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November 2016

“Non Sibi Sed Patriae!” (Not for self, but country)

Anita Chebahtah Newman Carries on Family Tradition as the Fourth Generation in the Navy, and will be Honored, Along with Clyde Narcomey, at Veteran’s Powwow

President Obama Signs Heitkamp, Murkowski Bill to Stand up for Native Children into Law

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Dr. Robbie Wahnee

AARP Honors Dr. Wahnee at 8th Annual Indian Elder Honors

Julia Krieger (Heitkamp)/US Senate Press

Submitted by Melanie Henry, Associate State Director Communication and Outreach

Dr. Robbie Wahnee was one of 50 Indian Elders that were honored with an audience of more than 700 at AARP Oklahoma’s 8th Annual Indian Elder Honors celebration at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd, Oklahoma City on, October 10. As the distinguished honorees were announced, they stood to applause and a medallion was presented. AARP State Director Sean Voskuhl said, “This event celebrates a lifetime of service from these distinguished elders who have positively impacted their community, family, tribe and nation. Tonight, we honored teachers, veterans, nurses, artists, tribal leaders, language and culture preservationists and even a Pulitzer prize-winning author. One common thread between the honorees, regardless of the contributions, is the commitment to community and service.” During her remarks, AARP Oklahoma State President Joe Ann Vermillion said, “Tonight, in this place, as Oklahoma tribes and nations join together in a spirit of harmony and peace, we reflect and give thanks for the lives they have lived and the innumerable ways they have passed on their legacies to future generations.” Dr. Wahnee lives a life filled with steadfast determination, perseverance and excellence. The daughter of a World War Two Code Talker, she consistently welcomes life’s challenges, learns from them and becomes stronger. By dedicating her life to learning, Dr. Wahnee put herself through college, obtained a Master’s Degree and then went on to achieve a PhD from the University of Oklahoma. Although faced with numerous life-changing physical ailments, this notable elder continued to achieve and succeed. A recent retiree, Dr. Wahnee continues to teach HR Management both locally and abroad, and uses her background to consult with the Comanche Nation College and other world-renowned entities such as Disney. Also being honored by AARP were Gary Kodaseet, Kiowa Tribe, Dr. N. Scott Momaday, Kiowa Tribe, Myles Stephenson, Sr., Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, and Frank Osborne, Jr., Delaware Nation, among others.

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Anita Chabahtah Newman holds a picture of her father, Julian, when he re-enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was buried at sea, at his request. Has a headstone at Deyo Mission Cemetery, along side his Chebahtah family. By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

During the 5th Annual Walters Service Club Veteran’s Day Powwow on November 12, Anita Chebahtah Newman will re-enlist in the U.S. Navy for an additional six-years and will be changing her Navy Occupational Specialty from Aviation Electronics (A210) to Mass Communication Specialist (B610). On her father’s side of the family, she is the fourth generation to serve in the US Armed Forces and the third generation to serve in the US Navy on her mother’s side of the family. Newman joined the Navy in 2009 from Olympia, Wash., and completed Basic Training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Ill. Upon graduation, she was selected for a prestige assignment to the US Navy’s Ceremonial Guard located in Washington, DC. There, she performed duties representing the Navy in Presidential. Joint Armed Forces, Navy and public ceremonies in and around the nation’s capital. Newman was then ordered to Aviation Electronics School to learn her new trade and it was there she met and married her husband, Garrett Newman. Upon graduating, Newman was ordered to Fleed Readiness Center, Mid-Atlantic, in Patuxent River, Md., where she was advanced to Third Party Class Petty Officer. Soon after advancement, she re-enlisted for an additional four-years before transferring to a Navy aircraft squadron based on Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. While at Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 4 (VQ-4) on Tinker AFB, Newman obtained her Air Warfare qualification and received a Navy Achievement Medal for her exceptional performance in aircraft maintenance and training programs. Even with the difficulties

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Clyde Narcomey will be honored at the Walters Service Club’s annual Anita Chabahtah Newman at her Veteran’s Day Powwow. Narcomey father’s tombstone at Deyo Misretired from the Oklahoma Army sion. National Guard in 1994. which come from serving in the Armed Forces, Newman is proud to serve our great country. She exemplifies the Core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment while also proudly representing the Arapaho and Comanche tribes. Also being honored at the Walters Service Club Veteran Day Powwow is Clyde Narcomey. Clyde Narcomey retired from the Oklahoma Army National Guard after serving from 1966 to 1994 earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. He concluded his 28-year career with the Guard as the S-4 Section Chief and Personnel NCO while assigned with the Headquarters, 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery, 45th Infantry Division. During the Persian Gulf War Staff Sergeant Narcomey and his unit arrived in Saudi Arabia in early December 1990 during Operation Desert Shield. With the beginning of the ground war on 17 January 1991 Staff Sergeant Narcomey were with 30 miles of Baghdad with the 100-hours blitz ended. He returned home in early June 1991. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commen-

dation, Army Achievement, Southwest Asia Campaign with/2 Bronze Battle Stars, the Kuwait Liberation Medals from both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait governments, the Army Service and Overseas Ribbons and numerous Oklahoma Army National Guard medals and ribbons. Narcomey is also a Civil Service retiree and an elected member of the Comanche Business Committee currently on his third term. The Walters Service Club thanks Narcomey for his dedicated, faithful and honorable military service, his long-time service as a Federal government employee and his leadership as a member of the Comanche Business Committee. The powwow will begin at 2 p.m. November 12, at Watchetaker Hall, Comanche Nation Complex. There will be contests in Women’s Cloth, Men’s Straight Dance, Women’s Buckskin, Junior Boys and Junior Girls, and Tiny Tots. Vendors can set up for $15 and a raffle item. For more information, contact Mari Wahahrockah Lavatai, (580) 341-6466, or Eva Wahahrockah Asenap, (580) 458-9458.

U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced that President Obama signed their bipartisan bill to improve the lives of Native American children into law. Heitkamp and Murkowski’s bill passed unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives last month, and last year in the U.S. Senate. Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate again affirmed the bill which included minor changes made in the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources when it unanimously approved the bill in July. The vote followed Heitkamp’s testimony before the Committee in May about the urgent need to pass their bill to implement solutions that will help address the overwhelming obstacles Native children face – including experiencing levels of post-traumatic stress similar to levels faced by newly returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, dramatically increased risks of suicide, and lower high school graduation rates than any racial or ethnic demographic in the country. Heitkamp and Murkowski’s bill will work to address these and other challenges to promote better outcomes for Native youth. Specifically, Heitkamp and Murkowski’s bill creates a Commission on Native Children to identify the complex challenges facing Native children in North Dakota, Alaska, and across the United States by conducting an intensive study on these issues – including high rates of poverty, staggering unemployment, child abuse, domestic violence, crime, substance abuse, and dire economic opportunities – and making recommendations on how to make sure Native children get the protections, as well as economic and educational tools they need to thrive. “For every Native child whose chance to flourish has been stifled by the overwhelming odds stacked against them, today belongs to them,” said Heitkamp. “For these children, the president’s signature on a bill dedicated to fighting the myriad of challenges they face means more than tackling barriers including unsafe housing conditions, epidemic levels of suicide, and a dire lack of educational or economic opportunity. It means showing every child across Indian Country who has ever felt isolated or hopeless that they are not alone. When I first stepped foot in the U.S. Senate, I promised to work to change outcomes for Native young people, and that’s exactly See NATIVE CHILDREN, Page 4

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

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Nelson Runs October 8 Comanche Business Committee Meeting as the Comanche Nation Chairman

By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Editor’s Note: This is an overview of the CBC Meeting and not the official minutes. To obtain a copy of the official minutes, call the Office of the Chairman, (580) 492-3251. Comanche Chairman, William Nelson, called the meeting to order at 9:58 a.m. Comanche Nation elder, Bob Tenequer, gave the invocation. He asked Secretary/Treasurer, Jerry Tahsequah, to conduct Roll Call. Tahsequah said he refused to do so. “I will not make a roll call of this committee,” said Tahsequah. Nelson asked the Comanche Nation Law Enforcement to escort Tahsequah out of the room. CBC No. 3, Harry Mithlo, also left the meeting. Vice Chairwoman, Susan Cothren, made a motion to accept the August meeting minutes. CBC No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, seconded the motion. The motion carries 4/0/1. Resolutions

Resolution 089-16 Enrollment List No. 1039- eligible for enrollment in the Comanche Nation. Cothren makes a motion to accept the resolution. CBC No. 2, Eddie Ahdosy, seconds the motion. The motion carries 4/0/1. Narcomey tells the audience 34 of the members has been trying to get enrolled since 2015, and could not get on the tribal role because there could not be an official meeting without a quorum of CBC present, and now 54 have missed out on two per capita payments because of that. Gene Pekah asked if the CBC could look into the balance of the Per Capita funds after checks are returned, to try to make it right for those 54 tribal members. “These children, it is no fault of theirs that they were left off the role,” said Pekah. “There is (per capita) money returned, for whatever reason, and I would like this committee to look into it so we can take care of these kids for the last two years, with any balance of (per capita) funds. Let’s make a resolution to make it right for these children and

their families.” Nelson agreed and asked Pekah to write it up in a resolution for the CBC. Resolution 090-16 Enrollment List No. 1040 ineligible for enrollment in the Comanche Nation. Narcomey makes a motion to accept the resolution. Ahdosy seconds the motion. The motion carries 4/0/1. Resolution 091-16 Enrollment List No. 1041 ineligible for enrollment in the Comanche Nation per Comanche Nation Constitution Article 3 Section 3(c). Narcomey makes a motion to accept the resolution. Cothren seconds the motion. The motion carries 4/0/1. Resolution 092-16 Enrollment List No. 1042 ineligible for enrollment in the Comanche Nation per Comanche Nation Constitution Article 3, Section 4. Cothren makes a motion to accept the resolution. Ahdosy seconds the motion. The motion carries 4/0/1. Resolution 104-16 will be discussed in Executive Session Resolution 105-16 will be discussed in Executive Session Resolution 106-16 Boat Decals issued through the Comanche Nation Tax Commission will be discontinued due to conflicting regulations with the State. Narcomey makes a motion to accept the resolution. Ahdosy seconds the resolution. The motion carries 4/0/1. Resolution 108-16 Comanche Nation Tax Commission termination of Comanche Construction funding, rescinding funds in loan agreement in the amount of $1.5 million. Narcomey make the motion to accept the resolution. Cothren seconds the resolution. The motion carries 4/0/1. Tribal member Bobbi Tenequer Saupitty asked how much money the Comanche Nation Construction owes. Nelson said he will have the answer at the next meeting. Resolution 109-16 Repeal Limited Liability Company (LLC).

