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September - October 2008 OTOWOSKUCE - OTOWOSKO RAKKO www.seminolenation.com
Inside SN citizens vote “yes” for tribal court system
By Dustin Gray Seminole Nation Days Celebra- ered at the Arena, “and I encourage margin of 196 for and 106 against
Media Director tion. Thus, tribal members, many you to support the Tribal Court.” the removal.
from outside the state of Oklahoma, “We ask you to support both of The Election Board certified the
In a referendum election held on visiting the Mekusukey Mission for those issues, so we as the Seminole results shortly after the ballots were
Saturday, September 20, 2008 citi- the celebration would also have the Nation – as a sovereign government counted, and the SN is currently
zens of the Seminole Nation voted opportunity to vote. – can move forward in the direc- awaiting BIA approval of the elec-
on two important issues concerning Signs were placed throughout tion we need to go,” Representative tion. There are no time limits on
tribal sovereignty. With five sepa- the Mission, encouraging all tribal Haney added. this final approval, and the tribe
rate polling locations, Seminoles members in the crowd of 15,000 that The first question on the ballot has been informed that the process
throughout the state had the oppor- attended the Nation Days Festival to concerned the establishment of the could take anywhere from 8 months
tunity to participate. participate in the election. tribe’s very own tribal court system, to a full year before receiving word.
New Royalty Both the Seminole Nation Gen- Hecete Band Council Represen- and members voted, by a margin of The Election Board rushed to
Crowned eral Council and Constitution Revi- tative and Former Principal Chief 197 to 108, in favor of the issue. submit the final results of the elec-
Page 3 sion Committee worked tirelessly to Jerry Haney asked for the partici- The second question on the ballot tion for this very reason, and will
make the proper amendments and pation of Seminole citizens prior to concerned the removal of BIA Sec- continue to coordinate efforts with
complete all the necessary proce- Chief Kelly Haney’s “State of the retarial Approval on all future Semi- the BIA for final approval.
dures to have the special election Nation” address. nole Nation Constitutional Amend- This 8 month to a year time span
ready in time for the 40th Annual “Go and vote,” he told those gath- ments. This issue, too, passed by a see election on page 3
SSC ribbon cutting ceremony Education, Domestic
Violence Safe House
emphasized in “State
of the Nation” address
Domestic Violence By Dustin Gray
Banquet Update Media Director
In keeping with the spirit of com-
munity at the Seminole Nation Days
Festival, Chief Kelly Haney enlisted
the help of a few friends to deliver his
annual “State of the Nation” address
at the Mekusukey Mission Arena on
a warm Saturday afternoon. The
two main points of emphasis in this
year’s message were education and
Language Class domestic violence.
“I can’t think of one profession
Schedule that’s available to us, that we’re not
Page 8 into,” Chief Haney said. “We have
attorneys. We have physicians. We
have educators. We have people in
every walk of life, and we ought to
Seminole State College students (front, L-R) Bill Hobia III, Siah Scott, Becky Tiger, Calli Wood and be proud about that.”
Michelle Jones join (back, L-R) Chief Kelly Haney, Council Representative Terry Spencer and Assistant He also discussed the domes-
Chief Larry Harrison outside the new Seminole Nation Residential Learning Center. The students are tic violence problem, particularly
SN tribal members, and currently live in the new dormitory. see address on page 3
Photo by Linda UpChurch
Hundreds attend unveiling of new dormitory
Past Nation Days By Dustin Gray the colors, followed by SSC students Zach David and
Media Director Kendall Kincade singing the National Anthem.
Celebrations Reverend Chebon Kernall from the First American
Page 10 Hundreds of students, educators, prominent com- United Methodist Church in Norman provided the
munity citizens and patchwork clad tribal members invocation, offering a native blessing on the new Resi-
attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Sem- dential Center.
inole Nation Residential Learning Center on Thursday, Dr. Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor of the Oklahoma
September 18, 2008 at Seminole State College. State System of Higher Education, followed Reverend
SSC students and staff members greeted visitors and Kernall, and praised both SSC and the Seminole Nation
offered open house tours of the newly constructed, $8 of Oklahoma for their dedication to higher learning.
million state-of-the-art facility, which currently houses Dr. Johnson called Dr. Utterback “a great leader for
130 students. this institution and its students.”
Tallahassee Band member Lewis Johnson played Dr. Johnson praised Chief Kelly Haney for his com-
traditional songs on his flute as visitors roamed the mitment to education, reflecting on his service in the
Nation Days halls of the dormitory, admiring the architecture and State Legislature.
Results various amenities. “Day-to-day for two decades,” he told the audience,
Page 11 Shortly after 2:30 p.m., Master of Ceremonies and “I watched him stand up for the students in this state.”
SSC President, Dr. Jim Utterback delivered a welcome Chief Haney stressed the mutual benefit of the
message before a standing-room-only crowd of lis- Seminole Nation Residential Learning Center, for both
teners. The Seminole Nation Honor Guard presented the college and the tribe, as nearly 25% of SSC’s stu-
see ribbon cutting on page 3
Information meeting affords input from tribal members
By Dustin Gray The main topic of discussion was wide range of legal issues that now court system is to help individuals
Media Director the proposed tribal court and coming confront the Nation and its mem- integrate back into mainstream soci-
election. Both Deborah Harjochee, bers. ety with sharper social skills.
The Seminole Nation called a spe- SN Court Clerk, and Sandra Har- The proposed court system is Some had their reservations con-
cial Information Meeting on Friday, rison, Attorney General from the a “Community Court” model, in cerning the language of the proposed
August 29 to explain some of the Andrews Davis Law Firm, provided which referrals to social services court system.
evolving issues within the tribe and input on the court system. will be used to combat, and hope- “In order for me to accept this
Ronnie Milsap field questions and concerns from Harjochee’s presentation illus- fully eliminate, the underlying cause tribal court, I need a separation of
at Nation Days tribal citizens. The meeting was trated that, under current conditions, of repeat offenses. Of course, some powers,” stated Ceyvha Band Coun-
Page 12 held at the Lecture Hall inside the the CFR Court is not empowered cases may require incarceration, but cil Representative Rosanna Jones.
Kelly Haney Center in Seminole. under federal law to address the the overall goal of the proposed SN Fannie Harjo, a Tom Palmer Band
see meeting on page 3
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ACT Prep Workshop is a success
SEMINOLE, Okla. - The Semi- nole Tribal students in the 11th and the year, so our Seminole tribal
nole Nation Education Commit- 12th grade to take the ACT this students attending Konowa were
tee sponsored the first annual school year. Seniors are encour- able to attend their own workshop
ACT Prep Workshop led by Chad aged to take the ACT at least three there.
Cargill on August 28, 2008 at the times before entering college. A special thanks to the Super-
Kelly Haney Center on the campus Colleges and universities use intendents of the various schools
of Seminole State College. The ACT or SAT scores for college in Seminole County for allow-
workshop started at 8:45 a.m. and admission along with proper aca- ing the Seminole Nation to put on
ended at 11:45 a.m. with approxi- demic courses. Many scholarships this valuable workshop during the
mately 150 students in attendance. that are offered to high school school day. The committee appre-
The workshop was set up pri- seniors require certain ACT scores. ciates the hard work of individual
marily for Seminole tribal students The individual workshop fees sponsors, teachers, and administra-
in high school in Seminole County, for Seminole tribal students was tors who accompanied their stu-
but also invited non-tribal students paid for by the education commit- dents to the workshop.
to attend too. There were about 70 tee through special funding from Students are encouraged to see
Seminole tribal high school stu- NIGC. their high school counselor or prin-
dents, primarily juniors and seniors, The committee will continue to cipal for assistance in signing up
in attendance at this workshop. pay ACT workshop fees for Semi- for the ACT Test and a possible
Chad Cargill has been putting nole tribal students throughout the fee waiver. They may also regis-
on these workshops statewide 2008-09 academic year, even for ter online at www.actstudent.org.
since 1992 and is now known as students attending schools outside Seminole Tribal students are also
the ‘expert’ in this field. He deliv- of Seminole County. encouraged to see their Title VII
ered an exciting, enthusiastic and Participating schools at the Coordinator and their local JOM
informative presentation that stu- workshop included: Bowlegs, Coordinator since some will pay
dents thoroughly enjoyed and ben- Butner, Konawa, Maud, Sasakwa, the $31 fee.
efited from. He not only covered Seminole, Varnum and Wewoka For further assistance from the
each aspect of the ACT test which Public Schools. Konawa Public Seminole Nation Education Com- Principal Chief Enoch Kelly Haney
includes, reading, mathematics, Schools had their own ACT Work- mittee, please call Terry Spencer at
english, and science along with the shop with Chad Cargill earlier in (405) 324-2174. Citizens of the Seminole Nation, our friends and neighbors what you
writing test, but also gave practical are holding in your hands is another indication of forward progress by the
hints of relaxation and self-confi- Seminole Nation. This is the first edition of the Cokv Tvlvme in color, and
dence prior to taking the test. it is a welcome change.
