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National Congress of American Indians & Change the Mascot Respond to Supreme Court Ruling

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Comanche Nation Water Park Opens for the Summer Season

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The National Congress of American Indians and the Change the Mascot campaign responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling June 19 that federal trademarks can be registered, even if offensive or derogatory.* Change the Mascot leaders National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jackie Pata and Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter issued the following statement: “We are gratified that this Supreme Court case amplified the intensifying public debate over the NFL's support for bigotry against Native Americans. The work of Amanda Blackhorse and other leading activists fighting against the use of the R-word has been tremendously successful and critically important. They have invaluably raised awareness about the problems with mascots such as the R-word epithet used by the Washington NFL team, and brought the important issue of mascotization to the forefront of social consciousness. “This is an issue we have always believed will not be solved in a courtroom, and this ruling does not change some very clear facts. Washington's football team promotes, markets and profits from the use of a word that is not merely offensive – it is a dictionary-defined racial slur designed from the beginning to promote hatred and bigotry against Native Americans. This is a word that was screamed at Native Americans as they were dragged at gunpoint off their lands — and the hate-infused meaning of the word is precisely why this particular name was given to the team by avowed segregationist and first team owner George Preston Marshall. “And the problems caused by the R-word epithet are still very real and present today. Social science research has shown that its continued use has devastating impacts on the self-image and mental health of Native Americans, particularly children. “At a time when social and racial justice issues are woven into the fabric of our country’s sports culture, there is growing need and desire to evolve away from such outdated standards. This is evidenced by the outcry we’ve seen for the R-word name to be changed, from a diverse coalition of supporters including Native American tribes, elected officials from both parties, civil and human rights organizations and religious leaders, sports icons, leading journalists and news publications. “If the NFL wants to live up to its statements about placing importance on equality, then it shouldn’t hide behind these rulings, but should act to the end this hateful and degrading slur.” Change the Mascot is a grassroots campaign that works to educate the public about the damaging effects on Native Americans arising from the continued use of the R-word. This civil and human rights movement has helped reshape the debate surrounding the Washington team’s name. *Supreme Court upholds offensive trademarks as form of free speech, 6.19.17, supreme-court-upholds-offensive-trademarks-form-free-speech/100618478/

July 2017

K-12 Student Services Adds Vendors; Accepting Applications Comanche Nation K-12 Student Services Program has added two new vendors, and are accepting applications for supplemental clothing. If you are a student in the grades Kindergarten through 12th grade and an enrolled Comanche Tribal member you are eligible for the Supplemental Clothing Assistance Program. The following gift cards will be available: • JC Penny • Kohl’s • Wal-Mart • Target • Bookcase Uniforms (Lawton Area ONLY) Applications are available in the program office, all CN Outreach Offices and on the Comanche Nation web site. For more information please feel free to contact the office at (580) 492-3278, Fax (580) 492-5089, or

Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

The Comanche Nation Water Park kicked off it’s Summer Season with Indian Day, which all enrolled Native Americans gained free entry May 27. An estimated 1,300 were at the water park, to enjoy a free day of fun. FROM LEFT: Wayne Pewewardy, 8, gets soaked under the Kiddy Pool Waterfall. Joshua Botone, 12, makes a big splash on the water slide. Joquetta Red Bird, 75, takes a leisure stroll down the Lazy River. Water Park employee, Jason Kaywaykla, keeps the walking area cool for visitors. The Comanche Nation Water Park is open 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; and Noon – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $15 for ages 4 years – 61 years. Children 3 years and younger, and Elders 62 years and older, have free admission. Military receive a 15% discount. For more information, contact the Comanche Nation Water Park at (580) 353-6129.

Red Elk, Narcomey, and Tippeconnie Sworn-In as Comanche Business Committeemen

Photo by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Photo by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Ronald Red Elk, left, and Clyde Narcomey, right, are sworn in as members of the Comanche Business Committee June 6 at the Comanche Nation Complex. Story by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Two of the three elected CBC (Comanche Business Committee) were Sworn into office by Comanche Nation Chairman, William Nelson, the evening of June 6 at the Comanche Nation Complex’s Education Conference Room. First to be sworn in as CBC No. 3 was Ronald Red Elk. Red Elk, who has formally sat on the CBC, had a total of 666 votes (64.22%), beating Darrell Kosechequetah, who had a total of 371 votes (35.78%). Red Elk thanked the voters for having faith in him to putting him on the Committee.

“I will do the best possible job of fostering a cooperating relationship with the fellow committeemen,” said Red Elk. Incumbent, Clyde Narcomey, maintained his seat as CBC No. 4, having a total of 623 votes (58.83%), over Jack Codopony, who had a total of 436 votes (41.17%). Narcomey also thanked the voters for placing him in the CBC. No. 4 position for a second term. Robert Tippeconnie, who won the seat for Comanche Nation Secretary/Treasurer, was not present. Chairman Nelson said he would

Photo by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

Robert Tippeconnie gets sworn in during the June 10, CBC meeting by Comanche Nation Chairman, William Nelson Sr. get sworn in during the June 10 CBC Monthly Meeting. Tippeconnie, a former Secretary/Treasurer for the Comanche Nation, had a total of 597 votes (56.75%), and Audrey Whitefeather had a total of 455 votes (43.25%). The Swearing In was live streamed through the IT Media Dept., with around 127 viewers. An estimated 35 tribal members were present. Tippeconnie Swearing-In The June Comanche Business Committee (CBC) meeting began with the Swearing-In Ceremony

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CALLING ALL SUPER HEROES Lawton Indian Hospital Hosts Annual Kids Carnival The Lawton Indian Hospital is hosting its 5th Annual Kids Karnival Back to School Health Fair Aug. 4 for ages 3-21 years old. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., Clinics services begin at 8 a.m., booths open 9 a.m., and outdoor events run 10 a.m.3 p.m. The Super Hero themed event promises to deliver health services to start the school year in a positive and fun way while giving attention to community resources that benefit Native American children and families. The event includes; sports physicals, immunizations, vision screenings, audiology testing, dental screenings, as well as, a carnival with games, interactive learning and fun activities. Healthy snacks will be available while supplies last. Participants must be eligible to receive services at the Lawton Indian Hospital. Pre-registration is encouraged and a signed permission form is required for each child accompanied by someone other than a parent/ guardian. To request a form, or preregister, contact Registration, or call (580) 354-5107, Mon-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For booth space call (580) 3545500, general information (580) 3545505 or 354-5518, or the Comanche Nation Diabetes Program (580) 2804674, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon-Fri. Community and Tribal partners, Family/Children service organizations and volunteers are welcome.

July 2017 THE COMANCHE NATION NEWS The award-winning Comanche Nation News, the official communication of the Comanche Nation, is available at no charge upon request. The deadline to submit information for the August edition is 5 p.m. July 14. Donations to help cover the cost of printing and mailing are welcome. Contact: The Comanche Nation News P.O. Box 908 Lawton, Okla. 73502-0908 Telephone: (580) 492-3386 Fax: (580) 492-3709 Emails: •

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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.

Comanche Nation Officials

Chairman William Nelson Vice Chairman Susan Cothren Secretary/Treasurer Robert Tippeconnie Committeeman No. 1 Jonathan Poahway Committeeman No. 2 Eddie Ahdosy Committeeman No. 3 Ronald Red Elk 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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Comanche Business Committee Begins Process of Amendments to the Comanche Constitution at the June Meeting

Editor’s Note: This is an overview of the June 10, CBC Monthly Meeting and not the official minutes. To obtain a copy of the official minutes, call the Office of the Chairman, (580) 492-3251. Story by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

Chairman William Nelson called the meeting to order at 9:50 a.m. Secretary-Treasurer, Robert Tippeconnie, conducted Roll Call. A quorum was established with all Comanche Business Committee (CBC) members present. The June Comanche Business Committee (CBC) meeting began with the Swearing-In Ceremony of Robert Tippeconnie by the Comanche Nation Chairman, William Nelson, Sr. Tippeconnie was sworn into office for Secretary-Treasurer. Tippeconnie said, “I’m very honored and very privileged to serve the Comanche Nation. It is a great honor for any of us to be elected by our fellow people because our people show trust and give us confidence. We have to live up to that, we have a responsibility to be ethical, honest, straight-forward, and to uphold a constitution of the Comanche Nation. I certainly will say, I will do my very best to uphold the duties of SecretaryTreasurer. Udah!” Chairman, Nelson called upon Comanche Tribal elder, Aurilla Craig, to open the meeting with the invocation. A motion made to approve the minutes of the May CBC meeting by Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey; seconded by Committeeman No. 1, Jonathan Poahway. The motion carries 5/0/1. Resolutions No. 60-17 Enrollment List No. 1062. Approved Membership for the Comanche Nation Tribe. Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Secretary-Treasurer, Robert Tippeconnie, seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/0. No. 61-17 Grant for Historical Preservation Office. SecretaryTreasurer, Tippeconnie, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/0. No. 62-17 Minimum Standards of Character and Suitability for Employment Policy. Tabled. Committeeman No. 2, Eddie Ahdosy, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 3, Ronald Red Elk, seconds the motion. The motion carries. 6/0/0. No. 63-17 Indian Marker Tree. (Comanche Nation Marker Tree.) The Comanche Business Committee accepts the Pecan Indian Marker Tree, 2 miles South of Holiday Texas, Okla. on FM 368 as a Comanche Marker Tree. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 1, Poahway, seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/0. No. 64-17 The American Indian Probate Reform Act. Strike for a Different Time. Secretary-Treasurer, Tippeconnie, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 3, Red Elk, seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/0. No. 65-17 Investigation of Comanche Enterprises. Comanche Nation Enterprises (CNE) Business Committee has determined that it is in the best interest of the Comanche Nation to have CNE Investigated by the Federal Government to determine where the assets associated with CNE are or have been appropriated and why the Nation is being ignored in its efforts to gain transparency of the CNE through the recent confirmation and re-recognition of three Board Members. Vice-Chairwoman, Susan Cothren, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/1. No. 66-17 Signature Authority. Comanche Business Committee determines that it is the best interest of the Comanche Nation to identify officials to currently have signature authority for Comanche Nation accounts

at the financial institutions. Comanche Business Committee Hereby authorizes for the following persons names to have the designated authority for the accounts, which are holding funds in the name or the benefit of the Comanche Nation. Adding Committeeman No. 3, Red Elk, for record access and record copy. Secretary-Treasurer, Tippeconnie, access to disbursements, record access, records copies, and investment direction. Vice-Chairwoman, Cothren, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/0. Chairman Nelson Amended the Agenda with the following resolutions: No. 0617-01 Drug Testing. Zero Tolerance. Hold in Advance. Tabled. Secretary-Treasurer, Tippeconnie, made the motion. Committeeman No. 3, Red Elk, seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/0. No. 0617-02 Article 6, Section 7, Business Committee is to promulgate and enforce ordinances governing law in order to protect the peace, health and safety and general

welfare on land determined to be within Comanche tribal jurisdiction and Comanche Nation Constitution Article 11, Amendments. Pursuant Amendments 3. Adopted May 29, 1976 Section 1. Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by majority vote of the Business Committee or by a petition signed by 200 adults, who are entitled to vote. If approved by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, shall be submitted to the voters of the tribe, and shall become effective when ratified by majority vote of those who cast ballots in election called by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. The Commissioner of Indian Affairs shall be submitted to the voters. He is entitled to do the vote for the tribe. Roll Call Vote: 10% Vice Chairwoman, Cothren, YES. Committeeman No. 2, Ahdosy, YES. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, YES. Chairman, Nelson, YES. 15% No Votes 20% Committeeman No. 1, Poahway, YES. Committeeman No. 3, Red Elk, YES. Secretary-Treasurer, Tippeconnie, YES. Vice-Chairwoman, Cothren, made the motion. Secretary-Treasurer,

Tippeconnie, seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/0. No. 0617-03 Comanche Business Committee brings forth a passed resolution 0617-02 acknowledging proposed amendment change to Article 5 Section 3 C, and proposed Amendment change to Article 8 Section 2, to have the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, or body that represents this capacity to perform a Secretarial Election, and be at further resolved the Comanche Business Committee call for a Moratorium on all recall petitions during this time period, so the Commissioner of Indian Affairs or body that represents this capacity, can perform a Secretarial Election, as called for by the law of the Comanche Nation Constitution. May the Comanche Nation sustain itself as an organization of professional resolve for the continual stabilization of the Comanche Nation for the perpetual time. Vice-Chairwoman, Cothren, made the motion to approve. Committeeman 4, Narcomey, seconds the motion. The motion carries 6/0/0. The meeting was adjourned at 11:34 a.m. and Executive session followed.

Photo by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

EVENING OF PRAYER. Around 50 people gathered in Watchetaker Hall the evening of May 31 to fellowship and pray for the future of the Comanche Nation. Comanche Business Committee members (CBC), Chairman William Nelson, Vice Chairwoman, Susan Cothren, and CBC No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, greeted all who came to sing songs, give testimony, and pray. LEFT: Vice Chairwoman, Susan Cothren, greet the audience. RIGHT: Chairman, William Nelson, passes out hymn sheets to the crowd.

Attention Legal Guardians: If you have Legal Custody for a minor child(ren) or elder, please contact the Comanche Nation Enrollment Department to update your address. Please call the Comanche Nation Enrollment Department for instructions (580) 492-3371.





