Cherokee Messenger
May, 1998

So Long, Carter, and Donít Forget To Write!

It is with great regret that we announce Board Member and active CCS articipant Carter Terry is leaving our area to move to San Antonio. She designed the logo that appears on our 1998 Red Nations Remembering -shirts and other souvenirs. Carter was also a leading force in securing the site for Red Nations Remembering in Montgomery, Texas. She payed the part of Nancy Ward in the historical reenactments, as well. Since last fall, Carter was the hard-working coordinator who assembled the postal mailing of our Cherokee Messenger, often under difficult circumstances. We wish her the very best and hope she will stay in touch with CCS.

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Several people expressed an interest in e-mail contacts of Cherokee and related organizations. We attempt to list interesting web sites in the newsletter also, and these are great places to locate e-mail contacts of representatives of those organizations. Just for starters, here are some e-mail addresses of interest:

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Web Watch

Native American Collection CD

Produced by GenRef, Inc. and sponsored by the Friends of the Oklahoma Historical Society Archives, the searchable databases include the Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes (Dawes Rolls for Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole); Chilocco Indian School records; 1896 Dawes Enrollment Applications; Dawes Rejected Names. Scanned book images include the Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes (Dawes Rolls); D. C. Gideonís Indian Territory: Descriptive Biographical and Genealogical (1901); H. F. & E. S. OíBeirnesí The Indian Territory: Its Chiefs, Legislators and Leading Men (1892); Paul W. H. Dewitzís Notable Men of Indian Territory (1904-1905). Microfilm catalogs have Oklahoma Historical Society Archives Microfilm Collection Catalog; the National Archives Native American Microfilm Catalog; National Archives-Southwest Region (Fort Worth) Catalog of Native American Microfilm. Historic Indian Images from the Photographic section of the Oklahoma Historical Society Archives and Manuscripts Division. Supplementary information contains an Indian Q&A section with helpful information from the Bureau of Indian Affairs; a Native American directory with important addresses; a list of over 50,000 "missing" Indians due money from the Individual Indian Monies program.

The Windows CD runs on an IBM PC compatible (386 min., 486/33 or higher recommended) running at least Windows 3.1. Other system requirements include a color VGA monitor, 2X CD-ROM drive and 4 MB RAM, 2MB hard disk space. Will run on PowerMacs with Virtual PC. Introductory price of $62.95 includes first class postage and handling. Checks and money orders accepted; no credit card orders. Residents of Oklahoma must add $5.02 for tax. Order from: Friends of the OHS Archives, P.O. Box 18781, Oklahoma City OK 73154-0781. Information is provided as a service to readers and does not represent a product endorsement. Anyone with additional information as a consumer of this product and who wishes to share it with the editor or the CCS Board is welcome to contact us.

Poetry Corner

Our May poem, by active board member Judith Bruni, was originally composed for Motherís Day several years ago. "Reflections" was published in Sketches of the Soul, The National Library of Poetry, ISBN 1-57553-412-6, Dec 1997
By Judith Bruni
When day is at its end and all around is quiet,
You stand alone and wonder -- what's it all about?

You think on times gone by, when kids would yell and run,
And that ole shaggy dog -- blessed beast -- would bark, growl, and join the fun.

Yes, the family ties are broken and miles betwen us crossed.
But still the memories linger, deep inside our hearts.

When day is at its end and all around is quiet,
We, too, stand alone and wonder -- what's it all about?

We think on times gone by, when Mom would hold us near.
The warmth we felt we remember, of the woman who brought us here.

And that memory lingers, deep inside our hearts.
Which brings me to my message -- we love you, Mom, very much!

Copyright Judith Bruni, published in Sketches of the Soul, 1997.

Poet Maggie Fry Dies

Maggie Culver Fry, Oklahoma's poet laureate emeritus, whose great-grandparents traveled the Trail of Tears, died April 7, 1997, at the age of 97. Her poems sometimes reflected her American Indian heritage but were always "spiritual," she said in a 1977 Tulsa World interview. The Indian Territory native, who started writing seriously after marrying Merritt Fry in 1924, submitted one of her first poems to 73 national publications before it was published in 1944. Eventually she published more than 800 articles, stories and poems, many attracting national attention. Ms. Fry was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for The Umbilical Cord. Her nonfiction was usually about noteworthy Oklahomans, and she was a frequent contributor to Oklahoma Today magazine.
Excerpts from the Tulsa World On-Line, April 10, 1998

In The Spirit of Crazy Horse, Remember The People - Serve The Peope

by Larry Sampson
Osiyo, Ani Yun Wiya-To Hee Juhn? Another month is gone, and the pace of life seems to be quickening in so many ways for those of us in Indian Country. If I were to write about all of the things that can and should be done in the Houston area by and for our community, I think I would find myself writing a book, of sorts. And seeing how Iíve already been told I tend to get long winded with this writing thing, (who, me?) I must focus on one small battle at a time. Hard for me, as those of you who know me can attest to, I think. So, I will try to address issues in the order of their importance. Once again, this is difficult, maybe itís in my DNA, I donít know. So what should this months topic be?.....Iíve got it! How about the establishment of an Indian Center!

Seriously, Folks, why should Houston be the only major metropolis without a Native American Cultural Center? An institution such as this could serve many purposes: A place to focus on our culture, past and present. It could be the perfect, common location to hold lectures, speaking engagements, and host out of town emissaries of the N.A. community. How about establishing a library housing books written exclusively by, for, and or about our people. Maybe include a museum with accurate displays of our culture with various items donated by our people, not "appropriated" by archeologists (grave robbers). A place such as this would be the ideal contact point for Indians new to the area to get acquainted with others and get plugged into our social pipeline (scary, isnít it?). Perhaps, most importantly, an establishment the rest of !society can refer to, socially, and politically, for an accurate assessment of who we have been, who we are, and who we are becoming. Attempts were made in the past to quite literally give this very type of gift to us, but the divisiveness of our community shortchanged us all, and the offer was rescinded. How sad! If I may be so bold, this all goes back to the problem we have always faced. We absolutely MUST stop being so concerned about our differences. When it comes to dealing with the rest of society, we have to learn to speak to Ďthemí as one voice. Retaining our individuality, and our cultural identity, is of paramount importance, but not to the extent that we become a paralyzed community, hostage to our own inability to unite for common causes!

Book of The Month - The Alabama Coushatta Indians by Jonathan Hooks

Music Selection - The Red Road by Bill Miller

Editorís Note: Opinions expressed by Mr. Sampson do not necessarily reflect those of the CCS Board of Directors, the CCS general membership, or the editor of this newsletter. Conflicting opinions will be considered if submitted to the CCS Board of Directors.

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