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Budget Summit Presents Information about Programs to The People

Comanche Nation Public Information Office, Lawton, OK

February 2017

Nation of Fun Indoor Play Center Now Open

By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

A total of 17 Programs from the Comanche Nation presented their programs to the tribal people near and far January 21 at Watchetaker Hall during the Budget Summit, hosted by Comanche Nation Chairman, William Nelson. “Our Comanche people need to know about each program our tribe has,” said Chairman Nelson. “When they don’t know about it, they feel left out and uninformed.” He added the goal of the event was to allow each program director present their program to the People, including how it was established, their proposed budget, and how the program money is spent. The programs were broken down into four groups: Education: Social Service: Health: Other. Several tribal members tuned in to the Budget Summit via the Internet, and through the Comanche Nation IT Dept., were able to ask questions to the Directors by typing their questions in the “Comments” section, and Chairman Nelson read them to the directors and audience. Along the walls of Watchetaker Hall were many informational hand outs about the tribal programs that also contained surveys, freebies, and visual displays. As information was being presented, and questions from both the audience at the summit and those online, were being answered, the day went fast. “My eyes have been opened” said CeCe Harden of Louisiana, who was watching the Budget Summit online. “I never knew what caring people are employed at the Comanche Nation.” By the end of the event there were an additional 34 tribal programs that were not able to present their program to the People, so Chairman Nelson announced a continuance of the Budget Summit will be announced in the near future, which will be 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. February 25. For those who missed the event, you can still watch the two part session by going to the Live Stream website,, and typing in “livestream/” in the search engine. The programs who presented on Jan. 21: • Injury Prevention • Prevention & Recovery/ IAM NDN • Comanche Nation Language Preservation • Higher Education • Youth Program • Comanche National Museum • Public Information Office • Reintegration • Social Services/Burial Assistance • Child Support Enforcement • Residential Youth Shelter • Early Childhood Development Center See BUDGET SUMMIT, Page 3

Guy Narcomey sings a Hand Drum Song during the Rock & Solidarity Benefit January 16 at the Comanche Nation Complex.

Photos by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

The Nation of Fun opened their doors on January 7, for kids of all ages to play and parents can relax. The Nation of Fun is located at 501 NE Laurie Tatum Rd. in Lawton, Okla., by the Comanche Nation Waterpark. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Nation of Fun is an indoor playground with a snack bar and party center. It’s the perfect place for walk-in play, birthday parties, group events, day care center field trips, etc. Free admission until play center receives bounce houses. The snack bar includes; popcorn chicken, hot dogs, hot links, chicken strip basket, hamburger basket, pizza, nachos, french fries, grilled cheese, etc. The Nation of Fun’s faculty and staff encourages everyone to come out and take advantage of free admission while it lasts, and have some family fun! For more information or to book parties with Nation of Fun please contact (580) 353-6110 or visit the Facebook Page Nation of Fun.

Red Elk Receives Prestigious Military Honor Society Award

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L to R: Command Sergeant Major Gary Nix; First Sergeant Paul Francis; George Red Elk; Colonel Gregory Langfor; Command Sergeant Major William Blasingame. Submitted by Lanny Asepermy/Comanche Indian Veteran’s Association

The Honorable and Ancient Order of Saint Barbara is a military honor society of the United States for both the Army and Marine Corps Artillery including Field Artillery and Air Defense Artillery – it is awarded through the Field Artillery and Air Defense Artillery Associations. The award is named for Saint Barbara, the patron saint of artillerymen. The Ancient Order is reserved for those members of the artillery community who have achieved long-term exceptional service to the artillery surpassing even their brethren in the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara. The approving authority for this award is the Commanding General of the US Army Field Artillery Center and Fort Sill. Saint Barbara, the daughter of a wealthy aristocrat, was tortured and executed after her father discovered she had converted to Christianity. Legend has it that after her father executed her, he was struck down by lightning in divine retribution. Be-

cause of this, she soon was regarded as the patron saint in time of danger from thunderstorms, fires and sudden death. She became the patron saint of artillerymen from early on in the development of artillery pieces as early cannons were unreliable, and at time would explode wounding and killing their crews. Saint Barbara was invoked by these early cannoneers in the hope she would protect them from this fate. Mr. Red Elk served in the Army from 1967-73 including a tour of duty in Vietnam War, as a Tank Commander, with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He also served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard from 1982-91 including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq during the Persian Gulf War, as a Field Artilleryman Surveyor, with the 45th Infantry Division. He is one of only four confirmed Comanches awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in action. Red Elk is also one of fifty-eight Comanches awarded Purple Heart and

one of three Comanches inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. Red Elk was elected as the Commander of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association three times and is currently serving as the Treasurer of the organization. He also served as Vice Commander. Red Elk is one of twenty-six Comanches designated with the honorably title of Numu Pukutsi and was awarded the French Legion of Honour on behalf of the fourteen Comanche Code Talkers that served in Europe during World War II. He has dedicated over a decade and a half of faithful and honorable service to the CIVA and was instrumental with the establishment of the Comanche Veterans Patriotic Room, Tahsequah Garden and the upgrade of the CIVA Court of Honor. In addition, he has participated in over 175 military funeral honors for families of deceased veterans, the placement of over 175 military markers for our veterans and over 800 other comSee REDELK, Page 2

Benefit Helps Raise Money for Children Who will Walk over 800 Miles in Protest of Comanche Trail Pipeline Story and Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Comanche’s on the Move hosted a Rock & Solitary Fund raiser January 16 at the Comanche Nation Complex. This unique event had an array of motivational speakers, musicians, cultural performances, and a total of 32 arts and craft vendors. The goal of this event was not only to raise money but to bring awareness about the many pipelines that are being constructed, in addition to the Standing Rock DAPL Pipeline. “There is the Diamond Back, the Trans Pecos, and now our main focus is the Comanche Trail Pipeline, which is down towards El Paso,” said Geneva Hadley, Comanches on the Move Founding Member. The Arts and Crafts donated raffle items to the organization, and food vendors paid $35 to set up. All the bands in the line up volunteered to play, hoping it will help Comanches on the Move raise the needed money to bring awareness to the erecting pipelines. This fund raising event was a precursor to a bigger event that is in the works, according to Geneva Hadley, Comanches on the Move Organizer, and Fund Raising Event Coordinator. “On March 11, all the children that are a part of our organization, along with their parents, are going to stand in solidarity with the people that are protesting the Comanche Trail Pipeline,” said Hadley. Comanche’s On the Move is organizing a “7th Generation Walk 4 Water” event. The children are going to walk from the Comanche Complex to the Energy Transfer Partners Location in Dallas, explained Hadley. “From there, they are going to walk to the Comanche Trail Pipeline, which is near El Paso,” she added. From the youngest one in the group, which is four years old, to the oldest, the youth will represent the future generation of Comanche’s who will live through the effects the pipeline will have on the environSee COMANCHES ON THE MOVE, Page 3

