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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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Free Admission on Cherokee Saturday

On the first Saturday of every month members of all federally recognized Cherokee tribes, and one guest, are admitted free to the Cherokee Heritage Center museum and villages. The next Cherokee Saturday is Saturday, April 2.

This is the last Cherokee Saturday to view the highly-acclaimed Cherokee Athletes exhibit. Like most athletic events, the exhibit will end with a closing ceremony. This ceremony will take places from 10 a.m. to noon on Cherokee Saturday. All who participated in and contributed to this successful exhibit are invited to attend the ceremony to enjoy refreshments and a final look at the history of Cherokee athleticism. From the brutal origins of stickball to modern athletics events, sports have played a prominent role in Cherokee culture. The Cherokee Athletes exhibit showcases the past and present, and pays tribute to the many Cherokee athletes who helped shape the world of sports.

Every year, numerous people visit the Cherokee Heritage Center, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, to learn more about Cherokee history and culture. The center is home to the Ancient Village, Adams Corner Rural Village, the Trail of Tears exhibit, the Cherokee National Museum, the Cherokee Family Research Center, Cherokee Heritage Tours and the Tsa La Gi Amphitheater, which was named one of America’s most beautiful outdoor theater venues. The center is devoted to the preservation and promotion of Cherokee history and culture through more than 30 annual events, two competitive art shows, various attractions and the Trail of Tears Drama. The wide variety of activities offered help the Cherokee Heritage Center to reach its goal of becoming the best and most visited tribally specific educational facility in the world.

Guests can also learn more about their heritage thanks to the newly developed genealogy workshops, sponsored by Bartlesville Office Supply, held once a month at the Cherokee Heritage Center. On the first Saturday of every month experienced genealogist Roy Hamilton will be available at 11 a.m. to offer instruction on the numerous resources available for tracing one’s family history. While these workshops are free to tribal members on Cherokee Saturday, advanced registration is required.

The Ancient Village offers guided tours through a replica of a Cherokee village as it would have appeared before European contact. Visitors can witness Cherokee people performing the daily activities of their ancestors.

Adams Corner Rural Village represents the lifestyles of the Cherokee people in the late 1800’s. Visitors can take a self-guided tour through the seven historical buildings that make up this replica of a Cherokee village.

Through the Trail of Tears Exhibit visitors can learn more about the tragic journey known as the Trail of Tears traveled by the Cherokee and four other tribes. Through special effects lighting, videos, audio recordings, art work, life cast figures and holograms, this exhibit gives a detailed account of the Trail of Tears, a tragedy that has become a symbol for the suffering of all Indian people.

The Museum Store offers a wide variety of books, apparel, jewelry, and other native arts and crafts.

For more information on Cherokee Saturday or on the Cherokee Heritage Center, call (918) 456-6007, toll free at (888) 999-6007 or visit the Web site at

Cherokee Athletes Exhibit Reception

Only one month remains to view the highly-acclaimed Cherokee Athletes exhibit at the Cherokee Heritage Center. On April 25, the exhibit will be removed to make way for the 34th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale.

Like most athletic events, the exhibit will end with a closing ceremony Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Cherokee Heritage Center. All who participated in and contributed to this successful exhibit are invited to attend the ceremony to enjoy refreshments and a final look at the history of Cherokee athleticism.

From the brutal origins of stickball to modern athletics events, sports have played a prominent role in Cherokee culture. The Cherokee Athletes exhibit showcases the past and present, and pays tribute to the many Cherokee athletes who helped shape the world of sports.

For more information on the Cherokee Athletes exhibit and reception, call the Cherokee Heritage Center at (918) 456-6007, toll free at (888) 999-6007, or e-mail Mickel Yantz, curator at

Flat Reed Cherokee Basketry Class

Skilled artisan Peggy Brennan will give instruction on making a traditional flat reed Cherokee basket as part of a series of traditional cultural workshops offered by the Cherokee Heritage Center. This comprehensive workshop is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.

Students will learn basic flat reed weaving techniques and receive information on patterns, reed, dyes and Cherokee basketry history. Brennan will share many valuable resources with students wishing to learn more about basket weaving and improve their skill.
Early registration for this workshop is recommended as class size is limited. The $30 fee includes tuition and all materials.

Brennan’s appearance is part of a series of cultural classes offered by the Cherokee Heritage Center. The following classes are: April 16, Beadwork; May 21, Loom Weaving; June 4, Blowgun & Corn Stalk Shoot; June 11, Tear Dress Making; Sept. 17, Round Reed Basketry; Sept. 24, Marbles, Stickball & Chunkey; Oct. 8, Southeastern Pottery; Nov. 2, Flint Knapping & Blowguns; Dec. 3, Gourd Carving.

