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Tribal Election Scheduled for May 13 By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

The Comanche Nation will go to the polling sites May 13 to vote for members of the Comanche Business Committee, FY 2017-2018 budget, and on two questions pertaining to the distribution of extra funds and on the KCA Lang Use Committee. Secretary Treasurer Candidates Audrey Whitefeather Robert Tippeconnie

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The article is an overview of the April 15 General Council Meeting, and NOT the official minutes. To obtain a copy of the official minutes, contact the Office of the Comanche Nation Chairman, (580) 492-3250. A quorum of 302 tribal members was present at the Annual General Council Meeting April 15 at Watchetaker Hall. Chairman William Nelson began the meeting by announcing this particular annual meeting marks the 50th Annual General Council meeting since the Comanche Nation separated from the Kiowa and Apache Tribes in 1967. Presentation Before the meeting was called to order, a Power Point Presentation was shown to the tribal audience, titled, “Comanche Nation State of the Nation: A Snapshot of Where we Were to Where We’re At.” Vice Chairwoman, Susan Cothren, narrated the presentation, beginning with an attorney comparison by fiscal years. “In 2013, the tribal council approved $500,000 for legal fees. This line item was overspent by $408,644, with very little litigation. In 2014, the tribal council approved $500,000 for legal fees. This line item was overspent by $450,250, with limited litigation. In 2015, the tribal council approved $500,000 for legal fees. This line item was overspent by $323,274, with limited litigation. In 2016, $500,000 was approved by the tribal council. $130,729 was saved due to good accountability of what’s actually needed. In 2017, the tribal council approved $419,531 for legal fees. At the halfway point of fiscal year 2017, there is $200,000 in that account,” explained Cothren. “We have Red River issues, the Guymon Casino issues, Election Board issues, a smoke shop that is a rogue smoke shop on Gore, we’ve got a LLC disassociation, past CDST II lawsuit is there, and forensic audit, working on that. This is what our attorney, at this point and time, has done for us, at a lot less money and a huge savings for the Comanche Tribe.” CBC No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, continued with the presentation, Annual Budget Comparison by Fiscal Years. “In 2012, the tribal council approved $39,987,451. The annual budget was overspent by $4,000,083. In 2013, the Tribal Council approved $41,479,500. Again, the annual budget was overspent by $4,000,813. In 2014, the Tribal Council approved $44,328,000. The annual budget was overspent by $14 million. In 2015, the Tribal Council approved $50 million. The annual budget was overspent by $3,000,679. This past year, 2016, the Tribal Council approved $50,532,943. The annual budget was not overspent, savings $3 million. In 2017, the Tribal Council approved $51,000,482. The annual budget is on track to be debit free and savings for another year,” said Narcomey. Nelson announced a forensic audit has been completed, and it is now with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service. “I can bring all the findings

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Comanche language students from daycares and organizations traveled to Norman, Oklahoma April 3 and April 4 to compete at the Annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair, at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. Pictured, from Left: The IAM NDN Youth Choir placed first, singing Traditional Songs (in the Comanche language.) The Comanche Nation Daycare Center Courtesy Photo of Apache Okla., placed third performing the “Three Little Kittens” story in the Large Group Spoken Language category April 3. From left: The centers Master Teacher, Sharon Enriquez, Stella Cramer, Cheyenne Shaw, Jordan Harris, Blake Whiteshield and Eli Addi. Also, on April 3, the Preschool class took nine children to participate in the 15th Annual Youth Language Fair The children sang two songs, “Pabi John” and “The Number Song.” They placed first in the Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade Small Group Modern Song with Language. Comanche language winners from Left: Danni Whiteman (age 4), Mesa Tachawwickah (age 3), Siena Saupitty (age 4), Melynn Fagan (age 4), Niya Passah (age 3), Maloree Davis (age 3), Louis Valle (age 4), Karter Daily (age 3), Chase Elam (age 3). Congratulations to both the language students and language teachers.

Comanche Tribal Members are Cast for the AMC Series, “The Son”

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Siblings, Michelle and Aaron Nevaquaya, on the movie set of The Son.

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Donnell BigBear Heminokeky, center, plays “Comanche Chieftan.” in the series, The Son.

Aaron Nevaquaya, who is in 8th Grade at Elgin Middle School, says he his favorite subject is history. He, and his sister Michelle, had an opportunity to experience a historical era when they were cast in the AMC miniseries, “The Son.” Based on the New York Times best seller and Pultizer Prizenominated novel, The Son is a sweeping family saga that spans 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. The ten-episode, one-hour drama traces the story of Eli McCullough’s, played by actor, Pierce Brosnan, transformation from good natured innocence to calculated violence. Nevaquaya, who has been in the arts throughout his young life as a model, in photo shoots, and dance performances, responded to the casting call for extras, where he, and his sister, Michelle, are in background scenes. He can be seen playing around the tipis. “My favorite scene when the two main characters were fighting and young Eli walked to me, and we had to accept him in our circle,” said Aaron. “My part was to hand him a Peace Pipe as acceptance.” He added his favorite character in the series is Charges-the-Enemy, played by Tatanka Means. Michelle Nevaquaya, who is the current Comanche Nation Jr. Princess, went to Austin, Tx. with her brother and parents so Aaron could get fitted for his costume. While they were there, she was asked to also be a part of the cast of extras, and she accepted.

Michelle, who is in 7th Grade at Elgin Middle School, can be seen hanging meat or carrying buffalo bladders in the background scenes. “My favorite scene is when young Eli is at the fire, and I am behind him picking at the meat,” she said with a laugh. Audrey Whitefeather Herrera, the mother of Aaron and Michelle, said she is very proud of them both, and she wanted to present them with options, such as being an extra in The Son. “It’s not an everyday conversation to say I was a part of a film production. It gives them a different perspective of film,” said Herrera. She added she was happy for all the tribal youth who were a part of the production, because they got to share the experience together. There were a total of 20 Comanche tribal members who were cast, according to Karamia Heumann of Brock Allen Casting. Also playing in the series is Donnell BigBear Heminokeky, who plays Comanche Chieftan. Heminokeky said, “I’m thankful to have been asked to be a part of this series. I’m a full-blood Comanche, and I felt honored to represent my tribe and speak our Comanche language. Not too many understood what I was saying but I explained to them. I look forward to going back next June to continue the second season.” The Son airs on Saturday evenings. For more information or to watch past episodes, go online to

Business Committee No. 3 Ronald Red Elk Darrell Kosechequetah Tina Cook Business Committee No. 4 Clyde Narcomey Jack Codopony The 2018 Proposed Fiscal Year Budget Question: “8 Million Dollars (2016 EXCESS) to be divided equally to each individual enrolled Comanche Nation member in the form of a dividend check?” (Yes/No) Question: “To have business committee to formulate a one-year fact finding to be presented in 2018 as to separation from the KCA land use committee?” (Yes/No) The following polling sites will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day, May 13. Anadarko Comanche Nation Outreach Office 117 SW 2nd St. Anadarko, Okla. Apache Apache Community Center Julia Mahseet Rd. Apache, Okla. Cache Cahoma Building 752 NW Quanah Parker Rd Cache, Okla. Lawton Comanche Nation Headquarters New Conference Room 584 NW Bingo Rd. Lawton,Okla. Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Outreach office 7390 S. Walker Suite G Oklahoma City, Okla. Walters Comanche Nation Community Center 905 E. Missouri St. Walters, Okla.

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

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Eleven Resolutions Were Passed During April CBC Monthly Meeting Editor’s Note: This is an overview of the April 1, CBC Monthly Meeting and not the official minutes. To obtain a copy of the official minutes, call the Office of the Chairman, (580) 492-3250. Story by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

Chairman William Nelson called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, conducted Roll Call. A quorum was established with all Comanche Business Committee (CBC) members present, except Secretary/Treasurer, Vacant. Chairman, Nelson called upon Comanche Nation Tribal Administrator, Jimmy Arterberry to open meeting with the invocation. A motion made to approve the minutes of the March CBC meeting by Vice Chairperson, Susan Cothren; seconded by Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey. The motion carries 5/0/0. Resolutions No. 37-17 Enrollment List No. 1054. Approved Membership for the Comanche Nation Tribe. Vice-Chairperson, Susan Cothren, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 38-17 Enrollment List No. 1055. Applicant relinquished his/ her rights for the Comanche Nation. Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 3, Harry Mithlo, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 39-17 Enrollment List No. 1056. Applicant is Ineligible for membership with the Comanche Nation because he/she does not meet the Nations Constitutional Membership Requirements. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Vice-Chairperson, Susan Cothren, seconds the motion. The motion carries. 5/0/0. No. 40-17 Enrollment List No. 1057. Applicant is Ineligible for Membership with the Comanche Nation. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 3, Mithlo, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 41-17 Grant for Department of Justice (DOJ) Violence against Women. Jurisdiction

includes: Caddo, Cotton, Kiowa, Grady, Jackson, Stephens, Tillman, and Jefferson counties in Okla. Vice Chairperson, Susan Cothren, made the motion to approve. Committeeperson No. 2, Ahdosy, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 42-17 Grant for Housing Authority. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 3, Mithlo, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 43-17 Grant for Indian Highway Safety Program (IHSP.) Reimbursement grant. Tribe purchases car seats and tribe gets reimbursed. Committee person No. 2, Ahdosy, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, and Committeeman No. 3, Mithlo, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 44-17 Grant for Injury Prevention for Administration on Aging. Injury Prevention goes out to homes and checks for safety issues. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, made the motion. ViceChairperson, Cothren, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 45-17 Transportation Improvement Plan. The Comanche Nation Department of Transportation wishes to add three routes to

the transportation improvement program. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, made the motion. Committeeman No. 3, Mithlo, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 46-17 KCA Drawdown. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 1, Poahway, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 47-17 Election Ordinance. Committeeman No. 4, Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 3, Mithlo, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. The meeting was adjourned at 11:03 a.m. and Executive session followed.

Great Plains Technology Center Partners with Comanche Nation to Help Entrepreneurs By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Comanche Tribal members who want to start a business will have the opportunity to participate in classes at the Great Plains Technology Center. The Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the Great Plains Technology Center’s Business Development Center will be held 10 a.m. May 5 at 1601 SW Park Ridge Blvd., Lawton, Okla. Through Resolution 09-15, the Great Plains Technology Center agrees to waive, for a 10-year period, the $200 per business membership fee for unlimited entrepreneurial consulting, networking connections, and other resources for any of the Comanche Nation’s tribally owned entrepreneurial efforts. For more information, contact Cody Holt, (580) 250-5519 or through email at cholt@greatplains. edu.

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TAX COMMISSION BOARD SWEARING IN. Two board members for the Comanche Nation Tax Commission were sworn in the afternoon of April 7 at the Comanche Nation Business Center in Lawton, Okla. From Left: Julian Guerrero was sworn in by Comanche Nation Chairman, William Nelson. Guerrero will serve a three-year term on the board. Joshua Mihesuah was also sworn in by Nelson, and will serve a two and a half year term. Members of the audience congratulated Guerrero and Mihesuah on their new position. Also being recognized at the event was Vickie Sanders, who received a Certificate of Appreciation.

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here, but why are we going to put things up for the defense of the guilty?” said Nelson. “The bottom line is this, misappropriations did happen. You vote on what we are supposed to spend. Not to overspend, and that is a fiducial responsibility of who you elect.” The next slide on the presentation gave an overview of the annual budgets from Gaming, where Nelson stated a total of $3,091,000 was saved. “This year the Gaming is bench marked for $66 million. We made it safe to go $62.8 million for this year’s budget,” said Nelson. CBC No. 2, Eddie Ahdosy, presented the Tax Commission review. “In 2014 and 2015, these were the worst years of managing your money,” said Ahdosy. “In 2017 and 2018, we are way ahead of this budget here. The Tax Commission is going to give you more. We are already on budget to $3,500,000 to the tribe.” CBC No. 1, Jonathan Poahway, gave a summary of the Comanche Nation Retail, formally “Nuhmu Pahmu.” “Comanche Nation Retail, in 2011, their contribution was $200,000. Zero in 2012. $200,000 in 2013. Zero and zero in 2014 and 2015, $400,000 in 2016, and projected $900,000 in 2017. That is our smoke shops, ladies and gentleman.” explained Poahway. Nelson presented a Shareholders Report to the General Council. “You have two thousand acreage of valued trust property at $1,600,000. You have Simple Fee Property, 1,114 acreage, valued at $891,200. The problem with that is that the property was bought at an appraised value, without an appraisal being done. That is poor managerial business,” said Nelson. “Buildings owned, 54, and building on simple fee, thivah land, 27. You combine those, it comes to 81 properties, valued at $47,691,291. Our KCA affiliation, I went to the onethird acreage, actually we should go to the one- third aggregate amount, due to population, but I went to one-third. 1,975 acreage, valued at $4,740,000. We have 5,089 acres, valued at $7.2 million. We have total structures owned by this Nation is 81, valued at $47,691,291. Your total amount worth of this retrainable land and retrainable buildings that shouldn’t lose value, is $54,922,491. Have we progressed since 1966? Yes, we have,” said Nelson. He went on to give an account of the Comanche Nation’s assets, with 175 tribal vehicles, valued at $2,601; 22 Comanche Nation Housing Authority vehicles, valued at $374, 040; 33 Tribal heavy equipment, valued at $453,080; 2,407 Information Technology, valued at $2,001,059; 5,000 Art/ Relics, valued at $1,650,000; Comanche Nation Housing Authority inventory, valued at $18,584,962, and furniture and fixtures, valued at $264,200. The Total net worth, $25,929,331. The Comanche Nation Entertainment Net Position on audited 2016 Financial Statements is $78,628,647. Nelson stated tribal casinos give the most money from all tribal entities. Nelson ended the Shareholder’s Report by saying the CBC is committed to continuing progress for an ever growing Comanche Nation population. Called to Order With 322 tribal members in attendance at the end of the presentation, Chairman Nelson called the meeting to order at 1:17 p.m. Glen Heminokeky gave the invocation. The Comanche and American Flags were presented and posted by veterans Lanny Asepermy and Cliff Takawana, as the Comanche Flag song was sung by Nelson. Removal of Tribal Member As Nelson announced the first item on the agenda, tribal member, Eleanor McDaniel, took the floor and made a motion to amend the agenda for the meeting. Nelson told McDaniel she was out of order, and asked the Law Enforcement to remove her. As McDaniel said she had a right as a veteran to address the General Council, the Comanche Nation Law Enforcement surrounded the podium where McDaniel stood, and removed her from the building, after a struggle. “If she wanted to speak, she should have been on the agenda,” was the answer Nelson gave, as some tribal members yelled to let her go and let her speak. “We expected this lady to do that, and if she can get her composure, she can come back.”

