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June 2012



Lawton, OK



Sovo Retires After 23 Years in Education

Star of Twilight Movies Releases New Native Vote Video Encouraging Native Voters to “Be the Native Vote” Tiffany Smalley/ NCAI

Native American Actor Chaske Spencer, best known for his role in the Twilight movie saga, is the star of a new video released to inspire Native Americans to get out the “Native Vote.” Native Vote, a non-partisan initiative of the National Congress of American Indians, released the video almost exactly six months before national Election Day on November 6, 2012. The video highlights the power and importance of the Native Vote and encourages voters in tribal communities to understand that every voice—and every vote—counts. “Native American voters are one of the country’s most under represented and disenfranchised group of voters. Native Vote is focused on turning out the largest Native Vote in history in 2012. Estimates show that over one million eligible Native voters are unregistered. It’s going to take people like Chaske Spencer stepping forward to help spread the word,” said NCAI Executive Director Jacqueline Pata. “This is a true grassroots effort and we need everyone to be involved to spread the word. We hope that Indian Country and non-Native people alike are inspired, especially young people, to get more involved in civic activities such as voting.” “Nothing is more important to me than the future of our people. I started an effort called ‘Be the Shift’ to encourage young people to be involved, that’s why I support Native Vote in encouraging American Indians and Alaska Natives to vote in federal, state, and local elections,” says Chaske Spencer in the video, making its way around social media site and can be viewed on YouTube. Spencer continues, “In 2012, people all over the United States will be voting for the next President and Native people cannot be left out of the process. Be the shift, be the Native Vote. Every voice counts.” Recent data suggests that over one million eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives were not registered to vote during the last election cycle; 34 percent of the total Native population is over 18 and eligible to vote. NCAI’s Native Vote initiative works to inform Native voters of key deadlines, registration guidelines, voting locations and process, candidates, ballot measures, and more. The 2012 campaign has four main focus areas: Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) and Voter Registration, Voter Protection, Voter See NATIVE VOTE, Page 2

Lenniel Ted Sovo holds up his retirement cake that says, “Congratulations Ted and Best Wishes,” with the Elgin School mascot owl decorating it. Photo and story by Candace Wilson/ News Staff

Photo by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

The colors of the Comanche Nation flag, followed by the Apache flag, shimmer in the sunset May 12 as it is brought in at the Grand Entry of the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association. The organization, which consists of rodeo athletes over the age of 40 years, honored the Kiowa, Apache, and Comanche tribes during its annual event in Grandfield, Okla. For more pictures of the rodeo, see page 15.

Comanche Nation Water Park Re-Opens for Summer Season By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

An announcement of the re-opening of the Comanche Nation Water Park in Lawton, Okla. was made May 18, as the spring season changes to the hot summer days that Oklahoma has been known for. The Comanche Nation has collaborated with Jar Holdings LLC to have the water park re-open on Memorial Day weekend, with May 26, being Native American Day, to kick off the season. Jar Holdings LLC, will work with the Comanche Nation as the park’s management team. Aso Pogi, former Lawton High and OSU football player and Roy Williams, former Dallas Cowboy and Oklahoma Sooner, have made it a goal of

theirs to better this community, focusing on the youth. "In every way, shape, or form, they're our future," said Pogi, in a KSWO Channel 7 interview. "It allows our young people the opportunity to continue to do something, to go somewhere in Lawton, to have something to that they can call their own." Comanche Nation Chairman, Johnny Wauqua, said timing and finding the right management team was the key to re-opening the water park. The water park staff has been busy prepping it for the re-opening. Native American Day, May 26, will have free admis-

Retiring from Elgin Middle School, Lenniel Ted Sovo has been educating students for a total of 23 years. Sovo taught at the Oklahoma schools of Sterling, Walters, Geronimo, Stoney Point, Riverside Indian School, Ryan High School, and Elgin Middle School. Four of the 23 years were at Elgin Middle School, where he retired May 1. A reception was held in the Elgin Middle School library. Sovo also coached Softball, Jr. High Girls Basketball, Jr. High Boys, Sixth and Seventh Grade Baseball, and was the Assistant Coach with the High School Basketball Girls team throughout his teaching years. Sovo educated students in the subjects of Eastern Hemisphere, and History Sixth and Seventh grade. Sovo said, “My highlight was being on the staff of Elgin when we were awarded a National Blue Ribbon School out of 635 other schools.” He said his plans are to relax, spending time with grandchildren, and travel.

Single Parent Forum Helps Families By Paula Karty/News Staff

The Comanche Nation hosted a Single Parent Forum sion for intertribal members on May 11 at the Comanche who present a valid enrollment Nation Elder Center in Lawcard from their tribe. Free ad- ton, Okla. The forum was to dismission under this condition cuss issues that single parents will be from noon until 6 p.m. face on a day-to-day basis that day. Season passes are while raising a family. Issues discussed were: available. For a single pass is $70, and if four or more are • High cost of child care purchased at the same time, it • After school care • Expenses of school supis $50 for each pass. plies and activities The hours for Memo• Career Development rial Weekend aren noon-6 p.m. Beginning May 28, the • Parenting Classes hours of the water park will • Single Parent Support Group be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.- 8 • Tribal Youth Program located in the City of p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Lawton 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sundays. The Women’s Shelter, For more information, Youth Program, Child Care, call (580) 353-6110.

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June 2012 THE COMANCHE NATION NEWS The award-winning Comanche Nation News, the official communication of the Comanche Nation, is available at no charge upon request. The deadline to submit information for the July edition is noon June 15. Donations to help cover the cost of printing and mailing are welcome. Contact: The Comanche Nation News P.O. Box 908 Lawton, Okla. 73502-0908 Telephone: (580) 492-3386 Fax: (580) 492-3709 Email: •

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Election Board Announces Extension to Receive Mail-In Ballots

Due to the delay in printing over 10,000 voting ballots, the Comanche Nation Election Board announced May 18 they are extending the time they will accept the mailin ballots. Mail-in ballots have to be received by the Lawton Post Office before 5 p.m. June 1 to be counted. The designated polling sites will be open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. May 26 at the following locations: • Anadarko--Bureau of Indian Affairs Agency courtroom located at Hwy 281 N. Parker and McKenzie Road, Anadarko • Apache--Apache High School on Hwy 281, Apache • Cache --Cahoma Build-

ing located at 752 NW Quanah Road, Cache • Lawton--Comanche Nation Headquarters, new conference room, located at 584 NW Bingo Road, Lawton • Oklahoma City--Comanche Nation Outreach Office located at 7390 S. Walker, Suite G, Oklahoma City • Walters--Comanche Community Center located at 905 E. Missouri Street, Walters There is a mandatory three-day Protest Period, and the results will become official 5 p.m. June 4, if no protests are filed, according to the Comanche Nation Election Board. The run-off election, if needed, will be June 23.


a single parent and trying to grams within the tribe that can raise a family with a limited or help. no income at all is very diffi- The forum had a tocult. He wanted to let the par- tal of 27 single parents in atents know that there are pro- tendance. Refreshments were

provided by Woman’s Shelter. Door prizes were given which included four $50 gift certificates.

Comanche Nation Officials

To contact officials: Comanche Nation P.O. Box 908 Lawton, Okla. 73502 Toll Free: (877) 492-4988 Physical Address 584 Bingo Rd. Lawton, OK 73505

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

Mission of the Comanche Nation

The mission of the Comanche Nation is to promote and preserve the culture, history and traditions of the Comanche people, and to further promote and encourage pursuits relevant to an efficient governing body, a viable economic base and measures designated to enhance social and cultural activities which will reflect our heritage and assure the continued development and success of the Nation and its members.

Lawton USPHS Hospital Sponsors Veteran Enrollment Seminar from the VA and Medicare available to answer any questions you may have and assist with the application process. Please make plans to attend and bring your DD-214 (Military Discharge Document). If interCourtesy Photo ested in attending, please RSVP with Rita Darnell, Registration Supervisor at the Lawton Indian Hospital at (580) 354-5135, or toll free 1-888-275-4886, ext 5135 by Monday, June 18, 2012. Refreshments will be served.


Tribal Administrator (Acting) William Owens

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T h e Lawton Service Unit will be sponsoring a “VA Enrollment Seminar” to assist our Native American Veteran patients in applying for eligibility for health care services at the VA Facilities. The event will take place 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., June 19, at the Lawton Indian Hospital Main Conference Room. They will have Lawton Service Unit Benefit Coordinators and representatives

By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

TCNN Staff Jolene Schonchin, Editor, Reporter, Photographer-Email: tcnneditor@ Number-(580)492-3382 Paula Karty, Assist. Editor, Reporter, Photographer- Email: Telephone Number-(580)492-3383 Candace Wilson, Reporter, Photographer Email:candacew@ Telephone (580) 492-3385 Candace Todd, Administrative Assistant-Telephone Number (580)492-3386 News items of interest to the local and American Indian community are welcome. Photographs will be copied and will become the property of TCNN. To return original photographs, send a self-addressed stamped envelope. Do not send faxed photographs or newspaper copies of photographs. The Milestones Page (Birthdays, Anniversaries, Engagements,Memorial Pictures, Weddings, Births) are by submission only. The Passings are submitted by the Comanche Nation Continued from Page 1 Funeral Home or by tribal members on a funeral home letterhead. The Student Services, ICW, and Milestones Page is for tribal members Child Support are programs only. TCNN publishes all services conducted by The Comanche Nation from the Comanche Nation Funeral Home without discretion. that helped with the issues that Obituaries are written for tribal were being discussed. members only. The guest speaker for TCNN will print a Comanche orga- nization’s annual event flyer once the event was Comanche Nafree of charge as a courtesy to our tion Chairman, Johnny Wautribal organizations. The guidelines for flyer submission are: Pow-wow qua. Wauqua talked about flyers have to be from an established Comanche organization. There has to the programs that are available be contact person and number on the to help single parents. Wauqua organization’s annual flyer. We reserve the right to edit all said he understands that being material. Letters or articles that contain libelous information, slander, or personal attacks will not be printed. Letters to the editor must be signed with a legible name. The letters to the editor or articles contained in the The Comanche Nation Continued from Page 1 News does not reflect the opinions of the PIO staff.

