Cherokee Messenger
July 1995

The Tsalagi Name for the month of July is U-WA-NI-SV SE-LU U-DO-SV-NO-E-hi
It means Ripe Corn Moon.

The name of the Moon for this month is Strong Sun.
In Tsalagi - U-LA-Ni-gi-DA i-GA-E-hi-NV-DO.

The animal totem for this month is Cardinal.
In Tsalagi -DO-tsu-WA.

Runoff required to determine leadership of Cherokee Nation

Tahlequah, OK. Eight candidates will face each other in a July 29 runoff election to determine the offices of principal chief and deputy chief, as well as the councilmembers for District 7, Rogers County and District 8, Tulsa and Washington Counties.

According to Cherokee Nation Legislative Act 2-94, candidates must receive more than 50 percent of the total votes to be recognized as the official winner. Of the 11,880 votes cast in the principal chief's race, George Watie Bearpaw received 4,722, or 39 percent, while Joe Byrd received 3,522, or 29 percent of the votes. The remaining 32 percent was distributed among the seven other candidates on the ballot.

In the deputy chief's race, Barbara Dawes-Martens will face James "Garland" Eagle in a runoff. Of the 11,730 votes cast in this race, Martens received 4,951, or 42.5 percent, while Eagle received 2,371, or 20 percent.

Also included on the runoff ballot will be District 7, Rogers County incumbent Harold DeMoss against Flo Walters and District 8, Tulsa and Washington Counties incumbent Maudie Bazille against Nick Lay.

Cherokee Nation Legislative Act 2-94 states that runoff elections will be determined by the highest number of votes for one candidate.

Those candidates who won seats on the tribal council during the June 17 election include, District 1, Cherokee County, Mige Glory, Don Crittenden and Bill Baker; District 2, Adair County, Harold "Jiggs" Phillips and Dora Mae Watie; District 3, Sequoyah County, Sam Ed Bush and Mary Flute Cooksey; District 4, Muskogee, McIntosh and Wagoner Counties, Troy Wayne Poteete and Paula Holder; District 5, Delaware and Ottawa Counties, Barbara Conness Mitchell and Barbara Starr-Scott; District 6, Mayes County, William Smoke; District 9, Craig and Nowata Counties, Charles Hoskins.

Inauguration ceremonies will be held for all elected officials on August 14, 1995.

For more information about the tribal election, contact the Cherokee Tribal Election Commission at: (918) 458-5899 or toll free 1-800-353-2895

Excerpt from "A Cherokee Feast of Days"

By Joyce Sequiche Hifler. Pg. 210.

July 4th.
"Let our objective be our country, and nothing but our country. And by the blessing of God, may that country itself become a vast and splendid monument, not of oppression and terror, but of wisdom and peace and of liberty, upon which the world may gaze with admiration forever." Daniel Webster spoke those words, and he knew that America would have fine troops, great leaders, and excellent equipment, a combination that stands for freedom. Even though freedoms have been stretched to the limits in some areas, we operate on the basic premise that this is America and it stands as an example to countries everywhere of what it means to be free. President Eisenhower said that whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the hearts of the American people. It has, and it will as long as we ask God to bless America.

Cherokee Women's Shawl Society

The women of CCS have joined to form the Shawl Society - a monthly gathering to learn (or relearn) cultural skills while socializing and having some fun.

On Saturday July 22nd, at 10:00am B.J. will teach basic basket weaving. Call B.J. at 668-0222 to register for supplies. She will need $15 per person for supplies.

The Shawl Society's herb this month is "Speedwell". Speedwell is an herb that flourishes in all types of weather. Used as far back as the 1600s, a mixture of flour, lard and speedwell leaves were used to make dough to wrap around painful arthritic joints. Pain relief came quickly with this compress which is how it got its name "Speedwell".

Speedwell is native to Europe and New Zealand, but common throughout North America. It is a traditional Cherokee Indian cure for cough, just brew a tea and drink.

Pick a large leaf, bruise it with your fingernail and rub the juice on hardened skin such as your elbows or the calluses on your feet. Rub vigorously to soften the skin and to enhance your pumice stone or cream.

Speedwell can be eaten when the leaves are small, young and tender. They taste like peas and can enhance a salad or other spring greens. The bigger the plant gets the less likely you are to eat it because it will taste very bitter.

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