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P.O. Box 908 Lawton, OK 73502-0908

December 2011

Comanche Code Talkers and George Red Elk are Inducted into Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame

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row, left to right: Roderick “Dick” Red Elk, Simmons ParkPermansu, Willie Yackeschi, Charles Chibitty and Willingto right: Morris Sunrise, Perry Noyebad, Ralph Wahnee, HadAlbert Nahquaddy, Clifford Ototivo and Forrest Kassanavoid.

Story and photos by Paula Karty/ News Staff

George Red Elk, is introduced as an Inductee of the Military Hall of Fame during the banquet held at the Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond Okla.

Nov. 11 is a day to remember, not only was it Veteran’s Day, but it was day of history in the making. Comanche tribal member George Red Elk and the Comanche Code Talkers were inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame in Edmond, Okla. Red Elk was born Jan. 29, 1948 in Lawton, Okla. After graduating from Lawton Eisenhower High School, he attended Cameron Junior College. In Sept. of 1967 he enlisted into the US Army. From Sept. 1968 to Aug. 1969 he served in Vietnam as Loader, Gunner and Tank Commander in Company D, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Regiment at Xuan Loc and Zion Firebases. He was wounded in action on Mar. 18, 1969 and was

awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60-devices for service in Vietnam. On Nov. 23, 1973 he was discharged from active duty. From March. 1982 to June. 1991 he served in the 158th Field Artillery Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade, US Army Oklahoma National Guard. His organization was activated Nov. 21, 1990, and on Jan. 17, 1991 was deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was awarded his second Army Commendation Medal for service in the Persian Gulf War. He returned to the United States during May 1991 and on Jun. 9, 1991 was discharged from the Oklahoma National Guard. The induction of the Comanche Code Talkers was long overdue, but rightfully appropriate. Many people know of the Navajo code talkers of World War II. However, 17 Comanches were also recruited specifically to serve as army Code Talkers during the same war. The Comanche Code Talkers were an elite group of young men who were fluent in the Comanche language and used that knowledge, along with the training they were given by the Army, to send critical messages that confused the enemy during World War II. 17 young men were trained in communications, but only See Vets, Page 2

Chef Brian Pekah Rises to the Top

By Jolene Schonchin/ News Staff

Chef Brian Pekah is busy in the kitchen of the elite international company, Troon Golf. He is putting the finishing touches on his signature dish, a portabella fillet, marinated and grilled, topped with a blue cheese crust fillet, ladled with a caramelized demi-glace. Pekah has come a long way from growing up outside of Indiahoma, Okla. (Camp Seven). He is now the Executive Chef at the Wausau Country Club in Schofield, Wis., making Fine Dining cuisine an art form. “I worked hard to get where I am at,” said Pekah. “I am proof you can achieve all of your goals, no matter what your past may be.” He remembers being around his grandmother, the late Dixie Wermy, in the kitchen, watching her create tasty dishes. As a child, he would walk to her house and help her make her famous biscuits and other dishes for the family. He says he owes all his accom-

was killed in a motorcycle wreck, Pekah failed his classes. When Pekah was accepted into Southwest Indian Poly Tech Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, N.M., the Higher Education Director, Johnny Wauqua, had a stern talk with him about getting his priorities straight and to finish his higher education. “The talk Mr. Wauqua had with me worked,” said Pekah. “I was not going to come back to Oklahoma with my head down.” Courtesy Photo Pekah At 19, he began classes at SIPI, graduating with an Asplishments in the kitchen to his As a teenager, Pekah grandmother Wermy, who in- says he was mischievous, and sociate’s Degree in Culinary spired him to become a profes- was sent to Carter Boarding Arts. He received a full scholsional chef. His grandmother School for disciplinary rea- arship to go to New Mexico worked at the Lawton Indian sons. As he worked to get his State University in Las Cruces, Hospital as a cook and he can GED, he also was taking cu- NM. Pekah was accepted into remember going to work with linary classes and finished the the Phi Beta CAPA at SIPI and her and watching her cook for school with both a GED and a maintained his membership the patients in the hospital. He Culinary Certificate from SE throughout New Mexico State College. He graduated with a liked seeing his grandmother Oklahoma Vo-Tech. in her white hat and coat, and When Pekah finished at bachelor’s degree in Restauhe knew he would someday Carter, he went to Oklahoma See PEKAH, Page 4 wear that uniform. State, but after his roommate



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US Congress Deals Major Setback to Tribal Justice Programs

Cuts to funding sets back projected tribal law enforcement gains Thom Wallace, NCAI

The US Congress has leveled a major setback to Indian tribes in need of critical resources to combat the highest crime rates in the country. A decision by Congress to cut over $90 million from proposed funding for essential Department of Justice measures in Indian Country leaves tribal law enforcement and federal personnel with far too few resources to fight crime on tribal lands. Signed into law last year with bipartisan support, The Tribal Law & Order Act (TLOA) set out to reduce crime in Indian Country by making improvements to the way criminal justice is administered on tribal lands and reauthorizing critical tribal justice programs. The recent funding cut will make the Act’s intended goals very difficult to attain. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the nation’s leading tribal advocacy organization, is calling this a failure of significant proportions. “We understand these are tight budget times but this is a failure of the worst kind. Tribes and the federal government were finally working together to tackle major crime and security issues. Now the House and Senate have irresponsibly cut crime fighting efforts in communities that need it the most,” said Jefferson Keel, President of NCAI and a member of the Indian Law and Order Commission – an independent commission established by the TLOA. “NCAI urges Congress to immediately restore tribal law enforcement funding levels and reinstate the 7% tribal set-aside of OJP programs.” Indian reservations nationwide face violent crime rates more than 2.5 times the national rate, and some reservations face more than 20 times the national rate of violence. Non-Native offenders, immune to tribal prosecution, are many times responsible for violent crimes, gang activity, and drug trafficking on tribal lands. The TLOA provides tribal and federal law enforcement officials the tools to work together to combat crime and prosecute these offenders. Initial programs are beginning to make significant reductions in crime but implementation of the law is in its early stages. These cuts slash core funding at a critical time and chip away at the gains made since the TLOA was passed. See LAW, Page 4

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14 were deplyoed. Adolf Hitler knew about the successful use of Code Takers during World War I. He sent a team of some 30 anthropologists to learn Native American languages before the outbreak of World War II. However, it proved too difficult for them to learn the many languages and dialects that existed. Nazi German anthropologists’ attempted to learn the languages, the US Army did not implement a large-scale code talker program in the European Theater. 14 Comanche code talkers took part in the Invasion of Normandy, and continued to serve in the 4th Infantry Division during further European operations. Comanches of the 4th Signal Company complied a vocabulary of over 100 code terms using words or phrases in their own language. After many “man hours” of researching and writing the nomination packets for Red Elk and the Code Talkers, tribal member Lanny Asepermy finally succeeded in getting Red Elk and the Code Talkers into the Military Hall of Fame. Asepermy said, “As for George - of the 1010 known Comanches we have documented as having served in the military, George is only one of four Comanches to be decorated for Gallantry, one was decorated during World War I (Calvin Atchavit), one during World War II (Edward Clark), one during the Korean War (Lee Toquothy) and George during the Vietnam War. The first three are deceased. “Because there are so few among the Comanches to earn the third high-

Code Talkers and Red Elk. of the citations and medals for The Comanche Indian the Comanche Code Talkers Veterans Association (CIVA) and Red Elk, there was array made a grand showing all of lulus along with a standing dressed in regalia serving as ovation. the color guard for the event. A Only one citation per veterans song was sung by the inductee was allowed and the drum while the CIVA danced citation for the Comanche in to post the colors. Code Talkers will be handed The Comanche Nation over to the Comanche National Princess Krista Hubbard sang Museum for display. the National Anthem while The CIVA provided CIVA Princess Chelsea Sapcutt 14 replicas of the citation and performed in Comanche Sign the medal which were given to language. the families of the Comanche The citation and medal Code Talkers. that was presented to the Co- The Comanche Nation manche Code Talkers was ac- was well represented for this cepted by Comanche Nation special honor including all the The crowd representing the Comanche Nation in honor of the Comanche Chairman Johnny Wauqua. Comanche Business CommitCode Talkers and Red Elk gives a standing ovation after the presentation Red Elk thanked the tee Members (CBC), the Tribal of the award. organization and Asepermy for Administrator, and former est award for Gallantry (the guage to help win World War the acknowledgement. Comanche Nation Chairman Silver Star) I thought George II - I am now their voice to tell Red Elk said, “It was a Wallce Coffey. earned recognition at the high- of their deeds on the battlefield great honor to be inducted into This indeed is a great est possible level. There are and to keep their accomplish- the Military Hall of Fame on honor for the Comanche Naonly 105 Oklahomans in the ments alive,” said Asepermy. the same day as the Code Talk- tion. Oklahoma Military Hall of The information that ers.” Fame which puts him in a very was submitted by Asepermy After the presentation small group of elite people that consisted of letters of recomhave served,” said Asepermy. mendation, documentation of Asepermy said, “As military career to include herofor the Code Talkers - they ic service, extraordinary leadwere awarded the Congres- ership action, awards received sional Gold Medal of Honor, and military innovation, civilthe highest civilian award be- ian public and patriotic service stowed by the Congress of the in include civic work, service United States. Only 136 peo- to veterans, projects influencple/groups have received this ing and motivation youth etc., award. Only three groups (the photos in uniform, copies of Oklahoma Military Academy military documents, to include and the Buffalo Soldiers) are in awards, citations, newspaper the Oklahoma Military Hall of and magazine articles and clipFame. This honor of being in pings. the Oklahoma Military Hall of There are others that Fame is like icing of the cake.” are just as well deserving and “As you well know the will be nominated in the future. Code Talkers are all deceased. The banquet was set for The last two remaining widows of the Comanche Code Talkers were preThey earned honors because 568 people and 167 were fami- sented medals and citations on behalf of their husbands, Private First they used their Comanche lan- ly and friends of the Comanche Class Robert Holder and Technician Fifth Grade Simmons Parker.

December 2011 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 January edition is noon December 14. 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 •

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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.


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November Comanche Business Committee Meetings

By Paula Karty/News Staff

The meeting was called to order at 2:25 p.m. on Nov. 16, by Chairman Johnny Wauqua. All Comanche Business Committee (CBC) members were present so a quorum was met. Vice-Chairman, Edward Eschiti rendered a word of prayer to start the meeting. A motion was made by Eschiti to accept the minutes of the Oct. meeting, seconded by Committeeman 2, Yonevea Terry. Motion passed 6/0 Resolution 12511 Enrollment list No. 881. Motion to accept by Eschiti, seconded by Sec-

retary-Treasurer, Robert Tippeconnie. Motion passed 6/0. Resolution 12611, Enrollment List No. 882. Motion to accept by Eschiti, seconded by Committeeman 1, Ronald Red Elk. Motion passed 6/0. Resolution 12711, Enrollment List No. 883. Motion to accept by Tippeconnie, seconded by Eschiti. Motion passed 6/0. Resolution 12811, Enrollment List No. 884. Motion to accept Tippeconnie, seconded by Committeeman 4, Robert Komahcheet. Motion passed 6/0.