Chairman Johnny Wauqua Vice Chairman Vacant Secretary/Treasurer Vacant Committeeman No. 1 Vacant Committeeman No. 2 Vacant Committeeman No. 3 Vacant Committeeman No. 4 Vacant




1 p.m. June 2, 2012 Doors open at 11 a.m.

Watchetaker Hall Comanche Nation Complex 584 NW Bingo Road Lawton, OK 73507

Only Items on the Agenda I. Call to Order II. Invocation III. Nomination of officers a. Secretary/Treasurer b. Committeeman No. 3 c. Committeeman No. 4

We Need to Hear From You! You are Invited to Participate in a Study Courtesy Photo

Chaske Spencer was born in Oklahoma and his heritage includes Sioux, Nez Perce, Cherokee, Creek, French, and Dutch.

and Candidate Education, and Access to Data. The campaign provides trainings, webinars, and informational resources to tribally-appointed Native Vote coordinators and local self-appointed coordinators to support voter engagement efforts. Chaske Spencer is actively involved in raising a national awareness of Native issues, especially through his organization, United Global Shift. United Global Shift empowers people from around the world to create sustainable, lasting change in their communities and countries. About Native Vote: Native Vote was founded as a nonpartisan initiative of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in response to low voter participation and severe infractions against Native voters. For more information or to get involved in the 2012 Native Vote campaign, visit www. To learn more about United Global Shift, visit

There is a vaccine to prevent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infections in young males and females but few people have their children take the shots. We need Comanche Indian girls and boys, ages 13-18, and legal guardians of Comanche Indian youth ages 9-18 to tell us how we can make it easier for our children to get the vaccine.

Come & give your input on how we can keep our Indian children safe. We will have 6-8 people in a group to discuss the HPV vaccine.The meeting will last about 2 hrs. Light refreshments and a $30 Wal-Mart gift card will be provided to thank you for your time.

When: When it’s Convenient for You Where: Local in the Lawton Area For more information, please contact:

Dr. Valerie Eschiti (580-512-7280), Stacey Sanford, LPN (580-713-2026) or Leslie Weryackwe (580-713-2285) Consents for the research project are available for you to read ahead of time through Dr. Eschiti, Stacey Sanford, & Leslie Weryackwe. We will have consents at the event for you to sign. The project is for boys and girls ages 13 to 18 years old, as well as men and women who are caregivers of youth ages 9-18 years old. Funding for the research project is provided by the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center/Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, Oklahoma City, OK. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. IRB #16347

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Candidates Seek Chairman;Vice Chairman Positions Run Off Elections, if needed, are June 23

Eleanor McDaniel

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Wallace Coffey

Willie Nelson

By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is information on candidates who are seeking to run in this year’s election that submitted information to the Comanche Nation PIO Dept. It is for informational purposes only and does not reflect the opinions of the Comanche Nation PIO staff. The PIO reserves the right to edit all material. See page 2 for submission guidelines.

Chairman Position McDaniel Eleanor McDaniel of Cache, Oklahoma is a full blood member of the Comanche Nation. Pat and Eleanor McDaniel have been married for 29 years. Their son Anthony is a senior at Cameron University. Her daughter, Debra Tiddark, resides in Lawton. Eleanor is a retired disabled veteran. She has worked for the Comanche Nation in a number of positions such as Tribal Administrator, Bingo Manger, PIO/Newsletter Editor and Election Board Member. She has served as Cache JOM Parent Committee President for 12 years. She served 10 years in the US Army and is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm where she served on a five man weapons and ammunitions disposal team. She is a Gulf war syndrome and cancer survivor. She served on the United States President’s Panel on Cancer, and served as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society. She serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Comanche Nation Cancer Navigation Program. She is a member of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association, and has served as an officer for the past 19 years, working to honor all veterans. She is currently serving as the President of the Women Veterans of Oklahoma, Lawton/Ft. Sill Chapter. Eleanor’s parents are Rose Yokesuite and Ray Niedo. Her grandparents are Baldwin Yokesuite and Ella Poafpybitty and Joe Niedo and We-yi-yusuh. Eleanor is a direct descendent of Chief Whitewolf and Comanche Medicine Woman Sanapia (Sah-nah-peeh-uh), David and Chappy Poafpybitty, Mary Poafpybitty, Chief Iron Mountain and Chief Little Raven. She especially appreciates the love and support of her aunts, Opal Gore and Maudine Poafpybitty Kennedy. As an artist, Eleanor’s work includes beadwork, silverwork, buckskin dresses, moccasins, ceremonial gourds and fans, dolls and Comanche baby cradleboards, and other traditional regalia. She has written and produced a Comanche Hymn book and CD called “A Comanche Legacy.” Eleanor cur-

rently offers classes in beadwork, moccasin making and other traditional arts and crafts. Her work as an artist is her way to preserve the traditional ways that were handed down to her by her parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great grandparents.

Coffey I care deeply for the Comanche people. I will work to create a more positive atmosphere in which people can live, work, and play. I ask that you join with me as we begin the process of healing, within ourselves, and as the great Comanche Nation. I have been Chairman before, and have brought you the “Comanche Nation Fair” and most recently the Comanche National Museum and Culture Center. We have been able to celebrate our culture and historic past through these two ventures, but what about our future? Goals • Hire Comanche tribal members, a number one priority. • Build a long-term care facility to serve our elderly, staffed by Comanche professionals. • Hold an annual Prayer Breakfast to seek guidance and direction. • Increase opportunities for jobs, homes, and health care. • Build a hotel and convention facility to provide jobs for Comanche citizens. • Increase education and job training programs for tribal members. • Research economic development opportunities. • Work to create language and cultural preservation efforts for all Comanches. • Advocate locally and nationally for the Comanche Tribe and all Native Nations. • Work to restore our joy, our excitement, and our passion in being Comanche.

Nelson I want to stretch the mind of the Comanche Nation voter at large: Our past leaders from long ago believed in the Give Away system, meaning, "It's better to give than receive." I'll be bold to tell all Comanche Nation members if we don't invest in ourselves, what was the purpose of this organization in the first place? I will follow through on increasing the Revenue Allocation Plan Per Capita Payment to 60%. My belief is, each Comanche is our investment. As Chairman, new ideas, plans will come to you "The People" first before undertaking big projects, purchases or major changes. My Goal is, by three years, have four quarterly pay-

ments of $750 within the fiscal year for each Comanche Nation Member. That comes to $3,000 per Comanche Nation Member. I'll need the legal quorum of business committee to believe as I do. This $750 every three months could be used as cash, pay bills, etc. It's the Comanche peoples monies, not the elected. For more information call (580) 355-8453 or go to www.willieforchairman.webs. com

Vice Chairman Position

William Owens Jobs In the past few years, we have seen some overwhelming blows to the American economy as a whole, with skyrocketing job losses occurring nationwide. As ViceChairman, I want to be able to create jobs for tribal members, to provide training and to encourage entrepreneurship and economic development in Southwest Oklahoma. Current-

ly, at all of our entities, only 42% of the employees are Comanche, 54% of the employees are non-Indian. We can, and we will, do better. I want Comanches to hold more jobs within the Nation, so they can have better benefits and better wages. They do not have to leave in order to support themselves and their families. Then our communities will remain strong. Language The foundation of our culture is though the Comanche language, and the preservation of our language. This is essential for the survival of our culture. As Vice-Chairman, I will be committed to ensuring, through tribal programs and services, future Numunu generations will be able to Read our words, Hear our words and Speak our words in the Comanche language. I will promote the revitalization and usage of the Comanche language in our Child Care Development Program, while educating our children in a safe and cultural environment. At our local schools and universities, I would like to see them create a Comanche language course for children and adults. Community When we look at our past and how strong our communities were during the time of early Comanches, we see energetic Comanche communities made up of healthy, happy, self-reliant families. I

see this as a key to the future of a strong Comanche Nation. As Vice-Chairman, I want to dedicate my service to the concept of “One Nation,” Comanches working together for the common good, in its support of strong Comanche communities. Along with our Outreach Centers in Anadarko and Oklahoma City, I want to establish more Outreach Centers where there are large numbers of Comanches are living; to start with the Tulsa area, Dallas area, Albuquerque area, and Los Angeles area. Next will be to expand to more areas, covering the United States with Comanche outreach centers, and serving all Comanche members, no matter where they live. Sovereignty Sovereignty at its heart means “the right to choose.” For our own nation, sovereignty means the right to develop our own system of government, the right to determine our own national identity, and the right to control our own destiny within the United States Government. As Vice-Chairman, I want our Nation to exercise our inherent sovereignty with the adoption of the three branches of a tri-partite government: the Executive, Legislative and Judicial. It is the exercise of our sovereignty that will enable many of our government programs and services to enhance and improve the lives of the






Date: JUNE 15th Time: 10:00 a.m.—2:00 Place: Watchetaker Hall Comanche Nation Complex

