VOLUME 15 EDITION 2
Presentation of the Silver Medal to Families of the Heroic Comanche Code Talkers Set for February Saupitty
Tim Saupitty Named Artist of the Year by City of Lawton
Election Board Implements New Voting Concepts Submitted by Comanche Nation Election Board
The Comanche Nation Election Board has voted to adapt new concepts for the upcoming 2014 General Election. This is an effort to increase voter participation and make voting more convenient for tribal members. The chart below shows the participation of all eligible voters since 2006; voter participation has been on the decline. For the 2014 General Election, all eligible, voting tribal members will receive a ballot by mail (they will NOT have to submit a request for an absentee ballot). In addition to each tribal member automatically being mailed a ballot, the Election Board will pay the cost of the return postage. There will be no cost to the tribal member to mail their ballot in. An additional day and polling site will also be added to the Early/In-House voting. Early voting will now be on Thursday and Friday preceding the General Election. A new polling site for early voting will be at the Comanche Nation Elders Center/Nutrition Site located at 1107 SW “H” Ave. The Tribal Complex will also remain a polling site for early voting. We hope that this will make voting more convenient for our local tribal members and specifically, our local tribal elders. We will also be implementing new technology in the form of E-Poll books at all polling locations. The E-Poll is an electronic poll signin book wherein the voter will sign in on an electronic tablet. The use of this new technology will eliminate the need for challenge ballots so the voter will no longer be required to complete an additional form when voting out of district. A postcard advising of the upcoming General Council Meeting and General Election will be mailed to all eligible, voting tribal members in mid-March 2014. The Election dates are as follows: • General Council, Saturday, April 19. • Early/In-House Voting, Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16. • General Election, Saturday, May 17. • Early/In-House Voting for Run-Off Election (if needed), Thursday, June 12 and Friday, June 13. • Run-Off Election (if needSee ELECTION, Page 4
Story and Photo by Jolene Schonchin/ News Staff
Families of the Comanche Code Talkers of World War I and World War II will receive Silver Medals in honor of the brave men. The medals were given to the Comanche Nation Nov. 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. a ceremony on Capitol Hill honoring Native American tribes who received the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their service as Code Talkers during both World Wars. The presentation will be 6 p.m. February 21 at the Comanche County Great Plains Coliseum in Lawton, Okla. For more information, contact Donna Wahnee, Director of Special Events for the Comanche Nation, at (580) 492-3629.
New Requirements Are in Action to Receive Health Care from an Indian Health Care Provider By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff
The next time you go to any of the USPHS Indian Hospitals, be prepared to fill out an application to receive a number to be exempt from payment. Beginning in 2014, every person needs to have health coverage or make a payment on their federal income tax return called the “shared responsibility payment,” which is part of the Obama Care Act. Some people are exempt from making this payment. By filling out an application, and are a member of an Indian Tribe, you can ask the Internal Revenue Service for this exemption when you file for you federal income tax return. To qualify for the exemp-
tion, you must be an enrolled member of an Indian Tribe, or another individual who’s eligible for health services through the Indian Health Service tribes, and tribal organizations, or urban Indian organizations. If you get any of the exemptions, you keep it for future years without having to fill out another application. When filling out the application, you will also need to show documents proving tribal membership or eligibility for services from the Indian Health Services, tribal health care provider, or an urban Indian Health Care provider, a Social Security Card, and information about people in your tax household. After you complete the ap-
plication and mail it for exemption processing, a follow-up will let you know if they need any additional information within one-to-two weeks, according to the application information. Once completed, an Exemption Certificate Number will be issued that you will put on your federal income tax return. For more information about the exemption, there are several ways to contact the Health Insurance Marketplace: Telephone: (800) 318-2596 Online: HealthCare.gov
The Lawton Arts and Humanities Council has announced Tim Saupitty as the 2013 Artist of the Year. “Your efforts on behalf of the cultural life of our community have been instrumental in making Lawton a great place to live,” stated Billie Whip, Administrator for the City of Lawton Arts and Humanities Division in a letter to Saupitty. “This award is our expression of appreciation for all the hard work you have done. We appreciate Janet Williams for submitting your nomination for the awards program.” The award ceremony for Saupitty will be held at noon February 14 at the Ft. Sill Apache Casino in Lawton, Okla. “I feel proud and honored to be named Artist of the Year,” expressed Saupitty. Saupitty, who sold his first painting at the age of 13 years old, has painted murals at the Comanche Nation College, Comanche Nation Food Distribution Office, and the Comanche Nation Elder Food and Nutrition Center. In addition, his artwork has been displayed at numerous art galleries and museums nationwide. Saupitty was the youngest artist in the Comanche Gallery of Art, which was comprised of other well known Comanche artists including Joyce Doc Tate Nevaquaya, among others. He recalls having his artwork displayed next to older Native artists, whom he admired, like George “Woogie” Watchetaker, Nevaquaya, and Leonard Riddles. “My greatest honor is having my art in the homes of art collectors, both tribal and international,” said Saupitty. He added he tries to interpret the stories told to him by tribal elders through his artwork. “It is my way of preserving the stories and ways of life of Native people.” For ticket information, call the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council Office, (580) 5813470/3471.
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Comanche Nation Officials
Chairman Wallace Coffey Vice Chairman Mike Mack Mahsetky Secretary/Treasurer Gary Tahmahkera Committeeman No. 1 Jonathan Poahway Committeeman No. 2 Sonya Nevaquaya Committeeman No. 3 Harry Mithlo Committeeman No. 4 Jack Codopony Sr. 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
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Long Awaited Comanche Nation Travel Plaza Opens Near the Texas and Oklahoma State Line
Story and Photo by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff
Another big step in the Comanche Nation’s Economic Development opened its doors Jan. 13. The Comanche Nation Travel Plaza, located off of Exit 1, near the Texas and Oklahoma state lines, has an array of delectable foods, a wide range of cigar and cigarette brands and accessories, and a small casino to satisfy the visitors passing through the busy highways. The plaza also has a full gas station for both personal and commercial vehicles. The Numu Pahmu LLC hosted a VIP Opening Jan. 13, with a Cedar and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially open the building. Jared Jackson of Numu Pahmu LLC said the Travel Plaza has been discussed for a few years, and he feels honored he is a part of the first Travel Plaza, with many to come in the future. “This is not the end, but just the beginning,” said Jackson. “ I look forward to prosperous days ahead so we can provide more services and benefits for our people.” He added getting from the travel plaza being discussed to hosting the Grand Opening of the travel plaza could not have happened without the support of many. “Without the Comanche Business Committee and Chairman Coffey’s support, we would not have the things we have today. I am very thankful for the leadership we have, they have shown that a lot in the last six-months. From the Transportation Department, to Mr. Owens, our Tribal Administrator, and our entire staff have done a great job, along with our construction company, PENTA, of getting the plaza completed and opened so it can provide income for the tribe and provide a good financial secure future for us.” He added he would like to see strides in openings more convenience stores in the near future. “Its all about diversification,” said Jackson. “ We want to get away from being just tobacco and get into the C Store business that is growing around the nation. We feel we have the technology and the management skills to compete with anybody, and its time for us to be in the forefront and provide jobs for our tribal members.” What began as an idea in 2012, the ground breaking of the travel plaza was in October of 2012. The building was completed in the
Members of the Comanche Business Committee join to cut the Grand Opening Ribbon to officially open the Comanche Nation Travel Plaza in Devol, Okla.
The plaza lights up the night during the VIP Opening Jan. 13. late summer of 2013, and the road construction to the plaza was recently completed. Prior to cutting the ribbon to officially open the store, Chairman Coffey and members of the CBC expressed their thoughts of the fist tribally owned travel plaza. “This is a prayer come true for our Comanche Nation. When we first broke ground, we prayed it would become a reality. We are going to be involved in economic development for Cotton County, and for Southwest Oklahoma. This gives our tribal members living in this area more job opportunities.” He thanked the previous Comanche Business Committee, for having the foresight to impact eco-
Five Resolutions Introduced at the Comanche Business Committee January Meeting Story by Paula Karty/New Staff
Chairman Wallace Coffey welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the new year. Secretary/Treasurer, Gary Tahmahkera conducted Roll call at 10:11 am. All were present except Vice-Chairman, Mack Mahsetky and Committeeman No. 2, Sonya Nevaquaya. A prayer was rendered by Tahmahkera. A motion was made by Committeeman No. 3, Harry Mithlo, to accept the minutes of the December meeting. Tahmahkera seconded the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. Resolutions 100-14 Enrollment List No. 948, Eligible. New tribal members. Committeeman No. 4, Jack Codopony, makes a motion to approve. Tahmahkera seconded the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. 101-14 Enrollment List No. 949, Ineligible. Not a descendant of an
original allottee. Codopony makes a motion to approve. Mithlo seconded the motion. Motion carries 5/0/0. 102-14 Enrollment List No. 950, Not enough blood quantum. Mithlo makes a motion to approve. Tahmahkera seconded the motion. Motion carries 5/0/0. 103-14 Enrollment List No. 951. Codopony makes a motion to table until the Jan. 23 meeting. Tahmahkera seconded the motion. Motion carries 5/0/0. Vice-Chairman Mack Mike Mahsetky enters the meeting at 10:29 a.m. 105-14 Law Enforcement Travel and Training Guidelines. Codopony makes a motion to approve. Tahmahkera seconded the motion. Motion carries 6/0/0. Lunch was provided at 11:30 a.m. before Executive Session.
Gas pumps are ready to fill the tanks of travelers.
nomic change for the Comanche Nation. He added other places are “looking good” for economic expansion, such as Cache, Okla. and Cyril, Okla. Coffey said one of the primary objectives the CBC has is to create jobs for Comanche people. CBC No. 2, Sonya Nevaquaya, said the plaza is a blessing, and thanked the people who worked hard to make it a reality and the workers who will run it. CBC No. 3, Harry Mithlo, added he remembered when they were standing in sand during the ground breaking ceremony, and is thankful Jackson had the foresight to make it the facility they are com-
memorating. CBC No. 4, Jack Codopony, said he is happy of the opening of another financial entity that may possibly increase the per capita for tribal members. Secretary/Treasurer, Gary Tahmahkera, gave thanks to Jackson and Chas Robins, CEO of the Comanche Nation Gaming Board. He was especially excited for the gas station, and looks forward to the other economic projects on the horizon as well. Vice Chairman, Mike Mahsetky, said the Travel Plaza is proof that hard work pays off, and he looks forward to the success of the store.
