Cherokee Heritage Center

The Center consists of a living history Cherokee village, a museum, and small township of historical buildings. Dedicated to the perservation of Cherokee culture and history, it is one of the most widely visited Native American sites in Oklahoma.

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Monday, February 28, 2005

Honoring Dinner a Huge Success

The dinner honoring Speaker of the House Larry Adair and Senator Herb Rozell held at the Cherokee Casino in Catoosa was a huge success, thanks to the efforts and financial support of many friends, Heritage Center board members and staff, support from the Cherokee Nation, and assistance from Cherokee Nation Enterprises. Click on the links below for photo galleries of the event. A detailed list of supporters and those who helped make this fantastic event happen will be posted soon!

Auction items
Band
Cherokee Flutes
Guests
Speakers


Cherokee art donated for silent auction

Jazz guitarist setting the tempo for a great evening!

Cherokee flute players putting on a wonderful show

Guest enjoying the fun

Principal Chief Chad Smith giving the closing speech

Herb Rozell getting roasted by president of NSU

Herb Rozell getting roasted some more...

Larry Adair getting roasted by Keith Crittenden

Rick Fields introducing the Heritage Center

Lt. Governor Fallin bidding up the silent auction items

Larry Adair thanking the crowd

Jay Harrah entertaining everyone

Herb Rozell thanking the guests

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Tribal Council Member Cara Cowan visits Cherokee Heritage Center

Tribal Council Member Cara Cowan visited the Cherokee Heritage Center today and visited with executive director Rick Fields. Thanks for dropping by, Cara, and for all the support and encouragement from the Cherokee Nation!


Tribal Council Member Cara Cowan and Cherokee Heritage Center executive director Rick Fields pose in front of the seal of the Cherokee Nation

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Daily Oklahoman Features Cherokee Heritage Center

The Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma's largest newspaper, ran a full page, full color story on the back of the sports section about the Cherokee Heritage Center's newest exhibit, "Cherokee Athletes."

Curator Mickel Yantz, in addition to being pleased at this tremendous level of coverage, had this to say: "It's gratifying, to say the least, but this couldn't have happened without support from the Cherokee Nation, volunters who donated artifacts and personal stories, and our own staff."

The Cherokee Heritage Center also thanks: Sequoyah High School, Cherokee Phoenix, Northeastern State University, Tennessee Titans, Conners University, Will Rogers Museum, Thunderbird Bowling Alley, Dan Agent, Calico Family, Dr. Brad Cobb, Hammer Family, Chris Houston, Brand Johnson, Killer Family, Jim Pate, Bryan Pollard, Virginia Russell, Cecil Sharp, Becky Barrows Smythe, Eunice Soap, Joe Thornton, Wilson Vann, Shirley and Shoat Webster, Parker and Rider Weavel, and Margaret Yattanzo.

Mickel Yantz, curator, with Daily Oklahoman news story

Mickel again...

Closeup of news story

Story headline

Photos from Cherokee Athletes Exhibit


Poster for World Archery, Oslo, Norway, 1961

Tennessee Titans uniform, courtesy NFL and Heritage Center board member Bud Adams

Exhibit trophy

Cherokee baseball team, early 20th Century

Cherokee football players, early 20th Century

Girls' softball team uniform

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Rogers County Cherokee Association info

Claremore, OK-Rogers County Cherokee Association (RCCA) held its monthly meeting February 8th at the Rogers County Fair Board building. The organization elected officers for 2005 as follows: Talisha Nichols, President; Tina Foutz, Vice President; Sandee McClure, Secretary; and Greg Sneed, Treasurer.

The membership also heard a presentation from Mr. Rick Gassaway; Cherokee Nation Community Development regarding the Compassion Capital Grant Training and how the program can positively impact RCCA. The organization recently purchased acreage near Tiawah that will be home to a community facility to serve the Rogers County Cherokee Association and its cultural and heritage events. RCCA also received 501c3 status.

Cara Cowan, Cherokee Nation Tribal Representative for Rogers County, congratulated Talisha Nichols and the membership for their outstanding service and work toward achieving the goals to support the Cherokee heritage and cultural awareness.

Brian Slover, Membership Chairman for RCCA, has begun a membership drive for the organization. If you are interested in learning more about membership join us for our next meeting Tuesday, March 8th, at 7 PM. We will be meeting at the Claremore Sr. Citizens Center at 116 N. Missouri. For more information please contact Pamela Bickford at 343-3577 or Bickford7@aol.com.

Basketweaving Class

Rogers County Cherokee Association is pleased to announce that Marie Deffenbaugh will demonstrate traditional Cherokee basket weaving at the Rogers County Cherokee Association monthly meeting.

Please join us, Tuesday March 8th at the Claremore Senior Citizen Center located at 116 North Missouri in Claremore. The meeting will begin at 7 PM. You are encouraged to attend and learn about the rich heritage of our Cherokee culture. Membership information will be available at the meeting. As always, refreshments and fellowship will be available following the meeting.

Contact Pamela Bickford for more information at 343-3577 or write Bickford7@aol.com

Monday, February 21, 2005

Belated photos of staff retreat


Heritage Center staff assembled at Sequoyah State Park

Star volunteer Roy Hamilton...

Becky Adair...

IT guru Will Burgess...

Ami Maddocks, realizing that all 2,500 invitations have got to be addressed and stamped in the next hour...

Susan Cro...

Tonia Weavel, skeptical of an anonymous e-mail telling her that she's won the Powerball Lottery...

Rick Fields...

Mickel Yantz...

Mel Phillips, anticipating lunch...

Gene Norris, realizing that he's got 400 e-mails back at the office inquiring about the dreaded Cherokee princess great-great grandmother...

Robert Lewis, deep in thought...

Perry VanBuskirk...

Rachel Dew...

Tom Mooney, explaining that yes, you're wrong, and yes, he's right...again...

Rex Smith...

Mel and Rhonda...

Rhonda Clemons...

Fire extinguisher lecturer explaining that it's unwise to use a Class Q extinguisher on a Class A birthday cake...

Blood-borne pathogens speaker explaining that blood can be icky...

Kathryn Roastingear...

Dave Norfolk, asking if we can add hula dances to the standard group tour package...

Mickel Yantz, thinking "No, we can't."...

Fire extinguisher used to treat blood-borne pathogens...

Sam Nofire...

Robert Channel...

Orville Neugin...

Andrea Butler...

Will Lowe, counting the cookies to break time...

Entire gang, freezing...

Robert, Becky, and Robert, strapped into automatic chairs...

Chrissie Moore, water-skiing on the carpet...

Everyone smiling...END


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