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VOLUME 12 EDITION 13
Komahcheet Recipient of the NCAIED 40 Under 40 Award Anna Tahmahkera leads the Two-step Dance with an unknown partner Oct. 13 during the dedication of a pictorial exhibit of Quanah Parker and Cynthia Ann Parker in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Dedication of Quanah Parker at the Fort Worth Central Library
Story and photos by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) announced that Travis Komahcheet of Intertribal Visions Unlimited, Inc. has been selected as one of the recipients of their prestigious national “Native American 40 Under 40″ recognition awards. This award and honor recognizes 40 emerging American Indian leaders between the ages of 18 to 39 who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication to achieve significant contributions in business, communities, and Indian Country. The “Native American 40 Under 40″ Awards will be presented at the 37th Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards Gala (INPRO), a featured event of RES Oklahoma, from Nov. 14-15, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Okla. “I am extremely honored to receive the 40 Under 40 Award,” said Komahcheet. “It’s been a struggle persevering through our trials here. It is an individual award, but without a great team, my wonderful family, and God, I could not have accomplished the things I’ve accomplished so far. This award brings us a lot of momentum and a great sense of accomplishment. Our growth as a business and as a creative team right now is awesome.” When talking about some obstacles Komahcheet had to face and overcome to establish his company, Intertribal Visions Unlimited, Inc., he said the first barrier was to make the decision that his company was going to be his sole financial source of income. He started working from his home in Lawton, Okla. After about a month his company was gaining a lot of traffic and he knew that in order to be a legitimate and prosperous business, he needed a See KOMAHCHEET, Page 9
Red Earth Museum exhibition features works of Doc Tate Nevaquaya Eric Oesch/Deputy Director of Communications, Red Earth, Inc
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The Comanche NaWorth. tion has cosponsored a new The reception program pictorial exhibit “The Story began with a welcome by of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Harman. The welcome was Parker.” The opening rethen followed by a prayer in ception for the exhibit was the Comanche language by held on October 13, at the 94-year-old Comanche elFort Worth Central Library der, Anna Tahmahkera. She in Fort Worth, Texas. The was dressed in full regalia reception’s program inand even made note that her cluded Comanche Lord of leggins were close to 100 the Plains dancers, singers, years old. and drummers. The event Tahmahkera explained, was very informative with “My mother-in-law was displays of photographs and Quanah Parker’s second artifacts that helped tell the oldest daughter. After Quastory of Quanah Parker and nah passed, his 6th wife his mother, Cynthia Ann. married my father, who The exhibit was cotook care of me.” ordinated by Douglas Har A Comanche hymn man, Clara Ruddell, and was sung by the Cable famRobert Holmes. The colily. The introduction of honlection on display will be ored guests included Ben shown from September 20 A replica of the Jack Bryant statue of Qua- and Gary Tahmahkera. The through December 15, at nah Parker stands in the historic Stockreception’s special feature yards in Fort Worth, Texas. the Fort Worth Central Liincluded Native American brary in downtown Fort dancers, music, and songs. a great opportunity to share Worth. The Fort Worth LiThe Comanche Lords of the brary held the Parker exhibit knowledge about the Parker Plains Dancers included: in their large Central Library Heritage and it’s connection • 2012-2013 Comanche to Texas and the City of Fort See PARKER, Page 19 Gallery. The exhibit provides
AIHEC Launches National Campaign to End Sexual Assault Against Young American Indian Women Young women ages 16–24 experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault in the United States, particularly American Indian women whose numbers are typically higher. To help prevent and address this pervasive problem, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) along with the U.S. Departments of Interior, Justice, and Education are partnering on a nationwide campaign called “Restoring the Circle: Ending Violence and Abuse on Tribal College and University Campuses.” Through the new initiative, three Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)—Haskell Indian Nations University, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, and United Tribes Technical College—are taking the lead to proactively address sexual assault and dating violence on TCU campuses. The Restoring the Circle campaign has an ambitious goal of ensuring that young American Indian women can
pursue their education free from violence. As such, the three TCUs—which have a combined reach to approximately 3,600 American Indian students—are committed to: 1. Creating campus-wide policies for students and faculty that addresses gender based violence and sexual violence; 2. Developing response protocols for campus police and dormitory/housing programs; 3. Organizing awareness training for students, faculty, and the entire campus community; and 4. Initiating a public relations campaign to stop gender-based abuse and sexual violence. Another critical element of the Restoring the Circle campaign is educating the entire TCU community about the effects of violence and abuse on all students. For this reason, campaign officials hosted a one-day training and a kick-off event Oct. 11 , respectively, at Haskell Indian Nations University in
Lawrence, Kansas. The training is based on existing programming from United Tribes Technical College, which uses education, prevention, and traditional healing tools, but most importantly, celebrates tribal communities’ courage, resilience, and strength. “Although sexual violence is not a rampant problem on campuses, Tribal Colleges and Universities are taking the lead to provide preventive education and raise awareness to ensure that all of our American Indian students have a safe place at which to learn and thrive,” said AIHEC President and CEO Carrie L. Billy, J.D. “TCUs are catalysts for change in our tribal communities—making it only natural for these institutions to take the responsibility in ‘Restoring the Circle.’ TCUs are leading efforts to preserve and revitalize our Native languages, develop innovative economic opportunities, improve community See ASSAULT, Page 9
“Doc Tate Nevaquaya: In the Realm of the Thirteen Feathers,” an exhibition featuring original paintings, signed prints and a photographic essay on the life of Doc Tate Nevaquaya, is currently on view through January 31 at the Red Earth Museum in downtown Oklahoma City. The exhibition, funded in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, features original paintings and signed/numbered prints from the Red Earth permanent collection. The exhibition is accompanied by family photos and testimonials about the life and career of the late Doc Tate Nevaquaya (Comanche). Nevaquaya, from Apache, Okla., was named a National Living Treasure in 1995 - an award presented by Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating. A noted flute player and artist, Nevaquaya was commissioned by the Oklahoma State Arts Council to compose the song “Flight of the Spirit” in honor of the five Oklahoma Native American Prima Ballerinas featured in the Great Rotunda of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Nevaquaya was a selftaught artist, flutist, composer, dancer, lecturer, and Methodist lay minister. He made more than 25 national television appearances and recorded Comanche Flute Music for Folkways Records. He performed during the Night of the First Americans held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. , and also played at the United Nations Mission and Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 1982 he was commissioned by the Oklahoma Diamond Jubilee to design two coins. Doc Tate Nevaquaya was named the 1993 Red Earth Honored One for his lifetime of artistic achievements, and was Parade Marshall for the 1993 Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City. He married Charlotte Jereaux Foraker and had nine children. He lived on his family’s land allotment near Apache until his death from a heart attack in 1996. His sons have carried on his legacy as artists, flute players and dancers. A reception open to the public to view his work is scheduled 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 14 in conjunction with the American Indian Chamber of Commerce Oklahoma City Chapter at the Red Earth Museum . The Red Earth Museum and Gallery is open free to the public Mon.- Fri., and Saturday by appointment at 6 Santa Fe Plaza in Oklahoma City . Visit www.redearth.org or call (405) 427-5228 for information.
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State Question 759 Aimed at Affirmative Action
Story by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff
On November 6, the Oklahoma Affirmative Action Ban Amendment, also known as State Question 759 is on the ballot in the state of Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. “The measure would ban affirmative action programs in the state, and would prohibit special treatment based on race or sex in public employment, education, and contracts,” according to bal-
lotpedia.org. The legislativelyreferred constitutional amendment was introduced by State Senator Rob Johnson and State Representative Leslie Osborn. Affirmative action programs give preferred treatment based on race, color, or gender. This also includes preference based on ethnicity or national origin. The measure also does not permit discrimination on these bases. The Oklahoma State Legislature approved the
amendment by a 2/3rds vote. On March 8, 2011 the measure was approved by the Oklahoma State Senate with a vote of 31-15. It was then sent to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, where a similiar vote took place, with the end result being 59-14 in favor. The proposal was then signed and approved on April 27, 2011 for ballot access. The Comanche Nation News tried to contact Don
Ames, Tom Cole, and Bill Shoemate to get their opinions on the measure, but all were unable to comment. Comanche Nation Chairman Wallace Coffey was also asked about the measure and his response was, “This measure says “It’s okay to discriminate.” VOTE NO.” The Comanche Nation News reminds and encourages all our readers to go out and vote on November 6.
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VOTE FOR BILL SHOEMATE NOV. 06, 2012 COMANCHE COUNTY CENTRAL DISTRICT COMMISSIONER
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GROUND BLESSING CEREMONY FOR THE TRAVEL PLAZA 11 a.m. Nov. 29 Exit One by the Red River. Public is invited
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Programs Kiowa Tribe Head Start Program Accepting Applications
The Kiowa Tribe Head Start is accepting applications for the Center Base and Home Base option. Applications can be picked up at the KCA Head Start at 1401 N.E. Lawrie Tatum Rd, Lawton, Oklahoma or go to http://www. kiowatribe.org/ for enrollment applications. The Kiowa Tribe Head Start is a federally funded program which provides comprehensive health, education, nutrition, social services, parent involvement and other services to children ages 3-to-5 years and their families. The Head Start program does not discriminate against Race, Color, Sex, National Origin or Disabilities. For additional information call (580) 654-2544 or 1-855711-4010.
The Lawton Indian Health Service Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention Program is inviting everyone to participate in a walk around the hospital grounds in Support of World Diabetes Day. The walk will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 9, at the Lawton Indian Hospital Wellness Center on the east side of the Lawton Indian Hospital Campus. For More information contact: • Daisy Mammedaty—580-354-5644 • Robert Zumwalt—580-354-5681 • Sunshine Fixico—580-354-5647
CAR SEAT GIVE-AWAY. The Comanche Nation Injury Prevention Program held a car seat give-away October 11. It was held in the Old Conference Room at the Comanche Nation Headquarters. The presentation of Car Seat Safety was given by the Injury Prevention Director, Bonita Paddyaker. The Comanche Injury Prevention staff issued car seats to eligible Comanche tribal children infants through toddlers, and informed the parents how to properly intall the seats.
New Location for the Comanche Nation Revolving Loan Program Submitted by Jo Vickers/Revolving Loan Program Staff
Items to Bring • Two Forms of ID (Valid State or Federal photo ID and one additional ID) • Bank Statement (Most recent checking account statement) • Paycheck Stub (Most recent paycheck stub or verification of other income) • Personal Check (Held until due date) • Verification of Social Security Number
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CN Law Enforcement Releases Six Months Stats
The Comanche Nation Offices will be closed on Nov. 12 for Veteran’s Day, and Nov. 22-23 for Thanksgiving.
This program will be available to Tribal Members age 55 and over for emergency repairs to their owner-occupied homes. Homes must be located within the CNHA 5 county service area. Application will be available beginning Oct 1, 2012 at the CNHA offices and from the CNHA website (www.comanchehousing.com). Contact the CNHA for complete details.
che members. Since March 2011, the CPCDC made six loans totaling $621,468. Numerous workshops have been conducted throughout Oklahoma. The purpose of the program is to promote the economic independence of tribal members by providing capital through the revolving loan program, under reasonable terms for engaging in for-profit businesses. The program vision is to be the lender of choice for Comanche Nation members engaging in for-profit businesses to promote the economic independence of tribal members.