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Programs CNOEP Holds Annual Tire and Battery Recycling Drop Off
It is time for the third annual Tire and Battery Drop Off, sponsored by the Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Program’s Solid Waste Division. The event will stretch over 10 days in February, and is open to the public. All tires turned in must not be bigger than 44” tall and no more than 14” wide and the tire can be taken on the rim. All forms of batteries are accepted. The CNOEP picked up 7,688 tires in 2013, reducing environmental waste. The schedule for the Tire and Battery Pick-Up: All Times 10 a.m.-3 p.m. February 3 -4 Anadarko, Okla. Petree Plaza (between Braum’s and McDonalds) February 5-6 Apache, Okla. Comanche Nation Community Center, Julia Mahseet Rd.
On your mark...get set...GO! Numunuu Runners dash from the starting point of the One-Mile Race during the Frost Your Fanny Run at Elmer Thomas Park in Lawton, Okla.
Comanche Nation Diabetes Program Challenged 130 Runners to
Frost Their Fanny
February 10-11 Cache, Okla. Cache, Okla. Cahoma Building,, 725 NW Quanah Rd. February 19-20 Walters, Okla. Comanche Nation Community Center, East of Walters February 24-25 Lawton, Okla. Comanche Nation Environmental Programs Office For more information, contact the CNOEP, (580) 492-3754.
Comanche Nation College Annual Winter Golf Classic Set The Comanche Nation College is inviting all golf players to get their golf clubs, grab a partner and, come to the annual Fry Bread Winter Golf Classic. The two-man scramble is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Comanche Nation Golf Course, 801 Hummingbird Drive, Cache, Okla. Proceeds will go toward student scholarships. In case of inclement weather, the tournament will be held March 7 at the same place. Individual registration fees are $60, and $65 the day of the Scramble. The cost of a team is $120, and $130 the day of event. Prizes for the Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Putt will be given. The first 50 players to register will receive a free long sleeve T-Shirt and a Goodie Bag. All players will get a lunch ticket for frybread and a hot meal at the turn. Par Three Games including Closest to the Pin will be offered to players. For more information, contact Gene Pekah, (405) 706-4370/ firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kelly Berry (580) 699-7209/ kberry@cnc.
Comanche Nation Numunuu Runners Received Award for Most Partipants Jolene Schonchin/News Staff
The Comanche Nation Diabetes Awareness Program organized a group of walkers and runners to form Team Numunuu for Lawton's annual Frost Your Fanny Run/Walk, which took place Jan. 12 at Elmer Thomas Park. Team Numunuu won the award for Largest Business Represented at the event. A total of 130 signed up to participate. The colorful turquoise T-shirts were seen everywhere and stood out among the many participants. Team Numunuu participat-
ed in all events which included the Candy Cane Run for children, One Mile Run/Walk and 5K Run/Walk. Congratulations to Jamarcus Jarvis, age 6, who placed 2nd in his division, and all winners and participants. “In 2012, I seen the Frost Ya Fanny 5k/1 mile run being advertised in the Lawton paper they put on their flyer that they give medals for the top three finishers on each age group and the top school/business with the most participants,” said Casey McCarthy, Numunuu Runners Coordinator.
5K runners line up at the starting point. Turquoise T-shirts of Numunuu runners dominate the crowd.
“I was going to sign myself up but then I thought that would be awesome if we could win the category business with most participants. I made it my mission to get as many native runners I could and the first 2012 Frost Ya Fanny we signed up 75 runners but was not enough to win the medal,” she said. The word got around that the Comanche Nation has a team running in the 2013 Frost Ya Fanny for all ages, and the Diabetes Program signed up 130 runners of all ages from 6 to 60 years of age.
“On the day of the event Team Numunuu represented in the color Turquoise at Elmer Thomas Park and we took Medals in different age categories, we also took the business with the most participants,” said McCarthy. She added the program wanted to thank the sponsors for the Numunuu Runners: Comanche Nation, Comanche Nation Fitness Center, and Intertribal Visions Unlimited.
An unidentified father and daughter place in their division.
Fred Codynah places in his division.
Birthday Dance for SOOKIE MONOESSY 1 p.m. March 1, 2014 Comanche Nation Community Center Walters, Okla.
Jamarcus Jarvis, 6-years-old, places second in his division.
Jared Wahkinney places third in his division.
Tim Johnson places second in his division.
Kevin and Vern Wahkinney places first and second in their division.
Gourd Dance Supper Served War Dance Eddie Mahseet will DJ after the powwow
The Numunuu Runners received the award for Business with the Most Participants at this years Frost your Fanny Event.
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ed), Saturday, June 14. Positions open on CBC: Secretary/Treasurer; Committeeman No. 3 and Committeeman No. 4. Positions open on Election Board: Apache (1), Cache (2), Lawton (1), Oklahoma City (1) and Walters (1). The Election Board is honored to serve the Comanche People
and encourages all eligible tribal members to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election. Please make sure that your address is current with the Enrollment Office. For additional information contact the Election Board Office at (580)492-3272.
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Changes to the Election Process for Comanche Nation Voters • Early voting will now be on Thursday and Friday preceding the General Election. • A new polling site for early voting will be at the Comanche Nation Elders Center/Nutrition Site located at 1107 SW “H” Ave. The Tribal Complex will also remain a polling site for early voting. • The Election Board will pay the cost of the return postage. There will be no cost to the tribal member to mail their ballot in.
Tax Commission Summation Report for November 2013 Submitted by Comanche Nation Tax Commission Staff
The Expenditures for October 1, 2013 through Nov. 30, 2013 for (FY 14) were $550. for tribe; $113,817 administrative; and tax supplemental; $149,500. The monthly average administrative expenditures are $56,909. Taxes and Revenue collected from October 1, 2013 through Nov. 30, 2013 for (FY 14) were approximately $293,597. The monthly average collections are $146,799. Collections are down (-4%) compared to last year in the same time frame. The Tobacco Tax collections are $157,640 down [-17%] compared to last year. We have two new smoke shops, Smokin Joe’s & Medicine Man we have 13 Smoke Shops with four tribally owned. The Oil and Gas collections are $17,025 down -27% compared to last year. $598,000 has been allocated for the four quarters for the Tax Supplemental monies. The first, quarter allocation has been paid in the amount of $149,500. Interest earned on investments loans $9,323. The monthly City National Bank Statement for Nov. 2013 has been reconciled by the Hatch, Croke and Associates, Jim Patterson, the Tax Commission Executive Chairman and CNTC staff without any discrepancies. Hatch, Croke and Associates, P.C., are giving us our monthly financial reports and have reconciled the FY 2014 financials up to date with no discrepancies. The Tax Commission was audited for FY 2013 by another independent C.P.A. firm on Nov. 13 & 14, 2013 with no discrepancies.
Native Angels Schedule Benefit Powwow Submitted by Margaret Lovejoy/PR Coordinator
EASY DOES IT. Construction crews gently place an underground storage tank January 22 at the Comanche Spur Casino expansion site. The expansion includes a gas station to include diesel fuel, a convenience store, and added space for gaming. Overseeing the installation of the tank is the tribe’s Office of Environmental Programs. The expansion is expected to be completed by springtime, weather permitting, according to Spur Casino staff.
Native Angels are a group of Native American children that are involved in music and ministry. Native Angels originated out of Memorial Indian Baptist Church and are currently attending Cameron Baptist Church. This group is six years young. Their ages range from 6 years of age to 15 years of age. They are currently involved in fund raising so they can attend Indian Falls Creek 2014, which will take place July 28 through August 1. Their goal is to raise $2,500.00 to help defer the cost of cabin rental, food, transportation and Indian Falls
Creek camp fees. The group is asking for donations and will be willing to work doing various jobs and or singing. Some of the fund raising will include bake sales, car washes, cookie sales, candy sales, Indian Taco sales and possible yard sales. They will host an all Gourd Dance Benefit Powwow beginning at 2 p.m. February 15 at the Comanche Nation Complex’s Watchetaker Hall. Vendors are welcome to set up for $25. For more information contact Kay Mopope, (580) 647-7881.
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Military Submitted by Lanny Asepermy
22nd CODE TALKER IDENTIFIED
ONE OF THE FIRST
Ada Riddles Hettich
Albert Nahquaddy Sr. When Chairman Wallace Coffey signed for 22 duplicate Silver Congressional Medals on November 20, 2013 the list of recipients included World War I veteran Edward Albert Nahquaddy. An Email was sent to the Department of Defense Historian, Michael Gambone, on December 5, 2013 requesting information on Nahquaddy as he was not listed on the names submitted to the US Mint as a World War I Code Talker. On December 12, 2013 James Tobias, from the Department of Defense Historian Department, confirmed that Nahquaddy served from February 24, 1918 and was discharged on May 24, 1919 and he was assigned to the 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division – the same unit as Calvin Atchavit, George Clark, Gilbert Conwoop and Samuel Tabbytosavit. According to “Find a Grave” on the Internet, Albert Nahquaddy Sr. military marker, indicates he was born in October 1891 and died on December 12, 1974. He is buried at the Walters Cemetery. His obituary, which was obtained on December 6, 2013 from Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home in Walters, reads exactly as follows: Edward Albert Nahquaddy was born in Indian Territory, Okla., in 1893 and departed this life in Temple, Okla., Dec. 12, 1974. He served with the Armed Forces during World War – I, and later was engaged in farming Southwest of Walters. For the past year, he has made his home in Temple. Survivors include three daughters: Rose Geimausaddle of Temple, Elizabeth Poemoceah and Isabelle Pekah, both of Walters. Three Sons: Albert Jr., and Nathan of Oklahoma City, and Eddie of Carnegie, Okla. numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.” In an exert from the book The Comanche Code Talkers by William Meadows it states “Albert Nahquaddy Jr. was told by his father (Albert Sr.) that he and other Comanches used their native language during World I.” Notes from the Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home in Walters also indicate Nahquaddy was given a Flag, VA Marker and burial allowance. Other than the obituary and these notes no other information was available. CIVA records indicate he enlisted in the US Army and served from February 24, 1918 to June 1919 at Camp Travis TX, Camp Gordon Ga., and Newport News VA before he was sent to France on June 19, 1918. He was on the front lines for two months and fought in St. Michel and Argonne Forest battles, was wounded and gassed but did not go to hospital and returned to the United States on May 11, 1919. (documentation taken from World War I listing of Comanches that served during World War I from the Fort Worth Federal archives).
