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Jonathan George Submitted by Lanny Asepermy/CIVA
The Committee to Elect Jonathan George to Congress PO Box 31 Heltonville IN 47436 For more information about George you can visit his campaign website at http:// www.georgeforcongress.com/ or contact him at (812) 5451351 or his personal email at: johathan@comanchestargroup. com.
USDA Establishes Advisory Board for Native American Farmers and Ranchers Submitted by USDA Office of Communications.
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Jonathan George, an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, is running for the US Congress. George is a retired onestar General who served in the US Air Force from 1981-2011. He is the only Comanche veteran to earn General Officer status while serving in the military. George lives in Heltonville, Ind., and is a candidate for Indiana’s 9th District. The US Congress is made up of 438 members, only one is an American Indian. The US Senate which has 100 members has no American Indians. George has stated “Our Nation’s tribes are under represented and are at a disadvantage with the Federal Government. I don’t think it is intentional as much as not many non-Indians understand Native American issues. I think I can be very effective in bridging that gap. At least I am willing to give it everything I have to do that.” His mother is Patricia Craig (Goodin) who grew up on the “Mission” next to the Comanche Reformed Church. Patricia currently lives in San Jose, Cali. His Kaku was Ella Lutz (Cox) and his greatgrandmother was Nahmahkuh Parker. George’s great-great grandmother, Weckeah, was the first wife of Quanah Parker. The first elected Chairman of the Nation, James Cox, is his great-uncle. Donations for his campaign can be mailed to:
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Beautiful songs were sung during the annual Comanche Nation Elders Day Dec. 16 at Watchetaker Hall. Christmas carols in the Comanche language, Comanche hymns, and an array of Christmas songs were serenaded by talented voices. Pictured clockwise, the children of the Lawton and Apache Comanche Nation Daycares; Victoria Tahchawwickah; Elgin Middle School; Comanche Nation Princess Krista Hubbard; and the Little Washita Church choir all entertained the crowd during the event. For more on Elders Day, see Page 14.
Tahdooahnippah Selected to Represent Comanche Nation on Federal Tribal Advisory Committee Submitted by Mia Tahdooahnippah/Comanche Nation Gaming Commission
Tribal member Mia M. Tahdooahnippah was recently selected by the National Indian Gaming Commission to represent the Comanche Nation on a Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) to assist the NIGC review of new proposed Technical Standards and Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS). Tahdooahnippah said, “I am very proud to serve and represent the Comanche Nation. It is a great honor for all Comanche people for our Nation to be selected by the National Indian Gaming Commission. The Nation has a voice to potentially make and suggest changes that could soon be-
come federal gaming laws that all tribes must abide by. I strive to protect our Class II gaming and any future technological advances that may arise, and keeping federal regulations to a minimum to allow each tribe to determine what is best for them. It is important to protect our future generations.” Tahdooahnippah is the Compliance Director for the Comanche Nation Gaming Commission. The Commission selected 15 people from various tribes across the US. “From those nominees we selected a diverse group of tribal government representatives whose combined exper-
tise will assist the Commission as it continues to review the MICS and Technical Standards,” explained NIGC Chairwoman Tracie Stevens. Stevens added, “This group of tribal representatives will assist the Commission so that the regulations continue to protect Indian gaming and ensure that tribes are the primary beneficiaries of their operations.” NIGC anticipates that the TAC will complete its work by March 31, and is committed to working diligently with the members of the TAC and others to complete a final rule in 2012.
LIHEAP Program Begins January 3 Submitted by Comanche Nation Social Services Program
Comanche tribal members can apply for energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) starting 9 a.m., January 3, at the Comanche Nation Social Services Department. LIHEAP is a service in which tribal members may receive assistance with either electric or gas or propane. Assistance is based on gross
household income. Applicants must be an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation and head of household, submit verification of income for the previous thirty (30) days and submit their current utility bill (electric or gas), which reflects their account number. Assistance is not available to have services reconnected (services cannot
be disconnected). The service is only available if you have not received LIHEAP through any other tribe or agency. Tribal members must reside in one of the following counties: Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Kiowa or Tillman. For more information, you may call the Social Service Department at (580) 492-3357.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced the establishment of a special advisory board to help USDA officials ensure Native Americans participate in and benefit from USDA programs. The board is being put in place as part of the Keepseagle settlement. "The Council for Native American Farming and Ranching will help native governments, businesses, farmers and ranchers partner with USDA to create jobs, drive economic growth and strengthen tribal communities," Vilsack said. The Council will work closely with the Office of Tribal Relations, Farm Service Agency and other USDA agencies to improve the success of Native farmers and ranchers who access USDA's entire portfolio of programs to build and achieve profitability in their businesses. USDA recently established a technical assistance network with the Intertribal Agriculture Council. The network works across Indian Country in 13 regional locations. USDA also recently launched a strike force initiative in southeastern states that is now expanding to western states with substantial Native American populations. These two technical assistance efforts will work together to ensure the unique challenges of Native Americans, living both on and off reservations, can be addressed. Agriculture is the second largest employer in Indian Country, according to the National Congress of American Indians. All nominations for advisory board membership should be sent by January 20, 2012 to: Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC, 20250, Attn: Council for Native American Farmers and Ranchers. Send comments to the Office of Tribal Relations, 500A Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington DC 20250. Establishing the board is just one of the recent steps USDA has taken and will take to assist Native Americans. USDA's Rural Housing Service will soon send a notice to all Rural Development offices reminding them that direct home loan borrowers on Native lands can consider AMERIND Corporation for their insurance needs. AMERIND is a tribalowned organization that acts as a risk management pool for insurance coverage of homes and other private and community structures on Native lands. The notice does not endorse AMERIND over other insurers, but provides another option for See USDA, Page 3
COMANCHE NATION GAMING UPDATE A great year for Comanche Nation and Comanche Nation Gaming
The Comanche Nation Gaming Board Of Directors (CNGBOD) held a reception for newly appointed Director, Lanny Asepermy, and outgoing Director Daphne Ticeahkie. Pictured are CNGBOD Chairman William Pahdocony and the outgoing Director Daphne Ticeahkie Submitted by Donna Knowles/ Comanche Nation Gaming Board of Directors Staff
Comanche Nation Gaming (CNG) is excited about what ended as a strong 2011 for the Comanche Nation’s casinos. 2011 was a year for renovations, new food offerings and venues, and introduction of innovative technologies and exciting new games on the casino floors. Preliminary, un-audited figures for consolidated CNG net income show that 2011 was almost 19% higher than 2010, and 4% higher than 2008 (which was previously the best year in gaming net income). Comanche Nation Casino, Lawton, Okla., ended the fiscal year with an unprecedented increase in net income of approximately 43% over the previous year. The team members at all Comanche Nation casinos are to be commended for their hard work, customer service and contributions in making 2011 a great year. The Gaming Board of Directors and casino management greatly appreciate the effort that Comanche Nation Gaming team members put into their jobs each day. Comanche Red River Casino (Red River) completed a major renovation in early December. Casino guests have provided very positive feedback about the new look and feel of the casino. Everything from the façade, to the design and theme inside the casino has a new and exciting look. The new layout offers a High Limit Slots Room and Lounge that hosts a great selection of new Class II and Class III game titles. The introduction of Dick Clark’s AMA Countryville Bar & Grill, located inside Red River, provides a great food and entertainment experience for Red River guests. Countryville has a tempting menu of amazing appetizers, entrées, sandwiches/burgers, and desserts. The Countryville stage is showcasing regional talent live every weekend. Countryville and Red River Casino items that are offered for sale in the Countryville Shop are also huge hits. Just walking through Countryville and taking in the
historical country music memorabilia is an amazing experience. Red River Casino, historically the Comanche Nation’s largest casino operation, is now in a position to provide a premier hospitality experience to its guests in a fun, exciting atmosphere. The composition of the Gaming Board of Directors recently changed. Daphne Ticeahkie ended her service on the Gaming Board in November. Ticeahkie began serving on the Gaming Board of Directors in the summer of 2007. Ticeahkie was a strong advocate and champion for casino employees, and ensured fiscal responsibility of the casino enterprises, through advocating and approving strong internal controls. During Ticeahkie’s time on the Board, she oversaw the selection of senior management, and contributed to strategic planning that has proven to be critical to the continued growth of the Nation’s casinos. Comanche Nation Gaming thanks Ticeahkie for her selfless service, sincere dedication, and the time she contributed to the Comanche Nation Gaming Board throughout her time as a Board member. Lanny Asepermy has recently been named the newest member of the Gaming Board of Directors. Service to the Comanche Nation is not new for Asepermy. In fact, Asepermy served as a member of the Comanche Nation Business Committee from 20072010. Asepermy is also an active leader in the Comanche Indian Veteran Association. Asepermy served for over 24 years in the United States military. The Gaming Board welcomes Asepermy and looks forward to his guidance and leadership. After reflecting on 2011 and planning for 2012, Comanche Nation Gaming is looking forward to another exciting year of providing a high-value entertainment experience to casino guests, while maximizing distributions to the members of the Comanche Nation.