July 2017


Comanche Nation Chairman, William Nelson, explains the June 3 Election Process Story by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

A total of 1,055 Comanche tribal members went to the voting polls by mail, early voting at the Comanche Nation Elder Center June 1, the Comanche Nation Complex, June 2, and the area polling sites on June 3. The final results were: Red Elk, who has formally sat on the CBC, had a total of 666 votes (64.22%), beating Darrell Kosechequetah, who had a total of 371 votes (35.78%). Incumbent, Clyde Narcomey, maintained his seat as CBC No. 4, having a total of 623 votes (58.83%), over Jackie Codopony, who had a total of 436 votes (35.78%). Robert Tippeconnie, a former CBC Secretary/Treasurer for the Comanche Nation, had a total of 597 votes (56.75%), and Audrey Whitefeather had a total of 455 votes (43.25%). Also on the ballot was the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget. All line items passed, with the exception of the Shoshonean Language Reunion, with 546 “No” votes (52.70%), to “490” Yes votes (47.30%). Richard J. Grellner maintains his position as the Comanche Nation Attorney, by receiving 491 votes. Fellers Snider Attorneys at Law received 263 votes, and Rick Moore & Associates, PLLC, received 252 votes. Although some tribal members questioned the process in which True Ballot, who was hired by the CBC to oversee the election, collected and tallied the voting ballots, Comanche Nation Chairman, William Nelson, assured the concerned Comanche tribal members that it was conducted in a fair manner. “In article 6 (of the Comanche Nation Constitution) the CBC has a duty and a responsibility through the written law, and it is a 50-year-old law; and that law is for us, this legal (CBC) quorum, to qualify nominees, and for us to run an election,” said Nelson, during the “Platform for the People,” Question and Answer Video on the Comanche Nation’s You Tube


“I want to tell everyone what happened in this room (Higher Education Building Conference Room), around 7:30 p.m. All of us, collectively, to run this election, were involved. “How were we involved? At each polling location, we were there, as the (Comanche Nation) calls for. We had hired an outsource, called True Ballot. They do elections. We did not tell them how to run the election; they do elections. We were there to there to ensure everything was going to work okay,” said Nelson, who also commemorated the Comanche Nation Elder’s Council, who were Election Poll Monitors during the three-day voting process. “I have to admit to our Comanche People, every ballot was scanned. What does that mean? In our past, we had a big ol’ machine, and we had a ballot that we put in the machine, and it gave us a digital number one (voting count). This year, you did not have this big machine. You had ballots, touched by one person. They took it to the computer. The tabulator that was here, and has worked for our Nation for 13 years. She tested this process of bringing the ballots into the database. The software program is really 21st Century. She scanned it and tested it out. She did this five times. She signed off on it. In the past, I believe numerous people had their hands on every ballot, but this process, one hand, one tabulator, one machine, database formed of all ballots. I can’t even disclose it simpler than that. All of us were in a viewing capacity. Not one elected member, not one monitor, not the TA, not the Comanche Nation Law Enforcement, not one of us touched a thing. We watched in observation mode,” said Nelson, who live streamed the election results around 10:30 p.m. June 3. After the Protest period ended, at 5 p.m. June 6, Nelson swore in

Ronald Red Elk as CBC No. 3, and Clyde Narcomey as CBC No. 4. Robert Tippeconnie was sworn in June 10 at the Comanche Nation Meeting. To see the full “Platform for the People” videos, go to the Comanche Nation You Tube channel online, at: w w w. y o u t u b e . c o m / C o m a n cheNation.

Swearing In Continued from Page 1

of Robert Tippeconnie by the Comanche Nation Chairman, William Nelson, Sr. Tippeconnie was sworn into office for Secretary-Treasurer. Tippeconnie said, “I’m very honored and very privileged to serve the Comanche Nation. It is a great honor for any of us to be elected by our fellow people because our people show trust and give us confidence.”

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2017 Comanche Nation General Election Final Results by Area Bereavement Assistance $300,00 Yes No CBC Salary $21,00 Yes No Chairman’s Salary $75,000 Yes No Child Support Services $111,000 Yes No Comanche Indian Veterans Association $50,000 Yes No Comanche Tribal Princess $3,000 Yes No Comanche Jr. Princess $3,000 Yes No Comanche Language and Cultural Preservation $40,000 Yes No Comanche Fair Director $3,000 Yes No Shoshone Reunion $50,000 Yes No Headstone Project $20,000 Yes No Church Donations $60,000 Yes No Enrollment $252,000 Yes No Public Information Office $355,000 Yes No Transportation $240,000 Yes No Transit Program $840,000 Yes No Fitness Center $325,000 Yes No Matching Grants $100,000 Yes No Museum and Cultural Center $675,000 Yes No KCA Operating Budget $270,000 Yes No Elder Payment $1,000,000 Yes No Per Capita Distribution $22,714,470 Yes No New Business $3,087,010 Yes No Water Park $667,000 Yes No Tourism Center $233,444 Yes No Children’s Court $302,000 Yes No Tribal Court $100,000 Yes No CN Fair $200,000 Yes No WIA/Cemetery Improvement $2,250,000 Yes No Realty Management/Water Planning/Land Management $516,000 Yes No Land Acquisitions $1,250,000 Yes No Youth Shelter CRYS $680,000 Yes No Optometry Clinic $546,100 Yes No Assisted Living Facility $1,200,000 Yes No Capital Improvement $2,100,000 Yes No Early Childhood Development Center $600,000 Yes No





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July 2017 Prevention & Recovery Center & Residential Center $590,000 Yes No Comanche Nation Housing $500,000 Yes No Administration $1,266,086 Yes No Elections $300,000 Yes No Emergency Management Office $120,000 Yes No Info Technology - Complex $500,000 Yes No Law Enforcement $3,000,000 Yes No Legal Fees $419,532 Yes No Firefighters $323,000 Yes No Burial Assistance $1,000,000 Yes No Gravel-Tinhorns for Tribal Driveways $400,000 Yes No Caregivers $310,000 Yes No Child Care Subsidies Program/Special Needs $225,000 Yes No CHR $213,000 Yes No Education Center $500,000 Yes No Community Center - Apache $33,000 Yes No Community Center - Cache $33,000 Yes No Community Center - Walters $33,000 Yes No Diabetes $280,000 Yes No Elder Center $300,000 Yes No Elder Council $110,000 Yes No Emergency Management Direct Services $90,000 Yes No Environmental Protection Agency $400,000 Yes No Family Service (Formerly ICW) $292,000 Yes No Grandparents Raising Grandchildren $115,000 Yes No Adult Education $191,000 Yes No Higher Education $3,000,000 Yes No Job Placement and Training $584,000 Yes No Home Improvement $1,500,000 Yes No Hope House/Family Violence Prevention $100,000 Yes No Injury Prevention $249,000 Yes No Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act $175,000 Yes No New Pathways $155,000 Yes No Outreach Anadarko $104,058 Yes No Outreach Center - Dallas TX $120,000 Yes No Outreach Center - OKC $102,000 Yes No Prescription Assistance $724,000 Yes No Reintegration Program $120,000 Yes No






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Absentee Social Services - Emergency Assitance $1,516,606 Yes No Student Services (K-12) $960,000 Yes No Tribal Historical Preservation Program $250,000 Yes No Vocational Rehabilitation $136,000 Yes No Youth Program $500,000 Yes No




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Law Enforcement Receives Lifesaving Award at Police Banquet The Oklahoma Association of Chief of Police awarded six members of the Comanche Nation Police the OACP Lifesaving Award at the annual Awards Banquet held in Ardmore, Okla. These Officer distinguished them by their acting with disregard for their own personal safety in developing and promptly saving of nine members of the Memorial Indian Church, stranded during a Sunday Morning service. This heroic act of selflessness and devotion to service to our Tribal Community well represents the dedication and professionalism of the agency. On June 12, at 12:55 hours, Officer Galloway advised he had received a call of assistance needed at the Indian Memorial Church located on Bishop Road adjacent Railroad Street on Lawton Southeast side. Over the weekend, the area had received a total 14 inches of rain over three days, with seven inches of rain continuous until mid-Sunday morning. The Indian Memorial Church is located on the banks of the Cache Creek which had flood out of its

banks. With the opening of the flood gates on Lake Ellsworth, the Cache Creek rapidly rose to make all access roads impassable to normal traffic. Upon arrival, Chief Griffin, Major Daly, Major Wood, Officers Tracy, Galloway, and Kastner deployed the departments acquired 5 ton military surplus vehicles and one Ford Expedition to perform a high water rescue of nine church members stranded at the Church. With the rapidly rising waters from Lakes Ellsworth, immediate response was necessary. Flood water level on the entry into the half mile flood roadway was estimated at 2 Y2 to 3 feet of rapid flowing water. The department, upon safe egress of the SUV, driven by Chief Griffin, to the church to insure the roadway was intact and could be traversed by the other deployed assets, immediately deployed a military covered 5 ton vehicle, driven by Officer Tracy and Major Wood. Officers Galloway, Tracy, and Kastner deployed in the rear of the boxed unit to assist in the loading and unloading of the elder and disabled church members into

the unit.

Upon departure of the church back into the flood roadway, the water levels had risen to approximately 4 feet levels, and a Flower Mound Volunteer fire department and BIA OLES had arrived at the North and West ends of the flood area to provide assistance. The Deployed Personnel departed without incident, making the egress back to the north end of Railroad Street to awaiting medical, fire, and family of the stranded church members. Upon arrival safely out of the flood waters, the nine church members were assisted to their awaiting van or family member’s vehicles after verifying their safety. The flood waters continued to rise and later flooded the church and church van left at the church within an hour after the rescue. Without the high water rescue, the nine church members would have possibly faced injury or death in the flood waters of the Cache Creek during this flood event.

The Comanche Nation Offices will be Closed July 4 for Independence Day, and will Reopen 8 a.m. July 5 for Regular Business The Comanche Nation Offices will Also Be Closed July 14 for Comanche Chief’s Day, and will Reopen July 17 for Regular Business. Follow The Comanche Nation News on Twitter @TCNNPIO

Black Ops Game Tournament Raises Money for Fair The Comanche Nation Optometry Program is sponsoring a fund raiser for the 2017 Comanche Nation Fair. A “Black Ops 2 4V4 Teams” will begin at noon on July 22, in Watchetaker Hall, Comanche Nation Complex. There will be a 4v4 double elimination, $40 per person or $160 dollars per team. For more information contact the Comanche Nation Optometry at (580) 699-5386.

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Vocational Rehabilitation Invited to Participate in DSR Summer Camp The Comanche Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program (CNVRP) was invited to participate in the Oklahoma State Dept. of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) summer camp for high school transition students with special needs, who will soon graduate or who have recently graduated from high school. Each one of the youth participants is a client of the State DRS, which means each one has a state counselor helping him or her set and to achieve their employment goal. The goal of the state transition program is to help these students achieve competitive employment. There were two one-week camps held the first half of June. The name of the camp is WOW (Working On the Wichitas). Camp WOW is for the ages of 16-22 years. The first week was for the ages of 16-17 years, with eight participants. The second week was for those 18 yrs and older, with 12 participants. This is the second year that the State DRS has had

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the camp. The camp participants were from all over the state. They did work ranging from picking up trash to painting gate guards, for which they are paid. Job Readiness training was also provided. These camp participants were treated to a little bit of Comanche culture by watching how frybread and Indian tacos are made, when the CNVRP staff served them an evening meal each Monday of the camp. They expressed their appreciation and enjoyment of being able to

taste the Indian tacos. The CNVRP gave each camper a backpack, with CNVRP information and Comanche Nation memorabilia. The participants stated that they were enjoying the camping experience, the animals and learning more about the Wichita Wildlife Refuge. The event is a good example of how the CNVRP and state DRS coordinate with each other. These coordinated efforts indirectly help the individuals with disabilities they serve. The CNVRP have included a transition component in the new five year grant. During this first year they are developing their new transition program. The State DRS have been a helpful resource for their new transition program of the CNVRP. For more information about the CNVRP Transition program, you may call the CN Transition Specialist, Leonard Parker at (580) 4923398.

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Programs Environmental Programs

Solid Waste Division Due to the circumstance, the Comanche Nation Office of Environmental (CNOEP) will no longer be issuing 30 yard roll offs for the remainder of the fiscal year. They will be using their department dump trailers for Bulk Item pick-ups and cleaning up some of the Illegal Dumpsites. If you have any questions, contact the office at (580) 492-3754.

Environmental Program Offers Tips for the Summer

If you are going to be out in hottest time of the day, between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., dress accordingly to the activities you will be participating in: if working outside protect your face and head with a hat, shorts if the working environment allows, and remember to use a sunscreen that has a rating of more than 40 Sun Protecting Factor (SPF) that will protect you from the Ultra Violate (UV) B rays that cause the first layer of skin (Epidermis) to become damaged or sunburned. Apply the sunscreen of choice (lotion or spray) on 15 to 30 minutes before stepping outside and reapply every two hours. The FDA is exploring the harms of inhaling lotions that are sprayed directly in the face so until data is gained and the verdict is out, spray lotion onto hands then apply to face. New mosquito larvae have matured into full biting adults and are out looking for hosts to feed on and in the process could possibly spread viruses like (Zika, Chikungunya, West Nile, and Yellow Fever). Also different variations of Ticks have been gaining national attention with the new Powassan virus that has emerged around the Great Lakes area and the many other blood borne pathogens that they can carry. To keep these parasites in check it is best to purchase a mosquito/tick repellent that has a DEET rating of 30% or more. While you are out enjoying the summer activities, it is imperative that one applies the 8x8 rule which is an eight 8 once cups of water per day. Lastly, to keep the land and air in pristine shape, thoroughly check any camp fires before leaving camp grounds and never throw your cigarettes outside your vehicle or put them out anywhere near an open field. Use good judgement this summer, and have a safe Independence Day. Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Programs: Phone (580) 492-3754 Fax (580) 4923733.

