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September 2016

“Comanches on the Move” Tribal members make a Historic Journey

Comanche Nation Election Board Announces New Run-Off Voting Dates

25th Annual Comanche Nation Fair List New Events

By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

The Comanche Nation Election Board announced Aug. 23 the Run Off Election will take place September 24. Early Voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 22, at the Comanche Nation Elder’s Center, located at 1107 SW “H” Ave., in Lawton, Oklahoma. Early voting will also be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 23, at the Comanche Nation Tribal Complex, in the New Conference Room. The deadline to return the request for absentee ballot has been extended until September 12. Voters who have returned requests for absentee ballots, an absentee ballot will be mailed to them the week of August 29, 2016. The run-off election was scheduled for August 27, but due to a Special General Council Meeting called by three of the CBC (Comanche Business Committee) regarding a petition filed by CBC No. 1, Jonathan Poahway, voting was postponed.

Comanche Homecoming Accepting Applications for Princess By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

The Comanche Homecoming Committee will be accepting application for it’s Princess Sept 5. The qualifications are: • 15 yrs-18 yrs of age • Enrolled member of the Comanche Nation • Must submit a photo and a biography, and must fill out an application. Applications can be picked up at the Comanche Nation PIO Office. The deadline to turn in information is Sept. 30. The committee is hosting benefits to raise money for annual celebration in July 2017. A Indian Taco Sale will take place beginning 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Comanche Nation College. They will sell pre-order tickets the week before. They will also have a benefit powwow Oct 16, at the Walter Community Center, where the new Comanche Homecoming Princess will be crowned. The new officers are President- JT Liles Vice President- RC Knox Secretary- Rosie Motah Treasurer Desiree DeVine

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Tribal members prepare to make the long journey to North Dakota, to show support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, against The Dakota Access Pipeline. By Paula Karty/News Staff

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a $3.7 billion project that would carry 470,000 barrels of oil a day from the oil fields of western North Dakota to Illinois, where it would be linked with other pipelines. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies just south of the pipeline’s charted path across beaches and under the Missouri River, has asked a judge to halt construction. The tribe argues that a leak or spill could be ruinous. Native Americans have been

gathering since April outside Cannon Ball, a town in South central North Dakota near the South Dakota border, to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. The protest started with members from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the protest has since grown to several thousand people including members from the Comanche Nation. What inspired tribal members to consider going to North Dakota was a post on social media from tribal member Geneva Hadley: “Seriously, who would go and rep-

resent our nation in ND if travel arrangements were made. Let’s say, a couple days and nights provide your own food and maybe tents, but find sponsors for the gas? Need a head count to see who is interested. It’s approximately 1000 miles and about a 16 hour ride.” A group of interested tribal members responded to the call to help support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota. This group made the journey and are now See PIPELINE, Page 3

Combat Veteran, Eddie Mahseet, Graces Book Cover of Vietnam War Book

Submitted by Lanny Asepermy/CIVA

Mahseet’s photo was then deployed to Camp chosen from about 400 other Hansen, Okinawa where photos taken during his second he completed jungle wartour of duty in Vietnam. The fare training while asphoto was taken by combat signed to H Company, 2nd photographer, Dennis Fisher. Battalion, 1st Marines, Mr. Fisher commented about 1st Marine Division as a the photo saying “This is one RTO (Radio Telephone of two photos I took of Eddie Operator) which is perduring a fire fight east of Hue haps the most dangerous during the Tet Offensive. As a job in combat. His first combat photographer I have tour in Vietnam began in been in many battles and seen early August, 1965 when File Photos how Marines responded under LEFT: Eddie Masheet as a young Marine. RIGHT. his unit performed what fire. I can truthfully say on that Proud Combat Veteran, Mahseet became know as “Dagger day I saw a poised, clam, and Thrust” operations from focused warrior intent on taktheir ship, off the coast of ing the fight to the enemy. The photo and Vietnam War veteran Eddie Mah- Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin, into captures 1/125th of a second shows seet to that very short list.” Vietnam for periods of 3-5 days on Mahseet firing and a slightly blurred After attending school in reconnaissance and search and despent cartridge flying through the air Apache and at Fort Sill Indian School stroy operations. Mahseet was the below his elbow but that is only part and back at Apache Mahseet dropped third Comanche to set foot onto Vietof the picture. For those of us that out of school, as a junior, and vol- nam (the others were Jimmy Looking were there it is an image that brings unteered for service in the Marine Glass and Richard Sapcut). In early back the sight, sound, and smell of a Corps on 28 August 1964 (at age 17 December 1965 his entire unit came large battle in memory of the many years) and served with honor until ashore in the Hue-Pui Bai area of I lives that was lost that day.” 8 October 1968 including two tours Corps and which as the headquar“Other than the Comanche in Vietnam. He completed his Boot ters for Battalion. Some of the areas Code Talkers of World War II in the Training at the Marine Corps Train- Mahseet added to his vocabulary inbook “The Comanche Code Talkers ing Depot in San Diego, California cluded places like Dong-ha, Quang of World War II” by Bill Meadows and his Individual Training Regiment Tri, Khan-san, the Rock Pile, Camp and Henry Mihesuah in his autobiog- at Camp Pendleton, California. He Carroll, A Shaun Valley, Con Thien, raphy “First to Fight,” I know of no then attended the Force Recon Train- Cua Viet and Charlie 2 to name a few. other Comanche veterans that have ing Course which included underwa- Eddie was involved in well over 20+ graced the cover of books that have ter demolition training at Pensacola, combat operations, mostly against been published,” said CIVA Histo- Florida. He was unable to complete the North Vietnam Regular Army. rian, Lanny Asepermy. airborne training because he received For the last 3 months of his first tour See MAHSEET, Page 14 “Now we can add Marine orders for deployment overseas. He

This year’s Comanche Nation Fair marks its 25th year of celebrating the Comanche culture, bringing families together, and enjoying a weekend full of events for all ages. With the retirement of Tomah Yeahquo, Comanche Nation Fair Director for 10 years, the newly appointed Fair Board is keeping her at heart as they plan the Fair’s Silver Anniversary. “She taught us a lot,” expressed Comanche Nation Fair Board Secretary, BJ Anderson. “I am glad I was taking notes.” This year’s Special Guest is Canadian Native Actor, Adam Beach. He will participate in the Fair Parade, and speak to the youth afterwards. Beach’s latest film is called, “Suicide Squad,” where he plays the character, Slipknot. He has also appeared in over 60 films, including the Academy Award nominated movie, “Flags of our Fathers,” where he plays Ira Hays, a Pima Native American who was one of six US Marines to raise the American Flag on Iwo Jima. His portrayal of Hayes earned him two Best Supporting Actor nominations. In addition to the Special Guest, this year’s celebration will be a mixture of annual events as well as new ones. The Comanche Nation Transit Dept. will host a Car Show during the Fair 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 1. at the Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton, Okla. Cars can enter the show for $20. Car classes include Domestic, Import, Truck, 4x4, Classic, to name a few. Awards will also be given for Club Participation, Best Paint, and Best Interior. For more information about the Car Show, contact Rebecca, (580) 284-1037. A Flea Market will take place outside of the Education Building 1 p.m.-6 p.m. October 1 and October 2 for Comanche tribal members who signed up for the Free Vendor Space, which was implicated this year. Vendors have to provide their own electricity, tables, arbor, and chairs. There will not be any food vendors at the Flea Market area. A new activity geared toward the youth ages 4yrs.-18 yrs. is Juicy Art, presented by Numunu Turetu 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 29 at Watchetaker Hall. It will be a time for the young participants to express themselves through art. Juice and snacks will be provided. Children 6 See CN FAIR, Page 6

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Geneva Hadley presenting the letter of support from Comanche Nation on behalf of Comanche Nation Vice-chairwoman Susan Cothren to the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe David Archambautt II. The Missouri River, clean and pure. This is what thousands of Native Americans are fighting to preserve in North Dakota. This river is on the verge of having an oil pipeline built underneath. To Native Americans, water is considered to be very sacred. referred as “Comanches On The Move.” Hadley, one of the organizers said, “The fight has been going on quite a while and it affects all people and all living things that reside near the Missouri River.”