For registration, or more information, call Tonia Hogner-Weavel at the Cherokee Heritage Center at (918) 456-6007, toll free at (888) 999-6007, or e-mail her at

Wild Onion Dinner

The Cherokee Heritage Center will host a wild onion fundraising dinner at the Tahlequah Community Building, Wednesday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will be used to help the Cherokee Heritage Center continue its mission of preserving and promoting Cherokee history and culture.

Each wild onion plate will come with brown beans, chicken and dumplings, fry bread, dessert and tea. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance for $5. Delivery is available to local businesses with five or more orders and advance reservations.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Cherokee Heritage Center at (918) 456-6007.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Cherokee Artist Wins Award!

Osiyo Collectors, Friends and Family!

I am honored to announce that I came home from the 2005 Heard Fair and Indian Market with a ribbon! The bandolier bag entitled "A Whisper From the Mounds" won an Honorable Mention in the Cultural Items Division. I am honored and grateful.

Here is a link to the winning bandolier bag:

While in the Phoenix area, I also had the pleasure of doing a museum talk at the Bead Museum in Glendale, AZ. It is a great museum with a wonderful staff. I appreciate the opportunity to touch new hearts with the beauty and history of traditional Southeastern Woodlands

As always, thanks for your interest and support, mkb

Martha Berry
Cherokee Beadwork Artist

Trail of Tears Drama Auditions Scheduled

Auditions are being held for the Cherokee Heritage Center’s annual outdoor production of the Trail of Tears drama. The drama tells the legends, traditions and history of the Cherokee people with enthusiasm and spectacle. All roles are open for casting. Parts are available for a wide age range of actors. All roles will be paid, and most actors will be cast as multiple characters.

The auditions will be held Friday, April 1, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Tsa La Gi Amphitheater located on the grounds of the Cherokee Heritage Center. Actors are required to prepare a two-minute contemporary monologue, vocalists should prepare a one-minute presentation and all participants should bring resumes and headshots if available. While dancing is required for the production, dance auditions will not be held.

The Trail of Tears drama will run Thursday through Saturday evenings June 18 through Sept. 4. A special Sunday performance will be held Sept. 4 in recognition of the Cherokee National Holiday. The Trail of Tears drama, written by Richard A. Fields, will be directed by Roy and Barbara Rains.

For further information regarding the Trail of Tears drama, please contact the Cherokee Heritage Center at (918) 456-6007 or toll free at (888) 999-6007.

Savannah College Students Visit Cherokee Heritage Center

Savannah College Students learn basketmaking with Robert Lewis. A group of students from the Savannah College of Textiles and Design visited the Cherokee Heritage Center yesterday and studied basketry with Robert Lewis.

Complete photo gallery is at

Savannah College Student

Savannah College Student

Savannah College Student

Savannah College Student

Norwegian Students Visit Cherokee Heritage Center

Yesterday we had a large group of students from Norway tour the ancient village, Adams Corner, and national museum. They were on a school trip, touring the U.S., and stopped in Tahlequah en route to 6 Flags in Dalls.

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Norwegian Student 1

Norwegian Student 2

Norwegian Student 3

Norwegian Student 4

Cherokee Flute Performance

Cherokee Flute Performance at the Amphitheatre, March 26, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. at the Cherokee Heritage Center. Free admission. For more info contact 918-456-6007, or

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Cherokee Cousin from Oregon

Well, I too have a great-great-grandmother who was Cherokee from Tennessee. Her name was Eliza Bright. She was my grandfather's grandmother. I do have all the documentation, no matter how ephemeral this story sounds, and indeed started out for me! Her brother is listed on the rolls, but of course that doesn't translate to my having a CDIB.
Still, I know her name, and I heard about her from my grandfather, Virgil Taylor.

Sandra de Helen
Portland, Oregon

Monday, March 14, 2005

Utsunomiya Visits Tahlequah

Students from Utsunomiya's Kita High School visited the Cherokee Heritage Center today, toured the ancient village with Rachel Dew, were given a tour of Adams Corner, and enjoyed a Cherokee lunch after touring the museum. They're going back to Japan tomorrow--itte rasshai!!

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Posted by Seth

Utsunomiya's Kita High School Visits Cherokee Heritage Center!

