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United Methodists bring Christmas to Standing Rock

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Spreading Christmas Cheer

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Interior Department to Remove Liens on Tribal Lands Returning More Than $14 Million in Proceeds to Tribes

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can bring back our Nursing Program, Testing Centers, and all kinds of services, with Governmental Money.” The Comanche Nation College Fee-To-Trust Application has been a combined effort of the entire Comanche Nation Realty office since it was established in 2013. The initial Fee-To-Trust application for the College was submitted to the Anadarko Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) several years ago. The Resolution adopted by the Comanche Business Committee authorizing the Fee-To-Trust application was approved in February 2005. The file documents indicate at that time the Tribe's Law Firm was representing the Tribe by submitting additional supporting documents and affidavits to the BIA upon their request. In June 2013 the Realty

As part of President Obama’s commitment to help American Indian leaders strengthen self-sufficiency and self-determination, U.S. Department of Interior officials will remove liens placed on thousands of acres of tribal lands acquired under the Indian Land Consolidation Act (ILCA) program and return the revenues generated by these liens to tribal communities to use for reacquiring tribal homelands. The announcement was made today by U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Lawrence S. Roberts, who leads the Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs, and Michael S. Black, Senior Advisor to the BIA Director. Because the ILCA land acquisition program is no longer in operation, the waiver of the liens ensures that the economic productivity of those restored tribal lands directly benefits the Tribes. The return of more than $14 million existing lien proceeds will be used by the 20 Tribal nations who participated in the ILCA acquisition program to purchase lands from willing sellers within their reservations to further consolidate tribal homelands. “Our action today is a result of our engagement and meaningful consultation with Tribal leadership, respecting their judgement that waiver of ILCA liens and return of lien proceeds will spur economic development within their territories and enable them to restore tribal homelands,” said Deputy Secretary Connor. “Our trust and treaty responsibilities include ensuring that federal programs are tailored to work effectively and efficiently for Indian country. Tribal nations spoke clearly about the benefits of waiving ILCA liens and their effective and efficient ability to reacquire tribal homelands from willing sellers.” On the lien waiver and return of lien proceeds, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Roberts said, “Tribal nations have repeatedly proven that if an Administration works with them, tribal solutions can ameliorate the impacts of now repudiated policies that sought to end tribal culture and communities. Our action today is another example of Tribes determining what is best for their communities.” “By releasing the outstanding liens and returning lien proceeds, we are supporting the Tribes in determining the best use of their lands, and continuing opportunities for economic development, housing, and restoring tribal homelands,” BIA's Senior Advisor Black said. Congress enacted the ILCA land acquisition program in 2000, authorizing the Interior Secretary to acquire fractional interests in trust or restricted lands and require the Secretary to place a lien on those lands to recoup the purchase price. Since the program was established, more than

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Members of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, including the Rev. David Wilson (left, in truck) and Justin Phillips, deliver supplies to water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux base camp near Cannon Ball, N.D. By Ginny Underwood/UMC

Members of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference braved subfreezing temperatures Dec. 15 to deliver 700 Christmas stockings to water protectors still camped near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. Even though the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a construction easement under a dammed section of the Missouri River, temporarily halting the Dakota Access Pipeline, many members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other protesters have chosen to stay at the camp to make sure construction does not continue. “We sent out a call for help and raised nearly $5,000 to purchase toys, socks, gloves and basic items for cold weather,” said the Rev. David Wilson, superintendent of the Oklahoma Missionary Conference. In addition, OIMC churches contributed donations and stockings. “People want to do what they can to be a part of this great effort, whether it be contributing money, praying, assembling the stockings, and more. It has been very affirming and heartwarming,” Wilson said. Wilson, along with four church members, loaded up the stockings and other supplies in a U-Haul truck and drove 14 hours to the reservation. The stockings, designated for babies, children, youth, adults and elders, will be distributed later this month. “A child from a family staying at the camp asked if Santa would be there this year,” said Jen Mattel, a Standing Rock Sioux tribal member. “I was happy to tell him yes.” Water protectors began camping near the construction site in July after the Standing Rock Sioux took its first legal action to block the pipeline by filing a complaint against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its permitting process. The pipeline would carry a half-million barrels of oil daily from the Bakken oil fields in northwest North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe says the pipeline would destroy sacred burial sites and threaten its water supply. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is working with the tribe to make sure water protectors are safe during the winter weather.

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From Top: Seven-year-old Trinity French shares a laugh with Comanche Nation Policeman, Kyle Kessner, during the Shop With A Cop Dinner December 12 at Los Tres Amigos Restaurant in Lawton, Okla.; Comanche Elder, Judy Gordon was very proud of her prize she won at the Comanche Nation Elder Center’s Christmas Celebration December 15; Elders Rose Pennah and Rose Nauni visit family and friends at the Comanche Elder’s Council Christmas Gathering December 5 at the Ft. Sill Apache Casino’s Ballroom in Lawton, Okla.; Children from the Comanche Nation Daycare Centers sing “Jingle Bells” in the Comanche Language at the December 9 Elder’s Day Celebration.

Comanche Nation College is Signed into Trust Land

TOP: Comanche Nation Chairman, William Nelson, signs the document that places the Comanche Nation College on to Trust Land December 1 at the Comanche Nation Auditorium.

Members of the Comanche Nation College Board, Comanche Business Committee, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Comanche Nation Realty Department all took part in the signing the Comanche College into Trust Land Status. Story and Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

December 1 marked another historical day for the Comanche Nation, as it signed the Comanche Nation College’s land to Trust Land The documents was signed on December 1, 2016 transferring the property to the United States Of America to be held in "Trust" for the Comanche Nation, Oklahoma. A room full of Comanche Nation College Faculty, Comanche Office of Realty, Bureau of Indian Affairs Southern Region Representatives, Comanche Business Committee, and several tribal members, were witness to the signing and celebra-

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“Lawton, Okla. is on Comanche Nation Land,” said Chairman William Nelson. “For us to have trust land of our original lands is monumental. Our trust lands is our sovereignty. We would not be a sovereign nation unless we have Trust Land. Now we can go forward with Block Grants, Federal Grants, and actual State Grants that can come to us and help us. Now we can make it a pure Comanche Nation Education Center. It will be a Mecca for our students, from students that study in college classes or technical trades. We


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Chairman William Nelson Vice Chairman Susan Cothren Secretary/Treasurer Jerry Tahsequah 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 73507

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shop with a cop brings joy to tribal children

A total of 25 Comanche children were given a special treat of dinner and shopping with members of the Comanche Nation Police Department the evening of December 12 at the annual Shop with a Cop event. Story and Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Christmas is more than a time of festivities, family, and friends; it is a season of generosity, gladness and gratitude. That is the summary of the Annual Shop-With-A-Cop evening, that is coordinated by the Comanche Nation Law Enforcement. On the evening of December 12, a total of 25 children were escorted around Lawton, Okla. on a luxury bus, with the law enforcement stopping traffic to allow the liner to weave through the holiday traffic. The youth had a hearty meal at Los Tres Amigos Restaurant, followed by a shopping spree of $100 per child at the local Wal-mart store. The children were selected by the tribe’s Indian Child Welfare Department. As the children arrived at the Comanche Law Enforcement Office, they were assigned to officers who were responsible for the children. “I was excited when I found out I was picked, and I got to get out of school early,” said 10-year-old Autumn Conneywerdy. “ I am going to buy presents for my family with my money.” Chief of Police, Vern Griffin, said the event was also an opportunity for the students to build a relationship with the tribe’s Law enforcement. He was also very grateful for the generosity of all the contributors who made the evening possible. Some of the supporters for the event include Nissan of Lawton, City Na-

tional Bank & Trust, Wal-mart Store No. 269, Navy Federal Credit Union, and Center Point Energy. “All who donated went out of their way to make it happen, and to make the children happy,” he said. Because of the charitable sponsors throughout the area, the funding for the event was not taken from the Law Enforcement’s budget. Santa Claus greeted the bus when it pulled up to Wal-mart, and, once inside, the children sprinted in every direction, with their police officers closely behind them. As the children loaded their shopping carts, the police officers had calculators out, tallying up prices. And if the kids went a little over their budget, some of the officers pulled out their wallets to make up the difference. “I don’t mind giving a little extra to help the kids get their gifts,” said Comanche Nation Police Officer Klyle Kessner. “ It is worth it, just to see them smile.” Shop With a Cop coordinator, R.L. Smith, said he is pleased with this year’s turnout. “God Bless all the community supporters, the children and their families,” said Smith. Following the dinner and shopping, the bus took a short cut through the Holiday of Lights at Elmer Thomas Park, and the kids sang “Jingle Bells” all the way back to the tribal police department.