Environmental Program Air Duct Cleaning

The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Program will not be performing the (Air Duct Cleanings) ADC do to the upcoming summers rising temperatures. The ADC procedure requires the tribal renter or owner of the dwellings to turn off the AC unit until the cleaning procedure has been complete often taking more than an hour to do so. During this time, the inside temperature of the house can rise well above 95 degrees or more, putting the IAQ crew and occupants at risk for possible heat injuries (heat exhaustion or heat stroke). The IAQ department will not be performing the ADC service from the ending of June to the middle of September. All other IAQ services like Air Duct Assessments, Mold investigations, Mold Sampling, Lead Sampling, Radon Vapor Testing, and Energy Audits will continue to be performed. IAQ Office: (580) 4923537, IAQ Cell: (580) 699-1967, Fax: (580) 492-3733.

Environmental Program Conducting Waste Characterization Assessment

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Solid Waste Division (SWD) will conduct a Waste Characterization Assessment (WAC) for the residence of the Attocknie Village in Apache and Madische, by the Comanche Complex. The Solid Waste Division is looking for Tribal Members of each location to participate in the WCA. They are going to be collecting household trash items from the participating residence, once they get enough applications. The purpose of the pickup of trash items is to get an understanding on what each household is putting into their trash and what is being taken to the land fields. Also, by us collecting the household trash items, we will determine on how to make a new WCA for the CNOEP SWD. The Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Programs: Solid Waste Division would appreciate the participation of each location in helping our department by helping us conduct the Waste Characterization Assessment. If any Comanche tribal member would like to participate from these locations, call the office at (580) 492-3754.

Diabetes Program Summer Activities

The Comanche Nation Diabetes Program will be having Healthy Cooking Demos starting at 12 p.m. 1 p.m., July 6 at the Anadarko Outreach Center, for more information contact the Comanche Nation Diabetes Program (580) 280-4674. The Diabetes Program will be having it’s Summer Camp July 18 20. The program is accepting 30 applications with C.D.I.B. Applications must be turned in by July 13, no later then 3 p.m. The camp is for children ages 10 - 14. The Diabetes Program will be having a 3 Week Education Class starting from 12 p.m. -1 p.m., on July 3,17 and 21, at the Walters Community Center. Classes will consist of Diabetes Education, Healthy Cooking Demos, and Physical Activity. All participants completing the class will receive a incentive. For more information on any of the activities contact the Comanche Nation Diabetes Program at (580) 280-4674.

Injury Prevention

Living with Chronic Illness Classes The Comanche Nation Injury Prevention is having Elders Living with Chronic Illness Classes from 10 a.m., - 1 p.m., July 6, 13, and 28, at the Walters Community Center in Walters Okla. There will be health screenings and lunch will be served. For more information contact: Bonita Paddyaker (580) 4923343 or Carolyn Lonewolf (580) 492-3344.

Comanche Nation Angels Program The Comanche Nation Angels provide basic house cleaning to Comanche Elders, handicapped and terminally ill tribal members. For more information call (580) 492-3277.

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Older Americans Act Title VI Part C Caregiver Support Program Title VI Part C Native American Caregiver Support Program: The Family Caregiver Support Program provides services for Caregivers about available services available to them. Services Available: • Information to Caregivers about available services. • Assistance to Caregivers in Gaining access. • Individual counseling, organizations of support groups and Caregiver training to assist the care-

giver in the areas of health, nutrition, financial literacy, making decisions, and solving problems relating to their Caregiving roles. • Respite Care to enable caregivers of Frail and/or Disabled to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving duties. • Supplemental services, on a limited basis, to caregivers of frail elders to compliment care provided by the Caregiver. • Monthly Group Support meetings are held on the last Friday of the month. Caregiver/Respite is required to attend at least one training per quarter, per Federal Regulations, in order to receive services. Title VI Part C Requirements The Native American Family Caregiver Support Program can serve two different types of unpaid family provider. • Family Caregiver: Adult (over 18) family member or another individual, who is unpaid informal provider of in-home and community care to an older individual or to an individual with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorder (dementia). • Grandparents or older individual who is a relative caregiver: Grandparent or step-grandparent of a child, or a relative of a child, either by blood, marriage or adoption, must be 55 years or Older and lives with the child. Is the primary caregiver provider of child because the biological or adoptive parents are unable or unwilling to serve as the primary caregiver of the child, and has legal relationship to the child such a legal custody or is raising the child informally. Title VI Part C Native American Family Caregiver Support Program Roles •

Care Receiver: A person who is receiving the care. Must be Native American, provide CDIB, 60 years and older, and must be able to provide documentation of disability or need of services. • Care Giver: Is the person who “unpaid” and providing the care to the Care Receiver. • Respite Provider: Is the person who is “paid” to relieve the Care Giver for a short time, while the Care Giver is on a break, however according to Federal Guidelines, the Respite provider cannot reside in same household and 18 or older. Monthly Caregiver Support Groups are held every month on the last Friday of each month at the Comanche Nation Elder Center, light refreshments will be served during this time for Participants. What is the difference between the two Caregiver Programs? The Comanche Nation Elder Center Title VI Native American Family Caregiver Support Program is a federally funded program and open to ANY Native Americans, who is over 60 and provide a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood. Whereas, the Comanche Nation Caregiver Program is for Comanche members only.

Caregiver Staff Staying Busy The Comanche Nation Caregiver Staff are busy providing services to the Family Caregivers that are providing care for their elders. The caregivers assist them with bathing or a shower. Then they help them with getting dressed and ready for the day or getting them ready for bed by helping them undress and putting night clothes on. If the elder needs assistance with toileting then the caregiver is there for them to make the elder comfortable knowing they can be helped. If they need transportation for clinic appointments, to order and pickup their medications, recreation, shopping or visit friends or other

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family members then they have a and Saturday from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m. family member to help them. Admission is free. If they need assistance with Realty Department briefs there are other programs that provide briefs for those that need Offers Assistance them then the caregivers are there to The Realty Department has assist them with those. been offering assistance to Tribal The elder needs meals to be member in regards to their Trust land. cooked but can feed themselves at the Depending on the assistance that you table but there maybe be some that are needing, they may not be able to need assistance with feeding. help, but if they can they will, please These are just some of the call their office at (580) 699-3818. care the caregivers give to the reStephen Lee is still active in cipients they are taking care of and researching Water Rights on land at the rate of pay can never compen- the Red River, He has been collecting sate enough for these special people. data pertaining to the potential claim They may have jobs or give up their on tracts in the Red River. jobs, move here from out of state, The Realty Department are they have their own family, perhaps finishing up on an inventory list of they are elders themselves or they property owned by the Comanche may have their health conditions or Nation. They will start gathering inthey have clinic appointments. They formation on property that the Tribe made a great sacrifice to take care of has undivided fractional ownership their loved one so they can remain in interest their homes and have the safety and Tribal members interested security of being taking care of by a in participating in the Buy Back Profamily member and living in the Co- gram can call the office (580) 699manche community. 3818 to put your name on the list as a “willing seller.” To learn more about the Program, call the Trust Beneficiary Call Center (888) 678-6836.

Department of Transportation Attends Training The employees of the Department of Transportation attended a Chip Seal training in Stillwater, Okla. This training was one day and all three employees attended. This training will be vital to their department that way they can be informational savvy when they are on a job site. The CNOEP roadway project is still under construction so please be cautious of the correct signs to get to the CNOEP building. This project should be getting close to finishing pending weather conditions. Be on the lookout in future newsletters for other roadway projects starting.

Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center Quahada Pride is currently on exhibit at the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center (CNMCC). The exhibition features paintings and sculptures by awardwinning Comanche artist, Barthell Little Chief. The exhibit, which includes art work created by Little Chief in both traditional and contemporary painting styles, will be on display through the end of August. The Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center is located at 701 NW Ferris Avenue in Lawton. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m.,

Fitness Center Comanche Nation Fitness Center Hours of Operation Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Staff Angelena Ortiz, Director Sarah Turner, Massage Therapist Edward Tahhahwah, III, Personal Trainer Joshua Hill, Personal Trainer Classes and Services Group Circuit Monday-Friday 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. Silver Sessions (for Elders or Beginners) Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Personal Training-Appointment Only Sports Massage-Appointment Only Contact us: 904 SW F Avenue Lawton, OK 73505 Office: (580) 248-0005 Fax: (580) 248-0003 Email: Angelena L. Ortiz, Director Comanche Nation Fitness Center 904 SW F Avenue Lawton, OK 73501 Office: (580) 248-0005

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Programs Elder Center July Activities

Program Goal and Objectives: Improve the quality of life for older Native American Indians, which includes all Comanche members and other Native tribal members living in the services area. Provide a well-balanced meal to tribal seniors and to assist them with services/resources to meet their needs. Also, assist the elders with Adult Protective services and resources. Eligibility: Participants must be an enrolled member of any federally recognized tribe of a Nation; participants must be 60 years of age and reside in service area. Regulations allow the spouse to receive nutritional services and do not have to be Native American. Disability applicants under the age of 60 years must provide proof of residency and reside in the home of the elder and show documentation of disability. Delivered meals applicants must be home bound unable to leave home due to illness, disability or frailty. Home bound elders who cannot perform activities of daily living due to disability, frail elders are priority for the meals. Activities for the month of July Contact Nancy Bass, Activities Coordinator (580) 355-2330 July 8, the program will hold a garage sale/taco sale from 8 am – 2 p.m. To set up for sale the program will charge per table. July 7 The Comanche Nation Prescription Program will do a presentation on the program services that are available for the tribal members. Every Wednesday in July, the Comanche Diabetes Program will host a Health Screening from 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.. Every Thursday in July, the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma Vocational Rehab Program will assist any tribal member with services from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Applicants please call the center for appointment. July 21 Nancy Bass, Activities Coordinator will assist with a Fun Day from 11:15 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. with the Diabetes Program “Come and Check out what it will be”. July 18 The Comanche Nation Optometry Program do a presentation on their program services during the lunch meal. July 28 The Comanche Nation Title VI CSP Native American Caregivers Support Program will host a Group Support Meeting from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Diabetes Care and light refreshments will be served. All Caregivers are welcome to attend. Please contact Kimberly Codynah, Caregiver Coordinator, at (580) 355-2330.

Elder Council Annual Picnic The Comanche Nation Elder Council held their annual Picnic at Elmer Thomas Park, West Pavilion on June 5. It was a nice day with a cool breeze blowing. There were 81 elders attending the event that had no official speakers, but the elders told jokes, and stories, and played horseshoes and BINGO. Willie Pekah, Patricia Bread, LaRue Parker, Marion Simmons, Lebert Taunah, Ricky Hatfield and Vivian Holder told jokes, with Parker winning the prize for “best joke”. After the 10 BINGO games, teams were called for Horseshoes, winners were Leonard Chibitty and Darrell Pohawpatchoko. An excellent lunch was catered by Billy Sims BBQ in Elgin Okla., service was great and the food was tasty and plentiful. Rantz Codopony manages the Elgin Billy Sims, so in addition to great food, they all got “Comanche hugs” from Rantz. A special “Thank you” to Dustin Miller and Jared Kopaddy, from the Comanche Nation IT Department, who provided a sound system. The elders listened to oldies music throughout the meeting, enabling the elders to call the BINGO game, tell the jokes and stories, and provide

program information without yelling out as they had to do in the past. They also posted a video on youtube. com showing the Elder Picnic highlights. “Thank you” to Martina Callahan and Victoria Silverhorn for their assistance in helping to set up, call the BINGO, put up decorations and help serve the lunch. Thank you so much for the much needed help. They are getting more and more elders attending the monthly meetings. If you are 62 and a member of the Comanche Nation, you are a member of the Comanche Nation Elder Council, please come to the monthly meetings, the first Monday of each month (unless a Holiday, then the next Monday), and held at the Comanche Nation College, beginning at 10 a.m.