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AARP Oklahoma Launches Indian Elder Navigator; Website is Single Point of Entry for Indian Services Submitted by Oklahoma AARP Staff
AARP Oklahoma has announced the launch of the AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Navigator – a single point of entry website for Indian elder services that can be accessed at: www.aarp.org/okindiannavigator. “We hope that this new website will be a place where Indian elders from any Oklahoma Indian Tribe can go to find the service or resource that best fits their needs,” said AARP Executive Council Member and former Governor of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe John Edwards. “We envision it as a ‘living room’ of information for tribal elders.” The AARP Indian Elder Navigator is designed to be a resource center where tribes can list their contact informa-
tion and resources on such topics as housing, transportation and health care. At its launch, information on tribal nutrition and food commodity programs were posted on the site. AARP and AARP Foundation has launched an effort called Drive to End Hunger to raise awareness of senior hunger and enroll more seniors in the Supplemental Food Nutrition Program (SNAP). Edwards said AARP Oklahoma is expanding Drive to End Hunger to Indian country by posting Indian nutrition sites and food commodity distribution programs on the Indian Elder Navigator. Going forward, AARP officials say they hope to work directly with tribal leaders and program directors from all fed-
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erally recognized tribes in Oklahoma to add new and updated information to the AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Navigator. Program directors with questions about adding their program information can contact Craig Davis at cedavis@ aarp.org The association will also make presentations to Indian elder groups and tribal councils in the upcoming year. At a luncheon in Oklahoma City, AARP debuted a new training video explaining the association’s work with Oklahoma Indian tribes that includes the Indian Elder Navigator, Drive to End Hunger and the 2012 AARP Indian Elder Honors program. To request a copy of the video, schedule a presentation to a tribal group or add information to the Indian Navigator, please e-mail: email@example.com. For more information on AARP Oklahoma or the AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Navigator, visit: www.aarp. org/ok
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January 2012 THE COMANCHE NATION NEWS The award-winning Comanche Nation News, the official communication of the Comanche Nation, is available at no charge upon request. The deadline to submit information for the February edition is noon January 16. Donations to help cover the cost of printing and mailing are welcome. Contact: The Comanche Nation News P.O. Box 908 Lawton, Okla. 73502-0908 Telephone: (580) 492-3386 Fax: (580) 492-3709 Email: comanche_news@yahoo. com •
TCNN Staff Jolene Schonchin, Editor, Reporter, PhotographerEmail: tcnneditor@yahoo. com-Telephone Number-(580)492-3382 Paula Karty, Reporter, Photographer- Email: kartynews@yahoo. com Telephone Number-(580)492-3383 Candace Todd, Administrative Assistant-Telephone Number (580)492-3386 Tomah Yeahquo, Information Specialist/Comanche Nation Fair, Email: tomahy@comanchenation. com- Telephone Number (580)492-3384 News items of interest to the local and American Indian community are welcome. Letters to the editor must be signed by a name. Photographs will be copied and will become the property of TCNN. To return original photographs, send a self-addressed stamped envelope. Do not send faxed photographs or newspaper copies of photographs. The Milestones Page (Birthdays, Anniversaries, Engagements,Memorial Pictures, Weddings, Births) are by submission only. The Passings are submitted by the Comanche Nation Funeral Home or by tribal members on a funeral home letterhead. The Milestones Page is for tribal members only. TCNN publishes all services conducted by The Comanche Nation Funeral Home without discretion. Obituaries are written for tribal members only. TCNN will print a Comanche organization’s annual event flyer once free of charge as a courtesy to our tribal organizations. The guidelines for flyer submission are: Pow-wow flyers have to be from an established Comanche organization. There has to be contact person and number on the organization’s annual flyer. We reserve the right to edit all material. Letters or articles that contain libelous information, slander, or personal attacks will not be printed. The letters to the editor or articles contained in the The Comanche Nation News does not reflect the opinions of the PIO staff.
Comanche Nation Officials Chairman Johnny Wauqua Vice Chairman Ed Eschiti Secretary/Treasurer Robert Tippeconnie Committeeman No. 1 Ronald Red Elk Committeeman No. 2 Yonevea Terry Committeeman No. 3 Darrell Kosechequetah Committeeman No. 4 Robert Komahcheet Jr. Tribal Administrator William Owens
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borrowers on Native lands to meeting the insurance requirements of the program. USDA is also considering regulatory changes to expand the types of USDA projects that AMERIND can insure. In addition to these recent commitments, USDA supports tribal areas with funding for infrastructure improvements, small businesses and farmers and ranchers. On the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, USDA has provided nearly $30 million in the last two years to help replace an old and rapidly declining water system that was hit hard by an ice storm in January of 2010. USDA has worked closely with the Cheyenne River Sioux tribal government and the Standing Rock Sioux tribal government to provide over a $1 million to each reservation to prevent further loss of livestock on these ag-dependent reservations. Broadband internet is an increasingly important tool for building profitable farm and ranch operations, growing businesses and thriving communities. That is why – over the past 3 years – USDA has invested over $400 million dollars in 41 projects to bring broadband to reservations and other tribal communities. Nearly half of this funding has gone directly to tribes or tribally-owned businesses. USDA has also offered direct support to help tribal businesses grow. Last year alone the Department provided dozens of loan guarantees and grants worth nearly $12 million. Also in the past fiscal year, USDA provided over $50 million in conservation funding to tribes – an 85% increase over the year before. Keepseagle v Vilsack was a lawsuit alleging that USDA discriminated against Native American farmers and ranchers in the way it operated the Farm Loan Program. The lawsuit was settled late last year, and the settlement has been approved by the court. The filing period for claims opened June 29, 2011, and continues for 180 days until December 27, 2011. Up to $760 million will be made available in monetary relief, debt relief and tax relief to successful claimants. Claimant services
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Employment with Comanche Nation Gaming Are you interested in employment with Comanche Nation Gaming (CNG) at one of the four (4) Comanche Nation casinos: Comanche Nation Casino, Comanche Red River Casino, Comanche Spur Casino, and Comanche Star Casino? If you are, you should routinely check for open positions by accessing the Comanche Nation Gaming website at: www.comanchenationcasinos.com and clicking on the “EMPLOYMENT” link at the bottom of the page. This linked page will provide you with information on employment and other links depending on your employment status with Comanche Nation Gaming. You can directly access the Comanche Nation Gaming website to view open positions and complete an application for a position at: https://www.hrapply.com/ comanche/setup.app. If you have never applied for a Comanche Nation Gaming position, you will have to set up an account before completing an application. You must have an e-mail address to establish an account. Computers are available inside all of the casinos for use by individuals to apply for CNG positions, if you do not have easy access to a computer with internet access. You should contact the Human Resources Office in the casino to use one of these computers. representatives can be reached through calling 1-888-2335506. Claimants must register for a claims package by calling the number or visiting http:// www.indianfarmclass.com. Since taking office, President Obama's Administration has taken historic steps to improve the lives of Native
Americans, put people back to work and build thriving economies in tribal communities. At USDA, Secretary Vilsack has worked at President Obama's direction to deepen and strengthen our relationships with tribal communities and tribal governments. Vilsack has named – for the first time
ever at USDA – a Senior Advisor on Tribal Relations who reports directly to him. To ensure tribes have greater access to the full breadth of USDA programs, and that the Department has engaged in Tribal consultation on over 60 rules.
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To contact officials: Comanche Nation P.O. Box 908 Lawton, Okla. 73502 Toll Free: (877) 492-4988 Physical Address 584 Bingo Rd. Lawton, OK 73505
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Comanche Nation Enterprises, Inc (CONEI) Preparing for Success in 2012 Submitted by CONEI Staff
CONEI, (Comanche Nation Enterprises, Inc.) is busy preparing for a successful year in 2012, and has been working on several activities to grow the company and improve communication with stakeholders. Comanche Members can now view our new website at www.cneincorporated. com to find more information about CONEI. They also invite Comanche members to “like” them on Facebook, at Comanche Nation Enterprises, Inc. (CONEI) to stay up to date on CONEI’s events and activities. The CONEI facility has been under construction while CNC provides their office with a new facelift. CNC has done an outstanding job with the office fit up and they are excited about starting the New Year in an updated facility. CONEI continues to evaluate acquisitions and is creating start-up businesses. When investment funding is not available to CONEI,
they will start-up companies from scratch, while this approach may take longer to reach their goals; CONEI has begun that process by creating an engineering services company. This company will capture federal technology and engineering contracts under the SBA 8(a) program. When investment capital is available from the Comanche Nation or other funding sources, CONEI will acquire profitable companies. This enables them to reach their goals much faster than starting companies from scratch. CONEI continues to evaluate acquisition candidates, and has identified two companies that have made it to the final list of candidates. They are excited about the prospect of significant growth in 2012. CONEI’s success is powered by the continued support of the Comanche membership, and they thank every Comanche member in advance for their support in the upcoming year.
Take it Slow on Ice and Snow AAA Advises With the threat of ice and snow once again in the forecast for Oklahoma, AAA reminds motorists that driving during wintry conditions can be treacherous. Take it easy on slick roadways, allow extra time to get where you’re going and drive slowly. Dress in layers. Heavy coats and gloves offer warmth outside but after the vehicle warms up, they should be taken off to allow you full head and arm movement. Before driving, remove any snow or ice on your vehicle’s windows, lights, brake lights and signals. Make sure you can see and be seen. Oklahomans often forget how to drive on ice and snow because the state receives such a small amount of freezing precipitation each year. Here are some tips from AAA: • Drive well below the posted speed limit and leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you. • Watch for black ice. Roads that seem dry may actually be slippery and dangerous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady areas – all are hot spots for that hard-to-detect black ice. • Be aware of what’s going on well ahead of you. The way other vehicles are behaving will alert you to problems more quickly and give you a split-second of added time to react safely.
• The faster you’re going, the longer it will take to stop. When accelerating on snow or ice, do so slowly to avoid slipping and sliding. Your traction is greatest just before your power wheels start to spin. • Brake early, brake slowly and never slam on the brakes. With anti-lock brakes (ABS), press the pedal down firmly and hold it. If you don’t have ABS, gently pump the pedal. Either way, leave yourself lots of room to stop. • Don’t use cruise control when driving on ice and snow, and avoid sudden steering maneuvers. This will reduce your chance of skidding. • Give snowplows and sand trucks a wide berth – stay well behind these vehicles and don’t attempt to pass them. Make sure your vehicle is road-worthy. Check the battery, tires, wiper blades, fluids, lights, belts and hoses. Breaking down is bad on a good day and dangerous on a bad-weather day. Carry a winter emergency road kit: ice scraper, snow brush, cell phone with charger cord, booster cables, flashlight with extra batteries, warm clothing and blankets, a first aid kit, paper towels, candy bars, simple tools (screwdrivers, pliers and the like), reflective triangles and clay-based kitty litter or sand to throw in front of the power wheels if you’re stuck on an icy incline and can’t get traction.
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MERRY TIME AT THE COMANCHE MUSEUM. The Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center in Lawton, Okla. held an open house on Dec. 14. The public was invited to come and partake in Christmas treats. There was around 150 people to kick off the annual event with plenty more that visited throughout the afternoon.
