CNF scholarship applications open Nov. 1

BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Reporter – @cp_bbennett
10/31/2017 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Current and upcoming college students seeking higher education funding can apply for several scholarships with the Cherokee Nation Foundation beginning Nov. 1.

Students must visit www.cherokeenation.academicworks.com and create an account to complete the general scholarship application, which closes Jan. 31. Once completed, the system will match students to individual scholarships for which they are eligible to apply.

The general application takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete and will require students to have their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood cards, copies of their most recent transcripts and contact information for personal references.

Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis and selected recipients will be announced in April.

More than 15 scholarships are available, with some being tailored to a specific field of study such as pottery, business, engineering or psychology. Some scholarships are also specific to the institution in which a student is enrolled such as Oklahoma State University, Rogers State University and the University of Tulsa.

Each scholarship has specific requirements, including meeting a minimum grade-point-average and location of residence. The Bill Rabbit Legacy Art Scholarship is also open to Cherokee Nation and United Keetoowah Band citizens alike. Students are encouraged to review all requirements before submitting their applications.

CNF scholarships are not income-based, Whitney Dittman, Cherokee Nation Businesses public relations specialist, said. This means students will not have to produce income statements or documents relating to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA when completing their applications.

CNF officials announced on Oct. 27 that the organization has raised more than $200,000 in scholarship opportunities due to its “Leave a Legacy” matching campaign.

“The matching campaign has been a huge success, and we can’t thank everyone enough for the support and encouragement along the way,” CNF Executive Director Janice Randall said. “Our board of directors, (Principal) Chief (Bill John) Baker and many council members played a huge role in helping us spread the word about this opportunity, and we are so happy to see so many people take part in creating opportunities for Cherokee students.”

The announcement follows a Sept. 26 meeting in which CNF board members voted to continue matching qualifying donations beyond $100,000, as funding allows.

“We know that there is no greater investment we can make than in the education of our youth, but the simple truth is that we can’t do it alone,” Tonya Rozell, CNF board president, said. “By extending the matching program, we hope to find new partners interested in honoring a legacy and creating new opportunities for Cherokee students. We are certainly more effective when we work together and combine our resources.”

CNF scholarships differ from the undergraduate and graduate scholarships offered by the tribe’s College Resource Center, which require students to complete one community service hour for every $100 received. The application for that scholarship opens Feb. 1 and can be completed at www.scholarships.cherokee.org.

For more information on CNF scholarships, visit www.cherokeenationfoundation.org or call 918-207-0950.
ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎱᎹ. – ᏃᏊ ᎠᎴ ᏥᏛᏟᎢᎶᏟ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᎪᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᎪᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏲᎯ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᎪᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏔᏲᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏅᏓᏕᏆ ᎢᎬᏱᎢ.

ᏗᎾᏕᎶᎪᏍᎩ ᎠᏎ ᎤᏂᎪᎵᏱᏗ www.cherokeenation.academicworks.com ᎠᎴ ᎤᏃᏢᏗ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᏅᏁᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᎥ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ, ᎾᎿ ᎠᎵᏍᏚᎲᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ ᏦᏍᎪ ᏆᏊᎯᏁᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏳᏂᏍᏆᏓ, ᎾᎿ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎤᏠᏯ ᏱᎾᏛᎦ ᏱᏓᎲᏏ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏩᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎢᎦ ᎨᏒᎢ.

ᏂᎦᎥ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᏍᎩᎦᏚ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᎢᏳᏔᏬᏍᏔᏅ ᏓᏟᎢᎵᏙᎲ ᎠᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎳᎢ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ, ᏚᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥᏃ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎬᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎬᏩᏂᏃᎮᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏳᎾᏚᎵᎥ.

ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᎨᏥᏁᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏴ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏑᏱᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏁᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎾᏄᏁᎰ ᎧᏬᏂ ᎧᎸᎢ.

ᎤᎪᏓᏃ ᎾᏃ ᏍᎩᎦᏚ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏚᏂᎾᎣᎢ, ᎢᎦᏓᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᏤᏟᏓ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᏯᏛᎾ ᎦᏓᎫᎫ ᏧᏃᏢᏗᎢ, ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ, ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᎿᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ. ᎢᎦᏓᏃ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎪᎥ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏚᏃᏪᎸ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᏛᎾ Oklahoma State University, Rogers State university ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ University of Tulsa.

ᏌᏊᎭ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᏛᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏯᏛᏁᎸᎢ ᏯᏛᎾ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏯᏛᏁᎸ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎥᎦᏁᎸᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Bill Rabbit Legacy Art Scholarship ᎾᎿ ᎠᏍᏚᎢᏐ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎠᏁᎳ ᏧᏠᏯ. ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎪ ᏧᏂᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏗ Ꮟ ᏫᏄᏂᏅᏅᎾᏊ.