Firefighter Program Updates The Comanche Nation Fire Program has been active since 1996, and is currently located on Madische Road across from the Comanche Nation Complex. To date, the program has established two Type-6 Engine Crews and a Type-II Initial Attack Hand Crew which is sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs of Anadarko, Oklahoma. The Firefighter Program is currently patrol the following eight counties of Trust Land for fires in Oklahoma: Comanche, Cotton, Tillman, Stephen, Jefferson, Caddo, Kiowa, and Grady, also nationwide and mutual aide with volunteer fire departments if needed. The Comanche Nation Fire Program has four full-time employees and ten emergency fire fighters. The program trains firefighters to suppress wild land fires, conduct controlled burns and coordinate fire prevention with tribal activities. Applications for controlled burns on Comanche Trust Lands only please contact Comanche Nation Fire Program at (580) 492-3600 Monday Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Comanche Nation Fire Program Engines and Type II Initial Attack Hand Crew member duties include: *Works with and within Comanche Nation Emergency Management to provide services and equipment during times of distress. *Assists with special tribal events that may occur throughout the season. *Assists with fire dispatch through operation of radios, telephones, and other necessary equipment to exchange information for fire weather and other forest and Grass Fire suppression activities. *Coordinates with Volunteer Fire Departments for structural fire suppression on trust and tribally owned land. They are not taking Native Americans Emergency Wildland Fire Fighter applications until September Due to upcoming Fire season, they are cutting trees that are emergency only.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Communication Tips Heritage is a building block of critical importance when fulfilling your role as a grandparent. Your life story—the experiences of your childhood, adolescence, adulthood and mid-life—makes up the foundation for your grandparenting. Being a faithful steward of your heritage means you have a responsibility to remember and then communicate your life story to your children and grandchildren in the best way possible. What were the most significant life experiences, and how have they influenced and shaped who you are today? In addition, your children and grandchildren deserve a record of your history, including aspects that are physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. You can write it, create audio or video recordings, or come up with your own method, but please do this. As has often been said, how can you know where you’re going if you


don’t recognize where you’ve come from? Give your children and grandchildren every opportunity to benefit from your memories and experiences.* * Grandparents Program, 1001 “C” Ave, E door, Lawton, OK: Phn (580) 450-0593, Creating such a history or life story may seem daunting. With so much to say, where do you begin? One family historian suggests that it’s best to start with memories of a fixed point in time, like a significant “first” in your life: the first home you lived in, your first school or learning environment, your relationships to your family members or caregivers, your first work experience, the first time you remember being physically or emotional hurt, your first spiritual awareness, your first success or failure, and so on. Those life experiences helped to define who you were and who you would become. Then take that memory or experience and write a few sentences about it. Often, after those first few sentences, more and more details and memories will emerge. It might also help to reflect on various sensory information from a particular moment: What did you see? What noises could you hear? Were there any interesting smells you remember? Did you touch or taste anything? Use your five senses to help you remember, then jot it down. Develop the key points and let the brief narrative flow. Each story will become a building block in your “heritage house,” and something precious you can share with others. The stories are useful in revealing insights about the environments in which you lived and, perhaps, how you were nurtured at various stages of life. Don’t forget to also include the critically important aspects of your personality and who you really are—your genetic code, character attributes, and your perspective on life. How did those attributes, combined with early life experiences, impact your heritage? And which of those attributes can you see being replicated in your grandchildren or great-grandchildren? Grandparents Program will be at the Comanche Nation Apache Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 18.

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in their office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for anyone who does not have access to the internet. Anyone that wishes to apply for an open position will have to create an account before submitting an online application. Any questions concerning how to apply online can be addressed to the Human Resources Department at (580) 492-3573.

NAGPRA Repatriates Skull of Comanche Child

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NAPRA digs a grave May 10, at Deyo Mission Cemetery, to bury the cranium of a Comanche child. In April 2015 the Comanche Nation NAGPRA Program was first contacted by Dan Jibreus of Karolinska Institute, which is a Medical University in Stockholm, Sweden, in regards to a Comanche skull that they had in their possession. They wanted to repatriate (return) the skull to the proper owners or respective tribe. The Comanche child cranium was obtained by Samuel Morton from Dr. Benjamin Boyer Brown of St. Louis some time before 1840. B.B. Brown provided Morton with several crania from the northern plains, but no other than this is known from southern plains area. According to Bill Bil-

leck of the Smithsonian, Brown probably got it from fur traders passing through St. Louis. How the proposed fur traders originally got the cranium is impossible to know, at least from now. Morton incorporated it in his collection and it appears in the 1840 edition of Morton’s catalogue; “570. Comanche child. Arkansas. Dr. B. B. Brown”. The letter that is with remains while in Sweden. Letter from Samuel G. Morton to Anders Retzius 4 “Philadelphia Nov. 17 1848 My dear Sir, I have but a moments of time to address you a line by the hands of my friend M. Leischke of Berlin. This gentleman having kindly offered to take charge of any parcel I might wish to send, I gladly embrace the opportunity of requesting your acceptance of two juvenile Indian crania – one a Comanche of Texas, the other an ancient head from the cemetery of Pisco, in Peru. I have some others that shall follow in due time. Meanwhile I hope you have received the four or five Peruvian crania I sent you some few months ago. For my own part, I regret to say that several of the cast you sent me are more or less mutilated from the long voyage, though fortunately those that most interests me have been safely received. A few skulls are of far greater importance to me than many casts; for the latter admit only a partial comparisons. I am greatly in want of some Mongolians, Finns, Laps, & Scandinavian crania generally, together with the skulls of your indigenous animals. If ours would be valuable in your series I can readily supply you. In great haste…” Samuel G. Morton

Comanche Nation Historic Preservation’s

Recollection of Comanche History

Gravel Tinhorn Schedule Please take note as to when your area falls on the schedule effective July 1 and submit your application within the time period stated below. July 1 through July 31 taking applications for Cyril, and Fletcher area “August” August 1 through August 31 taking applications for Apache area “September” If Application is not fully complete with the qualifications listed below service will not be conducted. Make sure to have a call back number as well. Qualifications Include: *Must provide proof of Comanche Nation Tribal Enrollment *Must provide proof of residency i.e., utility bill *Must not benefit a business or nonComanche Tribal Member (rental homes) *Must reside in the Comanche Nation Jurisdiction If you have any questions/ concerns please call the office (580) 492-3308.

Human Resources Goes Paperless For the month of June, the Human Resources Staff has been busy transitioning their department to go paperless. In an effort to be more eco-friendly and to better serve Comanche people, applications can now be submitted online through the website The department will have tablets available

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“Declaration of Peace between the Ute and Comanche Nations” was commemorated by peace ceremonies conducted in Ignacio, Colorado, on July 24, 1977. The first half of the Peace Pipe Ceremony was hosted by the Comanches at Tia-Pih Park, in Lawton, Okla., on September 5, 1976. “The treaty signing was organized to fulfill a commitment to our ancestors and this day for future generations to mark their progress from. We are one now, can” stated by the late Ute Leader, Lard

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Programs Update Your Information with Enrollment It is very important that you keep your information updated with the Comanche Nation Enrollment Department. The department wants to ensure that you receive your percapita payments, elder payments, miscellaneous 1099 tax forms, and also the pre-mailing packets in a timely manner. All address updates can be sent to: Comanche Nation Enrollment P.O. Box 908 Lawton, Okla. 73502 Pre-mailing packets for the per-capita payment will be mailed towards the end of Summer. This packet includes Address change, Direct Deposit, and tax withholding forms. For more information on Address Change Forms go to www. under Enrollments or call (580) 492-3371.

Need Repairs? Call Comanche Nation Home Improvement The HIP Program was established on the broad authority of 25 USC 13 under the Snyder Act of 1921 as one of several Bureau programs authorized by Congress for the benefit of Indian people. The Bureau’s HIP Program was first implemented in 1965. The original intent of the program was to provide assistance to needy Indian families who could not obtain such assistance because of lack of adequate income. The original intent of the program has not changed with the passage of time. HIP also administers an Emergency Assistance Grant program with funding assistance allocated from the Comanche Tribe, this program provides services for emergency home repair for eligible tribal members. To be eligible applicants must: 1. Be an enrolled member of Comanche Nation 2. Provide a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) 3. Provide ownership (Warranty Deed Lease Cancellation) of the home Home must be used as a primary residence. Assistance is for urgent/emergency repairs only. For more information contact (580) 4923313.

Transit in Process of Implementing SMS The Comanche Nation Transit is in the process of implementing the Safety Management System (SMS) to comply with FTA standards. Rule 49 CFR § 673.21 (a) – (d) states that the general requirements of the SMS are a Safety Management Policy, Safety Risk Management, Safety Assurance, and Safety Promotion, this is appropriately scaled to the size and complexity of the transit agency. Within these guidelines, the Comanche Nation Transit Safety Policy is going to have four main components a Policy Statement, Safety Accountability and Responsibility, Integration, and SMS Documentation and Records. Following the Safety Policy, the Safety Risk Management Process, Safety Assurance Process, and Transit Asset Management Plan are going to be developed and put into action. Safety Promotion consists of training, education, and communication; which have already been put into action through current operations. The main objective of the SMS is to reduce liability and risks, and to improve the quality of life for customers, employees, and the general public. The SMS is an ongoing process, and through continued support and cooperation the transit is always striving to achieve our safety goals.

Optometry News The Comanche Nation Optometry started their 7th Annual Children’s Clinic June 5. It was a success. They had 25 children, four College students. Six children did not need eyeglasses they have 20/20 vision. All children or college students that participates this summer will receive a drawstring bag and a pair of sunglasses with the Comanche Nation Optometry Logo. They have exam days (2) twice per week, Mondays and Wednesdays for children ages 4 years old to 18 years old and college students 18 years old to 24 years old. College students must bring a college I.D. Call at any time to schedule your child for an eye exam. The Comanche Nation Optometry staff participated in the 2nd Annual Patient Benefits Fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 from at the Lawton Indian Hospital. The Comanche Nation Optometry Program will be at the Oklahoma City Outreach, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8. The Comanche Nation Optometry Program will be at the Comanche Elder Center July 18. They will be providing information about the program. The Comanche Nation Optometry will be at the Dallas Outreach 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 29.

Anadarko Outreach Hosts Special Event

The Anadarko Outreach will be hosting Penny Hammones from the Family Assistance Center Program, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on July 10, located at the Anadarko Outreach office a t 117 S.W. 2nd street in Anadarko, Okla.

Family Assistance Center Shares the Telltale Signs of Abuse Often, it can be difficult to identify types of abuse and what constitutes each type of abuse. There are some telltale signs of abuse that we need to be aware of in order to help family members and friends that are victims of abuse to get help through available resources. Types of abuse and what to look for: Physical Abuse: any use of force that causes pain or injury such as, hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling, etc. This type of abuse also includes the use of weapons, denying a partner medical care or forcing alcohol and/ or drug use upon him or her. Sexual Abuse: coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact or behavior without consent. Sexual abuse includes, but is certainly not limited to, marital rape, attacks on sexual parts of the body, forcing sex after physical violence has occurred, or treating one in a sexually demeaning manner. Emotional Abuse: any pattern of behavior that causes emotional pain that can include, but is not limited to constant criticism, diminishing one’s abilities, name-calling, being unfaithful, or damaging one’s relationship with his or her children. Perpetrators may also be emotionally neglectful, such as not expressing feelings or respecting the survivor. Economic Abuse: making or attempting to make an individual financially dependent by maintaining total control over financial resources, withholding one’s access to money, or forbidding one’s attendance at school or employment. Forcing a survivor to use his or her credit to rack up debt is also very common and can present problems in the future when attempting to obtain credit. Psychological Abuse: elements include but are not limited to causing fear by intimidation; threatening physical harm to self, partner, children, or partner’s family or friends; destruction of pets and property; and forcing isolation from fam-

ily, friends, or school and/or work. Everyone should be vigilant in ensuring that the families and children in our lives are free from abuse. If your group or organization wants any training in recognizing the signs of domestic violence, please feel free to contact our administrative office, (580) 492-3590, and speak with Teresa Lopez, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..

Grants Department is Having a Productive First Quarter of 2017 The Comanche Nation Grants Department has had a productive first quarter of 2017. They have worked in partnership with many Comanche Nation programs and departments and have submitted the following grants: • EPA Clean Water Act • EPA General Assistance Program • Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation • Victims of Crime Act (FAC) • Victims of Crime Act (CRYS) • NAGPRA

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Native Connections Native American Employment and Training • National Park Service • Institute of Museum and Library Services • BIA Highway Safety • Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction As of June 15, the following departments have accepted grant awards: • WIOA-Native American Employment and Training • Historic Preservation-National Park Service • Family Assistance Center-Violence Against Women • Elders Center-Ttile VI • Injury Prevention-IHS

Child Care Program Involved Language Grant The Comanche Nation Child Care Program staff, director and language teachers, have been involved in the community meetings held at the tribal complex this month. The meetings are to assist with the development of a language grant project.

Assisted Living Center is Licensed to Conduct and Maintain Assisted Center Edith Kassanavoid Gordon Assisted Living Center is happy and proud to announce they received their Certificate to Conduct and Maintain an Assisted Living Center on May 11. They must undergo and pass licensing inspections, complete and submit an application, and pay a licensing fee each year to maintain their license with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. They first achieved their Assisted Living License in October of 2014. They want to thank the elders that reside at their assisted living center, their assisted living employees, the Comanche Nation employees who provide services to the elders and employees, and Comanche Nation tribal members who continue to support the Assisted Living Center.

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Comanche Nation Workforce Accepts “Outstanding Grantee” Award

The Heat is On!

Comanche Nation Emergency Management Urges All to Stay Cool in the Hot Months Summer is here, and with it comes sizzling hot temperatures, and souring heat indexes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shares tips on how to stay cool during summer months. Key Safety Tips • Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake. • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone. • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. • Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power during periods of extreme heat. Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available. • Check the weather/listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS). Safety Tips if You Have to Go Outside • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks. • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays. • Protect face and head by wear-

ing sunblock and a wide-brimmed hat. • Postpone outdoor games and activities. • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. Additional Safety Tips • Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician. • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. • Avoid extreme temperature changes. • Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation. • Download the FEMA App for heat advisories and safety tips. • Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345). Safety Tips Before Extreme Heat Arrives • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. • Know those in your neighborhood who are older, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help. • Be aware that people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than are people living in rural areas. • Get trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.

