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Applications for Student Services Begin July 18

Comanche Nation Takes Part in Cobell Settlements and Buy Back Program for Tribal Nations

Submitted by Gwen Pesewonit/ Comanche Nation Student Services Director

In a few weeks, children across the nation will be going back to school. With that in mind, the Comanche Nation K-12 Student Services is offering our students a variety of options this year. The student will have the option of receiving a gift card from Wal-mart or a clothing voucher of their choice from the following retailers: • Bookcase Uniform • JC Penny • Rue 21 The Student Services Program is very excited about providing the tribal enrolled students with such an opportunity this new school year. They are happy to announce Bookcase Uniforms and Rue 21 are new vendors for the tribe’s K-12 Student Services. It looks forward to a successful partnership with them. In addition, the Student Services will be hosting the Annual Back-to-School event, which school supplies will be given. The tentative date for the Back-to-School event is August 2, although this date is subject to change. For more information, please call the K-12 Student Services Program Office, (580) 492-3278 or (580) 492-3279. Email questions to studentservices@comanchenation. com.

Submitted by Stephen Lee/Comanche Nation Reality Program

Photos by Paula Karty/News Staff

FUN TIMES. GIFTS GALORE. The 4th Annual Cops-n-Kids picnic brought over 1,400 children and adults to the Comanche Nation Complex to spend the afternoon with different law enforcement officers while they played games, ate a picnic lunch, and won many prizes. TOP PICTURE: 3-year-old Melynn Fagan is all smiles as she rides the ponies during the event. MIDDLE PICTURE: The Indians for Indians Radio Program gave out prizes for kids to do the Nae Nae Dance for them during their broadcast. BOTTOM PICTURE: Bicycles and other donated prizes line the walls of Watchetaker Hall. RL Smith, coordinator for the event, described it as ‘Christmas in June’ due to the many donated gifts they received from local sponsors. A total of 80 bicycles were given away, along with five Kindle Fire Tablets, and countless toys for different age groups. Adults were not left out, and they also won prizes from free gym memberships to gift certificates to area restaurants. More pictures and information about the Cops-n-Kids Picnic will be in the August Edition of TCNN.

President Obama Signs Indian Trust Asset Management Reform Act Into Law National Congress of American Indians Press Release/

On June 22, in a major step forward in tribal self-determination over trust land management, President Obama signed H.R. 812, the Indian Trust Asset Management Reform Act. The Act establishes an Indian trust asset Demonstration Project, in addition to other provisions empowering tribes to better manage their own trust assets. The primary feature of the new law is a Demonstration Project that empowers tribes to develop plans for trust asset management with tribal objectives and priorities. The tribal plan and regulations, when approved by the Secretary of the Interior, can authorize the tribe to engage in surface leasing, forest management, and appraisals without any further approval of the Secretary.

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The new law also authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to create the position of Under Secretary for Indian Affairs to supervise and coordinate trust functions that are now separate in the OST, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other divisions of Interior. Further, the Secretary of the Interior is required to consult with tribes and develop a plan for the future of the OST. “Tribal leaders want to move to a system focused on tribal self-determination and economic opportunities,” stated NCAI President Brian Cladoosby. “This Act allows for tribes to have greater control over decision making and furthers tribal self-governance. It is a significant milestone for the modernization of the trust relationship between the

federal government and tribal nations.” On behalf of Indian Country, NCAI would like to thank Representatives Mike Simpson (R-ID), Denny Heck (D-WA) as well as Representatives Cole, Kilmer, DelBene, Labrador, Reichert, McMorris Rodgers, Pocan, Jones, Gosar, and Newhouse. In the Senate, we would like to thank Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), who sponsored the Senate mirror bill, Senator James Risch (D-ID), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and the entire Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. NCAI will hold a special session at the Mid Year Conference next week in Spokane, Washington. This breakout will take place Tuesday, June 28 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Spokane Convention Center

- view the agenda here. The discussion will be led by Vice Chairman Ernie Stensgar of the Coeur D’Alene Tribe, who has been in the forefront on the legislation for many years. In addition to the new law, this session will address other areas of the trust reform effort, including Department of the Interior’s new Rights-of-Way Regulations; an update on the Land Buy-Back Program; Interior’s goal of place 500,000 acres in trust; and discussion with Office of the Special Trustee. For more information, please contact John Dossett, General Counsel,; or Colby Duren, Staff Attorney, cduren@

The following letter was received from the United States Department of Interior on June 9. “Dear Tribal Leader, In only our third year of sending purchase offers as part of the Land-Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program or Programs), we have already surpassed $740 million in payments made to landowners, are restored the equivalent of nearly 1.5 million acres of land to tribal governments. I’m writing you today as part of the collaboration we hope will lead to success at your location. In our government-to-government discussions with tribal leaders, we have learned of the enthusiasm many tribes are feeling, and the urge to get started as soon as possible. We know you are as committed as we are to a successful implementation at your location. With respect to starting our collaborative efforts, a representatives will contact you as the Program begins planning for implementations at your location. In the meantime, there are several things that you and your staff my do to prepare for participation in the Buy-Back Program. One important activity is to become familiar with the four land consolidation phases: outreach, land research, valuation, and acquisition. The best way to do that is to review the Program’s 2015 Status Report, available at: www. Buy-Back_Program_2015_Status_ Report.pdf, or review our “Getting Prepared” web page at: https://www. In addition, please encourage landowners to visit or call their local Office of the Special Trustee for American Indian (OST) or contact the Trust Beneficiary Call Center, (888) 678-6836 to: (a) learn more about the Program and their fractional interests; (b) update their contact information, if necessary; and (c) register as a willing seller, if interested. Registration in no way commits a landowner to sell-nor does it guarantee that a landowner will receive an offer- it is simply the best way to ensure the Program is aware of their interest and provides an opportunity for advance outreach and information to be shared at the earliest possible date. We look forward to working closely with you to ensure that all landowners understand the opportunity ahead of them. If you have any questions about how to prepare for Program implementation, please contact: buybackprogram@ios.doi. gov. Sincerely, John H. McClanahan Program Manager Land-Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations” For more information, call the Comanche Nation Reality Program, (580) 699-3818.

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TCNN Staff Jolene Schonchin, Editor, Reporter, Photographer-Email: jolenes@ Number-(580)492-3382 Paula Karty, Assist. Editor, Reporter, Photographer- Email: paulak@ Telephone Number-(580)492-3383 Stacey Heminokeky, Reporter/ Photographer- Telephone-(580) 492-3385. Email: Candace Todd, Administrative Assistant-Telephone Number (580)492-3386 News items of interest to the local and American Indian community are welcome. Photographs will be copied and will become the property of TCNN. To return original photographs, send a self-addressed stamped envelope. Do not send faxed photographs or newspaper copies of photographs. The Milestones Page (Birthdays, Anniversaries, Engagements,Memorial Pictures, Weddings, Births) are by submission only. The Passings/ Obituaries are submitted by the Comanche Nation Funeral Home or by tribal members on a funeral home letterhead. The Milestones Page is for tribal members only. TCNN publishes all services conducted by The Comanche Nation Funeral Home without discretion. Obituaries are written for tribal members only. TCNN will print a Comanche organization’s annual event flyer once free of charge as a courtesy to our tribal organizations. The guidelines for flyer submission are: Pow-wow flyers have to be from an established Comanche organization. There has to be contact person and number on the organization’s annual flyer. We reserve the right to edit all material. Letters or articles that contain libelous information, slander, or personal attacks will not be printed. Letters to the Editor must be signed with a legible name and have a 1,500 word limit. The Letters to the Editor or articles contained in the The Comanche Nation News does not reflect the views or opinions of the PIO staff.

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Election Ordinance Resolutions Pass at the June Business Committee Meeting Story by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

Editor’s Note: This is an overview of the June CBC Meeting and not the actual minutes. To obtain a copy of the official minutes, call the Office of the Chairman, (580) 4923250. The June Comanche Business Committee Meeting (CBC) was called to order at 10:07 a.m., by Interim Chairperson Susan Cothren, on June 4. Secretary-Treasurer, Jerry Tahsequah, conducted Roll Call. A quorum was established. Norman Nauni gave the invocation to begin the meeting. A motion made to approve the minutes of the May 14 CBC Meeting by Committeeman No. 3 Harry Mithlo; seconded by Committeeman No.4, Clyde Narcomey. The motion carried 4/0/1. Resolutions No. 059-16 Adopting Special Procedures for the 2016 General and Runoff Election. Motion made by Committeeman No. 3, Mithlo; Seconded by Committeeman No.4, Narcomey. The motion carries 4/0/1. No. 060-16 Elder’s Council Place Poll Watchers/Monitors in all Pol-

ing sites. Motion made by Secretary/ Treasurer, Jerry Tahsequah; Seconded by Committeeman No.4, Narcomey. The motion carries 4/0/1. No. 061-16 Amend Election Board Compensation. Motion on the floor dies. Lack of motion. No. 062-16 Enrollment List No. 1033. Motion made by Committeeman No. 3, Mithlo; Seconded by Committeeman No. 1, Jonathan Poahway. The motion carries 4/0/1. No. 063-16 Enrollment List No. 1034. Motion made by Committeeman No .4, Narcomey; Seconded by Committeeman No. 3, Mithlo. The motion carries 4/0/1. No. 064-16 OTS Signatories. Motion made by Committeeman No.4, Narcomey; Seconded by Committeeman No. 3, Mithlo. The motion carries 4/0/1. No. 065-16 Grant for Urban Development Indian Community. Motion made by Committeeman No.4, Narcomey; Seconded by Secretary/ Treasurer, Tahsequah. The motion carries 4/0/1. The meeting was adjourned at 11:07 a.m. Executive Session followed.

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

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Relsolution 59-16, which outlines how the Comanche Nation Election Board will run tribal elections, was passed by the CBC during the June monthly meeting.

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CBC Passes Resolution 59-16; Election Board Does Not Agree With Absentee Ballot Eligibility Submitted by Comanche Nation Election Board

Election Board Releases New Voting Dates Submitted by Comanche Nation Election Board

The General Election will be held on Saturday, July 23. Polling sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day. Early Voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at the Elder’s Center, located at 1107 SW “H” Ave., in Lawton, Okla. Friday, July 22, early voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Comanche Nation Tribal Complex, in the New Conference Room. A “Notice of Election” and “Request for Absentee Ballot” were mailed to all eligible tribal members on June 20. All Requests for Absentee Ballots MUST be received by Monday, July 11, and MUST be signed in the presence of a Notary Public. A Runoff Election, if necessary, will be held on Saturday, August 27. Polling Sites for General Election Comanche voters can go the following polling sites, which will be open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. July 23 at the following locations: ANADARKO












Following a protest of the May 14, General Election, the Election Board met with the CBC and Tribal Attorney during the Executive Session of the protest hearing that was held on May 18. The Election Board agreed to send the Request for Absentee Ballot to all eligible tribal members and the CBC agreed to update the Election Ordinance to include currently utilized technology procedures. The Resolution outlining the agreement was scheduled to be voted on at a special CBC meeting that was called on May 28, in compliance with the Constitutional requirement of a 10 day notice. The CBC meeting was called specifically to address the current election procedures. The Election Board did NOT agree to make the notary a requirement of the Absentee Ballot Request. The Election Board previously voted by unanimous decision in 2013 to mail absentee ballots to all eligible tribal members in an effort to provide each tribal member with the greatest opportunity to vote. In January 2014, the Election Board received an “Attachment to the Election Ordinance”, signed by the Tribal Chairman at the time, that attested to the unanimous agreement of the CBC to implement new technology procedures. The mailing of absentee ballots to each eligible tribal member has significantly increased voter participation.