CNHA Announces New Near-Elderly Program
The Revolving Loan Program recently moved to an office in the First National Bank, 702 NW Sheridan Road in Lawton. Felecia Freeman is in the office each Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to meet with clients. Call the office at (580) 351-9951 to make an appointment to meet with her if you are interested in applying for a business loan. Call week days during office hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In March of 2011, the Revolving Loan Program partnered with the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation “CPCDC” to provide business loans to Coman-
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Comanche Nation Child Support Program Publication of Delinquent Obligors Comanche Children and Family Relations Code of 2008 Section 15-421
Submitted by Comanche Nation Child Support Program Staff
The Comanche Nation Child Support Program works to provide a respectful, courteous and professional work environment for all parties involved; the program maintains the highest standards of confidentiality; establish and modify support orders; process payments in an efficient and timely manner; incorporate mediation through the administrative process as an option for families in crisis; and locate absent parents. The Comanche Nation Child Support Program works diligently to locate and recommend additional services to Non-Custodial Parents, Obligors, who continue to be in Noncompliance with a court and/or administrative child support order before initiating any and all enforcement proceedings against the Non-Custodial Parent, Obligor. The Non-Custodial Parent, Obligor, is responsible for providing the department with documentation such as child support payments; updated income statements; updated home addresses; updated contact numbers; and is to remain in compliance with a court ordered or administrative child support order. Once the Comanche
Nation Child Support Program has exhausted all avenues in locat ing Non-Custodial Parent, Obligor, the alternative is Section 15-421 (a.) Under the Comanche Children and Family Relations Code of 2008: Section 15-421 (a.): Publication of Delinquent Obligors; The Comanche Nation Child Support Program may publish a list of names and other information of obligors who cannot be located by the CNCSP to enforce and child support order and who have not made a voluntary child support payment in the last twelve (12) months and have a bench warrant issued for his or her arrest. For this section to apply, the amount of the delinquent child support must be in excess of five thousand ($5,000) dollars. (b.) Release of Information. Information that may be released include the obligor’s name, last known address, amount owed, date of birth, photograph, and the number of children for whom support is owed. The CNCSP may not disclose information that is by law required to remain confidential. Information may be disseminated on posters, the Internet, the Comanche tribal newspaper, or other cost effective media.Samuel Roy CozadWilliams Date of Birth: March 5, 1985 Amount Owed: $16,516.12 Active Bench Warrant
Everett Gemisauddle Date of Birth: July 13,1968 Amount Owed $25,811.80 Kerwin Pohawapatchoko Date of Birth: March 1,1970 Amount Owed: $25,236.33
Rikki Ahhaitty Date of Birth: July 30, 1981 Amount Owed: $10,891
Joshua Imotichey Date of Birth: October 4, 1982 Amount Owed: $19,367.27
James Kenric Parker Date of Birth: January 1, 1978 Amount Owed: $15,236.10
No Picture Available Sheldon Wayne Tawkoyty Date of Birth: March 20, 1981 Amount Owed: $24,240.40
Russell Cozad Date of Birth: March 20, 1968 Amount Owed: $12,093.93
Devin O’Neil Polite Date of Birth: July 5, 1978 Amount Owed: $11,252.50
Lilly Baker Date of Birth: September 12, 1980 Amount Owed: $22,177.00
Carlos Rios Date of Birth: December 29, 1968 Amount Owed: $50,770.90
Joshua Imotichey Date of Birth: October 4, 1982 Amount Owed: $19,367.27
Sterling Paul Stonecalf Date of Birth: February 28, 1982 Amount Owed: $25,218.98
Brian Tonips Date of Birth: April 5, 1977 Amount Owed: $7,229.21
Lawan Cortez Date of Birth: April 20, 1967 Amount Owed: $19,337.25
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Office of Environmental Programs Awarded in $190,000 in Grants Submitted by Lynn Schonchin/CNOEP Assistant Director
For the fiscal year 2013 the Comanche Nations Office of Environmental Programs has been awarded two separate grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 office. The grant applications were written by the Office of Environmental Programs assistant director Lynn Schonchin, whom gives additional credit to the entire staff whom all assisted in gathering information and having input as to the goals of the environmental office. The first grant awarded is the General Assistance Program grant totaling $125,000. This grant is to assist in the training of the environmental staff, administrative costs and duties of the director and assistant director, some services provided by the solid waste division, certain services provided by the indoor air quality division, provide environmentally friendly recycling alternatives, and to offer community outreach activities for children and adult tribal members. The Office of Environmental Programs will begin providing to the tribal members and communities, thru brochures and consultations, information on services offered by the divisions of the environmental office. The solid waste division will provide environmentally friendly alternatives (recycling) to tribal members, communities, and employees. Address environmental impacts and concerns within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Comanche Nation. Develop solid waste codes and ordinances (draft) to include a solid waste plan (draft), to deter illegal dumping on Tribal lands. To be given and shared with Comanche Nation Business committee and Tribal Attorneys. Identify and rate solid waste/illegal dumpsites and have in place solid waste codes and ordinances to prohibit further dumping on Tribal lands within Comanche Nation Tribal Jurisdictional boundaries. The indoor air quality division will assess the indoor air quality of Tribal members homes and Tribal owned buildings/facilities. To collect and document poor indoor air quality, assessments utilizing past trainings and presently owned equipment, the indoor air quality division will conduct assessments of Tribal members homes (per request). Collect air samples to be analyzed at a local lab thus generating data. The Office of Environmental Programs will identify EPA statutes and regulations that are applicable to facilities and activities on the lands within Comanche Nation Jurisdictional boundaries; Identify appropriate roles for the Comanche Nation, Office of Environmental Programs, in helping implement EPA program authorities; Identify current & needed tribal statutes. Attend EPA and multi agency trainings to increase knowledge and
environmental presence of the Office of Environmental Programs staff (solid waste, indoor air quality, water, recycling) to better provide services to the Comanche Nation Tribal members. These are the areas which will be funded by the general assistance program grant. The second grant is the Clean Water Act Section 106 grant, totaling $65,000. In response to the priorities expressed in the Environmental Plan the Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Programs has developed a Water Quality Division to locate, identify, and compile data on current water resources, quality and usage, and developing water quality codes and ordinances, which will be applicable to all lands owned by the Tribe and Tribal members. In applying the Clean Water Act Section 106 Grant the Comanche Nation would be in a position to work toward this Objective: “The Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Programs will protect, maintain and enhance the quality of tribal waters.” As the Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Programs has an established Water Quality Division the priority will be training and certification of the Water Quality Specialist and Water Quality Technician. Once the minimal qualifications and certifications have been attained the division will enter the day to day work of implementing all other aspects of the Work Plan and developing the Water Quality Program. 1. The Water Quality Technician and the Water Quality Specialist will order office supplies, field supplies, and sampling equipment and begin performing activities outlined in the work plan.
Operating Procedure documents, keeping in mind that the quality assurance project plan must be completed and approved prior to data collection and/or monitoring. The long term goals and objectives of the water quality division are: 1. Develop a completed set of baseline data for the surface waters and wetlands within the jurisdiction of the Comanche Nation. The resulting database will include chemical, physical, and biological parameters as well as habitat assessments, and will incorporate quality assurance and quality control measures, the resulting data will: a. Provide an overview of the current quality of reservation water. b. Assist in classifying waters for the development of water quality standards, codes, and ordinances. c.
Inventory potential point and non-point sources of pollution.
d. Identify areas of special concern that may need immediate attention or further study. 2. Further enhance the Water Quality Division within the Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Programs, which will address point and non-point sources of pollution. This will be accomplished through the development of water quality codes and ordinances, management and assessment plans, best management practices and water quality standards.
2. The Technician and Specialist will begin to locate and compile existing water quality information from organizations that have previously conducted water quality monitoring on surface waters and wetlands within and adjacent to the jurisdictional boundaries of the Enhance the technical Comanche Nation. and administrative experData will be limited tise of the water quality to information no division staff through trainmore than 10 years ing and instruction allowold. The Techniing the Comanche Nation cian will be responto work as an equal partner sible for the followwith other agencies regarding data: chemical, ing water quality issues physical, habitat, both within and entering plant and animal the tribal jurisdiction. species located in and around poten- The Office of Environmential test sites. tal Programs with the funding received from the US 3. The Specialist will EPA will further its presperform a review ents in southwest Oklaof the water quality homa and better service data that had been the Comanche Nation and compiled on the provide, more efficient, tribal waters. services to the members of 4. The Specialist and the Comanche Nation. Technician will review and revise the required Quality Assurance Project Plan and Standard
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Military CIVA to Host 36th Annual Veterans Day Celebration The Comanche Indian Veterans Association (CIVA) is hosting their 36th Annual Veterans Day Celebration at the Comanche Community Center in Apache starting at 2 p.m., November 11. Honors will be presented to six veterans and Special Recognition to one Auxiliary member. Veteran honors include presentation of an embroidered Grateful Nation Pendelton blanket with the veterans rank, name, branch of service, years of service and significant overseas service and highest military decoration, a plaque, a Trail of Honor miniature horse, a honorarium, Honorable and Combat Service medallions, a Challenge Coin and a Veterans Gift Bag containing a veterans tag, DVD, coffee cup, T-shirt and hat. The Auxiliary member will receive an embroidered Service Shawl and Blanket, a plaque and an honorarium. The CIVA first annual gathering was held October 23, 1976 when they hosted a veteran’s pow-wow. The first officers were Edgar Monetatchi, Commander; Clifford Ototivo, Vice-Chairman; Morris Sunrise, Service Officer; Jerome Tahhahwah, Secretary; James Chasenah, Treasurer; Horace “Taylor” Noyobad, Chaplain and Carl Tahah and Howard Whitewolf Color Guard. Active members were James Barcinderbar, Franklin Cable, Hubert Cable, Stacy Pahdopony, Roderick Red Elk, Strudwich Tahsequah, Lawrence Tomah and Algernon Tonips. Auxiliary members were Mae Cable, Marie Carr, Jean Jenkins, Barbara Miller, Alma Ototivo, Rosalie Pennah, Helen Red Elk, Bea Saupitty, Jolene Tahah, Patsy Tahah, Loraine Tahmahkera and Martha Weryavah. Current officers are George Red Elk, Commander/ Treasurer; Jack Codopony, Vice-Chairman and Lanny Asepermy, Secretary/Color Guard Coordinator/Historian/ Quartermaster. A list of active members is below. Since 2004 the CIVA has honored or recognized over 320 Comanche veterans. Honorable and Combat Service Medallions, a Challenge Coin and Veterans Gift Bags are available to Comanche veterans. These items are resented at the CIVA monthly meeting held the first Thursday of each month at the New Conference Room (aka Code Talkers Meeting Room) in the Education Building starting at 6 p.m. A meal is provided prior to the presentation and meeting. The next meeting will be held on November 1. Their will be no meeting in December and January’s meeting will be held on the 3rd. Honors will be presented at the Armed Forces Day Banquet to eight veterans and four veterans at the Memorial Day Ceremony. If you would like to nominate a living veteran for honors please contact either the Commander at (580) 512-2225 or Historian at (580) 678-4629. Deadline for nominations is March 1, 2013. The nomination must include the
veteran’s full name, address and telephone number. The nominee must provide a photo in uniform and DD 214. The CIVA would like to thank all that voted for our funding for Fiscal Year 2013. They will continue to recognize and honor our veterans with that funding. Besides Color Guard presentations at various events they have completed 138 Military Funeral Honors and installed about 100+ military markers since 2004. They are not paid for their services and active members are volunteers. If you would like to become an active member please contact the Commander or Historian.
Honorees and Special Recognition
Citations and Campaign Ribbons.
Sergeant First Class Glendal Yackeschi
Airman 2nd Class Milburn H. Roach
Mobile in Darmstadt, Germany and later to Bremerhaven, Germany. He served overseas for two years, 10 months and 16 days. His duties included intercepting communications from various communists’ countries by way Morse code, Teletype and Voice. He was awarded the Air Force Good Conduct Medal.