Candidates for 2017-2018 Comanche Nation Princess Being Accepted in July The Comanche Nation Fair Director, Donnita Sovo, has announced she will begin accepting names for young ladies who wish to run for the Comanche Nation Princess and Comanche Nation Jr. Princess Titles. She will begin accepting names July 1 and will not accept names after July 31. “This will give young ladies time to decide if they want to run for Comanche Princess or Junior Princess this year,” said Sovo. The information needed about the candidates are: • Name • Age • Proof of Enrollment in the Comanche Nation

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Pictured from left: Necia Morrow, Glenda Goseyun, Jennifer Whitmore, Duane Hall, Maria Mendoza, Kenneth Lookingglass, Athena Brown, Justin Boos, and Randall Baker. On May 22, the Workforce department accepted an “Outstanding Grantee” award on behalf of the Comanche Nation at the 38th National Indian and Native American Employment/Public Law 102-477 Training held in Los Angeles, California. Of the 176 total Native American WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) programs nationally, the Comanche Nation was one of six to receive the award. The award was presented to Comanche Nation Workforce staff by the United States Department of Labor - Division of Indian and Native American Programs (DINAP) personnel. According to Jennifer Whitmore, DINAP Federal Project Officer: “This past year the Comanche Nation’s Workforce Program provided and continues to provide program services through the administration of three grants which include: WIOA adult and youth grants, Health and Human Services (HHS) Native Employment Works grant, and Comanche Nation Gaming supplemental grant. The Comanche Nation’s Workforce Program served over 800 clients with only $139,911 in WIOA funds, by leveraging the aforementioned resources. The avail-

ability of a $1.9 million Comanche Nation gaming supplemental grant was a significant asset to the Program and to the participants served. Of the 800 served; 25% participated in work experience with over half leading to unsubsidized employment upon completion; 400 participants participated in a training activity as follows; 44 ABE/GED training, 60 Occupational Skills Trainings, 61 On-theJob Trainings, and 235 other training services, such as, Job Readiness. In collaboration with the Great Plains Technology Center, the Comanche Nation offered a Phlebotomy I & II course. Participants that completed the program received national certification and secured unsubsidized employment with Comanche County Memorial Hospital. Under the leadership of a fairly new Program Director, Mr. Justin Boos, the Comanche program has successfully increased enrollment, exceeded two of three common measures and were close in meeting the national average earnings goal. A Comanche Nation Workforce Facebook was created to reach out to the local community, connect with clients and engage youth. The Comanche Workforce team has worked hard to streamline processes in order to

improve program accountability and enhance services to the community. Through a partnership and relationship with local employers and training centers, support from the Comanche Nation Administration and Business Council, and the ongoing teamwork with DINAP the Comanche Nation Workforce has been successful in administering a high performing WIOA Program. DINAP congratulates the Comanche Nation’s Workforce Program.” The award is a reflection of all the hard work put in by the Comanche Nation Workforce staff, the financial support given to the department by Comanche Nation Administration and the Business Council, the assistance provided by other Comanche Nation departments, and, most importantly, the program participants who have been successfully completing their training and obtaining full time and permanent employment. For more information on the Comanche Nation Workforce, please visit or the Comanche Nation Workforce Facebook page.

Apache Daycare Having Lots of Fun in the Sun Comanche Nation Child Care has been busy in the first month of summer break. They have visited the Lawton Library, and enjoyed seeing the Magician Jim Green, Extreme Animals, Jammin’ Randy and Mr. Jim’s Puppets, Magic, and more. They have seen four different movies through the AMC Central Malls summer movie program and enjoyed water play at the center. Their most enjoyable trip was to the Medicine Park Aquarium & Natural Sciences Center. They visited the Anadarko Splash park and enjoyed a picnic, their mission this summer is to visit all the near by splash parks. They have ran and played at different playgrounds and parks in Lawton, Cyril and in their own home town of Apache. At Elmer Thomas Park they were able to picnic while learning about wildlife and had some ducks and geese try to enjoy lunch with them. Looking forward to a fun filled July. This is going to be their best summer ever.

Other qualifications are: • Must be 17-25 years of age when application is turned in for Comanche Nation Princess • Must be 13-16 years of age when application is turned in for Comanche Nation Jr. Princess • Must Know Comanche Dances • Be of Good Standing Voting for the Comanche Nation Princess will be held during the 26th Annual Comanche Nation Fair. Candidates can turn in the information to Sovo, and can call her for any questions at (580) 458-1871. Information can also be mailed to Sovo at P.O. Box 202, Sterling, OK 73567. Courtesy Photo

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This is the second of six groups of 100 photos with brief bio’s of our Comanche veterans. Comanches have served in the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars and the War on Terrorism in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Thirteen Comanches were either killed in action, died in captivity or was declared dead while MIA.

SIC Clifford Clark Navy 1943-52 World War II (Pacific)

SSG Curtis Clark Army 1997No other information

PFC Edward Hatch Clark Army 1918-19

SSGT Mark Clark

SFC Jack Codopny Sr.

Eli Coffey

PFC Eustace Conwoop

Air Force 1964-67 Vietnam War Air Police

Ho-bah-teth-kak Troop L, 7th Cavalry Wagoner

MSGT Edward L. Clark

PVT George Clark

GYSGT Louis Clark

USMC 1933-54 World War II (Pacific),Korean War Silver Star, Marine medal and Commendation with/Valor Device, Numu Pukusti

Army 1918-19 World War I (Europe) Code Talker, Awarded the CGM

USMC 1954-74 Vietnam War (2 tours) Combat Action Ribbon, Air Medal (8)

Mariah Codopony

SGT Richard Codopony

T4 Haddon Codynah

SGT Milton Codynah

SN Pete Coffey

SP5 Stephen Colclasure Army 1968-70

SGT Gregory Cole

Army 2002-15 War on Terror Iraq & Afghanistan Combat Medical Badge ARCOM (3) & AAM (6)

PVT Andre Connywerdy

Buddy Conwoop

Edward Cox

USMC & USMCR 1953-63 USAR 1965-69 OKARNG 1975-91 Japan

Navy 1966-70 Vietnam War

OKARNG & Army 2010-present War on Terror (Afg)

Air Force 1966-70 Alconbury AFB, England

Army 1941-45 World War II (Europe) 4th Infantry Division Code Talker CGM & OKMHOF

Army 1998-00 Korea

Army 1968-70 Vietnam War 4th Infantry Division Combat Infantryman Badge Purple Heart

OKARNG No other information

Army Air Force 1943-45 World War II (Europe) Based in England

PFC Henry Conwoop

Army 1943-45 World War II (Pacific) 25th Infantry Division Died of Wounds on 3 May 1945 at Luzon PI

PVT Gilbert Conwoop

PVT Abner Coosewoon

SFC Randolph Coosewoon Army 1950-52

USAR No other information

CSK James Cox Sr.

CW4 Tone Cox

CPL Michael Craig

SSG Patrick Craig

Army 1996-02 Bosnia ARCOM (2) & AAM (2)

Army 1984-90 Grenada & Kosovo Green Beret ARCOM (5) & AAM (4) Parachutist Badge

MM3 Jackson Davis

George Delaware

AIC Lawrence Earl

CPL Wanda Earl

SSG Charles Eatmon

MGS Randall Eckiwaudah

Navy 1942-45 Former Chairman of the Comanche Nation

Air Force 1979-83

AN Ernest Fawbush

Army 1973-96 Persian Gulf War Helicopter Pilot

Army 1951-54

SFC Rie Fawbush

Army 1918-19 World War I (Europe) Code Talker, Purple Heart Awarded CGM

Army 1918-19 World War I Medical Department

Navy 1943-45 World War II (Pacific) USS Belle Grove (LSD-2) 6 Campaign Stars

Army 1983-96 Persian Gulf War

MSG Wilbur Ellis

Army 2001-present War on Terror Iraq & Afg Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart (2), ARCOM

USMC 1990-present Iraq & Afg Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Service,Commendation & Achievement medals

OKARNG 1953-55 Army 1955-78 Vietnam War Combat Infantryman & Parachutist Badges, Meritorious Service & Commendation medals

SGT Leroy Esadooah

Phillip Flyman

SGT Joseph Gonzalez

Army Air Force 1943-45 World War II (Europe) Africa, Sicily & Itlay

Navy 1951-55 Korean War

Army 1949-52 & 1961-71 Korean War

Army No other information

SSG Michael Frickie

Army 1998-present War on Terror Iraq & Afg Combat Action Badge, ARCOM (5) & AAM (5)

BG Jonathon George Air Force 1981-11 War on Terror (Afg) Command Pilot Distinguished Flying Cross Numu Puktsi

Army 199-04 & War on Terror (Iraq) Combat Medic Purple Heart, Bronze Star & ARCOM (2)

PVT Bob Gooday

SSGT Cloyde Gooday

ISG Lupe Gooday

PFC Talbert Gooday

A2C Wendell Gooday

2LT Charles Goodin

Army 1950-52 Germany

Army Air Force 1942-46 World War II (Europe) Prisoner of War

Army 1953-58 & USAR 1958-75 Korean War Greenland & Antarctica

USMC 1959-63 Thailand & Japan

Air Force 1961-62

OKARNG 1953-61

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SSG Thomas Gorbet


Army 1972-92 Persian Gulf War Germany ARCOM (2) & AAM (4)

Air Force 1974-98 Operation New Life - Evacuation of Saigon; Meritorious Service (2) Commendation (3) & Achievement medals

SGT Lindsey Griner

USMC 2003-07 War on Terror (Iraq) Achievement/Valor Device, Combat Action Ribbon

SP4 Lyle Guydelkon

TSGT Melford Guydelkon

Frederick Haish

William Hardy

George Harrington

LCpl Rondo Harmon

SP4 Allen Hehn

Donovan Heminokeky

USAR 1960-66 Drill Sergeant Badge

Army 1976-83

LCpl Darryl Hernasy

MSGT Vernon Griffin

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Army 1973-77 West Point Graduate

Army 1974-76

Air Force Vietnam War

Army 1966-68 Korea

USMC 1992-95 Japan

GYSGT Donna Harris

USMC 1973-96 Persian Gulf War Highest ranking female Veteran, Commendation & Achievement medals

CPT William Harris

SN Stephen Health

Army & USAR 1976-85 ARCOM

Navy 1970-72 Served at Pearl Harbor

Army Parachutists Badge

Coast Guard 2013-Present

Erin Heminokeky

LCpl Glen Heminokeky USMC 2011-16 Fleet Marine

MSGT Lonnie Henderson

OKARNG 1956-59 Air Force 1959-86 Most decorated Comanche Veteran Code Breaker

SN Phillip Hendrix Navy 1967-70 USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37)

USMC 1971-75 Vietnam War

SGT Kenneth Hernasy

(Center of Photo) Vietnam War Green Beret; Bronze Star w/Valor Device, Numu Pukutsi

SPC Baliente Herrera

PFC Carlton Hoahwah

PFC Clay Hoahwah

PFC Roderick Hoahwah

SGT Robert Holder

Herbert Homovich

Levi Hosetosavit

SPC Matthew Isaac

SGT Daniel Jackson

Cpl Tommy Johnson

AIC Benard Kahrahrah

Alexander Karty

CPL Dennis Karty

SP4 Kenneth Karty

Army 1941-45 World War II (Europe) 4th Infantry Division, Code Talker, Bronze Star, CGM & OMHOF

Army 1918-19

Army 1997-04 War on Terror (Iraq) ARCOM (2) & AAM (2)

Army World War II

Army 1948-50 Germany

Army 2000-03 Army Reserve AAM

Army 1940-45 World War II (Pacific) 3 Campaign Stars

Army 1990-02 USAR 1992-98

Army 1957-59

OKARNG 1962-65 USMC 1965-69 Vietnam War Combat Action Ribbon

Army 1995-05 War on Terror Iraq & Afg Bronze Star & Combat Action Badge

Army 1950-51 Korean War Prisoner of War Died in Captivity on 25 Mar 1952

Army 1951-53 & 1958-62 Korea & Germany

FIC William Karty

Navy 1943-49 World War II (Pacific) Served on 5 different ships 6 Campaign Stars

Forrest Kassanavoid

Army 1968-70 Vietnam War 25th Infantry Division; Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star, ARCOM both w/Valor Devices Purple Heart,Numu Pukutsi

Marshal Kerchee

SP4 Melvin Kerchee Jr.

CPL Melvin Kerchee Sr. World War II (Pacific)

SSG Tennyson Kerchee

Army 2008-present War on Terror (Iraq twice & Afg) also Korea twice Combat Action Badge

PVT Willie Kerchee

FCSC William Kerchee

PVT Alf Key Army 1967-70 Vietnam War

SSG Bruce Kinkole

World War II (Pacific) Prisoner of War Bataan Death March, Purple Heart & Bronze Star

ACES Donnie Koassechony

TSG Farrell Koassechony

LT Farrell Koassechony

Navy 1996-07 USS Paul Hamilton, Chosin & Mount Whitney Killed in auto accident on 20 Jun 2007

PVT Curvin Komah

SP4 Lonnie Komahcheet

PFC Carlton Kopaddy

PVT Henry Kosechata

Air Force 1958-62 Ontario, Canada Former Chairman of the Comanche Nation

Army 1941-45 World War II (Europe) 4th Infantry Division Code Talker, Purple Heart, CGM, OKMHOF

SP4 Lawrence Kassanavoid

Army 1954-56 Army Reserve

USMC No other information

Army 1967-69 Vietnam War Combat Medic Badge, ARCOM

Army 1968-69 Vietnam War Purple Heart, Bronze Star & ARCOM

USMC 1969-67

Navy 1961-86 Air Crew Badge

Army 1944-45 World War II (Europe) Died of wounds on 3 May 1945

Air Force 1965-88 Vietnam War AF Commendation (3)

Army 1918-19

USMC 2000-present War on Terror (Iraq)

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People, Places and Things Happening IFAI Releases Resource Guide for Native Americans Submitted by Janie Hipp/Director of Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative

IFAI takes pleasure in releasing this document so that Tribes can gain a better understanding of the vast USDA programs and funding authorities for support of their visions. USDA has always had a wide range of programs that they use to support rural areas, feeding people, our farmers and ranchers, the research and education funding that advances our food and agriculture knowledge, and many other areas necessary to build and support communities. In the span of five years, in just one of the USDA agencies, investments of almost $3 billion in Indian Country business entities, water and other critical infrastructure, housing and community facilities were made.