The CBC did not vote at the May 28, meeting and tabled all issues pertaining to the election to the June 4, monthly CBC meeting to allow time to re-consult with the Tribal Attorney. On Saturday, June 4, the CBC passed Resolution 59-16 without any knowledge or input from the Comanche Nation Election Board. No members from the Election Board were present; nor were they informed that they were on the Open Session agenda. The Election Board was scheduled to appear on the Executive Session of the agenda to discuss Election procedures. Resolution 59-16 requires tribal members to submit a Request for Absentee Ballot and have it notarized before they can receive an absentee ballot. Some tribal members are financially unable to pay for the services of a notary, they may be physically disabled and unable to obtain transportation to locate a notary, and tribal members that are incarcerated do not have access to a notary. The Election Board is firmly against this method as it forces absentee tribal members to “pay to vote”. Subsequently, there will be numerous tribal members who will not be permitted to cast a vote. Due to the passing of Resolution 59-16, the General Election had to be postponed to July 23. The Runoff Election, if needed, will be held on August 27.

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From the Desk of Susan Cothren “Election Board vacates tribal election following blatant disregard of the Election Ordinance while CBC technically amends Ordinance to comply with Constitution. “ Following the mishap of the recent election the CBC voted unanimously to update the Ordinance in order to comply with Constitutional requirements and to correct several discrepancies within the Election Ordinance. The requirement that all votes be counted fairly in relationship to other votes and the requirement that the election procedures include safeguards against fraud has been an issue in recent elections as there has been no signature verification requirement on absentee ballots. (See Attorney Opinion to the Election Board and the General Council). The notary requirement, again unanimously approved by the CBC merely requires voters who are submitting absentee ballot requests to verify that they are the actual voter. All tribal members who receive a per capita check have those

checks cashed at a bank. Most all of these banks have a free notary service for customers. Those who are incarcerated do have access to notary public. Inmates are all allowed to file legal documents from their prisons including notaries. See attached document. doc/documents/030115a.pdf consequently, there is no scheme requiring members to pay to vote. We are trying to insure a fair and honest election to the best of our ability that is the intent of the Comanche Business Committee. In no way are we trying to put a hardship on any Tribal member with the notary public requirement. It is one of the ways to hopefully insure accountability in our Elections by having signatures on file. We can only hope that this will put the confidence back in our voting process and our Tribal members will feel encouraged to VOTE, and know that their votes actually count.

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Election Board’s Undeliverable Addresses

Submitted by Comanche Nation Election Board

In an effort to ensure that all eligible tribal members have an opportunity to vote, the election board is publishing the following list of tribal members with addresses listed as undeliverable. The data used to send the absentee ballots was compiled on April 19. If your name appears on the list please contact the Comanche Nation Enrollment Office at (580) 492-3371 to update your address of record. Correct addresses are necessary to guarantee timely delivery of Absentee Ballot Requests and Absentee Ballots, and to reduce postage. The list reads in alphabetical order with the last name listed first. Adams, Shane Tyler Ahdosy, Brandon Allen Ahdosy, Harley Marie Ahhaitty, Billy Melford Aitson, Porscha Nicole Aldrich-Newman, Bonita Mahsetky Allan, Shea Ryan Allen, Clarissa Cathleen Alvarado, Anthony Ray Andersen, Jessica Christian Anderson, Ray Andonian, Amber Kay Antunez, Eva Mae Apauty, Donna Kay Arter, Lisa Diane Aspinwall, Cody Remington Atauvich, Carrie Leigh Atauvich Jr., Vernon Lee Attocknie, Albert John Attocknie, Mame- Neta Latisha Jennelton Attocknie, Stacy Whitewing Avei, Georgia Merei Baquera, Amanda Leigh Baquera, Mollie Kristina Baquera-Ahhaitty, Da’mon Anthony Baquera-Ahhaitty , Nathan Alexander Barger, Ronald Dale Barnhart, Bradley Alan Batten, Jenera Beasley, Anthony Brandon Beasley, Vernie Van Bender, Mary Ruth Bender, Trina Ann Benefield, Amanda Pihe’vheta Bennett, Anthony Wade Bennett, Heather Renae Bennett, Sheldon Logan Bennett, Tamara Gail Berg, Alex Jesse David Bigbee, Robert Bruce Bigbow, Willie Laverne Birch, Jordan Todd Blackstar, Brittany Ann Blackstar, Latrisha Rue Blackstar, Lynda Darlene Blue, Geraldine Bostick-Robertson, Krystel Arlene Bray II, Allan Gary Briscoe, Geoffrey Scott Burgess, Allan Joe Burgess Jr, Teddy Michael Busheme, Stephen Edward Butler, Michael Lynn Cable, Andrew Bert Cable, Benjamin Ray Cable, Bruner Micheal Francis Cable, Christi Lynn Cable, Garrett Owen Cable, Geramy Kasey Cable, Herbert Dale Cable Jr., Darrell George Caddo, Andria Lee Caddo, Sandra Jean Cain, Cecilia Gabrielle Canada, Angela Darlene Canada, Jonathan Eugene Cantwell, Johnthan Wayne Cantwell, Kenneth Lee Cardenaz, Carla Sue Carder, Belinda Sue Carder, Kimberly Lynn Carrillo, Michael Briana Castro, Karlann Rae Cerday, Caroline Susanna Cerday, Clayton Frank Cerday, Colton Hunter Cerday, Courtney Camille Cerday, Eddie Leon Chasenah, Annissa Kay Chasenah, Lewis Morgan Chasenah, Opal Etta Jeanette Chasenah, Travis Garrett Chebahtah, David Lawrence Chebahtah, Jennifer Mabel Chockpoyah, Cody Charles Codopony, Kevin Lewis Codynah, Andrew Cecil Codynah, Kiley Chance Colvard, Michelle Lynn Colyarm, Tara Christine Compton, Candice Elizabeth Conejo Arcos, Clarissa Lorene Connywerdy, David Wayne Connywerdy, Jason Connywerdy, Truman Cox, Jared Alan Cozad, Samuel Roy Motah Cozad #1632741, Julia Deann Crawford, Jo Ann Elizabeth Crenshaw, Madison Kinzey Crosby, Darrell Lynn Crosby, Robert Fenton Crowell, Juanita Louise Crumm, Richard William Cruz, Hannah Sue Daily, Summer Monterayne

Daukei, Mona Jane Davis, David Eugene Davis, Toni Lee De Chambeau, Jean Ann Dean, Tracy Ann Deeter Jr., Bryan Alonzo Defate, David Paul Defate, James Waylon G. Defilippo-Camacho, Melva Jean Dejesus, Sofia Lebron Denman, Tonya Marie Dennis, Chrisopher Michael Destefano, Letitia Ann Devine, Daniel Lee Dietrich, Duane Allen Dietrich, Thomas Leroy Doyebi, Danelle Monique Dranger, Cheryl Ann Duff, Joseph Michael Dunbar, Charleen Sue Dunbar, Sherea Ravone Durham, Myles Lee Eckiwaudah, Sena Ann Tahyoodle Edwards, Vincent H Edwards Jr., Je’an Paul Elam, Daniel Theodore Ellis #219350, Bobby Titah Elm, Paula Jeanne Esparza, Jerry Wayne Esquer, Stacie Dale Evanoff, Dylan George Ewan, Nichalos Dakota Figueroa , Natasha Richelle Fisher, Henry Duke Flood, Lisa Ann French, Crystal Rose French, Stephenie Ilene Fuller, Alexander Mark Garbee, Madison Elaine Garcia, Dominique Lynn Geimausaddle, Angel Megan Geimausaddle, Jaime Luevano Geimausaddle, Jasmine Lee Geimausaddle, Rena Geimausaddle, Renee Geiogamah, Kirsten June Gentry, Matthew Adam Gill, Shawna Renee Givens, Madilyn Berlin Gogue, Mia Marissa Gomez, Dickie Gomez, Matthew Donald Gomez, Regina Gomez, Shannon Guerrero Goombi-Helmick, Julie Kathryn Gower, Lisa Gaye Griner, Lindsey Michelle Guevara, Daryl Lee Gulley, Airyana Yasmine Laon Halye, Patricia Ann Hamilton, Valorie Joyce Hamm, Regina Ashley Hancock , Jennifer Allison Hancox, Nicholas Elliott Hankins, Patnie Le Harless, Kelley Eric Harris, De Angelo T. Harry, Carlotta Faye Haumpy, Damien Lashon Haumpy, Verna Jolynn Hayden, Amanda Dawn Hebb, Robert Bryan Hehn, Michael Allen Heminokeky, Sean Hendrix, David Allen Hendrix-Franklin, Joseph Aron Hensley, Marci Joyce Hensley, William David Henson, Ashlee Rachel Henson, Regina Kaye Hernandez, Daniel Hernandez Jr., Freddie Herrada Jr., Jose Arturo Herrera, Janae Lucille House, Courtney Marie Howell, Elizabeth Marie Howell, Robert Gene Huffman, Melanie Jessica Hughes, Ashley Renee Hughes, Jacqueline Dee Hughes, Kira Leann Hyde, Theresa Marie Imotichey, Ella Faye Isbell, Linda Joe Jacobo, Maria Dawn Jenkins, Cyenne Celestine Jenkins, Jordan Wilson Jenkins, Nicole Marie Jenkins, Patricia Jill Johnson, Regina Lee Johnston , Gabriel Josiah Jorden, Jeanne Theresa Kaase, Heather Brooke Kahrahrah, Raymond Neil Karty, Arielle Marie Karty, Gabrielle Alexis

