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Lawton, OK

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General Council Meeting Retains Lawyers;No Changes Made on Proposed Budget

Oklahoma Native Americans Say Personal Health Problems Are an Important Challenge Craig Davis, Associate State Director/ AARP Oklahoma

By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

The Comanche Nation General Council meeting, held April 19 at the tribal headquarters, brought 419 tribal members to Watchetaker Hall by the 1:30 p.m. meeting start. Comanche Nation Chairman, Wallace Coffey, began the meeting by recognizing the Comanche Nation Youth Program, who won the Native Language Competition in Norman, OK. The group two Comanche Hymns and one Comanche Peyote Song. He also briefed the tribal members of the new business venture in Cache, Okla., the second phase of the Comanche Red River Hotel Casino expansion, and a housing community near Devol, Okla. First on the agenda was the nominations of the Comanche Business Committee positions. The Comanche Nation Election Board explained the nomination process. Being nominated for the Secretary/Treasurer Position were: Gary Tahmahkera, Jerry Tahsequah, Charles Wells, Robert Komahcheet, and Elizabeth Parker Williams. Tribal elder, Marie Peavy, made a motion to cease nominations. The motion was seconded. Being nominated for CBC No. 3 were: Harry Mithlo, Vernon Tehauno, and Joseph Aitson, Jr. A motion was made to cease nominations and seconded by members of the general council. Being nominated for CBC No. 4 were: Clyde Narcomey, Shelly Asepermy, Jack Codopony Sr., and Ronald Mahsetky. A motion was made to cease nominations and seconded by members of the general council. Nominations for positions on the tribe’s Election Board was the next item on the agenda. The election board explained the person nominating must reside in the district that is taking nominations. Being nominated for the Cache district were: Tanisha Burgess, Sandra Chestnut, Rosemary Chibitty, and Anita Daukei. A motion was made to cease nominations and seconded by members of the general council. Being nominated for the Apache District were: Sonya Whitewolf, Kara Coleman, and Edmond Nevaquaya. A motion was made to cease nominations and seconded by members of the general council. Being nominated for the Oklahoma City District were: Terry Perryman, Cheryl Mitchell, and Melissa Mitchell. A motion was made to cease nominations and seconded by memSee COUNCIL, Page 4

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Youths of the Comanche Nation swept the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair in April, placing in many age categories. From Top: The Comanche Nation Youth Program placed first in thier category of Traditional Song and 2nd in PowerPoint Presentation with Native Language. Participants are: Marquela Pewewardy; Haley Mathis; Galu Lavatai; Alofa Lavatai; Fia Lavatai; Lauren Noriega; Nyla Tahdooahnippah; Jalyn Santiago; Tasha Tahchawwickah; Jordan Simmons; AnnaRose Blackstar; Lauren Blackstar; Kya Parton; Quinn Ototivo; Haalee Parish; Salina Pequeno; Rebecca Burgess; Kobe Louis; Larissa Smith;and Ella Tehauno. The Walters Service Club Youth and the Comanche Nation Early Childhood Development Center of Lawton, Okla. placed in their age category. Not Pictured-Quinton Suina of Riverside Indian School placed in the Individual/Solo category by singing a Comanche Hymn.

upcoming comanche nation election dates • Early/In-House Voting, Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16, 2014; • General Election, Saturday, May 17, 2014; • Early/In-House Voting for Run-Off Election (if needed), Thursday, June 12 & Friday, June 13, 2014; • Run-Off Election (if needed), Saturday, June 14, 2014. 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.

A recent survey completed by AARP and the Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center (OKTEC) suggests personal health problems are the number one concern of American Indians when asked ‘what is the single most important problem or challenge facing Oklahoma Native Americans in mid-life’. Respondents to the survey stated other challenges faced were: staying healthy, the cost of living, retirement and transportation. Nearly all those surveyed said it is extremely or very important for tribes to maintain current funding levels for health care access, while 87% said funding home modifications that allow people to stay in their own homes is extremely or very important. More than three out of four respondents (86%) said it is extremely or very important for tribes to fund housing arrangements for people who can no longer live in their own homes, such as, adult family homes and assisted living. The AARP Tribal Community Survey was unveiled at the 6th Annual Tribal Epidemiology Center Public Health Conference held in Shawnee. The survey polled more than 300 American Indian and Alaska Natives age 40 and older living in Oklahoma. It was conducted by OKTEC, part of the nonprofit organization Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board (OCAITHB), in conjunction with AARP Oklahoma. Tom Anderson, Interim Executive Director of the Oklahoma City Area-Inter Tribal Health Board and OKTEC Director said the American Indian survey targeted 14 Oklahoma communities and gathered information concerning demographics, challenges and priorities in life, consumerrelated issues and monthly expenses and discounts. “The results of this community survey reaffirm the mission of the Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board to improve the health and quality of life of Native American communities through advocacy and education,” he said. “Working with partners like AARP Oklahoma, we are able to extend our effort to explore ways for improving the quality of life for Native Americans”. AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl said outreach and education to Native Americans is one of the top priorities of the association in Oklahoma. “This survey is significant because for the first time, we now have a snapshot of the beliefs of Native Americans in Oklahoma,” he said. “This validates AARP’s past work on healthcare education, cultural preservation and transportation and gives us a solid roadmap to continue working with the Oklahoma City Area InterTribal Health Board as well as all 39-federally recognized tribes and nations in the state.”

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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 Follow the Comanche Nation News

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Comanche Nation Pays Respect to The First Lady

By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Debra Jo Childs Coffey

April 5 was a day of mourning and heavy hearts as it was announced the First Lady of the Comanche Nation, Debra Jo Childs Coffey, left to be with her Lord and Savoir. Hundreds attended her Prayer Service in Lawton, Okla., and funeral in Round Rock, Okla. In addition to being the First Lady, she was an educator, retiring from Elgin School District in February. Numerous former and current students of Elgin, Okla. attended the prayer service. “She will be missed,” said her former student, George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah. “Us Indian kids hung out in her classroom. We felt safe and comfortable there. She was always there to help and support us.” “She was a perfect example of a strong, educated, true Native Woman,” said former Comanche Business Committee member and educator, Lenora Parker. An image of beauty and grace, Coffey touched the hearts of hundreds of people, and her love for her family, students, and friends will live on.


Debra Jo Childs Coffey, 55 of Lawton went to her heavenly home on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Funeral service was, April 9, at the Otoe-Missouria Agency in Red Rock. Burial followed at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Wake service was held, April 8, at Otoe-Missouria Agency in Red Rock. Prayer service was, April 7, at Watchetaker Hall at the Comanche Nation Complex with Rev. Nick Tahchawwickah officiating. Coffey was born on January 5, 1959 in Pawnee, Oklahoma to Karel Lee Childs. She was raised by her adoptive parents, John and Rachel (Dailey) Childs. Coffey married Wallace Coffey in 1976 in Red Rock, Oklahoma, they moved to Steamburg, New York shortly after. She graduated top 10 in her class from Salamanca High School in 1977. After graduation, they moved to Boston, MA where Wallace attended school. In 1979, they moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where she graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1984 with a degree in Special Education. In 1985, they moved to Denver, Colorado where she began employment at Robert G. Weiland School in Lakewood, Colorado as a Special Education teacher. In 1991, they moved to Oklahoma and Coffey taught at Elgin Public Schools as a Special Education/Learning Disabilities teacher for 23 years until her retirement in February of 2014. She had an open door policy when it came to various students over the years and was highly respected and regarded by students and coworkers alike. Coffey was a proud member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe. Having been taught her traditional ways by her parents, she was very proficient in the Otoe-Missouria culture. Her Otoe name was Mon-Gla-Tay-WeGe-Me, which means “Eagle Flies Above”. Coffey served as the Pawnee Indian Veterans Association Princess in 1974 and served as the 1975 Otoe-Missouria Tribal Princess. Coffey has served in many capacities at various powwows and celebrations including contest judge and Head Lady Dancer. She enjoyed her native ways and was an avid singer of church songs, hand game songs, peyote songs, powwow songs, gourd dance songs, and war journey songs. She was an enthusiastic and loyal sports fan, known for her never ending OU and Denver Bronco support.

She was a devout Christian and member of the Assembly of God Pentecostal Church in Red Rock, OK. She will be well remembered for serving in the capacity of First Lady of the Comanche Nation for many years. She is survived by her husband, Wallace Coffey of the home;

daughter, Karel Ann Coffey of the home; son, Robert Eli Coffey of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; Brothers: Don Childs, of Sand Springs, OK, Henry “Hank” Childs, of Enid, OK, Mitchell Childs, of Enid, OK, Charles “Cheek” Childs, of Red Rock, OK, Robert “Dieter” Childs, of the home;

Sisters: Barbara Childs-Walton, of Enid, OK, and Shirley Childs, of Ponca City, OK; many nieces, nephews, and children who lovingly referred to her as “Grandma”. She is preceded in death by her parents: John J. and Rachel Childs, and Karel Lee Childs; and her Brother, Johnny Childs.

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Happy Mothers Day!

For Mom, Our Family Porch Dedicated to my mother Angelina Rivera and all mothers Before the moon takes it. I want to see the sun, Before it goes to sleep. I want to walk on a pristine beach, Before others find it. I want to run with the

bison, Before they disappear from the earth. I want to see the sky blackened, With the birds migration. I want to fly their course, Right over the sea, Before the last sound I hear

is extinction, And not the cries, Of their beautiful, wild calls of spring. I want to see my mother’s face, I want to kiss her cheeks, I want to hold her in

my arms, And tell her, how much she means to me. I want to set my name, Upon the stars. I want my mother, To cry with joy. I want to sit with her, to gaze upon the Heavens,

Happy Mothers Day

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Happy Mothers Day

Sandy Cook From: Cole

Mary Pollard From: Chuck & Rance

Betty Hargis From: Sandy & Kandy

Happy “Mudder” Day Verna Cable “Gama Bern” From: Nikki & Kids

I want to see the sky,

Happy Mothers Day June Pahcoddy From: Your daughters Betty & Mary

Happy Mothers Day Kandy Peeler From: Nicole & Kassidy

On our very own family porch, And thank The Lord of Light, For saving us, above all. Amen.