The main purpose of this work- I am certain you will like this new format which was suggested by Com-
shop was to encourage Seminole munications Director Dustin Gray. We are fortunate to have an energetic
Nation tribal students to take the staff in the Communications Department. They have done excellent work
ACT prep workshop in better pre- in covering the events and activities of the Nation’s programs and individu-
paring for the actual college admis- als.
sion ACT Test. Seniors were par- I look forward to reading about the accomplishments of Seminole Nation
ticularly encouraged to sign up for citizens in the new editions of the Cokv Tvlvme.
the first two ACT tests of October
25, 2008 and December 13, 2008.
The SN Education Committee,
composed of Terry Spencer, Frank
Alexander, Lisa Cobb, Christine
McKinney and Rockee Harjo, is Speaker Chad Cargill gives students ACT preparation tips during
stressing the need for all of Semi- an August 28 workshop at Seminole State College
ACT Test Schedule
Test Date Regular Deadline Late Deadline
October 25, 2008 September 19, 2008 October 3, 2008
December 13, 2008 November 7, 2008 November 20, 2008
February 7, 2009 January 6, 2009 January 16, 2009
April 4, 2009 February 27, 2009 March 13, 2009
June 13, 2009 May 8, 2009 May 22, 2009
Tutors attend Title VII Workshop
By Terry Spencer working with our tribal students in Title VII is a federally funded Assistant Chief Larry Harrison
Education Committee Chairman the various schools. program through the Department
Valerie Little Creek, Director of of Education operating within Hello to all tribal members. Hope you’re having a nice day.
A total of seventeen educa- Indian Education at the State level, the Office of Indian Education in I would like to take this time and thank all the employees, committees
tion tutors attended the Title VII gave an interesting and practical Washington, D.C. All students of and volunteers who made this year’s Seminole Nation Days a complete
Workshop held on the campus of information presentation that cen- Native American descent are eli- success, as families, friends and other tribes took part in the full slate of
Seminole State College on August tered primarily on tribal customs gible. Income Levels have nothing activities.
8, 2008. Most of the tutors present and the Indian student. The speak- to do with this federal program. On a flip side, Ted Underwood and I were invited to tribal consultations
were tribal members. ers gave out door prizes and other The mission of the Office of in St. Augustine, Fla. August 11-15 with Florida, Mississippi, Alabama
The workshop was sponsored material relevant to their job tasks. Indian Education is to support the and Georgia National Guards, as well as 25 other tribes participating under
by the Seminole Nation Education The Seminole Nation Education efforts of the local educational NAGPRA Law, Section 106.
Committee for adult tutors who Committee’s goal was to not only agencies, Indian tribes and orga- Ted and I also attended the Trail of Tears Symposium September 23-24
work with our tribal students in the provide good, valuable informa- nizations, post secondary institu- in Little Rock, Ark. Very informative and detailed information was given
public schools in Seminole County. tion that tutors can actually use in tions, and other entities to meet the about the 5 tribes as we were brought to Indian Territory in the 1800s. Mr.
Shawnee Public Schools was also the classroom, but also to let them unique educational and culturally Underwood gave the breakdown on the history of the Seminoles.
represented at this workshop. know how much we appreciate related academic needs of Ameri- Last note: The Historical Preservation Office of the Muscogee (Creek)
The theme of the workshop was their hard work in working with can Indians and Alaska Natives so Nation sent a team down from September 30 to October 1 with their Ground
‘Building Academic Vocabulary our tribal students. that these students can achieve to Penetration Radar to take some readings on possible gravesites around the
and Comprehension’ presented by Assistant Chief Larry Harrison the same challenging standards as Nation. We should have results back in a couple of weeks. Mvto!
Penny Gooch of the State Depart- gave a brief welcoming message to all students. Funds support such
ment of Education in Oklahoma the participants stressing the need activities as after-school programs,
City. She gave the tutors valuable to help our tribal students succeed early childhood education, tutor-
information that can be used in in school. ing, and dropout prevention.
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September - October 2008 3
ribbon cutting continued from page 1
dents are Native American. He also of the world,” he stated. 56,000 square-foot residence hall.
lauded the cooperative accomplish- Following the open house and Steve Littleman, a Kiowa tribal
ment in carrying out the plans for reception, everyone gathered out- member, then performed a custom-
the new facility. side as Chief Haney cut the ribbon ary cleansing by burning cedar to
“A vision with a task is the hope stretched across the front of the bless the new building.
Chief Haney (center) cuts the ribbon in front of the Seminole Nation Residential Learning Center. The facility
name is displayed in both the English and Mvskoke Seminole languages on its sign.
address continued from page 1 2008 - 09 Seminole Nation Princesses
among Native women, and the tribe’s the program may best suit the needs
effort to combat the epidemic. of the children and the community.
“Indian women are abused two Spencer discussed the progress
and a half times more than any other that the SN Education Committee
race of people,” he said, “and that’s has made recently, working with
not acceptable to the Seminole pre-school through college age
Nation. We cannot accept that. And students and establishing a work-
we’re trying to do something about ing relationship with the schools in
it.” Seminole County.
But just as his address was wind- “After having been in all of our
ing down, Chief Haney announced, schools the last two years, we have
“At this time, I’m going to ask some excellent students and out-
two groups to come forward and standing Seminole students that you Little Miss SN - Sierra Price Jr. Miss SN - Angela Lena
talk about those areas that we’re can be proud of,” he stated. “It’s a
involved with, because it’s more pleasure to work with them.”
than you having to hear it from me, Chief Haney then asked Sheila
it’s hearing from these people that Harjo, Hecete Band Council Repre-
are actually responsible for seeing sentative, to discuss the SN Domes-
some of our initiatives come to frui- tic Violence Program’s efforts to
tion.” raise $500,000 to build a Safe House
He then asked Tribal Youth Pro- for victims of abuse.
gram Director Rena Tiger and Edu- “We have reached approximately
cation Committee Chairman Terry $300,000 to date,” she told listen-
Spencer to come forward and talk ers.
about the Seminole Nation’s various “Our program is small, but we
education endeavors. intend to grow. We intend to be one
Tiger talked about both the Back of the premiere programs – not just
to School Backpack Giveaway, suc- in the State of Oklahoma – but in
Miss SN - Erica Williams Sr. Miss SN - Inna Hickey
cessful in helping young students Indian Country,” Harjo said.
obtain new backpacks for the school She added that the goal is to have
year, and the 2008 After School Pro- the Safe House up and running by
gram. She also stressed the need for next year’s “State of the Nation”
input from tribal members, so that address.
meeting continued from page 1
Representative wanted to know why the state of the Mvskoke Seminole
a separation of powers clause wasn’t language among tribal citizens.
included in the legislation. Johnson also announced early plans
Attorney General Harrison stated to begin a community language
that the main concern was getting class.
the legislation passed as quickly Transportation Department
as possible, and that future amend- Director Chris Cutler followed,
ments can be made once this has presenting an aerial view of Meku-
taken place. sukey Mission and an available land
“It’s not going to be an overnight use plan. Tribal members discussed
process,” Harrison said. “It’s going the location of a tribal cemetery,
to take some time.” and provided input as to how to use
Chief Haney assured those in some of the available land. One of
attendance that if the people want the more popular suggestions was
a separation of powers, it can be the building of a senior citizens
Attorney General Sandra Harrison and SN Tribal Court Clerk Deborah Harjochee discuss the pro-
arranged. center for tribal elders.
