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California, Oklahoma Crawling Toward Internet Gambling Dave Palermo/

America’s two largest Indian casino markets — California and Oklahoma — still face political and legal hurdles that will likely delay, if not prevent, their involvement in Internet gambling, a panel of experts said Aug. 16. Legislative proposals to legalize intrastate online poker in California, where 59 tribes operate 60 casinos, will almost certainly fail to make it out of the state legislature before the end of this year’s session in mid-September, largely due to political infighting among politically powerful tribal governments. “Are we going to have any legislation in California this year? No,” Tuari Bigknife, legal counsel for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians near San Diego, told attendees of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) meeting in Oklahoma City. “I don’t think it’s going to come very quickly,” Bigknife said. “I think the stakeholders and the divergent interests that exist out there are going to insist upon it being debated and considered for quite a long time.” In Oklahoma, where 33 tribes operate 114 gambling facilities ranging from hotel resorts to truck stops, tribes are faced with a myriad of legal complexities created by federal law and regulatory restrictions within tribal-state regulatory compacts. “Indian gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) has to occur on Indian lands,” said Michael McBride, a Tulsa attorney, and most legal experts believe tribes are precluded from accepted off-reservation wagers. “I’m really concerned about Indian gaming,” McBride said. “I believe IGRA is a real shackle to the advancement of Internet gaming. “We’re going to have to see a change in federal law to get parity for Indian tribes.” The political and legal obstacles are significant because the two states combined represent 92 of the 247 Indian governments operating casinos in 28 states. California and Oklahoma generated more than $11bn of the $27.9bn won by tribal casinos nationwide in 2012. There are two pending bills in Congress to legalize and regulate different forms of Internet gambling while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he may again pursue legislation. But OIGA attendees were told there is little impetus in Congress to legislate online gambling. “There is not enough oxygen in the room right now, in the United States Congress, for any issue, in my opinion, nevertheless a See INTERNET GAMING, Page 4

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SPECIAL SECTION 2013 Comanche Nation Fair

Schedule of Events and other Information Section 2 of the Newspaper

22nd Annual Comanche Nation Fair September 27th, 28th, & 29th, 2013 Comanche Nation Princess

Sareva (Posey) Liles Comanche Nation Jr. Princess

Johnetta Silverhorn M. C. : Eddie Mahseet & Neil Lawhead Head Gourd Dance Singer: Gene Sovo Head War Dance Singer: Anthony Monoessy Visiting Northern Drum: Pipestone Creek of Canada Head Man Dancer: Bobby Pewo Head Lady Dancer: Opal Gore A.D.: Larney Silverhorn, Travis Codynah & Freddy Banderas Crowning of the 2013-14 Comanche Nation Princess and Jr. Princess Co-Host: Friday - Comanche War Dance Society, Comanche Homecoming Saturday - Tia-piah Society, Comanche Little Ponies Sunday - Chasenah Family, Comanche Indian Veterans Association (Kawaykla Fire Dancers - Friday Night) A “Old Time War Dance” contest, $1,000 winner take all, sponsored by the Chibitty, Saupitty and Watchetaker Families.

Contest in ALL categories Drawing for 2009 Cadillac

Scheduled Events:

Pow-wow, 3 on 3 Basketball, Bull Riding, Parade, Handgame, Free Carnival, Children’s Games, 49 Laughs Comedy Show, Softball Tournament, 1K Fun Run, Spirit Walk, Teen Dance, Skate Board Competition, Sunday Church Services, Rations, Quilt Show, Art Show, Horseshoe Tournament, Golf Tournament, Peyote Meeting, Comanche Hymn Singing, 4th Annual Comanche Warrior Run, 2nd Annual Comanche Warrior Bike Ride, Higher Education Silent Auction (All events are FREE and open to the public)

Comanche Nation Complex Lawton, Oklahoma General Information: (580) 492-3384

Vocational Rehabilitation Program to hold the 3rd Annual Disability Awareness Day Submitted by Comanche Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program Staff

On, September 17, the Comanche Nation Vocational Rehabilitation program will hold the Third Annual Disability Awareness Day in the Watchetaker Hall at the tribal complex. The day will start with a traditional cedar ceremony at 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. CNVR program participants as well as Native Americans with disability(s) are welcome to join in. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Program informational booth visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Coffee, drinks and snacks will be available until 10:00 a.m. Speaker presentations will begin at 9:30 a.m. Some of the presenters will include a physician and various programs of the Lawton Indian Hospital. There will be numerous Comanche Nation Programs on site to give out program service information and information about the up-coming Comanche Nation Fair. Other program participants will include Disability specialists, Home Health care groups and other local community resources. Two CNVRP participants will share their personal experience. Representatives from the State Dept. of Rehabilitative Services will be available to answer information about state rehabilitative services. Other tribal vocational rehabilitation programs have also been invited. Lunch will be served to participants. Surveys in reference to the needs of the disable will be taken. Door prizes will be held for those in attendance. According to the Comanche Nation VR program director, Charlotte Niyah McCurtain, it is hopeful that this year’s DAD will be as successful as the previous years. The public is invited. Call (580) 492-3605/06 for additional information.

Christian Rock Comes To The Comanche Nation A Christian Rock Concert will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at Watchetaker Hall, Oct. 17. The bands performing are: The Revolving (first performers), Chaotic Resemblance (second performers), and Blissed ( main event performers). “Blissed” will be headlining the concert. Blissed is from Ontario Canada, who has been touring with the current, popular band “Skillet,” and has shared the stage with big bands such as “Thou-

“Blissed” sand Foot Krutch.” Blissed has also had mem-

ber Robert Sweet, drummer of the MTV Christian rock band “Stryper”

as their drummer a few years ago. Their music is more of the 80’s and early 90’s style of hard rock/ metal, like Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, and Sixx Am. Tickets for the show are $10. They can be purchased at The Salt Cellar or from Eva Holt (580) 699-4965. For more information contact: Eva Holt (580) 699-4965 or on Facebook under Eva Holt.

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CBC Appoints New Board Members During August Meeting

Sotry and Photo by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an overview of the Aug. 3, 2013 CBC Minutes, and not the Official Minutes. To obtain a copy of the Official Meeting Minutes, call the Office of the Comanche Nation Chairman, 580-492-3752. The Aug. 3 CBC Meeting was called to order at 10:21 a.m. Comanche Nation Chairman, Wallace Coffey. Secretary/Treasurer, Gary Tahmahkera, conducted Roll Call. All CBC were present and a quorum was established. Coffey gave the invocation, and entertained a motion to accept the July 6 CBC Meeting Minutes. CBC No. 3, Harry Mithlo, made a motion to accept the minutes. Tahmahkera seconded the motion. The motion carried 6/0/1. Resolutions 83-13 A total of 42 applicants verified eligible for membership in the Comanche Nation. CBC No. 2, Sonya Nevaquaya, made a motion to accept the resolution. Vice Chairman, Mike Mack Mahsetky, seconded the motion. The motion carried 6/0/1. 84-13 Applicants on the resolution have dual membership, being enrolled with another tribe or have received benefits from another tribe or, if a minor, parents accepted benefits from another tribe, and is not eligible for membership in the Comanche Nation. CBC No. 4, Jack Codopony, makes a motion to accept the resolution. Mahsetky seconded the motion. The motion carried 6/0/1. 85-13 Three National Resource Centers have been awarded grants through the Administration of the Aging. Codopony makes a motion to approve the resolution. Mithlo seconds the motion. The motion carried 6/0/1.

Members of the Comanche Nation Business Committee pose in front of the artwork given to the tribe by honorary member, Johnny Depp during the Aug. 3 meeting. The portrait is painted on tobacco rolling paper. From left: Gary Tahmahkera, Jack Codopony Sr., Wallace Coffey, Mack Mahsetky, Jonathan Poahway, Sonya Nevaquaya, and Harry Mithlo. 86-13 Appoint Vickie Sanders as a Comanche Nation Gaming Commissioner. Codopony makes a motion to approve the resolution. Mahsetky seconds the motion. The motion carried 6/0/1. 87-13 Appoint Darren Tahkopher to the Comanche Nation Gaming Review Board. Codopony makes a motion to approve the resolution. Mahsetky seconds the motion. The motion carried 6/0/1. 88-13 Appoint John Plata, Pat Counts, and Jane Myers to the Comanche National Museum Board.

Nevaquaya makes a motion to approve the resolution. Mahsetky seconds the motion. The motion carried 6/0/1. 89-13 Appoint Dan Bigbee to the Comanche Nation Gaming Board of Directors. Codopony makes a motion to approve the resolution. Mithlo seconds the motion. The motion carried 6/0/1. 90-13 Appoint Peggy Paddyaker to the Comanche Nation Board of Directors. Mithlo makes a motion to approve the resolution. Codopony seconds the motion. The motion car-

ried 6/0/1. 91-13 Appoint Ryan Rivas to the Comanche Enterprises the Board of Directors. Mahsetky makes a motion to approve the resolution. Codopony seconds the motion. The motion carried 6/0/1. 92-13 Appoint CBC No. 1, Jonathan Poahway, to the Comanche Enterprises as an Ex Officio, representing the CBC on the board. Nevaquaya makes a motion to approve the resolution. Mithlo seconds the motion. The motion carried 6/0/1. 93-13 Will be discussed the Executive Session, so tribal lawyers could

review the resolution. 94-13 Appoint Blanche Wahkinney to the Comanche National Museum Board of Directors. Nevaquaya makes a motion to approve the resolution. Mahsetky seconds the motion. The motion carried 6/0/1. Old/New Business Pat Beck of the Great Plains Technology Center presented information of the Business Incubator Concept Commercialization facility, which will open in the fall of 2014. The Business Incubator is a program that will help entrepreneurs start up a business with the goal of it becoming self sustaining. Chairman spoke about the tribe purchasing the Star House and the 90 acres surrounding it in Cache, Okla. to repair and preserve it. He said it is listed on the State Historical Society’s 10 Moist Endangered List. He added the State Historical Society agreed to give $1 million to help repair and restore the house if the Comanche Nation purchases it. “It is going to take every penny of it to restore the house,” said Coffey, “There is a hole in the roof, and damage inside the home and it may not last much longer.” He added he wants to build a Travel Plaza and a small casino on the property to put Comanche tribal members in the Cache area to work. Mahsetky makes a motion to go into Executive Session. Codopony seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/1. The artwork made by Johnny Depp was shown at the end of the meeting. Coffey said it is going to be placed at one of the tribal casinos. He invited the CBC and people in the audience to take pictures with it.

