VOLUME 15 EDITION 3
Highlighting the Heroism of the Historic Comanche Code Talkers Family members given Congressional Medals as a Token of Gratitude for Men’s Loyal Service and Bravery.
General Council Meeting set April 19 at Complex By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff
The annual Comanche Nation General Council Meeting will take place 1:30 p.m. April 19 at Watchetaker Hall, Comanche Nation Complex. Doors will open at 10 a.m. The agenda includes the review of the FY 2014-2015 buget, totaling $50,382,150.08. (See Page 16). Nominations for the Comanche Business Committee positions of Secretary/Treasurer; Committeeman No. 3 and Committeeman No. 4. Positions open on Election Board: Apache (1), Cache (2), Lawton (1), Oklahoma City (1) and Walters (1). The Comanche Nation Election Board has been making changes to the voting process in the effort to inclease voter participation. The updated changes to the ElectionProcess For Comanche Nation Voters are: • All eligible tribal members will receive a ballot in the mail. Tribal members will no longer have to submit a request to receive a ballot. • The Election Board will pay the cost of the return postage. There will be no cost to the tribal member to mail their ballot in. • Early voting will now be on Thursday and Friday preceding the General Election. • A new polling site for early voting will be at the Comanche Nation Elder’s Center/Nutrition Site located at 1107 SW “H” Ave. Please make sure that your address is current with the enrollment office. The Election Board encourages all eligible tribal members to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election. Please contact the Election Board office at 580-4923272 if you have any questions. Upcoming Election Dates • General Council, Saturday, April 19, 2014; • Early/In-House Voting, Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16, 2014; • General Election, Saturday, May 17, 2014; • Early/In-House Voting for Run-Off Election (if needed), Thursday, June 12 & Friday, June 13, 2014; • Run-Off Election (if needed), Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Photos by Paula Karty/News Staff
ABOVE: Widows of the Comanche Code Talkers, Ina Parker, Irene Lane, and Gwendell Wahnee surround Comanche Princess, Kim DeJesus.LEFT: Morgan Tosee dances his way to the stage traditional warrior style. RIGHT: CIVA Historian, Lanny Asepermy, salutes the Flags during the singing of the Comanche Flag Song. By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff
A historical evening unfolded for the Comanche Nation Feb. 21 when the families of the heroic Comanche Code Talkers of World War
I and World War II were presented Congressional Medals for the men’s courageous service. It was not only a milestone for the tribe, it was also
a milestone in the family histories of the men. Members of the Comanche Business Committee presented the See CODE TALKERS, Page 15
Comanche Cemetery Nationally Recognized
On February 4, 2014, the Comanche Indian Mission Cemetery, located on the Ft. Sill Military base, was placed on the National Register Of Historical Places. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service protects America’s Historic and Archeological Resources and formally recognizes the cemetery’s historical significance in American history. The Comanche cemetery is now nationally recognized, after many years of litigation, Comanche members have a right to speak for their deceased ancestors who are buried there who cannot speak for themselves.
“Our deceased ancestors spoke when we voted to initiate and proceed with the nomination process by a Comanche Council Resolution approved on April 27, 2007,” said Thomas Narcomey, who is one of many who pushed for the cemetery to be recognized nationally. “The vote of 157 for and zero against is a unanimous and unified voice of the Comanches. This council meeting was the only time that all Comanches had the opportunity to actively participate and become involved, in this very important decision.” In addition, Narcomey added, this is the first time that the Comanche Nation, represented by individual Comanche members, ever
made a nomination to the National Register. The late Gladys Totite Narcomey, who actively worked on the cemetery since the 1950’s, presented the nomination resolution, Historical Backgroiund When the last band of Comanches surrendered to the US Army in 1875 until Allotment in 1901, 26 years passed between the time of their status as POW’s and the Allotment. During this time most Comanches camped north of Chandler Creek, both sides of Cache Creek, Medicine Creek and south of where See CEMETERY, Page 4
Attention: Children of Original Allottees Submitted by Jimmy W. Arterberry, Jr. Historic Preservation\NAGPRA
The Director of the Historic Preservation Department/NAGPRA, Jimmy W. Arterberry Jr., is working with a professional photographer on an independent art project that should be of interest to tribal members. They are photographing the children of the original allottees to include in an exhibition and book. If either of your parents were original Comanche allottees and you would like to be included in this historic documentary you can reach Arterberry on his personal phone at (580) 704-5117. They have been steadily working on this project and have taken a number of photos already and are arranging appointments on Saturdays and Sundays. These portraits are designed to be taken in a very casual manner, so therefore they prefer to come to participants. It is an opportunity for you to share your history and family identity on film. They would like to include all of you who are children of the original Comanche Allottees in this historic volume. This is an historic documentary and extremely important project that will be available for future generations. Arterberry said he is looking forward to hearing from each and everyone one of you.
Relay for Life Seeking Team Particpants By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff
Relay for life, an event which helps raise money for cancer research through the American Cancer Society, is gathering teams for the June 13 event at Cameron University, Lawton. Nine teams have signed up for this years fund raiser, but more are needed. “We need to have more teams so please promote Relay for Life at work, church, civic organizations, anywhere and everywhere,” said Debbie Abbot, Relay for Life Event Chairwoman. The annual all night walk-athon includes a Survivor’s Lap, Care Givers Lap, Laminaria Ceremony and closing ceremony. Posts are set up for the teams and vendors surround the walking area to offer food and drinks to keep the participants energetic and hydrated. Last year the event was held at Rons Stevens Stadium in Lawton, Okla. and raised an estimated $89,000. If you would like to have a team in this years event, join an existing team, walk the Survivors Lap, or purchase a laminaria for a loved one, contact Lyndse Tatum (580) 5959231 or email her at lyndse.tatum@ cancer.org
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Comanche Nation Ofﬁcials
Chairman Wallace Coffey Vice Chairman Mike Mack Mahsetky Secretary/Treasurer Gary Tahmahkera Committeeman No. 1 Jonathan Poahway Committeeman No. 2 Sonya Nevaquaya Committeeman No. 3 Harry Mithlo Committeeman No. 4 Jack Codopony Sr. Tribal Administrator William Owens To contact ofﬁcials: Comanche Nation P.O. Box 908 Lawton, Okla. 73502 Toll Free: (877) 492-4988 Physical Address 584 Bingo Rd. Lawton, OK 73505
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Six Resolutions Introduced at CBC Monthly Meeting Story by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff
Editor’s Note: This is an overview of the CBC Meeting and not the actual minutes. To obtain a copy of the ofﬁcial minutes, call the Ofﬁce of the Chairman, (580) 492-3251. Chairman Wallace Coffey called the February CBC meeting to order at 10:15 a.m. Secretary/Treasurer, Gary Tahmahkera conducted Roll call. All CBC members were present, except Committeeman No.2, Sonya Nevaquaya, who joined the meeting later. The invocation of the meeting was given by Chairman Wallace Coffey.
Resolutions No. 8-14 Enrollment List No. 952 No. 9-14 Enrollment List No. 953 No. 10-14 Enrollment List No. 954 No. 11-14 Enrollment List No. 955 No. 12-14 Enrollment List No. 956 Vice-Chairman, Mike Mahsetky, makes a motion to approve. Committeeman No.4, Jack Codopony, seconded the motion. The motion carries 6/0/0. No. 13-14 Requested Routes to T.I.P Routing List. Mahsetky makes a motion to approve. Ne-
Tim Saupitty Named Artist of the Year by City of Lawton.
vaquaya seconded the motion. The motion carries 6/0/0. No. 14-14 Extension for Lee Boulevard Access Road. Nevaquaya makes a motion to approve. Jonathan Poahway seconded the motion. The motion carries 6/0/0. No. 15-14 BIA Contract A12AV00684 will be under G to G. Nevaquaya makes a motion to approve. Mahsetky seconded the motion. The motion carries 6/0/0. No. 16-14 Approving National Indian Gaming Association Membership 2014. Vice-Chairman, Mike Mahsetky, makes a motion to approve. Codopony seconded the motion. The motion
carries 6/0/0. No. 17-14 Appointing Member to Gaming Advisory Subcommittee. Nevaquaya makes he motion to approve. Mahsetky seconded the motion. The motion carries 6/0/0. No. 18-14 Revising Child Support Code within Children and Family Relations Code of 2008 was moved to Executive Session. The CBC meeting’s New and Old Business consisted of Tribal Enterprise Medical Waste discussion. The meeting was adjourned at 11:55 a.m. and Executive Session followed.
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The Lawton Arts and Humanities Council gives Tim Saupitty the 2013 Artist of the Year Award Feb. 14 at the Ft. Sill Apache Casino The award was given by Lawton Mayor, Fred Finch. Saupitty, who sold his first painting at the age of 13 years old, has painted murals at the Comanche Nation College, Comanche Nation Food Distribution Office, and the Comanche Nation Elder Food and Nutrition Center. In addition, his artwork has been displayed at numerous art galleries and museums nationwide.