Japanese student

Japanese student

Japanese Student

Japanese Student

Friday, March 11, 2005

Searching for Cherokee Connections in Illinois

"Mom", who was actually my paternal Grandmother, was born in Southern IL in 1910. So far as anyone in the family (now living) knows, she always believed she was the daughter of the Smith family. My Grandmother was raised as Opal Nokomis SMITH, and told that her father was Cherokee and her mother was "Indian with a little French, and the French was from way back."

It was always important to my Grandmother that I, her only granddaughter, learn all I could about our heritage. I took notes as she talked and then promptly stuck them away in my family bible. My Grandmother passed away in 1991, still believing she was the daughter of the Smiths who raised her.

About two years after the passing of my Grandmother I became interested in genealogy and the search began.

Both my brother and I had serious doubts about the story of the "Cherokee father, Indian mother" in pertaining to the Smith's. Things simply were not adding up with the information I was obtaining. The father who raised my Grandmother may have had some Indian blood from several generations back and there were rumors the mother could have had a little as well. The doubts accumulated as we began to put pieces together. For one thing my Grandmother was an only child for this couple, they had one stillborn infant prior to my Grandmother's birthdate. In 1910 my grandmother was bottle fed, I still have her baby bottle.

My Grandmother was quite dark, eyes, hair and skin, neither of the Smith's compared. Then a couple of years into my search, a genealogist friend of mine decided to look into this frustrating situation for me. It was discovered that my Grandmother came into the Smith household in the year of her birth with the name Selva COX. There apparently was no legal adoption or paperwork of any kind. So Selva was "taken in" and her name changed to Opal Nokomis Smith...and my Grandmother never knew she was not the biological child of the couple who raised her.

The search continues, I have gained little ground since discovering the Selva to Opal name change. The only relatives still living are all younger than my grandmother and have no information to offer. I have attempted to follow any lead or advice offered with no success.

Still searching in Illinois!
Robin Roberts

Infant Selva Opal

Selva Opal as an adult

Upcoming Spring Genealogy Seminar Expected to be Best Ever

The Cherokee Heritage Center is hosting its fourth annual genealogy seminar, “Genealogy of Hope: How the Cherokee Survived." The workshop will be held April 9, 2005 at the Tsi-la-gi Community Room behind the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop in Tahlequah.

This year’s guest speakers include genealogist David Keith Hampton, who will speak on the families and descendants of those Cherokee recorded in Emmett Starr‘s “History of the Cherokee Indians." Archivist Tom Mooney of the Cherokee Heritage Center will discuss Cherokee research on the web.

Anthropologist and Coordinator of Strategic Intelligence for the Cherokee Nation, Wyman Kirk, who is also a member of the State Sequoyah Convention Commission, will be speaking about the commission's centennial anniversary.

Genealogist Marybelle Chase, an author, editor, researcher, writer, and publisher will also participate. She is well known for the publication “The Cherokee Tracer,” a quarterly specializing in Cherokee records. She will be speaking about her many years with the quarterly and the publications she has researched.

This year’s keynote speaker is genealogist and author Jack Baker, who is president of the National Trail of Tears Association, president of the Goingsnake Historical District Association, and board member/treasurer of the Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc. Jack will be speaking on the newly translated Cherokee Moravian Missionary records, which hold fascinating discoveries about several Cherokee families.

All interested participants are urged to pre-register because class size will be limited to the first 70. For a limited time, pre-registration fees have been reduced to $30 for members of Cherokee National Historical Society, and $35 for non-members. Pre-registration is due by March 20. Prices after March 20 are $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Lobby registration opens at 9a.m. The conference begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

For more information, call the Cherokee Heritage Center at (918) 456-6007, toll free at (888) 999-6007, or visit the Web site at or e-mail Gene Norris at

Students return on Thursday for Basketry workshop

The student group from Pennsylvania and Virginia returned on Thursday for a basketry workshop, taught by Rachel and Perry. View complete photo gallery at

Student doing basketry workshop

Student doing basketry workshop

Student doing basketry workshop

Perry VanBuskirk, Ancient Village manager, teacher, and craftsman

Deputy Chief Joe Grayson Welcomes Competitors

Students from Maryetta Elementary came to the Cherokee Nation Complex to compete in the JOM-sponsored Cherokee Challenge, where the students competed with other schools on knowledge of Cherokee language, heritage, and culture. They were welcomed by Deputy Chief Joe Grayson at the complex.
Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation Joe Grayson and student from Maryetta Elementary

Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation Joe Grayson and student from Maryetta Elementary

Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation Joe Grayson and student from Maryetta Elementary

Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation Joe Grayson and student from Maryetta Elementary

Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation Joe Grayson and student from Maryetta Elementary

Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation Joe Grayson and student from Maryetta Elementary

Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation Joe Grayson and students from Maryetta Elementary

Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation Joe Grayson and students from Maryetta Elementary

Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation Joe Grayson and coordinator of Cherokee Challenge with son from Maryetta Elementary

Pennsylvania, Virginia students learn blowgun making from Perry VanBuskirk

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College students from Pensylvania and Virginia visited the Heritage Center on Wednesday and learned blowgun making with master Cherokee craftsman Perry VanBuskirk. In this photo a student is heating the cane used to make the blowgun.

Student clearing out the inside of the cane with a metal rod.

Participant working with cane

More blowgun-making...

Heritage Center staffer Dave Norfolk assisting participant with blowgun

Ashlee Kay Chaudoin, Miss Cherokee 2005, visits the Cherokee Heritage Center

Ashlee Chaudoin 2

Ashlee Chaudoin 3

Ashlee Chaudoin and Cherokee Heritage Center Director Rick Fields

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Cherokee Connections--family reunion

Hi, I hope all is well with you.

I'm sending you this e-mail to share my story with you and also to express my joy as being part of a wonderful family.

I was adopted when I was a baby and grew up happy but also wanting to find my biological parents. I wanted to know where I came from and what my family was like. I also felt that I didn't want to hurt my adoptive parents so I didn't start searching til I was older.

In the year 2000 I put a message on the web site asking for information about my parents, I knew their names from my baptismal records. The years went by and in 2004 I received an e-mail from my cousin John who put me in touch with my sisters. I was and am still so happy. We first sent e-mails ,then talked by phone and within one week I had talked with my mom and sisters and had a reunion with them.

I found out that my Father is Cherokee and my Mother Salinan. Also we had two more sisters who had also been given in adopton. About four months latter we found our sisters and had a great family reunion.Our father passed in 1980 so I didn't get the chance to know him and my brother was killed when he was young. Now I have my Mother and my five sisters.

We are truly blessed and we are researching our Cherokee ancestors and learning each day. I truly enjoy hearing what's happening and having this connection with you my Cherokee Family.

I would love to learn to speak Cherokee. My best wishes for all. Andrea

Cherokee Connections--a story of Cherokee ancestry by Gayle Thomas

Sometime in the 19th century, a Cherokee woman married outside the nation. At least one child in each generation married a white person. I don’t have names, dates or places.

That introduction is all I really know about being “some part” Cherokee. My father’s parents didn’t talk about it.

But I did know that I was some-part Cherokee. And since my Dad’s family was spread out over Southwest Missouri, Northeast Oklahoma and part of Kansas, I was actually able to meet “real Indians” as I child. My great-uncle spirited me and my sister off to something that might have been a pow-wow on a dusty summer day. Rex was a neat guy. His first wife was white, but when he re-married, it was to an enrolled member of the Nation.

Back up to first grade. We lived in the very segregated Montgomery, Alabama. I was walking home from school one day when a police cruiser pulled up beside me. The officer asked me if I was in the “right” neighborhood. I replied, ‘yes.” I skipped off home. It was only decades later that I realized he was unsure of my race.

In the third grade picture, there is one obviously very dark face in the photograph of smiling white ones.

I aged. I learned about skin cancer and avoided the sun like a plague. In middle age, I now look like your average white person, with a hint of my maternal German grandfather to make my complexion ruddy every now and then.

But I am still some-part Cherokee, both proud and curious.

I married a blonde man with icy blue eyes and of Norwegian descent. When our daughter was born, he was present. Elizabeth was 7 pounds of darling girl, with black hair, black eyes and a very dark skin color. By the time three weeks had passed, my daughter was a brunette with green eyes, and looked like your average white kid. But I cherish the photo of her. It is vibrant and living proof that I am a cousin of the Cherokee Nation.

Yes, I have looked at the Dawes rolls. I don’t recognize any of the surnames. But I am not really interested in the Dawes rolls. I am not interest in poaching the federal benefits hard won by the Nation for its enrolled members. I don’t want to enroll in the Cherokee Nation in order to be recognized as a descendant. I know I’m Cherokee, and German, and Scottish and just about every other variety of Northern European. I am a 10th generation American descent of a Scot named John Donelson who came to the US well before the revolutionary war. He co-founded Nashville, which I live near today.

