‘Hollywood Medium’ Tyler Henry arrives to Hard Rock

BY STAFF REPORTS
02/24/2018 02:00 PM
CATOOSA – Tyler Henry, E! Television Network star of “Hollywood Medium” and best-selling author, is bringing a special live evening to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on May 10.

Tickets start at $49 and go on sale March 2.

For the first time audiences will be treated to his new live show, in which Tyler will share and discuss his “Life Lessons I Have Learned From The Departed.” The show also includes a multimedia video presentation and live interactive Q&A.

Henry, 22, is best known for his hit series, “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” on E! Television Network. In each episode, Henry sits down and has one-on-one readings with Hollywood’s top celebrities, including Eva Longoria, Allison Janney, Ellen DeGeneres, Kris Jenner, Bobby Brown, Ryan Lochte, Portia de Rossi, Mel B, Lil’ Kim, Dr. Drew, Tom Arnold, Ru Paul, Khloe and Kim Kardashian, Jamie Pressley and Jewel.

His success crossed over to the best-seller lists with his memoir, “Between Two Worlds,” detailing his journey both in Hollywood and as a medium.
Tyler Henry
Tyler Henry

Hard Rock Tulsa ranked among best U.S. hotels

BY STAFF REPORTS
02/16/2018 12:00 PM
CATOOSA – The U.S. News & World Report has listed the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa at No. 2 on its 2018 Best Tulsa Hotels list, earning the destination with more national recognition as one of the top hotels in the country.

Cherokee Nation Entertainment’s flagship entertainment destination is one of two luxury hotels in the area that were named to the list. The Hard Rock Tulsa earned the Silver Badge based on an analysis of expert and user opinions, considering it among the top 30 percent of all ranked luxury hotels in the United States.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Hard Rock’s place on the list takes into account the opinion of published travel experts and the overall customer satisfaction expressed in online guest reviews provided under license by TripAdvisor. Awards and hotel class are also taken into consideration.

For more information, visit https://travel.usnews.com/hotels/Tulsa_OK/.

In 2017, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa earned the AAA Four-Diamond Rating, putting the destination among the exclusive ranks of the best hospitality establishments in the country. Fewer than 6 percent of the 28,000 AAA-approved and diamond-rated establishments in the nation receive the prestigious distinction.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa recently garnered a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa Silver Badge award based on an analysis of expert and user opinions, considering it among the top 30 percent of all ranked luxury hotels in the United States. COURTESY
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa recently garnered a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa Silver Badge award based on an analysis of expert and user opinions, considering it among the top 30 percent of all ranked luxury hotels in the United States. COURTESY

Loretta Lynn cancels upcoming show at Hard Rock Tulsa

BY STAFF REPORTS
02/02/2018 02:15 PM
TULSA – Loretta Lynn is cancelling her upcoming stop at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Loretta Lynn date, scheduled May 17, 2018, in Tulsa has been canceled,” a statement from her management said. “Refunds are available at point of purchase.”

Guests may request refunds by calling 918-384-ROCK or in person at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The Joint box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is located off Interstate 44 at exit 240.
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WSOP returns to Hard Rock Tulsa March 15-26

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/31/2018 04:00 PM
CATOOSA – From March 15-26, the World Series of Poker is bringing its international tour back to the tables at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

The tournament consists of 46 events during 12 days, including a first-ever $1 million guaranteed No Limit Hold’em Championship event beginning on March 22 and concludes March 26. WSOP is also holding a $250,000 No Limit Re-Entry event on the first weekend, which features four flights over two days. This year, the stop features 12 official WSOP Circuit Ring events, as well as Seniors’ No Limit Hold’em and a ladies’ event.

Event buy-ins range from $135 to $2,200. Satellite qualifier buy-ins range from $65 to $275.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa Circuit event is the 21st stop on the tour that began in August at Harrah’s Casino in North Carolina. It is the second WSOP Circuit series hosted by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa and only one of three to be held in Oklahoma. Last year’s event brought more than 7,500 entries from 37 states and three foreign countries. More than $2.5 million was paid out in prize money.

