Cherokee Messenger
March, 1998

Monthly Meeting

CCS members and guests gather for friendship and programs at the monthly meetings. Get the Last Minute Info on Red Nations Remembering, The Event. 7:00 p.m. visit-7:30 p.m. meeting. Tracy Gee Community Center 3599 Westcenter: One block south of Richmond, (just east) of the West Belt of the Sam Houston Tollway. Free Parking. Guest are invited!CCS Monthly Meetings are great places to meet new friends

Our raffle continues for first-time meeting guests, who receive a raffle ticket to be eligible for a door prize awarded that night. Bring in new CCS members!

Red Nations Remembering

Sunday, March 8, 1998
West Montgomery County Park, Montgomery, TX

Presentation Schedule

11:00 Prayer 11:05 Reading-Jamie Williams
11:15 Commemorative Moccasin Walk - Joe Williams
12:00 Introduction/Welcome/Overview of Cherokee History - Deborah Scott
12:20 Deputy Chief Garland Eagle
12:30 Stomp Dance Presentation - Tommy Wildcat
1:00 Sequoyah through Texas - Gregg Howard; Attacullah - Michael Breteler
1:30 Greetings from the Elderís Council - Paul Thomas
1:40 Nancy Ward - Carter Terry
2:00 J.C. High Eagle - Musician and Artist
2:20 Larry Sampson - Dance Demonstration
2:50 Sequoyah - Darrell Crosby
3:00 John Herrington - Chickasaw Astronaut
3:30 Amanda Buffalo Dancer - Fancy Shawl Demonstration
3:50 Richard Fields - Mark Bruni
4:00 Blowgun Demonstration - Hal Cooper
4:15 Family Trail of Tears - Chad Smith
4:30 John Ross and Major Ridge - Steve Triplett & Wade McAllister
4:45 Sarah Ridge - Cindy Menard
5:00 Sam Houston - Claybert Menard
5:15 Alabama Coushatta - Johnathan Hook
5:30 Story Telling - Frank McLemore
5:45 Conclusion

In addition, there will be demonstrations orchestrated by Claybert Menard.

Red Nations: How To Get There

Directions to West Montgomery County Park:

Take I-45 to Conroe, TX
Take Hwy 105 West for about 15 miles to the City of Montgomery, TX
Take Hwy 149 North 2 Ĺ miles to West Montgomery County Park
Follow the road into the park
Travel left past the ball fields to the open area
Note: no electricity and no water are provided on site

Web Watch

Many links to CCS are now on the Internet. Each month we try to add a few other interesting sites readers may enjoy:

Gilcrease Museum:
Much Native and western art, archeology, history references.

American Indian Tribal Directory:
Publication of the American Indian Heritage Foundation.

Nashville Now Mall:
See "Native American" heading and go to Fine Art Exhibit, including Cherokee artist, John Guthrie, and Creek artist, Dana Tiger.

The Reservation

United Keetoowah Band:
WWW Many links to other Cherokee sites.

History of the Cherokee - White Manís Homepage
by Cherokee mixed blood, Ken Martin.

The American West:
Includes "News Reports;" then return to home page and find " Native American" heading for a wealth of Native links, astronomy, literature, history, etc.

Internet sites have been checked for accuracy and current status as of mid-February. Please share updates with the editor, to pass on to our readers, since sites change frequently.

Cherokee Nation Launches Mobile Health Care

Persons with relatives and friends in northeastern Oklahoma may want to remind them of a new Cherokee Nation-sponsored Mobile Health Clinic which now provides another resource for Cherokees in Bartesville, Vinita, South Coffeyville and Collinsville. The first operation of its kind in Oklahoma, the clinic will provide immunizations, blood pressure checks, routine diagnosis and prescription drugs. Full-time staff members include a family nurse practitioner, a practical nurse, an emergency medical technician driver and a medical records clerk. The clinic will serve all enrolled members of the Cherokee Nation and might be available to other American Indians. It is being financed with money from the Cherokee Nationís annual carry-over funds. Weekly stops, which begin in February, are scheduled at Vinitaís Cherokee Housing Authority.
- Excerpts from an article entitled "Cherokee Launch Mobile Health Care" by Laura Summers, Tulsa World Online (January 31, 1998)

