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P.O. Box 908 Lawton, OK 73502-0908

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Lawton, OK



CRYS Youth Residence Awarded Lowe’s Hero Award; Dedicate Garden to Wauqua

Submitted by Deborah Wright/ CRYS Director

Comanche Nation Residential Youth Shelter (CRYS) is proud to be the 2012 recipient of the Lawton, Okla. Lowe’s Playground Hero Award. The program encourages employees in a location to team together, adopt a volunteer project with a non-profit organization or K-12 grade school, and make a difference. CRYS was aware of what they would add to their backyard for their children, when they applied for the award. They wanted to make sure they had a conglomeration of areas for their children that is age appropriate and enjoyable at the same time, because their shelter is designed for children 0-18 years of age. On August 27, the playground and outdoor equipment was delivered to their facility. The projects consist of: 1) Wooden Playground Gym for our toddlers, 2) A Zen Garden for teen residents, 3) Water Cooling Springs for everyone,

Halloween Safe House Set for Oct. 26 By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Photo by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

Members from the Comanche Nation Maintenance Department Glen Heminokeky, left, and Lawrence Quoyah, assembles a playground set that was donated to the CRYS Program by Lowe’s Home Improvement Center.

4) Outdoor Chalkboards, 5) Bristo Table and Chairs for everyone, and 6) See Saw Set for toddlers. The playground area was truly enhanced tremendously by receiving the Lowe’s Heroes Award and the com-

pleted projects. The highlight of the playground is the “Wauqua Garden,” formerly known as a “Zen Garden”. The Comanche Nation Residential Youth Shelter was established by the

Chickasaw Nation Invites Comanche Nation Departments to Learn About Universal Data System

By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

In an effort to gain information about setting up a universal data base, staff members of the Comanche Nation (CN) Election Board, CN Enrollment Department, CN Public Information Office (PIO), and CN Information Technology (IT) Department visited the Chickasaw Nation’s IT Department, Enrollment Department, and other staff that are responsible for overseeing data Sept. 17 in Ada, Okla. Also in attendance for the meeting of the two tribes were Comanche Business Committeeman (CBC) No. 4, Jack Codopony Sr., and CBC No. 2, Sonya Nevaquaya. The meeting gave the Comanche visitors an idea of what steps are needed to set up a data base where it is shared by different departments, what the benefits are, and how to secure the system. Also, if the Comanche Nation General Council decides in the future to change the election process to an all-mail in election method, the universal data base will help them reach that goal more rapidly. Regina Brannock, President of the CN Election Board, was very pleased with the meeting, and how a universal data base could help the Election Board. “The Election Board will be able to generate reports quickly, because we could have a data base that we can build up statistics from one election to another. This will hopefully show a better picture of the de-

mographics of our voters. And hopefully also help us save money on postage and printing,” said Brannock. From an IT perspective, the meeting showed the potential the Comanche Tribe has to use today’s technology to serve the Comanche people efficiently and accurately. “The Chickasaw IT Programmer enlightened us on which programs to use. We were going in the direction of Microsoft Access when we should be looking at Sequel databases,” said Wil Niedo, IT Website Manager. “This service can help the tribal member’s ten-fold. For example, the tribe’s outreach offices could pull up key information about tribal members to see if they are eligible for services without having to take time to get the information themselves. It will all be on the database. It will speed up a slow process.” Niedo added the Chickasaw Nation gave him a list of email addresses in case he or other IT staff needed to ask a question or discuss software information. He said for the Chickasaw Nation to offer their guidance and help getting a universal data base off the ground was very inspiring and ground breaking. The Enrollment Department Director, Donna Wahnee, was also very pleased with the visit with the Chickasaws, but she said she wants to be accurate in the guidelines she and other departments follow for the BIA 638 Contract

funding. “I received a lot of information that I think would benefit our tribe. I would like to see how other tribes run their data bases as well, specifically a tribe that has a per capita distribution,” said Wahnee. “I do like the idea of the universal data base, but I just want to make sure whatever we do as the Comanche Nation, that we comply with the 638 guidelines so we don’t jeopardize those funds. But the data base would speed up services to our tribal members. It would provide a level of service we have not provided before.” Shandel Wesaw of the Enrollment Department added the universal data base would be beneficial because tribal members would not have to waste time and gas traveling to the Comanche Nation Complex for address changes, proof of enrollment, and other minuet information. Although the visit proved to be encouraging, it was emphasized in the meeting that the process is very time consuming and long. The Chickasaw Nation has been using a universal data base for around eight years, and the staff is constantly updating information and structuring the program to specific needs and information. The Comanche Nation IT Department is beginning to train staff for the program that would be used for a universal data base.

late Johnny Wauqua in 2008. It was their honor in dedicating the “Zen Garden” to Wauqua, on behalf of the shelter for his beliefs and contributions of the Comanche Nation Residential

The annual Comanche Nation Safe House will be from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at Watchetaker Hall, Comanche Nation Complex. There will be games, treats and other activities throughout the event. ACE will announce the winners of the King and Queen of the Comanche Nation Safe House. A costume contest is pending. For more information, call the Comanche Nation at (580) 492-3240.


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Grand Opening of the Comanche Nation ATM

Photo by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

A City National ATM Bank was installed inside Watchetaker Hall on August 29, and a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held 11 a.m. September 14. The ATM will be convenient for visitors attending various activities held at Watchetaker Hall and tribal complex. Pictured above; Ribbon cutting by George Porter, right, City National Bank President, and DeRoin Motah, City National Bank Marketing Director. The bank offered a Financial Management Class, and tribal members were able to open a Comanche Pride account with no money down. They also offered assistance with filling out the 2012 Per Capita Distribution Forms. The bank will be set up during the Comanche Nation Fair to sign tribal members up with a City National Bank Comanche Pride Account.

