Cherokee Messenger
April, 1997

Cherokee History Workshop

It's More Than Just the Trail of Tears - a Cherokee History Workshop

This workshop is for new members and those wanting a refresher course on Cherokee history. The class will be taught by Deborah Scott at the Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter and is tentatively scheduled for May 17th , 1997 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. There will be no charge for the event so that all interested member can attend and for those interested, a donation of $25 to help support the Cherokee Cultural Society is always appreciated!

Poet's Corner

Cherokee Prayer
by Herbert L. Caywood, Cherokee
#20753, Utah State Prison
Great Spirit-Creator
bless and guide us:
extend the circle
embracing all that is.
May our thirst for spiritual awareness
Never cease.

May forgiveness allow hate
to never overwhelm us.

May we remain upon the path of a good heart
for such is the Way
of the trail of our ancestors.

Green Earth Woman
by Phyllis Barnett Olinger
She sits on sturdy rock
Amidst sparkling springs
Her soul parched
For generations
Lost to mankind

A sound makes music
To the earth
Turning to wailing whines
Her soul weeps
For warrior's souls

A mother's heart

Passing traditions
White water rushes against her body
Restoring the Great Father's land

Green boughs bounce with white blooms
Spring renews
What mankind tries to destroy
With chemical paste
Upon leaves once nurtured

Old ways
We seek to return
Ourselves and earth
Men and maker

New Books and Guides

Indians and Intruders - Compiled by Sharron Standifer Ashton 1996, 112 pages, index, maps, sb, $20
Researchers looking for ancestors (red, white or black) who lived in Indian country or near its fringes, should not neglect the records created as a results of Indian-White relations.

Contents include:

Guide to Cherokee Indian Records Microfilm Collection - Compiled by Sharron Standifer Ashton 1996, 115 pages, index, photos, map, appendices, sb, $20.
This is the first collection of a planned series of descriptive inventories of the microfilm collections of the Archives and Manuscripts Division. Future volumes will cover the hacksaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole records. All of the microfilm described in the publications is available for purchase from the Archives and Manuscripts Division, Oklahoma Historical Society, 2100 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City OK 73105-4997. Price is $30 per roll plus $3 S&H.

Ashton Books, 3812 Northwest Sterling, Norman OK 73072-1240

Cherokee Proud: A Guide for Tracing and Honoring Your Cherokee Ancestors by Dr. Tony Mack McClure
This comprehensive text includes: complete listings and sources of original data for all Cherokee census and payrolls dating back to 1817 with explanations of their contents; little known sections of Federal U.S. Census' that include separate Native American listings; scores of bibliographical history references that include Cherokee surnames; addresses of all archives known to house important historical records pertaining to the Cherokee people; detailed information on recognition and enrollment in all known tribes; suggested ways to honor Cherokee ancestors; traditional / contemporary dress illustrations; and a brief Cherokee history with maps and photos. Please contact Dr. McClure to order.

Calendar of Events

April 5 - May 9:
Reflections of the Old World
A collection of traditional pictographs by Kiowa artist, Sherman Chaddlesone, Gallery of Native American Art, Dallas TX

April 5-6:
Potawatomi Trails Friendship PowWow, Zion IL (847) 746-9086

Greenville PowWow, Greenville NC (919) 355-2521

15th Anawim's Anniversary PowWow Chicago IL (312)561-6155

April 12:
American Indian Cultural and Business Council, 2nd Annual American Indian Honor PowWow Mountain View College, Eileen Johnson (817)624-4413

April 15 - May 31:
Indian Artists of the Concrete Canyons. Showcases talents of Native American artists living in the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex, aka Concrete Canyons. Borders Books and Music Store, Preston Road @ Royal Lane.

May 2-4:
Cynthia Ann Parker Days, Crowell Texas. For information call Randy Moore, (405) 357-6229

May 10 - 31:
Spirit of the Keetoowah. A collection of acrylics, oils and flutes by Cherokee artist and craftsman, Jerry Sutton. Gallery of Native American Art, Dallas TX

May 22nd-May 25:
Southeast Regional AIM Conference; Middle TN Support Group; Red Boilings Springs, Tennessee. For info call Michael Sims (615) 621-3361 or E-mail Michael at or call Jody Willett (205) 379-4837 or E-mail Jody at For further information about Red Boiling Springs or hotel accommodations check

May 16-18:
Grand River Indian Artists Gathering, The Museum of Western Colorado, Grand Junction For information, call (970) 242-0971

May 24-25:
Honolulu, Hawaii Intertribal Council of Hawaii, 4th Annual Warrior Society Powwow. If you are interested in attending and would like to stay with a Host Family, please contact Bill Tiger at (808) 947-3306 or you can email Wendy Schofield-Ching at and you will be sent a Host Family form to fill out and return.

May 31-June 1:
Wailuku, Maui Hawaii Intertribal Council of Hawaii, 1st Annual Warrior Society Powwow Contact Ron Neal on Maui at (800) 832-0933 for more information at

June 28 -1 August 10:
17th Annual Festival of Native American Arts.

July 5-6:
Outdoor Market Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff AZ For info call (520) 779-6921

Wings of the Northwest

An invitation...
I am the coordinator of a Native American Running Program called "Wings of the Northwest". I put on a race every fall. If a runners qualifies, they get a free trip to the USATF Junior Nationals. I recruit out of the whole northwest area. I would be honored if someone from your tribe would represent your people in my race. Interested? Please contact me at or

To compete, the runners must be between 14-19 and Native American.

The Oklevueha Band of Yamasee Seminoles

Little Buck Buford (Principle Vice Chief)
PO Box 521, Orange Springs, FL 32182 (352) 546 2091
The Oklevueha Band is of Yamasee descent. The Yamasee were part of the Cherokee (according to historical accounts in 1721) and were pushed from the Cherokee by the Yuchi when the Tuscorora moved south and displaced other tribes. The ensuing war with the Tuscorara was under the leadership of the Yamasee, who later warred with the colonists in Savannah (1713). The tribe moved south to Spanish Florida but were later enslaved by the Creeks and Seminoles. Upon their release to freedom, they formed autonomous towns on the Oklevueha River, hence their name the Oklevuea Band of Seminoles originated. It is a historical tribe which has remained sovereign and independent from the State of Florida and the Federal Government. It has its own educational system that is recognized in national publications and a member of the National Coalition of Community Schools. It is currently developing an External Studies College in the field of Human Services with specializations in areas of interest, but to attend, one must have a Tribal Council Resolution supporting the student's desire for a tribal specific degree. If the student is from another tribe, he/she must gain their own tribal council resolution which supports the method of training and subject areas to be studied. The Tribe has also developed a system of welfare for the tribal citizens residing on the reservation, exclusive of housing, food, and traditional medicine. Finally, it has a working Tribal Child Welfare Law that has been recognized by a number of states as competent enough to transfer jurisdiction to the tribe and to grant full faith and credit to decisions of the Tribal Court.
Norbert Johnson
Tribal Judge & Hetewanee of the Wisconsin Oklevueha Community

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