For More Information Contact: Comanche Nation’s

Diabetes Awareness Program Phone: 580-492-3322 Fax: 580-492-3704 Email:


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Candidates Sought for Comanche Nation Princess Title By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Clorandia Tsatoke, Comanche Nation Director, is accepting applications for candidates who wish to run for the 2012-2013 Comanche Nation Princess title. To qualify, candidates must be an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, must be between the ages of 17-24 years, no children, not married, and is not cohabiting with a male, such as a boyfriend. All candidates must fill out an application; submit

a biography of her, along with hours of voting will be 8 a.m.a photo. Tsatoke emphasized 6 p.m. Sept. 28, and the new only completed packets with princess will be crowned Sept. all of the required information 29. Candidates will participate will be accepted. The deadline in the Comanche Nation Fair to turn in the requirements for Parade the morning of Sept. this year’s title is 6 p.m. Aug. 29, and a pageant to announce 30. Any applications after this the princess is being planned. For more information, date will not be considered. Voting for the Coman- contact Tsatoke at (580) 678che Nation Princess will take 1361. place during the Comanche Nation Fair, scheduled for Sept. 28-30, at the Comanche Nation Headquarters. The

TEACHING TRADITIONAL WAYS. Tribal elders, Kenneth, pictured right, and Rita Coosewoon, were the presenters of “Earth, Fire, and Water: Holy Elements within the Sweat Lodge,” May 12 at the Medicine Ways Conference, on the campus of the University of California Riverside, in Riverside, Cali. For 31 years, the Native American Student Association and Native American Student Programs of the University of California, Riverside have hosted the Medicine Ways Conference and have invited people from near and far to partake in this unique event, according to the UC Riverside website. Other presentations at the conference included Healing Plants, the Power of Songs, Basket Weaving, and Cultural Resource Management. The theme for this year’s 31st Annual Medicine Ways Courtesy Photo Conference was “Elemental Healing.” The focus this year is on the Four Sacred Elements: The Fire, The Water, The Earth, and The Air. All of these elements play a vital role in Native American culture and traditions and are important for human existence.

CONEI Job Opening: Accountant/Bookkeeper About the Company CONEI (Comanche Nation Enterprises, Inc.) is a growth-oriented business enterprise focused on building long-term value for the Comanche Nation. CONEI is ensuring a sustainable revenue stream for the Nation by acquiring, starting, and developing medium to large scale businesses. CONEI is structured as a federally chartered corporation owned by the Comanche Nation and is uniquely positioned to win federal contracts. The company currently owns three subsidiaries; one each in the construction, government engineering services, and internet mobile websites and applications industries. Job Description Position Summary The Accountant/Bookkeeper will be responsible for all day-to-day financial transactions of the parent company and designated subsidiaries. The Accountant/Bookkeeper will work closely with the CEO to ensure accurate financial records are maintained and that financial status reports and metrics are created and reported in a timely fashion. The successful candidate will assist with development of accounting and financial processes and procedures. Additionally, the Accountant/Bookkeeper will have an opportunity to develop and evaluate detailed financial performance metrics for existing subsidiaries as well as assist with the evaluation of potential acquisition targets. Detailed Position Description The Accountant/Bookkeeper will: • Maintain all day-to-day financial records • Input all financial data into the corporate accounting system • Process accounts payable and payroll • Prepare balance sheet and profit and loss statements, consolidated financial statements, and other accounting schedules and reports. • Identify trends and/or issues with the financial metrics and data • Support the annual audits • Assist in the analysis and

reconciliation of financial information detailing assets, liabilities, and capital. Prepares reports to summarize and interpret current and projected company financial position for other managers. Performs balance sheet reconciliations. • Maintain detailed physical and electronic records of all financial related transactions • Ensure compliance with GAAP principles and corporate policies • Assist in budget preparation and analysis. Monitors financial performance to budget, reconciles and resolves issues, and provides information and guidance to management • Assist with evaluation of potential acquisition candidates and create what-if financial scenarios • Resolve billing, payroll, accounts payable problems This position will be located in Lawton, Okla. Competitive salary and benefits package will be provided. The hours are full-time, Monday through Friday. Position Requirements • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or related field and 5 years’ experience (An equivalent combination of education and experience may be used to meet the requirements of this position.) • Excellent interpersonal and relationship skills are essential • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Well-developed strategic thinking and analytic skills • Strong organization and selfmanagement, self-motivation skills • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple activities effectively • Ability to work both as a member of a team and independently • Strong computer skills and strong proficiency with MS Xcel and other office software applications • Experience with an enterprise accounting system such as Timberline, Deltek, Great Plains, etc. • Precise attention to detail is required

Attention Comanche Princess Sorority Members

MARK YOUR CALENDAR SORORITY MEETING 7 p.m. June 26 Comanche Nation Complex Old Conference Room Make plans to attend. Much to discuss and plan.

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International Actor, Johnny Depp, Made Goodwill Ambassador to the Comanche Nation;Adopted by Tribal Elder Harris Tribal Elder, LaDonna Harris Made the Goodwill Ambassador to Spain for the Comanche Nation By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Actor Johnny Depp has been made a Goodwill Ambassador and an honorary member of the Comanche Nation, through tribal elder and the president of Americans for Indian Opportunity, LaDonna Harris. She had a Naming Ceremony conducted at her house in Albuquerque, N.M. May 16, where Comanche Nation Chairman, Johnny Wauqua, presented Depp with a proclamation. Harris said the adoption means she now considers Depp her son. The proclamation was read by Chairman Wauqua to Depp, saying “Whereas the tradition of sovereignty of the Numunu since time immemorial long predates the existence of the United States; and whereas the historic Numunu practice of taking captives is a long standing and vital tradition of the Numunu; and Whereas Numu Wiape LaDonna Harris on behalf of her Tabbytite family has called forward a man of extraordinary talent and Tubitsi Puha of unique entertainment spirit who has enriched millions of people through the world, I, Johnny Wauqua, Chairman of the Comanche Nation do hereby call forward Mr. Johnny Depp, here and after known by the Numunu as “Mah woo meh” taken this day as a ceremonial member of the Tabbytite/Harris family and do further call upon Mah woo meh, also known as Johnny Depp, to serve as the Goodwill Ambassador of the Comanche

Depp playing the character, “Tonto,” in upcoming movie, The Lone Ranger.

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Johnny Depp, right, hugs his adopted mom, LaDonna Harris, May 16 during his Adoption and Naming Ceremony in Albuquerque, N.M.

Nation.” Mah woo meh, translates to “entertain, makes smile or laugh,” according to the Comanche Nation Language Dictionary, where it is spelled Ma?yu neetu. Currently, Mah woo meh is famous for acting roles such as Jack Sparrow in Disney’s The Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Edward Scissorhands, and is currently starring in the movie titled Dark Shadows. Additionally, he was the voice of the lizard in the animated movie, Rango, and in The Corpse Bride animation. Depp has been quoted saying he possessed Native American blood; tracing back to his great-grandmother, who was a Cherokee Indian. Currently, Mah woo meh, 48, is currently on location shooting an action-adventure film, where he portrays a Comanche Nation fictional character “Tonto” in a movie remake of classic western TV

series The Lone Ranger. "Johnny is reprising the historic role of Tonto, and it seemed like a natural fit to officially welcome him into our Comanche family,” Harris said, “I reached out, and Johnny was very receptive to the idea. He seemed proud to receive the invitation, and we were honored that he so enthusiastically agreed." According to KSNT in Topeka, Kan., Harris said the group had a lovely time getting to know the movie icon, adding, "Welcoming Johnny (Depp) into the family in the traditional way was so fitting. He's a very thoughtful human being, and throughout his life and career, he has exhibited traits that are aligned with the values and worldview that indigenous peoples share." It's not the first time Mah woo meh has met with tribal officials while shooting The Lone Ranger - the actor took part in a summit with Navajo leaders on the set of the

Johnny Depp, left, and Chairman Johnny Wauqua visit during Depp’s visit to tribal elder’s house, LaDonna Harris.

movie to make sure they had permission to film on sacred land. As an honorary member of the Comanche Nation, he will not receive any tribal benefits that enrolled Comanche members receive, but he will be recognized as a member of tribe, will be considered the son of Harris, and will go by the name Mah woo meh. Other honorary members of the Comanche Nation include “Texas Walker Ranger” star, Chuck Norris, and Motown’s R&B Singer, Smokey Robinson. The same day, Harris was also made the Comanche Nation Ambassador to Spainand Castilla - La Mancha in another ceremony following Mah woo meh. Chairman Wauqua read

the proclamation to her, saying, “Whereas the tradition of the Numunu since time immemorial long predates the existence of the United States; and Whereas Espana and her People have left an indelible mark on the historic, cultural life ways of the Numunu, most importantly through the introduction of the Spanish Horse and all it’s accoutrements to the Americas; and Whereas we are People of the Eagle in that the histories of both of our cultures speak to a historic, ceremonial and spiritual relationship with Kweeni-El Aguila; and Whereas historic Espana, through the Ministry of Agriculture of Castilla- La Mancha, has entered into official agreement with Sia- Comanche Nation for the purpose of preservation of the Spanish Imperial Eagle, to honor this landmark in diplomatic relations and to properly facilitate continued good will with the People of Spain, I, Johnny Wauqua, Chairman of the Comanche Nation, do hereby appoint LaDonna Harris Comanche Nation Ambassador to Spain and Castilla- La Mancha. Harris said is looking forward to her next trip where she will represent the Comanche Nation as the Ambassador to the people of Spain. Harris has been to Spain several times, and said the Spanish have strong ties to the Comanche people historically.