posed tribal court system at the August 29, 2008 Information Meeting
“That’s the kind of court we’re The final presentation of the eve-
talking about,” he stated, “a court ning was delivered by SN Division
with heart. And it’s a Seminole of Commerce CEO Sam Caruso. election continued from page 1
heart.” Caruso fielded a wealth of questions
“There’s nothing impossible,” he from those in attendance, explain- will allow the SN and its Judiciary Upon completion, these codes will lative and Executive Branches – and
concluded. ing discrepancies and difficulties Review Committee to begin the tran- be sent to the SN General Council establish a true, democratic govern-
Following a brief intermission, at some of the tribal casinos and sition from CFR Court to the new for approval. ment within the SN will be possible
the second half of the Information convenience stores. Previous over- Tribal Community Court model. Once BIA approval of the elec- once the BIA approves the election
Meeting focused on different tribal projections, over-staffing and dwin- The Attorneys General are cur- tion is received, the SN will be results.
matters. dling inventories were the main cul- rently working on court procedures able to set up and review additional “A Sovereign Court System will
Historic Preservation Officer prits in the cases where revenue may to be put in place for the filing of cer- amendments to the Constitution that help to stabilize our tribal govern-
Jennifer Johnson gave a presenta- have declined or become stagnant. tain types of judicial cases, as well as reflect the will of the people. Such ment,” stated Chief Kelly Haney.
tion over the newly implemented With the new annual operation plan, establishing certain codes to address amendments will no longer need the “We’ll be moving very quickly to
Seminole Language Program. She Caruso assured tribal members that such issues as the Adam Walsh Act approval of the BIA Secretary. get it running as soon as possible.”
explained that her program would appropriate action had been taken, in the protection of children from A future referendum to provide “The real beneficiaries,” he
be handing out language surveys and that the SN was well on its way predators, domestic violence codes, a separation of powers – separating added, “are our Seminole tribal
during Nation Days to better assess to recovery in these problem areas. family codes and numerous others. the Judicial Branch from the Legis- members.”
Programs - Seten’tvcke
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
By Heather Napier what local resources are available within your com-
SN Domestic Violence Program Director munity. Call the local domestic violence service pro-
viders to find out whether they can assist and/or pro-
The month of October is the kick-off for victim ser- vide educational materials. Many of the victim service
vice providers to raise awareness on the growing epi- providers provide educational classes for those who
demic known as domestic violence. The definition that want to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of
explains the meaning of the term domestic violence is domestic violence as well as develop safety plans for
as follows: Domestic Violence refers to a pattern of themselves and children.
violence and coercive behavior exercised by one adult Purple ribbons are worn during the month of October
or teenager over another in an intimate relationship. It in order to promote awareness that families are suffer-
is not a “marital conflict,” “a lover’s quarrel,” “boys ing from this epidemic that is plaguing so many homes
just being boys,” or “a private family matter.” and relationships. The Seminole Nation Domestic Vio-
lence Program will be giving out magnetic ribbons to
Facts those who would like to join the effort in promoting
•Every 15 seconds a woman is battered. awareness that domestic violence is not okay!
•25% of women have been abused at least once in The SNDV Program also offers educational classes
their lifetime. to the community as well as agencies who would like
•Young women between the ages of 14 and 24 are to learn more in the areas of domestic violence, sexual
the largest demographic of domestic violence cases. assault, dating violence and stalking.
•Domestic and teen dating violence cross all racial, October 15, 2008 has been designated as “wear
social, education, economic, and religious lines. purple day” through the Oklahoma Coalition Against
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. On the same
The five basic types of domestic violence are physi- day starting at 6:00 p.m., the State Capitol will light
cal abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, spiritual up with the color purple in honor of domestic violence
abuse, and economic abuse. One of the many ques- awareness month. Everyone is invited to see this dedi-
tions asked is “How can I help?” cation to all of those who have lost their lives and to
SUBSCRIPTION FORM Chances are many of us in our own personal lives those who are still battling the abuse.
have known someone who has undergone, or is still The Seminole Nation Domestic Violence Pro-
involved in, an abusive relationship. The best way to gram can be reached at (405) 382-3762 or by email at
Are you enrolled with the Seminole Nation? Yes No help a person who is undergoing such coercion and email@example.com. The Oklahoma Coali-
manipulation is to listen. After seeing and hearing what tion Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
What is your Band afﬁliation? this individual is going through, you should find out state office number is (405) 524-0700.
BRUNER DOSAR BARKUS Lt. Governor Jari Askins speaks
CEYVHA MEKUSUKEY before a large crowd at the Domes-
tic Violence Banquet held on
FUSHUTCHE EUFAULA Monday, September 15, 2008 at the
TOM PALMER NURCUP HARJO Enoch Kelly Haney Center on the
HVTEYIELKE HECETE Seminole State College Campus.
TUSEKIA HARJO REWALKE The event, part of the 40th Annual
Seminole Nation Days Festival,
OCESE TALLAHASSEE helped raise funds for the SN
Domestic Violence program’s
The Seminole Cokv Tvlvme is provided free of charge to ENROLLED goal of building a Safe House for
domestic violence victims. Fea-
TRIBAL MEMBERS. Membership will be veriﬁed with the Tribal turing both a style show and fine
Enrollment Ofﬁce. All other subscriptions will be provided at a rate of art auction, the Domestic Violence
$12.00 per year. Advance payment is required before subscription is Banquet helped the tribe raise over
activated. These forms can be mailed to: $11,000. Photo by Ted Underwood
NEW SUBSCRIPTION ADDRESS UPDATE Food and Nutrition Services
Cokv Tvlvme Right: Interim SN Food and
Nutrition Services Program
c/o Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Director Rex Hailey (left) pres-
P.O. Box 1498 ents the first new canvas shop-
Wewoka, OK 74884 ping bag to a client at the SN
grocery store, as (L-R) Admin-
istrative Assistant Claudia Lena,
Receptionist Ann Lonechief and
________________________________________________ Warehouse Clerk Colby Lehman
Name look on. The new reusable bags
were purchased through a $2,500
grant from the USDA. They
Maiden Name fold into a wallet-sized pouch
________________________________________________ and contain several items, such
Address as spatulas and measuring cups,
________________________________________________ Below: Warehouse Clerks
Colby Lehman (left) and Sandy
________________________________________________ Williams (right) and Interim
E-mail Director Rex Hailey (center)
show off their new forklift inside
the Food Distribution Ware-
_______________________________________________ house at Mekusukey Mission.
Date of Birth _________________________
Last four digits of SS#_________________________
Please provide the Communications
Department with your name, branch
and band information to be added
to the Veterans list.
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Birthday Wishes A NOTICE TO OUR READERS
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of Oklahoma. Its purpose is to meet any possible need of the tribe
August and its citizens through the dissemination of information.
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7th - Timothy James Jesse From: Friends and Family
8th - Obegin Douglas From: Friends and Family
10th - Bryan Hause From: Your little Sis’
11th - Bolo Spencer From: Amy & Lumhe Hvtke
11th - Josh Henson From: Friends and Family
13th - Terence Harjo From: Friends and Family
14th - Wyslie Ann Wesley From: Aunt Barb and Family & the Coon Family
Khloee Kyle Pinson Cason Ray Foster
15th - Greda Lynn Hooper From: Sister Barb and Family & the Coon Family
Khloee Kyle Pinson was born Cason Ray Foster was born
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 9:18 Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 15th - Chester Douglas From: Friends and Family
a.m. She weighed 8lbs 13 ounces 9:56 p.m. He weighed 8 lbs 4
and was 20 inches long. Her par- ounces and was 20 inches long. His 17th - Johnnie Kalinich From: Your Grandchildren
ents are Matthew Kyle Pinson and parents are Chad Allen Foster and
Sidney Morris of Sasakwa. Grand- Chanelle Fisher. Allen and Raynell 18th - Kenan Loggins From: Mom, Dad & Brother
parents are Kyle and Kimberly Foster, and Bryon and Gina King
Pinson, and Tracey and the late are the grandparents. Great grand-
19th - Cota Lee Tebe From: Linda
Floyd Morris. Great Grandparents parents include Mary Jo Williams 20th - Tyra Yahola From: Mom, Dad, Brothers & Sisters
are Carol Walker and Eddie Rick- and James Givens, and Fern King
etts, and the late Linda Lance. and the late Helen Lashley. 20th - Linda Martin From: Family
21st - Ardeena Angelo From: Your ofﬁce staff that loves you!