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

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TCNN Staff Jolene Schonchin, Editor, Reporter, Photographer-Email: tcnneditor@ Number-(580)492-3382 Paula Karty, Assis. Editor, Reporter, Photographer- Email: kartynews@ Telephone Number-(580)492-3383 Stacey Heminokeky, Reporter/ Photographer- email: Candace Todd, Administrative Assistant-Telephone Number (580)492-3386 News items of interest to the local and American Indian community are welcome. Photographs will be copied and will become the property of TCNN. To return original photographs, send a self-addressed stamped envelope. Do not send faxed photographs or newspaper copies of photographs. The Milestones Page (Birthdays, Anniversaries, Engagements,Memorial Pictures, Weddings, Births) are by submission only. The Passings are submitted by the Comanche Nation Funeral Home or by tribal members on a funeral home letterhead. The Milestones Page is for tribal members only. TCNN publishes all services conducted by The Comanche Nation Funeral Home without discretion. Obituaries are written for tribal members only. TCNN will print a Comanche organization’s annual event flyer once free of charge as a courtesy to our tribal organizations. The guidelines for flyer submission are: Pow-wow flyers have to be from an established Comanche organization. There has to be contact person and number on the organization’s annual flyer. We reserve the right to edit all material. Letters or articles that contain libelous information, slander, or personal attacks will not be printed. Letters to the editor must be signed with a legible name. The letters to the editor or articles contained in the The Comanche Nation News does not reflect the views or opinions of the PIO staff.

Comanche Nation Officials Chairman Wallace Coffey Vice Chairman Mike Mack Mahsetky Secretary/Treasurer Gary Tahmahkera Committeeman No. 1 Charles Wells Committeeman No. 2 Sonya Nevaquaya Committeeman No. 3 Harry Mithlo Committeeman No. 4 Jack Codopony Sr. Tribal Administrator Will Owens To contact officials: Comanche Nation P.O. Box 908 Lawton, Okla. 73502 Toll Free: (877) 492-4988 Physical Address 584 Bingo Rd. Lawton, OK 73505


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TA Owens Ready for FY 2013 With Two New Departments Initiated Under his Administration

Story and Photo by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Will Owens was elected the Tribal Administrator (TA) on Aug. 25 by the Comanche Nation General Council, defeating Robert Komahcheet and Janet Saupitty, receiving 54.40% of the tribal vote. Now with the new fiscal year on the horizon, Owens has a full agenda. His main goals, he said, is to create more jobs for the tribal people, and to get the tribe out of High Risk status with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The Comanche Nation has been on High Risk status for the last four years, according to Owens, and all that stands in the way of getting off of this standing are some Corrective Action Plans (CAP). It is this reason, he said, he took the initiative to create a Compliance Department which will focus on the CAPs to get the tribe off of High Risk, which will help the tribe gain access to BIA grants and funding. The department has been discussed in the past, but was never organized. “This will help the tribe’s 638 programs that are lacking in reporting, complete their Corrective Action Plans,” said Owens. In addition to the Compliance Department, Owens is also initiating the opening of a Reality Department. Owens said this department will help expedite the process of getting tribal land from a “fee” status to a “trust” status. This department, too, was discussed in the past, but delayed in the opening. “The person who gets placed in this position will be working directly with the Bureau (of Indian Affairs), and will be notifying me and the CBC on the status of the applications,” added Owens. He said this will benefit the tribe because if any kind if economic development occurs on the properties, it will be in “trust” status and the tribe will not be taxed. He added this is also a necessary step to building the Comanche land base. “Our economic base


Tribal Administrator Owens visits with the Director of the tribal Enrollment Department, Donna Wahnee.

has to improve. I know creating jobs is very important, but also bringing money back into the tribe is also important. The money will be given back to the people. Looking at new ventures can be considered, from expanding the Funeral Home, to getting our own management for the Water Park.” Although the tribe took a hit with the recent events of the frozen tribal bank accounts, he said he sees the tribe moving forward. With placing the Comanche Nation Water Park and the Comanche Nation Funeral

Home under his jurisdiction of management, Owens says he is taking it all on, and will let them run their businesses accordingly. Owens has been working for the Comanche Nation for a total of 10-years prior to his job as TA. He began as a driver for the Transit Department, worked for the Housing Authority for a year, the Home Improvement Program, and became the Director of the Transportation Department when George Wallace retired in 2008.

He became the ActingTA on May 27, 2010, fulfilling an almost full year. He said he wanted to run again because he had many things that he wanted to complete. When asked if transferring from an employee to the TA position had any obstacles he faced and overcame, Owens replied it was discipline and being objective. “The obstacle was going from overseeing 15 employees to overseeing 250 employees,” said Owens. “And separating friendships from getting the job done.” Looking back on his formative years, he says he credits his upbringing, his work and life ethics to his family. “I was raised by three wonderful ladies; my greatgrandmother, Agnes Atauvich Wermy, my grandmother, Gloria Wermy Cable, and my mother, Charlene Wesaw Tahdooahnippah. I am a familyorientated person with a very strong belief in God, family, and I am a strong believer in the tribe itself, the Comanche Nation,” expressed Owens. He said although the position comes with a lot of criticism from tribal members, he does not hold grudges. “My job is to help our Comanche people when they are struggling; to lift them up and help them be placed in a direction that will help them help themselves.” He said he feels he has been fortunate, and is very humble about his path working for the tribe that has went in many directions. Through his faith and family, it helped him get to the position where he is now. “It’s not about me. It’s about the employees, and about the Comanche people,” concluded Owens. “I want to look toward the future, and not look in the past. I look forward to doing good things for the tribe with the Comanche Business Committee.”


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

“I have no outside interest, and pledge to be a full-time, committed Comanche Country Central District Commissioner. My mission, my goal, is to see the advancement in schools, jobs, and economic growth in Comanche County. One of my visionary goals is to upgrade the county equipment and make Comanche County an even greater place to live.” Paid for by friends to Elect Bill Shoemate