FY 2017-2018 Budget The Tax Commission contribution was presented first. “Our total Tax Commission contribution this year will be $3,523,000. Our elder and per capita payment will be $23,714,470. Economic Development for fiscal year 2018, is 25 percent, which is $14,821,554. The Tribal Government, which is 10 percent, is totaled at $5, 928, 618,” said Nelson. He explained the Community and Education was broken down into two parts, due to the numerous programs, with the total being $14,821,544. “When it comes down to the bottom line for this Fiscal year 2018 Comanche Nation Budget, from out revenue allocation plan, which is 40 percent, the Elder’s Payment and Per Capita payment will be $23,714,470,” he added. The total Fiscal Year budget for is $62,809,186. Nelson entertained a motion to take the 2018 proposed budget to the General Election. Comanche Nation College Laneal Pewewardy, the General Education Diploma (GED) Instructor for the Comanche Nation College, took the floor and asked to speak before the motion was called. He told the General Council the Comanche Nation College was taken off the budget. He said Article Six, Section Seven of the Comanche Nation Constitution has been amended seven times in the past, six of them by his father, the late Doc Pewewardy, because they wanted to limit what actions the CBC can do. “The issue of them taking off the Comanche Nation College in a CBC Meeting by a three-to-two vote, was your choice, not theirs,” Pewewardy told the General Council. “This issue is not whether you are for the college or not for the college, the issue is you.” He went on to read Article Six, Section Seven of the tribe’s constitution, emphasizing Section 7(d) which states “To develop annual budgets for the financing of Comanche tribal operations, and to present such budgets to the tribal council for final consideration as to adoption or rejection.” He also read from Section 7(e) which states, ”…such program proposals shall be presented to the tribal council for final consideration as to adoption or rejection.” “This is you,” Pewewardy said, As Pewewardy continue to read from the tribe’s constitution, Nelson said Pewewardy and the College Board of Directors was given time and the CBC had addressed this issue in past CBC meetings, and the college had 12 years to get a candidacy for accreditation. “They withdrew their candidacy without asking you, tribal council. They withdrew their candidacy without asking the Business Committee,” Nelson told the General Council. Pewewardy addressed Nelson’s remark by saying those were the reasons why the CBC took them off the budget, but they do not have the authority to take the College off the budget, and he made a motion to put the college back on the budget to let the People vote whether they want to fund the college or not. Bobbie Tenequer Saupitty spoke next listing the college’s alleged discrepancies she found while working at the college as the interim Register. Saupitty said when the college failed an American Indian Consortium Audit, she was hired to prepare the college for the upcoming audit for the next year. “There were seven of the nine degrees awarded at the Comanche Nation College that should not have been given out. You cannot transfer credits older than ten years. You cannot transfer credits that are in a grade of a D. You cannot graduate with a degree with a grade of less than a 2.0, and you have to have so much course credit work done at the college,” she explained. She added in February, the college allegedly rescinded the degrees from the students. She also alleged the college spent over $1 million in salaries, and the college has a second account with $4 million. Augustine Mowatt Mccaffery, the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Comanche Nation College, took the floor to say the allegations Saupitty made about the college were not true. “He made a motion, and there was a second. I call for the ques-

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Tribal members sign in for the Annual General Council Meeting April 15 at the Comanche Nation Complex. made and seconded. He called for the tion,” said Mccaffrey. Next to speak on the subject vote of ceasing nominations, by a show of the Comanche Nation College was of hands. The motion passed. The next nominations were Lanora Parker. She said she was speaking for the CBC No. 3 position. Lanny Asepermy nominates on behalf of the Comanche youth. She said tribal youth are put in an “At Ronald Red Elk. Ardeth Lemming Risk” status by the U.S. Government, nominates Sandra Chesnut. Robbecause they are at risk to fail due to ert Tippeconnie nominates Darrell drugs, alcohol, violence, racism, and Kosechequetah. Ronnie McGomery poverty. She added that the dropout nominates Bobbie Saupitty. Phyllis rate for Comanche tribal members Koweno nominates Amanda Haake. who attend college is high, because Susan Parker nominates Tina Emthey need extra help in subjects such as hoolah. Phyllis Narcomey makes a Math and English, and the universities cannot give them the extra time they motion to cease nominations. Nolan Tahdooahnippah seconds the motion. need. Nelson called for the vote “They do get that at the Co- manche Nation College. Plus, because of ceasing nominations, by a show of they are At Risk, they need that extra hands. The motion passed. help for self esteem, that sense of be- Last on the list of nominalonging, that sense of empowerment. tions was for CBC No. 4. Don’t you want our kids to have that Hazel Tahsequah nominates extra help?” she asked the audience. Janet Saupitty. Jimmy Arterberry nom Susan Permansu Morris add- inates Clyde Narcomey. Mary Tosee ed to what Parker said by saying they nominates Jack Codopony. Phyllis learn the Comanche language at the Narcomey makes a motion the nominaComanche Nation College, and they tions cease. Vickie Biazzo nominates learn the Comanche history. Will Owens. A second to the motion “They learn who they are. If came from an unknown tribal member. they don’t know who they are, how are Nelson announced Biazzo they going to know where they are go- could not nominate Owens because ing? It is important these kids learn a nominations had ceased, and was seclittle about their culture, a little about onded. Many tribal members yelled in their history, and it helps them get disagreement, while other tribal memstronger. We have smart kids, but they bers applauded the Chairman’s decineed that little bit of help, that little sion. bit of motivation, and that is what the Nelson said Owens will be Comanche Nation College does,” said eliminated from the CBC No. 4 nomiMorris. nation list. Nelson called for the vote Comanche Veteran, Clifford of ceasing nominations, by a show of Takawana, said he took the Comanche hands. The motion passed. History Class and it was one of the best Lawyer classes he had. He added it was full of Nelson called for a reaffirelders. He pointed out the Comanche mation of the tribal attorney, Richard College was for tribal members, young Grellner. A motion was made by Jarvis Poahway to retain Grellner for the Coand old. “We get to learn and practice manche Nation attorney. A mixture of some of our culture that we do not get applause and negative outburst came to, any other place,” he said. from the Comanche crowd. The motion Carolyn Codopony said she was seconded by Perosi. was in support of the Comanche Na- Nelson called upon True Baltion College, and it should be put on lot, who was in charge of the General the voting ballot and voted on by the Council Meeting voting, to conduct the Comanche People. She said there is vote of whether or not to keep Grellner not a place in our community where as the tribal attorney. Comanches can preserve and learn Tribal Administrator their language and their culture but at Nelson talked about having the tribe’s college. a special General Council Meeting at Thomas Narcomey was next the end of the Fiscal Year to discuss the to speak about the Comanche Nation Reallocation Plan. College. He alleged the Comanche Nelson calls for a vote to Nation College has spent $22 million keep the current Tribal Administrator, dollars and has not been accredited. He Jimmy Arterberry. Both positive and added the money could have gone to negative outbursts came from the GenHigher Education Scholarships. eral Council. Nelson ended the discussion Nelson spoke about raising by saying he is putting the Comanche the Elder and Per Capita payments with Nation College on the back of meeting the tribal gaming’s finance overage, in agenda. the form of a dividend. But he said he Pewewardy reminded Nelson is watching what the current President, he made a motion and there was a sec- Donald Trump, is implementing in the ond about putting the College back on White House. the agenda. He called for the question. “He is taking Executive Ac Nelson said he was not go- tions that are taking a lot of things ing to amend the agenda, and he will away, so we have to keep our mind on bring the college back up later in the the treasury, and what the IRS says.” meeting, or at the May 20 continuation explained Nelson. “So with ten permeeting, if needed. cent, it would be a dividend of $384 a “What is the purpose and ob- month.” jective of a college? (It is) to be accred- He added they are estimating ited, so you can take your credit hours to have 1,700 elders by this Christmas, anywhere in the world. But you can- and is the fastest growing population in not do that because the candidacy was the tribe. withdrawn by the Board of Trustees,” When it comes to the youth, said Nelson. Nelson said he would like to have the Nominations property that is the Comanche Nation Nominations for Secretary/ College turn into an Education Center Treasurer: for student’s kindergarten through 12th Hazel Tahsequah nominated grade, which would house all tribal Audrey Whitefeather. Raymond Perosy programs that are based on education nominated Michael Burgess. Norman and training. Nauni nominated John David Wahnee. He also said he has been talk Nelson asked Burgess to go ing to the Department of Labor about see Chief of the Comanche Nation Po- the former Treasure Lake Job Core, lice, Vern Griffin. which had closed within the last few Nelson entertained a motion years. to cease nominations. Baliente Herrera He mentioned Indiahoma made that motion. Nelson called for a Schools have over 65 percent Indian second to the motion. It was seconded population, with 94 percent graduating. by Mary Tosee. He talked about making a CBC No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, charter school for tribal students at asked for a halt, so he could make a Treasurer Lake or the building that was nomination, of Robert Tippeconnie. formerly Stoney Point Head Start. Nelson said a motion was It was announced True Ballot

was having trouble with the Wi-Fi. Nelson asked for a vote by the show of hands to keep Arterberry as the TA, and asked True Vote to count the vote. He next asked for a verbal vote to use a ballot to vote for the TA position. The echo of, “Yeah,” won the verbal vote. Diana Gail Sovo Doyebi makes a motion to open the floor up for nominations for TA. An immediate second to her motion came from the crowd to include Susan Parker, Karel Coffey, and Mary Tosee. Mandy Lynn took the floor to second her motion on the microphone. Nelson said they have to wait until the attorney tally vote is complete. “I will run the meeting the way Parliamentary calls for. We have a motion and a second,” said Nelson. He conducted the vote by the raise of hands, with the vote of taking nominations for TA having the larger number, visually. Nelson opened the floor for nominations. Again, the response from the General Council was both positive and negative. Lavera Wayne nominates Will Owens. (An unknown tribal elder nominates Will Owens a second time.) Lanora Parker nominates Donnie Ramos. Phyllis Narcomey nominates Jimmy Arterberry. Baliente Herrera makes a motion nominations cease. Alisha Wilson seconds the motion. Yonevea Sapcut also seconds the motion. Nelson asked the person who nominated Owens for TA, and Owens, to go see Vern Griffin, Chief of Police for the Comanche Nation Law Enforcement, who was at a side table. Nelson announced Owens could not run for TA, and asked for the results of the Attorney vote. Nelson said TA Nominee, Donnie Ramos, was to go see Griffin, too. Nelson announced they were going to have to call for another General Council Meeting because the vote results for the attorney was only one vote. Nelson explained the CBC announced bids for the lawyer position but did not receive any response, so Grellner will remain the tribe’s legal attorney. Some of the General Council began shouting they disagreed with the announcement, while some clapped and was satisfied with the announcement. Karel Coffey makes a motion to open the floor for nominations for attorney. Mary Tosee seconds the nomination. Nelson does not recognize the motion and said because there was not any response for another law firm, so Grellner will remain the attorney. Nelson announced the CBC will call for a Special General Council Meeting specifically for the Attorney. Nelson said since the people voted no, he is opening the floor for attorney nominations. Phyllis Narcomey nominates Richard Grellner. Francine Monerkerit nominates Ryland Rivas. Motion to cease nominations was made and seconded by unknown tribal members. Nelson said Rivas has to go see Griffin, because he sued the Nation. Michael Burgess made a nomination, but it was denied. Tina Emhoolah took the floor to say Grellner was part of litigation against the Comanche Nation so he cannot run as well. Grellner, spoke out and said he was defending tribal members when he was in litigation. Rivas, took the floor, and said last year, 360 acres of land was sold without the General Council approval, and he sued individual members of the CBC, not the Nation itself. Nelson calls for the vote through True Ballot. Ramos took the floor to say he was being stopped from running for TA, but he stated under the Comanche Constitution, Article 6 section 9, there is not qualifications for TA. Meeting Adjourned Nelson announced the internet keeps going out on the voting machines so a second meeting will be called May 20 to vote on the Budget, TA, and the Attorney. The nominations for the Secretary Treasurer, CBC No. 3, and CBC No. 4 will go on the voting ballot. The meeting adjourned at 3:43 p.m.

