Cherokee Messenger
April 2000

CCS Monthly Meeting

Next CCS Monthly Meeting is Thursday, May 4, 2000, 7:00 p.m. Presenter will be Steve Triplett, CCS active member, storyteller and former board member, whose topic will be "The Medicine Wheel". Steve will share the background on this CCS tradition, the artifacts and why we reset it each June. (June date for the ceremony will be announced.)

CCS Meeting Location: The Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter in Houston, one block south of Richmond Avenue, east of the Sam Houston Tollway West Belt. Bring guests - they are always eligible for the door prize which is awarded at each monthly meeting.

Other Events & Projects

As with all pow wows and other events, double check before making travel plans; events may change unexpectedly.

Elsewhere Across Indian Country:

As with all pow wows and other events, double check before making travel plans; events may change unexpectedly.

All Roads Led To Red Nations Remembering

Spirits were high April 2 when Red Nations Remembering 2000, "Blazing a New Trail," attracted supporters from local and distant communities to observe the commemorative Moccasin Walk, met Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma Principal Chief Chad Smith, enjoyed traditional storytellers and musicians, and learned more about Cherokee crafts and arts. Principal Chief Smith reported on the State of the Cherokee Nation to an attentive audience. He and Deputy Chief Hastings Shade are major advocates to perpetuate Cherokee culture and to serve the people. The event, sponsored by CCS at Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Conroe, Texas, was possible through the energetic dedication of many individuals. We extend sincere appreciation to all who worked so hard to make possible this commemoration.

Cherokee Courses

Get Your Name on the List Now for upcoming Cherokee courses!

CCS Board members Marjorie Lowe and Deborah Scott are now Cherokee Nation Certified Teachers, part of the mission to continue preservation of the Cherokee culture. They focus on history, mythology and genealogy. Dates are subject to revision as courses become available from these two very knowledgeable instructors. However, all interested persons need to contact Deborah Scott, 713-861-6667 or e-mail to be placed on the mailing list for an August workshop. They will teach a 12-hour course which will include in-depth information, hand-outs, videos, presentations, hands-on demonstrations and authentic meals.

Cherokee cultural aspects will be covered in a short overview class taught through Leisure Learning Unlimited in Houston during three-hour sessions which are tentatively scheduled 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on July 18 and again August 15. Houston area residents can find upcoming Leisure Learning Unlimited schedules through libraries, grocery chains, or by contacting to request a mailed copy.

Honorable Mentions this month:

CCS and Gulf Coast Cherokee member Pat Poland won the April 12 runoff election for the Democratic Precinct Chairperson, 44th Precinct in Montgomery County, Texas. Pat, who says she is now the only Native American office holder in the county, will be sworn in at 10 a.m., May 13, at the Montgomery College in Conroe.

Kiona Smith, daughter of 1st Lt. Royce Smith, from Pasadena, TX, has been invited to attend summer studies at Cambridge University in England. The active 14-year old Sam Rayburn High School freshman also serves in the Civil Air Patrol.


The Cherokee Messenger is a monthly publication of the Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston, which is totally independent of all other Native American Indian organizations, locally, regionally and nationally. We do support the efforts of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. We do support the efforts of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. All CCS officers are volunteers. News articles, family histories, poetry, and other items concerning Cherokee culture are most welcome for consideration in the newsletter. Inclusion is based on space available and material is subject to editing. Mail to: The Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston, P.O. Box 23187, Houston, TX 77228-3187, or fax to 713-974-3982 / e-mail, by the 5th of the month prior to publication the first of the following month. Annual membership dues are $20.00 per person and include a subscription to the printed newsletter. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF CCS! CCS phone inquiries: 713-866-4085.

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