National Museum of the American Indian Shares Information to Inspire Do you remember the first time YOU learned about American Indians in school? If you are like most Americans, you probably received only a tiny glimpse into the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and contemporary lives of Native peoples. You may have even learned some things that were limited, false, or misleading … It isn’t because teachers don’t care. It’s because many teachers and students just don’t have the information or resources to provide deeper and more comprehensive knowledge and perspectives. That’s why the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is joining with Native communities and educators to help change the way American Indian histories, cultures, and contemporary lives are


taught in K-12 classrooms. It’s a bold new web-based educational initiative called Native Knowledge 360°, and you can learn more at http://nmai. Native Knowledge 360° will bring the Native voice directly into classrooms nationwide—with a wealth of information and materials that reflect the NMAI’s newest exhibitions and world-class collections. Please take just a moment now to explore Native Knowledge 360°. As you’ll see, it goes deeper into Native American history, life, and culture than anything you may have experienced before. Your support helps make it possible. By advancing our mission, you are helping to share stories and achievements from the past and present, and to inspire the future, for Native Americans. Please consider donating today at Thank you.

FSFCU Supports the Youth in the Community

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Tatum Howlingwater During the month of April, Fort Sill Federal Credit Union (FSFCU) celebrated National Credit Union Youth Month™, Financial Literacy Month and Month of the Military Child to recognize and teach the importance of financial education. FSFCU held a book drive and offered free online financial education through their programs

Carrillo Selected to Play on the USSSA All American Team


Banzai!™ and MoneyIsland™. A coloring contest for youth ages 10 and under was held, where 73 coloring sheets were submitted and four winners were chosen. One of the recipients was Tatum Howlingwater of Apache, Okla. The Comanche Nation Youth Program distributed the coloring sheets to the children, and Howlingwater won one of the four, $25 Visa gift cards. An essay contest for youth ages 11-17 was also held, and one winner was chosen from three essays that were submitted. The recipient received a $50 Visa® gift card. At the end of April, over 115 children’s books were donated. All will be disbursed to various shelters around Lawton/Fort Sill. FSFCU hosted educational seminars at Lawton Christian School, Cache High School and Flower Mound Elementary, where over 75 students learned about the importance of saving. 345 students from six schools in Comanche County enrolled in the Banzai! ™, which is an online financial literacy program that teaches teens the value of a dollar and introduces them to challenges they’ll face as adults. 108 students at Macarthur Middle School were enrolled in MoneyIsland™, an exciting online world that teaches kids about money through adventurous quests and exotic destinations. Through these efforts, FSFCU remains passionate about giving back to the community through financial education to all ages. The credit union’s mission is to improve their members’ financial success by offering the right products and services, educating the public about smart spending, saving money wisely and planning for the future. Denise Floyd, President & CEO stated “It is FSFCU’s vision to be the preferred provider of lifetime financial services. We know that financial education should begin with the youth. What we tend to overlook is that it must also be reinforced throughout adulthood.” Focusing on savings for

needs compared to wants is a crucial life skill, but it’s one too few young people are learning. That is why financial education is important to FSFCU not only during the month of April, but for a lifetime. FSFCU offers free financial education and seminars. For more information, e-mail us at financial_

The Heat Runner-up Winners of 2017 Lawton Parks & Recreation Summer League

Free Summer Breakfast and Lunch Meals No Child Deserves to go Hungry

If you have a school-aged child/children in need of breakfast and lunch this summer, simply text “FOOD” to 877877. You will receive a message back with a location closest to where they can get free summer meals.

Comanche Tribal Members Help Win Supreme Championship

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Tribal member, Payton Rutledge Carrillo, is one of 13 girls chosen from Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico to play on the USSSA All American 9u Select Team. The games will start July the 31 in Orlando Florida. Carrillo plays for the 10u travel team Oklahoma Assault which is based out of Lawton. The team is coached by her Mother, Michael Carrillo who is also the Head Softball Coach at Lawton High. Carrillo has received several honers in the last couple of Season. She was named MVP in three tournaments last year. Two of these where on the State and National Platforms. She was the Tournament MVP at the 2016 USSSA Oklahoma State Tournament which her team won and then again three weeks later at the USSSA National Tournament where they where runner ups. This Summer Carrillo was named MVP at the Syndie Angel Tournament which hosted 28 Teams from five states in her age group. Carrillo is the daughter of Comanche Tribal member, Michael Carrillo, Granddaughter of Mike and Tony Rutledge, and Great Granddaughter of Mary Rutledge.

Picture above from Bottom left to right: Jared GreenwoodAssistant coach, Ariel Fuentes, Bretly Caldwell, McKenzi Sovo, Hailey Isom. Top left to right: Tami Steen-Coach, Shirlene Miller, Aliana Seavert, Samantha Danny, Makana Danny, Merideth Hawkins, Savannah Poahway, DeAnn LeBeau-Head coach The Heat were named the Runner-up winners of the 2017 Lawton Parks and Recreation Summer League Five players from this team will go on to play in the All Star League representing the Lawton area for 12u Fast pitch softball. Oklahoma state tournament will be played in Stillwell, Okla., on June 23-25 and the girls will go on to play in the State Nationals in Lawton, Okla. on July 28-30. Those players are: Ariel Fuentes, Bretly Caldwell, McKenzi Sovo, Hailey Isom and Savannah Poahway.

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Pictured left to right: Jeffrey Paddyaker, Julian Love, Michael Paddyaker, and Seth Nelson. Tribal members Jeffrey Paddyaker, Michael Paddyaker, Julian Love, and Seth Nelson participated in the Jess Welch Memorial 12U baseball tournament in Duncan, Okla. on June 10. They play for Oklahoma Elite 12U baseball team coached by Scott Brown and Wes Christian. They battled their way to the championship, winning all games against teams from Lawton, Marlow, and Sulphur. The team could not make it to the championship without Jeffrey Paddyaker’s pitching skills, Michael Paddyaker’s 2nd baseman skills; Julian Love’s catching skills, and Seth Nelson’s Short stop skills. These boys banded together along with their teammates to win the Supreme Championship. Jeffrey and Michael Paddyaker are the sons of Sabrina and Mike Paddyaker, and grandsons of Cheryl Paddyaker, great grandson’s to the late Floyd and Lavena Paddyaker, Julian Love is the son of Julia Mantzke and James Love, the grandson of Patty and Hank Mantzke, and Julie and Michael Burgess, Great Grandson to Rita Wahnee, Seth Nelson is the son of Jaynee and Ron Nelson Jr., Grandson to the late Delphine and late Ronald “Butch” Nelson Sr., and great grandson to the late Phillip Herrera and Selma “Nive” Connywerdy Herrera.

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Culinary Corner

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Ingredients 2 pounds unpeeled large shrimp 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 Teaspoon minced garlic 1/4 Teaspoon salt 1/8 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 Cup cocktail sauce 1 lemon, cut into wedges Directions Place shrimp, olive oil, garlic, salt, and black pepper in a resealable plastic bag. Coat shrimp with oil mixture, squeeze out excess air, and seal bag. Marinate in refrigerator for up to 4 hours. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Cook shrimp on preheated grill until they are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, about 5 minutes per side. Peel shrimp. Serve with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.

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Ingredients 4 Tablespoons butter 3/4 Cup all-purpose flour 3/4 Cup sugar 1 Teaspoon baking powder 1/4 Teaspoon salt 3/4 Cup milk 2 Cups of sliced fresh peaches or nectarines, or whole blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or a combination of fruits (or a 12-ounce package of frozen berries) 1 Tablespoon sugar Directions Adjust oven rack to upper-mid-




dle position, and heat oven to 350 degrees. Put butter in an 8-inch square or 9-inch round pan; set in oven to melt. When butter has melted, remove pan from oven. Whisk flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Add milk; whisk to form a smooth batter. Pour batter into pan, then scatter fruit over batter. Sprinkle with remaining 1 Tb. of sugar. Bake until batter browns and fruit bubbles, 50 to 60 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Strawberry Angel Food Dessert

Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Nectarine Salsa

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Ingredients 1 (10 inch) Angel food cake 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 Cup white sugar 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 Quart fresh strawberries, sliced 1 (18 ounce) jar strawberry glaze Directions Crumble the cake into a 9x13 inch dish. Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Fold in whipped topping. Mash the cake down with your hands and spread the cream cheese mixture over the cake. In a bowl, combine strawberries and glaze until strawberries are evenly coated. Spread over cream cheese layer. Chill until serving.





Ingredients 2 Nectarines, pitted and diced 1 Ripe tomato, seeded and diced 1/4 Cup diced onion 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice 1/4 Teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste Salt to taste 1 Teaspoon ground cumin 1 Teaspoon chili powder Salt and ground black pepper to taste 2 Tablespoons olive oil 8 (4 ounce) boneless pork loin chops Add all ingredients to list Directions Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Lightly oil grate, and set 4 inches from the heat. To make the salsa, place the nectarines, tomato, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and red pepper flakes in a bowl; toss to blend. Season to taste with salt. Cover, and refrigerate 30 minutes to blend flavors. Stir the cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Place the olive oil in a small bowl. Brush the pork chops with oil, and season both sides evenly with the cumin mixture. Place pork loin chops on the preheated grill. Cook until lightly browned and juices run clear, about 4 minutes on each side. Place pork chops on serving plates, and top with a generous spoonful of salsa.

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Ingredients 1/2 Cup olive oil 1/2 Cup Ranch dressing 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 Tablespoon minced fresh rosemary 2 Teaspoons salt 1 Teaspoon lemon juice 1 Teaspoon white vinegar 1/4 Teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste 1 Tablespoon white sugar, or to taste (optional) 5 Skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes Add all ingredients to list Directions In a medium bowl, stir together the olive oil, ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, salt, lemon juice, white vinegar, pepper, and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes. Place chicken in the bowl, and stir to coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat the grill for mediumhigh heat. Thread chicken onto skewers and discard marinade. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill skewers for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and the juices run clear.


Ingredients 3 Cups All-purpose Flour 1/2 Teaspoon Salt 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder (slightly Rounded Teaspoons) 3/4 Cups Milk Water As Needed To Get Dough To Come Together Vegetable Shortening Or Lard For Frying Directions Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir with a fork as you pour in the milk; keep stirring for a bit to get it to come together as much as possible. Add just enough water (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup) to get it to come together. Cover the bowl with a dish towel and let it sit for 35 to 45 minutes to rest. When you’re ready to make the fry bread, heat about 1 to 2 inches shortening/lard in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Grab a plum-sized piece of dough (or larger if you want larger fry bread) and press it into a circle with your fingers: place it on a clean surface and begin pressing in the center and work your way out, stretching it as you go. When the circle is about 4 to 7 inches (however big you want it) carefully drape it into the skillet. Allow it to fry on one side until golden brown, about 1 minute, then carefully flip it to the other side using tongs. Fry it for another 30 to 45 seconds. Remove the fry bread to a paper towel-lined plate and allow it to drain while you fry the other pieces.

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Dear TCNN Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to actions put forth by this Comanche Business Committee to undermine the voice of the General Council! Just recently, the Comanche Nation held its annual General Council, in April. As many, may or may not know, our voice was stifled, but not allowing for amending the agenda. An elder veteran was removed by the chairman for exercising her right to ask for an amendment to the agenda. This is very different from a special meeting held in March 2016, where it

is will documented that amendments to the agenda were made and then the agenda was voted on by the whole tribal council. It should also be noted that our own duly elected Election Board representatives were not conducting the vote, but an outsourced voting company. This removed the oversight,of the voting, from our own Election Ordinances, for any item we voted on during the General Council. It should also be noted that the Comanche Nation College was removed as a budget line item, and there was no discussion allowed to

include it on the agenda for the Tribal Council to discuss. This is important, because this CBC 1) once again did not show for any amendments to the agenda and 2) made a promise multiple times that the Comanche Nation College could be discussed under New Business (which never happened). The Tribal Council was promised a continuance meeting to occur on May 20, to discuss attorney nominations, even though the General Council in April was in the middle of an active vote for attorney. (Tribal members were probably receiving

absentee ballots the week prior) . The May 20th meeting was never called by the Chairman,despite numerous promises on the live stream video of the meeting! What this leads to is that now the CBC wants to propose amending the constitution, to raise the percentage of tribal members signatures needed to even raise a petition, to recall or even call for a special General Council. The current number needed is 200 signatures. Under their proposal, it would take at least 1,600 signatures. Imagine how difficult that

would be, considering that the last election this CBC conducted, was a little over 1,100 votes (and not every eligible absentee voter received their ballots)! I urge everyone to vote NO to this proposal, if a meeting is called! They are undermining our petition process right now, acting as if CBC resolution 0617-02 is already in effect. It may have passed the CBC, but it still needs to be voted on by every tribal member, to become active! Please consider this vote very carefully! Tom Bigbee

July 2017


Obituaries Betty Jean (Nahno-Kerchee) Crocker

Crocker Betty Jean (Nahno-Kerchee) Crocker, 79, of Lawton went to be with her Lord on May 19, in Oklahoma City surrounded by her loving family. Funeral service was May 25, at Watchetaker Hall at the Comanche Nation Complex with Rev. Bill Foote and Wallace Coffey officiating. Burial followed at Ft. Sill Post Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was May 24, at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Crocker was born November 13, 1937, in Lawton to Walter and Lottie (Fisher) Nahno-Kerchee Sr. She grew up in Apache and attended Ft. Sill Indian School. Crocker was a full blood member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. She was very supportive of many churches and charitable organizations. Crocker loved going to pow wows, selling Native arts and crafts, traveling, playing Bingo, going to garage sales and flea markets. Crocker is survived by: four children and spouses; Rudolph Coosewooon Jr. of Geronimo; Carlus Sr. and Theresa Coosewoon of Lawton, D’Ann DeVine of Geronimo; Jody and David Hathorn of Geronimo; brother, Wallace Coffey of Lawton; 12 grandchildren: Kristi, Jamie, Melanie, Lori, Carlus, Raphie, Christopher, Misti, Stephen, Teran, Rudolph and Corey; brother and sisters in laws: John and Laura Hart, Charlene Hoahwah; three special nieces: Sallie Tonips, Cheryl Pewewardy and Edith Lottie Lopez, special nephew, Walter Lopez; special friend, Margarito Hernandez; 18 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren, numerous other family members and friends. She is preceded in death by: husband: James Crocker, parents: Walter Nahno-Kerchee Sr. and Lottie Fisher Attahvich; four sisters: Berdena Lopez, Belva Lopez, Lorene Pewewardy and Rose Ann Krayeski; two brothers: Melvin Nahno- Kerchee Sr, and Walter NahnoKerchee Jr.