Ada Riddles Hettich was one of the first Comanche women to serve in the military. She is the daughter of William and Jane Mokerme Riddles and was born on August 8, 1925 (according to her DD214). Hettich was living in Walters when she enlisted in the Women Army Corps (WAC) on August 15, 1944 at Fort Sill. She served as a Mail Clerk with the 9201st Transportation School Unit, Transportation Corps at Fort Dix New Jersey until her discharge on March 24, 1946. She earned the rank of Private First Class and was awarded the Good Conduct medal, the American Service medal and the World War II Victory medal. Hettich passed away on April 20, 2002 and is buried at the Salt Lake City Utah Cemetery. We salute her for leading the way for other Comanche women that have served in the Armed Forces.
Forrest Kassanavoid and Roderick Red Elk
Forrest Kassanavoid with French Infantry Officer – his rank is Commandant that is equivalent to an Army Major. The colors were presented and posted by the only living Choctaw Code Talker Schilcht Billy and the three Comanche Code Talkers who were escorted by members of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association. The Honorable Pierre Messmer, Governor General of France Overseas Territories, presented the Chevalier de I’Ordre National du Merit Medal to Chairman Saupitty.
ARMED FORCE BOWL CIVA Members George Red Elk, Jose Gallegos, Lanny Asepermy and Stanton Pewewardy attended the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl football game between the US Naval Academy and Middle Tennessee on December 30, 2013 at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth TX. They would like to thank CIVA member, Garrison Tahmahkera from Phoenix AZ, for providing tickets to the game. Navy won the game 24-6.
George Smith “Woogie” Watchetaker and Forrest Kassanavoid. This was the first recognition the Code Talkers received other than at local Pow-wow’s. The information and photos are from the late Richard Bread archives.
REMEMBER WHEN On Friday, November 3, 1989 at 3 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Capitol a Decoration Ceremony for the Choctaw and Comanche Nations Code Talkers by the Republic of France was held. The Chairman of the Nation was Kenneth Saupitty, the Vice Chairwoman was Mary Jo Tahsuda Wardeski and the Secretary/ Treasurer was Milton Sovo Jr. Three of the four living Comanche Code Talkers present were Charles Chibitty, Forrest Kassanavoid and Roderick Red Elk. Edward Albert Nahquaddy Jr. did not attend. The Governor of Oklahoma was Henry Bellmon gave the welcome. The Chief of the Choctaw Nation was Hollis Roberts. Other members present from the Nation were William Karty who presented gifts to the French, George Woogie Watchetaker performed a Blessing Ceremony, Doc Tate Nevaquaya played I Saw an Eagle Fly on his flute, Eddy and Donnita Sovo performed the Lord’s Prayer, Leonard Riddles presented the painting “Codetalker” to the French representative, Mike Doty did the Code Talker research, Nelson Big Bow, the Reverend RS Karty, Aubrey McClanahan, Hammond Motah and Rob Whitewolf were on the Ceremony Committee and a number of Comanche Dancers and Singers. It may be noted that Towana Spivey provided the names and history of both the Comanche and Choctaw Code Talkers to the French government at their request as well to Doty prior to the ceremony.
Meech Tahsequah as an Air Cadet in 1941. According to Wikipedia there are 73,661 American military still Missing in Action or unaccounted for from World War II, 7910 from the Korean War, 1645 from the Vietnam War, 2 from the Persian Gulf War and 2 from the War on Terror (1 in Iraq and 1 in Afghanistan). Among those Missing in Action from the Korean War is Lt. Col Meech Tahsequah who was Declared Dead while Missing in Action by the Department of Defense on February 28, 1954. His body has not been recovered. Lt. Col Tahsequah was born on October 27, 1918. According to Arvillia Sapcut Craig, 80-year-old
Comanche elder and long-time member of the CIVA Auxiliary, he was born around the Blue Beaver area in Walters and is the son Charley Komah (aka Tahsequah) and Mable Sapcut. He had a brother Austin by Mr. Komah and Mable’s sister Patsy Sapcut. Both sisters died when he and his brother were very young. Ms. Craig’s father, George Sapcut, cared for both boys until Mr. Komah remarried. Other brothers and sisters of Lt. Col Tahsequah are Lester and Kenneth Komah and Pauline Tahsequah. Ms. Craig’s said when Lt. Col Tahsequah was a teenager he was always smiling and very friendly to all around him. Lt. Col Tahsequah married the former Evelyn Landrum of Mountain Air NM and they had 4 children, Donald Glenn who passed away in 1961, Larry who died as an infant, Gary who passed away in 2011 and Paula Neubauer who lives, with her husband Bernard, in Comfort TX. On July 14, 1941 Lt. Col Tahsequah became the first Comanche to enlist into the US Army Air Force as an Air Cadet. He trained, as a pilot, at Tarrant Field Airdrome (in Fort Worth) with the Army Air Forces Flying Training Command for B-24 Liberator and B-26 Marauder Bombers. After his training he was assigned to the 376th Bombardment Group, based in Egypt. They were known as the “Liberandos.” They focused on destroying enemy airfield and port facilities along Axis supply lines between Italy and North Africa. Long-range raids were then made against oil refineries, marshalling yards and ordinance factories in Hungary, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. They lead a daring August 1, 1943 low-level raid against Romania’s Ploesti Oil Fields. After the liberation of North Africa in late 1943 the 376th moved to San Pancrazio Italy where they participated in an accelerated campaign against Axis targets in southern Europe and the Balkans. Sorties extended as far a Vienna, Austria and Regenburg Germany. The 376th destroyed 220 enemy aircraft during aerial combat, lost 169 aircraft and suffered 1179 causalities. Lt. Col Tahsequah flew 31 combat missions logging in over 300 combat hours. He was decorated 3 three times with the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and was On December 5, 1950 he was a passenger aboard a B-26B Invader Bomber (Wing Number 4434222) from the 3rd Bomb Wing when it ran out of fuel and crashed 30 miles north of Susa North Korea (near Tsushima Island). The Navigator, Capt Jack Lewis, bailed out said, “Tahsequah and the other crewmember, SSgt Claude McFee also bailed out before crashing”. It was thought at one time he was a prisoner of war as his name was mentioned by North Korean propaganda. Capt Lewis was rescued on May 21, 1951. On February 28, 1954 the Department of Defense listed his casualty date as December 6, 1950 and declared him “Dead while Missing in Action – Body not Recovered”. Lt. Col Tahsequah received many other military awards to include the Air medal with/2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Prisoner of War medal (posthumously), the European-Africa-Middle Eastern medal with/2 Bronze Service Stars, the American Defense medal, the American Campaign medal, the World War II Victory medal, the Korean Service medal with/1 Bronze Service Star, the Korean War Service medal, the United Nations Service medal, the Distinguished Unit Citation (now known as the Presidential Unit Citation), the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and the Senior Aviator Wings.
There is always hope that one day his body will be recovered and returned to Comanche Country. Until then the CIVA will dedicate the area around the large US and Comanche Nation ﬂagpoles in front of the HQs entrance in his honor and memory as Tahsequah Garden. We will also fly the POW/MIA flag below the US flag until he comes home. On the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action emblem the words “You are not forgotten” are inscribed. We will ensure the Comanche Nation will honor those words and the memory of this Numu Pukutsi. In March 2012 the Comanche Nation and CIVA honored the memory of Lt. Col Tahsequah by presenting his daughter with a framed photo and bio of her father and a Numu Pukutsi citation along with the Honorable Service, Combat Service and Gallantry, Heroism, Valor medallions and Veterans Gift Bag.
CIVA Vice Commander Jack Codopony Sr., Paula Neubauer and the late Johnny Wauqua making a presentation to Mrs. Neubauer.
FIRST COMANCHE WOMAN WARRIOR PASSES
Roberta Bradley Roberta was the first of 68 Comanche women to serve in the military and one of only ten living Comanche World War II veterans that served from 1941-45. She served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps WAAC) from October 2, 1942 to August 25, 1943 and with the US Marine Corps Women’s Reserve (MCWR) from December 17, 1943 to September 26, 1945. Roberta took her WAAC Basic Training at Fort Des Moines IA and his MCWR Boot Training at Cherry Point NC. While in the MCWR she was a courier/messenger. Her awards include the American Defense Service and World War II Victory medals and Honorable Service Lapel Button. Two hundred and seventeen Comanches served during World War II. The remaining nine living veterans are: 90 year old Vernon Cable served in the Pacific; 89 year old Phil Cato Jr. served in Europe; 89 year old Theodore Chahtinneyackque served stateside; 90 year Eustace Conwoop served in Europe; 92 year Clay Hoawah served in Europe; soon to be 88 year old Lewis Kowena served in Europe; 90 year old Louis Rivas served in the Pacific; 88 year old Elridge Tahdoonippah served in both Europe and the Pacific and 93 year old Nathaniel Woommavovah served in Europe. We thank Weckeah Bradley for paving the way for other Comanche women to serve in the military and for her dedicated, faithful and honorable service to the Marine Corps, the Comanche Nation and the Republic. Semper Fi.
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Chairman Saupitty receiving the French Medal Honors presented to living Code Talkers from left to right R. Red Elk, Unidentified, F. Kassanavoid and C. Chibitty.
Chevalier de I’Ordre National du Merit Medal is on display at the Comanche Nation Museum thanks to the safekeeping of the medal by former CBC member Carol Kahrahrah.