Karty, George Keel, John Allen Keener, Kayli Layne Kelly, Karen Rene Kennedy, Nomachee Louise Killough, Billy Joe Kisner, Bethany Elaine Komahcheet, Kainen Storm Komahcheet, Troy Eugene Komahcheet #u34153, Joshua Skyler Komalty, Shirley Fawn Kopaddy, Derrek Trey Kopaddy, Wesley Eugene Kosechata, Riley Eugene Kosechequetah, Brock Anthony Kosechequetah, Phillip Anthony Krayeski, Rose Ann Kreisler, Kelly Marie Kushmer, Alexandria Leanne Laurenzana, Danny Joe Laurenzana, Joel Milton Laurenzana, Kenneth Wade Le Barre , Tiffany Lee Leavins, Debra Sue Leavins, Larissa Suzanne Lebarre Jr., Leo Harold Lebron-De Jesus, Milika Lynnn Lekin, Kathylene Jo Leveille,Amber Nicole Leveille Jr., James Charles Lewis, Colby Wayne Otipoby Lewis, Dayne Olin Lincoln, Frank Tooahvonie Longoria, Arlene Lynch, Cassandra Elizabeth MacHado, Christine Madsen, Lynn Ann Magnabosco, Christin Leigh Mahseet, Edmond L. Mahseet, Elizabeth Ann Mahseet, Lena Mahseet, Nigel Wolf Mahsetky, Amanda Brittany Mahsetky Jr., Larry Wayne Mann, Diana Jean Marshall , Jennifer Lee Martinez, Rachel Christine Martinez, Robert Wayne Massey, Randall Alan Mathews, Samuel James Maxey, Cherisse Deroin Maynahonah, Sabrina Marie McClung, Carlden Andrew McClung, Jamie Lorin McClung, John Edgar McCook, Karen Kristine McCoy, Maria Charlotte McCurtain, Andrea Lesley McDonald, Gordon Christian McKeague, Renee Marie Mckinney, Monica Marissa McMenamin, Jeremy Dewayne McMenamin-Valdez, Christina Colleen McNatt, Tracy Lee Medina, Maudeena Mae Mihecoby, Alexis Kay Mihecoby, Patrick John Miller, Michael Ramond Miller, Michael Ray Miller, Vickie Jean Miser, Lacresha Marie Moffett, Michael Alexander Moore, Brown Johanna Nell Morales, David Andrew Morales, Jacqueline Marie Morgan, Sarah Jewel Nicole Morris, Brooklyn Yuvonne Motah, Gina Lynn Mott, Cheldon Skylar Mott, Melanie Dawn Mott Jr., Donald Eugene Moyer, Bobby Suzette Muirhead, Chevy Kay Murrow, Brannon Paul Murrow, Derek Lindsey Murrow, William Ross Muse, Michael Myers, Tracy Dawn Nelson, Sallie Frances Niedo, Dolan Lee Noble, Andra Demon Norvell, Curtis Jackson Notah, Michelle Lynn Obrien III, Michael Kent Otipoby-Ball, Ginger Grace Ototivo, Britney Lanette Ototivo, Florene Gina Marie Paddyaker Jr. #353386 #3337225, Harold J Pahcoddy, Cassie Rhiannon Pahdocony Jr., Leslie Lewis Palacios, Billie De Ann Parker, Alma Lorraine Parker, Blake Donnivine Parker, Christopher Adam Parker, Daniel Lee Parker, Debra Sue

July 2016 Parker, Dorie Jill Parker, Dylan Ross Parker, Gary Parker, Jacob Tyler Parker, Jamie Lynn Parker, Jennifer Ann Parker, Samantha Nicole Parker, Tonya Kay Parker, Travis Jobe Parker Jr., Richard Parker Jr., Gary Lyndon Passah, Evelyn Charlotte Paukei, Glen Allen Pebeahsy, Rebecca Darlene Pebeahsy, Savando Preston Pennah Jr., Vernel Pennington, Joshua Wayne Pequeno, Lillie Summer Perez, Clay Simon Perkaquanard, Lehman Pewewardy, Michelle Glenna Plata, Joseph Rivas Poafpybitty, Chris Leon Poahway, Aaron Lee Poco, Mark Bryant Pocowatchit Jr., Dennis Poemoceah, Charlene Arlene Pohocsucut, Jack Permumsu Pohocsucut, Matthew Jack Pohocsucut, Michael Wayne Portillo #378480, Thomas Lee Potts, Quanah Alexander Powers, Brian Keith Pratt, Eric Lee Prouty, Anthony Michael Prouty, Dakota Lee Prouty, Joniel Dine Court Prouty, Michael Ray Pueblo, Terry Lynn Ramos, Eleanor Ruth Rayford, Kelcie Lynn Mowatt Reading, Katarina Elizabeth Red Elk, Blaine Roderick Red Elk, Carlton Ozzie Red Elk, Christopher David Red Elk, Jade Cheyenne Red Elk, Tracie Lynn Reese, Cliff Dwight Reliford, Gina Maria Resendiz, Diane Latralle Reynolds, Leigh Lani Louise Rhoads, Dennis Githen Keith Rhoads, Kristi Denise Rhodd, Althea Jeanne Rhodd, Randy Carl Rigg, Joel Ryan Rindal, Marvin Wayne Roach, Edward Guy Robb, Shelley Diane Robledo, Angelo Del Rey Robledo, Theresa Joyce Rodriquez, Alberto Roer, Barbara Rollins-Jump, Melissa Renee Roulain, Haylee Jille Roulain, Tonya Marie Ruiz-Harrison, Keaton Alexander


Ruiz-Harrison, Stefano Julien Saenz, Thomas Wayne Salazar #174194, Maximo Lee Sanchez, Brittany Lee Sandoval, Mariana Luz Santana Jr., Norberto Sapcut, George Ann Sasser, Michael David Satepeahtaw, Kaitlyn May Marie Saupitty, Stephen Joel Sayerwinnie, Anita Ann Sayerwinnie, Dewanda Lynn Sayerwinnie, Gloria Ann Sayerwinnie, Mario`z Yanez Sayerwinnie, Raymond Allen Sayerwinnie #572395, Gregorio Castillo Scott, Gwendolyn Faye Sekulich , Stewart R Serna, Sara Marie Sevier, Kenneth Ray Sevier, Marie Joyce Sharp, David Jeff Shelton, Kimberly Dawn Sheridan Jr., Richard Vaughn Shields, Patrick Alan Shoemate, William Russell Shumate, Betty J Simmons, Clifton Ray Simmons, Larry Allen Simmons, Starla Ann Simmons-Tooahnippah, Kimberly Lynn Smith, April Dawn Smith, Brandon Ray Smith, Chase Neel Smith, Laurie Ann Smith, Olivia Leeann Smith, Pauline Rosalee Smith Jr., Jeffery Dale Sorrow, Joe Elbert Sovo, Kevin Micheal Sovo, Roderick Allen Sparks, Charles Anthony Race Spottedbird, Ida Cora Stephens, David Shawn Striplin, Brianna Shanel Suina, William Rory Sumka, Teresa Dawn Sutherland, Wesley Kelton Swetman, Joshua Ross Swift, Kenneth Woolsey Tabbytosavit, Allecia Tabbytosavit, Della Lynn Tabbytosavit, Herbert Franklin Tabbytosavit, Jimmy Jack Tahahwah, Patrick Ray Tahhahwah, Eileen Hazel Tahmahkera, Jeremy Guy Tahmahkera, Stefan Guy Tahmahkera, Victor Lawrence Tahpay, Bobbie Gene Tahquechi, Gordon Allen Tahquechi, Marsha L Tahsahsanah, Taletha Dawn Tahsequah, Justin Morgan Tahsequah, Tiffany Marie Taptto, Tiffany Nicole Taunah, Leon Wiley

The Comanche Nation News Tealdo, Flora Vernelle Terrill-Grissom, Robert Thomas Thiessen, Blaine Allen Thomas, Lindsay Beth Thomas #400097, Dustin Micobi Thompson, Lavera Faye Ticeahkie, Sandra Kay Ticeahkie, Sterling Pah-kah-wy Tiddark, Amber Nicole Tiddark Jr., Richard Timbo, Mark Anthony Tippeconnie, Yvonne Toahty, Marcia Ann Tomah, Savannah Marie Tonemah, Doris Genevieve Torivio, Ashley Nicole Trotter #580385, Jeremy John Turtle, Denise Marie Vail, Natasha Rose Vail, Taylor Dee Valdez, Cheryl Renee Valdez, Frankie John Vardell, Howard Dean Vasquez #221887, Andrew Francis Vazquez, Amanda Fawn Villemure, Marissa Cherie Virden, Whitney Nicole Voeltz #169114, Matthew Allen Wahkahquah, Karlijo Wahkinney, Edward Russell Wahnee, Dewaine Lynn Wallace, Jacquelyn Ruth Wallace, Tanera Michele Wallen, Giavonta La’velle Wallen-Freeman, Lisa Marie Walls, Harley Steven Joseph Ware, Timothy Allen Waysepappy, Breezy Waysepappy, Twyla C. Weaver, Natalie Brooke Wahnee Welch, Elijah Tsali Beck Werqueyah-Opre, Carrie Lynn Weryavah, Brooke Tyler Weryavah II, Bert West, Parker Isaac Whitecrow, Dillion Kain Whitecrow Jr., Sullivan Roger Willhoite, Frances Dale Williams, Antowan Antonio Wilson, Brian Allen Wilson#665949, Billy Ray Wockmetooah, Christina Nicole Woodard, Lindsey Megan Woommavovah, Jordan Leigh Woothtakewahbitty, Michael Donavon Wright, Billy Stephen Yackeyonny, Kelly Wadell Yackeyonny, Marlan James Yarbrough, Dakota Cole Yates, Gordon Ray Yellowfish, Aaron Ray Yellowfish, Cara Dell Yellowfish, Tynneson David Youngblood, Sanuel Nicole Totusa Zuk, Dorothy Renee

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Candidates for Comanche Nation Chairman

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following flyers were turned in to the Comanche Nation PIO. They are placed in the order the candidates were nominated at the April 16 General Council Meeting. The flyers do not reflect the personal opinions of the Comanche Nation PIO Staff. See Page 2 for more information.

The Comanche Nation News Encourages ALL Tribal Members to VOTE and Wishes the Best of Luck to All Candidates!


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Candidates Also Nominated Comanche Nation Chairman: Matt Mahsetky Nick Tahchawwickah Comanche Business Committee No. 1 Jonathan Poahway Comanche Business Committee No. 2 Vernon Tehauno Eddie Ahdosy Gary Tahmahkera Mark Wauahdooah

Candidate for CBC No. 1 Candidate for CBC No. 2

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Programs Comanche Nation College is CPR/AED Certified

Comanche Nation Elder Council Trip to Fort Washita, Oklahoma

The Comanche Nation College (CNC) in conjunction with the Comanche Nation CHR program has newly trained 10 employees of the CNC (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in CPR & AED (Automated External Defibrillator). 1. Glen “Hoss” DeFate 2. Kurtis Koll 3. Jamesena Mendoza 4. LaNeal Pewewardy 5. Troylynn Poafpybitty 6. Johnny Poolaw 7. Ekayah Rosette 8. Christine Tieyah Courtesy Photo 9. Valerie Wahkinney Comanche Elders enjoy a weekend at Ft. Washita and Sulphur, Okla10. Natalie Youngbull homa May 17-18. The CNC would like to say Thank you to the CHR program for Submitted by the Comanche Nation Elder’s Council Board all their assistance in getting certiOn May 17, the Coman- sort is a beautiful setting with many fied. che Nation Elders took a trip to Fort shops, eating establishments and Washita near Durant, Oklahoma. even a theater. Seeking All The cultural significance to the CoOn May 18, the elders travmanche Nation is the fort itself was eled to Chickasaw Cultural Center Grandparents Raising built and manned by troops specifi- in Sulphur, Oklahoma. The elders Grandchildren cally to keep the peaceful Choctaw were greeted upon arrival by tour Grandparents As Parents and Chickasaw Nations safe from the guides who took them to the Theater The Comanche Nation “marauding Comanche.” In addition where they saw a film about ChickaGrandparents Raising Grandchildren the Comanche Trail, used by travelers saw history; then, they were treated Program will be partnering with the for hundreds of years passes through to a Stomp Dance demonstration. Comanche Nation Youth Group to Fort Washita grounds. The Coman- Comanche elders Adele Mihesuah, reach grandparents raising grandchil- che Trail is still visible as a wagon- Vivian Holder, Debbie Hendrix, Bevdren. The Grandparents Program will wheel wide trail. The elders were erly Isaac and Chris McCarthy pargive a presentation tentatively 1 p.m. given a tour of the beautiful grounds ticipated in the Stomp Dance when July 6, for all youth group young by Jim Argo, detailing the age and asked for volunteers. They were then people. use of each building. The elders had escorted and seated in the Dining a picnic lunch at Fort Washita and hall, served lunch, and were let loose Argo fired a howitzer in their honor. on our own to explore the grounds, Injury Prevention After leaving Fort Washita, visit the gift shops or just sit and Overview the elders took a tour of the Choc- talk on the beautiful Cultural Center taw Tribal Headquarters in Durant, grounds. After leaving the Cultural The Comanche Nation InjuOkla., and were treated to gift bags Center, the elders stopped at the Bedry Prevention Program held three Ocand a presentation by Dora Wickshire re Chocolate Factory owned by the cupant Protection classes, and distribin Choctaw language and Olin Wil- Chickasaw Nation, visited the candy uted 76 car seats to tribal members. liams. The veterans in the group were store and the visitor’s center located The two classes were held at Watchgiven a veteran medallion by Jerry there. etaker Hall and one at the Comanche Tomlinson, the tour leader. The elAfter Chocolate overload, Nation Outreach in Oklahoma City. ders then spend the night at the Choc- the elders traveled home to ComanThe Injury Prevention Program will taw Casino and Resort Spa Tower, che Country. Another culturally sighave an Occupant Protection class on where they were greeted by Jerry nificant trip for Comanche history; June 28 at the Anadarko Outreach. Turman, Sales Manager and given and, learning about other Native CulThis class will start at 10 a.m. and an extra $10 free play each. The Re- tures in our neighborhood. will be open to all tribes. This is money received for The Comanche Nation Offices child restraints from the BIA Indian Highway Safety Grant. Will Be Closed on: This is a first come, first serve basis and they must have a tribJuly 4 for Independence Day. Will al CDIB and the child must be present to receive a car seat. Reopen for Regular Business We will not be having an8 a.m. July 5 other class in June. We will distribute child restraints (car seats) by appointment only. July 15 for Comanche Chief’s Day. Will The Injury Prevention ProReopen for regular business gram has smoke alarms available for tribal members. Fire extinguishers are 8 a.m. July 18 given to the elder, Handicapped and the terminally. The Injury Prevention Program has an Elder Safety Fair and Senior Olympics scheduled for 10 a.m. July 7. For information call Bonita Paddyaker, Injury Prevention Director (580) 492-3343. Cindy Famero, Injury Prevention Administrative Assistant (580) 492-3344.