Sgt John R. “Johnny” Brown
John R. “Johnny” Brown enlisted in the California Army National Guard on September 1, 1950 and served until July 2, 1952 (one year, 10 months and two days) earning the rank of Sergeant. He was an Armor Crewman and Infantryman with the Medium Tank Company, 160th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division when he deployed first to the Mount Fuji to Sendai areas, Japan and then onto Korea. Sgt Brown served 142 days in continuous combat, in Korea, from January 11 to June 2, 1952 during some of heaviest fighting of the Korean War. He served overseas a total of one year, two months and 27 days. After landing in Korea - Sgt Brown and his unit fought in the battles of Sandbag Castle and the Punchbowl - his unit suffered 376 killed in action, 1,457 wounded in action and another 47 who died of combat wounds. His awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Korea Service w/2 Battle Stars, United Nations, Army Occupation of Japan Service and Korean War Service Medals. Milburn H. Roach served in the US Air Force from June 7, 1956 to May 25, 1960 (a total of three years, 11 months and 19 days) earning the rank of Air 2nd Class. He took his Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas and his Technical Training at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., as a Radio Intercept Operator - he was the Number One graduate. He then transferred to March Air Force Base, Cali., for additional training as a Radio Printer. A2C Roach was assigned 6913th Radio Squadron
Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Red Elk
Jason L. Red Elk served with the US Navy from May 14, 1990 to January 14, 1994 (three years and eight months) earning the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class. He took his Boot Training and A School, as a Machinists Mate, at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Ill. After his training he was assigned to the USS Richmond K. Turner (CG-20), a Guided Missile Cruiser. He served in the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm from January to June 1991. In addition, the USS Turner completed 21 cruises in the Caribbean Sea. The USS Turner’s home port was Charleston, S.C., with ports of call including United Arb Emirates, Greece, Israel, Italy, France, Sicily, Virgin Islands, Cuba, Aruba, and Puerto Rico. PO3 Red Elk served two years, 11 months and 12 days of Sea Service. During the Persian Gulf War the USS Turner provided protection to the Aircraft Carrier USS Roosevelt. His awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service, Southwest Asia Service w/2 Bronze Service Stars and Kuwait Liberation Medals, Sea Service Deployment and Navy Blue Efficiency “E” Ribbons. Glendal B. Yackeschi has served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard since August 5, 1986. He is currently a Sergeant First Class, as an Active Guard Reservists
(AGR), with the Recruiting and Retention Battalion based in Chickasha, Okla. SFC Yackeschi took his Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, as a Multi Launch Rocket System Crewman, at Fort Sill. He has been based at Lawton, Walters, Altus, Hobart, Mustang and Chickasha and has served with the 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery (MLRS), 1st Battalion, 171st Field Artillery (MLRS), 271 Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Battalion, 34th Agri-Business Development Team and the Recruiting and Retention Battalion of the OKARNG. His duties include MLRS Crewman, Battalion Fire Direction Chief, Master Gunner, Senior Human Resources NCO, Material Management NCO, Readiness NCO, Assistant and Operations NCO, Training NCO and Senior Recruiter and Retention NCO, SFC Yackeschi has trained at Fort Sill, Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah, Camp Grayling, Mich., Camp Gruber, Okla., Fort Chaffee, Ark., Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Carson, Colo. From November, 1990 to June 1991 he deployed to Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was the first Reservists, since the Vietnam War, to fire upon the enemy with small arms in a combat situation. From July 2010 to July 2011 he deployed to FOB Gardez, Afghanistan near the Pakistan boarder. While in Afghanistan he was detailed with the 101st Airborne Division - he provided combat support and intelligence to all ground units operating outside his Forward Operating Base. His awards include the Meritorious Service (2), Army Commendation (2), Army Achievement (7), Army Good Conduct, Army Reserve Components Achievement (2), National Defense Service (2), SW Asia Service w/Bronze Service Star, Humanitarian Service (2), Armed Forces Reserve (3), NATO, Liberation of Kuwait (2) (from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia Governments), OK State Active Duty, OK Long Service (4), Armed Forces Reserve w/M Device (2), Afghanistan Campaign, Global War on Terrorism, OK Meritorious Service, OK Commendation (2) and OK Desert Storm Service Medals, the NCO Professional Development w/Numeral 3, Army Service, Army Overseas (2) and OK Good Conduct (22) Ribbons and Combat Infantryman Badge. He is the most decorated Comanche US Army National Guardsman having earned 69 Decorations, Medals, Badges, Commendations,
Warrant Officer 1 Karli Wahkahquah
Karli Wahkahquah has been an active member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard since 2001 earning the rank of Warrant Officer 1. She took her Basic Training at Fort Jackson, S.C., her Advanced Individual Training, as a Land Combat Electronic Missile System Repairer, at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., where she was the Honor Graduate. From November 2003 to August 2004 WO1 Wahkahquah served at Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan with the 45th Infantry Brigade, supported Operation Katina Relief in September 2005 and Operation Jump-Southwest Border mission in New Mexico from September to October 2006. She has completed the Warriors Leader Course at Camp Cook, La., on the Commandants List, Basic NCO Course, OH-58D Armament, Electrical, Avionics Systems Repairer as the Honor Graduate, Shadow Unmanned Aircraft Systems Repair US Course as the Honor Graduate, Warrant Officer Candidate School on the Commandants List and Warrant Officer Basic Course as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. Her awards include the Combat Action and Aviation Crew member Badges, Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals, three awards of the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Service and NCO Professional Development w/Numeral 2 Ribbons, OKARNG Good Conduct, Long Service and Duty Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, Armed Forces Reserve w/M Device and Humanitarian Service Medals.
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in the US Army form July 13, 2006 to July 12, 2011 earning the rank of Specialist. He took his Basic Training at Fort Benning, Ga., and his Advanced Individual Training, as a Computer Detection Systems Repairman, at Fort Gordon, Ga. SPC Rodriquez served with the Forward Support Company 230th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Polk, La., for his entire enlistment. He was deployed to Forward Operating Base Loyalty, Iraq, located outside of Sadr City and the former headquarters and campus of Saddam Hussein’s Secret Service, from January to December 2008 and Forward Operating Base Altimur, Afghanistan, located in Logar Province, from October, 2010 to April 2011. His duties overseas included Computer Detection Systems Repair, Perimeter and Gate Security and Escort Gunner on Vehicle missions. SPC Rodriquez awards include the Combat Action Badge, Army Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Good Conduct and National Defense Service Medals, NCO Professional Development, Overseas and Army Service Ribbons and the Global War on Terrorism Service, Iraqi Campaign w/1 Bronze Service Star and the Afghanistan Campaign w/1 Bronze Service Star Medals.
Phyllis Tointigh Mahsetky
Phyllis Tointigh Mahsetky is a graduate of Apache High School and the wife of US Marine Corps and Vietnam War veteran Ronnie Mahsetky. She is the daughter of the late Thomas and Birdie Mae Tointigh - her brothers, Timothy, served in the US Army and is a veteran of the Vietnam War and Patrick served with the US Navy. Mahsetky attended the University of Arts and Science, Cameron University and Oklahoma University. She has been employed with Micahek and the US Investigation Services in Tulsa and the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. Mahsetky is currently the Director of the Apache Tribe Elder Care Program.
2011-13 CIVA Princess Chelsea Sapcut
Chelsea is the daughter of Kenneth Capes and Vanessa Sapcut of Apache and Dustin
Olson of Parshall, N.D. Her maternal grandparents are Sharon Sapcut Enriquez and Phillip Hendrix and her paternal grandparents are Rita and Lawrence Olson Sr., Frank and Marion Ahdosy Sapcut are her maternal great-grandparents. She is a descendant of Chief Deerhead and Chief Grey Mountain. Her Numunu name is Ya-We-Wah meaning “Standing Holding a Plant.” She was elected as the CIVA Princess in April, 2011 and was also the Princess of the Comanche Little Ponies for three years. Sapcut is 18 years old and a junior at Apache High School, a member of the basketball team and a former Cheerleader. She is an A-B student. Sapcut is an outstanding SignLinguist having performed for the Oklahoma Military Hall of fame, the Oklahoma Women’s Veterans Association, the 4th Annual Medicine Park Flute Festival and numerous other events throughout Oklahoma and the United States.
VETERANS DAY A Veteran is defined as a person who has served or is serving in the armed forces. Some has had direct exposure to acts of military conflict or areas in which armed combat takes place. Veterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring armed service veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month on 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. US President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act was approved on May 13, 1938 making the 11th of November a legal holiday. On June 1, 1954 Congress changed Armistice with Veterans and it has been known as Veterans Day since. Documentation collected over the years indicates that 1,084 Comanches have served in the Armed Forces of the United States. This includes 38 Scouts with the US Cavalry from 1878-97. There is no record of any Comanches serving from 1891-1916. 59 Comanches served during World War I (1918-19), 204 during World War II (1941-45), 136 during the Korean War (1950-53), 307 during the Vietnam War (196175), 79 during the Persian Gulf War (1990-91) and 60 during the War on Terror (2002-present). Besides the 38 Comanches that served in the US Cavalry, 531 Comanches have served in the Army, 177 in the Navy, 152 in the Air Force, 137 in the Marine Corps, 49 in the National Guard, 29 in the Reserves and 2 in the Coast Guard. Some veterans served in more that one branch of service. Nine Comanche have been killed in action, died of combat wounds, died in captivity or declared dead while missing in action. Four oth-
ers died non-hostile while on active duty. Seven have been Prisoners of War. 17 Comanche have been decorated for Gallantry, Heroism or Valor. Three others fought and killed the enemy in hand to hand combat. One Comanche earned General Officer status, another one earned the highest Warrant Officer rank (WO-4) and three others retired at the highest enlisted grade (E-9). 64 Comanche women have served in the military. Four Comanche Code Talkers of World War I and 14 other Comanche Code Talkers of World War II were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The Code Talkers of World War II and two other Comanches have been inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. Comanches have served in the modern military forces with honor and distinction. Most all Comanche families have members that are veterans. To those who have served with honor we say thank you for your service to God and Country and for allowing us to enjoy all the freedoms we have because of the sacrifices you and your family have endured. “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf,” George Orwell, English Novelists.
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CIVA Return To Roland, Okla.
Lest we forget - we owe debt of gratitude to Cpl Josh Ware, he never knew marriage, had no children, didn’t have a homecoming, all he had was his youth, he will forever be twenty years old.
On October 13, representatives of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association (CIVA) returned to Roland, Okla., as a joint Color Guard, with the Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society, for the dedication of the Corporal Joshua J. Ware Sequoyah County Marine Corps League Detachment 1403. The ceremony was attended by Commander George Red Elk, Vice Commander Jack Codopony Sr., Historian Lanny Asepermy, members Jose Gallegos, Talbert Gooday and Auxiliary members Shelly Asepermy, Sharon Enriquez, Vanessa Sapcut and CIVA Princess Chelsea Sapcut. Well over 50 members of Marine Corps Leagues from throughout Oklahoma and the National headquarters in Washington D.C., were in attendance for the dedication ceremony with concluded with a raffle by the
newly formed League and a meal served by the Roland High School Young Marines of Roland. The CIVA and the Black Leggings along with the Native American Marine Corps were the Color Guard for the Joshua J. Ware Highway 64 dedication on November 16, 2011. A stretch of Highway 64 from Roland to the Arkansas border was named in honor of the Fallen Warrior. Corporal Ware graduated from Roland High School in May, 2003 and enlisted in the Marine Corps immediately after graduation. He was killed in action on November 16, 2005 near Ubaydi, Iraq. Cpl Ware was awarded the USN/ USMC Achievement Medal with Distinguished V (for Valor) medal and Purple Heart for his actions that day. His maternal grandmother was the late Vicki Tate of Apache.
CIVA Commander Honored at Medicine Park Flute Festival
Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff
Commanding Officer of the CIVA, George Red Elk, was honored at the Sept. 23 Medicine Park Flute Festival. He was interviewed by the Medicine Park Town Clerk, Lee Hibits, pictured above. Red Elk spoke about his father, who was a Code Talker, and his memories of him coming home after the war. He also spoke about his days in the military. He was given a framed poster, pictured middle right, of the festival as a token of gratitude, and was also named the VIP of the festival. Members of the CIVA were in attendance, pictured above, to support Red Elk. Penny Sanders and Hibbits were very appreciative of the contribution Red Elk and his family have made throughout the years. They pose for a picture with him, below right.