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Chairman Nelson Addresses the Nation Comanche Nation Annual Meeting of April 15, 2017. Historically, this was the supposed Golden Anniversary (50 years) of coming together to decide: . A proposed budget to be adopted for the General Election of all Comanche’s 18 years and older. . Nominating vacated or termed out offices of the elected business committee for the General Election of all Comanche’s 18 years and older. . Hiring a lawyer for a one-year position, this year no resumes were submitted so a re-affirmation was asked, a vote for re-affirmation was voted down. . Hiring an administrator for a one-year position. The nominees were three (3). One (1) is disqualified due to Employee (HR Policy). One (1) is disqualified due to four (4) counts of the “Accountability Act” adopted January 2017. Incumbent is the administrator/manager. No matter who was chairing this meeting, it was obviously clear that a certain group was gathered for total disruption to the business at hand at this 50th anniversary of the Comanche Nation Annual Meeting. Before a prayer was rendered, before our National Anthem of the Comanche Nation flag song, one person wanted to change the venue and the agenda of the business at hand. This person was asked repeatedly to sit down, this person defied everyone in attendance for another personal agenda that we’ve all witnessed in past Annual Meetings. For The Record: this one person has placed numerous articles in the Lawton Constitution of recalling all elected people that she assumes don’t meet her agenda. Innuendo and half-truths from this one person did shut down all Comanche Nation finances in 2012. A presentation before the Annual Meeting showed $28 million dollars of misappropriations of the years of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The “elected committee and administrator of March 2016 to present day”, has shown savings and good accounting practices, so much so, that an $8-million-dollar question to give all Comanche Nation members a personal dividend check never went to a vote. Where does the Comanche Nation go from here? The Annual Meeting was adjourned due to technical problems, continual disorderly conduct, mean spirited insults and chaotic atmosphere by those that came to this meeting for that purpose and nothing more. Will the next scheduled meeting be any better? No, history has showed us that once any Annual Meeting adjourned due to contentious groups the same scenario will be played out, no matter how many meetings are called. The past years of 2007, 2010 and 2012 Annual Meetings showed us that the Proposed Fiscal Year Budget and qualified nominees for elected office went to the General Election without Tribal Council Annual Meeting adoption. This same set precedent of 2007, 2010 and 2012 will happen this 2017 election year following the Comanche Constitution mandated wording of: “The Tribal Council shall be ALL enrolled members over the age of eighteen (18) years old.” The Tribal Council duties are: 1. To change, modify, alter or revoke membership rules. There were no membership changes to be decided on. 2. To execute leases, contracts or permits for five (5) or more years with regard to property which is owned exclusively by the Comanche Nation, but this does not include any individually-owned land or personal property. There were no leases, contracts or permits to be decided on. 3. To elect tribal officers and members of the business committee and to fill vacancies which may occur pursuant to Article VII. Yes, the qualified nominees for Secretary/Treasurer, CBC #3, CBC #4 will be on ballot. 4. To authorize the expenditure of funds which may be deposited to the exclusive credit to the Comanche Nation and of funds which may be deposited to the joint credit of the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache. Yes, the 2018 Proposed Budget will be on the ballot for a (Y/N) referendum decision. 5. To select and authorize tribal delegations to transact business on behalf of the tribe. When travel is involved, the terms of the resolution shall include the purpose of the trip and the existence of the delegation’s authority. There were no delegations to be decided on. 6. The salary for the Chairman of the Business Committee shall be established by the Tribal Council by the adoption of an annual tribal operating budget. Salary for all other members of the business committee shall be two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) per month. There were no salary or stipend changes from the past seven (7) years. 7. All minutes of the tribal council meetings shall be published in a manner to be determined by the tribal council. There were no changes to how minutes are published. 8. To hire an Administrator/Manager to administrate the tribal government. The Administrator/Manager shall be under the direction of business committee. Members of the business committee shall not be an employee of the tribal government. The nominees were three (3). One (1) is disqualified due to Employee (HR Policy). One (1) is disqualified due to four (4) counts of the “Accountability Act” adopted January 2017. Incumbent is the administrator/manager. 9. To hire an attorney to represent the tribe in legal matters. A re-affirmation was asked during the Annual Meeting and the re-affirmation was 220 No and 195 Yes. Since no resumes were submitted prior to the Annual Meeting. A new Request for Position/Proposal (RFP) will be posted on April 20, 2017 with a deadline by May 19, 2017. Once candidates for hire is assimilated these candidates will be placed on the possible run-off election, or, a Special Meeting called for this purpose; Article 5, Section 3 (b). Disagreements will abound, yet, progress and the positive future of the Comanche Nation has to prevail for all Comanche People no matter where they live, we cannot allow certain factions to disenfranchise the entirety of the Tribal Council which is all enrolled members 18 years or older. One great idea has surfaced from the “tumultuous annual meeting” and that is to call for a “Constitution Convention Camp” to be announced, planned and coordinated for early summertime of 2017. This vision and idea is for Comanche People living abroad to come home, fellowship and revive kinships in rewriting our fifty (50) year old Constitution of Laws. No matter what anyone thinks we all must all agree that we’ve outgrown our own laws written in the 1960’s. Progress to change is never taken well, but, if we collectively can come to maturity of decorum, have great debate, new ideology, community representation, positivity without personal attacks, and direction of real checks and balances for the Comanche Nation, undoubtedly can be achieved. I believe the Great Comanche Nation will be poised to sustain another fifty (50) years that our heroic ancestors envisioned for all of us. There are exactly 11,989 (18 years and older) Comanche Nation members as of this date. Please help your Comanche Nation and be active in this 2018 Comanche Nation General Election. Thank You. The 2017 Comanche Nation General Election Friday May 12, 2017 (Elders Center) Saturday May 13, 2017 (All Polling Locations) Secretary Treasurer Candidates Audrey Whitefeather Robert Tippeconnie Business Committee No. 3 Ronald Red Elk Darrell Kosechequetah Tina Cook Business Committee No. 4 Clyde Narcomey Jack Codopony The 2018 Proposed Fiscal Year Budget Question: “8 Million Dollars (2016 EXCESS) to be divided equally to each individual enrolled Comanche Nation member in the form of a dividend check?” (Yes/No) Question: “To have business committee to formulate a one-year fact finding to be presented in 2018 as to separation from the KCA land use committee?” (Yes/No) CERTIFICATION In accordance to: Article 6, Section 7 (b): “To determine qualifications of candidates nominated for office and to conduct election of tribal officers and business committeemen pursuant to the provisions of; Article 7, Section 2: “At each annual Comanche Tribal Council meeting subsequent to the first election of officers and business committeemen, under this constitution, candidates will be nominated to compete for election to offices being vacated by reason of expiration of term of office.” In accordance to: Article 6, Section 7 (d): “To develop annual budgets for the financing of Comanche tribal operations and to present such budgets to the tribal council for final consideration as to adoption or rejection. (2) The budget shall be printed on a ballot in such a manner that each line item may be approved or disapproved by the tribal members. (3) The line items of the budget shall be approved or disapproved in the election of officers conducted subsequent to the annual meeting pursuant to Article 7, Section 2, in which tribal officers are elected.” In accordance to: Article 6, Section 7 (j): “To promulgate and enforce ordinances and codes governing law and order to protect the peace, health, safety, and general welfare on land determined to be within Comanche tribal jurisdiction.” The Comanche Nation Accountability Act, certified on January 7, 2017.

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Programs Capital Improvement Builds Hand Crew which is sponsored Court Building and Others by the Bureau of Indian Affairs of

The Comanche Nation Capital Improvement (CIP) department has eleven employees and work on all tribally owned buildings. The CIP department is currently building three new buildings – Comanche Nation Court building, Transportation building, and a New Pathway’s building. The CIP department will be working at the Water park, Elder’s Council building. ECDC Day care, Comanche Nation Higher Education building, and the Patriot Room. All CIP contracts will be published and approved through the Comanche Nation Property and Procurement office. Please look at the Comanche Nation website or visit the property office located at the Main Complex at 584 NW Bingo Road Lawton, Oklahoma 73507.

Elder Nutrition Center Schedule for May The Comanche Nation Elder Center has a list of activities for May. All activities will take place at their facility, 1107 SW H Ave., Lawton, Okla. • A Mother’s Day Meal will be 11:45 a.m. May 12. • A Cultural Meal will be 11: 45 a.m. May 31. • There will be exercises classes every Tuesday in May. If you have any questions about the listed activities, contact Marilyn Guerrero, (580) 355-2330.

Fire Fighter Program Seeks Wild Land Firefighters The Comanche Nation Fire Fighter Program is currently taking Emergency Wild land Fire Fighter applications for Native Americans for May 2017 The program is also looking for five people to assist in tree cutting job please apply at Workforce office. 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

Anadarko, Oklahoma. The Comanche Nation Fire Program has been active since 1996 and 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.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Works with Legal Aid Services As a board member of the Legal Aid Services Of Oklahoma (LASO) Client Council, the Comanche Nation Grandparents Program works with the area LASO Lawton office. LASO is proud to serve grandparents 60 years of age and older who are taking on the awesome responsibility of raising their grandchildren. Grandparents have several options available to them as they raise their grandchildren. LASO can provide legal representation from start to finish in custody, guardianship, and adoption cases. They can also advise on matters of visitation, parental rights termination, birth certificates, protective orders, TANF, food stamps and many more areas. Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. provides services statewide.

Gravel Tinhorn Schedule Please take note as to when your area falls on the schedule. They will no longer take applications for the upcoming area. The deadline falls on May 30 for the following area to take place. Please submit your applica-

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cess from initial screening through case ranking, developing a case summary, and making a final adjudication. Participants completed the program with good working knowledge of how to implement their training.

NAGPRA Grants Complete The Comanche Nation NAGPRA department has completed 13 of their 14 grant consultations and Tinhorn Program will be completing their final grant tion 30 days before the deadline. consultation in May. The Comanche April 1 through April 30 ap- Nation should be notified around July plications for Geronimo, Temple, and 2017, if we are selected for a 2017 Walters Area “May” NAGPRA Grant. May 1 through May 31 Applications for Lawton area “June” Workforce Summer Youth QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE: Employment Program *Must provide proof of Comanche Nation Tribal Enrollment The deadline for Summer Youth Employment Program applica*Must provide proof of residency tions will be 5 p.m. May 5. You must i.e., utility bill be between the ages of 14 and 24 to apply. *Must not benefit a business or nonAll non-Comanche tribal Comanche Tribal Member (rental members interested in applying must homes) reside in either Cotton or Coman*Must reside in the Comanche Nation Jurisdiction If you have any questions/ concerns please contact Kyle Tahpay Sr. at (580) 492-3308. Please remember he will contact you as soon as he is available due to fulfilling driveways

Human Resources Dept. Attend Training Two employees of the Human Resources Department attended the Employee Background Investigation & Adjudication Training. The training was hosted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Office of Justice Services. The presentation and instruction of the course was done by Personnel Security Consultants, Inc. The Training was held at the Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police Department in Ada, Okla., from March 28 - 30. The course was focused on investigative requirements, adjudication principles, and law enforcement employee suitability criteria outlined in the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Protection Act (PL 101-630) Attendees participated in each phase of the adjudication pro-

che county. All applications will be processed on a first-come-first serve basis. Applicants may be considered eligible regardless of household income. For more information, please contact the Comanche Nation Workforce department or Rodney Parker, SYEP Supervisor, at (580) 492-3644.

Comanche Nation College 13th Annual Film Festival Hosted a Special Feature Premiere of the New AMC Television Series “The Son” By Stacey Heminokey/News Staff

The Comanche Nation College held its 13th Annual Film Festival on April 8 from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Refreshments and concession were available throughout the day. The Film Festival schedule included films such as, Seth McClellan “ Little Wound’s Warriors”; Kyle Bell “Dig It If You Can”; Mark Williams “Shiloh”; John and Kenn Little “ More Than A Word”; Jeffrey Palmer “Grave Misgivings”; Steven Lewis Simpson “Neither Wolf Nor Dog”; and the special feature premiere screening of AMC’s Season 1 Premiere Episodes 1&2 of “The Son”. “The Son”, stars Pierce Brosnan. Dedicated CNC film festival supporter, Juanita Pahdopony, served as a Technical Advisor on the show’s first season. The series also featured local Comanche tribal members including Donnell BigBear Heminokeky as (Comanche Chieftan), and other Native actors and background artist including tribal members Aaron and Michelle Nevaquaya. The sprawling drama is based on the acclaimed Philipp Meyer novel of the same name, taking viewers from young McCullough’s captured by Comanches in 1849 Texas to 60 years later, when he’s the ruthless owner of a cattle ranch. His distaste for Mexicans and penchant for torturing his enemies is tied in with the idealism of his youngest son, Pete. The McCulloughs have a large family, and much of the initial conflict centers on their disputes with the Garcia family, some of whom wish to return Texas to its rightful Mexican ownership. Blood, gunfire, and explosions soon follow, but with a tepid pace that seems drawn out due to “The Son’s” insistence that it’s a prestige drama. The CN College would like to thank all who came out and helped make this event a success. For more information call (580) 591-0203.

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Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms

The five major symptoms of a heart attack are • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back. • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint. • Chest pain or discomfort. • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder. • Shortness of breath. • Other symptoms of a heart attack could include unusual or unexplained tiredness and nausea or vomiting. • Women are more likely to have these other symptoms. Call 9-1-1 • If you notice the symptoms of a heart attack in yourself or someone else, call 9-1-1 immediately. The sooner you get to an emergency room, the sooner you can receive treatment to prevent total blockage and heart muscle damage or reduce the amount of damage. At the hospital, health care professionals can run tests to determine whether a heart attack is occurring and decide the best treatment. • In some cases, a heart attack requires cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or electrical shock (defibrillation). Bystanders trained to use CPR or a defibrillator may be able to help until emergency medical personnel arrive. • Remember, the chances of surviving a heart attack are greater the sooner emergency treatment begins.

Recollection of Comanche History

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Studio portrait of Wichita, Apache, Kiowa, and Comanche delegation. Front row, left to right: Tsodiako (Wichita); Chief Na-I-Shan (Ta-Ka-I-Tai-Di or White Man Chief, Kiowa-Apache); Stumbling Bear (Set-Imkia or Pushing bear, Kiowa); White Horse (Kobi, Comanche). Back row: two non-Indian men, agents or interpreters (?). Washington, D.C. 1880. Photo attributed to Charles Milton Bell (C. M. Bell), Non-Indian, 1848-1893. P03421 Courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Comanche Nation Offices will be closed May 29 for Memorial Day. Offices will re-open 8 a.m. May 30 for regular business.

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Comanche Nation Emergency Management Offers Tips

What to do When Power is Lost According to the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), power outages frequently occur during storms or powerful winds. Prepare your household for power outages with the following tips: Before A Power Outage Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items: • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both • Flashlight and extra batteries • First aid kit • Whistle to signal for help • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities • Manual can opener for food • Local maps • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charge • Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies. Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power • Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices. • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it. • Purchase ice or freeze waterfilled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power

outage. • Keep your car’s gas tank full-gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by visiting your state’s or local website so you can locate the closest cooling and warming shelters. • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device determine a back-up plan. For more planning information tips visit: Elders and Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs Seniors should keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals and any other items you might need. Keep a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you require. Be sure to make provisions for medications that require refrigeration. Make arrangements for any assistance to get to a shelter. Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends and coworkers to aid you in an emergency. Discuss your needs and make sure everyone knows how to operate necessary equipment. • If you use a power wheelchair, if possible, have a lightweight manual chair available as a backup. Know the size and weight of your wheelchair in addition to whether or not it is collapsible, in case it has to be transported. • Purchase an extra battery for a power wheelchair or other battery-operated medical or assistive technology devices. If you are unable to purchase an extra battery, find out what agencies, organizations, or local

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Comanche youth perform ballet at the 2016 Comanche Nation Youth Summer Dance Show.

3rd Annual Comanche Nation Youth Summer Dance Project Accepting Students By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

It is time again for the 3rd Annual Comanche Nation Youth Summer Dance Project 2017. The Dance Project is open to all Comanche tribal kids, both boys and girls, from ages 7 to 18. Girls will learn ballet, and boys will learn Hip Hop dances. New this year, coordinator and dance instructor, Anna Ward, is incorporating some traditional Pow Wow dances into the show. “This year will be the best yet,” expressed Ward. “I cannot wait.” The Comanche Nation Diabetes Awareness will provide healthy snacks and other support for the project. The two week dance workshop begins June 19, Monday through Friday with the Dance Performance at 6 p.m. June 30 at the Comanche Nation College . The dress rehearsal will be at 4 p.m. on June 30. Everyone is invited to the Dance Performance. A small recep-

tion will follow after the show. On June 19, all dance students will attend class from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and will be their dance outfits and watch a dance movie. The students will be divided into three groups; two age groups for girls, and one group for boys. All classes and Choreography will be held at Lawton Ballet School 6726 NW Cache Rd. Lawton. Spaces are limited. Please call Ward at, (409) 370-9181 to enroll your child. Enrollment ends May 22. Ward has traveled through Europe, performing ballet. She was a leading dancer in the show TEXAS at Palo Duro Canyon, the Principle Dancer with Ballet Juenesse of Dallas and the Dallas Opera, was the Artistic Director of the Galveston Ballet, the Ballet Juenesse of Huntsville Texas ,and the Dallas Contemporary Youth Ballet. Currently, Ward works in New Mexico with the Albuquerque Ballet, and will be working with Native children in the fall.

charitable groups can help you with the purchase. Keep extra batteries on a trickle charger at all times. • Consider keeping a patch kit or can of sealant for flat tires and/ or extra inner tube if wheelchair or scooter is not puncture proof. (from Nusura/CalEMA) • Keep an extra mobility device such as a cane or walker, if you use one. • If you use a seat cushion to protect your skin or maintain your balance, and you must evacuate without your wheelchair, take your cushion with you. • Extra batteries and a spare charger for hearing aids, cochlear implant and/or personal assistive listening device. Keep records of where you got your hearing aids and exact types of batteries. • Consider how to receive emergency information if you are unable to use a TV, radio or computer, such as social media or through your mobile device. • Use a NOAA Weather Radio for Deaf and Hard of Hearing that has an adaptive weather alert system. • Many new cell phones and smart phones have an alerting capability that includes specific sounds and vibrations that can be set to signal users of an emergency. Download the FEMA app to receive safety tips and weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation, maps of open shelters and disaster recovery centers, information in Spanish and to apply for assistance. • Keep a TTY or other analogbased amplified or captioned phone as part of your emergency supply kit. Even if you do not use a computer, put important information onto a flash drive or mobile device for easy transport in the event of an evacuation. Have your medical professionals update it every time they make changes in your treatment or care.