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2016 Comanche Nation Higher Education Graduation Banquet

Danielle Nickell, High School Graduate of the Year

Carla Whiteman served as this years Mistress of Ceremonies at the 2016 Comanche Nation Higher Education Banquet.

Comanche Indian Veterans Association Princess Lauren Noriega, performs the “Lord’s Prayer,” in sign language.

Krista Hubbard this year’s recipient of the “Dorothy Sunrise Lorentino Scholarship.” Hubbard received her Master’s Degree at Cameron University graduating with a 4.0 GPA.

D’Nari Gibbs, Job Placement and Training Graduate of the Year.

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This year, the 2016 Comanche Nation Higher Education Banquet was held at the McMahon Centennial Complex in the McCasland Ballroom at Cameron University. Serving as “Mistress of Ceremonies,” was Carla Whiteman, Academic Counselor at Riverside Indian School. The flags were brought in by the Comanche Indian Veterans Association (CIVA). The flag song was sung by Retired Veteran and Kiowa tribal elder Parker Emhoolah. Delores Twohatchet, Director of Comanche Nation Higher Education, gave the “Welcome.”

A prayer was rendered by the CIVA Princess, Lauren Noriega, which she did the “Lord’s Prayer,” in sign language. After the evening meal, guest speakers, Mia Tahdooahnippah and Daniel O’Connor, addressed the congregation. The names of the graduates were called, and each one was presented with a certificate from the Comanche Nation Higher Education Department. This year, the Comanche Nation Higher Education had a total of 247 graduates. High school had 113, Job Placement and Training had

34, Bachelors Degrees had 62, Master’s Degrees had 15, Associates of Applied Science had five Doctoral Degrees had three, and GED had 15. The High School Graduate of the year was Danielle Nickell. The GED Graduate of the Year was Clayton Thiessen. The Job Placement and Training Graduate of the Year was D’Nari Gibbs. The Undergraduate Graduate of the Year was Brittany Turner. The Masters and Doctoral Graduate of the Year was Krista Hubbard. Each Graduate of the Year recipient received a fully loaded laptop computer. Every year, the Comanche

Nation Higher Education gives out a special scholarship called the Dorothy Sunrise Lorentino Scholarship. This scholarship is in honor of the later Dorothy Lorentino, who served 34-years as a classroom teacher, and is the first Native American to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. This year the Dorothy Sunrise Lorentino Scholarship recipient went to Krista Hubbard. Hubbard is a graduate from Cameron University receiving her Masters Degree. Congratulations to all the 2016 graduates.

Brittany Turner, Undergraduate Graduate of the Year.

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People, Places & Things Happening Smith-Internship With BOEING, Everett, Washington

Native American families who are broken up at disproportionately high rates. The Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs says the rule aims to establish more consistency within state courts in handling child welfare cases involving Native American youth.

Poahway Releases American Indian Exposition Announcement


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Halle Smith is the daughter of Brandy and Mike Herron, granddaughter of Patty Thomas Fuchs and the great-granddaughter of the late Lucille (Cable) McClung. Smith is presently working an Internship with BOEING out of Seattle, Washington; at the Everett Facility. This coming Fall, she will be entering her Senior year at the University of Oklahoma, and will graduate with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree in May 2017. Smith made the, University of Oklahoma-Gallogly College of Engineering Dean’s Honor Roll for Spring 2016 semester. Smith is involved in several capacities on campus. First and foremost, Smith is the upcoming 20162017 President of A.I.S.E.S. (American Indian Society of Engineering and Science.) Smith is also Lean Six Sigma Certified. Smith is a proud member of the Comanche Nation and a great role model as well.

Nolan Selected to Participate in the 2016 Oklahoma Native All-State

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Dallas Nolan was selected to participate in the 2016 Oklahoma Native All-State, June 10-11 at Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla. He represented the Comanche Nation and Apache High school. He won the MVP and made the ONAS 1st team. Dallas will attend Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, Okla., in the Fall to play basketball. His family is proud of all his accomplishments and excited to see what his future holds.

New Indian Child Welfare Act Rule Further Protects Native American Families Submitted by Rhiannon Poolaw/ News 7 Producer

Under a new federal law, judges in all states are now required to ask whether a child is Native American during foster care and adoption proceedings. The ruling was announced Wednesday by the Interior Department. Judges are also required to take into account a child’s tribal member status during proceedings to terminate parental rights. The ruling will go into effect in December as part of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The Indian Child Welfare Act is intended to reunite

Lucinda Poahway released the following information about the American Indian Exposition: The 85th American Indian Exposition will be held July 26-30, in Anadarko, Okla. The President, Lucinda Poahway has announced that the Officers of the Exposition are working plans to move the American Indian Exposition this year to Indian City in Anadarko currently owned by the Kiowa Tribe. She said the American Indian Exposition had difficulty with the Anadarko City Council and Mayor, who were rejecting their request to support the American Indian Exposition. Poahway said that since her election of in August 2014 that she became President in January 2015 that in planning 2015 she found very little support in Anadarko from the businesses and only support the City gave was for the Parade and that most all of the support came from various tribes and the carnival. This would be the foundation of the Expo then request to use the property the tribe owns formerly known as Indian City USA. Poahway said that when the Exposition Board looked the grounds over it overwhelming she felt “ it should have been the home of the American Indian Exposition long before.” The Exposition is now awaiting approval from the Kiowa Tribe. She explained that the grounds have sufficient room to hold all the events we have scheduled. She also said that if it was not possible if the tribe felt it could not in the amount of time then the Exposition still has the Caddo County Fairgrounds reserved. The Exposition Board will announce the decision of the site in the coming week. Poahway stated that she hoped the Expo would be approved for Indian City because it would give us the opportunity to have a free entrance and free parking which she said at the Fairgrounds we would have to charge in able to help build a profit to help pay for expenses there. The 85th American Indian Exposition will begin their activities with a parade that will be more traditional this year. Poahway says that they are planning a “Parade of Horses” to open the Exposition this year. She is inviting all who have horse clubs or individuals or tribes who would like to dress in their tribal tradition and those who have painted horses and if not of course we want safety first so those who do not have riding skills to have floats or cars. Following the Parade, there will be afternoon activities scheduled which include a Bow Shoot (Archery), a Lacrosse Mini-camp, Fry Bread Contest and a Beadwork Demonstration by Maison Noriega, a baby pageant sponsored by the AIE and a tipi raising demonstration. Poahway said that the American Indian Exposition has gotten such strong support in putting on these activities and that they are all open to the public and have had the volunteers that will make these activities possible. Poahway said that the main attraction and has been since the 1940’s is that the American Indian Exposition has been known as the “World Championship Dance Competition.” She said that this year because of interference from others that the Exposition will have only the Men’s and Women’s divisions and a Jr Boy’s Fancy sponsored by the

Keahbone Family. She stated that “the Board felt that we maintain the World’s Championship and concentrate on the adults. A scheduled will be announced July 1st once approval from individuals and the Kiowa Tribe has been received. The American Indian Expo is happy to announce that they are sponsoring a Kiowa Princess Day on Monday, July 25, to give the Tribal Princesses the opportunity to have a fun day together before all the activities of the Expo begin. They will need to sign by July 4th. The registration will include free tickets & meal for them. The parents can register to go with them at a discount price given to us for $19 each. Chaperones will be with the girls for parents who cannot go. If the tribal princesses cannot go as we have 10 tickets purchased then we will select the first 10 Tribal Organizational Princesses who registered. For information or to register contact Yonie Terry at (580) 951-8488 or Poahway at (580) 678-1282. She announced that the Board has already selected the Indian of the Year and the Indian Celebrity of the Year with this announcement forthcoming in the first of July. She said that “we nominated some really outstanding people and that it was such a difficult decision to make” but that we believe these two individuals will be such an attraction. She said that because one is a producer, writer and artist that one of his independent films will be shown and his Artwork will be displayed on Wednesday, July 26th. Poahway said “on behalf of the Officers and Tribal Directors who have stood by us, we invite personally and welcome each and every tribal member to come and participate in these activities and the public to feel welcome to come and experience the history of the Tribes of Southwestern Oklahoma.”

mance stages with continuous varieties of entertainment, including native dancing, beautiful and soothing flute playing by Tim Nevaquaya, and bands ranging from Latin to country to rock. There were 20 food vendors with varied food and drink items. There were volunteers that constantly went from booth to booth asking if we needed anything, water, a break, information. Everyone was helpful, courteous and smiling. Bill Annoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation came around to each booth, introduced himself and chatted with the participants. The event was well organized, clean, and the people were welcoming and extremely helpful. The Art Festival lasted from 8 a.m. when the artists set up and manned their booths, opening at 10 a.m. to the public and closing at 8 p.m. There was a steady flow the customers most of the day, at times so busy there were three of us helping customers. Giving Heath a helping hand in her booth were her son Craig Heath and fellow Comanche Nation Elder Adele Mihesuah. Even though it was a long, at times hot day, Heath enjoyed the company of the other artists and the friendly customers stopping by the booth. She did very well and sold out of her popular earrings, even selling a skirt and shawl. The Chickasaw Nation made the event enjoyable for the artists and attendees to the Festival.

