CCS Meeting To Feature Chad Smith, Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
Join CCS on Thursday, June 1, 2000, 7:00 p.m., when the head of state of the Cherokee Nation speaks on the "Identity of the Cherokee People and Updates on the Cherokee Nation" at the Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter. The monthly meeting location is one block south of Richmond Avenue, east of the Sam Houston Tollway West Belt. There is no admission charge for the program, which is open to all who are interested in the
Cherokee. Bring guests to our monthly meeting - they are always eligible for the door prize which is awarded that night.
Chad Smith, who was elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma in 1999, has worked diligently to strengthen Cherokee culture and extend services to Cherokee Nation citizens. See details at the CNO website.
Other Events & Projects
As with all pow wows and other events, double check before making travel plans; events may change unexpectedly.
- The Shawl Society meets each second Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with crafts and friendship, for women and men of all tribes. Contact Barbra (B.J.) Callihan, 281-208-1751.
- The Native American Health Coalition meets each second Tuesday. Look forward to June 13, 6:30 p.m., when Margaret Moss, specialist on Zuni elders, will speak at the Northwest Community Health Center, 1100 West 34 Street, Houston. A catered dinner also is included. Note new time and new date! Contact: Deborah Scott, 713-861-6667 / e-mail
- The Shakey Hollow Ceremonial Ground, near Conroe, TX, is the site of dances held the last Saturday of each month. Potluck dinner begins the evening. Call for information: 281-399-1661.
- Sovereignty Symposium 2000: June 5-7, 2000, Doubletree Hotel, Warren Place in Tulsa. Information: 405-521-2450. From Oklahoma Indian Times online at www.okit.com
- June 24 and 25: Famed bead work artist Martha Berry will have a show
at the Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah, OK. See Martha's webpage at
- Houston Museum of Natural Science Events. Contact Dr. Dorothy Lippert,
e-mail email@example.com or see website http://www.hmns.mus.tx.us/ Click
on "Exhibits" then "Americas".
- June 17: A drum group from the Alabama-Coushatta reservation will perform.
- July 15: Educator and flute player Cornel Pewewardy (Kiowa) will perform some traditional songs.
- August 19: Chicano poet Raul R. Salinas will read some of his work.
- The American Indian Arts Council plans its 11th Annual "American Indian Art Festival & Market", October 28-29, 2000 at the Annette Strauss Artist Square in the downtown Dallas (Texas) Arts District. Featured will be over 150 "documented" American Indian visual and performing artists. Enjoy handmade art, intertribal music and dance,
demonstrations, a children's cultural activities area, and a traditional and contemporary menu of tribal foods. Admission is $5 for adults/$3 for children (5-12 yrs.). Information: American Indian Arts Council, Inc. of Dallas, voice 214-891-9640; fax 214-891-0221; e-mail
- Native Thunder is a new enterprise building a variety of communications services. Contact http://www.nativethunder.net; or 1-877-411-6377.
CCS Artists Honored in National Show
The Cherokee Heritage Center, operated by the Cherokee National Historical Society in Tahlequah, OK, presented the 29th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show on May 6, 2000. The event showcases outstanding Native artists in various media and this year honored two of our own! Charlie Strack received an "Honorable Mention" for his steel sculpture "The
Chase". Bob Annesley received 2nd Place in the "Trail of Tears category" for his painting "The Beginning of the Trail". Both artists are very supportive members of the Cherokee Cultural Society. We are certainly proud of Bob and Charlie and congratulate them on receiving these honors. See http://www.leftmoon.com/cnhs/
Cherokee Course Is Set
Mark your calendar for two Saturdays, August 19 and 26, 2000, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Challenger 7 Park, near NASA Blvd. Cherokee Nation Certified Teachers and CCS members Marjorie Lowe and Deborah Scott will teach an outstanding course on Cherokee culture. If history, mythology and genealogy are your interests, this is the course for you!