CCS Shawl Society

With an outreach to women of all tribes, this lively group continues basketweaving, beadwork, shawl making and other Native crafts and special events. Look for their art at the Red Nations Remembering on March 8, and call B.J. for details of upcoming meetings, 713.668.0222

Poets Corner

As promised last month, here is the second poem by our Internet friend and poet Debra Anne Chapman
The Sad Mother
By Debra Anne Chapman
The Ozark hills cut her bare feet,
as through the day she walked in grief.
She thought of five years earlier,
When into the world she brought a son,
a beautiful sweet baby boy,
whom she held and hugged with joy.
Now as she walked this made her cry,
as in her hands she held her son,
who was now but a lifeless form.
She was not allowed to bury him,
but would not leave him in the snow,
so as she walked the Trail of Tears,
She carried him in a final hug.
She carried him with a motherís love.
When night came and she buried him,
the tears would not leave her eyes.
The pain of loss burned through her soul.
Her sadness no one else could know.
Then as she slept she had a dream.
In a special area with a cave,
She saw him playing with two wolves,
and walking with them by his side,
he journeyed through forest spring,
and winter snows
disappeared from view.
Then he turned and smiled to look at her,
and told her. "I will always love you,"
then away he went into a foggy mist,
to a special land and a special place,
and when she spoke from her short sleep,
her dream helped return to her,
some peace.

The Trail Retraced

In 1987 the US Congress acknowledged the Trail of Tears by establishing the "Trail of Tears National Historic Trail," now administered by the National Park Service in cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, the Cherokee Nation, the Eastern Band of Cherokee, private landowners and interested groups. There are developing auto routes, Trail markers and assorted Trail sites. The National Historic Trail leads visitors through parts of North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Brochures have been available at CCS meetings and may be obtained from the Long Distance Trails Group Office, National Park Service, PO Box 728 Santa Fe, NM 87504-0728. Phone 505-988-6888.

Readers can visit the web site for detailed information., including history, maps and photos.

The Fourth Annual Duwali Hoop Event

April 18, 1998 this celebration will be presented by the American Indian Heritage Center of Texas, Inc. All activities will be on the hill overlooking the "Battle of the Neches," where chief Bowles (Duwali) and a number of Indians were slain July 16, 1839; the remaining Indians were driven away from Texas but their descendants are definitely back. Activities include: opening ceremonies (8:00 a.m.) diabetes screening and seminar, 5k hoop run, history walk of the battlegrounds, paint horse show, archery demo, Cherokee language seminar, genealogy seminar, bike tour, childrenís activities and games, dancing, and storytelling-all free except the 5k hoop run. Indian food all day, plus arts and craft vendors. (Take SH 64 to Redland-about 12 miles west of Tyler, TX. Turn north on VZ County Road 4923, Go 2.4 miles to the entrance on the right and follow signs.)

Or readers may visit their Website.

In Memoriam:

Patricia Taylor, one of our Cherokee sisters from eastern Oklahoma died Sunday, January 18, 1998 after a valiant battle with cancer. Our very supportive board member, Terry Thompson had provided a "home away from home" for Patricia and her husband during their many trips for intended cancer therapy in Houston. Terry and his family attended the funeral along with over 800 family members and friends, including Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief Garland Eagle. Patricia had been a Sunday school teacher and pianist at the Salem Baptist Church in the Bell community near Stillwell and Tahlequah, OK, and was employed in a local industry. She had touched many people in that part of the Cherokee Nation, and Terry had become an integral part of their family. Our sincere sympathy to her loved ones: husband Roy Taylor; her daughters; Karen Merrie and family, and Cindy Swaney and family; her parents, Rufus and Emma Nakedhead; and a host of siblings, nieces and nephews.

Saturday, January 31, 1998 longtime AIM activist and Tennessee anti-grave desecration activist Lupe "Peto" Trejo from Allen, SD was found in a diabetic coma near his home in SD. Details were sketchy but he was life flighted to a hospital in Rapid City and put on life support. The latest word was that the life support was disconnected and he is breathing on his own but not expected to live. He has had a series of heart attacks and his pulse was very low. Peto was a charter member of the Tennessee AIM and well loved by all. A memorial page is being set up and will relay any new info as it comes in.

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