Tribal member will play for Team Oklahoma in Junior Sunbelt Classic

Rita Heath Comanche Award Winning Artist


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Sha and Amanda Ingram

Two Chickasaw sisters, Sha and Amanda Ingram, play NAIA College softball for the OCU Stars. Stars won their Championship Opening Round at Oklahoma City University's Ann Lacy Stadium May 16-18 to earn a place in the 36th annual NAIA College World Series which took place May 27-June 2, in Sioux City, Iowa, which comprised of the 10 Opening Round Tournament Winners. Sha and Amanda are the daughters of Darrin and Alisa Ingram and Angela Townsend. Their grandparents are James and Phyllis Ingram (Chickasaw), and Randy and Mary Attocknie (Comanche), the late Patricia Attocknie (Ohkay Owingeh), Susan Bear and Marvin Thurman (Creek/Sac and Fox) and the late John Bear (Creek). Amanda is a junior majoring in Kinesiology and Sha is a freshman majoring in Business Administration. Sha also made the Dean's honor roll by maintaining a 3.57 cumulative GPA.

Comanche Homecoming Golf Tournament

Events at the USPHS Hospital Units Save the Date July 7. Dedication of the Anadarko Indian Health Center. Everyone is invited to the dedication of the Anadarko Indian Health Center in the memory of Dr. Bryce Poolaw. It will be held at the Anadarko Indian Health Center on Save the Date July 22. LIH Kids Karnival The 2016 Lawton Indian Hospital “Back to School”

Tribal member plays on Championship Team


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Tribal member Brandon Rutledge from McAlester was among 40 players named to Team Oklahoma for the 2016 Junior Sunbelt Classic. Rutledge has a .255 batting average, eight RBI’s and 27 runs, plus a near-perfect fielding percentage at .974. Rutledge is the 16-year-old grandson of tribal elder Mary Rutledge

The Annual Comanche Homecoming Golf Tournament will have a Shotgun start 8:30 a.m. July 16 at Lake Side Golf Course, Walters, Okla. $45 entry fee includes meal, cart and Green Fee. Two men Blind Draw. Five places. For more information call Bradley, (580) 704-0246.

Wockmetooah Memorial Golf Tournament

The 4th Annual Ronald “BB” Wockmetooah Memorial Golf Tournament will begin 9 a.m. July 16 at the Marlow Golf Course, Marlow, Okla. $40 entry fee includes cart, green fees, and meal. For more information, call Raymond, (580)291-5027.

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Rita Heath, Comanche Nation Elder and award winning Comanche artist, participated in the 2016 Artesian Arts Festival on May 28. This was the third annual Native American art market sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation. In order to be accepted at the prestigious event, Heath had to submit an application along with pictures of her beadwork, then be invited to attend. On May 27, Heath took the shawl she made and beaded to the Ballroom of the Artesian Hotel in Sulphur, Oklahoma. There were 21 categories, with prize money and ribbons awarded for Best of Show, 1st Place in each category, 2nd place in each category, and 3rd place in each category. Health won third place with her beautiful shawl. On May 28, Heath took to booth number 80 to participate in the 2016 Artesian Arts Festival. There were 86 assigned booths, two perfor-

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OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD. Augustine McCaffery, E.d.D., Senior Academic Program Specialist, Academic Affairs and Planning in the Graduate school at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Dr. McCaffery is the current Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Comanche Nation College, Lawton, Okla. Through her extensive public service, McCaffery has made exemplary contributions to the common good, demonstrating her sustained and deep commitment to improve the quality of people’s lives. The thread that unites her public service activities is a dedication to supporting the American Indian and Alaska Native community. She is active in mentoring and advising American Indian and Alaska Native students and at a the local level, she served for 18 years on the Seattle Indian Services Commission’s Governing Council, meeting the needs of the American Indian and Alaska Native community in her role on the board. At the state level, McCaffery has served for more than 20 years as president of the Friends of American Indian Endowed Scholarship in Washington State. At the national level, McCaffery has served, unpaid, on the Governing Council of the National Institute for Native Leadership in Higher Education. A colleague said her leadership has been “a real-life model of integrity, passion, commitment and extraordinary grace and humility-all of which reflect traditional cultural values deeply held among tribal communities. Her example has had a broad and lasting impact on Native students and professionals throughout our field.”

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Native Americans Move to Front lines In Battle Over Voting Rights Yahoo! News May 31, 2016 Web page

BELCOURT, North Dakota (Reuters) - Elvis Norquay, a member of the Chippewa Indian tribe, has lived most of his 58 years on North Dakota’s remote Turtle Mountain reservation and says he’s never had a problem voting. That was before 2014, when he hitched a ride with a friend to cast a ballot in local and congressional elections and was turned away. Embarrassed, he asked why he couldn’t vote. He was told he lacked proper ID under new state requirements. He has no phone, no current driver’s license and his tribal ID lacks a street address. “When we left, my friend said, ‘that’s not right’,” said Norquay, who has lived on disability since 2002 in a rural county near the Canadian border. Norquay is among a growing number of Native Americans embroiled in court battles over changes to voting laws that could influence the outcome of some tight races in the November 2016 presidential and congressional elections. While the Native American population is small nationally, lawsuits involving tribes over voting problems have proliferated since the Supreme Court struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, a signature legislative achievement of the 1960s civil rights movement. North Dakota is one of 17 states that have new voting restrictions in place since the last presidential contest, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. Many of these changes have sparked lawsuits and accusations that black, Hispanic and other minority voters could be disenfranchised. Five federal lawsuits involving Native Americans have been filed since the Supreme Court decision, including three this year alone. Suits in North Dakota, Utah, South Dakota and Arizona claim new voting rules passed in majority Republican states are discriminatory and could reduce voting by tribal members, who tend to back Democrats. A suit in Alaska, for example, claimed the state violated federal rules by failing to translate voting materials for tribal voters. The tribes say changes to voting rules in those states disproportionately affect Native Americans, an allegation the states and counties deny. The Native American vote is not big enough to flip a safe Republican state such as North Dakota into the Democrat column in this year’s presidential election, but Native Americans are a growing proportion of the population and a majority in some counties where increased voter turnout in recent years has tipped the balance in some congressional races. In many states, the number of Native Americans is growing faster than the population as a whole. Between 2000 and 2010, the Native American population rose by 26.7 percent to 1.1 million, compared to 9.7 percent growth in America’s overall population, census data showed. Recent changes to voting laws, such as North Dakota’s new voter ID law, are part of “a much broader, deliberate, and concerted effort by Republicans to reduce turnout among particular groups of voters on election day,” said Pratt Wiley, head of voter protection issues at the Democratic Party in Washington. “Those voters are more vulnerable today than they were before the Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013,” he said of Native Americans. Republicans deny that voting law changes passed by Republicandominated legislatures are discriminatory and say they are intended to reduce fraudulent votes. “These are popular common sense laws to protect elections from fraud,” said Lindsay Walters, national spokeswoman at the Republican National Committee. TRIBAL ID CARDS At issue in North Dakota are revisions pushed largely by Republican state legislators in 2013 and 2015 to a 2003 state elections law that eliminated a provision that had allowed people without proper identification such as Norquay to vote if they were recognized by a poll worker or if they signed an affidavit swearing to their


Norquay and six other members of his tribe sued the secretary of state in January in U.S. District Court in North Dakota. They said they were refused the right to vote in November 2014 because many old tribal IDs such as Norquay’s don’t list a current residential address. It says some tribal members can’t afford a new tribal ID or struggle to obtain proper identification because there are no state offices that provide driver’s licenses on the reservations. Richard McCloud, chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, said widespread unemployment and poverty among tribal members meant that some struggle to afford the $10 needed to obtain a new tribal card. “Ten dollars is three pounds of hamburger and some macaroni for a family,” said McCloud at the tribe’s headquarters on the reservation of about 4,274 people a few miles (km) south of the Canadian border. “Maybe it’s no big deal if you work, but it’s a big deal to people that don’t have access to $10,” he said. North Dakota’s secretary of state, Al Jaeger, the only defendant in the suit, said in an interview that the law is not discriminatory and simplifies the voting process in the only state in the country that does not require voters to register ahead of an election. He said his office has spent heavily on ad campaigns to educate voters about what IDs are accepted. Jaeger’s deputy, Jim Silrum, said the ID requirements are not a barrier for the 97 percent of state residents with driver’s licenses, an accepted form of ID, so the number of people affected by the changes is miniscule. Those with no driver’s license, can get a non-driver state ID allowed at the polls from the motor vehicle department for free. Jaeger and Silrum said they could not respond directly to an assertion in the lawsuit that residents on reservations have to travel long distances to obtain a state ID. LITTLE EVIDENCE OF FRAUD Republican state Representative Jim Kasper from Fargo repeated his party’s argument that the changes were aimed at reducing the risk of voter fraud, but Silrum said there was little evidence of such irregularities. In the 2012 presidential election, there were only nine cases of people voting twice, but that was because they used the same ID rather than a lack of proper identification, he said. State Representative Kylie Overseen, a Democrat from Grand Forks, said the changes could alter tight elections in favor of Republicans. She said Republicans pushed for the bill after Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012 by less than 3,000 votes. In sparsely populated states such as North Dakota, with just 739,000 people, congressional elections have been decided by just a few thousand votes. Rolette County, surrounding Norquay’s reservation, is one of two counties in the state where about 75 percent of the population is Native American. Those two counties were the only places in North Dakota that gave President Barack Obama more than 70 percent of the vote in 2012. After the changes in the ID law were implemented in North Dakota, voter turnout in Rolette County dropped by more than 12 percentage points between the 2010 and 2014 mid-term elections, more than any other county in the state, election data from the secretary of state’s office shows. “What has happened is the Native American vote has become something that can tip elections,” said Jean Schroedel, a professor at Claremont Graduate University in California who studies Native American voting. The Native American Rights Fund, a non-profit law firm representing Norquay and other members of his tribe, plans to file a motion by June 30 requesting that the court invalidate the changes to the ID law ahead of November’s election.