Before being able to make the long journey, the group had to raise funds. They wanted to take the Comanche Code Talker bus, which meant some quick brainstorming on how to come with money. A special pow-wow was quickly put together

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

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to help out with the funding. By the end of the pow-wow enough funds were raised to take the bus. Committeeman No. 1, Jonathan Poahway brought a letter of support from the Vice-Chairwoman Susan Cothren, to be presented to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Chairman of the Comanche Native American Church, Chapter 1918, Billy Komahcheet, cedared the group with prayers for a safe trip to their destination and a safe return. Upon arriving at the protest site, the Comanche people were greeted with great hospitality. As the Code Talker bus pulled into the protest area, there was an array of lulus and war hoops from tribal members of other tribes that were already at the site. People were running to see the bus and to greet the Comanche people. The welcome was very spiritual, almost bringing tears to the eyes of many. Hadley presented the letter of support from the Comanche Nation to the Stranding Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman, David Archambautt II. The Comanche people were given a teepee to stay in. Tribal members also took their own personal tents and camping equipment to help accommodate the Comanche camp. The camp had many visitors from many different tribes. People from all over Indian country near and far were coming to the camp to make new friends and to snap a photo or two of the Code Talker bus. One in particular guest that visited the Comanche camp was American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) Co-founder, Dennis Banks. Banks greeted and welcomed the Comanche people. Banks told the Comanche people: “You have heard the drum calling you and when you hear it again, you will come the Comanche are on stand by.” Tribal member, Nolan Tahdoonippah said, “We felt like it was our duty to help our Sioux brothers stand against the black snake.” Tahdoonippah said, “I get a lot of people asking me how I felt when I was up there, my answer was: I can’t explain how I felt, I can’t put words into the feeling that I felt, there really are no words to explain that feeling.” Trella Louis wrote: “This was an emotional and spiritual experience that no one will fully understand, unless you were there. For those of us that were, we will always have that connection.” Nicole Almaguer wrote: “Some of the things we saw and experienced I don’t think people will believe actually happened. And some things that we seen were meant just for us to or even feel.” Hadley said, “It is great sadness that we had to leave our northern brothers and sisters to travel back home. I don’t believe any of us were really ready to go, but we all have obligations. Oh how I wish we could be with then as they prepare for the court ruling. Creator please hear our cries and take away DAPL. We shared prayer together, we shared meals, we laughed together and we cried together, but one

A.I.M. Co-founder Dennis Banks standing by the Comanche Code Talker bus speaking to the Comanche people.

Even the children are making a stand. They are the future and want to protect what will someday be theirs. thing remains....We stood in UNITY. To all the nations represented in Standing Rock, the Comanche people are with you in spirit. Thank you for your great hospitality that you shown us. The Lakota are giving and caring people that only to protect the future of their children and their children’s children. Children are sacred; therefore Water is sacred.” The group got together after returning home just to enjoy a meal and express their feelings about the trip. Eric Poemoceah said: “Sometimes it’s hard to explain a experience that was so spiritually uplifting, it is hard to put into words when explaining our Beautiful journey.” Mary Wade said: “You know it’s hard to tell your story and try to make someone understands what it was like up there. I truly believe the reason is that no one here has ever experienced a real sense of unity, love or respect,and that’s what is so hard for us to explain, you can only know what it feels like, if you were there and experienced it yourself.” The group is planning to make another trip to North Dakota, they will be having fund raisers and they are starting to accept donations of any sort. If anyone would like to make a donation or would like more information you can contact Trella Louis at (580) 353-9144, they also have a Facebook page: Comanches on the move, and they have a Go Fund me account.

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Special General Council Meeting Does Not Reach A Quorum; Meeting to be Rescheduled to Hear Poahway Petition

CBC No. 1, Jonathan Poahway, announces the Aug. 27 Special General Council Meeting will be rescheduled when a quorum was not met.

Tribal member, Danny Robles, signs in at the Comanche Nation Enrollment Table at the August 27 Special General Council Meeting.

Photos by Paula Karty/News Staff

By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

The August 27 Special General Council Meeting, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., never made an official quorum to conduct business. As tribal members slowly begin to fill the seats in Watchetaker Hall, numbers were gradually rising to make the required 150 tribal voters to make a quorum. At 11:01 a.m., Comanche Nation Election Board Chairperson, Sandra Gallegos, announced there were only 131 tribal members signed in for the meeting, and no quorum was established. Lagging 19 tribal members to sign in, Susan Cothren followed Gallegos, saying she is allowing the registration to stay open longer, so a quorum can be established. An array of both cheers and boos was the response to the announcement. Tribal member, Eleanor McDaniel, made a motion to adjourn the meeting, due to no quorum. Her motion was seconded by another tribal member, but did not get voted on. The tribal Election Board broke down their registration station, and left the meeting. Cothren announced tribal members could continue to sign in through the Comanche Nation Enrollment Office, who was set up to help verify tribal members’ enrollment. A crowd soon gathered

around the small table of the Enrollment Office, by tribal members who both were in support of people signing in, and who were against people signing in. As people signed their names to the paper, arguments intensified. It was not long after that the Enrollment Office shut down their station and left the meeting. One unknown tribal members asked how was the voting going to take place be fair, due to the ones who were signing in through the Enrollment Office not having a voters’ wrist band, which the Election Board was giving out to those who registered. With no way to conduct a vote on the agenda items, CBC (Comanche Business Committee) No. 1, Jonathan Poahway, announced to the audience the Special General Council Meeting will be rescheduled for a later date, and when it does take place, the CBC will use another Election Board to conduct the voting. Tribal member, Susan Whitewolf, asked Poahway if he will still be on the September 24 run-off ballot, if he is going to reschedule the meeting. Before he could answer, Cothren announced the meeting was adjourned at 11:58 a.m. The special General Council Meeting was scheduled by the request of a Petition of Action filed by

Poahway’s attorney August 8, after the Comanche Business Committee lost a quorum at its monthly meeting. During the meeting two CBC members, Secretary/Treasurer Jerry Tahsequah and CBC No. 3, Harry Mithlo, left the meeting, in which the CBC lost a quorum to conduct business. When asked why the men left the meeting, Tahsequah said all of the scheduled business was completed, which was listed on the agenda, and right before adjournment, CBC No. 4, Clyde Narcomey, allegedly made a motion to approve Poahway the winner of his seat on the CBC. “We refused to hear Narcomey’s motion,” said Tahsequah. “He wanted the CBC to declare Poahway the winner without voting.” Poahway had filed a protest against the Comanche Nation Election Board right before the July 26 deadline, saying he had won the July 23 General Election against Jack Codopony Sr., with 703 votes, 48.92 percent, to Jackie Codopony Sr.’s 691 votes, 48.09 percent. There were 43 ballots (2.99 percent) where neither candidate was selected. Poahway contended that the “no votes” diluted the legitimately cast ballots and that, without those votes, he won by a 50.4 percent majority vote. He believes the election board misinterpreted the

election ordinance to require a 51 percent majority, which is required for primary elections of more than two candidates, according to the election board ordinance. The Election Board had a meeting July 28 to address the issue of Poahway’s protest. During the meeting, Poahway and his lawyer presented their petition to the Election Board. The board voted to deny the protest and petition, due to the petition not being complete (not having the noted attachments to the allegations in the petition). Feeling he did not have his Due Process, Poahway turned in his petition to the CBC, asking for them to address it at their Aug. 6 monthly meeting. When a quorum was lost, the CBC brought it to the General Council, which also did not have a quorum. While the Election Board had set a date of August 27 to have the Run-Off Election, Vice Chair, Susan Cothren, set the Special General Council on the same day, to hear Poahway’s petition. “That was the earliest weekend we could have the meeting, after we had a meeting with the lawyers on August 8,” explained Cothren. “There is a required two weeks for announcing the meeting, which was

Aug. 22. So, that weekend, the 27th, was the first available time to address Mr. Poahway’s petition.” The Election Board felt they gave Poahway his Due Process at their July 27 Meeting, and their vote was legitimate and final, so they proceeded with organizing the Run-Off Election by verifying polling sites to vote, sending out Absentee Ballot Requests, and securing the voting machines and ballots with Terry Rainy of Inc. Impressions, Inc. The CBC sent a request to Rainey on Aug. 10, asking him to “stay,” or halt, the Aug. 27 Run Off Election until the Special General Council can be conducted. Ryland Rivas, of Rivas Law Office, offered his services to the Election Board, according to Gallegos, and sent a letter to Rainey and the CBC, stating the Election Board is in their means to conduct the Aug. 27 Run Off Election. After memos and letters shuffled between the two entities, the Election Board agreed to run the voting process at the Aug. 27 Special General Council Meeting, after Inc. Impressions, Inc. was instructed not to bring voting machines Aug. 27 to the Run-Off Election sites.