• Maintain a list of phone numbers for your doctors, pharmacy, service providers and medical facilities. • Ask your local pharmacy or doctor to provide a list of your prescription medicine and medically prescribed devices. • Make hard copies and maintain electronic versions, including a portable thumb drive containing: o Medical prescriptions o Doctors’ orders for Durable Medical Equipment, Consumable Medical Supplies and assistive devices that you use. Include the style and serial numbers of the support devices you use and where you purchased them. o Medical insurance cards, Medicare or Medicaid card, a list of your allergies, and your health history. • If possible, stock extra over the counter and prescription medicine, oxygen, insulin, catheters, feeding tubes, cannulas, tubing, trach tubes, wipes, pads, undergarments, ostomy supplies, leg bags, adhesive and other medical supplies you use. During A Power Outage: Safety Tips • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires. • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. For more information about food safety visit our food page. • Take steps to remain cool if it is hot outside. In intense heat when the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or “cooling shelter” that may be open in your community. If you remain at home, move to the lowest level of your home, since cool

air falls. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm. • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors. • If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing. • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home's electrical system. For more information about generators visit: After A Power Outage • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out! • If food in the freezer is colder than 40° F and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it. • Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medications having spoiled. • Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods and other supplies FEMA Text Messages Use your cell phone’s text messaging capability to receive text message updates from FEMA (standard message and data rates apply). Here are basic commands to get started: • To sign up to receive monthly preparedness tips: text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA).

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Easter Bunnies Hopped to the Assisted Living Center to Have Fun with Elders

Story and photos by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

On April 13, the Comanche Nation Assisted Living Center held their Easter Hunt/Luncheon and invited the Comanche Nation Daycare (Lawton) to come celebrate with the elders. Employee, Mary Austin said “ We wanted to invite the kids and give back to our Comanche children. All children have that energy and happiness in them and it really makes the elder’s feel good.” The elder’s and kid’s enjoyed a delicious Easter meal together and after the meal, the elder’s sat in the living room and enjoyed listening and watching the kids sing Comanche hymns and hunt all the bright colored eggs. The elders thanked the kid’s for coming and handed out goodies for each of their baskets including: Fun Dip candy, Easter bunny ears, piggy banks, and frisbees. Assisted Living center would like to thank the teachers at Comanche Nation Lawton Daycare for bringMarie “Midge” Sevier hands out goodies to all the kids ing the kids to help elder’s celebrate the Blessed day. after the egg hunt.

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ELDERS GET TECH SAVY. On April 6, seven tribal members completed the Senior Basic Computer Course, given by the Higher Education Department. Pictured Front Row- Derek Murrow; Second RowAnita Daukei, Tina Red Elk, Janet Tahah; Third Row- Instructor Kelly Berry, Dennis Red Elk, George Red Elk, and David Connywerdy. For more information on this course, please contact Comanche Nation Adult Education Specialist, Kelly Berry (580) 492-4017.

You’ve heard it in the news, online, or from your friends. A well-known company like Yahoo has had its computer systems hacked and user information was stolen! Worse yet, you use Yahoo Mail! You might ask yourself, “What do I do?,” “Am I really at risk?,” or dismiss it altogether. Failing to take precautions leaves your well-being at risk. These are data breaches and it is important to protect yourself from them. If you are part of a breach it could lead to your identity being stolen, fraudulent charges, or any number of nasty scenarios. Lucky for us there are some tools available to help people identify if they are at risk. The website is a great resource. You can simply type in your email address and/or user name and it will browse information that was released as part of data breaches and checks to see if your information has been stolen. If it finds your information will provide a list of data breaches and which company they belong to. If you are part of a data breach it is critical that you change your password and security questions on your user account that has been affected. Tools like this are not an end-all-be-all solution; however, it can help you quickly check for any known problems. The best defense is to use a unique and complex password for each user account you have and use two factor authentication when you can (ex. Using a code send by text messaging in addition to your user name and password). Stay informed and stay safe.

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Programs Update Your Information with CN Enrollment

Attention Comanche Tribal Members It is very important that you keep your information updated with the Comanche Nation Enrollment Department. They want to ensure that you receive your per-capita 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.

repair of our vehicle fleet. Together, both Martinez and Pohawpatchoko will ensure the safety of all employees and passengers be ensuring that all personnel are trained and comply with all safety procedures. For more information contact the Transit at (580) 492-3389. Open Monday through Friday,5 a.m.7 p.m.

CN Department of Grants Plans Community Meetings

Vocational Rehabilitation to Provide Services to High School Students

The competitive grant application submitted by the Comanche Nation Vocational Rehabilitation program was approved for a five year grant for the period of October, 1, 2016 through September, 30, 2021. The CNVRP goal is to provide culturally appropriate VR services to American Indians with disabilities residing within the CNVRP nine county service areas, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities and informed choice to prepare for and engage in gainful employment, including self-employment and business ownership. In the new grant, the CNVRP will also be working with high school students who have a disability (s) and are approaching a transition to adulthood. Transition services are coordinated set of activities and recommend resources for American Indian high school students with disabilities that live within the program nine county service area. Services are designed to impact the transition from high school to life after school, all based on the students needs, preferences, abilities and priorities. Transition services will provide a coordinated set of outcome oriented goals that promote movement from high school to post secondary education, vocational training, employment, adult services and community participation. The mission is to expand opportunity for American Indian students with disabilities to live an independent life and have economic self-sufficiency. Studies show that young adults with disabilities are three times more likely to live in poverty as adults that their peers without disabilities. This is the reason this new component is so important. For more information contact the newly hired Transition Specialist, Leonard Parker at (580) 4923398.

Comanche Nation OKC and Anadarko Outreach Hosts Special Events

OKC Outreach:

For the month of April, Transit Department Has a Comanche Nation OKC Outreach Training Specialist and SafeProgram is having a Comanche Lanty Coordinator On Site In the quest of the Comanche Nation Transit Department to provide safe and reliable transportation to the Comanche people and the communities surrounding the Lawton/Ft. Sill area, the transit department has employed a training specialist and safety coordinator. As part of the new hire orientation the trainer, Kevin Pohawpatchoko, will provide training in areas of customer service, safety, driving, drug and alcohol compliance, etc. This training will be ongoing throughout the duration of each employee’s employment with the transit department. The safety coordinator, Ashley Martinez, will help develop the Safety Management System that is now required a federal grant from FTA. Martinez will also implement safety rules and procedures for the transit department. Martinez will also be tasked with keeping up with the assets management and state of good

accepting applications on June 5. Reminder to Parents: Please save your students report cards. For more information please feel free to contact the office at (580) 492-3280 or (580) 492-3278.

guage class with Instructor, Sam DeVinney, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. every Thursday at the OKC Outreach office located on 7390 S. Walker Ave, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73139. The Outreach encourages all to come out and enjoy the beautiful language and potluck dinner. For more information contact the OKC Outreach Office at (405) 635-8999. The Anadarko Outreach The CN Anadarko Outreach will be hosting the Diabetes Awareness and Penny Hammonds from Family Assistance Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 12, located at the Anadarko Outreach office in Anadarko, Okla.

CN K-12 Student Services Will Begin Accepting Applications June 5 Comanche Nation K-12 Student Services Program will begin

The Comanche Nation Grants Department has completed all scheduled Community Planning Meetings associated with the Comanche Nation Strategic Plan. At this time, the Grants Department is working closely with the I.T. Department to establish the most efficient manner in which to engage our distant tribal members in identifying and prioritizing our two-year goals for the Nation. Once that process is created and finalized a notice explaining “Next Steps” will be placed on the Tribal Website. For more information, please contact: Grants Department at (580) 492-3620.

Live Stream Message Board Rules for Posting Comments

Comanche Tribal members who watch our livestream events are encouraged to post comments to the message board. Here are the rules for posting comments. 1. No profanity, racist or sexist comments. 2. No foul or obscene language of any kind. 3. No attacking or harassing other posters. 4. Do not post unsubstantiated rumors about people. 5. No repetitive negative posting. 6. No flaming or engaging in non substantive unrelated discussion. 7. No posting of commercial offers. 8. No dominating the conversation. 9. No posing as any other user other than yourself.

Family Assistance Focuses on the Mind, Body, and Spirit National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to encourage women to take steps to improve their health. The 18th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 14, and is celebrated through May 20. Each year since 2004, the Comanche Nation Women Shelter has joined with other tribal programs to host a “Women’s Wellness Seminar in the month of May. Wellness is a choice, a way of life, a process, an integration of body, mind and spirit. Wellness is the loving acceptance of yourself. This year from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on May 24, located at the Great Plains Vo Tech, Worley Center Room

301 we will once again observe Women’s Wellness. Co-Sponsors: Comanche Nation Diabetes Program, Prescription Assistance, Fitness Center and Promise Care/Quantum Health Care. This year’s activities will include health screening for blood sugar-blood pressure; motivational speaker, massage therapist and a variety of beauty and health vendors. This event is open to all women. Participants will enjoy a health lunch along with door prizes. Register to by contacting the Comanche Nation Family Assistance Center at (580) 492-3590.

Reintegration Program is Updating Offenders Addresses The Comanche Nation Reintegration program is currently updating offenders address. If you are in prison or know someone in prison, please contact this office to provide the updated address. The following information is the most recent information from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections 2015 annual report. According to the report the majority of the state’s 22,957, Probation Clients are primarily white and male which committed

non-violent crimes with the average age being 36.4. The same with Parole Clients the majority of the states 2,981 committed non-violent crimes with the average age being 45.5. The report also gave the following numbers for Native American’s in prison; 3,178 Incarcerated Inmates, 1,891 Probation Clients and 169 Parole Clients. For more information contact: Alicia Wilson at (580) 492-3341 or (877) 492-4988 ext. 23341. Email

Comanche Nation Child Care Program The Comanche Nation Child Care Program held a Language and Culture class at 6 p.m. on April 25 and 27 at 1001 SW “C” Ave. Lawton, Okla., for participating families: Language and Culture classes are held each month at 1001 SW “C” Avenue. If you are interested in attending the classes or for more information contact the Child Program at (580) 699-3991.

Comanche Nation Family Assistance Program Sponsors Sexual Assault Seminar

Jim Markey explains to the crowd, in order to improve the response to sexual assault you have to create a positive collaborative relationship among responders. Story and Photo by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

The Comanche Nation Family Assistance Program sponsored a Sexual Assault Seminar from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 18, located at the Great Plains Technology Worley Center, Building 300, Lawton, Okla. Registration began at 8:30 a.m. Presenter was Jim Markey, (retired) from Phoenix Police Department. The agenda topics included: • MDT Approach • Victimization and trauma • Improving your victims interview • Documentation • Focusing on the offender/investigative strategies • Importance of evidence • Interviewing the offender Markey started the seminar focusing on “Improving Our Response to Sexual Assault” and ended with “Employing Strategies and Methods for the Effective Investigation of Sexual Assault.” Markey said, “Seven critical reminders in serving victims is offer, Safety, Support, Information, Access, Continuity, Voice, and Justice. The Family Assistance program would like to thank all who attended and helped make this event a success.

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Programs Caregiver Program Caregiving Every Day

The Comanche Nation Caregiver Program is a tribally funded program through the Comanche Nation for elders that are taken care of by family members or other relatives or friends. The program helps the disabled that need health care. The program assists those 60 years and older who are not able to take care of themselves and cannot be left alone. If you are a Caregiver providing care for an elderly family member (60 years and older) with personal care and housekeeping duties then your elder may be eligible for assistance with the Caregiver Program: 1. Information about the care-giving services for caregivers and their elders. 2. Assistance for caregivers that are providing care for their elderly family member. 3. Counseling individuals, support groups and training. 4. Care-giving if needed for the Elders. 5. Supplemental Services-on a limited basis; referrals, telephone calls to other programs, other services outside the area of Care services. Things Caregivers Should Know A caregiver is someone who care for an aging, ill or disabled person. You don’t have to live with the person to be a caregiver. You can provide care yourself or bring in other family members. When possible, you and the person being cared for should make decisions together. The healthier you are, the better care you will provide. When people offer to help, say Yes. You may qualify for up to 12 weeks of caregiver services by providing care for your family member who is elderly or disabled. The Caregiver Program can help you find other services that would best meet you and your elders need. Planning ahead can make care giving easier in the future. Talk with the person you are caring for about money, medical care, legal issues. This may not be easy but it is critical in planning for the future. Things I Can Use Help With You can help find serviceswhether you live close by or in another city or state. Planning ahead can make care giving easier in the future. Talk with a lawyer about legal issues and financing care. Legal aid is available to people who cannot afford to pay for a lawyer. Learning to care for another person can take practice and special skills. Care - Taking All Caregivers feel overwhelmed at times. If you feel overwhelmed a lot, you may need to get help. It is critical for caregivers to have a support system. Caregiver support groups can help you connect with other who are going through similar experiences. Care giving is not an easy job-but it can be very rewarding. There is no doubt that care giving can be a challenging job but you can get the help you need. The Comanche Nation Caregiver Program is here for you to

give you support, (emotional and reassurance). For more information contact: Comanche Nation Caregiver Program, Keith Yackeyonny Medical Building, 5 SW “D” Avenue, Lawton, Okla. 73501 Phone: (580) 699-8811/(580) 6998812.

Comanche Residential Youth Shelter (CRYS)

Services Provided The Comanche Residential Youth Shelter (CRYS), for the month of April had seven children in the shelter. The CRYS had three referrals from other shelters. The CRYS took residents on a total of 12 outings and events. CRYS residents also attended Earth Day, Easter Egg Hunt at the KCA and The Prevention and Recovery Egg Hunt, he Car Crash Event. The CRYS residents also had a Easter Dinner and watched Redbox movies. The CRYS would like to thank everyone for all the clothing, shoes, toys, baby articles, Easter goodies; any and all donations are greatly appreciated. Don’t forget to join the CRYS for it’s Annual Hot Dog feed, Sept. 23, after the parade of the Comanche Nation Fair.

Diabetes Program Offers Healthy Cooking Demonstrations The Comanche Nation Diabetes Program will be hosting Healthy Cooking Demonstrations from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., May 11 at the Comanche Nation Elder Center and from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., May 25 at the Oklahoma City Out Reach Center. The Comanche Nation Diabetes Program will host a Lunch and Learn from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., May 4 and the Comanche Nation College Auditorium, a light lunch will be provided. For more information on contact the Comanche Nation Diabetes Program: (580) 280-4674.