Esa Rosa Descendants Powwow July 28, 2012 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Watchetaker Hall Comanche Nation Complex Nine miles north of Lawton, Okla.

All Gourd Dance

Birthday Celebration For Jennifer Whitewolf- Esa Rosa Princess Susan Whitewolf Helen (Peanut) Whitewolf

Head Staff

Jennifer Whitewolf- Esa Rosa Princess Master of Ceremonies -- John David Wahnee--Lawton, Okla. Master of Ceremonies -- Cy Ahtone-- Elgin, Okla. Head Singer -- Daniel Cozad -- Anadarko, Okla. Head Man Dancer -- Butch Tahsequah -- Lawton, Okla. Head Lady Dancer -- Beverly Chasenah -- Lawton, Okla. Arena Director -- Freddie Banderas -- Lawton, Okla. Security -- John Chasenah -- Lawton, Okla. Co-host -- Wahnee Family -- Lawton, Okla.

Public Welcome Invitations to all Tribal Club Princesses and Organizations Vendors Welcome-- Set-up Fee Supper will be served For more information, call Frank Whitewolf- (580) 678-1540; Gordon Whitewolf- (405) 933-2019; Kenneth Capes- (580) 483-5591 No Drugs or Alcohol allowed. Not responsible for accidents or thefts

June 2012

Programs Foster Care Families, Facilities Needed


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Corporal Wahnee discovers Methamphetamine Lab

Submitted by Comanche Nation Law Enforcement

The Comanche Nation Children’s Court (CNCC) and Indian Child Welfare Department (ICWD) need foster care families for placement of Comanche children. The “Comanche Children and Family Relations Code of 2008” and “Comanche Indian Child Welfare Code of 1982” define foster homes. Foster home means a facility for the care of children in a family-type setting, licensed or approved in accordance with Comanche Code, the State laws or, if outside the Nation’s jurisdiction, by the law of the jurisdiction in which such homes is physically located or both. Currently, the number of children taken into custody of the ICWD and the State of Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) far exceeds the number of foster homes available. While it is the mission of ICWD and CNCC to see that families are reunified, circumstances sometimes

exist that prevents reunification. Children taken into protective custody deserve a better way of life. They need a parent, guardian, and/or custodian to guide them onto the right path of life. They need a parent, guardian, and/or custodian to show them affection, guidance, strength, faith, compassion, education, but most of all, they need love and understanding. Please contact CNCC or ICWD for more information on how to become a foster care family today. For more information, contact: Indian Child Welfare Program P.O. Box 908 1921 East Gore Blvd. Lawton, OK, 73502. Telephone (580) 492-335 Fax (580) 354-0808.

The Comanche Nation Optometry Dept. is accepting Children’s Eye Exam Appointments for June through August. For more information, call, (580) 492-3391.

April 25, will be a day that Corporal (Cpl) Brian Wahnee will not soon forget. This would be a day that would surely put Wahnee’s training and experiences to the test. When Wahnee responded to a call about a suspicious person on Comanche trust land just north of Fletcher, Okla. He never expected to not only find a meth lab, but to be in a fight for his life. The Police Department receives many calls like this, but most of the time, it’s a case of one heir giving someone permission to be there, and another heir not knowing that person. In most cases, it is resolved very easily. Not this time. Wahnee, who is certified to clean up Clandestine Methamphetamine (meth) labs, immediately recognized that something wasn’t right. The suspect was compliant at first


until Wahnee had started placing the suspect in handcuffs. The suspect began physically fighting with Wahnee and after a brief struggle, the suspect was able to break free and run towards a tree line. Wahnee did not pursue the suspect since he knew that an elderly female was still in the house, and the meth lab he discovered created an unsafe environment. Back-up units from Comanche Nation PD arrived on scene, and units from

the Comanche County Sheriff’s Dept., assisted in securing the perimeter. The residence was evacuated and the scene was processed by Comanche Nation, with BIA Special Agent John Journeycake as the lead investigator. Although the suspect was able to escape with a pair of Wahnee’s handcuffs, he left his driver’s license at the scene of the meth lab. He was identified as John P. McDonald (Non-Indian) from the Elgin area. Evidence was collected and a case will be submitted to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma for consideration of prosecution. If you know of anyone that is possibly cooking meth on your property, please call Comanche Nation Law Enforcement at (580) 492-3260.

Comanche Nation Police Department Monthly Report Story by Candace Wilson/News staff

Comanche Nation Police Department provides a monthly job report for the months January-April to inform the public. For January, the Comanche Nation Police Department had a total of 93 calls with 11 detectives to work the cases. During the month of January, Comanche Nation Police Department had one Controled Dangerous Substance (CDS) suspect, three counterfeit money/larceny, one death, two disorderly, one domestic, one intoxication, one theft, and one vandalism. The cases were then processed; three were referred to CFR Court, one was referred to lawyers (AUSA), three were referred to secret service, and one referred to Cotton County. For February, the Comanche Nation Police Department had a total of 87 calls with 14 detectives to work the cases. In the month of February, Comanche Nation Police

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CONTRIBUTING COMPUTERS TO CRYS. On May 14, the Comanche Nation Information Technology Dept. (IT), under the direction of Charles Crutcher, teamed with Carl Wicks, CCNA/CCAI, Network Systems Specialist Instructor of the Great Plains Information Technology Center, Lawton, Okla., to donate three computers to the Comanche Residential Youth Shelter (CRYS). The IT Dept. donated the computer monitors; setup internet access and the students of Wicks’ class refurbished; assembled and set the computers up for the students to use for their school work assignments.

Department had one 10-66 Breaking and Entering (B&E), one assist to other agencies, CDS: no suspect, one counterfeit money/larceny, three disorderly, one fire, one harassment, two terroristic threats, one theft, two trespassing, and one unauthorized use vehicle. The Comanche Nation Police Department also assisted other agencies with one case along with referrals; eight to CFR, one to Secret Service, and three to OSBI. For March, the Comanche Nation Police Department had a total of 96 calls with 28 detectives to work the cases. In the month of March, Comanche Nation Police Department one 10-66 B&E, one assault, one assisted to other Agencies, CDS: suspect, three CDS: no suspect, three counterfeit money/larceny, two disorderly, three domestic, four intoxication, five theft, one warrant arrest, and two welfare check. The Comanche Nation Police Department also referred cases out. Dur-

ing March, they had 10 CFR, one AUSA, one secret service, one Psychological Report Test (MPI), one Comanche County, one Cotton County, one OK DHS, and one ICW. During April, the Comanche Nation Police Department had a total of 108 calls with 47 detectives to work the cases. In April, the Comanche Nation Police Department had one assault, two assist to other agencies, two CDS: suspect, three CDS: no suspect, five counterfeit money/larceny, three death, one disorderly, ten domestic, two harassment, two intoxication, two medical assistance, one terroristic threats, five theft, two trespassing, and three warrant arrests. The Comanche Nation Police Department assisted with two other agencies, referred seven to CFR, two to AUSA, four to secret service, three to Comanche county, one two CPS, and one to ICW.

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People,Places and Things Happening Youth Plays for Undefeated Soccer Team


Tribal youth Katie Sunrise Grubbs is playing soccer for an undefeated team. Her team is the U11 Girls State Soccer Champions in Louisiana. They were undefeated in the state tournament and won the final in a sudden death shoot out. Grubbs is the granddaughter of Joe and Linda Chebahtah of Indiahoma; the great-granddaughter of Moonie and Mollie Chebahtah, and the great-great-granddaughter of Chevato.

New Nike N7 Shoe Unveiled by Durant Kevin Durant in the game against the Los Angeles Clippers wearing the Nike N7 Zoom shoes.

According to the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune, on April 11, Oklahoma City Thunder star, Kevin Durant, unveiled the new Nike N7 Zoom shoe in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Durant searched for a meaningful way to give back to the Oklahoma’s Native American fans and to support a community program and fund dedicated to providing access to sport and physical activity for Native American and Aboriginal communities with a focus on youth. “There are a lot of Native Americans her in Oklahoma, our fans and we want to do something to recognize them and this is just a small way to do so,” said Durant. The Nike N7 Zoom KDIV will be available in white and black later this spring at and Nike retail locations as part of the Summer 2012 Nike N7 collection. The turquoise color highlighted on the special version of his signature shoe is deeply symbolic of friendship and community in Native American culture, and is the foundation color of the N7 collection. A portion of profits from sales of the N7 collection help to support the N7 fund, which awards grants to Native American and Aboriginal grassroots sport and fitness programs for youth. The fund has raised more than $1 million for grantees since it began, including the Central Oklahoma American Indian Health Council and local program 4 The Love of the Game. For more information go to www.nike7. com.

Pewo and Perdash from Montana

physical therapy and also has strong interests in food sustainability and environmental protection. He and his teammates will defend their state track title May 25-26 and he will run in the Jim Thorpe Native American Games and the Shrine Bowl Cross Country All Stars race this summer. Mihesuah set the meet record in the steeplechase at the Baldwin Invitational track meet in March and placed fifth in the Kansas Relays on April 20. Mihesuah dedicates his senior year to his grandparents, Henry “Chockie” (an honored Comanche elder and veteran) and Fern Mihesuah, both who passed away last year.

berly De Jesus filled the Oklahoma City Capital as she sang at the Rotunda Hall. De Jesus is the Oklahoma City Powwow Club Princess. She has been singing for the majority of her life. De Jesus will also sing at the Red Earth Festival set for June 8-10 in Oklahoma City, and the opening of the Jim Thorpe Native American Games in Oklahoma City.

