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Published by the Comanche Nation Public Information Office, Lawton, OK

August 2016

Comanche College Proudly Presents Interactive Exhibit

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A group of Native American teens from North Dakota are running across the country, hoping to deliver a petition against the pipeline to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Deadline Announced for Run Off Absentee Ballots Requests

Native Youth Run to Nation’s Capital from North Dakota for Water Campaign Aim to halt construction of Dakota Access Pipeline and launch campaign into national spotlight Keith Rushing/ Lead Advocacy Press Secretary/Washington, DC

On July 15, the youth from the Oceti Sakowin Youth and Allies departed on a nearly 2,000-mile long run from North Dakota to Washington, D.C., in an attempt to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through the Missouri River. 26-year-old Bobbi Jean Three Legs, 13-year-old Anna Lee Yellowhammer and 30 Native American youth from the reservation launched the campaign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the issuance of a permit to construct the Dakota Access pipeline, which the youth group says threatens the health and safety of their community. “We are running for our lives against the Dakota Access Pipeline because it's right in our backyard,” Three Legs said. “Now is the time for the people to hear our voices that we are here and we will stand strong." The proposed 1,154 mile Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois crossing over the Missouri River. From 2012 to 2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota alone, which caused destruction to the environment and polluted local drinking water. In the few weeks since the launch of the Rezpect Our Water campaign, over 140,000 people have signed the petition and it’s been endorsed by influential public figures such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Shailene Woodley, Ezra Miller, Bill McKibben, and even members from other tribes. "I'm running for my life, for our lives. For our water and our lands,” Joseph White Eyes, one of the event organizers from Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe said. “The 7th generation is here and it is time to uphold the prophecy and restore balance to our mother, the earth." For more information about “Run For Our Water” email we@ and visit for more information on the campaign. To add your name to the petition, please visit where donations can be made.https://www. videos/1158037240905236/

Submitted by Comanche Nation Election Board Photos by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

The Comanche Nation College presented “Native Voices,” Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness 8:30 a.m. on July 22 at the Comanche College Auditorium. The Interactive exhibit presents 10 to 12 hours of health and medicine among contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. It also features interviews with more than one hundred tribal leaders, healers, physicians, educators, and others, as they speak of the responsibilities of individuals and the interconnections of communities, of reverence for Nature, tradition, and the Great Spirit. ABOVE: Jonathan Whitewolf, Comanche Nation Fitness Center Personal Trainer/Administrative Assistant, talked about how important health and wellness is especially for Native Americans who suffer from Diabetes. Whitewolf encouraged everyone to come to the fitness center and work out. The interactive exhibit was developed and produced by The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. The exhibit is very informative, not only for the College students, but also the Lawton area as well, said Kim Smith, CNC Librarian/Projects Manager. RIGHT: Johnny Poolaw listens to the headphones that came along with the Interactive exhibit. The Comanche Nation College thanked all who made this event a success. “Native Voices,” Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness will be on display at the Comanche Nation College, located at 1608 SW 9 street, from July 22 through August 26. Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. All are encouraged to attend.

All CBC Positions will Run Off; Two Programs Fail in the July 23 Election

An estimated 145 voters took advantage of Early Voting July 22 at the Comanche Nation Complex.

ers dropped by 907 voters, from the May 14 election day, which was thrown out, after Comanche Nation Chairman Candidate, William Nelson, filed a complaint against the Election Board’s procedures in distributing absentee voting ballots. In the Preliminary round of voting for the Comanche Business Committee (CBC), because no candidates won their respected seat by 51% of the votes, on the Aug. 27 Run Off Election Ballot are:

Polling Sites for Aug. 27 Run Off Election The following sites will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day: • Anadarko, Comanche Nation Outreach, 117 SW 2nd St. • Apache- Apache Community Center, 309 Julia Mahseet Rd • Cache- Cahoma Building, 752 NW Quanah Parker Rd. • Lawton- Comanche Nation Headquarters, New Conference Room, 584 NW Bingo Rd. • Oklahoma City- Comanche Nation Outreach Office, 7390 S. Walker Ste. G • Walters- Comanche Community Center, 905 E. Missouri St.

Protest Fails after July 27 Meeting By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Chairman: William Owens 483 votes (33.73%) William Nelson 359 votes (25.07%) Former Chairman, Michael Burgess, had a total of 297 votes (20.74%), Gene Pekah totaled 131 votes (9.15%), Billy Komahcheet totaled 77 votes (5.38%), Mack Mahsetky Jr. had a total of 39 votes (2.72%), and Nick Tahchawwickah had 36 votes (2.51%). A total of 10 did not cast a

Comanche Nation Business Committee No. 1 Candidate, Jonathan Poahway, filed a protest with the Comanche Nation Election Board July 26, contesting the July 23 election results between him and Jack Codopony. Poahway’s protest stated, 1. Counting as “no votes ballots” which are not marked for a particular candidate when the ballots did not have a “no vote” category is by definition the dilution of legitimately cast ballots and violates the due process rights of candidates. Poahway who gets a clear majority, 50.4% of the votes cast. See unofficial results attached as Exhibit A and sample ballot as Exhibit B. 2. Each candidate is entitled to equal


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Story and Photo by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

A total of 1,437 ballots were cast during the July 23 primary election, tribal voters took time to vote on their candidates, and for the FY 2016-2017 budget. With the new addition to the Election Ordinance, having a Notary Public stamped absentee ballots, the numbers dropped from 1,631 mail in ballots to 293 mail in ballots, according to the Comanche Nation Election Board. The overall number of vot-

The Runoff Election will be held on August 27. Early Voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 25 at the Elder’s Center, located at 1107 SW “H” Ave., in Lawton, Okla. August 26, early voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Comanche Nation Tribal Complex, in the New Conference Room. A “Request for Absentee Ballot” will be mailed to all eligible tribal members the week of Aug. 1; postage pre-paid, return envelope will be included. All Requests for Absentee Ballots MUST be received by August 15, and MUST be signed in the presence of a notary public.

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2016 comanche homecoming powwow celebrates 64 years From the late Nemah Kishketon celebrating the safe return of her nephew, the late Kelly Poemoceah, from the Koren War, the Comanche Homecoming Powwow is now one of the biggest celebrations of the tribe

Photos by Jolene Schonchin and Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

Members of the Nauni Family watch the Sunday afternoon Gourd Dance session from their family tent, where they have been camping annually for over 60 years.

The afternoon singers, lead by Victor Tahchawwickah, sing the day away under a shady tree in the powwow arena.

Sovo family take a break from the afternoon powwow session at their camp to cool off from the summer sun.

The afternoon of July 16 brought Gourd Dancers from across Indian Country to the 64th Annual Comanche Homecoming Powwow to partake in the beautiful songs and fellowship.

Due to the hot summer conditions the Comanche Homecoming Powwow is notorious for, the Comanche Nation CHR Department, were on Stand By Status throughout the weekend. Comanche Nation Princess, Shelby Mata, and Comanche Nation Jr. Princess, Alyshia Niedo, lead the Round Dance the evening of July 17.

The snow cone stand was one of the most popular vendors at this years powwow, helping to make the summer temperatures bearable.

All are still as the drum sings the Comanche Flag Song during the July 17 Grand Entry at the 64th Annual Comanche Homecoming Powwow.

Comanche Princess and Junior Princess dance along with Head Gourd dancer, Glen Heminokeky Sr., Lloyd Heminokeky Jr., Glen Heminokeky Jr., and Quin Heminokeky.

Mercedes Banderas is all dressed up pretty and ready to dance the night away.

Lil Miss Comanche Homecoming Princess, Clara Yazzie.

The George family had their tent set up selling beautiful turquoise earrings, necklaces, rings etc.

Sandra Karty, the 1958 Walters Service Club Princess, is honored during the July 17 Gourd Dance Session.

Gourd dancers enjoy dancing during the morning and afternoon sessions.

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Chairman Vacant Vice Chairman Susan Cothren Secretary/Treasurer Jerry Tahsequah Committeeman No. 1 Jonathan Poahway Committeeman No. 2 Vacant Committeeman No. 3 Harry Mithlo Committeeman No. 4 Clyde Narcomey Tribal Administrator Jimmy Arterberry To contact officials: Comanche Nation P.O. Box 908 Lawton, Okla. 73502 Toll Free: (877) 492-4988 Physical Address 584 Bingo Rd.. Lawton, OK 73507

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CBC No. 1 Poahway 703

Jonathan votes (48.92%) Jack Codopony Sr. 691 votes (48.09%) The close race for CBC No. 1 has Poahway ahead of Codopony by 12 votes. A total of 43 voters did not cast a vote. CBC No. 2 Janet Saupitty 472 votes (32.96%) Eddie Ahdosy 388 votes (27.09%) Former Comanche Nation Secretary/Treasurer, Gary Tahmahkera, totaled 200 votes (13.97%), Mark Wauahdooah had a total of 180 votes (12.57%), and Vernon Tehauno Jr. had 156 votes (10.89%). A total of 36 voters did not cast a vote. Election Ordinance Section 106 of the Comanche Nation Election Ordinance of 2010 states, “Primary Elections shall be conducted in the manner prescribed by this Ordinance in accordance with the timetable adopted by the Election Board. (a) Primary Elections shall be held prior to a Run-off Election whenever

there are two (2) or more candidates running for the same elective position in order to ensure compliance with the majority vote requirement. (b) Any candidate who receives fiftyone (51%) or more of the votes cast in a Primary Election for a particular office shall be declared the winner and no Run-off Election for said office shall be required. (c) If no candidate in any Primary Election receives at least fifty-one percent (51%), of the votes cast in such Election, (including any candidate(s) tied with the lower of such totals) shall appear on the ballot in a Run-off Election. Election Board Positions Also on the voting ballot were positions on the Comanche Nation Election Board. Winning the Oklahoma City district was Alice Kassanavoid, who had 52 votes (55.32%), defeating Eric Nauni, whose votes totaled 36 (38.30%). A total of 6 did not cast a vote. The Walters area has Angela Garza as its representative on the tribal Election Board, with 71 votes (71.02%). A total of 20 did not cast a


The July 23 election results became 5 p.m. July 26, after no protests were filed at the Comanche Nation Election Board by 5 p.m. July 26. FY 2016-2017 Budget Two programs on the FY 2016-2017 Budget did not pass. The Tribal Employees Rights Office (TERO), whose budget was $75,000, lost by a vote of 616 Yes (45.29%) and 744 No (54.71%). SIA, the Comanche Nation Ethno-Ornithological Initiative, who was asking for $249,000 on the budget, failed by a vote of 635 Yes (46.49%) to 731 No (53.51%). The Top 10 line items voters supported in the budget voting are: Per Capita Payment (94.83%); Burial Assistance (93.25%); Elder Per Capita Payment (92.26%); Prescription Assistance (89.50%); Diabetes Program (88.33%); Bereavement Assistance (88.33%); Higher Education (88.17%); Elder Center (87.30%); Childcare Subsides Program (80.78%); and Child Support Services (80.77%).