Opal Jerre (Pohocsucut) Gore

ah Correah (Permumsu) Pohocsucut. Gore spent her life around the drum and her greatest enjoyment was to dance. She was well known for her otter hat often being called, “The Lady in the Otterhat” or as the New Mexico pow-wow world have endearingly named her the “Otter Grandma”. Throughout her powwow days, she encountered many different people of the pow-wow community who she loved to see time and time again at each new pow-wow gathering. She was a championship Southern Buckskin Dancer, who proudly represented the Comanche Nation across the United States and Canada. She was honored by the National Museum of American Indian at their first ever pow-wow at the MCI Center in downtown Washington, DC. She placed in many pow-wows such as Schemitzun at the Foxwoods Casino in CONN., Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, N.M. Gore danced in pow wows from Connecticut to California and from Canada to Florida. She loved to dance. She was a proud full blood member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. She also loved her Arapaho relatives She is survived by: sister Iola Hayden of Norman; children: Henry Pohocsucut of Walters, Jack P. Pohocsucut of Lawton, Albert Pohocsucut of Pawnee, Mary Pohocsucut of Claremore, Juan Pohocsucut of Lawton, Georgia Gibson of Lawton, Kaye Pohocsucut of France, Dan Ratliffe of Lawton; nephew, John Hayden of Norman; nieces: Marcia Hayden and Sarah Morris; grandchildren: Henry M. Pohocsucut, Matthew Pohocsucut, Jeri Lynn Fatt, David Pohocsucut, John R. Pohocsucut, Michael Pohocsucut, Sarah Jerre Magpie-Bennally, Shane Gibson, Skylar Gibson, Marica King, greatgrandchildren: Matthew Pohocsucut, Levi Pohocsucut, Aaron and Jaylen Gover; Aubrey Gover, Tristan and Tanner Fatt, Brandon and Braedon Pohocsucut, David Pohocsucut, Michael Zick Hill, Brock Pohocsucut, Cia Taylor, Ian and Jacqueline Bennally, Vincent and Brianna King, Anthony Tasso, special adopted family: Julio Rodriguez, Vernon Chocan and the Pipestone Creek Drum of Onion Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada; Thomas Morning Owl, Glenda Thompson, Ron Atcitty, Amanda Grant and Brook Crowe. She is preceded in death by: her parents: Henry and Sarah Pohocsucut; son, Monroe “Joey” Gibson, sister, Annie P. Magpie; brother, Louis Tippiconnie; grandchildren: Teresa Barrett, Devin Kory Harragara, Kelly Vance, great grandchildren, Tara and Elizabeth Pohoscucut and Maximus Bennally.

Carol Walker

Walker Gore Opal Jerre (Pohocsucut) Gore, 93, of Lawton went to her heavenly home on May 20, in Claremore, Okla. Funeral service was May 26, at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Wallace Coffey officiating. Burial followed at Deyo Mission Cemetery under the direction of the Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was May 25, at the Comanche National Funeral Home Chapel. Gore was born on October 1, 1923, in Lawton to Henry and Sar-

Carol Walker, 81, of Lawton passed away May 21, with his loving family by his side. Funeral Service was May 25, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bob Coach of Wichita Baptist Church officiating. Burial followed in Highland Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Walker was born July 12, 1935 in Kennett Mo., to Benjamin and Mary (Arnold) Walker. He grew up in Kennett and then Blytheville Ark. He obtained his GED and entered into the Army on May 27, 1961 at Fort Hamilton, New York. Carol received the Republic of Vietnam

Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal with Fourth Award, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Five Overseas Service Bars, Aircraft Crewman Badge, Army Commendation Medal the Vietnam Service Medal and the Air Medal. He was retired from military service on September 26, 1973. He was a Mess SSG and managed Industrial Cafeterias. He married Margie Ward on January 8, 1979 in Lawton. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Margie, of the home, daughters Tina Marie Walker of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Mary Carol Bal of Mineral Wells, TX. Mickey Lynn of Lawton and Bobby Joe Lynn of Ariz. Grandchildren; Toni Michell Moore, Misty Walker, James Lewis, Mark Lewis, Marian Lee Lewis Jr. Tina Kay Daugherty, Eddie Lee Lynn, Bobby Joe Lynn Jr and Michael Lewis. Great-Grandchildren; Jennifer Daugherty and James Daugherty He is preceded in death by his parents, son, Gary Lynn Walker.

Carl Moore

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McKinley in Alaska, our nation’s treasured landmarks in D.C, have gazed up at the giant redwoods of northern California, and watched Yellowstone’s famous geyser, Old Faithful, erupt on a beautiful morning in Wyoming. However, their favorite place on earth was their farm in Cyril. After fighting a decade-long battle against Parkinson’s disease, Moore peacefully passed away on June 4. He leaves a legacy of family including four children living: Daniel Moore of Medicine Park, David Moore of Cyril, Carla Owen and her husband Mike of Loveland, Ohio and Javin Moore of Riverside, California; seven grandchildren: Erich Moore and wife Stephanie, Mandy Gray and husband Adam, Sam Moore, Brandon Moore, Michaela Owen, Kyrie’ Owen and Lexi Owen; and two greatgrandchildren: Kayden Camp and Grayson Gray. He is preceded in death by two sons, Mark Allred Moore and Brian Perschy Moore, and his grandmother Lucy Kocof. His funeral service was June 8, at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home at 2701 SW J Avenue, Lawton, Oklahoma 73505. Burial followed at Little Washita Indian Cemetery.

Parker was born November 24, 1961, in Lawton to Henry and Doris Parker. He grew up in Apache and attended Apache Schools and graduated from Apache High School. He enjoyed visiting, Social Media and watching Tennis. He was a greatgreat grandson of Quanah Parker and a proud member of the Comanche Nation. He is survived by his parents Henry and Doris Parker of Apache, Darrel Parker and wife Tammy of Apache. Nieces and Nephews; Brandi, Eric, Gabe, Jaxten, Teagan. Several Aunts and Uncles in Texas and their families. He is preceded in death by; Grandparents Tom Parker and Helen Parker, Maternal Grandmother Ava Arnold.

Ruth Asepermy “Tody” Myers

Helen Tahchawwickah Cable

Moore Carl Michael Moore was born on January 6, 1930, at the Lawton Indian Hospital. He was the son of Mary Perschy and C.E. Moore. Moore was raised on his mother and grandfather’s Indian allotments, two miles east of Cyril, Oklahoma by his grandmother, Lucy Kocof Yeahquo. Moore attended several different schools as a young boy, including Cyril, Sterling and Ft. Sill Indian School. He graduated from Riverside Indian School in 1949, where he learned about farming, which would become a large part of his life. He also served in the Oklahoma National Guard. After graduation, Moore traveled to California to attend college in San Bernardino, California. During his time living on the West coast, he met his young bride, Priscilla White. The two fell in love quickly and were married on August 8, 1954 in San Fidel, New Mexico. Moore and Priscilla returned to Cyril to start a family and farm. He was a farmer at heart. He started his farming operation in 1957 with a 40-acre tract of land and some old equipment. By 1968, when he was named Conservation Farmer of the Year, he was recognized for “progressive thinking, wise management and hard work”…three factors that helped Moore turn the resources he had available into a beautiful and efficient farm place. That family farm he built has provided a better living for his family, while at the same time, preserving his land for future generations. In addition to farming, Carl worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, where he started at the Anadarko agency. He later transferred to Hiawatha, Kansas and then Muskogee, Oklahoma. In 1986, after contributing 31 years of faithful public service. He retired and moved back to Cyril. Moore was very proud of his Comanche heritage. He began dancing in pow-wows as a young man and competed as a ruffle dancer. Golfing was another favorite pastime. He and Priscilla played golf and traveled to tournaments; their favorite golf course being in Mescalero, New Mexico. Moore spent the beginning of his retirement traveling. He and Priscilla, with their grandchildren in tow, have seen the peaks of Mt.

Cable Helen Tahchawwickah Cable, 81, of Cache passed away peacefully on June 7, at her home with her loving family by her side. Funeral service was June 9, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Ikner and Pastor Matt Asetamy officiating. Burial followed at Post Oak Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was June 8, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Cable was born in Cache on October 10, 1935, to Jacob and Maggie (Niedo) Tahchawwickah. Cable grew Cache area and attended Cache High School. She was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and Cache First Nazarene Church. She married Bert Cable Jr. in Wichita Falls, Texas. Cable loved watching OU sports especially softball and football, Tiger Woods, golfing, spending time with her family and friends. She was an accomplished seamstress and worked as a wool presser and a teacher’s aide at Cache Public Schools. Cable is survived by: two sisters, Velma Kemble of Ponca City and Rose Nauni of Cache; brother, Jr. Coffey of Ponca City; children: Donna Bucktrot of Cache, Rodger Cable of the home, Kenneth and Queena Cable of Lawton, Lyle and Wendy Cable of Cache, Jessica Lynn of Lawton; grandchildren: Keela, Sam, Samantha, Tobey, Kenberly, Klynn, Emily, Tracy and Kenny; great grandchildren: Trent, Kailee, Bailee, Xavier, Madison, Dominic, Morgan, Kristin, Dominique and Kaden; one great great-grandchild, Ilena Lewis. Cable is preceded in death by: Husband Bert Cable Jr., sisters: Vida Woommavovah, Marguerite Parker, Mary Ellen Morris; parents: Jacob and Maggie Tahchawwickah.

Marshall W. Parker Marshall W. Parker, 55, Lawton passed away June 13. Private Family Service will be held at a later date.

Myers Funeral for Apache resident Ruth Asepermy “Tody” Myers, 90, was June 19, at Fairview Cemetery, East of Apache. A remembrance service was June 18, at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home, officiated by her nephew, Baxter Asepermy. Burial was under the direction of the Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Myers passed away on June 14, at Cedar Crest Manor in Lawton, Okla. She was born on November 1, 1926 west of Apache. She was delivered by her Comanche grandmother, Mar-kar-na-sy. Her parents were the late George Sr. and Hattie Jones Asepermy. Myers attended Apache Public Schools until after her junior year, when she transferred to then Haskell Institute High School in Lawrence, Kan. She graduated in 1944. After graduation she lived in Wichita, Kan., where she served briefly in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps as a nursing trainee. Myers later lived in Iola, Kan., before she returned to Wichita to complete her nursing training. She returned to Oklahoma and lived and worked at the Walters, Okla., Hospital and later at the Clinton Indian Hospital before she married Walker “Red” Myers on October 23, 1951. During their 59+ years of marriage they lived in Wichita, Kan.; Houston, TX; Tulsa, Okla.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; west of Apache; Devol, Okla.; and east of Apache. She was a Certified Nurse’s Aide and worked at the old Anadarko Hospital; and at nursing homes in Grandfield, Okla., and Burkburnett, TX. Myers retired at age 76. Myers was a full-blood American Indian and enrolled member of the Comanche Nation and also of Kiowa descent. Her “Indian” name was Tone-ta-ne-mah meaning Sea Gull was passed on to her by her Kiowa great grandmother – Myers passed that name onto her granddaughter, Kimberly. As a youth she spent her summers with her Kiowa grandmother, Tomah, until she passed away in 1932 and then with her Kiowa aunt, Laura, until she passed away in 1940. She was avid reader, always had a dog or a cat, seldom complained about anything (except the time someone hit her parked car at the post office), was respectful to all and never held grudges. As a pre-teen and teenager and the second

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Milestones Happy Birthday

July 4- Ki’ara Jones July 5- Emmalynn Huggins July 5- Shavonn Lewis July 6- Judy Tahah July 6- Micah Lee Large July 7- Jacob Herrera July 8- Acayo Herrera July 8- Arlene Schonchin July 8- Kyson Tahah July 8- Leesa St.Clair July 15- Baydon Lewis July 15- Kenneth LookingGlass July 15- Zeldina Viddaurri-Floyd July 16- Brendon Spriggs July 19- Brittany Avery July 20- Meka Viddaurri July 21- Angela Bingham July 22- Adria Rhoads Suina July 25- Alejandro Camacho July 27- Tasha Tahchawwickah

Happy Birthday Alexandra Marie Futch June 23

Happy Birthday Ki’ara Jones July 4

Happy Birthday Micah Lee Large July 6

Happy Birthday Arlene Schonchin July 8

Happy Birthday Kyson Tahah July 8

Happy Birthday Joseph Tahsequah July 10

Happy Birthday Kenneth LookingGlass July 15

Happy Birthday Brendon Spriggs July 16

Happy Birthday Carol Jimenez July 16

Happy Birthday Adria Rhoads Suina July 22

Happy Birthday Trevor Pewewardy July 23

Happy Birthday Tasha Tahchawwickah July 27

Happy Birthday K. Komahcheet

Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Yackeyonny, Jr. July 12 Celebrating 35 years

Happy Anniversary Monte and Ronna Potts July 25 Celebrating 25 years

Happy Anniversary Greg and Adria Suina July 26 Celebrating 37 years

In Loving Memory Zelda Viddaurri-St Clair

Anniversaries Donnie & Arietta Viddaurri-Patton July 2~ Celebrating 37 years Steve & Anita Viddaurri-Mann July 24~ Celebrating 39 years Jeremy & Angie Rotert July 24~ Celebrating 18 years

The Comanche Nation News August Edition Deadline~July 14 Email: Mail: Comanche Nation PIO P.O. Box 908 Lawton, OK 73501 Contact: (580) 492-3386

CORRECTION:The “In Loving Memory for Lee Viddaurri” that ran in the June 2017 issue of TCNN was mistakenly hyphenated. TCNN apologizes for the error.