Unknown CIVA member, Charles Chibitty, Forrest Kassanavoid and Roderick Red Elk
Doc Tate Nevaquaya with War Bonnet, Hollis Roberts on his right, the Choctaw Princess, Berthan Bob (Choctaw Spiritual Leader) and US Army Color Guard in the background.
Letters to the Editor
Dear TCNN, Comanche Nation College (CNC) was created to serve the educational needs of our Comanche people by preparing them for a lifetime of success in their chosen field of work. Our associate degree programs (two year programs) give them a head start to a bachelors and graduate degree at a four year college, or tribal members may complete a certificate program. Many of our Comanche students say that they like the small classes, and individual attention they get at the College. They have the opportunity to learn the Comanche language and about the culture, both of which can only be taught at a tribal school like CNC. Recent articles in The Lawton Constitution and television coverage have misrepresented the CNC. We, the Board of Trustees, would like to address these inaccuracies. The Comanche Nation College has been in existence for eleven years. A major task in the development of new colleges is to work toward accreditation. On August 12, 2009, the process to request participation with the North Central Association – Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC) accrediting body began. On November 2, 2012, the NCA-HLC announced to the College that initial candidacy for accreditation, the first stage, had been achieved. The accreditation process is a long demanding one which can take a significant number of years to accomplish. Full accreditation for the College is expected to be received in 2016. Comanche Nation College is the first tribal college in Oklahoma and the first to have achieved initial candidacy for accreditation. A significant result of candidacy for accreditation is that all student credit hours can be transferred to any four year institution. As of the 2012 academic year, 13 students graduated with associate degrees, 33 students completed the GED program, and nine completed certificates in the nursing program.
Since 2005, 4173 students have been academically served by the College. We are proud of these initial successes. Education is a critical need for Comanche people and is a path to overcome unemployment and poverty. Programs at CNC prepare students to move on to four-year institutions and provide them opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills needed to be competitive in our complex world. CNC is a significant change from the boarding school model of Fort Sill Indian School, where students were punished for speaking their language and practicing their culture. At CNC they are rewarded for speaking their language and learning about and practicing traditional cultural ways. Recently, Commander John Herrington, the first Native American astronaut, spoke to nearly 200 Indi-
an students about the importance of education, setting goals and working hard to achieve those goals. CNC was recognized in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Diversity in Academe; “Comanche Nation College Tries to Rescue a Lost Tribal Language, June 14, 2013.” CNC also held our eleventh Film Festival and storytelling session with our elder, Videll Yackeschi, leading the way. Our tribal leadership and elders had the foresight and knowledge to create CNC. It is an investment for our people that is paying dividends today and will pay even more in the future as the College grows. Comanche Nation College strives to remember the seventh generation of students who will be educated at their own College. Submitted by the Comanche Nation College Board of Trustees
Dear TCNN The family would like to thank Chairman Wallace Coffey and Tribal Administrator, Will Owens, for their support. They would also like to thank Tori Dean for officiating the services, Donnie Parker for reading the obituary, and Billy Komahcheet and Dennis Niedo for songs rendered. The Niedo family would like to thank Marilyn Hataway and The Comanche Nation Funeral Home for the love extended towards the family. U-dah The Tahah Family Dear TCNN The family of Charldon Keith Yackeyonny would like to extend thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers during our time of loss. We would like to thank the Comanche Nation, Post Oak ladies fellowship, Comanche tribal employ-
ees, and the Kiowa tribe for providing food following the services. We would also like to thank Chairman Coffey, former chairmen, and the Comanche Business Committee. We are grateful to all those honoring him with their kind words, cards, and flowers. From the family of Charldon Keith Yackeyonny Dear TCNN, Thank you to Johnny & Jody “Winnerchy” Tiddark, for helping us with the Honor CIVA celebration. Have a Happy New Year. Love you always, Barbara Cook
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People, Places and Things Happening Native Strong Warriors Train With Weight Lifting Champion
On December 12-13, 2013 two of Comanche Nation Fitness Center employees along with a Native Strong youth member journeyed to Long Beach, Cali., to train with six time drug free weight lifting champion, CT Fletcher. Fletcher has competed in Powerlifting for almost 30 yrs. He’s won three world bench titles, three World Strict Curl titles. Now in his 50′s, he decided to focus on Bodybuilding, all while being drug free. He’s earned a World drug free bodybuilding title and earned a chance to compete for an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) professional card in the National Physique Committee (NPC) division, over 50 year old class. In 2005, he had open heart surgery, flat lined three times during that surgery, and was told. He would never lift weights again, he is a man of Christian faith and believes strongly that God spared his
life. On this journey was Asaan Fife, founder of Native Strong, Comanche Nation Fitness Center employee and enrolled Comanche tribal member. Fife graduated from Florida College of Natural Health in 2001 and continues his education by attending several trainings throughout the US including; the Cooper Institute in Dallas TX, where he received his Personal Training Certification and Native Fitness VII and VIII in Beaverton, OR. Fife has worked for the nation for over three years and has a passion for his people. Fife stated about his experience to Long Beach MetroFlex gym in Orange County, California: “This experience taught me to work harder, there is more out there to learn in regards to fitness.” Fife was accompanied by Timothy Johnson. Johnson currently works at Comanche Nation Fitness Center as the Jiu Jitsu coach and training partner
for many tribal and community members. Johnson went to train with CT Fletcher because he was motivated by Fletcher’s videos. While he was dealing with difficult life issues, he stumbled across Fletcher’s videos which helped him get through his situations. These video’s “changed his lifestyle. The way I eat, the way I train, the way I live life in general,” states Johnson. Johnson went to Haskell Indian Nations University and played basketball for two years with them. He has competed in several Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) amateur fights. He has coached several sports for youth and adults. Johnson is an avid health and fitness coach with aspirations of becoming a professional bodybuilder and complete in and IFBB competition. Johnson summed up his experience in California by saying, “First it was an honor to meet CT and then it was an eye
Tribal Member Is One Of Haskell Spotlight Athlete
ning the Midlands Collegiate Athlete Conference (MCAC) title and is making her second trip to the Nationals for cross country. In 2012 and 2013 she earned Honorable Mention (2nd Team) MCAC honors in cross country and was named to the 2013 Academic All Scholar team. Wermy’s personal best was at this year’s MCAC meet with a time of 20:55. Coach Gripp remarked, “Ashlee is a very dedicated and exceptionally hard worker both on the course/track and the classroom.” He further stated, “She has a quiet and unassuming nature, but is definitely a strong and determined motivator for our team.” Wermy is the daughter of Johnny and Beverly Wermy. She a 2010 graduate from Cache High School.
Ashlee Wermy, of Cache, Okla., is featured as Haskell NAIA student-athlete highlight. Wermy is in her second season running both cross country and track. She is a member of the 2012 team win-
Free Zumba classes are being offered at Road Nutrition on Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m. Instructor for the classes is tribal member Misti Devine. The Road Nutrition is located at 2610 SW Lee Blvd., Lawton, Okla., across from the Department of Human Services (DHS). For more information call (580) 736-4320.
opening experience on training.” Johnson’s son, Tyler Johnson, also traveled with them to California. Young Johnson is only 14 years old but has enjoyed a lifetime of fitness and exercise. He has studied Jiu Jitsu for seven years; he is of Comanche, Pueblo, and Cheyenne decent. He currently attends and wrestles for Central Junior High in Lawton, Okla. Johnson enjoys working out and has recently begun lifting weights. He has won several Jiu Jitsu championships including; First place at 5 North American Grappling Association (NAGA) tournaments, two time first place winner at South West Grappling Association tournaments, one first place at Europa Grappling Association tournament, and two time first place at the S7 Grappling Association tournaments. Tyler said, “It was an awesome experience and it was cool to meet a celebrity.”
These proud men were the first natives to ever train with CT Fletcher and were even given and invitation to come back. “This is an honor that is not bestowed upon everyone who enters his gym. Our warriors honored Fletcher with a Pendleton blanket that Tribal Administrator William Owens provided for them.” Fletcher expressed how honored he was by this gesture in an Email to Johnson, “I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET YOU, YOUR SON, OR ASAAN. IT WAS MY HIGH HONOR TO SEE A PROUD NATIVE WARRIOR REPRESENTING HIS PEOPLE, YOU DID THEM PROUD. MY BLANKET IS AMONG MY MOST CHERISHED POSSESSIONS. TELL TYLER, I’M VERY PROUD OF HIM AND HIS FATHER.” You can witness their encounter at: www.nativestrong. com or youtube/ctfletchermotivation.com
The Elgin War Owls, five and six year old Peewee Division, finished the season with a perfect record of 10-0. They went on to win the 2013 Oklahoma Independent Youth Football League Super Bowl Championship held in Cache, Okla. on Saturday, November 2nd with a final score of 34-6 over Anadarko Gold. Comanche Nation Tribal members (L to R): George Tahdooahnippah, Jr.. (parents: George & Mia Tahdooahnippah), Nolan Poahway (Forest & Denise Poahway), C.J. Johnson (Ebony Weryewacke), Skyler Red Elk (Roman Red Elk & Amy Rhoades Red Elk), Talon Tahdooahnippah (George & Mia Tahdooahnippah), Logan Red Elk (Roman Red Elk & Amy Rhoades Red Elk)
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LET THE GAMES BEGIN! Tribal Youth take the court at the 2014 Comanche County Tournaments
Story and photos by Paula Karty/ News Staff
Once again, the Comanche County Basketball Tournament has came and gone. Every year, the Great Plains Coliseum is filled with Comanche tribal members rooting for their children and schools. This year was no different. Each school participating in the tournament had a least one tribal member on their team. The week-long tournament lets the youth show the determination of reaching the final game and winning the gold championship ball. Cache High School swept the tournament this year, winning both the Girls and Boys Divisions. In the Girls Division, the Cache Lady Bulldogs defeated the Elgin Lady Owls 48-39. In the Boys Division, the Cache Bulldogs defeated the Fletcher Wildcats 56-45. As long as the tournament has been in existence, there has always been Comanche tribal members competing. According to Comanche County Basketball history and the Lawton Constitution, there are tribal members that hold some of the Comanche County Basketball Tournament records that are still in existence today and yet to be broken. When the girls played Six on Six, the late Carol Martinez set the record, and still holds the overall scoring record for scoring 50 points in one game. This record was set in 1973, when Martinez played for Fort Sill Indian School. In 1968, Ruth Tahah scored 46 points in one game. Tahah also played for Fort Sill Indian School. In the 1999 Girls Five on Five, Indiahoma’s Elise Tissychy scored 34 points in one game. In the Boys division, Fletch-
Tribal member Shelby Mata of Walters also got some playing action during the first round of the girls division.