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protection and due process under the Bill of Rights. This means the right that all votes be counted fairly in light of other legitimately cast ballots so that the will of the voters can be properly ascertained. A clear majority reflects the will of the people. A new run-off election, the exact same outcome of which would not award the election to candidate Poahway, even though he gets the majority, is not the will of the people, and therefore violates the Bill of Rights. See Section 106 & 107 and Attachment GC memo of 5/20/16 as Exhibit C. 3. Election Board member(s) in violation of duties of impartially have publicly stated that the run-off was ordered because Poahway is one of the “crooked” three who “won” the last time. See attached post indicating the vote for run-off was subjective. See Exhibit D. Therefore, I, Candidate Poahway, for the foregoing reasons, object to and challenge the decision of the Election Board to order a run-off between the only two candidates in the specific race (Poahway & Codopony) in an election wherein the will of the people clearly awarded me one clear majority of the votes cast. Although the meeting was closed to the public, allowing only the Election Board, and the candidates (or their representatives) of the July 23 ballot, many concerned tribal members stood post outside the New Conference Room, waiting for a verdict. As the news of Poahway’s protest being denied became known, tribal voters opinion of the decision was split down the middle; some are supporting the decision of the tribal election board, while others are asking for a Special General Council Meeting to confront this issue. As of press time, the results of the July 23 voting are official, and the Comanche Nation Election Board can release the request for Absentee Ballots mail-outs.


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Elgin Voters are Asked to Vote “Yes” Aug. 23 Submitted by Mia Tahdooahnippah/ Elgin JOM Board

Voters that reside in the Elgin School District, depicted in purple in the map below, have the opportunity to cast a vote on August 23, 2016. Voting “YES” will fund technology upgrades, 14 additional classrooms, Science, Technology Engineering and Math, better known as STEM classrooms, an upgrade to the Fine Arts Multi-purpose Center, a new Agriculture Technology Building, a New Performing Arts Center with 1,300 seat auditorium, air conditioning for the gym, a new Football Field House and Football stadium improvements. A “yes” vote also means property owners could see land taxes slightly rise to a projected 11.87%; however, could decrease as the growing town’s population increases. The bond issue requires a super majority to pass, meaning 60% of the votes cast must be “yes” votes. Elgin Public School currently serves over 2,263 students in grades PK-12. The student population grew by 55 students last year and continues to grow. There are approximately 250 Native American students that attend Elgin Public School almost 90 percent are enrolled members of the Comanche Nation. Tribal members residing on trust lands will be exempt to any financial increase in property taxes and reap the educational benefits for their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. This “YES” vote is about building and investing for our children and our future. “When I visited my child’s classroom last year, it was shocking to see the number of students packed inside the tiny room. Due to the science projects being stacked on the floor, I observed one child accidently step on the projects. The students could hardly move around without running into each other. The room wasn’t designed for younger level elementary students. It is a strain on the teachers as well as the children. If we want our kids to be successful, we have to give them the tools and resources to do so. The school isn’t big enough and ultimately it’s our children that are paying the price. You can’t put a dollar amount on a child and their learning environment. It’s an investment and we are going to reap what we sew,” said Mia Tahdooahnippah, parent and Elgin Chairman of Johnson O’Malley. Q: Where do I vote? Visit https:// aspx to confirm your registration, find your polling place, track your absentee ballot, or view a sample ballot. The deadline to register to vote is July 29, 2016. A: a. McArthur Middle School, 510 NE 45th Street, Lawton, OK b. Meers Community Building, Meers, OK c. Medicine Park Town Hall, 154 East Lake Dr, Medicine Park, OK d. Paradise Valley Baptist Church, 4974 Meers-Porter Hill Rd, e. Elgin HS Gym f. Fletcher Fire Department, 601 W North St, Fletcher, OK g. Wichita Mountains Estates Fire Department, HWY 49 & Beaver Rd Q: Who can vote? A: Any registered voter who reside in the Elgin Schools District. Q: Elgin Bond information A:

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Comanche Nation Fair Board Seeking Volunteers

The Comanche Nation Fair Board is seeking volunteers to help drive golf carts during the 25th Annual Comanche Nation Fair celebration, slated for September 30 through October 2 at the Comanche Nation Headquarters, north of Lawton, Okla.

A total of eight volunteers are needed for each time slot. To volunteer for a certain time or certain day, call BJ Anderson at (580) 492-3377 or email her at

The following are the dates and times for volunteers: Griffin

OACP Selects Griffin as New President at recent OACP Conference Chief Vernon Griffin was selected to fill the position of President of the Oklahoma Association of Chief of Police (OACP) during the recent OACP conference held in Ardmore, Okla. Chief Griffin is the current Chief of Police of the Comanche Nation Police Department in Lawton, Okla. He has spent over 40 years in the Military/Law Enforcement ranging from Security Police duties in the USAF (1974-1998) to Tribal Officer under the Bureau of Indian Affairs (2000-present). Chief Griffin is a graduate from Cameron University with a Bachelor in Science Degree in Technology and Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Chief Griffin has a vast breath of experience with duty assignments in patrol, traffic, criminal investigation, mid management and command staff with numerous Military and Department of Interior awards/decorations to include the Department of Interior (BIA) Policing Partnership Award in 2008. Chief Griffin has graduated from numerous leadership courses to include the Air Force NCO/ SNCO academies and the Rural Executive Management Institute of the University of Arkansas. Chief Griffin has served on the OACP Executive Board since 2008 first as Secretary/Treasurer and then 1st Vice President. Under Chief Griffin the Comanche Nation Police Department were granted the coveted Award of Accreditation from the Oklahoma Association of Chief of Police (OACP), Law Enforcement Agency Certification and Professional Standards Program. This marks the fourth consecutive of Certification since the initial certification in April 2006 by submitting to an independent on-site review every three years. In 2016 the department initiated the first tribal Crime Stopper Program. The goal of the OACP was and still is to instill professionalism into every phase of law enforcement service. “I am confident we are achieving that goal best exhibited by the awards given out at the Conference to men and women who constantly demonstrate professionalism in all of their activities,” said Griffin.

Friday- September 30: Saturday- October 1: Sunday- October 2:

8:00 am – 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 am 8:00 am – 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 am 8:00 am – 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 am

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2016-2017 ACE OFFICERS. Congratulations to the newly elected Association of Comanche Employees (ACE) Officers. Clockwise from left: Treasurer-Teta Thompson (Home Improvement Office), Vice President- Michelle Robinson (Human Resources), PresidentRenea Toahty (Information Technology), PIO-Hunter Blackwolf (Information Technology), and Secretary-Mary Austin (Assisted Living Center). The officers were elected by the Comanche employees, and were announced during the July 22 Employee Appreciation Picnic. The group’s goal is to host fund raisers to raise money for employee social events such as the Employee Christmas Dinner and Employee Appreciation Picnic. All positions are one-year terms.

Applications for Student Services Accepted through August 31 Submitted by Gwen Pesewonit/Comanche Nation Student Services Director


In a few weeks, children across the nation will be going back to

With that in mind, the Comanche Nation K-12 Student Services is offering our students a variety of options this year. The student will have the option of receiving a gift card from Wal-mart or a clothing voucher of their choice from the following retailers: • Bookcase Uniform • JC Penny • Rue 21 The Student Services Program is very excited about providing the tribal enrolled students with such an opportunity this new school year. They are happy to announce Bookcase Uniforms and Rue 21 are new vendors for the tribe’s K-12 Student Services. It looks forward to a successful partnership with them. Applications will be accepted through August 31. The Lawton students can choose from JC Penny or Bookcase Uniform. Rue 21 cards are accepted in Texas and Oklahoma. In addition, the Student Services will be hosting the Annual Back-toSchool event, which school supplies will be given. The tentative date for the Back-to-School event is August 5, although this date is subject to change. For more information, please call the K-12 Student Services Program Office, (580) 492-3278 or (580) 492-3279. Email questions to

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Cops and Kids 2016 annual event for kids of all ages

Kids participating in 2016 Cops and Kids Picnic got to try their skills in rock climbing. Comanche Nation Dispatchers serve countless amounts of hamburgers and hotdogs during the Annual Cops and Kids Picnic held at the Comanche Nation Complex. Story and photos by Paula Karty/ News Staff

The Annual Cops and Kids Picnic was held on June 18 at the Comanche Nation Complex. The event was sponsored by the Comanche Nation Law Enforcement with Officer RL Smith coordinating. Smith called the event “Christmas in June.” Over 80 bikes, five Kindle Fire and countless toys were given out to kids holding lucky tickets. Each child was given a ticket upon registering and numbers were drawn randomly. Comanche Nation Dispatchers monitored the registration booths as well as the food booth. The event had several different booths for the children to visit. Giving out free funnel cakes were the “Bikers Against Child Abuse,” (BACA). The Lawton Indian Hospital

Dental Department gave free toothbrushes and applied fluoride to all children that visited their booth. There were pony rides available as well as bounce houses. One main bounce house and slide combined was the Titanic, which seemed to be quite popular. The kids were also able to try their hand at rock climbing. The “Indians for Indians” radio show broadcasted live from the event and hosted their own dance competition for the kids. Each kid that participated received a prize. One of the main attractions of the event was the Imperial Wrestling Revolution. A special wrestling ring was set up outside and several wrestling matches went on. Kids were also given rides with Comanche Nation Officers in

Indians for Indians radio show broadcasting live from the Annual Cops and Kids Picnic with, from left, Carla Whiteman, Elizabeth Mahseet and Eddie Mahseet.

the police cars with the lights and sirens going in full effect. A array of other booths were available from different programs such as: Comanche Nation Crime Stoppers, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI), Fort Sill Police, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Army National Guard, Indian Child Welfare (ICW) and Prevention and Recovery. Smith said that all the food, all the bikes, Kindles and toys were strictly from donations. According to Smith there were at least 1400 more participants attending this year’s event then the previous year. Smith said to mark you calendars next year for May 13, which will be a bigger and better event.