1. Eagle Circle 2. Comanche Nation Construction 3. Indigo 4. Clean Sweep 5. Comanche Signs 6. Todd Holdings 7. See Intelligence Service 8. Numu Pahmu 9. Exotico 10. Queni Engineering Service 11. Multiply LLC 12. Hats Off Bull Co. Cothren makes a motion to accept the resolution. Narcomey seconds the motion. The motion carries 4/0/1. Old and New Business Nelson made a presentation about organizing a three-member team for economic progression in order to help proceed with the Reallocation Plan (RAP) qualifications. Julian Guerrero is given time to announce a new law will be passed that will allow tribal people allocate how schools will spend Indian Education money, and asked the CBC to approve any kind of support. Thomas Narcomey asked if there was a way to limit how many petitions a tribal member can take out per year. He suggested one recall petition per person per year. Tribal attorney, Richard Grellner, reminded the audience tribal members have a right to petition under the Comanche Nation Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Ahdosy suggested how ever many votes a person is elected by should be the amount of votes needed to vote them out. Nelson announced there will be another CBC Meeting in 10 days and it will be open to the public. Narcomey makes the motion to accept Nelson’s request for a meeting. Ahdosy seconds a motion. The motion carries 4/0/1. Gene Pekah says a closing prayer. The CBC goes into Executive

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Special General Council Recall Meeting Jerry Tahsequah By Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

Editor’s Note: This is an overview of the October 15, 2016 Special General Council Meeting and not the official minutes. To obtain a copy of the official minutes, call the Office of the Chairman, (580) 4923250.

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Three members of the Comanche Business Committee were sworn in 4:30 p.m. October 3 at the Comanche Nation’s Patriot Room. Comanche Nation Vice Chairman, Susan Cothren, swore in William Nelson as the Chairman of the Comanche Nation, Jonathan Poahway as Comanche Business Committeeman No. 1, and Eddie Ahdosy as Comanche Business Committee No. 2. “It is a good day for the Comanche Nation, with the swearing in of the newly elected tribal officials,” said Cothren.

The 2016 Comanche Nation Per Capita Payment will be mailed out November 14. City National Bank customers who approved Direct Deposit of their Per Capita Payment will receive it in their respected accounts November 14. Those who have approved Direct Deposit of their Per Capita Payment in their respected bank accounts other than City National Bank should have it deposited by November 16. Check with your respected bank.

The Special General Council Meeting took place October 15 at the Comanche Nation Complex’s Watchetaker Hall. Doors opened at 8 a.m. and by 11 a.m. there were a total of 160 plus tribal members who registered through True Ballot to be counted as a voter. A quorum was established. Chairman, Willie Nelson called the meeting to order at 11:03 a.m. Nelson stated “those that are not registered, will have to leave. Those who are not Comanche, would have to leave. Mother’s with children are an exception, and those who are disabled, are an exception.” Bobbie Tenequer Saupitty and Genevah Hadley read the Bill of Particulars: “1.) Jerry Tahsequah continually causes disrepute to the Comanche Nation Government by walking out of Comanche Constitution mandated monthly meetings (documented six (6) times in a twelve (12) month period), which has led to a loss of quorum to establish and maintain monthly business. This is a major violation of ARTICLE VI Section 2 of the Comanche Constitution. 2.) Jerry Tahsequah continually causes disrepute to the Comanche Nation Government by neglecting duty of not giving notice to each business committee member at least ten (10) days of Special meetings. This is total negligence in Article VI Section 3, of the Comanche Constitution. 3.) Jerry Tahsequah continually causes disrepute to Comanche Nation Government by walking out of Comanche Constitution mandated monthly meetings (documented six (6) times in a twelve (12) month peri-

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Comanche tribal members stand in line to vote, inside Watchetaker Hall October 15 for the recall meeting of Secretary/Treasurer, Jerry Tahsequah. od), which led to a loss of quorum of duty to establish and maintain tribal membership. This is a major violation of Article VI Section 7,(a) of the Comanche Constitution. 4.) Jerry Tahsequah is incompetent to the Secretary/Treasurer position duties by not knowing where our Comanche finances are, how much our Comanche finances are, and what our Comanche finances are for. This is total negligence to Article XII Section 3, of the Comanche Constitution. 5.) Jerry Tahsequah is incompetent to the Secretary/Treasurer position duties by not keeping a permanent record book, by not keeping an appropriate permanent minutes book, and does not submit minutes of business committee meetings to the Anadarko Agency. This is total negligence of Article VII Section 3, and 4, of the Comanche Nation Constitution. 6.) Jerry Tahsequah did cause total disrepute and strife to the March 19, 2016 Comanche Nation Special General Council witnessed by the entire Tribal Council in legal quorum assembled. Jerry Tahsequah attempted to physical accost and fight business committee member Clyde Narcomey. 7.) Jerry Tahsequah did cause total disrepute and strife to the August 27, 2016 Comanche Nation Special General Council, witnessed by the entire Tribal Council attempting assembly of the meeting. Comanche elders and other Comanche tribal

members were made to experience screaming and chaotic behavior by this elected official who was being prodded by resigned Chairman Coffey and recently fired Will Owens. This mean spirited behavior could’ve gone physical at any given time in the presence of innocent bystanders. 8.) May this Special Recall Meeting know the facts and reasoning of removing this elected official today in this assembled quorum of the Comanche Nation Tribal Council. Jerry Tahsequah as Secretary/ Treasurer has only shown disrepute, ignorance, incompetency and misguided actions to the entire Comanche Nation Government. This is total disrepute to Article II Section 3, “TO PROMOTE IN OTHER WAYS THE COMMON WELL BEING OF THE TRIBE AND ITS MEMBERS.” The voting results to recall Secretary/Treasurer, Jerry Tahsequah are: Yes to recall: 173; No not to recall: 1. Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:03 p.m.

November 2016

Message from Comanche Nation Legal Councilor, Richard Grellner Dear Comanche Nation Tribal Members: As your General Counsel I wanted to begin updating you monthly on the legal activity of the Nation. While there is a lot going on the legal front for the Comanche Nation including: Casino market encroachments, Water Rights, the Big Pasture reservation, implementing a tribal court system, and pending collection actions, current actions on file include the following: 1. CDST v. Comanche Nation, on appeal CFR court. status: Nation won in lower court but now appeal being filed by CDST. Potential liability to Tribe: $9 million 2. Comanche Nation v. Jewell & Jake Sharpe Western District Federal Court in OKC ("WDOK") Status: currently briefing Governments Motion to Dismiss ("MTD") after Defendant Sharpe effectively admitted most of the claims in their answer. 3. Election Board v. Cothren, CFR court action regarding recent election. status: Temporary Restraining Order ("TRO") denied based on lack of cfr court jurisdiction, briefing schedule set for constitutional claims with hearing related thereto set for November 7th. 4. Jake Sharpe v. Coffey , CFR court action against remaining CBC regarding interference with Sharpe/Ikner lease on Bowen Property. status: stayed pending outcome in CN v. Jewell cited above. 5. Phyllis Wahahrockah-Tasi v. Tribal Administrator CFR CIV 15016, status: pending 6. In the Matter of: The Office of Chief Medical Examiner, State of Oklahoma, Christina Dawn Tahhahwah No. CV-2015-176, Writ of Assistance re: wrongful death case in Comanche County. status: request pending. 7. Comanche Nation, dba Comanche Nation Tourism v. Wallace Coffey claims for debt to tourism, status: pending 8. Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate v. Jewell CIV 00601 DCD, status: recently settled for $5.25 million.

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what this legislation – the very first I introduced – aims to do. Together with Senator Murkowski, we earned the unanimous support of Congress. With the president’s signature today, we can now get to work on improving the lives of Native young people for generations to come.” “I am so pleased to see this piece of legislation cross the finish line, creating a commission established in memory of the late Dr. Walter Soboleff, a treasured Alaska Native elder and a champion for Native youth. I can cite many examples of young Native people who are living healthy lives and doing great things for their people. Yet far too many have found themselves in a world of despair,” said Murkowski. “There is an urgent need for a broad range of stakeholders to come to the table and formulate plans to give every young Native person a fighting chance at a productive life.” “I applaud the Congress and in particular Senator Heitkamp for the efforts that made this new law possible.” said President Obama. “Upon signing the bill my Administration will begin seeking appointments for the Commission from the Congress so we can implement this legislation as soon as possible. I look forward to seeing the Commission’s work in the years to come – work that will help ensure all our young people can reach their full potential.” The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children, named for the former Chairwoman of Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation in North Dakota, and Alaska Native Elder and statesman, respectively, has been widely praised by a cross-section of tribal leaders and organizations from North Dakota, Alaska, and around the country. It has also been lauded by former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Byron Dorgan, the National Congress of American Indians, and the National Indian Education Association, among others. Background: Conditions for young people in Indian Country are tragic. For example: • More than one in three American Indian and Alaska Native children live in poverty. • Suicide rates for Native children ages 15-24 years old are 2.5 times the national average and is the second-leading cause of death in that age group. • While the overall rate of child mortality in the U.S. has decreased since 2000, the rate for Native children has increased 15 percent. • At 67 percent, American Indian and Alaska Native students had the lowest four year high school graduation rate of any racial or ethnic group in the 2011-2012 school year. • 60 percent of American In-

dian schools do not have adequate high-speed internet or digital technology to meet the requirements of college and career ready standards. Tribal governments face numerous obstacles in responding to the needs of Native children. Existing programmatic rules and the volume of resources required to access grant opportunities stymie efforts of tribes to tackle these issues. At the same time, federal agencies lack clear guidance about the direction that should be taken to best address the needs of Native children to fulfill our trust responsibility to tribal nations. To help reverse these impacts, the Commission on Native Children will conduct a comprehensive study on the programs, grants, and supports available for Native children, both at government agencies and on the ground in Native communities, with the goal of developing a sustainable system that delivers wrap-around services to Native children. Then, the 11-member Commission will issue a report to address a series of challenges currently facing Native children. A Native Children Subcommittee will also provide advice to the Commission. The Commission’s report will address how to achieve: • Better Use of Existing Resources – The Commission will identify ways to streamline current federal, state, and local programs to be more effective and give tribes greater flexibility to devise programs for their communities in the spirit of self-determination and allow government agencies to redirect resources to the areas of most need. • Increased Coordination – The Commission will seek to improve coordination of existing programs benefitting Native children. The federal government houses programs across numerous different agencies, yet these programs too often do not work together. • Measurable Outcomes – The Commission will recommend measures to determine the wellbeing of Native children, and use these measurements to propose short-term, mid-term, and long-term national policy goals. • Stronger Data – The Commission will seek to develop better data collection methods. Too often Native children are left out of the conversation because existing data collection, reporting, and analysis practices exclude them. • Stronger Private Sector Partnerships – The Commission will seek to identify obstacles to publicprivate partnerships in Native communities. • Implementation of Best Practices – The Commission will identify and highlight successful models that can be adopted in Native communities.