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CBC Reaches Out to Cotton County Leaders

Tribal Administrator, Will Owens, visits with Devol Fire Chief, Ron Dinger, prior to the meeting held in Walters at the Cotton Electric Meeting Room. CBC address the audience attending the Aug. 22 meeting in Walters, Okla., and ready to answer question about the Comanche Red River Hotel, Travel Plaza, and other future endeavors that will bring economic growth to the southwest communities. Story and Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

In an effort to meet leaders from Cotton County, the Comanche Nation Business Committee held the evening of August 22 in Walters, Okla. to meet leaders of the county and answer questions they may have about the expansion the Comanche Nation is undertaking with the Red River Hotel and Travel plaza in reference to the upcoming county vote on having liquor-by-the-drink. Comanche Nation Gaming CEO, Chas Robbins, spoke about, if passed; the liquor-by-the-drink would trigger economic growth to the county, roughly populated by 6,155 Oklahomans, according to the 2012 Census data. “Currently, all 77 counties can serve liquor by the bottle or by the drink,” explained Robbins. “By having the liquor-by-the-drink option for the county, it would encourage businesses to expand and move to the area, which would mean

more jobs.” Also discussed was how it would increase tourism, rental and restaurant sales in the area. “By having liquor-bythe-drink, it would be more controlled. Bartenders have the right to refuse someone if they indicate the patron is intoxicated, “added Robbins Another point that was highlighted was how the Liquor Tax would benefit the schools in the county. “Eighty percent of the taxes collected form liquor sales would go to schools in the county.” He added the schools in Comanche County were given $144,000 from the Comanche Nation Casinos from the Liquor Sales Tax. Comanche Nation Chairman told the county leaders he would like to see the expansions the tribe is making to benefit both the Comanche Nation and the communities

in Cotton County. He spoke about future developments to include housing, and a professional race horse track with Quarter Horses and to invite the Professional Bull Riders Association and others to Cotton County. “Why not in Cotton County? We have the resources, the atmosphere, and the drive to get it accomplished,” said Coffey. “We want to bring excitement to Southwest Oklahoma, but we cannot do it without your help.” Members of the CBC took the floor individually to thank the leaders to the meeting, and to ask for their support. County Commissioners, members of the school board, mayors and city managers and city council members were invited to the event. “Having a hotel in the area would be great,” said Randy Clark, Grandfield City

Manager. “When out-of-town family members come visits their families, there is no hotel to accommodate them, and they have to go to Burkburnett or Wichita Falls to find a hotel room. And it is the same way when we get our riders and visitor for our annual rodeo. It would benefit the whole community.” Ron Dinger, Devol Fire Department Chief, asked about the water issue if expansion continues. Coffey said the CBC has been researching a water treatment plant in the Cotton County area. Ed Eschiti, Cotton County Commissioner, thanked the Comanche Nation for their help. “We have needs in Cotton County,” said Eschiti. “The Comanche Nation cannot solve them all, but I am glad we are building a relationship between the tribe and counties.”

poker to capitalize on the 38m population that is expected to generate the nation’s largest online market. But two politically powerful tribal groups working independently to draft enabling legislation remain at odds over a strategy. Without tribal consensus it does not appear the proposals or a third bill drafted by state Senator Roderick Wright will make it out of Wright’s Government Organization Committee before the end of the year. GOC staff director Art Terzakis said it is “highly unlikely” any of the proposals will be taken up for a committee vote before the legislative session ends September 13. Although many observers blame the lack of progress in Califor-

nia on tribal infighting, Bigknife said there are a myriad issues that need to be resolved. Balancing the government status of tribes with a newly emerging online industry licensed and regulated by the state can prove problematic. Tribes need to be “very careful and deliberate in thinking about how to shape Internet gaming legislation, because it’s new to us,” Bigknife said. “We want to learn about it, we want to better understand it and we want to talk through all the issues and make sure we get legislation done right, not quickly.”

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secondary issue in which [Internet gambling] would probably fall,” said Whit Askew, a lobbyist for the American Gaming Association. Jason Giles, executive director at the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), agreed. Still, Giles said tribes are encouraged that poker legislation proposed by Republican Congressman Joe Barton would cede some tribal regulatory authority to the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), the federal regulatory agency for tribal casinos. “That’s something we’ve asked for, for a number of years,” Giles said. “Frankly we haven’t gotten that cooperation on the Senate side. But it appears on the House side we might be having some luck.” “The NIGC has been a very difficult partner for us at times but also a very good partner and one that we know well,” Bigknife said. “There are some advantages to going down the road with NIGC regulations, but how do we get them up to speed? How do we get anybody up to speed on how we regulate Internet gaming?” It’s such a different animal.” The lack of federal legislation leaves online wagering to the states, creating what Askew called a “patchwork” of regulations. Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware have already legalized online gambling. The lack of regulatory uniformity creates difficulty for tribes in states that lack the population liquidity to create a sustainable online poker business. Many are seeking interstate compacts. Other tribes remain opposed to any legalization of online gam-


“There seems to be no uniformity among tribes and tribal organizations,” attorney Richard Grellner told OIGA attendees. In California and elsewhere poker is classified as a Class II game under IGRA and outside the scope of tribal-state compacts which govern casino-style games. But tribes in Oklahoma, New York, Wisconsin, Michigan and Louisiana signed compacts that include poker as a Class III, casinostyle game. Meanwhile, there remains debate over whether Oklahoma compacts, if not state law, prohibit online poker. “Internet gaming is not specifically prohibited by federal law where it’s otherwise legal,” Grellner said. “The governor’s policy position is Internet gaming is not allowed.” Oklahoma officials earlier this year shut down a free-play website operated by the Cheyenne-Arapahoe tribes, claiming it violated the tribal-state compact. The tribes later signed an amended agreement with Governor Mary Fallin allowing them to operate a real-money gambling site restricted to people outside the United States. The state would get 20 percent of the revenue. Panelists said the Cheyenne-Arapahoe agreement may impact compact renegotiations for other Oklahoma tribes. But legislative progress in California and the legalization of casino gambling in Texas could dramatically alter the political landscape in the Sooner State. In California, tribes and card rooms are pushing for intrastate

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A CONTRIBUTION TO COTTON COUNTY.As a good faith gesture, the Comanche Nation donated two Enforcement vehicles to Cotton County Sheriff’s Department Aug. 23, to join their fight against crime and provide public safety. Walters, Okla., along with Cotton County, is home to several Comanche Nation members. This donation will increase their safety. Pictured from left are Deputy Larry Cassell, Sheriff, Kent Simpson, and Deputy Cody Kinder.

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September National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Questions about Childhood Cancer are answered by the American Cancer Society

By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

What are the differences between cancers in adults and children? The types of cancers that develop in children are often different from the types that develop in adults. Childhood cancers are often the result of DNA changes in cells that take place very early in life, sometimes even before birth. Unlike many cancers in adults, childhood cancers are not strongly linked to lifestyle or environmental risk factors. There are some exceptions, but childhood cancers tend to respond better to treatments such as chemotherapy (also called chemo). Children’s bodies also tend to handle chemotherapy better than adults’ bodies do. But cancer treatments such as chemo and radiation therapy can cause long-term side effects, so children who survive cancer need careful attention for the rest of their lives. Since the 1960s, most children and teens with cancer have been treated at specialized centers designed for them. Being treated in these centers offers the advantage of a team of specialists who know the differences between adult and childhood cancers, as well as the unique needs of children and teens with cancer. This team usually includes pediatric oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists, pediatric oncology nurses, and nurse practitioners. These centers also have psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, nutritionists, rehabilitation and physical therapists, and educators who can support and educate the entire family. In the United States, most children with cancer are treated at a center that is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). All of these centers are associated with a university or children’s hospital. As we have learned more about treating childhood cancer, it has become even more important that treatment be given by experts in this area. What are the key statistics for childhood cancer? Childhood cancers make up less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed each year. About 11,630 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2013. Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades. Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more. Overall, this is a huge increase since the mid-1970s, when the 5-year survival rate was less than 60%. Still, survival rates vary depending on the type of cancer and other factors. Survival rates for different cancer types are listed in the section, “Surviving childhood cancer.” Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children younger than 15 years old (after accidents). About 1,310 children are expected to die from cancer in 2013. What are the most common types of childhood cancers? The types of cancers that occur most often in children are different from those seen in adults. The most common cancers of children are: • Leukemia • Brain and other nervous system tumors • Neuroblastoma • Wilms tumor • Lymphoma • Rhabdomyosarcoma • Retinoblastoma • Bone cancer (including osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma) Other types of cancers are rare in children, but they do happen sometimes. In very rare cases, children may even develop cancers that are much more common in adults. Leukemia Leukemia, which are cancers of the bone marrow and blood, are the most common childhood cancers. They account for about 34% of all cancers in children. The most common types in children are acute

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Tribal member and childhood cancer survivor, Jaden Austin, visited with Johnny Depp during the 2012 Comanche Nation Fair.

FACT: About 11,630 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2013 FACT: Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children younger than 15 years old (after accidents). -American Cancer Society lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Leukemia may cause bone and joint pain, fatigue, weakness, bleeding, fever, weight loss, and other symptoms. Brain and nervous system tumors Brain and other nervous system tumors are the second most common cancers in children, and make up about 27% of childhood cancers. There are many types of brain tumors, and the treatment and outlook for each is different. Most brain tumors in children start in the lower parts of the brain, such as the cerebellum or brain stem. They can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred or double vision, dizziness, and trouble walking or handling objects. Adults are more likely to develop cancers in upper parts of the brain. Spinal cord tumors are less common than brain tumors in both children and adults. Neuroblastoma Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that starts in early forms of nerve cells found in a developing embryo or fetus. It accounts for about 7% of childhood cancers. This type of cancer occurs in infants and young children. It is rarely found in children older than 10. This tumor can start anywhere but is usually in the belly (abdomen) and is noticed as swelling. It can also cause bone pain and fever. For more information see our document called Neuroblastoma. Wilms tumor Wilms tumor is a cancer that starts in one, or rarely, both kidneys. It is most often found in children about 3 to 4 years old, and is uncommon in children older than age 6. It can show up as a swelling or lump in the belly (abdomen). Sometimes the child might have other symptoms, like fever, pain, nausea, or poor appetite. Wilms tumor accounts for about 5% of childhood cancers. Lymphoma These are cancers that start in certain cells of the immune system called lymphocytes. These cancers most often affect lymph nodes and other lymph tissues, like the tonsils or thymus. They can also affect the bone marrow and other organs, and can cause different symptoms depend-