Wedding 22nd - Micheal Paul Jefferson From: Sister Corrie
22nd - Portlyn Houston Harjo From: Mom, Dad & Brother
22nd - Preston Kalinich From: Kenan
27th - Robert Fish From: Family
25th - Sierra Harjo From: Brendon and Brooklyn Stone
30th - Ashlee and Martin Jacobs From: Friends and Family
31st - Rebecca Graham From: Linda
Happy 2nd Birthday Happy 14th
Janna Malone! Birthday
September 6, 2008 Ambrey Cully!
Mom, Dad, Aunt Teresa September 8, 2008
and Uncle Anthony
Happy Birthday Love,
Aunt Jane! Mom, Jerry, Brothers,
September 1, 2008
Sister, Grandma &
Your Family Happy 23rd
Happy Birthday Birthday
Cheri! Sharla Coon
I love you
Love, From: Dad
Fred Hockert III and Michelle Fixico Happy 8th
Michelle Fixico became the bride of Fred Hockert III at a cer- Makayla!
emony officiated by Dr. Richard Thomasson on Saturday, June 7, Birthday
2008 at the Baptist Church in Tonkawa, Okla. Jeremiah Dewayne
The bride is the daughter of Norene Fixico of Blackwell, and Harrison!
the granddaughter of the late Willie and Elizabeth Fixico of Semi-
nole. Michelle is also the great-granddaughter of the late Charles
“Foxy” and Muna Larney of Holdenville.
The bridegroom is the son of Fred and Elizabeth Hockert of Your Granny, Mom,
Tonkawa, and the grandson of Berniece Sands and the late Fran- Jordan and Kaleb Love,
cis Tah of Tonkawa and the late Fred Sr. and Vera Hockert of “Pookie” Your Cousins
Norfolk, Va. Fred is also the great-grandson of the late Tommy
and Reba Martin of Tonkawa. Happy 11th Birthday Happy 8th Birthday
Maid of Honor was Rhea Fixico, and bridesmaids were Kasha
Thompson, Candy Byrum, Eusibia Zamudio and Lacy Hemby. Tyler Austin McCauley Brandie Alexis Coker
Best Man was Randy Byrum, and groomsmen were Russel
Martin, Cole Chandler, Kevin Coy and Jason Fixico.
Flower girls were Raven Hockert, Daniella Busman and Savan- We are so proud of you! Happy Birthday, Babygirl. We love you very much
nah Hockert. The Ring Bearer was Jaidyn Guzman.
Ushers included Brett Hockert, brother of the groom, and Toby Tyler is a Boy Scout and attends Church From: Daddy, Darcy, and brothers Gage & Caleb
Fixico, cousin of the bride. on Sundays. He is very polite and respect-
The bride is a graduate of Blackwell High School and is cur- ful. He also brings great joy to his Great-
rently the Assistant Manager for Continental Credit and Loans in Grandmother in the hospital.
Ponca City. Happy 4th Birthday
The groom is a graduate of Tonkawa High School and is cur- Caleb Andrew Coker
rently a Department Manager for the Tonkawa Indian Casino. Tyler always shines! October 19th
The newlyweds plan on taking their honeymoon in the spring
of 2009. They received an all expense paid trip to Las Vegas for
Happy Birthday, Son. We love you very much
four days and three nights at the Rio. A summer vacation at the Love,
island of Cabo has also been planned. From: Daddy, Mommy and Brother
Nana and Papa
Community - Em’etvl’hvmke
September - October 2008 7
Walker elected to Seminole Hall of Fame Poetry
Brett Walker was inducted into up his senior year. He earned All- ored as the District and County Indian Eyes
the Seminole High School 2008 Conference, All-District and All- Defensive Player of the Year. In
Hall of Fame on October 4. The State honors as a senior and played the spring of 1990, Brett was named Time is passing without me there
induction ceremony was held at the in the 1990 All-State football game. Chieftain Football Outstanding Ath- I see only pictures from loved ones so dear
Kelly Haney Center at Seminole During his senior year, he led the lete. The family I love is growing everyday
State College. State in tackles (225) and was hon- As a special honor in 1996, Brett A new life, a new home and a lot of new faces
Brett attended Seminole Public was a relay torch bearer for the Then a tear falls from my sad indian eyes
Schools for 13 years and graduated Olympic Festival. I feel the love for all my people
in 1990. He was a member of the He attended Haskell Junior Col- The memories shine in my mind so vividly
Student Council for three years and lege and Seminole State College. All the laughter, all the love is haunting me daily
was on the Honor Roll as a senior. In 1996, Brett began employment Back to a place when I was walking free
Brett was a two year letterman in in Shawnee with Wolverine Tube Then a tear falls from my sad indian eyes
track and field and lettered four Company, where he is now a Pro- By a route in my life obscure and so lonely
years in weightlifting and football. duction Coordinator. The everyday tumult is but a coming tide
During his freshman year, he was on He attributes his success in life I have been here in bondage and servitude
the State Champion Weightlifting to several different entities: his Conﬁned to a perplex world of no essence….I cry
team. As a member of the weight- God and his faith; his wife, Ann; his Then a tear falls from my sad indian eyes
lifting team, he was the all-classes mother, Bea; his late grandparents, The vex of my life lies – sublime
weightlifting State champion as former Principal Chief, Rev. Terry I’m of no space – in no time
a freshman and was all-classes Walker and Eliza Walker; and his Interminable nites meddle with the days
weightlifting State runner-up as a high school coaches. Hoping for the end of my deathlike maze
sophomore. Brett lives in Seminole with his Then a tear falls from my sad indian eyes
The Chieftain football team made wife Ann and two children Ryan Many natives have traveled this path I’m on
the playoffs every year that Brett and Hannah. He is a member of the No sins of our fathers can sustain our blame
played, finishing as State Runner- Brett Walker Ocese Band. We were given a life to choose our steps
But even the good ones fall to the way side
Seminole Nation Employment Opportunities Then a tear falls from my sad indian eyes
I live in my dreams my body still as a winter pond
Controller #08-20 able. Basic computer skill in the use of Microsoft While my soul and mind escapes to remember
Salary: $60,000 Windows, Word and Excel. Prefer 5 years experience The love notes of your voice, face and song
Seminole Nation Tribal Complex – Wewoka, Okla. as a bus or truck driver, commercial chauffeur, or Perpetually I drift to stand by you again
similar experience. 5 years experience as a supervi- Then a tear falls from my sad indian eyes
Responsible for the design, operation and control sor or manager in transportation, business or related Human life gives us great possibilities
of effective administrative procedures relating to ﬁeld. Pre-employment background investigation and I will live it more careful not so carefree
accounting and payroll. Supervises the operation of drug screening is required. Making my life matter, to encourage, to ignite
the accounting system. Supervises and coordinates Show that the choice I made, has changed my life
the preparation of ﬁnancial reports for internal man- Project Coordinator #09-01 Then a tear falls from my sad indian eyes
agement use. Presents ﬁnancial reports and informa- Salary: Negotiable I ponder the “what ifs” or “could haves” everyday
tion to the Finance Committee and General Council Law Enforcement But that only reminds me of all the yesterdays
as required. Reviews the budget of all grants and Mekusukey Mission – Seminole, Okla. So, I’m here waiting for time to run its course
contracts. Completes special ﬁnancial analysis work Like a mid-night moon turning – it will soon be a crescent
and other special ﬁnancial projects as requested by Plans, directs and coordinates activities of the COPS Then a tear falls from my sad indian eyes
the Principal Chief or General Council. Methamphetamine Initiative to ensure that goals or The Great Spirit will lead me from this dark place one day
objectives of the project are accomplished within pre- To my home, that beloved Red Earth that calls to me intently
Qualiﬁcations: Bachelor’s degree in accounting and scribed time frame and funding parameters. Reviews Back to my people where all is good and certain
at least 3 years experience in governmental account- project proposal or plan to determine time frame, My eyes will open, my soul to shine bright
ing or audit preferred. Subject to background check funding limitations, procedures for accomplishing My life to never ﬂy away again
and drug screening. project, stafﬁng requirements and allotment of avail- Today no tears will fall from my…
able resources to various phases of project. Confers Beautiful Indian Eyes.