Tribal member Mia Niedo pose with other teammates from Cache High School while holding the winning Gold Ball. Niedo is one of the starting players for Cache High School. er’s Larry Pahcoddy scored 44 points in one game. Players in this year’s tournament that are enrolled Comanche Nation members are: Cache #13 Blake Brady #32 Blaine Carroll #3 Brooke Grimes #22 Mia Niedo #24 Tori Paz Kelsey Tartsah Chattanooga #33 Dalton Wauqua #33 Alyssa Wauqua
Fletcher #2 Kayla Burgess #20 Erica Whitefeather Geronimo #21 Cobey Mallow #35 Dallan Leveille #44 Aaron Riley #10 Lindsey McCarthy #15 Autumn Knight Indiahoma #00 Cody Rinaldi #10 Zach Chibitty #23 Jimmie Lee #34 Shayne Lewis #1 Brooke Roberts
#10 Alex Ulloa #12 K’moni Farrow #14 Brandi Rinaldi #15 Ciera Ulloa #20 Desi Kimble #22 Danielle Tahah #24 Ciarra Chibitty #25 Shayla Pueblo Walters #12 Dwayne Ototivo #23 Sterling Ticeahkie #15 Quin Ototivo #25 Shelby Mata
Lindsey McCarthy of Geronimo plays with a protective mask, but does not let it effect her game.
Dalton Wauqua concentrates on the game and listens to what play is being called by his coach. Wauqua plays for Chattanooga.
Autumn Knight of Geronimo prepares for the offense game during the first round action of the girls division. Knight is the starting player for Geronimo.
Shade Large was selected to shoot free throws in the Comanche Home Center’s Monster Free Throw Contest.
Tommy Johnson plays his defensive game in the Comanche County Tournament Boys division. Johnson is a starting player for Indiahoma.
Brandi Rinaldi checks the score board during the Girls action of the Comanche County Tournaments. Rinaldi is one of the starting players for Indiahoma.
Brooke Roberts has the look of determination as she faces her opponent in the girls action. Roberts is one of the starting players for Indiahoma. Tribal member Mica Minthorn was selected to shoot free throws in the Comanche Home Center’s Monster Free Throw Contest.
Alyssa Wauqua turns towards the sound of the referee’s whistle during the girls games. Eva Battese runs down the court after scoring for her team. Battese is one of the starting players for Elgin. The Elgin Lady Owls went on to face the Cache Lady Bulldogs in the championship game.
Jordan Gooday hustles down the court after scoring for his team, during the first round action of the boys games during the Comanche County Tournaments. Gooday is one of the starting players for Geronimo.
Cody Mallow waits for action to return after free throws are being shot.
Ciera Ulloa waits for call of the officials during the second round action of the girls games. Ulloa is one of the starting players for Indiahoma.
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Comanche County Basketball Tournaments Girls Champions Cache 13 Championships 1957, 1958, 1959, 1985, 1986, 1997, 1998, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Chattanooga 1 Championship 2002 Elgin 15 Championships 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012 Fletcher 2 Championships 1988, 1990 Geronimo 5 Championships 1950, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1972 Indiahoma 3 Championships 1946, 1960, 1999 Sterling 30 Championships 1942, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2013 Ft. Sill Indian School 2 Championships 1944, 1945
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Comanche Country Basketball Tournaments Boys Champions Cache 13 Championships 1942, 1953, 1966, 1967, 1979, 1993, 1994, 1997 ,2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013 Chattanooga 13 Championships 1941, 1947, 1957, 1965, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1992, 2004 Elgin 13 Championships 1950, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1962, 1971, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2012 Fletcher 8 Championships 1981, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999 Geronimo 7 Championships 1949, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1984, 1991, 1996 Indiahoma 7 Championships 1945, 1946, 1948, 1952, 1978, 1985, 2001 Sterling 1 Championship 1976 Walters 3 Championships 1998, 2000, 2009 Ft. Sill Indian School 2 Championships 1968,1969 Lawton Douglas 5 Championships 1959,1960,1961,1963,1964 Lawton High 1 Championship 1944
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The Comanche Nation sponsored a Handgame tournament on January 25, The tournament was held at the Comanche Nation Complex’s Watchetaker Hall. The alcohol and drug free event attracted a great crowd. The registration was held from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Drawing was scheduled at 11:45 a.m. The handgames began at 12 noon with no exceptions. The age limit was 18 years. The entry fee per team was $250 on or before 1/22/2014 and $300 on day of tournament, unless out of state team. The prizes were as follows: 1st Place-$5,000 2nd Place-$1,000 3rd Place-$500 4th Place-$250 Other prizes were Best Dressed Team, Best Singing Team (Men&Women), Best
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Hider (Male&Female), and Best Guesser (Male&Female) The tournament consisted of 13 teams. One of the visiting teams was Native X from Crow Agency, Mont. The winners were: 1st Place, Challengers; 2nd Place, 12 Pack; 3rd Place, Magic; 4th Place, Southside. Best Dressed Team went to Camp 7; Best Singing Team (Men & Women) Native X; and Camp 7; Best Male Hider was Raymond Chalepah; Best Female Hider was a tie between Juanita Trout and Vidala Yackeshi; Best Female and Male Guesser were Georgianne Wilburn and Gerald Chasenah. The evening was enjoyable for young and old. The Association of Comanche Employees ran the concession stand. The handgame tournament was coordinated by Carlene Atauvich Collins.
Story/Photos by Stacey Heminokeky/New Staff
1st Place: CHAMPIONS! $5,000. Cheyenne/Arapaho Tribe. Weatherford/Clinton, Okla. Area.
2nd Place: 12 Pack $1,000 Comanche Nation Cache/Lawton, Okla.
Best Female Guesser with 3 Door Pops. Georgianne Wilburn from Clinton, Okla. (Challengers Team)
3rd Place: Magic $500. Cheyenne Tribe of Oklahoma/ Clinton, Okla.
4th Place: Southside /Comanche Nation Lawton, Okla.
Best Male Guesser with 8 Door Pops. Gerald Chasenah from Weatherford, Okla. (12 Pack Team)
Best Singing Men’s Team Native-X from Crow Agency, Montana.
Best Male Hider with 10 sticks. Raymond Chalepah from Elk City, Okla. (Challengers Team)
Best Dressed Team with 20 players with all matching T-shirts, shakers and matching drumsticks. Camp 7 from Cache, Okla. Comanche Nation.
Best Female Hider. There was a tie, both ladies with 8 sticks Juanita “Skeeter Trout (Challengers Team) and Vidala Yackeshi (12 pack team)
Best Singing Women’s Team. Camp 7 from Cache, Okla.
Camp 7 and Native-X sing Handgame songs together
On November 23. Camp 7 Handgame team of Cache, OK and Native X of Crow Agency, Montana came together to record Camp 7’s Volume III CD. The CD will contain 5 Oklahoma handgame songs and 5 Northern handgame songs. The final song is sung by both groups from a song composed by Austin Little Light of Montana, for the Del Wermy Family, in Memory of Del Wermy. Camp 7 is the only group that has recorded Handgame song CD’s in the past 15 years. This will be Volume III of Camp 7’s CD making. The CD is to be released in the next 6 weeks.Camp 7; Lead Singer: Devon Wermy. Men Singers: Deon Wermy, Christopher “Thahuh” Cable, and Donnell Atauvich. Women Singers; Carlene Atauvich Collins, Donna Atauvich Wermy, Laura Gould, Maegan Whitehorse, Chasity Begay, Donnie Tarsah, Amy Wermy Tiger. Native-X; Lead Singer: Austin Little Light. Men Singers: Clement “CJ” Other Medicine, Elroy Nomee, Elvis Hogan Sr., Son Son Twoleggins, Roy Rides Horse Jr.. Women Singers: Rosie Other Medicine.
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The Arrington McSpadden All Indian Rodeo Association (AMAIRA) Region 8 of the Indian National Finals Rodeo Association (INFR), kicked off its 2014 season January 25, in Miami, Okla. The excitement of live bull riding, bronco riding, barrel racing, team roping and other events had the spectators on the edge of their seat throughout the evening. The Comanche Nation recently became a member of the AMAIRA, and is co-sponsoring the AMAIRA Rodeo April 25-27 in Lawton, Okla. “After getting into the bull bucking business, we found there was a need for another entertainment venue,” said CBC member, Jack Codopony.”We found we have numerous cowboys and cowgirls, and horsemen within our tribe, so we became involved with AMAIRA.” In addition to the April Rodeo in Lawton, Okla., other upcoming dates for AMAIRA Rodeos are : • May 9-10 at the Jim Shoulders Living Legends Rodeo Arena, Henrietta, Okla. • June 27-28 at the Bob Arrington Rodeo Arena, Okmulgee, Okla. Other rodeos are being scheduled. The results of the Miami, Okla. rodeo can be seen online at: http://www.amairaregion8.com/rodeo-results.php.
Walters Rodeo Queen, Rochelle Tosee, showcases the Comanche Nation Flag during the rodeo.
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Team ropers hook a calf within seconds. The winner of Team Roping event were Jack Foreman, Cherokee Nation, and Joel Maker, Osage Nation, whose time was 6.10 seconds.
Clowns distract araging bull from the rider, as he runs to safety. The bull riding is A tight curve on the barrels gets extra points for the racer. a popular event among the rodeo crowd. Winning the Bull Riding event in Miami, The winner of the Barrel Racing event was Jennifer Turner, Okla. was HD Coleman, Chickasaw Nation, with a score of 79. Cherokee Nation, with a time of 14.804.
