine Sgt. Jesse Carrico is returning to Iraq gree in Human Biology along with an award for a second tour. Jesse is stationed at Camp from Stanford’s Center for Teaching and Learn- Pendleton, California, with the 1/4 Weapons ing Excellence in Honors Presentations. He Co. 81’s. He is one member of a family of men plans to work for Americorps for one year, while he applies for medi- and women who have served in the U.S. Ma- cal school. His grandparents are Wes and Glenda Gray of Peralta, rine Corps. His grandfather, Silas Lamar New Mexico, and Virginia Peterson and Robert Brictson of San Di- Kaneubbe, served in World War II and his cous- ego, California. ins, Deanna Lopez and Danny Adams, also served. Returning from the war, Jesse caught up with friends and family. Jesse will be in Iraq Congratulations for a year. We love you, Jesse. The Lord be with you. Blaine on All-American Junior Golf Tour Jennifer Lynn Robinson graduated June 3, Vargas promoted 2004, from U.S. Grant High School in Okla- The family of Cody Blaine of Durant, pictured with Councilman homa City. She plans to attend Oklahoma City to full Lieutenant Ted Dosh and Chief Gregory E. Pyle, would like to thank Chief Pyle, Community College this fall, majoring in el- Lt. J.G. Kenneth Vargas of Port Huaneme, Assistant Chief Mike Bailey and Councilman Dosh for all their sup- ementary education. Jennifer is the daughter California, has been in Iraq for four months. port on helping Cody to achieve his goal in his golf career. of Felice Robinson and the late Milton “Sonny” He is an engineer, Seabee in the Civil Engi- Cody is a proud member of the Choctaw Tribe and is very happy Robinson. She is the granddaughter of Pearl J. Robinson. Her sister, neering core for the U.S. Navy. Vargas was to represent his tribe in his golf career. He has won numerous golf Robin Eddy, and nephew, Keegan, are very proud of her, too. Con- promoted to full Lieutenant in July during his tournaments since beginning playing golf in March 2003. He is an gratulations, Jennifer! deployment in Iraq that began in April 2004. active member of the American Junior Golf Association, South Cen- He is stationed near Fallujah and serves his tral PGA and is currently on the All-American Junior Golf Tour. “Class of 2004” country with great pride and honor. He reports that times are diffi- Among Cody’s many accomplishments are first place overall cham- Shalyn of Red Oak, Oklahoma, graduated May 12. She is heading cult, especially during the handover of the government to the Iraqi pionship in school tournaments which include Sulphur, Ada, Ard- to first grade when school begins. Shalyn is the daughter of Tiffany, people, but he is hopeful as he has seen good and miraculous things more and Durant. He also won overall champion in the Twin Cities stepdaughter of Dustin, and granddaughter of Allen and Brenda Lyons. happen with many Iraqi people working with the U.S. troops to help Junior Golf Tournament held in Denison, Texas. He won several in the reconstruction efforts. awards at the Choctaw/Chickasaw Golf Camp which include overall chipper, putter, long drive and most improved golfer. He competed Choctaw graduate He is the son of Linda and Cesar Vargas and the great-grandson of Leslie Whale, an original enrollee. He would like to thank all who in the Choctaw/Chickasaw Golf Tournament and won overall cham- Congratulations to Cebrane Isaac Wallace have been so kind with prayers and care packages. He gets his copy pion in his age division which qualified him to represent the Choc- who graduated May 18 from Ada High School. of the BISHINIK out there and enjoys getting a little bit of home to taw Nation at the Native American Junior Golf Championship to be Cebrane plans to attend Pontotoc Technology reflect upon in that far away land. held in Orlando, Florida. He will also compete in various golf tour- Center. He is the son of Albert and Elaine naments this summer throughout the United States. Cody had the Wallace of Ada, Oklahoma, and the grandson Perry graduates Marine opportunity to play for PING representatives from the Dallas area. of the late Isaac and Lula Bohanon of Paris, Cody attends Durant Middle School where he will be in the eighth Texas, and the late Josh and Minnie Wallace of Pauls Valley, Okla- Corps basic training grade and he has had three years perfect attendance. All of his family homa. are very proud of him. Cody is the son of Monica Blaine and he has PFC Joel P. Perry of Spiro, Oklahoma, re- We would like to wish him a happy birthday on July 11. May God one sister, Kayleigh. Proud grandparents are Silas and Lorene Blaine. cently graduated from Marine Corps basic bless you, we love you – Mom, Dad, Vincent and Kathie. He is the nephew of Teresa Jefferson and husband, Trooper Joe Jef- training in San Diego, California. He earned ferson, and Junior Blaine, and he has one cousin, Joseph Jefferson. 2004 grad the rating of expert on the rifle range. PFC Perry’s wife, Mindy, and son, Bronx, Congratulations to Randall Scott Bohanon as well as his parents, Paul and Dianna Perry, who graduated May 18 from Ada High School. and nephew, Ricky Tackett, attended his gradu- Randall is the son of Ricky and Rolena ation. PFC Perry is the grandson of original enrollee Campbell Phillip Bohanon of Ada, Oklahoma. He is the grand- Perry. son of the late Isaac and Lula Bohanon of Paris, Texas, and the late Josh and Minnie Wallace Arciniega activated of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. We would like to wish him all the best and may God bless you. We for duty in Bosnia love you – Mom, Dad and Jordan. SFC Louis Arciniega, member of California National Guard, was recently notified that he is being activated and sent to Bosnia for a Fifth-grader receives awards period of 18 months. Louis is married to Jennifer McPhail. He works Cheyenne Fields earned a 4.0 gpa all through for the telephone company in Riverside, California. He currently is the year. Recently, she received ten award cer- in the 40th Infantry Division and assigned to DISCOM (Division tificates at her award assembly which include Support Command) as an ammunition specialist. The Arciniegas live a Presidential Education Award from George in Murrieta, California. Bush and the Principal’s Honor Award. Chey- Family proud of graduate enne attends fifth grade at Capitol Hill Elemen- Four generations are pictured on the celebration of Sadie White’s tary School in Oklahoma City. She also re- graduation from high school June 30 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Pic- ceived one math medal and two reading medals at the annual Native American Student Art Show. Cheyenne placed third on her beaded Nursery News tured are Burt White of Iowa, Norma Coleman of Lequire, Okla- homa, Sadie White of Iowa, and Beulah Ward of Lequire. choker. Cheyenne is the daughter of Darlene Bohanon Fields. Her grandma Elizabeth Marie Lawrence 2004 graduate is Danuta Bohanon and grandpa is Sammy Bohanon. She is the great- great-granddaughter of the late Sam Bohanan who was an original Elizabeth Marie Lawrence was born April 23, Dustin Lee Kemp, Little Elm, enrollee. 2004, in Durango, Colorado, weighing 6 pounds Texas, graduated June 3 at the Dr. 3 ounces and measuring 18.5 inches long. Pepper Starplex, Frisco, Texas. Reserve Grand Champion Proud parents are Lendol and Becky Law- Dustin received numerous honors rence of Cortez, Colorado. Grandparents are In an effort to educate today’s youth con- during his senior year including All Mike and Judy Lawrence of Duncan, Oklahoma, cerning modern agriculture and its vast impor- District football, first team wide re- and Bob and Janice Crow of Gunnison, Colorado. Great-grandpar- tance to America, the Latimer County (OK) ceiver and second team punter. All District basketball first team and ents are the late Theodore and Edith Lawrence of Duncan. Her great- Extension Service and the Latimer State Bank All Tournament team honors from Prosper and Ponder, Texas, and great-grandparents were original enrollees William and Mollie Le- developed the National Agriculture Day Essay Who’s Who. Flore Lawrence of the Cade, Oklahoma, area. Writing Contest. Dustin was also named Athlete of the Year, MVP Basketball and Lane Garret Isabell, a sixth-grader from Outstanding Wide Receiver. He will be attending Midwestern Uni- Panola, Oklahoma, was the Reserve Grand Champion winner in the Konner Lee Walls versity in Wichita Falls, Texas, to continue his education in Physical National Agriculture Day Essay Writing contest. Lane was honored Education/Athletic Trainer. to receive a wall certificate and a $50 savings bond. Konner Lee Walls was born April 20, 2004, Very proud parents are Johnny and Sinsie Griffith of Little Elm. Congratulations, Lane, from your mother, Sheila Isabell, and your at McCurtain Memorial Hospital, Idabel, Okla- Grandparents are Teresa John and the late James John of Garvin, grandma, Geraldine Isabell, of Wilburton, Oklahoma. homa. He weighed in at 7 pounds 9 ounces and Oklahoma, Joe and Bobbie Sonntag of Little Elm and Sam and Myrl was 20 inches long. Kemp of San Antonio, Texas. Congratulations, son – love, Mom. Panola’s valedictorian Proud parents are Shaun and Shelley Walls of Wright City, Oklahoma. Grandparents are Brandy Renee Isabell was named valedicto- Jimmy and Paula Griffith of Valliant, Oklahoma, Darla Walls of Ida- Perfect attendance rian of Panola Junior High School. She is the bel and Bobby and Teresa Walls of Millerton, Oklahoma. Great-grand- daughter of Sheri Isabell and the granddaugh- parents are Cardin and Virginia Rutledge of Millerton, Sara Belvin Pam West, 41, and her daughter, ter of Geraldine Isabell of Wilburton, Okla- of Boswell, Oklahoma, Lela Rutledge of Kansas City, John Baker of Krystle Countz, 17, have received homa. Brandy graduated with a 4.0 gpa. She Snow, Oklahoma, and the late Bernice Colbert of Broken Bow, Okla- their perfect attendance bars for has received school awards for excellence in