Cherokee Messenger
August 2000

CCS Monthly Meeting

Next Monthly Meeting of the Cherokee Cultural Society will present Julia Coates, speaking on "Cherokee History, Nationalism and Ethnic Identity"

Thursday, September 7, 2000 7:00 p.m.
The Tracy Gee Community Center
3599 Westcenter, one block south of Richmond
east of the Sam Houston Tollway West Belt.
Free admission. Open to all interested persons. Newcomers are eligible for the door prize awarded at each meeting.

About the speaker:
Julia Coates, Staff Development Officer at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, OK, is responsible for teaching the Nation's history courses to tribal employees, developing curriculum for the adult and professional level, developing additional teachers to team teach and teaching the course in the communities. Join us for this exciting meeting as we hear from a dedicated Cherokee who helps many understand who we are as Native people and where we have been on our long historical journey.

Other Events & Projects

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

NOTE: See Oklahoma Indian Times for pow wows and other Native events across Indian country.

Heritage Day

September 9, 2000 Heritage Day features "Native Americans and the Animal World"
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
One Hermann Circle Drive

Excitement is growing as we move toward September 9, when tents near the Sundial at the Museum entrance will blossom with Cherokee and other Native American activities. Look forward to Cherokee game demonstrations, basket weaving and Cherokee animal names distributed at the language table. Then enter the Hall of the Americas where you will find unique Cherokee artifacts, genealogy information and local Native American artists with their treasures. Other activities will include dancing, music, storytelling and more crafts.

The event theme is linked to opening of the IMAX film "Wolves," about a Nez Perce Wolf Education Research Center in Idaho. Tribal member Levi Holt will discuss their program.

Expect no fee for the outside events, but visitors need a ticket to enter the Hall of the Americas inside the Museum. Adults pay $5; children 3-11 years and seniors 62 years and older pay $3. Museum information is available by calling 713-639-4629, or see their website.

Benefit Dinner

All Day Benefit Dinner Set for Saturday, September 23 at Hungry's Restaurant.

Recently, long time CCS member Joe Davis suffered a sudden heart attack, followed by emergency bypass surgery. Fortunately, our friend is recovering well. However, Joe and wife Patty lack health insurance. To offer our well wishes and assistance at this difficult time, CCS is having a benefit dinner at Hungry's Restaurant, 2356 Rice Boulevard in Houston's Rice University Village area. Come dine any time that day or evening, as a percentage of the dinner will go to the Joe Davis family. Those wishing to make a direct donation can send funds made payable to the Cherokee Cultural Society, noting the "Joe Davis Fund" as the recipient. Mail to CCS, P. O. Box 23187, Houston, TX 77228-3187. For questions, please contact one of our board members or your editor at

Hungry's features "healthy and tasty sandwiches, pastas and salads" in a casual, friendly setting with moderate prices. Their phone number is 713-523-8652. We look forward to seeing all of our friends on this occasion.

Web Gems

Annual CCS Election

Thursday, October 5, all CCS members will want to attend the annual Cherokee Cultural Society Election of Officers for year 2001. Bios on candidates will come in our next newsletter. Three new positions will be filled this year. For members and visitors alike, enjoy a video on a Native related topic as we complete the election.

The Serenity Prayer in Cherokee

(phonetic only)
God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
u-ne-la-na-hi s-gv-si nv-wa-do-hi-ya-di o-s-da
a-yi-li-di ni-ga-di gv-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di
ni-ge-s-sv-na ge-sv-i

The courage to change the things I can,
a-le u-tla-ni-gi-da a-quu-da-na-da-di-s-di
a-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di na gv-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di

and the wisdom to know the difference.
a-le a-ga-do-hv-ne-s-di a-quu-nv-da
yu-li-s-do-si d-u-da-le-hna-v-i

From "Cultural Tidbits" forwarded from the Cherokee Nation Cultural Resource Center. Contact

Monumental Milestones

It finally happened. Oklahoma recognizes and makes further peace with the Native Indian population by planning a "generic male Indian image" to adorn the top of a new state capitol building dome in Oklahoma City. Completion is scheduled for 2002. The August 22, 2000 Tulsa World quoted former Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller as saying it is a tribute "to all of the Indian people in the state." Many Oklahomans, she noted, think state history began with the late 1800 Land Run, "and they have little idea of the rich Native American history that predates that." The privately funded statue, which will cost about $300,000, will avoid identifying any specific tribe or individual. There had been a movement to use the likeness of Will Rogers or another famous state Native American. Current Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith suggested that the statue face east, in the direction of original homelands of many Oklahoma tribes. Various tribal leaders agree that it is a major step forward in positive relations between the state and the Native tribes.

Excerpts from an article entitled "Capitol Dome: Indian Statue Selection Gains Support from Tribal Leaders," by Rob Martindale in the Tulsa World Online, (August 22, 2000)

Yes, We Do Need Volunteers!

CCS is a vibrant organization because of the people who lend their time and energy. Be sure you share the action by helping wherever possible. Contact Judith Bruni to offer your time: 281-556-1908 or e-mail

Appreciation Corner

Ongoing thanks to our volunteer webmaster, Tom Strapp of Powersource, who regularly updates our newsletter on the CCS website at

We couldn't do it without all of you.

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