Wrestlers from Imperial Wrestling Revolution show their high flying skills in the ring, during special wrestling bouts performed at the Cops and Kids Picnic.

Kids got free fluoride applied to their teeth from the Lawton Indian Hospital Dental Department, along with receiving a new toothbrush.

Mark 11:25 “...And when ye stand praying, forgive if ye have aught against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Translated to the Comanche Language

“Wihnu münü tovo’itsi, nanisutaitü, u’ahri ai’ku mümümatu hanika, u rüsu’naa. Suve’ tsa’ müü ahpü tomova’atü, ai’ku müü hanipünüükühu pünüsu’a müi tüsu’naaru’i.” -From the Book Mark-ha Tsaatu Narumu’ipu (The Gospel of Mark in Comanche and English Copyright 1958

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People, Places & Things Happening Kevin Reigner to Attend Cornell University


The Tissychy family would like to thank all who believed in Logan, especially Raymond Nauni and Jerry Tahsequah. Also ERZA Davis “League Operator” A.P.A. If any other Comanches want to play A.P.A Jr. Pool, they can go to Hog Pin on Saturdays at noon and talk to ERZA Davis.

Portillo Earns Diploma

Reigner Kevin Reigner has been accepted into the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program at Cornell University for the fall semester of 2016. Reigner plans to study biochemistry while at Cornell. Reigner is a proud member of the Comanche Nation who is looking forward to representing the Comanche Nation in the American Indian Program. He will live in the Akwe:kon house, which is Cornell University’s residence and program house that was built specifically for celebrating the culture of native people. Reigner is the son of Kevin and Joan Krayeski Reigner. He is the grandson of John and Rose Ann Attahvich Krayeski. He is the great grandson of Frank and Lottie Fisher Attahvich. Reigner graduated in June from Boyertown Area High School, Boyertown Area High School, Boyertown, PA with high honors. Reigner was a co-captain and member of the cross country team. He was the vice president of the National Honor Society. He played the violin in the orchestra and select strings ensemble. He was an active member of the Student Council Senate. Reigner was a member of the Technology Student Association (TSA) where he competed at the regional and state levels. Reigner was a nineteen time state finalist, as well as a member of the TSA State Membership Committee. This year, Reigner qualified to compete at the national conference and attended the TSA National Conference held in Nashville, TN in June. Reigner also holds rank of Eagle Scout with bronze, gold, and silver palms, which is the highest rank attainable within the Boy Scouts of America. For Reigner’s Eagle Scout project he built an outdoor education area at a local arboretum. Reigner was also able to backpack in the Rocky Mountains after becoming an Eagle Scout. For more information on Cornell University’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, visit

Tissychy Earns Junior National Championship

Portillo Michael J. Portillo is a member of the Comanche Nation whom recently received his G.E.D Diploma from the Okla., Department of Correction’s. Portillo’s hard work and commitment has earned him a GPA of 3.94. Immediately after earning his G.E.D Diploma, Portillo enrolled in Vo-tech for Electrical.

Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Double in only Four Years The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) has announced the results of its annual inspection of tobacco outlets to measure compliance with laws restricting underage tobacco sales. This year’s non-compliance rate of 14.1 percent is more than twice the 6.8 percent recorded only four years ago, which was the lowest ever for the state. Oklahoma retail outlets such as convenience and grocery stores are monitored to ensure they follow all laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to minors. Each year, hundreds of random checks are completed across the state through the agency’s partnership with the state Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission. States must maintain a non-compliance rate below 20 percent regarding sale of tobacco products to minors or risk losing federal funding for substance abuse prevention and treatment efforts. ODMHSAS Commissioner Terri White said she is concerned that non-compliance is increasing and that some retailers seem unconcerned about illegally selling tobacco products to minors. “Store owners who ignore

compliance requirements are putting their own profits ahead of our children’s health,” she said. “Fortunately, the vast majority of retailers are abiding by the law and aren’t the ones putting tobacco into the hands of our youth. The fact that so many retailers didn’t sell these products to minors suggests there is no excuse for the others to continue breaking the law.” The 2013 Oklahoma Youth Tobacco Survey notes that nine out of 10 smokers tried their first cigarette before age 18, and that 22.7 percent of Oklahoma high school students are current tobacco users. Tobacco use prematurely kills thousands of Oklahomans every year, yet it remains a leading preventable cause of death. “The most effective way to stop future problems caused by tobacco use is to prevent it from ever occurring in the first place,” White added. In addition to health risks faced by tobacco users, White said the potential loss of federal substance abuse treatment funding would seriously impact already limited addiction treatment services. “Significant budget cuts have severely limited the services we can provide,” she said. “Already, only about 20 percent of those needing substance abuse services receive the help they need.” Community-based education is available to business owners and clerks regarding youth access to tobacco. Additional information related to Synar compliance is available on the ODMHSAS website at Prevention_/Prevention_Initiatives/ Synar_Compliance/.

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Ingram Helps Softball Team Win Championship

The Comanche Nation Offices will be closed Sept. 5 for Labor Day and re-open 8 a.m. Sept. 6


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The NABI in Maricopa was a success for SWOK Madness players. They went 4-1 and had a great time playing all the games. The boys played like champions and represented their families and tribes very well. The team would like to thank those who supported their efforts to attend this year and who sent comments during their trip.

RODEO ROYALTY. Sierra Kathleen Sovo, left, was crowned the Maud Rodeo Princess July 15 during the annual event in Maud Okla. She is also the Ada Firemen’s Rodeo Princess. Her sister, Joanna Marie Sovo, right, is the Ada Fireman’s Rodeo Queen for this year. Both young ladies will be the Ada Fireman Queen and Princess until the annual rodeo, October 21-22. They are the daughters of Kristopher Sovo and Brandy Sovo.

Sha Ingram helps Oklahoma City University Softball team win 2016 NAIA College World Series National Championship

Native American Basketball Invitational

Logan Tissychy is a member of the Comanche Nation whom placed first out of 64 teams in Doubles, becoming the A.P.A Jr. National Championship in Davenport, Iowa. Tissychy is from Lawton, Okla. He is the 16 yr. old son of Sean Tissychy and Melinda Cultice (Tissychy) the grandson of the late Judy Kay Tissychy, and great grandson of the late Elise Monroe Tissychy. Sean Tissychy said “We are so proud of our Son. Two years ago, he placed third and now he is a National Champion. This year Tissychy played like a champ, and he will never forget this or give up the pool

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Ingram Sha Ingram, who plays collegiate softball for the Oklahoma City University Stars, has helped her team capture the 2016 NAIA College World Series National Championship Title. The teams had to compete for a berth in the 36th Annual World Series Championship by advancing after conference play to an Opening Round Tournament. There were 10 selected Opening round sites across the U.S and the tournament winners then advanced to the World Series which was held at Morningside College in Sioux City Iowa from May 27-June 2. The OCU Stars entered the 10 team/double elimination tournament as the top ranked No.1 seed. The OCU Stars finished the season with an impressive overall record of 67-3 and it is the ninth national softball championship for the OCU softball program. Ingram also picked up AllAcademic Sooner Athletic Conference team honors. To be considered for academic All-SAC, student-athlete's must maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA and be letter winners on their respective team. Ingram is an infielder for the Stars. Majoring in Business Administration and a Student in the OCU Meinder's School of Business and a member of the Native American Business Academy, she plans to run her own successful business one day. Ingram appeared in 42 games this season as a freshman according to OCU statistics. She came in as a base runner, scoring the first run in the championship game. on the season she scored 19 runs and stole nine bases. Those nine stolen bases came on nine attempts. Also making an impact in the classroom, Ingram has

made the Dean’s honor roll for both semesters’s her Freshman year, maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.56. In High School, Ingram, also a four year Varsity Letterman, played center field while helping her team the Blanchard Lions win their class 4A State Title in 2011 and was featured on the front page of the Sunday Oklahoman for her diving catch in the outfield. Ingram also played shortstop and accumulated many honors in softball such as First Team- Little All City, All Conference, Set a record for stolen bases in a single season (62),Defensive Player of the Year, and MVP. Ingram also lettered in Cheer, Basketball and Track in which she was a 2 time state finalist in the 300m and 100m hurdlers, Ingram has traveled all over and winning national championships with her summer ball team, but she treasures the memories playing in Native American Tournaments with her sisters, Alyx, Amanda, Ashley and Dakota; such as the All Indian State Women’s Fastpitch Tournament held in Oklahoma City. The girls won the title game in 2013 after playing all day and night and were given All- Tournament Team Honors. Ingram is proud to be a Native American Student Athlete and is very proud of her heritage, Ingram is of Comanche/Kiowa/Chickasaw and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo descent, she is the daughter of Darrin and Alisa (Attocknie) Ingram and the granddaughter of Randy and Mary Attocknie and the late Patricia (Duran) Attocknie; the great granddaughter of the late Joe Attocknie and Rosalie Attocknie, the great-great granddaughter of Albert Attocknie and Isa (Yellowfish) Attocknie. She is a Yellowfish descendent and proud descendent of Ten Bears.

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Lawton Indian Hospital’s Annual Kids Karnival Prep Kids for School Safari Style

Hundreds of parents and children prepared for another academic school year at the Annual Lawton IHS Kids Karnival, where students were given physicals and screenings. Several door prizes and booths added to the activities. Story and Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

It was a Safari Adventure as kids went through the audiology, sports physicals, dental cleaning, and other offices to prepare them for the upcoming academic school year during the Lawton Indian Health Service (IHS) Kids Karnival, July 22 in Lawton, Okla. Employees put on their animal prints with accessories, and greeted the youth with smiles. An estimated 700 students and parents took advantage of the services, and stayed longer so children could pet the array of animals in

the Petting Zoo, take a chance at the Dunk Tank, go through the inflatable obstacle course, and enjoy snacks of popcorn, hot dogs and snow cones. There were many games for the children to play and enjoy a day at the Lawton Indian Hospital. A Cooling Tent was on hand to cool children off with a light spray of refreshing mist. Several door prizes were given away that ranged from backpacks filled with school supplies, to footballs, and other items.

Several tribal and local entities set up informational booths and activities for the children. On hand were the Comanche Nation Diabetes Program, Comanche Nation Wildland Fire Program, Lawton Fire Department, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance Agency, and Kiowa Tribe Suicide Prevention Program, to name a few. Children were also given new jump ropes to promote daily physical activity.