ing on where the cancer is growing. Lymphomas can cause weight loss, fever, sweats, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or groin. There are two main types of lymphoma: Hodgkin lymphoma (sometimes called Hodgkin disease) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Both types can occur in both children and adults. Hodgkin lymphoma accounts for about 4% of childhood cancers. It is more common, though, in 2 age groups: early adulthood (age 15 to 40, usually people in their 20s) and late adulthood (after age 55). Hodgkin lymphoma is rare in children younger than 5 years of age. This type of cancer is very similar in children and adults, including which types of treatment work best. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma also makes up about 4% of childhood cancers. It is more likely to occur in younger children than Hodgkin lymphoma, but it is still rare in children younger than 3. The most common types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in children are different from those in adults. These cancers often grow quickly and require intensive treatment, but they also tend to respond better to treatment than most nonHodgkin lymphomas in adults. Rhabdomyosarcoma Rhabdomyosarcoma starts in cells that normally develop into skeletal muscles. (These are the muscles that we control to move parts of our body.) It can happen in the head and neck, groin, belly (abdomen), pelvis, or in an arm or leg. It may cause pain, swelling (a lump), or both. This is the most common type of soft tissue sarcoma in children. It makes up about 3% of childhood cancers. Retinoblastoma Retinoblastoma is a cancer of the eye. It accounts for about 3% of childhood cancers. It usually occurs in children around the age of 2, and is seldom found in children older than 6. Retinoblastomas are usually found because a parent or doctor notices a child’s eye looks unusual. Normally when you shine a light in a child’s eye, the pupil (the dark spot

in the center of the eye) looks red because of the blood in vessels in the back of the eye. In an eye with retinoblastoma, the pupil often looks white or pink. This white glare of the eye may be noticed after a flash picture is taken. Bone cancers Primary bone cancers (cancers that start in the bones) occur most often in older children and teens, but they can develop at any age. Primary bone cancer is different from metastatic bone cancer, which is cancer that started somewhere else in the body and has spread to the bone. Metastatic bone cancer is more common than primary bone cancer because many types of cancer (including many cancers in adults) can spread to the bone. Two main types of primary bone cancers occur in children: Osteosarcoma accounts for about 3% of all new childhood cancer cases in the United States. It is most common in teens, and usually develops in areas where the bone is growing quickly, such as near the ends of the long bones in the legs or arms. It often causes bone pain that gets worse at night or with activity. It can also cause swelling in the area around the bone. Ewing sarcoma is a less common primary bone cancer, which can also cause bone pain. It is most often found in young teens. The most common places for it to start are the bones in the pelvis, the chest wall (such as the ribs or shoulder blades), or in the middle of the long leg bones. Ewing sarcoma accounts for about 1% of childhood cancers. How are childhood cancers treated? Treatments are chosen for childhood cancers based mainly on the type and stage (extent) of the cancer. Treatment options may include chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, and/or other types of treatment. In many cases, more than one of these treatments is used. There are exceptions, but childhood cancers usually respond well to chemotherapy because they tend to be cancers that grow fast. (Most forms of chemotherapy affect

cells that are growing quickly.) Children’s bodies are also generally better able to recover from higher doses of chemotherapy than are adults’ bodies. Using more intensive treatments gives doctors a better chance of treating the cancer effectively, but it can also lead to more short- and longterm side effects. Doctors do their best to balance the need for intensive treatment with the desire to limit side effects as much as possible. The cancer treatment team Children with cancer and their families have special needs that can be best met at children’s cancer centers. Treatment of childhood cancer in specialized centers is coordinated by a team of experts who know the differences between adult and childhood cancers, as well as the unique needs of children with cancer and their families. This team usually includes: Pediatric oncologists: doctors who specialize in using medicines to treat children with cancer Pediatric surgeons: doctors who specialize in performing surgery in children Radiation oncologists: doctors who specialize in using radiation to treat cancer Pediatric oncology nurses: nurses who specialize in caring for children with cancer Nurse practitioners and physician assistants: nurses and other professionals who are specially trained and licensed to practice medicine alongside doctors Childhood cancer treatment involves many professionals other than nurses and doctors, too. Children’s cancer centers have psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, nutritionists, rehabilitation and physical therapists, and educators who can support and care for the entire family. Getting the best treatment possible Treating children is different from treating adults. It is best for a child to get treatment at a hospital or treatment center where many children have been treated for cancer. Today, most children with cancer are treated at specialized centers designed for children. These children’s cancer centers are often members of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). All of these centers are linked to a university and most are connected with a children’s hospital. Going to a hospital that specializes in treating childhood cancer helps ensure that a child gets the best available cancer treatment. These centers offer the most up-to-date-treatment by conducting clinical trials (studies of promising new therapies). If your child qualifies for a clinical trial, you will have to decide whether or not to enter (enroll) the child into it. Older children, who can understand more, usually must also agree to take part in the clinical trial before the parents’ consent is accepted. Clinical trials are one way to get state-of-the- art cancer care for your child. They may be the only way to get access to certain treatments. They are also the only way for doctors to learn better methods to treat cancer. Still, they might not be right for every child. Talk to your child’s cancer care team to learn about possible clinical trials for your child, and ask about the pros and cons of enrolling in one of them. For more information, go to the website of the American Cancer Society, A Prayer for Children With Cancer O lord Jesus, you who died for our sake and took upon all our infirmities on the cross of cavalry, heal these children today who have been ridden with cancer. It is well known that you loved little children. Let that same love permeate through every child sick today with cancer and let your precious blood that was shed on the cross of cavalry heal this children today in the Mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen

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Military ANOTHER NUMU PUKUTSI DISCOVERED There are now 22 known Comanche veterans who have been decorated for Gallantry, Heroism, Valor or who have fought and killed the enemy in Hand to Hand Combat. Considering our master listing contains information of 1100 Comanche veterans who have served in the military these highly decorated veterans are few and far between. On July 28, 2013 I received a call from the Comanche Nation Funeral Home requesting the Comanche Indian Veterans Association (CIVA) render Military Funeral Honors for the family of Lawrence V. “Larry” Kassanavoid. Following our procedure I requested the deceased veteran’s DD 214 (Armed Forces of the United States Report of Transfer or Discharge) and a photo of him uniform. When reviewing his DD 214 I noted that Kassanavoid was twice decorated for heroism and was also wounded in action. Like the mystical Warrior of old Kassanavoid has earned the honorably title of Numu Pukutsi. Kassanavoid was drafted into the Army on July 15, 1968 and served until July 14, 1970 earning the rank of Specialist 4. He took his Basic Combat and Advanced Individual (as a Light Weapons Infantryman) Training at Fort Polk, LA. He served Vietnam from January 7, 1969 to January 6, 1970 serving with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. He suffered shrapnel wounds on March 11, 1969 and was decorated with the Army Commendation medal with/ Valor Device on August 29, 1970 and the Bronze Star medal with/Valor Device on September 29, 1970. His Commendation medal citation reads in part “while established in a night laager position, elements of Company B came in contact with a large enemy force. Immediately, Private Kassanavoid mounted the M-60 machine gun atop his vehicle and began to place devastating fire on the hostile position. Throughout the battle, Private Kassanavoid, with complete disregard for his own safety, exposed himself to the hail of fire as he engaged the aggressor force. His valorous actions contributed immeasurably to the success thwartness of the mission”. His Bronze Star citation reads in part “while established in a night laager position, elements of Company B came under intense small arms and a mortar barrage. Immediately, Specialist Kassanavoid, who was in charge of a combat outpost, led his men back within the perimeter and placed accurate and effective fire upon the insurgents. After it was discovered that equipment from the outpost had been left outside the perimeter, Specialist Kassanavoid instantly volunteered and retrieved it, despite the threat of the insurgents. His valorous actions contributed immeasurably to the success of the mission.” Upon his return to the states SP4 Kassanavoid completed his military service with 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood, TX. SP4 Kassanavoid father was Comanche Code Talker Forrest Kassanavoid - his father was also wounded in action while serving with the 4th Infantry in Europe during World War II. His brother, Marlon, also served with the Army in Germany during the late 1960’s. His sister, Amaryllis Frazier and his 2 children, Nicole Olivares and Skylar Kassanavoid both of Dallas, TX were all unaware of their brother and father’s bravery on the battlefields of Vietnam. His awards beside the Bronze Star, Army Commendation and Purple Heart medals include the Combat Infantryman Badge, National Defense Service medal, the Vietnam Service medal with/2 Bronze Service Stars, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with/Palm, Vietnam Campaign medal with/1960 Device, the Vietnam Civil Actions Honor medal, the Marksman Qualification Badge with/

Rifle Bar, 2 Overseas (Combat) Bars, the Comanche Nation Honorable Service, Combat Service, Wounded Warrior and Gallantry, Heroism, Valor medallions. On August 1st the CIVA, at their monthly meeting, presented the Comanche Nation medallions to his daughter. About 20 members of the Kassanavoid family were present during the ceremony. Prior to the presentation the CIVA Auxiliary provided a meal for the family as a majority of them departed back to Dallas after the ceremony. We are extremely proud of SP4 Kassanavoid acts of heroism and bravery on the battlefield. His accomplishments were know to few as we have now added the title of Hero to his resume to go along with his titles of son, father, grandfather and brother. We salute and thank him for his dedicated, faithful and honorable service to the Republic, the Comanche Nation and the United States Army as he has upheld the traditions of all as a Soldier and Citizen.

Specialist 4 Lawrence “Larry” Kassanavoid

FATHER AND SON DEPLOYING TO AFGHANISTAN John Bennett McClung and his son, John Grady McClung, are both scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan. They are the son and grandson of Jim and Lena Chibitty McClung of Indiahoma. Private First Class John Grady McClung entered the US Army on April 30, 2012 and completed his Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, as a Military Policeman, at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He has since been assigned with the 984th Military Police

Company at Fort Carson, CO. His deployment date is on/about August 6th. PFC McClung is scheduled for Law Enforcement and Personal Security Detail at the NATO Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan which is located in the southern part of Afghanistan. The city of Kandahar is the second largest city in Afghanistan and is often referred to as the Assassination City of Afghanistan. PFC McClung has earned the National Defense Service medal and Army Service ribbon. He has qualified as Expert with the 9mm pistol and 240 Bravo machine gun as well as a Gunners 1st Class with the SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon). He was presented with a Veterans Gift Bag and Medicine Bag by the Comanche Indian Veterans Association on July 14 at his father’s home site west of Cache. He is married to the former Jessica Enriquez (the great granddaughter of Code Talker Forrest Kassanavoid) and they have a son, Aiden. Sergeant First Class John Bennett McClung will be on his third combat tour. He served in the US Army from November 1988 to November 1993, the OK Army National Guard from November 1993 to November 1996 and again from January 2007 to present. SFC McClung, while in the Army, served at Fort Knox, KY, Fort Stewart, GA, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait. He was a Cannon Fire Direction and Fire Support Specialist during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm from December 1990 to August 1991. His second combat tour, to Iraq, was with the 158th Field Artillery (MLRS) from August 2008 to August 2009. He is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in early October this year from Fort Bliss, TX. His duties will be as a Radar Operator. His awards include the Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation medal (3), Army Achievement medal (4), Good Conduct medal, National Defense Service medal with/1 Bronze Service Star, Humanitarian Service medal, Southwest Asia Service medal with/2 Bronze Service Stars, Iraq Campaign medal, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary medals, Overseas ribbon with/Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon and numerous Oklahoma Army National Guard medals and ribbons. When not on active duty with the National Guard SFC McClung is employed with the Treasurer Lake Job Corps north of Indiahoma. He and his wife, Laurice, have 3 other sons and a daughter.