Resolution 12911, Law enforcement MOU, Cement. Motion to accept Eschiti, seconded by Komahcheet. Motion passed 6/0. Resolution 30-11, KCA Hope House Lease, 5 years, $1000 per year. Motion to accept Tippeconnie, seconded by Eschiti. Motion passed 6/0. Resolution 13111, Garnish Per-cap for Child Support. Motion to accept Eschiti, seconded Komahcheet. Motion passed 6/0. Resolution 13211 Garnish Levy. Motion to accept Eschiti, second-

ed by Komahcheet. Motion passed 6/0. Resolution 13311, Garnish Receivables. Motion to accept Committeeman 3, Darrell Kosechequetah, seconded by Eschiti. Motion passed. Resolution 13411, CTB06T80866 RT 6865, Requesting BIA to release money for transit to build access road for the casino. Motion to accept by Tippeconnie, seconded Eschiti. Motion passed 6/0. Resolution 13511, Minor’s Trust Fund. Motion to accept Tippe-

connie, seconded by Kosechequetah. Motion passed 6/0. Resolution 13611, form documents Revenue allocation Plan. Motion to accept Tippeconnie, seconded by Komahcheet. Motion passed 6/0. Motion was made by Kosechequetah to go into executive session. The motion was seconded by Eschiti. Motion passed 6/0. The meeting went into executive session at 3:20 p.m.

Congratulations to the Anadarko Warriors 3-A Football Champions Courtesy Photo

The Comanche Nation Economic Development has decorated trees in Elmer Thomas Park in Lawton, Okla and was in the holiday parade on Nov. 19. The decorations are north of the Holiday House.

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 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

Member of the Native American Journalist Association since 2001 Member of the Society of Professional Journalists since 2010

DO YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING AT THE COMANCHE ELDER CENTER’S GIFT SHOP The Comanche Nation Elder Center, 1107 SW H, Lawton, has their gift shop open. The center has many items and many of these are made by elders of the center. The gift shop is open from 8:00 am-4:00 pm daily. All proceeds from the sales benefit the activities of the center. For more information, call 355-2330.

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President and Board Members of NCAI Take Oath of Office NCAI President Jefferson Keel sworn in for second two-year term

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President Barack Obama and Elouise Cobell

President Barack Obama Remembers Elouise Cobell Submitted by Robert Tippeconnie/Comanche Nation Secretary/Treasurer

With the passing of Elouise Cobell, a proud member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, we have lost a champion of Native American rights. Her persistent and determined leadership in the pursuit of justice for Native Americans will leave an enduring legacy. As treasurer of the Blackfeet Nation, Elouise spoke out when she saw that the federal government had failed to account for billions of dollars that it owed to hundreds of thousands of her fellow Native Americans. In 1996, she filed suit, and for 15 years, tirelessly led a legal battle, with seven trials, 10 appeals, and dozens of published decisions. She fought her battle not just in the courts, but in the halls of Congress before finally securing justice for more than 300,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives in the form of a $3.4 billion settlement. The agreement reached in Cobell v. Salazar marked the largest government class-action settlement in our nation’s history. The scholarship fund this settlement established will give more Native Americans access to higher education. Tribes will have more control over their own lands. Elouise’s tireless efforts strengthened the government-to-government relationship with Indian country, and a generation of Native Americans and all Americans has seen the promise of justice realized. Last December, I had the privilege to meet with Elouise in the Oval Office prior to signing into law a bill to

make things right. The Claims Resolution Act of 2010 is a direct result of the settlement that bears her name. It is proof of an enduring American idea – that change is always possible. Change is never easy. It doesn’t come overnight. In this case, it took 15 years. For 15 long years, despite obstacles and setbacks, Elouise Cobell pressed on with a defiant yet humble refusal to accept the world as it is, and a quiet determination to reach for the world as it ought to be. “I never started this case with any intentions of being a hero,” she said. “I just wanted this case to give justice to people that didn’t have it.” In the face of daunting odds, Cobell remained driven by the belief that America is a place where tomorrow can be better than today – and convinced that this is a country where hard work and great resolve can make a difference. That is what makes this country special. Even when we haven’t always lived up to our highest ideals, we know we can right a wrong; even if we enjoy certain rights, we are not truly equal until everybody enjoys those rights; even if we are doing well, we have a responsibility to lead a better future for our children, and the obligation to try. That is what Cobell did. We mourn her passing, thank her for the legacy she left behind, and commit ourselves to that same passionate pursuit of a more perfect union.


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Congress released the FY2012 Appropriations Conference Report for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS), which includes all Department of Justice (DOJ) tribal programs. The report drastically cut funding for tribal justice programs across the board and did not include the proposed 7% tribal set-aside for all discretionary Office of Justice Programs (OJP) programs—which has previously been supported by

both the House and Senate CJS Subcommittees (the House in FY 2011 and the Senate in FY 2012). The Conference Report proposes $15 million cuts to both the COPS Tribal Resources Grant Program and the Tribal Youth Program. Funding for tribal assistance within OJP was also decimated, receiving only $38 million—a mere fraction of the approximate $100 million initially proposed in the President’s FY2012 budget request.

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Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is sworn in during the closing ceremonies of the organization’s 68th Annual Convention.

Area Vice President, Including Robert Tippeconnie who was re-elected for the Southern Plains Region, takes notes during NCAI meeting.

Thom Wallace/NCAI

In its 68th year the National Congress of American Indians has elected and sworn in Jefferson Keel as the President of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most representative tribal advocacy organization. In the closing ceremonies of NCAI’s week long 68th Annual Convention held in Portland, Oregon, the organization swore into office the members of the Executive Board and the twelve Area Vice Presidents (final list included below).

President and current Treasurer, W. Ron Allen, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, was re-elected. Ed Thomas of the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska was elected as the new Recording Secretary.

In addition to President Keel’s re-election, the NCAI elections resulted in the re-election of both the First Vice President and Treasurer of NCAI. Juana Majel Dixon, Pauma Band of Mission Indians, and a member of the NCAI Task Force on Violence Against Women will serve a second term as First VicePresident. Also, former NCAI

NCAI 2011 Election Results:

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

President – Jefferson Keel, Chickasaw Nation First Vice President – Juana Majel Dixon, Pauma Band of Mission Indians Recording Secretary – Edward Thomas, Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Treasurer – W. Ron Allen,

Area Vice-Presidents Alaska Region: Bill Martin, Central Council Tlingit & Haida Tribes of Alaska Eastern Oklahoma: S. Joe Crittenden, Cherokee Nation Great Plains: Robert Shepherd - Sisseton Wahpeton Midwest: Matthew Wesaw, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Northeast: Lance Gumbs, Shinnecock Indian Nation Northwest: Fawn Sharp, Quinault Indian Nation Pacific: Don Arnold, Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians Rocky Mountain: Scott Russell, Crow Tribe Southeast: Larry Townsend, Lumbee Tribe Southern Plains: Robert Tippeconnie, Comanche Nation Southwest: Joe Garcia, Ohkay Owhingeh Western: Ned Norris Jr., Tohono O’odham Nation

family in Oklahoma, but because of circumstances in Lawton within his field, he had to move away to use his education. ‘You can never trust a skinny chef’ is his favorite motto. A typical day for Pekah begins at 9 a.m. and prepares lunch for around 60 club members. He oversees all sorts of menus, includind the everyday menu, that ranges from salads to hamburgers. The dinner menu is all fine dining, in which he creates delectable delights for all who dine in the elegant restaurant. If he has an event he has to cook for, he begins prepping for the event around 6 a.m. and stays until the event is over. During the summer he works 12 hour shifts, due to the extra bookings for the club and the busier summer months. He says he is happy doing what he loves and has a passion for. He also holds monthly cooking classes at the Native

American Center in Wausau. He knows there are a lot of youth who were in the same situation he was as a teenager growing up. He urges tribal youth to look outside the box and pursue an education. “You can get your GED, and go out and do other things”, said Pekah. “You don’t have to limit yourself. The possibilities of your goals and dreams are limitless.” Pekah added his uncle, Wayne Pahcoddy, is another one who he looks up to. He supported Pekah through his good and bad times as a youngster. He considers him a life coach. “He always told me I can do better,” said Pekah. He says is thankful for the mentors he had throughout his life and their words of advice they gave him. He is proud to work for the distinct company, Troon Golf, and represent his family, and the Comanche Nation with every fine dining meal he creates.

The elections signaled a unified commitment by Indian Country to continue the momentum experienced under Keel’s first two-year term and the critical ongoing work of the NCAI Executive Board.


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rant/Hotel Management. He was active in his college career, being Student Body President at SIPI, and the Native American Club President at NM State. When Pekah started with Troon Golf nine years ago, he was hired as a Chef de Cuisine, in which he ran a small fine dining restaurant operation within the bigger operation. After two years, he was promoted to sous-chef, where he moved from Idaho to Phoenix, Ariz. Earlier this year, he gladly accepted a promotion to Executive Chef. To be qualified for this position, one has to have at least five years experience. He has opened restaurants for the company in Florida, North Carolina as a Hot Shot. He could go into any kitchen and do any job for the company. All of the things combined led to his promotion. Pekah says he wishes he could work closer to his

Hobbs, Straus and Founding Partner Jerry Straus Recognized for Legal Excellence

Submitted by Hobb, Straus, Dean, and Walker, LLP Staff

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP are pleased to inform you that both theirfirm and Jerry Straus, one of their founding partners, have been honored for legal excellence. First, U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® have released the 2011-2012 “Best Law Firms” rankings. They

are honored that Hobbs Straus has been ranked among the top Tier 1 law firms in the nation in the Native American law category. The ranking can be found at: http://bestlawfirms.usnews. com/firms/hobbs-straus-deanwalker-llp/overview/35335/. Second, Jerry Straus has been named the best Na-

tive American Law attorney in Washington, DC by Washington’s Best Lawyers. This honor, which is based on input from the local legal community, was officially announced in the 6th Annual Edition of Washington’s Best Lawyers. Jerry has worked in Washington, DC representing Indian

tribes for over 45 years. Jerry's biography can be found at: jerry-c-straus. Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, founded in 1982, is a national law firm at the forefront of legal issues impacting Indian Country. Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and

defending sovereign rights, expanding opportunities, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. For more information, please see our website at http://www.