TOP: Kids took turns throwing softballs to hit the bulls eye at the Dunk Tank. LEFT: Four-Year-Old Sophia Lopez pets a donkey in the Petting Zoo area.

Scarlett Codynah enjoys her snow cone at the Kids Karnival.

TOP: Deputy Fire Marshall Wright, of the Lawton Fire Department, explains the importance of smoke detectors and having a plan in place in case of a fire emergency. The Lawton Fire Department set up its Fire House at the event.

Volunteers fill bags of popcorn for children and family to snack on as they go through all of the screenings, booths, and activities.

Comanche Nation Wildlife Fire Program Director, Richard Chibitty and Smokey the Bear, hand out gifts to children to remind them how to prevent fires both inside and outside.

DIVORCE? WRITS? WILLS/CODICILS? ATTESTATIONS? Packets/citations typed and prepared for Native Americans for issuance through BIA Court of Indian Offenses. (Additional BIA filing fees due at time of documentation). REASONABLE PREP FEES Contact: Jewell Tieyah (580) 678-2052 or (580) 492-5455

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Military Submitted by: Lanny Asepermy/CIVA

Did You Know – Comanche Veteran Triva Comanche veterans Master List Statistics as of 1 July 2016. Information courtesy of Lanny Asepermy: Of the 1,171 Comanches on the Master list: 594 (50.7%) served in Army, includes the WAC (Women Army Corps) and WAAC (Women Army Auxiliary Corps) 139 (11.9%) served in the Marine Corps, includes USMCWR (US Marine Corps Women Reserve) 210 (17.9%) served in the Navy, includes the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) 182 ((15.5%) served in the Air Force or Army Air Force, includes the WAF (Women Air Force) 108 (9.2%) served in the National Guard 37 (.03%) in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force Reserves Three (.002.6%) served in the Coast Guard 164 (14%) served in two or more branches of the military One served in three branches (Nipper Tiddark) 68 (.06%) women have served in the military – the highest rank achieved is Lisa Smith (USAF) and Rhonda Williams (USA) both Lieutenant Colonels and Donna Harris (USMC) Gunnery Sergeant E-7 One served during the Indian Wars (Jan 1790 to Jan 1890) – service was during the Apache campaign, veteran was Chebahtah aka Chevato, birth and death dates not known, buried at Post Oak Cemetery One served during the SpanishAmerican War (25 Apr to 12 Aug 1898) – one campaign, veteran was John Frederick LeBarre who died in 1919 at age 40 years, buried at cemetery in Temple, OK 60 served during World War I (20 Nov 1917 to 11 Nov 1918) – 13 American campaigns, all are deceased, last living World War I veteran was Lawrence Bruce Tomah who died on 17 August 1989 at age 98 years, buried at Walters Cemetery 218 served during World War II (8

Dec 1941 to 2 Sep 1945) – 35 campaigns, there are six living Comanche veterans that served during the dates indicated 143 served during the Korean War (27 Jun 1950 to 27 Jul 1953) – 10 campaigns, there are 24 living Comanche veterans that served during the dates indicated 343 served during the Vietnam War (15 Mar 1962 to 28 Jan 1973) – 17 campaigns, 2014 VA survey estimate 84.5% Vietnam veterans are still alive, based on this information there are about 289 Comanche Vietnam War veterans alive – since May, 2014, 9 Comanche Vietnam veterans have died leaving the estimated number of alive at 280 103 served during the Persian Gulf War also called the Southwest Asia War (2 Aug 1990 to 30 Nov 1995) – three campaigns, 2014 VA survey estimate 97% of Persian Gulf War veterans are alive, based on this information there are about 100 Comanche Persian Gulf War veterans alive 108 during the War on Terror (11 Sep 2001 to present) –eight Iraq campaigns & six Afghanistan campaigns, 2014 VA survey estimate 99% of War on terror are alive, based on this information there are about 106 Comanche War on Terror veterans alive 977 (83.4%) served during the periods of war listed. They were not necessary in the Theater of war; for example 60 veterans served during World War I of which 23 served in Europe and the remaining 37 remained stateside Nine Comanches served during three wars (WWII, Korea and Vietnam) Not indicated are 23 Comanches that served with Troop L, 7th Cavalry at Fort Sill from 1892-97 and another 15 served as Army Scouts in and around Fort Sill and Fort Concho. Best estimate of living Comanche veterans is 509 or 43.5% of all Comanche veterans Nine were killed in action (6 during World War II, two during the Vietnam War and 1 during the War on Terror)

in action (Korean War)

Tahmahkera; 11 Pewo or Otipoby

Six others died non-hostile while on active duty – Teddy Tahsuda (1943); Forrest Tabbyyetchy (1944); Chester Tieyah (1950); Wendell Weryackewe (1954); Elbert Vidana (1955); and William Kerchee (2007)

Since 1900 the first Comanches to serve in each branch of the Armed Forces are: The first Soldier was Frank LeBarre who enlisted on 25 June 1917; the first Sailor was Norton Tahquechi who enlisted on 3 July 1918; the first Marine was Edward Clark who enlisted on 26 September 1933; the first Airman was Teddy Tahsuda who enlisted on 3 May 1941; the first woman to serve was Roberta Clark Bradley in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, she enlisted on 2 October 1942.

Seven have been prisoners of war (five during World War II and 2 during the Korean War) One is missing in action – also noted as a POW (Korean War) 45 have been wounded in action and awarded the Purple Heart (58 if you count the KIA, DOW, DIC and DDWMIA) 24 have been decorated for Gallantry, Heroism, Valor and Bravery (including one woman); awards include one Distinguished Cross; five Silver Stars (one unconfirmed); six Distinguished Flying Crosses; one Soldiers Medal; one Navy/Marine Corps Medal; eight Bronze Stars with/Valor Device; five Commendation Medals with/Valor Device; four Achievement Medals with/Valor Device; I Belgium Cross for Bravery; and one Vietnam Gallantry Cross with/Star for Bravery; three veterans have three awards for Gallantry, Heroism, Valor or Bravery (Edward Clark, Meech Tahsequah and Brown Lightfoot) Two have fought and killed the enemy in Hand to Hand Combat Five Code Talkers from World War I and 17 from World War II have been awarded the highest civilian award of the United States – the Congressional Gold Medal Charles Chibitty and George Red Elk and the 14 Code Talkers that served in the European Theater during World War II have been inducted into the OK Military Hall of Fame Five have graduated from the US Military Academies (two from West Point, one from Annapolis and two from the Air Force Academy) Two have graduated from the US Army Sergeants Major Academy

Two died of wounds (both during World War II)

One has earned the general officer rank of Brigadier General, One has earned the rank of Chief Warrant Officer four and four have earned the enlisted grade of E-9

One died in captivity (during the Korean War) One was declared dead while missing

23 veterans listed have the last name of Parker; 18 Chebahtah; 15 Clark, Davis or Red Elk; 14 Burgess; 13

World War I Hero

Amos Komah (aka Komahcheet) was born on 2 July 1888 and passed away on 19 June 1969 at age 81o years. His final resting place is the West Cache Creek Cemetery west of Cache, Oklahoma. He was one of 23 Comanches that served in Europe during World War I. Komah was drafted into the Army most likely in April or May 1918. He completed his initial training at Camp Travis, Texas (a few miles from downtown San Antonio). From there he was sent to Camp Joseph E. Johnston, Florida (near Jacksonville) arriving on 27 June 1918 and promoted Corporal with the Motor Support Train 414. 13 days later (on 10 July 1918) he departed to France and took part in five battles – Chateau Thierry which began immediately upon his arrival in France on 18 July; St Mihiel, which included heavy fighting in the Toul and Verdun Sectors; which was fought from 12-15 September 1918; and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive which lasted from 26 September to 11 November 1918. Despite the bloody fighting he was never wounded or gassed or never ill. He remained, most likely in France, as part of the Occupation Force until about early July 1919 and was discharged on 18 July 1919 at Camp Pike, Arkansas (near Little Rock). He was awarded the World War I Victory Medal with Chateau-Thierry, Toul, Verdun, St Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Battle Clasps and the World War I Occupation Medal.

Korean War

The Native American Solider is the last of the 19 statues – he’s looking to his left carrying a M-1 rifle At dawn on 25 June 1950 (66 years ago) the Army of North Korean invaded South Korea and the Korean War began. It was lasted until 27 July 1953 when an Armistice was signed. 143 Comanches served in the military during the war. Corporal Dennis Karty was captured on 18 May 1951 and died in captivity on 30 March 1952 – his remains were repatriated and buried at Highland Cemetery on 9 July 1955. Lieutenant Colonel Meech Tahsequah was reported as Missing in Action on 6 December 1950 and Declared Dead on 28 February 1954, his body has not been recovered. Roderick Red Elk and Edward Yellowfish Sr. were both wounded in action in Korea. There were on other Comanche casualties. There are currently 24 living Comanche veterans that served during the Korean War. 36,574 Americans died as a result of “hostile action” and another 103,284 wounded during the war. As of 16 May 2016 there were about 7,823 American service members still unaccounted for. The Korean War Memorial in Washington DC was dedicated on 25 July 1995 and depicts nineteen 7-foot images of 14 Soldiers, three Marines, one Sailor and one Airman – 12 are Caucasian, three AfricanAmerican, two Hispanic, one AsianAmerican and one Native American. The Native American is the last of the 19 statues; he is a Rifleman carrying an M-1 Rifle.