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IHS Tribal Management Grants Support Tribal Self-Determination By Rhiannon Poolaw, Producer KSWO/Published August 29/

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) The Indian Health Service has awarded 2016 Tribal Management Grant Program awards totaling more than $1.5 million to 16 tribes and tribal organizations to assist in preparing to assume all or part of existing IHS programs, functions, services and activities and further develop and improve their health management capability. Tribes have the right to assume responsibility for providing health care to their members and to operate and manage health care programs or services previously provided by IHS, subject to certain requirements, as authorized by the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA). “IHS and tribes share the common goals of tribal self-determination and providing quality health care to American Indian and Alaska Native patients. The tribal management grants, along with IHS technical assistance, are critical resources to achieving these shared goals,” said IHS Principal Deputy Director Mary L. Smith. “Today, over two-thirds of our annual funds go directly to the tribes that have elected self-determination and self-governance, where they continue to provide access to quality health care for their communities.” The Tribal Management Grant Program is designed to enhance and develop health management infrastructure and assist tribes and tribal organizations in assuming all or part of existing IHS programs, functions, services, and activities through

ISDEAA agreements and to assist established American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations with ISDEAA Title I and Title V agreements to further develop and improve their management capability. More than two-thirds of the total annual IHS funding for American Indian and Alaska Native health is now administered by tribes primarily through the authority provided to them under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. Under the principles of self-determination, tribes have the option to receive their health care directly from IHS or by carrying out their own health care programs as authorized by the ISDEAA, or any combination thereof. By law, IHS carries out its responsibility to facilitate the transfer and support the achievement of tribal health goals and objectives. The IHS Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT) provides information, technical assistance, and policy coordination in support of Indian self-determination. ODSCT provides agency leadership and advocacy for direct service tribes in the development of health policy program management and budget allocation and advises the IHS director and senior management on direct service tribes issues and concerns. The IHS, an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following flyers were turned in to the Comanche Nation PIO. They are placed in the order the candidates were nominated at the April 16 General Council Meeting. The flyers do not reflect the personal opinions of the Comanche Nation PIO Staff. See Page 3 for more information.

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years and under will require a chaperone with them during the event. Parents must be there by 7:45 p.m. to pick up their children. This will be a time to take a picture with your young artist. Jack Russel’s Great White Band will be the feature at this year’s Music Festival. They are best known for the 1989 song, “One Bitten, Twice Shy.” Opening acts will begin at 3 p.m. in Watchetaker Hall, with Great White taking the stage at 4 p.m.

Comanche Nation Fair Carnival Enrolled Comanche Children to receive a One-Day Pass

By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

How it all began: Story of the First Comanche Nation Fair 2010 Special Edition Comanche Nation Fair Vol. 10 Ed.10

As the Comanche Nation Fair celebrates it’s 25 Anniversary, the story of how the first Comanche Fair was established during a 2010 interview with former Comanche Nation Chairman, Wallace Coffey: “The Comanche Nation Fair, in its 19th year of existence, is the largest fair in Southwest Oklahoma and brings thousands to the events that are sponsored by the Comanche Nation employees. How the fair began is best told by its originator, Chairman of the Comanche Nation, Wallace Coffey: “I became the Chairman in 1991, and I moved home from Denver, Colorado, to assume that post. The beginning of my term, I realized there was a low self-esteem amongst our people. It was evident; people were discouraged with regard to unemployment, and their wellbeing. According to our Constitution, we must improve environment, the health, the overall well-being of our people. After praying about it for a period of time, the Comanche Fair came to me. I asked my mother, who was living at the time, if she would like to go back to Craterville Park. She said that would be wonderful. I remember being there when I was a kid,” said Coffey. “So I began talking to Major General Fred Marty, at the time. We started visiting; he came to us and we went to him. Essentially, he said, ‘no’ because if he allowed us to have it, then other tribes (like Kiowas) would want it. I said, ‘it’s historically ours, and that is where our winter encampment used to be.’ I kept talking to him, and he was very negative. I wrote a letter to Dick Cheney, who was the Secretary of Defense, at the time. They were starting to close military bases, and I told him to close Ft. Sill down and give it back to the Comanches, and we will heal it. Instead of bombing this land, we will heal it. Two weeks later, I got a call from Major General Fred Marty. He said, ‘Wallace, we need to talk,’ and that is when we got the okay for the fair. That was up until June, 1992. At the Comanche Homecoming, we

passed out flyers: Comanche Fair, 1992. Craterville Park, North of Cache,” said Coffey. “My brother, (the late) Woogie was living, and we had him do an exposition dance. We had a special Fancy Dance Contest on his behalf, and it was an amazing thing. We chose September because July and August were too hot, and the end of September, the season was just changing and it wouldn’t be too hot in the day, or too cold at night. So, it was just perfect. We had a pageant Sunday evening, and after the pageant, the fair was over,” said Coffey. “I also chose that time because the moon was full, and when the moon is full, it won’t rain. That was one of the old teaching I remembered. That one evening, the moon came over the East side of the mountains, and everyone was in awe,” he said. “We dedicated the RH Comanche Helicopter, which was being constructed at the time, at the Comanche Fair. We did the Thuwee Dance, and we touched it with all our weapons that it would be a good weapon,” said Coffey. “The Shoshone leadership came to be with us. (The late) Edgar Monetathchi was pleased the employees were running the fair, cooking in the back that Sunday afternoon. When we got through (the late) Tommy Wahnee prayed over the food,” he added. “I didn’t think it would ever be this big. It has come to the point where it has really outdone itself. I think the Comanche people needed it at the time, and they are the ones who I remember, many dances. We even had a Switch Dance. We all met out there that Monday. We had to pick up every piece of trash, every cigarette butt. And we gave it back the way we found it. They (Ft. Sill) couldn’t believe how well we took care of it. I told them we have not lost our environmental sense about us. We treasure Mother Earth; we pray for her, she blessed us all,” said Coffey. The people who helped put the first fair together included (the late) Johnny Wauqua and Ozzie Red

Elk, who met with Ft. Sill representatives numerous times to iron out the details of the Comanche Fair being at Craterville Park. The first Comanche Fair Board • Arts & Crafts – Carlotta Nowell • Pageant – (the late) Elton Yellowfish • Camp Coordinator – Stephanie Harrison • Parade - Kenneth Goodin • Carnival- Bill Shoemate • Parking – US Army • Church Service – (the late) George Wallace Jr. • Powwow – Jerome Tahhahwah, (the late) Bobby Wallace, and Bill Fodder • Daily Programs – (the late) Bobby Wallace • Powwow Contest – Raymond “Dink” Nauni • Exhibits - Carlotta Nowell • Publicity – (the late) Bill Southard • Facilities – Butch Pahdocony • First Aid - Comanche Nation CHR Program • Run - Ken Karty • Food – (the late) Harold Pewewardy • Security – US Army and Comanche Nation • Fund Raising - Romelia Kassanavoid • Souvenir Book - Barbara Goodin • Sunday Games – June Sovo • Information – Francine Monenerkit • Youth Programs - Teresa Lopez The 1992 Comanche Business Committee: • Chairman - Wallace Coffey • Vice Chairman - Francine Monenerkit • Secretary/Treasurer – Jackie Codopony Jr. • CBC No. 1 – (the late) Elton Yellowfish • CBC No. 2 – Carol Cizek • CBC No. 3 – George Wallace Jr. • CBC No. 4 – Bill Shoemate

This year’s carnival will be bigger than previous years, and safer, too, according to the Comanche Nation Fair Board. Although it has been a free carnival in the past, the biggest change is this year’s fair carnival will require tickets, or a wrist band. Children ages 3 yrs.- 17 yrs. who are enrolled with the Comanche Nation can receive a one-day pass for unlimited rides, that can only be used once during the weekend. To get the free wrist band, an adult has to go to the Comanche Nation Enrollment Department the week of the fair during normal business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or 8 a.m.- 3

p.m. on Oct. 1 (they will close briefly for the 10 a.m. parade) to verify the child’s tribal enrollment. Once verified, the adult will sign for a ticket to take to the carnival midway’s ticket stand, where they will receive their one-day-pass for free rides. Each child can only get one pass for the weekend. For others, a 3-day-pass for the carnival rides will be $40 if they are purchased by Thursday Sept. 30. After that, the price will be $50 for a three day pass. The Comanche Nation Fair will receive 20% of the profits generated at the carnival, according to the Comanche Nation Fair Board.

Friendly Tips and Reminders to Ensure a Good Time at the Comanche Nation Fair By Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

There are some accommodations for visitors and campers this year that will add to the hospitality of the Comanche Nation Fair: Here are few reminders to help you enter and exit the Fair area and to ensure everyone has a fun and safe time: The Comanche County Fairgrounds Coliseum will be the alternative place for the powwow in case of inclement weather Madische Road will close at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 for the Comanche Nation Fair Parade. Make plans to get to the fairgrounds before that time so you do not get stuck in traffic and miss the fun • Shuttles will be available to pick up visitors to and from the parking areas • Bring items such as umbrellas and light jackets in case of inclement weather

• The designated Lost and Found will be at the Comanche Nation Fair Building, West of CIP Building • Make sure you lock your cars and place valuable items in the trunk area of your vehicle • The Comanche Nation and BIA Law Enforcement will be located South of the Powwow Grounds Those with cell phones are encouraged to use the Comanche Nation PIO/IT Mass Text System to stay informed with changes in the fair schedule. Text the word “Comanche” to 411247 to receive updates and changes through your smart phone. For more information about the Comanche Nation Fair, contact the Comanche Nation at (580) 4924988 or toll free at (877) 492-4988.