Happy Mothers Day Mona Codynah We Love you memaw

Happy Mothers Day Paulette Wooten We love you Mom ma maw Have a Blessed Mothers Day! Thanks for being there for us Love Tosee Jr Fam Bam

Happy Mothers Day Charlene Hoahwah We Love You Mom From: Lisa, Renee, Miranda, Myra, Rolanda, Rod Jr, & Terrence

Happy Mothers Day Peggy Tahchawwickah Just want to tell you what a wonderful Mother you are & thank you for all you have done for me & my boys. Happy Mothers Day, I Love You. From: Sonya Tahchawwickah

Happy 1st Mothers Day Angel Lomavaya Hilliard

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Happy Mothers Day

Alice Wermy We Love You! From: BJ & Rae & the family

Hope Ticeahkie-Taylor We Love You! From: Lesley, Carole, Kris, grandkids & grandpuppies

Karen Heminokeky Mom your LOVE is patient, Your LOVE is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Your LOVE rejoices with the truth. It protects trusts hopes & always perseveres. God Bless you mom & Happy Mothers Day! Love your Heminokeky Girls, Jo, Neda, Jamie, Llori & Stacey!

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Lesley Boyden-Collins We Love You! From: Mom, BJ, Charles, Rae, Toti & Mya

Ethel Boyden We Love You! From: BJ, Charles, Lesley, Rae, Toti & Mya

The 4th Annual Comanche Nation Optometry Children Clinic June, July, and August 2014 During this time we will only have appointments for: *Children 4-18 *Full time College students 18-24 (Must provide a student I.D.)

Call at anytime to schedule children appointments


The Comanche Nation Optometry is not scheduling any adult appointments at this time. We will start scheduling the adult appointments for September on August 25, 2014

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bers of the general council. Being nominated for the Lawton District were: Claudia Coosewoon, Cheryl Monoessy, and Nolan Tahdooahnippah A motion was made to cease nominations and seconded by members of the general council. Being nominated for the Walters District were: Donna Ahdosy, but due to the Term Limits set in the Election Board Policies, she was ineligible. After no one took the floor to nominate for the Walters District, Chairman Coffey announced the CBC will appoint a person for that position. Being nominated for the Tribal Administrator Position were: Will Owens, Balante Herrera, John Hayden, and Mike Kosechequetah Each had an opportunity to address the General Council. Owens spoke first as the incumbent. He said he would like the opportunity to continue work in current projects to help the tribal people. Herrera was next, saying he would like the opportunity to help the tribe get out of the High Risk status with the 638 Programs, and an opportunity to work with tribal employees. Kosechequetah was last to speak, saying he has seven years’ experience in economic development, and he felt it was time for him to “step up” and help his tribal people. Hayden was not present at the meeting. The voting results for TA were: Will Owens—309 votes—(67.47%) Balante Herrera—103 votes— (22.49%) John Hayden—9 votes (1.97%) Mike Kosechequetah—37 votes— (8.08%) Crowe and Dunleavy Attorneys at Law addressed the council, with Mike McBride explaining their

ABOVE: Over 400 tribal members attended the 2014 General Council Meeting to vote on issues and listen to current tribal projects. LEFT: William Owens addresses the audience about his current projects and future goals as the Tribal Administrator (TA). Owens retained his TA position by having 67% of tribal votes.

accomplishments while representing the Nation in the courtrooms. McBride said one of the major victories came during last year’s tobacco negotiations with Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallon. They filed and received an injunction, which saved the Comanche Nation around $500,000 a month and numerous jobs. A motion by Tina Emhoolah to retain Crowe and Dunleavy as the tribal attorneys was seconded. Thomas Narcomey took the floor to tell the coun-

cil to look at other attorneys before making a decision. The voting results were: 97.97% to retain the current tribal attorneys 2.03% not to retain the current tribal attorneys The subject of the 60% increase in the annual percapita payment to tribal members was brought to the floor by tribal members Norman Nauni and Roderick Whitewolf. Nauni made a motion that

VOTE RON MAHSETKY Comanche Business Committee Member Seat 4

My interest for running for CBC is to assist the ABC in plans and endeavor's toward progress for our people. I am a Marine Veteran, and a member of the Comanche Indian Veteran's Association.

my ability.

With the Lords help I will serve in the stated position to uphold our Constitution to the best of

I hold all Numunu in highest regards and will do my best to serve the people in the position of Business Committee Member Seat 4. I consider it an honor to serve the people and respectfully request your Vote on May 17, 2014.

the tribe to hire Willie Nelson to do paperwork and turn in to the Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Indian Gaming Commission for the increase. The motion was seconded by Whitewolf. Chairman Coffey explained the increase will not be approved because it would dissolve tribal programs and eliminate close to 100 jobs within the Nation. CBC Nevaquaya added by saying her and other members of the

Business Committee visited the BIA to find out why the 60% increase was denied and what steps are needed to approve it. “We have to prove to be sufficient and profitable and to uphold our economic stability,” said Nevaquaya. Chairman Coffey named the motion Resolution 419-14-1, and called for a vote. The voting results were: In favor of Resolution No. 419-14-1 13.07% Not in favor of Resolution no. 419-14-1 86.39% Robert Tippeconnie took the floor during the FY 2014-2015 Budget approval and made a motion to reduce the Capitol Improvement budget by $1.5 million, with $1 million going to more C-Stores being built and open, and $500,000 to go toward the electric/plumbing/HVAC .The motion also called for $360 be taken from 34 of the Community and Education programs funded by gaming, to put towards training for the electric/plumbing/HVAC. He also wanted to add a new line item in this category titled Licensing and reduce the Law Enforcement Budget by $300,000 for the Licensing budget, and increase the Charitable Funds line item. During the lengthy discussion on his proposed changes, Tippeconnie amended the motion to include adding $200,000 from the Tax Commission Contribution for a Media Center. A count was taken by the Election board and a quorum was lost, so nothing was changed on the proposed budget. The meeting ended at 4:54 p.m.

Changes to the Election Process For Comanche Nation Voters

All eligible tribal members will receive a ballot in the mail. Tribal members will no longer have to submit a request to receive 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. • 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 Elder’s Center/Nutrition Site located at 1107 SW “H” Ave. Please make sure that your address is current with the enrollment office. The Election Board encourages all eligible tribal members to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election. Please contact the Election Board office at 580-492-3272 if you have any questions.

SHELLEY ASEPERMY Candidate for CBC No. 4 VOTE MAY 17, 2014

Family: My mother is the late Violet Klinekole and my grandmother is the late Julia Lucy Eckiwaudah (a full-blood Comanche). I graduated from Riverside Indian School in 1972 and have been a Licensed Practical Nurse since 1981. My husband is former CBC member, Lanny Asepermy, and we have six daughters, 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. I am a devoted member of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association Auxiliary Education: Graduated from Riverside Indian School in 1972 and CaddoKiowa Vocational Nursing Program in 1980. Work Experience: Licensed Practical Nurse in Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Home Health, Medical Doctor Offices, Comanche Nation Diabetes and Prescription Programs If elected I will: • Support current on-going projects by working with the Chairman, Officers, Business Committee and Tribal Administrator • Make recommendations for projects that will enhance the Nation • Ensure services are provided for the elderly, handicapped, homeless and unemployed as warranted • Provide contact information and welcome input from Nation members about governmental issues and concerns – I will reply to all inquiries • Abide by the Comanche Constitution I don’t possess a college degree or have any fancy titles behind my name except Mother, Grandma, Big Sister, Wife and Nurse. I will never place myself above any Nation member as we are all equal – I will lead by example.

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JERRY TAHSEQUAH CANDIDATE SECRETARY/TREASURER Tahsequah is an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma (OU), where he served as President and Treasurer of the American Indian Alumni Society, President, the OU American Indian Faculty and Staff Committee. He is the former Associate Director of the OU Health Sciences Center, Native American Center of Excellence, and former Coordinator for Academic Service, the OU Athletic Department. He served briefly as a Case Manger for the Comanche Nation Indian Child Welfare Family Services. He served on the State Board of Directors and as the Oklahoma City Chairman and Vice Chairman and Chairman Southwest Chapter of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO) He served as Chairman and Treasurer, the Board of Directors of the Native American Tobacco Coalition of Oklahoma.; Board of Directors Central Oklahoma Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Board of Directors and Treasurer, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. He is a former member of the National Congress of American Indians; National Indian Education Association; American Indian Science and Engineering Society; National Association of Academic Advisors for Student Athletes. Tahsequah has served on numerous national and state advisory and consulting committees including: • Robert Wood Johnson National Advisory Committee Pipeline Profession and Practice. • Kellogg Foundation Committee in Diversity Mentoring Project • US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Diversity Committee. • US Indian Health Services Scholarship Review Committee. • US DHHS HRSA Bureau of Health Professions Peer Review Committee • Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center “Projects with Industry” Business Advisory Council. • Oklahoma American Indian Heritage and Celebration Committee. • Oklahoma Health Science Center Native American Research Center for Health. • OU Health Science Center Staff Senate Discrimination and Harassment Committee. • OU Health Science Center of Native American Research Group of Oklahoma Executive Committee. • OU American Indian Verification Policy Committee.

Anadarko Area Voting Site Changes Location to Tribal Outreach Center The Comanche Nation Election Board wants the Anadarko Area voters to be advised that the polling site for Anadarko will now be the Anadarko Outreach Center, located at 117 SW 2nd St., Anadarko, Oklahoma 73005. For questions or additional information, contact the Election Board office, (580) 492-3272. VERNON TEHAUNO---- CANDIDATE CBC #3 Greetings to all my Comanche people. I am Vernon Tabbytosavit Tehauno Jr. I am running for committee man # 3 on the Comanche business committee. My parents are the late Vernon Tehauno Sr. of Indiahoma Oklahoma and Patsy Sankadota Tehauno currently of Apache Oklahoma. I have been married to Harriet Tehauno, my spouse, for over 39 yrs. I am a proud parent & grandparent. I am retired but active in my children’s lives and of course in my grandchildren’s pursuits: football, t-ball, and basketball. I have served in the United States Marine Corps form 1970-1972. I have served in the Republic of South Vietnam and Guantanamo Bay Cuba. It was an honor to serve my country and to be a representative of the Comanche Nation in the armed forces of our great nation. I was honorably discharged. I am a 1978 graduate of Seminole State College. I am a former committee man. During my former term I started the K-12 school initiative program. I secured funding to complete our veterans garden and isn’t it beautiful? I support the elder’s Christmas bonus. I have and always will be an advocate for our children, elders, and veterans. Especially for our most treasured possession, our children. I will push for more monies for our social programs ie: utility bills, propane, and the cost has sky rocketed. Also more funding for those entering college ie: tuition, books, and lap tops. If our youth are trying we need and should help them as much as much as a responsible nation can. With the nation’s economy in such disarray, we have to be sure our tribal members have priority in being hired to work in our nations enterprises. This must be done. Our gaming revenue is our most important economic asset at the time and will be for a length of time. Let us capitalize on our opportunities and diversify our economic base thru business ventures that will benefit our people and Comanche Nation. Decisions are easy to make when you have priorities. We as Comanches are the most colorful and traditionally rich people created. Be Proud. I ask for your support and vote on May 17, 2014. Thank You, Vernon Tehauno Jr.