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Programs CN Law Enforcement Gives Holiday Shopping Tips Submitted by Brian Wahnee/CN Law Enforcement

• Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you • Shop with a friend, there is safety in numbers • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash • Pay for purchases with a check, credit or debit card • If possible, carry only your driver’s license, personal checks, or necessary credit or debit cards • If you must carry a purse, do not wrap the straps around your arms or shoulders. Carry a clutch purse tightly under your arm or wear a fanny pack • Do not carry a wallet in a back pocket. It should be

placed in a front pocket of your pants for safety • Be alert that crooks look for the “high dollar” shopping bags with your purchases. When possible, slip bags/purchases in a plain nondescript bag • Watch purchases while eating in mall food courts; bags can easily be switched or taken • Educate your children about what to do if they are lost as well as “Stranger Danger”. • Don’t overburden yourself with too many packages. Use store’s package pick-up • Have your car keys ready in hand before leaving the store • If you do return to your

vehicle to unload purchases, place them in the trunk of the vehicle • Try not to shop until the store closes. Remember, fewer people are present at this time Holiday Crime Prevention Tips For Parking Lots: • Shop early and leave early to avoid evening darkness • Park in a high visibility area and check for lighting in case you leave during hours of darkness • If at all possible, try not to park next to a vehicle with dark tinted windows • Prior to arriving at the shopping center, lock all your valuables in the trunk of your

vehicle • Leave the store with others, not alone • Ask security to escort you to your vehicle if you feel uncomfortable • Walk briskly, confidently and directly through the parking lot. Be cautious of people handing out fliers or asking questions in the parking lot. Be cautions of people handling out fliers or asking questions in the parking area • Watch for people who may be following you. This can occur inside as well as outside. If you suspect someone following you, report it to security immediately Holiday Crime Prevention

tips At Home • Keep the outside of your home well lit with doors locked and window curtains closed • Don’t display gifts beneath the Christmas tree which can be seen from windows closed • After the holidays, don’t advertise gifts received by the boxed left for the garbage collection. Destroy boxes and place in a sealed, non-clear garbage bag Cpl. Brian Wahnee, Comanche Nation Police Dept. (580) 4923789

CONEI Donates to Comanche Nation DARE Program

Photo by Jolene Schonchin/ News Staff

Pictured from left, back row: Christopher Threlkeld, Anthony Miller, Greg Cable, Joshua Wauqua, Aaron Richmond, Ronald Klinekole, Jennifer Komahcheet, and Justin Boos, instructor. Front row, from left, Whitney Doyebi, Ronald Monoessy, Wayla Wauqua, Marci Carol, and Ann Ahdosy. Not pictured: Sunny Enriquez, Sidney Mihecoby, Robin Choney, Shana Tahhahwah, Teresa Sumka, Matthew Ramos, Laura Quoetone, and Toqua Ticeahkie.

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Comanche Nation Enterprises, Inc. (CONEI), Comanche Nation’s federally Chartered Corporation, was delighted to be able to assist the Comanche Nation’s Dare Program. CONEI contributed funds to the DARE program, that enabled students of the program to receive T-shirts. They find it very important to give back to our community and help youth as much as possible. Donating to the DARE program allowed CONEI to help several communities and their students. “On behalf of the CN DARE Program, I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to CONEI. Due to the efforts of CONEI, our DARE program was able to provide T-shirts to the students of the program.” – Officer Brian Wahnee.

Adult Learners Complete Career Development Course

Submitted by Justin Boos/Higher Education Program

20 adult Comanche tribal members recently completed a four-week Career Development Course conducted from October 3 – 27. Sponsored by the Comanche Nation Office of Higher Education, the course was designed to provide unemployed, or underemployed, tribal members with career awareness, self-development, and career decisionmaking skills. One of the objectives of the class was to help students cope with continued changes in the world of work, including advances in technology. To assist students overcome such barriers to career development, program activities focused on the development and enhancement of computer application skills. Utilizing the Comanche Nation Higher Education computer lab, students were given the opportunity to become more proficient within the Microsoft Office application systems, which include Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel. Class projects involved the development of student flyers, brochures and PowerPoint presentations promoting the educational and occupational strengths of each

participant. Other program activities included goal setting, aptitude testing, an examination of world of work and occupational needs, an exploration of educational and occupational choices, time and money management, and resume building. Of the 20 students enrolled in the class, two participants had undergraduate degrees, another had an associate’s degree, and several had technical training certificates. For these students, the course provided them an opportunity to receive additional training in order to advance or secure fulltime, permanent employment. According to one student, the course “really helped me set goals, both long and short term, for my future. I will carry this knowledge with me throughout my career. I found it to be very helpful.” Another student commented that the class “made a difference in my future plans for a job change. I can now add more skills to my job applications.” Upon completion of the course, individual career assessments were conducted to provide each student with guidance for a career selection.

In addition, Comanche Nation Office of Higher Education staff provided students with information regarding scholarship funding for college and short and long term training opportunities offered through the department. Out of the total enrolled, four participants were hired as full time employees. One participant has already completed an application for vocational training in the spring and another student will complete her bachelor's degree at Cameron University in May 2012. A second class has been offered which began Nov. 7 and will continue until Dec. 30. “Others that need help with a job should take this class,” mentioned a student, “I have been telling others about the class and how much I have learned. I made a very good choice by attending this class. My future looks brighter.” For more information concerning future course offerings, please contact the Comanche Nation Office of Higher Education at (580)4923363.

Christmas Songs, Arts and Craft Booths Set Up in December There will be an Arts and Crafts, Rummage, and Food Sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m., December 3, at the Comanche Nation Community Center of Apache in Apache, Okla. The event is open to the public. The booths are free. For more information, call (580) 215-3300. The 5th Annual Indians for Indians Radio Program will

host a Christmas Eve Open Invite 9 p.m.-midnight Dec. 24, at Watchetaker Hall, Comanche Nation Complex. All drum groups, singers of Comanche hymns, gospel songs, and Christmas songs are invited to attend to share in an evening of fellowship and singing. Vendors are welcome to set up for the last-minute Christmas shoppers.

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Military The Comanche Indian Veterans Association (CIVA) held their 35th Annual Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 12, at the Comanche Community Center in Apache, Okla. Five veterans were honored and one Auxiliary was recognized for her service. Since 2004 the CIVA has honored 137 veterans and recognized 28 Auxiliary members. War Mother songs were sung, the Scalp and Victory Dances performed, Gourd and Social Dancing and contest in Women’s Cloth and Men’s Straight followed. The Celebration closed with War Journey songs. Eddie Mahseet was the MC and Otter Trail was the drum. The meal was provided by the daughters of former Auxiliary member Leatrice Jay. George Red Elk is the Commander and Chelsea Sapcut is the Association Princess - Randi Attocknie Santos was given the title of CIVA Princess for Life. Other officers are Jimmy Caddo 1st Vice Commander, Stanton Pewewardy 2nd Vice Commander, Richard Bread 2nd Vice Commander for Life, Eleanor McDaniel Secretary, Lanny Asepermy Historian, Quartermaster and Color Guard Commander and Patricia Bread Auxiliary Point of Contact. Nominations for veteran honors for the Armed Forces Banquet and Memorial Day Ceremony are now being accepted. We must have the veterans DD214 (proof of honorable service), a military bio and photo of nominee in uniform. That information can be mailed to George Red Elk at 704 SW H Ave., Lawton Okla., 73501. If you have questions you can contact Red Elk at (580) 512-2225. The deadline for submitting your nomination is Mar. 1, 2012 as the selection will be made during the Mar. 2012 monthly meeting.

Michael W. Craig

Michael W. Craig enlisted into the US Army in Feb. 1996 and served until March 2002 earning the rank of Specialist. He took his Basic Training and his Advanced Individual Training (as Light Wheel Mechanic) at Fort Jackson SC. His first assignment was with the 212th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill. Other assignment include Camp Humphreys Korea with 19th Support Command, Fort Hood Texas, with the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Drum NY with 10th Mountain Division, Camp Eagle and Camp Demi Bosina with the 10th Mountain Division and back to Fort Hood with the 4th Infantry Division. Specialist Craig spent 19 months overseas. He graduated from the Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic, the Recovery Specialist, the Unit Armor-


Honorees of CIVA Veterans Day Celebration

er and the Combat Life-Saver Courses. Specialist Craig performed numerous non-occupational duties including Mail Clerk, Training NCO, Division Army Oil Analysis Monitor, the Post Sergeant Major Driver and Track and Recovery Mechanic. While in Korea and Bosnia the winters were harsh with sub zero temperatures and snow as a norm. His awards include the Meritorious Service, the Army Commendation (2), Army Achievement (2), Good Conduct (2), the National Defense Service, the Armed Forces Expeditionary, the Korean Defense Service and the NATO Bosnia Service Medals, the Army Service and Overseas (2) Ribbons, the Marksman Qualification Badge w/Rifle Bar and Mechanic Badge w/Driver Bar.

James M. Patterson Jr.

James M. Patterson Jr. enlisted into the US Navy on Apr. 7, 1988 and retired on Jul. 1, 2008 (a total of 20 years, two months and 24 days) earning the rank Senior Chief Petty Officer. He took Boot Camp at Naval Training Center in Orlando Fla., and his A school at Naval Training Center in Meridian Miss. as a Storekeeper. His first assignment was with Assault Craft Unit 2 at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek Va., Other assignments include Naval Special Warfare Development Group at Dam Neck Va., Naval Security Group Activities at Naval Base Rota Spain, Naval Air Station at Keflavik Iceland, Naval Special Warfare Group II at Little Creek and Middle Diving and Salvage Unit two also at Little Creek. Other overseas deployments were to Kuwait Naval Base from Feb. 2003 to May 2003 with the Combined Task Group Central (US Special Operations Command) and Bagram Air Field Afghanistan from Sept. 2007 to March 2008 with the Joint Tack Force Paladin (in support of the 82nd Airborne Division). His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service, the Joint Service Commendation (2), the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation (5), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement (5), the Afghanistan Campaign, the NATO Service, the Good Conduct (5), the National Defense Service (2), the Armed Forces Expeditionary, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, the Global War on Terrorism Service, the Humanitarian Service, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service and the Expert Pistol Medals, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Combat Action, the Joint Meritorious Unit

Commendation, the Sharp- State University while on acshooter Rifle, the Sea Service tive duty. Deployment, the Navy/Marine Corps Service, the Navy Unit Commendation and the Meritorious Unit Commendations (3) Ribbons and the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist insignia. His father, Jim, was a Military Policeman with the US Army from 1954-57 and his wife, Cynthia, is a Command Master Chief with the US Navy currently based at Tinker AFB. SCPO Patterson also earned his Masters Degree from Troy University while on Garrison Tahmahkera active duty. Garrison Tahmahkera served on action duty with the US Air Force from 1958-1962 earning the rank of Airman 1st Class. He also served an additional two years with the Inactive Reserve. Airman Tahmahkera took his Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas and was assigned to the 478th Air Base Group at Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND. He was a Inventory Management Kyle Smith Kyle Smith was com- Specialists with the Civil Enmissioned as a Second Lieu- gineers and worked with Crew tenant through the University Chiefs of the Air Defense of Oklahoma Reserved Offi- Fighter Jets and Strategic Air cers Training Corps as a Regu- command B-52 Bombers and lar Army Infantry Branch on Sir Tankers. Airman TahmahDec. 21, 1984. He retired as kera supervised a crew of six a Lieutenant Colonel on Oct. to field materials that helped 31, 2007 (a total of 22 years, maintain the aircraft at Combat 10 months and 10 days). LTC Readiness. Due to the noise Smith graduated from Air- level of the aircraft and a lack borne School, as a cadet, in of proper safety equipment 1983, the Officer Basic Course Airman Tahmahkera suffered in 1985, Ranger School also in severe damage to both ear 1985. After Ranger School drums and was sent to Fitzsimhe was assigned to the 3rd In- mons Army Hospital near Denfantry Division at Harvey Bar- ver, Colo., for treatment - he racks in Kitzignen, Germany. continues to suffer from severe Other assignments were at Fort hearing loss to this day. AirPolk, La., with the 5th Infan- man Tahmahkera served durtry Division, Fort Irwin, Cali., ing the Cold War and was on with “Scorpion” Team Observ- alert during the Cuban Missile ers Controllers, Fort Benning, Crisis in 1962. He was awardGA, with the 11th Airborne, ed the Good Conduct Medal Fort Riley Kan., with the 24th for exemplary behavior, efInfantry Division, Fort Leav- ficiency and fidelity in active enworth. LTC Smith served in Federal Military Service and many positions including Pla- the Cold War Certificate of toon Leader, Executive Of- Recognition. Airman Tahmahficer and Commander of 120 kera is a charter member of man Infantry Rifle Company, the CIVA and has assisted the Aide-de-Camp to the 5th In- Color Guard on numerous ocfantry Division Commander casions despite living in Ari(2-star), Trainer of Company zona. In 2006 he was selected Commanders and Battalion as the Haskell Indian Nations Scouts, Instructor, Doctrine University Alumni of the Year Writer, Battalion and Brigade and the Man of the Year for Operations Officer, Secre- the Native American Recognitary of the General Staff, Ex- tion Days Celebration held at ecutive Officer to the Dean of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Academics, Combat Planner, Ariz. Director of Strategic Studies and Strategic Planner. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service (5), Army Commendation(5), Army Achievement (6), National Defense Service (2) and Global War on Terrorism Medals, the Overseas (2) and Army Service Ribbons, Army Superior Unit Award, Basic Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab. LTC Smith comes from a long-line of Warriors as his father, Don Smith was a B-17 Liberator pilot who flew 36 combat missions over Germany during World War Adrian Tehauno II and his grandfather, Ralph Adrian Tehauno enSmith, was a Infantry Captain listed in the US Navy in Jun. during World War I. His sis- 1965 and served until Jun. ter, Lisa, also retired as a Lieu- 1969 (a total of four years and tenant Colonel with the US thee days) earning the rank of Air Force. He also completed Petty Officer 3rd Class. He his Masters Degree at Kansas took his Boot Training at San