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Presentations to the CBC Fills September Monthly Meeting Agenda Story by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an overview of the Sept. 8 Comanche Business Committee Meeting, and not the official minutes of the meeting. To receive a copy of the Sept. 8 meeting minutes, call the Office of the Comanche Nation, (580) 492-3251. Chairman Wallace Coffey called the meeting to order at 10:20 a.m. He explained to the audience of around 50 that he was conducting an interview for the Higher Education Department that went over the allotted time. He announced he will be meeting with international actor and official Goodwill Ambassador of the Comanche Nation, Johnny Depp, the upcoming week and will finalize his schedule during his visit to the 21st Annual Comanche Nation Fair. He said Depp wants to do a special presentation to the children at the fair. Coffey added he is going to ask if Disney would like to make a donation to the Comanche Tribe’s Domestic Violence Shelter and the Youth Shelter. He added he is also in the process of communicating with actor, Mel Gibson, to invite him to the Comanche Fair. Secretary/Treasurer, Gary Tahmahkera, conducted Roll Call. All CBC were present and a quorum was established. Tahmahkera conducted the Invocation. The Old/New Business was given attention first. Pat Couts of the Comanche National Museum Board gave an

update on the many awards that were given to the interactive game created by museum director, Phyllis WahahrockahTasi, and to invite the public to the opening of their new exhibit, titled “All Things Comanche,” 1:06 p.m. Sept. 27. This is a three part exhibition. Also present were Comanche National Museum Board of Directors, Bill Shoemate, Blanche Wahnee, and Jhane Myers Wildcat. Wahnee added to the update the museum has made excellent pathways to national recognition through winning many national awards. She added the museum purchased a large storage source to store artifacts. Chairman Coffey talked about the vandalizing of the Star House, located in Cache, Okla. He wanted to speak with the CBC on their thoughts about purchasing the land and the Star House during Executive Session. Coffey also asked if the CBC would consider placing Tribal Administrator (TA), Will Owens, on an exofficio member of the Comanche National Museum Board of Directors. Four Winds Treatment Center conducted a presentation to the CBC about their facility, their goals, and how if built within the area, it would benefit many Native Americans who suffer from different addictions. They emphasized they are not asking for funding, but a Memorandum of Agreement to make Four Winds Treatment Center an authorized 638 provider on behalf

of the Comanche Nation. They added it is 100% self funded. Chairman Coffey said further dialog is needed, and asked if the representatives from Four Winds Treatment Center could meet with Ronny Wahkinney of the Comanche Nation Prevention and Recovery Program. Joe Washington of Wells Fargo Financial Advisors spoke to the CBC and audience on how he could help the tribe with financial decisions. Resolutions 71-12 Elder Day. Sonya Nevaquaya, CBC No. 2, makes a motion to accept the resolution. Charles Wells, CBC No. 1, seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/1. 72-12 BIA 4432, Indian Preference Form can be signed by all members of the CBC, TA Owens, and Enrollment Director, Donna Wahnee. CBC No. 4, Jack Codopony Sr., makes a motion to accept the resolution. Vice Chairman, Mack Mike Mahsetky, seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/1. 73-12 Bank Signatories. CBC No. 3, Harry Mithlo, makes a motion to accept the resolution. Codopony seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/1. 74-12 Approve KCA Budget. Fiscal Year 2013 in the amount of $270,000. Mahsetky makes a motion to accept the resolution. Mithlo seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/1. 75-12 Appoint KCA Board Member. Wallace Coffey, Mack Mike Mahsetky, and Charles Wells is appointed to the KCA Board. Nevaquaya makes a motion accept the res-

olution. Mahsetky seconds the motion. 76-12 Appoint Numunuu Pahmu Board Member. The resolution removes the previous board members and places Gary Tahmahkera, Sonya Nevaquaya, and Jack Codopony Sr. on the board. Mithlo makes a motion to accept the resolution. Wells seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/1. 77-12 College Trust Application. BIA resolution to reaffirm Resolution No. 7-04 passed on Feb. 5, 2005 with amendments to add additional information now required by the BIA for pending and future trust land requests. It will secure 2.5 acres for surface rights only for non-gaming purposes. Mahsetky makes a motion to accept the resolution. Mithlo seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/1. Chairman Coffey adds the TA has created a Reality Dept. to review the pending applications the tribe has with the BIA to put land into Trust status. The budget is $100,000. Coffey said President Obama has an interest in placing Indian land into Trust status, and if his term ends in Jan. 21, 2013, there is a small window to get the Comanche Nation applications processed. 78-12 RFP for Casino. To seek proposals for expanding the Red River Casino. Mahsetky makes a motion to accept the resolution. Codopony seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/1. Chairman Coffey announced there will be a General Council Meeting Nov. 3

to present the expansion to the Comanche Nation General Council. 79-12 Appoint Tax Commission. Effective immediately, Mack Mike Mahsetky, Gary Tahmahkera, and Harry Mithlo is placed on the Comanche Nation Tax Commission. This resolution also removes Robert Tippeconnie and Ron Red Elk from the Tax Commission. Mahsetky makes a motion to accept the resolution. Wells seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/1. A 15 minute break was taken. W5K5 Lawton/ Ft. Sill Amateur Radio Club made a presentation to the CBC to have a honoring of the Comanche Code Talkers during the Comanche Nation Fair by broadcasting interviews with family members, as well as history of the Code Talkers all over the world. Chairman Coffey appoints Mithlo and Codopony to help the organization. The TA will help the organization have a space at the fair. A motion to go into Executive Session was made by Nevaquaya and seconded by Codopony. The motion carries 6/0/1 at 1:04 p.m.

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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 businesses will be discussed.

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Robert Zumwalt is demonstrating to the tribal elders how to do the Chair Stretch Band Workout during the Comanche Nation Elder Safety Fair.

Comanche Nation Third Annual Elder Safety Fair

Story and Photos by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

The Comanche Nation Injury Prevention Program held it’s third Annual Elder Safety Fair on September 5. This year’s theme was “Helping to Keep Our Elders Safe.” This event is not only beneficial to the elders safety, but provided information about their daily living. The program began at 10 a.m. with registration followed by the opening prayer and the Welcome.

Robert Zumwalt, Fitness Specialist at the Lawton Indian Hospital, demonstrated activities like the Chair Tai Chi workout. These two workout sessions gave the elders the opportunity to learn new ways to be active. The workouts were followed by the Comanche Nation Law Enforcement presenting “Safe Elder Driving.” Safety was the key issue of the day and that is not more apparent

than on the roads. Tribal elders safety on the roads as drivers is just as important as when they are passengers in a vehicle. Lunch was provided at noon. The Comanche Nation Diabetes Program held a presentation following the lunch. The day ended with registration of competitive games. The Safety Fair overall proved to be successful in providing tips, activities, and vital information to tribal elders.