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the town of Geronimo is now located. This was the first time all the Comanche bands were camped in one large area. The Comanche Indian Mission Cemetery consists of three main sets of burials; The Mission Cemetery burials from 1895 to 1917, the small pox victims who were buried in 1898-99 and the older, or more ancient, Comanche burials before 1895. The reason for the older burials was because the Comanches were camped in the area from 1875 until 1901 or 20 years before the mission burials, and the Indian Agency was established nearby, east of the present-day railroad tracks on Rogers Lane, by Quaker Laurie Tatum in the early 1870’s. The small pox victim burials include a large mass grave, east of the main cemetery, based on our oral history. Most of the mission cemetery burials are unknown, all the small pox victims are unknown and burials before 1895 are unknown. Thus, every Comanche member is considered a descendant from the Comanches buried at the cemetery. Every Comanche has the same blood and DNA of the small pox victims and unknown mission burials, the ancient burials. According to oral tradition, which was told by the Comanche Elders, and is well-known: It was announced by soldiers in the winter of 1898 that the next day in the Comanche camps, soldiers would issue blankets to the people. Very soon it was learned that the blankets were small pox infected. Great numbers began dying. In the nearby Comanche Mission Cemetery some families were buried in a single grave. Cries of great grief were heard. The area hit the hardest was from east of the Fort Sill Indian School to past Geronimo. Some were taken to a cave at the foot of Mt. Scott where Lake Lawtonka is now located; near the south entrance of the Wichita Mt. Wildlife Refuge; a small hill west of Cache is a well-known site of burials; and an area North of Comanche Indian Mission Cemetery. The Comanche had a name for the small pox tragedy. It was known as “Peah Tah-se-ah Quou-oi” translated “Big Smallpox Death”. It was believed it decimated one-half of the Comanche Tribe. Oral History of the Cemetry from the Meeting Minutes of the Comanche Indian Cemetery Association: - “A lot died of smallpox about 1898-99 and were buried there.” (re: William Saupitty, age 82, 1959 from Ft. Sill files) - “It must have been such a large number of deaths that shocked and numbed our people; of such proportion that they did not discuss it but it was a well-known fact.” (re:
National Historical Site – Cemetery RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, the Tradition of Sovereignty of the Comanche Nation since time immemorial, which long predates the existence of the United States, establishes the inherent sovereign powers and rights of Comanche self-government; and WHEREAS, the Comanche Tribal Council is the Supreme Governing Body of the Comanche Nation in accordance with Article IV, Section 1, of the Comanche Constitution; and WHEREAS, the Comanche Indian Mission Cemetery, located at the Henry Post Airfield at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where over 200 Comanches are buried who died during the small pox epidemic in the winter of 1898-99, after they were issued disease infested blankets by the U.S. Army which killed over one-half of the Comanche Tribe, based on commonly and well known Comanche Oral History; and WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Tribal Council assembled that the designate Federal Preservation Officer nominate the Comanche Indian Mission Cemetery to the National Register of Historical Places, pursuant to the National Historical Preservation Act of 1966. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Tribal Council as assembled approves and adopts this Resolution. Arthur R. Lawrence, son of early day trader/businessman. Speaker of Comanche language.) - “It was told that wagons came through the camps to load the dead. The Comanches cried until they could cry no more.” (re: Annie Perconnic Otipoby, Grand-daughter of Tabananica, last elected Chief of the Comanches, who was from the Yamparika Band. He refused to sign the second Medicine Lodge Treaty because he wanted to keep the Wichita Mountains, which are the Comanche burial grounds since time immemorial.) - “They (small pox victims) were hauled to a cave at the foot of Mt. Scott. They let two men down in the cave and then the bodies; and then the men stacked up the bodies.” (re: Oliver Pahdopony as told to Rev. John Pahdocony, descendent of Chief Santa Anna of the Penateka Band.) - “In the early days, I saw a white horse which seemed to belong to no one, that was continually in the pasture at the vicinity of the cemetery. Maybe his owner was buried there.” (re: Schley Tahkofper, Grandson of noted Comanche warrior.)
- “Here are the people who were issued small-pox infected blankets. Here are the people who were at Palo Duro Canyon. As a spiritual leader from across the way said ‘There can be no love without justice.’ ” (re: Weckeah Bradley, written during a trying time for the Comanches in 1980.) - Told by grandfather: “So many died from small pox that they couldn’t dig individual graves. Not enough members of some families were left to properly mourn the dead. The deceased were rolled into buckskins, loaded onto wagons and placed in a long ditch which used for mass burials.” (re: Rev. John Pahdocony: story by Gary Sheftick appeared in the Cannoneer 1-16-06.)
Nauni.) - “My grandmother, Kate Karty, told me when I was young man, that ‘there were so many bodies, that they dug a slit trench, and piled the bodies in the hole.” (re: Ken Karty) - This site has never been forgotten, as stated by some articles. “My grandfather Hugh Otipoby and grandmother Annie Perconnic Otipoby would mention the cemetery almost every time we drove past it going into Lawton from Richards Spur.” (Quote from Phyllis Narcomey, descendent of Chief Tabananica.) - “Tribal members say the epidemic began when Army personnel gave infested blankets to the tribe. Elders, remembering stories told of that time, said both Indians and soldiers knew where the disease originated. The disease was especially tragic because tribal members had no resistance to small pox.” (from article, “Comanches Mark Centennial of Sill Tribal Cemetery,” the Lawton Constitution, October 11, 1995)
- “I was called to doctor the people with small pox, near Ft. Sill. When I got there many were dying and sick. I started at one end of the camp, but before I was finished with one camp I would hear the people in the next tent screaming and crying for their loved ones. Then they brought wagons to load the bodies to take off to bury. It was a terrible day for the Comanche people…” (re: Frank - “In 1957, Harold JohnChekovah told to grandson Raymond son Jr., age 14, and myself, Arthur
Tommy Johnson, age 12, entered a large cave at the foot of Mount Scott. We clearly seen five or more bodies against one wall because of sunlight which had shown in the cave. But I could barely see a lot more bodies because the cave was deep. We could tell which bodies were female because they had buckskin dresses. The bodies were sitting up against the wall, not wrapped up, and their hair had grown past their waists. Out of respect, the persons who placed the bodies there probably set the bodies up and then covered the entrance of the cave with rocks, which had eroded to expose part of the entrance.” (RE; Arthur Tommy Johnson, grandson of Maud Chah-tin-ne-yack-que Blevins, February 24, 2014. Interviewed by Thomas Narcomey.) - According to NAGPRA records, Comanches who refused the blankets survived the holocaust. Narcomey explains how the cemetery began its journey to becoming nationally recognized and preserved. “In 1955, the late Phil Narcomey, civilian employee and Member of the Comanche Cemetery Committee, told Gillett Griswold of the existence of the Comanche Indian Mission Cemetery. He was repairing and testing helicopter radios, when he first saw the concrete slabs, while above ground in a helicopter. At this time Griswold took great interest in the two Comanche Cemeteries, and improving them, also working closely with the Comanche Elders, Narcomey requested that a survey be made of the Comanche Indian Mission Cemetery. Griswold ordered that the work be done. In the files of Fort Sill Archives, in March 1965, a letter written by Griswold to the Director Installation and Post Engineers, stated that the Inspector General in one of the annual visits requested that its existence be recognized and made a matter of official permanent record at this installation. Mentioned are U.S. Map Service; Corps of Engineers; U.S. Army, Washington D.C.” Narcomey also quotes his mother, Gladys, when speaking about the Smallpox tragedy. “This Smallpox tragedy is one of the many hardships the Comanche Tribe endured and suffered under the U.S. Government policy of Extermination of Native Americans including Germ Warfare. The Comanche Indian Mission Cemetery was taken when Fort Sill entered World War I in 1917. The land was to be returned to the Indians at the end of that war. So the Indians were told. This Cemetery was never lost by the Comanches. They have not been forgotten by us.”