Office of Environmental Programs Provides Information about Asthma

The month of May gives recognition to the growing health concern of Asthma. The Center for Disease Control has reported that 24 million Americans deal with the chronic disease. It is estimated that asthma causes 2 million emergency room visits each year, asthma is the third leading cause of children in hospital stays and ten Americans die each day due to asthma complications. What happens during an asthma episode? The bronchial tubes or “airway branches” leading to the lungs become overly reactive and more sensitive to asthma triggers, then the lining of the bronchial tubes become inflamed and swell, mucus then clogs the bronchial tubes and then the muscles around the airways tighten making it difficult to move air in and especially out of the lungs, it is much like trying to breathe out of a coffee straw. What triggers asthma? Much like sinus allergy sufferers dust mites, pollen, molds, pet dander, rodents, cockroaches, smoke from cigarettes, smog, ozone, wood fire, perfumes, scented soaps, sore throats, pneumonia, flu (influenza), certain medicines like (nonsteroidal anti-anti-inflammatory drugs), aspirin and beta blockers can cause an asthma episode. Symptoms of asthma are coughing, wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when breathing), shortness of breath, rapid breathing and chest tightness. What are the signs of a severe asthma attack? Fast breathing with chest retractions (skins sucks in between or around the chest plate and/or rib bones when inhaling), cyanosis (very pale or blue

coloring in the face, lips and fingernails), rapid movement of nostrils, expanded chest that does not deflate when you exhale and infants with asthma who fail to respond to or recognize parents. If you suspect that you or your loved one has experienced these symptoms schedule a visit with your family physician to be properly diagnosed.

Fitness Center

How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: 1. Maintain a healthy weight Include a good balance of activity and healthy eating Talk to your healthcare provider about what a healthy weight is for you. 2. Eat a healthy, balanced diet Eat 5-10 fruits and vegetables daily. ( Eat more fiber Eat less fat and salt Limit the amount of alcohol you drink Eat appropriate portion sizes. (www. 3. Ensure regular physical activity Be active at least 30 minutes every day. (150 minutes per week) Include activities that build endurance, strength, and flexibility Find activities that you enjoy and that include your family (visit, or call CNFC) 4. Don’t smoke If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Call 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800784-8669) Avoid second-hand smoke 5. Keep your health in check Get enough sleep and rest Be active-physical activity is a great way to reduce stress Have a well check-up at your doctor to keep up with blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose. If you already have diabetes, following your doctor’s orders as well as the information above will help you better manage your blood glucose. (

Higher Education Reschedules Banquet and Promotes More Scholarships

It is the pleasure of the Comanche Nation Higher Education Dept. to recognize and honor Comanche students for their dedication and perseverance in pursuing their educational goals. Comanche students completing a High School Diploma/GED, Job Placement & Training Certification, Associate, Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral degree are all invited to join the Office of Higher Education for special recognition at the 2017 Graduation Banquet. The date of the banquet has been rescheduled due to the continuation of the General Council Meeting. It will now be held on June 10, from 12-2 p.m. in the Watchetaker Hall at the Comanche Nation Complex. If you are graduating with the class of 2017, please contact the Higher Education office at (580) 4923363 to ensure your name is listed in the banquet program. The department is also requesting graduating students to provide a photo for the banquet slideshow presentation. It is advised that the photo be a recent photo, but it does not have to be professional. Old/ tattered photos, photocopies, or inappropriate photos will not be accepted. Please send photos by email to or by delivering them to the Higher Education office located at the Comanche Nation Complex. The Higher Education Department is also encouraging students to begin preparations for the upcoming college academic year, and is reaching out to Comanche students to visit their office and learn more about scholarships and other resources available. The Higher Education College Scholarship deadline is quickly

approaching for the fall semester, and applications are considered on a first-come first-served basis. We are already receiving applications for the upcoming semesters, so we are recommending that parents and students be proactive about their college financial planning and apply now. Applications will only be accepted up to June 1. Additional supporting documents such as enrollment schedules and transcripts can be submitted after June 1; however, the application must be received by the deadline if a student is to be considered for funding. Every year, the Comanche Nation Higher Education gives out a special scholarship called the Dorothy Sunrise Lorentino Scholarship. This competitive scholarship is in honor of the late Dorothy Lorentino, who served 34 years as a classroom teacher, and was the first Native American to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. All Comanche undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Contact Higher Education for further details.

Realty Department Participating in the Cobell Land-Buy-Back Program Again, as previously reported, the Comanche Nation will be participating in the Cobell LandBuy-Back Program in the near future. On March 28, Realty met with the Cobell Program Representatives, the BIA Anadarko Agency personnel and the Tribal Officials. The Cobell staff outlined the process and procedures that Realty will need to follow in order to make the Land Buy Back program as successful as possible. Successful in term reaching as many tribal members as possible, offering them the opportunity to participate in the program. If they are interested in selling their fractional ownership interest. Tribal members interested in participating in the Buy Back Program can call our office (580) 699-3818 to put your name on the list as a “willing seller.” It is VERY IMPORTANT that they have your current address on file. Also, to learn more about the Program, call the Trust Beneficiary Call Center (888) 678-6836. The Realty Department continues to assistance to Tribal member in regards to their Trust land. Assistance them by mapping the location of their property. Depending on the assistance that you are needing, they may not be able to help, but if they can we will, please call their office at (580) 699-3818.

Dept. of Transportation Discuss Construction of Lawrie Tatum Road The Comanche Nation Department of Transportation had a meeting with the Lawton Indian Hospital, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and City of Lawton on March 31, to discuss the future construction of Route # 0454 Lawrie Tatum Road. Comanche Tribal Chairman William Nelson Sr. was present for all of us to discuss the plans to fix Lawrie Tatum Rd. This project will not only impact Comanche Tribal members, but our community as well. This road is traveled frequently for tribal members to get to the Lawton Indian Hospital, The Comanche Nation Water Park and Nations of Fun. The plan is to fix this road and make it safer for tribal members and the community.

Museum and Cultural Center Presents Quahada Pride The Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center

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(CNMCC) is pleased to present an exhibition featuring the works of one of the tribe’s most award-winning artists. Quahada Pride by Barthell Little Chief will be on exhibit through September 2. An opening reception is slated for May 23 from 4 p.m., to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. As a nationally recognized artist, Little Chief paints and sculpts using the power of nature and the Plains warrior ethic. Considered a master of traditional style Native American painting, Little Chief has also ventured into the contemporary style, through stretch canvas paintings and alabaster and bronze sculptures. The exhibit showcases both his traditional and contemporary works. Little Chief’s traditional style contains all the elements usually asso ciated with Native people; buffalo, horses, feathered headdresses, and sunswept Plains. He transforms this imagery into spiritual and visionary art, as seen in his painting that depict warriors wheeling their horses in mid-air in a show of pride and rebellious spirit. “I do not paint bent over, end of the trail Indians, and I believe that is why so many young Indian kids tell me that they like my work… women too,” Little Chief says. Little Chief learned to interpret Native traditions and customs from his father, grandfather, and many other respected elders throughout his life. This resourceful information has allowed him insight into Plains culture. The artist hand-picked a few of his favorite pieces from his personal collection for use in the exhibit; however, the majority of the art used in this exhibition is owned by the Comanche Nation. The tribe possesses the largest Comanche fine arts collection in the world. Over 500 art pieces are housed at CNMCC, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, textiles and a 16-foot fully painted teepee. CNMCC is located at 701 NW Ferris Avenue, directly behind McMahon Auditorium. For more information about the museum, call (580) 353-0404, or visit

Youth Program Accepting Applications The Comanche Nation Youth Program (CNYP) will be accepting completed applications in May. Younger Session Ages 6 -11 CNYP younger session will begin June 5, 11:30 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. daily, concluding on June 30. All participants must be between ages 6 - 11. Older Session Ages 12 -18 CNYP older session will begin on July 10, 11:30 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. daily, concluding on August 4. All participants must be between the ages of 12 - 18. Attendance Policy In a one week period a participant will not be permitted to miss more that one day without valid reason. Any unexcused absence will result in the dismissal of that participant. The Lead Coordinator and Program Director will determine whether or not an absence is excused or unexcused. Important Information • The CNYP will be taking applications on first come first serve basis. • All participants must have a Comanche CDIB. • Transportation will not be provided. Applications can be picked up at The Walters Community Center, Apache Community, Cache Cahoma Building or The Comanche Nation Youth Program Office located in Watchetaker Hall. For more information contact The Comanche Nation Youth Program at (580) 492-3290,

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Secretary Zinke Congratulates SIPI on Winning Prestigious NASA Competition

Photo by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

The Nevaquaya Family pose with the Doc Tate Nevaquaya Scholarship Recepients. From Left to right, Front row; Nathan Wiewel, Alexandra Lane, and Skye Singleton. Photo courtesy of NASA Kennedy Space Center

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A team comprised of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) students won the grand prize of $5,000 and the a Gold Mars Trophy for the physical competition at the 2017 NASA Swarmathon held at the Kennedy Space Center. The Swarmathon is a robotics programming challenge administered under a cooperative agreement between the NASA Minority University Research and Education Program and The University of New Mexico. More than 500 students from 40 colleges and 30 high schools participated in the competition held on April 18-20. "Well done to the brilliant students at SIPI. These young people are breaking new ground and making everyone proud,” said Secretary Ryan Zinke. “I look forward to following their budding careers in STEM and expect them all to make an impact." This year, Swarmathon teams competing in the physical competition were tasked to develop codes for operating systems that instruct robots to find objects and return them to a designated place without human assistance. Teams created innovative algorithms that have the potential to be further developed for such tasks as cleaning hazardous waste as well as assisting with rescue missions during catastrophic disasters. “Placing at the top of the 2017 NASA Swarmathon is an outstanding achievement for the students on the team, the SIPI faculty and students, and the Bureau of Indian Education,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Michael S. Black. “These students exemplify how dedication to studies can translate into real life success.” “The post-secondary schools under the Bureau of Indian Education offer a great education,” said Bureau of Indian Education Director Tony Dearman. “We at the BIE are enormously proud of the SIPI team for successfully tackling these challenges and showing the excellent education SIPI has to offer the students of Indian Country.” The 2017 Swarmathon SIPI team consisted of Schulte Cooke, a member of the Navajo Nation and studying Geospatial Information Technology; Emery Sutherland, a member of the Navajo Nation and studying Computer Aided Drafting and Design; Christian Martinez, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna studying Network Management; Ty Shurley, a member of the Navajo Nation and studying Engineering and Computer Aided Drafting and Design; Professor Nader Vadiee and Dr. Johathan west, the team’s faculty advisors. Professor Nader Vadiee is the lead faculty/coordinator of the Engineering and Engineering Technology Programs and the director of the Intelligent Cooperative Multi-Agent Robotic System at SIPI. SIPI has a history of success at the Swarmathon, placing third in last year’s physical competition. Established in 1971, SIPI is an accredited National Indian Community College and Land Grant institution located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. SIPI is one of two post-secondary institutions overseen by the Bureau of Indian Education.

Scholarship Named After the Late Comanche Tribal Artist Nevaquaya On April 6, the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts with The University of Oklahoma presented, the Doc Tate Nevaquaya Scholarship to three qualified recipients, Nathan Wiewel, Alexandra Lane, and Skye Singleton. The student’s professor’s were pleased with each and every one of their hardwork and dedication. Sonya Nevaquaya, daughter of Doc Tate Nevaquaya said “I’m proud to be with you all today and watch you receive the scholarships. My dad has nine kids and he has left us a legacy along with our children, his grandchildren. He has done alot of wonderful things in life and one thing him and my mom has taught us was to love one another as a family and always put God first. It feels good to hear about students succeeding because of this scholarship here at OU. I’m so thankful for the success my dad had, the things that he left us and when you all go on with your path and success, you can revert back and remember my dad in a good way because scholarships mean so much. I just want to say Congratulations to you all.” Doc Tate Neaquaya dedicated his life to preserving the tradition of his Comanche tribe and American Indian Plains culture in his visual art and in his Native flute plaing. In The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters, his occupation is listed as “teacher, Methodist lay min-

ister, lecturer, historian, dancer, composer, singer, flutist, and painter.” He was all of these things and more to the many people he came into contact with over the years, each of whom has a story to tell of his kindness, always making time to listen and offer advice. A natural leader, he co-founded the American Indian Cultural Society in 1991, the organization that raised the scholarship funds for the Doc Tate Scholarship you are receiving today. Nevaquaya is credited as being a driving force in the rejuvenation of traditional Native flute playing in the latter part of the twentieth century. Born July 3,1932 on his family’s land allotment near Apache, Okla., he first heard Native flute as a child while camping with his family at the American Indian Exposition in Anadarko, Okla., in 1939. In 1968, again at the Anadarko exposition, Native flute collector and maker Richard Payne (1918-2004) heard him play a flute, and the Native flute revival was born. “Doc” Payne, a medical doctor based in Oklahoma City, began organizing opportunities for Nevaquaua to patrons of the arts. The Native flute played an important role in Doc Tate’s everday life as well, such as when he had a block in his painting and would take his flute and play flute songs in the nearby Wichita Mountains for inspiration. In 1978, ethnologist Verna Gillis was traveling in Oklahoma and

recorded him talking about playing his flute. This resulted in Folkways Records’ landmark 1979 album, Comanche Flute Music Played by Doc Tate Nevaquaya, re-released as a CD in 2004. Nevaquaya’s accomplishments have been acclaimed nationally and internationally. His accolades include a recital for Queen Elizabeth during a tour of England in 1970; recognition by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1986 for bringing Native flute plaing back into existence; and being proclaimed a “Living Legend” in 1990. Also in 1990, he became the first Native American musician to perform a solo recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall. In the fall of 1995, he was designated an “Oklahoma Treasure” at the Governor’s Arts Awards Ceremony in Oklahoma City for his life-long commitment to the arts. Nevaquaya was equally celebrated as a flutist and as a visual artist. Indeed, many of his painting depict the use of the Plains flute traditional courtship rituals whereby a young Native man played flute love songs in the evenings outside the teepee of the young woman he hoped to marry. Nevaquaya’s wife and nine children have also, each in their own way, continued his mission of celebrating their Native heritage as painters, dancers, flute players, flute makers, basket makers, bead workers, and quilters.