Players will be looking to follow the footsteps of last year’s circuit winner, William Berry. The Norman resident won $180,806 in the main event, which featured 574 entrants competing for $861,000. The top 63 competitors finished in the money.
From March 15-26, the World Series of Poker is bringing its international tour back to the tables at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa with 46 events during 12 days. COURTESY
From March 15-26, the World Series of Poker is bringing its international tour back to the tables at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa with 46 events during 12 days. COURTESY

Jay Leno brings comedy Hard Rock Tulsa

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/31/2018 12:00 PM
CATOOSA – Characterized as the “hardest working man in show business,” Jay Leno is bringing his humor April 5 to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Tickets start at $59 and go on sale Feb. 1.

Leno is best known for his late night television ratings domination for more than two decades hosting “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” After taking over for Johnny Carson in 1992, Leno racked up awards, including an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series” as well as TV Guide Awards’ “Favorite Late Night Show” that was determined by voting viewers.

Leno was recently inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and his accolades include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2014, the Hasty Pudding Award at Harvard University and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Emerson College. He’s also received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and has been invited to have his papers installed in the Library of Congress.

Today, Leno produces and stars in his newest entertainment success, “Jay Leno’s Garage,” which airs on CNBC. He’s earned an Emmy Award and two additional nominations for Outstanding Special Class-Short-Format Nonfiction Programs. His passion for cars has also fueled him to set several land speed records and to become the first person to drive the pace car of all major NASCAR events.
Jay Leno
Jay Leno

Country singer Easton Corbin comes to Hard Rock Tulsa

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/18/2018 12:00 PM
CATOOSA – Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin is coming March 2 to the stage at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Tickets start at $25 and go on sale Jan. 18.

His overall two No. 1 singles, six Top 10 singles, awards and nominations landed him on some of the biggest stages of the world, including Carrie Underwood’s 2016 “The Storyteller Tour.”

The Florida native’s resume is topped with the signature hits he’s known for from his No. 1 debuting album, “About To Get Real,” that include “A Little More Country Than That,” “Roll With It,” “Lovin’ You is Fun” and “Baby Be My Love Song.” Fans will also remember his Top 5 song, “All Over the Road.”

Corbin’s current single, “A Girl Like You” from his upcoming album, hit Billboard’s Top 10 and continues to climb. “Taste of Country” picked the song as a Critics Pick, saying, “It takes a fraction of a second to know Easton Corbin is on to something different with ‘A Girl Like You.’”
Easton Corbin
Easton Corbin

Newton-John to hit Hard Rock Tulsa

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/12/2018 04:00 PM
CATOOSA – Internationally recognized four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, actress and philanthropist Olivia Newton-John is coming March 22 to the The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Tickets start at $45 and go on sale Jan. 18.

With a career spanning more than five decades with more than 100 million albums sold, her successes include four Grammys; numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People’s Choice Awards; an Emmy Award; 10 No. 1 hits; and more than 15 top 10 singles. She recently scored another No. 1 hit, this time on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi – becoming the first mother/daughter duo to top this chart. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in “Grease” catapulted Olivia into superstardom and to date remains the most successful movie musical of all time.

Throughout her career, she has held humanitarian and environmental causes close to her heart. She served as Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Programme, was the co-founder of Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (now Healthy Child, Healthy World) and, in 1992, she created National Tree Day in Australia, which is responsible for planting more than 10 million trees since its beginning. Most recently she co-founded One Tree Per Child, an international school initiative with the goal of having every child under the age of 10 plant at least one tree.

In 1992, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her personal journey with cancer led her to announce her partnership with the Austin Health and the creation of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. The center, which opened its doors in 2012, provides a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research as well as a dedicated wellness center.
Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
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Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys team up at Hard Rock

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/03/2018 08:15 AM
CATOOSA, Okla. – Grammy Award-winning bands Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys are bringing a night of collaboration to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on March 9.

Tickets start at $39 and go on sale Jan. 4.

After humble beginnings in 1973, Mexican-American band Los Lobos gained fame with its 1984 breakthrough album, “How Will The Wolf Survive?” before recording its iconic version of Mexican folk song “La Bamba” for the film of the same title. The song skyrocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1987, making it the first Spanish song ever to do so.

Los Lobos followed up its massive success with three decades of albums, including “By The Light of the Moon,” “The Neighborhood,” “Kiko,” “Papa’s Dream,” “Colossal Head,” “The Ride” and “Tin Can Trust.” The band most recently released “Gates of Gold” in 2015, a mix of the band’s raw intensity of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B and blues.