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List of 2016 Comanche Nation Fair Events

Go to the Comanche Nation Fair Website for more information: Saturday, September 24, 2016 7:30 am Golf Tournament @ Marlow, Oklahoma 7:30 am Spirit Ride through the Wichita Mountains Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Midnight Peyote meeting @ grassy area north of dance ground Thursday, September 29, 2016 8:00am to 5:00 pm Comanche Land Run Camp---"Take it and Stake It" Registration will be in Watchetaker Hall 9:30 am Food Handlers class @ Watchetaker Hall 10:00 am Warrior Communities Spirit Run (start at Apache, Cache & Walters community centers) 12:00 pm Vendors Set Up 4:00 pm Spirit runners arrives at the Comanche Complex 4:00- 6:00 pm Comanche Nation Museum Opening “the Haits Exhibit” @ CN Museum Carnival opens (pending carnival setup) 5:00 pm Carnival Opens (pending carnival Set Up) 6:30 pm Comanche Nation Museum Opening “the Haits Exhibit” @ CN Museum Carnival opens (pending carnival setup) Juicy Art- Activities for Children @ Watchetaker Hall Friday, September 30, 2016 Sunrise Flag Raising for Honored veteran- Frank Red Elk 8:00 am -10 pm Voting for Princess @ south handicapped parking lot 3:00 pm Call of Duty Gaming Tournament @ Watchetaker Hall 3:00 - 8:00 pm Art Show registration @ New Conference Room Noon Carnival opens 6:00 pm Gourd Dancing & Brush Dance @ Comanche Nation Dance Ground 6:30 pm Lowering the Flag 7:00 pm Softball tournament starts @ Janice Pewewardy softball field 8:00 pm Grand Entry 9:00/9:15 pm Contest: Tiny tots/Jr. Division/ Young Adults

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Saturday, October 1, 2016 6:30am to 9:00 am Rations will be given @ Food distribution 7:00 am Parade line up @ grassy area north of the softball field 7:15 am Registration for CN Housing Authority Fun Run 7:45 am Registration for 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament @ South of Administration Building 8:00 am Flag Raising for Honored Veteran- Robert Chahtinney Ackque Jr. 8:00 am to 10 pm Voting for Princess @ south handicapped parking lot 8:00 am-3 pm Enrollment Dept. Will be open for Children’s s Carnival Bands. Closed during the parade 9:00 am MADISCHE ROAD WILL CLOSED DOWN FOR THE PARADE 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Comanche National Museum will be open 10:00 am Parade begins 11:00 am Watchetaker Hall will CLOSE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE PARADE 12:00/12:30 pm Carnival opens Car Show @ Lawton Comanche Nation Casino South Parking Lot Hot Diggity Dog special (hotdog feed) @ East of CRYS building 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will resume 1:00 pm Special guest- “Adam Beach” will have a CHILDRENS ONLY Questions & Answer session @ Watchetaker Hall Art Show @ New Conference Room Horseshoe Tournament @ North of the Watchetaker Hall Soft ball Tournament @ softball field Bull riding @ the bull pen 2:00 pm Gourd dance @ Comanche Nation Dance Ground 4:00 to 6 pm Children’s activities @ North of Education Building 5:00 Music Festival- Opening Act, Signal 4, @ Watchetaker Hall 5:00 pm Lowering the flag & Supper Break Gourd dance 6:00 pm Grand entry 7:00 pm Music Festival - Jack Russell’s “Great White” @ Watchetaker Hall 7:30 pm -8:45 pm Contest: Women’s Golden age/ Women’s SR.

Actor Adam Beach

Sunday, October 2, 2016 Sunrise Cedar Smoking ceremony Flag Raising for Honored veteran- Wilbur Sapcut Softball games resume 7:45 am Spirit Walk 10:00 am Sunday Church Services @ Watchetaker hall 12:00 pm Sunday Meal @ Watchetaker hall 1:00 to 5:00 pm Art Show resume @ New Conference Room 1:00 pm Hand game tournament @Watchetaker Hall Bull Riding resumes @ bull pen 2:00 pm Gourd dance 4:00 pm Crown New Comanche Nationand Junior Princess 5:00 pm Lowering the flag & Super break 6:00 pm Gourd dance 7:00 pm War Dance, Social & Contest: Men’s Golden age/ Men’s SR

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Activities Announced for the 2016 25th Annual Comanche Nation Fair

Comanche Nation Injury Prevention Spirit Ride September 24 Contact George (580) 512-6410 or Bonita (580) 492-3343

Comanche Nation Fair Golf Tournament September 24 Contact Brain (580) 291-9609

Comanche Numunu Turetu Juicy Art 6:30 pm- 8 pm Sept. 29 Watchetaker Hall

Comanche Nation Diabetes Program Warrior Communities Spirit Run September 29 Contact (580) 280-4674

Comanche Nation Art Fair and Amateur Art Competition September 30 - October 2 Contact (580) 699-6556

Comanche Nation Optometry Call of Duty Tournament September 30 Contact (5800 699-5386

Comanche Nation Fair Co-Ed Softball Tournament September 30 - October 2 Contact Comanche Nation Workforce (580) 492-3345

Comanche Nation Fair Rations October 1 Contact Jaime (580) 492-3327 or Linda (580) 492-3325

Comanche Nation Housing Fun Run October 1 Registration 7:15 a.m. to 8 a.m. next to Transportation Building

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Activities Announced for the 2016 25th Annual Comanche Nation Fair

Comanche Nation Fair Children’s Activities October 1 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. North of Education Building

Comanche Nation Youth Program 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament October 1 Registration Deadline-September 28 Contact Youth Program (580) 492-3288

25th Annual Comanche Nation Fair Parade October 1 Registration Due-September 19 Contact Casey (580) 699-6563 or (580) 699-5534

Comanche Nation Transit & Transportation Car Show October 1 Lawton Comanche Nation Casino

Comanche Nation Youth Shelter Hot Dog Feed October 1 Located on the lawn of the Youth Shelter

Comanche Nation Fair Horseshoe Tournament October 1 Contact Brian (580) 583-0756

Comanche Nation Fair Music Festival October 1 Contact Francis (580) 492-3334

25th Annual Comanche Nation Fair Spirit Walk October 2 Contact (580) 248-3654

Comanche Nation Fair Handgame Tournament October 2 Contact (580) 492-3270

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Candidates for the 2016-2017 Comanche Nation Princess and Comanche Nation Jr. Princess Voting will take place during the 2016 Comanche Nation Fair Sept. 30 - October 1, at the Comanche Nation Complex


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Programs Comanche Nation Elder Council Trip to Palo Duro Canyon

Elders visit Benny Tahmahkera, who plays Quahah Parker in “TEXAS, the Musical,” and Marla Nauni following the show.

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The Elders Council visited the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, where they were greeted by Carol Lovelady, Interim Director of the Museum; and, Veronica M. Arias, Ph.D. who guided our tour. Submitted by the Comanche Nation Elders Council

On July 13-14, the Comanche Nation Elder Council made a trip to Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, where they attended “TEXAS the Musical,” took a bus tour of Palo Duro State Park, and visited the Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon, Texas. The Elders left the Comanche Nation Complex at 8:30 a.m. on July 13, traveling to Canyon, Texas; and, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Upon arrival at Canyon, the Elders took a brief tour of the Palo Duro Canyon State Park stopping at the Park Service Gift shop, then back to the Hotel to freshen up for dinner and “TEXAS the Musical” at the Palo Duro State Park Amphitheater. Upon arrival at the Amphitheater they experienced a “step on” tour, where a member of the Musical staff gets on the bus with them, and guides them through the Palo Duro Canyon. As most know, the Palo Duro Canyon has significant historical impact for the Comanche Nation as the site of the “McKenzie Raid” where they were attacked, a battle ensued, and thousands of our horses were slaughtered by the Calvary, taking a terrible toll on our ability to continue their nomadic lifestyle. Upon arrival back at the Amphitheater, the Elders had a Chuck Wagon BBQ dinner at the Musical Dinner Pavilion. Soon after dinner, they were met by Benny Tahmahkera, who played Quannah Parker in the Musical; and, Marla Nauni, who performed a beautiful solo in the Mu-

sical. They were thrilled to see Comanche Nation members had roles in “TEXAS the Musical.” It was 105 actual temperature when they arrived for Dinner and the Musical, as the sun set behind the Canyon Walls, it cooled to almost bearable, and they all moved into the Amphitheater to enjoy the Musical. The Musical itself was about settlers and cattlemen and singing and dancing that was quite nice. The highlight for the Elders was Benny Tahmahkera riding in on a horse in his Regalia portraying Quannah Parker; then Marla Nauni, in her regalia, sang in her beautiful, clear voice, a Comanche Hymn (which cured a settler from some sort of fever) leaving everyone in the whole crowd falling silent listening to her sing. It was a memorable experience; one most of them will never have again. The next morning, the Elders visited the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, where they were greeted by Carol Lovelady, Interim Director of the Museum; and, Veronica M. Arias, Ph.D. who guided our tour. Dr. Arias was quite knowledgeable about the history of this area in Texas; and, cultural aspects as related to Native peoples. They were joined on the tour by Nauni and Tahmahkera. They had hoped to see Quannah Parker’s staff and shield, but were told they were in storage “resting” and they were unable to retrieve them for our visit. That was disappointing to the elders, since they

looked forward to that specific look into their Comanche History. They were able to see Eschiti’s war bonnet and staff. When the Elders were loaded back on the bus, Tahmahkera and Nauni boarded to tell them goodbye, and how glad they were they came to the musical. Nauni gave each elder a bag of cedar she had gathered at Palo Duro Canyon as a parting gift. On the way back to Lawton, the Elders stopped at the Big Texan Steak House for lunch, where they were joined by Nauni and Tahmahkera. For those who are wondering which one of the Elders ate the 72 oz. steak. Raymond Almanza threatened to, but he didn’t follow through with his threat. So, none of them took the challenge. The trip brought insight into a segment of Comanche History that changed their nomadic ways forever; and, showed the Comanche Nation still has a colorful and lasting presence for historians in Texas. Members of the Elders Council often get questioned on how they can go on our Cultural/Historical trips. All you have to do is be a member of the Comanche Nation, age 62 years or older; and support the Comanche Nation Elder Council by attending the meetings held the first Monday of each month at the Comanche Nation College.