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Programs Comanche Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program Going Strong Submitted by Charlotte McCurtain/Vocational Rehabilitation Program
October 2011 marked the beginning of the second year of operation for the Comanche Nation’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program. The first year of operation involved a lot of start up activities/requirements, such as hiring qualified staff and setting up the office space. Although, there was a delay in start up, program objectives were met, due to the diligence of the program staff. The following is information taken from the program brochure. “ Are you looking for a job and have a disability?” Frequently Asked Questions How do vocational rehabilitative services help? • They help people with disabilities find a job and stay employed. • They help people with disabilities learn the skills needed to live independently. Can a person with a severe disability get services? • Any person with a disability which affects their employment can apply for services, no matter how severe. How long will it take before I know if I am eligible for services? • After you apply, in most cases, you will know within 60 days. Eligibility Requirements • Must be enrolled in a federally recognized Tribe (have a CDIB) and reside within the program service area. • Must have a physical or mental disability documented by a physician. • Disability must be an impediment to employment. • Must be able to benefit from VR services, resulting in obtaining/retaining competitive employment or enhancing current employment. • Must reside within the
Comanche Nation’s nine county jurisdiction area. Examples of Disabilities • Amputations • Diabetes • Hearing Impairments • Learning Disabilities • Mental Health Disorders • Orthopedic Impairments • Visual Impairments • Hypertension • Or other physical or mental impairment Examples of Services Provided Medical and psychological evaluations are used to review an individual’s background, abilities, disabilityrelated barriers to employment and rehabilitation needs. Vocational counseling and guidance is provided by counselors throughout the rehabilitation process. Physical and mental restoration may be provided to enhance employment opportunities. Training may include vocational, academic and onthe-job training, as well as job search skills development and job coaching. Rehabilitation equipment and devices which enable individuals to function more effectively in the workplace. Other specialized services are also available. What documents will I need? • Proof of Tribal membership • Proof of Income • Proof of Social Security number • Proof of physical address (P.O. Box not accepted) • Proof of Disability Coordinative Efforts The Oklahoma Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation
Programs have a cooperative agreement with the State to access and utilize available state services for tribal consumer applicants. Throughout the years, Native Americans have been under served through DRS. The State DRS (Dept. of Rehabilitative Services) is willing to co-serve applicants of the Tribal VR program. The CNVRP also works closely with available tribal programs to enhance the service delivery process for consumer applicants. Counties Serviced • Comanche • Caddo • Cotton • Grady • Jackson • Jefferson • Kiowa • Stephens • Tillman CNVRP Location Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Lawton, OK 73502 Physical address: 584 NW Bingo Rd., Lawton, OK 73507 Telephone Numbers (580) 492-3605 Admin. Assistant Rose Lomavaya(580) 492-3606 Director-Charlotte Niyah McCurtain (580) 492-3609 Counselor-James Campbell-(580) 492-3610 VR Tech-Calvert Codynah- (580) 492-5310 FAX number-(580) 492-6310 Email: Voc-rehab@comanchenation. com Please contact our main telephone number, (580) 492-3605 for additional information about the Comanche Nation’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
Comanche Nation Elder Council Annual Christmas Gathering Submitted by the Comanche Nation Elders Council
The Comanche Nation Elder Council held it’s Annual Christmas Gathering on Dec. 5, at the Comanche Nation Community Center in Apache, Okla. The invocation was given by Virgie Kassanavoid. The Comanche Nation Chairman, Johnny Wauqua, greeted the council. Vivian Holder presented a gift to the former Elder Council Chairman Raymond Alamanza for five years of service to the Elder Council. The Post Oak language
class preformed a series of Christmas songs in the Comanche language. The Cache Nazarene Church was represented by Bill Wermy. The Deyo Baptist Church rendered some Christmas songs. Ava Doty spoke about her term as Elder Council Chairman. Gene Pekah spoke to the council about the Comanche Nation College. Rita Coosewoon spoke about the Comanche language
and sang a song in the Comanche language. Special gifts were given out to the eldest woman, which was Inez Motah and to eldest man, which was Kenneth Coosewoon. There was a total of 126 persons attending the gathering. The council received 16 names of shut-ins that will be given Christmas packages. The Comanche Nation Elder Council thanks everyone who helped in the gathering.
CAMERON UNIVERSITY DONATES TO WOMEN’S SHELTER. On Dec. 5, Cameron University’s Biology Department, Biology Club, and Southwest Area Health Education Center donated clothes, toys, and candy to the Comanche Nation Women’s Shelter. Amanda Torczynski and Dr. Tahzeeba Hossain coordinated the project to help the Women’s Shelter.
Each officer takes turns in different shooting stations for training to enhance their full shooting capabilities.
Comanche Nation Law Enforcement Passes Firearm Qualifications
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BAM BAM POW!!!! On Dec. 1, the Comanche Nation Police Department participated in one of their annual gun qualifications. Each year the CNPD (Comanche Nation Police Department) uses either the Walters or Caddo Kiowa Technical Center’s shooting range to train. Comanche Nation Police Department has four of their own instructors, which are Detective Captain Wood, Canine Officer Kennedy, As-
sistant Chief Niedo, and Portal Sergeant Hayden. The officers participate in the Oklahoma qualifying test, which is once a year and they must score a 240. The Federal qualifying is required twice a year, and they must score a 210. The gun qualifications are a requirement so the Comanche Nation Police Department can successfully maintain their weapons. During these tests, they must also qualify to handle and maintain patrol rifles and shot guns.
Comanche Nation Environmental Programs The Solid waste division will be on hold with the department dump trailer service until February. For more information, feel free to contact the Environmental Programs Department, (580) 492-3754 ASSOCIATION OF COMANCHE EMPLOYEES COMANCHE NATION COMPLEX
November 17, 2011 Press Release: On behalf of the Association of Comanche Employees (A.C.E) and the Comanche Nation Prevention & Recovery Center, we would like to thank everyone in supporting the recognition of Red Ribbon Week to educate our Native American Youth about drug abuse prevention. It is with great pleasure to declare the First Annual Jamboree a success. Many students conveyed their enthusiasm for the event and stated that they would love to attend the Jamboree next year. The school chaperones and presenters acknowledged that the students were paying attention, participating, and enjoying themselves. If we were able to enlighten even one student, the event can be considered a huge accomplishment. We appreciate the selfless contributions that were made to our children to prepare them for the future. Without the assistance of the following departments and individuals, this event would not have been possible. We cannot express the appropriate gratitude for their generous gifts and their desire to volunteer. Volunteer Coordinators: Hazel Tahsequah – Prescription Assistance Tracy Avila – Student Services Danielle Jane Tenequer – Human Resources SoSo Lyles – Maintenance Carlene Collins – Injury Prevention Keith Yackeyonny – Workforce Investment (WIA) Nick Hare – Information Technology Charles Crutcher – Information Technology Donations: Comanche Nation Law Enforcement Comanche Nation Youth Program Comanche Nation Prescription Assistance Comanche Nation Election Board Comanche Nation Enrollment Amos Black III, Attorney at Law Buffalo Office Supplies
Again, thank you very much. Janet Saupitty ACE President
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Military Submitted by Lanny Asepermy/CIVA
In the book “THE COMANCHES, Lords of the South Plains,” first published in 1952 and co-written by Ernest Wallace and E. Adamson Hoebel, there is a reference about a Comanche Warrior known as Pukutsi. This is an excerpt from the book. “Among many of the Plains tribes there were “Crazy warriors” who did everything backwards. The Cheyenne called them Contrary Ones; the Crow Indians name was Crazy Dogs Wishing to Die, The Comanches, had a few of these men, called Pukutsi. Any man brave enough and desiring to do so could become a Pukutsi on making up his mind, according to Frank Moeta (also spelled Moetah, Moeteh, born 1863, and a political rival of Quanah Parker in the reservation era). He carried a buffalo-scrotum rattle in his hand and would go about the camp singing even when other events would be going on. Everything he did was in inversion, but no one ever molested a Pukutsi because he was so recklessly brave. He wore a long sash over his shoulder and rolled up under his arm. In battle, he rolled out his sash, stuck the free end into the ground with an arrow and there took his stand. With bow in one hand and rattle in the other he stood singing tethered by his sash. He neither fought nor charged but sang his songs until victory was won or death took him. Only a friend could come and free him. There were not many of these men among the Comanches. Carrying Her Sunshade in all her long life know only one.” This tribute salutes modern-day Comanche Veterans who have distinguished themselves in combat with Gallantry, Heroism or Valor in the tradition of the Pukutsi of old. In the days before reservation life and the presentday Armed Forces, all Comanches (Numunu as they called themselves) men were hunters, raiders, and warriors - from birth they were one or in most cases all three. They provided food, clothing, shelter for their families and bands and protected them, along with Comanche territories from the Spanish, Mexicans, the Texans, numerous other tribes and the US military. The days as hunters, raiders and warriors came to an end at Palo Duro Canyon in September 1874 when the US Cavalry defeated the remaining “hostile” Comanches in a brief battle. The last “hostile” Comanches turned themselves in at Fort Sill in Nov. 1874 since. The Comanche Tribe’s modern day military history began when a few Comanches served as scouts with the US Cavalry in the 1870’s and again at Fort Sill with Troop L, 7th Cavalry from 1892-1897. 58 Comanches served in World War I (1918 - 1919) and Comanche warriors have since fought in every war and major campaign of the United States military. The Pukutsi in today’s Comanche military history is much like the Pukutsi of old - anyone could be a Pukutsi
IN THE TRADITION OF THE PUKUTSI
but few have actually proved themselves on the battlefield. Documentation indicates 1,050 Comanches have served in the Armed Forces. 17 have earned honors for Gallantry, Heroism or Valor. The military has few awards for such honors - beside the Congressional Medal of Honor, which no Comanche has earned, the awards are the Distinguished Service, Air Force and Navy Crosses (no Comanches have earned the Air Force or Navy Crosses), the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Soldier’s, Air Force and Navy/Marine Corps Medals (no Comanches has earned the Air Force medal) and the Bronze Star, Commendation and Achievement Medals with Valor Device. 15 Comanche have earned these honors including one (Clark) who was awarded three Gallantry, Heroism and Valor awards, and three others that fought and killed the enemy in hand to hand combat - one Comanche (Choney) received both Valor honors twice and fought and killed the enemy in hand to hand combat These 17 modern-day military veterans have earned the title of Pukutsi. Listed below are the 17 Comanche veterans, who have earned Gallantry, Heroism and Valor honors, or have fought and killed the enemy in hand to hand combat - six are deceased. Private Calvin Atchavit (deceased), US Army, Distinguished Service Cross, World War I (also awarded the Belgian War Cross for bravely). Master Sergeant Edward L. Clark (deceased), US Marine Corps, Silver Star, Navy/Marine Corps Medal and Navy/ Marine Corps Commendation w/Valor Device, World War II and Korean War. Sergeant Lee D. Toquothty (deceased), US Army, Silver Star, Korean War. Sergeant George Red Elk, US Army, Silver Star, Vietnam War. Lieutenant Colonel Meech
Tahsequah ( deceased), US Army Air Force, Distinguished Flying Cross, World War II. Major Vincent Myers Sr. (deceased), US Army Air Force, Distinguished Flying Cross, World War II. Brigadier General Jonathan George, US Air Force, Distinguished Flying Cross.