Comanche Police K-9 Officer, Matt Miles, helps a young man pick toys to add to his Christmas cart.

7-year-old Annie Poco told an officer she would like a doll house “this big” at the December 12 Shop With a Cop Event.

Laughter and good times were abundant during the evening meal at Los Tres Amigos Restaurant in Lawton, Okla.


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Seven Resolutions Were Passed During December CBC Monthly Meeting

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Editor’s Note: This is an overview of the December 3, 2016 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 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, which is currently vacant. Vice-Chairman, Susan Cothren, opened the meeting with the invocation. A motion made to approve the minutes of the November CBC meeting by Vice-Chairman, Susan Cothren; seconded by Committeeman No. 3, Harry Mithlo. The motion carries 5/0/0. Resolutions No. 122-16 McIntosh Property Moved to Executive Session. No. 124-16 Enrollment List No. 1046 Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 1, Jonathan Poahway, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 125-16 Juvenile Facility Vice-Chairman, Susan Cothren made

the motion to approve. Committee person No. 3, Harry Mithlo, seconds the motion. The motion carries. 5/0/0. No. 126-16 Eso Allotment Vice-Chairperson, Susan Cothren, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 127-16 Transportation Improvement Plan Vice-Chairperson, Susan Cothren made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 3, Harry Mithlo, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 128-16 Transportation Inventory List Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, made the motion to approve; Vice-Chairman, Susan Cothren, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 129-16 Tax Commission Account Vice-Chairman, Susan Cothren, made the motion to approve. Committee person No. 1, Jonathan Poahway, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 1203-07 638 Funded Programs Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, made the motion to approve; Committee person No. 2, Eddie Ahdosy, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. The meeting was adjourned at 12:10 p.m. and Executive session followed.

The Comanche Nation Offices will be closed January 16 for Comanche Constitution Day, and will reopen 8 a.m. January 17 for regular business hours.

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TOYS! TOYS! TOYS! Members from the Apache Reform Church received toys donated to the church for it’s annual Christmas celebration. Toys were donated to the Comanche Nation by Comanche Spur Casino, Comanche Red River Casino and Comanche Nation Casino. All Indian Churches received toy donations from the Comanche Nation.

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To develop annual budgets for the financing of Comanche tribal operations and to present such budgets to the tribal council for final consideration as to adoption or rejection.

Department resubmitted the entire Fee-To-Trust application, to include undated affidavits, a current market valuation appraisal, and other certifications. The Phase 1 Environmental Assessment Report took a while to prepare, and the BIA's review process of the report was lengthily, too. In April 2016, the Anadarko Agency notified the Tribe that their review of the Phase 1 Environmental report was completed, and that a Phase II Environmental Report was not needed. Once again, the affidavits and other time sensitive documents needed to be updated and submitted. Then the BIA started the 'Notices" for public hearings to allow other governmental entities to submit comments regarding the Comanche Nation College's property to be place in "Trust" status.

Comanche Nation Members: “I would like to extend a personal invitation to the 1st Annual Comanche Nation Budget Summit to be held Saturday January 14, 2017 starting at 9:00 AM till 5 PM. This is not a General Council. We need involvement from all tribal members and we’ll LIVESTREAM and take questions over the internet for Absentee Comanche members. A meal will be provided at 1:00 PM. Be involved, help us to bring you a more transparent Government.” Thank You.

Chairman William Nelson, Sr. “Woogie” Watchataker Hall

If “INCLEMENT WEATHER” January 21st is RESERVED


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Programs Comanche Law Enforcement Offers Citizen’s Police Academy in February

6th Annual Tire and Battery Drive Will Help Clean up Communities Submitted by Lynn Schonchin/CNOEP Staff

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. Tires must not be bigger than 44”, nor wider than 14”, and can be on the rim. Drop off Locations and Dates and times: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. • February 6th & 7th: Comanche Nation Community Building, Julia Mahseet Rd., Apache, Okla. • February 8th & 9th: Cahoma Building, 725 NW Quannah Rd., Cache, Okla. • February 13th & 14Th: Walters Community Building, east of Walters, Okla. • February 15th & 16th: Comanche Nation Environmental Office, Comanche Nation Complex North of Lawton, Okla. For more information Contact the Comanche Nation Environmental Office at (580) 492-3754.

Submitted by RL Smith/Comanche Nation Police Dept.

The Comanche Nation Police Academy (CPA) is designed to give the public an overview of the Police Department. It is also designed to create two-way communication between citizens and officers. The CPA is a 9-week block of instruction held in a classroom setting. Classes will consist of a two-hour session, once a week. The academy will start 6 p.m.-8 p.m. February 7 it will be held for nine consecutive Tuesday evenings, ending with a graduation ceremony on March 28. The purpose of the Academy is to create better police-community relations through awareness and training. The CPA will provide the citizen with essential information to help ‘understanding of

various legal issues, personnel staffing, and departmental procedures that police officers face on a daily basis. • Police Patrol • Narcotics • Firearms • Officer Safety • Police Canine • Patrol • Casino • Crime Prevention • Use of Force • Crime Scene Investigation • Criminal Investigation There will be lectures, videos tours and hands on training. Each student will be encouraged to participate in a ride-along with a police officer. “Students get a first

hand information, demonstrations, and hands-on activities that will help them understand the duties and responsibilities of the whole Comanche Nation Police Department,” said recent graduate of the academy, Jolene Schonchin. Anyone who works or lives in the Comanche Nation Community is urged to apply for admission. The minimum age for enrollment is 18. No one will be rejected due to his or her sex, race, employment, socioeconomic status, or disability. “I would like to personally invite you to apply for enrollment in the Comanche Nation Police Department Citizens Police Academy. Comanche Nation Chief of Police, Vern Griffin, expressed,

“I believe it would ‘help build a better relationship between you and the Comanche Nation Police Department. The Citizen Police Academy’s slogan “Community Partnership through Awareness” is more than just a slogan. It is the future- of policing. Together, we can make a difference, improving our great community, I encourage everyone to take part in the Citizens Police Academy and I hope to have the opportunity to meet you in the near future.” To receive an application for the Citizen’s Police Academy, or for questions, contact Officer RL Smith, (580) 492-3711.

Canned Food Drive Helps over 200 Native Families

Oklahoma City Outreach Office Director, Karen Kaniatobe, distributes canned goods to families. Submitted by Bonita Paddyaker/Injury Prevention Staff

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COMPUTER CLEANUP. On November 17, 2016, the Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Programs teamed up with the After Tech Inc., Ft. Sill Apache Tribe, and the Caddo Nation for the Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Drive in Anadarko, Okla. The team spent most of the morning and afternoon collecting E-Waste products. The total amount of E-waste collected was around 40 items for the day. Most of the items were computer monitors, towers, printers and other small electronic devices. If you need to dispose of any E-waste, contact the Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Programs at (580) 492-3754.

The Comanche Nation Injury prevention provided can foods to those in need. November 29-30, Watchetaker Hall severed as one of three locations. 207 families received canned goods and 14 home deliveries were made to the Ill and

handicap. December 6, Comanche Nation Outreach center in Oklahoma City serviced 14 families and December 20, Comanche Nation Outreach center in Dallas, Texas provided canned goods to 13 families.


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Culinary Corner

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Ingredients 1 (12 pound) bone-in ham 1/2 cup whole cloves 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple rings in heavy syrup 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage 1 (4 ounce) jar chopped maraschino cherries Directions Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C). Place ham in a roasting pan. Score the rind of the ham with a diamond pattern. Press a clove into the center of each diamond. Drain the juice from the pineapple rings into a medium bowl, and stir in the brown sugar and lemon-lime soda. Coat the ham with this mixture. Arrange the pineapple ring, and secure with a toothpick. Bake uncovered for 4 to 5 hours, basting frequently with the juices, until the internal temperature of the ham is 160 degrees F (72 degrees C). Be sure the meat thermometer is not touching the bone. Remove toothpicks before serving.