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Programs Easter Egg Hunts Across Comanche Country Bring Fellowship During the Easter Season Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

The Comanche Nation Prevention and Recovery held it’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 12 from at the Comanche Nation Complex. The event had a abundance of participants both young and old. Everyone that came out enjoyed the afternoon hunting eggs, hoping to find the prize egg. Each category had special prizes for the lucky person who found that special egg. Easter egg baskets ranged from elaborately decorated baskets to plastic bags. No matter what the hunters used to hunt eggs, all had a good time vying for the prize eggs. The prevention and Recovery Program would like to thank all the volunteers and other programs that came out and helped with this year’s event. As always this event was a great success. The Comanche Nation Elder Center held it’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt/Luncheon on April 16 at the Comanche Nation Elder Center. The event was filled with healthy treats for the Elders. The staff hid eggs outside the center for the Elder’s to hunt. Comanche Nation Police came to block off traffic for the safety of the Elders. Easter baskets made of all shapes, sizes and material, were used by the Elder’s to carry the colored eggs they discovered. The staff provided a funfilled day for the elders with an Easter Celebration.

Hundreds participated in the annual Comanche Nation Easter Egg Hunt, which was held at the Comanche Nation Complex. Age categories and other activities made it an enjoyable day for the whole family.

All Elders came out to participate during the Easter Egg hunt. The Elders really enjoyed themselves.

2014 Annual Numunu Daycare Easter Egg Hunt

Comanche Nation Tourism Center Presents

Art & Flea Market Extravaganza Saturday May 10, 2014 8 am - 4 pm Booth space free for Arts & Craft vendors , $20 for flea market vendors Congratulations to Ariane Gooday, who won a beautiful Pendleton bag at the Comanche Nation Tourism Center Winter Blowout Sale in April. The Comanche Nation Tourism Center would like to thank all of the following Individuals, Departments and Businesses for their time in helping make our “2014 Winter Blowout Sale” a huge success. -Comanche Nation Casino Maintenance & Security -Indians for Indians Radio Program -The Breeze 99.5 Radio Station -Comanche Nation I.T. Dept -Intertribal Designs -Comanche Nation Maintenance Dept. -Comanche Nation Capital Improvement -Journey Productions -Williams Landscaping Co. -Comanche Nation Property -Perkins Communications -Comanche Nation PIO -NDN Tymez Rock Band -Cecil Gray& The Indian Blues Band

-Lanny Asepermy -Comanche Nation Princess & Family -Comanche Nation Law Inforcement -Comanche Nation Tribal Administrator -Comanche Nation Business Committee -Finley & Cook -Comanche Nation Finance Dept. They also would like to thank the vendors who displayed all their talents by exhibiting their beautiful Arts & Crafts under our pavilion. Urah to all of our customers who came that day for our Winter Blowout Sale 2014.

(please call for details, space is limited!!) **Featuring** Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition ! Ages 12 12--17. Free limited entry. Must provide own temporary water based chalk. Prizes will be awarded to winners and all participants! (judging criteria and rules will be announced on day of event) Free donuts and coffee in the morning ! Please call : 580 580--595 595--4941 to reserve your space And to enter chalk art competition. Located at: 410 Southest II--44 ,Unit A Lawton, Oklahoma

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Comanche Nation Holds Annual Earth Day Celebration Environmental Protection Awareness Shown Through Contests

Story and Photos by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

The Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Programs (CNOEP) hosted the 4th annual Earth Day Celebration on April 16 at the Comanche Nation Watchetaker Hall. Door prizes were given away throughout the day during the event. Some of the vendors included the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, the Ft. Sill Apache Tribe

Environmental Office and the Delaware Nation Environmental Office.. The CNOEP also presented “Protecting Our Sacred Land and Water” Earth Day Youth Poster Contest. It was open to all Native American students who were in 9th-12th grade, and whom had a CDIB. Riverside Indian School student were the biggest participants in the poster contest.

Winning first place was Olivia Komacheet, who was presented with a 10in Tablet. There were five places. Winning the Plastics Contest was Mary Austin, who received a PS 4 Game Station. A special appearance by Captain Planet was the highlight of the event. Recruiting Planeteers to

3rd Place: Malcolm Marcisco, 10th grade, Riverside Indian School. He received a retail Gift Card.

Ten Things You Should Know About Mold

Black mold spore Submitted by the Comanche Nation Environmental Program

The Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Programs would like to effectively communicate to our tribal members, to be aware of mold and it’s dangers to your health and your families and loved ones. Mold can grow anywhere, on anything and anytime. Thus prevention and a few steps can make your breathing a little better and possibly safer. Ten Things You Should Know About Mold: 1.) Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. 2.) There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. 3.) If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture. 4.) Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth. 5.) Reduce indoor humidity (to 3060%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenev-

er cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning. 6.) Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. 7.) Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced. 8.) Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation. 9.) In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation.) 10.) Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. If you have any questions contact the Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Office at (580) 492-3734

that live on it. Other departments helped make the annual Earth Day a success. Programs such as Prevention and Recovery, Public Information Office, and the Property and Procurement donated prizes for the Poster Contest, door prizes and Plastics Contest.

Volunteers of Earth Day recycled pop sickle sticks and vegetable cans to turn them into planters.

Visitors sign up at the Delaware Nation Environmental Office Booth during the Comanche Nation’s April 16 Earth Day Celebration.

2nd Place: Celeste Apkau 11th Grade, Riverside Indian School. She was given a $100 Gift Card to Academy Sports.

help him save the planet from the dangers of pollution and educate everyone about keeping our planet clean, Captain Planet reminded all of his favorite slogan, “The Power is Yours!” He reminded the crowd by them choosing to keep their environment safe and polluntant-free, they help him fight these dangers that harm the planet and all living things

“The Choice is Yours,” reminds Captain Planet, who made a special appearance at the Earth Day event.

4th Place: Rosalina Arnouse , 9th Grade, Riverside Indian School. She was presented with a Pendleton Notebook. from CNOEP Staff member, Chad Tahchawwickah.

5th Place: Jason Pena, 10th grade, Riverside Indian School. Tahchawwickah presented him with a Pendleton Notebook.

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Military Submitted by: Lanny Asepermy

COMANCHE INDIAN VETERANS ASSOCIATION 9th Annual Armed Forces Day Banquet At The Comanche Community Center In Apache Saturday, May 17, 2014 Guest Speaker

Mary Culley, US Air Force (Retired) and Department of Veterans Affairs


SP3 James Patterson, US Army, Cold War (Berlin, Germany) MSgt Kenneth Atauvich, US Air Force, War on Terror (Iraq and Afghanistan) 1LT Kris Wermy, US Army and OKARNG, War on Terror (Iraq and Afghanistan) 1LT Kent Tomah, US Army

Mary Culley


Mary Culley is the Tribal Government Relations Specialist for the Southern Plains and Southwestern Region of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Tribal Government Relations based at VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration/Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix. She began her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2005 as an Administrative Officer, Nursing Service, and as the American Indian Advisor (on a volunteer basis) at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. Culley has a daughter, Alicia, and 2 grandchildren, Deanna and Devon, and is from the Tom Palmer Band of the Seminole Nation and the Wind Clan of the Creek Nation. Culley is a 20-year veteran of the US Air Force who served her entire career as a single Mom. The majority of her assignments were overseas. She was “hand picked” twice for NATO assignments with the Flight Operations Unit, Supreme Allied Command, Europe, SHAPE, in Belgium and as the Wing Base Personnel Readiness Unit’s Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of all worldwide deployments in and out of Europe with the US Air Forces in Europe. Some of her awards include the Meritorious Service, the Commendation with/3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Good Conduct with/4 Oak Leaf Clusters and the National Defense Service Medals, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with/3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon. Culley was also the NCO of the year while based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

James M. (Jim) Patterson Sr


Other assignments include Holloman AFB, NM with the 49th Fighter Wing; Dyess AFB, TX with the 7th Bomb Wing; Sheppard AFB, TX with the 82nd Training Wing; Hill AFB, UT with the 388th Fighter Wing and overseas at Clark AB, Republic of the Philippines with the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing and the Royal Air Force Lakenheath Air Base, United Kingdom with the 48th Fighter Wing. In addition he has served at numerous worldwide locations in support of Operations Desert Storm, Provide Comfort and Desert Thunder/Fox durPatterson ing the Persian Gulf War and James M. (Jim) Patter- Iraqi Freedom twice and Endurson Sr served in the US Army ing Freedom during the War on from October 20, 1954 to Octo- Terror. MSgt Atauvich earned ber 2, 1957 earning the rank of the Air Force Master Instructor Specialist 3. He took his Basic Badge, was a Weapons Safety Training at Fort Bliss TX and Manager capturing the Air ComAdvanced Individual Training, bat Command’s Explosive Safety as a Military Policeman, at Fort Achievement Award in 2006 and Gordon GA. SP3 Patterson was was assigned to the Coalition Air initially assigned to the Vint Hills Force Transition Team attached to Farms Station near Warrenton VA the Multi-National Security Tranwhere he performed security du- sition Command – Iraq efforts at ties. Vint Hills Farms Station was rebuilding the Iraqi Air Force for the US Army and National Secu- self-sustainment. rity Agency Signal Intelligence He has earned 60 Decoraand Electronic Warfare Facility. tions, Medals, Badges and CamHe was then assigned to the 272nd paign Ribbons to include the MasMilitary Police Company with the ter Instructor Badge, the Defense Berlin Command in Germany as Meritorious Service, Meritorious a Military Policeman. SP3 Pat- Service, 4 Air Force Commendaterson Sr served overseas for 20+ tion, 2 Air Force Achievement, months. When he returned to the the Army Achievement, 9 Good United States, after his tour in Conduct, 2 National Defense SerGermany, he traveled the Atlantic vice, the Armed Forces Expedivia the USS General Alexander tionary, the Southwest Asia CamPatch. He was discharged at Fort paign with/1 Bronze Service Star, Chaffee, AR. the Afghanistan Campaign with/1 His awards include the Bronze Service Star, the Iraq Army Occupation (Germany) Campaign with/1 Bronze Service Medal, Cold War Certificate of Star, the Global War on Terrorism Recognition and the Comanche Service, the Armed Forces SerNation Honorable Service Medal- vice, the NATO, Kuwait Liberalion. tion and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medals, 2 Joint Meritorious Unit, 4 Meritorious Kenneth Atauvich Unit and 7 Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards and 3 Air Force Overseas, 2 Air Force Expeditionary with/Gold Border, 6 Air Force Longevity Service, 2 NCO Professional Military Education Graduate and the Air Force Training Ribbons. Of the 1,111 known Comanche veterans MSgt Atauvich is the second most decorated active duty Comanche veteran.