homa. Sunday School. The presentation English, spelling, reading, history and science. was made by Sunday School teacher She received an All-Conference JV Academic Team Honorable Men- Morgan Amber Gothard Charlie Christian at the McAlester tion for outstanding performance in individual points scored. She First Freewill Baptist Church. They also scored in the top 5% of students taking ACT’s EXPLORE pro- Jeremy and Roxanne Gothard of Durant, have attended three years and been gram in grade eight. She has also been on the Superintendent’s Honor Oklahoma, announce the birth of their daugh- members there two of those years. Roll. ter, Morgan Amber Gothard. She was born at This marks West’s 40th year of per- Brandy was Honor Marshall for last year’s junior high graduating 6:25 p.m. March 8, 2004, at MetroPlex Hospi- fect attendance. Her chain now mea- class. She has been crowned Yearbook Duchess and Junior High tal in Killeen, Texas. Morgan weighed 8 pounds sures 20 inches long. Countz has 16 Basketball Homecoming Queen. She is on the academic team, par- 12 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. years of perfect attendance and her chain measures seven inches ticipates in softball, basketball and SWAT (Students Working Against Grandparents are Rocky and Georgia Shaw of Shawnee, Okla- long. Tobacco). For a SWAT project, Brandy wrote and recorded a KESC homa, and Gary and Linda Gothard of Kingston, Oklahoma. Great- West is the daughter of Buck and Frances Jones. Her grandparents Radio commercial for “Kick Butts Day,” which was also placed on grandparents are Roger Shaw and Laura Pipkin of Oakland, Caroline are Lorene and the late Edgar McClendon and Mack and the late the Oklahoma SWAT website. Krebbs of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, Gil and Ann Gothard of King- Vera Jones, all of Arpelar, Oklahoma. Pam is the wife of Eric West Brandy enjoys listening to music, hanging out with her friends, ston and Glen and Jane Carman of Muskogee, Oklahoma. She has and they live in Stuart, Oklahoma. and writing poetry. She plans to work toward becoming a pharma- twin sisters, Gracie and Serenity, who are three. Krystle is also the daughter of Jimmy Countz and Donna of Indi- cist following graduation from high school. anola, Oklahoma. Grandparents include the Joneses, McClendons, Sue Countz and Ora Lee Thomas of Shady Grove, Taylor and Bar- Indian Student of the Year bara Countz, James and Billie Dean Countz, all of Indianola, and Roger and Leonda Shields of Stuart. She will be a senior at Stuart Second-grader Cassidy Rose High this fall and is active in basketball, fast and slow pitch softball, Daniels, 7, pictured with Indian and is on the honor roll. Krystle is a descendant of the late Beulah A. Heritage teacher Mrs. Franco, re- Mackey. ceived Walnut Canyon’s Indian Stu- dent of the Year Award. Walnut Can- Pharmacy technician yon is a part of Moorpark Unified School District, Ventura County, Carolyn McPhail of Lakewood, California. Cassidy has shown great California, graduated from Cerritos interest in her Indian heritage and College in Cerritos, California, in May studies. The Indian students go to a with an A.A. in Pharmacy Technician. special class each month to learn Carolyn was tops in her class and car- about their Indian heritage as well as the accomplishments of fa- ried the highest grade point average. mous Indians from our U.S. history. Proudly attending the ceremony Five generations The wife of Paul McPhail, Carolyn were Cassidy’s parents, Shana and Glenn Daniels; brother, Austyn; Five generations of Choctaw/Chickasaw: Mary Lois Goer Clifford, works at La Mirada Hospital in La grandpa, Hal Goldstein, and grandma, Clell Hines Goldstein. Indi- Ada, Oklahoma; Helen Leader, Aubri Lynn Browning, Kay Brown- Mirada, California. Paul is an electri- ans of all nations were represented at the presentation and everyone ing and Justin Browning, all of Bowlegs, Oklahoma. Aubri Lynn cian. They have one son, Jacob. was honored that Cassidy was such a big part of the ceremony. turned two years old on July 21. August 2004, BISHINIK, Page 8 Choctaws gather in Bellevue, Washington Judy Reil and granddaughter, Natalie Farnes, who is eight months old, enjoy the meeting held for area Choctaws in Bellevue, Washington. Alma Louise Laney visits with Chief Gregory E. Pyle. Several Charlyn Leitch, Marge Winebrenner, Monica Leitch, Tim Sentner and Belinda directors were also on hand to share information on tribal programs. Stewart, all of Tacoma, Washington, are shown with Chief Pyle. Mary McCorahay of Redmond, Washington, en- joyed meeting Chief Pyle. Justin Ward, Sarah Ward and David Ward. Brianna Forgy draws for door prize tickets, handing the numbers to Special Projects Executive Director Sue Folsom. Marlon Jamison of Rockford, Washing- ton, gives Chief Pyle a beautiful graphic artwork. Wayne and Virginia Bell of Tacoma, Washington, are pictured with Three-month-old Dane Hart Wood is fed by grand- Chief Pyle. father Kirby Mannon. Choctaw Nation group travels to Portland, Oregon Chief Gregory E. Pyle, Dan McMurtrey, wife Jennifer, and chil- Wayland Butler visits with Gary Batton, Executive Director of Chief Pyle and Gary Batton are ready to discuss matters impor- dren, Phoebe, Caleb and baby Abigail, are among those in Portland. Choctaw Nation Health Services. tant to Choctaw tribal members such as Jeanette Johnson. PWI Director Randy Hammons, Debbie Prickett, Maureen Wing, and Sarah Zeigler with daughter, It’s a full house in Portland. Cassie. Chief Pyle is holding Sarah’s baby, Suzanna. Nevin Halversen has a great time drawing door prize tickets Bob Bryant, a veteran from Oregon, thanks Chief Pyle for remem- at the Portland meeting. bering veterans. August 2004, BISHINIK, Page 9 T-Shirt Order Form A C D E B F Stickball Social Dancing Specialty Acts Festival HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT Saturday, September 4 Annual Pow Wow during the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Labor Day Festival Registration at 8 a.m. Play starts at 9 a.m. FRIDAY SUNDAY $5 registration fee 10:00 a.m. Arts & Crafts Exhibits open 8:00 a.m. Choctaw Nation Golf Tournament • Men’s Singles 11:00 a.m. Park and playground supervised activities Nashoba Golf Course • Women’s Singles 12:00-5:00 p.m. Quilt entries accepted, Museum 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Health Expo • Men’s Doubles 12:00-1:00 p.m. Broken Bow Youth Choctaw Social Dance Dominoes & Checkers Registration • Women’s Doubles on the Capitol Lawn at Information Booth • Ringer Championship 12:00-3:00 p.m. Health Expo (next to Council Building) 10:00 a.m. Choctaw Indian Art Show at Museum – No late entries – 1:00-5:00 p.m. Choctaw Nation/SOSU Basketball Clinic at Courts 11:00 a.m. Worship Services at Amphitheater 64 men cutoff 1:30-Midnight Annual Intertribal Pow Wow on Capitol Lawn McKinney’s Choctaw Dancers on Capitol Lawn For more information, Gourd Dancing 12 Noon Gospel Singing begins at Amphitheater contact Nika or Pam 5:00 McKinney’s Choctaw Dancers on Capitol Lawn Quilt Show in Museum 1-877-772-7223 6:00-Close Carnival 1:00 p.m. Dominoes and Checkers Tournament begins firstname.lastname@example.org 7:00 p.m. Fast Pitch Tournament begins at Red Warrior Park 2:00-4:00 p.m. Buffalo Tours – buses park next to Council House email@example.com Pow Wow and Grand Entry Terrapin Races/Best Dressed Terrapin CONCERT (at the Amphitheater) Contest on playground 7:00 p.m. Jessica Andrews 4:00 p.m. Broken Bow Choctaw Social Dance, Capitol Lawn 9:00 p.m. Lori Morgan 5:00 p.m. Broken Bow Choctaw Stickball Games, Capitol Lawn Tough, 11:00 p.m. Neal McCoy 6:00 p.m. Choctaw Gospel Singing Tough SATURDAY MONDAY Choctaw 6:30-7:45 a.m. 5K Registration – Hwy. 271 10:00 a.m. Events begin at the Amphitheater: Contest 8:00 a.m. 5K Run, starts – Hwy. 271 Posting of Flag by Choctaw Nation Color Guard Saturday, Horseshoe Tournament Registration The Lord’s Prayer by the Choctaw Princess September 4 Softball Tournament Welcome and Announcements on the Council 3-on-3 Choctaw War Hoops Basketball Tournament Storyteller Tim Tingle Chamber Lawn 9:00 a.m. Playground supervised 11:00 a.m. State of the Nation Address by Chief Pyle Registration: 4 p.m. Co-ed Volleyball at Red Warrior Park Door Prize Drawing Contest begins: 5 p.m. Horseshoe Pitch on Capitol Lawn 12 Noon Free meal for everyone – $5 entry fee – Quilt Show opens in Museum Pick up quilts from the Quilt Show Contestants under the Choctaw Indian Art Show at Museum age of 18 must have 10:00-Noon Kids Beadwork Project on playground parent’s signature. 10:00 a.m. Princess Pageant at Amphitheater 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Health Expo (next to Council Building) 11:00 a.m.