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Comanche Nation Environmental Program Holds UST Training

Pictured above; David Hayes shows employees from various tribal departments, how to check for leaks of the lines leading to the Underground Storage Tanks, located at the Comanche Nation Complex. Story and Photos by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

The Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Programs (CNOEP) held it’s annual Underground Storage Tank (UST) Training on Aug. 29. The training is held so new and current tribal employees are updated on how to check for underground tank leaks and obtain a broader understanding of how the system works. CNOEP works with the state, territorial, and tribal partners to prevent and clean up releases from UST systems. The Enviromenatal Protection Agency (EPA) created the Office of UST to carry a Congressional mandate to develop and implement a regulatory program for UST systems in 1985. An underground storage tank system is a tank, and any underground piping connected to the tank that has at least 10 percent of its combined volume underground. UST’s may pose a significant threat to the groundwater quality in the United States. Reports show that groundwater supplies drinking water to approximately 50 percent of the nation’s overall population in rural areas. This report alone shows the importance of regulating UST’s. It not only affects human health, but the environment overall. CNOEP has responsi-

bility for, and authority over, or elsewhere contact your EPA UST’s in Indian country. If regional office or the CNOEP you have questions that in- at (580) 492-3754. volves USTs in Indian country

Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

HARD WORK REWARDED. Those who completed the Workout Warriors (WOW) II Challenge was recognized Aug. 30 at Watchetaker Hall by the Diabetes Awareness staff and the creator of the WOW, George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah. Over 100 total pounds were lost during the session. All WOW received a Certificate of Achievement and a T-shirt. Tahdooahnippah told the recipients to wear the T-shirt with pride because they are only given to the ones who complete the eight-week challenge. Some were given jackets in addition to the above awards. Left, Trenell Tahdooahnippah gets recognized for participating in all three WOW Challenges.

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People,Places and Things Happening Post Oak Day Post Oak Day will be held November 17 at it’s facility, 115 NW Post Oak Rd., Indiahoma, Okla. A roster is being made of former students of Post Oak Mission School. Please help located former students. Contact the committee at (580) 429-0066 or email:

Tomah Graduates from Southeastern Oklahoma State University


Laura Jan Tomah graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a focus in Media Studies emphasizing in Journalism and a minor in English. Tomah participated in the graduation ceremonies that were held on May 12, and completed her degree program during the summer semester. While at Southeastern, Tomah was a member of Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority, serving as Philanthropy Chair, Membership Growth and Development Chair and Secretary. Tomah was also President of Sigma Tau Delta, National English Honor Society, Lamda Pi Eta, National

Communications Honor Society and member of Cardinal Key National Honor Society, which is an elite honor society that recognizes women who have academic success was well as actively participate in philanthropy. She served as Assistant Editor and Editor of the Savage Strom Yeardisc, the yearbook which is now done through DVD format. Tomah also served as a staff writer of the student newspaper, member of the President’s Leadership Class and was a member of the Greek Panhellenic Council. Tomah received many honors within her major including Outstanding Service Award 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 for her work on the Savage Strom Yeardisc and The Southeastern Student newspaper. Excellence in Communication Studies 2011, Outstanding Senior in Journalism 2012 and leadership Award for Lamda Pi Eta is also among Tomah’s many honors she achieved while attending Southeastern. She also did a summer internship at Ringling with the Ringling Eagle for Oklahoma Press Association (OPA). Tomah graduated from Walters High School in 2009. She is the daughter of the late Larry Tomah, Carol Tomah and Travis Ober. She is the granddaughter of the late Lawrence “Cruso” and Dorothy Toma; Bob Myers and Richinda Hatfield.

Choctaw Nation Staff Attend Partnership Workshop Choctaw Nation staff members attended the inaugural Eagle Adventure Partnership Workshop held July 30 through Aug. 1 on the Oklahoma State University-Stillwater campus.

Kelly Adams, Raina Sparks and Brandi Burris attended the three-day workshop to learn more about the Eagle Adventure program. Interactive education sessions and hands-on activities were used to help participants understand the program and its goals. The Eagle Adventure program strives to improve the health and nutrition of youth who are increasingly at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The aim of the program is to provide youth and their families with a vision of hope that type 2 diabetes can be prevented through dietary and physical activity changes. An interdisciplinary team from the OSU College of Human Science’s Nutritional Sciences Department and the Chickasaw Nation developed

the Eagle Adventure program corroboratively. Funding for the program is through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education grant. Students in the first through third grade receive instruction in the classroom through classroom-based lessons and engage the discussion of health and nutrition habits. Since 2010, over 1,800 students in more than 10 schools in south central and southeastern Oklahoma have benefited from the Eagle Adventure program. Based on the CDC’s popular Eagle Books series, the Eagle Adventure program honors Native American traditions and culture. Along with storytelling, students are introduced to Native American

language, culture, customs and traditional ways of being active. The CDC Division of Diabetes Translations’ Native Diabetes Wellness Program, in collaboration with the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee and Indian Health Service, developed the books in response to the burden of type 2 diabetes among Native Americans and the need for prevention materials available for children. For more information about the Eagle Adventure partnership workshop, please contact Sara Mata, Grant Coordinator Oklahoma State University 301 Human Sciences Stillwater, Okla., 74078 Phone:(405) 744-3842 Email:

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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday

Jakolb Shea, August 10 Markus Shea, August 27 Maribel A. Coley, September 4 Cameron Tahbonemah, September 1 Brandon Pohawpatchoko, September 14 Jimmy Ray Caddo, September 16 Henri Pohawpatchoko, September 20 Julia Ann Saupitty, September 20 Vanessa Butler, September 26 Jerrick Parker September 30