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6th Annual Pre-Prom Car Crash Simulation Area High School Students Learn the Consequences of Drinking and Driving

Submitted by Bonita Paddyaker/ Injury Prevention

The Injury Prevention/Angels assisted by the Comanche Nation Emergency Management Core Team held it’s 6th Annual Pre-Prom Car Crash Simulation. The car crash was held in Watchetaker Hall April 12, at the Comanche Nation Complex. Approximately, 140 high school students attended. Students from Indiahoma, Elgin and Geronimo High Schools, learned the dangers of drinking and driving. Each year students from area schools are invited to participate in the event as Car Crash victims. This year students participating were: Mercedez Yanez, Christian Adair, Chesney Gray, Ravyn Whitebird and Brittany Froehlich from Indiahoma School, Gabriel Cooper and Gabriel Burgess from Eisenhower School and Nathan Chesnah from McArthur High School. These children did an excellent job of acting and the Injury Prevention Program thanks them for their participation. There was 26 volunteers to help assist with the event and 146 students filled out the surveys provided for the program. The Comanche Nation Law Enforcement, Comanche Nation Fire Fighters, Comanche Nation EPA, Co-

Photos by Paula Karty/ News Staff

High school students from area high schools listen to guest speakers talking to them about the dangers of alcohol and drug use while getting behind the wheel and driving. manche Nation Maintenance, and the Comanche Nation Emergency Management Core Team volunteered for the event. Michele Robison, Teka Henry and Tiffany McIntosh provided the Moulage for the event. The Comanche Nation Law Enforcement Dare Officer talked to the students of what the Dare Program does and offered them a chance to walk with the Drunk Goggle’s.

Sgt. Kastner and Officer RL Smith talked to the students of the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving. Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) showed their video and talked to the students about child abuse. Many children ask questions, one particular question was ”How do you recognize child abuse?” BACA also had a booth with information on Prevention of Child Abuse.

Charlotte McCurtain, Director of the Comanche Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program did a presentation on Vocational Rehabilitation. The information she provided was to inform the students that some of the cases requiring rehabilitation were from drunk driving incidents. Comanche Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program shared information on rehabilitation. The Comanche Nation

CHR/EMS Program provided the emergency care for the victims, and provided the ambulance and Air Evac services for the event. Comanche Nation Law Enforcement provided the wrecked vehicles that were supposedly damaged by students who were drinking and driving. Comanche Nation Funeral Home provided the hurst that ended the event. Wichita Mountains Volunteer Fire Fighters provided the jaws of life for the event. The jaws of life were actually used to cut the door off one of the wrecked vehicles to free the victim from the wreckage. Vendors from the Indian Health Service, Lawton, Carnegie and Anadarko Public Health Nurses was on hand offering vital information on sexually transmitted disease. Lawton Indian Hospital Dental clinic provided information about dental care and handed out free toothbrushes to the students. Comanche Nation Law Enforcement Dare Program had a booth with information on prevention of drinking and driving. The event was successful and could not be done without all who assisted.

Members from the Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) speak to the students about Child Abuse. Students from area high schools try to walk straight while wearing the drunk goggles. Students experienced how hard it was to walk a straight line while impaired.

Victims from the mock wreckage are being loaded into a ambulance and transported to local hospitals.

Members from local Fire and Rescue try to assist and free victims from the wrecked vehicle caused by drinking and driving.

The Emergency Rescue team frantically tries to open the car door to free the victim from the staged wreckage.

A student actor sits on the side of the road with obvious injuries, prays for his fellow classmates.

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Culinary Corner

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Ingredients 1 lb. Hamburger 1 Medium onion 1 Bell pepper 1 Clove garlic 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 Squirt hot sauce (optional) 1 cup Uncooked white rice Salt and pepper to taste Directions While hamburger is browning, chop the onion, bell pepper and garlic; toss them in with the browning meat and saute’. If meat is fatty, drain off grease; add sauce; stir in rice salt and pepper to taste and enough water to cover-bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute stirring constantly; reduce heat Cover and simmer until rice is fluffy; usually 20 to 30 minutes.


Recipes for Home Cooking Homestyle Beef Stew • • • • • • • • • • 1. 2.


Ingredients 1 1b. Beef eye round roast, cut into 1-inch pieces. 2 Tbsp. All purpose-flour 2 Tbsp. Vegetable oil 2 Medium onions, chopped 2 Cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 Tub 2 Cups water 2 Tsp. Worcestershire sauce 4 Cups Baby red potatoes, halved 3 Carrots, sliced Directions Toss beef with flour; set aside Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat and brown beef. Remove beef from sauce pot; set aside. Stir onions and garlic into same sauce pot and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in Knorr Homestyle Stock-Beef, water, Worcestershire sauce and beef. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until Stock is melted. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered, stirring occasionally, 40 minutes or until beef is almost tender. Stir in potatoes and carrots and simmer an additional 40 minutes or until beef and vegetables are tender.

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Ingredients 2 packet (small) Lime Jello 1 lb. Cottage Cheese 1 can (large) Crushed pineapple, liquid removed (I use liquid removed liquid for the cool water) 1 c. Minced walnuts, (optional) Directions Prepare the Jello as directed, when partially set, add in the other ingredients and stir. Let set. Serve with Mayonnaise.

Deviled Egg Salad • • • • • • • •

Ingredients 12 eggs, and chopped green onion 1/2 cup Chopped celery 1/2 cup Chopped red bell pepper 3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 1/3 cup. Mayonnaise 1 Tbsp. Cider, white wine or sherry vinegar A few drops of Tabasco or other hot sauce 1/4 teaspoon. Paprika

Directions Chop the eggs coarsely and put them into a large bowl. Add the green onion, celery, red bell pepper In small bowl, mix together the mayo, mustard, vinegar and tabasco. Gently stir the mayo dressing into the bowl with the eggs and vegetables. Add paprika and salt and black pepper to taste. Best served chilled.

Bacon & Cheddar Egg Salad • • • • • 1. 2. 3.

Lime Jello Salad • • •

Salt and black pepper to taste To hard boil eggs, place them in saucepan and cover them with at least an inch of water. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 10 to 12 minutes.



Ingredients 4 Hard boiled eggs 2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise 1 Tsp. Yellow mustard 4 Strips of bacon 1/4 cup. Grated cheddar

Directions In a bowl, crumble the hard boiled eggs with a fork. Add the mayonnaise and mustard and mix until combined. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and fry the bacon (without adding oil or butter) until crispy. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen towels to let it cool. Crumble it and add it with cheddar to the eggs. Mix until combined and serve on toast or a sandwich. You can keep the egg salad up until 5 days in a sealed container in the fridge.

Crushed Pineapple Glazed Ham • • • • • •


Ingredients 2 Tbsp. Flour 1 can. Crushed pineapple, undrained (20 oz.) 1/2 cup. Packed brown sugar 1 Tbsp. Lemon juice 1/2 Tsp. Ground cinnamon 1. 12-16 lb. Whole fully cooked ham, bone-whole cloves (optional) Reynolds Oven Bag, Turkey size (19” x 23 1/2”) Directions Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Shake flour in Reynolds Oven Bag; place in roasting pan at least 2 inches deep. Add pineapple, brown sugar, lemon juice

and cinnamon to oven bag. Squeeze bag to blend ingredients; lightly score surface of ham in a diamond pattern. Insert cloves, if desired; place ham in a bag; close oven bag with nylon tie; cut six 1/2 slits in top; Bake 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours until meat thermometer reaches 140 degrees. To serve, cut open oven bag; transfer ham to serving platter; Spoon glaze over ham.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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Ingredients 1 1/2 lb. Lean ground beef 2 Tsp. Salt 1 cup. Cooked rice 1 Egg 1 can Hunt’s Tomato Sauce (15oz.) 1 Tbsp. Sugar 12 large Cabbage leaves 1/4 Tsp. Pepper 1/2 cup Chopped onion 1/2 Tsp. Thyme 1 Tbsp. Lemon juice 1/4 cup Water Directions Cover cabbage leaves with boiling water for 5 minutes; drain; combine beef, salt, rice, egg, pepper, chopped onion, thyme and 1/2 of tomato sauce; place equal portions of meat in center of each leaf; roll up and fasten with a toothpick; place in large skillet stir in remaining Hunt’s sauce, sugar, lemon juice & water; Simmer, covered 1 hour.

Porcupine Meatballs • • • • • • • • • • 1.

• • • • • • • heat; Cover and simmer 35 to 40 minutes; stir often.

Mexican Style Pizza • • • • •


Ingredients 1 can Chili with beans (15 oz.) 1 can Ortega diced green chiles (4 oz.) 2 Packages refrigerated crescent roll dough (8 oz) 1/2 cup Shredded cheddar cheese (2 oz) 2 cups Topping (shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, sliced ripe olives, and shredded cheddar cheese) Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine chili with beans and chiles in medium bowl. Slightly overlap crescent dough triangles around edge of 10-12 inch. round pizza pan, positioning top half of each triangle so that it is hanging over the edge of the pan. Spoon chili mixture in center of each crescent roll triangle; bring top of half of each triangle over chili and tuck under pointed end. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Fill center of pizza pan with toppings.

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Chicken Wraps


Ingredients 1 cup Low-fat mayo or Greek yogurt 6 Teasppon Honey 4 Teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar 1/8 Teaspoon Salt 1/8 Teaspoon Pepper 4 cups of Grilled Chicken 1/2 cup Crushed Almonds 1/2 cup Red Grapes. sliced in half 1 Red apple, diced. Iceberg lettuce pieces Directions To make salad dressing, combine the mayo/yogurt, honey balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Whisk together until creamy and well-mixed Prepare the salad, combine the chicken, almonds, grapes, apple and salad dressing in a bowl using a wooden sppon. Stir until the ingredients are well coated with the dressing. Let chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator before preparing wraps. Prepare wraps, Put a large piece of iceberg lettuce on a plate. Spoon a generous portion of chicken salad into the wrap. Optional: roll the lettuce to create a wrap and secure using a toothpick.

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Apricot-Glazed Pork Chops

Ingredients 1 Beaten egg 1. 10-3/4 oz. can Condensed tomato soup 1/4 cup Long grain rice 2 Tbsp. Finely chopped onion 1 Tbsp. Snipped parsley 1/2 Tsp. Salt 1/8 Tsp. Pepper 1/2 cup. Water 1 lb. Ground beef 1 Tsp. Worcestershire sauce Directions In a bowl combine egg and 1/4 cup of the soup; stir in uncooked rice, onion. parsley, 1/2 tsp. Salt and 1/8 tsp. Pepper; add beef and mix well. Shape meat mixture into 20 small balls; place in a 10inch skillet; mix remaining soup with Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 cup water; pour over meatballs. Bring to boiling; reduce

The Comanche Nation Public Information Office would like to thank Comanche Tribal member, Tomah Yeahquo for trying the ApricotGlazed Pork Chop recipe on the Culinary Corner and submitting a picture. She received a “Thank You” Gift from TCNN for sharing her photo.

May 2017


The Comanche Nation News

People, Places and Things Happening American Indian Catholic Outreach Leads First Evangelization Retreat Everyone gathered on the large porch to form a circle. After some introduction, everyone turned to the east where the morning sun bounces off of Guthrie Lake and peeps through the trees. The aroma of sage and cedar drifted upward along with prayers recited in both English and Cherokee. Different prayers were said as participants turned toward each of the “Four Directions:” east, south, west and north. “We were thanking the creator for everything He has given us, and asking Him to be with everyone here,” said Deacon Roy Callison, a member of the Cherokee Nation and coordinator of the American Indian Catholic Outreach for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Being Catholic and American Indian was one of the core discussions at the evangelization retreat on March 18 at Our Lady of the Lake Retreat House in Guthrie. The first speaker was Father Michael Carson, assistant director of Native American Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. Some of the topics he covered were multicultural ministry, spiritual chaos and evangelization. “Evangelization means bringing the good news of Jesus … and seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel,” said Carson, who is Choctaw. “It does not mean culture superiority. … It certainly doesn’t mean culture unification, like a melting pot, no. It means we may have many cultures.” He said evangelization goes both ways because when someone goes out to evangelize they are not only transforming others’ lives, but they are converting and transforming their own lives; making themselves a better Catholic, a better Christian. Carson said God likes spiritual chaos, so when things appear to be fine, there is probably something wrong. He likes to share this idea with teachers at his parish. “The boarding school period was the worst time for Native Americans in the Catholic Church ... and things were going well for the people running the schools. No complaints, no calls to bishops, but then that’s the greatest problem in our history for working with Native Americans,” Carson said. “So when things are going well, there should be some red flags. We should be doing something differently. We should be entering into that spiritual chaos and realizing that Christ wants us to be uncomfortable; trying to work on doing something different.” He said the truth about the Catholic Church and American Indians also includes “really good parts.” Knowing the history and learning about tribal cultures is important in the evangelization of American Indians, he said. He also spoke about bigotry and racism in some school curriculums, the Washington, D.C. NFL team name, and stereotypical portrayals of American Indians in media. He said Catholics should make sure Christ’s message is what’s being proclaimed, and “Do not apologize for your evangelization.” One young American Indian woman who is known for her devotion to God is Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Her story was shared by Sister Kateri Mitchell, S.S.A., executive director of the Tekakwitha conference. “Way back in the 1600s, a young woman who did not even know what the word evangelization meant, had within her heart the love of a God who she came to know,” said Sister Kateri, a Mohawk. “She had the wisdom of the spirit, of the Creator who made her, who brought her to life. She was very comfortable with who she was. ... She was strong.” Sister Kateri took a relic of Saint Kateri to the Mass celebrated

that day in the Saint Katharine Drexel Chapel across the gravel parking lot from the retreat house. The approximately 30 attendees ate a traditional American Indian meal after Mass and visited before the afternoon speakers began. Not everyone in attendance was American Indian nor did everyone live in Oklahoma. “We drove up from Houston because we don’t have anything like this with Native Americans that are practicing Catholics,” said Tammy Baldauff, who is Osage, Sac and Fox, and Shawnee. “I’m very pleased. I’ve never heard Sister Kateri speak before, and I am very inspired by her to start a Kateri circle in the Houston area.” The afternoon speakers were Dominican Sister of Hope Mary Ann Cirillo, O.P., and Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen, O.S.B., from Saint Gregory’s Abbey. Sister Mary Ann spoke about her work with Las-Casas among the Cheyenne and Arapaho people in Canton. She said years ago the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City made a video, “Spirit in the Wind,” about work with the tribes. Abbot Lawrence provided the history of when Benedictine Monks came to Oklahoma and began working with American Indian communities. Their work continues today. Each year, a Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Honor Dance is held at Saint Gregory’s Abbey. This year’s dance will be July 8. Deacon Callison said AICO has “been a blessing, and the archbishop is so supportive. He is really doing everything he can to help us and we’re really appreciative of that.” The Office of American Indian Catholic Outreach began in May 2014 in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City for the support, education and evangelization of Oklahoma’s American Indian Catholics. For more information, contact Deacon Roy Callison at (918) 822-3255 or

Smith Graduates from Utah State University

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Comanche Nation member Cassidy Rae Smith will be graduating from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. She will receive her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Smith has dressed out with an authentic Numunu shawl worn with her traditional cap and gown. This shawl was first worn at Smith’s Numunu naming ceremony during the 1996 Comanche Nation Fair. Her mother, Karen Thomas Smith, wore it as Roderick Red Elk gave Smith a Numunu name. “Usuni Yahneeta Koobe” (always has a smiling face) was given to Cassidy be renown Comanche Code Talker and Smith’s great uncle, Roderick Red Elk. Smith will be graduating with a near 4.0 grade point average, which was obtained by using the resources available to her and by a lot of hard work. Gratitude and thankfulness goes out to the Comanche Higher Education Program for the funding during the years of schooling. Smith comes from a long line of proud Comanche educators. Smith looks to her Woo kah nah, Homovich, Atetewuthtakewa-Red Elk and Kosepeah ancestors for guidance and for good role models to follow.