The 12-hour curriculum features in-depth information, hand-outs, videos, presentations, and hands-on demonstrations. It is part of the mission to understand and preserve our Cherokee culture. Fees: All must be pre-paid to attend. Cost is $55 for CCS members and $75 for non-members of CCS. Newcomers: Pay $75 for the course and get a one-year CCS
membership! Contact Deborah Scott, 713-861-6667 or e-mail
Honoring The Survivors
The following is a partial list of persons who had survived the Trail of Tears and whose gravesites have been marked by the Oklahoma Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association. Perhaps some of our readers will recognize ancestors on this list. Any persons interested in researching and documenting the graves of their ancestors to qualify for this
commemorative marker can contact Marjorie Lowe e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Tahlequah City Cemetery: Richard Taylor, Susan Fields Taylor, Rev. Evan Jones, George Lowery, Dennis Wolf Bushyhead, Edward Bushyhead, Eliza Missouri Bushyhead Alberty.
Baptist Mission Cemetery: Rev. Jesse Bushyhead, Carrie Bushyhead Quarles
Dwight Mission Cemetery: Rev. Daniel S. Butrick, Elizabeth Proctor Butrick.
Ross Cemetery: Chief John Ross, Andrew Ross Nave, Eliza Jane Ross, George Washington Ross, Lewis Anderson Ross, Nannie Otterlifter Ross, Jane Ross Nave, Elizabeth Ross, John Golden Ross, Lewis Ross, Minerva Nave Ross.
Woodlawn Cemetery, Claremore: Elijah Hicks, Margaret Ross Hicks, Mary Hicks McCoy, Victoria Susan Hicks Lipe, Charles Renatus Hicks II, Ruth Emeline McCoy Kephart, James Christopher McCoy, John Ross Hicks, John Gunter Schrimsher, Sara Foreman Mayfield, Sarah Rosalie Hicks Stephens.
Available while supplies last are the two volumes entitled:
COMPREHENSIVE MANAGEMENT AND USE PLAN-TRAIL OF TEARS NATIONAL
HISTORIC TRAIL and
COMPREHENSIVE MANAGEMENT AND USE PLAN-MAP SUPPLEMENT TRAIL OF TEARS NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL.
Request from: The United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Long Distance Trails Group Office-Santa Fe, P. O. Box 728, Santa Fe, NM 87504-0728. Attn: John T. Conoboy, Chief, Interpretation and Resource Management.
Copies of these volumes were circulated at the March, 2000 CCS monthly meeting when Trail of Tears President Jack D. Baker was guest speaker.
CCS Board member Marjorie Lowe reminds us that 50 DAR $500 scholarships will be awarded to Indian students this year throughout the US. Students need to submit applications by the July 1, 2000 deadline. Marjorie recently has been appointed Vice Chairman of the American
Indian Committee of the Texas Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Congratulations are in order!
Other Member Highlights
Appreciation from CCS Vice President Barbra (B.J.) Callihan upon her recent exit from the hospital and during recovery from cardiac treatment. Says Barbra, "Thank you for the lovely plant (sent by CCS) and for all your thoughts and prayers. Don't know what I'd do without
friends like you." Barbra is back in the routine, looking great and boosting our CCS projects.
Congratulations to Cyndie Menard, who became an official college graduate May 12 at Hofheinz Pavillion in Houston. Cyndie received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. "That is Martian for Elementary Education," she says. Hopefully she has her teaching contract by the time you read this. Cyndie and husband Clabert have been active
members of the CCS board.
Red Nations Remembering 2001 Opinion Survey / Volunteer Form
CCS is at a crossroads on the Red Nations Remembering project presented each spring and we need your ideas! If you are a current CCS member or plan to be active, please use this form to assist us in our future planning:
Volunteer for RNR
For those who want to volunteer for the more elaborate RNR, similar to what we have had during the past several years: We MUST have your support! That means TIME, SWEAT and old-fashioned EFFORT. Let us know HOW we can depend on you! If we lack this support, RNR will not happen as before. Then we all go out for a grand style CCS picnic. It's Y O U
R C C S - let us know WHO will do WHICH tasks for RNR 2001. We need to start soon to make it happen next spring. Use the form provided to volunteer now.
The purpose of the Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston is to build community, to preserve Cherokee heritage, to perpetuate the Cherokee culture, and to build the future of our people. CCS is an independent nonprofit organization which is not affiliated with any other Native
American association. We do support the efforts of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
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