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Diego Naval Training Center, Cali. PO3 Tehauno then completed Amphibious Assault Boat Coxswain School at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base VA. He was then assigned to Sea Duty aboard the USS Rushmore (LSD-14) a Landing Ship Dock with home port in Little Creek. While on the Rushmore he did two Mediterranean tours. His next and last assignment was aboard the USS Boxer (LPH4) a converted Aircraft Carrier also home ported at Little Creek. He did one Caribbean tour while aboard the Boxer. PO3 Tehauno was an Ordnance Mechanic. His foreign and or sea service was for 1,334 days (three years, seven months and 25 days). Some of his ports of call included Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Malta, Cuba, Haiti, Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Columbia (South America). His awards include the National Defense Service Medal for service during a national emergency and the Cold War Certificate of Recognition for service during the Cold War. His father, Capps, was a World War II US Army veteran and his brother, Roger, served in the US Air Force in Thailand during the Vietnam War.

Fran Sapcutt

Fran Sapcutt is the wife of Vietnam War and Purple Heart recipient Richard Sapcutt. Her grandfather, CPT Arthur W. Knott Sr., was a US Army career officer who fought in both World Wars I and II. Fran’s father, LTC Arthur W. Knott Jr., retired from the US Army with over 20 years of service and fought in World War II and the Korean War. Her brother, CPT Arthur W. Knott III, spent 10 years in the US Army and served in the Vietnam War. A nephew, SFC Michael W. Knott is currently on active duty with the US Army with 15 years of service. He has served in Egypt and Iraq and is currently stationed in Germany for the second time. Fran and Richard have two children, Jan-Marie and Tony Sapcutt and two grandchildren - both grandchildren dance in the arena. Sapcutt is a teacher at Lawton High School and has taught for 17 years. She is also a member of the PTSA, Beta Sigma Phi, St. Andrews Episcopal Church and the Lawton Community Theatre.

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Paddyaker Family Finally Gets Closure

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Pictured from left to right: Elder Eugene Brown, Comanche Nation Chairman Johnny Wauqua, Alice Barrientez and Gilbert Smith.

Fort Worth Inner School District Indian Education Program Thanks the Comanche Nation

Military grave marker for Lawrence Paddyaker was installed by the CIVA after 39 years, of being unmarked.

Story and photos by Paula Karty/News Staff

In 1972, a Cache, Okla., resident and tribal member was fatally shot. Lawrence “Scooter” Paddyaker was found dead at his home with an apparent gun shot wound to the head. Paddyaker’s body was found by his brother-in-law, Jerry Clowser. Clowser had stopped to pick Paddyaker up for work. According to the Lawton Constitution, Paddyaker had been shot in the forehead above the right eye. The Lawton Constitution stated that no gun was found in the victims’s two-room house, but a .22 caliber rifle was found in a unlocked toolbox in the bed of a pick-up parked near the house. Officers said the rifle had been recently fired. Murder charges were eventually filed against, then 21 year old Sammy Lee Yackeyonny of Cache, Okla. At the time of his death Paddyaker was just 27 years

old. He was the son of Victor Paddyaker. He was a veteran of the US Army, having served three enlistments. He was employed as a carpenter. For the past 39 years Paddyaker’s grave was unmarked. Paddyaker’s brother Jerry, contacted the Commander of the Comanche Indian Veteran’s Association (CIVA) George Red Elk, and asked if the CIVA could order a military marker for his late brother. The marker was ordered in mid-Aug., and was delivered to the home of Lanny Asepermy on Sept. 14. A ceremony was held on Sept. 20, at the grave site at the Deyo Mission Cemetery. Red Elk and Stanton Pewewardy installed the marker that morning. The family requested full military honors, so Paddyaker’s military bio was read, there was a roll call, the Comanche Nation Police Fir-

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ing Squad fired three volleys, Baliente Herrea sounded taps, Eleanor McDaniel sung a Comanche Hymn, the marker was unveiled, a folded casket flag which replaced the original flag that was destroyed in a fire was presented to Paddyaker’s brother. 15 CIVA veterans and Auxiliary were present and about 20 members of the Paddyaker family and friends were present. Paddyaker was a Vietnam War veteran and also served in Korea. The Paddyaker family would like to send out a special “Thank You” to the CIVA for the dedication and recognition shown to Lawrence “Scooter” Paddyaker, the family would also like to thank the Deyo Mission Church for the food and prayers that were rendered for the family. A thank you is also sent out to the Comanche Nation Public Information Office.

I Just Want To Help

Tribal Teen Goes Above and Beyond To Help Others Story and Photo by Paula Karty/News Staff

Tribal member Autumn Knight is a typical teenager from Geronimo, Okla. One night she was at home watching TV, when she decided to watch ABC’s 20/20. The show aired a segment called “Children of the Plains,” which was about the children of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge, S.D. Knight was deeply moved by the show. Seeing the kid’s way of life on the reservation. Just knowing the she, herself has family members that live on Indian Reservations in South Dakota. After watching the show Knight decided she wanted to help the children of Pine Ridge. Knight and her mother Millicent (Millie) Miner Knight contacted the Oglala Lakota CASA program. They talked to a lady by the name of Arleana Bettelyoun, who was the director of the Oglala Lakota CASA program. They visited with Bettelyoun and talked about knight’s desire to help the kids of Pine Ridge. Knight has set a goal of raising $10,000 by March of 2012. Since the airing of the show Knight has been picking up aluminum cans. She and her friends from school has made candy jars decorated wit sports ribbons and decals. The candy

Autumn Knight is fulfilling her dream of helping others.

jars are $10 each with decorations of OU, OSU, Texas and Dallas. Knight’s brother is also helping. He gives her money from his paycheck so that she and her friends can buy the supplies they need for the candy jars. Knight got to speak with one of the kids featured in the show, Robert Looks Twice. They have become friends and pen pals. Looks Twice wants to go to college and become the first Native American President. He wants to build better homes, clean up the reservation. He also wants to build a better school and playground. The producers of 20/20 and Bettelyoun are interested in doing a follow-up story featuring Knight personally handing a check of the funds she raised over to the kids of Pine

Ridge. Knight has dreams of her own, she wants to play basketball for OU. She hopes to one day spend time on the reservation. She does have family living on the Eagle Butte Reservation. Knight said, “When I was younger, I always wanted to help the homeless, and the poor. I’m 15 now and I can live my dream by helping my own people in Pine Ridge. Most of these Native Americans are my relatives, even if they weren’t, I’d do it just to help. It just hurts me to see these people struggling, suffering and trying to survive. Now that I’m doing this and achieving, I feel like, not only am I trying to change their lives but their changing mine.” If you are interested in helping or making an donation please call (580) 483-5505.

The Fort Worth Inner School District (FWISD) American Indian Education Program hosted their 4th Annual Student Pow-wow, on Oct. 21, at Billingsley Field House in Fort Worth, Texas. This year’s pow-wow was especially meaningful for two reasons. Two children in the program were brought in the arena for the first time; Tina Passah and Evelyn Mena and the program was gifted with a 16 ft. tipi from the Fort Worth Science and History Museum. Passah and Mena attend Rufino Mendoza, Sr. Elementary. They are enrolled members of the Comanche Nation and descendants of Tabananaka leader of Yapi-tukah (Root Eater Band). Their parents are Tara Passah and Rosario Mena, Jr.; maternal grandparents Amy Passah and Fredrick Billiot of Fort Worth, Texas; maternal great-grandparents are Charles Passah Sr. of Oklahoma City, and Mary Mihesuah Pennah of Fort Worth, Texas; and honorary grandfather and family spokesperson is Eugene BigGoose of Lawton, Okla. Every Sunday evening leading up to the pow-wow, community members would gather at the office of Indian Education to work on regalia and give-away items to assist this family as they prepared for this important event. The evening was made even more special for the family and the members of the community at large by the attendance of Comanche Nation Chairman Johnny Wauqua and his wife Virginia. During the pow-wow Chairman Wauqua presented the program with a check for $400 to support the program activities. To have Passah and Mena honored in this way by their tribal leader, speaks volumes to both Chairman Wauqua’s and the tribe’s commitment to honoring the ways of the people and assisting in the cultural and education growth of these children. The day before the pow-wow the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History gifted a 16 ft. tipi to the FWISD American Indian Education Program. The museum has had the tipi

on display since renovations to that facility. In order to make way for a new exhibit the tipi is being given to the program. The tipi will initially be used during the annual Student Pow-wow. Eventually the tipi will be transferred to the District’s Truelson Hightower Outdoor Learning Center “Indian Village” for educational purposes. The transfer of ownership was marked with blessing ceremony to symbolically accept a gift and to bless the exchange that both parties are in an agreement with the “gift.” The blessing was performed by Native Community Elder, Eugene Brown of the Miami tribe. During the ceremony the tipi was marked with four handprints; ranging in size from a small child to an elder, making the tipi as belonging to all generations. Chairman Wauqua attended the ceremony in support of the program. The FWISD’s American Indian Education program is one of only three Title IX programs in the state of Texas. The program works with the Office of Indian Education and other departments within the district to provide tutoring, counseling, school supplies, enrichment programs, college application and scholarship assistance, and access to available tribal and community resources to tribal members enrolled in the school district. One of the most important aspects of this particular program is to provide an environment where the children can learn about and participate in their culture. As inner-city Indians this can sometimes be very difficult. Studies show that a lack in cultural pride and identity can often lead to destructive behavior in young teen/adults. The Fort Worth ISD’s American Indian Education Program and the Fort Worth Native Community would like to extend many many thanks to Chairman Wauqua and the Comanche Nation for their support and their commitment to ensure Native children everywhere grow up strong and smart and proud of who they are.

