Cherokee Messenger
September , 1997

Meet the CCS Candidates

The following information was provided by the candidates who have been contacted by the Nominating Committee to run for the CCS Board October 2, 1997. Due to the publication deadline, there may be other candidates whose information is not included here and who can relate their backgrounds at the meeting. All members are urged to attend and cast ballots at this important event for the future of CCS. Many thanks to Joe Williams for chairing the Nominating Committee this year.

Cindy Linnenkohl has been a member of CCS for about four years and is just completing a two-year term on the Board (one year as Newsletter Coordinator and one year as Secretary). Says Cindy, "Iíve been happily involved in most all of our major projects and activities and enjoyed every minute of it!" Iím active in many local Native American activities and visit the Tahlequah, Oklahoma area often, usually every couple of months, to take part in traditional stomp dances and activities. I would consider it an honor to serve another term on the Board to help my extended CCS family achieve more of our goals. Thank you for your vote! Do na da go bv i!

Carter Terry has been a CCS member since 1993 and was active in obtaining facilities for the March, 1997 Red Nations Remembering event, at which she played the role of Nancy Ward. She also is a member of the committee that works to bring Cherokee curriculum to the public school system and is a frequent speaker on Native Americans to all ages in the schools. Carter, who is active in the Shawl Society, says "I would like to participate even more in CCS as a board member." A single mother of two sons and grandmother of two, she works in the Houston residential real estate market.

Terry Thompson has been a member of the Cherokee Cultural Society since 1994, at which time he teamed with Charlie Soap of Tahlequah to develop a trip for the Goingsnake Project, a youth oriented project created by the Christian Children Foundation. Terry, who was born and raised in West Texas, has been Director of Personnel for S&B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd., a chemical/petrochemical engineering and construction firm for the last eight years. Heís been in human resources for over 25 years. Married to wife Marilyn for twenty-three years, they are the parents of twins, Jeff and Michele; daughter Ashley; and youngest son, Joshua. Terry is a Cherokee by descendent of his paternal family, Squyres. Terry says, "I consider it an honor to be asked to stand for a leadership role of the Cherokee Cultural Society." He is an ardent supporter of the Cherokee people and the Constitution of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He fervently promotes the cultures of not only tsa la gi, but for our brothers and sisters of other tribes as well.

Joe Williams has been an active member of CCS since it was formed in 1992. Says Joe, "I have enjoyed helping with various CCS projects, including Family Day at the Museum of Fine Arts, and especially Red Nations Remembering. Last year I was appointed to fulfill the remainder of a vacated Board position, and if you want, Iíll do it again. Thank you." He has been very active in planning and implementing CCS monthly meeting programs during the past few years. Joe, his wife Julie, and their family are frequent participants in CCS gatherings.

The American Arts Council, Inc.

The Eighth Annual American Indian Art Festival Market will be held October 18 & 19, 1997, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Town of Addison (TX) Conference and Theatre Center. Features over 175 documented American Indian Artists from across the country, handmade works of art, exhibits, cultural activities, a Childrenís Powwow and Dance Competition, and authentic tribal food. Over 50 Native Indian performing artists will appear on two stages in regularly scheduled presentations. Emphasis is on education and entertainment. New this year is a 15 minute presentation demonstrating a village of southern plains Indians during the 1800ís, with dancing, singing, teepees, tools, ponies and other village implements. A separate set of pavilions will showcase the diversity and importance in U.S. history of each of the "Five Civilized Tribes." Free participatory activities include feather making, pottery, mask making, drumming and singing, traditional storytelling, flute playing, Indian Stick Games, and sandpainting. The festival admission is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children under 12 years; tickets are available at the event. Sponsors are the Town of Addison, The Dallas Morning News, and WFAA TV. For additional information call: 214-891-9640.

Focus on Native American Job Seekers

Morris Nail Agency specializes in local and national job searches for Native Americans. The owner is of Choctaw heritage and is exploring employment options for many tribes. Those interested can send their resumes and job preferences to Morris Nail Agency, P.O. Box 6469, Katy, TX 77491. Phone contact is Sherri Ferguson, at either 281-646-8408, or toll free at 1-888-647-8408, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays.

Call for Volunteers

The November 20-23, 1997 American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference will offer free admission to volunteers who can work in four-hour shifts. Variety of tasks range from greeting attendees at the airport to helping to seat people at the conference. For details, call CCS member Marjorie Lowe, 713-937-4826.

4th Annual Corpus Christi Intertribal Pow-Wow, Arts & Craft

4th Annual Corpus Christi Intertribal Pow-Wow, Arts & Craft will be held September 27, 28, 1997, at Memorial Coliseum 402 S Shoreline, Corpus Christi, Texas. Prizes and contest for Dancers and Drummers. Head Staff to be announced. Venders and General information please contact: Carol 512-985-8208, Vivian 512-883-9980 or La Donna 512-991-3063.

Special Appreciation toÖ

Barbara McAlister, our monthly program presenter in August, who entertained with her wonderful singing and who shared instruction in Cherokee folk songs with the attendees. Thanks, also, to her cousin and CCS member Wade McAlister, for inviting her to our meeting. It was a special treat.

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