Happy Belated Birthday Cameron Tahbonemah September 1

Happy Belated Birthday Maribel A. Coley September 4

Happy Belated Birthday Julia Ann Saupitty September 20

Happy Belated Birthday Vanessa Butler September 26

Happy Birthday Daniel Walker October 9

Happy Birthday Susie Hubbard

Happy Birthday Krista Hubbard

Happy Birthday Madison Nez October 7

Happy Birthday Gracie Tahpay October 14

Happy Birthday Jolene Schonchin October 12

Happy Birthday Dalilah Allen October 13

Happy Birthday Marisela Camacho October 13

Happy Birthday Krista Hubbard, October Marisela Camacho, October Susie Hubbard, October Ariana Parker, October 3 Michael Cook Jr., October 3 Rance Pollard, October 4 Kilah Parker, October 5 Justine Kerchee, October 6 Llori Heminokeky Goombi, October 6 Willis Aruthur Yackeschi, October 6 Madison Nez, October 7 Talyn Todd, October 7 Trenton Connywerdy, October 7 Daniel Walker, October 9 Cheryle Connywerdy, October 10 Victor Campbell, October 12 Jolene “JJ” Schonchin, October 12 Dalilah Allen, October 13 Andrew Lopez, October 14 Gracie Tahpay, October 14 Michael Cook Jr., October 14 Sandy Hendrix-Shico, October 14 Malaki Aron Yackeschi, October 15 Charles “Elvis/Chuckie” Shico, October 16 Jacobi Gunner Tenequer, October 18 Jay Martinez, October 19 Rodney Lukens, October 19 Krista Yackeyonny, October 25 Teresa Sumka, October 25 Dayton James Parker, October 26 Linda Yackeyonny, October 26 Travis Codynah, October 26 Totsiyaa Todd, October 27 Lance Cpl. Timmothy Hart, October 29 Charles Passah Jr., October 29 Shawna Hawzipta, October 29 Austin Pollard, October 31 Robyn Beaver, October 31

Passing Charlotte Klinekole Davis 02/11/55~09/07/12

Happy Birthday Jacobi Gunner Tenequer October 18

Happy Birthday Dayton James Parker October 26

Welcome Home Little ones!

Happy Birthday Robyn Beaver October 31

Cayde Anthony Born: 11:11 A.M. August 3, 2012 6lbs’ 7oz’ To: Chris Flores & Dara Parker

Caleb Jeremiah Canaday 05/26/89~08/19/12

William James Becenti

Analisee Cable

Born: August 22, 2012 7lbs’ 15oz’ & 20 in’ To: Ryan J. Becenti & Paulette J. Coffey

Born: 8:49 P.M. September 6, 2012 5lbs’ 12oz’ & 19.5 in’ To: Jimmy & Kristen

Born: 10:36 A.M. August 24, 2012 6lbs’ 9oz’ & 19.5in’ To: Michael & Justine

Its been eight long years without you, but I still have my precious memories of my Dear nephew. I love and miss you everyday.

John Robert & Cecelia Cable October 9~Married 4 years

Your Aunt Betty

Richard & Patricia Bread October 12~Married 33 years

Rodney Lukens October 1964~October 3, 2004

A Special Sister We’ve seen a lot of happiness and shared our To our Beloved Brother we worries too. We’ve believed in dreams and made up plans about think of you often, you will never be forgotten by your all that we could do. sisters, Mary and me. Though each day we’re not together we’re really We love & miss you not apart. Brother You’re never far from thought and always hear in heart La’mya Debra Cravin Greaves June 11, 2007~ September 29, 2012

Married 10 years

James Dale

In Loving Memory

Anniversaries Rainford III & Sharon PaddletyFrench October 2~Married 30 years

Happy Anniversary Rusty W. & Karen A. Coffey October 12

Happy Birthday Travis Codynah October 26

Violetta Rae “Pepper” Gonzales November 30, 1967~ October 3, 2011

~Stravina From: Pewewardy Family

Debra Ann “Babe” Pewewardy November 5, 1955~ October 4, 2010

Brenda Kay Alvarez

July 5, 1951~ October 18, 2011

Betty & Mary Hood Clifford Hood August 11, 1952~ December 15, 1996

Don’t Forget to submit milestones for those special loved ones; Just married, Anniversaries, Birth Announcements, and Birthdays ***Deadline for November 10/15/12 *** Call: Public Information Office (580) 492-3386 Email: candacet@ Or mail to: Comanche Nation/PIO P.O. Box 908 Lawton, OK 73502

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Nathan Hernasy Jr. Funeral for Nathan Hernasy Jr., 69, was August 23, at Deyo Mission Church with burial followed at Deyo Mission Cemetery in Lawton, Okla., under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Hernasy was born on May 9, 1943 in Baton Rouge, La., to Nathan Hernasy Sr. and Betty Jo Greenlee Hernasy. He departed this life on August 17, in Norman, Okla. He retired from the United State Postal Service in Riverside, Cali., after working there 31 years. He later move to Norman, Okla., and worked at the Riverwind Casino for six years. He was an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation. He was a member of the Oklahoma City Powwow Club. He was enrolled in the Comanche Language Class. He was the first Native American Eagle Scout. He was salutatorian in his graduating class of 1961 at Alchesay High School in White River, Ariz. He was a member of OU Indian Club for one year. His Comanche name was Thu-Ten-Nah-Puh, which means Little Man. Hernasy is survived by two sons; Derrick Hernasy of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Richard Hernasy of North Carolina, two daughters; Patricia Rash and Barbara Miller of


Colorado Springs, Colo., eight grandchildren; one sister; Pat Hernasy of Lawton, Okla., one nephew; Jesse Madrid of Lawton, Okla., one great nephew; Robert James Madrid Dunn of Lawton, Okla. He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Mary Addison Mary Addison was born to Archie and Grace Wheeler on July 1, 1935 in Geary, Okla. Addison went to be with the Lord on August 23. She was a lifelong resident of Watonga. She enjoyed raising her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of the 1st Assembly of God Church. She was preceded in death by her father; Archie Wheeler, mother; Grace Wheeler, sisters; Norma Wheeler and Elsie Morlan, brothers; Dale and Darrell Wheeler, sons; Carl Wheeler, Louis and Andrew Addison, daughter; Martha Addison, and three grandsons. She is survived by a sister; Ramona Wheeler, daughters; Carol Wheeler and Janelle Smith, sons; James and Frank Addison, 23 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, one greatgreat grandson, nieces, and nephews.