Comanche Law Enforcement Offers Citizen’s Police Academy in October Submitted by RL Smith/Comanche Nation Police Dept.

The Comanche Nation Police Academy (CPA) is designed to give the public an overview of the Police Department. It is also designed to create two-way communication between citizens and officers. The CPA is a 9-week block of instruction held in a classroom setting. Classes will consist of a two-hour session, once a week. The academy will start 6 p.m.8 p.m. October 4 it will be held for nine consecutive Tuesday evenings, ending with a graduation ceremony on November 29. The purpose of the Academy is to create better police-community relations through awareness and training. The CPA will provide the citizen with essential information to help ‘understanding of various legal issues, personnel staffing, and departmental procedures that police officers face on a daily basis. • Police Patrol • Narcotics • Firearms • Officer Safety • Police Canine • Patrol • Casino • Crime Prevention • Use of Force • Crime Scene Investigation • Criminal Investigation There will be lectures, vid-

eos tours and hands on training. Each student will be encouraged to participate in a ride-along with a police officer. Anyone who works or lives in the Comanche Nation Community is urged to apply for admission. The minimum age for enrollment is 18. No one will be rejected due to his or her sex, race, employment, socioeconomic status, or disability. “I would like to personally invite you to apply for enrollment in the Comanche Nation Police Department Citizens Police Academy. Comanche Nation Chief of Police, Vern Grffin, expressed, “I believe it would ‘help build a better relationship between you and the Comanche Nation Police Department. The Citizen Police Academy’s slogan “Community Partnership through Awareness” is more than just a slogan. It is the future- of policing. Together, we can make a difference, improving our great community, I encourage everyone to take part in the Citizens Police Academy and I hope to have the opportunity to meet you in the near future.” To receive an application for the Citizen’s Police Academy, or for questions, contact Officer RL Smith, (580) 492-3711.

Comanche Nation Diabetes Program Hosts Lunch & Learn for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Comanche Nation Diabetes Program and the Lawton Indian Hospital are inviting everyone to a Lunch and Learn about Breast Cancer Awareness. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Dia-

The Comanche Nation Offices will be closed Sept. 5 for Labor Day and re-open 8 a.m. Sept. 6

betes Awareness Program and IHS wants to teach ladies about the importance of learning about the cancer. According to the US Breast Cancer Statistics, about one in eight US women, about 12%, will develop invasive breast cancer over the course

of her lifetime. In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer was expected to be diagnosed in women. The Lunch & Learn will be 10:30 a.m.-noon October 13 at the

Comanche Nation Complex’s Watchetaker Hall. Guest Speakers will be Dr. Steven Hults, Women’s Health Clinic, and Shelly Myers, Radiology and Mammography. There will be door prizes and lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact Marilyn Figueroa, (580) 2804674, or Romelia Kassanavoid, (580) 354-5501. Participants must call to register by October 7.

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People, Places & Things Happening Tomah Earns Jenks Trojan Division II Championship


Jenni Tomah is a member of the Comanche Nation whom is a active swimmer on the Jenks Trojan Swim Club. This summer, during the long course season of the Statewide Swim Meet, Tomah won the Division II Championship. She met certain times and placed in several events despite coming off of a foot injury. Tomah is the 8 yr. old daughter of Leeanna Tomah, and granddaughter of Kelly Tomah.

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is named 2016 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a nonprofit clinic providing services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, was recently selected as one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma. OKCIC has been honored with this title for six years, including 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016. This survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Oklahoma, benefiting the state’s economy, its work force and businesses. The annual list of “Best Places to Work” was created by okc.BIZ and Best Companies Group. To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements: • Be a for-profit or not-forprofit business or government entity • Be a publicly or privately held business • Have a facility in the state of Oklahoma

DIVORCE? WRITS? WILLS/CODICILS? ATTESTATIONS? Packets/citations typed and prepared for Native Americans for issuance through BIA Court of Indian Offenses. (Additional BIA filing fees due at time of documentation). REASONABLE PREP FEES Contact: Jewell Tieyah (580) 678-2052 or (580) 492-5455

• Have at least 25 employees working in Oklahoma • Must be in business a minimum of one year. Organizations from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top organizations and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration, survey and analysis process and determined the final rankings. The ranked companies will be recognized at an event on September 27. A list profiling the companies selected as the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma will be published by okc. BIZ as well as in the Oklahoma Gazette on September 28. About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 20,000 patients from over 220 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, please visit

Cobell Education Scholarship Fund Reaches Nearly $40 Million to Benefit Native American Students The U.S. Department of the Interior announced July 20, that this quarter’s transfer of nearly $500,000 to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund (Scholarship Fund) brings the total amount contributed so far close to $40 million. The Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance through scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students wishing to pursue post-secondary and graduate education and training. Funded in part by the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program), the scholarship program is overseen by the Cobell Board of Trustees and administered by Indigenous Education, Inc., A non-profit corporation expressly created to administer the Scholarship Fund. Thus far, approximately $2.2 million has been awarded in graduate and undergraduate scholarships to highly qualified American Indian students. Based on data gathered by Indigenous Education, the most recent recipients – or Cobell scholars – include 404 undergraduate students and 64 graduate students; representing 89 federally-recognized tribes. Applications and information concerning scholarships for Academic Year 2017-2018 can be found at “With every new contribution, the scholarship fund will enable increasing numbers of Native American students across Indian Country to gain the advanced education and training that will help them meet the leadership challenges of the 21st century,” said Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins, a member of the Navajo Nation, who negotiated the Cobell settlement on behalf of the Interior department. “They are pursuing their dreams, opening doors to new opportunities, preparing themselves for leadership and advancing self-determination for their communities – all thanks to the vision of Elouise Cobell, whose life and legacy inspires and guides this noble initiative.” Alex Pearl, chairman of the Cobell Board of Trustees, said: “The

July 27-30 American Indian Exposition 85th Annual Archery Contest WINNERS

July 27-30 American Indian Exposition’s Beautiful Baby Pageant WINNERS

Tribal members play in July Jump Off

Winners of the Archery Contest Traditional: 1st Tim Nestell Score - 317 2nd Kenneth Stephenson Score : 265 Courtesy Photo

On opening day, Wednesday, July 27 the American Indian Exposition hosted its first sponsored Beautiful Baby Pageant. The special guests at the pageant was Elmo, Winnie The Pooh, Anna and Elysa from Frozen. The Expo Board would like to give special thanks to the Mothers, Grandmothers, and Dads who brought their children to help make this year a success. Winners of the Baby Pageant 0-2 Years Old 1st #140 Aiden Callenug 2nd #141 Rhonin Richard Kalama Giles 3-4 Year Old 1st #102 Jordan 2nd #100 Razor Cozad 3rd #103 Brielle Turney 4th Ava Maldonado 5-6 Year Old 1st #120 Isaiah Acosta 2nd #121 Jamie Aragon 3rd #150 Jaycee Cozad 4th #123 Donna Palmer

latest distribution aids our mission of carrying out the vision of Elouise Cobell to enhance educational opportunities for American Indians and Alaskan Native students. With the beginning of the new school year, we are excited to continue awarding the talented students in Indian Country. Our Board understands the financial aid needs in Indian Country are enormous. These transfers provide an important foundation from which to positively impact Native students. We remain committed to creating a uniquely tuned scholarship program attentive to the needs and issues of Native students.” The Buy-Back Program was created to implement the land consolidation component of the Cobell settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractionated interests in trust or restricted land from willing landowners. Consolidated interests are transferred to tribal government ownership for uses benefiting the reservation community and tribal members. Interior makes quarterly transfers to the Scholarship Fund as a result of the Program’s land sales, up to a total of $60 million. The amount Interior contributes is based on a formula set forth in the Cobell settlement that sets aside a certain amount of funding depending on the value of the fractionated interests sold. These contributions do not reduce the amount that an owner will receive. Since the Program began making offers in December 2013, more than $760 million has been paid to individual landowners and the equivalent of more than 1.5 million acres of land has been transferred to tribal governments. Offers are currently outstanding for landowners with fractional land interests at: • Agua Caliente – deadline: August 11, 2016 • Navajo Nation – deadline: August 22, 2016 • Fort Hall – deadline: August 25, 2016 • Quinault – deadline: September 1, 2016 Individual participation in the Buy-Back Program is voluntary. Landowners can contact the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at (888) 6786836 or visit their local Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) to ask questions about their land or purchase offers, and learn about financial planning resources.