I am a happy middle class American living the American dream. I have a great husband and two high schoolers at home. I do my job well and I go home to my family. The Nation should be proud to acknowledge all their descendants. My Dad left a Missouri farm to graduate from West Point. He was a hot-shot fighter pilot who later flew 243 air combat missions in Viet Nam. His life was the military and I was a military brat, already in college when my dad retired.

I am now a lawyer, courtesy of the University of Missouri at Columbia. I support my second husband while he waits for a heart transplant. My second and third children have been adopted as teens out of the foster care system, no biological relation to me. But they both say, “oh, yes, we are some-part Cherokee, look at this picture of our birth mother.”

The Nation has a tremendous constituency out there, people who are curious or helpful or merely intrigued at the continued existence of the Nation. There are no official Cherokee Cousins. Except for one fact--there are millions of us some-part Cherokee out there. They were my classmates in college and my friends in Tennessee. There are astonishingly ordinary “white” Americans who cheerfully acknowledge a distant Cherokee ancestor. They include my husband, who can also throw some Comanche into the mix.

According to Norse mythology, when I get to the Hall of my Ancestors, there will be my mother and my father, their mother and their father, and each of my ancestors going back to the beginning of time. There will be Celts and Northmen of every variety. But there will also be a large contingent from the Cherokee Nation, stretching back to journey across the Bering Sea land bridge. You are part of me and I am connected to you.

Gaye Jeans Thomas, Esq.
Franklin, Tennessee

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Who's the Greatest (genealogy conference holder) of the All?

Archivist Tom Mooney noted an error in our recent e-newsletter--the record for genealogy conference attendees was set by him to the tune of an estimated 120 attendees. Apologies for the mistake!

The other error was the misspelling of Carol Posson's last name. Sorry, Carol!

Fortunately, typos and mistaks remain the property of the finder!

Posted by Seth

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Technology Helps Preserve Cherokee History and Culture

If we lose our history we lose ourselves. The history of the Cherokee Nation is not merely Cherokee history but it is American History.

The Cherokee Heritage Center, an institution based on preserving Cherokee heritage, recently received the opportunity to advance their records. Many of the historic tapes in the archives were in danger of being lost. The tapes are reel-to-reel format and locating high-quality equipment to convert them was not easy. The idea was to make tapes more accessible with the help of Brian Levy and the Caddo and Euchee tribes and their access to a variety of equipment, the center converted its records into CDs.

Brian Levy previously helped the Caddo, Creek and the Euchee tribes with familiar projects.
Levy was hired for the job as a result of a suggestion by America Meredith, a member of the Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc. who is familiar with the work of the Caddo Nation.
The center also chose the tapes with all sound, allowing future users to clean the sound as they desire. The center now has 3 sets of CDs, a master and 2 copies. Since the tapes are now digital they will not lose any quality and every copy will be the same. The center has additional tapes that will later be converted to CD. At the present time though the center is looking for a suitable off-premise site to store the master copy.

This conversion makes the archives more accessible over the internet and for research. The conversion has made it possible to play segments of the tapes on the radio. The Oklahoma Humanities Foundation has given the center a grant in cooperation with Cherokee Nation to play segments of the tapes on a Cherokee language broadcast. KTLQ, a Tahlequah station, has also agreed to broadcast the segments on its Sunday morning show.

“I’m glad to hear the radio is airing some of the recordings. That’s wonderful that they will be more widely heard that way, hopefully by some speakers of the language,” said Levi.
In the near future the center plans to put the archives on the Web site so that people can utilize them. Also the center will begin scanning historic documents and photographs.

The Cherokee Heritage Center is very satisfied with the reformation of their tape archives. The archives are saved and Cherokee heritage as well as American history is still being preserved.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Cherokee Language Classes Beginning Soon!

The Cherokee Nation is sponsoring 10-week Cherokee language classes for beginners in various communities throughout the Cherokee Nation.

The classes are for anyone interested in learning to read, write and speak the Cherokee language. There is no fee to take the class, and the Cherokee Nation provides all books and materials free of charge.