Construction Representative #08-63R with project staff and collaborating agencies to out-
Salary: $13.89 – $18.13 hourly line work plan and to assign duties, responsibilities Lilly Beth Fixico
Indian Reservation Roads Program and scope of authority. Prepares project reports for Hecete Band
Seminole Nation Tribal Complex – Wewoka, Okla. management, client or others. Pearl, Miss.
Monitors the control of construction operations Qualiﬁcations: Bachelor’s degree in criminal jus-
assuring adequate inspections and construction pro- tice. Business or related ﬁeld and 2-3 years related
cedures. Attends and participates in pre-construction experience and/or training or equivalent combination
conferences with contractors. Contacts contractors to of education and experience. Subject to background
explain requirements, discuss plans for work accom- investigation and drug screening. The Communications Department would like to feature
plishment and scheduling and to assist in complying your poems and artwork in an upcoming edition of the
with plans and speciﬁcations. Serves as chief of a Nurse Educator/Diabetes Case Manager #09-02
party of construction survey crew. Responsible for Salary: $40,000 Cokv Tvlvme.
the quality control of materials on construction proj- Mekusukey Mission – Seminole, Okla. Please mail a copy of your work to:
ects. Seminole Nation Communications Department
The Nurse Educator will be primarily responsible for
P.O. Box 1498
Qualiﬁcations: High school diploma and 3 years providing comprehensive diabetes self-management
related experience. Prefer associate degree or voca- education to patients diagnosed with diabetes and Wewoka, OK 74884
tional training plus related work experience. Would pre-diabetes patients. The incumbent will work with
consider providing training program for individual other diabetes team members in the on-going evalua-
with demonstrated work experience and aptitude
for this ﬁeld of work. Valid state driver’s license is
tion and development of all activities in the diabetes
program. Conducts nursing assessments and pro- Seminole Voices
required. Subject to background investigation and vides appropriate nursing care to all patients across Kudos to the Tallahassee Band
drug screening. the life span with diabetes learning needs. Focus will
be on persons with new diagnoses, gestational diabe-
for taking a step towards revital- We want to hear
izing awareness of our Seminole
Transit Coordinator #08-65R tes and the self-care learning needs of persons with Culture by offering cultural art from you.
Salary: $12.70 - $16.59 hourly previous diagnoses.
Indian Reservation Roads/Transportation Program “Seminole Voices” is a new
If we don’t teach our children,
Seminole Nation Tribal Complex – Wewoka, Okla. Qualiﬁcations: Bachelor’s of science in nursing supplement to the Cokv Tvlvme,
who will? When we teach our
preferred and 2 years related experience or equivalent
children about their proud heritage, and will serve as a forum for
This is a local transit system providing public trans- combination of education and experience. Current
their self-esteem and pride soar. tribal members to share their
portation within Seminole Count. Incumbent plans, Oklahoma Nursing registration is required. Subject
I’d like to see the Seminole ideas and opinions on the impor-
directs and coordinates the transportation mainte- to background investigation and drug screening.
Nation provide classes on Semi- tant issues that impact the Semi-
nance operations and services for the transit system.
nole regalia (e.g. how to make nole Nation.
The Coordinator manages, supervises and coordinates Indian preference applicable to all positions. Submit
patchwork, leggings/moccasins, All readers are encouraged to
the activities of all transit system staff. The incum- tribal applications, diplomas, transcripts, valid Okla-
cloth turbans, finger weave, etc.) participate in this process.
bent is the primary representative of the program to homa driver’s license and CDIB or tribal enrollment
and stomp dance classes for Semi- Please submit your articles to:
government agencies, tribal leaders and the general card to:
noles of all ages. Seminole Nation
public. Explains and enforces laws, ordinances or Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
regulations; develops and implements policies and Teach us the songs, shell shak- Communications Department
Human Resources Department
procedures, methods or standards, and monitors staff P.O. Box 1498 ing, teach us how to make turtle P.O. Box 1498
activities for conformance and execution. Wewoka, OK 74884 shells and/or cans, teach us about Wewoka, Ok. 74884
the Green Corn, the Ribbon Dance, You may also email your
Qualiﬁcations: High school diploma or GED and at Equal Opportunity Employer: Other than Indian etc. Mvto! articles to cokvtvlvme@semino-
least 1 year experience as a supervisor or manager in Preference, selection for each position will be made lenation.com
transportation, business or related ﬁeld. Valid driv- without regard to race, sex, color, creed, age, marital
Nurcup Harjo Band
er’s license. Good driving record and must be insur- statues, national origin or any other non-merit factor.
2008 Tri-Cities Health Fair Seminole Nation Seminole Nation OAP Deadline for November
“Wellness Our Way” General Council Meeting Halloween Party Cokv Tvlvme submissions
Saturday, October 24, 2008 Monday, October 27, 2008 Thursday, October 30, 2008
Kelly Haney Center - 9:00 a.m. Council House - 7:00 p.m. OAP Building Friday, November 7, 2008
Culture - Pum Vpeyetv
8 COKV TVLVME
Our Mvskoke Language
By Edwin Marshall to as “God,” which sounds like a is just as essential. The person
Family Services Director title. In the Mvskoke, the Supreme designated as Etvlwv ‘Moponayv
Native Language Volunteer Being is referred to more person- (Speaker for the Tribe) or Etvlwv
ally and described as “Oh’fvnkv” Tolaswv (Tribal Tongue) is trained
The Mvskoke (Seminole/Creek) (one who is over all) or “Hesaket- and versed in effective delivery of
language is still vital in many vmese” (master of breath). oratory. The long speech presen-
homes, churches, ceremonial Traditional Christian hymns not tations are meant to stir the tribal
ground and governmental activi- only serve as gestures of praise but members into the spirit. He may
ties which are conducted regularly also evoke emotions that stir the begin his presentation by saying:
throughout the Nations. very essence of the human soul. “Enka, montos’ce hvyomat!” when
Socio-cultural values, unlike the Prayers in the native language do translated means “And yes, this is
Anglo society, are closely inter- much the same. Many Christians as it is at this time!”
twined with religious and spiritual may begin their prayers by address- Once again, the rest of his
values and, thus, are reflected in ing the supreme being thusly: “Pon speech is also as dramatic. Almost
the language. Hesaketvmese, epofastv momet all social (and not just religious)
Separation of government, reli- puhayvte, estofis likvrane likets- activities are begun with a prayer
gion and domestic issues is not a kat” which literally is translated and may end with a prayer includ-
concept known to earlier Mvskoke to say “Master of our breath, our ing governmental functions.
cultures. In fact, leaders of the caretaker and creator, one who has The adherence of Tribal societ-
Tribes looked to their spirituality always been, continues to be and ies to their religious and spiritual
in guiding their people. Likewise, will always be in existence.” A values is often credited for their
heads of social systems (clans, little different than “Our Father in survival and continued revitaliza-
bands, towns, families) did (or do) Heaven” eh? tion through periods of assault,
the same. The remainder of the prayer is conquer, annihilation attempts,
In the Anglo cultures for exam- just as poetic and emotional. In removal and other adverse periods
ple, the Supreme Being is referred the traditional religion, oratory of Native American history.