-dark Supervised activities at playground Events throughout the Festival include: Labor Day 11:30 a.m. McKinney’s Choctaw Dancers, Capitol Lawn 2:00-4:00 p.m. Buffalo Tours – buses park next to Council House • Free Carnival Rides, courtesy of Chief and Council Festival 2:30 p.m. McKinney’s Choctaw Dancers • Cultural Demonstrations Quilt Show 4:00 p.m. Tough, Tough Choctaw Registration, • The Rocky Show (times will be posted) Council Chambers lawn • Skin & Bones Comedy Circus (times will be posted) entries need to be 5:00 p.m. Tough, Tough Choctaw Contest, • Russell Turner, the Magician (times will be posted) dropped off at the Council Chambers lawn • Racing Pigs (times will be posted) Museum on Friday, CONCERT (at the Amphitheater) September 3, 5:00 p.m. Cleadus T. Judd from 12 noon to 5 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Ronnie Milsap and picked up by noon 9:00 p.m. Sawyer Brown on Monday, 11:00 p.m. Jo Dee Messina September 6 August 2004, BISHINIK, Page 10 Choctaw Nation hosts basketball camps The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma held its third annual The camps were held on Wednesdays and Thursdays series of Choctaw Nation Basketball Camps from May with a half day on Fridays, ending at noon with an awards 26 to July 9. The camps were held for boys and girls from assembly. age 8 to 18 in 12 locations – Idabel, Broken Bow, Rattan, Each student participated in drills to enhance skills in Atoka, Durant, Savannah, McAlester, Hugo, Talihina, shooting, dribbling, passing and defense and was awarded Poteau, Keota and at Jones Academy. a T-shirt on completion of the camp. – Jones Academy – – Idabel – – Broken Bow – – Durant – – Durant – – Durant – – Keota – 27th Annual Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa Davis desires to give Pow Wow of Champions back to community August 13, 14 & 15, 2004 Thomas Earl Davis of Aberdeen, Washington, a proud 55-year-old Expo Building – Tulsa Fairgrounds Choctaw citizen, graduated in June For more information call 918-836-1523 from South Puget Sound Commu- nity College, Olympia, Washing- ton. He completed a three-year Cer- tificated Paralegal Program, which includes an Associate of Technical Arts Degree. “My long-term goal is to give 10th Annual Council Tree back to my Oklahoma community Bethel area residents visit with Assistant Chief TOM DAVIS Pow Wow During a recent trip to Bethel, Oklahoma, Assistant Chief Mike by creating a non-profit organiza- tion designed to improve the quality of life for tribal elders,” Bailey spent time visiting with area residents including Darlene said Davis. “I have been blessed with family and friends who & Cultural Festival Noahubi and her 13-month-old grandson, Zachary Parson. have been supportive of me throughout my life, and now is the time to give back as best as I can to those who believed September 17, 18 & 19, 2004 and shared in my vision.” You are invited to join in an educational journey down Confluence Park – Delta, Colorado the path that led to the Trail of Tears. Additionally, Davis proudly displays a photograph of Come experience the 2004 Festival and be with all nations learn- the Original Codetalkers of World War I in his home and ing to live together. Enjoy a fun-filled American Indian cultural he is eternally grateful to those Choctaw veterans who weekend in beautiful Delta, Colorado. For further information, Trail of Tears Association gave the ultimate sacrifice during World War II or June 6, contact Council Tree Pow Wow & Cultural Festival. 1944, D-Day, and all veterans in wars thereafter for him and www.counciltreepowwow.org 9th Annual Conference his family. Davis believes family is important and is grateful for his grandparents, Roosevelt T. Bacon and Josie Lou Wood e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 800-874-1741; 970-874-1718 & Symposium Bacon, who were Choctaw original enrollees. fax: 970-874-8776 An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, October 25-28, 2004 Davis was the first “job developer” for the Choctaw Nation from 1974-1976 after receiving his bachelor of science de- Cherokee, North Carolina gree in criminal justice in 1974 from Northeastern State Uni- – Inspirational & Informative Tours – versity, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Guided by Brett Riggs, Ph.D., each tour will provide attendees A graduate of the Class of 1967 from Talihina High School, 15th Annual American Indian with a comprehensive history and insight into the events sur- Talihina, Oklahoma, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and rounding the forced removal of the Cherokee from their home- Reserve Components for 15 years and was employed by the Art Festival & Market lands. Dr. Riggs is an employee of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina. He has per- U.S. Department of Interior until 2001. Davis is the son of Imogene Maxine Bacon Davis of Tal- October 23-24, 2004 formed extensive research of Cherokee removal in the western ihina. He has four brothers, Floyd Gene, Kenneth Dewayne, North Carolina area. Dwight Wessel and David Windell, and a sister, Olivia Marie Annette Strauss Artist Square – Lectures & Presentations – Raby. His son, Walter, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, graduated in downtown Dallas Arts District For further information, please call toll free: from Haskell University and is actively engaged with law en- This one-of-a-kind Texas art festival showcases over 150 Native 1-800-441-4513 forcement in Cherokee County. American Artists from across the nation. For further information, or e-mail: TOTAJerra@aol.com Davis feels that without the Choctaw Nation this accom- call the AIAC at 214-891-9640 or e-mail email@example.com. plishment would not have been possible. August 2004, BISHINIK, Page 11 Inter-Tribal continued from Page 1 raising money for Diabetes medicine or something related to the resources of the 39 tribes of Awareness and Multiple Sclero- the field of biology. Oklahoma as lead business part- sis (MS). She has participated in Also on the agenda, the Inter- ners in the statewide rollout of Angel Tree, Thanksgiving food Tribal Council approved: Oklahoma Scholars, and drives, a choir show for the eld- • a resolution in support of • designation of a special erly and making gifts for nursing employing a full-time State Di- workgroup to study, assess and home patients. She plans to at- rector of Indian Education, make recommendations of the tend college, pursuing a career in • a resolution supporting the continuing role, character and op- the medical field. Self-Determination by Education erations of the Inter-Tribal Coun- Cody Key is the son of Gregory Forum in its efforts to coordinate cil, originally formed in 1950. and Margaret Key. His academic honors include Superintendent’s Honor Roll, Oklahoma Honor So- ciety, Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, National Honor Society, and Oklahoma Superintendent’s Academic Scholar. He was active in McAlester’s varsity baseball program, playing on the team for three years and serving as captain one year. He Smithville Center opens with ribbon-cutting ceremony was also a member of the Span- Chief Gregory E. Pyle, Assistant Chief Mike Bailey and Tribal Councilmembers joined area residents ish Club. Cody assisted in con- for a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the opening of one of the newest Choctaw Nation facilities. ducting a baseball camp for On July 8, a 6,500-square-foot community center was dedicated at Smithville, Oklahoma. The new youth, Toys for Tots and cutting Choctaw veteran’s cap included in exhibit center features a state-of-the-art kitchen equipped with commercial appliances, a large meeting room, and delivering Christmas trees On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., Cultural Resources Director and office space for tribal social programs. for local volunteer organizations. Terry Cole gave his Choctaw Nation veteran’s cap to be included in Having this center in District 3 will make it much easier for the residents of Northern McCurtain He plans to attend Oklahoma a collection of tribes’ modern head gear on exhibit at the National County to access program information and services and will provide a great meeting place. State University, majoring in pre- Museum of Natural History. Idabel Child Development Center The newly opened Idabel Child Development Center combines day care and Head Start programs in a state-of-the-art facility. Child Care Assistance Director Michelle Holloway, Executive Director of Chief Gregory E. Pyle and District 1 Councilman Hap Ward admire what’s available for Education Joy Culbreath, Chief Pyle, Councilman Ward and Assistant Chief educating children in the new Child Development Center. Mike Bailey tour the new facility. Family dedicates “White Buffalo” to parents Downing receives Submitted by Zach Maxwell Kate Frank Award “White Buffalo” was brought to the Glenn homeplace on June Shawnee teacher Debbie Hougue Downing is the 2004 re- 11 and was placed in the front cipient of the Oklahoma Educa- yard to honor their mother, tion Association’s Kate Frank Wanetta Siddle Glenn (now de- Award. Downing is a longtime ceased) and their late father, member of the OEA’s Human Henry Grady Glenn. and Civil Rights Committee, Wanetta was born January 21, which is charged with increasing 1911, and came to live on the minority educators’ involvement 160-acre tract west of Hugo, and advancement in the profes- Oklahoma, in 1929. She has sion. She has been politically ac- given much of her life to keep the tive throughout her education family and land together. This is career by assisting in political why her children, Billy, Mary, races for friends of education and Dot, Kay, Ken, Fayetta, Larry Fayetta Glenn West, Parker Glenn, Wanetta Glenn, Larry Jack through frequent lobbying at the Jack and Parker Glenn, wished to Glenn and Dot Glenn. State Capital. She has served as give the gift to their mother, who zone vice president, National they say has the spirit of the Great The aluminum buffalo stands Councilman and a member of the Education Association Women’s White Buffalo. nearly six feet tall, once mounted Choctaw Nation, also stopped by Leadership Cadre, NEA Minor- The white buffalo will be atop a platform the family in- to witness the event. ity Affairs Committee, and NEA named Wan, which is their stalled. It weighs about 800 “I think it’s a neat thing Director, among others. Students learn about Wheelock mother’s nickname. pounds and the Glenns got help they’re doing for their mom,” Downing’s nomination for the Kate Frank Award arrived with a A group of ninth and tenth grade students from Ft. Towson School, “The ‘W’ stands for wisdom, from Choctaw Nation Council- Hinton said. “Being a buffalo for she always taught us that we person Perry Thompson with stellar group of recommendation along with teacher Gwen Perkins, listen intently as Wheelock volun- town, I’d like to see something have a good mind and to develop letters, including House Speaker teer and historian Louis Coleman explains the historic significance machinery to move the buffalo to like it at the school or the foot- Larry Adair, OEA