German Consul General Guhlcke is Visiting Comanche Nation in March By Charlotte Niyah McCurtain/Honor the Treaty
My name is Charlotte Niyah McCurtain. I am a full blood Comanche tribal member. On my maternal side I am from the Chappybitty (Knocks His Enemy from His Horse) and Quassycheeky (Eagle Feather Hair Tie) family. My husband, Larry and I participated in the May 1996 150th celebration and re-enactment of the 1847 Treaty between the town of Fredericksburg and the Comanche. It was a particular pleasure to go to Fredericksburg because according to family history the our great grandmother, Takey-yetchy (Stands and Speaks) was born outside of this German town. This was announced at the celebration. In 1998 the family was invited to bring our annual powwow to Fredericksburg. The first powwow in Fredericksburg was held in 1999. Each year the powwow honored the Muesebach – Comanche Treaty of 1847. During 2002 (third year of the powwow) the mayor at that time had made a promise to the family to build a permanent powwow grounds, where powwows and other cultural events could be held. Members of the family went to the contracted archi-
tect’s office and previewed the plan. Chairman Burgess felt that it was This promise was never fulfilled. necessary because of how the fam There were two years that ily had been treated and because the the family did not have the powwow. Treaty had been broken. Chairman This was because a non-Indian vol- Burgess and two Comanche Busiunteer tried to take over our pow- ness Committee men, the Mayor, a wow. Following the 2008 powwow, German consulate representative and the family solicited help from Mayor members of the Chappybitty/QuassyHoover to support the family and the cheeky family were in attendance. Treaty. He refused to do so. In May 2011 the family held After numerous inquiries their 11th powwow in Fredericksfrom tribal members on the status of burg. Unfortunately, the powwow the powwow, an article was written could not take place on the old powand placed in the March 2010 Co- wow grounds because of a pre-existmanche tribal newsletter informing ing agreement with a group called the tribal members about the difficulties “Former” Texas Rangers. The family the Chappybitty/Quassycheeky fami- had to have their powwow in a pasly had endured. The following month ture field across the creek at the Fort the family was contacted by Randy Martin Scott historical site. There Rupley of the Fort Martin Scott Mu- was an official German consulate seum Association asking why there representative at the powwow. The was no powwow in 2009. He asked Germans had heard about the probwhat would it take to have the family lem with the city council and wanted bring back their powwow to Freder- to show their support of the 1847 icksburg. There was a newly elected treaty. Mayor and it was through Randy’s On Feb. 16, 2012, Chairman advocacy that the family was invited Wauqua and the then CBC members back. Before taking the powwow signed an official letter to the Fort back to Fredericksburg a traditional Martin Scott Association supporting ceremony was held in Nov. 2010. the Treaty of 1847 and their effort
to encourage the city to fulfill their Texas Ranchers continue to plan on promise to build a memorialized building their Heritage Center on the powwow ground. old powwow grounds. One of the at The Fredericks- tractions they are proposing to erect burg city council were given a copy is a larger than life size statue of a of this letter at a Jan. 17, 2013 meet- Texas Ranger. It will be entitled “Ining held for the purpose of request- dian Fighter”. ing HOT (Hotel Occupancy Tax) funds for non-profit program activi- The Chappybitty/Quassyties. A request for funds to help with cheeky family will be holding an the 2013 powwow was turned down. Honor The Treaty benefit dance on During all the years of the powwow, March 22, 2014 at the Watchetaker the city contributed financially only Hall. We are pleased that Consul one time. General Guhlcke will be attending Nevertheless, a one day the event as a special quest. This will powwow was held the first weekend be the third time a German consulate of May 2013 on a site of an individ- representative will be attending our ual property owner. This individual powwow. This third time is unique is a supporter of the powwow and because their attendance will be in the Treaty. Once again, there was a Comanche Nation country. We are representative of the German con- inviting Comanche tribal members to sulate present at the powwow. This come and hear more about the TreaGerman representative had recently ty. We want to show and share our appeared at a special Fredericksburg tribal culture with our old ally, the city council meeting, where he ex- Germans. Funds raised at the benefit pressed his disappointment in how will go toward the annual powwow the city council had disregarded the to be held the first weekend in May in importance of the powwow and the Fredericksburg, TX. Treaty. This German representative was at the May 2013 powwow. Meanwhile, the “Former”
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It may have been cold outside, but the Creek County Fairgrounds were steaming with exciting rodeo events, keeping the spectators at the edge of their seats Feb. 15 in Kellyville, Okla. The Comanche Nation Winter Series Rodeo was in full action with top area cowboys and cowgirls of all ages vying for the win. Starting off the event was Anthony Monoessy introducing dancers from the Sac & Fox Nation, who performed a Ladies Cloth and Fancy Dance demonstrations. As soon as the first cowboy busted out the shoot on a wild buck, the event intensified until the final, and most popular, event closed out the rodeo with a bang, bull riding. Rodeo Clowns entertained the crowd in between events and helped give away T-shirts to the lively crowd. The rodeo ended with Terry Tsotigh and his band playing traveling music for the audience. Winners in the second round of the Comanche Nation Winter Series are: * Bareback – Cody Parker * Bull Riding -Cole Trivette * Saddle Bronc- Andrew Harris * Tie Down Roping – Christian DewBre * Steer Wrestling – Chance Howard * Barrel Racking – Kaitlyn Prentice * Team Roping – Cole Morgan \ Dusty Morgan * Breakaway – Robi Jo Trent
We Need to Hear From You! Do you use smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco, snuff or spit tobacco) or know someone who does? You are invited to participate in a research study. You do not need to want to quit. We want to understand smokeless tobacco use and ways of quitting of adult American Indians in Oklahoma. Findings will serve for ways to be developed and tested to help with quitting. Come & give your input. We will have 6-8 people in a group to discuss the smokeless tobacco. The meeting will last about 2 hrs.
Light refreshments and a $30 Wal-Mart gift card will be provided to thank you for your time.
When: At a time convenient for you Where: Comanche Nation Complex For more information, please contact: Stacey Sanford: 580-917-9193 or Valerie Eschiti: 580-512-7280 Consents for the research project are available for you to read ahead of time through Stacey Sanford and Valerie Eschiti. We will have consents at the event for you to sign. The project is for American Indian men and women 18 years of age and older with current or past smokeless tobacco use, but do not smoke cigarettes. Funding for the research project is provided by the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center, Oklahoma City, OK. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. IRB #3233
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Programs Show Your Art Skills During the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest The Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Programs presents 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest. The theme of the contest is “Protecting Our Sacred Land and Water.” The poster contest is open to all 9th-12th grade Native American students. Each student must provide CDIB. The deadline is 5 p.m. April 7 . All entries must be turned in at the CNEPA building. Blind judging will be done on April 15 and the winner will be announced at the Earth Day Event. Prizes will be given to all who participate. Prizes are as follows: 1st Place: 10 in. Tablet (Donated by CN Prevention and Recovery) 2nd Place: $100 gift card to Academy Sports (Donated by CN Public Information) 3rd Place: $100 to TJ Maxx (Donated by Student Services) And Many More Prizes.
Diabetes Program Schedules Health Fair The Comanche Elderly center will sponsor a Title VI program health fair on Friday, April 25 at the center, located at 1107 SW H Avenue Lawton. The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A continental breakfast will be provided at 10 a.m. and a healthy lunch at noon.. This year’s health fair is focusing on “Health Information and services for the Elderly.” Programs assisting with the health fair include: Tribal programs, Title VI Programs, BIA, IHS, State Social Security, Legal Aid Services, Dept. of Human Services, and other state organizations. The public is invited. Contact Marilyn Guerrero at (580) 355-2330 for more information.
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Tap Water vs. Bottled Water The War Continues Submitted by CNOEP Staff
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Ofﬁce of Environmental Programs will offer different environmental topics each month in The Comanche Nation News to inform and educate readers on various environmental issues that effect daily lives. Water used to be free. The U.S. drank 9 billion gallons of bottled water in 2008, at an average of 30 gallons per person. Heavy hitters like Pepsi’s Aquafina and Nestle Pure Life were forced to change their labels accurately describe where their water came from: public water sources a.k.a. tap water! Tap Water-which is EPA regulated-undergoes testing for E.coli, is required to provide it’s source and produce quality reports bottled water, on the other hand, doesn’t have to meet any of those standards to be distributed. Most bottled water is of good quality, but does that make it better than tap water? The most recent tests by NRDC tested 103 bottled waters and showed the following: Nearly one in five tested waters contained, in at least one sample, more bacteria than allowed under microbiological-purity “guidelines” Four waters (4 percent) violated the generally weak federal bottled water standards (two for excessive ﬂuoride and two for excessive coli form bacteria) In eight cases arsenic was found in at lead one test at a level of potential health concern.
In conclusion: “..there is no assurance that bottled water is any safer than tap water.” At least EPA has strict guidelines and regulations, bottled water does not. Facts on Plastic Bottled Water! Enjoy! 1.) Only 1 in 5 plastic bottles are recycled 2.) Americans consume over 8.6 billion gallons of bottled water 3.) Most tap water is more heavily tested and regulated than bottled water. 4.) Plastic water bottles can take between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose 5.) It requires 3 times the amount of water to produce a plastic bottle than it does to fill it. 6.) Bottled water costs over 1,000+ times more than tap water. 7.) Last year, the average American used 167 water bottles, but only recycled 38. 8.) In many taste tests, tap water was preferred over bottled water. 9.) The NRDC conducted a comprehensive four-year scientific study of 1,000 brands of bottled water. The results showed that one third of the bottled waters violated their own industry standards for water quality. 10.) It takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce plastic bottles yearly. This could fuel 1 million cars for a year. The Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Program has Recycling stations that take plastic bottles and cans placed throughout Lawton and the Comanche Nation Complex.
