Lawton, OK November 2010 Sneak Peek Tribe Receives $1M Grant for Vocational GOVERNMENT October 9 and October 11 CBC Meeting Overview Page 2 Rehabilitation Submitted by Phyllis Attocknie, Grants Facilitator PROGRAMS Tips for Winter Preparation Page 3 MILITARY CIVA Honors Veterans and Auxiliary During Annual Veteran’s Day Celebration Page 6 GOING GREEN TO SAVE GREEN The Comanche Nation Takes its First Steps to Energy Efficiency 2010 Comanche Nation Fair Page 13 190 Feet above the ground, an ECCI worker dangles in the air to complete the wind feasibility tower that will analyze the wind speed and variance for one full year. This will, in turn, determine what size wind generator the tribe will need for the Comanche Nation Complex buildings. Story and Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff “Oklahoma! Where the here in the Sooner state. Now the Comanwind comes sweepin' che Nation is taking addown the plain...” The famous line vantage of the abundant By Jolene Schonchin/News in the song Oklahoma! wind energy, and its first Staff A petition to re- describes a typical day steps to going green. call Comanche Nation Chairman Michael Burgess was turned in to the tribal enrollment department Oct. 19 by Eleanor McDaniel and James The Comanche Nation CaNelson. The Enrollment sinos will be available to cash Department is reviewing Comanche tribal per capita paythe petitioner’s names ment at all Comanche Casino lofor certification. According to the cations. Comanche Nation Enrollment Dept., after 10 days of the certification * Must have valid photo idenof all names on the petification. tition, the CBC has 30 days to call a Special * No check cashing fees for General Council Meetper capita checks. ing to determine if the petition is valid. If it is valid, the For any questions, please Vice Chairman will precontact the Comanche Nation side at all meetings until a new chairman is electGaming Board of Directors at ed. If it is not valid, the (580) 595-3300. Chairman will remain in his position. Petition Turned In PR SRT STD US POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO 49 STIGLER, OK 74462 VOLUME 10 EDITION 12 Louie McCarthy, director of the Comanche Nation Capital Improvement Program, along with ECCI, an Arkansas based company special- izing in environmental engineering, are looking into ways the Comanche Nation can be energy efficient and save money. See ENERGY, Page 4 Comanche Nation Hosts Prayer Breakfast December 10; Honors Elders December 17 By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff The Comanche Nation Business Committee will honor the Nations’ Elders during the annual Elder’s Day Banquet which will begin 10 a.m., December 17 at the Watchetaker Hall. The Business Committee Chairman, Michael Burgess, has announced that the Elderly Assistance payment will be distributed on that day. Elders that do not attend the Elder Day celebration will have their checks mailed to them the following day. A d d i t i o n a l l y, the Comanche Business Committee will host the Prayer Breakfast for the Comanche Church funds 9 a.m., December 10, at Watchetaker Hall. “We are most pleased to be distributing this to our elders and the payment will be the same as last years. This payment is made by vote of the Tribal Council and cannot be changed without their approval. So God Bless each and every one of our members as we go into the season of Thanksgiving,” said Chairman Burgess. Michael Burgess, Chairman of the Comanche Nation received a congratulatory letter from United States Senator James M. Inhofe regarding the Nation’s being awarded a $1,825,000.00 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services program. These funds are for the Comanche Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Services for American Indians with Disabilities Program. The purpose of this program is to provide vocational rehabilitation services to American Indians with disabilities who reside with the Nation’s jurisdictional service area (Comanche, Cotton, Caddo, Tillman, Jefferson, Stephens, Kiowa, Grady and Jackson Counties). The Native American people with disabilities will be provided services consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concern, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment, including self-employment, telecommuting and business ownership. The Comanche Nation Voc-Rehab Program is being funded for a five-year cycle. Individuals with disabilities will be able to apply for this program in early November, 2010. The Program site will be tentatively established at the Comanche Nation Complex, located seven miles north of Lawton, Okla., off of State Hwy-44 at the Medicine Park exit. For further information contact Phyllis A. Attocknie, (580) 492-3621. Comanche Nation Chairman Michael Burgess also received an additional letter from U. S. Senator Inhofe announcing the awarding of grant monies from U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging for Disaster Assistance for the elderly.