February 2017 THE COMANCHE NATION NEWS The award-winning Comanche Nation News, the official communication of the Comanche Nation, is available at no charge upon request. The deadline to submit information for the March edition is noon February15. Donations to help cover the cost of printing and mailing are welcome. Contact: The Comanche Nation News P.O. Box 908 Lawton, Okla. 73502-0908 Telephone: (580) 492-3386 Fax: (580) 492-3709 Email: TCNN Staff • Jolene Schonchin, Editor, Reporter, Photographer-Email: Number-(580)492-3382 • Paula Karty, Reporter, Photographer- Email: kartynews@ Telephone Number-(580)492-3383 • Candace Todd, Administrative Assistant-Telephone Number (580)492-3386 • Stacy Heminokeky, Reporter, Photographer, Email: Number-(580)492-3385 News items of interest to the local and American Indian community are welcome. Letters to the editor must be signed by a name. • Photographs will be copied and will become the property of TCNN. To return original photographs, send a self-addressed stamped envelope. Do not send faxed photographs or newspaper copies of photographs. • The Milestones Page (Birthdays, Anniversaries, Engagements,Memorial Pictures, Weddings, Births) are by submission only. The Passings are submitted by the Comanche Nation Funeral Home or by tribal members on a funeral home letterhead. The Milestones Page is for tribal members only. TCNN publishes all services conducted by The Comanche Nation Funeral Home without discretion. Obituaries are written for tribal members only. • TCNN will print a Comanche organization’s annual event flyer once free of charge as a courtesy to our tribal organizations. The guidelines for flyer submission are: Pow-wow flyers have to be from an established Comanche organization. There has to be contact person and number on the organization’s annual flyer. • We reserve the right to edit all material. Letters or articles that contain libelous information, slander, or personal attacks will not be printed. The letters to the editor or articles contained in the The Comanche Nation News does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the PIO staff.

Comanche Nation Officials

Chairman William Nelson Sr. Vice Chairman Susan Cothern Secretary/Treasurer Vacant Committeeman No. 1 Jonathan Poahway Committeeman No. 2 Eddie Ahdosy 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 73505

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Nine Resolutions Were Passed During January CBC Monthly Meeting

Story by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

Editor’s Note: This is an overview of the January 7, CBC Monthly Meeting and not the official minutes. To obtain a copy of the official minutes, call the Office of the Chairman, (580) 492-3250. Chairman William Nelson called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, conducted Roll Call. A quorum was established with all Comanche Business Committee (CBC) members present, except Secretary/Treasurer, Vacant. Committeeman No. 1, Jonathan Poahway, opened the meeting with the invocation. A motion made to approve the minutes of the December CBC meeting by Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey; seconded by Committee person No. 2, Eddie Ahdosy. The motion carries 5/0/0. Resolutions No. 01-17 Enrollment List No. 1047. A total of 20 New Comanche Members. Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Committee person No. 3, Harry Mithlo, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 02-17 Enrollment List No. 1048. A total of five applicants did not make blood quantum degree. Therefore applicants are determined to be ineligible for enrollment with the Comanche Nation. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 3, Mithlo, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 03-17 Enrollment List No. 1049. A total of six applicants do not descend from a Comanche allottee. Therefore applicants

are determined to be ineligible for Enrollment,due to not meeting the Comanche Nation Constitutional Membership Requirements. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Committee person No. 3, Mithlo, seconds the motion. The motion carries. 5/0/0. No. 04-17 Enrollment List No. 1050. Applicant Determined to be ineligible pursuant to Article 3, Section 4 of the Comanche Constitution. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Vice-Chairperson, Susan Cothren, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 05-17 Signatories for OST. The Comanche Constitution establishes the CBC as the duly elected official body designated to conduct business for and on behalf of the Comanche Nation. The Office of Special Trustee requires signatories on investment accounts. Therefore, the CBC hereby designates the following authorize signatories; Chairman, William Nelson; Vice-Chairperson, Susan Cothren; Committeeman No. 1, Jonathan Poahway; Committeeman No. 2, Eddie Ahdosy; Committeeman No. 3, Harry Mithlo; Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey. Committee person No. 2, Ahdosy, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 06-17 Grant for Tribal Assistance Solicitation. Coordinated CTAS has funds available of one million dollars to help codify the Comanche Nation Children’s Court into a full and complete Tribal Court. The CBC Does hereby approve the submission of this grant application through the United States Depart-

ment of Justice. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 1, Poahway, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 07-17 Grant Application for NAGPRA. The Business Committee Deems that a Project Base NAGPRA Grant Will Enhance the Efforts of the Comanche Nation NAGPRA Program to Identify, Record, Consult, Repatriate, and Preserve Culture Remains of the Comanche Nation, by Providing Assistance. A Flow Through Grant that the CBC Hereby Authorize and Support Fiscal Year 2017 NAGPRA Grant Application to the US Department of Interior National Park Service for Implementation. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 3, Harry Mithlo, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 08-17 Finley & Cook Access Liberty National Bank Online. The CBC Authorizes Finley & Cook to Use E-Corp Online Banking Feature at Liberty National Bank for Routine Banking Activities on Behalf of the Comanche Nation. Committeeman No. 3, Mithlo, made the motion. Vice-Chairperson, Cothren, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 010708-17 Adopted Accountability Act of the Comanche Nation 2017. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Vice-Chairperson, Cothren, seconds the motion. The motion carries 4/0/1. The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m. and Executive session followed.


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and prayer services. Red Elk was born on 29 January 1948 and is a graduate of Lawton Eisenhower (class of 1966) where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball. He lives in Lawton with his wife of forty-seven years, the former Fran Widener. They have three children and six grandchildren. He is the son of Comanche Code Talker, Roderick Red Elk. His mother is the late Helen Mae Jackson Red Elk a member of the Otoe Tribe. People of Red Elk’s caliber are often sought but seldom found. His contribution to the Comanche veteran community has been and continuous to be above and beyond. Our congratulations go out to Red Elk for the many accolades he has earned. Our gratitude for his distinguished military and community service has not gone unnoticed.

Mark your Calendars! The next Comanche Nation Budget Hearing for FY 2017-2018 is 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. February 25 Watchetaker Hall Comanche Nation Complex It will also be streamed live online, and will be taking question from the online audience.

Chairman Nelson Addresses the Nation

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BUDGET SUMMIT Continued from Page 1

• New Pathways • Transit • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) • Prescription Assistance • CHR Programs who will be presenting on February 25 • Family Assistance Center • Indian Child Welfare (ICW) • Funeral Home • Emergency Management • Anadarko Outreach Center • Student Services • Vocational Rehabilitation • Oklahoma City Outreach • Enrollment • Grandparents raising Grandchildren • Optometry Clinic • Caregiver Program • Fitness Center

TOP: NDN TYMZ band plays a Johnny Cash song during the Rock & Solidarity Benefit. LEFT: from left, Ashleigh Mithlo, Comanche Nation Princess, Joe Aitson, Jr., and Phyllis Narcomey dance Apache style Jan. 16 at the Comanche Nation Complex.

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Comanche’s on the Move is organizing more fund raisers for the Children’s Walk for Water. “We are going to have a benefit powwow February 25 here at the Complex, and a Chocolate Festival February 10 at the complex, too,” she said. Since it is a total of 191 miles from Lawton, Okla. to Dallas, Texas, and another 636 miles from Dallas to El Paso, Texas, Comanches

on the Move is looking for a sponsor who will provide shoes for the young walkers as they go the distance for awareness. Hadley invites children who are interested in walking to Dallas and El Paso during the Spring Break, to contact Gen Hadley through Facebook, or through the Comanches on the Move Facebook Page. You can also contact Cindy Famero, Event Coordinator, at (580) 699-6556.