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Ingredients 2 cups dry polenta 5 cups water 1 tablespoon salt 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 kielbasa sausage, chopped 3 tablespoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes 1 pound uncooked shrimp peeled, de veined, and tails removed 8 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese Directions Bring polenta, water, and salt to a boil in a saucepan; reduce heat to low and simmer until polenta is thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook kielbasa sausage until browned, 5 to 8 minutes; stir in garlic, rosemary, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Mix in shrimp and stir gently until shrimp are pink and no longer

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) . Over a large bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, sugar. Cut in butter and blend with a pastry blender until mixture resembles cornmeal. Stir in lightly beaten egg, cream, and vanilla. Blend well. Dough may be chilled, if desired. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Sprinkle with sugar; cut into desired shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until delicately brown.

Ingredients 8 slices bacon 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon seasoned salt 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 2 pounds pork tenderloin 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons olive oil

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Directions Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place the bacon in a large, oven-safe skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until lightly browned and still flexible, 6 to 7 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Remove any excess bacon grease from the skillet. Combine garlic powder, seasoning salt, basil, and oregano in a small bowl. Set aside. Wrap the pork tenderloin with the bacon strips securing with 1 or 2 toothpicks per strip of bacon. Slice the tenderloin between each bacon strip to create the medallions. Dip both sides of the medallions in seasoning mix. Melt butter and oil together in the same skillet over mediumhigh heat. Cook each medallion for 4 minutes on each side. Place skillet into the preheated oven and bake until the pork is no longer pink in the center, 17 to 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

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Ingredients 2 pounds fresh green beans, washed and trimmed • 2 slices bacon • 1/4 cup sliced almonds Directions Remove both ends of beans, break in half, and wash thoroughly. Place in a large pot and add water 3 to 4 inches from the top. Add bacon and cook until tender.

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The plant used by the Medicine Man to alleviate his ailments was the stinging nettle. This group of related perennial herbs grows throughout much of the world. Several species are distributed throughout most of North America. The slender nettle, Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis, grows in moist, rich sites and waste places throughout most of the continent except for the extreme southeast. The wood nettle, or common stinging weed, Laportea canadensis, is found in damp, shady woods through most of the U.S. and Canada east of the Great Plains. The western stinging nettle, Urtica dioica ssp. holosericea, is found west of the Rockies, and several other species grow in limited areas throughout. In addition, the European stinging nettle, Urtica dioica ssp. dioica, has been introduced to North America and is commonly naturalized in disturbed and waste areas across the continent. Most people who are familiar with stinging nettle became aware of it by coming into accidental contact with its defense mechanism. The vegetative parts of the plant are covered with stinging hairs, which resemble tiny hypodermic needles. When they come into contact with skin, the hollow spines pierce the skin and break off, releasing a potent chemical cocktail of histamines, formic acid, acteylcholine, 5-hydroxytrytamine, and other compounds which cause a painful and persistent burning, a stinging sensation, and a rash. In some tropical nettle species, this defense has been developed to the point that it can cause temporary paralysis to humans, or even death in rare cases. To people who have suffered the effects of the nettle’s sting, it is often considered to be nothing more than a painful and undesirable nuisance weed, but if they would take the time to get to know it better, they would discover that it is a fascinating plant with many uses. Nettles have

long been revered and cultivated throughout the world for their useful properties Medicine: The stinging nettle has a long history of medicinal use and is an ingredient in many modern herbal preparations. It has diuretic, astringent, pectoral, tonic, expectorant, and other properties. Decoctions of the roots and leaves have long been used internally as a treatment for rheumatism and arthritis, as well as external poultices and washes made from the roots and bruised leaves. Stings from the fresh plants are also considered by many to alleviate arthritic and rheumatic pains. The plant has styptic properties and the bruised fresh or dried and powdered leaves and roots will stop bleeding from wounds, and are effective at stopping nosebleed. Recent studies show antibiotic properties, and it has indeed long been used externally in the treatment of sores and festering wounds. Nettle is considered to be one of the best medicines for the treatment of hemorrhage of the lungs, stomach, or urinary/reproductive organs. Nettle is also effective against diarrhea and dysentery. Other current uses include the treatment of prostate conditions, hepatitis, hay fever, and kidney ailments. Food: It would seem counter intuitive to consume a plant covered with painful stinging hairs, but nettle is considered by many to be one of the tastiest potherbs. A few seconds of cooking neutralizes the stingers. The young spring shoots and tender growing tips in summer can be boiled, steamed, sauteed, or stir-fried for a tasty cooked green. It can be substituted for spinach or other greens in most recipes. Nettle is also added to soups, stews, and breads. A beverage tea is made from the young leaves. In addition to being one of the bettertasting wild greens, nettle is also very nutritious. The leaves of nettles are one of the highest vegetables in protein and iron content. It is also rich in vitamins A, C, B, and D; as well it is a good source of calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and potassium. Fiber: Stinging nettles and their relatives have been used for millennia as a source of fiber and are considered one of the world’s better fiber plants. The stem fibers of nettle are strong, fine-textured, and suited for many purposes. Native Americans and other cultures around the world have long relied on nettle as a major source of cordage, sewing thread, rope, fishing nets, bowstrings, and textiles. Fabrics made of nettle fiber and dated to 300 B.C. have been found in rock shelters identified with the Hopewell culture of Ohio. Early French Canadian settlers in the 1700s, finding themselves hard-pressed to obtain linen and other European fabrics for clothing, started experimenting with manufacturing textiles from native fibers and asserted that nettle was superior to cotton and as good or better than flax or linen for making cloth. Other Uses: Nettle extracts are found in many hair-care products. The leaves are a commercial source of chlorophyll and have been used for a durable green dye. Nettle hay is used as a high-protein livestock food in some areas (drying, like cooking, eliminates the sting.) Nettle is sometimes used as rennet for cheese making, separating milk into curds and whey. It is also said to be a good companion plant for gardening, increasing the health and pest resistance of vegetable crops growing with it.

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 staceyh@comanchenation.com


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People, Places, & Things Happening IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Exhibition On January 27, 2017 John Hitchcock (Comanche/Kiowa), will show his Native American prints, during the Institute of American Indian Arts Exhibition, located at the Anne and Loren Kieve Gallery from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Organized by the International Print Center New York, New Impressions - Experiments in Contemporary Native American Print making showcases over 40 prints by 12 contemporary Native American print makers. Hitchcock along with other artists utilize history as a visual language. Grounding their work in the images, textures, and experiences of the colonial era, artists layer old and new, and past and present to explore how the attitudes which shaped 19th-century policies and practices continue to resonate in popular culture today. For more information contact Eric Davis, Marketing and Communications Director at (505) 4242351 or email eric.davis@iaia.edu.

BIA Accepting Applications for Water Resources Technician Training Program The Bureau of Indian Affairs is currently seeking students to attend Water Resources Technician Training at the University of Arizona for their summer program. They are also looking for Water Resources Mentors who may be interested in Mentoring one of the Native American Water Resources Technicians for the Fall of 2017. For more information contact Christina Mokhtarzadeh, Supervisory Hydrologist, Chief, Branch of Water Resources at (202) 208-2999 or email bia.watertraining@bia.gov.

Media Group Launches owned and operated media company based in Hollywood, Cali., that Mobile Device Apps opened on the World Wide Web in April 2015 at www.nativeflix.com. Focusing on Native American and IHS Partners with BIA Indigenous to Increase Access to Peoples Films Behavioral Health December 15, 2016 - Am- Services for Native Youth erind Media Group, Inc. (AMG) announced that its streaming video service called NativeFlix is now available on iOS, AppleTV, Android, and Roku. Viewers can now watch content about Native Americans and other Indigenous Peoples from around the world directly on their mobile device or via television using Chromecast or AppleTV. NativeFlix first offered in 2015, has launched its new and improved online streaming service. Now offering additional programming genres – drama, comedy, culture, animation, and music. Having doubled its content library, AMG also offers new and original programming available exclusively on NativeFlix. With much of its collection in full HD allowing greater in-home viewing experience. “The response has been phenomenal, we have received so much support from viewers and filmmakers across the United States and the World,” said CEO Tim Harjo. The company operates similar to a cooperative in that it gives a majority of its revenues to the content owners who license content for the NativeFlix service. “Our mission is to support the filmmakers by sharing their amazing content and ensuring they earn the revenues they deserve all in an effort to continue making more films,” added Harjo. Before co-founding AMG, Harjo served as the Chief Content Officer at First Nations Experience (FNX), the country’s first television station broadcasting Indigenous content. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge. AMG is a Native American