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New Comanche Nation Chairman Greets Numunu in Acceptance Letter

Submitted by William Nelson/Comanche Nation Chairman

Numunu, Today is like any other day. Each day people are born and people go home when God calls them. This Numunu Day is different, it’s a new chapter in our 50 year struggle of self-identification and self- determination as a Nation within a Nation. All of us, The Numunu (real human beings) come from a good lineage of survivors, freedom fighters and a horse culture of long past. Unlike our other Native American Brothers and Sisters we were and still are independent people with independent ambitions and independent intelligence. My hope and faith as your Chairman is to take our individual independence and become a strong unified independent force here in Southwest Oklahoma and abroad. We can no longer have a Nation ready to war against ourselves. We have to emulate our many bands of 150 years ago, when crisis hits “WE ALL MUST” band together and fight the good fight for our common good. May we always challenge ourselves to never get caught and stuck in one groups need and greed? This Chairmanship is a term of time to secure our children and grandchildren’s future. This Chairmanship is a term of time to secure the sanctity of life and the harmony of life for our elders. This Chairmanship is a term

of time for our youth to know their Nation can educate, can train technical and life skills for their immediate futures. I look forward to this time, join me, encourage me, pray for our Nation, and continually pray for yourselves and family that WE AS A PEOPLE can and will protect our encampments together. In closing I have a true story I would like to share: “A young boy was brought in the world and he saw his single Mothers struggle with feeding and housing her other 6 children. This was a time when the world was finally at peace from a long war against evil aggression, post WW II and Korea. This young boy did learn the beauty of elders at the home speaking Numunu, and he learned that many sacrifices and hardships was the lot of life for many young that were of his kind and the families that were a part of his tribe. This young boy at 10 years old took a leap of faith and went and lived with another family (strangers) 1,000 miles away for 4 long years. The shortage of food, clothes and any semblance of making ends meet was the plight of many Comanche families back then. There was no help line except seeing his Mother help others because our poverty was a little better than their struggle. This young boy’s 10 year old mind wondered back then, that

one day, he would be a difference maker and he wouldn’t have to see his kind separated just to survive. His heart was resolved that God would hear his prayer and he knew the hope of loved ones long passed, that One Day, if given the chance, his kind would never have to see or experience hardships just to survive. As this young boy cried and was heartbroken with other numerous Native Children leaving, suddenly, this young boy stopped crying and matured. He started dreaming of one day to help, to work hard and gain experience where this type of separation due to poverty could never happen to others. This boy knew that the loving people he was leaving behind would One Day come together and help one another as his Mother helped others when she had nothing to give, yet, she gave and never asked for anything in return.” How many reading this true story can relate to this young boy? Can you see him? Has anyone been there yourself? NUMU WAIPU, NUMU TEHNUPU (Ladies and Gentlemen) that child was me. My dream of helping others to help themselves is TODAY & TOMORROW. God Bless You, God Bless America and God Bless our Comanche Nation Forever. Udah – William Nelson, Sr.

Five Resolutions Were Passed During the Second Session of the October 22 CBC Monthly Meeting Story by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

Editor’s Note: This is an overview of the CBC Meeting and not the official minutes. To obtain a copy of the official minutes, call the Office of the Chairman, (580) 492-3251. Chairman William Nelson called the meeting to order at 11:02 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 asked Tribal Administrator, Jimmy Arterberry to open the meeting with the invocation.

Resolutions No. 1022-01 Removal of Authority Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Committeeperson No. 2, Eddie Ahdosy, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. No. 1022-02 Recusal Tabled until November. No. 1022-03 Ex Officio Appointment. Vice-Chairperson, Susan Cothren, made the motion to approve. Committeeperson No. 2, Eddie Ahdosy, seconds the motion. The motion carries 3/0/2. No. 1022-04 Ex Officio Appointment. Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Nar-

comey, made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 1, seconds the motion. The motion carries 3/0/2. No. 1022-05 Signature Authority Vice-Chairperson, Susan Cothren made the motion to approve. Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, seconds the motion. The motion carries 3/1/1. No. 1022-10 Term Limits Committeeman No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, made the motion to approve. Committeeperson No. 2, seconds the motion. The motion carries 5/0/0. The meeting was adjourned at 12:08 p.m. and Executive session followed.

COMANCHE NATION VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM REFUNDED Submitted by Charlotte McCurtain/Vocational Rehabilitation Program

The Comanche Nation’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program (CNVRP) recently received notice that it has been approved for refunding. Charlotte Niyah McCurtain, CNVRP Director is pleased to announce that the highly competitive grant application was approved for five years for the period of 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2021. The Comanche Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program offers services that will assist American Indians with disabilities obtain their goal of gainful employment. This program is designed to provide services consistent with individual consumer’s strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choices, so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment. In the new grant the CNVRP will be providing a new service of working with high school American Indian students who have disabilities and who will soon be transcending from school to work. Eligibility requirements Applicants must be enrolled in a federally recognized Tribe (have a CDIB) and reside within the CNVRP nine county service area. (Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Stephens and Tillman) Require CNVRP services to prepare for, secure, retain or regain gainful employment. Applicants must have a physical or mental disability documented by a physician or psychia-

trist. Disability must be a substantial impediment to employment. Applicants must be able to benefit from VR services, resulting in obtaining/retaining competitive employment or enhancing current employment. What Documents Will I Need? State or Federal photo ID Proof of Tribal Membership Proof of Income Proof of Social Security Number Proof of Physical Address Proof of Disability Coordinative Efforts The Oklahoma Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs (OKTVR Council) have a cooperative agreement with the State DRS to access and utilize available state services for tribal consumer applicants. Throughout the years American Indians have been continually under served through the State DRS. The State DRS is willing to co-serve applicants of the Tribal VR Programs. Therefore the CNVRP will work with tribal VR consumer applicants to access the State DRS services. The CNVRP also works closely with available tribal VR programs to enhance the service delivery process for consumer applicants. Example of Services provided by CNVRP Evaluation and Assessment Counseling and Guidance Referral Services Training at universities, colleges and

vocational schools, such as tuition, fees and books On-the-Job-Training Assistive Devices Job related services, including job search and placement assistance, job retention and follow up services Contact the CNVRP office for additional information. Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Lawton, OK 73502 Physical address: 584 NW Bingo Road, Lawton, OK 73507 E-mail: Vo c - r e h a b @ c o m a n Telephone Numbers: (580) 492-3605 Admin. Assist/Job Facilitator 492-3606 Director 492-3609 Counselor 492-3610 Counselor (580) 492-6310 FAX

2016 Elder Day will begin 10 a.m. December 9. The location will be released at a later date.

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Programs “Education is the Answer” Comanche Nation College Announces American Indian College Full Circle Scholarship Recipients

Submitted by Christine Brinkman/Grants Department Staff

The Comanche Nation Department of Grants are beginning the process to engage our local and distant tribal members in identifying and prioritizing our two-year goals for the Comanche Nation. The meeting dates are: • 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., November 7, Comanche Nation College • 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. November 14, Oklahoma City Outreach • 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. November 22, Watchetaker Hall, Comanche Nation Complex

The Grants Department Staff invite members of the Comanche Tribe who are 18 years of age or older to attend one meeting; each meeting will follow a structured and facilitated process. These meetings will focus on: • Identifying the strengths of the Comanche Nation • Recognizing and prioritizing key topics that are most relevant to the Nation; such as Economic Development, Wellness, Culture, Education, Constitution Reform, Forensic Audit, Communication, and any

other topics that you, the Comanche People, deem important • Examining barriers to addressing these topics • Recognizing simple and innovative solutions to these barriers The Grants Department values the community’s cooperation in this process and thanks all who attend for their contribution to this important work. For more information, please contact the Comanche Nation Department of Grants, (580) 4923620.

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David Bread, Elizabeth Nevaquaya, and Jennifer Brewer are recipients of the Comanche Nation College American Indian College Full Circle Scholarship for the Fall 2016 Semester. Story and Photo submitted by Ekayah Rosette/Comanche Nation College

Comanche Nation College (CNC) is proud to announce the first ever CNC American Indian College Full Circle Scholarship and Tribal College & Universities (TCU) Scholarship Recipients for the fall 2016 semester. The recipients were selected by the institution’s scholarship committee based on information provided from their online applications, with consideration of GPA, community involvement, merit and need based criteria. Funding for the American Indian College Fund scholarships were provided by corporate as well as private donors dedicated to the support of American Indian students and enhancing the educational opportunities across the United States. The following Full Circle Scholarships with their respective recipients awarded this term include the following: • Jennifer Brewer -UPS Foundation Tribal College Scholarship; • Elizabeth Nevaquaya-Coca Cola Foundation First Generation Scholarship; • Donald Bread- AnheuserBusch College Scholars Scholarship. The Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) Scholarship Recipients include: Edward VillicanaQuanah Parker Endowed Scholarships; Cody Coffman-American Indian College Fund 25th Anniversary Scholarship; TCU General Fund Scholarships: Donald Bread, Jennifer Brewer, Brian Graves, Phaidra Pruitt, Thomas Purvis, Edward Tahhahwah, Corlette Tahhahawah, Charon McCarthy, and Naomi Nevaquaya. “Receiving this scholarship is an achievement to me, my family, and friends proving I can achieve what I set my mind to,” said Brian Graves, Comanche Nation College Freshman. “This scholarship will help reduce my financial burdens and provide the assistance for me to reach my educational goals,” said Charon McCarthy, Comanche Nation College Freshman. “This scholarship will help me by being able to save money for my tuition and expenses at Oklahoma State and any additional supplies I may need in the future work force,” said Cody Coffman, Comanche Nation College Freshman “This scholarship benefits my future career goals when going to get a job and filling out applications,” said Naomi Nevaquaya, Comanche Nation College Freshman. “Thank you Comanche Nation College for the generous scholarship from American Indian College

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The first roadside cleanup was done on Oct. 26, by the CNOEP Staff. From left, Mike Craig, Dennis Pennah, Gaylon Pahdahcony, Nadia Tenequer, and standing up on the truck, Timothy Ware.

CNOEP Helps Keep the Community Beautiful

Submitted by Lynn Schonchin/CNOEP Assistant Director Corletta Gail Tahhahwah stands proud with Johnny Poolaw, Vice President of Comanche Nation College.

Brian Graves smiles big for his American Indian College Fund Scholarship that he worked very hard for.