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Nursing home/Assisted LivCapital Improvement Home Improvement (HIP) Tribal Court Law Enforcement Tribal Grants Children’s Court NAGPRA Historic Preservation Elder Center Elder Council Reality/ Land Management Transportation Private Drive Comanche Nation Fair Water Park Fire Program IT Tourism Center Environmental Programs

Comanches on the Move Benefit Powwow

To raise money for 7th Generation Walk 4 Water Campaign 2 p.m.-11 p.m. March 4, 2017 Comanche Nation Complex Watchetaker Hall Youth will Walk from Lawton, OK to Dallas, TX to El Paso, TX, hosted by Comanches on the Move For more information, contact Cindy Famero, (580) 699-6556

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Programs Comanche Nation Elder Council Oklahoma City Trip

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Tribal elder Leonard Chibitty pose for a quick photo by the Comanche Christmas Tree at the Red Earth Art Center.

Tribal elders Rita Coosewoon and Sandra Karty admiring Tribal Christmas Trees from tribes around Oklahoma.

Submitted By Adele Mihesuah/ Comanche Nation Elder Council

On December 20, 2016, a group of 35 Comanche Nation Elders gathered at the Comanche Nation Complex to board a bus to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This tour was part of the “Stay and Play in OKC” getaway package, which offered discounted tickets for “A Christmas Carol”, “The Nutcracker” ballet, a stay at the Wyndham Garden Hotel and the Red Earth Treefest. The Elders first stop was at the Red Earth Art Center, at 6 Santa

Fe Plaza, Oklahoma City, where they were greeted by Eric Oesch, Director of the Center. Oesch gave a history of the Red Earth Art Center and that at this time there was the 2nd annual Red Earth Treefest featuring 18 Christmas Trees adorned with beautiful Handmade Ornaments created to showcase the diverse Native cultures that make Oklahoma unique. Among the submissions was the tree from the Comanche Nation, presented by the Comanche Nation Museum and art-

fully decorated by Michelle Timbo. In addition to the culturally adorned Christmas trees were plains exhibits which featured Comanche Artists and historical objects. The Red Earth Art Center is definitely a place to stop and view tribal art and artifacts when in the downtown Oklahoma City area. The Elders next stop was at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, which offered a special rate, breakfast buffet coupons, 10% off on select restaurant

discounts, and a $250 coupon book at the Outlet Shoppes of Oklahoma City. While waiting for the rooms, the Elder gathered at Shorty Smalls for lunch on their own, utilizing the 10% discount provided by the Wyndham. After a couple hours rest, the Elders boarded the tour bus for a trip to the Civic Center for a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet. The Civic Center was beautifully decorated, the Elders toured the Civic Center

and visited while waiting to be shown to their assigned seats. The Nutcracker Ballet was wonderful, from the orchestra, to the sets, to the amazing dancers. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of the Elders who attended. The next morning, the Elders boarded the bus for the next stop, the Outlet Shoppes of Oklahoma City to use their coupon books, and do some last minute shopping for Christmas. After lunch at the Outlet Shoppes food court, the Elders boarded the bus for home. The Comanche Nation Elder Councils schedules varied cultural and historical trips that may include such opportunities as the Ballet and Outlet Shoppes, several times per year. We plan for 40 Elders to attend each trip. In order to participate in the trips, all you need to do is be a member of the Comanche Nation, 62 years of age, and attend the Monthly Meetings presented by the Elder Council each first Monday of the month. If there is a holiday, then the meeting will be the next Monday. Please join us for our monthly meetings that include information relevant to Elders and the Comanche Nation and always a delicious lunch.

Comanche Nation Elder Council Monthly Meeting At Comanche Nation College 1608 SW 9th St., Lawton, OK 73501 February 6, 2017 Monday 10:00 a.m. Guest Speaker Martina Minthorn, Historic Preservation Director Discuss 2017 and 2018 plans

Shoshone Reunion Meeting at Elder Nutrition Center 1107 SW H Avenue Lawton, OK 73501 February 9, Thursday 6:00 p.m.

Comanche Nation Elder Council Monthly Meeting March 6, 2017 Monday 10:00 AM At Comanche Nation College 1608 SW 9th St., Lawton, Okla.

Will play BINGO

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Culinary Corner

Knorr Spinach Dip • • • • • • 1.

Ingredients 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach 16 ounces sour cream 1 cup hellmann’ or best food real mayonnais 1 package Knoww Vegetable recipe mix 8 ounces water chestnuts 3 sliced green onions Directions Combine all ingredients and chill about 2 hours. Serve with your favorite dippers to your favorite people.

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Recipes for Home Cooking

Chicken Stroganoff

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Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 1 package (20 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2x1/2-inch strips 2 packages (8 oz each) fresh sliced crimini mushrooms 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 cup Progresso chicken broth (from 32-oz carton) 1/2 cup sour cream Directions In 120inch nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 6 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove to plate. In same skillet, melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Add mushrooms and onion; cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium. Add chicken and broth; cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened. Stir in sour cream until well blended and heated through.

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Ingredients 1 cup butter or margarine, melted 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 cup peanut butter 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Mark 14:38 “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit is truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”

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4 tablespoons peanut butter Directions In a medium bowl, mix together the butter or margarine, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan. In a metal bowl over simmering water, or in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread over the prepared crust. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.

Hearty Sausage and Rice • • • • • • • • 1.

Ingredients 1 lb sausage 1 medium onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 2 cups rice, cooked 1 10 1/2 oz can Chicken & Rice Sour 1 can corn, drained 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper Directions Preheat oven to 350 degree, Crumble sausage into medium skillet; add onion and green pepper cook over medium heat until sausage is set and vegetables are tender. Drain. In 2 quart oven proof casserole dish; combine

Translated to the Comanche Language

“Na’iyaa’ikatü, nanaisutaai. Wihnu ünü ümü ta mavunikü, ke ikawa’itü. Ü suana tsa’ tüvitsüku namaka’mukipü. Wihnuse’ ü tuhku tü’onaavü.” -From the Book Mark-ha Tsaatu Narumu’ipu (The Gospel of Mark in Comanche and English Copyright 1958

sausage and remaining ingredients; Cover and bake 35-45 minutes; or until heated through; stirring once. Optional: Crumble sausage into 2 quart casserole dish; add onion and bell pepper and cover. Microwave on high 4 1/2 to 7 1/2 minutes or until sausage is set and vegetables are tender; stirring once; drain; stir in remaining ingredients; cover; Microwave on high 6 1/2 to 9 minutes; or until heated through, stirring once.

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Tomatoes and Zucchini • • • • • • • 1.

Ingredients 3 tbsp. vegetable oil 1/8 tsp pepper 1/3 cup finely chopped onion 1/2 tsp. oregano 2 cup fresh tomatoes, peeled or chopped 6 small zucchini squash or 8 medium sizes 1 tsp. salt Directions Saute’ onion in oil until tender; add tomatoes and cook gently about 10 minutes. Add zucchini and spinkle with salt, pepper and oregano. Simmer over low heat, covered, until zucchini are tender. Add small amount of water if necessary, canned tomatoes may be used in place of fresh ones.

Ingredients 2 cups sifted flour 1 tsp. soda 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 2 eggs 1 1/4 cups sugar 1 cup ripe bananas 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 cups sour milk 1/2 cup nuts Cream together: 1 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of margarine or butter Directions Sift together dry ingredients. Add 2 eggs beaten and 1 cup ripe bananas, mashed and 1 tsp. vanilla. Add 1/2 cup sour milk, alternately with sifted dry ingredients. Add 1/2 cup nuts and bake in a large loaf pan about 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Directions In a saucepan, combine juices, sugar and all spice; bring to a boil. Serve in mugs. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks if desired. Makes 4 servings. Note: To lower sugar, use substitute sugar. 1.

Great Tips for the Month! 1.