Coalition Meetings Focus On Underage Drinking Amongst Our Native Youth Story by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff
The Comanche Nation Prevention and Recovery Center held it’s first and second Coalition meetings on January 29th at the center located at 927 SW D Avenue, and February 19 at 1116 SW A Avenue, Lawton. The first meeting was scheduled from noon. to 1 p.m. with lunch provided. The coalition was formed to let people and community come together on a monthly basis to help create a safe environment for the future of the children. The topic to the first coalition meeting was Underage Drinking amongst Native Youth. The purpose of the meeting is to reduce underage drinking. The minutes to the meeting began with a call to order by Raquel Ramos, liaison. She informed the group of the purpose and goals of the meetings. Most responses to the question “How can we as a coalition reduce underage drink-
ing?” • Educating youth, parents, grandparents, and the community about underage drinking. • Teach parents how to talk to their children about underage drinking and making the right choices; • Changing the perspective of underage drinking as being a “rite of passage”. • Using the native culture and traditions to promote prevention. • To gain knowledge and help break the cycle; • The kids are bored and have nothing to do, therefore, have activities and events for youth on a regular basis; • Have youth involvement. The second Coalition meeting was scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lunch provided. The meeting was discuss-
ing the topic of “Underage Drinking amongst Native Youth.” The agenda of the minute began with introductions. Old and New Business were discussed. Group Discussions included: Membership suggestion for the group as a whole, Identity, Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning, Focus group for adults and youth set a date and location., Billboard Surveys. A photography contest was also planned. Themes and advertising will be provided at a late time. The next meeting will be held on 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., March 12 from at the Great Plains Vo-Tech Building 700, Room 701, Lawton Both meetings had great turn outs and will make a positive impact for the tribe and communities.
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Pictured is DARE Officer, Brian Wahnee, and Daren the DARE Lion.The Comanche Nation DARE Program has graduated 245 students this school year. All students attended 10 classes for 5 weeks. The grade levels were 4th, 5th, and 7th graders. Schools include Big Pasture, Temple, Indiahoma, Sterling, Geronimo, Apache, Cyril, Fletcher, and Elgin. The DARE program was assisted of many merchants that supports the program on supplying Pizza to the kids. Dare Officer Brian Wahnee would like to thank all the Schools Superintendant, Principals, and Teachers that allowed their department to come teach the children to say “NO” to drugs. Also Officer Wahnee would like to thank the Chiefs of Police of all cities for welcoming them to fight the dangers of drug abuse, and to especially thank the Comanche Nation Chief of Police, Vern Griffin, for his support
Wanted Kids of all ages For Earth Day Event Bring Your #2 PLASTICS!
PLAY STATION 4!!!
For more information call the Comanche Nation office of Environmental Programs Date: 04/17/14 Time: 9:00AM
Office # (580) 492-3754
Optometry Department Schedules Oklahoma City Exams The Comanche Nation Optometry will set up at the OKC Outreach, 7390 SW Walker St., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7. They will have numerous glasses and will be giving exams to tribal members. Participants need to bring CDIB and prescription if available. For more information, call the Comanche Nation Optometry Dept., (580) 492-3390.
Water Park Seeking Tribal Employees for Summer Positions Since 1986 the Comanche Nation Water Park (CNWP) has been an ICON for Summer Fun for all of Southwest Oklahoma. Numerous adults started their working lives at the Water Park since its opening. This 2014 Summer Season the staff at the CNWP is looking for enrolled Comanche Members for Lifeguards, First Aid, Pool Operators, Food Court and Grounds. Please stop by the CNWP – 501 NE Lawrie Tatum Road – Lawton, Oklahoma and fill out a pre season application. The emphasis this year is “Comanche” lifeguards, this effort will be in conjunction with Workforce of the Comanche Nation. Lifeguard Certification classes have to be completed before May 20, 2014. Call 580-353-6129 or 877492-4988. Age No Barrier.
Dear TCNN Letters to the Editors Dear TCNN, Native Angels would like to extend Thanks You to the following: Wallace Coffee and T.A. Will Owens, Bill Elliott, Diaz family, Love Joy family, Harjo family, Wade family, Deborah and Tina Emholooah, George “Cocheese” Ybarra, Bruce Caesar, Keith Satepeahtaw, Oklahoma Tia Pah Society, Red River Intertribal, Eddie Mahseet, Carla Whiteman, Kelsey Codynah, Willie and Irene Dayeto, Chad Tahchawwickah, Freddie Banderas, Ann Kuis-Kuis. Native Angels would like to say that all the considerate donations helped us to get closer to our goal to attend Indian Falls Creek. Native Angels Dear TCNN, COMANCHE ANGEL TREE Comanche Children’s Court and Indian Child Welfare staff would like to offer a special Thank You to all who donated to our 1st Angel Tree making it a success. It was great to see so many give to others who are less fortunate. We are looking forward to your participation for next Christmas season. Comanche Children’s Court and Indian Child Welfare Staff
Elder Center Bingo Set for March
The Comanche Nation Elder Center will have bingos after lunch on March 4 and 8. All participants are asked to bring prizes or pay $5. There will be a total of 10 games. Free Refreshments during the bingo. For more information contact The Comanche Nation Elder Center at (580) 355-2330.
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Military Submitted by Lanny Asepermy
Wilbur Parker During a visit with Vietnam War veteran Chuck Choney, in the Comanche Veterans Patriot Room, in May 2013 he told me about his uncle, the late Wilbur Parker, being wounded during World War II. He had little details about his service. During the past Comanche Nation Fair I met and visited with Parker’s widow, Esther Riddles Parker, who happens to be the first recognized Princess of the Comanche Nation.
Esther Riddles Parker During the visit, the Comanche Indian Veterans Association presented Mrs. Parker with the Comanche Nation Honorable and Combat Service Medallions and Wounded Warrior Medallion on behalf of her late husband. She put me in touch with her son, Bruce, from Albuquerque NM as he had photos and other military documentation about his father. On January 9, 2014 I received a very informative email from Bruce with his father’s military photos and other pertinent information about his father’s military service and personal life. Wilbur Parker was born on April 3, 1915 in a tent on Cache Creek near Cache. He died on November 17, 2004 at William Beaumont Medical Center at Fort Bliss, TX. He was 89 years old. His father, Baldwin Parker Sr, was one of twenty-one children of Quanah Parker. His early years were spent living and working on the Bruce and Grace Tomah farm in Walters. He attended Fort Sill Indian School and Haskell Institute (high school). After graduation he began working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs – he retired from the BIA after 42 years of federal service in 1978. His BIA assignments included Fort Sill Indian School; the Hopi Reservation AZ; the Jicarilla Apache NM and the Mescalero Apache Reservation NM. He met his wife in 1939 when he was on the selection committee appointing the Nation’s first princess. They had 6 children, Bruce, James, Steven and Jeffrey and the late Gwendolyn Faye and Jeanine. He and his wife retired in Tularosa NM where Mrs. Parker continues to live. On April 14, 1944 he was drafted into the US Army. After stateside training, as a Riﬂeman, he arrived at Southampton England on December 21, 1944 and was immediately transported to Aachen, Germany as a member of Company A, 424th Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division. On January 10, 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge, in the Ardennes Forest near Stavelot Belgium he received a “Gunshot wound
to the head with laceration of scalp and cerebral concussion with psychoneurotic manifestations also causing defective hearing”. Prior to being wounded he was appointed as an acting Corporal and shortly thereafter as an acting Staff Sergeant due to the large number of casualties, especially those in leadership positions – the Battle of the Bulge began on December 16, 1944 and lasted until January 25, 1945. 89,500 American forces were killed, wounded, captured or missing in action making the battle the costliest battle in US military history. Private Parker was in hospitals in England until May 5, 1945 when he was shipped back the United States for further treatment and recovery for his wounds. He was discharged on August 11, 1945 at Brooke Convalescent Hospital at Fort Sam Houston, TX. His awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct, European-Africa-Middle East Campaign with/2 Battle Stars and World War II Victory Medals and the Honorable Discharge Lapel Button. Two of his sons, James and Steven served in the US Navy and another son, Jeffery, with the US Air Force. James served from 1969-73 including 3 years in Vietnam at Da Nang and aboard the USS Higbee. The USS Higbee was hit by a guided missile frigate from a North Vietnamese MIG 17 aircraft in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Battle of Hong Hi that caused extensive damage to a gun mount, deck plate and ammo storage department. Steven served from 1965-69 aboard the USS Whetstone and as a member of the Riverine Forces (River Rats) on the Cua Viet River near the Demilitarized Zone. They moved munitions, food, other supplies and troops up and down the river during the Tet Offensive of 1968. Jeffery served from 198182 at Lackland Air Force Base TX. A grandson, Patrick Parker (Bruce’s son), has been on active duty with the Navy since 1989 and is due to retire in June 2014. He is a Lieutenant and has served aboard the USS Blue Ridge, at the US Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan twice, the Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda MD and San Diego CA and with the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 at Port Hueneme CA. Note: According to Wilbur’s son, Bruce, Mr. Parker was asked to become part of the Comanche Code Talker project to which he said “No” as he already had a family. His brother, Simmons Parker, was 1 of the 17 Code Talkers during World War II. His wife was the sister of Code Talker Robert Holder.