Fund. I am very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as a recipient. By awarding me the scholarship you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Thank you again for your generosity and support. Thanks to this scholarship I am one step closer to my goal of graduation,” said Jennifer Brewer, Comanche Nation College Freshman. “The scholarship will benefit me as a student because it will allow me to advance and develop my educational goals” "Anybody can do it. Just have courage and strive. And remember, courage is fear that has said its prayers," said Donald Bread, Comanche Nation College Sophomore. Comanche Nation College is proud of these student’s accomplishments in pursuing their educational goals striving towards success for the benefit of their futures!

Within an EPA grant, the CNOEP (Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Programs) wrote in, as a part of community awareness and community outreach, "roadside cleanup." As stewards of the environment, and in an effort to show not only tribal members, but the commu- CNOEP Staff pick up trash along nity, that the CNOEP does notice, and Madeschi Rd. wants to keep the area along the drive in and out of the Comanche Complex, free of trash and liter. CNOEP will be picking up trash once a month along the roadways leading into and out of the tribal complex. It also serve another purpose; cleaning up the road sides at the end of the month, which will allow all of those tribal members and CBC coming into the complex for the monthly CBC meeting to see clean roadways free of any liter. The CNOEP has designated the mile-long stretch of Madiche Road, from Highway 49, north to Tacklebox Road, and the mile-long stretch of Tacklebox Road from highway 62 west to Madiche, as its responsibility to keep clean once a month. Any person who would like to help in this effort is welcome to do so. A notice will be posted through the Comanche Nation Public Information Office as to the time and date the monthly cleanup will be done. For further information please call the CNOEP, 580-492-3754.

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OUTREACH MOVES. The Comanche Nation Dallas Outreach Office has moved to its location, inside the Urban Inter Tribal Center Plaza, 1269 Record Crossing Road, Suite E, Dallas Tx., 75235. The new phone number is (214) 941-1050 ext. 274. The new fax number is (214) 983-0942.

• November 5- Fund raiser 8 a.m. Breakfast Sale/Arts& Crafts/Garage Sale • November 8- BINGO and Chair Exercises • November 10- 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Celebration • November 16- Chair Exercises • November 22- BINGO and Chair Exercises • November 30- Diabetes Program Cooking Demonstration • December 13- BINGO and Chair Exercises • December 15- Christmas Dinner and Celebration • December 22- Cooking Demonstration • December 29- Cooking Demonstration For more information, contact the Comanche Nation Elder Nutrition Center, (580) 355-2330.

Comanche Nation Offices will be closed Nobember 11 for Veteran’s Day, and November 2425 for Thanksgiving.

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Photo by Paula Karty/ News Staff

MAKING A CHOICE.....The Comanche Nation Higher Education hosted the 2016 Career Day for area high school Junior and Senior students. The event was to give students a sort of ideas as to what they wanted to do after they graduate from high school. Over 40 vendors were present giving out information and talking to over 105 students from 12 area high schools about the opportunities available. The event is to help students prepare for adulthood and make positive decision for their future.

Rare Native American Marker Trees Studied by An Arborist, Anthropologist, and Comanche Tribal Officer Texas A&M University Press Release/Christine Brown

In this unprecedented effort to gather and share knowledge of the Native American practice of creating, designating, and making use of marker trees, an arborist, an anthropologist, and a Comanche tribal officer have merged their wisdom, research, and years of personal experience to create Comanche Marker Trees of Texas. A genuine marker tree is a rare find-only six of these natural and cultural treasures have been officially documented in Texas and recognized by the Comanche Nation. The lat-

ter third of the book highlights the characteristics of these six marker trees and gives an up-to-date history of each, displaying beautiful photographs of these long-standing, misshapen, controversial symbols that have withstood the tests of time and human activity. Thoroughly researched and richly illustrated with maps, drawings, and photographs of trees, this book offers a close look at the unique cultural significance of these living witnesses to our history and provides detailed guidelines on how to recog-

Bill Shoemate and Family are Recognized in Lawton Magazine

By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

LEFT: The Fall issue of Lawton Living Magazine. TOP: A page from the Lawton Living Magazine featuring Mr. and Mrs. Bill Shoemate.

Bill Shoemate and his wife, Helen, are featured in the Fall Issue of Lawton Living magazine, for their contribution to mentoring the youth. Shoemate has spent over 55 years as a coach for children under 12 years old for various sports, including basketball, football, and girls softball. Because of his dedication of mentoring young ones has been over five decades, he has coached the children of adults who he coached years ago. He and his wife will be celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary in December, and are happy to have been a positive influence in so many lives. Shoemate has sat on the Lawton City Council and has been a Committeeman for the Comanche Nation.

nize, research, and report potential marker tree candidates. The book has a publication date of November 9 through the Texas A&M University Press. To order a book, call (800) 826-8911. The cost of the book is $35. Steve Houser owns Arborilogical Services, Inc. in Dallas. Linda Pelon is professor of anthropology at McLennan Community College in Waco. Jimmy W. Arterberry is Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Comanche Nation.

Thank you to all the Veterans, active and retired, who have protected our Great Nation. God Bless You!


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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Comanche Nation Diabetes Program held a luncheon to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Participants were given valuable information on detection of Breast Cancer and the signs of Breast Cancer. Speakers from the Lawton Indian Hospital talked about how important it is for women to get a yearly mammogram which can be done at the Lawton Indian Hospital. Each person in attendance were given a ticket upon signing in for door prizes from local businesses. The grand prize was a homemade Breast Cancer theme quilt made by Romilia Kassnavoid. Participants were able to receive a free massage, they also visited several booths with information ranging from healthy eating to beauty tips.

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People, Places, & Things Happening Mihesuah Elected to Second Term as Secretary of National Indian Council on Aging Submitted by: Adele Mihesuah, Treasurer, Comanche Nation Elder Council

Adele Mihesuah, Treasurer, Comanche Nation Elder Council, was elected to her second term as Secretary on the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) Board of Directors. Mihesuah is currently Southern Plains Region Representative for NICOA. The Southern Plains Region consists of Kansas, Western Oklahoma and Texas. NICOA held their 40th Anniversary and 21st National Indian Council on Aging Conference September 13-15, in Niagara Falls, New York. The Conference included Exhibitors from tribal, federal, and private organizations as well as vendors nationwide. Each conference day began with a general session with 1,500 plus elders from each state and Canada. On September 13, the Seneca Nation hosted a cultural dinner and fashion show at the Seneca Casino and Resort. Participating in the fashion show were Comanche Nation Elders Vice Chairman, Vivian Holder and Adele Mihesuah. Also attending the Conference from the Comanche Nation Elder Council was Deborah Hendrix, Secretary. In the caucus’ held for each Region, NICOA members reviewed Resolutions and brought forward to the general session seven (7) Resolutions supporting (1) Service of Traditional Foods in Public Facilities; (2) NIHB Budget Recommendation on Indian Health Service; (3) Recommend passage of S.2785 Tribal Youth and Community Protection Act; (4) Rejection of Elder Abuse in Indian Country; (5) Tribal Law and Order Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2016; (6) NO Dakota Access Pipeline; and, (7) Stopping the transportation of oil under the Great Lakes. Each Resolution was passed by the voting membership in a General Session of NICOA. The Resolutions are then presented to the Nation Congress of the American Indians who present the Resolutions to the United States Congress. In addition to passing the Resolution against the North Dakota Pipeline Access, NICOA collected $1,700 in donations for the Natives who are currently standing up against the pipeline. On September 14, NICOA had an Honoring Luncheon honoring veterans, past and present with keynote speaker and Staff Carrier, Linda Woods. Although Raymond Almanza, Chairman of the Comanche Nation Elder Council was unable to attend due to health reasons, his name was called and he was honored as a Veteran at the Luncheon and was presented a pen. The Conference ended at beautiful Horseshoe Falls with a closing prayer and presentation of the eternal flame which began the first day of the Conference and was tended for all three days and nights by UNITY group. To become a member of the National Indian Council on Aging, you must be a member of a Federally Recognized Tribe and fifty-five (55) years of age. There are 12 regions in the United States; Eastern Region, Northwest Region, Midwest Region, Southern Plains Region,Southwest Region, Alaska Region, Eastern Oklahoma Region, Great Plains Region, Navajo Region, Western Region, Pacific Region and Rocky Mountain Region. Since there are members of the Comanche Nation in every state, you are covered by NICOA where ever you live. Please visit the NICOA website, to get membership information and information on services for elders in your area.

Car Crashes Are #1 Cause of Death for Oklahoma Teens Twenty-one percent more Oklahoma teens were involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2015 than in 2014, a sobering statistic to consider, AAA says, on the eve of National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 16-22. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office also says the number of drivers age 16 to 19 involved in motor vehicle crashes in 2015 in the state – 13,683 – is 8.5 percent more than the 12,611 teens involved in crashes the year before. “We know Oklahoma’s graduated driver licensing law and the recent ban on texting by all drivers are having positive impacts on teen crash rates but clearly more needs to be done,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “AAA believes parents are the key. We need to get more involved in our teens’ driving lives by teaching safety behind the wheel, setting boundaries and being good role models.” In Oklahoma and nationwide, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. According to a new AAA survey, Skills of Novice Teen Drivers, 142 driving instructors said speeding is one of the top three mistakes teens make when learning to drive. The other two are: • Distraction: Interacting with a cell phone, talking with passengers or looking at other objects in the vehicle. • Poor Visual Scanning: Driving with tunnel vision and not properly scanning the road for risks or hazards. “Nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen,” said Mai. “Over the past five years, teen drivers have been involved in nearly 14,000 fatal crashes nationwide. Families are being forever changed as a result of a moment of inattention or a poor choice made by a teen driver.” In addition to revealing that parents today are worse at preparing their teens to drive than they were 10 years ago, driving instructors report that parents often set bad examples through their own behaviors. A recent survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers aged 35-55 commonly report doing dangerous things when behind the wheel. • 77 percent of drivers aged 35-55 reported talking on a cell phone while driving, compared to 68 percent of teen drivers. • A similar proportion of teens and drivers aged 35-55 reported often driving 15 mph over the speed limit on a divided highway, 45 percent and 46 percent, respectively. AAA recommends parents stay actively involved in coaching their teens through the learning-todrive process by: • Having conversations early and regularly about the dangers of speeding and distraction. • Taking the time to practice driving with their teens in varying conditions. • Adopting and enforcing a parentteen driving agreement that sets family rules for the road. • Leading by example and minimizing distractions and speeding when they are driving. It’s important that parents enroll new teen drivers in a driver education program, such as AAA Oklahoma’s state-certified “Take the Wheel,” a parent-taught driver Ed. Course that qualifies as driver’s Ed. under the state’s graduated driver licensing law and also entitles teens to standard Driver’s Ed. discounts on auto insurance. Visit More resources to help parents coach their teens through the learning-to-drive process can be found on AAA’s popular website