The Los Lonely Boys’ journey to worldwide fame is one of rock’s great Cinderella tales. After a failed move to Nashville, their big break came after being heard by Willie Nelson’s nephew in the early 2000s. They later established their “Texican Rock” sound in 2003 with their self-titled first album that featured the No. 1 smash hit “Heaven.” The album sold more than 2 million copies, spending 76 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and landing the band a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.
The Grammy Award-winning band Los Lobos will perform March 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa, Oklahoma. COURTESY The Grammy Award-winning band Los Lonely Boys will perform March 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa, Oklahoma. COURTESY
The Grammy Award-winning band Los Lobos will perform March 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa, Oklahoma. COURTESY

Hard Rock Tulsa parties ‘All Night Long’ for 2018

BY STAFF REPORTS
12/28/2017 08:30 AM
CATOOSA, Okla. – The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is ringing in 2018 on Dec. 31 by paying tribute to music legend Prince at one of the region’s largest New Year’s Eve parties.

Party All Night Long NYE 2018 includes music, dancing, party favors, Prince music videos, purple rain effects in the Grand Lobby and new Prince memorabilia recently released from his estate. Three Prince impersonators will help count down the new year, and more than 10,000 balloons will drop at midnight.

Festivities start with $2,018 cash drawings every hour from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a grand prize drawing of $20,018 at 6 p.m. One Star Rewards members can begin registering at 10 a.m. and earn one entry into the drawings.

Live entertainment begins with Rosy Hips hitting the stage at Riff’s at noon, followed by Boogie Fever and Replay. The Bobby D Band and the George Brothers are playing throughout the evening at Cabin Creek.

Festivities throughout the casino are free, and guests must be 21 or older. Guests can enjoy complimentary hats, horns and tiaras as well as commemorate the evening at free photo selfie kiosks.

Culture

Mitchell’s metalwork finally hits its stride
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Reporter – @cp_bbennett
02/23/2018 08:00 AM
YUKON – Though it’s taken several years for Cherokee metal artist Tommy Roe Mitchell to find his stride, his distinctive style is now giving him the opportunity to pursue his passion while stepping out from his father’s shadow.

He grew up close to the art business, as his father Ron is a well-known Cherokee artist who began his career in the 1970s. While both have experience in metal art, Tommy said he’s now setting his work apart with painting and grinding techniques.

“Dad was doing metal artwork, but he wasn’t doing it to the extent that I am now, not with the color,” Tommy said. “He would actually cut the piece out, grind the edges and heat-treat it, but he wasn’t putting the grinding marks in it like I have. Dad never even thought about using the grinder the way I was doing, so already this was out of his league.”

Tommy said he usually draws inspiration from things he sees on television and YouTube. Once he completes a design on sketchpad, he transfers it onto poster board and then onto 14- to 18-gauge sheet metal with a magic marker.

The design is then cut with a plasma cutter before he uses a grinder to smooth jagged edges and polish out imperfections. Once satisfied, he grinds grooves into the metal to give the illusion of feathers and depth.

“I want a nice, smooth, flat surface to start creating, and that’s when I start with the grinding effects,” he said. “I want a three-dimensional look. People have come up to it and actually felt behind it because it looks thicker than it really is. It’s just the way the grinding is.”

Once the overall look comes together, Tommy heat-treats the piece or moves it to his paint booth before sealing it with an automotive clear coat for a smooth finish.

While expanding his range to include hummingbirds and cardinals, his roots lie in mythical symbolism, including his piece “Dance of the Phoenix.”

“Metal artists, they like doing the eagle feathers. I wanted to do something similar, but I don’t want to copy anybody’s work. We thought, ‘Phoenix, why not?’ Who knows what a Phoenix feather looks like? It’s a mythical bird so this is my interpretation of what the flaming feathers look like. It’s the bird that rose from the fire, kind of like me.”

In addition to creating versions of the phoenix, Tommy creates his interpretation of what individual feathers might look like on the creature. The feathers are called “Phoenix Spirit Feathers.”

He has also taken inspiration from Cherokee myths and legends, including that of the Raven Mocker, a feared witch that preys on the sick and frail.

“I was wanting something a little scary, and I started looking into the Cherokee myths, and we came up with something rather scary, which was the Raven Mocker,” he said. “That one is just a little more dramatic, a little more scary.”

