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Sneak Peek GOVERNMENT Obama Administration Announces Second Tribal Nations Summit Page 2 PROGRAMS Comanche Nation Museum unveil new exhibit Page 5 Sports Tribal Members Run for Others Page 7 Lawton, OK December 2010 Remembering Comanche History: The Treaty of Fredricksburg According to a passage by Fredrich Richard Petri, Throughout the 1700’s, the Comanche Indians continually thwarted the imperial efforts of the Spaniards, who moved north from Mexico in an attempt to claim the Great Plains. After horses entered Comanche culture, a company of Spanish infantry were no match for a band of mounted Comanche. By the time the Germans established Fredricksburg in 1846, the Comanche Indians were undisputed rulers of the southern plains. Their territory was vast sea of grass extending from central Texas north to Nebraska. Indians were regular visitors to Fort Martin Scott. In the spring, small bands could be found across Barons Creek setting up their buffalo hide lodges. Buffalo provided meat as well as shelter, for the Comanche, built teepees and made clothing out of buffalo hides. From their spring and summer villages Indians were able to trade with soldiers and townspeople. As Americans settled the Great Plains in the late nineteenth century, the Comanche way of life declined. Having had a glimpse of what the future held after visiting Washington, DC, Fredricksburg Mayor Tom Musselman, Comanche Nation Vice-Chairman Richard Henson, Deputy Consul General Margaret Wendel of Germany, Comanche Nation Chairman Michael Burgess and Comanche Business Committeeman Mark Waudooah pose for a picture after the cedar smoking ceremony, at Fredrickburg, TX. Comanche chief Santa Anna helped maintain a peace settlement, along with other Comanche chiefs Old Owl and Buffalo Hump, with their new neighbors, John O. Meusebach and the immigrants in Fredricksburg. On Nov. 20, a historic event happened in central Texas between the German settlers of Fredricksburg and the Comanche. The event was an re-affirmation ceremony of the 1847 Treaty between the Germans and the Comanche. The re-affirmation ceremony was motivated an action taken against a Comanche family. After being invited to bring their family powwow to the town of Fredricksburg and after ten years of holding their successful powwow there, the family of Chappabitty (Knocks His Enemy From His Horse)/ Quassycheeky (Eagle Feather Hair Tie) were told not to come back to their own powwow. This blatant act was initiated by a non-Indian volunteer, Nick Bradford, who had helped the family with their powwow. The act was a consequence of the family asking this individual for financial accountability after each powwow for years. He refused to do so. In a slanderous letter the family was told not to come back to their own powwow. In the same letter the office of the Mayor and the Director of the Tourist and Visitors Bureau was included as supportive gesture. The mayor was approached by Charlotte Niyah McCurtain, a representative of the Comanche family, continued on page 8 Parents Rally for Fair Treatment Story by Tomah E. Yeahquo/News Staff Recall Petition Fails By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff The petition to recall Comanche Nation Chairman Michael Burgess failed due to lack of signatures, said Comanche Nation Enrollment Director, Donna Wahnee. The petition was turned in Oct. 19 by tribal members Eleanor McDaniel and James Nelson. The Comanche Business Committee has to call a meeting to validate the results of the recall petition. The parents of students that attend the Apache school system set up a peaceful rally, November 22 and 23 just out side of the city limits west of Apache on Hwy 19. The rally consisted of local and area residence supporters. A blessing ceremony was performed by Melvin Mithlo to bless the students and the tribal ground where the rally was held. “We went to the school board three times. Yes, we are Native American and we love our children” Trevette Arellano said. This is in reference to allegations of unfair treatment of students at the school. The parents have organized a BooneApache Native American student/parent Awareness Community, which consists of concerned parents supporting the effort to prevent racism, unfair treatment and nepotism within the Apache school system. The organization is chaired by Jacqui Knight, Vice-chair Trevette Arellano, Secretary Joycetta Harris, with board members of Gary Tomahsah, Jenny Smith, Beverly Isaacs, and Jesse Carratini. Also in attendance for support were representatives of the Tulsa Indian Coalition against Racism Organization (TICAR) located in Tulsa, Okla. When asked if PR SRT STD US POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO 49 STIGLER, OK 74462 VOLUME 10 EDITION 12 she knew of the rally that was being sponsored by the parents. Superintendent of Apache Schools, Paula Squires stated. “Well, no, I really don’t know, but I don’t know what their protesting or what their protest is concretely about. Parents have brought issue to us and we have investigated them with the processes we have in place, which is stated very clearly in our handbook. We try to be fair,” said Squires. Parent stated my daughter was bullied and nothing was done said Pamela Satepauhoodle. She said her and her husband; Rusty witnessed her daughter being struck in the head three times with three staff member present. After going through all the proper avenues, the result was her husband being restricted from all Apache schools. This has caused him to miss all events their children have been in, from Apache High School Homecoming festivities to sport events. “He missed all these events and you just don’t get these back” said Satepauhoodle. One parent said Apache School systems have in place a policy that gives alleged bully five chances where other area schools have a no tolerance policy. Historic Cobell Settlement Passes U.S. House of Representatives Tribal Water Rights Settlements also Headed to President for Signature into Federal Law In a historic vote Nov. 30, the United States House of Representatives passed the $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement as part of H.R. 4387, the Claims Resolution Act of 2010. The Claims Resolution Act of 2010 now moves to President Obama’s desk for signature. “The passage of the Cobell Settlement is a significant milestone in the history of American Indian relations with United States government,” said Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. “Not only does Cobell settle historic injustices through legal means, it starts the U.S. government on a course for meeting its obligations and making reservation lands more productive for future generations. We commend the bipartisan effort from members of the House and Senate who worked tirelessly to pass this legislation.” The Cobell settlement resolves the long running class action litigation over mismanagement of Indian trust funds. It also includes payment for resource mismanagement and funds for consolidation of fractionated lands. The case has been pending since 1996. In press releases, following statements on the House floor, both Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), outlined the importance of passing the Cobell Settlement as part of the Claims Resolutions Act of 2010. "This legislation brings a fair and responsible resolution to the continued on page 3

The Comanche Nation News Dec Issue 2010

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