Red Earth Art Center Celebrates the Holidays With A Native Twist The Red Earth Art Center will celebrate the Christmas season with a decidedly Native twist this year when Red Earth Treefest opens free to the public for an 11-week run November 1 through January 13, 2017 in downtown Oklahoma City. The second annual Red Earth Treefest features 18 Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments created to highlight the diverse Native cultures that make Oklahoma unique. Red Earth has invited 16 Native Tribes from throughout Oklahoma to participate in this annual holiday event by creating handmade ornaments made to showcase the distinctive culture of their tribe. Tribal groups participating in the annual event include the Absentee Shawnee, Caddo, Cherokee, Cheyenne & Arapaho, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Citizen Potawatomi, Comanche, Delaware Nation, Hopi, Kaw, Muskogee (Creek), Osage, Otoe-Missouria, Sac & Fox and Seminole. Each tribe has been hard at work for several months creating handmade ornaments for their trees. The handmade ornaments created for Treefest will be showcased in holiday displays at the Red Earth Art Center along with descriptions of many of the ornaments featured. Red Earth has plans to invite additional tribes to participate with their own tribal trees in subsequent years. Two additional trees include the Red Earth docent tree with handmade ornaments including beaded corn, dream catchers, mini tipis, drums and parfleche bags; and a tree featuring ornaments created by Oklahoma Native artists are available for sale. “Last year we presented our first Red Earth Treefest to the city and state - and the public loved it. We drew people from all over who included Red Earth Treefest on their holiday calendar of events,” said Teri Stanek, president of the non-profit Red Earth board of directors. “We are thrilled to carry on this tradition of featuring Christmas Trees adorned with beautiful ornaments that represent our tribal cultures so well. This year many of the tribes created additional ornaments that we will offer for sale to the public.” Red Earth Treefest is presented free to the public 10-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10-3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 3, 10 and 17. The Red Earth Art Center is located at 6 Santa Fe Plaza next to the historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Visit or call (405) 427-5228 for additional information. Red Earth, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets.

Destructive Beetle Detected in Oklahoma

A pest that has caused the loss of tens of millions of ash trees across the nation was recently dis-

covered in Delaware County in northeastern Oklahoma in an EAB survey trap set by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. The emerald ash borer (EAB), a non-native, wood-boring beetle, is a significant threat to ash trees across the state. “With a number of our neighboring states already dealing with the pest, we knew it was a matter a time before emerald ash borer appeared in Oklahoma,” said George Geissler, director, Oklahoma Forestry Services. “We want to make Oklahomans aware of the issue and available options and resources for dealing with this pest.” Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry will be quarantining all movement of ash wood out of Delaware County because the pest lives under the bark and it can be easily spread if infested wood is moved into other areas. Treatment options are available, but need to be carefully weighed against removal options, looking at financial implications, including the cost of each treatment and the tree value. The rate of spread is impacted by many variables and is difficult to predict at this point, but it also enters into the decision making for communities and individuals. Oklahoma Forestry Services recommends consulting with an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist if you have questions about your ash trees. “There are decisions to be made, and we want those decisions to be science-based,” said Geissler. “We’re offering the best resources available on our website and will keep Oklahomans informed on the progression of emerald ash borer.” Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia. It was discovered in southeastern Michigan in 2002 and since that time has spread to more

than 25 states and Canada. Oklahoma Forestry Services encourages Oklahomans to be on the lookout for emerald ash borer. Here are EAB signs to look for: • Adult EAB - Is a metallic emerald green color and about 1/2’’ long. They are difficult to detect. • Larva - It is a cream color and distinctly segmented. It is easy to spot by peeling back loose ash tree bark. • S-shaped galleries – After the larvae have matured and exited the tree, distinct S-shaped galleries are left under the bark. • D-shaped very small exit holes are left in the tree. • Crown Decline – the top 1/3 of the tree typically dies first, then progresses down the tree. • Multiple Trees – Infestation may include a number of declining ash in the area. • Woodpecker Holes – Woodpeckers love EAB larvae, so woodpecker holes might indicate EAB. Please notify Oklahoma Forestry Services at 405-522-6158 if you see signs of EAB infestation in ash trees. For more information and resources regarding emerald ash borer, visit About Oklahoma Forestry Services Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, is committed to conserving, enhancing and protecting Oklahoma’s 12.5 million acres of forests and woodlands. Since 1925 Oklahoma Forestry Services has worked with individuals and communities throughout the state to create resilient landscapes, fire-adaptive communities and provide wildfire response. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the division also has regional offices in Goldsby, Broken Bow, Wilburton and Tahlequah. For more information, visit

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SECOND TRIP TO STANDING ROCK. Comanches on the Move, pictured on the bottom right, returned to Standing Rock for a second trip October 7-10, to show their continued support of the peaceful protest effort to stop the DAPL oil line. A total of 75 tribal members doubled the occupancy of the first trip. While there, the group replaced the Comanche flag with a bigger and new one. TOP: members of the Comanche Nation unfold the Comanche flag, while Max Tahhahwhah and others sing the Comanche Flag Song. CENTER: Nolan Tahdooahnippah, Elvis Keel, and Gayle Tahhahwah walk down the row of tribal flags of many Native Nations. The group also had the opportunity to meet other tribal nation representatives, who are also supporting the effort. Tahdooahnippah encouraged those who may have an opportunity to travel to Standing Rock and show their support, they should do so, because the spirituality that is present at the camp is something that cannot be expressed in words.

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Culinary Corner

Recipes for Home Cooking Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever

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Ingredients • 1 (14.1 oz.) package refrigerated pie crusts 1 1/2 cups plus 2 Tbsp. Buttermilk, divided Parchment paper 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin 3/4 cup sugar Directions Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Fit 1 pie crust into a 9-inch metal pie pan according to package directions, pressing excess dough onto rim of pie pan. Cut shapes from remaining pie crust to use around pie edge. (We used a 1/2inch round cutter.) Brush 1 Tbsp. Buttermilk around pie edge; arrange shapes around pie edge, pressing to adhere. Brush shapes with 1 Tbsp. Buttermilk. Prick bottom and sides of pie crust 8 to 10 times with a fork. Line pie crust with parchment paper, and full with pie weights. Bake 15 minutes. Whisk together pumpkin, next 6 ingredients, and remaining 1 1/2 cups buttermilk in a large bowl. Pour mixture into pie crust. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce hear to 325 degrees, and bake 35 to 40 more minutes or until edge of filling is slightly

puffed and center is slightly jiggly. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Store in refrigerator up to 2 days

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Ingredients 1 hard-cooked egg, chopped 1 can (3 ounces) light water- 5. packed tuna, drained and flaked 1/4 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped sweet pickles 6. 3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise 2 teaspoons prepared mustard

Take potato flakes, place in large bowl. Add whatever seasoning you’d like. Take each chicken thigh, spray each side with butter spray, then dredge through seasoned potato flakes. Make sure to coat thoroughly. Place flaked thighs on baking sheet. Sprinkle remaining flakes as desired over thighs. Spray tops with cooking spray. Bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked through.

3-Ingredient Ravioli Lasagna


Directions Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. • Spoon into tomatoes. Use as a sandwich filling or serve with • crackers. YIELD: 3 servings (1• 1/4 cups).

Potato Flake Fried Chicken • • • 1. 2.

Ingredients 1.5 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1 packet instant mashed potato flakes seasonings Butter spray, like Parkay Directions Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

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Ingredients 1 jar (24 ounces) your favorite pasta sauce 1 pound frozen ravioli (any flavor-I like cheese or spinach) 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving, optional Directions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat an 8x10 or 8x8 casserole dish with baking spray. Cover the bottom of the dish with a layer of sauce. Place 1/3 of the ravioli over the bottomyou can space them out a little if they don’t cover it completely. Top them generously with sauce and 1/3 of the mozzarella. Repeat the layering 2 more times. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 15 more minutes. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan.

Thanksgiving Yams

2 (29 ounce) cans sweet potatoes 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 (16 ounce) package gingersnap cookies 1 (16 ounce) package miniature marshmallows Add all ingredients to list Directions In a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix the sweet potatoes, butter and lemon juice. Break the gingersnap cookies into the mixture. Stirring occasionally, cook until thick, about 15 minutes. Cover the mixture with desired quantity of marshmallows. Remove from heat and cover 5 minutes, or until marshmallows have melted. Serve warm.


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The healing tree used was the sassafras (Sassafras albidum). Sassafras. also known as cinnamon wood and ague tree, is native to Eastern, Southern, and Midwestern North America. It grows from Maine and Ontario south to Florida and west to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa. It is a member of the Laurel Family (Lauracaea) and is related to avocado, cinnamon, and bay trees. Sassafras is a medium-sized tree, normally growing from 30 to 60 feet tall, but it occasionally reaches heights of up to 100 feet. The leaves of sassafras have three distinctive forms, all growing on the same tree; an unlobed, elliptical-oval shape; a one-lobed “mitten” shape; and a three-lobed or “double mitten” shape. All parts of the tree are strongly and pleasantly aromatic. The small, yellow flowers are borne in early spring before the leaves appear. The tree is dioecious, with male and female flowers appearing on separate plants. the fruit, a favorite food of birds, is a small bluish-black drupe, which ripens in late summer to early fall. The bark is light brown and deeply furrowed on older trees. Sassafras has a long, interesting history of medicinal use. Native Americans used the tree for a wide range of medicines, including the treatment of rheumatism, gout, skin disorders, diarrhea, stomach ailments, fevers, skin infections, venereal diseases, parasites, and as a general strengthening tonic and blood purifier. John Lawson, an early English explorer, writer, surveyor, and cofounder of two of the earliest towns in the new North Carolina colony, was traveling in 1700-1701 through an area near present-day Charlotte, North Carolina. In his journal, he described how a member of his traveling party had become lame and was successfully treated was scarification and sassafras root by a Catawba medicine man in the manner described at the beginning of this article. Early colonists learned of the esteemed medicinal properties of the tree from the local tribes, and soon began using it themselves for treatments of almost everything imaginable. Sir Walter Raleigh took the first sassafras roots back to Europe in 1578, and soon Europe was caught up in a sassafras craze. With some successful marketing by Raleigh and others, the aromatic tree quickly gained a repu-