Cherry Delight

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Ingredients 1 can cherry pie filling 1 can Eagle Brand 1 can crashed pineapple (drained) 1 cup chopped pecans 1 cool whip (small carton) Directions Add all ingredients together, stirring well after each addition. Stir in cool whip (folding it into ingredients) until mixed well. Should be “fluffy” in appearance and texture. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Ingredients 2 cups cranberry juice 1 cup unsweetened grapefruit juice 1 cup orange juice 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground all spice. Optional: Apple slices and cinnamon sticks

Place green fruits in a perforated plastic. The holes will allow air to circulate while retaining the ethylene gas that fruits produce during ripening. Remove fat from soups and stews by dropping ice cubes into the pot. The fat will cling to the cubes as you stir. Take out the cubes before they melt. Or you can also wrap the ice cubes in cheesecloth or paper towel and skim over the top of the pot. Fat also cling to lettuce leaves. For fluffier, white rice, add one teaspoon of lemon juice per liter (quart) of water. To add extra flavor and nutrition to rice, cook it in liquid reserved from cooking vegetables.

WE WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU ARE COOKING! Send a picture of any of the recipes you try on the “Culinary Corner” page, and it will be in an issue of TCNN, and TCNN will mail you a gift of thanks. Email your name, picture, and which recipe you used, to

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People, Places and Things Happening State Dept. of Health Debuts New Services

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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Holds Toy Drive Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a nonprofit clinic providing services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, hosted OKCIC’s annual Toyland toy giveaway benefitting families in need this holiday season on December 15 and 16, 2016. OKCIC was able to help over 100 families, which totaled about 250 children, last Thursday and Friday. Parents or guardians were able to choose two toys per child, as well as clothing donated by Carters Babies and Kids. The toys were partially donated by American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma, Red Earth, Tonamah music and Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service staff. The rest of the toys were purchased through OKCIC’s award-winning Warm and Fuzzy program, which is an employee-supported program that raises funds through voluntary payroll deductions, fund raising and individual employee donations throughout the year. This program supplies 900 children with meals, coats and toys during the winter and holiday season, along with back-to-school supplies during the summer months. “We are excited to help more than double the children we did in 2015 this Christmas,” Robyn Sunday-Allen said, OKCIC’s Chief Executive Officer. December is also Safe Toys and Gifts Month, which OKCIC ensured all toys given met the standards. There are multitudes of different ways to figure if a toy is suitable for a child, but a couple simple tips are to inspect all toys before purchasing and avoid those that shoot or include parts that fly off. Another item to look for is labels that assure the toys have passed a safety inspection – “ATSM” means the toy has met the American Society for Testing and Materials standards. You do NOT want to: • Give toys with small parts to young children that could present a choking hazard • Give toys with ropes and cords or heating elements • Give crayons and markers unless they are labeled “nontoxic”

This initiative allows genealogists and other historians to view OK birth records occurring more than 20 years ago and death records occurring more than five years ago. In 2016, legislation authored by Rep. Elise Hall, Sen. David Holt and Sen. Anastasia Pittman passed permitting OSDH to make these records publicly accessible. OGS President Mike Birdsong remarked, “This is a great example of public agencies and nonprofit entities working for the greater good. It’s been our honor to work with such committed OSDH staff.” “Vital Records has worked diligently over the years to preserve the integrity of the birth and death records, protect the identity of our citizens, and we continue to preserve the historical documents of our state and our families,” said Baker. “Given recent technology advances, we are very pleased to have an opportunity to serve on this team with the Legislature, OMES, and the OGS to provide this new tool to the public at no charge.” OGS genealogists have been part of the testing phase and provided results and feedback to OSDH. “Kelly Baker and her staff have delivered a wonderful tool for family researchers. They not only listened to ways to improve the index but used that input to make the product better, plus they delivered it six months ahead of schedule,” said Birdsong. The legislation also determined that records of births that occurred more than 125 years ago and records of deaths occurring more than 50 years ago should be open record. While proof of eligibility is not necessary to request these records, applications, payment and identification are required. For family historians, collecting copies of ancestors’ birth and death certificates can be a timely and costly process. “With OK2Explore, users can immediately access records which helps verify an ancestor’s data,” reported Birdsong. “We certainly respect the privacy rights of living and recently deceased Oklahomans, and feel this index is a good balance between protecting privacy and researching family records.” OGS Board Members were especially impressed by OSDH Vital Records prompt response to this legislation, having delivered an operational website six months ahead of the deadline. For further information, please contact: OSDH: Tony D. Sellars, Director, Office of Communications 405-271-5601 OGS President Mike Birdsong, President, Oklahoma Genealogical Society 405-365-3219.

Native American Student Services of Lawrence Announces Indian Royalty On January 30, Native American Student Services is pleased to announce the winners and runner up for our 2017 Ambassadors. The Jr. Miss Youth runner up is Alicia Robinson, South Middle School 8th grade; she represents the Omaha Tribe. The Junior Miss title holder is Devon Yellow Bird, South Middle School 8th grade; she is Glial Lakota and Three Affiliated Tribes/Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikira. The Indian Youth of Lawrence Brave is Derek White, LHS sophomore; he is Gila River Pima, Laguna Pueblo, and Navajo. The Miss Indian Youth of Lawrence is Kaitlen White, LHS Senior, she’s Gila River Pima, Laguna Pueblo, and Navajo. Guest MC Emmett Shkeme Garcia is a well-known storyteller, singer and author from Santa Anna Pueblo, New Mexico. The Indian Youth of Lawrence Pageant was held on Saturday the 28th at South Middle School, Lawrence, Kansas. The youth competed in and did extremely well in categories of: essay, impromptu questions, as well as contemporary and traditional talents. Displaying skills ranging from reciting poetry in German language, and playing orchestral instruments such as flute and violin to presenting traditional tribal dance, artwork and knowledge, the contestants were exemplary. They were supported by their families and friends as well as a few teachers in attendance. Special thanks to the judges: Jancita Warrington, Haskell Cultural Center, Potawatomi/Menominee; Tracey Morris, Head Start Family Engagement Coordinator, Lawrence, North Carolina Cherokee; and Judith Snyder, elder, retiree, Haskell alumna, Kickapoo/Citizen Band Potawatomi/Assiniboine of Lawrence. Native American Student Services of Lawrence Public Schools in Lawrence, Kansas serves the American Indian/Alaska Native student population, Kindergarten through 12th grade. It is funded by Title VII and Johnson O’Malley federal grants as a partial fulfillment of treaty obligations. USD 497 has about a 5% Native student population, representing almost 100 tribal nations. This wide variety of diversity within this group of about 560 students is due to the proximity to Haskell Indian Nations University, the only inter-tribal university in the US.

Urban Intertribal Center of Texas Appoints new CEO Effective December 12, 2016 - The Urban Inter-Tribal Center

of Texas (UITCT) Board of Trustees is proud to announce that Angela Young has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas. She will succeed Dr. Rodney Stapp who passed away suddenly last January. Young brings more than 27 years of nonprofit management and 14 years healthcare management experience to UITCT with strengths in strategic leadership, business development, grants management, physician relationships and project management. Her depth of knowledge in healthcare and the employment needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives, executive leadership skills and focus on providing quality services will support the mission and vision of UITCT. "We are excited to have Angela Young as the new CEO," states Jimmy Stephens, Board Chair man. "The fact that she was able to step in and act as the interim CEO with a moment's notice was a blessing for UITCT, last January when we re-

ceived word of Dr. Stapp's untimely passing. Young's 14 years working alongside Dr. Stapp was fruitful for UITCT. Because of her many years working with him, she was able to step in where he left off." Young is an enrolled tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma . She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Council of Urban Indian Health in Washington, DC. Young states that she sees the Urban Inter -Tribal Center of Texas as continuing to be a "viable part of the community and that will continue to provide the highest quality of care, employment and training assistance and strive for excellent outcome s."