National Native American Veteran Memorial Representatives from the National Museum of the American Indian visits the Comanche Nation

By Paula Karty/News Staff

Native Americans have served in the U.S. Armed Forces in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War. Over 44,000 Native Americans served in WWII, hundreds of Code Talkers including the Comanche Code Talkers. Today the U.S. Department of Defense estimates there are more than 24,000 American Indian men and women on active duty. On July 21 the Comanche Indian Veterans Association (CIVA) was host to representatives from the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). The Director of NMAI- tribal member Kevin Gover, presented a project from the U.S. Congress of a National Native American Veteran Memorial. Gover said, “The time has come to honor this service with a National Memorial in Washington D.C.” In 2013 the U.S. Congress authorized the NMAI to establish the National Native American Veteran

Memorial, to give “All Americans the opportunity to learn of the proud and courageous tradition of service of Native Americans in the Armed Forces of the United States.” The memorial will be located prominently on NMAI’s grounds in Washington D.C., between the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall and the U.S. Capital. The National Native American Veteran Memorial will be one of the closes memorial to the United States Capital. The legislation states that NO federal funds may be used for the creation of the memorial. All funds must be raised. Consultations for the memorial began in January of 2016. A call for design proposals will be in the Fall of 2017. Jury selection of final design will be the Spring of 2018. Construction and installation will begin the Summer of 2018 continuing through the Fall of 2019. The unveiling of the memorial will be on

Veteran’s Day of 2020. The estimated total cost for the memorial is $15 million. Jefferson Keel, Lt. Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, also a Vietnam Veteran, serves as co-chair for the Native American Veterans Advisory Committee. Keel stated that the purpose of this memorial is to memorialize and show the significance of American Indian Veterans. Keel said, “There are Native Americans who served this country even before they were American citizens, because they loved this land, because the land is ours. We were here first, we want to protect it and preserve it.” Blas Presidio from the Kiowa Black Leggings, emotionally talked about how the Kiowa had allies when they were forced out of the Yellowstone and the Blackstone region which were the Comanche people. Presidio said other allies were the Crow, which are still friends with the Kiowa to this day. Presidio said

“That he doesn’t forget that and he doesn’t want his fellow Kiowa veterans to forget that either.” Native American Historian Towana Spivey, told about some aspects of Native American history that some people are not aware of. Spivey said, “In 1891 the U.S. Army decided to create Military Native American Units. It was an experiment, they patterned it after the British in India, using Indians there as soldiers on behalf of the British government.” “It was thought that these tribal people from the west, who had formally been hostile and at war and in conflict would make good soldiers,” he added. “The U.S. Government authorized 10 troops of cavalry and 13 units of infantry. In the cavalry they designated Troop L, whatever regiment it was Troop L was the all native unit. If you were at Fort Custer, Montana, you were Troop L 2nd Cavalry, if you were in Fort Reno, Indian Territory or Oklahoma Territory af-

ter 1890, your would be Troop L 7th Cavalry,” said Spivey. Troop L 7th Cavalry had a unique history, because Troop L 7th Cavalry was wiped out at the Little Big Horn under George Custer in 1876. Troop L 7th Cavalry was reconstituted at Fort Sill. Troop L 7th Cavalry consisted of Kiowa, Comanche, Apache and Fort Sill Apache. The Fort Sill Apache didn’t become members of this unit until 1894 because they had the unique statist of being prisoners of war. The Fort Sill Apache came to Oklahoma Territory in October of 1894 and were immediately enlisted in the Troop L 7th Cavalry. Geronimo was among the Fort Sill Apache that were enlisted to serve in the Troop L 7th Cavalry. Geronimo was a veteran as well as many other prominent warriors from other tribes who fought the Army were also veterans. To learn more:

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Culinary Corner

Recipes for Home Cooking The Original Treats Ingredients • • • •

3 tablespoons butter 1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows OR 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows 6 cups Kellog’s Rice Krispies cereal

Directions 1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. 2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated. 3. Using buttered spatula or was paper evenly press mixture into 13x9x2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day. Microwave Directions: In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

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Ingredients 8 ounces dry Pot-Sized (tm) Thin Spaghetti, uncooked 1 tablespoon Pure Wesson Canola Oil 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion 2 cups shredded cooked chicken 1 can (10 oz. each) Ro-Tel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, drained 1 can (10 oz. each) mild red enchilada sauce 1 can (8oz. each) Hunt’s Tomato Sauce 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese Directions Cook spaghetti according to package direction. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add chicken, drained tomatoes, enchilada sauce and tomato sauce to skillet; stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and


simmer 10 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly, stirring occasionally. Drain spaghetti. Add to skillet; toss to combine. Top with cheese and let stand until cheese melts.


Potato Flake Fried Chicken

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Ingredients 1.5 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1 packet instant mashed potato flakes seasonings Butter spray, like Parkay Directions Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Take potato flakes, place in large bowl. Add whatever seasoning you’d like. Take each chicken thigh, spray each side with butter spray, then dredge through seasoned potato flakes. Make sure to coat thoroughly. Place flaked thighs on baking sheet. Sprinkle remaining flakes as desired over thighs. Spray tops with cooking spray. Bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked through.

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Ingredients 1 jar (24 ounces) your favorite pasta sauce 1 pound frozen ravioli (any flavor-I like cheese or spinach) 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving, optional Directions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat an 8x10 or 8x8 casserole dish with baking spray. Cover the bottom of the dish with a layer of sauce. Place 1/3 of the ravioli over the bottomyou can space them out a little if they don’t cover it completely. Top them generously with sauce and 1/3 of the mozzarella. Repeat the layering 2 more times. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 15 more minutes. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan.

Steve Parker/Primitive Archer Magazine

The healing tree used was the sassafras (Sassafras albidum). Sassafras. Also known as cinnamon wood and ague tree, is native to Eastern, Southern, and Midwestern North America. It grows from Maine and Ontario south to Florida and west to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa. It is a member of the Laurel Family (Lauracaea) and is related to avocado, cinnamon, and bay trees. Sassafras is a medium-sized tree, normally growing from 30 to 60 feet tall, but it occasionally reaches heights of up to 100 feet. It grows in varied habitats and is common as an understory tree in deciduous forests, or as a pioneer species in old fields and abandoned farmland. The leaves of sassafras have three distinctive forms, all growing on the same tree; an unlobed, elliptical-oval shape; a one-lobed “mitten” shape; and a three-lobed or “double mitten” shape. All parts of the tree are strongly and pleasantly aromatic. The small, yellow flowers are borne in early spring before the leaves appear. The tree is dioecious, with male and female flowers appearing on separate plants. The fruit, a favorite food of birds, is a small bluish-black drupe, which ripens in late summer to early fall. The bark is light brown and deeply furrowed on older trees. Sassafras has a long, interesting history of medicinal use. Native Americans used the tree for a wide range of medicines, including the treatment of rheumatism, gout, skin disorders, diarrhea, stomach ailments, fevers, skin infections, venereal diseases, parasites, and as a general strengthening tonic and blood purifier. John Lawson, an early English explorer, writer, surveyor, and cofounder of two of the earliest towns in the new North Carolina colony, was traveling in 1700-1701 through an area near present-day Charlotte, North Carolina. In his journal, he described how a member of his travel-

ing party had become lame and was successfully treated was scarification and sassafras root by a Catawba medicine man in the manner described at the beginning of this article. Early colonists learned of the esteemed medicinal properties of the tree from the local tribes, and soon began using it themselves for treatments of almost everything imaginable. Sir Walter Raleigh took the first sassafras roots back to Europe in 1578, and soon Europe was caught up in a sassafras craze. With some successful marketing by Raleigh and others, the aromatic tree quickly gained a reputation as an almost magical panacea for any and all ailments and demand quickly grew. Raleigh started sending ships and crews to gather and export large quantities of sassafras from the fledgling colonies beginning in 1602. Sassafras root soon became one of the most important exports from the New World, reputedly coming in second only to tobacco in monetary value throughout the 1600’s. Large sums of money were made in the sassafras trade, and Raleigh struggled to maintain a near-monopoly in exporting the valuable root to Europe. Eventually the sassafras craze began to die down as people realized that although sassafras was a useful medicine, it wasn’t an infallible cure-all as they had been led to believe. Its ineffectiveness in curing widespread outbreaks of syphilis was in a large part responsible for its decline in popularity. Although sassafras proved not to be the all powerful wonder drug that Europeans had hoped for, it has many legitimate medicinal properties. It contains several medicinal compounds, including the essential oil safrole, which gives the tree its distinctive spicy aroma. Sassafras has carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, demulcent, alterative, and antiseptic qualities. All parts of the tree have these qualities to some extent, but most medicinal uses are based on a tea brewed from the root bark, which contains the highest concentrations of the medicinal compounds. Sassafras is useful in promoting sweating for the reduction of fevers and lessening congestion. It is an excellent remedy for digestive disorders, quickly relieving nausea, gas, and indigestion. It is an effective antiseptic skin wash for psoriasis, eczema, and other skin disorders. It reduces the symptoms of rheumatism, gout, and urinary tract disorders. The mucilaginous pith of the twigs has been brewed into a soothing wash

for sore or irritated eyes. In traditional Appalachian culture, sassafras tea was a popular spring tonic used to stimulate the body, purify and thin the blood, detoxify the system, and boost the body’s general ability to ward off disease and infection. It has reportedly been effective in the treatment of head lice. Sassafras has also commonly been added to other medicinal teas to mask the taste of bitter ingredients. The antiseptic twigs can be chewed on the ends and used as toothbrushes, and the tea makes an acceptable mouthwash. The oil has been used to treat toothaches. Until recent years, sassafras was used in some modern dental antiseptics and toothpastes. The essential oil safrole is toxic in its pure form and causes liver and kidney damage if taken internally in large doses. The FDA declared safrole to be a carcinogenic substance in the 1960s based on tests involving the feeding of very large amounts of safrole to laboratory rats. Since then, it has been banned for sale in commercial preparations in the U.S. Safrole has also gained notoriety in recent years as a main ingredient of the illegal drug MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy. Sassafras also has edible uses. Sassafras tea is one of the besttasting, most popular wild beverage teas, and its popularity led to the development of an even more popular wild beverage teas, and its popularity led to the development of an even more popular soft drink-root beer. Sassafras root bark was originally a main flavoring ingredient of root beer until the FDA banned its use as a commercial food additive. It was also used as a flavoring agent in some brands of chewing gum. Sassafras extracts commercially manipulated to remove or neutralize the safrole are still used as flavorings in some products. The Native American used sassafras as a seasoning and taught its use to European settlers. Gumbo file, the classic Cajun/Creole seasoning used to thicken and flavor soups, stews, and gumbos, is made of dried and powdered sassafras leaves. Sassafras tea is generally considered by many people to be a perfectly safe beverage if consumed in moderation, but should not be overused according to the FDA warnings. Sassafras tea should also be avoided for medicinal or beverage use during pregnancy, as it has been suspected of causing miscarriage. Sassafras has many utilitarian uses. The wood is light but durable, fairly strong for its weight, and moderately rot-resistant. It has been used for posts, framing, and furniture. Many early records document Southeastern tribes commonly using sassafras as bow wood. In his classic 1878 book, The Witchery of Archery, Maurice Thompson even listed it as being a better bow wood than Osage orange, in his opinion! Sassafras is a good material for bow drill spindles used in friction fire-making and such use is historically documented by several Southeastern tribes. In the days when work oxen figured heavily in the lives of Southern Appalachian people, sassafras was the preferred wood for manufacturing ox yokes. The pleasant scent of sassafras has also been used as an additive for homemade soaps, perfumes, and potpourris.