tation as an almost magical panacea for any and all ailments and demand quickly grew. Raleigh started sending ships and crews to gather and export large quantities of sassafras from the fledgling colonies beginning in 1602. Sassafras root soon became one of the most important exports from the New World, reputedly coming in second only to tobacco in monetary value throughout the 1600’s. Large sums of money were made in the sassafras trade, and Raleigh struggled to maintain a near-monopoly in exporting the valuable root to Europe. Eventually the sassafras craze began to die down as people realized that although sassafras was a useful medicine, it wasn’t an infallible cure-all as they had been led to believe. Although sassafras proved not to be the all powerful wonder drug that Europeans had hoped for, it has many legitimate medicianl properties. It contains several medicinal compounds, including the essential oil saafrole, which gives the tree its distinctive spicy aroma. Sassafras has carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, demulcent, alterative, and antiseptic qualities. All parts of the tree have these qualities to some extent, but most medicinal uses are based on a tea brewed from the root bark, which contains the highest concentrations of the medicinal compounds. Sassafras is useful in promoting sweating for the reduction of fevers and lessening congestion. It is an excellent remedy for digestive disorders, quickly relieving nausea, gas, and indigestion. It is an effective antiseptic skin wash for psoriasis, eczema, and other skin disorders. It reduces the symptoms of rheumatism, gout, and urinary tract disorders. The mucilaginous pith of the twigs has been brewed into a soothing wash for sore or irritated eyes. In traditional Appalachian culture, sassafras tea was a popular spring tonic used to stimulate the body, purify and thin the blood, detoxify the system, and boost the body’s general ability to ward off disease and infection. It has reportedly been effective in the treatment of head lice. Sassafras has also commonly been added to other medicinal teas to mask the taste of bitter ingredients. The antiseptic twigs can be chewed on the ends and used as toothbrushes, and the tea makes an acceptable mouthwash. The oil has been used to treat toothaches. Until recent years, sassafras was used in some modern dental antiseptics and toothpastes. The essential oil safrole is toxic in its pure form and causes liver and kidney damage if taken internally in large doses. The FDA declared safrole to be a carcinogenic substance in the 1960s based on tests involving the feeding of very large amounts of safrole to laboratory rats. Since then, it has been banned for sale in commercial preparations in the U.S. Sassafras also has edible uses. Sassafras tea is one of the besttasting, most popular wild beverage teas, and its popularity led to the development of an even more popular wild beverage teas, and its popularity led to the development of an even more popular soft drink, -rootbeer. Sassafras root bark was originally a main flavoring ingredient of root beer until the FDA banned its use as a commercial food additive. The Native American used sassafras as a seasoning and taught its use to European settlers. Gumbo file, the classic Cajun/Creole seasoning used to thicken and flavor soups, stews, and gumbos, is made of dried and powdered sassafras leaves. Sassafras tea is generally considered by many people to be a perfectly safe beverage if consumed in moderation, but should not be overused according to the FDA warnings. Sassafras tea should also be avoided for medicinal or beverage use during pregnancy, as it has been suspected of causing miscarriage. Sassafras has many utilitarian uses. The wood is light but durable, fairly strong for its weight, and moderately rot-resistant.

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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday

Daniel W. Saupitty Jr., October 9 Jayden Mann, October 16 Madison Mann, October 16 Ramon Lopez, October 16 Andrew Smith, October 21 Renne Lopez, October 29 Happy Birthday

Seven Viddaurri, November 1 Jacob Viddaurri, November 2 Kenzi Lynn Faith, November 4 Shantelle Laurenzana, November 5 Kevin Geimausaddle, November 8 Jeremy Rotert, November 9 Weslie Viddaurri, November 10 Jaely Rodriguez, November 14 Justin W. Howell, November 14 Amber Kawaykla, November 15 Mary Pohocsucut November 17 Jewell Tieyah, November 19 Kamille Elaine Komahcheet, November 20 Malachai Alexander Martinez, November 23 Marlene Wauqua, November 25 Melvin Kerchee Jr., November 25

Happy Belated Birthday Daniel W. Saupitty Jr. October 9

Happy Belated Birthday Guy Narcomey October 16

Happy Belated Birthday

Kamille Elaine Komahcheet November 20

Happy Birthday Melvin Kerchee Jr. November 25

November 19, 1 p.m.10 p.m. at the Comanche Nation Community Center, Julia Mahseet Rd., Apache, Okla. Emcee- Eugene Blackbeard; Co Host Emcee- Michael Burgess; Head Man- Bruce Neconie; Head Lady- Daisy Swift; Head Little Man- Ryan Jon Swift Jr.; Head Little Girl- Azure (Taa Tatsinuupi) Gallegos. 1 p.m.- 5 p.m., Gourd Dance; 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., Supper Break. Contest: Junior Boys and Girls- All Categories; Women’s Pretty Shawl and Tiny Tots. Vendor space (6x10) $25. For more information contact Shantilly Rogers (405) 5417929 or Michael Burgess (580) 458-7000.

5th Annual Veterans Day Honor Powwow November 12, 2 p.m.10 p.m. at the Comanche Nation Watchetaker Hall, 584 NW Bingo Rd., Lawton, Okla. Co-Host- Comanche Little Ponies; Emcee- Wallace Coffey; Head Singer- Kevin “Bubba” Sovo; Head Man Gourd DancerJD Wauqua; Head Man DancerJoe Shunkamolah; Head Lady Dancer- Megan Kelly; Arena Directors- Travis Codynah and Alex Akoneto; Contest CoordinatorCarla Whiteman. Honored Veteran- Anita Chebahtah Newman, Petty Officer Second Class; Color GuardRiverside Indian School; Walters

Mark 13:10 “...”and the gospel must first be published among all the nations.”

Happy Birthday Mona Daukei-Davis November 13 Love from your husband

Happy Birthday Shantelle Laurenzana November 5

In Loving Memory Clifford Hood

1952~December 1996

They say that there is a reason and that time will heal. For no one knows heart ache that I feel. I just want to tell you I love and miss you, Baby Brother ~your sister Betty Hood

The Comanche Nation News, Deadline~November 15 before 5 p.m. Email: or Mail: Comanche Nation PIO- P.O. Box Lawton, OK 73501 Contact: (580) 492-3386

Powwow Trail Jaely Rose Marie “Yannie Peta” 9th Birthday Powwow

Happy Birthday Kenzi Lynn Faith November 4 Happy Birthday JUSTIN November 14 LOVE U. LOVE MOM..


Kevin and Lou Geimausaddle November 8~ Married 22 years

Happy Belated Birthday Andrew Smith October 21

Service Club Princess- Amber Quis Quis; Walters Service Club Jr. Princess- Talia Tasi; Walters Service Club Little PrincessAmiya DeVine. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Supper Break. Contest: Women’s Cloth, sponsored by, Wahahrockah, Oberly and Seymour families. Men’s Straight, sponsored by, Robert Tippeconnie, Morgan Tosee and Wallace Coffey. Vendor welcome $15 fee and raffle donation. Contact Mari Wahahrockah-Lavatai (580) 4589458 or Eva Wahahrockah-Asenap (580) 458-9458.

16th Annual New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow

November 26, 2 p.m.10 p.m. at the Comanche Nation Watchetaker Hall, 584 NW Bingo Rd., Lawton, Okla. Co-Host- Chasenah Family; Emcee- Cy Ahtone; Head Singer- Charlie Horse; Head Man Dancer- Matt Burgess; Arena Director- Ross Bointy; SecurityJohn Chasenah. Invitation to all tribal and organizational princesses. Public welcome. Vendors welcome to set up for a fee. For more information contact Frank Whitewolf (580) 678-1540.

December 31 at the Student Life Center located at Bacone College, 2412 East Shawnee Rd., Muskogee, Okla. Emcee- Sam Howell; Head Gourd Singer- Ryaa Roan Horse; Head Singer- Leonard Cozad; Head Man- Josiah Hair; Head Lady- Dawn Buffalohead; Head Gourd Dancer- Clifford Springwater; Color Guard- Muskogee Creek Nation; Arena Director- Larry Tsosie; Host Northern Drum- Red Land Singers. 1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m., Gourd Dance; 4:30 p.m.- 6 p.m., Supper Break; 6 p.m.- 7 p.m., Gourd Dance; 7 p.m., Grand Entry. 4 p.m.- 7 p.m., Registration for all contest dancers, all contestants must be in grand entry to compete. Contest: Men’s Fancy, Straight Dance, Traditional, Chicken Dance, Men’s Golden Age, Grandfather-Grandson, Jr. Boy’s Straight, Women’s Cloth, Mother-Daughter, Jingle Dress and Fancy Shawl Combined, Women’s Buckskin, Jr., Girls Cloth, Tiny Tots. Vendor must reserve a booth space (10x10) $60. For more information contact, Lorraine Bosin (918) 639-7999.

Choctaw Casino Powwow

New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow

Esa Rosa Descendants Benefit Powwow

December 3-4, Choctaw Event Center, HWY 69/75, Durant, Okla. For more information visit or call 800-522-4700.

Translated to the Comanche Language

“Surü tsa’ tsaa-

tü narümu’ipü ükünaa oyo’ko sokova’aih tüükühu narü’awepünaitu’i.” -From the Book Mark-ha Tsaatu Narumu’ipu (The Gospel of Mark in Comanche and English Copyright 1958

December 31, Cox Buisness Center, 100 Civic Center, Tulsa. For more information con tact (918) 639-7999.

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Obituaries Mame-Neta Attocknie-Karty

Attocknie-Karty Mame-Neta AttocknieKarty went to her heavenly home on September 20. Funeral Service was September 24, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home officiated by Lay Speaker Tina Baker. Burial followed at West Cache Creek KCA under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer Service was September 23, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Attocknie-Karty was born April 24, 2016 to Mame-Neta Latisha Jennelton Attocknie and William Karty in Lawton. Her arrival was highly prized and greatly anticipated. She brought much joy to those around her with her beautiful smile and laughter. She is survived by her parents; Mame-Neta Attocknie of Lawton, and William Karty of Ft. Worth TX. Brothers; Ja’ Michael, Grandparents; Patrick and Sonya Attocknie of Apache, Grandmother Thomasene Fixico of Seminole, Paternal grandparents; William Karty. Numerous Aunts, Uncles and extended family.

Owenetta Joyce Atauvich Long Owenetta Joyce Atauvich Long, 50 of Lawton went to her heavenly home on October 3, in Oklahoma City with her loving family by her side.