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Military Recognition at CIVA Meeting

Active members and Auxiliary of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association (CIVA) recognized a number of veterans at their monthly meeting held September 6 in the New Conference Room at the Comanche Nation Complex. 21 veterans, 14 Auxiliary and seven guest were present for the ceremony. A meal was provided by Sandra Gallegos prior to the ceremony. Veteran gift bags containing a Comanche Veterans Tag (designed by USMC and Vietnam War veteran Raymond Nauni), two CIVA hand fans, two CIVA pens, “In the Tradition of the Warrior - A modern day history of Comanche Veterans DVD,” CIVA Coffee Cup, Comanche Nation stick-on logo and Comanche Nation Veteran Tshirts were presented to SFC Dominic Pawlowski (US Marine Corps and OKARNG), SFC Paul Tate Jr (US Army and OKARNG), SFC John McClung (US Army and OKARNG), LTC (Retired) Clark Southard (US Army), Sgt Connie Southard (US Air Force), Cpl George Laurenzana (US Marine Corps), PO2 Clifford “Beaver” Takawana (US Navy) and SN Keith Red Elk (US Navy and CAARNG). CIVA Commander, George Red Elk and Vice Commander, Jack Codopony, also presented Honorable and Combat Service medallions and a CIVA “Challenge” Coin to Pawlowski, Tate, McClung, Clark, Southard and Takawana. Honorable Service medallions and a “Challenge” Coin were presented to Connie Southard, Laurenzana and Red Elk.

CIVA Commander, George Red Elk, presenting Dominic Pawlowski with the Comanche Nation Combat Service Medallion.

CIVA Commander, George Red Elk, presenting Paul Tate Jr with the Comanche Nation Combat Service Medallion.

CIVA Commander, George Red Elk, presenting John McClung with the Comanche Nation Combat Service Medallion.

CIVA Commander, George Red Elk, congratulating Clark Southard after presenting him with the Comanche Nation Combat Service Medallion.

CIVA Vice Commander, Jack Codopony Sr, congratulating George Laurenzana after presenting him with the Comanche Nation Honorable Service Medallion.

CIVA Princess, Chelsea Sapcut, congratulating Cliff “Beaver” Takawana after presenting him with a Comanche Nation Veterans Gift Bag.

SFC Tate Jr

SFC Pawlowski

with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. SFC Tate Jr., served in the active US Army from 199294, the US Army Reserve from 1994-96 and the OK Army National Guard from 1996 to present. He is currently an Active Guard Reserve serving as a Brigade Readiness NCO in Mustang. SFC Tate Jr., is a graduate of Fort Cobb High School and a junior with Phoenix University. He has completed NOTE: ANY COMANCHE VETERAN WHO SERVED the Reserve Component PriHONORABLY WILL BE mary Leadership DevelopPRESENTED WITH THE ment Course, the Basic and MEDALLIONS, COIN AND Advanced NCO Courses, the GIFT BAG BY ATTEND- MLRS Fire Direction Control ING THE CIVA MONTH- and Crewman Courses, Air LY MEETING HELD THE Assault School, Small Arms 1ST THURSDAY OF EACH Master Gunner and Readiness MONTH AT THE NEW CON- NCO Courses. His awards include the FERENCE IN THE EDU- CATION BUILDING AT Meritorious Service, Army THE COMANCHE NATION Commendation (3), Army COMPLEX. THE MEETING Achievement (6), Armed STARTS AT 6 P.M. WITH Forces Expeditionary, Armed A MEAL, THE PRESEN- Forces Service, Army Reserve Achievement, TATION FOLLOWS THE Component MEAL. Veterans are welcome National Defense Service (2), to bring family members and Army Good Conduct, Humaniare requested to contact Red tarian Service (3), Global War Elk at (580) 512-2225 or the on Terrorism, Iraqi Campaign Historian, Lanny Asepermy w/2 Bronze Service Stars, OK at (580) 678-2629 prior to the Commendation, OK Long Sermeeting so the CIVA can have vice, OK State Active Duty (4), OK Good Conduct and a head count. LA Emergency Relief Medals, the NCOPD w/Numeral 3 and Army Service Ribbons, the Excellence in Competition (Pistol) and Drivers and Mechanic Badges, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Presidential Unit Citation. Pictured left to right: Sergeants First Class John McClung, Dominic Pawlowski and Paul Tate Jr, all served in Iraq from 200809 with the 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery. McClung is also a Persian Gulf War veteran.

SFC Tate Jr., served as a Squad Leader with the 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery from 2008-09 in Iraq. His father, Paul Tate Sr., was a US Army Paratrooper who served

SFC Pawlowski served 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery as a Fire Direction Specialist based at Ramadi, Iraq in 2008-09. He served in US Marine Corps from 1995-99 and the OK Army National Guard since 1999. SFC Pawlowski is currently an Active Guard Reserve serving as an Assistant Quota Source Manager in Oklahoma City. He is a gradu-

ate of Indiahoma High School and Cameron University, the Reserve Component Primary Leadership Course, Basic and Advance NCO Courses, Fire Direction Specialist and Multi Launch Rocket System (MRLS) Courses. His awards include the Meritorious Service, Army Commendation (4), Army Achievement (4), Army and Marine Corps Good Conduct, Army Reserve Component Achievement (2), National Defense Service (2), Iraqi Campaign w/2 Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service, Humanitarian Service, Armed Forces Reserve (2), OK Meritorious Service (2), OK Commendation, OK Active Duty, OK Long Service, OK Good Conduct (10) and LA Emergency Service Medals, the Overseas Service (2), NCOPD w/Numeral 3, and the Army Service Ribbons, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Driver and Mechanic Badges. SFC McClung served in the US Army from 198893 including service with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as a Cannon Fire Direction and Fire Support Specialist. He also served at

SFC McClung

Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Stewart, Ga., and in Germany. He is a graduate of Indiahoma High School and employed with the Treasurer Lake Jobs Corps when not actively serving with the National Guard. SFC McClung served in OK Army National Guard from 1993-96 and again from 2007 to present. He served as a Fire Support Specialist, Multi Launch Rocket System (MRLS) Crew member, Cannon Fire Direction Specialist and a Field Artillery Radar Operator. His awards include the Army Commendation (2), Army Achievement (4), Humanitarian, Army Good Conduct, National Defense Service (2), Southwest Asia Campaign w/3 Bronze Service Stars, Iraqi Campaign w/2 Bronze Service Stars, and the Kuwait Liberation (from both the Kuwait and Saudi Arabia governments) Medals, the Overseas, Army Service and NCOPD w/ Numeral 3 Ribbons and numerous OK Army National Guards awards. He is the grandson of the late Mead and Norine Chibitty, his parents are Jim and Lena McClung, and his wife is Laurice. Sgt Southard served with the US Air Force from December, 1980 to November,

CIVA Vice Commander, Jack Codopony Sr, congratulating Connie Southard after presenting her with a Comanche Nation Honorable Service Medallion.