Hats Off Bull Company Going Well after First Year Merging with the Comanche Nation
By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff
Hats Off Bull Company and the Comanche Nation joined forces one year ago through a contract between the Nation and Gerald Mullen, Hats Off Bull Company owner and manager. Since then, the company has been supplying local rodeos with a rare breed of pure bred Plummer bulls, and through Jerry Mullen, Public Relations Director and Marketing Manager for Hats Off, has began a Comanche Nation Winter Series Rodeo for the new year. Jerry’s parents, Gerald and Barbara, had started the business 20 years ago, raising bucking stock, and after the first five years, it began generating a profit. Jerry has taken the company to the next level by helping his father promote the company and add a rodeo, with the help of the Comanche Nation. The merger between the Nation and Hats Off brings revenue to the tribe. A total of 49% of the profits made through the company goes back to the tribe, according to Mullen. “Both the bull company and the Comanche Nation benefits from
this strategic partnership,” said Mullen. Mullen said he has hired bull contractors and horse contractors, a book keeper, someone to run the concession stands, hospitality and merchandising, and advertising to make sure each event is a success. “With all of these professionals, you can have a plan and move forward,” said Mullen. “I found the right team and we work really well together.” The rodeos are showcased as a professional event, added Mullen. He said they showcase the Comanche Culture, and bring professional stock to each event. He emphasizes the rodeos are family events, as well. He has added Fancy Dancers to do exhibitions during the rodeo to expose spectators to the Native American Culture. The Comanche Nation Winter Series will have its upcoming rodeos in Feb. 15 and March 15 in Kellyville, Okla. The finals for the events will be held, with a time, date and location to be announced soon, said Mullen.
The first rodeo, which took place Jan. 15, was organized in four days, according to Mullen. He said he appreciates Coffey and the CBC for supporting the Hats Off Bull Company and seeing the vision of success the company can produce. Comanche Business Committee Member, Jack Codopony, attended the first round of the Winter Series and said he is excited the Comanche Nation has entered into the bucking bull company. “So far, I think it is going to be an asset to the Comanche Nation,” said Codopony. Mullen added one of the goals is to have the stock introduced to the Professional Bull riding Rodeos (PBR) circuit. He would like to see support from tribal members and the community, and invites tribal members to help with the rodeos. For more information about Hats Off Bull Company, contact Mullen at (580) 350-9790.
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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday
Randall Lyles Richard Saupitty Nathan Lopez Jr.., January 5 Betty Hargis, January 6 Terri Pewewardy, January 7 Johnetta Silverhorn, January 8 Aubury N. Lopez, January 9 Lynna Pewewardy Rosario, January 13 Darcus Karty, January 14 Victoria Ray Carrilla, January 17 Clifford Quoyah, January 22 Lorna Poahway, January 22 Sierra Silverhorn, January 24 Draven Johnson, January 27 Larry Hood, January 28
Happy Belated Birthday Nathan Lopez Jr.. January 5
Happy BelatedBirthday Terri Pewewardy January 7
Happy Belated Birthday Lynna Pewewardy Rosario
Happy Belated Birthday Johnetta Caddo January 12
Happy Belated Birthday Clifford Quoyah January 22
Happy Belated Birthday Joseph Caddo January 23
Happy Birthday Marcos Estrada February 2
Happy Birthday Evie Mithlo February 3
Happy Birthday Jamasina Kaywaykla February 4
Happy Birthday Deidra Aitson February 5
Happy Birthday Tamara Wermy February 6
Happy Birthday Ashlee Wermy February 6
Happy Birthday Wesley Pewewardy February 8
Happy Birthday Khloe Goombi February 9
Happy Birthday Marquela Pewewardy February 9
Happy Birthday Thomasina R. Akoneto February 9
Happy Birthday BJ Anderson February 15
Happy Birthday Lily Alise Diaz February 18
Happy Birthday Spencer Ray Monoessy February 18
Happy Birthday Kevin Aitson February 19
Happy Birthday Rosalind Akento February 19
Happy Birthday Amber Tiddark February 20
Happy Birthday Nuh Nuh Gwoompi February 20
Happy Birthday Jessie Ototivo February 21
Happy Birthday Tomah E. Yeahquo February 21
Happy Birthday Garner Pewewardy February 22
Happy Birthday Garrel Vilas Gwoompi February 24
Happy Birthday Liz Ware February 26
Happy Birthday Autumn J. Nelson February 27
Happy Birthday Pat Pewewardy, February 24 Alisha Pewewardy, February 5 Darcus Karty, January 14 Marques Karty, February 13
Happy Birthday Marcos Estrada, February 2 Evie Mithlo, February 3 Jamasina Kaywaykla, February 4 Alisha Pewewardy, February 5 Deidra Aitson, February 5 Nancy Alandzes, February 5 Gwen Brinkman, February 5 Marcy Soto, February 5 Tim Tieyah, February 5 Ashlee Wermy, February 6 Leslie Saupitty, February 6 Tamara Wermy, February 6 Richard Karty, February 8 Wesley Pewewardy, February 8 Debra Akoneto, February 9 Khloe Goombi, February 9 Marquela Pewewardy, February 9 Mary Pollard, February 16 Rance Hood, February 9 Thomasina R. Akoneto, February 9 J.J. Yeahquo, February 10 Marques Karty, February 13 BJ Anderson, February 15 Abigail Saupitty, February 18 Lily Alise Diaz, February 18 Lito Mahsetky, February 18 Logan Tissychy, February 18 Spencer Ray Monoessy, February 18 Cory Hood, February 19 Kevin Aitson, February 19 Rosalind Akento, February 19 Serenity Jean Wuckweah Sharp, February 19 Tori Tahchawwickah, February 19 Amber Tiddark, February 20 Nuh Nuh Gwoompi, February 20 Jessie Ototivo, February 21 Tomah E. Yeahquo, February 21 Garner Pewewardy, February 22 Gary Chasenah, February 23 Arthur Tommy Johnson, February 23 Edwin Akoneto, February 24 Ernetine Doyebi, February 24 Garrel Vilas Gwoompi, February 24 Pat Pewewardy, February 24 Sonny Nauni, February 24 Cole Cook, February 25 Gabriel Dalby, February 25 Margaret Nauni, February 25 Marshall Powell, February 25 Liz Ware, February 26 Autumn J. Nelson, February 27 Jan Stumblingbear, February 27 Kaleb Martinez, February 28
Anniversaries Melvin Kerchee Jr.. & Debbie ‘Biscuit’ Sequichie-Kerchee December 31~Married 23 years Carol and Rickie Mithlo February 20~Married 4 years Larney & Linda Silverhorn February 24~Married 24 years
In Loving Memory Janice Totite Pewewardy 9/16/1944~2/1/2008 You are always missed & always loved Wes, Terri, Marquela & Claudia
In Loving Memory
Belva Ann Lopez 5/22/1932~2/20
Born: January 21,2014 4:47 AM 7 lbs. 5oz. 21 inches To: Katie & Chase
Happy Anniversary Clifford & Beverly Quoyah December 30, 1968 Married 45 years
Happy Anniversary Chris & Desiree Devine February 13
Happy Anniversary Joe & Carol Jimenez February 14
Married 13 years
Happy Anniversary Samantha Cintron Lopez & Cody Littles February 15 Married 4 years
Happy Anniversary Lloyd & Karen Heminokeky February 19 Married 38 years
Obituaries Bracy Murrow
Charlotte Lynn Key
Niedo; step-father: Charlie Lawson; brother: Ricky Dean Killsfirst; uncle: Michael Niedo, Sr.; aunts: Carolyn Niedo, Lydia Niedo, and Delores “Tiny” Kawaykla; cousins: Malcolm Niedo, Elvia Rosada; one nephew: Taylor “Big Sacs” Niedo.
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Bracy Murrow Jr.. 71, of Oklahoma City went to his heavenly home on December 22, 2013 in Oklahoma City. Funeral service was December 27, 2013 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Breeden and Rev. Don Williams officiating. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was December 26, 2013 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Rev. Jan and Fred C. Ticeahkie officiating. Murrow was born on August 27, 1942 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Bracy and Patricia (Ticeahkie) Murrow Sr. He attended school in Walters and moved to Oklahoma City after he graduated. He married Wilma Williams December 8, 1979 in Oklahoma City where they made their home and raised their family. He was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and of Caddo decent. He was a member of Rockwood Baptist Church and Victory Baptist Church both in Oklahoma City. He enjoyed going to church, ministering, preaching, spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. He is survived by: spouse, Wilma Murrow of the home, six children: Tommie Murrow of Oklahoma City and Jacci Murrow of Temple; Sherry Murrow, Derek Murrow, Vincent Murrow all of Anadarko, Scott Murrow of McAlister; brothers and sisters: Patricia Carol Murrow of Lawton; Michael Glen Murrow Sr. of Oklahoma City, Catherine Mary Murrow of Lawton, Gerald Lynn Murrow of Oklahoma City, Elizabeth Kim Murrow of Lawton, Jacqueline Kay Murrow of Oklahoma City, Rhonda Clou Stinson of Lawton, William Ross Murrow of Oklahoma City, Regina Ann Pena of Lawton, Georgia Dana Murrow of Germantown, Maryland; nine grandchildren: Brittnie, Kristen, Nikki, Cammi, Ambrea, Abby, Blaze, Kylen, Michael; one great grandchild, Averie, and a special niece, Kennedy Lynn Draper He is preceded in death by: parents; Bracy and Patricia Murrow; a son, Bracy Murrow III, two brothers: Jan Kevin Murrow and John Murrow; great grandfather, Ten Bears.