SN receives ANA grant award Haskell Alumni
By Jennifer Johnson competitive basis. Association of
Historic Preservation Ofﬁcer The demand for ANA project funding is approxi-
mately $100M annually, which is more than twice
The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma has been awarded the funding amount available. ANA funds short-term
a grant from the Administration for Native Americans projects that have definite goals and objectives to be Haskell Indian Nations
to support a Language Preservation Program. The goal achieved by the end of the project period. University
of the project is to determine the current status of the Funding for the Native Language Preservation and
Seminole language and formulate steps to keep it alive. Maintenance projects are broken into the following cat- Lawrence, Kansas 66046
The ANA was established in 1974 through the egories
Native American Programs Act. ANA is the only fed- Category I-Language Assessment Invites all Haskell Alumni
eral agency serving all Native Americans, including Category II-Language Planning and Friends to join them at
562 federally recognized tribes, American Indian and Category III-Language Project Implementation the
Alaska Native organizations, Native Hawaiian organi- Category IV-Language Immersion Project
zations and Native populations throughout the Pacific Haskell Reunion 2008
basin (including American Samoa, Guam, and the Com- Rebecca Stone, Grants and Contracts Coordinator
monwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). for the Seminole Nation, submitted the grant proposal Oct. 31 – Nov. 2
Chief Kelly Haney speaks to The ANA website indicates that funding for commu- for Category I funding in March 2008. On Sept. 29, Holiday Inn – OKC
fellow Rotary members during nity-based projects is provided through three competi- 2008 the Executive Office received the Notice of Award 6200 N. Robinson Ave.
the Seminole Rotary Lunch, held tive discretionary grant programs to eligible Tribes and document.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 non-profit Native American organizations. To promote It should be noted that the Seminole Nation is one Contact:
at the Mirror Room at Seminole self-sufficiency, ANA invests tax payer dollars in com- of twelve recipients of Category I funding. Addition-
State College. Chief Haney dis- munity-based projects focused on social and economic ally, the Seminole Nation was one of only four tribes in
development, language preservation, and environmen- Oklahoma that were funded through an ANA grant.
cussed the Nation’s latest activi- Flo Spotted Bear
ties and programs, as well as the tal regulatory enhancement. To achieve this mission, The Seminole Nation ANA Language Preservation
ANA provides project grant funding to eligible Tribes Program will be designed to intervene and reverse the 918.948.2505
Domestic Violence Safe House
Fund. Photo by Linda UpChurch
and Native American non-profit organizations on a trend of language loss.
In Memoriam - Ra’vkerricetv
September - October 2008 9
Victor R. Panuco Kernell, Chebon Kernell, Chuck
Huff and Tracy Mullings.
rode motorcycles and coached and
assisted his children’s baseball and
Kinney passed away on Sunday,
Greg, George and Don Bailey, Jr.,
Mark and Beau Miller, John and
Funeral services for Victor R. football games in both Wewoka and September 14, 2008 at the age of Jace Williams, and Brian and Kenny
Panuco were held on Thursday,
August 21, 2008 at the Sheil Colo-
Sonia Cerda Oklahoma City. He was a member
of the Hecete Band.
He was born January 2, 1953 to
Zack Buck, Marcy Mooney,
nial Chapel in Kansas City. Funeral services for Sonia Cerda Preceding him in death are his parents Wilson and Jennie (Chupco) Jerry Walker, George Franks, Glenn
Burial followed at the Mt. Olivet were held on Saturday, September grandparents, Ryder and Serena Kinney. He graduated from Wewoka Harjo, Alfred Walker, Tommie Harjo
Cemetery. 6, 2008 at the Sunny Lane Funeral Larney of Seminole and William High School and married Nancy and Jack Bruner served as honorary
Panuco passed away on Sunday, Home Chapel. Burial followed at and Harriet Hamilton of Ada. Gaines in May 1971 in Wewoka. bearers.
August 17, 2008 at North Kansas Sunny Lane Cemetery in Del City.
He is survived by his father, Kinney worked as a roustabout for
City Hospital. He was 43. Cerda passed away on Wednes- Harold Walker; mother Teresa Atlantic Richfield and was a member
Panuco had a passion for cars, day, September 3, 2008. She lived (Larney) Walker; sons, Ray and of Blessed Rock Baptist Church, the Funeral services for Ray L.
and worked for many years as a most of her life in Midwest City and Eben Walker; and daughter Broanna Jaycees and various civic organiza- Hammons were held on Friday,
mechanic. He loved his family and graduated in 1992 from Del City Walker. tions. He was also a member of the September 19, 2008. A graveside
enjoyed annual vacations with his High School, where she was on the Pallbearers included Vic Guti- Seminole Nation General Council, ceremony, officiated by Reverend
children. He was a member of the pom-pom squad. errez, Bobby Thomas, Jimmy Nurcup Harjo Band. Dustin Tidwell, was held at Charles
Tusekia Harjo Band. One of the brightest moments Warledo, Jeremy Culver, Daniel Kinney loved his family and Cemetery in Eufaula.
Panuco will be missed terribly by in Cerda’s life was the birth of her Haney and Boyd Tiger. friends and was an inspiration to all Hammons passed away on
his father, Benjamin and two broth- son, Ezekiel Josiah Cerda, on May Roy Yargee, Herb Johnson, Tom that met and knew him. Monday, September 15, 2008 at
ers, Mark and Frederic. 6, 2003. She lived the last eight Stewart and Evan Haney served as Preceding him in death are his Community Hospital Lakeview in
He is also survived by his mother, months of her life with her grand- honorary pallbearers. parents; three sisters, Wilma Kinney, Eufaula. He was 64.
Christine Panuco; two sons, Matth- parents Russell and Elizabeth Coker Julia Lewis and Martha Walker; and Hammons was born to parents
ias I. and Sterilng A. Panuco; daugh- in Seminole. three brothers, C.W., Robert and Ray and Lida Hammons in Brigham
ter, Maria V. Panuco; three brothers, Cerda’s attained many lasting Reuben Kinney. City, Utah, and raised in Antlers,
Jeffery, Douglas and Gregory; and friendships throughout her life. She He is survived by his wife of 37 Okla. Upon high school graduation,
many nieces and nephews. was a member of the Nurcup Harjo years, Nancy; daughter and son-in- Hammons entered the United States
Band. law Jennifer and David Dunlap of Army and served as a helicopter
Chebon Martin She is survived by her son, Eze- Wewoka; two sisters, Agnes Kinney crew chief in Vietnam.
Funeral services for No-ko-se kiel Josiah Cerda; parents, Chris- Webster of Oklahoma City and Hammons returned to Okla-
Scott Martin were held on Thursday, topher and Linda Cerda; brothers Augusta Smith of Tahlequah; three homa after his service in the Army,
August 28, 2008 at the Caddo Cul- Aaron (and wife Tiffany), Joshua brothers, Jerry Baker of Wetumka, attending Oklahoma State Univer-
tural Center with Reverends Delfred and Teri Cerda; nephew Isaiah Woodrow Kinney of Shawnee and sity, where he graduated in 1979
and Elenor Whitecrow officiating. Cerda; nieces, Mya and Chloe Curtis Kinney of Muskogee; and with a degree in Electronics. He
Interment followed at the Caddo Cerda; grandparents Russell and numerous nieces, nephews, and very worked for both Exxon Petroleum
Nation Tribal Cemetery in Binger. Elizabeth Coker; Uncle Odilon and special friends Lucky and Janice and Boeing Aviation, before retir-
Services were under the direction
of the Comanche Nation Funeral
wife Carmen Cerda, Uncle Ber-
nardino and wife Minnie Cerda;
Douglas Lee Chinn of Sapulpa.
Pallbearers included Loren Hays,
ing in 1996 and settling with friends
and family in the Eufaula area. His
Home. Aunt Mary Cerda; Aunt Rinah and Worcester Larry Hendrix, Kevin Jones, Steve
Smith, Donnie Sneed and Guy
favorite hobbies included working
Martin passed away on Monday, husband Steve Poweshiek; Uncle with computers, rock collecting and
August 25, 2008 in Oklahoma City Russell Coker; Aunt Brenda Coker; Funeral services for Douglas Lee Tucker. pipe smoking.
at the age of 24. and Sam Hoosh and numerous cous- Worcester were held on Monday, George Kinney’s nephews, Ira Hammons was a member of the
Chebon Martin was born to par- ins and friends. September 15, 2008 at Bird Creek Walker, Gerren Walker, Jared Smith, Tom Palmer Band.
ents Rose C. Botone and Lloyd P. Indian Baptist Church in Sasakwa Joshua Smith, Conchate Webster, Preceding him in death are his
Martin. He enjoyed basketball and with Reverends Houston Tiger, Stacy Kinney, Christopher Kinney, parents.
graffiti art, and found employment Funeral services for Jamie Lynn Kenneth Tiger and Jimsey Harjo Dennis Baker, Dean Baker, Derrick He is survived by his wife Pauline
as a wild land firefighter and Heri- Deere Marvin were held on Sat- officiating. Baker; and friends, John Villines (Cummings) Hammons of Eufaula;
tage Resource Technician for the urday, September 6, 2008 at the Interment followed at High and Jake Smith served as honorary sons, Kenneth Hammons of Chi-
Caddo Nation. He was a member of Criswell Funeral Home Chapel in Springs Indian Baptist Church Cem- bearers. cago, Timothy Hammons of Enid
the Ceyvha Band. Ada with Reverend Sandy Harjo etery. Services were conducted by and Lenny Ray and wife Cherelee
Martin is survived by his mother, officiating. Stout-Phillips Funeral Home. Jim of Clewiston, Fla.; stepchildren,
Rose Botone of Binger; father, Burial followed at Rosedale Cem- Worcester passed away on Tues- Joe and wife Katie Dreadfulwa-
Lloyd Martin of Seminole; four sis- etery. Services were under the direc- day, September 9, 2008 in Tulsa. ter of Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., Jess
ters, Morningstar Botone of Lawton, tion of Criswell Funeral Home. He was 28. Dreadfulwater of Palmdale, Calif.