Compound Bow Freestyle Unlimited 1st Kenny Talton Score 501 2nd Crystal Talton Score 390 3rd K. Murphy Score 335 Youth By 30 & 40 Yards 1st Dawson Dankowliski Score 941 2nd Aniyah Vigil Score 493 3rd Landon Dankowski Score 193 Free Style Winner Terry Talton Women’s 30, 40, 50 yards 1st Marilyn Pahcheka Score 131 2nd Karen Jo Dobson Score 33 Womens Compound Bow Crystal Tarlton Traditional Bow 1st Place Marilyn Pacheka-Dankowski 2nd Place Karen Deason

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Tribal teens Andrea Toahty and fellow team member Desirea Williams of SW Heat competed in the 2016 July Jump Off High School Division. The girls team made it to the semi-finals where they fell short and was eliminated. Toahty is 14 years old and attends Apache High School, where she plays Point guard. Toahty is the daughter of Ulinda Toahty and the granddaughter of the late Ladora Trout. Williams is 16 years old and she also attends Apache High School. Williams was elected to play center in the All-Star Game. She was elected by the July Jumpoff Staff. Williams is the daughter of Sianna B. Williams. She is the granddaughter of Lavonia Ada “Burgess” Williams. She is a descendant of the Yellowfish and Burgess families.

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Edmond L. “Eddie” Mahseet received the above book from fellow Marine and author, Gary Jarvis. Jarvis signed the book with the following inscription “7/13/2016, To: my good friend and Marine Warrior, LCpl Eddie Mahseet “Travels the Wind”. It is truly an honor having your photo (from combat action on April 13, 1968) on the cover of 1/27’s history book. Semper Fidelis, Gary Jarvis, Weapons Plt, Delta Company, 1st Bn, 27th Marines, 1967-68.”

Mahseet was transferred to H Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. After his tour he was transferred to Camp Lejune, North Carolina where he trained with the 3rd Marine Division including a Caribbean Cruise during which he completed the Jungle Warfare and Rubber Boat insertion training with the Army Green Berets in and around Panama and also in Puerto Rico.. His second tour in Vietnam began in September 1967 until his discharge (which was extended for 1 ½ months past his regular enlistment) – he was barely 21 years old with a world of combat service. He was assigned with D Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, again with the 1st Marine Division. In all he is credited with 26 combat operations during his 25 months in the ‘Nam. Mahseet stated “he fought and killed the enemy in close-in hand to hand combat on at least 5 occasions during his first tour and another 3 times during his second tour”. During the Battle called “MiniTet” as noted in the book “Young Blood – A history of the 1st Battalion, 27th Marines” Mahseet stated “he personally killed at least 8 NVA soldiers using his using the butt of his rifle, the end of the broken butt of his rifle and his K-Bar knife.” Some of the horrors he endured besides the Hand to Hand combat included suffering concussions more than once from an exploding grenade, rocket and mortar fire and B-52 bombs, bleeding from the ears and nose from the impact of B-52 bombing, bullet holes in the his uniform from small arms fire, flash burns from rounds that were less than ½ inch from his body, having the helmet chin-strip shot in half, the smell of rotting flesh from the dead enemy corpses, loss of hearing from the B-52 bombing, lack of clean drinking water, fatigue, exhaustion, a shower, a hot meal, chilled to bone from being wet and

leeches sucking into his body,. A whooping 85% of the Marines that Mahseet served with in Vietnam were either killed or wounded in action. He was decorated with the Navy/Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation twice for gallantry, determination and esprit de corp in accomplishing his mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions – it is the equivalent of the Navy Cross, the second highest military award. He was also awarded the Combat Action Ribbon twice for active participation while under enemy fire during ground combat. Other awards include the National Defense Service, Armed Forces Expeditionary, Vietnam Service with/4 Bronze Campaign Stars, Vietnam Campaign with/1960 Device, and Vietnam Civil Action Medals. He is 1 of 2 known Comanches (the other is CIVA Commander Ron Mahsetky) that fought and killed the enemy in Hand to Hand combat as documented in the book “Young Blood – the History of the 27th Marines also written by Mr. Jarvis. Eddie is also 1 of 26 Comanches that has earned the honorably title of Numu Pukutsi. After completing his military service Mahseet worked at Fort Sill under the VOLAR program for 2 years then on various construction jobs in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas until about 1977 when he enrolled El Reno Junior College. He completed his Associate program. Mahseet became a well known Champion Traditional and Straight Dancer for many years traveling throughout the United States from Texas to the Dakotas and Canada. In about 1980 he began his career as a Master of Ceremonies during Powwow’s throughout the United States. He stated “my mentor was Clinton Youngbear, a Cheyenne, from Watonga”. Locally, Mahseet has served as the Master of Ceremonies for the

Comanche Homecoming, Comanche Nation Fair, CIVA Veterans Day Celebration, banquets and other special events and Camp Crier for the American Indian Expo and many, many other nation-wide events. He has also hosted the radio program “Indians for Indians” since 2000. Eddie also served two 3-years terms as an elected member of the Comanche Business Committee which included membership on numerous Comanche Nation Boards, Commissions and Committees. Mahseet has paid the price for his combat service as Agent Orange has made him a insulin dependent diabetic, a kidney transplant recipient (he was on dialysis for 3 years). He also suffers from painful degenerate arthritis in both knees and lower back (forcing him to use a cane or walking device), tinnitus and hearing loss in both ears and poor eyesight (tunnel vision). Mahseet was raised mostly by his grandmother, Mabel Peahner Mahseet. His grandfather passed away when Mahseet was about 4 years old, His name was Clayton Weryadah. He has been married to the former Elizabeth LeBarre since about 1985 and they have 2 sons, 6 daughters and 10 grandchildren. He and his wife reside on the “hill’ on the east side of Apache. A son and daughter have served in the Marine Corps – they were the first known Comanche brother and sister to join the military at the same time and served concurrently. Mahseet is scheduled to be the MC for the upcoming Comanche Nation Fair this year. If you get the opportunity, shake his hand or give him a hug and thank him for the many sacrifices he made as a young man that allows us the many freedoms we have.

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Culinary Corner

Devil’s Club

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Recipes for Home Cooking Fabulous Fruit Salad



medium heat. Add onion and saute until soft, then add chicken and 2 tablespoons soy sauce and stir-fry for 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in carrots, celery, red bell pepper, pea pods and green bell pepper and stir-fry another 5 minutes. Then add rice and stir thoroughly. Finally, stir in scrambled eggs and 1/3 cup soy sauce, heat through and serve hot.

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Ingredients 1 red apple, cored and chopped 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped 1 nectarine, pitted and sliced 2 stalks celery, chopped 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 (8 ounce) container nonfat lemon yogurt Directions In a large bowl, combine red apple, Granny Smith apple, nectarine, celery, dried cranberries, and walnuts. Mix in yogurt. Chill until ready to serve.

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Ingredients 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 cup sliced onion 2 cups broccoli florets 2 carrots, julienned 2 cups snow peas 4 cups dry Chinese noodles 1/4 cup Teriyaki sauce Add all ingredients to list Directions In a large skillet brown chicken in oil, stirring constantly until juices run clear. Add the onion, broccoli, carrots and peas. Cover skillet and steam for 2 minutes. Add the Chinese noodles and Teriyaki sauce. Stir noodles into chicken/vegetable mixture, making sure they are coated with sauce. When the noodles wilt, serve.

Angel Food Cake

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1 3/4 cups white sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups egg whites 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Directions Beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks, and then add cream of tartar, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Sift together flour, sugar, and salt. Repeat five times. Gently combine the egg whites with the dry ingredients, and then pour into an ungreased 10 inch tube pan. Place cake pan in a cold oven. Turn the oven on; set it to 325 degrees F. (165 degrees C). Cook for about one hour, or until cake is golden brown. Invert cake, and allow it to cool in the pan. When thoroughly cooled, remove from pan

Start by choosing produce that’s free of bruises, mold, or other signs of damage. If you are purchasing precut items, make sure they have been refrigerated or displayed on ice at the supermarket. Once home, store perishable fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator (at 40 degrees F. or below) until you’re ready to use them. Always store precut fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator, too. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water before and after handling fresh produce. Use a sharp paring knife to cut away any damaged or bruised areas of the fruit or vegetable. Wash the produce before you peel it. That way, contaminants will not be transferred from your knife to the fruit or vegetable. Hold the fruit or vegetable under cool running tap water, gently rubbing it as you rinse it. For firm produce, such as melons and winter squash, use a clean vegetable brush to scrub the surface as you rinse it. Produce with bumpy, uneven surfaces, such as cauliflower and broccoli, should be soaked for 1 to 2 minutes in cold water to remove contaminants from the nooks and crannies.