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People,Places and Things Happening Our Warrior Spirit: Native Americans in the U.S. Military Native Americans have served in the U.S. military since the American Revolution, and by percentage serve more than any other ethnic group in the armed forces. Enjoy a special program as Native veterans share their heroic and unforgettable stories of service in conflicts, and noted scholar and author Herman J. Viola, curator emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution, chronicles the roles of Native soldiers from 1770 to the present, including takes of tragedy, humor, loyalty, and conflict. The program features a panel of American Indians who have served our country in the armed forces, including Debra Kay Mooney (Choctaw), an Iraq War veteran who organized and hosted a powwow in a war zone in Iraq in 2004 (objects from the powwow will be on display at the museum during the program): Chuck Boers (Lipan Apache/ Cherokee), and Iraq War veteran and the recipient of two Bronze Star and three Purple Heart medals; John Emhoolah (Kiowa), a Korean War Veteran who joined the Oklahoma Thunderbird Division when he was still in high school and later helped lobby for the passage of the Native American Religious Freedom Act; and Joseph Medicine Crow, a World War II veteran who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Barack Obama. Jason Giles attorney, Vietnam War veteran, and tribal citizen of the Musckogee (Creek) Nation moderates. The event is from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Dec. 2 at the National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, 4th Street and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public.

Comanche Nation Elder’s Council Elects New Officers

The Comanche Nation Elder’s Council held elections of new officers on Nov. 7. The election was ran by the Comanche Nation College and Dr. Lopez. Nominations were taken for new offices. The persons nominated were: Chairman: Sandra Toyahkoyah, Rose Mary Chibitty. Vice-Chairman: Lee Mowery-Declined, Vivian Holder, Arlene Asenap, Beverly Coffey-Declined. Secretary: Kay Smits Treasurer: Margaret Morgan The winners were: Rose Mary Chibitty, Chairman; Vivian Holder, ViceChairman; Kay Smits, Secretary; and Margaret Morgan, Treasurer. The Comanche Nation Elder’s Council Oct. meetings had 52 elders to attend.

The speakers were: Comanche Nation College Representatives: Stacy Sanford, LPN-Navigation for Indian Health; Teresa Lopez-Family Assistance Center and Tribal Administrator, Will Owens. It was suggested that the council hold it’s Annual election of board members on Nov. 7. The board members will now serve two year terms. The Elder’s Council has not received funding for items to be sent of Afghanistan, Shut-ins, Women’s Shelter or Children’s Shelter due to lost paperwork.

Mithlo Makes Oklahoma All-State Tribal member Evelyn (Evie) Mithlo has been selected for the Oklahoma All-State Softball team. Mithlo was one of 36 girls selected from all of class 3A-4A, and one of 18 from I-35 west. Mithlo has been a four year starter for the Cache Lady Bulldog’s softball team, which finished with a 114-34 record. Their accomplishments consist of four District Championships, two Regional Championships, two State Tournament Appearances and one State Runner-up. Mithlo’s personal awards are: All-Region, AllState and Defensive Player of the Year for the Cache Lady Bulldogs. This past summer Mithlo played for the Southwest Oklahoma Lady Bulldogs where they were named 2011 USSSA Central World Series Champions. During the tournament there were 24 teams from 10 different states. During the finals of the tournament Mithlo hit the game winning, our of the park, home run beating Missouri Intensity 7-5 in extra innings. Mithlo was named Most Valuable Player at this tournament. Mithlo’s stats are: Batting: 26 singles; 11 doubles; five homeruns; 29 RBI’s (Runs Batted In); .438 Batting Average; .708 Slugging % Fielding (Played 3rd Base): two Errors 35 Put Outs 18 Assists .963 Fielding % Mithlo is the daughter of Sandra and Eugene Mithlo Jr.; granddaughter of Sharon (Pohawpatchoko) Lee and Audrey (Tosee) Mithlo and the late Eugene Mithlo Sr. Great granddaughter of the late Audrey Pohawpatchoko, Eunice (Sovo) and Andy Tosee and Lavina (Chasenah) and Watson Mithlo. Beside playing softball, Mithlo also plays basketball and she is a honor student at Cache High School.

After graduating Mithlo plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in Dentistry. She is a member of Oklahoma Honor Society, National Honor Society, Cache High School Gifted and Talented, BETA Club, FCA, Native American Club, and she is active with the Post Oak Youth Group and a member of Post Oak Mennonite Brethren Church.

Pewewardy Receives National Research Award

Every year, the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) recognizes innovative, outstanding work that makes major contributions to the field of multicultural education. This collection of awards is granted annually to celebrate innovative professionals and institutions who have made outstanding contributions to understanding and advancing educational issues for social justice and equity in their careers. This year’s winner of the Carl A. Grant Multicultural Research Award is Dr. Cornel Pewewardy from Portland State University. Cornel Pewewardy is a member of the Comanche Tribe. He is the former Dean of Academic Instruction at the Comanche Nation College and faculty member at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Dr. Pewewardy was nominated by Dr. Chloë Hughes, faculty member from Western Oregon University. According to Dr. Hughes: Dr. Pewewardy has made outstanding pedagogical and scholarly contributions to the field Multicultural Education over several decades that has helped to challenge thinking and practice at the societal level. His numerous contributions have already been recognized and celebrated by several organizations and institutions. For example, he was named the 2009 Teacher of the Year by the National Indian Education Association; was the recipient of the 2007 G. Mike Charleston Research Award for Outstanding Scholarship in American Indian Education from the American Educational Research Association (AERA); was awarded the 2005 Distinguished Scholar Award from AERA; and has also been a five-time recipient of the Big XII Outstanding American Indian Faculty of the Year. For over 25 years Dr. Pewewardy has provided essential multicultural research, teaching and service at the local, statewide, and national levels, thereby supporting NAME’s mission and goals. I believe it is time to honor the outstanding commitment of one of our most esteemed colleagues in multicultural education and one of the original founders of NAME, Dr. Cornel Pewewardy. Dr. Chloë Hughes, Board member, Oregon NAME Dr. Cornel Pewewardy is currently the Director and Professor of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University. Professor Pewewardy’s research explores Native American mascots in

schools, access and retention of American Indian students in higher education, Indigenous epistemologies and pedagogies, culturally responsive teaching praxis, critical multicultural education, Indigenous urban and reservation-based teacher education, tribal college partnerships and collaborations with mainstream universities, Indigenous early college high schools, tribal identity (de)construction, Indigenous decolonization and resurgence, and ethnomusicology (digitizing unrecorded tribal songs of the Southern Plains).

Certification as the best measure of a physician’s knowledge, experience and skills to provide quality health care within a given specialty. We are very proud that all of our providers in Women’s Health are Board Certified in their respective fields.

Dr. Kinde Aguilar Earns Diplomate of The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology status.

Congratulations to Dr. Kinde Aguilar, M.D. in recognition of her fulfillment of all requirements and examinations to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This achievement indicates recognition of her advanced clinical competence by her peers and demonstrates her commitment to excellence in patient care. This is a great honor for her and the Lawton Indian Hospital. Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process. While medical licensure sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, it is not specialty specific. Board certification demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice. Board certification shows a physician’s commitment and expertise in consistently achieving superior clinical outcomes in a responsive, patient-focused setting. Patients, physicians, health care providers and quality organizations look for the Board

Battese Receives White Physicians Coat Anthony S. Battese of Apache was recently presented a white physicians coat at the White Coat Ceremony in Northeastern Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Okla. The ceremony is a special event signifying the transition from student to clinician as the second year Optometry students begin seeing their own patients during the spring semester. They are presented with a new white coat before all family, friends, faculty and staff. Battese is the son of Pamela Tahmahkera Battese and Russell Battese of Apache. His maternal grandparents are the late Carl and Viola Tahmahkera and paternal grandparents are the late William V. and Pearline Battese, and he is the great-grandson of the late Samuel Tahmahkera and the late Eva and George Woogie Watchetaker.

Crafty Comanches Beat Crows

Photo by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Comanche hand games were held at the Comanche Nation Complex Watchetaker Hall Nov. 8. Competing against the Comanches were members of the Crow tribe, who visit annually. They were not able to beat the Comanche players, and the Comanche’s won three games out of four. Pictured top center are the singers for the Comanches. Following the games, the crowd was privileged to hear hand drum songs from the visitors, pictured top right. Center Paula Karty wins the last game for the Comanches. Bottom right, Mary Ella Wermy shakes her rattle to distract the guessers. Photo by Paula Karty/News Staff

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Two Elders Honored for their Achievements

Laverna Paddyaker waiting for the program to begin

Vernon Cable receives a Pendleton blanket from Dr. 90-year-old Beth Asenap Glazebrook was honored for Hinderson. being active in the Comanche Nation community. Story and Photos by Candace Wilson/News Staff

Two Comanche Nation elders were honored Nov. 10 at the third Annual Southern Plains Region Bureau of Indian Affairs American Indian Elders/Vulnerable Adults Conference. at the National Weather Center in Norman, Okla. The event was co-hosted by University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. Veron Cable, 88-yearsold, lives with his daughter Verna Ann Cable, in Cache Okla. Cable is a World War II Veteran, serving for eight years as a Medical Tech 8055th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M.A.S.H). His wife of 60 years passed away May of 2009. Cable and his wife, with three other Indian couples, put together a food co-op, where they purchased food in bulk divided up the cost, then packaged, and distributed in the area. Cable also

assisted in putting together the Comanche Dictionary in the mid 1990’s. It is the first known dictionary of Comanche words put together by Comanche people. He has also been a member of the Nazarene Church for a number of years, serving as Superintendent, Lay Minister, and Sunday school teacher. Now the Nazarene Church depends on him to sing the Comanche hymns. Beth Asenap Glazebrook is 90-years of age. She is the daughter of Herman Asenap and Besie Parker. A member of Post Oak Church. She has served as Mennonite, Sunday School Teacher, Trustee, and was on the Building Social Committee. Glazebrook served the Comanche Indian Children Welfare board. Glazebrook and close friends were present when tribal members took over the complex in the 1980s. Glazebrook also

Opal Gore reads the hand out from the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Caregivers Program Holds Annual Meeting Story and Photos by Candace Wilson/ News Staff

On Nov. 8, Arlene Kemp of the Caregiver Program held the yearly caregivers meeting at the tribal complex. The Caregivers Program was started by the federal government to help elder Native Americans. Sometimes families need help taking care of the elderly or sometimes an elder is left with no one. The Caregivers program can send someone to assist them by getting them ready for the day, light house cleaning, and picking up refilled medication. Anything to keep them comfortable and out of the nursing homes. Children, grandchildren, men and women step up to take care of the elderly when the roles are reversed.

seen that work could be done for the tribal people, and made sure it was noticed. Glazebrook states the she loves politics. She was on the election board for Indiahoma, only missing two meetings out of eight years of serving. Glazebrook filled in for the Mayor of Indiahoma when they were outof-town. She is also a member of the Comanche Nation Elder Center Advisory board since it was established. She is the only survivor of the original advisory board. Glazebrook was recognized for being active in the Comanche tribal policies, and her compassion for helping Comanche tribal members. She is respected by both the young and old Comanche Arlene Kemp said, “Men Nation members. have been taking care of the elThey are remarkable tribal elderly. It use to be only a female ders who have made an impact on role, now it’s taken a turn, and tribal peoples’ lives. the men are doing it and do-

ing a good job of it.” She also said that, “We want to show them support, let them know we are here for them.” They also had, Charlotte McCurtain, Director of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, come out and speak about how they help not only the disabled that can no longer work. The Vocational Rehabilitation also helps elders who want to have a new job and provide them with the training so that they don’t have to seat at home just, because they only worked one job their whole lives. Bonita Paddyaker, Director of Injury Prevention Program, explained what her program does to help elders. Injury Prevention’s main concern is the elders. They want to make sure that their fire extinguishers and fire alarms work properly. If they don’t have one, they want to pro-

Taking Care of Precious Cargo Injury Prevention Program Issues Car Seats

Bonita Paddyaker is checking the child’s car seat, showing that he is too big for the car seat and needs a new one.