Eliza Botone of Yukon, E-cho Hok- Marvin passed away on Wednes- Worcester was born May 27, 1980 and Brian Dreadfulwater of Law-
tv Martin of Hollywood, Fla. and day, September 3, 200 at an Okla- to parents Alvena Annette (Morgan) rence, Kan.; sister Jackie Jones of
Winter Star Martin of McDonald, homa City Hospital. Ayala and Douglas Glenn Worcester Antlers; brothers, Steve Hammons
Kan.; and one brother, Lance Martin She was born December 31, 1982 in Ada. He attended Guthrie Public of Coweta, Okla., Gary Hammons
of Manderson, S.D. in Seminole to parents Larry and Schools, as well as Tulsa Welding of Antlers, and Cody Hammons of
Margie Schmidt Deere. School. Worcester enjoyed playing Wetumpka, Ala.; and nine grand-
Marvin graduated from Seminole pool, chess and dominoes, and also children.
High School and attended Semi- performed card tricks. He was a Pallbearers included Timothy
nole State College. She married
Sonny Boy Marvin on July 2, 2001
member of the Tom Palmer Band.
Worcester is survived by his Irene Bailey Hammons, Lenny Jim, Joe Dread-
fulwater, Jess Dreadfulwater, Brian
in Paris, Tex. She was a member of mother Alvena A. Ayala of Edmond; Funeral services for Irene Bailey Dreadfulwater and Charles Deere.
the Mekusukey Band. father Douglas Glenn Worcester of were held on Wednesday, September Steve Hammons, Kenneth Ham-
Marvin is survived by her hus- Ardmore; sisters, Alisha A. Worces- 17, 2008 at the First Baptist Church mons, Jerry Haney and Glen Sharpe
band, Sonny Marvin and two daugh- ter of Tulsa and Martha, Dora and in Holdenville with Reverends served as honorary bearers.
ters, Bethany and Allison Marvin, all Sandra Ayala of Edmond; brothers, Frank Moppin and George Harjoche
of the home; her parents, Larry and Carmelo M. Ayala of Guthrie and officiating, assisted by Reverend
John Kernell Margie Deere of Seminole; and her
brother, Jason Deere of Seminole.
Oscar, David and Omar Ayala of
Allison Phillips and Wayne Bailey.
Interment followed at the Middle
Funeral services for longtime Pallbearers included Wendell Creek #2 Church Cemetery. Ser-
Seminole county resident John Williams Sr., Brian Wallace, Mal- vices were under the direction of
Anthony Kernell were held on colm Freeman, Geronimo Quili- Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home.
Thursday, September 4, 2008 at the maco, Andy Gonzales, Larry Tiger Bailey passed away on Sunday,
New Life World Outreach Center in and Christopher D. Tiger. September 14, 2008 at her home in
Shawnee with Keith Ward officiat- Wendell Williams Jr., Phealan P. Wewoka, surrounded by her children
ing. Morgan, Eloy Gonzalez and Car- and grandchildren. She was 93.
Interment followed at the Ker- melo Ayala served as honorary bear- Irene Bailey was born June 18,
nell Family Cemetery in Seminole ers. 1915 to parents Alec Walker and
County. Annie (Tiger) Walker and was raised
Kernell passed away on Sunday,
August 31, 2008 in Shawnee. He
She was a lifelong member of Barry Coker
was 32. Middle Creek #2 Baptist Church, Funeral services for Barry Coker
Kernell was born June 26, 176 baptized by Reverend George Tiger were held on Monday, September
to parents John Allen and Maria on November 16, 1931 and ordained 22, 2008 at Hudson-Phillips Chapel
(McClure) Kernell in Fort Smith, as Sister’s Leader by Reverend Tom Burial followed at the family
Ark. Funeral services for Seminole Stewart on March 5, 1977. cemetery in Hughes County. Ser-
He was a member of the New Life County resident David Wayne Bailey was a member of the vices were under the direction of
World Outreach Center in Shawnee Walker were held on Wednesday, Ocese Band. Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home of
and worked as a cook at McDon- September 11, 2008 at the Stout- Preceding her in death are her Holdenville.
ald’s. Kernall was a member of the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with parents; brothers, Charlie, Terry, Coker passed away at Stillwater
Tom Palmer Band. Reverend Mike Harjo officiating. Dave, Robert and Jimmy Walker, Medical Center on Wednesday, Sep-
Preceding him in death are his Services were under the direction Sr.; sisters, Katie Tiger, Eliza Harjo, tember 18, 2008. He was 39.
mother, Maria Kernell; grandfa-
thers, Simeon Kernell and Benja-
of Stout-Philips Funeral Home.
Walker passed away on Friday,
George Kinney Izora Bruner, Anna Henry and Suzie
Walker; sons, Donald G. “Sockey”
Coker was born April 17, 1969
to parents Cora Lee (McComb) and
min McClure; grandmother Amelia September 6, 2008 in Oklahoma Funeral services for Wewoka and Kenneth Bailey; and daughter Edmond Lee Coker in Claremore,
Kernell; uncles, Cecil Kernell and City. He was 35. resident George Andrew Kinney Viola Norman. Okla. He graduated from Hold-
S.J. Kernell, Jr.; and aunt Debbie Walker was born August 27, were held on Tuesday, September She is survived by her sons, Char- enville High School in 1987 and
McClure. 1973 in Claremore, Okla. To parents 16, 2008 at the First Baptist Church lie Bailey of Tulsa and Gene Harjo attended college at Murray State.
He is survived by his father, John Harold and Teresa (Larney) Walker. of Wewoka with Reverend Dave and wife, Geraldine, of Shawnee; Coker was a veteran of Opera-
Allen Kernell of Shawnee; sister and He graduated from Strothers High Blackwood officiating, assisted by daughters, Sally Bailey Williams tion Desert Shield/Desert Storm and
brother-in-law Jessica and Donnell School in 1991 and attended Okla- Reverends Jim Choate and Dan of Ponca City, Alene Bailey Miller a member of the 2120th Supply and
Richardson; and nephews Anthony homa City Community College. Factor. of Wewoka, Linda Buck and Shir- Service Company in the Oklahoma
Kernell and Alexander Richardson. He found employment at Winslow Burial followed at the Kinney ley Sanford of Holdenville and Inell National Guard.
Pallbearers included Donnell Associates in Edmond as a paint fin- Family Cemetery. Services were Bailey of Tulsa. Coker was a kind and loving
Richardson, Greg Kernell, Jason isher. Walker also tattooed, drew, under the direction of Stout-Philips Pallbearers included grandsons person who enjoyed life and spend-
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In Loving Memory
ing time with his family. He also Chapel in Konawa. With Reverends Seminole Indian Baptist Church and
loved to watch OU football. Coker Dennis Traxler and John Millican the Tom Palmer Band.
played basketball, baseball and soft- officiating. Preceding him in death are his
ball, and was a member of Middle Burgess passed away on Satur- son Bobby Burgess; daughter Lori We miss you so much Grandma.