Classes will be held in the following communities at the following locations:
TahlequahAdult Education Building124 E Choctaw6:30 pm - 8:30 pmMondaysMarch 7 through May 9, 2005Instructor: Wynema Bush

Old Clouds CreekOld Clouds Creek Church6:30 pm – 8:30 p.m.TuesdaysMarch 8 through May 10, 2005Instructor: Anna Huckaby-Sixkiller

Dry CreekCommunity Building6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, MondaysMarch 7 through May 9, 2005Instructor: Jean Bolin

Locust GroveLocust Grove Middle School700 N Highway 826:30 pm – 8:30 pmThursdaysMarch 10 through May 12, 2005Instructor: Sandra Turner

ProctorCommunity BuildingHighway 62, Old School Bldg6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, MondaysMarch 7 through May 9, 2005Instructor: George Stopp

JayJay Senior Housing1301 W. Washburn Street6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, MondaysMarch 7 through May 9, 2005Instructor: Rufus King

GroveGrove Middle School517 W 10th Street6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, TuesdaysMarch 8 through May 10, 2005Instructor: John Sixkiller

ClaremoreHACN Senior Citizen Complex202 Stuart Roosa6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, MondaysMarch 7 through May 9, 2005Instructor: Liz Guthrie

DeweyWashington County Senior Citizen Center6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, MondaysMarch 7 through May 9, 2005Instructor: Bob Glass

TulsaBowen Baptist Church1515 E Independence6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, TuesdaysMarch 8 through May 10, 2005Instructor: Prentice Robinson

GoreLEAP Building305 South Main6:00 pm – 8:00 pmMondaysFebruary 28 through May 2, 2005Instructor: Rosa Carter

Posted by Seth

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The Faces Behind the Paper Cuts

The 34th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show is fast approaching. Soon, more than 2,000 artist registration packets will be distributed thanks to the hard work and dedication of three of our volunteers. Through papercuts, sticky fingers and glue-covered tongues, Wilma Robers, Nelli Hunt and Mary Jane Saeger spent many hours assemblying the packets. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers, we couldn't do it without you!


Thanks to all who helped make the honorary dinner possible!

Table Sponsors
Jack Baker
Betty Starr Barker
Charles “Chief” Boyd
Cherokee County Federal Women’s Democratic Club
Cherokee County Democratic Party
Cherokee Nation Enterprises
Cherokee Nation Industries
Hillcrest Medical Center
Noksi Press
Northeastern State University
Oklahoma Lumberman’s Association
Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology
Rogers State University

Individual and Couple Sponsors
John Adair, Cherokee Natural Gas, LLC
Gov. Bill Anoatubby, The Chickasaw Nation
Carol Armstrong
Emily Ann Ball
Johnny Ballard
Marion & Tracy Bayles
Debbie Beaver, Williams Organization
Mr. & Mrs. A.J. Bigby, Discovery Land
Karel Brewster
Roger & Shawna Cain
Steve Clay
Terry Cline, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health
Welch Cole
Sadie Cole
Julie Cole
Lloyd E. Cole Jr., Oklahoma Council on Judicial Complaints
Melissa Cole
Bob & Jan Cooper, Farrell-Cooper Mining Co.
Myra Crawford
William Dane
Nancy Dehart
Nancy Dyson
Gloria Eubanks
Bryce Felts
Warren & Holly Fields, Arvest Bank
Donna Finicle
Renee & John Fite, Westville/Stilwell Newspapers
Effie Foster Ballard, Oklahoma Production Center
Dave and Donna Garlick
Judy Goad, Second District Democratic Party
Rusty Goodman
Sadie Gordon
Linda Holland
W.T. Jeffers, Discovery Land
Glen &Melinda Johnson, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Kathryn Jones, Oklahoma Higher Education Alumni Council
L. Phil Keeter
John Kennedy
John and Colleen Ketcher
Lundy Kiger, AES Shady Point
John & Raynette Kyle, Oklahoma Railroad Association
W.H. “Bill” Jr. & Linda Langley
Marguerite Laugel
Senator Richard and Frances Lerblance
Jane Mershon
Debbie Morgan
Nason & Kathryn Morton, D/B/A Morton Law Office
Neil & Patsy Lynn Morton, Morton County Education Consulting
Debbie Murray
Lewis & Wanda Nichols
Anita Norman
Rowena & Jerry L. Ogden
Joyce Drew Parsons, Oklahoma Retired Educators
Rhonda Patterson
Wayne Pettigrew, Group & Pension Planners, Inc.
Ron Rhoads
Billie Richardson
Susan Ruckman, Tulsa World
Miracle Smith
Luther Smith
Betty J. Smith
Amy Sparks
Barbara Staggs
J.T. & Mary Jo Stites
Ross & Margaret Swimmer
Charles Swinton, BancFirst
John & Mary Thomason
Bob & Opal Tigg
M.L. & Nancy Van Poucke
Jimmie Whitekiller
Jim & Marcia Wilson
Senator Jim & Connie Wilson
Austin & Kathy Young

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