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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Comanche Nation Crime Stoppers to Hold First Benefit Powwow By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

The Comanche Nation Crime Stoppers are going on their second year of existence, and are spreading the word of their over all goal... to help stop crimes from happening on Indian Trust Land. Many crimes happen on these properties, and often go unreported, unnoticed, and unsolved. But with the help of anonymous callers who report the crimes, wrong-doers can be brought to justice. Because the Comanche Nation Crime Stoppers Program is a non profit agency, and under the national Crime Stopper umbrella, the money that helps maintain the program is funded through donations. To kick off the donation year for 2017, the Comanche Nation Crime Stoppers are having a benefit powwow in April. “This is the first powwow for not only our Comanche Nation Crime Stopper Board, but for the Crime Stoppers nationally,” said RL Smith, of the Comanche Nation Law Enforcement Office. The board is hoping to accomplish two things at the benefit powwow • Create public awareness about the Crime Stoppers and answer questions • Raise money to help the Crime Stoppers Program “Many people do not know we exist, or how to call in a tip,” said Comanche Nation Crime Stopper Chairman, Charles Wells. “With this powwow, we can get our name out there in the Indian Communities, and let them know we are here.” As an added bonus to the powwow, three contests are being sponsored. A $125 Winner-Take-All Switch Dance Contest is being sponsored by I AM NDN. A Ladies Cloth Dance Contest in honor of Theresa Tahsequah

Clark is being sponsored by Harry Tahsequah. A men’s Northern Traditional Contest is being sponsored by Bill Berry and Kelly Berry. Both dance contests are $125 first place and $75 second place. In place of Specials for the Head Staff, one donated raffle item for is being asked, according to the Comanche Nation Crime Stopper Powwow Committee. Just as the national Crime Stopper Program, if someone sees a crime being committed on Indian Trust Land, they can call the Comanche Nation Hot Line Number, (580) 492-1847, and an operator will answer the phone and take down the information they wish to provide about a crime. He or she will never ask for names, numbers, addresses, or any other identifying information. Once the caller gives them information, they will be assigned a code number, which is the only method Crime Stoppers has of identifying them. They must remember this number, and provide it to a Crime Stoppers operator when they call back to check on the status of the information they have given. They must call Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers cannot call them, because they never ask for the caller’s phone number. In the meantime, Crime Stoppers pass their information on to the appropriate law enforcement agency, which takes action based on their information and reports back to the Comanche Nation Crime Stoppers on whether it led to the solving or prevention of a crime. When the caller calls back and give them their code number, they check with law enforcement to see whether their information was useful. If it was,they receive a cash reward. For more information on the Comanche Nation Crime Stoppers, call (580) 699-9657.

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Aitson Funeral for Carol Aitson longtime Apache resident was December 22, 2016 at the Comanche Community Center Apache with J.T. Goombi officiating. Aitson passed away December 18, 2016 at home surrounded by her loved ones. She was 85. Wake Service was December 21, 2016 at Comanche Community Center of Apache. Burial was in Cache Creek Cemetery west of Apache under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Esther Jean “Carol” Parker Aitson was born April 03, 1931 in Apache to Joe Bointy and Esther Parker. She grew up in Apache, attended school at Ft. Sill Indian School and earned her G.E.D. She met and married LaVerne Aitson Sr. and they made their home in Apache. She was a cook, waitress and a teacher’s aide. She enjoyed making fry bread, was an avid OU Sooner, OKC Thunder, and Dallas Cowboy fan, she also enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching her great-grandchildren. She is survived by; three daughters, Clarice Gonzalez of Lawton, Elsie and John Hearrell of Coalgate and Theresa Hyde of Apache, five sons; Joseph and Cindy Aitson of Lawton, Larry Aitson of Elgin, Laverne Jr. and Bonnie Aitson, Krandall and Tina Kahrahrah of Apache, David Aitson of OKC and daughter in law Bobbie Aitson of Lawton. Brothers; Roderick Parker and Leland Parker, Sisters; Gina Longhat and Lisa and Kenneth Lookingglass all of Apache. Twenty-four grandchildren; Kyla Jo Aitson, Robbie Aitson, Candice Aitson, Kevin Aitson, Deidra Aitson, Justin Aitson, Carrington Johnson, Jeremy Aitson, Gabriel Aitson, Jarrod Aitson, Angelina Kahrahrah, Katelyn Kahrahrah, Chad Hearrell, Jessica Hearrell, Mahinaya Hyde, Olivia Hyde, Jerri Hyde, Eric Hyde, Joseph Gonzalez, Daniel Gonzalez, Alana Gonzalez, Alyssa Gonzalez, and Shauna Haxton, thirty-eight great grandkids; Makenna Aitson, DeKayla Pewo, Thomas Cable, Eliana Gonzalez, Anthony Gonzalez, Alexander Gonzalez, Amaya Gonzalez, Nikki Grigg, Stephen Hearrell, Lisa Arter, Tito Lindsey, Ronnie Arter, Brooke Davis, Trevor Davis, Austin Davis, Anthony Wicker, Ashley Aitson, William Tanner Aitson, Tieyah Wilhoite, Aliyah Aitson, Patricia Aitson, Dezmon Aitson, Destiny Aitson Tawkoyty, R.J. Kelley, Paislee Lopez, Daylen Wolf, Carley Jean Wolf, Christopher Wolf, Sadie Wolf. Naima Aitson, Kennady Aitson, Keelyn Tawkoyty, Scarlett Aitson, Mariah Aitson, Nicholas Johnson, Jennika Johnson, James Grant III and two on the way. Seven Great Great Grandchildren; Hagen Hearrell, Brayden Cottier, Paden Hearrell, Aisley Arter, Claire Arter, Mia Marie Hyde and Mia Marie, Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by; her parents, two daughters Elyse Hearrell and Danielle Aitson, two sons; Meech Aitson and Gerald Aitson, one Aunt Louise Poafpybitty, three granddaughters; Vicki Hearrell, Shanelle Aitson, April Aitson and step-daughter Diane Aitson. Brothers; Bill, Larry “Icey” Lester “Tinker”, Travis “Beaver” Parker, Sisters; Eleanor “Paigie” Tate, Theresa Poolaw. Special Nephew; Francis John Longhat.

Moreno Amy Denise Plata-Moreno 48 of Lawton went to her heavenly home on December 21, 2016. Funeral Service was December 30, 2016 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Father Roy Narisetti officiating. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Moreno was born on April 29, 1968 to Domingo and Nancy (Raichel) Plata Jr. She was a proud member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. Moreno loved writing, playing video games, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children and family. Moreno is survived by: six children: Sarina (Sarah) Segedy of Garland, Texas, Romeo Mancillas III of Lawton, Nancy Beem of Illinois, Justine Beem of Garland, Texas, Benicio Tietelbaum of Lawton, Joshua Tietelbaum of Lawton; grandson, Ethen Segedy of Garland, Texas; father, Domingo Valdez Plata Jr., siblings: Stephen Domingo Plata, Craig Plata, Tim Plata, Allen Plata; grandmother, Mary Plata; aunts and uncles: Cynthia Segedy, Joyce Raichel, Evelyn Raichel, David Raichel, Chester Raichel Jr., Joseph and Liz Plata of Rush Springs, Nick and Renee Plata of Lawton, and Patricia Plata of Ruston, La. Moreno is preceded in death by: grandfather, Domingo Valdez Plata Sr.; mother, Nancy Caroline (Raichel) Ignat, and stepfather, Glen Robert Ignat.