Creek #2 Baptist Church and the day, September 20, 2008 in Okla- Millican; three brothers; and two Words can’t express how much
Tusekia Harjo Band. homa City at the age of 85. sisters. we wish you were still here. Even
He is survived by his chil- He was born August 16, 1923 in He is survived by his wife Ellen though you are in a better place,
dren, Brooke L. Coker, Trask X. Konawa to parents Harper Burgess Burgess of the home; son Ricky it is still hard to believe that we
Coker and Debra J. Coker of Hold- and Anna (Barnett) Burgess and Burgess of Konawa; two daugh- can’t call you on the phone, come
enville and Caitlin Paige Coker and married Ellen Larney on May 11, ters, Cora Osborne of Konawa and by and say “Hello,” “I Love You,”
Taylor Chase Coker of Perkins; 1946 in Sasakwa. Burgess gradu- Barbara West of Tecumseh; ten and “Thank You for Always Taking
mother Cora Coker of Wewoka; ated from Vamoosa High School grandchildren; eleven great-grand- Care of Us,” stay the night, go to
father Edmond Coker of Pawhuska; in 1943 and later joined the United children; and one great great-grand- a gospel singing with you, go to
two brothers, Terry Coker of Wag- States Coast Guard. child. church with you, go garage selling,
oner and Edmond Lee Coker, Jr. of After earning an Associates of Pallbearers included grandchil- Come by and pick you up to go to
Wewoka; and three sisters, Sherri Applied Science degree from Colo- dren, Christopher Baker, Billy town, go shopping with you, help
Gray of N.C., Jeri Boyd of Semi- rado, Burgess went on to become Archer, Franklin West, Michael you get ready, color your hair, paint
nole and Lynn Hughes of Barnsdall, a state and veteran certified alco- Burgess, Ricky Burgess, Jr. and your nails, feel your hands, smell
Okla. hol and drug abuse counselor for Jason Burgess. your scent, hear you sing one more
the U.S. Department of Health and Great-grandchildren Austen Bur- hymn and hear you laugh just one
Human Services. He was recog- gess, Brandon West, Madden West, more time.
nized in 1988 as an outstanding
counselor for his service to those
Camron Archer and Robert Archer,
nephews, great-nephews and fellow
Lucille Johnson What keeps us going is the fact
you are always watching over us
with chemical dependency. rodeo friends all served as honorary 1935 - 2007 until we meet again in heaven.
Burgess was a member of the bearers.
We would like to thank the Seminole Nation Administration,
Election Board members, and employees for their words of kind- Obituaries should be submitted to:
ness and prayers during the loss of our beloved family member. firstname.lastname@example.org
Your kindness will be remembered, and you will always be in
our prayers as well. Please make arrangements with the funeral home to have the
Robert Burgess tribal member’s obit and picture emailed. If you have any
Funeral services for Robert Sincerely, questions, please call the Communications Department at
“Bobby” Watson Burgess were held The Farron Culley Family 405-257-7292.
on Wednesday, September 24, 2008
at the Swearingen Funeral Home
Seminole Nation Days: Through the Years
(L-R): Francis Coker, Mary McCormick, Sarah Davis and June Lee prepare a meal at the first
Seminole Nation Days Celebration in 1968.
Young contestants at the 1978 SN Days Traditional Dress Contest
Former Chief Tom Palmer rides along in the SN Days Parade
Martha Flippin rides her motorcycle during the 1972 SN Days Penni and Wayland Northcott (left) and Jane Northcott (right) participate in the 1987 SN Days Parade
Parade as part of the Seminole Nation Roundup Club
Present - Oketv Hvyomat
September - October 2008 11
40th Annual Seminole Nation Days Festival
2008 Seminole Nation Days Event Winners
Art Contest 5k Run
K - 5th Grade 6th - 9th Grade Male – Age 1 – 12 Timothy Sparks (21:16)
1. Jake Tiger 1. Cali Moses Colton Niemeier (27:19) Male – Age 35 – 39
2. Kayle Day 2. Dylan Moore Female – Age 1 – 12 Eric Whatt (21:31)
3. Abigail Gosa 3. Zac Self Josie Edgell (24:28) Female – Age 35 – 39
Male – Age 13 – 15 Lisa Johnson (35:24)
10th - 12th Grade Adult Landon Sagebiel (18:27) Male – Age 40 – 44
1. Eli Spraker 1. Robert Deere Female – Age 13 – 15 Kenneth Johnson (21:05)
2. Natalya Tanyan 2. Chris Watkins Cheyenne Niemeier (21:26) Female – Age 40 – 44
3. Michael Tanyan 3. Debra Osage Male – Age 16 – 19 Mechell Downey (31:50) Photo by Ted Underwood
Boilton Hobbs (20:33) Female – Age 45 – 49
Traditional Dress Contest Female – Age 16 – 19 Denise Hooper (50:00)
Amilia Aviles (35:20) Male – Age 50 – 54
Boys (0-15) Male – Age 20 – 24 David Lena (24:12)
1. Jake Tiger (Tom Palmer) Allan Bryant (22:28) Female – Age 50 – 54
2. Micheal Cole (Tom Palmer) Female – Age 20 – 24 Karen Benson (44:07)
3. Madden West (Ocese) Laura Knight (27:44) Male – Age 60 – 64
Girls (0-15) Male – Age 25 – 29 Sketter Hogue (22:11)
1. Caitlin Hamilton (Mekusukey) James Monroe (21:26) Male – Age 65 – 69
2. Isabelle Fixico (Tallahassee) Female – Age 25 – 29 Buddy Kessinger (28:53)
3. Ania Rhodd (Ocese) Jade Benson (23:45) Male – Age 70 – 74
Gentlemen (16 & Above) Male – Age 30 – 34 Greg Gutierrez (38:39) Photo by Dustin Gray
1. Dwayne Miller (Tom Palmer)
2. Lewis Johnson (Tallahassee) Youth Fishing Derby
Ladies (16 & Above) Biggest Fish - Jake Tiger, 13
1. Dana Miller (Tom Palmer) Smallest Fish - Shayna Howery, 5
2. Johnni Mae Miller Taylor (T. Harjo) Caleb Potts, 10
3. LeAndra Wind (T. Harjo) Most Caught - Cameron Hart, 7
Seminole Nation Bands/Organizations/Programs
1. Seminole Nation Color Guard
2. Tallahassee Band
3. Tom Palmer Band
1. Trico Clowns
2. Hasinai Society of the Caddo Nation
3. Seminole State College Athletic Teams
1. Baby Pageant Contestants Braleigh King, Trinity Henington and Aubrey 5k Run Winner (age 50 - 54)
Larney David Lena from Okemah poses for
2. Tallahassee Band a picture with his first place medal.
David is the son of the late Robert and
3. The Coker Family Wanda Lena of Wewoka.
Photo by Dustin Gray
1st - #29 Donna Pewo
2nd - #47 Yvette Goodeagle
3rd - #75 Lois Lonetree
4th - #64 Evelyn Martinez
1st - #108 Akeemah Robedeaux
2nd - #77 Erin Yarholar
3rd - #51 Erin Plumley
4th - #30 Linda Tsonetokey
Women’s Fancy Shawl
1st - #52 Elizabeth Hudson
2nd - #92 Nicole Sine
3rd - #53 Kay Lyn Ivory
4th - #38 Oke-Tw’sha Roberts
Photo by Chaparne Harjo Women’s Cloth
1st - #32 Jacquie Tsonetokoy
2nd - #65 Janet Bullcoming
3rd - #100 Hauli Siouy Warrior
4th - #73 Angie Goodfox
Men’s Fancy Photo by Dustin Gray
A special “Thank You” to all of the sponsors for
1st - #95 Mike Pahsetopah
2nd - #89 Graham Primeaux this year’s Seminole Nation Days Pow Wow.
3rd - #17 Thorpe Sine
4th - #72 Tyler Thurman Okmulgee Times
Men’s Straight McClendon – Winters Funeral Home
Photo by Chaparne Harjo
1st - #59 Micheal Plumley Shurden Funeral Home
2nd - #41 Zack Morris Golden Pony Casino – Okemah
3rd - #18 Gordon Roy World Acceptance Corp.
4th - #91 Denny Medicinebird Creek Nation Honor Guard
Creek Nation Communications & Native News Today
Men’s Traditional Shawnee News Star
Enoch Kelly Haney
1st - #43 Clarence Yarholar Canadian Valley Electric Co-op
2nd - #56 Jason Bender Shawnee Mills
3rd - #71 Terrence Atkins
Seminole Nation BCR
4th - #39 Pat Moora
Seminole Nation Days Committee
McDonald’s – Okmulgee
1st - #80 Dijay Yarholar
2nd - #68 Jay Roberts Rev. David Little
3rd - #35 Dale Roberts Oklahoma Army Surplus – Tulsa
Photo by Dustin Gray 4th - #36 Peanutt Roberts Tyson Foods - Holdenville
Ronnie Milsap: Live at Mekusukey Mission
Photographs by Dustin Gray