Charlotte Lynn Key 48, of Cyril went to her heavenly home on December 22, 2013. Funeral Service was December 28, 2013 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Lay Speaker Tina Baker officiating. Burial followed at Celestial Gardens, Cyril under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer Service was December 27, 2013 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Lay Speaker Tina Baker officiating. Key was born December 11, 1965 at Lawton Indian Hospital to Laura Niedo and Bobby Hutton, SR. She grew up in the Cyril area. Charlotte graduated from Riverside Indian School in 1984. On February 12, 1994 she married Rickie “Bill” Key. She worked at CSL for 3 years, Cyril Nursing Home for 1 year and numerous other jobs. She also attended Comanche Nation College, in Lawton, Okla., and USAO in Chickasha, Okla.. Charlotte was a happy lovable person to be around. She always shared lots of laughter anywhere she went and was very blunt and outspoken. She also always put others first before herself. She was a member of the Comanche Nation and a descendent of the Lookingglass and Niedo family. She is survived by her husband: Rickie of the home; son: Charles Key and wife Ashley Key of the home; daughter: Danna Key of Cyril; two granddaughters: Jennah Asher and Makenzie Ashlyn Key of the home; two dogs: Noah and Squish of the home; mother: Laura Lawson of Cyril; father: Bobby Hutton Sr. of Geronimo; two sisters: Diane Smith and husband, Chad Smith of Cyril, and Kimberly Hutton of Cyril; brothers: Bobby Hutton, Jr.. of Cyril, Charles Killsfirst, Robert Amon Killsfirst, Freddie Lynn Killsfirst, Jason Lee Hutton, Charlene Killsfirst of Geronimo; four nieces: Valorie Smith, Ashley Smith and Aubriana Kionute and Erin “Cookie” Hutton of Cyril; four nephews: Daniel Hutton, Jacob Robertson, Elijah Robertson all of Cyril, Christopher Coley of Oklahoma City; four uncles: Theodore Niedo of Cache, Lans Saupitty of Cyril, and Calvert Codynah of Cyril and Van Codynah of Lawton; numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and many friends. She is preceded in death by her grandfather: Comanche Code Talker Haddon Codynah; grandmother: Martha Codynah; grandfather: Menno
Ronna Gail Sipe, 40, of Lawton went to her heavenly home December 31, 2013 in Ada, Oklahoma. Funeral Service was January 3, 2014 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Ikner officiating. Burial followed at Letitia Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Sipe was born June 8, 1973 to Ronnie McGee and Ardith Parker McGee. She attended Lawton Public Schools and graduated from West High in Bakersfield, California. She married Doug Sipe and had one son, Mitchell. She returned to Lawton and worked as a teacher’s aide for Lawton Public Schools. She was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and Letitia Baptist Church. She enjoyed music, sports, planting flowers and working with special needs children. She is survived by: mother, Ardith Parker Leming of Sulphur; a son, Mitchell Sipe of Bakersfield, California; a two sisters: Elizabeth Parker of Cache, Carrie McGee of Annapolis, MD; two brothers: Dustin McGee of Bakersfield, Cali., Ron McGee Jr.. of Lawton, grandmother: Marguerite Parker; aunts: Janice Bruce, Jacquetta McClung, Sandra Chesnut, Joyce McSwain, Annette Tiddark, Debra Malone; uncles: Harold Parker, Ron Parker, Don Parker, Tim Parker; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. She is preceded in death by: son, Blayne Pittman; father, Ronnie McGee Sr.; grandfather: Buster Parker; grandmother, Margaret E. Dorr.
Verdel Lanell CaddoGamble, 26, of Lawton, Oklahoma went to meet her heavenly father on January 1, in Shannon, Mississippi. Funeral Service was January 11, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Matt Asetamy officiating. Burial followed at West Cache KCA Intertribal Cemetery west of Cache under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Caddo was born on December 12, 1987 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Eddie Gene Gamble and Jamie Caddo. Caddo was a Christian and a Member of the Comanche Nation. She was homemaker that enjoyed cooking; listen to music, dancing, model clothes, and spending money. Her favorite past time was spent with her children,Vanna and Sirtruth Caddo and Akayah Roberson. She was survived by her mother: Jamie Caddo of Cache; father: Eddie Gene Gamble of Lawton; siblings: Joseph and wife Johnette Caddo of Lawton, Antowan and wife Tonya Williams of Cache, Justin Caddo of Cache, Andrea Caddo of Cache, Dustin Caddo of Cache, Eddie Gamble, Jr..; Daniel Gamble of Lawton, Kevin Gamble of Lawton, Katherine and husband Terrence Thigpen of Lawton; grandfather, Jimmy Ray Caddo of Lawton; special grandmother: Marlene James of Cache; several aunts and uncles: Sandra Caddo of Cache, Shirla Caddo of Oklahoma City, Letha Gamble of Kansas, Eileen Early of Oklahoma City, Pastor Merlene Johnson, Oklahoma City, Michael and wife, Paula Caddo of Chickasha, Mark and wife, Trina Caddo of Minn., Arnell Gamble of Kansas, Darnell Gamble of Kansas, Willie Gamble of Kansas, David Gamble, of Lawton; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. She is preceded in death by grandparents: Leatrice Wermy; Oneda Gamble; Irene “Momma” Cherry; greatgrandfather: Eddie Ben Gamble; sister: Elizabeth Gamble; two uncles: Marlon Ray Caddo and Richard (Fish) Caddo.
Shirley Guydelkon, 79, of Lawton went to her heavenly home on January 11, in Oklahoma City. Funeral Service was January 16, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Lawton with Father Ross officiating. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Prayer Service was January 15, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Guydelkon was born on December 24, 1934 in Lawton to Dorothy (Kosechata) and Kye Yackeyonny. She was raised in the Walters area with her grandmother. She enjoyed reading, swimming, tennis, hiking, sewing and being with her family. She was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and was Comanche Nation Princess in 1950. She married Melford Anthony Guydelkon in 1953. He enlisted in the US Air Force and they traveled. She worked with Sears and Roebuck as a bookkeeper in 1963 until 1973 in Alaska and Nebraska. She worked for several different banks while traveling with her husband, 1978-1984 setting up different programs in Boulder, Colorado. She worked for Ft. Sill National Bank 1986 until 2004 when she retired. She received Associate in Science in 1987 and Bachelor of Business Administration in 1989 from Cameron College. She is survived by her two sons: Ashley Paul Guydelkon of the home and Lyle Guydelkon of Oklahoma City; step-mother: Gladys Yackeyonny of Anadarko; sisters: Birdie Templeton, Arlene Wells, and Pam Morales, all of Lawton, Judy DeLaRosa, Juanita Pewenofkit both of Anadarko; many friends. She is preceded in death by her husband: Medford Anthony Guydelkon; parents: Dorothy Kosechata and Kye Yackeyonny; grandparents: Mary Tafeperdy Poemakah and Oliver Poemakah, Owen Yackeyonny, Bertie Kosechata; brothers: Kermit Yackeyonny, and Marvin Stomach Yackeyonny.
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“Bill” William Weber, 72, of Lawton went to his heavenly home on January 12. Funeral Service was January 15, 2014 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Lay Speaker Tina Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Deyo Mission Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Weber was born June 7, 1941 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Addie (Tachaco) and Lewis Clyde Weber. He was a member of the Comanche Nation, enjoyed auto racing, shooting pool, and being with family and friends. He is survived by daughters: Debra Lynn Rivas of Worthington, Minn.; sister; Mary Rutledge of Lawton; brother: Bertrum Stillwell of Lawton; grandchildren: Crystal Weber of Willmar, Minn.; Kenneth Winters of Worthington, Minn and George Winters of Lincoln, Nebraska; Favorite niece: Vicki Rutledge of Lawton, nephews: Brian Stillwell, Randy Stillwell, Wesley Stillwell and Mike Rutledge all of Lawton, Brad Rutledge of McAlester; and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents: Addie Tachaco and Lewis Weber; daughter: Linda G. Weber George; son: Stanley C. Weber; sister: Betty Murdock.
Frank Evans Mowatt Sr.
Frank Evans Mowatt Sr. 75, of Cache went to his heavenly home on January 22, in Lawton. Funeral services was January 27, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Joe Lonetree officiating. Burial followed at Post Oak Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was January 26, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Tina Baker officiating. Frank was born on February 15, 1938 in Lawton to Spencer and Rachel (Pewo) Mowatt. Frank graduated from Indiahoma High School. He enlisted in the Marine Corp in Oklahoma City on June 1, 1956 and served until April 1, 1959 earning the rank of Lance Corporal. He took boot training at the US Marine Corps Recruit in San Diego and his Advanced Combat Training, as a rifleman at Camp Pendleton. Upon completion of his training he was assigned to the Fleet Marine Force aboard the USS Wasp, an Essex Class Carrier. On January 31, 1957 the Wasp departed San Diego and sailed around the Cape Horn with ports of call in Panama,
Peru, Chile and Brazil before arriving at the Boston, MA Naval Shipyards on March 21,1957. LCPL Mowatt was then assigned to the USS Galveston with duty in Philadelphia, Pa for about two months. He was then assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC. LCPL Mowatt was a Fire Team Leader. His awards include the Good Conduct Medal, the Marksman Qualification Badge with Rifle, the Cold War Certificate of Recognition and the Cold War Victory, Sea Service, American Defense and Honorable Service Commemorative Medal. Upon leaving the military, Frank worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as Chief of Police with the Laguna Pueblo, the Mescalero Apache Tribe, the Isleta Pueblo, the Santa Domingo Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, and San Felipe Pueblo. Prior to retirement he was employed as the Chief of Police of the Comanche Nation, and Chief of Security and Investigation for the Comanche Nation Casino. He married Phyllis Weryavah of Cache, Okla. They lived in New Mexico for many years before making their home in Cache. His hobbies included: rodeos, horseracing, tribal leather artist, and avid OU, Thunder and Dallas fan. He is survived by: two sisters: Marjorie Saumty of Oklahoma City and Dr. Augustine McCaffery of Seattle, Washington; three daughters: Frances “Feedy” and Thomas Sing of St. Petersburg, Fl. Marcia and Rudy Orona of Lawton, Ansleigh Mowatt of Lawton; adopted daughter: Sherri La Rue Asenap Jackson; three sons: Eugene “R.C.” Mowatt and Bobbie Orr of Lawrenceville, Ga., Stephen and Angila Mowatt of Lawton, Evans Mowatt Jr.. of Lawton; blessed with sixteen grandchildren: Leslie Chavez and Robby Meurant, Honi and Stacy Miller, Sonny RedElk, Shelby, Clinton, Cody and Cheri Sing, Stephanie “Wa-oo” and Rodney Lewis, Zachary Mowatt, Deidre and Victoria Orona, Ahsah and Joshua Mowatt, Riley and Shannon Mowatt, Rachel Ivy Collins, Jeanie Midgette; ten great grandchildren: Taylor Meurant, Staci, Shirlene and Stefani Miller, Richmond and Riley Lewis, Ahnna Wright, Theo Nhat Tran, Damion Mowatt, Chayton Mowatt, Nolan Mowatt; special nieces and nephew: Ivena Bigman, Diana Miller, Roy “Goat” Bigman Jr.. He is preceded in death by: wife, Phyllis Mowatt, parents: Spencer and Rachel Mowatt, grandfather, Sam (No Hand) Mowatt, sister: Frances Mowatt Bigman; brothers: Vernon Mowatt, Clifton Mowatt, Harvey Mowatt, Larry Mowatt and Dick James Mowatt. Frank Mowatt is a direct descendant of Ten Bears and Little Crow.
