Cherokee Messenger
June 2000

CCS Monthly Meeting

Join us for the next CCS Monthly Meeting: Thursday, July 6, 2000, 7:00 p.m. CCS is pleased to welcome as our speaker Sandi Stromberg, whose topic will be "The Healing Power of A Story."

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

About the Program: "The Healing Power of A Story." Medical researchers are finding that yet another, centuries' old, Native American tradition has healing power - and that is storytelling, putting the most moving and defining experiences of our lives into words. Sandi Stromberg, a writer and teacher, will talk about this healing power and how it can be incorporated into our lives. Sandi, whose great-great-great grandmother was Native American (probably Creek) from eastern Alabama, is Executive Director of Brigid's Place. Says Sandi, "It is a sacred space where people come together to share their stories in community as they pursue their spiritual journeys." For 30 years, she has been a magazine feature writer, correspondent, columnist, editor, and translator. Twenty of those years she lived abroad.

Learning to tell our own life stories and family histories can relate who we are as 21st century Cherokees in America. Whether written or spoken, our stories prove we have survived to share our knowledge and identity with the world.

Other Events & Projects

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

48th Annual Cherokee National Holiday

Mark your calendar for the 48th Annual Cherokee National Holiday: September 1-3, Labor Day Weekend 2000, in Tahlequah, OK. Over 100,000 visitors are expected at this growing event in the beautiful mountainous capital of the Cherokee Nation. Find activities in the town square, tribal complex, powwow grounds and other venues. Warm up for a "kid's fishing derby," powwow, Chief Chad Smith's State of the Nation address and a "free feed", among activities for all ages. The Cherokee Heritage Center will host traditional games and over 100 arts and crafts and food vendors on their 44 acres just south of Tahlequah in a scenic wooded area. Says Mary Ellen Meredith, interim Executive Director of the Cherokee Heritage Center, "We've been a leader in cultural tourism in the United States since the 1960's. We intend to be the best and most visited tribally specific educational center in the world."

For more details, watch the Cherokee Nation website at or contact CNO Director of Communications Mike Miller, voice 918-456-0671, ext. 2210; fax: 918-458-5580 e-mail

Excerpts from Cherokee Nation, (May 30, 2000)

Outstanding Native Artists

Congratulations to famed artist Joan Hill, who was named the "Honored One" in June at Red Earth, a major national Native American Cultural Festival in Oklahoma City. A Muskogee, OK native, Ms. Hill is a Master Artist of the Five Civilized Tribes Museum. See a sample of her work on the February, 2000 page of the Cherokee Heritage Calendar, available for sale at CCS meetings. Excerpted from a notice in the Oklahoma Indian Times Online ( (June 10, 2000)

We can be proud of another famous Cherokee artist, Talmadge Davis. At the May 6 Trail of Tears Art Show, he won the People's Choice award and the Best of Division Award for his painting "Walkabout - A Warrior's Spirit" and honorable mention for "How Far Must We Walk Before We're Home". Those who enjoyed the 1999 Cherokee Heritage Calendar can find his work "Family" on the October page.

See current article and photos at

CHIP Can Assist Texas Children

May 25, 2000, the Harris County Hospital District Board of Managers in Houston, TX approved a contract agreement with Texas Children's Health Plan (TCHP) to provide pediatric services to children enrolled in the state's new CHIP program. It is designed to help families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford private insurance for their children. CHIP covers children younger than 19 from families with annual incomes at, or below, 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($34,100 for a family of four in 1999). The child cannot be eligible for Medicaid or covered by private health insurance for 90 days prior to applying for CHIP. Enrollees have access to regular doctor visits and checkups, immunizations, X-rays, hearing and vision tests, dental exams, hospital stays and surgery at Harris County Hospital District facilities. There is either a low copayment or no copayment. For questions call the TexCare Partnership, 1-800-647-6558. Thanks to Cherokee Cultural Society member Deborah Lane for sharing this information.

Editor's Note: During our June monthly meeting, some attendees mentioned that there is no opportunity to designate "Native American" as an ethnicity on application forms for this program within the state of Texas. Readers may wish to express their views on this omission through the CHIP contact number listed above. If anyone has more direct contact, please notify your editor at

CNO Chief Receives Warm Welcome

Sincere CCS thanks go to Principal Chief Chad Smith, of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and his wife Bobbie Smith, for their June visit to our Houston monthly meeting. Chief Smith provided stimulating updates on progress at the Nation and reassured all present of the many reasons to be proud of our Cherokee people. He emphasized that all of us, whether or not we are officially Cherokee Nation citizens, can contribute to the well being of our people through volunteer contributions - expertise, knowledge and other support. For more information or to assist, contact the Nation at or Mike Miller, 918-456-0671, ext. 2210, e-mail

Perk Up Your PC

Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma now offers Historic Screen Savers for your favorite computer. The Nation's Cultural Resource Center developed the first in an ongoing series for the PC. Installment One includes images from the Cherokee Nation prior to Oklahoma statehood with the Cherokee Capital Building, the stagecoach stop in Vian, OK and the Cherokee Female Seminary in Tahlequah. The self-installing file includes printable information about each historical image. For more information contact the Cherokee Nation Cultural Resource Center, 918/458-6170, or download the screensaver at:


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 local nonprofit organization which is not affiliated with any other Native American Indian association. We do support efforts of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

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