Bonita Paddyaker and A.J. Arnold are installing a car seat for an individual Story and Photos by Candace Wilson/ News Staff

The Comanche Nation Injury Prevention and Law Enforcement held a car seat/ seat belt survey and car seat give-away Nov. 10 at the Comanche Nation Day Care (Numunu Turetu). They observed the parents and children as they arrived at the day care and found that most of the children were un-properly seated or did not have on a seat belt. Bonita Paddyaker, Injury Prevention Director, said they installed car seats for everyone that showed

up. There was no exception for a child to ride in a car without a car seat or seat belt . Information was provided by Carlene Collins to each individual, about the Oklahoma Seat Belt Law and other safety literature. Janet New and her co-worker, A.J. Arnold from the Comanche County Health Department, assisted with the car seats. The car seats where donated by Oklahoma Area Indian Health Services. Even though they were limited on

car seats, they took names and numbers so that they could order the car seats needed. There was a total of 13 car seats given to families to help protect their precious cargo. Paddyaker is a member of the Native Americans for Injury Prevention Coalition (NAIPC) and serve as the secretary. The NAIPC consist of members from the seven Western tribes of Oklahoma, Lawton Service Unit’s OEH, Comanche County Health De-

Comanche Nation College Announces 2011-2012 Princess

Jacey Lamar-Whitewolf was introduced as Miss Comanche Nation College on Nov. 9 in the College Cox Auditorium. A pot-luck meal was served in her honor. Lamar-Whitewolf will represent the Comanche Nation College as an ambassador at events within the College and community activities. Whitewolf is the daughter of Regina Lamar Whitewolf and Gordon Whitewolf, the granddaughter Catherine Lamar and the late Newton Lamar of Anadarko, Okla. She is the granddaughter of the late Howard and Thelma (Edge) Whitewolf of Lawton, Okla.

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partment and the Oklahoma Are Inter-Tribal Health Board. They work together to assist other Injury Prevention programs with safety events they have in their communities. They assist with Health Fairs, Car Seat/ Seat Belt surveys, Occupant Protection classes and other events. In November the coalition received 64 smoke detectors and 200 car seats from the Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service from Injury

Prevention funds. The Comanche Nation received 32 smoke detectors and 14 car seats 18 car seats to be distributed for families at the Comanche Nation Day Cares. “We thank the Indian Health Service for assisting the tribes with safety items they receive,” said Paddyaker

Comanche Nation College 8th Annual Flim Festival Featuring Shelley Niro Story by Candace Wilson/ News Staff

Nov. 3-5, the Comanche Nation College held a film festival that was open to the public. The founder of the film festival, Annette Arkekete, and co-founder, Juanita Pahdopony, had a goal when setting up the program eight years ago; to have Native American filmmakers bring their work to the Comanche Nation College for support, and to help make them well known. In their first festival they had 133 people attend. Arkekete says, “People like films” and this drives them to come to the film festival.

Each year they have different filmmakers such as Dan Bigbee and Steven Judd. They received a lot of support from Comanche Nation Higher Education and the Comanche Nation College. This year, their main focus was Shelly Niro. Niro has directed for 20 years and have a total of 10 featured films both short and long: ‘Kiss by Lightning’, ‘Sweet Indian’, and ‘Honey Moccasin’. This was her first workshop She said, “I had no expectations for the audience. I hope somebody gained something from it.”

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Dear TCNN Dear TCNN, My name is Jerry Mullen and I am sending this email to say “Thank you” very much to the Comanche Nation Enrollment Office for your kind caring professional staff which is a direct reflection on how they run their office your doing a Great job. The next time I'm at the complex I will say Thank you in person I hope you have an amazing day Jerry Mullen Dear TCNN, I just wanted to think everyone again for all of the support that the Comanche Nation PIO provided for the 428th FA Brigade and myself. I could not had done any of it without all of your support, everyone in attendance had nothing but great comments. The dancers, singers, drummers, guest speaker and all of the behind the scene personnel that made it all happen. It was because of you all that we had a great event. Again, thank you all. Respectfully, SFC Caro, Juan C. 428th FA BDE Dear TCNN, I would like to let you know the outstanding work the outreach program is doing here in OKC, Okla. Karen Kaniatobe and her staff, as well as former staff, Missy who went to

college, are a credit to the Comanches here. They are always happy to see you, greet you with a smile, honest, sincere, and take note now…dependable. I was admitted in the hospital this past May, 2011, after being found on the floor collapsed by friend checking on me who knows I am disabled. I stayed in the hospital for two weeks. I had a problem arise only Social Service, I thought, could help me with. I was informed to try this extension and that extension, only to leave a message, but no return calls were made back to me. I even kept calling the Chairman’s Office two or three times a day. On June 15, the secretary of the Chairman’s Office spoke bitter and hung up on me. Around June 23rd, I finally got a phone call from our Chairman who told me to go to Social Services, where I started from, and I was denied help due to past assistance. The Comanche Complex knew my situation, my limited disability income due to my age, still too young to draw 100%, only 60% until I’m 62, if I live that long. I turned to the Outreach Program here in OKC, and they gave me hope, not, “Sorry, we cannot help,” or hanging up on you, or “call Social Services.” They helped me find resources that may help me.

The Complex needs more people like the Outreach Program here in OKC, even in Administration Office, Tag Agency, which closes early. Thank you, Outreach in OKC, and you also, Anna in Social Services, who sounded and showed concern. Respectfully, Gordon Tehauno Dear TCNN, We would like to say a Big Thank-You (UhDah!) to Social Services for honoring our Dad-Vernon Cable, on Veterans Day! He was so thrilled and cute, we had to take the microphone away from him! And to wish my Grandson Ronald Yellowfish a Happy Birthday from Grandma Faye and Grandpa Joe Goseyun! Glenda Gooseyun

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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday

Terry Don Cable, November 20

James Brinkley, November 22 Forrest Poahway, November 24

Happy Birthday Ava “Baby” Pebeahsy, December 1 Delbert Karty, December 1 Happy Birthday Happy Birthday Gerald Marcell Tahkofper, December 1 Delbert Karty Gracie Lynn RedElk Gracie Lynn RedElk, December 1 December 1 December 1 Donny Nagel, December 2 Tristan Ray Codynah, December 2 George Tahdooahnippah Jr., Dec.3 Francesca Harrison, December 4 Billie Turtle, December 5 Ronald Yellowfish, December 5 Leann Tahsequah, December 6 Sallie Nelson, December 7 Ashley Caesar, December 8 Marie Nelson William, December 8 Raymond Pohawpatchoko Jr., Happy Birthday Happy Birthday December 8 Raymond Pohawpatchoko Jr Decora Tahah Karlee Yvonne Tahkofper, December 9 December 8 December 10 Vicki Kaulaity, December 9 Decora Tahah, December 10 Carl Tahkofper, December 11 George Tahdooahnippah, Dec. 13 Carl Atauvich, December 14 Chad Tahchawwickah, December 14 Phillip Jesse Hendrick Jr., December 14 Jordan Caesar, December 15 Sandra Poafpybitty, December 15 Sonny Tahdooahnippah, December 15 Carlos Coosewoon Jr., December 16 Lizzie Tahsequah, December 17 Carl “Sweet Boy” Monoessy, Happy Birthday Happy Birthday Debbie Tieyah December 19 Mandy Kaulay December 27 December 28 Harley Pewewardy, December 21 Christopher Poafpybitty, December 22 Congratulations Carmelita Irene Ybarra, December 23 Faith Niedo, December 23 Phillip Jesse Hendrick III, December 23 Stephanie Asepermy, December 23 Natalie Pewewardy, December 25 Timothy Nelson, December 26 Debbie Tieyah, December 27 Gail Pilas, December, 28 LaDana Marie Miller, December 28 Mandy Kaulay, December 28 Rhianna Nelson, December 29 Ray Pohawpatchoko Sr., December 30 Happy Anniversary Happy Anniversary Caleigh B Collins, December 31 John & Llori Goombi Clifford & Beverly Paige Vasey, December 31 Quoyah December 15 December 30 Anniversary Married Married 43 years 6 years

Dickie & Stephaine Miller December 5~Married 4 years

Phillip & Verna Tehauno Wetselline December 10~Married 18 years


John & Llori Goombi December 15~Married 6 years Clifford & Beverly Quoyah December 30~Married 43 years

Harlen Pewewardy December 20

Rafael “Ralph” Orte Devere Ralph Tsatoke Pantoja Born Born Febuary 4, 1971 August 18, 1984 Passed Away Passed Away November 4, 2011 November 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Tristan Ray Codynah December 2

Happy Birthday George Tahdooahnippah December 3

Happy Birthday Francesca Harrison December 4

Happy Birthday December 13

Happy Birthday Sandra Poafpybitty December 15

Carl “Sweet Boy” Monoessy

Happy Birthday Ray Pohawpatchoko Sr December 30

Hannah Alise Pewewardy

Elijah Ezekiel Green

George Tahdooahnippah Jr

Mr & Mrs. Dennis Pocowatchit Jr. Who exchanged wedding vows 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at Petarsy Indian Mission

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Born: September 18, 2011 6lbs’ 7oz’ 19in To: Amber Hedge & Anthony Pewewardy

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Happy Birthday

7lbs’ 8oz’ To: Mike & Sheryl Hilliary

Born: October 31, 2011 7lbs’ 12oz’ 20.5in To: Malik Green & Rayna Louis

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Edward “Eddie” Nahquaddy, Sr. Edward “Eddie” Nahquaddy, Sr., age 75 went to be with the Lord on Sept. 21, in Norman with his family by his side. He was born on Sept. 5, 1936 in Lawton, Okla., to Albert Edward Nahquaddy and Victoria Motherme Nahquaddy. He graduated from Temple High School in 1957. He was an avid OU fan, loved to gourd dance, was a welder, did play bass guitar in a band in the 60’s, was a surveyor, and a coach for women’s softball. He served in the National Guard and Reserves from 1955-1964. He loved listening to the Golden Oldies. Prayer service was held Sept. 25 at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service was Sept. 26 at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Melton Otis and William Hicks Boyiddle officiating. He is survived by his children: Edward Nahquaddy, Jr. and wife Sherry of Wichita Falls, Texas, Lance Jace Nahquaddy of Carnegie, and Sunee Nahquaddy and companion, Luis Lopez of Lawton; 11 grandchildren: Nathanal Nahquaddy, Jordon Nahquaddy, Walker Nahquaddy, Vance “Gah-hoo” Nahquaddy, Ashley Nahquaddy, Amy Nahquaddy, Kimberly Nahquaddy, Shade Nahquaddy, Angelina Lopez, Julie-Rose Lopez, Mico Lopez; Special Nephews and Nieces: Victor Youngman, Terry Geimausaddle, Kenneth Geimausaddle, Barbara Ann Tahchawwickah; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Ila Toppah; grandson: Michael Wallace Nahquaddy Lopez; brothers: Edward Albert Nahquaddy, Jr, Nathan Nahquaddy, Robert Holder; Sisters: Rose Nahquaddy and infant sister.