President Bar- of the Wheelock Mission Church and Wheelock Academy in early- it with as much knowledge as we its new home. ball stadium.” bara Smith, former OEA Vice day education of its Choctaw students and other neighborhood chil- could gather,” said Dot Glenn. The buffalo was crafted in Wanetta Glenn, 93, in poor President Martha McDonald- dren from the mid-1830s through 1955. “The ‘A’ is for achievement, for West Texas and delivered by health and nearly bedridden, in- Blesener and Shawnee Mayor A former Native American girls’ boarding school, Wheelock Acad- us to set a goal and work to Johnny Watkins of Okmulgee, sisted on coming outside to see Chris Harden, to name a few. emy is located east of Millerton, Oklahoma. It was in operation for achieve it. ‘N’ is for her love of Oklahoma. Perry and wife Gail the buffalo monument. She She organized Shawnee’s first 125 years, from 1832 to 1955. nature and the beauty it brings to were on hand to witness the ar- passed away July 9 at her home American Education Parade, as The Wheelock Presbyterian Mission was established by the Rev. our land. Wanetta found beauty rival of Hugo’s newest monu- in Hugo and her wish was for all well as events such as NEA’s Alfred Wright in 1832 and is designated as the oldest church build- in all of nature and all of her ment. people to share in the beauty of Read Across America and Ameri- ing in the State of Oklahoma. many friends.” Frankie Hinton, Hugo City the White Buffalo. can Education Week. August 2004, BISHINIK, Page 12 OBITUARIES Florence Ethel Hulsey Henry Oda Viola Potts Solomon Frazier Florence Ethel Hulsey Henry, 74, of Tamaha, Oklahoma, passed Services were held for Oda Viola Solomon Frazier, 83, of Talihina, Oklahoma, passed away June 21, away May 5, 2004, in Poteau, Oklahoma. She was born August 8, Potts of McAlester, Oklahoma, on May 2004. He was born March 9, 1921, in Nashoba, Oklahoma, to Aben and 1929, in Garland, Oklahoma. She and her husband and children moved 27, 2004. Born January 1, 1910, the Ellen Cooper Frazier. to Tulsa in 1957. The family moved back to Tamaha in 1983 to be daughter of James Lee Pebsworth, an Solomon and Irene LeFlore were married in 1939 in Nashoba. He near other relatives and to be close to where she had grown up so original enrollee, and Mary McKinney served in the Army during World War II. He lived most of his adult life many years before. Pebsworth, she grew up and attended in Dallas, Texas, returning home to Talihina in the early 1990s. He was Her father, Henry Hunter Hulsey, an original enrollee, and her school in the Ada, Oklahoma, area. a member of Big Lick Methodist Church in Divide, Oklahoma, and mother, Ida Atlas Rainwater Hulsey, preceded her in death. She was She and her husband, Harvey Potts, was well-known for his singing and piano playing and as a published also preceded in death by her sisters, Hester Marie Hulsey Chronic owned and operated leather shops in composer. Solomon enjoyed being with his sons in the Frazier Quartet. and Mildred Lucille Hulsey Henry, and brothers, Murle Maurice New Mexico, Texas and California. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and a son, Lawrence. Hulsey, Walter James Hulsey, Gerald Wayne Hulsey, Clinton Lee She lived in Hugo, Oklahoma, for a Survivors include four sons, Willkie Ellis Frazier of Talihina, Will- Hulsey, and Leon Melvin “Cotton” Hulsey. number of years and they owned a shoe iam Julian Frazier of Mayfield, Kentucky, Luke Frazier of Mesquite, Survivors include her husband of the home, Leon “Rooney” Henry; and boot shop there. She later moved Texas, and Doyce Olen Frazier of Dallas; one daughter, Shirley one daughter, Deborah Jane Henry Herr of Poteau; one son, Larry to Wills Point, Texas, where she and Zasimowich of Dallas; 21 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; nu- Wayne Henry and wife, Patricia, of Tamaha; four grandchildren, her son, Rudy, owned and operated a shop until his death in 1994. merous step-grandchildren; three brothers, Abe, Leroy and Randle; three Karen Lynn Lockwood and husband, Steve, of Sand Ridge, Kevin Well-known for her work with riding clubs and junior rodeos, she sisters, Cora, Amy and Agnes; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Dewayne Jones and wife, Lorna, of Poteau, Christopher David Jones enjoyed working with the young people. She was nominated to be He was well loved and will be missed by many friends. and wife, Sara, of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Cathryn Marissa “Katie” Herr inducted into the Cowgirl Western Heritage Hall of Fame, Ft. Worth, of Poteau; and four great-grandchildren, Matthew Jones of Ft. Smith, Texas. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Rebekah Calvin Dean Prock Sr. Connor Burge, Hallei, and Malin Lockwood of Sand Ridge, and a Lodge Order. Calvin Dean Prock Sr., 72, passed host of relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Potts, and son, away Friday, June 11, 2004, along with Rudy, and his infant daughter. his son, Lester Ray Prock, in a truck and Helen Faye Wilson Survivors include son, Gary Potts of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Judy, car accident in Oklahoma City. He made Helen Faye Wilson, 66, passed away and husband, Sam Osborne, of McAlester, Oklahoma; brother, Cecil his home with Lester and his family in June 3, 2004, in Garland, Texas. She Pebsworth of Mountainview, California; sister and brother-in-law, Shawnee, Oklahoma. Calvin was a was born November 30, 1937, in Bro- Wana and Ralph Paulsen of Cottonwood, California; grandchildren linotype operator and had worked in ken Bow, Oklahoma, to the Rev. Lewis and spouses, Barry and Pat Potts of Longview, Texas, Ricky and Oklahoma City, Seminole and Ada. He and Donna Jack Brandy. Darlene Potts of Terrell, Texas, Rudy and Bertha Potts of Wills Point, attended Jones Male Academy, Harts- A loving wife, mother, grandmother, Texas, David and Charissa Horne of Mountainview, Lori and Allen horne, Oklahoma, and graduated from and sister, Helen lived her life taking Sensibaugh of McAlester, and three grandchildren of Gary Potts of Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas. care of her family. She will be greatly Dallas; seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his par- missed by all who knew her as Mama, ents and two brothers, Lester Jefferson and Robert Prock. Honey and Aunt Helen. Jerry Don Moore Survivors include daughter-in-law Linda Prock of Shawnee; three She was preceded in death by her Jerry Don Moore, 57, of Boswell, Oklahoma, passed away June 29, daughters, Leila Prock of Rochester, New York, Phyllis Prock of parents, a sister, Rebecca Sant, and a 2004, at Wilson N. Jones Hospital, Sherman, Texas. He was born Sep- Hawthorne, New Jersey, and Dianna Macais of Madison, Wisconsin; brother, Curtis Brandy. tember 22, 1946, in Talihina, Oklahoma, the son of James Moore and two sons, Calvin Dean Prock II of Rochester and Charles Prock and Survivors include her husband, Geneva Hampton Halcomb. He lived in the Boswell area all his life. He wife, Sherry, of Oklahoma City; three sisters, Doris and husband, Benny Hugh Wilson; a daughter, Ladonna Wilson; a son, Robert J. Wilson; married Beverly Huntsman on June 22, 1973, in Sherman, Texas. Grayham, of Oklahoma City, Mattie Jones of Kiowa, Oklahoma, and and a granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Wilson, all of Garland, Texas; He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and stepfather, Anna Nance of Fresno, California; brother, V.W. “Buster” Jefferson two sisters, Mary Sockey of McAlester, Oklahoma, and Geraldine Royce Halcomb. and wife, Jerry, of Oklahoma City; 12 grandchildren, three great-grand- Tipps of Dallas, Texas, and a brother, Lewis Brandy Jr. of Antlers, Survivors include his wife, Beverly Moore of the home; daugh- children and many nieces and nephews. Oklahoma. ters and sons-in-laws, Misty and Gary Dill, Kristy and Robert Taylor and Debra Moore of Boswell; sister and brother-in-law, Delores and Joan Canody Gorman Edward Rose Sr. Ronnie Marshall of Durant; brothers and sisters-in-law, Royce and Joan Canody, 70, of Idaho City, Idaho, passed away on June 10, Gorman Edward Rose Sr., 73, passed away May 16, 2004, at Kai- Kitty Halcomb of Boswell, Denny Halcomb of Ada, Oklahoma, and 2004, with Jim, her loving husband of 49 years, at her side. She was ser Medical Center in Vallejo, California. He was born May 3, 1931, Mike and Debra Halcomb of Bokchito, Oklahoma; four grandchil- born Chola Joan Robison on October 31, 1933, in Smithville, Okla- in Ryan, Oklahoma, to Hubert and Tommie Rose. dren, Indyana Taylor, Landyn Taylor, Logan Dill and Benjamin Dill. homa, to Ray and Helen Robison. Joan was the granddaughter of origi- Gorman was a truck driver for 20 years and also was self-em- nal enrollee Calvin Watson. The Robison family moved to Idaho City ployed mowing weeds for the state as well as private individuals. He Wanda V. Nelson Harris in 1948. Joan attended schools in Oklahoma, Idaho City and St. Theresa’s Academy in Boise, Idaho. In late 1953, Joan met the love of her life, met Chief Gregory Pyle and his wife, Pat, in October 2000 when Wanda V. Nelson Harris, 82, of the Winslow House Care Center, they came to visit in Sacramento, California. Gorman and his mom James S. “Jim” Canody. They were married on May 17, 1955, in Idaho Marion, Iowa, passed away June 27, 2004, following a terminal ill- City at her parents’ home. They made their home in Idaho City for the talked to Chief Pyle for quite a while and Gorman was very proud to ness. She was born January 28, 1922, in McAlester, Oklahoma, the have had that opportunity. past 49 years, wintering in Arizona after their retirement. Joan and Jim daughter of George and Ione Wallace Nelson. had two children, Phillip and Shannon. In the early 1960s, after her He was preceded in death by his children, Gorman Rose Jr., Linda She married Ralph Wilson Harris on July 9, 1939. He preceded and Laura Rose; his parents, and a brother, Russell Rose. children were in school, Joan began her career with the Boise County her in death on February 6, 1988. She was also preceded in death by Assessor’s office and retired in 1996 as the Boise County Assessor. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Rose of Fairfield, California; her parents and her brother, Bob. grandsons, Shawn Rose, Casey Rose and Randy White; great-grand- She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. Wanda attended Oklahoma Presbyterian College in Durant, Okla- Survivors include husband, Jim, and son, Phillip Canody and wife, daughter, Cassandra Rico; sister, Kathryn Wilson of Fillmore, Cali- homa. She worked at Metropolitan Supply Co. for several years and fornia, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Rora, all of Idaho City; daughter, Shannon Canody-Fink and husband, then in 1965 began working at Wathan’s Flying Service. She was a Lee, of Anchorage, Alaska; four grandchildren, Sarah Fink, Jared Fink, member of the First Baptist Church of Brethren. Mary Sue Owen Wanda and Ralph enjoyed taking trips across the country. She was Marlo Justice and Bill Phillips; five great-grandchildren; her sister and brother-in-law, Gene and Sandra Brown; nephews, Brandon Brown and Mary Sue Owen, 70, of Unger, Okla- an able and devoted Sunday School teacher for many years. With the wife, Tara, and Jeb Brown, and great-niece, Grace Brown; aunt, Alta homa, passed away April 16, 2004, at help of Chris Elam, activities director at Winslow House, she started Harris; a special cousin and her husband, Patsy and Cotton Myers; a the Antlers Nursing Home after a four- a scripture study group where she shared her faith and Bible knowl- very special aunt and uncle, Wallace and Lavon Watson; numerous cous- month illness. She was born March 25, edge. She was always thankful for the staff at Winslow House, mak- ins and many friends. She will be missed by all who knew her. 1934, to Thomas G. Crowder and Lola ing many friends, distributing miniature Tootsie Rolls and spiritual “Sleepy” Edge Crowder. encouragement. Another favorite pastime was feeding the sparrows. Mary lived most of her life in the Many will miss Wanda, her sense of humor, compassion and the posi- Hope Evans LaShier Boswell area, her home at Unger. She tive nature of a gracious mother, grandmother and friend. Hope Evans LaShier, 92, of Law- was a retired cook and of the Jesus Survivors include daughters, Pamela Coppes and husband, David, rence, Kansas, formerly of Amarillo, Name Pentecostal faith. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Betty Whitmore and husband, Richard, of Texas, passed away September 21, 2003. She was preceded in death by her Marion and Pat Thomas and husband, Brian, of Palo, Iowa; ten grand- She was born January 2, 1911, in Mill- parents; her husband, Willliam Owen, children, 15 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter. erton, Oklahoma, the daughter of Lon and a brother, Clark Crowder. and Susan Leona McClain Evans. She Survivors include a son, Richard F. Sybil Rosenthal Davis married William S. LaShier in 1930 in Owen of Bokchito; two daughters, Melody Beddo of Denison, Texas, Sybil Rosenthal Davis, 93, of Sulphur, Oklahoma, passed away Clovis, New Mexico. Mrs. Lashier was and Pamela Beddo of Talihina; one sister, Gail West of Unger; three June 30, 2004. She was born September 8, 1910, in Spencerville to a dental assistant for 25 years for doc- brothers, Tommy Crowder of Unger, Julius “Dude” Crowder of Bos- Jacob Rosenthal and Birdie Earthman Rosenthal. tors C.D. Ewing and Kingston Smith. well, and Ed Crowder of Shawnee, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren, Mama Sybil or Ms. Sybil, as she was affectionately known, was She was a 50-year member of Amarillo Jennifer Turner, Ronnie Hampton Jr., Israel Beddo, Crystal James, educated at the Goodland Indian Orphanage in Hugo, Oklahoma Pres- Chapter No. 787 Order of the Eastern Ramey Simpson, Bill Beach, and Kandice and John Thomas Owen; byterian College and Southeastern State Teachers’ College in Du- Star and had been a member of Clovis six great-grandchildren, Tyler and Kylee Hampton, Virginia and Ethan Chapter in 1930. She had been a member of Covenant Presbyterian rant. She was married to Walter Davis, a rancher, farmer and school Beddo, Kaytlin Beach and Gracie Simpson. Church since 1933. Mrs. LaShier was also a longtime member of Pan- bus driver, and they made their home in a small rural community Many thanks to precious sister-in-law Dorothy Crowder and nu- handle Professional Writers and was organizer of the “Scribblers” and known as High Hill, ten miles north of Ft. Towson, Oklahoma. Sybil merous friends and relatives. “Craig Crooners.” She was a member and secretary of her PEO Chap- taught for 21 years in High Hill at the one teacher school, and many Mary Sue will be forever loved and missed and always in our hearts. ter in Amarillo. Hope moved to Lawrence from Amarillo in July 2003. of the local country kids would not have been educated had it not She was preceded in death by her husband on March 2, 1993. been for her dedication and love. She functioned as a teacher for all Roger James Phillips eight grades, coach, drama coach, janitor, psychologist, librarian, cook Survivors include a son, William S. LaShier Jr. of Lawrence, two Roger James Phillips, 61, of Hugo, Oklahoma, passed away June grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. and nurse. She had the students perform two plays every year, a high- 26, 2004, at the Veterans Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was born light of the community. Sybil also was a community leader. During April 20, 1943, in Boswell, Oklahoma, the son of Custer and Alma World War II she would organize a pie supper to raise money for the Christina Ruth Harp Akers Jacob Phillips. USO. After the consolidation of the rural schools, Sybil moved to Dr. Christina Ruth Harp Akers, 58, passed away January 6, 2004, at He lived in the area most of his life, traveling the United States the Rattan Public School where she taught for an additional 19 years Via Christi Hospital, Ponca City, Oklahoma. She was born January 21, working for Brown and Root as an iron worker. He also served in the until her retirement. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Delta 1945, in Pawnee Indian Hospital, Pawnee, Oklahoma, to Chris and Flo- U.S. Army. Kappa Gamma, the Presbyterian Church and the Choctaw Tribe of rence Sumpter Harp. She grew up in Fairfax and Ponca City. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Eric Phillips, Oklahoma. She was extremely proud of her Indian and Jewish heri- Christina graduated from Ponca City High School in 1963. She then and one brother, Anthony Phillips. tage. In her spare time she enjoyed wildlife, gardening, walking, cook- attended Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, receiving her A.A. Survivors include a daughter, Marsha Houston of Dallas, Texas; ing and entertaining family and friends, and having a new car to drive. in Social Science in 1965. She then attended Northwestern Oklahoma two stepsons, Joseph Houston and Anthony Markham of Dallas; a She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Coy State University, receiving her B.S. Ed. in Library Science in 1967 and brother, Eugene Phillips of Boswell; four sisters, Janet Phillips of Rosenthal and George “Pistol” Rosenthal, and sisters, Gladys Brannan received her M.L.S. in Library Science from Emporia State University, Boswell, Marcline Lawson of Avenger, Texas, Leona Vaughn of Hugo and Velma Baldwin. Emporia, Kansas, in 1971. She then attended Oklahoma State Univer- and Christina James of Boswell, and five grandchildren. Survivors include her daughter, June Akard Morris and husband, sity, receiving her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration in 1990. Dane, of Sulphur; grandchildren, Julie Akard Jack and husband, Clay- Dr. Akers was employed at Northern Oklahoma College from Sep- Mary Frances Clay ton, of Sulphur and Jay Herbert Akard and wife, Micki, of Musko- tember 1967 to November 1998 as Assistant Librarian and Instructor of Mary Frances Clay of Antlers, Oklahoma, passed away March 20, gee; great-grandchildren, Joanna Claire Jack and Madeline Jaye Jack Library Science. She became Librarian in 1983 and Director of Library 2004. She was born April 11, 1934, in Keota, Oklahoma, to the late of Sulphur; sister, Mayola Harring of Richland Hills, Texas, and a Services in 1991. She was consultant/evaluator for the North Central Sampson and Louisa M. McClure Chubbee. After moving to the Ant- host of nieces, nephews and friends. Association of Colleges and Schools Commission and Institutions of lers area in 1976, she worked at two local nursing homes as an LPN. Higher Education, visiting more than 35 colleges as consultant/evalua- She was a devoted mother and grandmother who traveled all over MacArthur “Butch” Henry tor from 1972 to 1997. She was Designated Reader from 1985 to 1990. the country to watch her sons and grandsons play baseball and bas- MacArthur “Butch” Henry, 62, of McAlester, Oklahoma, passed Her honors and awards include taking leadership and developing grant ketball. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. away June 14, 2004, at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in applications for library materials as Title II-A, part of the Higher Edu- She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Eugenia Gail Talihina, Oklahoma. MacArthur was born March 3, 1942, in Tal- cation Act of 1973. In 1977, she drafted and submitted for publication, Clay; son, Kerry Dale Clay, and brothers, Rayson Billey and David ihina to Roosevelt and Lula Thompson Henry. He attended school at “Acquisition Policy for Library and Learning Resources Center for Chubbee. Jones Academy and graduated from Chilocco Indian School. Northern Oklahoma College.” The policy was chosen as one of 14 to Survivors include sons, David Clay and wife, Oma Nell, of Rat- MacArthur married Henrietta Osceola in 1964 in Sherman, Texas. be reprinted in its entirety from over 500 submissions in Futus: Library tan, Oklahoma, Kevin Clay of Antlers, Darrell Clay and wife, Laura, He worked as a plate maker for Princeton Packaging Co. of Dallas, Acquisition Policies and Procedures. In 1990, she served as Docent at of Moore, Oklahoma, Wendall Clay and wife, Norma “Perk”, of Okla- Texas. He was a member of the First Indian Baptist Church in McAl- the governor’s mansion. She was elected Tonkawa City Council Mem- homa City, Kenneth Clay and wife, Susan, of Hugo, Oklahoma, ester and enjoyed gospel singing. ber from 1987 to 1991. She was appointed to the governor’s Oklahoma Russell Clay and wife, Ginger, of Atoka, Oklahoma, and Leslie B. Survivors include his wife of the home; sons, Joey Henry and wife, Library Technology Advisory Committee in 1993. She was a founder Clay of Antlers; daughter, Sharon Robertson and husband, Monroe, Brenda, and Michael Henry, all of Florida; daughters, Maria Wilson of the Native American Heritage Club, member of the Women’s Club, of Antlers; sisters, Lucinda Morgan of Lubbock, Texas, and Lila and husband, Dewayne, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, and Helena Henry an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, shopping, and most of all, family. Wiggin and husband, Gordon, of Muskogee, Oklahoma; 25 grand- of Florida; grandchildren, Russell Wilson, Christina Wilson, Erik She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Herman children; 13 great-grandchildren; niece, Lisa Shaffer and husband, Wilson, Ayze Henry, Nauthkee Henry, Ko’Oshee Henry; brother, Longstar; four nephews and one sister-in-law. Darren, of Plano, Texas; nephew, John Morgan of Lubbock, and a Cordell Henry of Clinton, Oklahoma; sister, Joann Bruner of Law- Survivors include one son, Chris M. Akers; his wife, Christy, and host of loved ones and friends. ton, Oklahoma; several nieces, nephews and other family and friends. their daughter, Lita. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. August 2004, BISHINIK, Page 13 OBITUARIES Joann Ishcomer Triplett Vicky Lynn Barnes Lester Monroe “Jay” Thomas Isom Sr. Joann Ishcomer Triplett, 33, of Vicky Lynn Barnes Lester, 48, of Niceville, Florida, passed away Monroe “Jay” Thomas Isom Sr., 77, Clinton, Oklahoma, passed away May 26, 2004. Vicky was born September 27, 1955, at the Talihina passed away April 3, 2004, at his home March 21, 2004, in the Integris Clinton Indian Hospital to Vernon and Wanda Porterfield Barnes. in Daisy, Oklahoma. Jay was born Regional Hospital. She was born Au- Vicky was a longtime employee of Buffalo Rock (Pepsi), both in January 13, 1927, in Daisy to Charlie gust 18, 1970, in Lawton, Oklahoma, Huntsville, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida. Henry Isom and Anganora Billy Isom. to Nathan and Patty Ishcomer. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister He spent the last 30 years of his life Joann graduated from Eldorado and friend to many. living on his mother’s original allot- High School in 1989 and attended Survivors include her husband, Donald Lester, of the home; sons, ment of land. He was the grandson of Altus Junior College. She worked as a Brandon Lester of the home and Bryan Lester and wife, Jessica, of Judge Isaac Billy, who was a probate home health care nurse until failing Freeport, Florida; mother, Wanda Porterfield Barnes and Vernon Barnes judge in Jackfork County, Indian Ter- health forced her to retire. She moved of Destin, Florida; sister, Teketha Barnes Ray of Pensacola, Florida, ritory. Judge Billy assisted with the to Clinton from Eldorado in 1999 and and a brother, Michael Barnes of Destin, Florida; grandmother, Ruby Indian allotments during the Choctaw had lived in Grace Living Center for a Pauline Porterfield of Talihina, Oklahoma; uncle and aunt, Tony and relocation from Mississippi to Okla- couple of years before regaining Nauni Barnes of Summerfield, Oklahoma; aunt and uncle, Jimmie and homa. enough independence to live in her own home. She was a member of Harold Gibson of Wister, Oklahoma; aunts and uncles in California and Jay was proud of his Choctaw heritage and spent two hitches in First Baptist Church of Clinton and enjoyed crocheting, sewing and Arizona; several nieces, nephews and cousins. the Army defending his country during World War II. He was honor- baking in her spare time. ably discharged as a sergeant. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Daniel and Clayton Due Gibson Jay worked in the logging industry and construction to support his Josephine Ishcomer and Clifford and Pauline Myers, and an aunt, Clayton Due Gibson, 64, passed wife and five children, but his passion was music. His band, the Daisy Barbara Ishcomer Taylor. away April 13, 2004, in Denison, Valley Boys, has entertained nursing home residents and at VFW Survivors include two daughters, Amanda and Tara Triplett of Texas. He was born August 13, 1939, halls, reunions, rodeos and parades all around Southeastern Okla- Eldorado; parents, Nathan and Patty Ishcomer of Quanah, Texas; four in Hendrix, Oklahoma, to William and homa. sisters, Shelly Cotton of Oklahoma City, Diana Holstein of Dallas, Thelma Franklin Gibson. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Phyllis Isom; Texas, Christal Adams of Eldorado and Ashley Ishcomer of Quanah; Mr. Gibson married Susan Tamara a grandson, Billy Colter Isom; four brothers, Frank Page, Clarence and three brothers, Bradley Ishcomer of Yukon, Oklahoma, and Bran- Philagios on March 12, 1984, in Deni- Bob Page, Adolphus “Duggan” Isom and Joe Isom, and a sister, Opal don and Cleveland Ishcomer of Quanah. son. Some of his favorite hobbies in- Burleson. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Norene Mae Isom of the Frances Muskrat cluded fishing, gardening, playing dominoes and working on cars. He will home at Daisy; four children, Ramona Lucas of Holdenville, Mon- Frances Muskrat, 72, passed away June 26, 2004, in Albuquerque, roe Thomas Isom Jr. and wife, Tracey, of Daisy, Fred Isom and wife, be missed by all who knew him. New Mexico. She was born February 9, 1932, in Bennington, Okla- Floretta, and Kevin Isom and wife, Ruth, all of Kingfisher, Okla- He was preceded in death by his homa. She was a graduate of Southeastern University in Durant, Okla- homa; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, C.H. parents; one son, Jimmy Wayne homa, and was employed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a home Isom and wife, Nadine, of Daisy; three sisters, Audry Burleson, Virgie Gibson; brothers, Sonny and Amos Gibson, and sisters, Serena Gibson economics teacher, education specialist and a staffing specialist. She Stout, and Alice Hutson, all of Daisy; and several nieces, nephews and Marie Harkins. retired in 1990. Frances was also in the Marine Corps for two years. and many friends. Survivors include his wife, Susan Gibson, of the home; sons and Her hobbies included sewing and square dancing. daughters-in-law, Clayton Jr. and Lori Gibson of Kingwood, Texas, She was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus Choate and Mollie and Gary and Tina Gibson of Bokchito, Oklahoma; daughters and Martin J. Ward Brokeshoulder Choate. Martin J. Ward, 95, of Marshall, sons-in-law, Terry Ann and Mark Woodall of Denison, Tammy Gibson Survivors include her husband, Jake Muskrat; daughter, Karia Dawn Missouri, passed away June 13, 2004, of Mena, Arkansas, Ginny and Michael Delo and Wendy and Dale Muskrat; son, Alan Muskrat; brothers, Andrew Choate of Finley, Okla- at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. He Needham, all of Ben Lomond, Arkansas, Tamara and Shane Able of homa, Rufus Choate Jr. of Durant, Oklahoma, Franklin Choate of Ben- was born December 2, 1908, in Spiro, Pottsboro, Texas, Teresa and Maynard Roberts of Denison, Texas, nington, Oklahoma, John Choate of Durant and Melvin Choate of El Oklahoma, the son of Jefferson D. and Crystal Gibson of Sherman, Texas; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cerrito, California; sisters, Ruth Choate Morgan of Purvis, Mississippi, Ward and Helen I. Hahn Ward. Linda Newsom of Denison, Texas, Wynona and Eddie Lawrence of and May Choate Varner of Blue, Oklahoma. He married Mildred L. Lembrock Mead, Oklahoma, and Nerma and Teddy Embry of Denison, Texas; on August 21, 1938, in Gilliam. He Juanita L. Tingle Molk an uncle, Benny Gibson of Bennington, Oklahoma; 22 grandchil- dren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. received a bachelor of science degree Juanita L. Tingle Molk, 88, passed from Northeastern Oklahoma State away June 1, 2004. She was born March 12, 1916, in Cade, Indian Ter- James Elijah “Jim” Meggs University and juris doctor degree from College of Law of the Univer- ritory, to Archie Daniel and Minnie James Elijah “Jim” Meggs, 84, passed away May 1, 2004, after a sity of Oklahoma, where he was a Goode Tingle. Mrs. Molk was a life- long and satisfying life. He was born January 7, 1920, in Ft. Towson, member of Phi Delta Phi honorary le- time member and Past Noble Grand of Oklahoma, to Elijah E. Meggs and Lois Marina Jane Robinson Meggs. gal fraternity. He also attended Univer- Fairbanks Rebekah Lodge #151. She James grew up in Ft. Towson until graduating from Ft. Towson High sity of Arkansas and Tulsa University. was also a member of Fairbanks Bap- School in 1936. He went on to attend Murray Jr. College in Tishomingo, Admitted to practice in 1935, Mr. Ward was a senior member of tist Church for over 50 years. Oklahoma. In 1939 he was accepted to Oklahoma A&M (now OSU). Oklahoma State Bar and a member of the Missouri Bar since 1947. She was preceded in death by her James played baseball for the Aggies and coach Hank Iba, lettering in He was in private practice in Tulsa and was a district attorney for the husband, Thomas Molk; her parents; 1941. His studies were interrupted in 1942 when he enlisted in the U.S. price administration office. During World War II, he was an instruc- and brothers, A.D., William and Jack Navy to defend the United States in World War II. After his tour of duty tor in the U.S. Signal Corps. He was associated in practice in Mar- Tingle. he returned to Oklahoma A&M to finish his Bachelor’s of Science as shal with CHO Leimbrock until his retirement and afterward with Survivors include sons, Thomas J. well as his Master’s in Agriculture. Edward P. Cleary. In 1947, he was appointed a federal administration Molk and wife, Ann, and Randy Molk; grandchildren, Molly Henson, James and Marjorie Patchin were married August 1, 1942, in Wash- law judge, hearing black lung cases in Virginia and West Virginia. Betty Molk and Rick Rose; great-grandson, Brayden Henson; broth- ington, D.C., and to this union Pat, Jane, James Jr. and Hank were born. He was also admitted to practice in the federal courts, U.S. Tax Court, ers, Boyd and Kenneth Tingle; sister, Mary Atkinson, and numerous James enjoyed a successful career in the agriculture industry in Okla- Interstate Commerce Commission and Federal Communications nieces and nephews. homa. He designed the first liquid feed plant in Oklahoma and also Commission. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, designed a plant which makes solid supplements. He was a partner at holding various offices within the local church and serving on church Virgil Delano Stafford TE Agri while he was in Amarillo, Texas, for nine years before moving conference boards. He was also a former member of the Marshall Virgil Delano Stafford, 66, of Eagletown, Oklahoma, passed away to Edmond in June 1981. He was president of the Oklahoma Seedmen’s Optimist Club and Marshall Chamber of Commerce. May 6, 2004, in Texarkana, Texas. He was born October 26, 1937. Association, Oklahoma Feed Manufacturers Association and treasurer He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Maud H. Virgil was affiliated with Panki Bok Cumberland Presbyterian of the OFTA for six years. In 1995, Westway Trading Co. bought TE Skinner and Freida I. Moore, and one brother, Jeff D. Ward. Church, Panki Bok Community in Eagletown. He was a retired oil field Agri Co. and James was a consultant in sales for Westway Feed Prod- Survivors include his wife, Mildred Ward, of the home; two foreman. He loved to camp, fish and hunt. He also enjoyed all church ucts until he retired in November 2002 at the age of 82. nieces, Sallie Morton of Marshall and Joyce Kief of Bloomington, functions, going to singings and spending time with his family and James was a wonderful and caring man who loved his family very Illinois; nephew, Willard Morton of Willowbrook, Illinois; three friends. much. He was proud of his Choctaw heritage and loved to research his great-nieces, Leesa Morton, Rebecca Morton and Jessica Morton, He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Louisa Stafford; genealogy. He has been a president with the Edmond Genealogy Soci- all of Marshall; two great-nephews, Stephen Morton of Houston, brothers, Charlie Stafford and J.D. Stafford, and sister, Geraldine ety as well as a lifetime member. He was also a member of the Edmond Texas, and David Morton of Waco, Texas, and other nieces and neph- Stafford. Historical Society. James was an avid OSU sports fan who loved to ews. Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Virgil Jr. and Anna attend football games. He was a member of the “O” Club and the alumni association of Oklahoma State University. He loved to fish with his Stafford of Huntington Beach, California; daughters and son-in-law, Kim Stafford of Irvin, California, and Nicky and John Scharbach of great-grandchildren at the lake when they would come to visit. Jesse David Manes Huntington Beach; brothers, Richard Stafford of Canton, Texas, and Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Marjorie; his two sisters, Jesse David Manes passed away Vernon Stafford of Durant, Oklahoma; sister, Fern Stafford of Broken Doris Mabry of Batesville, Alaska, and Edna Earle Meggs of Houston, May 10, 2004, in the Park Avenue Care Bow, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Justin Miller, Zachary Miller, Texas; daughters, Pat and her husband, Barry Nelson, of Macon, Geor- Facility in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He Eric Stafford, Steven Stafford, Tessa Scharbach, Taylor Scharbach, and gia, and Jane New of Coronado, California; sons, James Meggs Jr. and was born January 11, 1924, in Red David Scharbach; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; special wife, Becky, of Tempe, Arizona, and Hank Meggs of Las Vegas, Ne- Oak, Oklahoma, the son of original friend, Christine Simpson, and a host of friends. vada; grandsons, Lance Nelson and wife, Jessica, Spencer Nelson and enrollee Emaline Wall and Ras David wife, Rebecca, David New, and Jeffrey New; granddaughters, Stephanie Manes. Billie Louise Brown Buck and husband, Ryan, and Heather Stafford and husband, Patrick; Mr. Manes was a World War II vet- and six great-grandchildren, twins Foley and Tarquin Armknecht, Patrick eran, serving in the Pacific. He was Billie Louise Brown, 81, of Tyler Stafford, Logan Buck, Carter Nelson and Luke Nelson. proud of his Choctaw heritage and Texas, passed away on June 11, 2004, lived his life accordingly. at Mother Francis Hospital, Tyler. She was born July 4, 1922, in Boswell, Okla- Inez Dennis He was preceded in death by his Inez Dennis, 91, of Soper, Oklahoma, passed away July 14, 2004, at parents; two brothers, Lewis R. Manes homa, to Leonard Dalco Wright and in 1987 and William E. Manes in 2002. Lena Bell Crowder Wright, who were her home. Willie Inez Dennis was born October 11, 1912 in Soper, the daughter of Will and Myrtle Ervin Page and had lived all of her life in Survivors include a daughter, Dee Manes of the Los Angeles, both original enrollees. the Soper area. California, area; sister, Edna Faye Manes O’Neal of Eureka, Cali- Billie lived most of her younger life Inez married Gatha Herman Dennis in 1932. He preceded her in fornia; nephew, William David O’Neal; nieces, Mary O’Neal and in Amarillo, Texas. During the latter death in 1976. Patricia Luster, all of Muskogee, and numerous other relatives and stages of World War II she was a welder, She worked many years at the Golden Age Home in Hugo, Okla- friends. helping to build U.S. Navy destroyers in Orange, Texas. homa, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Soper. She married Timothy O. Brown, a She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Louise Emmie Susie Seeley retired Navy veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. During his Stephenson; three brothers, Dana Page, Lawrence Page and James Page; Emmie Susie Seeley, 65, of Talihina, Oklahoma, passed away April career, she uncomplainingly accompanied her husband to his many duty a granddaughter, Rena Dennis; two grandsons, Tim Broadrick and Jerod 30, 2004, at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center. She was born stations aboard ships homeported on both coasts of the United States. Dennis, and one great-granddaughter, Morgan Dennis. December 26, 1938, in Honobia, Oklahoma, to Preston and Carrie Ward Survivors include her husband; and four cousins, June Sanford of El Survivors include three sons, Roe Dale Dennis and wife, Sherry, Joe Ludlow. Paso, Texas, Juanita McMinn of Santa Clara, California, Betty Heredia Bill Dennis and wife, Pat, and Jerry Dennis, all of Soper; 18 grandchil- She worked for several years at the Talihina Manor Nursing Home of San Diego, California, and Paul Harland of Miramonte, California. dren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 22 great-great-grandchildren. Also, a and was a member of the Greenhill Baptist Church. She married Dallas special friend, Emma Jordan of Boswell, Oklahoma, along with many Seeley on March 24, 1988, in Mena, Arkansas, and was a loving wife, Wanetta Glenn cousins, nephews, nieces, and many other relatives and friends. mother and grandmother. She will be missed by many friends. Wanetta Glenn, 93, of Hugo, Oklahoma, passed away July 9, 2004, She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Ruby, and sister, at Hugo. She was born January 21, 1911, in Givens, Texas, to Stephen John P. “Pete” DeShong Susie Jacobs. Elmer and Mary Alice Chambers Siddle. John P. “Pete” DeShong, 88, of Eufaula, Oklahoma, passed away Survivors include her husband, Dallas, of the home; five sons and Wanetta married Henry Glenn on April 19, 1930, in Hugo. She had June 20, 2004, in Fresno, California. He was born May 9, 1916, in daughters-in-law, Elwood Jr. and Sally Ludlow of Tyler, Texas, Ernest lived in Hugo since 1920 after moving there from Roxton, Texas. Boswell, Oklahoma, to Pete and May Wright DeShong. His mother, and Cathy Ludlow of Ada, Oklahoma, Donald and Faye Ludlow of She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Billy Glenn; two Mae, and grandmother, Betty Crowder Wright, were Choctaw original Talihina, Oklahoma, Richard and Debbie Ludlow of Daisy, Oklahoma, sisters, Nan Lou Slagle and Kathryn Walker; and one grandson, Victor enrollees. and Arvil Keith and Elizabeth Ludlow of Talihina; two daughters and McIntyre. Mr. DeShong was a retired truck driver. He was a member of the one son-in-law, Laverne and Vernon Higinite of Bixby, Oklahoma, and Survivors include two sons, Larry and Parker Glenn, both of Hugo; Eufaula United Methodist Church and the Eufaula Masonic Lodge #1 Cheryl Ludlow of Checotah, Oklahoma; one stepdaughter, Betty Ludlow four daughters, Mary Glenn of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Dorothy where he served as Past Master. He was a McClown at the Muskogee of McCloud, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; Glenn of Omaha, Nebraska, Kay McIntyre of Gallup, New Mexico, Bedouin Shrine and was very proud to drive the children