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ernment. He was one of four World War I Comanche Code Talkers and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor (posthumously) in Oct. 2008. Atchavit was born on Jun. 20, 1893 and died on Oct. 9, 1943 at age 50 - his final resting place is Highland Cemetery, in Lawton, Okla. In a copy of his obituary, provided by his nephew, Robert Atchavit of Wichita Falls, Tx., it stated in part “the service was conducted at the Yellow Mission (now known as Comanche Reformed Church) in Lawton officiated by Robert Chaat and his pallbearers were Albert Nahquaddy, Henry Permansu and Bruce Tomah of Walters, Sam Mullen, Ed Clark and Henry Conwoop of Lawton, Mose Poolaw of Walters assisted, (his pallbearers were all World War I combat veterans). He was a member of the tribal council of the Kiowa jurisdiction, representing the Comanches in business matters. Active in church work, he was an elder of the Dutch Reform church in Lawton. The American Flag was presented to his widow, Sarah, by Tomah and the service was attended by a large crowd of Comanches, Kiowas and Apaches.” War Cross
Sergeant Major Rudolph Kosechequetah, US Army, Solider’s Medal, Vietnam War. Captain Cloyce V. “Chuck” Choney, US Army, Bronze Star with Valor Device (2) and Hand to Hand Combat, Vietnam War. Sergeant Lucien “ Jimmy” Looking Glass, US Marine Corps, Bronze Star with/Valor Device, Vietnam War. Captain, Johnny Tiddark, US Army, Bronze Star with/Valor, Vietnam War.
Lance Corporal Phillip Rogers, US Marine Corps, Navy/ Marine Corps Commendation with/Valor Device, Vietnam War. Lance Corporal Lewis Chasenah, US Marine Corps, Navy/ Marine Corps Achievement with/Valor Device, Vietnam War. Corporal Leland Parker, US Marine Corps, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement with/Valor Device, Vietnam War. Corporal Joshua J. Ware (deceased), US Marine Corps, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement with/Valor Device, Global War on Terror. Corporal Edmond L. Mahseet, US Marine Corps, Hand to Hand Combat, Vietnam War. Sergeant Ronald “Ronnie” Mahsetky, US Marine Corps, Hand to Hand Combat, Vietnam War. The Distinguished Service Cross Medal is awarded to a person who distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of the Medal of Honor.
Silver Star Medals for Gallantry in Action against an enemy of the United States was awarded to Edward L. Clark, Lee D. Toquothty and George Red Elk. Calvin Atchavit
Private Calvin Atchavit was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross - his action reads “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Calvin Atchavit (ASN 2806696), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company A, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, AEF., near Fey-en-Haye, France, 12 September 1918. During the attack of his company, though he had been severely wounded in his left arm, Private Atchavit shot and killed one of the enemy and captured another. Atchavit served in the US Army from 1918-1919 and was also awarded the Purple Heart and the War Cross for bravery by the Belgium gov-
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Purple Heart as he was gravely wounded in the chest during the action. His citation reads “Gunnery Sergeant Clark was in charge of the company command post which was located ten yards in the rear of the front lines of a Marine rifle company. Immediately prior to an impending attack by the company the enemy laid down a violent and devastating barrage of artillery and mortar fire along the lines. Gunnery Sergeant Clark observing two men lying wounded in a listening post beyond our troops dashed forward fearlessly, headless of the heavy concentrations of high explosive falling close at had and carried one unconscious man to the command post. In so doing he was gravely wounded in the chest. Disregarding his wounds and refreshing aid, he ran forward a second time through the fire swept zone and rescued the second wounded man. His total disregard for his own safety and his cool courage under fire unquestionably saved the lives of the two Marines.” Clark was also awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Medal for distinguishing oneself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy and the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/Valor Device for heroic achievement. He served in the US Marine Corps from 19331954. After his retirement, he earned a college degree and was the Superintendent at both Concho and Fort Sill Indian Schools. He was also an elected member of the Comanche Business Committee. Clark was born April 19, 1914 and died on Feb. 28, 2002 at age 87 in Oklahoma City. His final resting place is Highland Cemetery in Lawton, Okla.
Lee D. Toquothty
Sergeant Lee D. Toquothty was a member of the US Army’s 7th Reconnaissance Company of the 7th Infantry Division, during the Korean War, when he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action against an armed enemy near Hoengsong Korea on Feb. 12, 1951. His citation reads, “On this date, Corporal Toquothty, a tank crew member was riding in a convoy which was attempting to escape entrapment by numerically superior enemy forces. As the convoy moved into the town of Hoensong, the column came under intense small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire from well entrenched enemy troops. The vehicle Corporal Toquothty was riding was knocked out by enemy troops hidden in the rice paddies and ditches along the road. Corporal Toquothty immediately seized a light machine gun and single-handedly began to move along the column firing his weapon from the hip. On the final of four roadblocks Corporal Toquothty moved among the hidden enemy and
pinned them down with furious fire, thus allowing the vehicles to proceed. As the last vehicle cleared the position, he remained in position to cover the rear of the column firing his machine gun until heat from the weapon ignited his gloves. Only when it was apparent that all troops were clear of the enemy position did Corporal Toquothty withdraw to rejoin the column.” Toquothty served from 1949-1952. He was born on Sept. 7, 1930 and died on May 10, 2006 at age 75 at Shell Knob, MO. Toquothty’s parents are the late Robert and Mary (Kosechata) Toquothty of Walters.
George Red Elk
Lieutenant Colonel Meech Tahsequah enlisted in the US Army Air Force on July 14, 1941. His Distinguished Flying Cross citation(s) were not located at the time this article went to print, however, the “Korean War Project” and “airforce.togetherweserved. com” websites both indicate he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. “airforce.togetherweserved.com” lists two of his awards as the Distinguished Flying Cross (2) and Presidential Unit Citation. The “Korean War Project” credits him with one Distinguished Flying Cross. In Europe he flew 31 combat missions logging over 300 combat hours aboard a B-24 Liberator Bomber. He was wounded twice in action over the European Theater of Operations. He flew on the Ploesti Raids in 1943, called “Operation Tidal Wave,” and earlier as part of the Halverson Detachment/Project. According to Air Force records, Tahsequah was a passenger aboard a B-26B aircraft when it ran out of fuel and crashed 30 miles north of Susa North Korea, near Tsushima Island, on Dec. 6, 1950. The navigator, who bailed out and made his way to friendly lines, said Tahsequah and the other crew members bailed out before crashing. It was thought at one time he was a prisoner of war as his name was mentioned by North Korea propaganda in Dec. 1951. He remains one of the many missing in action in North Korea. Tahsequah was declared dead while missing in action on Feb. 28, 1954 - his body has not been recovered. He was born on Oct. 27, 1918.
Sergeant George G. Red Elk was with Company D, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, during the Vietnam War, when he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force on Mar. 18,1969. Like Clark, he was severely wounded during the fight. His citation reads “On this date, Company D was conducting a sweep through the Michelin Rubber Plantation when fierce contact was made with an estimated battalion-size force of North Vietnamese Regulars in well-concealed, bunker fortifications. In the ensuing battle, Sergeant Red Elk’s tank began receiving rocket-propelled grenade fire from the left flank. Reacting instantly, Sergeant Red Elk aggressively maneuvered his vehicle toward the enemy position, engaging them with his main gun. His highly accurate fire completely routed the enemy force, killing two. As he moved back on line, an enemy rocket-propelled grenade round exploded overhead, severely wounding his right hand. Ignoring the pain, Sergeant Red Elk was successful in knocking out a second rocket-propelled grenade team. He courageously remained in his tank for 45 minutes after being wounded, until he passed out from the pain and loss of blood. His heroic example greatly inspired the entire unit to press on and completely overpower the hostile force.” Red Elk served with the US Army from 1968-1973 and with Oklahoma Army National Guard from 1982-1991. He lives in Lawton with his wife, of 40 years, Fran. Red Elk also fought in the Persian Gulf War with the 45th Infantry Brigade and is currently the Commander of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association. He is the son of the late Roderick Red Elk, a Code Talker of World War II. Vincent Myers Sr. Red Elk was inducted Major Vincent Myers into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame on Nov. 11, Sr. served in the US Army Air Force from 1941-1946. His 2011. citation, as a member of the The Distinguished 340th Bombardment Group Flying Cross Medal is award- (M), for the Distinguished Flyed heroism or extraordinary ing Cross reads “For extraorachievement while participat- dinary achievement while participating in aerial flight ing in an aerial flight.
as bombardier of a B-52 type aircraft. On 24 April 1944, Captain Myers flew as group bombardier in an attack upon the heavily defended railroad bridge at Orvieto, North Italy. Upon the commencement of the bomb run, direct hits from intense anti-aircraft fire critically wounded the turret-gunner and heavily damaged his airplane. Despite the extreme difficulty of maintaining the crippled aircraft on straight and level course, Captain Myers skillfully directed his pilot on the precision bomb run, enabling his formation to cover the objective with a devastating bomb pattern. When mechanical failure prevented the lowering of the landing gear upon the approach to base, Captain Myers assisted other members of the crew in working the emergency release system thereby enabling his pilot to land the stricken bomber safely. On 45 combat missions his steadfast devotion to duty and outstanding proficiency have reflected great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.” In a hand-written note on his Restricted Missions Sheet indicate a second Distinguished Flying Cross was awarded to Myers for action on Dec. 30, 1944 on a target near Calliano, Italy - that citation is unavailable. Myers was Bombardier and Navigator aboard a B-52 Mitchell Medium Bomber and flew 71 combat missions totaling 220 combat hours during World War II - once 50 combat missions were completed air crewmen were given “ground duty,” Myers volunteered to fly an additional 21 missions until war’s end. His brother, Melvin, was killed in action shortly after the D-Day invasion on Normandy. Myers was inducted into the Oklahoma Boxing Hall of Fame in 1976 with an amazing 114 wins and six loss record. He served on the Comanche Housing Board of Commissioners and farmed west of Apache until his death on Aug. 2, 1979 at age 59, he was born on April 20, 1920.
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speed condition, the successful dive recovery required a tightrope combination of strength to correct the aircraft attitude and finesse to avoid stalling the aircraft. During the remainder of the descent, constant yoke pressures varying between 70 and 200 pounds brought Captain George to the brink of physical exhaustion. He exercised exceptional flying skill, strength and heroic determination, safely landed the aircraft, and prevented the loss of an irreplaceable nation asset. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Captain George reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. George was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He is the great grandson of Quanah Parker (his great grandmother was Weckeah). George retired from the US Air Force on Feb. 1, 2011 after over 30 years of service. He is the most decorated Comanche officer and is the only Comanche to earn General Officer status - he turned down a promotion to Major General in lieu of retirement. George now resided in Heltonville, Ind., and is running for the US Congress. Soldier’s Medal
The Soldier’s and Navy/Marine Corps Medals are awarded for distinguishing oneself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy.