The Comanche Nation PIO Honors All Veterans who Have Served our Country. Thank you for protecting us and fighting for our freedom
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What You Can Do for Your Loved One with Diabetes If your mother, father, husband, wife If your mother, father, husband, wife, grandfather, grandmother or another loved one has diabetes, there are things you can do to help. First, try to understand how it feels to have diabetes. Some people might feel: ~ In denial ~ A lack of control ~ Overwhelmed ~ Scared ~ Depressed ~ Angry There are things a person can do to live a healthy life with diabetes. This is what your loved one might be doing every day: ~ Testing blood sugar several times each day ~ Changing their eating habits to eat foods with less sugar and fat ~ Changing their eating habits to include more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein ~ Being more active by walking, working out at a wellness center, splitting wood, etc ~ Resting when needed and trying not to get “stressed out” ~ Going to medical appointments more often ~ Taking diabetes pills every day or giving themselves insulin shots You can help your loved one with diabetes. Here is what you can do: ~ Keep up your usual relationships with them ~ Ask them if there is anything you can do to support them with their diabetes (provide a ride to the clinic or be a support person at a doctor’s appointment) ~ Be positive when they are drinking water instead of pop or eating baked foods instead of deep-fried foods ~ Try not to nag or judge them when they make a choice you think isn’t healthy for them ~ Join them in making healthy food choices ~ Walk with them or invite them on a walk ~ Let them rest and have stress-free time to take care of themselves One of the best ways you can support your loved one with diabetes is to let them know they are inspiring you. You can become a champion in the fight against diabetes. You can prevent diabetes by being physically active every day and staying at a healthy weight. Tell your loved one, “I want to help you stay healthy with diabetes, and I want to be healthy myself. Let me join you in making healthy lifestyle changes. You have inspired me to stay healthy and fight diabetes. Thank you.”
professional setting outside his home to conduct business. With that in mind, Komahcheet and his family made the sacrifice and moved to Indiahoma, Okla. with his father, and he rented an office in Cache, Okla. “We finally gained enough business to afford a small apartment in Cache,” said Komahcheet. “Since then, it has been many mountains and valleys. We even lived in our office for about a month before we eventually found a home in Medicine Park. This is one of many obstacles we have faced. It has been very humbling for us as a family to endure and sacrifice for what we believe in.” Komahcheet is almost to the point where he is established enough to focus on his main passion, which is his music, as well as original art and apparel. Some of his goals as a team are to represent the Comanche Nation in an immense way, to inspire all people, and to be a “multimedia monster.” Another one of his goals is to be one of the most unique Native multimedia design companies internationally. “As an individual, my main passion has always been music and art equally. I believe the impact of both music and visual art intertwined is very powerful. The ultimate creative goal is to be on the summit of success as a business and as individuals,” explained Komahcheet. He said he has many mentors. The main one is the Creator, Ta Ahpuh. “I stripped everything from my soul and I moved down here to do my best to follow His teachings. I have learned that one can have all of the talent in the world, but without knowing and following the Commandments, and a great sense of humility, the talent and the gain mean nothing. It is about teaching and inspiring truth, power and beauty...
that is where the true rush lies. I do my very best to make the right decisions in life as a business owner, mentor, a husband, a father, and a friend. My entire family is a great inspiration; the Native community that lets us know we are doing great things; my friends back home; all of the great artists, teachers and musicians present and past....the list can go on forever,” he said. When looking back on his childhood years, he said was raised away from “Comanche Country,” and was the “lone Native kid” for the most part. “We grew up pretty poor, but I had a lot of pride knowing I was Comanche. Whenever we would go to powwows growing up I would be at the drum. In our area, it was Kickapoo and Potawatomie’s. I always wondered what the Comanche sounded like. Whenever they called for an Intertribal, which meant all was welcome to dance. That word really resonated with me. When it came time to name our business, it was right there. By naming ourselves Intertribal Visions Unlimited, it opens us up to all of the tribes of the world, not just the Native Community. We found our niche by offering unmatched high-end design along with a discount rate for all native tribes,” said Komahcheet. He said the company’s growth rapidly increased within two-and-one-half years. However, he emphasized Intertribal Visions Unlimited, Inc, strength and identity is rooted deeply within the Native Community. Eighty percent of their business comes from some of the premier Native organizations, musicians and businesses across the US. Komahcheet started off by selling his original apparel at powwows, and people began asking him if he could do custom designs, and as they say, the rest is history.
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health, and protect our land.” In addition, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education will serve as Restoring the Circle campaign partners to broaden outreach to tribal reservations and American Indian communities across the United States. Despite the significant progress made in reducing violence against women, the statistics are alarming: In the last year, one in 10 teens have reported being physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend; one in five young women have been sexually assaulted while they’re in college; and one in nine teen girls will be forced to have sex. AIHEC, along with Northwest Indian College and the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington, recently conducted a needs and capacity assessment survey at 36 TCUs on alcohol/drug/mental healthrelated problems and solutions with students, faculty/staff, and administrators. Data from the 2011 Tribal Colleges and University Drug and Alcohol
Problems and Solutions Study reveal that due to drinking and/ or drug use: Nearly 42 percent of American Indian students report experiencing verbal and physical abuse and nearly 31 percent of American Indian students surveyed report experiencing a threat of violence while 16 percent said they actually experience violence. The Restoring the Circle campaign complements Vice President Joe Biden’s “1is2Many” effort along with priorities set by the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Council for Women and Girls. In September 2011, Vice President Biden launched the “1is2Many” initiative to raise awareness, get the message out, and help reduce dating violence and sexual assault among teens and young adults. For more information about the Restoring the Circle: Ending Violence and Abuse on Tribal College and University Campuses campaign, visit AIHEC’s website at www.aihec. org.
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Post Oak Mission Dedication and Celebration November 10 in Indiahoma By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff
Post Oak Mission School touched the lives of many Comanche people when it was a thriving school where students could get an education and learn spiritualism and citizenship. “There are a lot of people who are successful today because they started their education at Post Oak Mission School,” said Arlene Asenap, one of the main coordinators of the Post Oak Celebration, which will take place beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 10. Many became educators, added Asenap. She named Sandra Chestnut who became a councilor at Cache School, and Mike Asenap retired after 40-years of teaching. Asenap herself is a retired councilor and teacher. The small school was
very family oriented, said Asenap, where everyone knew each other and the parents of the students were very active in the day-to-day activities. She remembers Linda Roach teaching piano lessons to numerous students, and is still the pianist at the Post Oak Mission Church. The teachers at Post Oak did more than teach students; they participated in games such as softball with the children, had monthly birthday parties for all the children, and took the students to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge every year so they could have a picnic and test their hiking skills on Mt. Scott. “The bigger kids would climb Mountain Scott,” remembers Asenap, “and the smaller children would walk
up the road to the top.” The mission school was credited by the State of Oklahoma, and always received excellent ratings. The last graduating class was in 1958, according to Asenap. Community service was a big part of the student’s extracurricular activities. The choir would sing at different places, the principal, DJ Gerbrant, would write plays for the students to perform at churches. After the school burned, the former students and teachers wanted to place a monument at the site where the steps of the school remain. “Margery Gerbrant, who was the daughter of DJ Gerbrant, contact some people who went to Post Oak and expressed her family wanted to
put up a monument of Post Oak. She donated the seed money to get it started,” said Asenap. The rest of the money was raised through fundraisers such as Indian Taco sales, all-you-can eat breakfast sales, rummage sales, and from former students. A committee was formed to help raise the money and oversee the dedication. Arlene Wilson is the Chairman. Ramillia Kassanavoid is the Secretary. Other members of the committee include Beth Glazebrook, Rhoda Tate Nevaquaya, Virgie Kassanavoid, Vivian Holder, Edna Pahcheka, Mr. and Mrs. Honney, Judy Gordon, Roy and Suzy Roach, Julia Tenequer, Linda Tenequer, Marlene Ulloa, and the pastor, Glen Gerute.
The celebration will begin on Nov. 10 with continental breakfast, a reenactment of Quanah Parker marking the site for the Post Oak Mission, a Power Point Presentation, some former student will speak, and two vintage movies about Post Oak will be shown. “It’s a rarity to have video of back then,” said Asenap. “One is being restored and one is in good shape.” Indian Tacos will be served for lunch. The dedication of the stone will take place between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., said Asenap. All are welcome to the dedication and celebration of Post Oak Mission School.
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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday
Thomasina Kaywaykla, August 20 Charlotte R. Arnspringer, September 27 Kristy Lynn Tahsequah, October 1 Rhoda Kowena, October 1 Jana L. Redbird, October 3 Wendy Ototivo, October 4 Durene Santana, October 5 Daniel Walker Saupitty Jr., October 9 Memphis Blue Sandy, October 9 Chase Morgan, October 10 Ashley Auery, October 13 Channing Howlingwater, October 13 Sage Montana Sandy, October 14 E.J. Kowena Carter, October 15 Guydelkon R. Narcomey, October 16 Louis Chasenah, October 18 Nakoa Tahhahwah, October 20 Tashina Ototivo, October 23 Joni Sandy, October 24 Justin Chasenah, October 24 Nick R. Rowlings, October 26 Shalene Rena “Baby Girl” Atison, October 27 Ricky Cizek, October 30
Happy Belated Birthday Daniel Walker Saupitty Jr October 9
Happy Belated Birthday Memphis Blue Sandy October 9
Happy Belated Birthday Ashley Auery October 13
Happy Belated Birthday Sage Montana Sandy October 14
Happy Belated Birthday Nakoa Tahhahwah October 20
Happy Belated Birthday Joni Sandy October 24
Happy Birthday Angela “Angel” Knox November 4
Happy Birthday Rosalind Nauni Asetamy November 4
Happy Birthday Brandon Parker November 5
Happy Birthday Easton Yackeyonny November 13
Happy Birthday Ronald Monoessy Jr November 16
Happy Birthday Ashley Nauni November 17
Happy Birthday Civa Hill November 21
Happy Birthday Gracie Renee Trogedon November 21
Happy Birthday Angel Rainheart Redbird November 28
Happy Birthday Lance K. McClung, November 3 Angela “Angel” Knox, November 4 Rosalind Nauni Asetamy, November 4 Brandon Parker, November 5 Betty Crocker, November 13 Cynthia Tahsequah, November 13 Easton Yackeyonny, November 13 Hannah Owens, November 13 Mona Daukei Davis, November 13 Adrianna Fagan, November 14 Jan Ototivo, November 14 Leon Chasenah, November 14 Grace Sovo, November 16 Ronald Monoessy Jr., November 16 Ashley Nauni, November 17 Danny Parker, November 18 Terry Don Cable, November 20 Charon McCarthy, November 21 Civa Hill, November 21 Gracie Renee Trogedon, November 21 Tanute Tahdooahnipph, November 21 Roland W. Kosechata, November 25 Ethan Kemp, November 27 Lorene Franklin, November 27 Tony Wallace, November 27 Angel Rainheart Redbird, November 28 Cricket Karty, November 29
Anniversaries Ivan & Daisy Kowena Rowlings September 15, Married 28 years
Happy Birthday Cricket Karty November 29
Erin Marie Nees Born: August 28, 2012 6lbs’ 3oz’ 18in’ To: Aaron Nees & Evelyn Geimausaddle
Maxine Rae Lynn Ticeahkie
Born: September 18, 2012 4lbs’ 9oz’ 17.5in’ To: Thomas Ticeahkie & Brandi Mathiesen
Went to be with the Lord Retired SSG Paul Gomez Sr.