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“Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains” Opens at the National Cowboy Museum

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains, opening August 26 – May 14, 2017. This original exhibition curated by the Museum includes nine headdresses from Northern and Southern American Great Plains along with historical photographs, and other supporting artifacts. The gallery will include ledger art depicting Indian warriors and bonnets from the Museum’s permanent collection. Along with the exhibition’s ledger art will be photography and paintings of bonnets in both religious ceremonies and daily life. All art and artifacts are attributed to the Blackfoot, Cheyenne-Arapaho, Crow, Kiowa, Lakota, and Pawnee tribes. “The exhibition explores the evolution of the headdress, otherwise known as a war bonnet, with a particular focus on the ‘flared’ style, the most recognizable and commonly worn North American Great Plains bonnet,” said Eric Singleton, Curator of Ethnology at the National Cowboy Museum. “While presenting a realistic investigation of the feather headdress, the Power and Prestige exhibition explores who wore them, what place they held in society, and how these uses varied depending on tribal nation and even the headdress maker.” Feather headdresses are an iconic image of the American West, yet the truth behind these emblematic items is more complex than the name ‘war bonnet’ would indicate. Going back centuries, headdresses have played an important role in both ritual and war, and with many tribal varieties in style, use, and design. Exhibition-relation programming includes: Western Movie Matinees: A Medley of Hollywood Indians August 31 – September 21, 1 p.m., Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater This four-week series created for adult audiences examines depictions of Native Americans in film. Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in the studio era was as complex as it was inaccurate. Film historian Elizabeth Anthony, president of Reel Classics, presents a film sampling with introductions and commentary. Popcorn provided and Museum and theater admission is free on Wide Open Wednesdays, courtesy of Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Brown Bag Lunch Series September 1, 8 and 22, Noon – 1 p.m. September 1, Emblems of War and Regalia, Exhibition Curator Eric Singleton September 8, Plains Pictographs: Images of Native Life Drawn on Hide, Cloth, and Paper, Christina E. Burke, Curator of Native American & Non-Western Art, Philbrook Museum of Art September 22, Cultural Appropriation and Headdresses, Matt Reed, 2nd Chief of the Chaui Band of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and Curator of American Indian Collections at the Oklahoma Museum of History Professional Teacher Workshop Power and Prestige: Teaching the Headdresses of the American Plains September 22, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. A free K-12 Teacher Professional Development Opportunity for 30 at the National Cowboy Museum in collaboration with the College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma. Register at Fall Break Drop-in Activities for Children and Families October 10-14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. October 10 – Native American Dance Troop Performances October 11 - Beadwork Techniques: Loom your own Beadwork Bracelet October 12 - Ledger Art and Battle Scenes October 13 - Hide Painting and Bonnet Imagery October 14 - Quillwork Rosettes For more information about the Museum, visit

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COMANCHE BOY INVADES VEGAS. Saturday July 23, ‘Comanche Boy’ George Tahdooahnippah (34-2-3, 24 KOs) will make his Las Vegas debut at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, on the Terrance Crawford - Viktor Postol HBO PPV under card. Comanche Boy will be fighting 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Muruta (10-0, 7 KOs) of Toyko, Japan in a 10 round Middleweight bout. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Tahdoonippah said, “I want to thank my promoter, Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing for bringing me this fight. I have long awaited to fight in Las Vegas. But this is far from a vacation. I am fighting a dangerous opponent with power and an Olympic Gold Medalist. His Promoter, Top Rank has big plans for him. I am coming to shake up those plans and make Comanche Boy a house hold name!” Joe DeGaurdia, President of Star Boxing said, “I am looking forward to seeing George “Comanche Boy” on July 23 in Las Vegas vs. the Olympic Gold Medalist Murata. George has the heart of a true warrior and I expect his warrior pride will force Murata into deep waters!”

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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Culinary Corner

Recipes for Home Cooking Asian Beef Skewers

Fourth of July Layered Gelatin

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Ingredients • 1 (6 ounce) package cherry flavored Jell-O® mix 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin 2 cups boiling water 4 (.25 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin 1 cup boiling water 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1 (6 ounce) package blue raspberry flavored Jell-O® mix 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin 2 cups boiling water Directions

1. Place cherry gelatin mix into a heatproof bowl, stir in 1 packet of unflavored gelatin, and mix with 2 cups of boiling water, stirring until the gelatin has dissolved and the mixture is clear, about 2 minutes. Pour into the bottom of a 9x13 rectangular glass baking dish. Place in refrigerator until completely cold and set, about 1 hour. 2. Sprinkle 4 packets of unflavored gelatin onto 1 cup of boiling water in a heatproof bowl, allow to stand for about 3 minutes, and stir until dissolved; mix in the sweetened condensed milk. Allow to cool but not thicken, about 10 minutes; gently pour into a layer on top of the cherry layer. Return to refrigerator and allow to chill completely, about 1 more hour. 3. Place blue raspberry gelatin mix and 1 packet of unflavored gelatin into a heatproof bowl, and mix with 2 cups of boiling water, stirring until the blue gelatin is clear, about 2 minutes. Allow to stand and cool but not thicken, about 10 minutes; gently pour onto the white layer. Chill in refrigerator until the dessert is firm and cold, about 1 hour. To serve, cut into squares.

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Ingredients 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce 3 tablespoons sherry 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 teaspoon barbeque sauce 2 green onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root 1 1/2 pounds flank steak skewers

Directions 1. In a small bowl, mix together hoisin sauce, sherry, soy sauce, barbeque sauce, green onions, garlic, and ginger. 2. Cut flank steak across grain on a diagonal into 1/4 inch slices. Place slices in a 1 gallon resealable plastic bag. Pour hoisin sauce mixture over slices, and mix well. Refrigerate 2 hours, or overnight. 3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Discard marinade, and thread steak on skewers. 4. Oil the grill grate. Grill skewers 3 minutes per side, or to desired doneness.


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The healing plant used by the Medicine Man was the milkweed, Asclepias ssp. Milkweeds are herbaceous flowering plants of the Asclepiadeae family. It is a large genus with worldwide distribution. Over 70 species of milkweed are native to North America alone. Milkweeds of one species or another grow in varied habitats across the continent from

coast to coast and from the sub-Arctic to the tropics. Milkweed plants get their common name from the sticky, milky sap that exudes in large quantities from the plant when the stems or leaves are cut or injured. This sap is apparently primarily a defense mechanism to protect the plant from insects and grazing animals. The sap is toxic in most species, containing latex and other compounds, including alkaloids and glycosides. A few species, such as the orange-flowered butterfly milkweed, lack the milky latex and exude clear sap when injured. Milkweed flowers are large, colorful, and showy in most species. Bloom colors of different species vary from greenish to white, pink, orange and all shades in between. Milkweed flowers are unique in appearance and complex in form and function. Many individual flowers are usually borne together in a corymb. The five petals of each individual flower are hooded and strongly reflexed, forming a horned corolla around the central column, which consists of five male anthers fused together around two female pistils. The central column of the flower has a series of five stigmatic slits located between the five hooded petals. This unusual shape aids in a curious strategy of the plantit temporarily traps the feet of insects in order to carry out pollination. The specialized hoods of the corolla act as reservoirs for large amounts of sweet nectar to attract the large insects that it needs to carry out its reproductive process. Instead of being produced in loose single grains like most plants, milkweed pollen is contained in pairs of small sacs. When a bee or other insect visits the flower for nectar, its feet enter the slits of the central column and are temporarily held fast. The pollen sacs attach to the feet of the insect and are carried to the next flower, where they are deposited in the stigmatic slits of the flower when the insect’s foot is once again temporarily trapped. After pollination, the seeds are produced en masse in elongated pods in most species. The seeds are wind-dispersed, with each seed having its own parachute of silky, downy filaments. Despite the toxic nature of milkweeds, some species of insects have developed immunity to the poisonous properties of the plants and even use the toxins to their own advantage. The glycosides of the plant are absorbed into the body of the insect, making it toxic and bitter tasting

to predators. Most of these insects are brightly colored as a warning of their toxicity. One of the most notable of these insects is the monarch butterfly, whose larvae feed only on various species of milkweed. In turn, other non-poisonous butterflies have developed colorations that mimic the appearance of the toxic and bitter monarch, thus perpetuating a con job on potential predators. Medicine: Milkweed has a long history of medicinal usage. The genus Asclepias was named after the Greek god of healing, Asclepius, because of its long association of medicinal usage. The milkweeds have many active compounds and properties, which make them useful medicinal plants. However, some of these properties also make many species of milkweed dangerously toxic unless used with extreme care only by experienced herbalists. Milkweed has diuretic, cardiostimulant, anti-inflammatory, laxative, emetic, bronchial dilator, diaphoretic, and many other medicinal properties. One active compound of the plant is a powerful cardiac glycoside, asclepiadine. This glycoside is concentrated mainly in the roots of some milkweed species and is very similar in effect to the widely used heart medication digitalis, which is derived from the roots of foxglove plants. The various species of milkweed vary in toxicity and chemical composition, with some historically being used by species for the treatment of certain diseases. The orange-flowered butterfly milkweed, Asclepias, for example, is commonly known as pleurisy root, because it has a long history of usage for the treatment of pleurisy and respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, pulmonary edema, pneumonia, and other breathing disorders. Native Americans and early settlers used many other milkweeds for the treatment of a wide range of afflictions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, rheumatism, venereal diseases, expulsion of parasitic worms, as a heart tonic, to induce sweating in fevers, and as a diuretic for dropsy and kidney stones. The milky latex was used topically for treatment of wounds, to remove warts, and for treatment of fungal diseases such as ringworm and athlete’s foot. Some tribes reportedly used milkweed as a main ingredient in contraceptive formulas to induce temporary sterility. Food: It may seem counterintuitive to talk about the edible uses of

milkweed after the discussion of its toxic qualities, but some milkweeds also have a long history of utilization for food. Different species of milkweed vary in the amount of toxins present, and some parts and growth stages of the same plant may contain considerably more or less toxins than others. Also, cooking in several changes of water helps to neutralize many of the toxic compounds in the young above ground parts of some species. The species of milkweed most used for food is the common milkweed, Asclepius syriaca. The aerial parts of this plant contain lesser concentrations of toxins than many other milkweed species. The young shoots up to 6-8” tall can be used as a surprisingly tasty asparagus-like vegetable dish. The young leaves at the tips of the stems before flowering can be cooked as greens, and immature seedpods can be cooked and used like okra. The unopened flower buds can be used like broccoli or breaded and fried as fritters after precooking. All of the above must be precooked before use, as any and all parts of the plant have an extremely bitter taste raw or if incorrectly cooked. If eating milkweed, once should first be sure that he has harvested a safely edible species, such as common milkweed. More toxic species, such as butterfly weed, should be avoided. To precook milkweed, pour boiling water over the shoots, pods, or flower buds and simmer for a couple minutes, then change the water and repeat the process several times. Putting the milkweed into cold water before bringing it to a boil will only set the bitter taste permanently and render it inedible. Aside from the common uses as cooked greens or a vegetable dish, some Native American tribes apparently collected milkweed nectar and used it as a sweetener. Other Uses: Several species of milkweed rank among the best of native fiber plants, among them common milkweed, swamp milkweed, and butterfly weed. The cleaned fibers are soft and white, and are quite similar in appearance and strength to linen. Cordage and textiles made from milkweed fiber and dated back to 1,000 BC have been identified from samples found in rock shelters in the eastern U.S. Milkweed fibers were twisted into bowstrings and woven into nets, course fabrics, and various types of cordage and rope. Milkweed has been experimentally grown as a commercial fiber crop and has also been used to make paper. The down or silk attached to the seeds of the milkweed plant has also found many uses over the years. It has been used along with the dried linings of the seedpods as tinder for fire starting. At one time, beds and pillows were commonly stuffed with milkweed down, and it is still occasionally used as hypo allergenic pillow filler. The down is water resistant with good insulation properties, and has been used like or mixed with goose down as filler in cold-weather clothing and bedding. It is also very buoyant. During WWII, milkweed was cultivated and the down harvested in large quantities for use as a substitute for kapok in military life vests. It has also been mixed with cotton for use in textiles and used in disposable diapers.