CNF ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᏁᏓ Ꮭ ᎢᎦ ᎥᎪᏢᏍᎬ ᏯᏎᏍᏗ, Whitney Dittman, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏴᏫ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᏂᎦᏔᎯ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎯᎠ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎦᏓᎦ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ Ꮭ ᎠᏎ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᏅᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏃᏢᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏎᏊ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏩᏥᏂ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏍᎿᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ FAFSA ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏚᏂᏍᏆᏓ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ.

CNF ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏄᏩᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ 27 ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎤᏂᏟᏌᏅ 200,000 ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏓᏜᏅᏓᏕᎲ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ “ᎯᎯᏯ ᎾᎿ Legacy” ᏧᏠᏯ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏠᏯ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ, ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬ Ꮭ ᎡᎵ ᏱᏂᎦᎣ ᏱᏓᎵᎮᎵᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎨᎩᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏂᏂᎳᏕᎲ ᎾᏍᏊ,” CNF Executive ᏗᏓᏘᏂᏙ Janice Randall ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎢᎦᏤᎵ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙ, (Principal) ᎤᎬᏩᏳᎯ (Bill John) Baker ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᏗᏂᎳᏫᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᎭ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᎵᏙᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᏒ, ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᏙᏥᎪᏩᏘᏍᎬ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᏂᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎪᏢᏅᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎶᏙᏗ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ.”

ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎠᏍᏓᏩᎶᎦ ᏚᎵᏍᏗ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏑᏓᎵᏁ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ CNF ᎠᎾᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙ ᎠᏂᎾ ᎤᏂᏁᏨ ᏂᎦᏯᎢᏐ ᏧᏠᏯ ᎢᏗᎬᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎾᏃ 100,000, ᎾᎿ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᎣᎦᏅᏔ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮭ ᎢᎸᏢ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎠᎯᏓ ᏚᏳᎪᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮭ ᎢᎬᏌᏊ ᏱᏂᎨᏓᏛᎦ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Tonya Rozell, CNF ᏗᏄᎪᏔᏂᏙ ᎠᏂᏅ ᏧᏓᏘᎾᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏙᏯᏅᎯᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏠᏯ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ, ᎤᏚᎩ ᎣᎬᎭ ᎣᎩᏩᏛᏗ ᎢᏤ ᎣᎦᎵᎪᏓ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎸᏉᏗᏍᎬ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᎪᏢᏗ ᎢᏤ ᎤᏠᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ. ᎤᏚᎯᏳᏃ ᏓᏤᏠ ᎠᎯᏗᎨ ᎨᏐ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᏱᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏓᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎢᎩᎲᎢ ᎤᏠᏂᎩᏓ.”

CNF ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏚᏓᎴᎾᎥ ᎾᏃ ᏧᏂᏁᏓ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᏛ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎵᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏁᏨ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᏌᏊ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎠᏕᎸ ᏓᎩᏍᎬᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎧᎵᏎᏐᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎠᎵᏍᏚᎢ ᎧᎦᎵ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎠᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ www.scholarships.cherokee.org.

ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ CNF ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ, visit www.cherokeenationfoundation.org or call 918-207-0950.

– TRANSLATED BY ANNA SIXKILLER

About the Author
Brittney Bennett is from Colcord, Oklahoma, and a citizen of the United Keetoowah Band.  She is a 2011 Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and summa cum laude honors.
 
While in college, Brittney became involved with the Native American Journalists Association and was an inaugural NAJA student fellow in 2014. Continued mentorship from NAJA members and the willingness to give Natives a voice led her to accept a multimedia internship with the Cherokee Phoenix after college.  
 
She left the Cherokee Phoenix in early 2016 before being selected as a Knight-CUNYJ Fellow in New York City later that same year. During the fellowship, she received training from industry professionals with The New York Times and instructors at the City University of New York. As part of the program, she completed a social media internship with USA Today’s editorial department.
 
Now that Brittney has made her way back to the Cherokee Phoenix, she hopes to use the experience gained from her travels to benefit Indian Country and the Cherokee people.
brittney-bennett@cherokee.org • 918-453-5560
Brittney Bennett is from Colcord, Oklahoma, and a citizen of the United Keetoowah Band. She is a 2011 Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and summa cum laude honors. While in college, Brittney became involved with the Native American Journalists Association and was an inaugural NAJA student fellow in 2014. Continued mentorship from NAJA members and the willingness to give Natives a voice led her to accept a multimedia internship with the Cherokee Phoenix after college. She left the Cherokee Phoenix in early 2016 before being selected as a Knight-CUNYJ Fellow in New York City later that same year. During the fellowship, she received training from industry professionals with The New York Times and instructors at the City University of New York. As part of the program, she completed a social media internship with USA Today’s editorial department. Now that Brittney has made her way back to the Cherokee Phoenix, she hopes to use the experience gained from her travels to benefit Indian Country and the Cherokee people.