Brigadier General Jonathan George, served with the US Air Force, from 1981 to 2011. His citation for the Distinguished Flying Cross reads “Captain Jonathan D. George distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as a U-2 pilot at a forward operating location of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing on 4 May 1986. Approximately two hours into his first operational mission, Captain George’s aircraft suddenly developed full nose down, runaway trim while cruising above 60,000 feet. Maximum allowable speed was quickly exceeded and structural failure and loss of the aircraft was imminent. In this extremely critical over-
Sergeant Major Rudolph Kosechequetah retired from the US Army after serving from 1968-1995. He was awarded the Soldier’s Medal while serving with HQ’s 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division in Vietnam. His citation reads “For heroism not involving actual conflict with an armed hostile force. Private First Class Kosechequetah distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 13 July 1969 when was given the mission of apprehending Vietnamese who were throwing fragmentation grenades into the perimeter wire at Landing Zone Sharon. Specialist Four Young and Private First Class Kosechequetah identified the Vietnamese at the crest of a small hill, parked their vehicle at the edge of a lake and started up the hill. At this time Specialist Young was blown from his feet by a mine. Private First Class Kosechequetah was thrown back to the edge of the lake by the concussion, receiving shrapnel wounds in the head and in the Continued on Page 8
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platoon was attacked by a squad of North Vietnamese Infantrymen using machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Lieutenant Choney immediately organized his men for a counter-assault. Although wounded himself, he refused medical evacuation until the enemy was repulsed and his men had been cared for. Lieutenant Choney’s personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army”. Choney’s second citation reads “For heroism in ground combat against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam on 6 July 1970. Lieutenant Choney distinguished himself while serving as a Platoon Leader in Company B, 1st Battalion (Airmobile), 506th Infantry, during combat action near Fire Support Base Maureen, Republic of Vietnam. Coming under sudden attack by a large hostile force, Lieutenant Choney was seriously wounded. Despite his wounds, he immediately organized his men and led a counterassault on the hostiles. Moving from position to position under constant enemy fire he was assured that all other casualties were treated. Lieutenant Choney’s personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect grant credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army”. After his military service Choney served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 25+ years - he was decorated with the Bureau’s Shield of Bravery for his role in the rescue mission after the Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma City. Choney also served as the Vice-Chairman of the NaBronze Star tional Indian Gaming Commis The Bronze Star, Com- sion for five years. He lives in mendation and Achievement Shawnee. medals are awarded for heroic or meritorious achievement or service. For heroic achievement a V Device (for Valor) is attached to the award. face. Specialist Young yelled that he was in an unmarked mine field. At this time Private First Class Kosechequetah, in spite of Specialist Young’s pleas to stay away and with complete disregard for his own safety, re-entered the mine field, picked up Specialist Young, placed him on his shoulders, and carried him to a position of safety. Here he administered first aid, treating the nearly unconscious soldier for shock. He stayed at the wounded soldier’s side for 20-minutes, completely ignoring his own wounds, until trained medical personnel arrived to treat and evacuate Specialist Young. Private First Class Kosechequetah’s bravery and compassion for a fellow soldier in the face of immense personal danger reflect the highest credit upon himself, the Military Police Corps, and the United States Army”. Kosechequetah was also awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. He is one of two Comanches to earn the rank of Sergeant Major and graduate from the US Army Sergeants Major Academy. Kosechequetah is a strong advocate for the Salvation Army and lives between Cache and Altus near the western end of the Wichita Mountains.
mediate first aid treatment, he picked up the wounded Marine and courageously carried him through the withering fire to a position of relative safety. He then treated the casualty until he was relieved by a corpsman. His valiant effort undoubtedly saved the life of his comrade. Lance Corporal Lookingglass’ exceptional courage in the face of grave danger, daring initiative, and unfaltering dedication to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.” Looking Glass was also awarded the Presidential Unit Citation (the equivalent to the Navy Cross) and the Purple Heart. On Jun. 11, 1966, Looking Glass was twice wounded - he was shot in the leg during the early hours and despite his wounds he continued his mission. Later that morning he and several other Marines were wounded from shrapnel from an exploding land mine. Looking Glass served from 1961-1967. He lives in Shiprock, NM and retired from the Indian Health Service - he also worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Looking Glass grew up in the Boone area and attended school in Apache, Okla. He is an Ordained Minister with the Full Gospel Church.
withdraw. He then personally covered the withdrawal of his team. When the reconnaissance element was reinforced by a Vietnamese Regional Forces company, Captain Tiddark again led the combined force in an attack against the hostile positions. Due to his demonstrated courage under fire, the Vietnamese followed his example and the attack advanced four hundred meters, overrunning several enemy positions before the enemy’s resistance stiffened and the attack faltered. Upon seeing several Vietnamese soldiers wounded by the intense enemy automatic weapons fire, Captain Tiddark moved to the threatened area and directed friendly fire upon the enemy positions. He moved from man to man shouting encouragement and due to his fearless actions, the Vietnamese held the position. Captain Tiddark’s heroic actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service”. Tiddark was also awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and was twicewounded while assigned to the Phoenix Program during the Vietnam War. His mission with the Phoenix Program was to identify and neutralize the Viet Cong infrastructure political Cadre via infiltration, capture, counter-terrorism and assassination. Tiddark retired from Veterans Affairs as Registered Pharmacists and Manager of the out-patient Pharmacy Program at the Dallas VA Hospital. He live in Forney, Tx.
Johnny Tiddark Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Combat “V” 1. In accordance with the authority delegated by the Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific takes pleasure in awarding you the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”. 2. In recognition of your heroic achievement in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. In a document written by Rogers he said, “I earned the Navy Commendation Medal during an incident that occurred while on patrol near Da Nang. My squad was walking point when we came upon a rice paddy. The North Vietnamese opened fire with mortars, machine guns and automatic weapons. Several Marines were wounded and needed to rescued. My Fire Team (I was the Team Leader), volunteered to bring the wounded Marines to safety. Despite taking fire I was able to assist in saving two of the wounded Marines. While carrying one of them on my shoulder he was hit again in the leg. Miraculously I was not injured and all the men we assisted to safety survived the fight”. While in Vietnam, Rogers survived the 77-day siege of Khe Sanh and the Tet Offensive of 1968. He was also awarded the Presidential Unit Citation (the equivalent to the Navy Cross), Purple Heart and Combat Action Ribbon. Rogers is credited with 37 combat operations and completed 11 months and three days of his tour in Vietnam when he was wounded. He served from 1967-1969. Rogers lives in Kyle, Tx. His grandfather was Amador Torralba (Farrala). His mother was Sophia Torralba Rodriguez (Rogers) who was raised by Juanita Grey Mountain (Esa-Toyah) Torralba.
Phillip K. Rogers Sr. Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Cloyce V. “Chuck” Choney
Captain Cloyce V. “Chuck” Choney served with the US Army from 1969-1975. He was awarded the Bronze Star three times - twice with/ Valor Device, the Purple Heart twice, the Presidential Unit Citation (the equivalent to the Distinguished Service Cross) and the Combat Infantryman Badge while serving with the 101st Airborne Division. The first of his two citations reads “For heroism in ground combat against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam on 1 May 1970. Lieutenant Choney distinguished himself while serving as a Platoon Leader in Company B, 1st Battalion (Airmobile), 506th Infantry, during combat operations near Fire Support Base Maureen, Republic of Vietnam. While receiving a resupply from a nearby landing zone, Lieutenant Choney’s
Lucien “Jimmy” Looking Glass
Sergeant Lucien “Jimmy” Looking Glass, US Marine Corps, was awarded the Bronze Star with/Valor Device. His citation reads “For heroic achievement in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam while serving with Company F, Second Battalion, Ninth Marines. On 30 Jan. 1966, Lance Corporal Lookingglass, serving as a Fire Team Leader with the Second Platoon, was operating with a combat patrol when it was ambushed by a numerically superior enemy force. In the midst of intense enemy small arms and mortar fire, Lance Corporal Lookingglass shot and killed the Viet Cong, and, with complete disregard for his own safety, ran to the side of his fallen comrade. Realizing that the savage action ruled out im-
Captain Johnny Tiddark served with the US Army from 1964-1969 and the US Army Reserve from 19701983. He was awarded the Bronze Star twice, once with/ Valor Device. His citation reads “For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force: Captain Tiddark distinguished himself by heroic action on 23 March 1969 while serving as Advisor, Quang Ngai Province Provincial Reconnaissance of Vietnam. On that date, he accompanied a small 10-man team on an assault against a large enemy for Captain Tiddark was assigned the responsibility for the left flank of the attacking force and when the order to attack was received, he personally led the team in a violent assault against the enemy positions. When the attack faltered, he rallied his men, but the heavy enemy fire forced the entire unit to
Lance Corporal Lewis Chasenah, US Marine Corps, was awarded the USN/USMC Achievement Medal with/ Valor Device. A copy of his citation was unavailable at the time this article was printed, however, this award is so noted on his DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Lance Corporal Phil- Active Duty). He served, in Vietnam, lip K. Rogers Sr., US Marine from Dec. 1967 to Jan. 1968 Corps, was awarded the USN/ USMC Commendation Medal with A Battery, 1st Battalion, with/Valor Device while as- 11th Marines, 1st Marine Divisigned with Lima Company, sion as an Artillery Gun Crew3rd Battalion, 26th Marines man on a 105 mm Howitzer. Chasenah also earned during the Vietnam War. A memo dated 8 February 1969, three Campaign Stars and the Combat Action Ribbon, while addressed to Rogers reads: in Vietnam, for extensive direct From: Commanding General, combat support, including the 77-day siege at Khe Sanh and Fleet Marine Force, Pacific To: Lance Corporal Phillip K. the Tet Offensive of 1968, and for action at Quang Tri, Dong Rogers, Ha, Cam Lo, Con Thein, Hue, Subject: Award of the Navy Continued on Page 9 Commendation Medal with
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Hill 81, Ohu Bai and Da Nang. He served from 1967-1970. He lives in Lawton and works for the Fort Sill Apache Casino.
Corporal Leland Parker, US Marine Corps, was awarded the USN/USMC Achievement Medal with/Valor Device. His citation reads “While serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam from 2 November 1967 to 23 November 1968, Lance Corporal performed his duties in a exemplary manner. As a Grenadier, he displayed outstanding professionalism and initiative despite extremely adverse conditions and difficulties of a combat environment. Distinguishing himself by his consistently high level of efficiency, he materially enhanced the operational effectiveness and combat readiness of his unit. Exhibiting exceptional professional ability, he skillfully provided timely, accurate fire support for his unit and repeatedly distinguished himself by his courage and composure under fire. As a result of his diligence and seemingly unlimited resourcefulness, he gained the respect and admiration of all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit’s mission. Lance Corporal Parker’s outstanding professional ability, untiring determination and steadfast devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps and the Naval Service - Lance Corporal Parker is authorized to wear the Combat “V”. Parker served from 1967-1970. Parker was an Infantryman and was wounded on March 20, 1968 by mortar shrapnel in his upper leg near Con Thein. Parker also earned the Combat Action Ribbon. He is a flute player and artist and an advocate for veterans benefits and a member of the “Warriors Group” at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Parker lives in Oklahoma City.