Mithlo Wins Essay Contest; On Honor Society for Two Years Ashleigh DeAnn Mithlo, of the Elgin Middle School Class of 2012, has been on the Junior Honor Society for two years. She runs track and plays


basketball and soccer. She is also the 2012 Cotton Electric Co-op Energy Camp Essay Winner. Mithlo is the daughter of Dana Aitson and Rickie Mithlo.


Pewo is Comanche, Pawnee and Ponca. He is the son of Billy Sr., and Tracy Pewo of Anadarko, Okla. He is a Junior at Riverside Indian School. Pewo has also won the 2011 American Indian Exposition Fancy Dance Champion, and is the Red Earth 2011 Teen Boy’s Champion. Pictured with Pewo is Stormie Perdash from Montana. Akhyka Pewo won 4th in the Jr. Boys Fancy Dance Division at Gartherin of Nations. He is Comanche, Pawnee and Ponca, he is the son of Billy Sr. and Tracy Pewo of Anadarko, Okla.

“Shape Shifter” artwork done by tribal member Rance Hood.

Hood’s Art on Carlos Santana CD Carlos Santana released a new CD called “Shape Shifter.” The CD features tracks from the 1990’s through the present day, and is powered throughout with Santana’s instantly recognizable virtuoso lead guitar and the Santana Band’s world-class musicianship. Santana is dedicating “Shape Shifter” to all Native Americans, the first people of this land, and acknowledging Australia’s 2008 apology to the Aborigines, and President Obama’s signing of the 2009 Native American Apology Resolution. The cover art of “Shape Shifter” was created by Comanche artist Rance Hood. Hood is one of the few Native American artists who still paints in the manner which echoes the traditional Indian culture and spirituality of the past. Hood grew up in the home of his maternal grandparents, who taught him Comanche ways and values. Hood’s themes are mystical and spiritual. Today, 30 years beyond his original success as a major Indian artist in the 1960’s, Hood is still considered one of the most successful Plains Indian artist.

Photo by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Quanah and Nacona Burgess

Burgess Brothers Set Up Artwork at Lawton Festival By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Comanche artists and brothers, Nacona and Quanah Burgess set up their famous artwork at the Annual Arts for All Event in Lawton, Okla. May 11-13. They are the greatgreat-grandsons of Chief Quanah Parker, on their mothers side of the family. Their father, Ronald Burgess, was also a former chairman of the Comanche tribe, and is the artist who created the first ComanMihesuah che Seal which is still used as Tosh Mihesuah, son of the symbol of the Comanche Joshua and Devon A. MiheNation. suah, signed to run with Baker According to their University on April 18. Mihewebsites, they grew up knowsuah is Senior Class President ing people like Doc Tate Neat Baldwin High School, a fourvaquaya, Rance Hood, Allen year honor roll student and has Houser, and reading about earned All-State cross country Oklahoma artists like Woody and track honors. Baldwin has Crumbo and Kiowa 5. the distinction of being the first Their great-grandschool in Kansas history to win mother, Daisy Tachaco, who the boys and girls cross counraised their father, was an actry and track state championcomplished bead worker deships in one year (2011). spite being blind. Mihesuah is an alumni Art is in their blood.In of the College Horizons and 1991, Nocona graduated from De Jesus Sings at Patty Iron Cloud Summer NaIAIA with an Associate in Fine tive Youth Initiative programs. State Capitol Arts degree. He then went on He was recently chosen as to the University of New Mexa Youth Ambassador for the ico where he continued and obAmerican Indian Health Retained a degree with an emphasearch and Education Alliance sis in both studio art and native (AIHREA) at the University art history. of Kansas Medical Center, and Some of his awards inhe travels to pow-wows, health clude fairs, community and sporting • 1st Place Painting, events to talk to Native youth SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Marabout healthy lifestyles. He ket, 2008 also has been awarded an in• 3rd Place Water-based ternship with the Center for Painting, Eiteljorg Indian MarAmerican Indian Community Tribal Youth win at ket, 2007 Health (CAICH), and will Photo by Candace Wilson/ News Staff • 1st Place Water-based Gathering of Nations De Jesus learn about research projects Painting, Eiteljorg Indian Mar Tribal youth Billy related to health problems in At 3 p.m., April 30 the ket, 2006 Pewo Jr., won the Teen Boys American Indian communities. 2nd Place Water-based rhythmic beating of a drum, • Fancy Dance at 2012 Gather- He plans to major in and the pleasant voice of Kim- Painting, Eiteljorg Indian Maring of Nations.

Mihesuah will Run for Baker University

ket, 2005 • 2nd Place Abstract Painting, SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, 2004 • 3rd Place Painting on Canvas, Red Earth Festival, 2001 • 2nd Place Drawing, American Indian Art Exposition, 1998 • 2nd Place Print making, Red Earth Festival, 1998 From his childhood, Quanah began to draw and completed his first painting at the age of six. He now continues to paint in acrylics, watercolor, and pastels. Quanah began his professional career when he sold his first painting at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1997, Quanah exhibited his work at the American Indian Exposition in Anadarko, Okla., placing second with a drawing entitled “Wolfman Richard Poafpybitty.” In 1998, Quanah again placed second, this time in painting, at the American Indian Exposition. He was also accepted into Red Earth for the 1998 and 1999 art show. They are both from the Kwahada Band (Antelope Eaters). They are third generation artists in their family. Their maternal grandfather, Simmons Parker, was an artist and Fancy War Dancer. Quanah has done murals for the Comanche Nation College in Lawton, Okla.

June 2012

Military Lieutenant Colonel Rhonda Y. Williams

lery Officer Basic Course, the US Army Airborne School. Her awards and decorations include the Combat Action and Parachutists Badges, the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, Army Commendation (4), Army Achievement (2), National Defense Service, Armed Forces Expeditionary, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service and Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, the Army Service and Overseas Ribbons and the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award. MAJ (P) Williams has been deployed three times with two combat tours: • FOB Kalagush-Nuristan and throughout the Regional Command East Area, Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) • Camp New Jersey, Kuwait Williams (Operation Iraqi Freedom) Lieutenant Colonel • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (OpRhonda Y. Williams was comeration Southern Watch) missioned as a Second Lieu- She is the ninth known tenant through the Cameron Comanche veteran to earn the University ROTC program in rank of Lieutenant Colonel or 1993 and currently stationed higher. at Ft. Sill, Okla., as the Air De- She is full blooded fense Integration Officer for American Indian, enrolled the Joint And Combined Inte- with the Comanche Nation and gration Directorate. descendant of Apache, Kiowa Her assignments in- and Delaware tribes. clude Fort Bliss, TX, Fort Sill, She is the daughter of Okla., and Fort Leavenworth, Richard Chalepah and Pamela Kan. She has served in various Yackeyonny Ortega. She is leadership positions; PATRI- married to Kenneth Williams OT Launcher Platoon Lead- and they have two children: er, HQ/Maintenance Platoon son-Randall and daughter-CanLeader, Battery XO, Battalion dace, along with one grandson Asst. S3, Battalion Adjutant, “Button”-Gabriel. Battery Commander, Brigade Asst. Operations Officer, Deputy Chief for Fires Integration Comanche Woman Division (Base Realignment Earns Numu Pukutsi and Closure), Battalion XO, Award Provincial Reconstruction Team Operations Officer, Military Aide to Senior Civilian Representative for US Embassy, US State Department, Regional Command East-Combined Joint Task Force. LTC Williams is a graduate of the Intermediate Level Education (Graduate-level School) from the Command and General Staff College, Griner the Field Artillery Captains Course, the Air Defense Artil- Due to unconfirmed in-


formation until May 11, Lindsey M. Huston Griner is the first known Comanche woman and 19th known Comanche veteran to earn a Gallantry, Heroism or Valor award for combat service. Griner enlisted in the US Marine Corps in November 19, 2003 and was discharged in November 18, 2007 earning the rank of Sergeant. She took her Boot Training at Parris Island, S.C. and her Occupation Training, as a Field Radio Operator, at 29 Palms, Cali. Sgt. Griner also served with the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan. From March 28 to October 16, 2006 she was assigned to Truck Company, 1st Marine Division based at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. Her duties included, while in Iraq, Vehicle Commander, Assistant Convey Commander and Convey Commander in support of her unit’s tactical convoy escort missions. It was there she earned the US Navy/US Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Distinguishing Device “V” for Valor. Her citation reads “Professional achievement in the superior performance of duties while serving as Team Leader, 1st Platoon, Truck Company, 1 MEF Headquarters Group, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force Forward From March to October 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this period Sergeant Huston distinguished herself not only as a NCO but also as a Combat Leader. She excelled as a Vehicle Commander, Assistant Convoy Commander and Convoy Commander totaling 4800 miles on 35 convoy security escort missions throughout Al Anbar Province. Her ability to make quick yet tactically sound decisions was proven during four separate Improvised Explosive Device Attacks. During an escort mission on 18 September 2006, while receiving enemy small arms fire, she instructed her section to return suppressive fire, then had her own