Education

BY STAFF REPORTS
05/23/2018 04:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation Foundation is accepting applications until June 1 for the seventh annual Cherokee College Prep Institute taking place on July 15-20 at Northeastern State University. The weeklong camp will connect students with admissions counselors from across the U.S to analyze, prepare and complete college applications, identify scholarship opportunities and explore schools of interest. Participating universities include the University of Arkansas, Bacone College, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Central Oklahoma, Duke University, NSU, University of Notre Dame, Oklahoma State University, Pomona College, Rogers State University, Stanford University, Swarthmore College, and Yale University. CCPI’s curriculum, developed in conjunction with College Horizons and other participating university faculty, includes interactive sessions focusing on ACT strategies, essay writing, interview skills and time management. CCPI is free to CN citizens who are preparing to enter their junior or senior years of high school. Lodging, meals and testing expenses are also provided by CNF, Cherokee Nation Businesses and NSU. Applications are available at <a href="http://www.cherokeenation.academicworks.com " target="_blank">cherokeenation.academicworks.com</a>. For more information, email Jennifer Sandoval at <a href="mailto: j.sandoval@cherokeenationfoundation.org">j.sandoval@cherokeenationfoundation.org</a> or call 918-207-0950.
BY STAFF REPORTS
05/21/2018 04:00 PM
TAHELQUAH – Sequoyah Schools is again offering summer basketball camps for girls and boys who will be in first through ninth grades in the fall. The camps are designed to help youngsters develop skills, master techniques and learn basic concepts of basketball. Sequoyah coaches and members of the Sequoyah high school basketball teams instruct the camps. The boys’ camp is May 29-31 at The Place Where They Play gym located on the Sequoyah campus. Grades first through fifth camps will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., while grades sixth through ninth will be held from noon to 3 p.m. For more information on the boys’ camp, call coach Jay Herrin at 918-822-0835. The girls’ camp will be held June 4-6 at The Place Where They Play gym. Grades first through fifth camps will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and grades sixth through ninth will be held from noon to 3 p.m. For more information on the girls’ camp, call Larry Callison at 918-557-8335. Registration forms and fees may be turned in to coaches Herrin and Callison ahead of time or on the first day of camp. Early registration is appreciated. Free lunches will be available for both camps and all age groups from 11 a.m. to noon in the school cafeteria. These will be the only youth basketball camps offered at Sequoyah this year. To view the information online visit <a href="http://sequoyah.cherokee.org/Athletics/Summer-Youth-Camps/Basketball-Camps" target="_blank">http://sequoyah.cherokee.org/Athletics/Summer-Youth-Camps/Basketball-Camps</a>. <a href="http://www.cherokeephoenix.org/Docs/2018/5/32277__brief_180515_HoopsCamps(boys).pdf" target="_blank">Click here</a>to download the boys' camp registration form. <a href="http://www.cherokeephoenix.org/Docs/2018/5/32277__brief_180515_HoopsCamps(girls).pdf" target="_blank">Click here</a>to download the girls' camp registration form.
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
05/18/2018 12:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Three Oklahoma City schools named after Confederate generals may soon be renamed. The school board on May 14 was expected to consider new names for Lee, Jackson Enterprise and Stand Watie elementary schools, which are named after Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson and Isaac Stand Watie, a Cherokee. Committees made up of community members, school staff and parents selected two potential names for each school, which were presented to students at each school who then voted on their preference, district spokeswoman Beth Harrison said. The students’ choices will be presented for the board for approval, although the board could select any name it chooses, Harrison said. The suggested names haven’t been made public. Board member Carrie Coppernoll Jacobs told The Oklahoman that children and employees should feel welcome in the places where they learn and work. “To make amends for the past, we have to own it,” she said. “School names may seem like a small gesture, but all progress has value,” Coppernoll Jacobs said. The board voted in October to rename the schools following violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the removal of a Confederate statue. The Tulsa school board recently renamed Robert E. Lee Elementary as Lee School, although critics say the change doesn’t go far enough. It also renamed Andrew Jackson Elementary as Unity Learning Academy. The Oklahoma City board conducted an online survey for names and the names of Lee, Jackson and Watie received the most votes, while past state and local leaders were also popular. The other names receiving votes include minster and former school board member Wayne Dempsey, educator and civil rights activist Clara Luper, writer and Oklahoma City native Ralph Ellison and Wilma Mankiller, who was the first woman to be principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. The cost of changing the names is estimated at about $40,000, which a local attorney has agreed to pay.
BY STAFF REPORTS