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Gregory Cole in Afghanistan Being in the military has its drawbacks including physical, mental, physiological and emotional wear and tear and long absences from your family. Those who have served in combat arms, the Infantry, Armor or Artillery are especially prone to the rigors of military service. Gregory Cole enlisted in the Army on 6 May 2003 and will be medically discharged on 23 August 2016 due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, injuries to his back, shoulders and knees, an extreme hearing loss and bilateral hernia injuries. As a frontline combat medic and advisor with 34 months of combat service in both Iraq and Afghanistan he can fight no more as the rigors of war has taken its toll. He completed his Basic Training at Fort Sill, his Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, as a Combat Medic, and the Army Parachutist School, in March 2010, at Fort Benning, Georgia. Other duty stations include Fort Stewart, Georgia with the 3rd Infantry Division; Fort Sill with the US Army Field Artillery Training Center; Fort Bragg, North Carolina with the 82nd Airborne Division and 20th Engineer Brigade; and Fort Riley, Kansas with the 1st Infantry Division. Mr. Cole also deployed overseas twice to Iraq from January 2005 to January 2006 with the 3rd Infantry Division at Forward Operating Base Loyalty near Baghdad; and from December 2008 to November 2009 with the 82nd Airborne Division based at Joint Service Station 4-Corners southeast of Baghdad; and from January to September 2013 with the 20th Engineers based at Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar Province, Afghanistan. He earned the rank of Sergeant (Promotable) and is one of only seven Comanches awarded the Combat Medical Badge (the others are PFC Ben Trevino, WWII; PVT Samuel Chahtinneyackque, WWII; SP4 Lonnie Komahcheet, Vietnam War; SGT Kenneth Hernasy, Vietnam War; SFC Michael Squire, GWOT; and SGT Joseph Gonzalez, GWOT). As a Combat Medic (or Navy Corpsman) he was responsible for providing first aid and frontline trauma care on the battlefield and continuing medical care in the absence of a readily available physician, including care for disease and battle injuries. Combat medics are normally co-located with combat troops they serve in order to easily move with the troops and monitor ongoing health issues. SGT Cole is currently serving at Fort Riley as a medical evacuation and clinical NCO. He was on the Commandants List upon graduating from the Primary Leadership Development Course. Other awards include the Parachutists Badge; the Army Commendation with/3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement with/1 Silver and 2 Bronze Oak Clusters, the Good Conduct with 4/Bronze Loops, the Iraq Campaign with/2 Bronze Campaign Stars, the Afghanistan Campaign with/1 Bronze Campaign Star, the NATO Service and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Army Service, Overseas with/Numeral 3 and NCO Professional Development with/Numeral 2 Ribbons and five Overseas (Combat) Bars. After his discharge he and his wife, Shawna, and two children, Nyveeaudica (Pretty Fawn) age 9

years and Lyvia age 3 months plan on settling in Wagoner, Oklahoma while his body and mind heal. Starting with the fall semester 2016 he plans on attending Haskell Indian Nations University and then Oklahoma University in pursuit of a Nursing degree. His mother is Gina Onco Cole (Kiowa/Comanche) and his father is David Cole (Choctaw/Chickasaw). His Kiowa name, Quey-Thai-De, meaning White Shield, was given to him by his great-uncle, the late Atwater Onco. Mr. Cole descends from the Tahdooahnippah and Monetatchi families. His great-grandfather was wounded World War I veteran Mikey Tahdooahnippah.


det Lundy was a member of the elite National Society of Pershing Rifles attaining the positions of Rifleman, Master Sergeant (Training NCO), First Sergeant and Commander. He also served as the Cadet Command Sergeant Major and Battalion Commander of the University’s ROTC Program. 2LT Lundy is currently stationed at the Charlotte Recruiting Station awaiting orders for Ranger School. He has served, since 4 January 2012, as an Infantryman with Company B, 120th Combined Arms Battalion, North Carolina Army National Guard. Prior to his commission he earned the rank of Specialist. 2LT Lundy is the son of Brent and Jean Lundy and grandson of Bill and Patsy Clark Lundy of Statesville, North Carolina; and the great grandson of the late Albert Sr and Pauline Clark.


Hugh Otipoby was born in 1895 and passed away in 1968. He donated the land where the Otipoby Cemetery, which is located at Arbuckle Hill on Fort Sill’s East Range, in 1929. The cemetery was established in 1888 and was listed on the National Register of Historical places in 1977. Otipoby was drafted into the Army on 24 June 1918 and served with honor until his discharge on 13 March 1919 at Camp Funston, Kansas. While in the Army he trained with Company D, 133rd Infantry, 34th Infantry Division at Camp Cody, New Mexico before shipping to Camp Dix, New Jersey in August 1918. He then shipped overseas, aboard the SS Helenus, arriving in Liverpool, England on 15 September 1918. Otipoby then crossed the England Channel and arrived in France in late September 1918. He was assigned to Company L, 164th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division (aka the Big Red One). Otipoby fought in the Meuse-Argonne operation, last major battle of World War I. The “Big Red One” was the first US division to enter occupied Germany when the Armistice was signed on 11 November 1918. He returned to Camp Dix in February 1919 after serving in both France and Germany during World War I.


2nd Lieutenant William Jody Lundy Enrolled Comanche member William Jody Lundy was commissioned as an Army Infantry Second Lieutenant on 3 June 2016 through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte ROTC (Reserved Officers’ Training Corps) Program. While in the ROTC program then Ca-

On 1 January 2016 Roger Tehauno assumed the duties as the Vice-Commander of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association. He was also appointed as the Historian in July 2014. Tehauno is a native of Cyril where he graduated in 1962. While in high school he excelled as an All-Conference quarterback for their football team and was also an outstanding basketball and baseball player. He was also a member of the Track and Field team. His great uncle was World War I Code Talker, Samuel Tabbytosavit; his father, Capps, is an Army World War II veteran who served in the European Theater and his brother Adrian is a Vietnam War era Navy veteran. Tehauno enlisted in the Air Force on 20 September 1965 and served with honor until 18 April 1969 earning the rank of Sergeant. He completed his Basic and Technician Training, as a Security Policeman, at Lackland AFB, Texas and was assigned to Carswell AFB, Texas (in Fort Worth) for about 2 years before serving with the 432nd Security Police Squadron at Udorn Air Base Thailand for his final year of service. He was discharged at Travis AFB, California. Udorn Air Base was one of seven air bases in Thailand and is located in the remote extreme northeast corner of Thailand about 40 minutes by air from the Hanoi, the capitol of North Vietnam. Combat aircraft from the base flew about 80% of the missions into North Vietnam and more US airmen served in Thailand than in South Vietnam. Upon his arrival at Udorn, the air base was surrounded with consentina wire and the jungle. Highly poisonous cobra snakes and the extremely humid and sometimes wet weather became another enemy at the remote air base (the base is now an International Airport). During his year at Udorn, deadly Agent Orange was sprayed throughout the base and surrounding area, the jungle was bulldozed away from the base and burned. Tehauno still remembers the smell of the Agent Orange being burned. His duties included gate, flight line and perimeter security including mounted patrols “outside the wire” and ground patrols into the

surrounding jungle. He also provided prisoner escort of American military within Thailand and was on alert to recover downed American aircraft. The 46th Army Special Forces conducted 81mm mortar training to members of his unit. On 26 July 1968 eight enemy sappers with/satchel charges infiltrated the base causing damage to three aircraft and killed one American and one Thai airman. Tehauno recalls the encounter as a likeness to the 4th of July with explosions and both friendly and enemy small arms tracers lighting up the perimeter. His awards include the Presidential Unit Citation (for gallantry, determination and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission and is the equivalent of the Air Force Cross which is the second highest military award for gallantry); the Good Conduct; National Defense Service; Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals; and the Air Force Security Police Badge. Prior to his enlistment into the Air Force, Tehauno attended school at then Cameron Junior College. After his discharge he earned his Associate’s Degree at Cameron and worked as a draftsman for MG Fuller & Associates in Lawton for about 5 years; with the Engineer Department for Lawton City Hall, as a draftsman, for another 3 years; with the Carnegie Conservation Service Office; with the Anadarko Agency in Anadarko as a Surveyor; and as a Planner with the Anadarko Area Office Transportation Office. He retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in February 2014. He and his wife, the former Linda Whitefeather of Apache, have been active members of the CIVA since about April 2014. Tehauno is the appointed Auxiliary Leader for the CIVA. They have been married for forty-one years and have 3 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Their home is in Fletcher. Both are very active members of the Little Washita United Methodist Church east of Fletcher where he is a Church Trustee and Comanche hymn song leader. Tehauno has made many improvements to the buildings and grounds and maintains the grounds. He is also the groundskeeper at the Little Washita Cemetery. Since being appointed as the Historian in July 2015 Mr. Tehauno has made many significant contributions to the organization. He and his wife have taken over 400 event photos; produced about 30 event videos; fabricated a CIVA informational brochure; continues to maintain and update the veteran master listing with photos and bio’s; stored over 550 individual veteran photos; maintains copies of veteran DD 214’s; and produced numerous slide shows for special events. Perhaps his biggest contribution to the organization is his designation as a hymn singer at the many funerals that the CIVA provides military honors for our deceased veterans.




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ATTENTION VETERANS If you are a honorably discharged veteran and your name is not on one of the CIVA Court of Honor dyes or if your name is on one of the dyes and the information is incorrect (name misspelled, rank, branch of service of dates of service are incorrect) or you are a family member of a deceased veteran and would like their name added to the Court of Honor please submit the following information: VETERANS FULL NAME, HIGHEST RANK ATTAINED, BRANCH OF SERVICE and YEARS OF SERVICE to: Lanny Asepermy, PO Box 247 Apache, OK 73006, Apache, OK 73006; or email information to; or call (580) 678-4629.

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ATTOCKNIE PROMOTED. SSG Rozanna Rae Attocknie Chavez was promoted to Staff Sergeant by Lt. Col. Mark Woommavovah (both Comanche tribal members) May 26 at Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu. She is a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Specialist. Attocknie-Chavez enlisted on July 31, 2008. She is from Apache, Okla., and is a descendant of Ten Bears. Her grandparents are the late Francis Joseph Sr. and the late Rosalie Attocknie. Her parents are the late Francis Attocknie Jr. and Karen Attocknie. She has one brother, Asa Attocknie. She is married to Armando Chavez, and they have five children, and two grandchildren.

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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday

Keagan April 24 Kyrena Louis, June 1

Edward Tahhahwah Jr., June 2 Nadine Tahhahwah-Martinez, June 26 Lisa Renee Collins, June 29

Happy Birthday Alan Tahhahwah, July 2 Christopher Beaver, July 3 Hayden Goombi, July 3 Micah Minthorn, July 3 Jacob Herrera, July 7 Acayo Herrera, July 8 Kevin Tahdooahnippah, July 10 Linda Minthorn, July 11 Damien Perea, July 13 Christian Gilliam-Mendoza, July 16 Meadow Ann Perea, July 18 Bella Codynah, July 22 Cayla Ketner, July 22 Elijah Proctor, July 22 Elias Proctor, July 22 Lydia Horse, July 22 Olivia Jaelin Grace Dalby, July 27 Dad Stillwell, July 28 Randy Stillwell, July 28 Cheryl Red Elk, July 30


Daynne & Jo Ann Klinekole July 27, 1973 ~ Married 43 years Lisa & JR Yackeyonny July 12, 1982~ Married 34 years

Happy Belated Birthday Kyrena Louis June 1

Happy 47th Birthday Lisa Renee Collins June 29

Happy 11th Birthday Kevin “Menace” Tahdooahnippah, July 10th Mama, Big Brother Jimi, Kaku and Papa, we love you, Always

Happy Birthday

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Contact PIO (580)492-3386 By Mail:Comanche Nation/PIO P.O. Box 908 Lawton, OK 73501

Happy Birthday Randy & Dad Stillwell July 28 From the rest of the family

Linda Minthorn

July 11

Happy Birthday

Christopher Beaver

July 3

Happy 1st Birthday

Christian Gilliam-Mendoza

Happy Birthday Keagan Pera, April 24; Damien Perea, July 13; Meadow Ann Perea, July 18 We Love You From Dad, Mom, Grandpa, Larry Q, Grandma Jewel and Grandma Mona & Aunty Cara Happy 65th Birthday Doug Tieyah May the Lord Bless you with many more Love you LaVern, Granddaughters Sugar and Juhee

Powwow Trail

Otoe-Missouria Summer Encampment

July 14-17, Otoe-Missouria Summer Encampment, Encampment Grounds, 7500 Hwy 177 Red Rock. The Event will include gourd dancing, a 5K run and contest dancing. This event is free and open to the public. Contact (580) 723-4466.

