Cherokee Messenger
March, 1997

All Roads Lead to Red Nations Remembering!

Join us as people of all ethnic heritage commemorate The Trail of Tears, Sunday, March 9, 1997 at West Montgomery County Park, located 2 1/2 miles north of the City of Montgomery (15 miles west of Conroe) on Highway 149. An alcohol and drug free event.

This CCS national and intertribal celebration will include all family members and friends in a major festival of remembrance. Be sure to come out and enjoy Native American speakers, and historical re-enactments, exhibition powwow, Indian crafts and games, food and storytelling. A special area has been set aside to honor our Elders. Please bring chairs and cushions for comfort!

Schedule of the Day
For campers, early attendees: Sunrise Blessing/Sons
9:00 a.m.
Arrival time for vendors/ people working the event.
10:30 a.m.
Moccasin Walk begins: The Morning Song Kick Off by Shawl Society
Prayer Feathers (all day)
Cherokee games and storytelling (1 pm - 5 pm)
Introduction and welcome and overview of Cherokee history - Deborah Scott
Letter for Tennessee Band of Chickamauga Cherokees - Bob Annesley
Little Carpenter - performed by Mike Breteler
Sequoyah - performed by Daryl Crosby
Nancy Ward - performed by Carter Terry
J. C. High Eagle - musician and artist
Principal Chief Joe Byrd, Deputy Chief Garland Eagle, Miss Cherokee Lindsay Houston
Richard Fields - performed by Mark Bruni
John Ross and Major Ridge - performed by Steve Triplett and Victor Carroll
Westbrooks Awash on a Trail of Tears - read by Lorilee Lipke
Red Bird Smith - performed by grandson Kyle Smith
Moccasin Contest Finale
W. W. Keeler - read by Lawrence Rucker
Tommy Wildcat - Cherokee artist, actor and musician
The Cherokee into the Next Millennium - Jonathan Hook
Drawing for Friendship Quilt

Celebrating All Ages: Elders Have Special Invitation

The Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston always strives to include all age groups among our friends and visitors. In keeping with this goal, the elders attending Red Nations Remembering will enjoy a special site at the event. Senior friends and relatives will have special tables and chairs to enjoy games such as dominos and checkers, along with horseshoe pitches and ring washer holes. Teams can work on puzzles and special prizes are in store! A campfire is in the plans if the weather is still chilly. Free snacks and drinks will be available for elders and for those who wish, there can be a free photo of each elder on this memorable day to take home as a souvenir.

Educating the Next Generation

The committee to develop Cherokee teaching curriculum for use in Houston area elementary schools and across the US will meet again on Saturday, March 22, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. at the home of Deborah Scott. Plans are to develop materials for publication which will be easy and interesting to teach as well as stimulating to young minds. The committee is seeking additional members. Contact chair Marjorie Lowe at (713) 937-4826 to inquire about this "revisionist" history group.

News for the Nation

The recent US Presidential Inauguration afforded an opportunity for Cherokee Nation tribal leaders and staff from Tahlequah to meet with representatives of federal agencies, elected officials, and White House staff members. The Washington-bound Cherokee delegation included Principal Chief Joe Byrd, Deputy Chief J. Garland Eagle and members of the tribal council. Officials from the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Indian Health Service discussed partnership opportunities, funding and other initiatives that would be beneficial to the tribe.

This was a means for the Cherokee Nation to be recognized as a viable government willing to work together with parties of similar interests, notes Principal Chief Byrd. He continued, "It was a very productive and educational time for all parties. We talked about land issues, health issues, and ways to create a viable economy for our people." Byrd mentions that acquiring one grant to provide even one additional program for the tribe would justify expenditures to send several persons to Washington. The trip also afforded an opportunity to attend the concurrent National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Gaming Association.

Principal Chief Byrd was one of 20 Native American leaders from across the U.S. to ride on the lead float in the Presidential Inauguration Parade, the theme of which was "American History Through Time."

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