Naomi Tehauno, 92, of Fletcher went to her heavenly home on January 24, in Lawton. Funeral service was Janu-
ary 28, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Burial followed at Little Washita Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was January 27, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Tehauno was born December 19, 1921 in Comanche County, Oklahoma to Charles and Julia (Monessey) Connywerdy. She grew up in Fletcher and then attended Ft. Sill Indian School. She married Samuel Tehauno on February 22, 1939. She was a full blood member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. She enjoyed attending pow wows, sewing, beadwork, spending time with her family and friends. Tehauno’s beloved son and caretaker Terry Tehauno also went to his heavenly home on January 24. She is survived by: daughter, Wilma Tehauno Riggs of Fletcher; son, Glen Samuel Tehauno of Oklahoma City; four sisters: Rena DuPont of Carnegie, Selma Herrera and Rita Wahnee both of Lawton, Carlene Escoto Borger, Texas; two brothers: Truman Connywerdy of Stecker and Adrian Connywerdy of Lawton; grandchildren: Allen Bryce Tehauno, Earl Vernon Moreno, Lisa Tehauno, Christopher Moreno, Josh Tehauno, Mary Beth Lodes, Charles Rueben Tehauno II, Christopher Tehauno; great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. She is preceded death by: husband, Samuel Tehauno; parents: Charles and Julia Connywerdy Wahnee; son, Charles Rueben Tahauno; brothers: Amos Wahnee, Tyler Connywardy Wahnee; sisters: Gladys Tehauno, Alene Connywerdy; great grandson: Joel Bryce Tehauno; grandson: William Franklin Riggs.
cumseh and Josh Tehauno of Oklahoma City; sister, Wilma Riggs of Fletcher; brother: Glen Samuel of Oklahoma City; aunts and uncles: Rena DuPont of Carnegie, Selma Herrera and Rita Wahnee both of Lawton, Carlene Escoto Borger, Texas, Truman Connywerdy of Stecker and Adrian Connywerdy of Lawton; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by: father: Samuel Tehauno; grandparents: Charles and Julia Connywerdy Wahnee; brother: Charles Reuben Tehauno.
Terry Neil Tehauno
Weckeah “Roberta C.” Bradley was born on February 5th 1920, to Edward Hatch Clark and Mary “Putsi” Clark, the 5th of 10 children. Only a year separated her from her nearest sister so her Aunt Alice “Topseup” took over her care and was rarely separated from her for the rest of Aunt Alice’s life. One of a handful of Comanche students who began to attend Lawton Public Schools in the 1920s Bradley did not speak English when she entered the first grade but a kind teacher allowed her to stay inside during recess drawing on the blackboard while the teacher read to her from a brand new book called Winnie-The-Pooh. Although money for school books was tight Bradley was a good student and managed to graduate from high school. After graduation Weckeah went to nursing school. Having earned her LPN license she went to work at the MinNo-Aya-Win IHS clinic in Cloquet, Minnesota. During WWII because her brother Louis served in the Marine Corps, she wanted to join as well unfortunately the Marines had no women’s auxiliary so she opted for the WAACs instead, but as soon as the Marines developed a female branch, she left the Army for the Marine Corps. During a brief marriage she had her son, Robert, and soon after was reunited with
Terry Neil Tehauno, 59, went to his heavenly home on January 24, in Fletcher. Funeral service was January 28, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Burial followed at Little Washita Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was January 27, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Tehauno was born July 5, 1954 in Lawton to Samuel and Naomi (Monessey) Tehauno. He grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from North West Classen High School. He was a full blood member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. He enjoyed going to the casinos, playing softball, spending time with his family and friends. His beloved mother, Naomi Tehauno also went to her heavenly home on January 24. He is survived by: two sons: Christopher Smith of Te-
Weakeah “Roberta C.” Bradley
Funeral Service for Weakeah “Roberta C.” Bradley, 93, of Lawton was January 25, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Charlie Spencer officiating. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer Service was January 24, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel.
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and married the young soldier who was the love of her life, William B. Bradley. Bill adopted Robert and the marriage produced two more children, daughters Cynthia and Hawana. Bradley continued to be busy outside the home, working for the Soil and Moisture Conservation Office and making art. She was a founding member of the Comanche Indian Gallery of Art, along side Leonard Riddles, Woogie Watchetaker, and “Doc” Tate Nevaquaya. She organized exhibitions and promoted Indian art. Promoting Indian art lead her to see a need to educate Comanches and non-Indians alike about Comanche history and culture, a task she worked hard at for over 30 years, traveling to schools through out Oklahoma and giving educational presentations for groups ranging from military wives to museums. She also taught Comanche cultural classes to Indian children every summer through the Johnson O’Malley program with her dear friend Eunice Tosee. In 1980 Bradley became a Comanche Children’s Court Judge, work that meant a great deal to her. She traveled around the US on the court’s behalf, meeting members of many Indian nations. She continued on the court into the 1990’s. A busy woman, Bradley had many other accomplishments. She was a traditional cradle maker who contributed to The Brown University Press book on Kiowa and Comanche Cradles. She made beautiful beadwork and loved to socialize. An avid pow-wow goer she is now dancing in the Great Mystery. She leaves behind two sisters; Theresa Tahsequah and Nina Youngman, two daughters; Cynthia Clay and Hawana Townsley, ten grandchildren; Susan West, Steven Bradley, Angel Bradley, Phaidra Pruitt, Caitlin Foutch, Ian Jackson, Zack Jackson, Weyodi Grandbergs, Tsaina Figueroa, Emilie Wood and twelve greatgrandchildren; Tanis West, Kira West, Christopher Robin Johanning, Alexander Johanning, Angel Figueroa III, Camille Figueroa, Parker Wood, Alice Foutch, Robert Foutch, Weckiai Grandbergs-Duncan, William Grandbergs-Duncan, Weyodi Grandbergs-Duncan Jr.. as well numerous nieces and nephews, and countless students. She is preceded in death by her son: Robert Stanwood Bradley; husband: William B. Bradley, Jr..; sisters; Mona Clark, Mary Poochie Clark, Alberta Tahkohper, and Geneva Mott; brothers: Clifford Clark, Paige Clark and Louis Clark; parents: Mary Parker Clark and Edward Hatch Clark, Alice Parker Purdy.
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Happy Valentines Day!
Happy Valentines Day!
TO: BABY DOLL I carry your heart with me, I carry it in my heart, I am never without it, anywhere I go you go, my dear and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling, I fear no fate, for you are my fate, my sweet, I want no world, for beautiful you are my world, my true, and itâ€™s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you here is the deepest secret nobody knows, here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide, and this is the wonder thatâ€™s keeping the stars apart I carry your heart, I carry it in my heart! FROM: PIA SARII
Happy Valentines Day! Want to send Love to Aaron, Erin & Scoodini Nees. All family as well. ~Evelyn Geimausaddle Happy Valentines Day! Ryan & Hayle & Baby Theo From: Mom Miranda
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My love for you remains silent, a secret that is mine. It fills my heart to see you, but I Can only smile at you when you walk by. My unspoken love will have a voice someday, & I will let you know you have the key to my heart. Until then, my love will remain quiet & I will love you from afar. ~218
Happy Valentines Day! Sam & Cody From: Mom Miranda
Happy Valentines Day! We love you so much TO My Husband Nathan Lopez Sr. From Your wife Candice Duarte Lopez & Our son Nathan Jr..
Happy Valentines Day! Happy Valentine to Wife aka: Tweety (Lynn Wahnee) I love you and the kids love you to. Happy Valentine
Happy Valentines Day! Mom (Charlene Hoahwah) Love, Miranda, Lisa, Renee, Myra & Rolanda
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“Comanche Boy” Dominates Bricktown George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah Starts The New Year With A Victory
Story and photos by Paula Karty/New Staff
George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah has his hand raised as the decision is announced declaring his knock out victory over Marteze Logan, on Jan. 24, at the Chevorlet Bricktown Center in Oklahoma City.
Middle weight contender George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah begins 2014 with a knock out victory over veteran Marteze Logan, on Jan. 24 at the Chevorlet Bricktown Center in Oklahoma City.
In a scheduled six round bout, Tahdooahnippah with a record of 32-1-2, controlled the fight from the first ring of the bell. The action quickly became one sided as Tahdooahnippah threw and landed a heavy accumulation
George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah lands body blows to opponent Marteze Logan. Tahdooahnippah was victorious with a knock out win over Logan.
of body shots. Throughout the first three rounds Tahdooahnippah was clearly the more dominate fighter. In the fourth round, Tahdooahnippah continued with the body blows. Tahdooahnippah landed a left hook to
the body which was too much for Logan. Logan went down for the count. The fight ended as a knock out victory for Tahdooahnippah. “I was happy with my performance, but know that I have more work ahead of me
Marteze Logan is sent down for the count in the fourth round after receiving a left hook body shot from Tahdooahnippah.
as I battle my way to title contention. I am back in the gym and ready for my next move from my team,” said Tahdooahnippah.
With a look of determination George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah knocks out Marteze Logan in the fourth round of a scheduled six round bout on Jan. 24 at the Chevorlet Bricktown Center in Oklahoma City.
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