Lisa Marlene James Womack

Womack Lisa Marlene James Womack 55 of Cache went to her heavenly home on December 21, 2016. Funeral Services was December 23, 2016 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Rev. Matt Asetamy officiating. Burial will follow at Cache KCA Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was December 22, 2016 at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Womack was born in Lawton to Asa and Marlene (Asenap) James Sr. on December 5, 1961. Womack grew up in Cache and graduated from Cache High School. Womack is a proud member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. Lisa married the love of her life, John Womack on December 3, 1999. Womack worked for home health care and was also a phlebotomist. She enjoyed spending time with her family especially her nieces and nephews. Womack also worked at Hagar Slacks and Warner jewelry. Lisa loved the Denver Broncos. Womack is survived by: son, Justin “Chunky” Stanley of


Cache, Dewayne Womack of California; mother, Marlene James; brothers: Mike and Gail Frickie, Asa James Jr., Chris James, Rob and Chevonne Asenap all of Cache, Timothy James of Walters; special adopted sisters: Melanie Riveria, Martheia Niedo, Zenia Chacon; special friends: Stephanie Saupitty and Shelly Asepermy, multitude of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins other family members and friends. Womack is preceded in death by: husband, John Womack; brother, Ted Asenap; grandparents: Teddy and Carrie Asenap: cousins: Laverna Asenap, Dena Asenap,Gene Asenap; aunts and uncles: Gene, Lavada, Amy Dell, Raymond, Jack and Stoney Asenap , Barbara and Bill Edmonson.

Oleta Rachel Rice

Rice Oleta Rachel Rice 70 of Cache passed away December 23, 2016 with her daughters by her side. Burial was December 30, 2016 at Ft. Sill National Cemetery with David McCracken officiating under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. After services the family invites you to New Life Assembly of God Church in Cache for a meal. Rice was born January 1, 1946 in Lawton to Paul and Helen Ruth Akers. She graduated from East Anchorage High School in Anchorage Alaska. She married Kenneth Rice on June 28, 1974 in Hobbs New Mexico. She enjoyed gardening, going on walks, camping and spending time with family. She was a member of the Comanche Nation. She attended the Assembly of God church in Cache where she was an active member and cooked in the kitchen every Wednesday. She is survived by her children; Karen Kristine McCook of Barre Vermont and Sandra Michelle Forman of the home. Brothers and Sisters; Paulette Lippard and husband Wade of McKinney TX, Aleta Moores and husband Danny of Lake Dallas TX. Eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a grandson Antonio Pereyra and sister Patricia Logan.

Gabriel Amber Aitson

Aitson Gabriel Amber Aitson went to her heavenly home on December 29, 2016 in Wichita Falls Texas with her loving family by her side. Funeral service was January 3, 2017 at the Comanche Community Center in Apache with Pastor Linda Lusnia and J.T. Goombi officiating. Burial will follow at Cache Creek Cemetery west of Apache under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home.

Wake service was January 2, 2017 at the Comanche Community Center in Apache. Aitson was born on September 16, 1988 in Lawton to LaVerne Aitson Jr. and Owenetta Atauvich. She attended school in Cache and received her LPN from Great Plains Vocational School and was working on her R.N. degree at Cameron University. Aitson also received a degree as a Pharmacy Tech at Platt College. She is a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. Aitson enjoyed being with her children and shopping. She is survived by: her husband, DeRoy Wolf; five children: Daylen Wolf, Carley Jean Wolf, Christopher Wolf, Sadie Wolf and Joshua Wolf all of the home; siblings: Jeremy and Tatum Aitson of Mustang, Jarrod Aitson, Shania Gardner both of Lawton; parents: LaVerne and Bonnie Aitson Jr. of Apache; grandfather, Carl Atauvich of Cache; niece, Makenna Aitson, special brother, Kevin Aitson numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, nephews, other family members and friends. Aitson is preceded in death by: mother, Owenetta Joyce Atauvich Long, grandparents: Carla Tahah Atauvich, Carol and LaVerne Aitson Sr.; sister, Shanelle LaRae Aitson; Aunts; Elyse Aitson Hearrell, Danielle Aitson, Diane Aitson, and Renita Cable Maxey, uncles; Meech Aitson, and Gerald Aitson, special sisters; April Aitson and Sarah Grace Wermy and special brother; Steve Cable Jr.

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always her #1 priority. She is survived by; husband Jesse of the home, sons; Paul Miller and Matthew Lorentz and daughter Jenny Lorentz. Brother and sisters; D’Ann and husband Ramon Ortega, Richard Miller and Shelly Shields and husband Mike Sanchez. Grandchildren; Brayden Miller, Olivia Miller, Evan Johnson and Nicolas Lorentz. Nieces and Nephews; Kristen Archey, Steven Archey, Reina Ortega, Tara Cargill, Heather Jung, Cody Jung, Parker Shields, Wivah Sanchez, Aliyah Sanchez, Kelly and husband Terry Justus, Leah and husband Joshua Beets, and Jessica Weryavah. Great-grandchildren; Christian, Elijah, Shelby, Emily, Riley, Avery, Keaton, Gregory, Abby, Kaison and Kaylee and many more beloved relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by; parents, Brother Greg Weryavah. Pall Bearers will be Shawn Pelly, Calvin Rowe, Alvin Rowe, Daryl Guevara, CJ Guevara, Parker Shields, Frank Ortega II, Anthony McGilbary, Alex Knight. Honorary Pall Bearers will be; Brandon Tahmahkera, Steven Archey, Tony Griffin, Bryan Rose, Cody Jung Marlon Tahah.

Alisa Kay Wedig

Linda Sue Lorentz

Lorentz Linda Sue Lorentz 61 Lawton passed away January 8, 2017 at United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls TX. with her loving family by her side. Funeral Service was January 12, 2017 with Gary Tahmahkera officiating at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Cache KCA Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Lorentz was born January 16, 2017 in Lawton to Bob Miller and Barbara Ann Chasenah who preceded her in death. She grew up in Cache and graduated from Cache High School in 1973, She married Jesse Lorentz on May 22, 1982. She worked at Reynolds Army Hospital (Civil Service) as a medical transcriptionist for ten years and retired from RACH in 2007. She always enjoyed getting together with family and friends to watch the OU football games and OKC Thunder basketball games. Lorentz was the tough type of woman, but always had the biggest heart. Anytime anyone needed anything she was always there. Everyone knew her for her tamales and Indian Tacos and every year she could she and Jesse set up a stand at the Comanche Nation Fair called NDN Taco etc…and also had a small business called Sooner Expressions Printing. She was a proud member of the Comanche Nation. Lorentz also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren always attending their school functions and after school activities. She always enjoyed going to church, she started attending Cache Creek United Methodist Church in Carnegie. If she wasn’t out running around with her husband Jesse making rounds visiting family and friends, she would be at home watching Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural, and the Pioneer Woman Cooking Show. Family was