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Activities Announced for the 2016 25th Annual Comanche Nation Fair

25th Annual Comanche Nation Fair Theme “Bringing Families Together For 25 Years� For more Information on activities or events contact event coordinators listed below flyers or (580)492-3377

25th Annual Comanche Nation Powwow September 30 - October 2

Comanche Nation Fair Golf Tournament September 24 Contact Brain (580) 291-9609

Comanche Nation Injury Prevention Spirit Ride September 24 Contact George (580) 512-6410 or Bonita (580) 492-3343

Comanche Nation Diabetes Program Warrior Communities Spirit Run September 29 Contact (580) 280-4674

Comanche Nation Art Fair and Amateur Art Competition September 30 - October 2 Contact (580) 699-6556

Comanche Nation Fair Co-Ed Softball Tournament September 30 - October 2 Contact Comanche Nation Workforce (580) 492-3345

Comanche Nation Fair Rations October 1 Contact Jaime (580) 492-3327 or Linda (580) 492-3325

Comanche Nation Housing Fun Run October 1 Registration 7:15 a.m. to 8 a.m. next to Transportation Building

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Activities Announced for the 2016 25th Annual Comanche Nation Fair

Comanche Nation Fair Children’s Activities October 1 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. North of Education Building

Comanche Nation Youth Program 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament October 1 Registration Deadline-September 28 Contact Youth Program (580) 492-3288

25th Annual Comanche Nation Fair Parade October 1 Registration Due-September 19 Contact Casey (580) 699-6563 or (580) 699-5534

Comanche Nation Youth Shelter Hot Dog Feed October 1 Located on the lawn of the Youth Shelter

Comanche Nation Fair Horseshoe Tournament October 1 Contact Brian (580) 583-0756

Comanche Nation Fair Music Festival October 1 Contact Francis (580) 492-3334

Special Guest

25th Annual Comanche Nation Fair Spirit Walk October 2 Contact (580) 248-3654

Comanche Nation Fair Handgame Tournament October 2 Contact (580) 492-3270

Actor Adam Beach

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Obituaries Arlene Sue TahkofperKekahbah

ful to all of her relatives and family friends that helped take care of her and her family throughout her life. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on May 9, at St. Joseph Basilica, and Gaster was laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery in San Pablo, California.

Vernon Cable Sr.

Kekahbah Arlene Sue TahkofperKekahbah, 84, of Faxon went to her heavenly home on April 3. Memorial Service was July 1, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Harry Tahsequah officiating; Inurnment will be at Highland Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Kekahbah was born April 14, 1931 in Lawton, Okla., to Tom and Alberta Tahkofper. She grew up in Lawton and attended Lawton Public schools and graduated from Lawton High. She then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Oklahoma. Nursing was her passion and she loved working with her patients to help them better their quality of life. She married Paul Samuel Kekahbah September 26, 1984 and made their home in Faxon. She enjoyed sewing and was considered the best seamstress around! She also liked to go to pow wows to dance and also liked Jazz music. She was a proud member of the Comanche Tribe. She is survived by husband Paul Kekahbah of the home, Brother Tom Tahkofper and wife Tina of Norman Okla., and numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Tom and Alberta (Clark) Tahkofper.

Theresa Janet Robles Gaster

Gaster Born in Lawton, Okla., to the late Moises and Cecelia Robles, Gaster was the loving mother of Steven Gaster (Jacqueline), Janet Schwabenbauer (Jon), and Susan Giarrusso; grandmother of Michael and Celeste Giarrusso, Jon and Joseph Schwabenbauer, Jeffery Perez (Ashley), and Steven Gaster II; greatgrandmother of three; sister of Rachel Carmin; aunt of many nephews and nieces. Gaster is also survived by her aunts Ruth (Tooch) Torralba Krawtzow and Josephine (Josie) Torralba Guerrero. Gaster was preceded in death by her brothers Raymond, Ralph, Toby, Gregory, and Edmund Levine Robles, and sisters Marie Garcia and Evelyn Durham. Gaster was born and raised in Oklahoma, moved to California at the age of 15, graduated from Oakland Technical High School and attended College of Alameda and U.C. Berkeley. Theresa married Albert B. Gaster of Alameda and had three children. Gaster was always thank-

Cable Celebration of Life service for Vernon Cable Sr., 92, of Cache was July 9 at Cache Public Schools Auditorium with Rev. John Williams of Tucson AZ. officiating. Prayer Service was July 8 with Rev. Jim Ikner officiating at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel Cable will be laid to rest with military honors at Cache KCA Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Cable was reunited in eternal life with his wife of 60 years, Gloria, July 6. Cable was born August 9, 1923 in Cache to Bert Cable and Josie Namakweyui. He grew up in Cache area, where he attended schools at Indiahoma where he finished the 8th grade. He entered the ninth grade at Ft. Sill Indian School but ran away. He married the love of his life, Gloria Mae Wermy on July 14, 1949. Cable served in the Army from 28 April 1943 to 7 January 1946 earning the rank of Technician Grade 5 and again from 5 June 1948 until 11 March 1952 earning the rank of Corporal. He was 1 of 6 living World War II Comanche veterans and 1 of 24 living Comanche Korean War veterans. During World War II he trained at Camp Wallace, Texas before serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater with the 3177th Engineer Pipeline Detachment aboard a naval fuel tanker in the Solomon and surrounding islands from 25 September 1943 to 30 December 1945. He was discharged in San Francisco, California. During the Korean War Cable served with the 8055th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) as a Medical Tech. He received his medical training at Madigan Army Medical Center on Fort Lewis, Washington. The TV series MASH was based on the experiences of the 8055th during the Korean War. Cable was discharged at Fort Sill. His awards included the Good Conduct; American Campaign; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign with/1 Bronze Service Star for the Solomon Islands Campaign; World War II Victory; Korean Service with/2 Bronze Service Stars for the UN Summer/ Fall Offensive and Second Korean Winter campaigns; United Nations; and Korean War Service medals; the Honorable Service Lapel Button; and the Rifle Marksman Qualification Badge. He was instrumental in the forming of the Comanche Language Cultural Preservation Committee and was an avid bird house maker, and artist. Comanche jokes, Texas Ranger Fan and very proud to carry the title of the Comanche Shoshone Reunion 2004 Grand Marshall, He was also involved in organizing the first Shoshone Comanche Reunion in Ft. Hall in 2000. He gave his time to family and friends. He was an exceptional role model for his children and grandchildren encouraging them whenever possible. Grandpa as he was called loved spending time with his grandchildren keeping them mesmerized with his fascinating stories


and hay rides. He wanted so much for his tales to be carried on and his legacy not to be forgotten, He will definitely live on in our hearts. Our Cable Family motto is John 13;3435 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Cable was a man who loved the Lord. He was a lifelong member of the Nazarene Church and a Lay Minister and was a proud member of the Voices of Joy Choir led by the Rev. Charles Bowers. He would sit for hours, taking notes, and studying God’s word, He was a prayer warrior. If ever there was a need, you could depend on him to pray for you. He knew the good Lord heard every word he sent up in prayer. Cable is survived by his children; Charlene and Pat Tahdooahnippah, Verna Ann, Billie and Ken Kreger, all of Cache, Norma and Richard Adame of Mayetta KS, Vernon Jr. and Carol of Cache, Glenda and Joseph Goseyun of Indiahoma, John Robert of Cache, and Terry Don of Cache. 17 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. Cable is preceded in death by his loving wife Gloria, his parents, son; Tony Phillip Cable, great granddaughter Penelope Cable, three brothers, Bruner, Curt, and Gayle, three sisters, Lucille McClung, Betty Pete, and Theresa Saupitty A special thank you to Dr. Neil Henderson, OU Health Science Center, whom Vernon took as a son in 2000. The doctors, nurses and staff at the Lawton-Ft. Sill Veteran’s Center for all the loving care during his stay and the Oklahoma City VA Medical Staff and the Comanche Indian Veterans Association. It is our prayer that the Veterans who remain will be cared for, loved and treated with respect as our Dad was treated and above all, listen to their story. It is the legacy which they are so proud to tell, “God Bless you all.”

organizations. He also worked for the City of Lawton, was a member of the Comanche Little Ponies, and a proud full blood member of the Comanche Tribe. He is survived by his children; Kendrith Johnson of Lawton, Kenneth D.(Waynie) Tahpay of Cache, Johnna Tahpay of Cache, Dianna “DJ” Hadley of the home, James Johnson Jr. of Vernon, TX, Alan Hadley, David Hadley, Flora Hadley all of Lawton, Veronica Hadley of Carnegie and special daughter Candee Kiley of Mtn. View. Brothers; Carlton Scott Kopaddy, sisters; Carol and Bob Wade, Adaline and Tom Horn, Eva Mae and Alex Antunez, Ernestine Kopaddy Dankowski and Nona Tahpay. Uncles; Woodrow Kopaddy and Bobby Tahpay, Aunt; June Tahpay. Grandchildren; Jeremy, Stacie, Joshua, Shania, Sean, Jessica, Alisha, Roderick, Antonio, Special Grandchildren; Ramysee Kiley and Gentry Kiley. Great- Grandchildren; Lisa, Kristin, Morgan, Gavin, Hayden, Rylei, Will, Isabella, and Thomas. And numerous other family members. He is preceded in death by; His wife Margaret Jane DaingkauTahpay, his parents, Grandparents; Cleveland Tahpay, Elsie Tahpay, Kopaddy and Ella Connywerdy, brothers; James Tahpay, Sammy Kopaddy, Raymond Kopaddy and Decker Kopaddy Jr. sister; Natalie Glisson, Uncles; Herschel Tahpay and Jimmy Jack Tahpay. Aunts; Annie Cable, Mae Kopaddy Cable, Virginia Saupitty, Katherine Klinekole, Maude Eva Pautchee, Beatrice Saupitty, and the lady he called mom Eva Lois Kopaddy.