Long Funeral service was October 7, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Wallace Coffey and Tina Baker officiating. Burial followed at Deyo Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Prayer service was October 6, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel. Long was born in Lawton on March 21, 1966 to Carl and Carla (Tahah) Atauvich. She grew up and attended school at Cache. She then studied CMA at Platt College. Long worked several years as a CMA in the Lawton and surrounding area. She also worked at Walmart. She was a proud full blood member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. Long was a member of the American Pool Player Association. She qualified to play the World Pool Tournament in Las Vegas and won the Coors Shootout in 2014 in Lawton. She enjoyed playing pool, watching Dallas Cowboys, spending time with her family especially her grandkids. She married the love of her life Lester Long and was married on April 28, 2011 at the Holy City. She is survived by: husband, Lester Long of home; children and spouse: Gabriel and Michael Wolfe, Jarrod Aitson, Shania Gardner all of Lawton; father, Carl Atauvich of Cache; brothers, sisters and spouses:

Geraldine and George Wermy, Arletta and Dennis Wermy, Dale Cable, Karla Kowena, Steve and Darla Cable, Carlene Atauvich, Donna Atauvich Wermy, her twin, Donnell Atauvich and Donnie Tartsah, Tonyelle Atauvich and Gary Unah, Kent and Pam Chasenah; aunts and uncles: Joyce Burruss, Ralph Tahah, Helmar Tahah, Raymond Woodard Jr., Arlene Kemp, Eleanor McDaniel, Imogene Moss, Edward Tahah, John Charles Tahah ; grandchildren: Daylen, Carley, Christopher and Sadie Wolfe; many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. She is preceded in death by: daughter, Shanelle LaRae Aitson; mother, Carla Tahah Atauvich; sister: Renita Cable Maxey, grandparents: Owen Tahah, Sarah Tahchawwickah, Rose Yokesuite, Lee Atauvich, uncles: Vandel Atauvich, Vernon Lee Atauvich; aunts: Barbara Hoyt, Clemancia Asenap; nephew, Steve Cable Jr.; niece, Sara Wermy; brother in laws: Kenneth Kowena and Del Wermy.





DIRECTIONS: From Gore Blvd, just east of Cameron University, turn south onto SW 25th St. (near Bill's Quick Lube). We are located 3 blocks south of Gore at the corner of 25th & B. SERVICE TIMES: Sun. 10AM, 6PM. Thurs. 6:30PM CONTACT US: Call/Txt: (580) 861-4274 

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The 2016 Comanche Nation Fair

was a milestone event for the Comanche people. For 25 years, families have traveled from near and far to gather at the tribal headquarters. They participate in the many events, they share meals with family and friends, and they create memories that will travel back with them to their homes, 25th Anniversary being embedded in their minds and Comanche hearts for a lifetime. Nation Fair

Photo by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

A chorus of beautiful songs during the Hymn Singing

LaDonna Harris and Native American Actor, Adam Beach, share some laughs during a Welcome Reception held in Adams honor September 29 at the Ft. Sill Apache Casino Banquet Hall.

Numunu Turetu ECDC hosted "Juicy Art" on Thursday Sept. 29th. This was a youth art workshop for children ages 4-18 years. There were 87 children that were signed in for this event. Children and their families enjoyed refreshments and time together. This was the ECDC first time to hold this event and had the help of the Apache Child Care Center staff as well.

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Children’s Games The Comanche Nation Injury Prevention held its annual Children’s Safety Fair and Children’s Activities October 1. There was a total of 165 children, 100 parents, and 11 volunteers who attended the event and took part in the activities. The children’s activities had non-competitive games for children 1-14 years of age. Door prizes were given out and also each child received a goody bag with treats and a toy after the event. Yonie Sapcut, CN Child Protective Services assisted and gave out bags with safety items inside. “We would like to say thank you to the CN Casino who donated items that were given out to the parents, and Hershey’s candy bars that were passed out to the participants. Also to the CN Fair Board, and volunteers for helping make the event a success,” said Bonita Paddyaker, Director of the Injury Prevention.

Door prize WINNERS for Bikes are: Adriana Tartsah, Kathlyn Perry, Noah N, and Kasey Tartsah.

Carnival Rides

Photos by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff

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Fearless Bull Riders Test their Skills at the Bull Buckout

A Brazilian bull rider gets some serious air time during the Comanche Nation Fair’s Bull Buckout, October 1, at the Comanche Nation Complex.

Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

By sheer luck, the bull’s piercing horn misses Jesse Palmer’s face by mere inches, as it rams through his safety helmet, sending it in the air. The 2016 Comanche Nation Fair Bull Buckout did not disappoint any of the spectators or contestants. Some of the top touring cowboys made the Buckout a part of their schedule for the year; they traveled from near and far. The Buckout has grown so much, the crowds are bigger, the bulls are some of the top bucking stock in the region and the cowboys participating ride in the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), Championship Bull Riding (CBR), Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR), and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). “I am proud of the Buckout and enjoy all of the work it takes to put it on,” said Lynn Schonchin, who has been Bull Buckout Coordinator since 2006. “We have cowboys who participate at the highest level coming to ride in the Comanche Nation Fair Bull Buckout, which is an open event, that’s to say it is not a sanctioned event and open to any cowboy who wants to take part. During the 2014 Buckout several cowboys who ride in the PBR made the stop at the fair, Kaique Pacheco, the current PBR world Number One rider, won the Saturday Buckout. This year’s Champion was another Brazilian cowboy, Cristiano Figueredo. I take great pride in knowing that the Comanche Nation tribal members and all spectators get to watch cowboys of this caliber free of charge,” he said. The Bull Buckout has grown to have several outstanding sponsors who made this year’s event possible, as well as the staff who put in long hours putting together the arena and stands, the stock contractor and, of course, the cowboys.

Joanne Marie Sovo, Ada Firemen’s Rodeo Queen, and her sister, Sierra Kathleen Sovo, Maud Rodeo Princess, bring in the flags to begin the Bull Buckout Oct. 1.

One of the four visiting Brazilian Bull Riders hangs on for eight seconds.

Chance Ratchford gets tossed to the side during the long round of the Comanche Nation Fair’s Bull Buckout.

Some bull riders wear their good luck charms when riding, such as this rider,who wears a Winnie-thePooh backpack.

Two bull fighters, Dylan Hood and Tyler McDowell, come to the rescue of the bullrider, Sean Taylor, during the short round, distracting the bull until Taylor can get to his feet.

Muskogee Creek tribal member, Ryan Roberts, took third place at the Comanche Nation Fair’s Bull Buckout this year. He is the top INFR (Indian National Finals Rodeo) bull rider for this year’s Finals.

Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Benjamin Toahty hugs the sheep he rode during the Mut- Children clung to the running sheep during the ton Bustin’ event at the Bull Buckout. Mutton Bustin’ event, hoping to stay on for eight seconds.

BRAZILIAN BULL BUCK OUT CHAMPION. Cristiano Figueredo, from Brazil, wins the 2016 Comanche Nation Fair Bull Buckout, after two eight-second rides with two rank bulls. TOP LEFT: Figueredo has no trouble covering his bull in the long round. TOP RIGHT: Figueredo leans forward to stay on the wild bull, winning the event with a score of 75. RIGHT: Figueredo is ranked within the top 50 bull riders, according to the CBR (Champion Bull Rider) standings.

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Parade of Culture and Community

Photos by Jolene Schonchin and Paula Karty/News Staff

Photo by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

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Swing & Sway the Powwow Way

Photos by Paula Karty/News Staff

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The 25th Annual Comanche Nation Fair was described as the “most organized fair” yet, by many fair attendees. This year the employees participated at a higher level and indeed things were very organized. It was a joy for the Comanche Nation employee volunteers as well as other fair volunteers to witness and participate in record breaking attendance, campsites, food vendors and arts & crafts booth spaces. There were an estimated 142,000 visitors attending the Fair this year. The CN Police Department registered 531 camps. The campsites were occupying areas never used before. A new strip of space was used to accommodate the increased number of Arts & Crafts booths as well. This year the food vendors’ electricity was upgraded to handle the increased number of vendors, in order to avoid overloads as in years past. The sound system for the beautiful powwow music was improved this year as well and all were rocking to the beat. This year we were able to establish a bank account for the first time in order to track expenses and income generated, for reporting to the Comanche people. In summary, the 2016 Comanche Nation Fair came in under budget and was in the black. Revenues generated as of 9-30-16 totaled $49,490.52. There will be more income to report because of the sales and pending transactions. Merchandise remaining will be on sale at a reduced price and can be purchased by contacting the Fair Board Officers at 580-699-3991. We are thankful and appreciative to all who volunteered their time, energy, and expertise to make our 25th Silver Anniversary the best fair to date!

COMANCHE NATION Budget vs Actual Report CNG (0100) Dept CN Fair (808) For the period 09/30/2016 G/L Account Description

MTD Total

YTD Total Open Purch. Order

Open Req

Budget Pending Trans



Advertising Income








434000 471000 491500

Donations Income Gaming Distributions Other Income Total Revenue

0.00 0.00 3,768.52 5,018.52

3,900.00 194,000.00 39,395.52 243,490.52

0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

3900.00 194,000.00 39,395.52 243,490.52

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521000 522003 525000 526000 531000 531009 543000 550500 565000 566050 570500 570600 592040 593500

FICA 401k Employer Contribution SUTA Workers Comp Supplies/Materials Computer Supplies Travel/Training Utilities Vehicle Expense - Fuel Equipment Rental - Office Consulting/Contractual Service Service Agreements CN Fair Expense Outreach Activities Additional Revenue Total Expenses

0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 37,611.97 0.00 2,426.27 241.78 607.24 680.00 47,370.10 0.00 5,501.36 32,419.81 0.00 126,858.53

92.84 0.00 20.62 47.08 39,000.95 2,224.86 2,426.27 241.78 607.24 680.00 82,420.10 1,712.64 27,245.87 40,279.42 0.00 198,213.17

0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 (1,340.30) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 6093.63 0.00 0.00 804.00 0.00 6629.93

0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,414.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 (607.24) 0.00 725.00 0.00 (480.00) 0.00 0.00 2,052.26

92.84 0.00 20.62 47.08 42000.00 2600.00 3000.00 500.00 1000.00 1000.00 68000.00 2000.00 30,000.00 42525.96 49490.52 243,490.52

0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 54.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 310.00 0.00 0.00 364.50

0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1870.35 375.14 573.73 258.22 1000.00 320.00 9051.47 287.36 2924.13 1442.54 49490.52 49,490.52

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Comanche Nation Fair 2016 “Bringing Families Together for 25 Years” Approved Event Budgets

Advertising Newspapers/Magazines, Television Commercial Media The Breeze Indian Country Pow Wow Issue Native Oklahoma Pow Wow Issue & August-September Issues Advertising Total

$5,687.50 $400 $975 $1,181.25 $8,243.75

Supplies Total


Entertainment Total (Adam Beach & Great White-Rock & Roll Band)


Fair Events – 25 Count: Art Show Children’s Activities Gaming Tournament Golf Tournament Hand Game Horse Shoe Competition Hymn Singing Music Fest Parade Pow Wow Peyote Meeting Rations Softball Tournament Sunday Dinner Warrior Bike Ride Bull Riding Warrior Run Fun Run 3 on 3 Basketball Carnival Spirit Walk Teen Dance Children’s Hot Dog Feed Juicy Art