Joshua Jerald Ware
Corporal Jerald Joshua “Josh” Ware, US Marine Corps, was awarded the USN/ USMC Achievement Medal with/Combat Distinguishing Device (posthumously). His citation reads “Heroic achievement as Fire Team Leader, 2d Platoon, Company F, Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit,
Regimental Combat Team 2, 2d Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06 from 5 to 16 November 2005 in the Al Qa’Im region, Iraq, during Operation Steel Curtain, Corporal Ware led his Fire Team in clearing over 200 building on 16 November. He led his team into a fortified position held by five insurgents who targeted the hallway and interior rooms with grenades and automatic weapons. As his team made entry, they were engaged by grenades and small arms fire, fatally wounding Corporal Ware. Corporal Ware’s courageous efforts were critical to the Company’s success in breaking the enemy defense and killing 18 insurgents throughout the operation. Corporal Ware’s initiative, courage and devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service”. Ware was born on May 25, 1985 and will forever be 20 years old. He was also awarded the Combat Action Ribbon (2) and Purple Heart. Ware is descendent of the Tate, Yellowfish and Parker families. On Nov. 16, 2011 the city of Roland, Okla., named a stretch of Highway 64 in his honor. His final resting place is Rainey Mountain Cemetery west of Mountain View. In the tradition of the Pukutsi, three Comanches fought and killed the enemy in hand to hand combat. The book Young Blood, a History of the 1st Battalion, 27th Marines written by Gary E. Jarvis, Ph.D., Weapons Platoon Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines. The book vividly describes this type of courageous combat between the Marines and North Vietnam Army and Viet Cong. The following excerpt details just one encounter that took place on May 5, 1968 - the battle became known as Mini Tet which involved Sergeant Ronald “Ronnie or Shot-Ke” Mahsetky and Lance Corporal Edmond L. “Eddie” Mahseet as they were in a fight for their lives with North Vietnamese Regulars about 2.5 miles east of Hue City on a narrow dirt road called highway 552 on that date.
The fight started about 3 a.m. that morning. The author wrote: “The skipper’s radioman LCpl Edmond L. Mahseet, while searching for a radio, was fighting hand to hand combat on the eastern sector of the perimeter, which was infested with NVA soldiers that had penetrated the perimeter boundaries. Even though it was dark, the silhouette of LCpl Mahseet’s real eagle feather attached to his helmet made it relatively easy to dis-
tinguish Little Chief (as Eddie was called) from the enemy as he battled the NVA. Mahseet courageously silenced many of the loud yells emanating from the attacking NVA soldiers”. “Mahseet was told to go get a PRC-25 radio because his radio had been hit. As he left the company Command Post and got no more than 50 feet on the east side of the perimeter, he encountered NVA soldiers coming out of a ditch near where other Marines were in defensive positions. Mahseet fired his M-16 and emptied the magazine. Before he could reload, a NVA soldier was right on top of him, Mahseet hit the NVA soldier across the face with the butt of his rifle and stabbed him in the throat with his K-Bar. Another NVA soldier came at him, Mahseet grabbed his AK-47, as he fired - the rounds went up into the air, he then stabbed him with his K-Bar in the chest and throat. Mahseet then used the dead NVA soldier’s AK-47 to shoot another NVA soldier, and fired at other NVA soldiers approaching the perimeter from out of the rice paddies on the eastside of the perimeter. After Mahseet fired all the rounds in the magazine of the AK-47, he threw the empty rifle down and returned to the Command Post and informed the Company Commander that the enemy had penetrated the perimeter”. In a personal interview with Mahseet, he said, “The fight was total chaos, it was dark except for the illumination of parachute and hand flares, green (enemy) and red (friendly) tracer rounds were being fired everywhere, Marines and the enemy yelling and screaming, artillery rounds, rocketed propelled grenades, stashed charges and hand grenades exploding inside and outside the perimeter. It was living hell. Meanwhile, Mahsetky (Big Chief as he was called) was fighting on the opposite end of the perimeter. I heard he was “hit” and ran over a quarter of a mile fighting off the enemy before finding Mahsetky in his “fighting hole” smoking a cigarette. When I told Mahsetky I heard he was “hit,” Mahsetky said he was okay and was just taking a short break. After we took a short “smoke” together
we continued with the fight of our lives. The author continues “The fight lasted until 6 a.m. The defense of the Marine outpost and the defeat of the numerically superior NVA force were not achieved without significant costs. Marine casualties were listed at 24 killed or wounded in action, while NVA losses were estimated 60 killed.” Both Mahsetky and Mahseet did two tours of duty in Vietnam - they served together during their second tour. They each fought in over 25 combat operations including hand to hand contact with the enemy as their positions were “over-run” on at least four other occasions. They were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation (which warrants the same degree of gallantry as the Navy Cross) for gallantry, determination and esprit de corps in accomplishing their mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with/Palm Device for accomplished deeds of Valor and heroic Conduct while fighting the enemy of the people of the Republic of Vietnam. They were also awarded two Combat Action Ribbons.
Edmond “Eddie” Mahseet
Ronald “Ronnie” Mahsetky
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Ronald Mahsetky and Edmond Mahseet in a photo from the Stars and Stripes newspaper.
Indian Man Warrior By Kelly Haney
Captain Chuck Choney is also credited with killing the enemy in hand to hand combat. In a personal interview with Choney, he said, “During a fire fight with North Vietnam regulars, I had his rifle hit and shot out of my hands by a NVA round and made useless - I was then attacked by three NVA soldiers. Having nothing but my K-Bar knife as a weapon, I grabbed the first enemy soldier and stabbed him in the throat. My radio operator shot and killed the other two enemy soldiers with his rifle”. I continued the fight with the dead NVA soldier’s AK-47 rifle.” Choney said, “I thought I was a goner.” He also said, “I was a little upset because I had a difficult time removing his K-Bar from the dead enemy’s throat.” *** It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press It is the soldier, not the poet who has given us freedom of speech It is the soldier, not the campus organizer who has given us the freedom to demonstrate It is the soldier, not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag who allows the protester to burn the flag -By Charles M. Province-
Highway Named after Fallen Soldier
On Nov. 16, Highway 64, which runs from Roland, Okla., to the Arkansas border, was named the CPL Joshua Jerald Ware Memorial Highway. Ware was killed in action on Nov. 16, 2005. Ware graduated from Roland High School in 2002, but lived most of his life in Apache, Okla. The Native American Marines and the Kiowa Black Leggins Warrior Society assisted the Comanche Indian Veterans Association with the colors for the event.
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People,Places and Things Happening Tribal Children Preform with Lawton’ s Chamber Choir Tribal members Sydney Burgess, Gavin Burgess, Chayton Jay and Ta Koda Jay got a chance to perform with the Country Club Heights Chimes Choir. The choir performed “Winter Wonderland” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in the Lawton Pro Music Holiday Prelude, at the First Presbyterian Church. Parents are Daisy Burgess and Jerre Cable.
Tribal Member Has New Book Published Michaela Mahsetky Gutierrez has written children’s book called “Jummy The Turtle” that has just been published. The story is about a little turtle who learns the value of it’s better to give than to receive. Gutierrez said that the inspiration came when she was traveling back to Lawton,Okla. from an outing, and she wrote this book. She said the name came from her son who’s name is Jeremy. Gutierrez said she has written 15 more books and is currently writing a short story novel. “I believe that I was always interested in writing even as a child because I did cartoons,” said Gutierrez. Gutierrez is the daughter of Madeline Poahway Spicer and Mack Mahsetky. The book can be purchased at Hastings and The Salt Cellar in Lawton, Okla. for $8.99, in the Local Author Section.
sah, represented the Comanche Nation at the 4th Annual Ft. Worth ISD, District Indian Student Pow-wow, on Oct. 29. The program was made up of many different tribes throughout the United States. Tina and Evelyn are the daughters of Tiara Passah and Rosario Mena of Ft. Worth. They are the granddaughters of Amy Passah of Lawton, and Freddie Billist of Ft. Worth. Simental is the daughter of Micheal and Sarah Passah Simental of Ft. Worth. Ni-vy Passah is the daughter of Charles Passah Jr. of Apache. They are all the grandchildren of Charles Passah Sr. of Oklahoma City, and Mary Mihesuah Pennah of Ft. Worth. A special “Thank You” goes out to Comanche Nation Chairman Johnny Wauqua, and his wife Virginia, for all their support and flag. They made the children feel so special.
Council for Indian Education, during the 2011 Annual OCIE Conference, held in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Council for Indian Education, mission is to advocate for Native American students, share educational strategies, and address the culture and academic needs of the Native American students. Herrera is a descendent from the Comanche, Wichita and Cherokee tribes. She is married to Cresenciano Herrera. They have three children; Janessa-5th grade, Joli-7th grade, and Josh a freshman at Oklahoma City Community College. Herrera dedicates her time to her family. She is always eager and willing to help with activities within the Oklahoma City Public SchoolsNative American Student Services programs. She currently serves as the secretary for the Indian Education Parent Advisory Council and served on the selection committee the first OKCPS JOM Princess in 2010. She also volunteered to bead the OKCPS JOM princess crown. Herrera encourages students to become more culturally involved through powwow dancing. Her youngest children are members of the OKCPS Native American Student Dance Troupe and she “Comanche Boy” To Receive Award At WBC makes their regalia. She has also assisted students by helpConvention In Las Vegas ing make their regalia. WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Champion, “Comanche Boy” George Tahdooahnippah (280-1) was one the WBC champions attending the 2011 World Boxing Council Convention held at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Dec. 11-17. “Comanche Boy” received a Goodwill Ambassador Pewo and Asepermy Award from the WBC for his Asepermy Receives work and involvement helping Governor’s other fight diabetes. Commendation Tahdooahnippah said, Native American Ma“It is an honor for my tribe and my family to receive such rine Corps Princess, Malia recognition from the WBC Pewo presented tribal memand to be recognized for my ber, Lanny Asepermy, with a work outside the ring. I am Governor’s Commendation, on not only fighting for the pride Nov. 16. The commendation of my people, but also fighting to improve the lives of all Na- reads “In recognition of your tive Americans and all walks of inspirational spirit toward life, who desire to better their young Native American men and women encouraging them health and their lives.” Tahdooahnippah is the to serve their country. As an Health and Fitness Promoter ambassador for the state of for the Comanche Nation Dia- Oklahoma, with a heart of betes Program. He is currently gold and underfying love for training at Madman Boxing his Native American Military Gym in Elgin, Okla., and is Servicemen and women. As looking to return to the ring in the Historian of the Comanche Indian Veterans AssociaFebruary 2012. tion (CIVA), you have given many volunteer hours paying respect to fellow veterans of all branches of service. You are much appreciated.” Signed by Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma, dated November 10, 2011.