05/16/2018 10:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH – Sequoyah High School recently named seniors Katelyn Morton and Aspen Ford as the class of 2018’s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. At 6:30 p.m. on May 18 in The Place Where They Play gym, 99 seniors will graduate from SHS. The class of 2018 has accumulated more than $2.5 million in scholarships and grants so far. Morton, 18, of Tahlequah, is the daughter of Kathryn Wood and Nason Morton. She graduates with a GPA of 4.56 and is attending the Oklahoma City University Wanda L. Bass School of Music this fall and plans to double major in music and Spanish. After her audition at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music, Morton received a music scholarship worth $25,600. She also earned a Presidential Leadership Scholarship worth $19,200. “Being accepted into one of these programs creates a lot of connections,” Morton said. “First, I’m going to focus on those connections and probably intern at a casting agency or under a director so I can know the behind-the-scenes. Then, I’ll begin to audition for anything I can.” Through concurrent enrollment, Morton completed nearly 30 credit hours at Northeastern State University during high school. She also participated in National Honor Society, Student Council, Stand for the Silent, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Fellowship of Christian Students. Morton is vice president of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council and is a member of the Cherokee National Youth Choir. She has also been a member of Tulsa Youth Opera and was cast in Tulsa Opera’s American premier of “The Snow Queen.” She has been the captain of Sequoyah’s competitive speech and debate/drama team and president of the drama department. She became the first student in Sequoyah’s history to reach All-State for speech and debate/drama. Ford, 18, of Tahlequah, graduates with a 4.51 GPA. She will attend NSU in Tahlequah this fall with a Presidential Leadership Class scholarship worth around $40,000. She also earned the Cherokee Nation undergraduate scholarship and the James R. Upton Memorial Award through the Cherokee Nation Foundation. “My mom and dad have always pushed me ever since I was young to focus on school and my studies first, before anything else,” Ford said. “I think that stuck with me throughout high school, and I know it will in college. It gave me a mindset to know my priorities and what’s important and what will make me successful.” Ford, the daughter of Amber Arnall and Damon Ford, plans to major in media studies while at NSU and expects to study abroad. She said she hopes to find a career in photojournalism, a passion she garnered during educational trips to Greece and Italy in 2017. While attending Sequoyah, Ford completed 39 hours of concurrent enrollment at NSU and three credit hours at the University of Oklahoma. She also participated in Student Council, Sequoyah’s academic team, National Honor Society, History Club, 4-H and the Oklahoma Indian Honor Society and attended North America’s largest powwow during the Gathering of Nations in New Mexico in 2016 as a member of the Honoring Our People’s Existence Club. Ford is also a member of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council and the Cherokee National Youth Choir.
BY STAFF REPORTS
05/15/2018 04:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – A recent $5,000 donation by the Cherokee Nation to the RiverHawks Women’s Basketball team will make it possible for Northeastern State University to participate in a two-game basketball classic in Los Angeles over Thanksgiving break. In addition to competing against Division II basketball programs, the trip will provide a memorable student athlete experience for team members. “I am so grateful to Cherokee Nation and (Tribal Council) Speaker Joe Byrd for their generosity and commitment to the RiverHawks women’s basketball program,” NSU women’s coach Fala Bullock, said. “Speaker Byrd made a great statement to me following the photo by reminding me of the positive impact the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah and University can have on each other through possible future partnerships,” NSU Director of Athletics Tony Duckworth said.
BY KENLEA HENSON
Reporter
05/15/2018 12:00 PM
JAY – Cherokee Nation citizen and Jay High School senior Gabe Simpson, 19, was recently named a 2018 Gates Scholar. The prestigious Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full-ride scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors who have shown academic excellence, as well as strong leadership abilities. Simpson is one of 300 high school students out of nearly 30,000 applicants from across the United States to be awarded the scholarship. “I know a lot of people apply for it (Gates Scholarship), so I was really happy when I found out,” Simpson said. He also said upon graduation in May, he plans to attend Oklahoma State University in Stillwater this fall to play football. “There was a lot of Division IIs that wanted me and a few DI schools,” he said. “OSU offered me a preferred walk-on, and I always wanted to play at a big powerhouse college like that, so I thought I would give it a shot.” He said although he plays other sports such as basketball, baseball and competitive cheerleading, he’s been playing football since he was “big enough to play” and his “love” for the game is what led him to want to play in college. As for a career choice, he said he hopes to pursue a career in pharmacy or physical therapy. “Pharmacy is because I love math and science, and it’s a lot of that like chemistry. And physical therapy is because I love sports, and they work with a lot of athletes through that,” he said. Simpson’s words of advice to other students thinking about applying for the Gates Scholarship is to “start young because there’s a lot of people who slack off during freshman and sophomore year, and when they realize they want to go to college their grades weren’t as good to apply. But also, apply for as many scholarships as you can.”