ating. Alvarez was called from labor to reward Oct. 18, from an Oklahoma City hospital. Prayer service was Oct. 20, at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Little Washita KCA Intertribal Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Alvarez entered this life on Jul. 5, 1951 at the Lawton Indian Hospital, the daughter of Rachael Keahbone. She grew up in Elgin, Okla., attending Elgin Public Schools where she played basketball and softball. She and Charles Alvarez were joined in Holy matrimony on Feb. 15, 1972 in Lawton and the couple made their home in Lawton, Okla. She enjoyed spending time with her husband and grandchildren, attending various sports activities, band activities and pow-wows. She leaves to cherish her memories her husband; Charles of the home; her daughter and son-in-law: Lay-La and Tim Churchill; two granddaughters: Jessika Alvarez and Katheryn Churchill, both of the home; her grandson: Charlez Churchill of Lawton, Okla.; her Sister: Mary Keahbone of Elgin; her brothers and sistersin-law: Gerald and Onzell Keahbone of Checotah and Ricky and Vergie Komahcheet of Cache; her nephews: Rev. Mike Keahbone and wife, Jennifer, of Moore, Thomas Wayne Keahbone of Anadarko, Okla., and Lonnie Noyebad of Elgin; niece: Rachyel Keahbone of Elgin, Okla.; grandchildren: Hannah, Mikah, Eratere and Jamez Dylan; special family members: Wallace and Debra Coffey, Rodrick Hoahwah, Sr., Charlene Hoahwah, LaLecia Wells, Renee Castillo, Miranda Hoahwah, Myra Medina, Rolanda Santiago, Rodreick Hoahwah, Jr., and Terence Hoahwah. Geneva Pewewardy, Diane Pewewardy, Cheryl Pewewardy, Lynna Rosario, Patricia Pewewardy and Harold “Daddy Bull” Pewewardy, Claudia Quannamenwermy, Freda Ryenhart, Charlene Lytle and the Baker Girls as well as other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her Mother, Rachael Keahbone; grandparents: Rev. Taylor Noyebad and Jessie Cable, three sisters: Baby Sue, Katherine Keahbone and Deborah Pewewardy; one brother: Vernon Keahbone; uncles: Perry Noyebad, Benny Kassanavoid and Theodore Noyebad; step-father: Thomas Keahbone; two aunts: Elaine Noyebad and Maryland Kassanavoid.

Brenda Kay Noyobad Alvarez

Funeral for Brenda Alvarez, 60, Lawton, Okla. was Oct. 21 at the Watchetaker Hall, Comanche Nation Complex, with Rev. Mike Keahbone and Rev. James Biesiadecki offici-

Rosalie Poolaw Attocknie


Rosalie Poolaw Attocknie of Apache, Okla., was born Jan. 18, 1926 in Apache to Ella Nahdooahnippah and Bruce Poolaw. She passed away Oct. 25 at her home in Apache surrounded by all those who loved her deeply, and is now resting in the arms of our God. She was raised by her mother and Voris “Bill” Codopony in the town of Apache and as a girl, attended the Fort Sill Indian School. She later went to the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan., where she graduated. She married Comanche tribal leader Francis Joseph Attocknie, Sr., on Sept. 8, 1945 in Oklahoma City, he preceded her in death on Nov. 19, 1984. Together, they raised six children in the Comanche way. She accompanied her husband and his father, Albert Attocknie, as they represented the Comanche Nation during their frequent meetings with the government in Washington D.C. She worked at Hillcrest Hospital in Oklahoma City. She and her husband traveled around the country attending many different cultural events involving the Comanche and other tribes, including annual trips with the Comanche Nation to the Shoshone Reunion held in different parts of the country and also to Laredo, Texas with the Native American Church. She was a cultural leader among her people and was adamant about preserving the traditional history and culture of the Comanche people. She was a member of the Native American Church, the Comanche Indian Veterans Auxiliary, and the Comanche Language and Cultural Preservation Committee. She was also a delegate for the Ladies Guild of the Apache Reformed Church. She loved attending pow-wows and socializing with all her extended family and friends. She enjoyed traveling and representing the Comanche Nation. During the years she spent with us, she touched many lives and souls. She had a wonderful smile that could light up a room. She was a blessing to all of us and her presence in our lives was gift for which we will always be grateful. For nearly 65 years she dedicated her life to all her children. She is survived by her five children: Phyllis Ann Attocknie, Apache, Vidala Rose Attocknie, Ft. Cobb, Randlette Cheevers Attocknie, Apache, Esa Jawea Attocknie, Apache, and Richard Ralph Attocknie, Carnegie; one sister: Irene Pardill, Old Town, Maine: three brothers: Jack Lewis Codopony, Apache, Richard Codopony, Minneapolis Minn., Voris Codopony, Jr., Apache; 14 grandchildren: Asa Attocknie, Rozanna Mangold, LaVida David, Wuh-yah-keh Satoe, HahTee Delgado, Alisa Ingram, Dana Attocknie, Mary Alyce Attocknie, Darla Attocknie, Carla Attocknie, Randi Lynn Santos, Patrick Attocknie, Anthony Alvarado, and Francis Attocknie III; Adopted grandson: Robby Crews; 35 Greatgrandchildren: Mame-Neta, Miko, Jeremy, Skye, Annarose, Angel, Arianne, Dion, Dayton, Aaliyah, Corrina, Gerald, Jr.,

Maiya, Marty Joe, Michelle, Nuh-Nuh Tsee, Sean Joaquin, Rylan, Angel, Epimenia, Sonja, Hunter Lee, Anhinga, Alys, Sha, Tryston, Chantel, Desire’, Josiah, Rainy, Kaci, Alisa Rose, Dry, Dayla; two Greatgreat grandchildren: Syanne EllaRae and Payton Oliver. She was preceded in death by: her husband, Francis Joseph Attocknie, Sr.; one son, Francis Joseph Attocknie, Jr.; one grandson: Tahkony Alvardo, one great grandson: Baby Ja (Jaydn) Attocknie; two sisters: Delores Saupitty and Barbara Coker. Prayer service was Oct. 28 at the Comanche Community Center in Apache, Okla. Funeral was Oct. 29 at the Comanche Community Center in Apache, Okla. Burial followed at the Cache Creek Indian Mission Cemetery west of Apache, Okla., under the direction of Crews Funeral Home.

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Okla., Barbara Aspermy, Richard Sapcutt, Patricia Whitewolf, Mary Sapcutt, Vincent Sapcutt, Sharon Enriquez, and Kenneth Sapcutt; aunt: Vivian Gooday; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents: Richard Ahdosy and Clara Saupitty Kaywaykla; grandparents: Tom and Niki Saupitty; brothers ans sister: Lewis J Wahahrockah, James Mondero Kaywaykla, Dorothy Hummingbird, William Kaywaykla; aunt Marie Tonips; uncles: Larry Saupitty, Carney Saupitty, Stanford Saupitty, Floyd Saupitty, Raymond Saupitty, Dan Saupitty, Mead Chibitty and Norene Saupitty Chibitty.

Brenda Jean Craig Marion Agnes Ahdosy Sahmaunt Marion Agnes Ahdosy Sahmaunt, 78 went to her heavenly home with her family by her side on Oct. 31 at her home. She was born on Sept. 28, 1933 in Lawton, Okla., to Clara Saupitty and Richard Ahdosy. She was a Retired LPN. Her hobbies include: Reading, watching game shows, and sports, which included her beloved Texas Rangers and OKC Thunder. In her younger years she was an All Star Softball Pitcher. She was inducted into the Women’s Indian Softball Hall of Fame in 2005. She was a member of the Cedar Hill Church of God in Anadarko and a member of the Comanche Nation. Prayer service was Nov. 4 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service was Nov. 5 at Church of God in Anadarko, Okla., with Pastor Steve Palczynsky. Burial followed at Otipoby Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. She is survived by Spencer “Corky” Sahmaunt and four daughters: Karen Ann Sahmaunt of Portland, Ore., Mari Francis Sahmaunt and companion Ricky Eaves of Cache, Okla., Patricia Fern Unap and husband Douglas Unap of Anadarko, Okla., and Rebecca Sahmanut and husband Vernon Clouse Ahtone of Elgin, Okla.; sister: LaRue Kaywaykla Parker of Cache, Okla.; five grandchildren: Carlton James “CJ” Ahtone, Kristen “Sissy” Ahtone, Travis Guerue, Daniel Sahmaunt, Chloe Ahtone; great-grandchildren: Trinty Ahtone, Connor Ahtone, Treyten Ramirez, Izayah Ramirez; cousins: Eddie Wayne Ahdosy of Cache,

Funeral for Brenda Jean Craig, 45, Apache, Okla., was Nov. 7 at the United Methodist Church of Apache with Pastor Marvin Delaware and Tory Dean officiating. Craig was called home on Nov. 3 from a Lawton Hospital. Prayer service was Nov. 6 at the United Methodist Church of Apache. Burial followed at Cache Creek KCA Intertribal Cemetery under direction of the Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Craig entered this life on Jul. 25, 1966 in Heidelberg, Germany, the beloved daughter of Newell Kelly and Arvillia Sapcut Craig. She was raised in Heidelberg and moved back to the states and was raised in Elgin, Fletcher, Faxon and Apache, attending elementary schools in Faxon, Elgin and Apache. During Middle School, she was the Jr. High Candidate for Football Princess and she was voted who’s who of the most flirtiest. She graduated in 1985 from Apache High School. She was a member of the Comanche Nation and enjoyed being with her friends, fishing, gardening, chilling at the lake, being with her favorite grandson, Michael, cooking and taking care of her family and friends. She leaves to cherish her memories, her mother: Arvillia Sapcut Craig of Apache, Okla.; two daughters: Brittany and husband, David Hernandez and Audrey Craig and companion, Duane Gardener, all of Lawton, Okla.; ten grandchildren: Michael Kelly Dewayne Craig, Landon Craig, Kiley Hearrell, Mason Hernandez, Miley Hernandez, Gracie Craig-Gardner, Mercedez Terry, Harley Terry, Continued on Page 13

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Bentley Terry and Lexus Terry; her sister and brother-in-law: Yonevea and Thomas Terry, Sr. of Apache; three brothers and sisters-in-law: Gilbert and Penny Soontay of Apache, Patrick and Lynn Craig of Lawton and Michael and Valerie Craig of Apache; nephews and nieces: Nikolas Craig, Abigail Craig, Thomas “Tommy J” Terry, James and Tashyna Terry, Steven and Michelle Young Terry, Erin Craig, Dani Craig and David and Misty Terry as well as other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Newell “Kelly” Craig; her granddaughter: Precious Angel Hernandez; maternal grandparents: George and Dorothy Tommie Sapcut; paternal grandparents: Newell and Gladys Craig; one sister: Margelice Soontay and one brother: Michael Allen Soontay.