Comanche Homecoming Powwow July 15-17, Comanche Homecoming Powwow, Sultan Park, 129 E Colorado St., Walters. MC Wallace Coffey and Gene Sovo; HWDS Gaylon Motah; HGDS Victor Tahchawwickah; HGD Glen Heminokeky Sr.; HLGD Megan Kelley; HMW Frank Swift; HLW Jill ParkerFields. Dance competition categories will include gourd, cloth, buckskin, straight, fancy and more. Contact (580) 492-3240

American Indian Expo July 26-30, American Indian Expo, Caddo County Fairgrounds, Anadarko. The American Indian Expo will showcase the arts, crafts and traditions of 13 Plains Indian tribes. Contact (580) 4835095 or (405) 933-1536.

Original American Exposition The original American Indian Exposition will take place Aug.

1-6 in Anadarko, Okla. Go to it’s office 131 W. Broadway, Anadarko, For more information.

Oklahoma Indian Nation Powwow August 5-7, Oklahoma Indian Nation Powwow and Ancontact (405) 329-1049. nual Summerfest, Concho. Contact (405) 361-8945 or (405) 422Eastern Shawnee 7585.

8th Annual Colorado Springs Native American Intertribal Powwow

July 16, Mortgage Solutions Financial EXPO Center, 3650 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs, Colo. Admission is $4 Native Americans in full regalia and children 12 and under admitted free. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a Gourd Dance at 10 a.m. Grand Entry at 11 a.m. Contact (719) 329-0251.

66th Annual Indian Hills Powwow

July 29-31, 9300 North Sooner Rd., 1/4 mile south of Britton Rd. on Sooner Rd.,Oklahoma City, Okla. MC Wallace Coffey and Sammy Tone-kei White; HS Leonard Cozad; HMD Darrel Wildcat; HLD Kay Kay Franklin; HGD Patterson Tahdooahnippah;Ad Larney Silverhorn and Butler; Honored Veteran Joe Poe, Sr. For vendor information

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Children’s Back-toSchool Powwow

August 6, Eastern Shawnee Children’s Back to School Powwow, 127 Oneida St., Wyandotte. Contact (918) 666-7710 or (888) 978-1352.

Wichita Tribal Dance August 11-14, Wichita Tribal Park, Anadarko. Dance competition will be open to Wichita Tribal members and their descendants. Contact (405) 247-2425 or (405) 2479677.

Birthday Celebration Powwow Terence Ototivo August 13, 2 p.m.-11 p.m., Walters Comanche Nation Community Center. MC Eddie Mahseet; HS Berky Monoessy; HM Billy Komahcheet; HL Chelsey Fodder; HB Hayden Ototivo-Rider; HG Ciara Tee-Ohms Yazzie; AD Freddy Banderas; S Keifer Kopaddy. Contact: Lola (580) 5146458; Lanette (580) 514-6090; Tammy (580) 919-6415.

Happy Birthday Hayden Goombi July 3

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Bella Codynah July 22

Happy Birthday Lydia Horse July 22

Happy Anniversary

In Loving Memory Ben Lee Norberto Jr.

Lisa and JR Yackeyonny July 12 Married 34 years

Micah Minthorn

July 3

On July 15, 2015 our hearts were broken forever. They say time heals, no not for us. As we surrounded your bedside, the kids and I mom Rita, sister Julie , Aunt Barbara, we watched you take your last breath. Our kids cried, “Dad please don’t go” but we knew you were tired and was hurting too much. Its different for me to be a single parent, I wanted you here. Rest in Heaven my love. Your Wife Laura Norberto and Children Two-Eagles and Megan Norberto, Grandsons Kolten Norberto, Kari Norberto and Grandsons Cruz Esquivel, Rey Ann Norberto and Willie Nelson Jr., and Ben Norberto III, Mom Rita Wahnee, sister Julie and Mike Burgess, Lil brother Charles Pocowatchit. We miss you Ben Jr.

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Obituaries Forrest Laverne Poahway

Poahway Forrest Laverne Poahway 58 of Cache went to his heavenly home on June 5, in Lawton with his loving family by his side. Grave side services was held, June 8, at the Lone Wolf Cemetery with Lay Pastor Sue Burgess. Burial will follow at the Lone Wolf Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was June 7, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jan James officiating.

Poahway was born in Lawton on November 24, 1957 to Lester and Margaret (Monenerkit) Poahway. Forrest grew up and attended Cache High School. He received his associate’s degree from Western Oklahoma State College in Altus. He co-owned Home Sweet Home Health Agency and also worked for the Comanche Nation HIP Program. He enjoyed fishing, raised Akita dogs, riding horses, visiting, spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and Sherwood Tsotigh Memorial UMC in Cache. He is survived by: his wife, Denise Poahway, children: Savannah, Margaret, and Nolan Poahway all of the home, Jessie Poahway Vasquez, Luke Poahway all of Altus; brothers and spouses: Franklin and Melinda Whitewolf of Lawton, Phil and Francine Monenerkit of Norman, Jarvis Poahway of Indiahoma, George Poahway, Jonathan and Christina Poahway all of Cache; sisters and spouses: Pat Gilpin of Lawton, Sandra and Richard Moore of Walters, Sue and Ron Burgess, Jan and Virgil James all of Lawton, Marlinda and Steve Johns, Faustina and June Sovo all of Cache, Tammy Zambrana of

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Norman, uncle, Jimmy Ray Caddo; aunt, Lorene Pennington; the grandchildren Lucas and Isaac Vasquez of Altus, Jaelyn Poahway of Granite, many nieces, nephews, cousins other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by: parents. Margaret and Lester Poahway, son, Tyler Poahway, brother, Michael Poahway, sister Francine Breaux.

Michelle Denise Poafpybitty Harrington


Michelle Denise Poafpybitty Harrington 62 of Apache went to her heavenly home in Lawton with her loving family by her side. A celebration of Life Service was June 23, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Harrington was born on September 24, 1953 in Sioux City, Iowa to William Reynolds and Laura Faye (Tyndall) Poafpybitty. The family lived in California for a few years then the family moved back to Oklahoma. Harrington graduated from Lawton High School and attended Cameron University. She was a proud member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and of Omaha descent. Harrington served as the Comanche Nation Princess in 1970. Harrington enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed watching movies and her television shows, taking care of her pets. Harrington had an outgoing personality which enabled her to have many friends. She loved going to pow wow’s, fairs and traditional events which extended her knowledge in her native customs. She is survived by: her husband, Frank T. Harrington of the home; three children: Antoinette Niedo of Tulsa, Leslie Keith Niedo of Lawton, Carlotta Harry of Law-

ton; brothers: Ernest Poafpybitty of Apache and Cameron Poafbybitty of Elmore City; sisters: Williamette Poafpybitty of Apache, Laura Faye Poafbyitty-Leader and husband Michael of Anadarko, April Lynne Poafpybitty of Lawton; uncle: Dennis W. Tyndall of Macy, Nebraska; 3 grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. She is preceded in death by: parents: William and Laura Poafpybitty; brothers: William R. Poafpybitty II and Richard Ralph Poafpybitty.

Dear TCNN Letters to the Editor

Dear TCNN, Hello, my name is Gabriel Quoyah, and I am currently sitting in a federal prison in Louisiana. I would like to say ‘Thank You’ to everyone who makes it possible for me to receive The Comanche Nation News all the way down here in the South. That’s about the only thing I have to keep me close to my Numunu People back home and I really appreciate it. I’ve never really been away from home for this long, at least not this far away. I really miss my Comanche People back home, so when I start reading the TCNN and I see the people that I know back home. Well, it brings a smile to my face. It gives me hope that one day if The One Above is willing, hopefully, I’ll see it all again; Richard’s Spur, that is. Just in case this finds it’s way on to TCNN, I would really like to say, ‘Hello’ to everyone back home from Walters, Okla. to Spur. Take Care. Also, I would like to wish my children a ‘Happy Birthday;’ Meadow Ann Perea July 18, 2008; Damien Perea July 13, 2003; and a late ‘Happy Birthday’ to Keagan Perea April 24, 2007. “Happy Birthday. We Love You” from Dad, Mom, Grandpa Larry, Q, Grandma Jewel, and Grandma Mona and Auntie Cara.” Gabriel Quoyah

Dear TCNN, The Wahnee/Conneywerdy Descendants, which include the Kopaddy, Herrera, and Tiddark families, which are direct descendants of the Wahnee/Conneywerdy family, would like to make a public announcement. We are not related to or affiliated with Lauren Noriega and her family. Although our family members have asked them not to use our family name, they continue to identify themselves in Southwest Oklahoma and elsewhere under the Wahnee/ Conneywerdy name. Comanche people, what would you do, and how would you react, if someone you know who is not related to you and your family, claim publicly they are, and will not stop, although you have asked them to? By writing this letter, we hope this gets resolved immediately, and the Noriega family stops using the Wahnee/Conneywerdy family name to promote themselves. We did not want to do it this way, but the Noriega family has ignored our requests to stop, and the Wahnee/Conneywerdy family stands behind this letter. Rita Wahnee and members of the Wahnee/ Conneywerdy Family

Mark 10:44-45 “...and whosoever of you be the chief, shall be the servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Translated to the Comanche Language


tsa’ hakarü mümükuhü haya’ükünaa naahkatü, oyetü ra na’atavitsinaitu’i; piarúahatsa tenahpü’a Tua’a pünusü kimüka, ke vümü ta mananaa’waitu’imetu, wihnu nümü pü manatsi, sootüna pü narümakakütu’imetü.” -From the Book Mark-ha Tsaatu Narumu’ipu (The Gospel of Mark in Comanche and English Copyright 1958

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Graduation Pictures and information were submitted by the Comanche Nation Higher Education Program and submitted to the PIO Dept.

Alan McClung Achille High School

Alice Kassanavoid University of Oklahoma College of Law

Allison Sain Cameron University

Allison Shelton Tahdooahnippah

Midwest City High School

Bayley Wright Kingston High School

Cameron University

Cameron University

Cement High School

Blaine Carroll

Elgin High School

Amber Hedge

Brandon Pohocsucut

Elgin High School

Anita Sayerwinnie Asleigh Mithlo

Amber Grimes

Brenna Brinkman Boulder High School

Cache High School

Briana Mason Brittany Turner Bryanna Froehlich Christopher Helmick Christopher Jones Daniel O’Connor Rose State College

Cameron University

Indiahoma High School

Broken Arrow High School

Danielle Nickell

Desiree Devine

Diane Han

D’Nari Gibbs

Dylan Mihecoby Elijah Lowrance S.H. Rider High School

Moore High School

Evelyn Mithlo

Gregory Poemoceah Gabriel Tehauno General Education Development

Isaiah Harjo

Jalen Yackeyonny

Janae Herrera

Mac Arthur High School

University of Oklahoma

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Oklahoma University

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Western State Oklahoma College

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Haskell Indian Nations College

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Cameron University

Prince William Commonwealth

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University of Oklahoma College of Law

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Lawton High School

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