January 25, 1934~ October 12, 2012
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Funeral for Mitchell Krawtzow was September 5 at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Rev. Jamie Jordan officiating. Burial followed at Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha, Okla., under the direction of the Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Krawtzow was born in Chickasha, Okla., on February 12, 1961 to Peter and Amelia (Torralba) Krawtzow. He attended school in North Carolina, Chickasha and graduated from Ninnekah. He also attended Southwest Oklahoma State. Krawtzow was and avid OU Football fan. He enjoyed playing sports, spending time with his family especially the grand kids, going out to eat and watching his Sooners on TV. He was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and attended the Journey Church in Norman. He is survived by: his mother, Amelia Krawtzow of the home; children and spouse: Kody and Sarah Krawtzow of Rush Springs, Okla., Keri Krawtzow of Rush Springs, Kory Krawtzow of Hilton Head, South Carolina, Keston Krawtzow of Fort Cobb and Kaden Krawtzow of Fort Cobb; companion, Sandra Hixon of Lawton; brothers, Edwin Ortiz of Chickasha, Jan Killough of Miami; sister Linda Lynch of Anadarko; two grandchildren: Langston and Kylee Krawtzow of Rush Springs; aunt, Josephine Guerrero, uncles: Bill Torralba and Alfred Torralba; longtime friends: Christy Verma, Inna Tulay and Nathan Verma. He is preceded in death by: his son, Kyle Lynn Krawtzow; father, Peter Krawtzow; grandparents: Amador and Juanita Torralba.
Cathy Diane Large-Toehay
Cathy Diane LargeToehay, 60 of Lawton went to her heavenly home on September 8, in Lawton. She was born January 10, 1952 in Ft. Washakie, Wyo., to Stanley and Margie (Leasie Aunquoe) Large Sr. She grew up, attended, and graduated from Goodland Indian School in Hugo, Okla. She also attended USAO in
Chickasha studying business. She was a proud member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe in Ft. Washakie, Wyo., and she was also Kiowa and Comanche descent. She enjoyed doing yard work, planting flowers and gardening, taking her dog for a walk, going to the casino, cleaning house and spending time with her family. She married Rolaine Toehay in Lawton. She is survived by: husband Rolaine Toehay of Apache; mother Margie Large, Lawton; six children: Kenneth Ray Steele of Illinois, Buddy Steele of Lawton, Rosetta Steele of Oklahoma City, Jessica Steele of Greenfield, Kelly Large of California and Shelli Burroughs of Texas; sister Karen Large of Lawton, aunt, Lillian Aragon of Ft. Washakie; grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by: father, Stanley Large Sr.; brothers: Stanley Large Jr., Buddy Lynn Large, Jarvis Lynn Large; grandparents: Fred and Lillie Large; aunts and uncles: Vivian Ute, Lydia Large, Arleta Lewis, Delbert Large, Freddie Eli Large, and Buddy Large.
Ronald Mack Valdez
Ronald Mack Valdez, 67 of Oklahoma City went to his heavenly home on September 10 in Houston, Texas. Valdez was born on December 16, 1944 in Lawton, Okla., to Andrew M. and Neva (Wooksook) Valdez. He graduated in 1962 from Walters High School. He then attended Cameron College where he received his Associate Degree in Business Administration. He later went to Southwestern College. He worked at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, Transwestern Yellow Pages, Great Western Yellow Pages, Everyday Yellow Pages and Ziplocal Yellow Pages before retiring. He joined the National Guard June 19, 1966. He received a Marksman (Rifle) while in the military. He was a proud member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. Funeral service was September 17 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Videll Yackeschi officiating. Entombment with military honors followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. He is survived by his children: Kimberly and husband Lt. Col. David Olson of Centennial, Colo.; Kevin Valdez of Frisco, Texas; grandson; Ian Kye Valdez, San Marcos, Texas; sisters and brothers: Andrew “Ed” and Joann Valdez of Lawton, Mavadene “Dene”
and Jerry Joslyn of Michigan, Della Ann and Kenny Brammer of Lawton, Okla., Frances Anita and Connie Joslyn of Lawton, Darrell “Dusty” and Joyce Valdez of Lawton, Andrea Novonne Valdez-Milner and James of Las Vegas, Nev.; two nieces and four nephews; cousins, many friends and loving companion, Abbey.
Sadongei. Her special friends include Edith Kassanavoid, Phobe Redbird, and Naomi Tehauno. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one grandson, Vincent Toathy, one brother, Vincent Martinez and five sisters, Alice Laurenzana, Pearl Romero, Rachel Jozhe, Agnes Galindo and Hope Martinez.
Funeral for Faith Martinez, 96, Cyril was October 2, at The Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Apache, with Fr. M. Parkash officiating. Burial followed at Little Washita Cemetery near Fletcher. A rosary and short wake service was October 1 at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Martinez was born to Crose and Naueipitty Martinez on July 14, 1916 on the homeplace south of Cyril. She grew up on the same homeplace, attended school at St. Patrick’s Indian Mission, Anadarko, and schools in the Cyril area, completing her education. She left this life to be with Jesus on September 30 from Anadarko. Martinez married Eli Yackeschi and moved to Walters, returning home after his death. She remained there with her sister, Hope for years after. She lived for a short time at the Silver Crest Manor in Anadarko, Okla. But south of Cyril remained her homeplace. Troy’s Cafe in Cyril was her place of employment for many years where she worked as a cook. She was a member of the Comanche Nation, and original member of the Cyril Friendship Club, a Native American Dance Troupe well known throughout Pow Wow circles in the late fifties and early sixties. She was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Alter Society. She also supported her father’s involvement in the Native American Church. She was an avid seamstress who especially enjoyed making shawls. A person remembered her as being able to just look at any dress design and then was able to make the same without having to have a paper pattern to follow. She enjoyed being on the go and loved to laugh, even at herself. Survivors include a daughter, Ladora Trout and son, Dennis Martinez and wife Vicki (Katherine) and one granddaughter whom she raised, Debra Herrera all of Cyril; nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 17 great great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She also helped raise three of nieces, Berthena Yackeschi Paukei, Patricia Yackeschi Bread and Sharon Martinez
Curtis Allen Pewewardy Curtis Allen Pewewar-
dy, 37 went to be with Lord on October 4 in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was born in Lawton, Okla., on June 12, 1975 to Janice (Totite) and Wesley Pewewardy. He attended Elgin High School and graduated in 1993. He then attended Cameron University for Pharmacy Tech. He was employed with Comanche Nation Casino as a Black Jack Dealer and Supervisor from 1997 to present. He enjoyed playing pool, skate boarding, watching wrestling, OU, Thunder Basketball, playing in the Casinos, like to LuLu and loved to watch movies with his family. He enjoyed being with his special friends Danny and Christy Gonzales, His nicknames were: Mr. Pickles, Super Fly, Godfather and grandpa. He was a member of the Comanche Nation Tribe of Oklahoma. Funeral service was October 9 at Watchetaker Hall with Lay Speaker Tina Baker and Rev. David Harjo officiating. Prayer service was October 8 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Otipoby Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife: Sonja Palmer of the home; daughters: Marquela, Jonnika and son, John; father, Wesley Pewewardy; all of Elgin; sister, Terri Pewewardy and companion Byron Gemisauddle of Lawton, and numerous uncles, aunts relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother: Janice Pewewardy; two grandmothers: Ella Pewewardy and Marie Cooper.
McDaniel was born November 6, 1986 in Kellen, Texas. Parents are Patrick Owen and Eleanor McDaniel of Cache, Okla., and biological parents are Debra Tiddark and Charles Northington. McDaniel attended Cache Public School K-12 and had perfect attendance for 11 of those years. He graduated in 2005 with a 4.00 GPA from Cache High School. He was the starting center for the 2004-2005 Cache Bulldogs Basketball team. The team won the County Championship, the District Championship, Regional Consolation Championship, Area Consolation Championship, and went to the State Tournament that year and was runner-up in the Coliseum Classic. He attended Oklahoma University for his freshman year and worked at Crossroads Mall in clothing sales. After his freshman year at OU, he transferred to Cameron University. He was majoring in Math with a minor in Computer Science. He was going to graduate in June of 2013. He was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity at Cameron University. He also served as the fraternity vice president. He enjoyed fishing, playing basketball, and shooting pool. He was a two time Regional Champion of the American Pool Players Association and played in the APA National Tournament in Las Vegas. He is survived by his parents, biological parents, one brother; Jesus Santos Aguilar, two sisters; Alicia Lynn Aguilar and Selina Rose Aguilar, four aunts; Grace Turner, Samantha Tiddark, Sarah Carter, and Arlene Kemp, two uncles; Michael Tiddark and Carl Atauvich, grandparents; Glen and Elaine McDaniel of Fremont, Michigan, many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by two uncles; Vernon “Bunion” Atauvich and Vandel “Moon” Atauvich, one aunt; Barbara Hoyt, grandfather; Buddy Richard Tiddark, greatgrandparents; Rose Yokesuite, Ray Niedo and Nipper Napoleon Tiddark. His tribal ancestry includes, direct descendant of Comanche Chief Iron Mountain, Comanche Chief Whitewolf and wife Sanapia, Arapaho Chief Little Raven, Yokesuite, Joe Niedo and wife We-yi-yuh-tsuh, David and Chappy Poafpybitty, Hav-eweth-ky and wife Take-e-no.
Anthony David Tiddark-McDaniel
Funeral for Anthony David Tiddark-McDaniel was October 6 at the Cache High School Auditorium in Cache, Okla. Prayer service was October 5 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home.
Georgia Lee Cantwell
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She was born on May 25, 1962 to Earl David and Eva Lois (Yackeyonny) Gordon in Lawton, Okla. She enjoyed walking, dancing, sewing, and being with her family. Graveside service was on October 20 at Post Oak Cemetery with Pastor Glen Garoutte officiating. Burial followed at Post Oak Cemetery under the direction of the Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was October 19 at Post Oak Mennonite Brethen Church. She is survived by her husband, Fred Cantwell of the home; son, Jonathan Wayne Cantwell of Lawton, Earl Ray Cantwell and wife, Deanna of Lawton, and Kenneth Lee Cantwell of the home; her baby: Rusty; sister: Eva Monetathchi of Lawton, Mary Ruth Dennis of Cache; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends; aunts and uncles: Wayne and Linda Yackeyonny of Cache, Brownie Lightfoot of Indiahoma, Roy Lee Yackeyonny of Indiahoma, Vickie Johnson of Lawton, Rickie Yackeyonny of Oklahoma City, and CE Yackeyonny of Cache; Sister-in-laws: Lou Crouse of Pagosa Springs Colo., Ann Masters and husband Bill of Wichita Falls, Texas, Serry Harrison and husband Lee of Wichita Falls, Texas, Buela Mae Barnes Stewart and husband Ferris of Chipley Fla., Margie Carter and husband Paul of Wichita Falls, Texas, Robin Orlett of Clearwater, Fla., and Diane Ring of Iowa Park, Texas; brother-in-laws: Marvin (Andy) Cantwell of Temple, Texas, Gene Cantwell and wife Debra of Graham, Texas, Jerry Cantwell, Sr., and wife Mary of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Curtis Cantwell of Wichita Falls, Texas; one grandson: Allen Cantwell. She is preceded in death by her parents: Earl David and Eva Lois (Yackeyonny) Gordon; Edith and Owen Yackeyonny; brother: Sammy Yackeyonny; sister: Lena Marie Yackeyonny; mother-inlaw: Barbara Cantwell; brother-in-law: Raymond Wright and wife Sherry.