Edward “Eddie” Nahquaddy, Jr. Funeral for Edward “Eddie” Nahquaddy, Jr., 53, Wichita Falls was Nov. 8 at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Mike Rucker officiating. Nahquaddy was called home Nov. 1 from a Wichita Falls Hospital. Burial with full Police Honors performed by the Wichita Falls City Police Department and Wichita County Sheriffs Department was at Saddle Mountain KCA Intertribal Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Nahquaddy entered this life on Mar. 13, 1958, the son of Edward Nahquaddy, Sr. and Peggy Jon Reid. He grew up in Lawton and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He moved to Wichita Falls, Texas where he attended the Wichita Falls Police Academy where he received his certification on Sept. 18, 1981 from the 39th Academy. On Jan. 25, 1992, he united with the former Sherry Scruggs and together they made their home in Wichita Falls. He served the Wichita Falls City as a Police Officer for 25 years before retiring. He then joined the Wichita County Sheriffs Department where he worked for 4 1/2 years. He was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. He enjoyed his guns, cleaning them, inspecting them, hunting, Kung fu and listening to music and being with his family and friends. He leaves to cherish his memories, his beloved wife, Sherry Nahquaddy of the home; three sons: Nathan Herbert Nahquaddy of Virginia, Jordan Dewayne Nahquaddy and Walker Reid Nahquaddy both of the home in Wichita Falls; one sister: Sunee Nahquaddy and companion Luis Lopez of


Lawton; two brothers: Lance Jace Nahquaddy of Carnegie and Cameron Walton and wife, Albertina, of Georgia; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents: Edward Nahquaddy, Sr., and Peggy Walton; maternal grandparents: John DuSome and Peggy Joy Pohosucot Reid; paternal grandparents: Albert Edward, Sr. and Victoria Motherme Nahquaddy; one nephew: Michael Wallce Nahquaddy Lopez; two aunts: Rose Nahquaddy and Anita HitchBarbara Ann Holder cock; three uncles: Albert EdSaenz ward Nahquaddy, Jr., Nathan Funeral for Barbara Nahquaddy and Robert Holder. Ann Holder Saenz, 58, Geronimo, was Nov. 17, at the First Assembly of God Church with Pastor Gary Pratt officiating. Saenz was called from labor to reward on Nov. 13, from an Oklahoma City hospital. Prayer service was Nov. 16, at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at the Cache KCA Intertribal Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Saenz entered this life on Jan. 21, 1953 in Lawton, the beloved daughter of Robert Holder and Ardis Mahsetky. Mitchell Reid Williams She grew up in Apache and attended Apache Public Schools. Funeral for Mitchell She graduated from Ft. Sill InReid Williams, 22, was Nov. dian School. On Dec. 18, 1971, 7, at Comanche Nation Funeral she was united in Holy MatHome Chapel, with Pastor Da- rimony to David Saenz at the vid McCracken officiating. old Mahsetky Mission Meth Burial followed at Sun- odist Church of Apache and set Memorial Gardens. the family made their home in Williams died Oct. 30. Geronimo. She was a military He was born Feb. 24, wife and served her family as a 1989, in Lawton, to Mark Wil- homemaker and was a member liams and Marilyn Esadooah. of the Comanche Nation. She He worked as a clerk at Army/ was a faithful member of the Air Force Exchange Service, First Assembly of God of LawFort Sill. He received his GED ton and enjoyed reading her in 2009. He was interested in Bible attending church servicComputer Gaming Design. He es and attending and inspiring was researching college for her Bible study class, but most gaming design. He had been of all being with her grandchilpreparing for employment for dren and family. the Apache Casino. He was in- She leaves to cherish terested in cars, Native Ameri- her memories, her beloved can Culture, traveling, helping husband: David Saenz, Sr., others especially family and of the home; two daughters friends. He never met a stranger. He was always helping others, a friend among friends. He is survived by one son, Braedon Jerry Williams, age 3; two sisters: Mallory Rion Williams and Misty Rian Baggett; one brother-in-law, Dean Baggett; two nephews: Anthony Lopez, age 5, and James Dalton Baggett, age 6; father and mother, Mark Anthony Williams and Marilyn Esadooah Williams, of the home; aunts and uncles: George Esadooah, Alan Moore and wife, Diane, Buddy Williams and Ronnie Williams all of Lawton; Judy Williams, of Ariz.; Elaine Handberry, of Cali.; Paige Williams, of Lawton; Dawn Hatch and husband, Alan, of Ariz.; Steve Williams, of Cache; and Todd and wife, Kelli Williams, of Lawton; cousins: Jeremy, Rachel and Sam all of Lawton; Justin, of New York; Chad, of Cali.; Dena, Darnell, and Chantell, all of Lawton, Dallas, of Cali.; Jason and Jerry, both of Ariz.; Chrisom, Gracie and Lexy, and Ali and Brock, all of Lawton; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: George and Dorothy (Preston) Esadooah, Jerry Williams and Darlene Cobb; uncle, Jimmy Robert Esadooah; nephews: Ethan J Baggett; and cousin, Dustin Shane Esadooah.

and sons-in-law: Tonica and husband, Alex, Honig of Bummerstorf, Germany and Teresa and husband, Nathan, Palmer of Burleson, Texas; two sons and daughter-in-law: Thomas Wayne Saenz of Geronimo and David Saenz, Jr., and wife, Vanessa of Burleson, Texas; nine grandchildren: Sarah Jane Bornhauser, Michael Honig, Sophia Honig, Emily Honig, Lathan Palmer, Alyssa Marie Palmer, Jaxon Saenz, Jace Saenz and Jameson Saenz; on great-grandchild: Isabella Honig; three sisters: Melva Defilippo Comacho of Lawton, Sylvia Macias of Geronimo and Renee’ Guadarrama of Warren, Virginia; two brothers: Ronald Mahsetky of Elgin and Delbert Holder of Ruidoso, NM; one aunt: Mitzie Laurenzana of Fletcher; one uncle: Tyrus Mahsetky of Grand Prairie, Texas as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, one brother: Gerald Holder; one aunt: Peggy Joy Mahsetky and five uncles: Mike “Mac” Mahsetky, Jr., Marcy Mahsetky, Travis Mahsetky, Ethmer Mahsetky and Clifford Mahsetky.

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served in the Air Force from 1969 to 1971; his duty was officially in supply, but her actually assisted the local general with all the needed artwork at the time. Tonips met and married Tomazane Rains of Benbrook in 1973. After a few years working for the city of Fort Worth in the planning department, he struck out on his own. He and his wife opened their own small printing company on the east side of Fort Worth called Wampum Graphics, where he was heard to say “There is no money in it, but we are happy.” After 19 years in the printing business his calling finally changed to his Indian roots and he began to explore his sculpting talents full-time. “When I began to turn my talents to Native American art, I was encouraged by the Comanche artist and flutist, Doc Tat Nevaquaya, who guided me to follow my dreams.” When he told me, ‘If you want happiness, look in your own back yard.’ Thus I discovered these beautiful sandstone boulders and to my surprise they spoke to me with images of the ancient past. When I sculpt a stone, I travel into the past a thousand years and relive the daily lives of the great people who built and lived in these scared places.” Tonips and his wife have two extraordinary children who are the light of their lives and they have their wonderful spouses and children whom he loved and was so very proud of. For the last 15 years he was an award-winning sculptor, painter, dancer, story teller and living history reenacGordon Tonips tor. He is survived by his Gordon Tonips passed away Aug. 23, in Fort Worth, wife, Tommye; son, Eric Tonips and wife Rachel; daughTexas. Tonips was born in ter, Amee Bynum and husband, Eric’s children, 1950 near the Chilocco In- Anthony. Kelsi, Karli, Gavin and Kenli; dian School in northern Okla., where is grandmother worked. Amee’s boys, Andrew and CoHe could almost always be lin Bynum; mother, Almeta found in the art department Tonips; sisters, Nina Taylor drawing, painting and sculpt- and Patty “Bea” Tonips, niece, ing while being immersed in Melody Fischer and son, GarIndian culture. He proudly rett Fischer.

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Comanche Nation Red Ribbon Jamboree

Comanche Nation Police Officer Brian Wahnee gets down doing the “Duggy” at the Comanche Nation Red Ribbon Jamboree.

October is the month A member of the “Sons of Thunder” offers a word of prayer for the lunch that was providfor Drug Free Awareness. ed and for the students that was in attendance and for the organizations that hosted the jamboree. The Comanche Nation Prevention and Recovery along with the Comanche Nation Association of Employees hosted a Red Ribbon Jamboree. The Jamboree was held on Oct. 26, in the Watchetaker Hall at the Comanche Nation Complex. Students from Apache High School, Cache High School, Indiahoma High School and Elgin High School were in attendance. The students were entertained by a D.J. from Journey Productions. The jamboree M.C. for the event was former Comanche Nation Chairman Wallace Coffey. Coffey motivated the students brought energy to the crowd and even join in on learning popular line dances. Youth Minister Mi- A student from Cache High School shows McGruff the Crime Dog and chael Keahbone talked to the Glenda Gooseyum how to do a line dance call the “Duggy” before the students about things that hap- Comanche Nation Red Ribbon Jamboree begins. pened in his life. He told about Youth Minister and tribal member Michael Keahbone talks to the kids how drugs and alcohol affected telling them about his life. speakers “Sons of Thunder” about the dangers of drugs and his life as young child. He talked about how spoke to the students. They alcohol. A lunch of pizza and his life has changed since he told of there experiences with drugs and alcohol and the con- snacks was provided for the came a Youth Minister. students. Tribal member Chad sequences they endured. They told of the prices The jamboree was a Tahachawwickah performed a they paid just by making the great success. The students comedy act and chosen some the students to participate in wrong choice of doing drugs. walked away with knowledge There was an abun- and information about the danone of his comedy skids. dance of booths set up for gers of drugs and alcohol. Christian motivational the students to visit and learn

Former Comanche Nation Chairman Wallace Coffey and Comanche Nation Police Officer Brian Wahnee learning how to do the “Duggy” from area high school students.

McGruff the Crime Dog poses with fellow police officers, B.I.A. Special Agent Journeycake and Comanche Nation Police Officer Brian Wahnee, promoting Drug Free Awareness to the students from high schools around the area at the Comanche Nation Red Ribbon Jamboree.

Christian motivational speakers “Sons of Thunder” from Norman, Okla., talked to the students about their battles with drugs.

Angelica Blackstar and Jasa Lightfoot, students from Apache High School were chosen from the crowd to participate in a comedy skid.

Tribal member Chad Tahchawwickah does his comedy act for the students.

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Family Fun at Halloween Safehouse Over 500 Trick-or-Treaters Fill Watchetaker Hall

HALLOWEEN PET CONTEST WINNER. Shirley Rivera of the Comanche Nation Human Resources Department won the Employee Pet Contest with Cookies Eugene, who is dressed as a tiger for Halloween.

TRICK OR TREAT. The Comanche Nation Higher Education hosted it’s Annual Scary Story Night at the Watchetaker Hall. Story tellers told ghost stories for a little Halloween scare. Free hotdogs and hamburgers was provided along with Halloween treats for the kids. Popcorn was given to the crowd for their enjoyment while listening to the scary stories. There was a special guest appearance by Stacy “Micheal Jackson” Sovo, performing to the song “Thriller.” The event has become an annual event and seems to grow each year.

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