Dear TCNN Letters to the Editor Dear TCNN, I just read the December 2016 edition of TCNN and like many Comanches that live outside of Comanche Country especially in other states was very pleased to read the articles from our Tribal Administrator (Jimmy Arterberry) and Chairman (Willie Nelson). I know our Tribal Administrator has written “updates” about various challenges he has faced since taking office in November 2015. Also Vice-Chairman Susan Cochran, while she was the interim Chairman, also published articles about the “State of the Nation” while she was the Leader of the Nation. We now have “live steaming” of our monthly CBC meetings that we can view on personal computers or on telephones. Still there are many, many Comanches that don’t have a computer or a fancy phone to provide the “live steaming” and are totally dependence on TCNN to provide information about the Nation. That’s why, at least too me, I am most appreciative of the articles written by the TA and Chairman in December’s edition. Both articles were informative and provided a small glance of much needed transparency. Think about this - how many articles you have read in TCNN from our leaders prior to Mr. Arterberry, Ms Cochran and Mr. Nelson? I would guess over the past 10 years that maybe about two dozen articles have been written by our leadership. That’s not very many considering about 120

issues of the TCNN have been published over the past 10 years. Circulation of TCNN, according to the Director of the Public Information Office, is about 6,000 copies that are mailed out to Comanche members and another 2,600 copies are circulated at various locations in Comanche Country. I certainly hope our leaders continue to “keep us informed” on a monthly basis by providing the good, bad and ugly issues of the Nation. Have any of you ever tried to contact our CBC members? Nowhere can you find a phone number or email for any of them. Each member of the CBC is given a Nation phone and email address yet nowhere can you find either. You can call the Nation’s front desk and leave a message and maybe one of them will return your call. The Admin Assistants for both the Chairman and CBC will not give out their Nation-issued phone numbers. When I served on the CBC, I published my home and cell phone numbers and my email address and answered all my calls and emails. So come on CBC, publish your phone number and email address so we can contact you if we have any questions. Lastly, can the CBC give the Nation of the status of the forensic audit? Lanny Asepermy

Native American youth will benefit from the services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Indian Health Service (IHS) and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) entered into an Interagency Agreement today that will increase access to mental and behavioral health services for students attending BIE schools and youth detained in BIA Office of Justice Services (OJS) facilities. “The Indian Health Service is dedicated to addressing behavioral health issues across Indian Country with a special focus on Native youth,” said IHS Principal Deputy Director Mary L. Smith. “This Agreement is another major step we have taken to increase access to quality health care in tribal communities. This is a great partnership and key to caring for our Native youth.” “In keeping with President Obama’s Generation Indigenous initiative to improve opportunities for Native youth and the BIA’s Tiwahe initiative to strengthen Native families, this interagency agreement will enable the BIA and BIE to work corroboratively with IHS to bring muchneeded behavioral health resources to Native youth,” said Lawrence S. “Larry” Roberts, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior. “I want to thank IHS for working with us to bring these resources to our educational and juvenile detention facilities. The services will be of immense help to our students and youth detainees and their families.” The Agreements allows each agency to establish local partnerships through Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) between IHS federally oper-

ated mental health programs, BIEoperated elementary and secondary schools and BIA OJS-operated juvenile detention centers to provide mental health assessment and counseling services, which includes telebehavioral health services. In the first year of this agreement, more than 25 schools could access these services. Under this 10-year Agreement, behavioral health services will be offered at BIE schools and OJS facilities. Tribes, tribally controlled schools or detention facilities may enter into a MOA with the three agencies for these services; however, tribal participation is completely voluntary. A similar partnership already exists with the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Since November 2015, nine schools and one detention center on the Pine Ridge Reservation initiated agreements for behavioral health ser-

vices. This Agreement builds on the other interagency efforts between IHS and BIA, including a December 2015 partnership to equip BIA law enforcement officers with naloxone for responding to drug overdoses in tribal communities. Launched by President Obama in December 2014, Generation Indigenous, also known as GenI, is a Native youth initiative focused on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunities to succeed. This initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to help improve the lives and opportunities for Native youth. Earlier this year, IHS announced more than $7 million in Generation Indigenous behavioral health funding for Tribes, Tribal organizations and other programs.

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CHURCHES GATHER FOR PRAYER BREAKFAST. The Comanche Nation hosted a Prayer Day Breakfast on the morning of December 8, in Watchetaker Hall. During breakfast, Chairman Nelson invited the affiliated ministries and guest to share prayers to those in attendance. There were 19 Comanche affiliated churches set to receive church funds. Those in attendance or mentioned are as: Apache Reformed Church, First Indian Nazarene Church, Memorial Indian Baptist Church, Petarsy Indian Mission Church, Native American Tabe Eka Church, Westside Baptist Church, Brown Indian Baptist Church, Comanche Native American Church, Comanche Reformed Church, Deyo Mission Indian Church, Hunting Horse United Methodist Church, Komah Nazarene Church, Lawton Indian Baptist Church, Little Washita United Methodist Church, Mt. Scott Comanche United Methodist Church, Post Oak Mennonite Brethren, Sherwood Tsotigh Memorial Church, Pete Coffey Mennonite Brethern Church, and United Methodist Church of Apache. PICTURED: Comanche Nation elder Vincent Pocowatchit, closing out the breakfast with prayer.


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427,313 fractional land interests were restored to the 20 participating tribes. In 2009, the Administration settled Cobell v. Salazar and in 2010, Congress enacted legislation approving the settlement. The settlement and legislation established Land BuyBack Program acquiring trust and restricted interests from willing sellers and transferring those interests to Tribes. While Congress intended the ILCA acquisition initiative to be on-going and self-sustaining, the program was unable to sustain itself because many of the lands with liens generated little or no income. The proceeds generated from lands acquired for a particular tribe were used to acquire more lands for that tribe. Further, the program liens reduced the ability of tribes to obtain financing to promote economic development on those lands. The program ceased operations in 2014 because it lacked funding and the Cobell Land Buy-Back Program was implemented. Several tribes approached Department officials to request a waiver of the ILCA liens and to determine how to dispose of the proceeds collected from the liens. In 2016, the Department consulted with Tribes on whether to waive the liens established through the ILCA program and return any existing ILCA program funds to the Tribes to be used for land acquisition. Tribal leaders supported the waiver of ILCA liens and the return of any ILCA funds remaining in tribal accounts. Waiver of liens will enable tribes to fully utilize those tribal lands and to devote future income from such lands to advance the health and welfare of tribal communities. The Department has notified Congress of the Secretary’s decision to waive the liens and transfer the proceeds remaining in the ILCA Acquisition Fund to the appropriate tribe via their trust account for their use and benefit. Fractionation of American Indian lands was caused by the now repudiated 19th century policy of breaking up tribal homelands into individual allotments or tracts and then the division of ownership among more and more owners after the death of the original owner or allottee. Fractionation has grown exponentially over generations. As a result, many allotted tracts now have hundreds or even thousands of individual owners.

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OKC Thunder Mascot ‘Rumble’ Represents During Native American Night Submitted by Neely Tsoodle/ Cheyenne & Arapaho Public Relations

It was Native American Heritage Night at the Oklahoma City Thunder game November 16 when the Thunder hosted the Houston Rockets. The highlight of the evening was the beloved bison mascot ‘Rumble.’ His name became a roar when he came out sporting a traditional Native American ribbon shirt as part of the month long observance of Native American Heritage Month. Chris Smith (Kiowa/Creek) who works for the Fox Sport Oklahoma broadcast crew kicked off some social media chatter about what Rumble should do or wear out of respect for his Native American friends. It didn’t take long for the post to go wild with comments. Immediately getting the big ‘no’ was the war bonnetheaddress reference. Many suggested the idea of Rumble proudly wearing a ‘ribbon shirt.’ Ribbon shirts are a standard traditional clothing article worn by Native American men socially and for traditional dances and ceremonies. That ball got bouncing and two Native females stepped up to the plate to make Rumble’s ribbon shirt. Gloria Tate (Kiowa/Comanche) and Mary Helen Deer (Kiowa/Creek) took on the challenge and measured Rumble’s burly physique and came