Kenneth Wayne Tahpay, 75, went to his heavenly home on July 7 in Carnegie. Funeral Service was July 11 at Botone Memorial United Methodist Church, Carnegie with the Rev. Mike Boyiddle officiating. He was be laid to rest at Tanedooah Family Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer Service was July 10 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Tahpay was born June 21, 1941 in Lawton to, Ollie Tahpay and Decker Kopaddy Sr. He attended Cache High School where he played basketball and baseball. After High School he was picked to play for the semi-pro baseball team the Lawton Braves as a catcher. After two years of playing he got drafted to try out for the St. Louis Cardinals. He became known as the Tahpay 12. After his years of playing baseball, Kenneth began his career in law enforcement. His years as a policeman was both challenging as it was enjoyable, He often told stories about his glory days. Tahpay made his home in Carnegie, Oklahoma after meeting his wife Margaret Daingkau. He quickly made friends and served as a security guard for many powwow

Nation Funeral Home the only Native American Funeral Home in the USA Tate enjoyed fishing, hunting and especially racing his greyhounds and selling in Anadarko. Shorty greeted everyone with his TATE smile and loved to tell stories to anyone and everyone. He survived by his daughters Carissa Sue Tate of Apache, Paula Tate Martinez of the home, Diana Lynn Tate of Petersburg Virginia, and Darlene Tate of San Antonio, Texas. brothers; Paul Tooahimpah Sr. of Ft. Cobb, Ernest Tooahimpah Tate of Cyril, sisters; Freda Artachoker of Cyril, and Rose Tate of Lawton. 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Preceded in death by wife Eleanor “Pagie” Tate, Son Anthony Tooahimpah Tate, daughter, LaDonna Tooahimpah Tate, Ernest Tooahimpah Tate Sr., Virginia Wauahdooah, Claudette Tooahimpah Keel, Ernold Tooahimpah Tate, Maude Tooahimpah Tate, Jackie Tooahimpah Tate and Winifred Tooahimpah Tate Leaf, Frank Tooahimpah Tate, Mokama, Beatrice Wauahdooah, Arthur George, Hiweni and Chahtoiebitty, and Chief Wild Horse.

Beverly Jean Hovarithka Coffey

James “Shorty” Tooahimpah Tate


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Tate James “Shorty” Tooahimpah Tate was called home on July 10 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Tate was born to Ernest Tooahimpah Tate Sr. and Virginia Wauahdooah west of Cyril, Oklahoma. He was full blood Comanche and was one of the last fluent speakers of our language. Tate was direct descendant of Chief Wild Horse. He was raised by his great grandparents Hiweni and Chahtoiebitty. Funeral Service was July 16 at Little Washita Church with Dwayne Ware officiating. Burial followed at Little Washita Cemetery Fletcher under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. All night wake was July 15 at Little Washita Church, Fletcher. Tate went to St. Patrick Mission in Anadarko, Oklahoma. From there he enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 17. He was stationed at Georgia Air Force Base and also in Spain. He was honorably discharged. He then married Eleanor “Pagie” Parker. Tate studied at Okmulgee Tech where he becomes a mechanic. Continental Trailways Bus Company picked him to work in Dallas Texas as a bus mechanic. Shorty then became their shop manager. He was then picked to become District Manger moving him and his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico. From there he moved to Los Angles, California to be the Regional Director of the South West United States. He retired after 20 years. Tate then became Comanche Nation Housing Chairman, he helped establish Comanche Nation Casino Lawton and Comanche

On July 14, a bit of laughter was lost from our lives. Beverly Jean Hovarithka Coffey “Esa Hahvy” (Wolf Laying Down), saw the humor in all things—most often sharing a laugh with us and sometimes simply sharing a wry smile. Coffey was born on June 4, 1937 at the Kiowa Indian Hospital in Lawton to Roxie Hovarithka Coffey. She graduated from Fort Sill Indian School and Bacone College. Coffey earned a Bachelor of Arts in Museum Studies and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1957, as part of the relocation program, Coffey worked for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in Los Angeles, California. She went on to work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Yakima, Washington, and later at the Indian Health Service at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. After her retirement, she moved back to Lawton. Coffey enjoyed walking, solving word puzzles, playing Chicken Foot, listening to Comanche Hymns, watching TV, and especially going to Pow Wows, casinos, and playing bingo. She was a proud member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, a descendant of Chief Cheevers and Chief Ten Bears, a member of the Comanche Little Ponies Women’s Auxiliary, the Comanche War Scouts, the Elders Council, the Deyo Mission Baptist Church, and the Native American Church. She is survived by: her sisters, Phyllis Morales, Karita Coffey, Pauline Hawzipta, Mable Ann Blalock, and LaVoice Satepauhoodle, her brother, Wallace Coffey, longtime friend, Richard Murphy, and her special sister, Bea Hedge, all of Lawton, and many nieces and nephews, including Bea’s daughters, and numerous family and friends. She was preceded in death by: her birth mother, Roxie Hovarithka Coffey, the mother who raised her, See OBITUARIES, Page 17

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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday

Emmalynn Huggins, July 5 Shavonn Lewis, July 5 Leesa St. Clair, July 8 Baydon Lewis, July 15 Zeldina Viddaurri-Floyd, July 15 Andre Conneywerdy, July 16 Brendon Riley Scott Spriggs, July 16 Raymond Lee Pekah II, July 17 Brittany Avery, July 19 Meka Viddaurri, July 20

Happy Birthday

Kolten Komahcheet Ariane Alvarado, August 1 Melanie Raasch, August 3 Khylie Heminokeky, August 6 Robert Atchavit Jr., August 6 Dana Rain Ramos, August 8 Kayden Wayt, August 8 Jozie Mann, August 9 Jakob Shea, August 10 Joseph Mann, August 12 Amanda Herrera Garcia, August 15 Arietta Viddaurri-Patton, August 15 Nocona Caddo, August 17 Zelma Roseanna Viddaurri, August 17 Samara Viddaurri, August 19 Thomasina Kaywaykla, August 20 Janiera Macias, August 25 Michael J. Portillo, August 26 Robert RC Knox, August 26 Markus Shea, August 28 Linda Pahcheka-Valdez, August 30


Donnie & Arietta Viddaurri-Patton July 2~Married 36 years Jeremy & Angie Rotertv July 24~ Married 17 years

Happy 12th Birthday Ariane Alvarado August 1

Powwow Trail

Pezihtazizi Oyate Traditional Wacipi August 5-7, Upper Sioux Community: 5722 Travers Lane, Granite Falls, Minn. Contact (320) 564-3853.

IICOT Powwow of Champions August 12-14, ORU Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave, Tulsa, Okla. The Powwow of Champions, hosted by the Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa, will also feature arts and crafts. Daily admission tickets, family day passes and weekend wristbands are available. Contact: (918) 378-4494.

Admission Adults $5, Elders 65 years or Older Free, Children 6 to 12 years $1, Children under 6 years Free. Contact:(847) 746-5797 or (847) 746-9086.

Cherokee National Holiday September 1-4, celebration at various locations in Tahlequah, Okla. The Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah celebrates the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution in 1839. This annual event is a celebration of Cherokee heritage and cultural awareness. Events include, parade, children’s games, car show and inter-tribal powwow, held on both Friday night and Saturday night. Contact: (918) 453-5544 or (918) 453-1689.

Cheyenne & Arapaho Labor Day Powwow

Annual Ponca Celebration

September 1-4, Powwow grounds, Colony. Contact: (405) 200-5052.

August 18-21, Historic White Eagle Park: 5 Miles South of Ponca City on HWY 177, Ponca City, Okla. Contact: (580) 7628104.

Choctaw Nation Labor Day

Hocking Hills Ohio Powwow August 27-28, Hocking Hills Market and Flea Market Rockbridge, Ohio. Admission Children 13 and under, Senior and Veterans are Free-all others are $5. Contact:(330) 423-3990.

23rd Annual Potawatomi Trails Powwow August 27-28, Shiloh Park: 2000 27th St., Zion, Ill.

Happy Birthday Nocona Caddo August 17

Happy Birthday Thomasina Kaywaykla August 20

In Loving Memory Zelda ViddaurriSt Clair

Victoria Rose Stevens

July 17 1955- August 6 1987 We love you and miss you everyday We miss you Ben Jr.


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Weight: 7pounds 6oz Size: 20” Parents:Chantel Cheri Attocknie & Chase Kranau Stevens

CORRECTION: In the July 2016 edition of The Comanche Nation News, (Page 7) Comanche Nation Chairman Candidate, Mack Mahsetky, was incorrectly identified as Matt Mahsetky. TCNN apologizes for the error.

Chirs & Mona Davis August 29~Married 11 years

August 5-7, Rocky Boy Indian Reservation, Rocky Boy, Mont. Contact: (406)395-5705.

Happy Birthday Robert Atchavit Jr. August 6

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday Happy 84th Birthday Michael J. Portillo Linda Pahcheka-Valdez Julene Motah Gutierrez August 26 August 30 August 24 Love you Always Barbra, Frank, Bianca, Happy Belated Birthday Comanche Nation News Fauna and all your Grand Brendon Riley Scott Spriggs September Edition Deadline August 15, Kids and Great- Grand July 16 before 5 p.m. kids His Grandmother is Email: candacet@ Glenna Niedo and his Great Uncles were Happy 14th Birthday Contact:(580)492-3386 Charles Chibitty and Mail:Comanche Nation/PIO Kolten Komahcheet George (Woogie) P.O. Box 908 We love you more!!! Watchetaker Lawton, OK 73501 Love Mom, John, Kyler,

Steve & Anita Viddaurri-Mann July 24~Married 38 years

Rocky Boys 52nd Annual Celebration

Happy 3rd Birthday Khylie Heminokeky August 6

September 1-5, Tvshka Homma, Tuskahoma. Contact: (800) 522-6170.

Wyandotte Powwow September 9-11, Wyandotte Nation Powwow grounds, 5.2 miles east of Wyandotte on HWY 60. Grand Entries on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration September 16-17, Keetoowah Celebration grounds, west of Tahlequah off HWY 62. Contact:(918) 431-1818 or (918) 456-6533.


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Anna Coffey Gover, two brothers, Billy P. Gover and Melvin “Tommy” Coffey, sister, Pauline Cox, and grandfather, Eli Coffey Hovarithka. The family wishes to thank the Edith Kassanavoid Gordon Assisted Living Center, Hospice Promise Care, and the Visiting Angels, for the loving care they provided. A Celebration of Life in memory of Coffey was held at Deyo Mission Baptist Church on July 21, with Wallace Coffey officiating. Burial followed at Deyo Cemetery under the direction of the Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Honorary Urn Bearers: Wallace Coffey, Richard Murphy, Max Romeros and Rex Romeros.