Myers Wahnee as a 1st Lieutenant
MARCH 20, 1944 Seventy years ago on March 20, 1944 Captain Myers Wahnee Sr, US Army Air Corps pilot, began 405 days of captivity as a German Prisoner of War. About 95,000+ American servicemen were Prisoners of War in Europe of which 1% died in captivity and another 27,000+ in the Pacific of which 33% died in captivity. Capt Wahnee was born on December 2, 1918 to Tah-do-quad Shannon and Hebo Blanche Seahmer Toahnipper Wahnee. He was raised in the Fletcher area. He had 5 brothers, Ralph (a World War II Comanche Code Talker), Tom, Joe, Jasper and William Wahnee and 2 sisters, Margaret Thomas and Bertha Monatachi. Capt Wahnee married the former Maggie Tahome-Poolant and they had 7 children, Myers Jr, Blanche, Joy, Ernest and Stuart Wahnee and Dr. Wanda Priddy and Maude Washa. He lost his mother when he was about 2 years old and was raised by his father and grandfather, Bert Tree Top Seahmer, in Walters and spent time with his many aunts and uncles. He attended high schools in Apache, Fort Sill Indian School, Roe Institute, Wichita North High KS and Haskell Institute. While in high school he lettered in football and wrestling and was the Kansas Verdigris Valley State Wrestling Champion. He attended college at Friends University (in Wichita KS) and Cameron Jr College after high school. After his military service he graduated from Carnegie Jr College and in 1954 graduated from Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. His son, Myers Jr, said his father was a “Gentleman Farmer” who raised wheat on a farm between Mountain View and Gotebo. Despite physical aliments, Capt Wahnee remained in the Air Force and was stationed in Korea – little is known about his service there. He also served at Tinker Air Force Base and was employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as an Agricultural Engineer. Both Myers Jr and his daughter, Blanche, said he was a quiet reserved person who seldom talked about his military service.
On September 28, 1941, in Lawton, Capt Wahnee enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. He took his Basic and Primary training at Valdosta and Lemoore CA. Capt Wahnee was then selected for pilot training and sent to Williams Field in Chandler AZ where he received his Pilot Wings in April 1942 with the first graduating class at Williams Field. From there he was sent to Columbus, MS for advanced training on twin motor aircraft. His next assignment was at Moody Field in Valedoso, GA where he trained Pilot Cadets of the Royal Air Force on twin motor aircraft – he was 1 of 10 Instructors to ﬂy the new B-26. In July 1943 he was assigned to the then new B-24 Liberator, a 4-engine bomber, at McDill Field, FL. Additional training was conducted near Fort Worth TX and then on to Gowen Field outside of Boise ID to meet his second crew. Capt Wahnee trained his second crew at Sioux City Army Air Base, IA. On November 5, 1943 Capt Wahnee and his second crew ﬂew from West Palm Beach FL, via the southern route (Brazil, Portugal or North Africa) to England. He was based at Seething Air Field, Norwich, England with Crew 56, 714th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Air Division, 448th Bomber Group, 8th Air Force. Note: Capt Wahnee’s first crew was “lost at sea” in the Atlantic Ocean between Brazil and Europe. Before they departed on that fateful ﬂight Capt Wahnee developed an ear infection and was forbid to ﬂy. His crew departed without him. The aircraft and men have never been recovered. While in England his crew named their aircraft “The Comanche” in honor of Capt Wahnee. The words “The Comanche”, with a shield and 4 feathers were painted on the front of the aircraft.
Capt Wahnee and The Comanche a B-24 Liberator Bomber His first mission was in December 1943 – in all he logged over 300+ combat hours and 33 missions. Co-Pilot, Stuart Barr, said the following about the fateful day The Comanche was shot down: “On March 20, 1944 the crew of The Comanche was on standby in the event one of the aircraft scheduled to ﬂy that day had to abort their mission – it happened. With 12 ﬁve hundred bombs aboard the war weary Comanche took to the skies and caught up with the formation and ﬁlled the empty slot. Flying at 23,000 feet the ground was clearly visible and weather unusually clear. The mission was suddenly aborted so on that day Frankfurt Germany was spared eighty-four tons of high
explosives. The return to England was interrupted by anti-aircraft ﬁre over northern France. The Comanche was severely hit by 155mm ﬂak at the root of the right wing causing severe fuel loss and oscillation of the controls crippling her to stay aloft. To gain control the bombs and other ordinance were released. Capt Wahnee ordered his crew to bail out while he and I remained with The Comanche. Covered with 135-grade fuel Capt Wahnee remained in the cockpit and ordered me to bail out. Just prior to jumping I looked and saw Capt Wahnee unbuckle his seat belt. Unable to gain control of The Comanche he ﬁnally decided to abandon his aircraft and bailed out over France. He was carried over the English Channel until a wind caught his parachute and blew him back toward Belgium. Capt Wahnee, already wounded by ﬂak while aboard The Comanche, injured his feet and legs upon landing. He was immediately surrounded and captured by the German SS who, despite his injuries, beat him severely. Our trails didn’t cross until 1951 in Roswell, NM. He took me to his home in Mountain View, OK where I met his wonderful wife Maggie. He named one of his sons after me Stuart Barr Wahnee. I often think of him and will always be proud to have known him”. Capt Wahnee told family members after the war “that he always carried a medicine bundle – on his last mission he couldn’t ﬁnd it and ﬂew without it.” After his capture he was moved by land and rail to Stalag Luft 3, also called Stammlager Luft, which was located near the city of Sagan, Poland. This was the interrogation center which allied airmen were delivered. On January 27, 1945 with Soviet troops 16 miles from the camp Capt Wahnee and 11,000 other prisoners were forced to march 34 miles in below-freezing weather and 6 inches of snow to Bad Muskau, Germany where they rested for 30 hours and then onto Spremberg, Germany. Most likely Capt Wahnee was moved, by train, to Stalag XIIID at Numberg and finally to Stalag VII A near the city of Moosburg in southern Bavaria where he was liberated on April 29, 1945 by elements of the 14th Armored Division. His awards during World War II include the Pilot Wings, Purple Heart, Air Medal with/Oak Leaf Cluster, Prisoner of War Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-Africa-Middle Eastern Medal with/2 Bronze Service Stars and the World War II Victory Medal. When Capt Wahnee returned to the United States he was very ill from starvation and the terrible treatment suffered while imprisoned. He was hospitalized on and off for several years and lived the remainder of his life with illnesses and injuries suffered from combat and as a Prisoner of War. He died unexpectedly on July 4, 1982. His daughter, Blanche, said “during his funeral at Little Washita Cemetery he was afforded a Color/ Honor Guard, a firing squad, a Missing Man ﬂy-by and a ﬂy-over of B-24 Liberators” – a fitting final tribute for this “Lord of the Sky”. Perhaps two of his crew members summed up what an outstanding leader and person Capt Myers Wahnee was; His Radio Operator, Lawrence Reep said “By the decisions Myers made at the time in battle the lives of his crew were saved. Myers Wahnee was one of the most loyal Americans and best pilots I ever ﬂew with in combat or elsewhere. He saved my life”. His Flight Engineer, Walter Farmer said, “because of his nationality or in spite of it, Myers was an exceptional patriotic American highly respected and well loved. Myers Wahnee was indeed a Great American. I was privileged to serve on his crew”.
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People, Places and Things Happening Goodin Completes First Semester at New York Fashion Institute
Tournament named for NY Yankees’ pitcher Allie Reynolds
Day of Prayer
Rev. Fred Ticeahkie and Rev. Jan Haury Ticeahkie
Goodin Comanche Nation member, Dana Goodin, has completed her first semester at the Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY in New York City. She is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory and Museum Practice. This program involves researching, cataloging, cleaning and restoring historical clothing. Goodin is currently working on a project to catalog and document the runway collections of New York designer Thom Browne. Goodin also works in FIT's laboratory, examining garments and fabric to determine their origin, condition, fiber content and historical significance. Goodin is a graduate of Marymount University in Virginia where she studied fashion merchandising
Tribal Member Joins NBC Production Staff
Goodin Scott Goodin graduated from New York University in December with a BFA in Television and Film production. Goodin will stay in New York as he has joined the NBC production staff of the new, “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” The show is returning to New York from Los Angeles and will debut following NBC's Olympics coverage. Goodin previously interned for Jimmy Fallon when Fallon hosted “Late Night.” Last Fall Goodin was an intern on the writing staff of NBC's “Saturday Night Live.” Before NBC, Goodin interned at Viacom where he worked on promotions and productions for the VH-1 network. Goodin particularly enjoyed the fast pace at SNL creating and presenting a new live show every week. While at NYU, Goodin wrote and produced several short-subject films.