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IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS. The Comanche Nation Workforce Office staff went above and beyond their daily duties, when they all chipped in money to buy the Perez family several gifts and an overflowing grocery basket for Christmas. The special delivery was presented to the Lawton family on December 19.

up with a masterpiece in Thunder fashion. “I was personally nervous of the thought,” said Tate. “I was worried about people liking it or saying something negative about it.” Deer was conscientious of the magnitude of being seen nationally. “There have been so many people who have had mascot mishaps and, for the most part, it’s been an insult. The Thunder organization had the sensitivity to inquire before they made any moves,” Deer said. Oh, the public liked it all right! Rumble erupted on social media, his Facebook page alone got more likes, comments and shares than any other post he’s ever had except for one: a recent worldwide social media experiment, called the ‘mannequin challenge.’ "We wanted to celebrate Native American Heritage Night appropriately and by incorporating Native American traditions. Rumble's ribbon shirt was custom-created by members of the Kiowa, Creek and Comanche tribes, and we feel it resonated well with our fans and the Native American community," said Rumble. He also posted on his Facebook site that he was proud to represent all tribes with his custom ribbon

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And custom it is with a little added flare. “We had to think about it quick and hard and put it out of our mind the traditional way some and think of it as stage and showbiz or production,” said Deer. Deer and Tate made sure the color scheme of the fabric was a perfect match to the Thunder while, at the same time, paying close attention to original Native artistry. Tate carries on the talents of her maternal grandmother who was a master seamstress. She had to laugh about the once-in-a lifetime experience. “You always see Rumble running around, working the crowd. We had to find material that had some flexibility to it. We also wanted to see the ribbons flying behind him. He did wonderful and respectful.” said Tate. Both Tate and Deer said they cannot thank the Thunder organization enough for the thoughtfulness they gave the Native American community for taking the sensitivity of Indian Mascots seriously. For Brian Byrnes, Thunder senior vice president of Sales and Marketing, the decision to recognize Native culture was simple: "We have always felt a deep connection with the Native American community, and we saw November,

which is National Native American Heritage Month, as the perfect opportunity to celebrate and incorporate Native American traditions into our game programming. Last night, the National Anthem was performed by a member of the Comanche Nation, while the colors were presented by the Seminole Nation Honor Guard; our mascot Rumble the Bison wore a custom ribbon shirt as a tribute to all tribes in the region; and the Fancy Dancers, a dance troupe representing 39 tribes from across Oklahoma, brought traditional Native American song and dance to our fans at Chesapeake Arena." While Native mascots have been a hotly debated topic for decades, on this November night, Tate explained, Rumble and his ribbon shirt seemed to have struck the right chord. “We always hope to gain respect … with his custom ribbon shirt, all I could do was scream and keep yelling and oh my goshing! It was an awesome sight.” Rumble spent the first portion of the game in his ribbon shirt. Then the Native American Fancy Dance Troupe performed at halftime. Thunder won over the Houston Rockets 105 to 103.


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Obituaries Danielle Victoria Clowser

Clowser Danielle Victoria Clowser 22 of Rocky Mount NC entered into eternal rest on October 24. Funeral Service was November 4, at New Jerusalem Baptist Church 1410 S. Georgia. Burial followed at Deyo Mission Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Clowser was born August 31, 1994 in Lawton to Daniel Carr and the late Tonya Clowser. She grew up in Rocky Mount North Carolina and attended Northern Nash High School. Clowser was a very high spirited person and was always smiling and loved with all her heart. If you ever needed her for anything she was right there, she was an outstanding young lady and a very good friend to all. She had two beautiful daughters who were her world. She leaves to cherish her memory; daughters; A’Myla Lynn Edgerton and Mc’Kenzie Noel Edgerton of the home, her father Daniel and Cindy Carr of Oklahoma City, brothers and sisters; Danica Carr of OKC, Daniel Carr VI of Norman, Cortnee Ryals, Derion Williamson both of Georgia, Dantaizha Newton of OKC, Alex Clowser, Gyven Clowser both of Lawton and Hope Johns of Cache. Paternal Aunts and Uncles; Jerry Lee Pruitt of Rocky Mount NC. Jevon Butler of OKC, Keyon Carr of Warren Robinson GA, Raymond Straughter of OKC. Rondette Carr of Rocky Mount NC, Jackie Kent of Rocky Mount, NC, Chasity McCorckle of OKC, Fonda Jones of Warren Robinson GA., Tyran Patterson of Durant, Godfather Coy Lee Alexander of Edmond. Paternal Great Aunts; Brenda Lavizzo of Arlington TX, Janice Lavizzo Harris of San Angelo TX, Wanda Lavizzo of Arlington TX, Frances Lavizzo of GA., Mary Redman of Lubbock TX., Patricia Lavizzo of Lubbock TX., Anette White of San Angelo, TX. Paternal Grandmother; Cynthia Kent of Rocky Mount NC. Paternal Grandfather; Daniel Carr IV and Ann of Warren Robinson GA. Maternal Grandmother; Judy Clowser, Maternal Grandfather; Jerry Clowser, Maternal Aunt; Sonya Clowser all of Lawton. Maternal Great Aunts; Connie and Vic McCarthy of Indiahoma, Mary Roman of Wichita Falls Tx, Lenora and Buddy Beasley of Lawton, Vicki and Jim Slaten of Cache, Dorothy Jenson, Nancey Pangus both of Lawton. Maternal Great Uncles; Jim and Sally Clowser of Ardmore, Larry Paddyaker of Lawton and Jerry and Rebecca Paddyaker of Cache. Cousins; Ashley Roberts, Brook’lynn Harris, Breshella Clowser and Jesse Roberts. Numerous other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her mother Tonya Clowser, grandmothers Maxine Paddyaker and Rose Paddyaker, Grandfather Vic Paddyaker and Great Grandfather Doc Parker, Paternal Great-Grandparents Daniel III and Nettie Carr.

Stephen Allen French Jr. Stephen Allen French Jr. 28 went to his heavenly home on Wednesday November 16, in Lawton. Funeral Service was November 22, with Rev. Matt Asetamy officiating. Burial followed at Cache KCA Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer Service was November 21, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. French was born on Novem-

French ber 21, 1987 to Sandra Jean Caddo and Stephen Allen French Sr. He attended Lawton High School and currently lived in Lawton. He worked as a Landscaper with All Green Lawn Service. He was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. French enjoyed fishing, cooking outside, loved to watch football, his favorite teams were OU Sooners and the 49ers. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by: the beloved mother of his children, Samantha Rodriguez of Kingfisher, their children; Autumn, Nate, Trinity, Christian and Alexander; Mother, Sandra Caddo of Lawton; brothers: Robert Jolee Kiesecker, Allen Joyce Kiesecker, Timothy Ray French all of Lawton, Winston Wayne McQuoid of Arizona; sisters: Queen Dawn Crowels, Abigail Monica Imes, Amanda Sue McQuoid, Stephenie Ilene French, Crystal Rose French all of Lawton, grandfather, Jimmy Caddo of Lawton numerous other loved ones and family. He is preceded in death by: grandmother, Leatrice Wermy, uncle; Marlon Ray Caddo, Richard Wayne Caddo and cousin, Verdell L. Gamble.

Muriel Redbird Holden

would arrive at 11:00 every day. She attended Ft. Sill Indian School where she got used to the school and stayed during the summers because the school provided summer jobs which helped her buy what she needed. During the school days the students had to do details. Holden said that she hated getting up at 4:00 AM to feed the chickens, pigs and cows where you always ended up getting dirty and the other detail she hated was working the laundry room washing and ironing uniforms. Students wore uniforms during those days. She is survived by her son Roderick G. Takewahpoor and daughter in law Rozanne, granddaughter Cathy Lorentz, six great grandchildren; Alyssa (Thomas) Plata, Cassie(Kyle) Williams, Kristy and Angelo Pratts(both who watched and took care of her daily) Trinity and Sabra Lorentz, Nine Great Great Grandchildren; Ethan, Dyer and Jessica Williams, Celeste Lorentz, Cailyn White Eagle, Bethany White Eagle, Roberto and Victor Plata and Hayden Lorentz and one on the way. A Special son Wallace Coffey who always made sure she had what she needed in her Indian home which she refused to leave. Nephew Riley Wahnee, special friends Tommy and Anita Johnson and several other family and friends that she loved. She is preceded in death by; two sons; Courtney Wayne (Buck) Holden and Donny Ray Redbird . two brothers; Tommy Wahnee and James Wahnee, one great granddaughter Leah Elizabeth Lorentz, her mother Yahker Cheevers, father George Takewahpoor, her paternal grandfather Eckhoosho (Redbird), grandmother Ne-Vey-Too-Up, her maternal grandfather Comanche Chief Cheevers, grandmother No-Ho-Co and her great grandmother Ten Bears daughter(whose name is not remembered). Step Father William (Bill) Saupitty, step brothers; Larry, Stanford, Floyd and Dan Saupitty, these brothers fought during WWII and were referred to as the fighting Saupitty’s by the newspapers.