Wedig Alisa Kay Wedig, 58 of Anadarko Ok passed away January 13, 2017 with family by her side. Wedig was born August 1, 1958 in Rockford IL to Robert and Kay (Ahhaitty) Smits. She grew up in Bryon IL and graduated from Stillman Valley High School. She attended nursing school in Virginia where She earned her LPN. Wedig went on to work for the Indian Health Services in Lawton OK for the past five Years where she loved her work as a nurse and cherished the friendships she developed. She enjoyed beading, crafting, and spending time with her friends and family and attended church at Mother of Sorrows in Apache OK. She loved music, reading and her beloved Green Bay Packers. Wedig was a proud member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, a descendant of Yellowfish and Red Tipi, and served as a recording secretary for the Kiowa War Mothers in which she was very proud. Survivors include her children: Aarin and husband Eddie Atkinson III of Broken Arrow, Tim and wife Heather Wedig of Broken Arrow, her mother Kay Smits of Anadarko; siblings Kim Thrasher of Rockford IL. Genny and husband John Wurster of Stillman Valley, IL; Richard and wife Yvonnie Smits of Dixon IL; and Roger and wife Laurie Smits of Rockford IL. Her grandchildren, whom she adored, Eddie IV; Rhiannon; Evalyn;Tyten; Carter; and Madilynn. She is preceded in death by her father Robert William Smits, her brothers Ronald and Robert Smits. Grandparents Walter and Irene Ahhaitty; Robert and Ida Smits. Brother in law Wayne Thrasher, her Aunt Barbara Ahhaitty, and nephew Justin Todd. Funeral mass was held January 20, 2017 at Blessed Sacrament with Rev. Roy Narisetti Officiating, under the direction of the Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday January 19, 2017, followed by the rosary and prayer service led by Donnie Ahhaitty. Any donations will be given to Lymphoma research in honor of Alisa Wedig.

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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday Billy Daukei-January 6 Johnetta Caddo- January 12 Christopher Davis- January 23 Joseph Caddo Jr.- January 23 Blayden Joslyn- January 25

Happy Birthday Gaylene Rosie Motah, February 2 Francis Guerrero, February 3 Glen Heminokeky Sr.- February 4 Tim (Tieyah) Laurenzana- February 5 Taylor Viddaurri- February 6 Tony Viddaurri- February 6 Khole Celeste Goombi- February 9 Rance Hood- February 9 Thomasina R. Akoneto- February 9 Donna Mahsetky- February 10 Marques Karty- February 13 Mary Pollard- February 16 Lillene Suina, February 17 Alisha Rose Cable, February 17 Dean Toppah- February 18 Michael Caddo- February 18 Madyson Lewis- February 19 Adrian Koassechony- February 20 Brandon Avery- February 25 Hokeah Nathaniel Hoahwah- February 25 Sheryl Hummingbird- February 25 Sydnee Lewis- February 26 Justin Negron Jr.- February 28

Anniversaries Brandon&Jennifer Avery February 28~Married 14 years

Happy Birthday Glen Heminokeky Sr. February 4

Happy Birthday Taylor Viddaurri February 6

Happy Birthday Khole Celeste Goombi February 9

Happy Birthday Thomasina R. Akoneto February 9

Happy Birthday Dean Toppah February 18

Happy Birthday Brandon Avery February 25

Hokeah Nathaniel Hoahwah

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Justin Negron Jr. February 28

Happy 81st Birthday Tim (Tieyah) Laurenzana February 5

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The Comanche Nation News, Deadline~February 15 Email: by Mail: Comanche Nation PIO- P.O. Box Lawton, OK 73501 Contact: (580) 492-3386

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Tim has many accomplishments such as serving for the “Garland Police Department” in Texas, his introduction into the “Texas Hall of Fame” in 2013 and his current Martial Arts teaching (at YMCA), having over 55 years of experience. Tim is truly a blessing to our Family and Friends and we wish him many more years to come. With Lots of Love, Maria, Dicie, White Gal, Squirrel, Hoot-Owl

Mrs. Annette Autaubo & Mr. Max Tahhahwah were joined in marriage on Dec. 31st 2016 before God, family,& friends in Carnegie Okla. Congratulation to the happy couple & best wishes to them in the next chapter of their life together as Mr. & Mrs. Tahhahwah

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Deloney Ci’Lina Teirea Deloney 21 of Lawton went to her heavenly home January 16, 2016 at Cache. Funeral service was January 23, 2016 at Comanche Reformed Church with Tina Baker and Bishop Joseph Readen officiating. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Wake was January 22, 2017 at Comanche Reformed Church. Deloney was born on June 1, 1995 in Lawton to Marcus Bell and Renea Toahty. She attended Eisenhower High School where she was a straight A student. She was blessed with a beautiful singing voice. She received Oklahoma State Governors Award from the Oklahoma Workforce for future Business Leaders. Deloney was married January 1, 2012 to Dominique Deloney and was blessed with a beautiful daughter, A’Liyah Victoria Toahty Deloney on April 27, 2013. She worked hard every day to take care of her daughter and family. She always put her family first and would sacrifice for them without a second thought. She loved unconditionally and if she loved you there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for you. There was always a glow to her and when she walked into a room the whole room would light up. She touched so many lives with just her smile. The moment she walked into my life my entire world changed. God blessed me to be a part of her life though for a short time and it was always us 3 against the world. Deloney received joy helping others. She loved putting makeup on her and baby and taking lots of pictures. She always made videos singing & always loved to sing. Deloney was a member of the Comanche Nation and was of Pawnee

and Kiowa descent. Her Great-Great Grandparents were Kitty & Leslie Ticeahkie, Great-Great-Great-Grandmothers were Libby Weeks Toahty (an original Pawnee War Mother) and Phoebe Hunt, Great-Great-GreatGreat-Grandfathers Chief White Eagle (Pawnee) and Wis Sis Che Comanche leader of the Naysee Band. She leaves behind: husband, Dominique Deloney; daughter, Aliyah Victoria Toahty-Deloney; mother, Renea Toahty, father, Marcus Bell; sisters: Brooklyn Johnson, Jurnee Toahty, Desteni Bell, Lexus Kaywaykla all of Lawton, Wenetta Trainer and Sharita Trainer; grandparents: Linda Bishop, Joseph Bell, Mary Lou and Mike Toahty; in-laws, Anita and Joe Deloney, Ricky and Carrie Deloney; great grandfather, Arnold Apauty; aunts and uncles: Carlotta Nowell, Bonita Harjo, Allison and Kelly Steinmeyer, Precious Bell, Joe and Casandra Bell, Dante Bishop, Geri Rowe, Anna Bishop, Joyce Bishop Graves, Dorothy Bell, Darlene Doreen; William and Barbara Bishop, Lawrence Bishop Jr., Albert Bell, Ronald Bell, Donald Bell, Bobbie Bell, Tonya Bell; nieces and nephews: Stormy, Benjamin, Kitty, Jocelyn, Camilla, Justin, Makenzie, Renee, Justin, Mikayla, Angelina and Killian. She is preceded in death by: aunt, Victoria Toahty, grandparents: Kittie Ann Toahty, Benjamin and Gladys Toahty and Lawrence and Delsie Bishop, Amos, Joe, Ralph, Jimmy Toahty; cousin, Antonio Dean.

Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Danny Rogers officiating. Burial followed at Deyo Mission Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer Service was at the Lawton Indian Baptist Church with Pastor David Bane officiating. Pekah was born October 07, 1952 in Lawton to Mary Louise Pekah-Verdejo. He grew up in Lawton and obtained his G.E.D. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, the casino, cooking out and everything in general. He was a proud member of the Comanche Nation. He is survived by; children Candida and Kimberly Pekah, Raymond Pekah II and Andre’ L. Connywerdy, grandchildren; Anthony Andre’ Pekah, Raela Herrin, Marcus Pekah, Lillianne Pekah, Cyncere Pekah, Raymond Pekah III, Arayan Pekah, Lucas Connywerdy. Great grandchildren; Tonya Pekah, Kane Pekah and Anthony Pekah Jr. Sisters; Pearline Bunch, Mary Urquhart, Evelyn Bonilla and Migdalia Verdejo Brothers; Nico P. Rosario, Alberto Comacho, Cruz Pekah and Floyd Pekah. He is preceded in death by; his mother Mary Louise PekahVerdejo, grandparents Albert and Mary Pekah, great grandmother Evelyn Tahpay, brothers; Winston Pekah, Ronnie Pekah, James Levi Pekah, sisters; Carol Moore, Lydia Pekah Niedo, Linda Sayerwinnie and Wanda Pekah Guerrero, nephews; Arthur Pekah and Malcolm Neido.

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Geneva Taptto

Pekah Raymond Lee Pekah 64 of Lawton passed away January 18, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. Funeral Service was January 20, 2017 at Comanche Nation

Geneva Taptto, 80, Walters, Funeral service was January 27, 2017 at Becker-Rabon Funeral Home Chapel in Lawton with the Sharon Faith Taptto, Pastor of Ponca Full Gospel Church, Ponca City and the

Rev. Videll Yackeschi, Westside Baptist Church, Walters officiating. Burial followed in the Deyo Mission Cemetery. The family greeted friends for visitation January 26, 2017 at the funeral home. Our beloved Mother, Grandmother and GreatGrandmother, Taptto, 80, lifelong Walters resident went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ January 20, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving sons in her home. Taptto was born to Rie Dodge Fawbush Sr. and Sallie (Houvah) Fawbush on July 13, 1936 in Lawton, OK. She was a proud elder member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. She married Hollis L. Taptto in 1958 in Inglewood, Calif. She grew up in the Ahpeatone community where she attended grade school and graduated high school in 1954 where she was a standout basketball player. She attended one year at Ft. Sill Indian School and completed studies at Dalton Business College Lawton, OK. She worked for Hughes Aircraft as a clerk typist in Calif., in 1955. She then worked for Haggar Slacks plant in Lawton in 1966. She worked as a teacher’s aide at Walters Grade School and worked as a library aid at Walters High School in the mid 1970’s. While at Walters High she helped organize an Indian club which was the first for Walters High. She then worked as owner and manager with her husband to help operate the Super Chief Restaurant in Lawton. She enjoyed working for the Comanche Nation Housing Authority and being a Tribal Council member for the Comanche Nation in the 70’s & 80’s. She was a former Comanche Homecoming Princess in the mid 1950’s. She enjoyed participating at local Pow-wow’s. She enjoyed sewing and oil painting as hobbies. She enjoyed volunteering for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn and volunteering for many Native American causes. In her later life she enjoyed spending quality time with her family and grandkids. Survivors include three sons: Richard and Tammy Taptto of Billings, Montana; Neal and Jacqui Taptto of Norman, OK and Scotty Taptto of the home; three granddaughters: Tiffany Taptto;

Alora and Mikayla Taptto; one grandson; Michel Nizolak and a soon to be born granddaughter; 3 three great-grandchildren; two sisters: Wanda Maxey and Ava Doty; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, husband, Hollis Taptto; daughter, Cheryl Taptto; granddaughter, Mandy Taptto; two brothers: Ernest Fawbush and Rie Fawbush Jr.,nephew Darrell Neil “Bernie” Maxey and two nieces, Rietta “Fisty” Fawbush and Candace Tidwell.

Memorial Service For Raymond Paddyaker

4 p.m. February 17th,2017 Petarsy Indian Mission Church One year has passed since that sad day, When the one we loved was called away. Please join us in remembrance of Raymond Paddyaker. A small service will be held at the Petarsy Indian Mission church. With a dinner to follow. All are welcome on.

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Receive a limited edition b.YELLOWTAIL for Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) with a donation to support their work! Indigenous Women Rise is a partnership between NAP, Advance Native Political Leadership, Native Voice Network, Native Voices Rising, National Indian Women’s Resource Center, UltraViolet, and Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas, North American Region, Indigenous Environmental Network and other key groups working to advance Indigenous issues. The group was invited to join the Women’s March on Washington January 21st, 2017. To show solidarity in messaging and strength in unity, those walking with Indigenous Women Rise chose to wear turquoise scarves and shawls at the national march and sister marches across the country. Native American designer Bethany Yellowtail for NAP designed a beautiful scarf showcasing the “Shoshone Warbonnet Dance” for the march. According to her site, “In Crow culture and various tribes of the plains region, the Women’s warbonnet dance or “Shoshone Warbonnet Dance” (as depicted in the art) is a ceremony to honor the young leaders of our Indigenous nations. This

is the only time a woman is to wear the sacred warbonnet, the dance ceremony is the highest recognition of our mighty Apsaalooke women.” Those who wish to continue to show solidarity for Indigenous Women Rise can receive a limited edition scarf with a donation that helps to support NAP’s work for Native American youth (Generation Indigenous) and important research that aims to strengthening the health and well-being of our Native communities. To make a donation go to • $40 Donation: Receive one (1) Indigenous Women Rise Scarf • $70 Donation: Receive two (2) Indigenous Women Rise Scarves • $125 Donation: Membership Special (Become a member of NAP and receive two (2) Indigenous Women Rise scarves. Regular membership starts at $150)

The Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Program will be conducting the 6th annual Comanche Nation Solid Waste Division Tire & Battery Drop off in the towns of Walters, Cache, Apache, and Lawton in the Month of February 2017. This event is Open to the Public. Tire must not be bigger than 44”, nor wider than 14”, and can be on the rim. Drop off Locations and Dates and times: 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. • February 6th & 7th: Comanche Nation Community Building, Julia Mahseet Rd., Apache, OK • February 8th & 9th: Cahoma Building, 725 NW Quannah Rd., Cache, OK • February 13th & 14th: Walters Community Building, east of Walters, OK • February 15th & 16th: Comanche Nation Environmental Office, Comanche Nation Complex North of Lawton, OK For more information Contact the Comanche Nation Environmental Office @ 580-492-3754

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Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

99 YEARS YOUNG. Family and friends of Anna Wockmetooah Tahmahkera gathered at the Comanche Nation Elder Nutrition Center the afternoon of January 28 to celebrate her 99th birthday. Lots of food was prepared in her honor and several gifts were given to her throughout the day. LEFT: Tahmahkera is all smiles as she admires her crafted birthday cake. CENTER: Tahmahkera holds the hand of her 3 month old great-great-granddaughter, Lilliana Jolee Motah, as her great-grandson, Joel Motah, smiles. RIGHT: Tahmahkera opens her gifts with granddaughter, Nancy Bass. Tahmahkera is the third oldest Comanche Elder, according to the Comanche Nation Enrollment Office. The oldest is Rachel Mans, 102 years, and Lena Mahseet, 100 years.





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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Tournament Time Comanche County Tournaments Bring the Best of Area Tribal Youth

Photos by Paula Karty/ News staff

Conor Lee Indiahoma High School

Amber Quis Quis Indiahoma High School

Jalynn Komardly Fletcher High School

Lindsey McCarthy Geronimo High School

Cy Ulloa Indiahoma High School

Emma Roberts Indiahoma High School Bailey Kosechata Big Pasture High School

Jacob Tahah Indiahoma High School

Dayven Reyes Walters High School

Luke Riley Geronimo High School

Kaylub Chasenah Geronimo High School

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