Father and Son Doing Well
The exclusive Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, Oklahoma City’s most historic and prestigious golf course, is the site of the 18th annual Allie Reynolds Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament, scheduled April 14 at 11 a.m., benefits year-round programming at Red Earth, Inc. and gives participants a chance to win fantastic prizes. Legendary golf course architect Perry Maxwell designed the 18-hole course located in the heart of Nichols Hills. It is an oasis of gentle rolling terrain with lakes, creeks, bunkers and deceptive greens. Maxwell is noted for the many courses he designed throughout the United States. “The Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club allows only six outside charity golf tournaments a year,” said Shane Lindstrom, Red Earth board member and tournament chairman, “making the Allie Reynolds Memorial Golf Tournament an excellent opportunity to play one of Oklahoma’s most exclusive courses. “Tournament players will have opportunities to make a hole in one for a new car from Seth Wadley Auto Group and a beautiful Rolex watch from B.C. Clark Jewelers,” said Lindstrom. The Allie Reynolds Memorial Golf Tournament is a tribute to Muscogee/Creek Indian and Bethany, Oklahoma native Allie Pierce Reynolds, a founding father of the Red Earth Festival. Reynolds attended Capitol Hill High School and Oklahoma State University (then Oklahoma A&M) where he was a multi-sport athlete. Legendary coach Henry Iba discovered Reynolds while he was practicing his javelin throws. After excelling at baseball and football at Oklahoma A&M, Reynolds chose to turn to professional in baseball. Reynolds was one of Major League Baseball’s most feared pitchers of the 1940s and 1950s. As a pitcher for the New York Yankees, Reynolds won six World Series from 1947-1953 and was six-time MLB All-Star from 1945-1954. The Red Earth tournament features four-member teams in 18 holes of scramble golf. There are a limited number of team sponsorships, tee sponsorships and individual player slots available. Additional information is available online at http://www.redearth.org/ or by calling 405-427-5228. Players receive lunch on the course, contests for a bevy of prizes, beverages throughout the day and an awards ceremony to wrap up the event. Tournament sponsors include the Seth Wadley Auto Group, B.C. Clark Jewelers and City Bites.
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Sergeant First Class John Bennett McClung and his son, Specialists John Grady McClung in Afghanistan. Both are dong well.
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman opens a new exhibit, “Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America.”Skateboarding is one of the most popular sports on Indian reservations, inspiring and inﬂuencing American Indian and Native Hawaiian communities since the 1960s. This new traveling exhibition celebrates the vibrancy, creativity and history of American Indian skateboarding culture. “Ramp It Up” is on display through June 15.
On August 26, 2013 Rev. Fred and Rev. Jan Ticeahkie started a Call To Prayer for all Native People. On the 26th day of each month we agree in prayer for all the needs of Native people in Okla., and U. S. Their prayer partners are Oklahoma District Council of Assemblies of God, Trinity Broadcasting Networking in California and Richard and Lindsey Roberts of Oral Roberts ministry Okla. God has done so much we can’t begin to tell it all. Prayer changes things. Prayer is a gift from God. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is still doing miracles, healing bodies, souls and minds and changing lives. The Ticeahkie’s lives was spared on April 17, 2011. God brought them through a very bad car wreck. They knew that this Prayer Day is one of the reasons they are still here today. God has put in their hearts to commit this day of prayer over all Okla., natives and all US natives. Everyone is welcome to join them in prayer on the 26th of each month, just take a few moments and pray over all the needs of native people. God hears and answers prayer. For more information contact: Rev. Jan (580) 357-6097.
Tribal Member Opens Music Studio
Large Shade Large of Indiahoma, Okla., announced the grand opening of “Shade Large Studios,” 7-9 p.m., on March 20. The studio is located on Post Oak Rd. and Show Place Blvd., on the westside of Indiahoma, inside the mini mall. Large brings 35 years of experience of electric, acoustic, and bass guitar. Large is of the Comanche and Shoshone tribes. He is the grandson of the late Lillie Hostoseviet and the son of the late Arleta Lewis, aka “Tootsie.” Large follows a large generation of string musicians. His grandfather the late Fred Large was a fiddle player, and his three uncles: Stanley Large, a steel guitarist; Delbert Large, acoustic/vocalist, Country & Western singer, guitarist; and Shug Large, who was the greatest inﬂuence in Large’s life, who helped raise Large until he was 14 years old. Shug was a bass and keyboard and rock musician. In 1992, Shug tragically took his own life, which shattered Large and his grandmother’s lives. Now Large is a inﬂuential music artist, and attends Post Oak Mennonite Church. For more information contact: Shade Large (580) 450-1714.
FUTURE HEAD SINGERS.Anthony Monoessey, Brayden and Cayden Satepeahtaw sing the day away during daycare. Think we need at least one child size drum for this up and coming drum group?
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Comanche Wrestlers Shine on the Mat
Eight Comanche boy wrestlers shined on the wrestling mat this past year. The Comanche boys wrestled on the Elgin Grapplers Youth Wrestling team and was coached by “Comanche Boy” George Tahdooahnippah. The young Comanche boys helped the Elgin Grapplers win Oklahoma Southern Regional’s team title,
due to the talented Comanche boy wrestlers. Coach “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah was extremely pleased with the young wrestlers. “I watched these young boys grow through the years. I have had the honor of watching these boys accomplish their goals. Some of them I have coached for 4 years and some it is the
first year. I am proud to know that our next generation is bringing honor for our Indian people and are proud young warriors,” said Tahdooahnippah. “It is important that we show our young children the hard work and sacrifice,” said “Coach George.”
9 year old, Nacona Tahdooahnippah finished the 2013-2014 wrestling season earning a 6th place medal at Oklahoma Southern Regional’s 110lbs, 2nd United States Junior Open Novice 110lbs, 1st Moore tournament 110lbs, 1st Del City tournament 110lbs, 1st Chickasha tournament 110lbs, 1st Lawton tournament 110lbs, and 4th at the Newcastle tournament 110lbs. He is the son of George and Mia Tahdooahnippah, and Nathan and Cynthia Billy. He comes from the Tahdooahnippah/Poemoceah/Monetathchi families.
8 year old, Nick Johnson finished the 2013-2014 wrestling season earning a 6th place medal at the Oklahoma Open State tournament 105lbs weight class, 3rd Oklahoma Novice State tournament 105lbs, 1st Oklahoma Southern Regional’s 105lbs, 2nd United States Junior Open Novice 2nd 105lbs, 2nd Norman tournament 105lbs, 1st Moore tournament 105lbs, 2nd Del City tournament 105lbs, 2nd Chickasha tournament 105lbs, and 3rd Newcastle tournament 105lbs. He is the son of Carrie Johnson and comes from the Simmons/Chockpoyah/Aitson families.
7 year old George Tahdooahnippah, Jr. finished the 2013-2014 wrestling season earning a 6th medal at the Oklahoma Open State Tournament 55 lbs weight class, 3rd Oklahoma Novice State 60lbs, 1st Southern Plains Regional’s 55 lbs, 1st Norman 60lbs, 1st Del City 60lbs, 1st Moore 60lbs, 1st Chickasha 60lbs, 2nd Lawton 60lbs, and 3rd Newcastle tournament 60lbs. He is the son of George and Mia Tahdooahnippah. George comes from the Tahdooahnippah/ Poahway/Poemoceah/Monetathchi families.
Talon Sage Tahdooahnippah
7 year old Jaylon Wahnee finished the 2013-2014 season placing 1st at the Elgin tournament 58lbs. He is the son of Melissa Wahnee. Jaylon comes from the Wahnee/Sahmaunt (Kiowa) families.
6 year old Zayden Roberts, finished the 2013-2014 wrestling season placing 3rd at the Oklahoma Southern Regional’s tournament 49 lbs, 2nd Norman tournament 49 lbs, and 3rd at the Chickasha tournament. He is the son of Thomas and Melissa Roberts. Zayden comes from the Tahhahwah/ Wauqua families.
5 year old Talon Sage Tahdooahnippah finished the 2013-2014 wrestling season with a 1st place medal at the Oklahoma Southern Regional’s tournament 40lbs, 1st Elgin tournament 40lbs, and 3rd Del City tournament 40lbs. He is the son of George and Mia Tahdooahnippah. Talon comes from the Tahdooahnippah/Poahway/ Poemoceah/Monetathchi families.