Strangely enough, the blooming of Tommy’s metalwork came after being diagnosed with acute anxiety disorder. “When I was diagnosed with acute anxiety disorder, I did not want to rely on the medication. They gave me that to begin with, and I couldn’t take it. I struggled with that so we talked to a therapist, and he suggested art is a relaxing way of dealing with stress. So I thought, ‘OK, I can do this. This is something right up my alley.’”

Tommy said this is the first time his artwork has been something he “truly enjoys” and is “eager” for the public to see more. “I think they’re really nice-looking, and I feel really comfortable doing it. The greatest compliment on this artwork is when I take it to an art show and someone loves it so much that they’re willing to pay for it and take it home and hang it up on their walls. That’s the compliment that I like.”

For more information, visit www.dragonfiremetalart.net or search “DragonFire Metal Art” on Facebook.

Education

Hoskin earns NSU Centurions honor
BY STAFF REPORTS
02/22/2018 04:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin is being honored as one of nine Northeastern State University 2018 Centurions.

Centurions are individuals whose leadership and commitment, in the course of helping others, have made a significant impact during NSU’s history. Honors are given to university alumni, faculty, staff, students or any member of the NSU community, past or present, who impacted the NSU community or the public at large.

Hoskin graduated from NSU in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and earned his master’s degree in education in 1998. Along with his service to the CN as chief of staff, Hoskin served 12 years on the Tribal Council, between 1995 and 2007, and is now serving his sixth term as an Oklahoma State Representative for Dist. 6.

“Like so many Cherokees in northeast Oklahoma, my experience at NSU helped define my personal life, as well as my professional career as an educator and administrator. I am profoundly honored to be recognized as a Centurion by my alma mater, an institution where I earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees,” Hoskin said. “One of the most important lessons I learned at NSU is the value of public education. As a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and as a former Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor, I have endeavored to make life-changing educational opportunities more accessible. I am proud of NSU, whose rich history is tied directly to the education of Cherokee Nation citizens, and hope its mission continues to flourish.”

Hoskin is a U.S. Navy veteran and a former Ironworkers Union Local 584 member. He also spent nearly two decades working in public education as a high school teacher and school administrator for Locust Grove Public Schools.

As chief of staff, Hoskin oversees Education Services and is an advocate for the tribe’s continued support of NSU. He is a member of the leadership team that contributed funding to restoration and enhancement efforts for NSU’s historic Seminary Hall.

“Chuck Hoskin’s selfless devotion to serving others is a model that few of us can match,” NSU President Dr. Steve Turner said. “He continues to impress me with his humility and tireless effort to improve the lives of Cherokee citizens and all Oklahomans. He embodies all the values of an NSU Centurion. I am honored to call him my friend and to participate in the ceremony of recognition for this honor.”

Hoskin resides in Vinita with his wife, Stephanie. He has three children, Amy, Chuck Jr. and Amelia, along with three grandchildren.

He and eight other new NSU Centurions will be honored during a March 6 luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the NSU Event Center in Tahlequah. The luncheon is open to the public, and tickets are $25 per person. To reserve a seat, visit www.nsualumni.com/centurions or call the NSU president’s office at 918-444-2000.

Council

Hastings Hospital lease with OSU med school approved
BY KENLEA HENSON
Reporter
02/19/2018 02:30 PM
TAHLEQUAH – During its Feb. 12 meeting, the Tribal Council unanimously authorized a lease with Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences to put a medical school in the current W.W. Hastings Hospital after the new Outpatient Health Center opens.

“Cherokee Nation is joining with Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, an entity within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, to bring health care education to W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah,” the resolution states.

The lease will encompass part of Hastings’ floor space and parking space.

Earlier in the day during the Resources Committee meeting, Dr. Charles Grim, Health Services interim executive director, said the leased portion would be located where the current physical therapy, diabetes, orthopedics and optometry locations are. Those departments will move to the new primary health care facility, which is expected to be finished in 2019.

Grim said because OSU is a state university the medical school would not have a Native American preference. However, he said the architecture within the remodeled facility for the school would highlight Cherokee culture. He also said officials would ask Indian Health Service to set aside scholarships and/or loan repayment for Native students wishing to attend the school.

“Its not really an Indian medical school per se, but it will be the first college of medicine campus on Indian land in the country,” Grim said.