Mark 1:9 “And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.”

Happy 12th Birthday Kevin Zane Almost a teenager! ALWAYS Love, Mom, Jimi and Kaku

Happy Birthday Kelli Komahcheet July 5 We love you! From Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister and Elija

Translated to the Comanche Language “Suni u naahkaküse’ surü Jesus suve’ Nazareth-nai pitünu, Galilee sokovihta nasooküninai. Sukuküse surü John hunu’ma Jordanka u vawühtianu.” -From the Book

Mark-ha Tsaatu Narumu’ipu (The Gospel of Mark in Comanche and English Copyright 1958

July 17 1955- August 6 1987

Happy Birthday to the best sister ever. We miss you so much and Love you bunches! From mom,all Your children, grandchildren,sisters, nieces,and nephews

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oldest of 10 children she often babysat her siblings. Many of her nieces and nephews spent their summers with “Aunt Ruth.” Myers loved Shelley’s fry bread and was a hamburger and chocolate connoisseur. Her best friends were the late Sue Johnson and Katy Lusk, sister-in-law the late Josephine Myers Wapp and daughter-in law Shelley. She is survived by her only

child, Lanny Asepermy and his wife Shelley of Apache. Myers once said if she ever had a daughter I wish it would have been Shelley. Her sisters Sue and husband Talbert Gooday of Owasso, Okla. and Tomah and husband Charles Yeahquo of Apache; a special nephew, Michael Tosee, who she raised as an infant until about age five, and wife Marzha of Lawrence, Kan. Goddaughter Shirley Kaula-

ity Rivera of Cache, Okla.; granddaughters Lisa Asepermy of Oklahoma City; Kimberly and husband Brent Threlkeld of Williamstown, Ky. Yvonne Poleheptewa of Glendale, Ariz.; Heather and husband Eric Smith, Amee Tahbonemah and Jennifer and husband Miguel Rodriguez of Lawton, Okla.; and grandson Ethan Tosee of Lawrence. She is also survived by 16 little brothers and sisters

(great grandchildren) and numerous nieces and nephews and their children. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sisters Fern Tosee; Leatrice Jay; Gloria Caudillo; Theresa Pilas; Yvonne Evans; and brothers Curtis Clayton, George Sr. and Boti Asepermy. Pallbearers will be Mike Waddle, Darren Asepermy, Bill Wad-

dle, Mike and Ethan Tosee, Talbert Gooday and Charles Yeahquo. The family would like to thank Cedar Crest Manor in Lawton for the care they provided her since December 2014 – she called Cedar Crest “Home.” The family would also like to thank the medical personnel at Southwestern Medical Center for their professional medical care in making her final days comforting.

July 2017


The Comanche Nation News

2017 Comanche Nation Higher Education Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony

Comanche Nation Chairman, William Nelson Sr., served as the Master of Ceremonies at the 2017 Comanche Nation Higher Education Reception and Awards Ceremony.

2017 Graduates stand behind the flag bearers, the Comanche War Scouts, during the Comanche Flag song, sung by Ronal Monoessy and drum group. June 10 at the Comanche Nation Complex.

From Far Left: Comanche Little Pony Princess Malayna Dinwiddie, CIVA Princess, Lauren Noriega, and Comanche War Scouts Princess, Mercedes Banderas, performs the “Lord’s Prayer” in sign language.

2017 Graduates dance in place during the Comanche Victory Song, at the Comanche Nation Higher Education’s Annual Graduation banquet.

Tavia Hart was this year’s recipient of the “Dorothy Lorentino Scholarship.” Hart graduated from Udall High School. Story and Photos by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

The Comanche Nation Higher Education held their 28 Annual Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony at 12 p.m., June 10 at the Tribal complex, located inside Watchetaker Hall. Serving as the Master of Ceremonies was William Nelson, Comanche Nation Chairman. Nelson gave the opening prayer to begin the event. The flags were brought in by the Comanche War Scouts. The flag song was sung by Comanche Tribal member, Ronald Monoessy. The afternoon meal was provided by Pete Coffey and Mennonite Brethren Church. The Keynote Speaker and Special Guest was Michael Figueroa. Figueroa was born in New York and graduated from Cache High School. He is a descendant of the Wockmetooah and Powetipe families. Figueroa is the grandson of the late Ida and Roy Wockmetooah, and son of Marlene Pechedo-Cooper. He graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University wit a B.A.S. in Recreational Leadership/Business Administration. He continued his education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and obtained a Masters of Education in Counseling before going to University of Oklahoma to earn a M. Ed in School Administration. Figueroa’s goal is to provide students the encouragement and opportunity to surpass the barriers preventing them from accomplishing their educational endeavours.

The Comanche Nation Higher Education had a total of 298 graduates. High school had a total of 151 students, Job Placement and Training had 39 students, Associate in Applied Science had five students, GED had a total of 13 students, Associate’s Degree had a total of 17 students, Bachelor’s Degree had a total of 55 students, Master’s Degree had a total of 17 students, and PH. D had 1 student. As the names of the graduates were called, and the Comanche Nation Higher Education Department presented each one with custommade Numunu Stoles, medallions, watches, and Certificates of Recognition for their dedication and hard work. Each year, the Comanche Nation Higher Education gives out a special scholarship called the Dorothy Lorentino Scholarship. The Scholarship is in honor of the late Dorothy Lorentino, who served over 34 years as a classroom teacher, and is the first and only Native American to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. This year, the Lorentino Scholarship went to Tavia Hart. Hart graduated from Udall High School. If you graduated with the class of 2017, and did not have the chance to attend the reception and receive the graduation items, please contact the office at (580) 492-3363. First come-first served basis, due to limited supply.

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July 2017


Class of 2017

The Comanche Nation News

Allison Steinmeyer University of Oklahoma

Alora Hoahwah Cache High School

Angelena Ortiz Cameron University

Briley Jones Cache High School

Brittany Froehlich Indiahoma High School

Cassidy Rae Smith Utah State University

Cole Cizek Elgin High School

Daniel Mammedatty Apache High School

Derek Komahcheet Cache High School

Derrick Stevens Ada High School

Elias Proctor Cache High School

Elijah Proctor Cache High School

Erika Salinas Washington University

Graydon, Brandon & Chase Carroll Cache High School

Halle Smith University of Oklahoma

Hazel Codypony Cache High School

Heather Towne Fletcher High School

James Tahchawwickah Lawton High School

Jamie O’Connor University of Central Oklahoma

Joneta Sandy Oklahoma State University-OKC

Keliah Hensley Fort Cobb-Broxton High School

Kelsey Watson Cameron University

Kendra Clark ITS Academy of Beauty

Kyleigh Rae Neitzke Cache High Svhool

Kyndell Coffman Boone-Apache High School

Lauren Noriega Eisenhower High School

Melanie Whitewolf Elgin High School

Miranda Soto & Cassie Thiessen Platt College

Nadine Hill Mid America Christian Uinversity

Nicole Afleje Norman High School

Patricia Aitson MacArthur High School

Phillip Reza University of Central Oklahoma

Shadrick Large Jr. New Mexico State University

Sierra Minthorn Elgin High School

Summer Moncivais South Haven High School

Sydney Dalby Cache High School

Tallie Large Bemidji State University

Tara Paddyacker Cameron University

Tavia Hart Udall High School

Tyler Alcala Fletcher High School

July 2017


The Comanche Nation News

Comanches Celebrate “Comanche Summer” in Historic Palo Duro canyon, Texas Story and Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

From left back row: Quinton Suina, Adria Suina, Kevin Conneywerdy, Angelyn Conneywerdy, Thaumaroi Conneywerdy, Kathryn Howell, Melanie Motah, Kricket Conneywerdy, Edmond Howell, Marla Nauni, George Tahdooahnippah. Front row, from left: Nevaeh Howell, Arlene Schonchin, Carter Motah, Melanie Shrock, Avery Motah, and Modesto Schonchin.

Palo Duro Canyon is a historical site for the Comanche Tribe. Numunu once dominated this canyon, and it was the ground where the Kwahada Band of Comanches, lead by Quanah Parker, fought their last battle with the United States Army. It is now a National Park, and is the home of the official Texas Musical, “TEXAS,” where Comanche Tribal members, Marla Nauni and Benny Tahmahkera portray their people in the historical musical. June 10 was a Celebration of a “Comanche Summer,” and several members of the Comanche Nation, along with other tribes, took part in tribal dances, and visited with international tourists who came to witness a glimpse of the rich Comanche culture. The Comanche Nation News visited with Nauni, who was the coordinator of the “Comanche Summer” Celebrations, and an actress in the musical play. Q. How did you become a part of the “TEXAS” play production? A. Mr. David Yirak, who at the time was the Artistic Director of the TEXAS Outdoor Musical Production, had heard some of our beautiful Comanche hymns on the Internet and contacted me to sing a Comanche hymn in the show, “TEXAS.” TEXAS Outdoor Musical is a “Family-Friendly” show set against an authentic tapestry of history. The Legend of the Plains, “Quanah Parker,” is portrayed by Benny Tahmahkera (Comanche), who is the Great-Great-Great Grandson of Quanah Parker, along with the show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800’s. The beautiful Pioneer Amphitheater is carved out of and nestled into a natural basin in the majestic Palo Duro Canyon, which is

the nation’s second largest canyon, comes alive once again this summer with the 52nd season of the Official Play of the State of Texas. Q. How did your Comanche family influence how you portray the your character in the play ? A. My mother, Martha Rose (White Pigeon) Nauni, always stressed the importance of being proud of who I am because God created me. Ever since I can remember, she also stressed the importance of learning our Comanche hymns while singing at church. My Nauni family has also been very instrumental and supportive in learning our Comanche ways through song and dance. I love to sing and dance because it makes me feel good. One of my favorite quotes is, “I can only be who I am!” Q. What does it mean to portray your tribe to an audience that are not familiar with the Comanche culture? A. I am truly blessed to be able to sing a Comanche blessing song with those that come from all over the world to see the “TEXAS” Outdoor Musical Production. The natural beauty of Palo Duro Canyon, along with the spirituality and history of our Comanche people, make this a “Must-See” event in your lifetime. Q. Tell me more about what is going to happen on August 19? A. On August 19, the “Comanche Summer” Pre-show is being brought back to Palo Duro Canyon on the last show of the 52nd season of the TEXAS Outdoor Musical. The “Comanche Summer 2017” exhibition is a Pre-show event that showcases Comanche culture and it starts at 6 p.m., and will be held at the Pioneer Amphitheater in Palo Duro Canyon State Park, located at 11450 State Hwy. Park Road 5, Canyon, Texas 79015. Tickets must be purchased to enjoy “Comanche Summer” and is Open to the Public. Ticket prices range from

$10 to $33.95. For tickets, please call (806) 655-2181 or email From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be the Native Art Market, where Native Art Market Vendors can set up and sell their authentic Native American art, jewelry, crafts, and other goods. For Native Art Market Vendor questions, please contact Marla Nauni at Nauni is Comanche/Seneca/ Huron Band Potawatomi, and is from Cache, Okla. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) and Master’s in Human Relations (MHR), from the University of Oklahoma. She is an accomplished Recording Artist, Native American Model and Actress, having performed throughout the United States. Her latest musical accomplishments include performing the English/Comanche Vocals (TV) for AMC’s, “The Son”, in Los Angeles, CA. Benny Tahmahkera Jr. is Comanche, and is from Chattanooga, Okla. He is the Great-Great-Great Grandson of Chief Quanah Parker and is also a direct descendent of Chief Wildhorse. He obtained his Bachelor and Masters of Arts majoring in Native American Studies from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, he served in the United States Marine Corps from January 1988 and retired in January 2008, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. During this time, he completed four combat tours, one in Somalia, Africa, and three in Iraq while assigned to the 1st Marine Division. Tahmahkera is also a member of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association, and currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Comanche Little Ponies (CLP).

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