Adrian Parker 11 year old Adrian Parker, finished the 2013-2014 wrestling season earning a 5th place medal at the Oklahoma Southern Regional’s 67lbs, 1st Norman tournament 67lbs, 3rd Moore tournament 67 lbs, 1st Del City 67 lbs, 1st Chickasha tournament 67 lbs, and 3rd Lawton tournament. He is the son of Amanda Parker and comes from the Parker/Monetathchi families.
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5 year old Tim Johnson, Jr. finished the season with a 3rd place medal at the Elgin tournament 52 lbs. He is the son of Tim Johnson and comes from the Whitewolf/Monetathchi families.
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Editor’s Note: The Comanche Nation News will run articles from the Primitive Archer Magazine, highlighting speciﬁc plants and herbs, their use, and history. The articles are not written by the Comanche Nation PIO Staff, and anything written in the content does not reﬂect the opinion or view of the Staff of the Comanche Nation Public Information Ofﬁce. T.R. Simmermann/ Primitave Archer Magazine
The healing plant is Junco which is found in the deserts of the Southwest. It likes dry, arid soils of rocky hillsides, mesas, and banks of the desert arroyos. Junco usually grows alone but will make loose colonies in favored habitats. It is known by other names such as Christ’sCrown and Bolo-Malo. Is life span is more than 100 years. A member of the Junco Family, Junco (Koeberlinia spinosa)j is characterized as a thicket-forming shrub or small tree reaching up to 25 feet. The bark is thin and smooth, turning to scale and fissures with age, and has a green or brown color. Its tangled mass of slender branches and twigs are tipped with stiff green
thorns. Warning: Sharp thorns can inﬂict painful injuries resulting in festering infection. Each alternating Junco leaf is tiny, scale-like and has a pale green color. Leaves emerge from branches and twigs and are dropped before its ﬂowers are borne. The ﬂowers form in clusters at the tips of twigs and branches. Each ﬂower is small, fragrant white to tin in color and has four petals. The fruits are BB-sized berries and brown to black when ripe. Warning: Junco fruit is toxic if eaten raw. Junco root bark tea has medicinal value and may be sipped to counter fever symptoms. Bark paste can be used on sores and skin rashes,
festering infections and hard-to-heal ulcers. It can also be used on painful swellings, tumors and skin cancer. Junco bark tea boiled strongly and taken in large dose can expel parasitic worms form the digestive tract. Junco fruit may be ingested as an emetic and poison antidote. What makes the Junco such a healing source? Many of its hidden secrets have been discovered by scientific inquiry and experimental medical research. A chemical analysis of the shrub revealed a resin, resinoids, several bitter glycosides including koeberlinin, and complex organic acids Microbiology studies of Junco supported its use as an infection fighting medicine. A water
extract of its bark limited the growth of disease-causing germs and mycobacteria colonies on contact, using cultured media grown under strict laboratory conditions. Junco also has food value. Ripe Junco fruit are soaked in lye water to remove the poison before cooking them in several changes of water. The cooked fruit is jellied or pickled in a spiced brine. Junco ﬂowers may be dried and brewed into a tasty tea. Junco also has economic value. Its wood dose not burn or ignite well, thus finding use in outdoor stove manufacture in Mexico. Also, its rugged, thorny appearance makes it commercially valuable for public and church landscapes or private gardens.
Propagation is achieved by cuttings and seeds. Lastly, Junco has primitive uses. Its wood can be used to make household and farming utensils. The thorns are useful as poisoned dart points. The thorny branches can be interwoven to make protective livestock enclosures or used in religious ceremonies. Living the primitive way means becoming an intricate part of nature and utilizing its free bounty to its fullest extent without wantonly destroying the giver of these good thing.
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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday
Alva Niedo, February 3 LaVonne Windsor, February 10 Brooke Akoneto, February 16 Jarrod Aitson, February 24 Renee Castillo, February 26 Jonathan Hoahwah, February 28
Happy Birthday Matthew Asetamy, March 1 Michael Akoneto, March 1 Beverly Wermy, March 2 Kiefer Kopaddy, March 2 Melody Goombi, March 2 T.C. Ototivo, March 2 Charles Akoneto, March 3 Sukie Monoessy, March 3 Yolanda Ahhaitty, March 3 Haddon Jocko, March 4 Lilly Ototivo, March 5 Neal Monoessy, March 6 Britney Ototivo, March 7 Aaron Taylor Deases, March 8 Alayah Rodriguez, March 8 Alejandro Aguayo, March 8 Amanda Pekah, March 21 Andrea Caddo, March 8 Melina Rodriguez, March 8 Ryan Cintron, March 9 Tallen Tissychy, March 10 Happy 85th Rose Nauni, March 11 Neda Heminokeky, March 12 Queen Dawn, March 12 Delayna Karty, March 14 Aiden Akoneto, March 15 Samantha Cintron-Lopez, March 15 Elrod Monoessy, March 16 David Kenneth Gardner, March 20 Miranda Hoahwah, March 23 Onassis Ahhaitty, March 24 Raymond “Dink” Nauni, March 26 Frank Gutierrez Jr., March 28 Kyleigh Neitzke, March 28
Happy Belated Birthday
Marshall “Chubs” Kerchee
Happy Birthday Roxe Large February 3
Anthony Joseph Yellowﬁsh
Happy Birthday February 22
Happy Birthday Sky Kassanavoid February 24
Happy Birthday Haddon Jocko March 4
Happy Birthday Blaze Gibson March 5
Happy Birthday Skylar Paige Gibson February 12
Happy Birthday Fred Codynah March 11
Happy Birthday Meech Aitson March 12
Happy Birthday Tallie Large March 19
Happy Birthday Davicito March 20
Happy Birthday Kennedy “Kitty” Murphy March 23
Happy Birthday Natasha Roney March 23
Happy Birthday Sandra Mithlo March 20
Happy Birthday Frank Gutierrez Jr. March 28
Happy Birthday Kyleigh Neitzke March 28
Happy Birthday Deana Johnson March 29
Happy Birthday JuneJune Johnson March 29
Happy Birthday Torrel Parker March 29
Happy Anniversary Richard & Chery Attocknie March 1
Happy Anniversary Aubrey & Carissa Mithlo March 17
In Loving Memory Belva Ann Lopez 05/22/1932~02/20/2009 We all love you miss you and thank of you all the time. Love your children, grandchildren Michelle Evanoff Lopez Horton
In Loving Memory Diana Poemoceah 03/30/1959~03/03/2012 Happy Birthday Mom We love and miss you very much.
In Loving Memory
Kenneth Tahah March 22
In Loving Memory
Betty Ann Daukei Burton March 13 From all your sisters, brothers & family Love & miss you. We will always be here
Married 36 years
Married 7 years
Tobyas Devontey Woods Born: January 16, 2014 7:20am 6lbs 9oz & 19in Proud parents are Narissis Woods & Cayla Nelson Very proud Kaku Rhianna Nelson
In Loving Memory
In Loving Memory
Wendy Mahsetky Poolaw
Happy Birthday in Heaven Papa. We Miss you everyday. Love, Irene, Trella, Kyrena, Kobe & Sean
01/08~01/28 Belated Birthday Wishes
The very well-known MAHSETKY family remembers Comanche-Kickapoo Artist Wendy Mahsetky Poolaw, also known as “Petas”, GreatGreat-Great-Granddaughter of Quanah Parker. She held a Bachelor of Art in painting from UCO. She was the Founding Librarian of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. An extremely mature contemporary artist whose work spanned the worlds of mainstream and Native American Art. Her exquisite works are a part of many collections including The Museum of the American Indian, The Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe, NM and the Indian Collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Today let’s all honor the Great life of this beautiful Native American Woman, whose passing will forever be a great loss to our Great Nation.