Kenneth Atauvich retired from the US Air Force as a Master Sergeant after serving from October 9, 1987 to October 30, 2011. He completed Basic Training at Lackland AFB, TX and Technical Training, as an Aircraft Armament Specialist, at Lowry AFB,

Kristopher K. Wermy

yond the call of duty on 12 April 2007. SPC Wermy’s remarkable courage in the face of overwhelming enemy fire as a 81mm mortar squad leader during combat operations in the Helmand River Valley directly contributed to the destruction of over seventy Taliban fighters. SPC Wermy’s actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon him, Combined Task Force Fury, Combined Joint Task Force-82 and the United States Army.” Martin P. Schweitzer, Colonel, Infantry, Commanding, signed the citation.


Kent O. Tomah III

Kristopher K. Wermy enlisted in the US Army on February 17, 2005 and served until July 18, 2008 earning the rank of Sergeant (Promotable). He joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard on July 19, 2008 and is currently the Executive Officer of A Company, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade based in El Reno. After completing Basic and Airborne Training, while on active duty with the US Army, he was assigned to HQs and HQs Company, 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC with the Battalion Mortar Platoon. He deployed to Iraq for 5 ½ months in 200506 and to Afghanistan for 15 ½ months in 2007-08. Shortly after enlisting in the OK Army National Guard he completed Officer Candidate School and the Infantry Basic Officer Course. He is currently a 1st Lieutenant (Promotable). 1LT Wermy deployed to Afghanistan a second time for 8+ months in 2011-12 as the Platoon Leader of D Company, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade. His awards include the Bronze Star, 3 Army Commendation medals including one with/ Valor Device, the Army Achievement, the Army Good Conduct, the National Defense Service, the Global War on Terrorism Service, the Iraq Campaign with/2 Bronze Service Stars, the Afghanistan Campaign with/3 Bronze Service Stars, the NATO, and the Armed Forces Reserve with/M Device Medals, the Army Service and Overseas with/Numeral 3 Ribbons and the Parachutists and Combat Infantryman Badges. There are 1,111 Comanche veterans, 1LT Wermy is 1 of 23 Comanche veterans to earn the title of Numu Pukutsi (Crazy Dog Soldier) for his valor in combat as he was awarded the Army Commendation medal with/Valor Device – his citation reads in part “For exceptionally Valorous conduct above and be-


Kent O. Tomah III enlisted in the US Army August 24, 2010 at the rank of Specialist. After completing Basic Training with the 47th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, GA he attended and graduated from Officer Candidate School with the 11th Infantry Regiment also at Fort Benning. On March 24, 2011 he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Field Artillery. 2LT Tomah completed the Basic Officer Leadership Course at the Fort Sill Artillery School on November 18, 2011 he was assigned to C Battery, 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery at Fort Sill where he served as the Fire Direction Officer and Platoon Leader. On September 24, 2012 he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and reassigned to HQ’s and HQ’s Battery as the Executive Officer. His awards include the Army Achievement, National Defense Service and Global War on Terrorism Medals and the Army Service Ribbon. 1LT Tomah’s grandfather, Kent Tomah, was a Korean War veteran who served with the 45th Infantry Division and his grandfather, Lawrence Bruce Tomah, served in the US Army during World War I and was the last living Comanche World War I veteran – he died on August 17, 1989 at age 99.

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At Watchetaker Hall and the CIVA Court of Honor Monday, May 26, 2014 Henry Leon Parker

nam Gallantry Cross with/Palm and Vietnam Campaign medals. His father, Billy J. Wermy was a Korean War veteran.

Patrick Craig


Henry Leon Parker was drafted into the US Army and served from March 5, 1951 to February 25, 1953 earning the rank of Private. He completed his Basic and started his Advanced Basic Training at Fort Lewis, WA with the 5th Engineer Battalion when they shipped to Giessen, Germany. Once in Germany he was assigned to Company A. PVT Parker was trained as a Combat Construction Specialists. His duties consisted of high explosive demolitions and heavy construction equipment operation. His unit was trained to build bridges and destroy bridges. He served in Germany for 1 year, 2 months and 21 days and was discharged at Fort Chaffee, AR. PVT Parker was awarded the National Defense Service and Occupation of Germany Medals. It should be noted that his father, Tom (Tittah) Parker, was a World War I veteran and his grandfather was Quanah Parker.

Billy F. Wermy


Patrick Craig served in the US Army from January 24, 1984 to October 28, 1990 earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. He completed his Basic Training at Fort Jackson SC and his Advanced Individual Training, as a Combat Medic, at Fort Sam Houston TX. After completing Airborne Training at Fort Benning GA and Special Forces training at Fort Benning and the JFK Special Warfare School in Washington DC he was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg NC where he was an Instructor with Special Weapons and Demolition based at Camp McCall NC. Overseas missions included Grenada and Kosovo. His awards include the Army Commendation with/1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement with/3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Good Conduct, the National Defense Service and the United Nations Medals, the Army and NCO Professional Development Ribbons, the Airborne and Special Forces Tabs and the Parachutists, Air Assault and Expert Medic Badges.

William R. “Budd” Phillips


Billy F. Wermy was drafted into the US Army on March 6, 1970 and was discharged on November 16, 1971 at Fort Carson CO. He earned the rank of Specialist 4. SP4 Wermy took his Basic Combat Training at Fort Lewis WA and his Advanced Individual Training, as an Armor Crewman, at Fort Knox KY. He arrived in Vietnam in August 1970 and was assigned to Troop I, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. SP4 Wermy was a Loader and Driver on the M 551 Sheridan Tank. His unit operated in and around a large perimeter of Bien Hoa and Long Binh South Vietnam. After his unit was deactivated in the spring of 1971 he served the remaining of his tour at Cam Ranh Bay. He returned from Vietnam August 1971 and was stationed at Fort Carson. His awards include the Army Commendation, National Defense Service, Vietnam Service with/2 Bronze Service Stars, Viet-


William R. “Budd” Phillips retired from the US Army after serving from August 12, 1965 to September 1, 1986. His highest rank was Captain and he retired as a First Sergeant. 1SG Phillips took his Basic Training at Fort Knox, KY and his Advanced Individual Training, as a Cannon Fire Direction Specialist, at Fort Sill. His served at Fort Sill 3 times with the US Army Field Artillery School, the Field Artillery Training Center and III Corps; Fort Carson CO with the 5th In-

fantry Division and overseas at Camp Kumsi Korea with the 7th Infantry Division; Germany twice at Werl with TASCOM and Hutier Kaserne in Lamboy with the 3rd Armored Division and An Khe, Pieiku and Ban Me Thout Combat Fire Bases, South Vietnam (from March 1969 to February 1970) with the 1st Field Force. While in Vietnam his duties consisted of Artillery Forward Observer, Chief of the Fire Direction Center and the NCOIC of the Logistics Platoon for the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery in the II Corps Area of Operations. 1SG Phillips is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Candidate, Drill Sergeant, Basic and Advanced NCO Schools. He has served as a Fire Direction Specialist, S-4 and Operations Specialist, Forward Observer, Senior Instructor, Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant and Acting Command Sergeant Major. His awards the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service, the Good Conduct with/3 Silver Clasps, the National Defense Service, the Armed Forces Expeditionary, the Vietnam Service with/3 Bronze Service Stars, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with/ Palm and the Vietnam Campaign with/1960 Device Medals, the NCO Professional Development with/Numeral 3 and Overseas Ribbons, the Drill Sergeant Identification and Expert Qualification with/Rifle and Pistol Bars Badges and the Meritorious Service and Korean Presidential Unit Citations. After retirement Phillips worked for the Lawton Constitution and attended Cameron University. He curtailed his education due to a heart attack. After his recovery he worked for Northrop in Lawton and Laredo TX. – After his contract expired he began working as the Disabled Veterans Outplacement Specialist with the Lawton Employment Office. In 1986 Phillips was employed with the Veterans Affairs Office at Memorial Hospital and the Fort Sill VA Clinic as a Medical Records Specialist. In 1989 Phillips became a Veterans Service Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs on Fort Sill. His very first claim was for a Korean War veteran who he said “was in bad shape” – the veteran went from 0% to 100% shortly thereafter. In February 1999 he opened the Veterans Service Office in Lawton. For the past 25 years he has filed about 20,000 claims with a success rate of between 8085%. Phillips has filed countless claims for Comanche veterans and at one time made his services available at the Comanche and Kiowa Complexes. One his most memorable claims was securing a military marker for a Civil War veteran that is in place at Red Rock, OK. His office is located at 1310 NW 47th Street in Lawton.