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alry, fought in the Apache Campaign (was adopted and enrolled in the Comanche tribe in 1890) TROOP L, 7TH CAVALRY (18)-the names were taken off the CIVA Court of Honor monuments 2. ANE-PO-TI-YERP 3. COMANCHE GEORGE 4. ETA-WITH-TA-QUA 5. GOH-SEE-BAHNO 6. HO-BAH-TETH-KA aka Eli Coffey 7. JIM-MAM-I-AH 8. MARBONA 9. NOM-O-QUO-U-A also spelled Neh-mah-qu-e, father of Josie Cable 10. NO-NE-WER-TE-QUA 11. PAHSITA also spelled Pah-che-tie 12. PUR-SU-SU-WITE-TEQUA 13. TABBYTITE 14. TAB-I-T-AD 15. TAP-I-TO-SA 16. TAP-I-YET-SA 17. TE-ES-SIT 18. TESSI-LO-QUAYTI 19. TI-EH WORLD WAR I (58)-the information (narratives) is from a 15-page document from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Washington D.C., and bears no signature other than “Very respectfully, Chief Clerk in Charge” -the document was found at the Federal Records Center in Fort Worth, Texas and provided to the CIVA by Comanche member Wahnee Clark. The document indicates that 36 Comanche were drafted, 10 enlisted and no information is available on the other 13 (if they were drafted or enlisted), documentation also indicates that 22 ComanComanche Warrior ches served in France, GerMonuments many or Italy during World An update on the Co- War I, documentation further manche Warrior Monuments indicates that six Comanches as of December 13, 2001 there were wounded in action. are a total of 1,050 names engraved on the monuments.

driver move alongside the unarmored commercial trucks they were escorting to shield them from enemy fire. Sergeant Huston’s initiative, perseverance and total dedication to duty reflected credit upon her and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval service.” Other awards include the Combat Action and Navy Sea Service Deployment (3) Ribbons, the Marine Service Medals, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, 3 Letters of Appreciation, 2 Individual Certificates of Commendation, the Meritorious Mast and the Rifle and Pistol Marksman Badges. She also earned the Comanche Nation Honorable Service, Combat Service and Gallantry, Heroism, Valor Medallions. She was meritorious promoted to Corporal and Sergeant while on active duty and to Staff Sergeant in 2008 while in the Inactive Reserves. Sgt. Griner graduated from Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Ia. and her parents are Tim and Kathy (Chaat) Hutson. She is the granddaughter of Theodore Chaat (Chahtinneyackque) of Lawton, Okla., and Geneva Chaat of Walters, Okla. Her grandfather and two great uncles, the Robert and Samuel Chaat, all served during World War II. She and her husband, US Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Michael Griner, are stationed at Camp Pendelton, Cali., and have two daughters.

APACHE CAMPAIGN (1) 1. CHEBAHTAH (Chevato) USA 1883-86, Indian Wars, 1st known Comanche to served in the Armed Forces, enlisted as a Scout with the US Cav-

Comanche Indian Veterans Association 7th Annual Armed Forces Day Banquet Story and Photos by Paula Karty/News Staff

The 7th Annual Comanche Indian Veterans Association (CIVA) Armed Forces Day Banquet was held May 19 at Watchetaker Hall. This year’s honorees were: Master Sergeant Lonnie (Torralba) Henderson, OKARNG and US Air Force - Vietnam War; Specialist Baliente Herrera, US Army, Global War on Terror - Iraq; Sergeant Alexander Karty, US Army, Global War on Terror Iraq; Airman 1st Class Patterson Tahdooahnippah, US Air Force - Vietnam War. Commander George Red Elk gave the opening remarks. The National Anthem was sung by the Comanche Nation Princess Krista Hubbard, while CIVA Princess Chelsea Sapcut did the sign language. Chaplain Jimmy Caddo rendered a prayer. Each honoree was presented with medals from the CIVA, the CIVA Princess Chelsea Sapcut presented each honoree with a monogrammed

lery, 45th Infantry Division as Cannon Crewman. He enlisted in the Air Force and her served in the Intelligence Field as a Voice Linguist. He is a qualified Russian, Vietnamese and Germany linguist. MSGT Henderson saw duty in Vietnam, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Japan, and Panama and flew reconnaissance missions in the Baltic, Barents, White Mediterranean, Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean Seas, the Gulf of Tonkin and over Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, the Gulf of Mexico, against Grenada and various areas of Central America. His only stateside duty was at Offutt AFB, 2012 CIVA Armed Forces Day Banquet Honorees, Left to Right: Patterson Tahdooahnippah, Alexander Karty, Neb. He has over 1,000 combat flight hours and over 5,000 Lonnie Henderson and Baliente Herrera. hours of combat and combat Pendelton, CIVA Auxiliary Princess Chelsea Sapcut. derson served with the Oklasupport hours on C-130 and member and tribal elder Anna Each honoree ex- homa Army National Guard RC-135 Reconnaissance AirTahmahkera presented the pressed their gratitude to the from 1956-59 and the US Air craft. His awards include the honorees with a plaque and a CIVA for the honor and recog- Force from 1959-86 earning Meritorious Service, Air (19), photo, other gifts were present- nition. the rank of Master Sergeant. Commendation, Combat Readed by the Auxiliary members. Lonnie (Torralba) While in the National Guard iness (4), Army Good Conduct, The song “HERO” was Henderson he served in Anadarko with done in sign language by CIVA Lonnie (Torralba) Hen- Battery B, 158th Field ArtilContinued on Page 9

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Air Force Good Conduct (7), National Defense Service, Armed Forces Expeditionary (Grenada), Vietnam Service w/3 Campaign Stars, Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm and Vietnam Campaign w/1960 Device Medals, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (9), Including Valor Device, Air Force Long Tour (6), NCO Professional Education Graduate, Small Arms Expert Rifle Ribbons, and Chief Air Crew and Combat Crew Badges. He is the most decorated Comanche veteran with 58 Decorations, Medals, Badges, Citations and Campaign Ribbons.

Artillery (MLRS), 17th Field Artillery Brigade from April 8, 2003 to April 12, 2004 - his duties in Iraq included ground search and patrols, transporting prisoners of war, tower and perimeter guard, escort missions preparations of captured enemy caches for destruction and training Iraq National Guard Forces. He graduated from Airborne School in 1998 and the Primary Leadership Development Course in March 2003. His awards include the Army Commendation (2), Army Achievement (2), National Defense Service, Global War on Terrorism, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Iraq Campaign w/2 Campaign Stars for the Liberation of Iraq and Transition of Iraq Campaign Medals, the NCO Professional Development with/Numeral 1 and Army Service Ribbons and the Parachutists Badge.


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505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He graduated from the Primary Leadership Development and Basic NCO Courses. His awards include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation (2), Army Achievement, Good Conduct (30, National Defense Service, Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign, Global War on Terror Medals, the Combat Action, Airborne and Air Assault Badges and Army Service, NCO Professional Development w/Numeral 2 and Overseas Ribbons.

Tribal elder and CIVA Auxiliary member, Anna Tahmahkera, presented the honorees with a plaque and a photo.


Comanche Nation Princess Krista Hubbard sings the National Anthem at the 7th Annual CIVA Armed Forces Day Banquet.

Patterson D. “Pat” Tahdooahnippah



Alexander Karty


Baliente Herrera

Baliente Herrera served in the US Army from December 27, 1997 to October 10, 2004, earning the rank of Specialist. He took his Basic Training at Fort Sill and his Advanced Individual Training as a Petroleum Supply Specialists at Fort Lee, Va. SPC Herrera was also stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., and in Sunni Triangle region of Iraq, northwest of Baghdad, with Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Field

Alexander Karty served in the US Army from August 1995 to September 2005 earning the rank of Sergeant. He completed his Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, as a Heavy Equipment Operator, at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. His first assignment was with the US Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He served the remainder of his service with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a Heavy Equipment Operator and Platoon Sergeant. SGT Karty deployed, with the 82nd, to Afghanistan for eight months in 2002-03 and for another eight months to Iraq in 2003-04 in support of the

Patterson D. “Pat” Tahdooahnippah served in the US Air Force from May 10, 1967 to May 7, 1971 earning the rank of Airman 1st Class. He took Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, TX, and On the Job Training, as a Security Policeman, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. In late September 1969 he deployed to Dong Maung Royal Thai Air Force Base Thailand with the 825th Security Police Squadron. His duties included flight the line, perimeter, base entrance and cantonment security. Aircraft from Dong Maung supported the war effort in Vietnam. A1C Tahdooahnippah spent 11 months and 26 days in Thailand. He completed his service with the 443rd Military Airlift Command at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. His awards include the Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign w/1960 Device, Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm Medals and the Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.

CIVA Commander George Red Elk gives the opening remarks during the 7th Annual Armed Forces Day Banquet.

CIVA Princess Chelsea Sapcut performs sign language to the song “Hero.”

Members of the CIVA Auxiliary during the 7th Annual CIVA Armed Forces Day Banquet stand together to show their support to the honorees.