Photos by Paual Karty/ News Staff

OFF TO WAR, AGAIN!! Sergeant First Class John Bennett McClung prepares to deploy to Afghanistan on his third combat tour. McClung is presently serving in the OK Army National Guard. McClung’s first two combat tours were to Iraq. While serving in Afghanistan McClung will be a Radar Operator. McClung is the son of Jim and Lena Chibitty McClung of Indiahoma.

PFC John G. and SFC John B. McClung

WOUNDED WARRIORS In the March edition of TCNN an article SCARRED SO OTHERS MAY LIVE FREE list 46 Comanches as having been awarded the Purple Heart. That list has grown to 54 with the edition of 8 more Comanches who have been wounded in action. After additional research the following veterans omitted were Jacob Wahkinney, Willis Yackeschi, Lawrence Tomah Jr, Wilbur Parker, Clifford Chebahtah Sr, Lamont Howery, Malcom Taunah and Clifford Otitivo Jr. Wahkinney was wounded, in late August or early September, 1918 during the Battle of the Somme

River, while serving with the 27th Division during World War I; Yackeschi was wounded in 1944 while serving with the 4th Infantry Division as a Code Talker during World War II; Tomah Jr was wounded twice during World War II fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and the crossing into Germany with the 45th Infantry Division; Parker was wounded in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge while serving with the 106th Infantry Division (information provided by Chuck Choney); Otitivo Jr was wounded in June, 1968 in Vietnam while serving with the 3rd Marine Division and Taunah was wounded in October 1970 from a gunshot wound to the left shoulder and shrapnel in the right hip and lower leg while serving with the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam. In the book Indians in the War by Ulian H. Steward he indicates that Clifford Chebahtah Sr was wounded on Iwo Jima and Lamont Howery was wounded in Europe – no other details documented.

September 2013


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People, Places and Things Happening Wermy competes in Tribal Member Races His Way To The Top NAIA Women’s Cross Country Championship

2013 was his breakout year. Nickells would like to thank Team Native Strong for their support. Nickells is the son of Daniel Nickell and Heather RedElk and the grandson of Tina RedElk.

Apauty Wins Big at 2013 Boys 18-under Fast Pitch

2013 were he attended the USA Jr. Men's National Training Camp. He has also attended a training camp for the team in Salt Lake City, Utah in June of 2012, and finally he was one of 31 kids across the nation to be officially invited to Midland, Michigan for another training/selection camp in July 2013.

Price On National Championship Team Nickells

Wermy Ashlee Wermy is 21 year Comanche tribal member from Cache, OK. She is a full blooded Indian, ¾ Comanche, ¼ Kiowa. Wermy is currently attending Haskell Indian Nations University where she is beginning her Junior year this fall semester 2013. In the Summer of 2013, she was accepted in to Haskell’s School of Business where she will earn her Business Degree and use her education to benefit her tribe. Wermy is a member of the Haskell Women’s Cross-County Team. They recently made Haskell History by being the first team in Haskell to win Regional’s and compete in the NAIA Womens Cross County Championship (Vancouver, Washington) in the fall of 2012. Wermy is the daughter of Harold John Wermy and Beverly Wermy of Cache, the granddaughter of Billy Joe Wermy and Alice Wermy of Cache, and the granddaughter of the late Wilbur Geionety and the late Audrey Pohawpatchoko Geionety of Cache, Okla. Wermy is a very proud Native American and a positive reflection on the Comanche Tribe. She loves running and promoting fitness and diabetes awareness . Lets cheer on Ashlee and let her know she has our tribes support in all her endeavors.

Tribal member Daniel Nickells has been racing motor cross for last eight years. Nickells has been moving his way up through the ranks of motor cross racing. He has been participating in countless numbers of races in different states/classes, starting when he was four yrs., old. He first competed in the 50cc, 4-6 age group then moving to 50cc, 7-8 age group which moved him up to 65cc, 6-8 and 9-11 age group. He now races in the 85cc, 1213 age group. Throughout his years of racing, he has endured a lot of hardship. Nickells has sustained several injuries from broken wrists, elbow, collar bones and head injuries. Even though these injuries were setbacks for Nickells, he managed to keep his spirits up and he became a 12 time Oklahoma State Champion. Nickells is not satisfied with what he has accomplished, he has the desire for wanting more, he has his eye on three more championship, which will make him a 15 time Oklahoma State Champion, at the age of 12 yrs. The past two years has been a little ruff and slow, Nickells has been limited to state races and one national race. In last year’s race Nickells finished 5th at the Ponca City Nationals. Nickells went on the NMA Grand National Championships of Motor cross, entering six classes, in hopes of bringing home at least a couple titles, Nickells exceeded all expectations and won all six classes, making him a six time National Champion. In the past years Nickells has brought home 2nds and 3rds and top five finishes at the nationals, but

Apauty Faron Apauty, Jr., of Anadarko was the winning pitcher for the 2013 Boys 18-under Fast Pitch ASA/USA National Championship game held in Mankato, Minnesota on August 3-4. Apauty is a descendant of the Comanche Nation. He is the son of Faron and Angie Apauty and the grandson of Gladys Walker and Jerry Davis all of Anadarko. A senior at Anadarko High School, Apauty is currently trying out for the Jr. USA National Team. The team is traveling to Whitehorse, Canada for the 2014 World's Tournament. Organizers of the 2014 ISF Junior Men's World Softball Championships kicked off the one-year countdown, August 8, unveiling the event website and launching two community initiatives. The 2014 Championship will be held July 11 to 20 at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, featuring teams from across the globe. Whitehorse previously hosted the 2008 Junior Men's World Championship which saw 12 teams take part, including: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Denmark, Czech Republic and Botswana, as well as Canada and the United States. Apauty was also officially invited to and traveled to the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California in 2012 and

EDITOR’S NOTE: By the request of several tribal elders, we are beginning a “Scriptures of the Month” section in TCNN. Please submit your favorite scripture by email: We will publish five scriptures each month.

“The Lord Bless You And Keep You The Lord Make His Face To Shine Upon You And Be Gracious unto you.” Numbers 6:24-25--Submitted by Arlene Kemp

Price 12 year old, Cambrie Price of Chickasha Middle School participated with her Cheerleading Squad in the National Championship Competition in January. Price’s team won the 1st place title. The team will return in January 2014, in hopes to redeem the 1st place again. Price has been a straight A student since the first grade at Chickasha Public Schools. STARWALK CONTINUES EIGHTEENTH SEASON AT COPPER BREAKS StarWalk, the nationally acclaimed public astronomy program at Copper Breaks State Park, continues its eighteenth year with “Luna-tics,” on Saturday, September 7, 2013 Participants will experience a naked-eye exploration of the night sky beginning at sunset, around 8:45 p.m., in Big Pond Campground. In addition to the after-dark program, SkyGuide volunteers will

offer Sun Fun, beginning at 4:45 p.m. Sun Fun offers the public rare views of our own star, the Sun, through telescopes fitted with filters for safe viewing. Nighttime observing begins after sunset, beginning with a tour of the darkening sky-the original StarWalk. Presenter John Rudd of Dallas, award-winning amateur astronomer and long-time StarWalk volunteer coordinator, will lead observers on a trip through major constellations, and will introduce the “star-hopping” technique to find stars and other interesting objects. After the StarWalk, the public is invited to view various dark-sky objects through binoculars and telescopes with the help of knowledgeable SkyGuides. These volunteers come from throughout Texas and Oklahoma to assist with the StarWalk program through the generous use of their own equipment. The 2013 slate of StarWalks includes one more Saturday presentations set for October 26, 2013, weather permitting. Upon entering the park, StarWalk signs will direct visitors to Big Pond Campground and parking. The quarter-mile walk into the observing area is on lighted asphalt, and extra assistance for the handicapped is available from park personnel. “For eighteen years, Copper Breaks has hosted the original and still the best star program in Texoma,” said park manager David D. Turner. “Thanks to the dedication and generosity of our volunteers, we can continue to offer this award-winning public event. StarWalk and Sun Fun are continuing Campsite Programs offered by Copper Breaks State Park. For more information on park facilities or programs, contact the park daily during business hours at (940)8394331. Copper Breaks State Park is located 13 miles south of Quanah and eight miles north of Crowell on State Highway 6.