Retired Navy Carl Kenneth Tahah
Carl Kenneth Tahah went to be with his Lord on October 15 at the Comanche County Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. Funeral for Tahah, 80, of Lawton was on October 18 at the Comanche Nation Complex, Watchetaker Hall with Lay Speaker Tina Baker officiating. Prayer service was October 17 at Comanche Nation Complex, Watchetaker Hall. Burial with full military honors was at Highland Cemetery in Lawton under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Tahah was born on June 26, 1932, in Lawton, Okla., to John Tahah and Jessie Cable Noyebad. He was raised by his Aunt Lorene Cable Tahmakera
from the age of 18 months. Tahah graduated from Fort Sill Indian School in 1950. Upon graduating, Tahah entered the united States Navy in 1950 and served his country until Retirement in May of 1981. During his time in the Navy, Tahah served aboard the USS Jason (ARH1), USS Interdictro (ARG-13), USS Maury (AGS-16), and the USS Hancock (CVA-19). His shore duties were at Whitting field, Florida; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Vallejo Naval Shipyard, California; and Adak, Alaska. Tahah’s rank upon retiring was Ship Serviceman First Class (SH-1) (E-6). He earned the following Decorations, medals, badges, citations, and campaign ribbons: Good Conduct Medal w/6 stars, National Defense Service Medal w/OLC, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/7 Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/1960 Device and the Meritorious Unit Commendations. While serving aboard USS Maury, Tahah was named Sailor of the Month for October of 1966. He also received two letters of commendation and three citations for outstanding performance of duty while serving aboard the USS Hancock. On December 3, 1953, Tahah married Pasquerita “Patsy” Wockmetooah. After retiring from the Navy, he worked with Sears in the Shipping and Receiving. Tahah enjoyed watching his beloved sports teams: St. Louis Rams (formerly known as the L.A. Rams), L.A. Lakers, and the L.A. Dodgers. He also enjoyed powwows, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends. He was a member of the Comanche Nation, Comanche Indian Veterans Association, Comanche Little Ponies, Wockmetooah Family, Caddo American Legion Post 212, Reservation War dancers, Quanah Parker Descendents, and the Kiowa Warrior Descendents. He was also a member ob the Comanche Reform Church and the Comanche Native American Chapter 1918. He is survived by his daughters: Ronna Kay and her husband Monte Potts Sr., of Elgin, Collette Dupoint of the home, and a special daughter that he raised, Kaylene and her husband Eric Kimple of Hayward, Cali., adopted son: Billy and his wife Amber Komahcheet of Oklahoma City; grandsons: Larry Monoessy Sr., Ronald Monoessy Sr. and his companion Tish Thompson, Carl Monoessy of the home, Joseph “Joey” Dupoint, and Charles Tahah. His granddaughters: Jessica Tahah and her companion David Gardner and Hope Kimple. Great grandchildren: Rita and Barbara Monoessy, Larry Monoessy Jr., Ronald Monoessy Jr., Harlyn Forgerty and Kaylene Roubidoux, and David Kenneth Gardner. Brothers John Tahah, Edward Tahah, Ralph Tahah, Ben Tahmahkera; adopted brothers: Jim Lane, Brad Patterson and Eddie Sandoval, sisters: Vera Gooday, Imogene Moss, Barbara Chasenah, Betty Chasenah, Jolene Tahah, Joyce Burruss, and Lahoma Knight. Special sisters: Rachel Unah, Sara Poorbuffalo, Mona Nauni, Mary Tofpi, and many other nieces, nephews, family and
friends who called him dad, brother, uncle or grandpa. Tahah is preceded in death by his wife, Pasquerita “Patsy” Wockmetooah Tahah, his son Kenneth Tahah, his parents, John Tahah, Jessie Cable Noyebad and Lorene Cable Tahmakera. Sisters: Rowena Komahcheet, Elaine Noyebad, Clemencia Asenap, Phyllis Mowatt and brothers: Bennie Kassanavoid, Theodore Noyebad and Roderick Hoahwah.
Bertand Waysepappy, Sr., 58, of Lawton went to be with God, our Father, on October 16. Prayer service was October 18 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service was October 19 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Mt. Scott KCA Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Waysepappy was born March 25, 1954 to Elroe Waysepappy and Constance Kawaykla. He was married to Mary Pocowatchit and they had three sons: George, Bert Jr., and Dale. He was a member of the Comanche Nation, the Kiowa Tribe and Warm Springs Apache Tribe. He belonged to the Pentecostal Church of God, Indian Mission. He was a descendant of the Chiefs Nichie, Cochise and Mangus Coloradus. He married Debra Pahdopony, his best friend and companion of 10 years. He is survived by his sons: George, Bert Jr., both of Lawton; his wife Debra and son, Dale of the home: two brothers: Wesley and wife Patricia of Lawton and Mike Akeens of Shawnee; nine grandchildren: Marcie, Randy (Geronimo), Isaiah, Marrisa, Maximus, Deandra, Lindsey, Sydney, and Caseyand; one great-grandson: Enrika; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends; a special great friend, Albert Morrow. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Pocowatchit; two brothers: Elroe Jr., and Dale; two sisters: Christine and Clara Mae.
went to his heavenly home on September 16, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Funeral service was September 21 at Grace Christian Fellowship Church in Anadarko with Pastor Ted Mercer, Pastor Sam Ware, and Ricky Horse, Lay Person officiating. Burial followed at KaudleKaule Cemetery near Ft. Cobb under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was September 20 at Grace Christian Fellowship Church. Tenequer was born in Lawton on December 8, 1971 to Phyllis (Bohay) and Roger Tenequer. He attended Anadarko Schools, Riverside Indian School and Devil’s Lake School in North Dakota. He played football for Riverside and often reminisced about those games. He worked with construction crews. He was a roofer, plumber, and worked repairing floors. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, also a Micheal Jackson and Oklahoma City Thunder fan. He enjoyed playing bingo, going to casinos, accomplished in archery winning a trophy, fishing racing greyhounds, being a Indian Fair mud man, building arbors, participating in th All Indian Track Meets, listening to his brother play his saxophone, loved to float in tubes down the Washita River. He is survived by: parents, Phyllis Hunter of Anadarko and Roger Tenequer of North Dakota; five daughters: Jordyn and Miguel Castro of Hobart, Shayden and Raylyn Tenequer of Oklahoma City, Alex Haunpo and Jayla Kay Tenequer of Anadarko; one son, Jeffery Wayne Tenequer Jr., of Anadarko; grandchildren: Ayce’Lynn and Mallory, Joseph, Jordan, Kloee; brothers and sisters: Roger Tenequer Jr., Richard and Henry Hunter, Michael Tenequer, Ronald Blindy, Jackie and Rudy Starr Jr., Diana and Charles Stickler and Regina Blindy; aunts and uncles: Janelle and Ricky Horse, Shelia and Mac Twins, Rebecca and Chris White Eagle, Marilyn Nestell, Alice Paddyaker, Mike Paddlety, Tom and Bert Laurenzana, Rudy Seahmer, grandparents: Lean Kaulity, Allene Woodard, Harry Kaudlekaule, Thomas and Ruby Woodard, and his companion, Helen Chalepah.
Brenda Silverhorn Lane
Funeral service for Brenda Silverhorn Lane, 58, Lawton, was October 20 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Williamson of Northside Baptist Church Tenequer officiating. Burial was at Pecan Jeffery Wayne Tenequer Jeffery Wayne Ten- Cemetery in Faxon, Okla., unequer Sr., age 40, of Anadarko der the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home.
Lane died October 15, in Lawton, Okla. Lane was born January 9, 1954 to Alice Werhevah Wermy Silverhorn and Macarthur Silverhorn in Lawton, Okla. She grew up in Anadarko and attended school in Pryor, Okla. She graduated in 1972 and was the Homecoming Queen that year. She was a Sam’s and Walmart associate for 28 years. Lane never met a stranger and was loved and cherished by many friends and family. She and Jerald Lane were married on July 9, 1984 and have been together for 28 years. They raised two sons, James Highberg and Jory Patton. She is survived by her husband, Jerald Lane; two sons: James Highberg and Jory Patton; four sisters: Joetta Arrendondo Fite, Anita Louise Brandon, Velia Rose (Heart) Carlton, and Lawanna Clark and husband Sam Clark; one brother: MacArthur Haungooah Silverhorn and wife Nellie Silverhorn, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandmother; Esther Pewo Wermy.
Anna Loyce Roubideaux-Humes
Funeral service for Anna Loyce RoubideauxHumes, 59, Lawton was October 20, at Deyo Mission Church with Rev. Timothy Coon assisted by Comanche Nation Chairman Wallace Coffey. Burial followed at Deyo Mission Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was October 19 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Humes was born on January 19, 1953 to Royce and Lavoice (Coffey) Satepauhoodle in Lawton, Okla. She liked spending time with her grandchildren, teaching Sunday school, and reading, especially her Bible. She enjoyed going to Comanche Nation Fitness Center and participated in the Workout Warriors I,II,and III. She also like watching the Dallas Cowboys and OU football, and was an Oklahoma City Thunder fan. She like learning and singing Comanche Hymns and she was proud of her Comanche Heritage and always stood up for others and was always willing to help others. She is survived by her parents: Royce and Lavoice (Coffey) Satepauhoodle; sister: Jaleeta “Buster” Caddo; children: Jerry Lee, Phillip Roubideaux, Jr., Polly Rose Connywerdy and companion Robert LittleHawk, Daviaann Connywerdy, Sage Connywerdy Hubert and husband Richard Hubert, Mariah Heart Cozad and companion Continued on Page 14
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Debbie Coffey, Blossom Cozad Stephenson, and Jewel Niedo; grandchildren: Keenan Phillip Tasso, Skyla Rose Bullock, Joshua Nitasi Bullock, Melody Lavoice Roubideaux, Angel Robin Bohay, Trenton Alijah Connywerdy, Sylas Eneliko Connywerdy, Lylian Faith Lopez, Aurora Maggie Hubert, and Emmett Royce Lopez; Special friends: Shondae Gordon; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. She was preceded in death by her sisters: Kathleen and Reitha Cozad; grandparents: Robert and Anna Coffey, Enoch and Maggie Smoky; and many other relatives.
(Garrett), and Heather; son: Jason; stepchildren: Shannon (James), Sean and Sheridan; three sisters: Lenore Grissom of Bellflower, Cali., Emma Jo Griffin, of Bardwell, Ky., and Marie Chebahtah of Indiahoma; brother: Richard Leon, of Peoria, Ariz., and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: James Irwin Chebahtah and Robert Chebahtah; one sister: Gay Chebahtah; maternal grandparents: Ervin Red Elk Sr., and Mollie Day Child; paternal grandparents: Chevato and Pihe; and maternal great-grandparents: Black Moon and Day Child.
Julian “Ju” Lee Chebahtah
U.S. Veteran Julian “Ju” Lee Chebahtah, 59, Tacoma, Wash., died peacefully September 1, surrounded with his family. Memorial service was September 22 in Tacoma, Wash., under direction of Edwards Memorial Funeral Services. He will be buried at sea by the United States Navy at a future date. He will have a headstone at Deyo Mission Cemetery. He was born November 27, 1952, in Arizona, to William Leonard Chebahtah and Maryann Paddyaker Chebahtah. He served 21 years in the U.S. Navy and retired as an Aviation Maintenance Administration man First Class Petty Officer (AZ1) at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., in 1992. He is survived by his wife Virdonna; five daughters: Temi, Leanna, Cricket, Anita
Philip Dean Pahdopony
Philip Dean Pahdopony, 61 of Columbus, Ohio went to his heavenly home on October 20 in Columbus. Funeral service was October 26 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Foote and Lay Speaker Lupe Gooday. Burial was at Mt. Scott KCA Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was Oc-
tober 25 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Pahdopony was born in Lawton on April 30, 1951 to Howard and Mary Virginia (Mihecoby) Pahdopony. He graduated from Lawton High School in 1969 and then continued his education at Cameron University and Bacone Indian College. He married Laurie Gray in Lawton, Okla., on May 21, 1988. He was a proud member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and American Pool Association. He was a carpenter by trade and a supervisor in building construction. He enjoyed playing pool, reading, gardening, making furniture, telling stories and spending time with his family. He was an avid OU football fan even while living in Ohio. His pool team was State Champions of Ohio in 1994 and 1995. He is survived by wife: Laurie Pahdopony of the home; a sister, Jeanette Yeahquo of Lawton; aunts and uncles: Don Wooth, Eva LaVoice, both of Elgin; Deloris Karty and Ramona and Lupe Gooday all of Anadarko; Laverna and Terry Tahsequah of Lawton; mother and fatherin-law, Janet and Charles Williams; brother-in-laws: Mike Gray, Steve Gray and Wayne Williams; sister-in-laws: Liesl Emrikian, Anissa Gray; nieces and nephews: Kelly Pahdopony, Jennifer Woommavovah, Stephanie Yeahquo, Jonathan Yeahquo, Mihecody Chibitty, Erin Yarholar, and his beloved feline companion, Gracie Ann. He is preceded in death by: parents, Howard and Mary (Mihecoby) Pahdopony; broth-
ers: Thomas Chibitty and Leland “Sonny” Pahdopony; sister, Patti Pahdopony.