CIVA Princess, Chelsea Sapcut, congratulating Keith Red Elk after presenting him with a Comanche Nation Veterans Gift Bag.

Sgt Southard

1984. She completed her Basic Training at Lackland AFB, TX, as an Honor Graduate, and her occupation training, as an Sir Traffic Control Radar Technician at Keesler AFB, Miss. Sgt Southard completed her service at Tinker AFB, Okla., with the 3rd Combat Communications Group aka the “Third Herd.” She was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.

SN Red Elk

SN Keith Red Elk served in the US Navy from November 26, 1958 to September 26, 1960. Prior to his service in the Navy he served in the California Army National Guard with his father, Wilbur Red Elk, and one brother, Gary Red Elk, for almost three years. They were members of the 40th Armored Division.

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Dear TCNN Letters to the Editor

Dear TCNN, Thanks to Rudy Yokesuite and to the Home Improvement Department, for the love and work that was shown to the Cody Sorrow family. It was all appreciated. Cody Sorrow Family

Wahkinney, pictured right

Dear TCNN. Thank you to the Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Comanche Nation employees who took the time to give blood in honor of my son “Russell Clark Wahkinney.” I lost my son last year and have since made a personal mission as

well as his friends and relatives to “Pay it forward.” It took 100 units of blood to keep my son with me an extra month. For a mother, I needed that time to say goodbye. I held his hand and rubbed his face, I never prayed so hard for a miracle. The Lord gives and the Lord takes, but he never leaves you empty. Thank you again to the Comanche Nation I am overwhelmed that you have brought so much joy to my heart; I am honored by your gracious gift.

Dear TCNN, Haa Maruawe! While I reside in the state of Arizona, my heart is with the Comanche people and the many challenges that face us as a communal people who once depended upon each other for our very survival. Today, as in the past, we Comanche find reasons to celebrate our culture. This year’s Comanche Nation Fair is no different - although we lost some of our beloved citizens, we will celebrate our victories together when we sit and share a meal together. Blood Units collected before There are important the Blood Drive: 58 strides that we Comanche have made, because, for the most Comanche Nation Blood Drive part, each of us wants a betcollected: 39 ter life for our grandchildren, our children, and particularly, Total collected in Russell’s those “we will never see,” far name: 97 into the future. One important victory that we can celebrate Valerie Wahkinney as one is the initial candidacy accreditation recommenda-

tions for the Comanche Nation College. It was the first tribal college in the state of Oklahoma! Today, there are four new emerging tribal colleges in the State, but we were the first to have a plan for the future generations of American Indian learners! So, as we gather together at this year’s fair, join us on the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Comanche Nation College, visit your college, and see the Comanche Centered Education and its environment that is 100% Comanche. See the murals by some of our finest contemporary Comanche artists. Ask to see the list of courses available to students interested in General Education, American Indian Studies, CLEET, Allied Health and Certified Nurse’s Assistant, Medical Coding and Billing, and the newest addition: Tatsinupi GED classes. In the very near future, the College

will have its own GED exam testing location! As you can see, there’s been tremendous growth in the past few years. The College has a great little library that is open to the students, faculty, staff, and the community. Come see the collection of American Indian books available for check out! In summary, I invite you to join me to celebrate the Comanche Nation Fair and the Comanche Nation College - the first tribal college in the state of Oklahoma! Join in and be counted as a supporter of this tremendous achievement for our Comanche Nation. It is a place of learning and a place to preserve our rich history, language, and culture for our children’s children ~ they represent our future! Sincerely, Mr. Garrison Tahmahkera

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Scenes from the Sept. 15 Youth

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Photos by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

Dayton Pewenofkit served as Head Singer.

June Sovo served as Master of Ceremony (MC) for the 2012 Comanche Nation Youth Pow-wow.

Sixth Annual Comanche Nation Youth Powwow Head staff. Pictured Left to Right; Chad Tahchawwickah Arena Director, Alex Akoneto Head Gourd Dancer, Angelica Blackstar Head Young Lady Gourd Dancer, Mali Cooper Head Young Lady War Dancer, Shermman Addi Head War Dancer.

Head War Dancer, Shermman Addie, dazzles the audience with his fancy wardace action.

Youth Fancy Dancer, Corbyn Swift. Young lady dancers gracefully follow in the Grand Entry.

Head War Dancer Shermman Addie, and Head Young Lady War Dancer, Mali Cooper, lead in the Grand Entry for the Comanche Nation Youth Powwow for 2012.

Winners of the Comanche Nation Youth Powwow for 2012 Youth Girls Cloth/ Buckskin

1 Dae Lena Tsonetoky 2 Elizabeth McCarthy 3 Olowan Wastewin Laplante

Youth Girls Fancy Shawl/Jingle

1 Kayla Parker 2 Jaysia Ticyah 3 Koydie Bill

2 Corbyn Swift

Jr Girls Cloth/Buckskin

1 Mali Cooper 2 Amari Brinkman 3 Madison Emhoolah

Jr Girls Fancy/Jingle

1 Juliana Wahnee 2 Maggie Birch

Youth Boys Fancy/Grass Jr Boys Trad./Straight 1 Terrance Tsonetoky

1 Jeffrey Lightfoot

2 Cory Chasenah

Jr Boys Fancy/Grass 1 Braeden Jones

Teen Girls Cloth

1 Raven Morgan 2 Rey Norberto 3 Posey Liles

Teen Girls Jingle

1 Taulour Baker

Teen Boys Traditional 1 Phillip Tsonetoky

Teen Boys Grass

1 Willie Nelson JR 2 Zane Baker 3 Phillip Baker

Teen Boys Fancy

1 Sherman Addi 2 Marcos Estrada

A Tiny Tot Straight Dancer is ready to show the judges his moves. They all won First place.

The Jingle Dress girls show their dancing skills during the Grand Entry.

The Straight Dance boys contestants dance in during the Grand Entry.