September 2013


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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday

Ashleigh Mithlo, August 5 Leonard Mathis, August 7 Norberto Santana, August 7 Link “Butch” Daukei, August 9 Carol Mithlo, August 10 Luis Santana, August 12 Rylan James Satoe, August 12 Lauren Dalby, August 16 Jalene Gutierrez, August 25

Happy Birthday Kenneth Legend Atetewuthtakewa Red Elk, Jim Earl Yeahquo, September 1 Yahkeh Satoe, September 4 Glenda Goseyun, September 5 Mya Collins, September 6 Albert “Hoot” Wermy, September 7 Haley Mathis, September 7 Kandy Peeler, September 7 Misty Red Elk, September 8 Robert Gooday, September 9 Darci Kerchee, September 10 Alex Yellowfish, September 11 Dan Ratliff, September 13 Marcia Hayden, September 14 Nathan Lopez, September 14 Jason Perea, September 15 Sky Bullock, September 15 Shila Pewewardy, September 19 Jimmy Demarrias Ahdosy, September 20 Daniel Nickell Sr., August 22 Brantley Kerchee, September 23 Billy Joe Wermy, September 25 Aundrea Collins, September 26 Emily Nami-Joyce Niedo, September 26 Shari Geionety, September 26 Vernon Griffin, September 26 Jacoub Meech Tahsequah, September 27 Chelsea Poafpybitty, September 30 Chris Niedo, September 30

Don’t Forget to submit milestones for those Special Loved Ones; Just Married, Anniversaries, BirthAnnouncements, Birthdays,etc. Deadline for August edition of TCNN 9/15/13 Call: Public Information Office (580) 492-3386 Email: Or mail to: Comanche Nation/PIO P.O. Box Box 908 Lawton, OK 73502

In Loving Memory Mary Pahdocony 6/22/1943~9/16/2011 Love and Miss always Haley & Pat

Happy Belated Birthday Norberto Santana Jr. August 7

Happy Belated Birthday Luis Santana August 12

Happy Belated Birthday Rylan James Satoe August 12

Happy Belated Birthday Jalene Gutierrez August 25

Happy Birthday Vanessa Butler

Happy Birthday Jim Earl Yeahquo September 1

Happy Birthday Yahkeh Satoe September 4

Happy Birthday Glenda Goseyun September 5

Happy Birthday Mya Collins September 6

Happy Birthday Haley Mathis September 7

Happy Birthday Kandy Peeler September 7

Happy Birthday Misty Red Elk September 8

Happy Birthday Brently Kerchee September 23

Happy Birthday Darci Kerchee September 10

Happy Birthday Alex Yellowfish September 11

Happy Birthday Jimmy D. Ahdosy September 20

Happy Birthday Billy Joe Wermy September 25

Happy Birthday Aundrea Certeza September 26

Happy Birthday Emily Nami-Joyce Niedo September 26

Happy Birthday Vernon Griffin September 26

Happy Birthday Jacoub Meech Tahsequah September 27

Happy Birthday Kenneth Legend Red Elk September 30

Happy Anniversary Fred C. & JanHaury Ticeahkie August 26

Happy Anniversary Charles & Mary Pollard September 5

Happy Anniversary Chris & Kandy Peeler September 9

Married 44 years

In Loving BirthdayMemeory

In Loving Birthday Memeory

Janice Totite Pewewardy 9/16/1944~2/1/2008

“Chicken” Wayne Pahcoddy September 25

Although you are no longer here with us, you are missed, loved and still in our hearts. Mom when I drive by the ballfield in your name and see your picture, I always wave to you. We Love You & Miss YOU Terri, Wesley, Marquela & Claudia

Happy Birthday in Heaven

Khylie Yvonne Heminokeky-Gayton Born: August 6, 2013 8lbs’ 7oz’ 21 inches To: Stacey & Keith

Married 54 years

Married 25 years

September 2013


Obituaries Lawrence “Larry” Vernon Kassanavoid

Kassanavoid Lawrence “Larry” Vernon Kassanavoid 67 of Indiahoma went to be with the Lord on July 27 with his family by his side. He was born to Forrest Vernon and Marion (Terasaz) Kassanavoid on July 3, 1946 in Lawton, Okla. He served in the US Army from July 3 1968 to July 14, 1970. He grew up in the Wichita, Kansas. He later moved to Dallas and graduated from Crozier Tech High School. He enlisted in the US Army where he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/2 Bronze Service Stars, Army Commendation Medal w/V Device, Bronze Star Medal w/V Device, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Purple Heart. Grave side Service was held on, July 31 at Post Oak Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Rev. Gerald Burton officiating. Prayer Service was held on, July 30, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Kassanavoid is survived by daughter: Nicole Denise and Miguel Olivares of Dallas, TX; son: Skylar Keith Kassanavoid of Dallas, TX; sisters: Amaryllis K. and James Frazier of Indiahoma; brother: Marlon Elliot Kassanavoid of Indiahoma; grandchildren: Marissa Monique Kassanavoid and Isaac Miguel Olivares both of Dallas; uncle: Raymond Almanza of Indiahoma; former wife: Linda K. Pruitt and son; Michael James Pruitt of Dallas, TX; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents: Forrest and Marion (Terasaz) Kassanavoid; sisters: Janice Sue Terasaz.

Laverna Ann “Pokey” Asenap

Asenap Laverna Ann “Pokey” Asenap went to be with her heaven home on, July 28 in Lawton. Funeral Service was, July 31, at Post Oak Mennonite Brethren Church at Indiahoma with Pastor Leonard Presley officiating. Burial followed at Cache KCA Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was on, July 30, at Post Oak Mennonite Brethren Church. Asenap was born on July 12,1949 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Lavada Asenap. She grew up in Cache and attended Cache High School. She was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and Post Oak Mennonite Brethren. She enjoyed watching T.V., spending

time with her family especially her grandchildren, going to pow wows, cooking fry bread and was an avid OU fan. Asenap is survived by her children: Feliciana Herrera of the home; adopted daughters: Danelle Fultz of Chickasha and Leslie Hernandez of Lawton; adopted sons: Dale Anderson and Jimmy Tahpay both of Indiahoma; two sisters, Cheryl Tahpay of Indiahoma and Rhonda Martin of Lawton; three brothers: Clint Tahpay, Tony Tahpay, and Cleveland Tahpay all of Cache; aunt, Marlene James of Cache. Asenap is preceded in death by: her parents, grandparents: Carrie Asenap, Teddie Asenap; sister, Vanesa Tahpay, aunts and uncles: Barbara and Bill Edmonson Sr., Amydell Asenap, Stoney Asenap, Eugene Asenap, Clem Tahah, Asa James Sr.; nephews, Ted Asenap and Gene Asenap.

Clarissa Nadine Tosee Hernandez

Hernandez Clarissa Nadine Tosee Hernandez 53 of Sterling went to be with the Lord on July 28, in Lawton. Funeral Service was held, August 3, at Sterling Methodist Church of Sterling with Pastor Michael Dye. Burial followed at Sterling Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer Service was held on, August 2, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Hernandez was born November 29, 1959 to Andrew and Eunice (Sovo) Tosee in Sterling, Okla. She attended Draughn’s Business College of Wichita Falls receiving a Secretarial Degree. She worked at Silver Horseshoe Bingo at Tia-Pah Park, Comanche Nation Housing Authority. She was presently employed at Comanche Nation Casino. She enjoyed making meat pies, fry bread and Indian dogs at the Apache Rattle Snake festival, International Food Festival, The William Kerchee Memorial co-ed softball tournament, and the Mithlo Family Feast. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and all her grandchildren and was an avid OSU fan. She was a member of the Sterling United Methodist Church and Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. She is survived by her husband: Dennis Hernandez of the home; daughters: Sylverstar Conklin of Stillwater, Jennifer M. Merritt and companion Chris Dearman of Moore; son: Roscoe Conklin, Jr. of Tennessee; numerous grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Audrey Mithlo of Sterling, Deborah Oldham of Sterling, Janet Tosee of Sterling, Donald Tosee I, of Elgin, Teresa Komahcheet of Sterling, William Morgan Tosee, Sr. of Elgin, Frank Tosee of Sterling; adopted brother: Don Gleason; several aunts, uncles and adopted brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents: Andrew and Eunice Tosee; maternal grandparents: Moque and Ione Tosee, Ernest and Sallie Sovo; nephews: William Barrett Kerchee and Jack Hernandez, II; brother-in-law: Eugene Mithlo, Sr., Don Oldham, Don Bingham, Jack Hernandez; In-laws: Betty Lou Leclair and. Manuel Valdez Hernandez, Jack Chisholm, Sr.

Edith Kassanavoid “KaKu” Gordon Edith Kassanavoid “KaKu” Gordon passed away at her home on August 3, surrounded by family and

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tion Funeral Home with Pastor John Webb officiating. Burial followed at Post Oak Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was held, August 6, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home.

Rodney F Lambert

Lawrence Wayne Cizek

Gordon friends. Gordon was born October 23, 1918, at her family's original allotment land west of Indiahoma to Kassanavoid and Terchesy. She attended school at Indiahoma, where she learned to speak English. She also went on to take courses at Langston University. During her adult years, she worked as a cook at several different skilled nursing facilities in Lawton and Duncan. Her true passion, however, was being a homemaker and a devoted mother to her children. Gordon was a very proud full blood member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and Sherwood Tsotigh UMC. She was a fluent speaker and teacher of her Comanche language. She was a member of the Comanche Language Preservation Committee, and her contributions helped create the Comanche Dictionary. She also worked with the committee to produce several language CDs and DVDs for the youth program. She taught her Comanche language to many and was a great historian of Native American culture. She was a woman of great faith. She was a member of a group that was allowed to examine ancient Native American relics at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. She truly lived and enjoyed her Comanche heritage and loved singing and listening to Comanche hymns. She helped plan and participated in the 1st Annual Shoshone Reunion. She was also a direct descendant of Comanche Chief Tosawi, or Silver Broach. In her free time, she enjoyed sewing, quilting, collecting photo’s and historic information on her family, baking, cooking, watching the birds, driving through the refuge, attending powwows, playing with her dog Finn, talking Comanche politics with her friends, and most of all, spending time with her great-grandchildren. She is survived by two daughters: Beverley Salas and her husband Frank, of Lawton, and Melissa Gordon, of the home; a son-inlaw, Luis Martinez, of Indiahoma; grandchildren: James Wilson, Robert Meurant and his wife Leslie, Landra Klinekole, Edward Klinekole, Roberta Lopez, Richard Martinez and his wife Gina, Michael Martinez, Mica Martinez, Kathryn Sovo and her husband TD, Sandra Hernandez and her husband Richard, Angie Grimes and her husband Bill, Anthony Griffith and his wife Tina, Amanda Frickie and her husband Michael, Mark Daniel Lee Early, and Lindsay Early; and several great-grandchildren, greatgreat grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by: her parents, Kassanavoid and Terchesy; grandmother, Wesapoie, three brothers: Sam Kassanavoid, James Kassanavoid and Ray Kassanavoid, three sisters: Lucy Kassanavoid, Laura Kassanavoid and Lillie Kassanavoid, two husbands: Robert Douglas Komahcheet and Joseph Gordon, two sons: Samual "Buster" Komahcheet, and Ewart Komahcheet, three daughters, Dorothy Martinez, Brenda Griffith, and April Komahcheet, two granddaughters: Miranda Jean Kahle and Laura Rinaldi; and grandson, Tim Crosson, a great-granddaughter, Helen Griffith. Funeral service was held, August 7, 2013 at Comanche Na-

Cizek Lawrence Wayne Cizek went to his heavenly home on, August 10. Funeral service was, August 15, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Lay Speaker Tina Baker officiating. Burial followed at Otipoby Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was, August 14, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Cizek was born in Lawton on October 2, 1950 to Mack and Lucille (Otipoby) Cizek. He grew up in Elgin and graduated from Elgin High School. He then attended VoTech learning his masonry skills and also attended Cameron University for three years. Cizek owned a bricklaying and masonry construction contracting business in Oklahoma City completing four houses a week and subcontracted in the Lawton area. He was a proud member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and he was also of Kiowa descent. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing pool and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by: a brother, William Joseph Cizek II of Tuscon, Arizona; four nephews: Richard Riley Cizek of Geronimo, Michael Cizek of Geronimo, Jess Cizek II of Lawton, David Cizek of Colorado; niece, Audrey Whitefeather of Elgin; two children he helped raise: Sterling Ticeahkie and Josie Yarbrough; special cousins and friends: Thomas Narcomey, Clyde Narcomey both of Elgin, Phyllis Narcomey of Sterling, Don Poafpybitty, Jr. Ward, Paul Clark, Mike Murrow, many other friends and relatives. He is preceded in death by: parents: Mack and Lucille Cizek, brothers: Jess Cizek, Riley R. Cizek; niece, Leona Cizek Howe; grandparents: Hugh and Annie Otipoby; aunt and uncle: Gladys and Phil Narcomey.