Towana Spivey


Towana Spivey served with the Oklahoma Army National Guard from August 1960 to August 1966 earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served with the 45th Infantry Division at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Fort Chaffee AR; Fort Polk LA, Fort Hood TX; Fort Knox KY and Fort Sill. SSG Spivey graduated from the Transportation School at Fort Leonard Wood, the Armor School at Fort Knox and the NCO Academy at Fort Hood. He served as a Tank Crewman and Commander; Drill Sergeant; Section Leader and Training NCO. His awards include the National Defense Service medal and various commendations and unit awards. He is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and in 2012 was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Mr. Spivey earned a Bachelors Degree in History and Natural Science from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with Masters Graduate studies in Anthropology and Museum Studies at Universities of Oklahoma, Denver and Montana. His accomplishments are many as he worked closely with many Southern Plains Tribes, to include the Comanche Nation and the Comanche Indian Veterans Association, as well as the Five Civilized Tribes throughout his distinguished career. His contribution to the Comanche Nation and the Comanche Indian Veterans Association began in the 1980’s when he did early research on the Comanche Code Talkers of World War II. Mr. Spivey was the primary historical advisor to the French Government in preparation for their recognition ceremonies for the Code Talkers in Oklahoma City in 1989 and the Department of Defense ceremonies in St Louis a short time later. In the 1990’s the US Congress and White House, on behalf of Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, solicited his advice for recommendations to produce a Congressional Gold Medal for the Code Talkers – the medal was approved in 2008. He also arranged the only meeting between the living Comanche and Navajo Code Talkers at the Comanche Nation Fair in 1993. Mr. Spivey was a key participant in the 7-year battle with Fort Sill to protect and obtain proper recognition for the Indian Agency Cemetery at Henry Post Army Airfield. The cemetery is mostly the remains of 111 Comanches. In 2008 he was the lead advocate in protecting the Medicine Bluffs Historic Site from improper development by Fort Sill and was successful as the primary witness for the Comanche Nation win-

ning the legal battle against the US Army in federal court. Mr. Spivey founded the “Descendants of Troop L, 7th US Cavalry” organization of which many ancestors are Comanche. He appears on the CIVA DVD “In the Tradition of the Warrior – A History of modern-day Comanche Veterans”. Mr. Spivey also initialed the annual base ball game between American Indians, of which many are Comanches, against military personnel from Fort Sill. He has produced many exhibits involving Comanches including the “Warrior’s Journey” Gallery at Fort Sill and has preserved many Comanche artifacts. Mr. Spivey has appeared on 35+ TV documentaries, served as an advisor for many contemporary motion pictures and produced numerous books, pamphlets and articles on Comanche history. Governors, Commanding Generals, Senators, Congressmen, Universities, other Tribes and Nations and organizations have recognized him for his work.

Shelby Elizabeth Mata


Shelby Elizabeth Mata is the daughter of Antonio and Phillis Mata. She is a junior at Walters High School and member of the Varsity “Blue Devil” basketball team, the Native American Club and Varsity Choir. She is also a Cheerleader and an A-B student. Mata served as the Comanche Nation Jr Princess from 2008-10 and was the 3rd RunnerUp at the 2014 Miss Walters Pageant. Her grandparents are the late Mitchell and Lou Bell Ototivo Gwoompi and Jerome Sr and Rebecca Howingwater; her great grandparents are the late Vilas and Angeline “Gommock” Peacoose Ototivo. Her great grandmother passed her Comanche name “Gommock”, meaning “Loving Person” to Ms Mata. Mata’s grandfather, the late Jerome Howlingwater Sr was a US Army and Vietnam War veterans and a Cheyenne Chief of War. Her great uncle, Clifford Ototivo Sr, was a US Army and World War II veteran and a Comanche Code Talker. Mata’s uncle, Preston Gwoompi Sr, was an US Army veteran and her cousins, Clifford Jr, Rudy and Timothy Ototivo are all veterans. She is an accomplished singer in the Comanche and English languages as well as a sign linguist. Mata has performed the National Anthem at the CIVA Armed Forces Day Banquet, Memorial Day Ceremony, Veterans Day Celebration and monthly meetings and Comanche hymns at numerous funerals of our deceased veterans and at the Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.

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People, Places and Things Happening Coffman Signs With Rose State College

Yarholar Crowned 2014 Little Miss Indian Oklahoma City

Coffman On January 31, tribal Member, Cheyenne Coffman, a senior at Apache High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to play fastpitch softball at Rose State College for Head Coach Nickie Williams. Coffman will be joining the squad next fall a one of nine recruits for the Lady Raiders. Rose State College Softball is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Region 2, Division 1 Conference. where Coffman will be competing for a spot as an outfielder. As a senior at Apache, Coffman led the team in hitting and played both second base and shortstop where she compiled a fielding percentage of .958. Coffman is the daughter of Jeremy and Vanessa Coffman and granddaughter of Ann and Keith Koassechony, all of Apache.

Tribal Youth Play In Oklahoma All State Girls YMCA Basketball Tournament

Yarholar Nuka Nivy Jane (Chibitty) Yarholar has recently been crowned the 2014 Little Miss Indian Oklahoma City. She will hold this title for one year, and will represent the Changing Winds Cultural Society. This annual competition is held in Del City, Oklahoma. During the competition, the contestants have to give a tribal greeting and description of their tribal dress. Yarholar won both of these categories, and was crowned the 2014 Little Miss Indian Oklahoma City on March 21. Yarholar is the daughter of Dijay and Erin Yarholar. She is the granddaughter of the late Thomas Chibitty and Marsha Chibitty, and Vernon and Tonah Yarholar. Yarholar is Comanche, Creek, Seminole, Cheyenne, and Arapaho. Also crowned at the competition were 2014 Miss Indian Oklahoma City Liyahna Bender (Absentee Shawnee) and Jr. Miss Indian Oklahoma City Kyrah Holata (Seminole).

OKC Theatre 5th Annual Native American New Play Festival featuring Three Comanche youth MANAHATTA play in the Oklahoma All State Girls YMCA Basketball Tournament for ages 12 and under on February 22nd, 2014. They are Lottie Deere age 12, Amiya Tonips-DeVine age 9, and Juliana Wahnee age 12. Lottie Deere attends Geronimo Public Schools and is in the 6th grade. Her mother is Misti DeVine. Amiya Tonips-DeVine attends Lawton Public Schools and is in the 4th grade. Her parents are Christopher and Desiree DeVine. Juliana Wahnee attends Elgin Public Schools and is in the 7th grade. Her mother is Melissa Wahnee. The girls represented the Lawton YMCA and were chosen for their basketball skills to play on the YMCA’s Girls Team.

OKC Theatre Company will present the 5th annual Native American New Play Festival featuring MANAHATTA, a fully-staged performance of a new play by Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle starring Rachel Morgan (Choctaw), Matt Cross (Kiowa), Maya Torralba (Kiowa-Comanche), Kevin Logan (Osage), Zack Morris (Sac and Fox), Assistant Stage Manager, Misty Red Elk (Comanche). FREE cultural events on May 17-18 including: • dramatic readings of new plays • documentary film “En Pointe” (about the Osage ballerinas)

• singers/dancers • Comanche storytelling-Eleanor McDaniel (Comanche) • FREE youth acting workshop taught by OCU Assistant Professor of Theatre Sarah D’Angelo (St. Regis Mohawk) OKC Theatre Company’s Native American New Play Festival is the only cultural experience of its kind in the region, blending theatrical events and other artistic mediums, making it a truly extraordinary event. The Festival’s purpose is to give a voice and a stage to Native writers. The performance of MANAHATTA runs for two weeks May 8-17 with shows on Thu-Sat at 8:00 and Sunday, May 11, at 2:00. Tickets are available by calling 405297-2264 or may be purchased at the Civic Center Box Office one hour prior to show time. Free events will take place during the days on May 17-18, and no tickets are necessary; however, please call (405) 626-6605 (check) for a luncheon reservation or youth workshop registration. In previous years, over 25 different Tribal organizations have been represented among Festival participants, honored guests, and attendees. Contact Misty Red Elk(405)-635-8999, for questions or to register for the children’s acting workshop.

Celebrate American Indian Skateboarding Culture at the Sam Noble Museum Skateboarding is one of the most popular sports on Indian reservations, inspiring and influencing American Indian and Native Hawaiian communities since the 1960s. A new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, together with the National Museum of the American Indian, celebrates the vibrancy, creativity and history of American Indian skateboarding culture. “Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America” is on display at the Sam Noble Museum through June 15. “Ramp It Up,” sponsored by Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, features 20 skate decks, including examples from Native companies and contemporary artists, rare images and video of Native skaters. Highlights include a never-beforeexhibited 1969 image taken by skateboarding icon C.R. Stecyk III of a skate deck depicting traditional Native imagery and 1973 home-movie footage of Zephyr surf team members Ricky and Jimmy Tavarez (Gabrielino-Tongva). “Skate culture is a great lens to learn about both traditional and contemporary Native American culture,” said Betsy Gordon, curator of “Ramp It Up.” “This exhibition not only showcases the Native skater but also the Native elders, parents, government officials and community activists who have encouraged their kids to skate.” The exhibition features the work of visual artists Bunky EchoHawk (Yakama/Pawnee), Joe Yazzie

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2014 OKLAHOMA HANDGAME CHAMPIONS First Place Southside Second Place Camp 7 Third Place Kiowa Kickers

(Navajo), Traci Rabbit (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) and Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo) and highlights young Native skaters such as 22-year-old Bryant Chapo (Navajo), 13-year-old Augustin Lerma and 10-year-old Armondo Lerma (Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians). As skateboarding continues to rise in popularity in Indian Country, Native skaters and entrepreneurs have combined core lessons learned from the sport — strength, balance and tenacity — with traditional tribal iconography and contemporary art to engage Native youth in their history and culture. “Ramp It Up” examines the role of indigenous peoples in skateboarding culture, its roots in ancient Hawaiian surfing and the visionary achievements of contemporary Native skaters. Skateboarding combines demanding physical exertion, design, graphic art, filmmaking and music to produce a unique and dynamic culture. “Ramp It Up” illustrates how indigenous people and tribal communities have used skateboarding to express themselves and educate their youth.

Unified Basketball team Place Fourth In Special Olympics Tournament

Cable Family Reunion Set at Comanche Water Park

Yellowfish Graduates with Law Degree

Attention to all Cable relatives. The 30th Annual Cable Family Reunion will be held May 24 at the Comanche Nation Water park. It will cost $10.50 at the gate, at the Shady Grove Pavilion. Please bring old pictures and any favorite stories about each other. Let’s have some fun laughing and remembering how it use to be. Also, remember to bring old war stories too. Let the younger bunch know who they are and where they come from. For more information, call Jeannie Bell at 580/301-1233, or Connie Bell at 580/583-8975.

Lawton Indian Hospital Lists Free Aerobic Classes for Lawton/Anadarko • Zumba Mon 12-12:45 (LIH-Wellness Center) Tue 5-6 pm (LIH-Wellness Center) Wed 12-12:30 (LIH-Wellness Center) Thur 5-6pm (Anadarko) • Tai Chi Wed 12:301:00 pm (Wichita Tribe AOA— Anadarko) Thur 3-4pm (Chair, Zumba and Tai Chi – Anadarko) • Step & Tone Tue 12-12:45 (LIH-Wellness Center) Thur 5-5:45pm (LIH-Wellness Center) • Circuit Class MW 5-5:30 p.m. (LIH Wellness Center)

Pohocsucut Tribal member Audrianna Pohocsucut participates in Special Olympics and her Unified Basketball team placed fourth out of eight teams at their annual tournament in March. Pohocsucut is the daughter of Tay Pohocsucut and the granddaughter of Opal Gore.