Use a clean cloth or paper towel to dry the produce before using it. How to Wash Salad Greens

Salad greens require special attention. First, discard the wilted outer leaves; then prep and wash greens as directed for each type. • For leafy lettuces, such as green or red-tip leaf, butterhead, and romaine as well as endive, remove and discard the root end. Separate leaves and hold them under cold running water to remove any dirt. • For smaller greens, such as spinach and arugula, swirl them in a bowl or a clean sink filled with cold water about 30 seconds. Remove the leaves and shake gently to let dirt and other debris fall into the water. Repeat the process if necessary. Drain in a colander. • For iceberg lettuce, remove the core by hitting the stem end on the counter top; twist and lift out the core. (Do not use a knife to cut out the core, as this can cause the lettuce to brown). Hold the head, core side up under cold running water, pulling leaves apart slightly. Invert the head and drain thoroughly. Repeat if necessary. • For mesclun (a mixture of young, small salad greens often available in bulk at farmers markets), rinse in a colander or the basket of a salad spinner. How to Clean Mushrooms Find tips on how to clean and store mushrooms: Other Tips for Washing Fruits and Vegetables • Do not use soap of detergents when washing produce. • You need not seek out a special produce was to clean fruits and vegetables. Cool, clean, running tap water is fine. • Wash all produce before using, even if you are going to peel it. Any dirt and bacteria on the outside of unwashed produce can be transferred from the knife into the fruit or vegetable. Tip: Even organic fruits and vegetables, as well as produce from your own garden or local farmer’s markets, should be washed well.

The Devil’s Club is found from California to Washington and northward into Canada. It grows in the rich moist soils along the edges of streams, woodlands, and thickets. Devil’s Club usually grows solitary but, in a favored habitat, will make loose colonies. The shrub is known by several other names including Devil’s Brush and Hellbane and has an average life span of 25 to 50 years. A member of the Ginseng Family, Devils Club (Echinopanax) is characterized as a small shrub, reaching up to 15 feet tall, with erect, slender stems and sparse branches. The bark is smooth, thin, dark green to brown, and is heavily armed with sharp prickles. Leaf scars are obvious on stems. The shrub’s leaves alternate on stems and branches; each leaf is large and broad (1 to 2 feet wide) with palm-like lobes. They are a dark green color with prominent leaf veins. The leaf veins and stems have needle-like spines. Warning: Contact with foliage causes a painful rash. The flowers are borne in dense clusters at the tip of the stems; each is small (5 petals) and very fragile. The fruits are red, flat with two seeded berries, and toxic when eaten raw. The Devil’s Club has medicinal value. It can be utilized as a root paste on deep wounds, tumors, and cancer. Root bark tea is an emetic poison antidote. A dried stembark and leaf powder mix is used on snake bite, and fresh green leaves are used as a stimulating rub on sore muscles. Leaf-stem tea has a tonic effect when sipped in measured doses for urinary infection relief. What makes the Devil’s Club such a healing plant? Many of its hidden secrets have been discovered by scientific inquiry and medical research. A chemical analysis of the whole plant revealed saponin, various glycosides, complex organic acids, and essential oils. A purified extract has seen use as an anti-tumor drug. Microbiology studies of the Devil’s Club support its use as an infection fighting medicine. An ethanol extract of its roots, bark, and leaves limited the growth of disease-causing germs in laboratory media. The Devil’s Club also has food value. Young leaves trimmed of their spines are cooked in two changes of water as a potherb, and ripe fruits are cooked or made into preserves. The Devil’s Club has limited economic usage. Its lovely flowers and exotic look assures it a place in public landscapes and private gardens. Lastly, the Devil’s Club has primitive utilization. Its wood can be carved into wood ware for the kitchen. The wood cures well and is used to make bird cages and in light construction needs; additionally, the wood can be burned as fuel. Leaves, when crushed and mixed with water, can form slurry that stuns fish on contact.

WE WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU ARE COOKING!! Send a picture of any of the recipes you try on the “Culinary Corner” page, and it will be in an issue of TCNN. Email your name, picture, and which recipe you used, to staceyh@comanchenation. com

September 2016


Obituaries Joetta Arrendondo Fite

Michael Lee Mithlo Jr.


Mithlo Michael Lee Mithlo Jr., 27, of Apache went to be with his Lord on August 8, in Lawton. Funeral Service was August 13, at the United Methodist Church of Apache Pastor Donnie Ahhaitty and Pastor Linda Lusnia officiating. Burial followed at the Mithlo Family Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Mithlo was born October 11, 1988 in Lawton to Michael Lee Mithlo Sr., and Carol Ahhaitty. He attended school until the 6th grade in Anadarko and graduated from Apache High School. He attended Cameron University and Comanche College. Mithlo was employed by Comanche Nation Spur in the Security Department. He was a proud member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. He was a member of Oklahoma and Texas Bison Association, Inter Tribal Bison Cooperative, Native American Church Tab Eka Chapter and the United Methodist Church of Apache. Mithlo enjoyed loved life to the fullest, spending time with his family and friends, playing drums and guitar for Red Mayhem, Damn Nation, NDN Times and Eternal Life. He loved helping his grandpa on his farm, fixing fence, Crown Dance, chasing Buffalo, going to buffalo auctions, drawing, he loved to eat Indian corn and the Apache Warriors

Joetta Arrendondo Fite, 76, of Lawton went to heavenly home on August 1, with her loving family by her side. Funeral Service was August 5, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Burial was at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Fite was born July 25, 1940 in Lawton to Martin Arrendondo and Alice (Wermy) Silverhorn. She was raised and grew up in Anadarko. She was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, Latin American Community Club (LACC), Ladies Auxiliary Post 29 Lowry Whitehead. Fite enjoyed cooking, going to festivals St. Mary’s Bingo; collecting bears, cooking, loved to wear her Allison Daley Collection and loved to watch the Washington Redskins. She is survived by: five children: Edward Fite, Muriel A. Fite, Tijeiato White and spouse Scott White, Tammy Fite all of Lawton and Debra Branch of Florida; fourteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, seven nieces, six nephews; sisters: Anita Brandon of Ft. Cobb, Velia Heart Silverhorn of Ft. Cobb and Lawanna Clark of Geronimo; brother MacArthur Silverhorn, many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by: husband, William “Bill” Fite, parents: Martin and Alice Arrendondo; and sister, Brenda Lane.

Football. Mithlo loved to eat, lifting weights, bowling, and played on the hand game team at Comanche Nation College. He was a OSU Cowboys, Washington Redskins football, OKC Thunder and Cleveland Indians. He is survived by: Michael Mithlo Sr. and wife Barbara of Apache; Carol Ahhaitty and companion Darrell “Bo” Wetselline of Anadarko; sister, Christin and Andrew Weston of Flandreau, South Dakota, Janetta High and companion Jarrod Hardy; grandparents: Harry L. Mithlo and wife, Juanita; Bessie Ahhaitty; grandmother Marian Mithlo, great grandmother, Mabel Simmons, aunts and uncles: Lisa Mithlo, Verna Fitzpatrick, Mary and Glen Jones, Jody Ahhaitty, Cindy Ahhaitty, Donnie and Margaret Ahhaitty, Charlie and AnnaBelle Ahhaitty, Geary and Marta Ahhaitty, Randy and Laura Ahhaitty, numerous nieces: Arianna, Wicanhpi Sakowin Weston Kylani Hardy; nephew, Mahpiya Wicasta Weston; other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by: great grandparents: Bill Watson and Lavina Mithlo, aunts and uncles: Roy Mitchell, Eugene Mithlo Sr., Leatrice Jay, Rev. Reuben Ahhaitty Sr., Reuben Ahhaitty Jr., Kay Ahhaitty, Debra Jean Ahhaitty; great great grandma’s: Maude Tischecoddy, Marie Parton, Ann Tischecoddy Parker.