Raymond M. Hadley III

Holden Muriel Redbird Holden 95 Lawton died peacefully in her sleep on November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. Funeral Service was December 1, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was November 31, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Holden was born April 26, 2016 in Apache to Yahker Cheevers and George Takewahpoor, She was raised in Cyril. Growing up in the country she attended grade school at Cyril. In 1937 she attended Fort Sill Indian School in the 7th grade and graduated in 1942, soon after she took a six week course learning how to work on airplanes, then in November of 1942 she was sent by the BIA to Oklahoman City to work at an Aircraft Plant. Holden stated she and three other girls stayed at a rooming house in a basement and went to work together riding streetcars and then catching a bus to the aircraft plant. Her job was a riveter inside and outside the bombers. One of her work mates was a Comanche girl, they stayed friends into old age. In 1946 Holden moved to Lawton and in 1960 started working at the old Southwester Hospital, and after a few years transferred to Comanche County Memorial Hospital and retired there after 20 years. Holden was a member of the old Hunting Horse Methodist Church when it was locate at 4th and G street back in 1954. There was a train station between F and G streets where passenger trains

Hadley Raymond M. Hadley III, went to his heavenly home on Friday, November 25, in Lawton, Oklahoma. He was 49 years old. Graveside services and burial was held at Highland Cemetery in Lawton, Oklahoma on November 29 under the direction of the Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Hadley was born on March 6, 1967 in Keene, New Hampshire to Lorraine “Tincy” Titchaunerwe Hadley and Raymond Hadley II. Hadley attended Cache High School. Hadley lived his life to the fullest and enjoyed his freedom most of all. He was an avid fan of the Oklahoma Sooners, loved listening to music and enjoyed being around his friends. He was a proud member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. Hadley is survived by: his father, Raymond M. Hadley II, Keene, New Hampshire; daughters, Adrian Lynch, Edmond, Oklahoma and Chi-o-yet Hadley, Apache, Oklahoma; a grandson, Kaden Lynch,

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Edmond, Oklahoma; special companion, Florencia Littlecalf, Lawton, Oklahoma; two uncles and their wives: John and Linda Tahah, Moore, Oklahoma and Edward and Ann Tahah, Lawton, Oklahoma; one aunt and husband, Imogene and John Moss, Corvallis, Oregon and numerous cousins, friends and other extended family members. He is preceded in death by: his mother, Lorraine “Tincy” Titchaunerwe Hadley; a brother, Mitchell Lee Hadley; an aunt, Clemencia Tahah Asenap; cousins Dena Asenap, Gene Asenap and Junior Stevens; maternal grandmother Nora Titchaunerwe; and maternal great grandparents, Titachunerwe and Tahsequah.

Yvonne (Jean) Monetathchi

Monetathchi Yvonne (Jean) Monetathchi, age 80 years old, was born November 24, 1936 at the Kiowa Indian Hospital, Lawton, OK. She passed away on November 26, 2016. She was raised in the Mountain Scott area on the Monetathchi allotment. Monetathchi was preceded in death by her mother, Minnie Monetathchi Bointy; one son Avery Monetathchi; one sister, Verree (Betty) Bointy Scott; one nephew Martin Gene Scott; one Brotherin-law John Henry Scott, maternal grandparents, “A” Monetathchi and Martha Wahper Monetathchi Tieyah. She traces her ancestry to Pe-kah, Monetathchi. Monetathchi attended Stoney Point School before enrolling at the Ft. Sill Indian School at the age of 14. While attending the Ft. Sill Indian School she was involved in many school activities: basketball, softball, and cheerleading until she graduated. Her senior year, she was elected homecoming queen. Following her graduation she attended St. Anthony’s School of Nursing, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 1955 to 1958. She graduated in 1958 as a Registered Nurse. Monetathchi was employed at Southwestern Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma as a Registered Nurse; Zuni Indian Clinic and Zuni Indian Hospital in Zuni, New Mexico; Talequah Indian Hospital; and the Lawton Indian Hospital. During her employment at the Lawton Indian Hospital she became a head nurse supervisor and utilization review nurse. She retired from the Lawton Indian Hospital with 47 years of service. Monetathchi was active in the Mountain Scott Indian community and throughout the state of Oklahoma serving as the head lady dancer for many numerous powwows. In addition, she formalized the Comanche Nation Quilt Show which was held during the Comanche Nation Fair beginning in 2004 to 2012 due to health reasons. A highlight of her life was the honor of being named Indian of the Year at the American Indian Exposition in 2003. She was a member of the Petarsy Methodist Church her entire life. She was active in the various activities of the church until her health curtailed her participation. She was a proud member of the Comanche Nation.

Lou Ellen Coy

Coy Lou Ellen Coy, 69, Walters,

OK

Funeral Service was at the Walters Comanche Nation Community Center on December 6, with burial in the Walters Cemetery under the direction of Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home in Walters. A Prayer Service was held at the Community Center. Lou Ellen Chockpoyah Coy was born to Lee and Lorean Hicks Chockpoyah on January 11, 1947 in Lawton, OK and departed this life in Walters, OK on December 1, at the age of 69 years, 10 months and 20 days. Coy grew up east of Walters on Beaver Creek. She married Jerry Wayne Coy on November 23, 1962 in Cotton County and to the union 3 children were born. Coy has always made Walters her home. She worked at Haggar’s in Temple, and cooked for several restaurants including Cattleman’s in Comanche, E & L’s in Walters and the Dairy Queen in Temple. She also cooked at Leo and Ken’s Truck Stop in Lawton while attending Cameron University where she received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and law. She was hoping to go on to Harvard and become a lawyer but her health began to fail. Coy later married Sydney Lavern “Popcorn” Gwoompi on January 31, 2015. She attended Open Door Church of God in Walters. She enjoyed going to the Casino, going to the creek, picking up pecans, wild flowers, blackberries and plums. She taught her grandkids how to drive. She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters, Willie Chockpoyah an infant and Connie Chockpoyah Jones; and 2 sons-inlaw, Patrick Allen Tahchawwickah and Jerrel Ray Barton. She is survived by her husband, Sydney Lavern Gwoompi; a daughter, Jamie Sue Tahchawwickah, and her sons, Verdon Lee Tahchawwickah and Johnnathan Riggins Tahchawwickah; a son, Jerry Wayne Coy, Jr.; and a daughter, Sally Coy Barton, and her 2 daughter, Sancey Dean Barton and fiancé, Brandon Lynn Dorman, and Sidney Deanna Mahogany Barton and her children, Henry Thomas Jones and Jordan Ray Barton; 8 brothers and sisters, Marie Sevier, Lavera Thompson, Fred Chockpoyah, Jeannie Ricketts, Lena Calfy, Eddie Chockpoyah, Geraldine Gray and Jessie Foster; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Woody Wauqua

Wauqua ters, OK

Woody Wauqua, 67, Wal-

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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday

Alexander Akoneto, December 28

Happy Birthday

Geneva Navarro, January 4 Henry Pohocsucut, January 4 Margrett Oberly, January 4 Betty Hood, January 6 Blake Heminokeky Gayton, January 8 Tammie Asepermy, January 8 Janet Schwabenbauer, January 12 Leona Cable, January 17 Diane Smith, January 19 Lans Saupitty, January 20 Ayvalynn Plant, January 27 Larry Hood, January 28 Anna Wockmetooah Tahmahkera, January 29 William Grants Williams, January 31

Happy Belated Birthday Alexander Akoneto December 28

Happy Birthday Margrett Oberly January 4

Happy Birthday Geneva Navarro January 4

Happy Birthday Blake Heminokey Gayton January 8

Happy Birthday Tammie Asepermy January 8

Happy Birthday Janet Schwabenbauer January 12

Happy Birthday Mark January 17

Anniversaries Melvin Kerchee & Debbie Sequichie-Kerchee December 31~Married 26 years

Happy Birthday Ayvalynn Plant January 27

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday William Grants Williams Anna WockmetooahJanuary 31 Tahmahkera ~ January 29

Happy Anniversary

Amiyah Harmony RaeannStarr Born:

Kiyou William Kerchee

December 3, 2016

6lbs 2oz 18 inches Born to Deanna Starr Grandparents: Jackie Tenequer & Rudy Starr Jr.