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Brayden Wahnee Prepares to Live Halfway Across the World

By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Brayden Wahnee and his family have been busy raising money to help him reach his goal of attending high school in Japan for six months to one year, to study their vast culture, while sharing his Comanche culture. The biggest benefit they are preparing for is a powwow August 6, at the Comanche Nation Complex, and they are inviting everyone out to support this intelligent and driven young man reach his ambition. He will be the first Native American Foreign Exchange Student to study in Japan, according to the Japanese Government, and they are very excited. While 15-year old Wahnee was attending Walters High School, he was drawn to the culture of Japan through his friends, who were foreign exchange students. He became the student guide for the five foreign exchange students, and he and his family hosted them numerous times for cultural events while they attended school. With his high expectations for academics, he says he wants to be an exceptional student in both Japan and the US, and to share his Comanche culture. Being Accepted There are many qualifications for becoming a foreign exchange student. With over 1,000 applications every year, only 150, (15%), are picked. He had to compete with other students for scholarships. A committee of high position professionals reviews the applications. Academic standing and community involvement are key factors, according to the AFS website. Wahnee said, he was very happy when he was notified that he was in the top 10 of applications turned in. “Once you get selected, the next step is the student has to reach out to the country you want to live and study. If you are not accepted, then you can either not participate or choose another country,” explained Wahnee. Wahnee wrote a letter to the Japanese Government in the Japanese language, asking permission to attend schools there and live there for up to a year. The letter included a resume of his academics, and a biography. Letters of Support also were included. Wahnee said he received a letter from the Japanese Government stating

Wahnee, bottom right, with his international friends from Saudia Arabia, Spain, Georgia, China, and Thiland.

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The Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women chose Wahnee for its 2016 Student of the Year. While he traveled to Durant to receive his award in May, he became acquainted with Cherokee Nation Chief, Bill John Baker, right, and the Chickasaw Nation Governor, Bill Anotubby, In their speeches they both recognized Wahnee after hearing his speech. they have never had a Native American Foreign Exchange Student, and they are excited to have him visit their country. “ I am really excited to be the first Comanche foreign exchange student in Japan, or anywhere.” Preparing for his trip When he arrives in Japan and moves in with his host family, he will be totally emerged into their lifestyle, language, writing, and day-to-day routines, which are very different from the United States. Although he has not met his host family yet, he does have someone whom he became acquainted. “Mitauki is from Natsauki, and she is helping me learn the Japanese language, and is letting me know what to expect at Japanese schools. We will be going to school together” he added. He is taking the entire extra steps he needs to ensure he will assimilate into their society once he moves there. “I have to learn to write their alphabet, all the characters, and learn how to speak as much of their language as I can because when I go to Japanese

school, I cannot write my assignments in English; it’s all Japanese,” said Wahnee. There are 5,000 letters he must learn; 58 letters in one set called Hiragana, and 58 in another set called Katakana, plus over 4,000 Chinese kanji that they use in the Japanese language. “I have mastered Hiragana and Katakana, and some Kanji but not all of it,” said Wahnee. Wahnee’s mom, Donna, expressed one of the concerns the National Foreign Exchange Student had was, because Japan is non-Christian, he would not have a Christian Church to attend. Shinto is the main practiced religion in Japan, but some Japanese also practice Buddhism as well, she added “As long as he can read his bible, and pray, he will be okay,” said Donna. He will have to get up daily at 5:30 a.m. with his host family to meditate. This is the time when he can read his bible and pray, his mom added. A Foreign Exchange Student representative periodically checks on Wahnee to see if he is still studying, to meet his goals of assimilation into their country. “Studying in Japan is one of the most strenuous countries to study in, “explained Donna. “They test him and quiz him to make sure he is on point and getting prepared.” Attending School Wahnee explained the school system in Japan is very strict, compared to what he is used to in Oklahoma. “All schools in Japan are unified; they all wear uniforms to school. You have to take trains to all the school buildings. They do not have one school building. I may have to take a train to two or even three different buildings to attend my classes,” said Wahnee. He added school is not free, like it is in the United States. There are fees he has to

pay to attend, and certain clothes he must purchase to satisfy their strict dress code. He will be going to school from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. six days a week, with an average of 10-12 classes every day. The more important classes, such as mathematics and science, have an extra hour added, making it a 2 hour class. Subjects such as mathematics, science, and art are considered important subjects in the Japanese school system, Wahnee added. He will be going into his sophomore year in Japan, but he explained once students reach their senior year in high school, they have another four years to go before they graduate. Sharing Culture Wahnee says he plans to share the Comanche culture with the Japanese people by speaking in Comanche, sharing stories of the Comanche history, and explaining the Comanche way of life through pictures he will take with him, as well as other items that will reflect his background, like CD’s of Comanche Hymns and Powwow songs, and some of his traditional regalia. Wahnee realizes he will be representing not only the Comanche Nation, but all Native American tribes. “From what I seen, Japanese believe there is just one tribe of Native Americans, and I plan to share our culture with them and tell them about the other tribes, too.” Fundraising When he found out he did not qualify for a scholarship, Wahnee said he did not get discouraged. It was up to him and his family to raise the money themselves. From Indian Taco Sales, to yard sales and raffles, Wahnee and his family are working hard to raise the money it will take to have him live in Japan for a year. With the halfway mark of his financial goal coming up, Wahnee says he is very humbled to see family, friends, near and far, come together to help him reach his goal. The money raised is going toward his travel fees, transportation to and from school, his school uniforms and school fees, books and school supplies. The money will also go to a mandatory account that will be for emergencies, in-

cidentals or unexpected expenses. One of the main obstacles Wahnee said he had to face and overcome is the many antagonists who try to discourage him from reaching his goal. “I am trying to get people to understand the true purpose of what I am going to do in Japan, other than some people assuming I am going for fun.” Future plans After living in Japan, Wahnee expressed he would like to go to Bethlehem next, and live there as a Foreign Exchange Student for six months. “With his second one, he is eligible to receive a scholarship,” explained his mom. “Since this is his first time being a foreign exchange student, we have to raise the funds ourselves to show he is serious.” Wahnee knows by becoming a foreign exchange student and experiencing living in another country, it will be a step toward his lifetime goal of becoming a doctor and travel to other countries to help those in need. Leaving home “As a mom, you always want to see something better for your children,” explained Donna. “Seeing how much he has grown as a young man culturally, and as a Christian, I cannot tell him no. It will open up so many opportunities for his future. This is the first step of reaching his lifetime goal of being a doctor. It will give him the sense of the world and other cultures,” she said. “I have seen my mom make sacrifices, and this is going to be an ultimate sacrifice for her, because I am not going to see her from across the house or across the dinner table; and that is going to be the hardest for all of us,” expressed Wahnee. He said he will be using the latest communication technology to keep in touch with his family by using applications such as Skype, Face Time and others. Although Wahnee will experience his first air travel alone on the 14 hour flight to Japan, and become immersed in another country and culture halfway around the world, he says it will be his family foundation, and love that will be his support. He is ready to take on the world.

The Second Annual Comanche Youth Ballet Camp Combines Ballet with a Native Touch Story and Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Ana Ward, Artist Director of the Contemporary Ballet of Dallas, Texas, held the second annual Comanche Nation Youth Ballet/Dance Class June 27-July 9 at the Lawton Ballet Theatre. Some children who participated in the class last year came back to study ballet/ dance for a second year, and some new and excited dancers were eager to learn about ballet for the first time. “It affects the lives of all involved in a positive way, myself, the parents and especially the children,” said Ward. The dance students practiced everyday throughout the two week class, and had some extra classes on the weekend as well. Their dedication and hard work paid off as the children gave a flawless recital performance the evening of July 9 at the Comanche Nation College. Students leaped, jumped, twirled and plied across the stage, with such ease and grace, the audience demanded a follow up performance, shouting, “Encore!” at the end of the recital. Many parents and students showered Ward with bouquets of flowers as a ‘Thank You’ for volunteering her time and talent for a second year to teach Comanche Youth ballet. “It builds their selfconfidence and it teaches them teamwork and self-discipline,” added Ward, who is already receiving a list of youth who want to sign up for next year’s summer class. “I want to say a special ‘Thank You’ to Marilyn Figueroa of the Comanche Nation Diabetes Program, who provided healthy snacks for the children during the classes,” expressed Ward.

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2016 Comanche Nation College Hummingbird Camp

The students Grabriella Guerrero, Allie Powers, Cruz Perez, and Shea Micheoby were given different types of birds to create from their imagination using paper, paper clips, glue, fruit, water bottles, etc. The student who had the most creative imagination won the grand prize at the end. Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

The Comanche Nation College (CNC) held a 2016 Hummingbird Camp on June 13-17 for grades 6th-8th and June 20-24 for the grades 9th-12th. The camp was sponsored by the OK-INBRE Network, they encompass 15 higher education institutions and supports undergraduates involved in STEM research programs. The hummingbird camp is based on encouraging STEM majors, by providing an opportunity to explore and learn about hummingbirds through scientific activities such as collection, observation, and experiments. Encouraging the relation between STEM majors and indigenous values and customs. Speakers and organizations that were involved: OSU • Dr. French • Karen McBee Comanche Nation Gym • Edward Tahhahwah • Angelena Wildlife Refugee • Danna Laminack • Carol Stayer Art Instructors • Sandra Dunn • Other Instructors

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Summer Morgan Dr. Koll Johnny Poolaw Natalie Youngbull Edith Stillsmoking Camp Supervisor • Susan Whitehorse Johnson Native Tribal Storytelling • Juanita Pahdopony • Harry Mithlo SIA • Bill Voelker T-Shirt Design • Comanche Shirt Company The Comanche Nation College would like to thank the student participants who came out to explore and learn about the Hummingbird through scientific activities such as collection, observation and experiments. Also a big thank you to those who helped make the camp a success.

WINNER! Allie Powers won a backpack for creating the best bird beak. Her bird eats large prey, flies very high and long distance, large wing span, medium body frame, and lives in cold and hot climates.

Shea Micheoby’s bird lives near the ocean, has long legs, eats fish and frogs, and cannot fly far.

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Candidates for the 2016-2017 Comanche Nation Princess and Comanche Nation Jr. Princess Voting will take place during the 2016 Comanche Nation Fair Sept. 30 - October 2, at the Comanche Nation Complex


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