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Carl L. Tahkofper


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Prayer service for Carl L. Tahkofper, 79, known to many as “Muncie” was Aug. 11, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Mark Waudooah officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Tahkofper passed away peacefully Aug. 8. Carl “Muncie” Tahkofper was born on May 7, 1937 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Schley and Daisy Tahkofper. Tahkofper grew up at the Indian Mission, and attended the Comanche Reform Church. At a young age, his father taught him to hunt with bow and arrow and they shared a love for hunting. He began his education at Washington Elementary, Central Middle School and was in the first graduating class of Lawton High School in 1955. Tahkofper attended College at Oklahoma University, Colorado School of Mines and graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. Many people often asked why he chose to attend several different colleges, his answer was simply, “to master the best courses in geology and math from the best colleges in his major.” Tahkofper‘s fortitude and thirst for knowledge never left him. He was an avid reader of mathematics and sciences. Several professors he encountered in his college days, followed his career and published his writings that were taught in several courses at the University of Wisconsin. Tahkofper’s foresight on Public Policy and Native Americans was shaped by his life experiences growing up in Lawton Oklahoma. His work experience with Mobile Oil Company aided him in amassing a wealth of knowledge and hands-on work experience in Geophysics. His colleagues and friendships throughout the Oil Industry continued his whole life. Many of the colleges Tahkofper attended offered him adjunct teaching positions and he continued to write papers on issues he encountered on the ever changing economic development in Natural Resources

and its effect on tribal land. Tahkofper was a stanch believer in self- determination for Indian Tribes, and was always of the opinion that the Federal Government should be made to honor its treaties it made with Indian Nations regarding the use of land and its resources. In the 1970’s Tahkofper often provided insight and guidance to the late Wendall Chino, longtime president of the Mescalero Apache Tribe on development of its natural resources and moving from extermination to assimilation through self-determination. He spent his later years as a Natural Resources Consultant, and began aiding Tribes in Oklahoma recover underpaid royalty taxes to their tribal tax commissions. The last years of Tahkofper’s life were spent earnestly trying to aid the Comanche Nation in development of its Water Resource’s and the importance of such development. He was superb athlete and always excelled in any sport he happened to play. Tahkofper leaves his family and granddaughters with a love of science and many different diverse interests in education. Tahkofper never met a stranger and enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Comanche Nation Nutrition Center. Tahkofper will be greatly missed by his family. Tahkkofper is survived by his cat “Squares”, his sister Loucretia Klenk of St. Paul, Minn.; two children, Dereth Tahkofper and her daughters Tara Tahkofper & Kristin Johnson of Lawton. Son Richard Tahkofper of Lawton, and ex-wife Marilyn Tahkofper of Lawton. Carl & Marilyn remained longtime friends as they had their granddaughters interests and endeavors to share. Good neighbor Cleta Davis and numerous other friends that often visited with him.

September 2016


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Milestones Happy Belated Birthday

Jerome Tahhahwah, August 5

Stephanie Poemoceah, August 9 Jeremy Tahhahwah, August 20 Gail Tahhahwah, August 26 Carolyn Spelhaugh, August 27 Angela Hankins, August 29

Happy Birthday Ayla Rose Knox, September 12 Bob J. Nauni (82), September 13 Celeste Powell, September 15 Cameron Murray, September 16 Bobby Charles Nauni, September 25 Mattie Akoneto, September 28

Happy Birthday Kandy Peeler September 7

Happy 5th Birthday Razia Uddin Poahway September 11

Happy Birthday Alya Rose Kno September 12

Happy Birthday Samantha Huggins September 12

Happy Birthday Zada Herrera September 17

Happy Birthday Bryson King Gilliam September 18

Happy Birthday Ezekiel James Cooley September 24

Happy Birthday Dylan Simon September 26

Happy Birthday Max Robert September 26

Happy Birthday Jacoub Tahsequah September 27

Happy Birthday Marian Alverez September 27

Happy Anniversary

In Loving Memory

Samuel Richard Lopez

In Loving Memory Marcia “Bossy Kay” Mowatt-Orna

Anniversaries Connie and William Greogory September 4~Married 36 years Kandy and Chris Peeler September 9~ Married 28 years

Happy Birthday Lillian Mamedaty September 27

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October Edition

Kandy and Chris Peeler September 9

9 pounds 5 ounces Born to: Nathan and Candice Lopez

Married 28 years

Deadline: September 15, before 5 p.m. Email: Contact:(580)492-3386 Mail:Comanche Nation/PIO P.O. Box 908 Lawton, OK 73501

Letters to the Editor

Karen Tahmahkera Pennington Dear TCNN Thank you for the material the Comanche Nation PIO sent for me to use in my classroom. I am so sorry it took me this long to say thank you, but with school starting it has been hectic around here the past few weeks. I hope throughout this year I can stay in contact with the PIO. I have so many questions I know I will be asking from time to time. I am intrigued with the Native American culture and want to learn more about where they came from and their future. Thanks again for sending the material. It will be put to great use. Gene Perry History Department Moran ISD Dear TCNN, My name is Arlene Asenap.

Meech Aitson

Happy Birthday Brittany Froehlich September 1

Dear TCNN Dear TCNN, I just wanted to say URA for the Comanche Outreach Center in Dallas and for Anthony Nauni getting the word out. My daughter was able to get gift cards for my two grandchildren for things they need going back to elementary school and also three of us got set up for glasses last Saturday. They fed us the best lunch and we got to visit with everybody. It did not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated. You guys are loved and prayed for.

Happy Birthday in Heaven, Mom Not a day goes by When we don’t think of you Miss youLove you And thank God We were blessed to be your Daughters. Leslie Marie, Victoria Alicia, and Deidre Gail

I am a full blooded Comanche. This spring, after 11 years, my cancer returned. The Indian Hospital referred me to Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City. My treatment plan was for 28 radiation treatments. I went to Stephenson Cancer Center. The drive took longer than my treatments. This letter is to thank all the people that helped. First, I want to say ‘Thank you’ to my family, my mother, and brothers, Terry Perryman, Bernard Tate. My sisters, Darlene, her husband, Dean Homes, Bernedette Richardson, and Judy Gordon. Berna is the best sister in the way she has helped me in so many ways. She helped me with my Pickline, which had to be given to me every six hours, staying with me until 2 a.m. at the ER, and other times until 1 a.m. I would have never made it without her. I would like to thank the people outside my family, my Lease Man, David Dodd. The Tribe also helped me with my fight against cancer; Social Services and Prescription Assistance. My sister, Bern, drove me 14 times to Oklahoma City. The CHRs began to take me to Oklahoma City. They are great to me, and very professional. The CHRs were there when I finished my treatment, after I rang the Bell. We all had lunch together. I am 69-years-old, and in a wheelchair for a while. So, it is a little extra effort. I am Cancer-Free at the present time. The radiation has caused other health problems, so I

Mark 4:22 “...For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was anything kept secret, but that it should come abroad.”

still have other challenges. I want to say ‘thank you’ again, to all the people who have helped me. I want to thank one person, my caregiver, Nora Rodriguez. Again, I want to say ‘thank you’ to all. I know God has put all these people in my life. 10,000 Ahos. Arlene Asenap

Translated to the Comanche Language


hini tsa’ nawatsihtükitü, maihtükü naharu’i. Surü tsa’ nawatsi’aihkatü, maihtükühutaka to’itu’i.” -From the Book Mark-ha Tsaatu Narumu’ipu (The Gospel of Mark in Comanche and English Copyright 1958

September 2016


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Photos by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff

PRINCESS PERSEVERES AT EXPO. Comanche Nation Princess, Shelby Mata, had a very busy week representing Numunu during the 85th Annual American Indian Exposition in Anadarko. From parades to powwows, Mata had a full schedule. One of the main activities during the week was the Princess Reception, held Aug. 3 at the Iscani Gymnasium, where the Royalty introduced themselves, and greeted other Princesses and guests to a delectable table full of finger foods and other treats. TOP: Ladies that helped Mata have a popular table were, from left, Comanche Nation Princess, Shelby Mata, Laken Tosee, Phillis Mata, Comanche Nation Director, Donnita Sovo, Jennifer Simmons, Angela Gwoompi, and Kimberlyn Gwoompi. The Comanche Nation Princess Sorority also provided Native inspired hors d’oeuvres of Indian Corn and mini meat pies. All the tribal princesses had the opportunity to meet each other, take pictures, and meet some visitors of the American Indian Exposition.

September 2016


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Story and Photos by Paula Karty/News Staff

The 2016 Comanche Nation Back to School Bash turned out to be huge success and a great help to children returning to school. 1, 052 backpacks filled with school supplies were given to eager young scholars. The following set up booths: CHR’s, CN Law Enforcement D.A.R.E., Comanche Nation Fair, I AM NDN, IHS Benefit Coordinator, IHS Dental Clinic, Injury Prevention, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and the Lawton Constitution. The following programs assisted with filling the backpacks or assisted the day of the event: Angels, Anadarko Outreach, CN Law Enforcement, CRYS, Enrollment, Information Technology, Higher Education, HIP, Injury Prevention, Maintenance, W.I.O.A./SYSP. The Comanche Nation Casinos helped with providing some of the school supplies for the backpacks.

Students were also able to receive a health screening from the Comanche Nation Diabetes Program.

Students and parents stand in line to receive backpacks filled with much needed schools supplies during the 2016 Comanche Nation Back to School Bash.

These young ladies are ready for the new school year after receiving their new backpacks during the Comanche Nation Back to School Bash.

Nah-nee Kerchee shows off her new backpack filled with school supplies for the new school year. Students were given uoride treatments as well as new toothbrushes to start the new school.

September 2016


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