Grim said the lease would be for seven years with the option to renew.

In other business, Cherokee Nation Businesses CEO Shawn Slaton told Tribal Councilors that CNB is preparing to break ground on April 1 on additional “projects” in the Cherokee Springs Plaza in Tahlequah.

In 2014, CN and CNB officials announced plans to build the plaza with venues for dining, shopping and gaming. In a previous Cherokee Phoenix article, officials said the plaza is anticipated to be 1.3 million square feet of mixed-use space, developed at an estimated cost of $170 million. Officials also said it was to be completed in three phases.

The tribe completed Phase 1 of the project in 2016,which included road construction and pad sites where businesses would be developed. Since then Taco Bueno, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic and Stuteville Ford have opened businesses at the site.

The next phase is the construction and relocation of Cherokee Casino Tahlequah, officials said. The new casino is expected to feature a resort hotel, convention center and golf clubhouse. The final phase includes the creation of a retail strip.

CNB has not confirmed a completion date as of publication.

Legislators also:

• amended the Concurrent Enrollment Scholarship Act of 2011 to revise the eligibility requirements,

• reappointed T. Luke Barteaux as a District Court judge,

• confirmed Dr. Charles Grim as a Cherokee Nation Health Partners board member,

• authorized the Vocational Rehabilitation Program to donate surplus equipment to the United Wrestling Entertainment Foundation in Cherokee County.

Health

CN receives Indian Health Services settlement funds
BY MARK DREADFULWATER
Multimedia Editor – @cp_mdreadfulwat
02/23/2018 04:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – At the Jan. 17 Rules Committee meeting, Deputy Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo reported that the tribe was to receive settlement funds from the federal government. The settlement between the Cherokee Nation and Indian Health Service recoups contract support cost totaling more than $8.2 million.

The money was for unpaid support costs for 1998 in correlation to underpayments of more than $31 million, including interest and underpayments, between 2005 and 2013 and as a result of the Supreme Court case Cherokee Nation, et al v. Leavitt.

According to the 2004 Supreme Court opinion, the “Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act authorizes the Government and Indian tribes to enter into contracts in which tribes promise to supply federally funded services that a Government agency normally would provide.”

It also states the act “requires the government to pay…a tribe’s ‘contract support costs’ which are ‘reasonable costs’ that a federal agency would not have incurred, but which the tribe would incur in managing the program…”

However, in that timeframe the opinion states the reasoning the government did not pay the contract support costs as promised is because Congress had not appropriated enough funds.

“In the first case, the Tribes submitted administrative payment claims under the Contract Disputes Act of 1978, which the Department of the Interior (the appropriations manager) denied. They then brought a breach-of-contract action,” the opinion states. “The District Court found against them, and the Tenth Circuit affirmed. In the second case, the Cherokee Nation submitted claims to the Department of the Interior, which the Board of Contract Appeals ordered paid. The Federal Circuit affirmed.”

Nimmo said the tribe had to cover the IHS contract costs that were denied by using CN General Fund dollars.

“There were questions about whether or not half of it will go to the newly created Sovereign Wealth Fund because that law says that half of all settlements will go there,” Nimmo said. “This money…the reason it all goes to the General Fund is because it was improperly expended. And I say improperly not in the sense that we did anything wrong, but we should have, in 1998, we should have gotten this money from the federal government to support IHS contracts. Because we didn’t, we had to spend general tribal dollars to support those IHS contracts. So this money goes into basically replenish tribal dollars that were spent to support federal contracts.”

Nimmo added that the Tribal Council is able to appropriate the recouped funds however it deems necessary.

“The $8.2 million settlement will go into the tribe’s General Fund, where it will help provide the expanded and improved health care services our citizens deserve.” Nimmo said. “Going forward, we expect contract support costs to be funded in full as designated by treaty and federal trust responsibility.”

Opinion

OPINION: CNB investment expands Cherokee language program
BY BILL JOHN BAKER
Principal Chief
02/01/2018 10:15 AM
Preserving the Cherokee language is preserving Cherokee identity, as the heritage and traditions of the tribe are rooted in our language. Our language allows us to pass along traditional Cherokee knowledge and values to our children and grandchildren. That is why I am so proud that Cherokee Nation Businesses has pledged unprecedented financial support to the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program.

