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                                                   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, julie.anneler@okdhs.org, 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: bishinik@choctawnation.com                             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 octa@birch.net           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.
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                                                           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
nika@choctawracing.com     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
pam@choctawracing.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: counciltree@doci.net
               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 aiac@flash.net.                                                                                 plishment would not have been possible.
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                                                                                                              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.
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                                                                                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.
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                                                                                    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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