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Wolf Pack Leader In Lawton

Comanche Nation Prevention & Recovery Center, in conjunction with the Office of Higher Education proudly presented Mr. Chaske Spencer to the students of the 2012 College Career Day. Spencer is best known for his role as wolf pack leader, Sam Uley in the movie “New Moon,” based on the “Twilight” saga by author Stephenie Meyer. Spencer has recently finished filming “Breaking Dawn Part 2,” which is the last and final movie in the series, and is due to be released this fall. Spencer also informed the students that in addition to “Breaking Dawn Part 2,” he has three other movies that will be coming out in the near future. It has been a long journey from the Cherokee, Northern Cheyenne and Nez Perce reservations of Spencer’s childhood, to red carpet premieres filled with screaming fans in Hollywood glamour. Being a garbage man in New York City and battling the demons of his drug and alcohol addictions, the one constant for Spencer on his journey has been his traditional beliefs, which helped him find his “center” through the harrowing time recovering from his addictions and -the paparazzi- like fame he garnered as a actor in the “Twilight” movies. Spencer captivated the students with his life story which began in northeastern Oklahoma, in the small community to Tahlequah, were he was born. At the age of nine his family relocated to Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana and then again to the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho. Deciding to pursue a career in acting, he arrived in New York City with $1 in his pocket, which came as the result of a coin toss. “It was either LA or New York, so I flipped the

coin,” he told the students. It wasn’t long before his life was filled with auditions, movies, and star studded affairs which typically included alcohol and drugs. “I can’t recall a single day since then, at age 15 that didn’t involve me using alcohol and drugs,” said Spencer. Spencer landed his first role in the movie “Skins,” opposite another well known Native American actor, Graham Greene. The role in the movie “Skins” lead to a role in the movie “Dreamkeeper” and a role in the movie “Into the West.” Spencer was right to believe that his career was well on its way with three movies on his resume and meeting such individuals as Stephen Spielberg. How-

ever, as short time later he found himself hitting rock bottom, living in a rundown apartment in a seedy neighborhood in New York City, sleeping on a urine stained mattress due to his drug addiction. “This is the PG version of my story,” said Spencer. The high point of the story came as he informed the students of his recovery from the throes of addiction. Finding himself at rock bottom he decided to get himself into treatment. It was there he came to terms and became consciously aware of the blight that has plagued many Native Americans since the arrival of Europeans, that being addiction.

He now find himself in a new role, one of recovery addict and sharing his story with others. “It’s my way of giving back now,” he told the student. He has had many accomplishments as a result of his decision to get sober, one being his landing of the role Sam in “New Moon.” The contract for the movie was signed exactly one year later to the day of his sobriety date, March 5. As an avid photographer he has just recently closed his first show displaying his work. In a closing statement Spencer told the students, “One thing I am very proud of, even prouder than the role in New Moon, is that I just sold my first photo. I al-

ways wanted to be a photographer and have my photos published in National Geographic. I always thought I could change the world with that one incredible picture.” Spencer is changing the world, not exactly how he had envisioned, but with one student and one story at a time. Thank you for your unabashed honesty, sincerity, and patients while sharing your story of experience, strength and hope. A very special thanks is extended to Asa Attocknie, whose tireless dedication and hard work have made the Prevention & Recovery Center’s events an even bigger success.

Spencer signs autographs for students attending the Comanche Nation Higher Education 2012 College Career Day. Chaske Spencer pose with members of the Comanche Business Committee (CBC) and the Tribal Administrator. Pictured from left: Secretary/ Treasurer, Gary Tahmahkera; Spencer; Vice-Chairman Mack Mahsetky; and Tribal Administrator, William Owens.

Chaske Spencer poses for a picture with Anadarko High School honor student, Katelyn Smith, who attended the 2012 Career Day,

Spencer was presented a Comanche Pendelton blanket during the 2012 Career Day at Watchetaker Hall. Pictured from left: Prevention & Recovery Director, Ronald Wahkinney; Tribal Administrator, William Owens; Chaske Spencer; Kimberly Blackstar, Administrative Assistant; Margie Murrow, Prevention Specialist; and Donnie Ramos, After Care Coordinator.

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Youth Shelter. A Zen Garden is a dry landscape garden created to symbolize a miniature stylized landscape. The garden is carefully composed with arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees, bushes and gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water. The Zen Garden is usually relatively small, surrounded by a wall, and is usually meant to be seen while seated from a single viewpoint outside the garden, such as a porch or bench. Classical Zen Gardens were created at temples of Zen Buddhism in Kyoto, Japan during the Muromachi Period. They were intended to imitate the essence of nature, not it’s actual appearance, and to serve as an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life. The “Wauqua Garden” was designed from a miniature desk top “Zen Garden” from 2002 that served as a decorative ornament and a relaxation symbol for children. Many children throughout the years as well as adults would sit down in a chair, pick up the mini hand held rake and make designs in the sand through the rocks as they talk about their day-today concerns, problems, and shared stories of hopes and dreams for a better, stronger future. This was the inspiration the “Wauqua Garden” stemmed from. A long, winding red brick walkway leads to the “Wauqua Garden”. The garden

Tracy Lonetree and JD Wauqua, children of the late Johnny Wauqua, rake the sand of the newly dedicated Zen garden, while their mother, Virginia Wauqua, watches. Photos by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

The Zen garden with the dedication plaque to the late Johnny Wauqua, who established the CRYS Program.

Lowe’s team, along with CRYS Director: Amy Gibson; Gail Wing; Deborah Wright,Director of CRYS; Terri Elgersma; Carol Hoger; Adela Judiscak.

is enclosed in beach sand, pebble sandstone rock, a cobblestone cascading water pond, and two large handmade bamboo handheld rakes. On the outside of the garden are scattered green shrubbery, mums, and ferns. The garden covers an area that is approximately 6 ft. x 6 ft., and 2 ft. high. The garden

is large enough for two adults to interact within the garden, and five toddlers. The outside corner of the garden features a granite stone with the engraved name “Johnny Wauqua, Sr. Garden, September 2, 2012.” The playground consist of 72 total hours of labor from various dedicated Comanche

The Lowe’s Team helps assemble patio furniture.

Nation department employees who worked diligently with staffs from Lowe’s and CRYS to complete the projects. As it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to build a playground. “We are thankful for our community,” said Debororah Wright, CRYS Director. “A

special Thank-You to Lowe’s, all of the Comanche Nation Departments, Mr. Willie Owens, Mr. Wallace Coffey, CRYS Staff, and the Wauqua family.” CRYS knows that the new playground and “Wauqua Garden” will bring many hours of comfort and play to the children and staff.

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