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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday

Kendra Tosee, April 7 Florene McKinney, May 14 Laken Tosee, May 16 Edward Bubba Tahhahwah, May 18 Michael Brandon Huggins, May 19 Shana Tahhahwah, May 19 Listen Jenko, May 22 Chi-o-yet Hadley, May 29 Rudy T. Ototivo, May 30

Happy Birthday Herald Pewewardy

Happy Birthday Florene McKinney May 14

Happy Birthday Kendra Tosee April 7

Happy Belated Birthday Laken Tosee May 16

Happy Birthday Rudy T. Ototivo May 30

Happy Birthday Kirsten Geiogamah June 13

Christopher Jordan Ototivo

Happy Birthday Aidyn Truth Youngman, June 1 Ed Tahhahwah Jr., June 2 Ruby Rose Atauvich, June 2 Betty Shumate, June 6 Debra Bertrand Waysepappy, June 11 La’ Mya Debra Cravin Greaves, June 11 Jennifer Felan, June 12 Kirsten Geiogamah, June 13 Christopher Jordan Ototivo, June 14 Naviee Pasah, June 14 Phillip Martinez, June 16 Rodger Cable, June 17 Hb Robert Solis, June 19 Michey Howell, June 19 Misti Devine, June 19 Nah-Nee Kerchee, June 19 Arleetra Viddaurri, June 21 Christopher M. Jones, June 22 Madison Ototivo, June 22 Qynn Jakob Plata, June 23 Sallie Kerche Tonips, June 26 Braidan Felan, June 28 Christian Avery, June 28 Lance T. Pewewardy, June 28 T-bone Kerchee, June 28

Happy Birthday Aidyn Truth Youngman June 1

Happy Birthday Misti DeVine June 19

Happy Birthday Ruby Rose Atauvich June 2

Happy Birthday Madison Ototivo June 22

Happy Birthday Jennifer Felan June 12

Happy Birthday Qynn Jakob Plata June 23

Happy Birthday Braidan Felan June 28

Happy Birthday June 14

Happy Birthday Christian Avery June 28

Anniversaries Joseph & Jessica Mann-June 25 Married 2 years Passing Richard Begay December 9, 1935-April 19, 2012 Welcome Home

Prisciliana Yadira Santana

Born: March 28, 2012 11:30 7lbs’ 2oz’ & 20in’ To: Barbara Camacho & Norberto Santana Jr

Happy Anniversary

Taleliah Coralyn Tahhahwah

Born: April 26, 2012 10:47 pm 7lbs’ 1oz’ & 21in’ To: Shandi & Edward

Happy Birthday La’Mya Debra Cravin Greaves

June 11, 2007-Sept. 29, 2010

Eli Tahhahwah Martinez

Born: April 27, 2012 7lbs’ 13oz’ & 20.5in’ To: Ellen & Jon

Avery Anderson Monetathchi January 31, 1962-June 14, 2001 Love & Miss you From Pewewardy family

Alan & Zeldina Viddaurri-Floyd June 13

Married 6 years La’Mya Debra Cravin Greaves June 6, 2007-Sept. 29, 2010 From Pewewardy, Rosario & Greaves family

Happy Birthday Lance T. Pewewardy June 28

Happy Birthday Nah-Nee Kerchee June 19

Happy Birthday T-bone Kerchee June 28

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Pauline Komah McCully


Funeral for former Lawton resident, Pauline Jane Komah (Tahsequah) McCully, 90, was May 7 at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Videll Yackeschi officiating.

Burial was at Highland Cemetery under the direction of the Comanche Nation Funeral Home. McCully died April 28 in Tucson, Ariz. She was born September 13, 1921 on the family farm outside of Walters, Okla., to Charlie Komah and Vera Atauvich Komah. She was a longtime resident of Lawton, and in the last eight years lived in Sonoita, Ariz. She attended Fort Sill Indian School and Walters High School, graduating in 1941. She was Comanche Nation Princess in the August 1941 American Indian Exposition in Anadarko, Okla. After high school graduation, she attended nursing training at the Lawton Indian Hospital and later transferred to the Talihina Indian Hospital. She married Fred McCully on June 29, 1947 in Lawton, Okla. They later moved to El Paso, TX, where she worked for the telephone company. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and John Jollie of Sonoita, Ariz., and one granddaughter, Jessica Jollie. Also two nieces: Deborah Conway, Tulsa and Paula Kay Neubaur, Point Comfort, TX, and two nephews: Byron Komah, Mesquite,


TX and Richard Komah, Oklahoma City, Okla. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred S. McCully; four brothers: Lester Komah, Kenneth Komah, Meech Tahsequah and Austin Komah. McCully was a fullblooded Comanche and very proud of her tribe.

Francetta Tahsequah Gentry


Francetta Tahsequah Gentry, 70, of Apache went to her heavenly home on May 10,

in Lawton, Okla. Funeral service was May 15, at Petarsy United Methodist Church with Layperson Tina Baker officiating. Burial followed at Otipoby Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was May 14, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Gentry was born on May 22, 1941 in Lawton, Okla., to Albert and Margie (Pahdocony) Tahsequah. She was raised in the Richards Spur area. She married Thomas Gentry on March 29, 1978 in Lawton. They made their home in the Richard Spur area when they moved to Texas in 1980 until moving to Apache, Okla., in 1992. She was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and Apache United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, spending time with her family but especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an avid OU football fan. She is survived by: her husband Thomas Gentry of the home; three children: Tina Andonian and Nina Andonian

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both of Lawton, Jennifer Perry of Apache; sisters: LaVerna (Vena) Tahsequah of Richard Spur, Carmela Blackstar, Dorcus Blackstar both of Lawton; two brothers and spouse: LaVerne and Vickie Tahsequah of Fletcher and Thomas and Marie Blackstar of Medicine Park; aunts and uncles: Douglas Pahdocony, Joyce Gooday and Marlene Cooper; grandchildren: Amber, Petarsy, Niko, Anthony, Britney, and Briana; great grandchildren: Andriana, Priscilla, Quintessa, Timothy, Katelyn and Ruben; nieces, nephews, special friends: Judy Bryan and Donna Victorian. She is preceded in death by: her parents; two children: Lonnie and Loretta Andonian; brother, Frankie Tahsequah; uncle: Albert Pahdocony, aunt Mary Pahdocony.

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“Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah to Taylor: “I’m coming for you!” Submitted by “Comanche Boy” George Tahdooahnippah

Native Strong Produces Champions at Texas Tournament

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Candace Wilson takes first place in North Richland, TX., at the NAGA Tournament. Photo by Candace Wilson/News Staff

Tyler Johnson, Comanche Enrolled member takes first place in North Richland Hills, TX., NAGA.

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Teresa Nelson, takes third place in North Richland Hills, TX., NAGA Tournament.

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Native Strong holds up their trophies with pride after their many wins at North Richland Hills, TX., in (NAGA) North American Grappling Association. Native Strong’s listed top row from left; Anthony Yellowfish placed first; Tyler Johnson place first; Tim Johnson (coach); Joe Luera place first; bottom row from left; Candace Wilson; Chris Harvey also competed; Teresa Nelson placed third.

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Anthony Yellowfish takes first place in North Richland Hills, TX., NAGA Tournament.

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What if the quote on grappling and ground fight“beauty is in the eyes of the be- ing. Jiu Jitsu teaches a smaller, holder” was meant to say, “The weaker person how to suceyes of the beholder is for the cessfully defend selves against children?” For Native Strong a bigger, stronger opponent it is. Native Strong was devel- by using leverage and proper oped for the young Numunu to technique. help and make sure they stayed Native Strong also out of trouble. teaches Mixed Martial Arts Native Strong teaches (MMA) which is a full contact responsibility, teamwork, both combat sport that allows both physical and mental toughness, striking and grappling techand much more. Native Strong niques. MMA is a combination gives students a chance to be of both standing and ground a part of something they earn fighting. It also includes boxing, wrestling, Brazilian Jiuon their own. When they hold Jitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, a champion metal over their Taekwondo, Karate, Judo, and head high for God to praise other fighting styles. upon their victory and glory, Native Strong is they feel an accomplishment coached by Tim Johnson and they won single-handedly. assistant, Asaan Fife, from 6 Native Strong teaches p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Comanskills that ensures the children, che Nation Fitness Center in Lawton, Okla. Native Strong’s adolescents, and adults who students workout as a team, participate have something and does cardio, Kickboxing, they can believe in. What bet- Jiu Jitsu, sprints, run hills, mile ter place to put your faith than runs and weight training. in yourself, doing Jiu-Jitsu Johnson says, “It’s just with a team, and second fam- another day in the office.” ily, like Native Strong? Native Strong understands the importance of the Jiu Jitsu is a martial young Comanche people. Naart, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses tive Strong strives towards a

healthly lifestyle, with fitness training. It focuses on top fitness, so students can fight their best, and win against the best. When the student’s sweat hit the mats at Nytex Sports Centre May 12-13 in North Richland Hills, TX, it turned to gold. Native Strong took six teammates to the North American Grappling Association (NAGA). Four took first place; Tyler Johnson; Anthony Yellowfish; Joe Luera; and Candace Wilson. Teresa Nelson won third place, and Chris Harvey also participated. Johnson, Yellowfish, Nelson, and Wilson are all members of the Comanche Nation. The Native Strong team gave students a since of pride and accomplishment when they held that samurai sword or NAGA medal at the end of the match. To have accomplishments that one achieves on their own, fills one up with an ecstatic overflowing feeling of triumph. Each of these students experienced elation by not just winning, but by gaining self confidence just by being in the class.

WBC Continental Americas Middleweight champion George “Comanche Boy” Ta h d o o a h nippah is becoming increasingly impatient for a date with one of the world’s top 160 pound fighters. T h e hard-hitting Tahdooahnippah, a huge draw in his native Oklahoma, has an outstanding professional record of 30-0-1 with 22 wins by knockout. All but two of his fights took place in the Sooner State, which kept him under the radar. Even though he’s yet to taste defeat and owns impressive knockouts against seasoned pros such as world title challenger Jonathan Corn, Jimmy Holmes and Tyrel Brown, the Lawton resident is yet to receive a career-defining opportunity. “It’s time for me to face some big name fighters and show the world who I am,” said Tahdooahnippah, a member of the Comanche Nation. “When I fought Jimmy Holmes for the WBC belt, I had a torn bicep and still stopped him in the opening round. Whoever has been in my way thus far, I’ve got them out of there and I don’t plan on changing that, regardless of who is standing across the ring!” Atop his wish list is former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor. Once a fixture on the pound-for-pound list, Taylor, 30-4-1 (18 KO’s), is 2-0 since returning from a two-year layoff. In his most recent bout, the Little Rock, AR native survived a scary ninth round knockdown against Caleb Truax en-route to claiming a unanimous decision victory.