Del Murphy Wermy
Del Murphy Wermy, 52, of Cache went to his heavenly home on October 23. Funeral service was October 27 at the Cahoma Building west of Cache, Okla., with Chairman Wallace Coffey officiating. Burial was at Cache KCA Intertribal Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was October 26, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Nick Tahchawwickah officiating. Wermy was born in Lawton to John Donald and Betsy (Tarsip) Wermy Jr., on July 19, 1960. He grew up in Cache and graduated from Cache High School in 1978. He attended Southwestern University. He was a proud full blood member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and the Camp 7 Hand Game team. He was an avid OU and Oklahoma City Thunder fan. He enjoyed playing all types of sports including football, basketball, baseball,
fast pitch softball. His senior year in high school he was on the honor roll, Indian Heritage Vice President, Best Dressed Sr. Boy and All District Football tackle. He loved to spend time with his family especially his grand kids. He is survived by: wife, Donna of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law: Deon and Laura Wermy of El Reno, Devon and Maegan Wermy of the home; daughter, Mary Austin of Lawton; grandchildren: Kenneth Donald Wermy and MaryElla Whitehorse-Wermy; brother and sister-in-law: Ronnie and Beverly Wermy; four sisters: Donette Peni and Sylvia Wermy all of Cache; Leauna Farris and Vicki Valliere both of Anadarko; uncle, George Wermy; father-in-law, Carl Atatuvich of Cache; adopted sons: Ryan Twohatchet, Sean Cable, John D. Satepeataw, James Chalepah, Howard Cozad, Kenneth Cozad; adopted brothers: Pete and Leonard Bearshield, Myron Beaver, LeRoy Stewart, Alan Yeahquo many nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents: Donald and Betsy (Tarsip) Wermy Jr.; brother, Donald “Jutes” Wermy III; grandparents: Luepp Tarsip and Mary Chasenah and John Donald and Agnes (Atauvich) Wermy Sr.; nephew, Ronald “Little Ronnie” Wermy Jr.; mother-in-law, Carla Tahah Atauvich.
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Dear TCNN Letters to the Editor
Dear TCNN, I am writing to update you on the work and accomplishments of the Center for Native American Youth. We are fortunate to have connected with many of you in our efforts and look forward to much more partnership and collaboration with tribes, Indian youth, tribal organizations and agencies to help create more resources to address important issues facing young people in Indian Country. The Center for Native American Youth was featured in a story about suicide prevention published by Indian Country Today Media Network, NBC and 100reporters.com earlier this week. We were highlighted throughout the article as a hub for efforts related to preventing suicide and addressing challenges facing young people in Indian Country. I am proud of what we have built and grateful for current and future opportunities to really reach out to young people and prevent the tragedies of suicide. As you will read, the article follows the Center's team as we reach out to tribal communities and Native youth to understand the issues, track best practices, provide resource connections and offer support. I and the Center’s team are absolutely committed to connecting with tribal leaders, authorities, and Indian children. The Indian Country Today/NBC article also discusses the Center's efforts to promote collaboration and
coordination amongst key federal and local stakeholders impacting the lives of Native American youth. The Center for Native American Youth has held 7 roundtables bringing together federal agencies, tribal organizations and Native youth to build a resource and policy platform and advance an agenda for improving the lives of Native youth. Our most recent policy roundtable of October 5, 2012 centered around generating approaches and concrete next steps to highlight Native youth issues and promote policy priorities and solutions we hear from Native youth and tribal leaders. Lastly, I want to tell you about an exciting new program I am launching in November, called Champions for Change. The attached article talks about the perspective of Native American suicide prevention champions from Alaska, New Mexico and South Dakota. I believe there are really inspirational kids out there and I believe they should be highlighted in an effort to promote hope! November 19, we will announce the Champions for Change program, a spin-off of a White House initiative, at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. I hope you will join us! The program will recognize and encourage inspirational Native American youth (ages 14 to 24) making positive change in their tribal or urban Indian communities. Five youth finalists will be selected and recognized at a 2013 spring event in Washington, DC. The
CFC program will invite Native American youth to submit a story in written or video form about how they are making a positive impact in their community. Champions can include individuals who initiate programs, events, or other efforts to improve the lives of fellow Native youth and Indian Country. Again, thank you for your continued support and encouragement as we built this new program. I believe that the First Americans have been ignored for too long and we must do what we can to create more opportunities, raise awareness and develop solutions to the challenges facing many Native American youth. I urge you to remain engaged with the Center, and learn more about our work by visiting our website (www. cnay.org). Also, feel free to contact the Center’s director, Erin Bailey, if you have questions or comments about the Center and its work. She can be reached at (202) 736-2521, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you again for your support! Sincerely, Byron L. Dorgan US Senator (ret.) Dear TCNN, Troop L of the United States Army The Comanche War Scouts, October 6th and 7th were invited to be the Color Guard for the Turtle Island Pow-Wow organization in Hardy, Arkansas. The turnout was great and neighboring vets
were called out to enjoy the weekend with the Comanche War Scouts. The Vets were excited to participate in the event and to announce their branch of service as well as their rank at the time of discharge. Two Korean Vets were there as well as every branch of service. What a great representation and service the Comanche War Scouts offered to the visiting Vets. Most of the Vets announced their pleasure to have the War Scouts there, and to be honored in such a fashion they have never experienced by any group of people. The Veterans enjoyed Grand Entry with the Comanche War Scouts and danced their hearts out. Thank you War Scouts for your service to the Arkansas Veterans association and to the Turtle Island Pow-Wow organization. Jarvis Poahway Dear TCNN In the August issue of The Comanche Nation News (TCNN), there appeared an article concerning the loan of a 48-star casket flag. The loan of this flag for display to the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center was the casket flag of my uncle, George Clark. I had two uncles who served in World War I; my uncle Ed (Edward Hatch Clark) and my uncle George, who died in 1944, and is buried at Deyo Mission Cemetery. I am writing this letter in regards to several misquotes in the write up for which I am mostly to blame. I should have had all this information down in writing for the young lady from TCNN who came out for the interview. Uncle George’s flag was presented to his mother, my Ka-Ku, at his funeral, who in turn gave it to my father, Albert Clark Sr., for safe keeping. After my father died in August 1998, being the eldest sibling, I took the flag for safe keeping. I displayed it at least twice at the CIVA Annual Veteran’s Day Powwow. It was flown once over the annual Fourth of July of Tai-Pay Society Powwow at Chieftain Park, where the CIVA was the CoHost. Rather than put it back on a shelf here at my home, I decided to put it in the Museum where it could be viewed by all who came in. Albert Clark Jr. MSgt. USAF 1480 Apache, OK 73006
Dear TCNN, I will be presenting this resolution to the Comanche Business Committee (CBC) at the December 1 monthly meeting: Constitutional Authority of the Business Committee to Hire and Fire Employees— Personal Policies Amendments Whereas, the tradition of Sovereignty of the Comanche Nation, since time immemorial, which long predates the existence of the United States, established the Inherent Sovereign Powers and Rights of Comanche self-governance; and Whereas, the Comanche Constitution, Article VI, Section (f) and (j) authorize the Business Committee, as follows: (f) To implement, administer, and report on progress of programs adopted by the Tribal Council, and (j) To promulgate and enforce ordinances and codes governing law and order to promote the peace, health, safety, and general welfare on land determined to be within Comanche tribal jurisdiction; and Whereas, the Comanche Constitution, Article V, Section 9, provides that the Administrator/Manager shall be under the direction of the Business Committee; and Whereas, the Business Committee has determined that it is the best interest of the Comanche Nation to amend the Personal Policies and Procedures. Now therefore let it be resolved, that the Business Committee amends the Personal Policies and Procedures by adding Chapter 3, Section 5, Subsection H, to read as follows: H. Recommendations shall be submitted to the Comanche Business Committee for approval And deleting Chapter 6, Section 10, Subsection D(3) to read as follows: 3. The employee may appeal the decision of the Panel to the Comanche Business Committee. The decision of the Comanche Business Committee shall constitute the final authority in the appeal process until a Court is established. Thomas Narcomey
A General Council Meeting will be held 10 a.m. November 10 at Watchetaker Hall, Comanche Nation Complex. Only agenda item is the Red River Hotel Project. No other business will be discussed.
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NCAI Statement on DOJ Announcement of Department-wide Policy on Eagle Feather Use & Possession Thom Wallace/NCAI Communications
On Friday October 12, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a department-wide, internal policy regarding the enforcement of laws that affect the ability of members of federally recognized Indian tribes to possess or use eagle feathers. The new policy is the result of numerous consultations with tribal leaders, tribal nations, and individuals. The policy covers all federally protected birds, bird feathers, and bird parts. In response the National Congress of American Indians released the following statement acknowledging the important step this policy represents: “Eagle feathers are of great spiritual and cultural significance to many tribal nations and their citizens, and we view the Administration’s new policy as a positive step toward addressing the use and possession of these sacred items. We are hopeful that this policy will protect the rights of all Native peoples to practice their religion without fear of interference by federal officials,” said Robert Holden, Deputy Director of NCAI, the nation’s oldest,
largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native advocacy organization. “After decades of confusion, this new policy clarifies the position of the federal government in a manner that strikes a more equitable balance between the rights of Native American practitioners and the preservation of eagles.” NCAI has convened Eagle Feathers Work Group meetings with DOJ officials numerous times during the policy drafting stages, and in the coming weeks, the work group will take a thorough look at the new DOJ policy and its implications. “In general, we anticipate this policy will be well received by the work group and Indian Country in general. It may well resolve some decades-old concerns and everyone who has played a role in the process—both on the tribal side and the federal side—should be commended for their efforts. We encourage continued review of the policy and urge the federal government to be very sensitive to religious freedom concerns when considering enforcement,”
concluded Holden. The DOJ policy provides that, consistent with the Department of Justice’s traditional exercise of its discretion, a member of a federally recognized tribe will not be subjected to federal prosecution for certain types of conduct (see below). The Department will continue to prosecute tribal members and non-members alike for violating federal laws that prohibit the killing of eagles and other migratory birds or the buying or selling of the feathers or other parts of such birds. The new policy makes clear that DOJ’s priority is on large-scale commercial cases and incidents of illegal poaching, not the every-day use and possession of eagle parts and feathers by tribal members. The policy provides that, consistent with the Department of Justice’s traditional exercise of its discretion, a member of a federally recognized tribe engaged only in the following types of conduct will not be subject to prosecution: • Possessing, using, wearing or carrying federally protected birds, bird
feathers or other bird parts (federally protected bird parts); • Traveling domestically with federally protected bird parts or, if tribal members obtain and comply with necessary permits, traveling internationally with such items; • Picking up naturally molted or fallen feathers found in the wild, without molesting or disturbing federally protected birds or their nests; • Giving or loaning federally protected bird parts to other members of federally recognized tribes, without compensation of any kind; • Exchanging federally protected bird parts for federally protected bird parts with other members of federally recognized tribes, without compensation of any kind; • Providing the feathers or other parts of federally protected birds to crafts persons who are members of federally recognized tribes to be fashioned into objects for eventual use in tribal religious or cultural activities.