Yellowfish-Elizondo Dayrah Yellowfish Elizondo will graduate from Oklahoma City University School of Law on May 18th. During her time at OCU Law she was involved in the Native American Law Student Association as well as the Multicultural Law Student Alliance and has interned with the Oklahoma Indian Legal Services,Inc. She is also completing requirements for a certificate in American Indian Law. After graduation, she plans to take the Oklahoma Bar and also has plans to practice in Texas. Dayrah is the daughter of Ricky and Vicki Yellowfish of Dallas and the granddaughter of the late Lyman and Irene Hunter Yellowfish. She would like to thank her parents, family, tribes, and anyone who has encouraged or helped her throughout her life.

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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday

Candace Wilson Megan Skye Pewo-Edge, March 21 Harold Wermy, April 1 Tyler Komacheet, April 1 Dylan Red Elk, April 5 Lesley Boyden-Collins, April 10 Alice Wermy, April 25 Margie “Granny” Sovo, April 25 Dominic Julian DeVine, April 25 Kristen Ototivo, April 26 Ciara Kawaykla, April 27

Happy Belated Birthday Megan Skye Pewo-Edge March 21

Happy Birthday Dylan Red Elk April 5

Happy Birthday Lesley Boyden-Collins April 10

Happy Birthday Alice Wermy April 25

Happy Birthday Dominic Julian DeVine April 25

Happy Birthday Jordan Passah May 1

Happy Birthday Ticeahkie Dean Allen May 1

Happy Birthday Porscha Aitson May 3

Amiya Jolay Tonips-DeVine

Happy Birthday May 5

Happy Birthday Tocsi Johnson May 5

Happy Birthday Olamae Tsatoke May 6

Happy Birthday Stephanie Coronado May 9

Happy Birthday Nayeli Mason May 15

Happy Birthday Nicholas Mason May 15

Happy Birthday Modesto Schonchin May 17

Happy Birthday Sara Passah May 17

Happy Birthday Madison Niedo May 20

Happy Birthday Moopey Niedo May 18

Happy Birthday Marissa Mena May 19

Happy Birthday Bella Alicia Rose May 20

Happy Birthday Ethel Boyden May 20

Happy Birthday Alex May 27

Happy Birthday Toni Marie Pennah May 31

In Loving Memory

Don’t Forget to submit milestones for those Special Loved Ones; Just Married, Anniversaries, Birth Announcements,Birthdays,etc. Deadline for JUNE edition of TCNN 05/15/14 Call: Public Information Office (580) 492-3386 Or mail to: Comanche Nation/PIO P.O. Box Box 908 Lawton, OK 73502

Happy Birthday Ursula Poemoceah Glynis Geionety, May 1 Jordan Passah, May 1 Ticeahkie Dean Allen, May 1 Cassidy Peeler, May 2 Jeff Codynah, May 2 Junie Kizzia, May 2 Porscha Aitson, May 3 Amiya Jolay Tonips-DeVine, May 5 Jordan Loraema Akoneto-Allen, May 5 Tocsi Johnson, May 5 Melissa Ann Castillo, May 6 Olamae Asah Tsatoke, May 6 Carl L. Tahkofper, May 7 Stephanie Coronado, May 9 Royal Poafpybitty, May 9 Jaidan Karen Apodaca, May 13 Nicholas Mason, May 15 Nayeli Mason, May 15 Modesto Schonchin, May 17 Sara Passah, May 17 Moopey Niedo, May 18 Marissa Mena, May 19 Bella Alicia Rose, May 20 Ethel Boyden, May 20 Madison Niedo-Schoettmer, May 20 Marilynn Medina, May 22 Ambrose Poafpybitty, May 29 Starr Delgado, May 29 Marty David, May 30 Toni Marie Pennah, May 31 In Loving Memory

William “Randy” Johnson 05/24/196404/23/2013 In our heart, our dad Randy is fondly remembered, Sweet memories cling to his name, we loved him in life sincerely, still love him dearly now. He is gone from our home but never ever far from our hearts. Happy Birthday, we love you and miss you! Kristin Johnson & Tara Tahkofper

In Loving Memory

Joe Attocknie Jr. 05/6/1952 ~ 07/4/1998 “Gone but never forgotten” Your Family

Kevin J Codynah 05/23/1969 ~ 07/27/2009 “Gone but never forgotten” Your Family

Totsiyah Starr Red Elk Born: March 25, 2014 7 lbs-6oz Proud parents Dylan and Conni Red Elk

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A year has passed since we lost our mom and grandmother. We miss you Mom. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. -Psalm 116.15 Your loving children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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Bryan Judy K. Tissychy Bryan, 70 of Lawton went to her heavenly home on, March 7, in Lawton. Funeral service was March 12, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel With Rev. Jan Haury Ticeahkie, Rev. Fred C. Ticeahkie, Lay Speaker Tina Baker and Clifford Quoyah. Burial followed at Otipoby Cemetery at Ft. Sill under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was, March 11, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Bryan was born on October 15, 1943 in Lawton to Elsie Tissychy. She grew up in the Richards Spur area where she attended Elgin High School. Bryan received her GED from the Comanche Nation Of Oklahoma. She was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and Petarsy UMC in Richards Spur. Bryan was a homemaker who enjoyed playing bingo and more bingo, cooking, taking care of her grand kids, spending time with her family and friends. She worked at Haggar Slacks for twenty-four years as a line supervisor until her retirement. Bryan is survived by: son, Sean and Candy Tissychy, three grandsons: Tallen Tissychy, Logan “LoLo” Tissychy, Jarred Shearburn all of Cache, brothers, sisters and spouses: Richard and Evie Henson, of Norman, Charles Tissychy of the home, Mike Ruiz of Ft. Worth, Rosie Parker, Charlotte Tissychy Alexander both of Lawton Nancy Watkins of Miami, Florida, Earnest Johnson of Dallas, Sharon Tissychy, Ruby Goyea of Houston; special sisters, Alice Sampson, Linda Pewewardy, Betty Hargis, Janice Medina, JoAnn Liles, uncle: Harold Pewewardy of Richards Spur; aunt: Rose Nauni of Cache, host of nieces, nephews, many other family members and friends. She is preceded in death by: mother, Elsie Tissychy; brothers: Robert Tissychy and Dennis Tissychy; grandmother: Molly Pewewardy.

Dexter Wade Palmer

Palmer Dexter Wade Palmer 19 and Kelsey Renee Palmer 18 both of Apache went to their heavenly home on, March 15, west of Apache. Funeral service was, March 25, at the First Pentecostal Church east of Apache with Pastor Caleb Mc-

Dowell and Pastor Robert Simpson officiating. Burial followed at the West Cache Creek KCA Cemetery west of Apache under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was, March 24, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Palmer was born at Lawton Indian Hospital January 20th 1995. He is the son of Gwendolyn Flute Parker and Howard Palmer. Palmer is a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and was also of Cherokee, Kiowa, and Choctaw descent. Dexter attended Boone Apache High School and he also attended his senior year at Ignacio High School in Ignacio, Colorado. His hobbies included skateboarding, listening to his music, and playing games on his X-box, Palmer enjoyed being outdoors and adored animals. His crazy, charismatic, gentle way of life will be missed. His passion was skateboarding and learning new tricks. We will also miss how he had the ability to catch your attention by making crazy faces. Palmer was very dedicated and loyal to people he held close to his heart. He was very witty, easy going, laid back, spent all his spare time with his family and friends. Palmer had goals and aspirations for his future. He enjoyed everyday to the fullest. He is preceded in death by his fraternal grandparents Nora Hazel Palmer, and Earl Palmer Sr., and his fraternal great grandparents Bernice Lookingglass and William Palmer “Choctaw Bill”. He is survived by his: mother and step father: Gwen and Leland Parker and father, Howard Palmer all of Apache; maternal grandparents, Homer and Leta Flute; a brother Harlyn Blake Palmer, of Stecker; 2 sisters: Morgan Renee Palmer of Medicine Park and Nicole Renae Asepermy of Lawrence, Kansas. He has many cousins on his Flute and Palmer side.


was looking forward to graduating in May 2014. Palmer was also looking forward to going to college, getting a job, buying a car and moving out on her own. Palmer was always infatuated with being a little princess as a little girl. Palmer’s dream came true when she was picked to served as the Sand Creek Massacre Descendants Trust Princess from 2008 to 2012. Brothers and Sisters: Nicole Renae Asepermy, Lawrence, Kansas, Harlyn Blake Palmer, Stecker, Ok. Apache, Ok and Morgan Rene Palmer, Medicine Park, Ok and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. Palmer’s heritage includes Kiowa, Apache, Cheyenne, Arapaho and Cherokee descend, which includes two infamous acts in American history. Through her Great Grandmother Cleo (Antelope) Flute, she was a descendant of Cheyenne Chief White Antelope (1789 - 1864) whose camp was located at Sand Creek Colorado on November 29, 1864 where his band suffered terribly during the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre. Palmer is also a descendant of the Trail of Tears through her Great Grandfather Tom Flute, a full blood Cherokee whose parents and grandparents were brought to Oklahoma in the Trail of Tears. Also through her Great Grandmother, Katherine (Stumblingbear) Geionety, she is a descendant of Kiowa Chief Stumbling Bear (1832-1903), well known among the Kiowa as a warrior, chief, and advocate of peace.