Herrera Tina and Evelyn Passah and Mari Lanell Simental
Children Represent the Comanche Nation
Sisters Tina and Evelyn Passah, along with cousin Mari Lanell Simental and Ni-vy Pas-
Herrera Receives Indian Education Parent of the Year Award On December 6, Hope Mathews Herrera, of Oklahoma City, Okla. was awarded Parent of the Year by Oklahoma
Chappabitty Fights in Federal Court Submitted by Dennis Chappabitty
On December 7, Edwin Chappabitty, Jr., MD, Lawton, Oklahoma, filed a Federal Tort Claims Act lawsuit for monetary damages in the United States Court for the Western District of Oklahoma alleging that officials of the United States Department of Health and Human, Indian Health Service, negligently failed to follow federal laws and regulations governing the conduct of investigations into alleged professional misconduct by physicians employed by the Indian Health Service. Dr. Chappabitty never expected to be accused of leveling racist statements to his patients on May 1, 2008 just four months from the end of his 30 year career in the federal service. Chappabitty, Comanche/ Ft. Sill Apache, retired from the IHS in August 2008 as a naval captain, having come to the service as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a uniformed, non-military government agency under the purview of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His federal civil action was filed as a consequence of a “surprise” order given to him to appear at the DHHS Indian Health Service, Oklahoma City Area Office, where he was forced under order of IHS Commission Corp Officers to answer questions about events he denied ever occurred. At the time of his April 2008 interrogation, he was close to retirement from federal service after serving almost 25 years as a physician with the Indian Health Service. Dr. Chappabitty’s federal civil action, No. 5:11-cv-01443, was randomly assigned to U.S. District Court Judge David L. Russell, a U.S. Navy Veteran. In an earlier effort to settle his claims with the IHS, his attorney noted: “I emphasize the Agency’s dereliction of duty and negligence in protecting the procedural rights of a well respected Comanche Indian physician and U.S. Army Veteran that will be proven at trial.” CAPT Chappabitty unquestionably dedicated his career to fulfilling the Mission of the IHS and caring for the health needs his own Indian People to his last day of honorable federal service. In 1983 he accepted a commission in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps as an IHS doctor. “I came back to Lawton, where I was born and raised and worked there for 25 years,” he says. “I enjoyed myself in the front line of medicine. I really enjoyed being a physician.” During his April 14, 2008 interrogation by federal officials holding themselves out as special agents authorized to conduct investigations, he could not leave the questioning under threat of loss of his job. After his coerced interrogation, he received a letter of reprimand on June 19, 2008 without ever seeing the standard patient complaint form that begins an investigation process where the accused is given an opportunity to contest charges of professional misconduct like those lodged against him by his own patients. IHS officials illegally confiscated a personal patient log kept by Dr. Chappabitty that deprived him of his right to review his own personal observations of May 1, 2008 and refresh his memory on those events that supposedly occurred on that day. The personal patient log has not been returned. Dr. Chappabitty alleged in his complaint: “During the forced interrogation, CAPT Chappabitty was denied the right to review the written accusations made by the [patients] against him that should have been placed in writing
on a standard “Patient Complaint Form” that is routinely available from the Lawton Service Unit.” After repeated written demands and Freedom of Information Request, Chappabitty has never seen the patients’ allegations against him. He filed a grievance on June 27, 2008 that was left unaddressed over the issuance of the letter of reprimand that remains in his file and unjustly blemishes a solid record of personal and professional dedication to executing the Mission of the Indian Health Service. In his complaint he alleged: “CAPT Chappabitty believes that he was “blacklisted” by Indian Health Service management because he worked diligently to accomplish the DHHS Mission of improving the health care of Indians all without becoming a member of the “good ole boys network” who he believes have achieved their rank by unscrupulous means and manipulation of Agency and Commission Corp regulations.” His attorney, Dennis G. Chappabitty, Elk Grove, Cali, states that in his many years of law practice and handling of cases against the Indian Health Service he has never seen such an egregious departure from following federal law and regulations that would have given his client a fair opportunity to rebut the false charges and retire with an unblemished record: “My client was forced to endure a totally unjustified surprise attack on him on April 14, 2008 by federal officials holding themselves out as law enforcement officials who engaged in totally uncalled for and illegal coercive interrogation tactics without ever giving him a copy of a patient complaint form signed by his patients all while under threat of losing his job if he left the room or spoke to anyone about the so-called interrogation.” His attorney stated: “We have declared war on the Indian Health Service on December 7, 2011.” Chappabitty filed his initial FTCA claim, within federally mandated time limits, in April 2010 after repeated attempts to obtain the written patient complaints, he filed his federal civil action after the Indian Health Service ignored his efforts to resolve the injustice through administrative means. In a final effort to resolve the claim before filing it in the U.S. District Court, Dr. Chappabitty’s attorney sent a Final Settlement Demand to Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, Director, Indian Health Service, on September 27, 2011: “His mistreatment at the end of his medical career is a sad indictment on the Agency’s numerous structural deficiencies and existence of a “good ole boy” network that bodes ill for those American Indians who desire to enter the IHS and proudly serve their own People. The exposure IHS will receive from this case being filed will, no doubt, cause Indian health professionals to not want to enter the IHS. Tribal leaders and mainstream Americans will be appalled.” The IHS did not respond. Attorney for Dr. Chappabitty noted that he expects the defendant United States to rigorously defend against his client’s complaint and hopes such an approach will bring much needed light on problems within IHS management that have destroyed the careers of many competent American Indian professionals who dedicated their lives toward helping to fulfill the IHS Mission. The FTCA lawsuit is available upon request at email@example.com.
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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday
Edna Daukei, December 6 Jennifer Brewer, December 6 Decora Monoessy, December 10 Robert Allan Karty, December 11 Becky Louise Shea, December 14 Savannah Jade Poahway, December 14 Bradley Louis Daukei, December 18 Rickie Mithlo, December 30
Edward Saupitty, January 4 Henry Pohocsucut, January 4 Tsap Sovo, January 5 Betty Hargis, January 6 Billy Daukei, January 6 Vivian Saupitty-Gooday, January 6 Tammie Asepermy, January 8 Rivers Rhi Johnson, January 9 Curtis Kaulaity, January 10 Delores Ticeahkie Caudill, January 10 Amber Martinez, January 11 Jared Thomas Niedo, January 12 Karen Monetatchi, January 13 Laura Poafpybitty, January 13 John Spurlock, January 14 Wilson Paul Charity, January 14 Shelby Mata, January 15 Grace Anna-Elizabeth Niedo, January 16 Mark Allen Thoman Jr., January 17 April Poafpybitty, January 18 Anna Roubideaux, January 19 Diane Smith, January 19 John Glen Butteris, January 19 Lans Saupitty, January 20 Christina Theresa Horrigan, January 21 Eric Quin Torivio, January 22 Jackie Asepermy, January 22 Kendric Parker, January 22 Darius Asepermy, January 24 LeeAnn Parker Smith, January 24 Kevin Wahkinney, January 25 Mary Austin, January 25 Michael Anthony, January 25 Jana Sue Evans, January 26 Michael Anthony Garcia, January 26 Jeriah Michael Nelson, January 28 Anthony Hutchens, January 29 Donna Jean Kaulaity, January 30 Regina Solomon, January 30 Wayland Wahnee, January 31 Paula Karty, January 31
Happy Belated Birthday Decora Monoessy December 10
Happy Birthday Karen Monetatchi January 13
Happy Birthday Tsap Sovo January 5
Happy Birthday Thomas Narcomey Jan. 11
Happy Birthday Rivers Rhi Johnson January 9
Happy Birthday Shelby Mata January 15
Grace Anna Elizabeth Niedo
Happy Birthday Jared Thomas Niedo January 12
Happy Birthday Anna Roubideaux January 19
Happy Birthday Kevin Wahkinney January 25
Happy Birthday Jeriah Michael Nelson January 28
Happy Birthday Wayland Wahnee January 31
Melvin Jr. & Debbie Kerchee December 31 Married 21 years
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Angel Luis Perez-Negron Jr. Born September 15, 1971 Passed Away December 9, 2011
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Donald Twohatchett Born May 3, 1950 Passed Away December 13, 2011
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December 20, 2011
Anniversary Melvin Kerchee Jr. & Debbie “Biscuit” Sequichie-Kerchee December 31-Married 21 years
Don’t Forget to submit milestones for those special loved ones; Just married, Birth Announcements, Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc. Deadline for February 1/15/2012 Call Public Information Office (580) 492-3752 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Or mail: Comanche Nation/PIO P.O. Box 908 Lawton, OK 73502
“COMANCHE BOY” GOES TO CANADA. Professional Boxer and current WBC (World Boxing Council) Continental Americas Middleweight Champion, George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah recently was the honored guest speaker at the 2011 Cree Nation Annual Youth Council Meeting. “It was my first trip to Canada and I was honored to be selected as the guest speaker,” Tahdooahnippah said. Tahdooahnippah is currently sidelined with a injury sustained in his last fight for the WBC title belt in July. Tahdooahnippah said, “Canada was extraordinarily beautiful and the Cree Community of Mistissini was a place like no other. The Cree Community welcomed me and made me feel at home. I was amazed how traditional the Cree people are and how their language is spoken first. I am glad I had fellow tribal members, Cree Youth Chief Shawn Iserhoff, and Cree Deputy Grand Chief, Ashley Iserhoff, show me their community and first class hospitality. A lot of the Cree have never heard of the Comanche people, so I was honored to represent my tribe.” “Comanche Boy” will be returning to the ring in Feb. 2012 at a venue yet to be determined.
On behalf of the Association of Comanche Employees (A.C.E), we would like to thank all the following businesses for their generosity to make the Employee Christmas Party a success. We appreciate the selfless contributions that these businesses have provided to celebrate the holiday season. We cannot express the appropriate gratitude for their generous gifts and willingness to assist. Without the donations of the following businesses and numerous fundraisers, this event would not have been possible. Thank you! Donations: City National Bank Finley & Cook Certified Public Accountants Los Tres Amigos Kens Pharmacy Native Styles Branding Iron Meers Store & Restaurant O.P. Nails The Breeze 99.5 Magic 95.3 All American Cookie Buffalo Wild Wings Charleys Subs Trinity Global Warriors Café Sav-a-lot
Starlight Mr. Jake Sharp
ADP Hobbs, Straus, Dean, & Walker All About You Tiptons Fine Jewelry Furrs Outback Steakhouse Edible Arrangements Lone Star Steakhouse Lawton Floral West Peachwave Renu-Spa Aladdins Rhinestone Razor Teeze Total Salon Discount Foods Biancos Italian Restaurant
Cinnabon Crocketts Smokehouse Golden Corral Thunderbird Lanes Flowers Etc Santa Fe Steakhouse Texas Roadhouse Ramons Flowers Fashion Nail Spa El Chico Regis Salon Stripes Julios Mexican Restaurant Eve’s Beauty College
The Association of Comanche Employees (ACE): Janet Saupitty – President Donna Wahnee – Vice-President Jolene Schonchin – Secretary BJ Anderson – Treasurer Shandel Wesaw – Public Information
The Association of Comanche Employees (ACE) is made up of all the individuals’ employed within the Comanche Nation Government whose departments provide services to the Nation’s membership. The mission of ACE is to unify the Comanche Nation employees and create a positive motivation that will impact employee morale and the quality of their work environment.