Obituaries Marguertie Tahchawwickah Parker
Parker Marguerite Tahchawwickah Parker, 92 went to her heavenly home on, January 30, at her home in Indiahoma with her loving family by her side. Funeral service was, February 3, at the Cache School Auditorium with Rev. Jim Ikner and Rev. Nick Tahchawwickah officiating. Burial followed at Post Oak Cemetery under the direction of Comanche
Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was, February 2, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Parker was born in Comanche County on February 5, 1921 to Jacob (Pete Coffey) and Maggie (Niedo) Tahchawwickah. She grew up in Cache and graduated from Cache High School. She then attended Cameron Agricultural College. After she met the love of her life Baldwin Parker Jr., they were married on July 19, 1940 at his death they had been married for 71 years. Parker was a full blood member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, she was a charter member of the Pete Coffey Mennonite Brethren Church and the Comanche Language Preservation Class. She enjoyed singing Comanche hymns, quilting, sewing, cooking, going to Smart Styles to get her hair fixed, shopping at WalMart spending time with her family and friends. Parker is survived by: ten children and their spouses: Jacquetta and Carldon McClung, Sandra and Lawrence Chesnut Jr. and Timothy Parker all of Cache; Ronald Parker of Gaithersburg, MD, Harold Parker Sr., Don Parker and Annette Tiddark of Lawton; Joyce and George McSwain of Lakeland, Florida, Ardith
and Glen Leming of Sulphur; Debra and William Malone of Wanette, Ok; sisters: Rose Nauni of Cache, Velma Kemble of Ponca City, Helen Cable of Cache; brothers: Pete Coffey Jr. of Ponca City and Nick Tahchawwickah of Cache; thirty nine grandchildren, over seventy great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends; special people in her life: Rebecca L. Parker of Cache, Paul and Linda Davis of Abilene, Texas, Louise (Totsi-ya) Jones of Jacksonville, Texas, Russell Neese of El Segundo, California, Chuck Wiltrip and family of Dexter, New Mexico, Carolyn Wilson of Quanah, Texas, Hanaba Welch of Quanah, Robert Veal and Joan Goody of Orlando, Florida, Joan Fredricks of San Antonio, Texas and Fred and Rosie Schmidt of Germany. She is preceded in death by: husband, Baldwin Parker Jr.; parents: Jacob (Pete Coffey) and Maggie Tahchawwickah; children: Buster Evans Parker and Vincent Parker; stepdaughter, Norma Jean Guerrero; brothers: Harry Wauahdooah, Lee Heath, Allen Tahchawwickah; sisters: Sarah Tahchawwickah, Vida Tahchawwickah Woommavovah and Mary Ellen Tahchawwickah Morris, special aunt, Rosella Tahah; two grandchildren: Richard Hearn and Ronna Sipe.
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Deanna Kay Coosewoon
Coosewoon Deanna Kay Coosewoon, 53, of Lawton went to her heavenly home on Sunday, February 2, 2014. Funeral Service was, February 6, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Mt. Scott KCA Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Coosewoon was born August 7, 1960 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Kenneth and Doraline Coosewoon. She attended Ft Sill Indian School and Cameron College. Coosewoon was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. She worked in Education at Comanche Nation Tribal Complex for five years. She was also a caregiver
for her father: Kenneth Coosewoon. She liked listening to music, enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her father: Kenneth Coosewoon of Medicine Park; sister: Vicki Biazzo of Lawton; Nephew: Ronald and Kristal Cooper of Arizona; niece: Jennifer “Marissa” Reyes of Lawton; cousins: Carol Sixkiller, David Hendrix and Carl Sixkiller; and numerous other family members and friends. She is preceded in death by her mother: Doraline Coosewoon; sister: Juanita Raylyn Coosewoon; grandparents: Aline Pearl and Ewing Taylor, Abner and Mattie (Kauley) Coosewoon; niece: Duskie Murrow
Gone, But Not Forgotten - Marilyn Ferguson
Gone, but not forgotten This pain, I cannot hide In memory, I see you A million tears, I've cried. The tender thoughts you left me Come to my memory Your loving smile, so precious Will always be with me. You visit me in summer When ﬂowers are in bloom Upon a ray of sunshine A star-lit night in June. When winds are gently blowing Across a cloudless sky Within a rolling meadow Where horse and cattle lie. I see you in the treetops As summer comes to be In shadows, you do linger A soul so young and free. I see you in the garden Your scent does ﬁll the air Just like a precious ﬂower A rose, so ever fair. On country roads, I ﬁnd you Along the wooded lane Within the distant thunder I see you in the rain. In early hush of morning You come without a sound Upon a blazing sunset Your memory can be found. Like sprigs of morning glory Upon the vine, they grow With branches reaching outward Into my heart, you go. Just like a special angel God wrapped you in His care And took you off to heaven To live with Him, up there.
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Creations in the Snow
The Comanche Nation News asked it’s Facebook Followers to turn in their snow art mastery.
Skyler Doan makes a Snow Angel in her Kaku’s yard in Lawton, Okla. Karissa and Kamille Komahcheet styles their snowman with a baseball hat in Elgin, Okla.
Denise and Jay Tosee stay warm in their snow tipi at the home of Fred and Mona Codynah, Walters, Okla. William Tosee made the tipi for his children to play in.
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Jacob Mason, Lawton, creates a happy snowman.
Modesto and Arlene Schonchin make a snowman just their size in Lawton, Okla.
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Nahmie Banderas I have been a competitive cheer leader for the past 3 years with Star’s Elite Cheer Squad from Lawton OK. Our team has competed in numerous competitions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, NewCastle, Broken Arrow, and Dallas, Texas. Our goal is to attend a competition in Orlando, Florida for the Summit Nationals in May 2014. This will be a great opportunity for me and my team mates and something we have put a lot of work into. I will be having fund-raisers to help cover my cost of the fees. Any donations or sponsorships are greatly appreciated. If interested in making any donation whether it be monetary or helping in the fundraisers you may contact my parents or grandparents at the numbers listed. Thank you in advance!
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medals to the families. Emotions ran high as each name of the 21 Code Talkers were called and their family representative received the bronze and silver medal on their behalf. People traveled from all over the country to witness the event. The medals are now family heirlooms that represent the dedication, valiance, and pride the Comanche Code Talkers represented. “What the medals means to the Kassanavoid family is their father, grandfather, and the other code talkers are finally getting the recognition and honor they deserved so long ago,” said Amaryllis Frazier, daughter of WWII Code Talker, Forrest Kassanavoid. The Comanche Code Talkers were the U.S Army’s “Ace in the Hole,” using the Comanche Language in military code that helped win the wars and saved thousands of American and allied lives. The men were a valuable weapon that could not be faltered or destroyed. No enemy forces could decipher the language, and the men used it strategically in military action. The Comanche Indian Veteran’s Association Historian, Lanny Asepermy, gave the history of the Comanche Code Talkers, and pointed out the Code Talkers of WWI were not considered to be U.S Citizens, yet they served dutifully in the Army. According to Asepermy, from the Introduction of the Code Talker Act of 2003 on March 5, 2003 to the Presentation Ceremony on November 20, 2013 took 10 years, 8 months and 15 days, and several Comanche and other tribes were a part of the legislation and lobbying for the Code Talkers. Combat veteran, Eddie Mahseet, called the names of all the Code Talkers following the Adobe Walls song, sung by the Wild Band of Comanches drum group. Other events during the honorary dinner included traditional dance and fancy dance demonstrations, the Cameron University Choir sang a string of songs, which included Comanche Church Hymns, and Travis, with daughter Olivia, performed a music piece titled “Baptized in the Fire.” The actual ceremony of the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S Capitol November 20, 2013 was viewed during the dinner. Before the evening ended, the Comanche Indian Veterans Association named Comanche Nation Chairman, Wallace Coffey, the organizations Commander in Chief, along with a plaque and jacket to commemorate the placement. The families of the Kiowa Code Talkers were special guests of the event, and were also recognized for their gallant service.
Amaryllis Frazier gets presented the Congressional medal for her family.
Bernadette Tabbytite gets presented the Congressional medal for her family.
Kenneth Karty gets presented the Congressional medal for his family.
Clifford Ototivo Jr. gets presented the Congressional medal for his family.
Gilbert Conwoop gets presented the Congressional medal for his family.
George Red Elk gets presented the Congressional medal for his family.
Georgia Tuaila gets presented the Congressional medal for her family.
Ina Parker gets presented the Congressional medal for her family.
Irene Lane gets presented the Congressional medal for her family
Mona Selph gets presented the Congressional medal for her family.
Ozzie Red Elk gets presented the Congressional medal for his family.
Twins Berthena and Patricia Yackeschi gets presented the Congressional medal for their family.
Elvira Tabbyyetchy gets presented the Congressional medal for her family.
Sylvia Macias gets presented the Congressional medal for her family.
Jerry Tahsequah helps his mother with the Congressional medal for her family.
Tim Ototivo gets presented the Congressional medal for his family.
Van Codynah gets presented the Congressional medal for his family.
Vivian Saupitty gets presented the Congressional medal for her family.
Mamie Nava gets presented the Congressional medal for her family
Gwendell Wahnee gets presented the Congressional medal for her family.
Fancy Dancers display their best moves at the Comanche Code Talker Presentation of Congressional Medals Ceremony in Lawton, Okla.
Chris Eyre, director of Native American movies Smoke Signals and Skins, speaks at the dinner.
CIVA is the Color Guard for the honorary dinner.
Families of the Kiowa Code Talkers, were the special guests at the dinner presentation.
Combat Veteran and Master of Ceremonies for the dinner, Eddie Mahseet, was presented with a blanket from the Comanche Business Committee.