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Kelsey Renee Palmer


Palmer Kelsey Renee Palmer, “Ope-Mah”, 18 and her brother, Dexter Wade Palmer, 19 went to their heavenly home on, March 15, west of Apache. Funeral service was, March 25, at the First Pentecostal Church east of Apache with Pastor Caleb McDowell and Pastor Robert Simpson officiating. Burial will follow at West Cache Creek KCA Cemetery west of Apache under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was, March 24, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Her Kiowa name “OpeMah” means a little white snowbird, her name was given to Leta by her grandfather, Andrew Stumbling Bear and Leta then passed it on to Kelsey. She was born at the Lawton Indian Hospital in Lawton Ok. on February 7, 1996, to Gwendolyn Flute and Howard Palmer. At two weeks old she was given to her Grandparents, Homer and Leta Flute, who raised and cared for her until her death on March 15, 2014. Palmer was a Senior at Boone-Apache High School and

Christine Ann Lefler 54 of Graham, Texas went to be with the Lord on March 16, with her family by her side. Funeral service was, March 19, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Debbie Wilson officiating. Burial followed at Cache KCA Intertribal Cemetery, Cache under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Prayer Service was, March 18, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel She was born to Ellis Victor and Barbara Kay (Atauvich) Hoyt on September 29, 1959 in Keene, New Hampshire. She married Johnny Max Lefler in February 1986. He preceded her in death in November 2011. She was a member of the Comanche Nation and direct descendant of Comanche Chief Iron Mountain, descendent of Ella (Poafpybitty) and Baldwin Yokesuite; David and Chappy Poafpybitty; Sanapia and Comanche Chief Whitewolf, and Hav-e-wethky and wife, Take-e-no, and Arapaho Chief Little Raven. She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren. She attended Culinary School, was a CNA in Olney and Graham. She is survived by two daughters: Monica Hoyt and Marci Lefler; son: John Hall Hoyt all of Graham, Texas; grandchildren: Anisa McBride, Dillion Hoyt, and Marisa Bueno all of Graham; two brothers: Edmond Joseph Hoyt and Ellis Hoyt, Jr. both of Graham; aunts: Arlene Kemp and Eleanor McDaniel both of Cache; uncle: Carl Atauvich; aunts: Liberty Brown, Ana Mae Hutchins, Bernice Benike and Loretta Fanny; nieces, nephew, cousins and many friends. She is preceded in death

Rodney Gene Tahchawwickah

Tahchawwickah Rodney Gene Tahchawwickah 55 of Indiahoma went to his heavenly home on, March 26, in Edmond. Funeral service was, March 29, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Rev. Nick Tahchawwickah officiating. Burial followed at Post Oak Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral. Rodney was born in Lawton on August 31, 1958 to Preston and Valerie (Saupitty) Tahchawwickah. He married Kristie R. Chance on April 2, 1998 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Tahchawwickah graduated from Chester Nimitz High School in Irving, Texas in 1976. He attended Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tenn. Tahchawwickah held many occupations including: a truck driver in Dallas and Sweetwater, Texas. He worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber for 13 years as a tire builder and roll changer. He later worked as general manager for Comanche Star Casino in Walters. Tahchawwickah is survived by: his wife, Kristie of the home; sisters: Patti Hall Iruegas of Cache, Trelly Suson of Lawton, and Dawn Tahchawwickah of Colony, Texas; brother, Lance Tahchawwickah of Colony, Texas; nieces: Jolene Taylor of Crandall, Tx, Marissa Stepp of Dallas, Destiny Stepp of Mesquite; nephew, Eric Tahchawwickah of Lawton; Aunt, Carol Hall of Cache; special friends: Joe Picek of Lawton, Stephen and Sandy Cook of Cache, Rudy Laurenzana of Elgin, Clay Money of Texas, Shade Large of Indiahoma, Hank Theissen of Lawton; grandson, Tristan Tahchawwickah of Richmond, Va. He is preceded in death by: his parents; son, Vince Tahchawwickah; sisters: Kimberly Stepp, Donna Stepp; grandparents: Sarah and Marvin Saddleblanket, Nellie Saupitty; Aunts: Vernice Williams, Ermina (Docky) Burgess, Irene Heinze, Rosemary Bigbow, Thurma Elliot, Mary Glasson; uncles: Frank Asetamy, Virgil and Patrick Tahchawwickah.

Roman Prouty Sr.

Prouty Roman Prouty Sr. 85 of Lawton went to his heavenly home on, March 30, in Lawton. Funeral service was, April 2, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with June Sovo officiating. Burial with Military honors followed Sunset Memorial Gardens under the

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direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was, April 1,at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Prouty was born January 16, 1929 in Pleasanton, Texas to Rosel and Erlinda (Alba) Prouty. Prouty entered the Air Force January 25, 1946 in San Antonio, Texas and was discharged on October 20, 1948 in Fort Lawton Washington earning the rank of Private First Class. He then enlisted in the US Army on December 23, 1948 at Fort Hood, Texas and reenlisted on February 12, 1952. He was discharged June 4, 1955 in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas at the rank of Corporal. He served in Japan at the end or World War II and with Company B, 634th Armored Infantry Battalion and Company K, 8th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War - he served in Korean for over 31 months. He was awarded Combat Infantryman Badge, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Good Conduct, the National Defense Service, the Korean Service with/1 Sliver Service Star, the Army Occupation (Japan), the United Nations Service and the World War II Victory Medals and 5 Overseas Bars. Prouty worked for Civil Service at Fort Sill for 31 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Charity Chapter # 507, Mt. Scott Lodge #540, McAlaister Scottish Rite, and the India Shrine. He is survived by: five children and spouses: Eddie and Elizabeth Mahseet, Linda Prouty and Tommy Atchavit all of Apache; Roman and Kim Prouty Jr, of New Castle, Janetta Prouty, Michael Prouty both of the home; five brothers and sisters: Armando Prouty of Austin, Fermand Prouty, Alice Castillo, Minnie Olivares, all of San Antonio, Frank Zanbrano of Lawton; fifteen grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren, other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by: parents: Rosel and Erlinda Prouty, wife, Mamie Lee Mahseet Prouty; two sons: Bobby Lee Prouty and Baby Prouty; sister: Mary Prouty Campos; brother: Russell Prouty.

Wahnne Cooper Clark

Clark Viewing services for Wahnne Cooper Clark, 76 of Lawton, was held on, March 29 at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home in Lawton, OK. Graveside Service was, March 31, at Deyo Mission Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Traditional Comanche ceremonies were conducted at his bedside in Oklahoma City on March 22 before he passed from this earth on March 24, 2014 after an extended illness. Clark was born at the Fort Sill Indian Hospital in Lawton, OK on December 9, 1937 to Albert Clark Sr. and Pauline Cooper Clark, both deceased. He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie Clark; his brother: Albert Clark Jr. and wife Becky of Apache; his sister, Pat Clark Lundy and husband Bill of Statesville, NC. Survivors also include two

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children: Terri Lynn Clark of Chickasha, and Steven Wahnne Clark and wife Barbara of Boynton Beach FL; five grandchildren: Keeley Taylor with husband Jeremy of Ninnekah, OK, Kylee Bradford of Cement, OK; Kelby Bradford of Oklahoma City, OK; Andrew Clark and Heather Clark of Boynton Beach, FL. In addition there are four great-grandchildren: Carter Taylor, Slater Taylor, Kooper Taylor and Ryder Bradford. Clark spent his early years in Anadarko where he graduated from high school and went on to earn a BA Degree at the University of Oklahoma in 1963 and a MBA from Oklahoma City University in 1965. He was employed by Western Farmer’s Electric Cooperative in Anadarko before relocating to Oklahoma City, Dallas and eventually to Monroe, Georgia. In 1974 he relocated to Washington, DC and worked for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association until his retirement in August 2005 when he returned home to “Comanche Country” and established his residence north of Lake Lawtonka. He served on various committees for the Comanche Nation, Providing assistance and guidance with business developments and was instrumental in writing the Comanche Nation Constitution. He was a man of varied interests and was well known as a Grand Master Chili Cook who was very proud of his winning chili. He was intensely interested in researching and writing family genealogy as well as tribal history and was very proud of his ancestry. His grandfather was Edward L. “Doc” Clark who came to the Indian Territory in 1868 as a civilian teamster with COL George A. Custer of the 7th US Cavalry during General Sheridan’s “Winter Campaign” and was present at the Battle of the Washita. Shortly afterwards, “Doc” Clark came to the Fort Sill vicinity as the post was being established and married Waumaconie, a member of the Comanche Nation before taking up housekeeping in the old adobe house on E. Cache Creek immediately SE of Fort Sill. “Doc” Clark became well known for his extensive knowledge of herbs and gained prominence as a medicine man while treating the Comanche people whenever there was illness. Clark’s passion in recent years focused on researching and preserving the Indian Agency Cemetery (aka- Comanche Mission Cem-

etery or Yellow Mission Cemetery) located on the east end of Henry Post Army Airfield on Fort Sill. Some of his ancestors were interested in that almost forgotten and unmarked cemetery which drove him relentlessly to overcome these shortcomings as a matter of honor and respect. His tireless efforts to identify and document those who were interred there and convince the US Army to provide better protection from training exercises, while improving access for family descendants consumed many years of dedication and sacrifice. Due largely to his preservation and attention to detail, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed in November 2013 between the Department of Defense and The Comanche Nation in Washington, DC. This great warrior of the Comanche Nation, who was also a proud American, will be long remembered.

Gloria Asepermy Caudillo

Caudillo Gloria Asepermy Caudillo 80 of Lawton went to her heavenly home on, April 4, in Lawton. Funeral service was, April 7, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Tori Dean officiating. Burial will follow at West Cache Creek KCA Cemetery west of Apache under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was, April 6, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Caudillo was born October 2, 1933 west of Apache, OK to Hattie (Jones) and George Asepermy, Sr. She enjoyed watching westerns with our dad, Don. Gloria loved her

pet dog’s Pedro, Bella and Zee. She also loved listening to church hymns, going to pow wows, knitting, visiting with her brothers and sisters loved being an R.N. Caudillo loved life and life loved her. She is survived by her children: Shirley Rivera of Cache, Curtis Kaulaity, Vickie Chavez both of Lawton; sisters: Ruth Myers of Lawton, Sue Gooday of Owasso, OK, and Tomah Yeahquo of Apache; She was preceded in death by her sisters: Fern Asepermy Tosee, Teresa Asepermy Pilas, Yvonne Asepermy Evans, Botie Asepermy; brothers: George Asepermy, Jr, and Curtis Asepermy.