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Kathy Joyce Tasso Funeral for Kathy Joyce Tasso, 34, Geronimo, was Nov. 28, at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel in Lawton, Okla. with Pastor Steve Mallow, Emmanuel Baptist Church, officiating. Tasso went to be with the Lord on Nov. 24 from a Lawton hospital. Prayer service was Nov. 27 at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jerry Simmons and Pastor Tommy Johnson officiating. Burial was at Highland Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Tasso was born on Sept. 3, 1977 in Lawton, the beloved daughter of Saadia Tasso and James M. Johnson, Jr. and stepmother, Redbird Johnson. She attended schools at Geronimo and also Cache Public Schools. She also attended Great Plains Vo-tech, studying Auto Mechanics. She is the special beloved daughter of Betty Simmons and Don Atkinson and a special sister to Quinn Simmons and Chad Simmons. She was baptized at Bible Baptist Church in Lawton. Tasso loved being with family and all her friends, especially Regin Watts and Victoria Toahty.
Tasso was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. She is survived by children: Antonio Tasso, Keenan Roubideaux and Melody Roubideaux. Her parents and special parents: Step dad, Rick Kelly; sisters: Angel and Rikki Thompson of Cache, Sonia Whitewolf of Apache; special brothers: Chad Simmons of Geronimo and Quinn Simmons of Lawton; stepbrother: Donnie Zimmerman of Apache; special nieces and nephews: Chantel Simmons, Shelly Simmons and Andy Simmons; adopted brother: Speedy D and Lisa Pohawpatchoko; her grandparents: James and Geraldine Johnson, Sr. of Okema and Waylon Samis of Cache; uncles: Bob Tenequer, Nathanial Woommavoyah, Weldon Simmons, Robert Tasso, Waynie Tahpay and Randy Johnson; aunts: Barbara Patterson, Pauline Koweno, Bonita Paddyaker, Marie Eckiwaudah, Debbie Teeters, Wayla Wauqua, Lena “Jeanie” Johnson, Kendrith Johnson and Johnna Tahpay. Tasso was preceded in death by her grandparents: Ruth and Elton Simmons; grandmother: Beatrice Samis and Lisa Youngman Tahpay and one uncle: Eddie Johnson.
Richard James Wahkinney Funeral for Richard James Wahkinney, 61, longtime Norman resident was Dec. 11, at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Nancy Dacci, Abundant
Life Church of Lawton, Officiating. Wahkinney was called home on Dec. 8, from a Norman Hospital. Prayer service was Dec. 9, at the funeral home chapel. Burial was at Elgin Memorial Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Wahkinney entered this life on Jun. 9, 1950 in Lawton, the son of Collins and Winifred Lodes Wahkinney. He grew up in Lawton, Bartlesville and Norman and graduated from Norman High School. On Sept. 9, 1988, he married the love of his life, the former Eunice McCollum in Norman and they made their home in Norman. Wahkinney attended Oklahoma University and Moore-Norman Vo-tech. He received many certificates nation wide in computer training and radar technology as he worked for the National Severe Storms Lab. He was the greatgreat grandson of Chief Quanah Parker and was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and the Comanche Little Ponies. He enjoyed fishing, artwork, building things, his motorcycles, learning his Comanche Culture and heritage and most of all, enjoyed watching his grandchildren at play, attending pow-wows and gourd dancing. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 23 years: Eunice Wahkinney; his mother: Winifred Wahkinney of Norman; two granddaughters: Ariel and Aliyah, both of Norman; three sisters and brothers-in-law: Patricia and Bruce Valley and Colline and Steve Keely, all of Norman and Elizabeth and Alonso Portillo of Oklahoma City; one brother and sister-in-law: Michael and Becky Wahkinney, all of Norman; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, brother and sisters-in-law, sisters and brothers-in-laws, cousins
Dear TCNN Letters to the Editor
Dear TCNN, Recently, I was nominated by Comanche Nation Enterprise, Inc. (CONEI), to serve as an outside board member; the nomination subsequently approved by the Comanche Nation Business Committee. The Comanche Nation’s decision to create a federally-chartered, for-profit business enterprise, with a primarily goal of pursuing federal contracting opportunities, is a wise and prudent business decision. This decision has the potential of generating on-going revenue streams for the Nation for many years. This decision was based on the knowledge that many tribes in the lower 48 states, and almost all Alaskan Native Corporations (ANC), have long since made similar visionary business decisions. Accordingly, the Comanche Nation and the established CONEI entity, inherently, meet all the federal criteria to create the wholly-owned tribal enterprise named Comanche Nation Construction, Inc. (CNC). Ac-
cordingly, CNC secured U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Business Development designation and immediately jumped in the federal construction market. To date, this effort has met with amazing results, meeting and exceeding all milestones of expectation. By reason of this initial success, CONEI is continuing to research other areas of the federal business market for opportunities to create and/ or acquire business enterprises to likewise compete in the market as wholly-owned subsidiaries of CONEI with SBA 8(a) designation. Individually and collectively, the CONEI Board possesses a vision of success, not simply for the enterprise, but for the entire Comanche Nation. As prudently researched and well-written history books indicate, the Comanche people played a major role in the acquisition and development history of the southwest and western portions of the United States. This history not simply confined to military encoun-
ters, but more importantly, to the role the Comanche people played, collectively, in keeping European expansion at bay in these regions, now known as the continental United States. With the development of this and future, on-going, forprofit business ventures, the Comanche Nation is poised to once again play a major role in the continued progress and economic development of the United States. I am pleased to serve as a Board member entrusted with contributing, in a small measure, to the continued development of CONEI and the Comanche Nation. Phil Howry, Owner – PHIL HOWRY CO.
and friends. Wahkinney was preceded in death by his daughter: Ceclia Kelly; his father: Collins Wahkinney; maternal grandparents: Richard and Irene Lodes; paternal grandparents: James and Ollie Parker Wahkinney; paternal great grandparents: Baldwin and Nora Parker and Wahkinney and Nah’kee; two aunts: Gladys Wahkinney and Lenora Jean Wahkinney; one uncle: Russell Wahkinney. A memorial service is planned at a later date and time at the St. Michaels Episcopal Church in Norman.
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from Indiahoma High School. After he graduated from high school he attended Okmulgee State Tech receiving a degree in Auto Body Repair. He was a Native American artist that loved to paint, loved to play softball with the Indian leagues in Oklahoma City and all over Oklahoma, was a very good cook, enjoyed doing handiwork and maintenance for family and friends. He enlisted in the US Navy on Oct. 10, 1974 and served until Oct. 17, 1977 where he was Honorably Discharged. He was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and descendent of the Otoe-Missouri Tribe. He is survived by one daughter: Roxanne Burgess of Stillwell, Okla.; one son: Timothy Burgess of Stillwell, Okla.; three grandchildren; five sisters; Donzetta Ikner of Indiahoma; Marcelia Johanson and Karen Mattia of Claremore; Amelia Sipe of Shattuck; Janice Cartwright of Tulsa; two brothers: Curtis Burgess, Jr. of Cache and Fagan Morris of Musckogee; four aunts: Marquerite Parker, Rose Nauni, and Helen Cable all of Cache; Velma Kemble of Ponca City; two uncles: Pete Coffey, Jr. of Armand Burgess Ponca City and Nick Tahchawwickah of Cache; many nieces, Funeral for Armand nephews, cousins and many Burgess, 58, of Snyder was friends. Dec. 15 at Comanche Nation He is preceded in Funeral Home Chapel with death by his parents, two sisRev. Nick Tahchawwickah, ters: Roberta Rosemark and Rev. James Ikner officiating. Gayla Coulston; uncle: Allen Prayer service was Tahchawwickah; two aunts: Dec. 14 at Comanche Nation Vida Woommavoyah and SarFuneral Home Chapel. Burial ah Tahchawwickah. followed at Post Oak Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Military Honors. Burgess died on Dec. 11 at Ayers Nursing Home in Snyder, Okla. He was born on Sept. 26, 1953 in Lawton to Curtis Burgess, Sr. and Mary Ellen Tahchawwickah Morris. He was raised in the Indiahoma and Cache are and graduated
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Nearly 2,000 people attended the Elder’s Day celebration Dec. 16 at Watchetaker Hall. Friends and family gathered to help honor the senior citizens of the tribe.
Elders Day Honors Tribal Senior Citizens By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff Photos by Jolene Schonchin, Paula Karty, Tomah Yeahquo/News Staff
Tribal elders age 62 years of age and older were the highlight on Dec. 16, as the Comanche Nation held its annual Elders Day at Watchetaker Hall at the Comanche Nation Complex. An estimated 2,000 elders and family members filled the hall to partake in a holiday meal and hear festive Christmas songs from church-
es, singers, and daycare children. It was a time for the elders to visit friends and family, and to take pictures with loved ones. Laughter and blissfulness were shared by the crowd. Little Washita Church, Elgin middle school, Comanche Nation Princess Krista Hubbard, Victoria Tahchaw-
Harold “Bullhead” Pewewardy and Ed Eschiti
Marie Ware and Pauline Hawzipta. Man unidentified
wickah, and the children of the Comanche Nation Daycares in Lawton and Apache sung songs throughout the event. Vendors of all sorts filled the conference room of
the Education building. Many took advantage of purchasing unique hand crafted gifts from local merchant booths. Tribal employees were busy serving the elders and
making sure they were being taken care of. They delivered coffee and other beverages to tables, and carried lunch plates to the honored guests.
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402 S.E. F Ave. • P.O. Box 1671 • Lawton, OK 73502 • 580.357.4956 www.comanchehousing.com Wayne Pahcoddy
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The Comanche Nation News
Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff
FESTIVE FEAST AT COMANCHE DAYCARE. The Numunu Turuetuu Early Childhood Development Center invited parents and grandparents to a festive Christmas lunch Dec. 13 at their facility in Lawton. Both parents and children enjoyed the time together, and took the opportunity to thank the staff for a successful year. Door prizes were given out, and some parents were given a special certificate for supporting the Comanche Nation Daycare during fundraisers and other activities. Pictured on the bottom left are Jodi Mata and Raylen Mata. Bottom right, Totsiyaa Todd is all smiles as she enjoys her Christmas cake.