Lambert Rodney F. Lambert, 59 of Sterling went to his heavenly home on, August 16, in Lawton. Funeral service was, August 21, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Rev. Tony Elkins officiating. Burial will follow at Sterling Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Lambert was born in Lawton on May 12, 1954 to Otha Odell and Johanna (Bigbow) Lambert Sr.. He grew up in Lawton and attended Cleveland Elementary, Tomlinson Junior High, Eisenhower and Elgin High School. Lambert’s career includes: Patrol Commander at Comanche County Sheriff’s Department for many years, Under Sheriff for Cotton County Sheriff’s Department, Police Officer for Sterling Police Department. He enjoyed fishing, listening to music, grilling and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. Rodney found joy in helping others and always went out of his way to take care of others. Rodney married Regina Leggett on July 1, 1994 in Wichita Falls, Texas and made there home in the Sterling area. He is survived by his: wife, Regina of the home, children and their spouses: Amie Rose and Shane of Lawton, Nathen Lambert and Kristie of Cache, Melissa Williams of Sterling, Shelby Talkington and Jason of Oklahoma City, Bobbie Tahah and Ronnie of Sterling, Brandon Lambert of Sterling; grandchildren: Austin, Alexandria, Shayna, Samantha, Skylar, Baileigh, Ashlyn, Jordan, Jaycee, Jena, Ebin, Silas, Mickayla, Mariah, Hayden, Krista, Luna, and Amber; mother, Johanna Lambert of Lawton; brothers, sisters and spouses: Edmond and Jeri Hoosier of Lawton, June and James Rogers of Lawton, Linda and Tony Elkins of Geronimo, Becky Lambert of Lawton, J.R. and Gina Lambert of Euless; uncles: Billy and Betty Bigbow of Indiahoma, James Johnson of Okmulgee, Tommy Johnson of Elgin, Harold Johnson Jr. of Lawton, many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by: father, Otha Odell Lambert, son, Clinton Eugene Landers, grandparents: Bernice Whitewolf and Joe Bigbow, Lizzie Hensley, Maude Blevins Chaat, aunts: Cody Sorrow, Naomi Lyles, Betty Elrod, Edith Reyes. God Places Certain People In Our Life For a Reason

By Shelby Exum/Human Resources Manager

It is with much sadness that the Human Resources office informs that Delphine Nelson, passed away on May 30 around 4:30 a.m. Delphine began employment with the Pawnee Nation as our Planning Division Director on Nov. 26, 2012. Her education and experience made her a true asset to our organization. She hit the ground running! If there was ever a possibility to clone an Chaticks Si Chaticks Pawnee Newsletter employee, Delphine would have been one of the chosen ones. She worked closely with our administrative team and was always ready and willing to step in and take lead on critical issues and projects. She was a go-getter, no-nonsense, humorous, intelligent, professional business woman to the core. She was a leader, a true role model and mentor to many of us here at the Pawnee Nation and will be greatly, greatly missed! The impact she made in many of our professional lives was a huge one. Learning is a continuous process and I will continue to use the knowledge and experience that I gained from working with such a leader.The following quote is for those of us who understood and enjoyed working with Delphine. In the words of the tough, tenacious, but humorous Delphine, “Off with their heads!We are thankful for Delphine’s service to the Pawnee Nation and we will miss her. “I will always feel blessed to have known Delphine. She was bright, funny and friendly, and determined. We learned a lot from her and I will truly miss her,” said Vi Wills, executive administration assistant.

September 2013


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Comanche Nation Casino Host “Comanche Nation Punch Out”

George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah Headlining The Event In A Championship Fight

Comanche Nation Casino will host “Comanche Nation Punch Out,” October 4. The boxing fights are presented and produced by Star Boxing. Doors open at 6 p.m., fights start at 7 p.m. Heading the event in a 10-round BA Continental Americas Middleweight Championship is

hometown fighter George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah, (31-1-1, 23 KO) from Lawton, Okla. He is battling against Thomas Brown (144-1, 8KO) from York, S.C. “We are excited to host “Comanche Boy” once again at our casino,” said Chris Williams, General Manager of Comanche Nation Ca-

sino. “We have a great relationship with George, and we look forward to him putting on a great show along with several other exciting fights.” “Anytime I fight at home, it is a big fight for me. I love fighting for my people. But this fight, I am coming from suffering my first lost in my boxing career. People ask me, if

2013 COMANCHE NATION EXPOSITION PRINCES. Chelsea Lynn Sapcut, 18 years old, is from Apache, Okla. She is a Senior at Apache High School, and is the daughter of Kenneth Ray Capes and Vanessa Sapcut of Apache and Dustin Olson of Parshall, ND. She has two brothers, Chase and Nicholas, and one sister, Gabriella. Her maternal grandparents are Sharon Sapcut-Enriquez and Phillip Hendrix Jr. And my paternal grandparents are Rita and the late Lawrence Olson Sr. Her maternal great-grandparents are the late Frank and Marion’s Ahdosy-Sapcut.She is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, and is a descendent of the PenaTuhka “Honey Eater” and Noyukaru “Wanderer” bands. Her Comanche name is “Ya-Wu-Nah” meaning “Standing Holding a Plant”, which belongs to her great grandmother Marion Ahdosy -Sapcut She is the former (CIVA) Comanche Indian Veterans Associations Princess of 2011-12 and a Comanche Little Ponies Princess of 2007-2010. She is also an accomplished in sign-language, having performed for Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Women’s Veterans Association and at numerous other events throughout Oklahoma . Courtesy Photo

I am still going to box or retire, I just laugh. I am a fighter. I love to fight. A loss is part of the game. Experience is what I lacked until my loss. Now I know what it feels like. Now I know I have to work harder, believe more, and most definitely get back up and show that I am back! Watch me!” Comanche Boy George T.

There will be a total of six championship fights and one amateur military bout (fight card subject to change). For tickets, please call Comanche Nation Casino (580) 354-2000 or visit the casino, 402 Southeast Interstate Drive, Lawton, Okla., 73501.

September 2013

Tomah Yeahquo passes out candy to the children during the parade of the 2013 American Indian Exposition.


Photos by Paula Karty/News Staff

Chelsea Sapcutt waves to the crowd as she represents the Comanche Nation at the 2013 American Indian Exposition.

Laken Tosee, the very first Native American Walters Rodeo Queen, waves to the crowd at the 2013 American Indian Expo.

The Comanche Nation Waterpark was well represented during the 2013 American Indian Exposition.

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Raquel Ramos passes out Comanche Nation Fair posters to the parade crowd inviting everyone to attend the 22nd Annual Comanche Nation Fair.

Adrian and Kindyn Camarena dressed in tribal regalia pose for the camera during the parade of the 2013 American Indian Exposition.

2013 American Indian Exposition Parade;Winners of the Beautiful Baby Contest

Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

0-11 month girls 1. Lily DeAnn French Wetselline – Wichita\Kiowa 2. Beranna Gray-- Creek\Kiowa\Cheyenne 3. Unknown

1-2 year girls 1. Jaylee Tsatoke -- Kiowa 2. Raylea Kahdehas Coggburn – Osage\ Kiowa\Cayuga 3. Kinley Longhat—Caddo\Kiowa

0-11 month boys 1. Kwintyn Joaquin Gallegos—Comanche\Kiowa 2. Anthony Stevens – Caddo\Osage 3. Jayce Boyd—Ft. Sill Apache

3-4 year boys 1. Mylin Wilson – Comanche 2. Ehrin Longhat – Wichita 3. Corbin Eldridge – Apache

1-2 year boys 1. Jordan Acosta – Kiowa 2. Laziyah Mithlo – Apache 3. Kylin Wilson -- Comanche

3-4 year girls 1. Aubrey Chaddleson—Wichita 2. Kiliah Naconie -- Kiowa 3. Trisedy Gabehart -- Kiowa

5 year boys 1. Jaylen R. Pherigo -- Kiowa


The 22nd Annual Comanche Nation Fair,

held at the headquarters of the Comanche Nation in Lawton, Okla. is not only a celebration of the culture of the proud Numunu people, but an opportunity for the tribe to give back to the local communities through an array of free events for all to enjoy. Employees of the Comanche Nation donate their weekend to run the fair and all its events, and as the years go by, it is only getting bigger and better. This year’s theme is “Healing the Nation with Traditional Steps.” There are activities for all age groups and interests. This year’s fair will be Sept. 27-29, with some events taking place before the weekend to kick off the celebration. Campers can set up and register for food rations on the morning of the Sept. 25. The Comanche National Museum will unveil its newest exhibition titled “Comanche Code of Honor” highlighting the heroes of the tribe, the Comanche Code Talkers of World War II. Runners from all over are invited to participate in the Warrior Run Sept. 26, where each one will take turns running one-mile increments from the tribe’s community centers in Apache, Okla., Walters, Okla., and Cache, Okla. to the tribal complex to bring awareness to diabetes and choosing a healthy lifestyle. Traditional Comanche Church hymns will be sung the evening of Sept. 26 at the tribal headquarters. For sports enthusiasts, a line-up of free tournaments fill the weekend, beginning with a Softball Tournament Sept. 27, a One-Mile Fun Run and 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, both beginning at 8 a.m. Sept. 28. A Horse Shoe Tournament will begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 28 and the Bull Buck Out invites brave participants to enter the Ring of Fear and other events, which also begins at 1 p.m. A Cedar Blessing and Spirit Walk starts the day at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 29, and the finals of the Softball Competition will begin that afternoon. Art lovers will have an opportunity to visit the Comanche Nation Art Gallery at the Education Building to view unique displays of art created by members of the tribe. A Quilt Show will also display beautifully designed blankets hand made by local seamstresses. Children will also have a fun time all weekend by riding all carnival rides free of charge, and at 4 p.m. Sept. 28, special Children’s Activities will take place, where they will learn about Stranger Danger from the Comanche Nation Law Enforcement and play many games, as well as other activities geared toward the youth. The Comanche Nation Fair Powwow will also be held all weekend. Bring your own chairs and witness the many different songs and dances of the Comanche people. With such a full schedule in such a short time, many wonder how the Comanche Nation Fair began. How the fair began is best told by its originator, Chairman of the Comanche Nation, Wallace Coffey: “I became chairman in 1991 and I moved home from Denver, Colo. To assume the post. The beginning of my term I realized there was a low self-esteem amongst our people. It was evident; people were discouraged with regard to unemployment, and their well-being. According to our Comanche Constitution, we must improve the environment, the health, the overall well-being of our people. After praying about it for a period of time, the Comanche Fair came to me. I asked my mother, who was living at the time, if she would like to go back to Craterville Park. She said that would be wonderful. I remember being there when I was a kid,” said Coffey. The Comanche Nation Fair was held in Craterville Park, on the Ft. Sill Military Base, which is a historical site for members of the Comanche Nation. After Sept. 11, 2001, and the terrorist attacks, the fair was moved to the Comanche Nation Headquarters, where it remains annually. “I didn’t think it would ever be this big. It has come to the point where it has really outdone itself. I think the Comanche people needed it at the time, and they are the ones who I remember;” added Coffey.