Marlene Ulloa Marlene Ulloa 65 of Indiahoma passed away at home surrounded by family on April 4. Funeral Service was, April 7, at the Indiahoma School Auditorium with Rev. Jim Ikner officiating. Burial followed at Post Oak Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Ulloa was born February 4, 1949 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Mead and Norene (Saupitty) Chibitty. She worked for the United States Post Office as a Rural Mail Carrier from 1980 to present. She also worked at Kellwood, Betsy Bra and Haggar Slacks. She was a full blood member of the Comanche Nation Tribe. She enjoyed attending church activities including, Awana, Ladies Fellowship, Comanche Language class, quilting, choir, girl scouts, cub scouts, loved traveling and attending all her grandchildren’s activities. She is survived by her husband: Victor of the home; children: Marc and wife Kristen Chibitty of Ste. Genevieve, Mo; Eilene Roberts of Indiahoma; Victor (Wass) and wife Jodee Ulloa of Indiahoma; Chris Ulloa and Jade Tanner of Indiahoma; Alicia Ulloa and David Grant of Midwest City; Anthony and Seqwn Ulloa of Indiahoma; Special son: Mick and Calina Mills of Ardmore, OK; Grandchildren; Katie Donner, Nama, Natius, Lucian, Bernice and Lupe’ Chibitty; Elizabeth (Rosy) and Mike Zollars, Brooke and Emma Roberts; Aaron and Lindsi Ulloa, Tim and Mandi Ulloa, Derek Ulloa; Ciera, Alexis, Cy Ulloa and Tayah Kaudle Kaule; Isaac, Owen, Eli and Hazel Grant; Great-Grandchildren; Adam Ulloa, Braden and Dylan Morris,

Hadley and Charli Zollars; three sisters: Dana Chibitty Bedeker of North Pole, Alaska, Lena Chibitty McClung and Jim of Indiahoma, Norma Grace Chibitty Davis and Greg of Indiahoma; three brothers: Erwin Cude Jr. and Dawn of Yakama, Washington; Kenneth Saupitty and Stephanie of Apache, Leonard Chibitty and Rose Mary of Indiahoma. She is preceded in death by Parents: Mead and Norene (Saupitty) Chibitty; daughter: Trina Marie Ulloa; maternal Grandparents: Nike and Lyon Saupitty; Paternal grandparents: John and Dana Chibitty.

Phillip Roger Eneliko

Eneliko Phillip Roger Eneliko 26 passed away on April 7, in Lawton, Oklahoma. Funeral Service was April 14, at Comanche Reformed Church with Donnie Ahhaitty officiating with Pastor Sonny Ware assisting. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer Service was, April 13, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Eneliko was born on May 26, 1987 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Aliialofa Petelo Eneliko and Mary Ahhaitty Eneliko. He was a member of the Comanche Tribe, a Kiowa Descendant, a Red Tepee -Yellowfish Descendent and Samoan Native. He was an avid sports fan especially OU Sooners, Oklahoma City Thunder, the Steelers and he also loved to cook. He would always offer a helping hand and would never say no to anyone. He had strong family ties and enjoyed being with his family

and friends. He attended church in Anadarko at Christ Our Savior Pentecostal Holiness Church and always read his Bible. Eneliko is survived by mother Mary Eneliko of the home; companion: Bethany Tartsah of the home; two nephews: Joseph and Dominique Sherrill of the home; son: Sylas Eneliko Conneywerdy of Lawton; one daughter: Nevaeh Tartsah of the home; Brothers and sisters: Leata Siaki of Samoa, Selina and husband, Jr. Fisili of Samoa, Timothy Eneliko of Lawton, Elizabeth Eneliko of Lawton, Alexander Eneliko of Lawton; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. His adopted family: Tinki Niedo-Bullock and brother Sky Bullock; sister Fawn Bullock and Holly Bullock; Grandmother; Jewel Niedo. Eneliko is preceded in death by his father: Aliialofa Petelo Eneliko; son: Izsic Eneliko; maternal grandparents: Walter and Irene Ahhaitty; paternal grandparents: Apolo and Timoteo; great grandmother: Emma Yellowfish; great grandparents: Matalena and Toilolo.

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Jolene Schonchin/News Staff EDITORS NOTE: The official list of winners from the Comanche Nation Rodeo was not available at press time. They will be listed in the June edition of TCNN, and on the CNPIO. Facebook Page. The top Indian cowboys from Florida to Canada made their way to the Comanche Nation’s first rodeo April 25-27 in Grandfield. With over 450 registered participants for the eight main events, and the additional Junior and Senior events, the excitement of rodeo action was in the air. Each category was a head-to-head competition to win the prized Comanche Nation Champion Saddle and Buckle, along with top paying prize money. The cowboys had their work cut out for them. The stock was rough, rugged, and brought out the best in every cowboy and cowgirl that challenged them. In addition, Mother Nature added to the challenge by having the Oklahoma Winds gust up to 65 mph all weekend. One of the most talked about subject among the Native visitors was the hospitality from the Comanche Nation. “The Comanche Nation went above and beyond to make all us visitors feel welcome and comfortable,” said Ray, seasoned team roper and MC for the event. “I have been to many rodeos both Indian and non-Indian, and this is one of the best ones I have been a part of, hands down.” Each region within the All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association(AIRCA) has a set amount of rodeos for the year, and the cowboys in that region has to earn points to make it to the Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR), which is held annually in Las Vegas. The Comanche Nation Rodeo was a Tour Event Rodeo, sponsored by the Arrington McSpadden Region of AIRCA, so any cowboy or cowgirl that is a member of AIRCA could compete. The money and points they earned at the tour event also counts towards qualifying

for INFR. Because the rodeo was a national tour event, with hundreds of visiting tribes from across the US, the local sales and businesses profited from the event, especially the Comanche Nation Red River Hotel and Casino. “The Red River Casino sales went well above their averages the weekend of the rodeo,” said Donna Wahnee, Special Projects Director for the Comanche Nation. “The hotel was booked the entire weekend.” Adding a touch of Native culture to the weekend festivities, a dance presentation was held Friday and Saturday. 5-year-old Corbin Swift stole the show with his Ruffle Dance and stops-on-time poses. Frank Swift, Marcos Estrada, and Morgan Tosee demonstrated both Old Style and Contemporary Fancy Dance moves. Singing the Comanche Flag Song and other tribal songs throughout the weekend were Kevin Sovo Sr. and Justin Sovo. The Comanche Nation Princess, Kim De Jesus, received standing ovations both Friday and Saturday evenings by singing the National Anthem. CIVA Princess, Shelby Mata, sung the National Anthem Sunday evening, which also received applauded recognition. Other performances during the weekend included Whiplash the Monkey and Scott Daily, Horse Whisperer. The generosity the Comanche Tribe showed toward the visiting cowboys proved to be unmatched and unforgettable, according to many visitors. Terry Fischer, a Champion All-Around Cowboy of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, is famous in the Native cowboy community. He has been to the INFR 27 times, winning numerous championship titles. His 4-year-old son, Twister, was born with Cerebral Palsy. Twister’s bright eyes and positive spirit is the inspiration that guides Fischer everyday as they tour the Native rodeo circuit.

“He is the reason why we go to all the rodeo events we can,” explains Fischer. “If we did not do this, he would just be with me at our home, doing nothing. Twister loves rodeo, and will not hesitate to show you how his bull riding moves or his cowboy buckle.”

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Continued from Page 14 if Bob has been fed and watered.” During the Comanche Nation Rodeo, it was brought to the attention of the rodeo committee that one of the sports true icons and his special needs son were having to spend the night in a stock trailer. That is when the Comanche Nation stepped up and provided Fischer and Twister a room for the weekend at the Red River Hotel. “I cannot thank the Comanche Nation enough,” said Fischer. “They helped me and

Twister in a good way that will not be forgotten.” During the weekend, one of the young up-and-coming cowboy from Arizona who participates in the Bulldogging event, had tragedy strike when his horse died expectantly prior to his event due to a heart attack. The horse was taken care of in a respectful and traditional way by members of the Comanche Nation Rodeo staff. As any cowboy knows, his or her horse is more than a pet or money maker; it is their teammate and companion. The two work

Comanche Nation Youth Program Summer Program 2014! YOUNGER SESSION AGES 6-11!


We will be taking

Ac ce pt ing Ap pli ca tio ns !!! !

Completed applications on All Applications must have a CDIB or Birth Certificate


Transportation will not be provided.

for proof of age.

Attendance Policy In a one week period a participant will not be permitted to miss more than one day without valid reason. Any unexcused absence will result in the dismissal of that participant. The Youth Coordinator and Youth Program Director will determine whether or not an absence is excused or unexcused.

Comanche Nation Youth Program Phone: (580) 492-3290 P.O. Box 908 Fax: (580) 492-4349 Lawton, OK 73502 Email:

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given from the Arrington-McSpadden Region of AIRCA and the Comanche Nation. Scott Daily broke the horse Sunday morning prior to the rodeo, with a full audience. As the action of the rodeo came to a close, and the winners announced, the visiting Native cowboys and cowgirls said they are looking forward to next year’s rodeo at the Comanche Nation. “It is just going to get bigger and better,” said Cowboy Andy Tsoodle. ”Ya’ll keep up the good work.”

Comanche Nation Youth Program Summer Program 2014! OLDER SESSION AGES 12-18!

Summer Program (OLDER SESSION) will Begin on Monday, JULY 7, 2014. From 11:30 AM to 5PM Daily Concluding on Friday, AUGUST 1, 2014.

We will be taking

Completed applications on

6 to 11 (YOUNGER

a first come first serve basis.

All Participant must be age

together as a team, learning each other’s signals and gestures during competition, and they both get to know each other as they travel the rodeo circuit. To lose a horse is losing a teammate, friend, and rodeo partner. And to travel back home with an empty trailer leaves any cowboy empty and sad. Feeling the loss of the young man’s horse touched the heart of many cowboys and the rodeo association. A local horseman who is a friend to many Comanches, Leon McComber, cut a horse out of his stock and presented it to the young cowboy, and a monetary gift was

Ac ce pt ing Ap pli ca tio ns !!! !

Summer Program (YOUNGER SESSION) will Begin on Monday, JUNE 2, 2014. From 11:30AM to 5PM Daily Concluding on Friday, June 27, 2014. The Comanche Nation Youth Program will be accepting COMPLETED APPLICATIONS on MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014 for the 2014 Summer Program (YOUNGER SESSION).


12 to 18 (OLDER

a first come first serve basis.

All Applications must have a CDIB or Birth Certificate

All Participant must be age SESSION).

Transportation will not be provided.

for proof of age.

Attendance Policy In a one week period a participant will not be permitted to miss more than one day without valid reason. Any unexcused absence will result in the dismissal of that participant. The Youth Coordinator and Youth Program Director will determine whether or not an absence is excused or unexcused.

The Comanche Nation Youth Program will be accepting COMPLETED APPLICATIONS on MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014 for the 2014 Summer Program (OLDER SESSION).


Comanche Nation Youth Program Phone: (580) 492-3290 P.O. Box 908 Fax: (580) 492-4349 Lawton, OK 73502 Email:

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