Comanche Nation, should use our linage and education to help the nation prosper. URA, to all who have helped Smith in getting to this point.

Eagle Scout Award Presented

Caddo Carter Jay Caddo, a 16 year old of Red Wing has earned the Boy Scout of America Eagle Scout Award. He was recognized in a Court of Honor Ceremony held recently at the First Lutheran Church in Red Wing. A member of Troop 32, chartered by the First Lutheran Church, Carter is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the rank of Eagle. To earn the rank of Eagle, a scout must earn 21 merit badges, show leadership, and successfully complete a community or church related service project to complete his Eagle Scout requirements. Caddo earned 48 merit badges and chose to organize, draft, and propose construction plans to erect an awning on the Prairie Island Community Powwow grounds in early spring of 2016. The attached awning was constructed for the Prairie Island Veterans Department. The Prairie Island Veterans paid for the supplies, while all of the equipment used was donated by volunteers. Troop 32 volunteered to help build the project. The Prairie Island Veterans were satisfied upon completion. Caddo is the Leave No Trace Trainer for Troop 32 and has served as the LNT Trainer for nearly three years. He attended and completed the Honor Crew, Kodiak Challenge, Trainers Edge, and the Remote First Aid training programs, and is also a member of the Order of the Arrow. He and his troop traveled high adventure trips to Gooseberry Falls State Park, Gallatin National Forest, and Bighorn National Forest. A sophomore at Red Wing High School, Caddo is a member of the school’s Robotics Team 5299. He plans to attend college to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and has interest in the United States Naval Academy. Caddo is the son of Mark and Trina Caddo of Red Wing. Grandson of Jimmy Ray Caddo, and to the late Grandmother Leatrice Wermy, Nephew to Sandra, Sherla, Jamey, Michael Caddo.

A Reflection on the Life and Work of Powwow Emcee Hammond Motah

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Brian Daffron, of Indian Country Media Network, wrote the following story: There are times in pow wows where there is an occasional break in the action. It can be after dancers finish their contests or a giveaway is completed. It was at moments like this that Hammond Motah, Comanche, would say one of his

many lines. “‘I need security to the speaker stand,” Motah would say. “I’ve got two women fighting over me, and the ugly one’s winning.’” Hammond Motah, 75, was known throughout the United States and Canada for his bold sense of humor, knowledge of traditional protocol for multiple tribal nations, and a generosity of spirit. “[Motah] was a very comical, very entertaining and very dear emcee,” said Carla Whiteman, a powwow emcee from Lawton, Okla. “He included everybody. He was very knowledgeable. He would tell you anything. Nobody was immune to his teasing.” Whiteman, who is Cheyenne, Arapaho and Osage, is one of the few female emcees in southwest Oklahoma. A longtime co-host of the area “Indians for Indians” radio program, she credits Motah for getting her on the pow wow mike for the first time at the annual Comanche Homecoming in Walters, Okla. “[Motah] always encouraged me about that, and that’s one thing I appreciate about him,” Whiteman said. While Motah’s sense of humor was one of his key trademarks, it served a function. According to Comanche emcee and Motah protégé Edmond Nevaquaya, he said that Motah kept the spirit of a pow wow moving, even after a particularly serious time. “Sometimes if people would have giveaways or memorials and someone would get too emotional, people would have a hard time of bringing that pow wow spirit back out,” Nevaquaya said. “As soon as [Motah] recognized that, he would get everybody going. He always told me when I was emcee, ‘Keep it going. Keep it live. Don’t let that Spirit go down.’” A rare gift that Motah brought to the arena was his traditional knowledge, along with his fluent use of the Comanche language. Motah was a second-generation emcee, carrying on a tradition from his father, former Comanche tribal chairman Lee Motah. Outside of the contest powwow, Motah was emcee for ceremonial organizations in southwest Oklahoma such as Kiowa Gourd Clan and O-Ho-Mah Lodge. With these organizations, knowledge of family and individual song ownership is highly important. “He was very knowledgeable about the arena and other tribes’ traditions,” Whiteman said. “[Motah] was able to describe their ways. What might work in Oklahoma would not work in South Dakota. He would really pay attention to that.” While his sense of humor was widely known, Motah also had his serious side. The opening and closing of a powwow through prayer was something with which he was comfortable, as well as opening showing emotion on the mike. Jonathan Windy Boy, Chippewa-Cree, is a Montana state representative and an active contest dancer, singer and emcee. He said Motah “took me under his wing” as an emcee, describing Motah’s humor as “medicine.” Yet it is Motah’s many other characteristics that came to mind for Windy Boy such as his “generosity and honesty.” “What I take from him is that he wasn’t afraid to express emotion,” Windy Boy said. “I have admiration for him for those characteristics.” Motah was born June 4, 1941 to the late Lee and Rhoda Pauau Motah and grew up in Walters, Okla. His formal studies included the University of Arizona, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and becoming an ordained Methodist minister through Cooks Christian Training School. Professionally, he worked as a consultant with many tribes. Through his connections in the powwow world, Motah had many adopted relations. For this reason, he was a member of many tribal orga-

nizations both within and outside of the Comanche people. These organizations include the Walters Service Club; Comanche Native American Church; Comanche Homecoming; Tia-Piah Society of Oklahoma; Esa Rosa Descendants; Kiowa Gourd Clan; O-Ho-Mah Lodge; Kiowa TiaPiah Society of Carnegie; and the Redbone Blackfeet Society. Motah is survived by his wife Sherry Motah of Carnegie, Okla.; children Derek Tofpi of Carnegie, Deroin Motah of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tina Motah of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Gina Motah of Sisseton, S.D.; sisters Ruth Toahty of Elgin, Okla., Carol Kahrahrah and husband Bernard of Geronimo, Okla., Sandra Karty and husband Delbert of Walters, Okla., and Jolene Gutierrez of Spinola, N.M.; brother Gaylon Motah and wife Melanie of Lawton, Okla.; adopted children Steve Quoetone, Cheevers Toppah, Hyde Toppah and Janaye Toppah; and grandchildren Adriel Clements, Kaygan Tofpi, Matthew Tofpi and Jaxson Tsonetokoy. In addition to his parents, Motah was preceded in death by two brothers, Ammons Wayne Motah and Thomas Blackstar; two sisters, Oneda Twohatchet and Venita Lyles; three aunts, Sally Fawbush, Freda Pauau and Joyce Gooday; and one son, Jay Motah Country. As to Motah’s legacy, a lot of his generosity and words of encouragement were directed toward future generations—the young dancers and singers—who would carry on the knowledge and humor with which he shared on the microphone. “He had a lot of good words for children,” Nevaquaya said. “inspiring them to be who they are and be somebody.”

2017 Bible Belt Gospel Music Awards On July 8, at 7 p.m. CST, join Bison Entertainment & Events Corporation for the presentation ceremony of Oklahoma’s First Annual Bible Belt Gospel Music Awards (BBGMA) at OU’s Lloyd Noble Center. Talent search entries for amateur singers and musicians were due by April 15, (entry forms are available online at The top three nominees from across the country in ten categories will be announced on June 1. The Bible Belt Gospel Music Awards was established by Brigitte Harper following a bout with cancer to honor amateur individuals in Gospel music. Highlights of the BBGMAs will include a pre-award banquet on July 7; workshops led by industry professionals on the morning of July 8; and the awards ceremony on the evening of July 8. Go to for details on each event and to purchase tickets. Highlights of the BBGMA 2017 ceremony will be released via social media, television, and other outlets in August 2017, or you may purchase a copy of the complete ceremony online.

According to the Cobell vs Salazar Settlement Website,, there is a total of 896 Comanche tribal members who are on the “Unknown Information” list to possibly receive a settlement from the lawsuit. For more Information about the names on the list, visit the website, or call (800) 961-6109.

May 2017


The Comanche Nation News

Milestones Happy Belated Birthday

March 27- Santee Perea April 12- Joseph Bingham April 17- Pamela Bingham April 24- Keagan Perea April 28- Carolyn Lonewolf

Happy Birthday May 1- Mariah Marie Aitson May 5- William T. Aitson May 12- Anita Viddaurri-Mann May 12- Jaylynn Sapcut May 13- Ariel Alonso Akoneto May 13- Chuck Lewis May 13- Jon (Sonny) Redelk May 13- Taylor Meurant May 19- Michael Huggins May 26- Candelaria Martinez May 26- Justus Wayt The Comanche Nation News June Edition Deadline~May 15 Email: Mail: Comanche Nation PIO P.O. Box 908 Lawton, OK 73501 Contact: (580) 492-3386

Happy Birthday Santee Perea March 27

Happy Birthday Candelaria Martinez May 26 Love Always, Dad

Happy Birthday Keagan Perea April 24

Happy Belated Birthday Carolyn Lonewolf April 28

Happy Birthday Mariah Marie Aitson May 1

Happy Birthday Taylor Meurant May 13

Eighteen Wishes To help you celebrate Your special day Eighteen wishes Are sent your way A little girl No longer seen Wishes of love As you become Eighteen Love, Mom

May 2017


The Comanche Nation News

Obituaries Guilbert Maurice Waldrip, III

Otto Thomas Mahsetky Jr.

Manolito Portillo; grandparents: Thomas Blackstar, and Oneda Blackstar.

Leslie Dawn Parker-Hernandez

Waldrip Guilbert Maurice Waldrip, III that we all knew as “PO” Waldrip, age 65, passed away on February 13. A celebration of life was held at Mulkey - Mason Funeral Home on February 16, in Lewisville. The burial was at the Deyo Mission Baptist Church and Cemetery in Lawton, Oklahoma. He was born in Lawton, Oklahoma on October 29, 1951 to Guilbert Maurice Waldrip, II and Mary Portillo Waldrip. His dad was a pro ball player and school teacher. His mom was a surgical nurse for the military and a loving homemaker. Waldrip never married and never had children but he loved his family and the friends he made over his lifetime. He played all kinds of sports from football, golf, basketball and of course his favorite, baseball, beginning at a young age until 2003 when his health began failing. Still, with determination and high spirits for living he still ran the bases of life. He played semi-pro baseball for two teams, Carson City Nuggets and Bacone Warriors. He earned his Associates Degree at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Waldrip is survived by his two sisters, Sandra Chaffin and Stacey Cole. He is also survived by his nephew Jon Wesley Gower and many other family members and friends. Po never forgot anything and love looking at maps as did his father. He could recall more in life than any encyclopedia and told countless stories from over the years making everyone laugh. You can bet if he knew you, he had a story to tell. If you knew him, you became his friend. Po was considered to be one of the nicest people by everyone who met him. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Joshua “Jay” Waldrip, his great nephew Aaron Gower and many other loved ones. He wanted to send special thanks those at Baylor Heart Plano, Presbyterian Hospital, Lewisville Medical Center, Remarkable, Lake View and Accel Rehab, and Lewisville Renal Center for all the wonderful care he received from these facilities.

Mahsetky Otto Thomas Mahsetky Jr. 23 of Anderson South Carolina went to his heavenly home on February 27 at his home in Anderson, South Carolina. Funeral service was at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Monte Moran officiating. Burial followed at the Deyo Mission Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was April 5, at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. He was born on March 12, 1994 in Lawton to Otto and Angela Mahsetky Sr. He grew up in Florida and attended school in Florida and at Riverside Indian School. Mahsetky’s favorite thing was spending time with his dogs which all had Comanche names. He loved playing games with his friends on line from all over the U. S. Mahsetky was a very thrifty man. All of his friends say he was always respectful and kind to everyone. He was a proud member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. He started dancing when he was two years old. Mahsetky was a Hoop Dancer, Grass Dancer and a War Dancer. He traveled to many different towns mainly on the east coast to put on exhibitions to show the Comanche way. Mahsetky missed his father going with him to his exhibitions and performing with him. His father Otto Sr. passed away February 12, 2012. He is survived by: his mother of Angela Mahsetky and a sister Wavoya Mahsetky both of the home; sister, Tawny Mahsetky of Lawton and Lisa Mahsetky of Cherokee, North Carolina; brothers: Johnny L. Mahsetky of Yukon, Cody Mahsetky and Kerry Mahsetky both of Lawton, Jamison Brewer of Georgia, nieces and nephews: Julius Mahsetky, Schaila Mahsetky, Parker Mahsetky, Cambree Mahsetky, many other family members and friends. Mahsetky is preceded in death by: father, Otto Mahsetky Sr., aunt: Marcia Mahsetky, brother,

Pallbearers: Chadrick Toehay, Vernon Redbone, Kevin Aitson, Todd Burgess, Braeden Jones, James Chalepah, Brian Pahcoddy, and Glen Pahcoddy Honorary Pallbearers: Keaton Haumpy, Modesto Schonchin, Robbie Aitson, Justin Aitson, Carlos Chalepah and Chris Longhat, T.J. Parker Funeral Service was March 21, at the Comanche Community Center in Apache with Donna Pewo and Tina Baker officiating. Burial followed at Cache Creek KCA cemetery west of Apache under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Wake Service was March 20 at the Comanche Community Center in Apache.

dren; 27 great grandchildren; brother, Dennis and spouse Karen Yarbrough of Frankfort, Illinois; aunt Shirley Breen of Joliet, Illinois, many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by: parents and grandparents.

Bernard Wermy

Hernandez Leslie Dawn Parker-Hernandez, “Froggy”, 52, of Lawton went to her heavenly home in Lawton, Oklahoma with her family by her side on March 15. Hernandez was born on November 24, 1964 in Dallas, Texas to Lester “Tinker” Parker Sr. and Glenda Pewo Mendez. She was raised by Tony and Madeline Soontay. She grew up in Apache and attended Apache High School. Hernandez was a proud member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and was also of Apache and Kiowa decent. She was a member of the Apache Reformed Church. She is the great-great granddaughter of Quanah Parker. Hernandez loved to visit with and laugh with her family and friends. She had a gift for gardening and enjoyed going to the casino. Hernandez is survived by her husband Paul Hernandez, daughters Robin Dawn Aitson and Jalaine Marie Aitson of Lawton, Emma Lou Haumpy and husband Kenny of Oklahoma City, and step-daughter Lea Morgan and husband Keenan of Anadarko; mother, Glenda Mendez of Lawton, grandchildren Keaton, Nevaeh Braylon “BB”, Amylee, Alyssa, Ar’es, Harmony, Melody and Symphony, sisters: Janice Parker Condulle of Anadarko, Libby Parker of Oklahoma City, and Lenette Parker of San Antonio, Texas. Nieces and Nephews T. J., Andrew, Katelen, Daniel, Michelle, John, Brian, Glen, and Crystal; aunts and uncles Donald Pewo, Lisa Lookingglass, Gina Longhat, Leland Parker and Roderick Parker. Hernandez was proceeded in death her father Lester Parker Sr., brother Lester Parker Jr., sister Leann Parker-Smith, sister Tina Marie Parker, twin infant sisters and brother Wilson Pewo, grandfather Wilson Pewo, Grandmother Ethel Eikeahpihoodle Pewo and grandmother Esther Parker and grandfather Charles Bread Jr.