to the Shriner’s four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Anna and Mack Carlile of Tal- and Fayetta Glenn of Hugo; ten grandchildren, Shelley Russell, Vandy Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was also a member of the McAl- ihina, Virrie Jean and Raymond Johnson of Mesquite, Texas, Pearl and Lujan, Aurelia McIntyre, Henry, Kelly and Kenny West, Gina Self, ester Scottish Rite and the Muskogee York Rite. Bill Hope of Honobia, and Lodean Starr of Talihina; four brothers and Amber Glenn, Alicia Mitchell and Avery Amos; 14 great-grandchil- He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Flora Lee; four sisters-in-law, Preston Jr. and Joann Ludlow of Tulsa, Oklahoma, dren, Ryan and Brandon Self, Nicolas Dees, Sara and Greg Lujan, brothers and one sister. Clarence and Vivian Ludlow of Lancaster, Texas, James and Debbie Ambree and Anica Ramirez, Kaleb and Taylor West, Candall and Survivors include two daughters, Sylvia Ramsay and Shela Ludlow of Represa, California, and Elvis and Christine Ludlow of Stephanie West, Coy, Carson and Coy Mitchell, and two great-great- Mangasarian, both of Fresno, California; five grandchildren, eleven Catoosa, Oklahoma; three aunts; two uncles; numerous nieces, neph- grandchildren, Jackson and Brianna Self. great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. ews, cousins and many friends. August 2004, BISHINIK, Page 14 Bertram Bobb Bible Camp The camp’s website can be visited at www.bertrambobbbiblecamp.com “Uncle” Bill Salisbury of Virginia teaches Bible classes in the camp’s chapel. This is the seventh year he and wife Karen have vol- Counselors give freely of their time. unteered at the camp. The Rev. Bertram Bobb founded the Bible Camp in 1967 in Cedar Hill, Texas, and continued the youth ministry in 1972 in Ringold, Oklahoma. Scott Davis rings the bell calling the boys and girls to class. Scott Basketball is one of many activities available for the youth. BBBC Director Travis Bankester and Bertram Bobb. and wife Lori are in charge of recreation at the camp. Rise and shine for Bible Camp Chaplain’s Corner The morning begins at 7 a.m. for the boys and girls at Bertram Bobb Bible Camp (BBBC), and they rise to meet a day full of new By the Rev. Bertram Bobb, Choctaw Tribal Chaplain discoveries. Many are return campers, there again to enjoy a week of Christian camping. Our Choctaw Hymns were Barabbas or Jesus? “... If thou be the Son of God, being sung even before the Choc- Pilate took a bowl of water and come down from the cross.” 2004 Annual “It is the most effective way to reach young people,” said the Rev. taw Removal Act in the 1830s. washed his hands. He said, “I am (Matthew 27:40). It was not hu- Labor Day Bertram Bobb, founder of the camp. A Spring Retreat is scheduled every March and five weeks are set aside in the summer for different One of my favorite hymns is en- washing my hands of Jesus.” man weakness that kept Him on Church Service age groups. Forty to 50 youth attend the camp. Sixty percent of the titled “Christ bled for me” – to (Matthew 27:24). the cross. Jesus had said in John the Choctaws Hymn No. 47. This Then the soldiers came; they 10:18-19, “... I lay it down of with campers are Choctaw, and many wouldn’t be able to attend a camp at Choctaw Hymn Singing all if it weren’t for BBBC. hymn answers the question, took Jesus – Who was already myself. I have power to lay it “Why did Jesus die?” weakened because of the scourg- down, and I have power to take & Adult Bible Classes A full day at camp can include Bible classes, team activities, swim- ming, canoeing, singing and giving testimonies around a campfire, Jesus lived the highest moral ing and the loss of blood – and it again. This commandment 9:30 a.m. skits, arts and crafts. life. He had compassion on the they beat Him again. They put a have I received of my Father.” Sunday, September 5 Nestled on 60 wooded acres on Pine Creek Lake near Ringold, people. He taught as no other crown of thorns on His brow, they Jesus could have saved Him- in the Amphitheater Oklahoma, the camp has two trained directors, Travis and Nancy man had ever taught. Many of the put a reed in His right hand; and self. He surrendered willingly The preaching service Bankester. The Bankesters first traveled to the camp from their home people loved Him. But the reli- they paid mock homage to Him. and obediently with a sense of will include Evangelists in southwest Louisiana to bring a group of volunteers from their gious and political leaders were Everything was done to Jesus to divine purpose. Osborne Roberts and Rob- church. They now live at Ringold, joining Bobb in 1997 as fulltime jealous of Him, and they deter- shame Him. They stripped Him What was His purpose? The ert Sanders. Bro. Sanders directors. They are joined every year by volunteers “Uncle” Bill and mined to put Him to death. They of His clothes. They spit on Him. purpose of His death had been will bring a message on the “Aunt” Karen Salisbury of North Carolina who add their unique youth held a mock trial and then took They struck Him. They made told time after time in the Old Second Coming of Christ in ministry and Scott and Lori Davis, the camp’s recreation and activity Him before Pilate. One group Him carry a cross on His back, Testament. Man had sinned and the Choctaw language. directors. Different church groups volunteer as counselors, cooks, accused Jesus of blasphemy but the cross was so heavy and broken God’s laws. And the pen- Choctaw singers are in- and instructors in arts and crafts and Bible classes. against God, and another group He was so weakened and they alty for breaking God’s moral vited to sing both Sunday “Many of the volunteers come thinking they are going to min- accused Jesus of treason against compelled a man to carry that Law is death – physical and spiri- morning and Sunday ister to the kids, but leave saying the kids ministered to them,” said the Roman emperor. Pilate knew cross for Him. tual death – judgment and hell. evening to begin the Annual Travis. the charges were false. His blood flowed as they Every one of us has to pay that All-Night Singing. But Pilate wanted to stay on pounded nails into His hands and penalty unless someone who is the good side of the people. (Read a spike through His feet; they put qualified pays it for us. And Jesus 21) is entitled, “How can you hate Mark chapter 15.) He offered the Him on that cross. That was one Christ is the only One Who is the Savior? Sin affects our will. people a choice. On this particu- of the cruelest ways that a per- qualified. He did not commit sin. Jesus said in John 8:34: “... Who- lar feast day, one criminal was son could die. Sometimes a per- He did not do anything evil. soever committeth sin is the ser- always set free, and the people son would hang there for days Another Choctaw Hymn be- vant of sin.” We say that we want could choose which one would be dying a slow death. came a favorite Prayer Hymn of to be free from certain things that freed. One criminal was a mur- Jesus wasn’t dying as an ordi- Praise when a member of a com- we are doing and know to be derer, an evil man. His name was nary man. He was dying as the pany of Choctaw Code Talkers of wrong, but we cannot free our- Barabbas. Son of God, carrying the sins of World War I returned home and selves. We are hooked. Christ can Pilate said to the crowd, “You the whole world... He bore your added the chorus, “He Loves Me, free us, if we will let Him. choose, will it be Jesus or sins and my sins on that cross. He Loves Me” to the Choctaw If you will come to Him, He Barabbas? Whom do you want Jesus had already prayed that Prayer Hymn No. 48. Our Choc- will open His arms and receive freed?’ (Mark 15:9). The people if it were God’s will, the cup of taw Hymns include invitations to you because He loves you. What shouted back, “Give us suffering would pass from Him. accept Jesus Christ as Savior, do you have to do? You have to Barabbas! We want Barabbas! (Matthew 26:39). But Jesus met Worship and Praise for His love. repent of sin. That means you say Everyone gathers to enjoy lunch. Crucify Jesus! Crucify Him!” the pain that he could have es- From the cross we realize that to God, “I’m sorry that I have (Mark 15:11, 13-14). And they caped. With open eyes He greeted there is one word that comes over sinned. I am willing to change my kept shouting. death. and over again: love, love, love. way of life. I can’t do it myself. I That choice is still before us The soldiers cast lots for His He loves you, and He is willing have tried and I have failed. God, today: Barabbas or Jesus. garments, as the Scriptures had to forgive you of all your sins. I am a sinner, I receive you right Barabbas represents all the predicted. (Matthew 27:35). The The Bible says in Romans 5:8: now into my heart.” The Spirit of power, all the pleasure, all the soldiers and the people did not “But God commendeth his love God will help you to change. Will money, all that the world has to realize it, but it was Jesus Who toward us, in that, while we were you accept Jesus Christ as your offer. Jesus represents our con- was guarding them against the yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Savior today? science, our hearts, our love, our onslaughts of evil and the devil. That’s why Jesus Christ died May God bless you. Pray for salvation, our forgiveness, our He was dying for them. on the cross – He was bearing in our Native American people. humility, our faith in God. Whom Jesus said, “Father, forgive that moment the sins of the world. Pray for America. Pray for our will you choose: Barabbas or them. They know not what they God laid on Him all your sins and leaders, both in government and Jesus? Every person has to make do.” (Luke 23:34). all my sins. spiritual. Pray for our men and that choice. Do you want The crowd challenged Jesus, Another Choctaw Hymn (No. women in our armed service.
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