2 p.m.

Comanche Nation Youth Powwow-Comanche Nation Complex

Sept. 23

8 a.m.

Comanche Nation Golf Tournament

Sept. 25

8 a.m.

Campsite Opens


Native American Church Peyote Meeting

Sept. 26

8 a.m.

Warrior Bicycle Tour begins from Comanche Complex

9 a.m.

Comanche Warrior Spirit Run starts from Walters

10 a.m.

Comanche Warrior Bicycle begins from Comanche Nation Complex

Food Handlers Class-Watchetaker Hall

12:00 p.m. Vendors Set Up 1:06 p.m. Comanche Nation Museum presents “Comanche Code of Honor” Exhibit 3:00-4:30 p.m.

7 p.m.

Warrior Spirit Runners finish at Comanche Nation Complex

Comanche Hymn Singing – Watchetaker Hall

Sept. 27 8 a.m. Comanche Indian Veterans Association- Flag Ceremony- flag of Arza Tieyah & Videl Tahdooahnippah

10 a.m.

Annual Quilt Show

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

11 a.m.

12:00 p.m. Carnival Opens

4 p.m.-10 p.m. 4 p.m.

Princess Voting

10th Anniversary of Numunu Teretu Early Childhood Development Art Show opens in the New Conference Room

Brush Dance/Bring in the drum--- Comanche Nation Powwow Grounds

Gourd Dance

Powwow Registration Opens

6 p.m.

Supper Break/Retire Flags

7 p.m.

Gourd Dance Resumes

8 p.m. Parade In--- Contest in Tiny Tots; Golden Age Men and Women; Special Contest in honor of Braden and Caden Satepahtaw; Junior Divisions Sept. 28

7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Rations given out at Food Distribution Building

7:15 a.m.

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament team check in.

Fun Run Registration 8 a.m.

C.I.V.A The flag of Eli Coffey will be flown.


1K Fun Run

8 a.m.-Noon

Horse shoe Tournament Registration

8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Voting for Comanche Nation Princesses

9 a.m.

Parade Line Up by the Janice Totite Pewewardy Memorial Softball field

Madischi Road Closes

Art Show Opens at Education Building

10:00 am Parade

11 a.m. Birthday Reception for Opal Gore following the parade in Watchetaker Hall 12:00 p.m. Hotdog Feed for Children ONLY

1 p.m.

Bull Riding ----- Events at Bull Pen Horse Shoe Competition, in front of P.I.O. office

2 p.m.

Brush Dance/Bring in the drum---Comanche Nation Powwow Grounds

4 p.m.

Free Children Activities – North of Education Building

5 p.m.

Supper Break/Retire Flag

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

7 p.m.

49 Laughs Comedy Show--- Watchetaker Hall

Crowning of the 2013-1014 Comanche Nation Princesses

8 p.m. Parade In ---- Contests in Girls and Boys Teen Divisions; Adult Women; Special Old Time War Dance sponsored by Chibitty, Saupitty and Watchetaker families

8 p.m.-11 p.m.

Teen Dance --- Watchetaker Hall

Sept. 29

7 a.m.

Cedar Blessing Ceremony

7:45 a.m.

Spirit Walk

8 a.m.

C.I.V.A—Flags of Kenneth Komah and Lawrence Paddyaker

9 a.m.

Art Show Opens

10 a.m.

Sunday Church Services ----- C.N. Complex Gym Quilt Show Judging in Patriot Room


Free Sunday Meal ----- Watchetaker Hall following Church service

1 p.m.

Hand Game Tournament

2 p.m.

Quilt Show Awards Announced in Patriot Room

Brush Dance/Gourd Dance ----- C.N. Powwow Grounds

5 p.m.

Supper Break/Retire Flags

6 p.m.

Gourd Dance

7 p.m.

Parade In ----- Powwow Grounds Contests in Men Categories

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2013-2014 Comanche Nation Princess and Jr. Princess Will Be Voted on During Fair


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2013-2014 Comanche Nation Princess Candidates Kimberley De Jesus

Maurawe, Hello my name is Kimberley De Jesus, my Indian name is Numu Nivi meaning “Comanche Beauty”. I am the daughter of Valentin (Tito) & Denise De Jesus of Lawton, Oklahoma. I am Comanche, Otoe-Missouria, Pawnee tribes & Puerto Rican Descent. My Comanche heritage, I am the great, great, great granddaughter of the late Chieftain Quanah Parker, my great-great Grandmother is the late Katie Monatoboy Parker & Johnnie Parker, A.A. Monetathchi & Martha Wahper Monetathchi, my great grandparents are the late Bertha (Parker) Monetathchi & Edgar Monetathchi. My Grand Parents are Penny ( Monetathchi) Beaber & Ron Plumley Sr. My great-grandparents on my Otoe & Pawnee side are the late Earl Plumley, Sr., Louella (Carrion) Wilson, Oliver & Suzette (Primeaux) Plumley. Currently, I represent the Quanah Parker Descendants as their Princess 2012 to present. A recent Graduate of Lawton High School 2013 with a 4.0 GPA majoring in the Medical Field and to pursue a Doctorate Degree in Pediatrics a future goal. My minor is Theater Arts/Vocal Music to continue my singing Career. Currently I am enrolled as a freshman at the University of Oklahoma. As a Candidate for the 2013-2014 Comanche Nation Tribal Princess it would be an honor and privilege to serve as your Princess. My goal is to represent the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma and all Native Americans and encourage young people such as myself in expressing their talents and pursue their passion thru singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, comedy, acting, artwork or sports. My grandparents taught me to always be respectful and to listen to the elders with their advise and teaching. With the opportunity to serve as your Comanche Tribal Princess I want to play a major role in our Native Community and let America know we are proud Native Americans that can do many great things as we live in both worlds. Leadership: Accomplishments Auditioned and was selected for the Chamber Singers of the University of Oklahoma 2013-2014 1. Club President of the Lawton Native American Club 2012-2013 2. Member of the Lawton High Stepper Dance Team from 2009-2013 3. Member of the Lawton High Honor Show Choir from 2009-2013 Participated in the opening ceremonies for the Premiere movie, “Lone Ranger” starring Johnny Depp, June 2013. A model for the professional photographers of Oklahoma April 2012, participated in the Commercial “Its All About Me” at the Comanche


Long National Museum, selected for the Photo Cover for the Comanche National Museum 2010 Brochure. Participated in the 40th annual Eve of nations Celebration fashion Show, Oklahoma University, April 2010, selected to sing solos at various fall and spring concerts for Central Jr. High and Lawton High School. 1. Walters Service Club Princess 2008-2009 2. Miss Indian Lawton 2010-2011 3. Oklahoma City Pow Wow Club Princess 2011-2012 4. Quanah Parker Descendant Princess 2012 to present Native American Cultural events, singing dates performed: 1. Walters Service Club Princess 2008-2009 2. Miss Indian Lawton 2010-2011 3. Oklahoma City Pow Wow Club Princess 2011-2012 4. Quanah Parker Descendant Princess 2012 to present Native American Cultural Events Singing Dates Performed: 1. Warriors Blessing Comanche National Museum (May 2008) 2. 50 years of Powwow (September 2009) 3. Comanche Nation Elders Christman event (December 2009) 4. Alive at 25 program Injury Prevention event (December 2009) 5. Dr Martin Luther King Jr Celebration (January 2009-2011) 6. Global Oklahoma Festival Held at Rose State College (October 2012-2012) 7. Native American Heritage Month held at the Oklahoma City Federal Building (November 2010) 8. 13th Annual Native American Heritage Celebration “Native American Beauty” (November 2010) 9. 2012 Miss Indian Oklahoma and Jr Miss Indian Oklahoma Pageant held at the Riverwind Casino in Norman (May 2012) 10. Ft. Sill Indian School exhibit opening (September 2010) 11. Cedar Ceremony held at the Comanche National Museum (May 2010) 12. The 6th Annual Oklahoma Indian Clinic Dance 2010 13. Western day in Cache Oklahoma 2010 14. Dept of Human Services National American Celebration 2010 15. Red Earth Native American day held at the State Capital (November 2011) 16. Red Earth 24th, 25th, 26th, & 27th Annual Festival (June 20102013) 17. The Bison American Icon held at the Comanche Nation Museum (September 2010) 18. 2011 Miss, Jr Miss & Little Miss Indian Oklahoma City Pageant held in Del City Oklahoma ( March 2010-2011) 19. Oklahoma Classics held at the Remington Park Celebration 2011-2012. 20. Ft Sill Native American Heritage Month Luncheon (Novem-

nal grandparents are Ruth Toahty and the Late Benny Loy Toahty; Shirley Kaulity Tahchawwickah Rivera and the late Virgil Tahchawwickah. Paternal grandparents are the late Kenneth Joe Wetselline and the late Rita “Toads” Augare; the late Henry and Susie Wetselline; the late Frances and Gauridipee Augare. Great grandparents are the late Lee Motah and the late Rhoda Pauau; the late Freda Chose.

ber 2011-2012) 21. All Things Comanche (September 2012) 22. Jim Thorpe Native American games held at the Remington Park in Oklahoma City (June 2012) 23. National Indian Education Association Cultural feast held at the Oklahoma Historical Society 2012. 24. The American Chamber of Commerce Executive Annual Conference (June 2013). 25. Oklahoma City Indian Hills 63rd Powwow (July 2013).

heart. When she dances she feels that she dances too for all those who cannot. Her hobbies include being with her family, especially her Grandpa, playing hand game with family, attending powwows, and participating in tail dance. She has great respect for veterans.