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Larry Dean Yarbrough Wermy

Yarbrough Larry Dean Yarbrough passed away March 22, in Lawton. Celebration of Life Service was March 27, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Yarbrough was born November 27, 1943 in Joliet, Illinois to Frank and Lorene (Mayfield) Yarborough. He attended and graduated from Frankfort High School. Yarbrough enjoyed going fishing and the casinos, watching football and boxing, cooking old recipes, spending time with family and friends. Yarbrough retired from Dolese Rock Quarry after 28 years in 2005 as a plant lead man. He served his fellow employees faithfully as a union steward. He was also a welder. Yarbrough believed strongly in the court and did his duty serving Comanche County on many cases. He is survived by: four sons and spouses: Dean Alan and Mary Yarbrough of Big Creek, California; Keith Yarbrough of Lawton, James and Carol of Lisle, Illinois, Anthony and Kimberly Yarbrough of Tulsa; five daughters and spouses: Angela and Mark Cagle of Edgewater, Lora and Joseph Bowie of Tulsa, Dana Yarbrough of Tulsa, Cari Yarbrough of Lawton; Adra “Lynn” and Joe Martinez of Lawton; 23 grandchil-

Mark 16:19 “So then, after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.”

Bernard Wermy, 83, of Indiahoma went to his heavenly home with his loving family by his side. Funeral service was April 1, at Comanche Nation Funeral home chapel with William Pekah Jr. Burial followed at Deyo Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer was March 31, under Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Wermy was born in Lawton to Thompson and June (Kopaddy) Pekah in Lawton on December 13, 1933. He grew up and attending Cache Public School. He was a proud member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and the Komah Memorial Church in Cache. Wermy enjoyed going to the casinos and spending time with his family and friends. He coached Bennie and the Jets Girls Softball team. Wermy was always generous taking us out to eat as a family and buying the kids many gifts, helping anyone out whenever they asked. He is survived by: four children: Alfred of the home, Juanita Mayle of Marlow, Alfreda Dorsey of Indiahoma, William Pekah of Cyril, Gene Pekah of Indiahoma; brother, Billy Joe Wermy of Apache, 8 grandchildren: Anthony Hoahwah, Michael Hoahwah, Christina Scott, Kenneth Williams, David Pekah, Lilly Wiegand, Matt Pekah, Brian Pekah; 8 great-children; 14 grandchildren; He is preceded in death by: parents: Thompson and June Pekah Wermy; sister, Meda Lou Daukei, and Charles Wermy, brother John Marvin Wermy.

Translated to the Comanche Language “Wihnu ta Narümi’a sunihku urüümatu tekwahkase’ surü God Jesus-ha tomovetu vetsünukwa. Surüse’ God-ha tüvitsinakwü karünu.” -From the Book

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

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Dear TCNN Letters to the Editor

Dear TCNN, The elected Board of Directors for the Comanches on the Move (COM) would like to inform our supporters, friends, family and the public that due to unforeseen personal reasons that the founder had with the decisions concerning COM future, we were told that we could no longer be part of this organization. We have all worked diligently and relentlessly to create a path that was clear, transparent and worthy of the time put into COM. We care for the cause, but believe COM has lost keys aspects of the motto WATER IS LIFE therefore we: Matt Pekah, Jared Kopaddy

and Cindy Famero have cut all ties with Comanches on the Move. It is our wishes that COM have a blessed journey and wish all who support the organization, good luck. We have created a group on Facebook, South Western Intertribal Protectors. Our priority is PROTECTING Water, Air, and the Earth herself through action, and information. The group's primary focus will be supporting the camps in Oklahoma, and other states with prayer and supplies. The camps in Oklahoma are called Oka Lawa (Choctaw for Many

U.S. Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Board Secretary Authentic Native American Art and Craft work Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, recently recorded a Public Service Announcement highlighting the importance of purchasing authentic American Indian and Alaska Native art and craft work in accordance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. Secretary Zinke is an adopted member of the Assiniboine Sioux Tribe of the Fort Peck Reservation. “I know that some of our country’s most skilled artisans are American Indians and Alaska Natives. Under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, it is illegal to sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is produced by American Indians or Alaska Natives. Take home a treasure from Indian Country and please buy authentic Native American art and craft work,” states Secretary Zinke. Harvey Pratt, Chairman of the Interior Department’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board and master Cheyenne-Arapaho artist, welcomes and applauds Secretary Zinke’s public service announcement. “The Indian Arts and Crafts Act is intended to protect Native American artists and artisans who rely heavily on the production and sale of traditional and contemporary art and craft work to provide their economic livelihood, preserve their rich heritage, and pass along their unique culture from generation to generation,” explains Chairman Pratt. The Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, promotes the production, sale, and protection of authentic Native American art and craft work through its three museums and exhibition programs, on-line Source Directory of authentic Native American art businesses, intellectual property rights protection and consumer education activities, and active enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. To learn more, please visit the Indian Arts and Crafts Board’s website ( or call them toll free at 1-888-ART-FAKE.

Waters) Camp and Wealaka (Mvskoke for Raising Water) Camp. We are already planning events in support of these camps all proceeds will be used for purchasing supplies to take to the camps. Any canned/dry food goods will also be accepted to take in good faith to the camps. Sincerely, Matt Pekah, Cindy Femero, and Jared Kopaddy Tosee Dear TCNN, The family of Donald James “Bud” Tosee, I would like to extend

our gratitude to everyone who offered their condolences, came and visited us, said prayers for him during his failing health and for our family following his passing, brought food to our house and for the meal following the funeral, sent flowers, gave gifts, shared kind words and their memories of our dad/brother/grandpa and uncle with us. We appreciate you all and pray that you all are blessed. Jamie Tosee & the Tosee Family

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Military Stories and Photos submitted by Roger Tehauno/Comanche Indian Veterans Association

U.S. Army Detail presenting the Flag to Steven Parker

Specialist 4, Charles Alfred Parker, United States Army Grave Site services for Charles Parker was held March 15, at the Cache Creek Cemetery west of Apache, Okla. A memorial service will be held in Amarillo, Texas at a later date. CIVA Members and the deceased's children acted as Casket Bearers. Lanny Asepermy acted as director and the CIVA Chaplain, Jimmy Ray Caddo led the proceeding. The Chaplain opened with a prayer and gave a fine mini sermon. The Military detail consisted of two U.S. Army personnel that provided the flag folding detail. The Comanche Nation Police provided the Gun Salute, and CIVA Color Guard Coordinator played Taps. After the flag was folded, it was presented to Steven Parker, the deceased's son. The CIVA Princess, Lauren Noriega, sang a Comanche Hymn for the family and then shook each family member's hand. The Minister of the United Methodist Church of Apache said several prayers to the family at the conclusion, The CIVA Commander, Ronnie Mahsetky, the CIVA Vice Commander, Roger Tehauno, and the CIVA Color Guard Coordinator, Flavio Noriega, each presented a framed award to each of the three siblings. Family members was given the opportunity to speak, several did so, To close the service, Tehauno sang a Comanche Hymn, and the Pastor of the United Methodist Church did the closing prayer. When the casket was lowered, the CIVA Ladies Coordinator, Linda Tehauno, sang a Comanche hymn assisted by The CIVA Princess, and Tehauno.

CIVA members present: Ronnie Mahsetky, Roger Tehauno, Flavio Noriega, Jimmy Ray Caddo and Lanny Asepermy. Auxiliary members present: Linda Tehauno who took photographs. CIVA Princess Lauren Noriega was present and represented the CIVA in a very good way.

Mike Waddle Quilt of Valor Presentation Berryville, Arkansas

Honoree, Mike Waddle, makes final comments during his presentation March 24. The Comanche Indian Veterans Association attended the Quilt of Valor Presentation to Comanche tribal member, Mike Waddle, a descendent of Lena Fisher Myers. Waddle is a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He lives north of Berryville, Ark., with his wife Denise. He was nominated for this honor by Lanny Asepermy of the CIVA. The event started promptly at 11 a.m., with Asepermy serving as MC. Introductions were made by Shelia Gordon, Arkansas State Coordinator, Quilts of Valor. Then, the CIVA Ladies Auxiliary Coordinator, Linda Tehauno, gave the Invocation. The Presentation of the Colors was performed by the Rogers, Arkansas VFW Post 3031. They were very military and were dressed appropriately for this event. After the Colors were posted, the CIVA Princess, Lauren Noriega, sang the National Anthem. The Rogers VFW post conducted a Remembrance Ceremony, depicting the Empty Table. Once this was completed, a Native American Flute and Drum performance was performed by John

Two-Hawks, an Oglala Lakota Sioux tribal member. This was a very entertaining performance which captured the audience's attention. Asepermy then gave a History of the Comanche Military, which was well received. When this was completed, George Red Elk, CIVA Treasurer, read the biography and introduced Waddle. Shelia Gordon, Donna Bryant, Ginny Musgrove and Judy Rains presented two Quilts of Valor, one to Waddle and one to Asepermy. Waddle made a few comments. A Comanche Hymn was sung by the CIVA Princess. Then Roger Tehauno, CIVA Vice Commander gave the closing Prayer. This concluded the Ceremony. A light lunch was then served by the Cornerstone Investment Services, Joe McClung, Jr. and Ms. Becky Kelly. The people at this event were very open and friendly to us. A lengthy visiting period occurred after the ceremony. Tehauno and TwoHawks talked at length and had a very interesting visit. The CIVA members that participated, all did an outstanding job and all presented a very good image of our Nation. CIVA Members Present: Roger Tehauno, George Red Elk, Flavio Noriega, Lanny Asepermy and Cecelia Gipson. Auxiliary Members Present: Linda Tehauno, Mison Noriega and Shelley Asepermy. CIVA Princess: Lauren Noriega. The guest were very taken with Lauren, she even signed a few autographs.

Funeral for Walter Dewey Red Elk

Navy Detail displaying the colors during Taps. Memorial for Walter Red Elk was held March 27, at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel Lawton, Okla. Lanny Asepermy led the services and did a great job. The

service was opened with a prayer by George Red Elk. The Navy Song was played and all stood. Gene Red Elk then read the Obituary, then it was opened to anyone to make a comment, several did. A Comanche hymn was sung by Roger Tehauno and then the CIVA conducted Roll Call. Cliff Takawana made comments about life in the Navy. Taps was played, and the Navy 3-Man Detail unfolded and then folded the flag and presented it to the son. This concluded the service. This is the 221st funeral and 227th Military Marker set by for the CIVA to date. CIVA members present: Roger Tehauno, George Red Elk, Beaver Takawana, Flavio Noriega, and Lanny Asepermy. Ladies Auxiliary present: Linda Tehauno.

Vietnam Veterans Day, Hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 751

organization's recognition of Vietnam Veterans Day. Boone then introduced the guest speaker Chaplain (Col) John J. Morris, Garrison Command Chaplain, Fort Sill Oklahoma. Colonel Morris gave an outstanding speech recognizing the Vietnam Veterans. When Colonel Morris completed, the CIVA Princess then sang, “God Bless America.” Chapter 751 then presented Colonel Morris a gift. Mr. Horace Whetstone Jr. then gave the Benediction and the event concluded. CIVA Princess did a very good job at representing the CIVA. CIVA Members Present: Ronnie Mahsetky, Roger Tehauno, Beaver Takawana, Jimmy Ray Caddo, Flavio Noriega, Richard Sapcutt and Cecelia Noriega. Auxiliary Members Present: Linda Tehauno, Mison Noriega, Cheryl Takawana and Phyllis Mahsetky.

Veterans shake CIVA Princess’ hand at Vietnam Veteran’s Day. The program began promptly at 11 a.m. by the Master of Ceremonies, Aaron Boone, filling in for the President, Kerry Wren, who was killed in a tragic vehicle accident that past week. Boone began with the introduction of various local attendees and participants in the program. The invocation was given by Horace Whetstone, member of Chapter 751. The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 751 posted the Colors. CIVA Princess, Lauren Noriega, sang the National Anthem. At the Anthems conclusion, John Coon, read the proclamation from the Governor's Desk. Then, Doug Wells read a proclamation from the City of Lawton. Both proclamations were in reference to each

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Comanche Nation Elder Center Easter Egg Hunt Gives Treats to All

Story and Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Elders gathered at the Comanche Nation Nutrition Center April 7, in Lawton, Okla., to celebrate Easter by participating in the center’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. The staff from the Elder Center, prepared for the event by dying eggs in the colors of Springtime, filling plastic eggs with sweet treats, and organizing the Prize Eggs. Volunteers from the Comanche Nation Fitness Center and the Prevention and Recovery Center hid the eggs for the eager elders. Two areas were covered with colorful eggs. One area was for the elders who do not need assistance, and one areas for the elders who need assistance. As the Comanche Nation Police Department bellowed it’s police siren, signaling everyone to “GO!”, everyone took to the grassy areas to search for Easter Eggs. Winning the Easter Egg Hunt for this year: First Place Delbert Karty Second Place Sandy Karty Third Place Rose Nauni Fourth Place Sandy Karty Fifth Place Sandy Karty Sixth Place Britta Komahcheet Seventh Place Patty Cravatt Eighth Place Velma Watford Following the egg hunt and prize announcements, the Comanche Nation Fitness Center handed out car visors to all the elders.

Winners of the annual Comanche Nation Nutrition Center’s Easter Egg Hunt receive an array of prizes.

Ed Tahhahwah hands out car visors to the seniors.

Georgetta Campbell, 66, examines her Easter Eggs at the Annual Comanche Nation Nutrition Center’s Easter Egg Hunt.

Elders look for the Prize Eggs following the egg hunt April 7.

Some elders receive assistance when looking for eggs.

Rose Nauni, 88, is happy with her third place prize.

Easter Eggs get scooped up in a manner of minutes at the egg hunt.

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Hundreds Hop to the April 8 Comanche Nation Easter Egg Hunt Several Tribal Programs Come Together to Help Make the Easter Event A Success Story and Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

It was a beautiful Spring day April 8, as the Comanche Nation Prevention and Recovery Program hosted the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Comanche Nation Complex. Other tribal programs sponsored age categories for the event, to make sure great prizes were given to the egg hunters. • Injury PreventionWalking- 3 yrs • Optometry Dept.- 4-6 yrs • Prescription Assistance 7-10 yrs • Prevention and Recovery -11-13 yrs • Historical Preservation- 1418 yrs • Indian Child Welfare- 19-39 yrs • Office/ Environmental Program.-40-55 yrs • Fitness Center -56-65 yrs • Elder Center- Elders and Handicapped Jamie Swanson, Director of the Prevention & Recovery Program, wants thank to all the volunteers and those who came to the egg hunt.





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chairman nelson’s report to the people “If we cannot stabilize our Nation now, and set up parameters to be on a solid foundation, we have to feed it of our purpose for the common well being of all Comanche members.” William Nelson Comanche Nation Chairman

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