Through a signed memorandum of understanding, CNB is providing $180,000 to cover the costs of a language program called the 14th Generation Master Apprentice Program, a pilot program designed for students who originally learned to speak Cherokee at the tribe’s Cherokee Immersion Charter School. We hope it encourages language usage as they progress through junior high and high school. CNB’s monetary commitment will further advance the preservation and usage of the Cherokee language, as graduates of the adult master apprentice program are placed in supervised teaching and mentoring roles.

The new endeavor can be a bridge that unites the mission of our Cherokee Immersion Charter School and the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program, which has graduated six students since it began three years ago and is expected to graduate six more students in 2018 and another eight students in 2019. Both programs have proven successful in their respective area, and now we can connect their goals and participants.

This multigenerational effort will help preserve and promote the use of the Cherokee language for generations to come and fill the gap between the immersion school and high school. Our youth, who have been educated in the immersion school, are among the most valuable Cherokee language assets going forward. We have made significant investments in these children, and we must keep exposing them to language-learning opportunities after completing the sixth grade. Now that we have graduates of the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program, we have developed an expert pipeline and grown the personnel to keep our youth engaged after immersion school graduation. That means language lessons can be utilized at Sequoyah High School as well as within community settings. Creating new Cherokee speakers, and in turn letting them pass along what they have learned, will keep our language flourishing for generations to come.

Supporting cultural education and growing the language curriculum will help Cherokee children succeed on their lifelong journey and allow them to reach their God-given potential in school, in life and as Cherokee speakers. The 14th Generation Master Apprentice Program already has about a dozen Sequoyah High School students gathering for lessons after school. Plans are in place for a summer program with participants gathering from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for 10 weeks. Those students, if they participate over multiple summers, could potentially get about 2,000 hours of language education just through summer participation. CNB continues to support the tribe in its pursuit of preserving Cherokee culture and heritage. Without the aggressive commitment from our tribal government and our business endeavors, the future of the Cherokee language would be in jeopardy.

People

Dreadfulwater continues loom-weaving tradition
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
02/22/2018 08:15 AM
TAHLEQUAH – For the past 15 years, Cherokee Nation citizen Janice Dreadfulwater has been perfecting the craft of loom weaving that she learned from her sister-in-law and Cherokee National Treasure, Dorothy Dreadfulwater Ice.

Since she was 5 years old, Dreadfulwater said she’s always “dabbled” in some type of craftsmanship.

“I was sewing when I was like 5 years (old), making doll clothes. My first (craft) was sewing. Then I went over to crochet and cross-stitch. I’ve done some silversmithing, and I’ve done some beadwork. You know, I’ve dabbled in a lot of areas,” Dreadfulwater said.

Once she learned how to loom weave, she said she thoroughly enjoyed it.

“My first attempt was awkward, of course. But once I got the hang of it, it started going really fast,” she said. “It was just addictive.”

In a two-month span, she said she made approximately 20 loom-woven blankets.

Aside from making blankets, she makes scarves and shawls, but blankets are her specialty.

To loom weave, Dreadfulwater said she uses Ice’s loom. However, she’s making her own loom.

“One of my projects is to get my big loom together and hopefully have a place that I can put it. You’ve got to have the space in order to do it,” she said. “I’m in the process of putting one together. I’ve got the frame made, but as far as the hardware, that’s hard to locate for a larger loom.”

She said loom weaving one quilt can take anywhere from a day to a day and a half. “It takes (time) to get it all set up to start weaving, which I don’t like that part, but it’s necessary. The fun part is actually weaving.”

Dreadfulwater said she uses diamond, herringbone and non-traditional patterns in her work and different-sized yarn. She also said she’s never marketed her creations and has only sold one blanket. She said she mostly makes them for “enjoyment.”

“I’m proud to carry on the traditions that the Cherokee people have established and to be creative,” she said. “I just hope that whoever receives the blanket respects what labor of love that went into the project.”

Her donation to the Phoenix is a blanket with a diamond pattern. The drawing will be held April 2. For every $10 spent on elder fund donations, subscriptions or merchandise, one entry is entered in the quarterly giveaway drawing.

For more information, call Justin Smith at 918-207-4975 or email justin-smith@cherokee.org, or Samantha Cochran at 918-207-3825 or email samantha-cochran@cherokee.org.
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