Born:

October 18, 2016

Melvin Kerchee & Debbie ‘Biscuit’ Sequichie-Kerchee December 31 Married 26 years

Born to Denise Vargas and Marshall ‘Chubs’ Ross Kerchee

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

January 28, 2017 2:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m. Watchetaker Hall, Comanche Nation Complex Nine Miles North of Lawton, Okla. ALL GOURD DANCE HEAD STAFF Master of Ceremonies Head Singer Head Man Gourd Dancer Arena Director Security Co-Host

Cy Ahtone Kevin “Bubba” Sovo Sr. Glen Gutierrez Ross Bointy John Chasenah Carnegie Victory Club

Elgin, Okla. Sterling, Okla. Chickasha, Okla. Carnegie, Okla. Lawton, Okla. Carnegie, Okla.

Invitation to all tribal and organizational princesses Public Welcome. Vendors welcome to set up for a fee. Supper will be served. For more information, contact Frank Whitewolf, (580) 678-1540. No drugs, alcohol, or harassment allowed. Not responsible for accidents or theft.

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Continued from Page 8 nity Center, December 8, Rev. Videll Yackeschi and Rev. Mike Wauqua officiating with burial in the Walters Cemetery under the direction of Hart-Wyatt Funeral home in Walters. Prayer Service was at the Community Center. Wauqua was born to Johnny and Ethel Yackeschi Wauqua on March 20, 1949 at Lawton, OK and departed this life in Walters, OK, on December 4, at the age of 67 years, 8 months and 14 days. Wauqua grew up at Walters and Cache, graduating from Lawton

Mark 1:15 “...and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye, and believe in the gospel.”

Indian School in 1967. He then spent a short time in Chicago, IL, working at Wells Manufacturing, eventually returning to Southwest Oklahoma. He married LaVada Valdez Long on August 15, 1980 and they raised 4 boys at Walters. Wauqua did concrete work for many years for Larry Durbin and various others, and also did horse training for Roland White. In his younger years he was a talented athlete and enjoyed boxing even as a young adult. He loved riding and breaking horses, playing the guitar,

Translated to the Comanche Language

“...me yühkwi: Ta naahkina tsa’ namarükapü. God-ha tüni’atsikana tsa’ tai wühpitükatü. Atahpuka müü suana wümüühtsi, tsaati narümu’ipühaka türokwisuaakü. -From the Book Mark-ha Tsaatu Narumu’ipu (The Gospel of Mark in Comanche and English Copyright 1958

singing, doing bead work and making things. He was a member of Westside Baptist Church in which he had done the brick work many years ago. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, LaVada Wauqua; a sister, Linn Sue Wauqua; a brother, Johnny Wauqua; and 2 others raised like siblings, Mark Yackeschi and Brenda Kay Yackeschi. Survivors include 4 sons, Michael Wayne Long, Mark Anthony Long, William Macks Wauqua and Willington Duncy Wauqua all of Walters; a daughter, Fay Linn Wau-

qua McGregor of Pontotoc, MS; 4 brothers, Michael Reed Wauqua of Bethany, OK, Norris Randal Wauqua, Gordon Owens and Winford Buddy Wauqua all of Lawton; a sister, Velora Glo Desselle of Lawton; 1 raised like a brother, Jordan “Rocky” Yackeschi; 2 aunts and an uncle, June Tahpay of Walters, Viola Wooth of

Colorado and Videll Yackeschi of Comanche, OK; 18 grandchildren, Hannah, Amanda, Kasey, Michael, Seslie, Alyssa, Dalton, William, Kenzlee, Heston, Paisley, Brayden, Donovon, Aiden and Alexys; and 1 great grandchild on the way.

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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The Comanche Nation Honors it’s Elders December 9th with an Afternoon of Celebration

Photo by Paula Karty, Stacey Heminokeky, and Jolene Schonchin/ News Staff

Tribal elders fill the Great Plains Colisuem to receive their annual elder payment during the 2016 Comanche Nation Elder’s Day.

Comanche Nation Princess Ashleigh Mithlo and Comanche Nation Jr. Princess, Michelle Nevaquaya, perform the Lord’s Prayer in sign language at the 2016 Comanche Nation Elder’s Day held at the Great Plains Coliseum.

Ida Laura Asah Jones looks through the 2017 IAM NDN Calendar.

Comanche Nation employees Justin Boos and James Wedgeworth pass out beverages to the elders.

Mary Sapcut and Rod Parker get a good seating spot at the annual Elder’s Day celebration, December 9 at the Comanche County Coliseum in Lawton, Okla.

Comanche Business Committee, from left, Jonathan Poahway, Eddie Ahdosy, Clyde Narcomey, Susan Cothren, and William Nelson welcome the elders.

Rebecca Tahchawwickah starts off her song list by singing “Santa Baby.”

Eldridge “Peaches” Tahdooahnippah, with his son, Nolan, was the oldest Comanche male at elders Day this year.

Inez Motah gets a bouquet of Poinsettias for being the oldest Comanche female at the celebration.

Lola Ototivo is sitting pretty at the celebration.

Corbin Swift was one of several dancers that entertained the tribe’s senior citizens.

Elders sign in at the Enrollment booth.

Carol Saupitty holds her great grandson, Randall Scott Cable, at the Elder Day Celebration. Elder, Brenda Nibbs, and her sister, Benal Mason, look at the numerous vendors that were set up at Elder’s Day.

Photos by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

ELDER CENTER CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS. The Comanche Nation Elder Center held it’s Annual Christmas Dinner on December 15. Over 200 Comanche Elders were all served a warm and tasty Christmas meal. Native American Youth Dancers from the Anadarko Public Schools, entertained the Elders with different traditional dances including, straight dance, and fancy dance. RIGHT: Bruce Neconie performed the Hoop dance for the elders. Door prizes were given out to elders who had the lucky ticket. Array of arts-and-crafts vendors were available. Prevention and Recovery handed out Christmas stockings filled with goodies for all the elders. If you have questions concerning the Comanche Nation Elder Center, call (580) 355-2330.

Members of IAM NDN take the stage to sing Comanche Hymns and Christmas Carols in the Comanche Language to the elders.


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Elder’s Council Christmas Party Proved to be a Jolly Good Time Submitted By Adele Mihesuah/Treasurer Comanche Nation Elder Council

The annual Comanche Nation Elder Council Christmas Program was held at the Apache Casino Hotel in the Summit Room. Each elder was greeted at the door by Phyllis Narcomey, Elder Council Secretary and Adele Mihesuah, Elder Council Treasurer. As each elder signed in and entered the beautifully decorated room, they received a canvas bag with the Comanche Nation Elder Council logo, a bag of fruit, candy and nuts, a book of Mark in Comanche with a CD from the Elder Council, and a door prize ticket; and, a free play from the Apache Casino Hotel. The Summit Room was set up for 120 elders; however, a record 139 were served luncheon. The Officers had to add tables to the Summit Room to accommodate the elders in attendance. Lunch comprised of turkey, dressing, potatoes, green beans, garden salad, rolls, pumpkin or pecan pie. Tea, water, and coffee were constantly served from sit down. The meal was served by wait staff that included five Comanche Nation members, all having elder relatives in the crowd. Throughout the morning, Billy Wermy led elders in Comanche songs including Christmas themed and hymns. The Christmas story was told in Comanche by Sandra Karty and Rita Coosewoon. Door prize numbers were called by Elder Council Chairman, Willie Pekah, and given out by Elder Council Vice Chair, Vivian Holder. December birthdays were announced as well as up-coming programs and meetings. The Comanche Nation Elder Council would like to thank Christi Chambers, Apache Hotel and Catering Sales Manager, for going above and beyond in her service to the Comanche Nation Elders. Chambers even stepped in to serve and to set up tables. She was a constant presence at the program and catered to the elder’s every need. In addition, the Comanche Nation Elder Council would like to thank Jimmy Arterberry, Tribal Administrator, for assuring the elders had fruit, nuts and candy for their giveaway bags. Initially, the order was placed with Country Mart, who at the last minute refused to take the order; however, due to the efforts of Elder Council secretary, Phyllis Narcomey, and Arterberry, everything came together. The Elder Council would also like to thank Rita Heath, Beverly Isaac, Toni Timbo, Mary Pennah, and Debra Barnard for assist the Elder Council Executive Board on Saturday afternoon filling sacks with fruit, candy and nuts for the elder program scheduled for that Monday. They are also honored to have a photographer from the Comanche Nation Newspaper at the event. Many of the elders came up to Executive Board members and thanked them for their efforts, saying this Christmas Program made them “feel special.” Being waited on being served in a beautiful setting, being treated with the respect all elders deserve made a wonderful start of the Christmas season. The next Comanche Nation Elder Council meeting will be held Monday, January 9, 2017, due to the New Year holiday, at the Comanche Nation College, beginning at 10 a.m., lunch will be served to elders.