Sponsored: Sponsored: Sponsored: Sponsored: Sponsored: Sponsored: Sponsored: Sponsored: Sponsored:

$3,000 $1,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $10,000 $2,000 $40,000 $2,000 $8,000 $2,000 $3,000 $2,000 Misc. Outside Sponsors Diabetes Program Housing Authority Youth Program Tax Commission New Pathways Parade Committee C.R.Y.S. Numunu Turetu ECDC

Events Total


Fair Staging / Set Up – 19 Count Law Enforcement Parking Attendees Security Camping Management Traffic Control, VIP Fencing, & Handicap Lighting Carts (20) Gas for lighting carts Law Enforcement Total


Fair Staging / Set Up Other Portable Toilets Golf Carts Gas for Golf Carts = 140.82 Gallons Pest Control Traffic Cones & Barricaders Trash Roll Offs Equipment Rentals Electricians Lodging (Fair) RV’s Donations for Services (Soda Cart Service) Clean Up Ambulance Service Fair Staging / Set Up Other Total

$9,450 $10,115 $300 $1,000 $1,500 $1,250 $3,000 $2,000 $7,000 $1,713 $500 $3,000 C.H.R. $40,828.00

$4,000 $7,000 $600 $600 $8,000 $500


Fair Staging / Set Up Total (Law Enforcement + Other)



$8,243.75 $37,500.00 $2,000.00 $80,000.00 $20,700.00 $40,828.00 $189,271.75

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A Spiritual Morning

From the Rising of the Sun on Sunday Morning until the Noon Meal, The Spirit Walk and Church Service Congregated Many to Prayer and Worship The 2016 Spirit Walk had the largest amount of participants ever! There were 300 walkers. The New Pathways, lead by Caron Yellowfish, handed out 275 shirts. Melvin Mithlo cedared at least 325 people. The walk started 25 minutes late because there was so many more participants that wanted to be cedared off. Many walkers were tired of waiting so they started walking ahead of the group. The Comanche Nation CHRs and Law Enforcement followed and monitored the walkers until everyone returned. There were plenty refreshments, juice and water. Everyone had a good time and there were no casualties. The New Pathways Staff would like to thank Stanton’s Apparel for the shirts, Law Enforcement, Injury Prevention, Community Health Representatives and the Public Information Office for assisting with this event. Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Flying the Veteran Flags Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

Frank (Atewuthtakewa) Red Elk was drafted into the Army on 4 February 1918 and served with honor until 12 August 1919 earning the rank of Private. He completed his Basic and Infantry training at Camp Travis, Texas and was sent overseas to France. Private Red Elk was assigned as a Machine Gunner with the Machine Gun Company, 58th Infantry, 8th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, American Expeditionary Forces. Private Red Elk fought in the Tisne-Marne Offensive; the St Mihiel Offensive; and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. After the armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 he served on occupation duty in/around the areas of Bad Bertrich and Ahrweiler, Germany. Private Red Elk returned to the United States on 1 August 1919 and was discharged at Camp Pike, Arkansas. He was awarded the World War I Victory Medal with/3 Battle Clasps and the Army of Occupation Medal with/Germany Clasp. He was born on 5 September 1898 and died on 26 April 1949 at age fifty-one. His final resting place is the Walters Cemetery in Walters, Oklahoma. Robert P. Chahtinneyackque Jr. served with honor in the Army Air Force from 3 October 1942 to December, 1945 earning the

Sapcut family

The flag of Frank (Atewuthtakewa) Red Elk rank of Technician Sergeant. He served in both the European-Africa-Middle Eastern (EAME) and China-BurmaIndia (CBI) Theaters of Operations during World War II. Prior to his service overseas he and his 10-man crew trained at Wendover Field, Utah Twice; Gowen Field, Idaho; Kearns Army Air Field, Utah; Hammer Field, California; and the Orlando Army Air Force Base, Florida – while in the EAME Theater he was based at Torretto Airfield, Italy. He was assigned to the Crew #74, 767th Bomb Squadron, 461st Bombardment Group, 49th Bombardment Wing, 15th Air Force as a Radio Operator,

The flag of Robert P. Chahtinneyackque Jr.

Mechanic and Gunner aboard a B-24 Liberator Heavy Bomber called the “Tail Dragon”. He and his crew flew 51 combat missions. Prior to his departure to the CBI Theater he trained briefly at the Sioux Falls Army Air Force Base, South Dakota. He was based at the Tezpur India Army Air Force Base, India with the India-China Division, Air Transport Command. His crew flew the “Hump” over the Himalayan Mountains, the tallest mountains in the world, from Rupsi, India to Kunming, China delivering mostly 55-gallon drums of aviation fuel, oil and other supplies to American and Chinese forces. He was

The flag of Wilbur Glenn Sapcut

awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation with/2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; the Gunners and Air Crew Badges; the Air Medal with/4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; EuropeanAfrica-Middle Eastern Medal with/1 Silver and 4 Bronze Battle Stars (9 Campaigns); the Good Conduct Medal; the American Campaign Medal; the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; the World War II Victory Medal; and the Honorable Service Lapel Button. Tech Sergeant Chahtinneyackque was born on 30 March 1922 and died on 11 December 2004 at age eighty-two. His final resting place is Highland Cemetery in Lawton, Oklaho-

ma. Wilbur Glenn Sapcut retired from the Air Force after serving with honor from 29 October 1964 to 31 October 1984 earning the rank of Technical Sergeant. He served at Ton Son Nhut and Tuy Hoa Air Bases in Vietnam for 42 months as a Vehicle Operations Supervisor. TSGT Sapcut also served at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; Castle Air Force Base, California; Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina; Fort Polk, Louisiana; and overseas in England and Germany. He completed his military service at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota as a Facility Manager. His

Red Elk family

awards include the Air Force Commendation with/Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; the Good Conduct with/Silver Oak Leaf Cluster; the National Defense Service; the Vietnam Service; the Vietnam Campaign with/1960 Device; and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with/ Palm medals; the Air Force Outstanding Unit citation; and the air force Longevity service Ribbon with/2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. TSGT Sapcut was born on 14 February 1947 and passed away on 3 May 2015 at age sixty-eight. His final resting place is the Cache Creek KCA Cemetery west of Apache, Oklahoma.

November 2016


The Comanche Nation News

Comanche Nation Fair Athletes Softball

3 on 3

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First Place

Sons of Pitches

Second Place Comanche Nation Spur Casino

Third Place


Photos by Paula Karty/News Staff

Warrior Run

Horseshoes Injury Prevention’s CN Fair Events

Submitted by Bonita Paddyaker/Injury Prevention

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We had the Spirit Bike 30/50 mile bike ride through the Wichita Mountains and Wildlife refuge September 24th. We had 16 bike riders that registered and the Yackeyonny Ladies picked up a bike rider at the Visitors Center at the refuge that wanted to join them. We had 15 riders that rode 50 miles and two that rode 30 miles.We had an elder man and women ride the 50 mile ride. We are very proud of them. We had 21 volunteers that assisted with the four rest stops to assist with handing out water, gator ade, and refreshments. Emergency Medical Services were available for First Aid at all four stations. The CN CHR/EMS assisted and made sure the riders were safe. Volunteers were from the Medical Emergency Response Corps., Public Health Nurses from the Lawton, Carnegie and Anadarko Indian Health Service, Walters Brown Church, Alicia Wilson, Mercedez Wilson, Caron Yellowfish and her son, and Cheryl Pewewardy. George Tahdooahnippah was available with a pickup in case any rider broke down and the owner of Crooked Crank was available for bike repairs. Thanks to the CN Fair Board, and all the volunteers that made the Bike Ride a success. We held the Food Handler’s Certification for the CN Fair vendors at Watchetaker Gym. We had 55 attend the class and received their certification. The class was taught by Dustin Joplin and Katy Tompkins from the Lawton Indian Hospital’s OEH. They also inspected the vender booths for food safety. The CN Firefighters assisted them to learn the procedure for next year. We thank them for all the service they offer to the community and the Comanche Nation. Thanks to Wayla Wauqua and her staff for assisting with the registration. Volunteers are who help make an event a success. The Children’s Activities were held October 1 during the CN Fair. We had 165 children, 30 parents, and 11 volunteers attend the event. We held non-competitive games and competitive games for the children 1-14 years of age. We had door prizes for the children and each child received a goody bag with treats and a toy after the event. Yonie Sapcut, CN Child Protective Services assisted and gave out bags with safety items inside. The CN Casino donated items that were given to the parents. They donated Hershey’s candy bars that were passed out to the participants. We thank the CN Fair Board, CN Casino, and the volunteers for helping make the event a success. Winners of the door prize bikes are: Adriana Tartsah, Kathlyn Perry, Noah N, and Kasey Tartsah.

November 2016


The Comanche Nation News

Ashleigh Mithlo is Crowned Comanche Nation Princess; Michelle Nevaquaya Crowned Jr. Comanche Nation Princess

Photos by Paula Karty/News Staff

Candidates for the Comanche Nation Princess and Comanche Nation Jr. Princess are escorted into the powwow arena October 2. From left, Comanche Nation Jr. Princess candidate- Catherine Howell; Comanche Nation Jr. Princess Candidate- Michelle Nevaquaya; Comanche Nation Princess Candidate- Cameille Wetselline; Comanche Nation Jr. Princess Candidate- Rita Monoessy; and Comanche Nation Princess candidate- Ashleigh Mithlo.

Outgoing Comanche Jr. Princess, Alyshia Niedo

Niedo pins the Comanche Nation Jr. Princess banner on the newly elected Jr. Princess, Michelle Nevaquaya. Outgoing Comanche Shelby Mata.

Mata crowns the newly elected Comanche Princess, Ashleigh Mithlo.


Alyshia Niedo crowns Michelle Nevaquaya as the new tribal Jr. Princess. Shelby Mata places the Comanche Nation Princess Banner on Ashleigh Mithlo.

Shelby Mata is honored by ‘lulus’ as she dances her last song as the Comanche Nation Princess.

Photos by Paula Karty/News Staff

WELCOME TO THE SISTERHOOD. Members of the Comanche Nation Princess Sorority line up the afternoon of October 1, to welcome their new sister into the sorority, Shelby Mata, who completed her reign as the 2015-2016 Comanche Nation Princess. RIGHT: Comanche Nation Princess Sorority President, Jill Parker, places a Sorority Shawl on Mata, while Gaylon Motah, founder of the Princess Sorority, announces the induction to the powwow crowd. The Comanche Nation Princess Sorority has been in existence for 26 years.

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