T a h dooahnippah, whose opposition is comparable to Truax’, called his fight with Taylor a major eye-opener. “I’ve been watching Caleb Truax his whole career and we were promoted similarly. The only difference is he got the opportunity that I’ve Courtesy Photo been looking for. Jermain Taylor also isn’t the same fighter he once was and recent upset wins by fellow Oklahomans Carson Jones and Grady Brewer truly inspired me.” “Caleb wasn’t able to close the show and I know that I have more power than him. I’m a different fighter than Caleb. I’m hungrier and have a more fan-friendly style. If he can go ten rounds with Jermain and put him on his back and I know that I can get Jermain out of there!” Ta h d o o a h n i p p a h ’s manager, Bobby Dobbs, also feels the fighter he helped build from the ground up is ready to face a top-notch foe. “George is 30-0 and had a few big fights fall through,” said Dobbs. Fernando Guerrero backed out on us a few years ago and it’s been frustrating to get him a fight. We’ve been ready to take the next step and Jermain Taylor is the guy we want. He’s on the comeback trail and is looking for another opportunity. Comanche Boy has no problem taking him out of the equation!” Fans can interact with George by going to facebook. com/comancheboygeorge.tahdooahnippah or Contact: Matt Yanofsky (HD Boxing Publicist) – 551206-0578 Twitter: @kopublicity or

The Comanche Nation Diabetes Program

Summer Youth Fitness Fun June 4-30, 2012 Schedule: 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Walters Community Center Tuesdays and Thursdays Other locations will be announced as they are confirmed For more information contact Comanche Nation Diabetes at (580)492-3816

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Jessica Randi Mae Dalman was selected to play in the Junior Nationals Basketball Competition May 20 in Oklahoma City, with a chance to go to the Junior Nationals 2012 International Sports Festival, which will be held in Columbus Ohio July 16-22

Dalman warms up before the competition.

Basketball Star from Apache High School Selected to Play in USA Junior Nationals Jessica Randi Mae Dalman was selected to play in the USA Junior Nationals Basketball Competition which took place on May 20, at the Lighthouse Sports and Fitness Complex in Oklahoma City. From these competitions, athletes who qualify are chosen to participate in the USA Junior Nationals 2012 International Sports Festival, which will be held in Columbus, Ohio July 16-22. USA Junior Nationals Basketball considered the top amateur high school basketball competition in the United States. It is viewed as an entry level to international competition and for high school athletes seeking possible college scholarship opportunities. You have already mastered local competition; now it is time to take your A-game to the state level by competing against your state's top high school varsity athletes who share the same high-talent level and high-interest in basketball.

The competition is designed for outstanding high school basketball players to perform in a three game competition where the athletes will have top competition, coaching, and possible scholarship opportunities. USA Junior Nationals Basketball program represents a unique concept in high school competition, a melting pot for talented high school seniors and underclassmen. It is designed to serve as a gathering point for promising young players in an atmosphere of intense competition. Players who seldom are exposed to big time competition go toe-to-toe with players of equal or superior skills and have all their statistics sent to college coaches on all levels during the fall/spring and summer competitions for possible scholarship opportunities. College coaches are provided information regarding the competitions and participants so they may schedule their time to come and see the

All-State competition. Athletes will have the opportunity to play with and against other talented high school players in the region. The competition is held in the "alive time" of the NAIA and NJCAA recruiting. This is the term used that allows high school players to participate and to be watched by college recruiters. Dalman is the daughter of Christopher and Dawn Tsatoke-Newkirk of Apache, and Darrell Dalman of Michigan. She is the granddaughter of Martin (Pepper) and Clorindia Tsatoke of Apache, and the great granddaughter of the Late Marie Haumpy, and the granddaughter of the Late Elva Mae Tapedo. Dalman is a direct decedent of LookingGlass. Dalman is currently a senior at Apache High School. She not only plays basketball, and she also plays fast and slow pitch softball, NAC and is involved in numerous school activities.

An exciting week of athletic competition is coming to Oklahoma City in honor of one of Oklahoma’s greatest athletes. The Jim Thorpe Native American Games will take place June 10-17, at different venues throughout Oklahoma City including: ASA Softball Hall of Fame, Remington Park, Oklahoma City Tennis Center, Oklahoma City University, Lincoln Park Golf Course, Millwood High School, and Bishop McGuiness High School. Athletes representing Indian nations, bands and tribes from across the United States will gather to share their talents in the spirit of the “World’s Greatest Athlete” and Native American Legend, Jim Thorpe. The Games will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jim Thorpe’s record setting Olympic performance in Sweden. Over 3,000 Native American athletes are expected to participate in 11 different sports throughout the week that will include basketball, softball, baseball, tennis, wrestling, track and field, cross country, golf, martial arts, stickball and beach volleyball. Entry forms for all sports can be downloaded from the Jim Thorpe Games website. In addition to these 11 sports, a Jim Thorpe Native American All-Star Football Game will take place on June 15. This game will showcase Native American high school seniors from across Oklahoma. Remington Park will be the host site for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Native American Art exhibit, Health Fair, College and Career Fair and traditional cultural exhibitions throughout the week. Remington Park will also be

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the site of an NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition and a 5K Run. Proceeds from the Games will benefit the Jim Thorpe Bright Path Youth Programs that include Jim Thorpe All-Star Games, Children’s Challenge, Artfest and the statewide Red Ribbon Week. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the “Awakening the Spirit” Native American Diabetes Awareness and Prevention program of the American Diabetes Association. Thousands of Native American athletes, primarily young people, will participate in the Jim Thorpe Native American Games; making it one of the largest events of its kind. In addition to the sporting events; cultural activities associated with the Games will include art show, traditional entertainment and sporting exhibitions. “The Native American communities know the importance and value of supporting healthy lifestyle choices for their youth. Some of the many benefits of the games will include promoting leadership development, increasing cultural awareness and most importantly – motivating young people to achieve great things,” said Annetta Abbott (Choctaw), Executive Director. “Our young people are not only the leaders of the future; they are the leaders of today.” For additional information on the games contact Annetta Abbott, Executive Director, (405) 208-9253 or or visit their website www. .

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Happy Father’s Day to all Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles, and Godfathers What Makes a Dad God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree, The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea, The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night, The wisdom of the ages, The power of the Eagle’s flight, The joy of a morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed, The patience of eternity, The depth of a family need, Then God combined these qualities, When there was nothing more to add, He knew His masterpiece was complete, And so, He called it ... Dad Author Unknown

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The Comanche Nation flag waves in the wind as the sun sets the evening of May 12.

Comanche Tribal Chairman, Johnny Wauqua, and former Comanche Nation Jr. Princess, Shelby Mata, wave to the crowd after being introduced during the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association in Grandfield, Okla.

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From left: Kiowa Tribal Chairman, Ronald TwoHatchet, Kiowa Tribal Princess, Antonia Belindo; Comanche Tribal Chairman, Johnny Wauqua, Comanche War Dance Society Princess, Shelby Mata; Apache Tribal member, Darrin Cisco, and Apache Tribal Princess, Hallie Cisco, represented their respected tribes during the Senior Pro Rodeo in Grandfield, Okla. A color guard of cowboys carried the flag of each tribe. Butch Schara, Fort Lupton, Colo. with Kiowa Flag, Dan McClellan, Fort Mead, Fla. with the Comanche Flag, and Pepe Tomeu, Alachua, Fla. with the Apache Flag.

Former Comanche Nation Jr. Princess, Shelby Mata, answers questions about the organization she is currently representing.

Tribal member, Tashina Ototivo, sings the National Anthem to open the rodeo.

Cowboy Color Guards carries the flags of the Kiowa Tribe, Comanche Tribe, and the Apache Tribe during the Grand Entry.

Comanche Nation Chairman, Johnny Wauqua, accepts a plaque on behalf of the Comanche Nation from Bob Stoddard, of Douglas, Wy., May 12 at the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association in Grandfield, Okla., where the KCA tribes were honored.

Comanche Tribal Chairman, Johnny Wauqua, and Comanche War Dance Society Princess, Shelby Mata, pose with the plaques that were presented to them by Grandfield City Manager, Randy Clark.

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2012 Graduates

Miranda Garbee Bixby High School

Jessica Marie Alvarez Elgin High School

Casandra Denice Powell Lawton High School

Dakota Mithlo Elgin High School

Desire Attocknie Apache High School

Alyssa Rios Anadarko High School

Alexandria Weryackwe

Allison Saim

Carol Ann Shelton

Charles Tahah

Christina Tieyah

Christine Brinkman

Christopher Ototivo


Colton Waugh

Diana Doyebi

Evie Mithlo

Frances Attocknie

Jason Harmon

Komanctica Jones

Lindsey Kosechata

Oliver Plumley

Sally Jewell

Samantha Smalley

Serena Raab

Shannon Taptto

Shawn Barnard

Sheldon Wilson

Tana Arthur

Tasha Gallegos

Taylor Thornbrugh

Teada Short

Tristan Crosson

Larry Taptto

Zachary Taptto

Zachary Horse

Today You Star

What great feeling to dawn today But now you face a whole new view Twelve years have carried you this You’ve made the grade, you’re on your Your dreams will surface, encompass far you way Now wear that cap, today you star Adulthood looks you in the eye You’ll soon decide how high to fly

Excitement churns, within your chest A class of hotties, you are the best

Your childhood bore so many thoughts That cool diploma you’ll take to stay Of friends, of tears,, of what life Now that’s a trophy to tuck away thought

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