Beverly Isaac, Aurilia Craig, and Georgia Sapcut.

Arlene Asenap with Brenda Yackeschi and Duane Yackeschi.

Jackie Keith and Eleanor McDaniel.

Barbara Patterson and Lebert Taunah.

Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

The Comanche Elder’s Council Officers Willie Pekah, Adale Mihesuah, Vivian Holder, and Phyllis Narcomey worked hard to make the celebration a success.

Chris McCarthy, Gwen Nauni, and Marion Simmons.

Bonita Paddyaker, Marie Chebahtah, and Sandra Karty.

Billy Wermy led Comanche Hymns at the Elder Council’s Christmas Luncheon.

Mary Jo Wardeski was a Door Prize Winner at the Christmas Celebration.

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Rita Coosewoon leads a series of Christmas Carols in the Comanche Language.

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2017 Comanche Nation OfямБces Phone Numbers 2017 COMANCHE NATION PHONE DIRECTORY DEPARTMENT PHONE # FAX # RECEPTIONIST 580-492-3240 580-492.3796 RONNA POTTS 580-492-3241 STEPHANIE AKOENTO 580-4923242 ADMINISTRATION CHAIRMANS OFFICE 580-492-3250 580-492-3756 CIVA HILL 580-492-3251 VICE- CHAIRMAN 580-492-3252 TRIBAL ADMINISTRATOR 580-492-3255 580-492-3796 JANA KARTY 580-492-3253 SEC.-TREASURER 580-492-3256 580-492-3796 ASHLEY NAUNI 580-492-3252 RECORDS ARCHIVAL 580-492-3270 580-492-3796 CARLENE COLLINS 580-492-3270 ANADARKO OUTREACH 405-247-4942 405-247-4993 CAPITOL IMPROVEMNT 580-492-3302 LOUIE MCCARTHY 580-492-3503 LENA PEKAH 580-492-3302 CAREGIVERS 580-699-8811 580-699-8815 ARLENE KEMP 580-699-8812 CHILD CARE PROGRAM 580-699-3991 580-699-3992 CHILDCARE PROGRAM 2 580-699-5213 CHILDRENS COURT PAMELA ADAIR 580-280-4744 580-595-9423 CHILDRENS SHELTER 580-492-3240 580-492-4445 DEBORAH WRIGHT 580-492-3240 CHILD SUPPORT 580-280-4750 580-3577633 LLORI GOOMBI 580-280-4733 TAMI STEEN 580-280-4734 KELLY WILKINSON 580-280-4735 MEGAN MAHSEET 580-280-4736 LANETTE TAHCHAWWICKAH 580-280-4737 DEANN NIBBS 580-280-4738 CHR 580-699-5225 580-699-5227 CHR 2 580-699-5226 COMPLIANCE OFFICE DENISE KARTY 580-492-3319 580-492-4399 DALLAS TX. OUTREACH 214-941-1050 Ex.275214-983-0942 DAYCARE (APACHE) 580-588-3114 580-588-3119 DAYCARE (LAWTON) 580-250-1561 580-250-0439 DIABETES AWARENESS 580-280-4674 580-280-4676 MARILYN FIGUEROA 580-280-4675 ELDERLY CENTER 580-355-2330 580-355-2365 MARILYN GUERRERO 580-355-2330

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PHONE # FAX # 580-492-3272 580-492-3702 580-492-3371 580-492-6389 580-492-3375 580-492-6389 580-492-3374 580-492-3376 580-492-3377 EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 580-492-3628 580-492-3796 EPA OFFICE 580-492-3734 580-492-3733 FAMILY ASST. CENTER 580-492-3590 580-492-6095 BETTY SIMMONS 580-492-3596 FINANCE 580-492-3295 580-492-5953 CAROL JIMENEZ 580-492-3298 BETTY LUNA 580-492-3296 JEROME HOWLINGWATER580-492-3297 LANS SAUPITTY 580-492-3299 ANN LEE 580-492-3300 FIRE PROGRAM 580-492-3600 580-492-5595 FIRE PROGRAM 2 5800-492-3602 FITNESS CENTER 580-248-0005 580-248-0003 FOOD DISTRIBUTION 580-492-3325 580-492-3744 JAMIE PROUTY 580-492-3327 KENNY CAPES 580-492-3324 LINDA MINTHORN 580-492-3325 JUNE SOVO 580-492-3326 GLYNIS GEIONETY 580-492-3328 FUNERAL HOME 580-351-0045 580-351-0093 GRANDPARENTS RAISNG GRANDCHILDREN580-450-0593 GRANTS DEPARTMENT 580-492-3620 580-492-3702 CHRISTINE BRINKMAN 580-492-3622 HIGHER EDUCATION 580-492-3363 580-492-4017 CATHERINE PARKER 580-492-3367 CHRISTIAN BOOS 580-492-3364 DEBRA CARROLL 580-492-3365 LENA FARRIS 580-492-3366 KELLY BERRY 580-492-3370 BONNIE LEMON 580-492-3368 HIGHER EDUCATION 2 580-492-3271 HOME IMPROVEMENT 580-492-3313 580-492-3738 TETA THOMPSON 580-492-3316 CLAUDIA BASKETT 580-492-3315 HIP 2 580-492-3314 HIP 3 580-492-3394

DEPARTMENT

PHONE # FAX # HISTORIC PRESERVATION 580-595-9960 580-595-9733 HUMAN RESOURCES 580-492-3750 580-492-48820 SHIRLEY RIVERA 580-492-3571 MICHELE ROBINSON 580-492-3572 SUMMER PEQUENO 580-492-3573 INDIAN CHILD WELFARE 580-280-4751 580-354-0808 CAROL MITHLO 580-280-4739 BRIAN WAHNEE 580-280-4740 TORI DEAN 580-2880-4742 VALERIE RUCKER 580-280-4743 ICW 2 580-280-4741 INFORMATION TECNOLOGY 580-492-3329 580-492-5740 CHARLES CRUTCHER 580-492-3333 HUNTER BLACKWOLF 580-492-3330 RENEA TOAHTY 580-492-3332 DUSTIN MILLER 580-492-3501 CRAIG CABLE 580-492-3777 JAMES WEDGEWORTH 580-492-3335 FRANCIS ATTOCKNIE 580-492-3334 INFORMATION TECNOLOGY 580-492-3331 IAMNDN 580-357-3449 INJURY PREVENTION 580-492-3342 BONITA PADDYAKER 580-492-3343 INJURY PREVENTION 2 580-492-3344 LAW ENFORCEMENT 580-492-3260 580-492-3830 DISPATCH 1 580-492-3261 DISPATCH 2 580-492-3262 LAW ENFORCEMENT 2 1-877-TRIBAL-911 GINA TAHSEQUAH 580-492-3293 BRANDIE HOLLAND 580-492-3265 MIAINTENANCE 580-492-3354 RAMON LAURENZANA 580-492-3355 PATRICIA BLACK 580-492-3356 NAGPRA 580-595-9350 580-699-8844 NEW PATHWAYS 580-248-3654 580-357-1107 OKC OUTREACH 405-635-8999 405-635-8988 OPTOMETRY 580-699-5386 580-699-5389 WAYLA WAUQUA 580-699--5387 optometry@comanchenation.com PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE 580-699-5534 580-699-5537 LAUREN VASQUEZ 580-699-5535 prescriptionassistance@comanchenation.com

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