Graduating high school.

Have you represented any organization, Yes

My performances include singing the National Anthem (Acapella), The Lord’s Prayer singing & signing together, God Bless the USA etc: Setting a goal & staying focused is always the best way to ensure a future with a career & family that will play a major role in our Native Community, all I can do is hope my wishes come true and that I will follow my dreams that will keep me moving forward to a better future. My faith & family keeps me believing that the dreams are there, all you have to do is reach for it. May God Bless Everyone, Uda!

Plans to attend college and taking basic courses before joining the United States Air Force,

~Jr. Miss Indian Lawton Fort Sill Princess 2010-2011

Hannah Grace Long

Participant of: Cache J.O.M. 2000-2001; 2001-2002 Comanche War Dance Society- 2002-2011; Comanche War Scouts- 2002-2009; Comanche Man Dance 211-2013 Qualities

Goals To learn and understand Comanche language.

To become Princess




Ancestry Her mother is full blooded Comanche. Her paternal grandparents are the Carl and the late Carla Tahah Atauvich who are both full blooded Comanches. Her grandfather Carl is the son of Lee Atauvich and Rose Yokesuite. Her grandmother the late Carla Tahah Atauvich is the daughter of Owen Tahah and Sara Tachawiwickah. Hannah is a descendent of Chiefs: Wild horse

What qualities do you feel you have to represent the Comanche Nation as a Princess: respectful to elders and all tribal people Are you able to explain your tribal regalia? Yes Do you speak or understand the Comanche language? Yes If No, are you willing to learn the Comanche language? Yes What are the goals you would like to accomplish by becoming the Comanche Nation Princess: To be a good role model for the young girls Describe yourself: I’m an outgoing girl, I have a great sense of Humor, I love to eat, I love hunting. I have black hair, brown eyes and I love to joke and laugh around.

White wolf Little Raven Iron Mountain

Understands her expectations and responsibilities of being a princess.

Also is descendent Medicine women:

Knows her responsibilities inside the arena

Mary Poafpybitty (Eagle doctor)

Name Mali Cooper Youngman (Comanche, Arapaho, Choctaw) Age: 12

Chappy (Bear medicine)

School School

Loves to travel to different powwows.


Sanapia (Eagle doctor)

Dependable Knows qualities of being a role model to young children Sets positive examples Comanche Nation Princess Goals Hopes to meet and become friends with many different nations throughout Oklahoma and the surrounding areas. She would like to be the kind of princess who inspires our youth to be be more involved in our culture and encourage them to strive to excel in whatever they choose to do. Grace loves going to powwows and hand games, enjoys meeting new people. She loves to be around her parents and family. She is currently a senior at Cache High School. She is ¾ Comanche. Hannah has been dancing since the age of 18 months. The first powwow she ever attended was in Apache, Okla. at the Apache fairgrounds building. She was taught by her great-grandfather the Old Man to dance with her

Comanche Nation Jr. Princess Candidates Cameille “Tasi” Wetselline Name Cameille Marie Wetselline Age: 15 Grade in School 10 School attending Eisenhower High School Hobbies: Singing, Dancing, bowling, going to powwows and hand games, hunting, playing pool and darts, swimming, eating Goals: to become a respectful and amazing Jr. Princess Future Plans: to become a professional softball player Ancestors: My parents are Keith Wetselline and Frieda Tahchawwickah Wetselline. My sister is Fiona. Mater-

Mali Cooper Youngman




Hobbies: Basketball, Softball, Track and dancing at Powwows Ancestors: Parents are Danny Niedo and Paula Cooper. Maternal grandparents are Jody Youngman and Lonnie Cooper (Choctaw); Great grand-parents, Erma Youngman and Toni Komah; Great-Great grandparents the late Bert (Arapaho) & Lena Hoahwah Youngman. Paternal grandparents are Elvria Niedo; Great grand-parents Theodore & the late Lydia Pekah Niedo. Describe yourself: The oldest of five children that loves to play basketball and softball, run track and loves to attend pow-wows

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Parade Route

Food Distribution



Free Carnival



Dance Arena


Law th to

IHS Dental Bus


Ambulance Service

Program Booths

Powwow Parking


Horseshoe Tournament

Childrens Activities


Peyote Mtg

Camp Grounds


Camp Grounds

Education Bldg Watchetaker Hall

Handicap Parking



inis t Bldg ration

2013 Comanche Nation Fair Map Fun Run & Spirit Walk Hymn Singing

Skateboard & 3-On-3 Basketball tournaments

Law Enforcement

49 Laughs Comedy Show Handgame Tournament Church Service Silent Auction

Art Show

VIP Parking

Camp Grounds

Quilt Show

Parade Route

Visit Our Booth At The 2013 Comanche Nation Fair Jolene Schonchin

Comanche Pride Account Holder

September 28, 9am-2pm You Could Win OU Tickets With A $50 Gas Card! Get a Limited Edition Comanche Pride T-shirt when you open a Comanche Pride account! You could win extra cash when you withdraw money from our ATM inside Watchetaker Hall! 877-585-4177

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Tips On How To Have A Safe And Enjoyable Comanche Nation Fair These are just some helpful hints to make your visit at the 2013 Comanche Nation Fair more enjoyable • Bring your own chairs • Bring a jacket or blanket in case of cool weather • Bring mosquito repellent • Have an umbrella handy • Always lock your car • There will be shuttles to and from the fairgrounds, • The Lost and Found will be located at the Comanche Nation Fair’s T-shirt booth • Law Enforcement and Emergency Personnel will be available • Watch out for elders, handicap and children during the parade • Tribal programs will have carts for their equipment and promotional items which are not for public use. Please utilize the shuttles that are available for public transportation. • Enjoy the fair and have fun!

Don’t get caught in traffic! Be Sure to arrive at the Comanche Nation Fair early on Sept. 28. Madische Road will close for the annual Parade at 9 a.m. and will re-open following the Parade.

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Flyers of Comanche Nation Fair Events Comanche Hymn Singing “Singing Praises is a Comanche Tradition”

September 26, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Watchetaker Hall

50 Mile Bike Ride

Comanche Nation Complex 584 NW Bingo Rd. Lawton, OK 73507

Starting at the Comanche Nation Complex through the Wichita Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Comanche Nation Fair Committee would like to extend an invitation to all Comanche Churches to participate in a night of singing and fellowship.


7am at the Comanche Nation Complex Powwow Grounds 584 NW Bingo Rd, Lawton OK 73507 Ride begins 8am at the Comanche Nation Complex Powwow Grounds Info Contact: George Tahdooahnippah (580) 512512-6410

If you would like to participate please contact: June Sovo (580) 492-3326

Comanche Warrior Communities Spirit Run Finish Line Reception Comanche Nation Complex Powwow Grounds 3pm Thursday, September 26, 2013

Come Cheer the runners on!










Come support the Comanche Warrior Spirit runner’s as they run their last mile into the Comanche Nation Complex. Each running team will be coming from their respected communities:

Apache, Cache, and Walters!!!

For More Details Contact: (580) 699699-3736

Comanche Nation Residential Youth Shelter 2nd Annual Hotdog Feed

Kids Only September 28, 2013 After Parade 12:00 noon until Hotdogs are gone! Place: Watchetaker Hall Hotdogs, Chips & Kool Aid





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Flyers of Comanche Nation Fair Events

22nd Annual Comanche Nation Fair

during the 22nd Annual Comanche Nation Fair Registration Begins @ 8:00 AM Competition Starts @ 1:00 PM

RATIONS Campers will receive a ticket upon registration. You MUST have a Rations Ticket to pick up Rations.

Prizes: 1st, Place


2nd Place


3rd Place


NOTE: All prize money will be given in Wal-Mart gift Cards.

Tournament held in front of Public Information Office (North Side of Watchetaker Hall)


NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACCIDENTS For More Information Contact: Brian N. Stillwell (580) 583-0756

For more information contact CAROLYN CODOPONY at 580-583-1402

22nd Annual Comanche Nation Fair

Spirit Walk 2013

COMANCHE NATION FAIR 2013 Nu Mu Nu Craft Guild Quilt Show Healing the Nation with Traditional Steps September 27-29, 2013 Comanche Nation Complex The New Patriots Room Former South Conference Room Friday, Sept. 27th Saturday, Sept. 28th 10:00a.m.-Show Opens 10:00a.m.-Show Opens 6:00 p.m.- Show Closes Closed during Parade Deadline for quilt entries Sunday, Sept. 29th 10:00a.m. – Judging of Quilts 1:00p.m. – Presentation of Awards 2:00p.m.- Quilt Show Closes Two (2) Categories DOOR PRIZE EACH DAY 1. Display only - Open to all ages female and male 2. Competition-Open to Comanche Tribal Members Only For More Information call: Yvonne Monetathchi – 580-512-4703 Faye Winkler – 580-585-7071 Quilters: Bring your favorite Doll to display No Doll Competition just “for fun”.

22nd AnnuAl ComAnChe nAtion FAir hAndgAme tournAment Sept. 29, WAtChetAker hAll ComAnChe nAtion Complex

lAWton, ok

1St plACe: $1,000 (guArAnteed) Comanche Nation Tribal Complex 9 Miles North of Lawton

Sunday, September 29, 2013 @ 7:45 a.m. Cedar Smoking Ceremony @ 7:00 a.m.

2nd plACe: $300 3rd plACe: $200 no entry Fee

FREE T-SHIRT TO WALKERS (While Supply Lasts)

regiStrAtion noon (no exCeptionS)

The registration table will be located east of the powwow arena. The walk is 1.2 miles. Water, juice and power bars will be available. If you or a loved one is suffering from the disease of alcoholism or drug addiction, please come and support the staff of the Comanche Nation New Pathways Halfway House in their efforts to help Native Americans achieve sobriety and assisting them towards wellness, self-sufficiency, and a satisfactory life free from other drugs. Please contact (580) 248-3654 for information.

drAWing 1 p.m. Age limit: 16 yrS. And older

This Event Was Co-Sponsored by New Pathways & Cofounders Verna Cable & Jarvis Poahway Cedar Smoking by Melvin Mithlo

For more inFormAtion ContACt: CriCket kArty (580) 291-0031

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