First Native American Saint Named by Pope Benedict XVI
Native American Activist Russell Means Passes Away Russell Means passed away from throat cancer on October 22, at the age 72. More than 300 people attended the funeral service on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Means’ cremated remains were brought from his ranch in Porcupine, SD to a spot several miles outside Kyle, SD, where friends and family carried him to rest of the way on horseback on a dreary and cold day. One horse had no rider; a horse Means’ never had a chance to ride, it was said to carry his spirit. Along the way to Kyle, the riders made four stops, each time saying a prayer. The horse back procession carried Means’ ashes to the Little Wound High School gymnasium. The riders sang traditional songs as they approached the school and emerged from the fog. A drum beat and cries were heard as the group neared the school. A long trail of cars followed the riders-friends and family members-to pay their respects to a man many on the reservation admired. At the school, the riders gathered in a half-circle, facing an audience of admirers before a Lakota prayer was said. Tatanka Means carried his father’s ashes into the school and brought them before the crowd that had gathered. For hours, afterwards, family,
friends and admirers shared stories of Means with each other, taking turns at the microphone. Some stories were told in the Lakota language, others in English. Well-wishers from across the country attended, with tribal members and others coming from as far away as Florida, Oklahoma, California, Colorado and Minnesota. Leaders from the Yankton Sioux Tribe and Oglala Sioux Tribe made appearances, including OST President John Yellow Bird Steele. Numerous other dignitaries paid their respects, including Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker and a representative of Sen. John Thune’s Office. Means never shied away from confrontation. As a young American Indian Movement (AIM) leader, he spearheaded the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, which grabbed the attention of the entire nation. Arthur Zimiga, a lifelong friend of Means, said Means redefined what it meant to be Indian and helped Native Americans understand who they were apart from how the United States government defined them. “He was looking for equality. He said, ‘I am a man, and I have a right to be a man and be free’ Zimiga said.
October 21 for sleeping on a bed was a day of History of thorns. in the making for Na In the end, the tive Americans. Katpunishing penances eri Tekakwitha was are believed to have named the first Nacontributed to the tive American Saint weakening of her by Pope Benedict health, until her preXVI in a ceremony mature death at the held in St. Peter’s age of 24. And it was Square. immediately after According to her death, the legend NBCNews, Tekakgoes, that it became witha was known as clear she would be on Lily of the Mohawks, her way to sainthood. or the Pocahontas of Her smallpox scars, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha the Catholic Church. witnesses claimed, Born in the miraculously disap1600s, more than 300 years ago in the peared minutes after her death. Mohawks village of Ossernion which The Vatican’s complicated today is known as Ausierville, 40 miles saint-making procedure requires that from Albany NY. the Vatican certify a “miracle” was per Tekakwitha had a short life, she formed through the intercession of the died at the age of 24- and yet, as for candidate-a medically inexplicable cure most saints, her devotion to Christian- that can be directly linked to the prayers ity, sacrifices and “heroic virtue” were offered by the faithful. One miracle is so inspirational that her legacy survived needed for beatification, a second for for generations. canonization. Her mother was a Christian Al- The miracle that sealed her gonquin woman who was captured dur- sainthood came in 2006, when Jake ing a raid and given as wife to a Mo- Finkbonner, then a 5-year old boy from hawks tribal member. She was born in Ferndale, Wash., miraculously recovthe middle of the 17th century, a time ered from a flesh-eating bacteria, allegof infighting between rival American edly through Tekakwitha’s intercession. tribes, deadly diseases and coloniza- Finkbonner contracted Necrotion. And a time when French Jesuit tizing fascitis, a potentially deadly inpriests preached in the area, trying to fection, after cutting his. In a matter of convert locals to Christianity. days, his condition became so critical Tekakwitha was only four years his parents gave him his last rites and old when a smallpox epidemic spread discussed donating his organs. among the Mohawks tribe. Her parents When medical help seemed and younger brother were killed and al- hopeless, his father Donny Finkbonthough she survived she was left with ner, a Catholic member of the Napermanent scars on her face and an im- tive American Lummi tribe, turned to paired vision. Takakwitha, already an icon in the local At the age of 20, Tekakwitha catholic community and the subject of swapped a Totem for a Crucifix. many stories her heard as a child. Soon She converted to Catholi- after Finkbonner miraculously recovcism after living close to French Je- ered. suit priests, something her family and Finkbonner was among some village saw as a betrayal for siding up of the select faithful to receive commuwith colonizers. She soon became a nion from the pope. pariah in her own tribe after refusing to The Vatican is said to believe marry a Mohawk man, and was forced the prayers Finkbonner’s family directto leave the village to practice freely ed to Tekakwitha were responsible for her new faith. She walked hundreds of bringing the boy back from the brink of miles to Quebec, Canada, to join a com- death. munity of Christian women, and took a The canonization ceremony vow of lifetime chastity. happened at the same time the world’s Soon her devotion led to self- bishops descended on the Vatican to inflicted painful penances. She is be- discuss ways to revive faith in parts of lieved to have walked barefoot in show, the world where it is falling by the wayfor whipping herself bloody with reeds, side. praying hours in an unheated chapel on her bare knees on a cold stone floor or
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Journal Introduces First Comprehensive Collection of Research Aimed at Improving the Health Status of American Indians and Native Alaskans A new special issue of The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse features a comprehensive library of 24 evidence-based research articles aimed at improving health status by building a comprehensive picture of alcohol and drug dependency among American Indian and Native Alaskan communities. Informa Healthcare and Editorin-Chief Dr. Bryon Adinoff are pleased to announce the publication of the September 2012 issue of The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (Volume 38, Issue #4), a special edition featuring rigorous empirical reports and reviews based on the research presented at the conference “Building Bridges: Advancing American Indian/Alaska Native Substance Abuse Research: A State of the Science and Grant Development Workshop.” This special edition contains 24 research papers covering many of the most important and urgent issues surrounding alcohol and substance use among American Indian and Alaska Native communities including how it affects high risk groups such as adolescents and pregnant women. The papers also cover the role of historic trauma as well as traditional and modern methods of healing. The collection of papers – like the conference before them – is designed to address the vital issues of
improving the health status of American tribes by building a comprehensive picture of the problems and a holistic approach to the solutions. “Until now, there has been very little research focused on ways to improve the health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives, despite the fact that they suffer disproportionately high rates of substance abuse and health conditions related to substance abuse,” explains Dr Kathleen Etz from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Addressing drug and alcohol abuse in this population is key to building a comprehensive approach to improving health status.” This 2010 workshop brought together experts and stakeholders from across academic institutions, tribal communities and government to discuss research findings and research opportunities in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) substance abuse research, which has led to numerous advances in the field now recorded
in this remarkable special issue. “This special edition appears to be the first compilation of reports of evidence-based research on alcohol and drug abuse research among American Indian/Alaska Natives,” says Dr Judith A. Arroyo from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “For a long time, the literature on AI/AN substance use consisted predominantly of reports that, while informing the field about important issues, failed to include empirical data-based results.” “This collection of research articles fills that significant gap with work that maintains respect for the communities that participated, while contributing to the rigorous empirical literature in these areas of critically pressing health concerns,” continues Arroyo. “This special edition is the result of close collaboration between the two Institutes, NIAAA and NIDA, providing an excellent example of how cross Institute cooperation can yield extraordinary results.”
Dr Etz explains the importance of historical perpective: “The special issue contributes significantly by showcasing the state of this science, while presenting perspectives that acknowledge traumatic events and losses among American Indians and Alaska Natives that may contribute to drug and alcohol disorders.” “At the same time, the articles presented here honor and recognize the rich history and culture of American Indians and Native Alaskans and this may provide keys to prevention, healing and recovery,” adds Etz. Three of the articles contained in this Special Issue of The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (Volume 38, Issue #4) are available via open access until October 15th and can be viewed by visiting: http://informahealthcare.com/page/readingroom , listed under the category “Addiction Research” and underneath the journal title “The American Journal of Drug & Alcohol Abuse.
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“Safety” Was the Word of the Day at the Children’s Fair Photos and Story by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff
The Comanche Nation Injury Prevention Program held a Children’s Safety Fair on October 19, in Watchetaker Hall. The Children’s Safety Fair was rescheduled from the Comanche Nation Fair, due to inclement weather. The Program began at 10 a.m.. with the Lord’s Prayer and welcome by the Comanche Nation Princess, Posey Liles. Bike Safety presentations were given by Comanche Nation Law Enforcement, Smokey the Bear was present to give a Fire Safety presentations. Snacks were provided by the Comanche Nation Fair Board and Comanche Nation Elder Smokey the Bear made a special appearance. The kids were all very excited to see him Center. The day ended with children’s competitive games and activities such as face painting, sack racing, and egg tossing
The Comanche Nation Law Enforcement is explaining to the children how to stop at the stop sign and look both ways before crossing the road.
All the kids were each given free green and purple bike helmets.
The Law Enforcement is making sure Logan RedElk’s helmet is fitting properly before putting him on a bike.
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On March 15, 1909, the first of a series of parades was staged for the opening of the National Feeders and Breeders Show in the newly constructed Cow town Coliseum. A band of thirtyeight to forty Comanche’s and Kiowa’s led by Quanah Parker, mounted on paint ponies provided from the “Celebrated herd of Colonel Burk Burnett’s 6666 Ranch, “wearing full war paint” and “regalia,” marched up Exchange Avenue and into the coliseum, where they gave a trick riding demonstration and posed for photographs. Source: A Hundred Years of Heroes
Nation Princess-Posey Liles. • 2012-2013 Comanche Nation Junior Princess-Larnie Johnette Silverhorn. • Fancy War Dancers-Vincent Pocowatchit, Sr. and Ahthakee Sovo. • Straight DancersJonathan Poahway, and Ted Sovo. • Lady DancersDenise Sovo, Marjorie Sovo, Diana Gail Doyebi, and Anna Tahmahkera. They provided a variety of dancing which included Straight Dancing, Fancy War Dancing, Round Dancing, and Two-step Dancing. The Comanche Lords of the Plains Dancer’s performance intrigued the crowd. The drummers and singers were “The Sovo Brothers,” which included Kevin Sovo, Timothy Monoessy, June and Gene Sovo. The narrator for the dance program was Gene Sovo. The Comanche Nation was well represented by all the dancers and singers who participated.
Anna Tahmahkera, right, explaining to the crowd about her family history.
The Comanche Lords of Plains dance group above from Left to Right: Diana Gail Doyebi, June Sovo and Family, Comanche Princess Posey Liles, Denise Sovo, Douglas Harman, Gene Sovo, Vincent Pocowatchit, Timothy Monoessy, Ahthakee Sovo, and Ted Sovo. Front Row: Jonathan Poahway, Kevin Sovo, and Jr. Comanche Princess Larnie Silverhorn.
The crowd followed in behind Jonathan Poahway during the Round Dancing.
One of Quanah’s major duties was serving as judge on the three-man Court of Indian Offenses. Founded in 1886, the court converted twice a month until it was dissolved when the reservations opened up in 1901. Quanah’s verdicts were rather strict even by Indian standards, and a few of them really baffled observers. In one particular tough case, he found it impossible to choose between two Indian litigants who were contesting rights to a plot of land. Unable to find a satisfactory precedent in the white man’s law, Quanah reverted to Comanche standards. With the aid of Indian police, who had been organized to keep order on the reservation, the chief dug into the litigant’s pasts to find which man had won the greatest war honors. It turned out that one litigant had rescued an unhorsed comrade during a fight long ago. On the grounds that he was more courageous than his rival, Quanah decided in his favor.
Pictured above Left to Right: Douglas Harman, Clara Ruddell, Quanah Parker in the displayed picture, Mayor; Betsy Price, and Robert Holmes.
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