Cherokee Messenger
November 1999

You Are Invited

to the next CCS monthly meeting:
Thursday, December 2, 1999
7:00 p.m. social gathering
7:30 p.m. program & meeting.

It is time for our Annual "White Elephant" Gift Exchange. Holiday time means trading all those strange but wonderful items that we love to pass on to some other lucky person. They may just adopt these "gems" into their homes with great holiday joy. Come for the seasonal laughs and friendship as we wrap up those orphaned gifts and close out the Millennium CCS style! CCS Meeting Location: The Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter, one block south of Richmond, east of the Sam Houston Tollway West Belt. Guests are always eligible for the door prize awarded that night.

Other Events & Projects

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

Houston Area:

Outside Texas:

Welcome To New Local CCS Officers

The board of directors for CCS met soon after recent elections to determine offices to be held by newly elected board members. Look forward to a great CCS year with Judith Bruni, President; Barbra "BJ" Callihan, Vice President; Marjorie Lowe, Secretary; and Cindy Linnenkohl, Treasurer. Deborah Scott is Special Projects Chair.

Newsletter Chairs, in charge of assembling, labeling and mailing, will be Jimmy Melton and Clabert Menard. It was agreed that the meeting minutes and the treasurer's report of each meeting will be printed for members to pick up as they come to the monthly meetings, to read before the president calls for additions and/or corrections. They will become available at the December meeting.

Heritage Day

A Celebration of Native American Culture, Saturday, November 27, 1990, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Houston Museum of Natural Science, Hall of the Americas. The Museum is the place to be, as we round out a Thanksgiving weekend. If you have the family, or extra company to amuse and look for another great place to take them, we have the answer! It is all part of our rich Cherokee culture! Contact with questions or to assist: CCS President Judith Bruni, e-mail

On The Art Front:

Five Civilized Tribes Art Show Winners Announced
Winners for the 1999 Five Civilized Tribes Museum Art Show were announced Saturday, October 9, during the artists' reception held at the Museum in Tahlequah, OK. Board President Warren Roberts presented, assisted by Chickasaw Nation representative Lisa Jackson, director of the Chickasaw Foundation.

"Best of Show" was awarded to a bronze sculpture entitled "Cherokee Medicine Man" by Troy Anderson of Siloam Springs, ARK. The "Heritage Award" went to an acrylic painting entitled "Navigators" by Virginia Stroud of Tahlequah. "Spirit of Oklahoma Awards" went to: "The Stomp's Begun," by our own CCS member Bob Annesley, Missouri City, TX; "Black Coat," by Troy Anderson; "Honoring Her Gift," by Dana Tiger, Park Hill, OK; "Wolf Tracks," by Gary Montgomery, Shawnee, OK; "Creek Tribesmen (Yafke)," by Johnny Tiger, Jr., Muskogee, OK; "And When I Dream, I Dream of Home," by Joan Hill, Muskogee, OK. The show was completed on November 7, however, all entries are for sale.

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Special Note

Houston area members of the Cherokee Cultural Society are invited to stay tuned for upcoming Cherokee Language classes conducted by CCS Past President Victor Carroll. Tentative plans are under way to begin next May or June, at no charge for members. Class enrollment will be limited to seven persons, meeting twice each week for one to one and a half hours, during eight weeks, to study the syllabary and study methods. For questions, contact Victor, e-mail

Web Gems:Native Music Contacts

Naming Ceremony Marks Anniversary, Accents History

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Cherokee Nation (of Oklahoma) Talking Leaves Job Corps Center held a ceremony to name its seven main buildings after each of the seven Cherokee clans. CNO Principal Chief Chad Smith said the naming was a reminder of progress the tribe is making, as Cherokees learn more about their language, culture and arts.

Deputy Principal Chief Hastings Shade explained the history and significance of the clan names, a brief history of the clan system and how it changed since ancient times. Before European contact, the clan was the most important affiliation of Cherokees which gave them their place in the tribe and in their world. Clan was passed from a Cherokee mother to her children. In the matrilineal kinship system, a Cherokee woman decided when and whom to marry. She could not marry a member of her mother's clan, who were considered blood relations, no matter how distant. After marriage, a man took his wife's clan. According to Hastings Shade, there was of a time when there were 14 Cherokee clans. Over the centuries the Cherokee combined clans and opened them to captives and non-Indians. The tribe settled on the number seven to honor the seven directions: north, south, east, west, up, down, and center.

The seven Cherokee clan names for the Job Corps center buildings are: A-ni Wo-di, Paint Clan Recreation Building; A-ni Go-da-ge-wi, Wild Potato Clan Cafeteria; A-ni A-wi, Deer Clan Female Dormitory; A-ni Wa-ya, Wolf Clan Male Dormitory; A-ni Tsi-squa, Bird Clan Administration/Academic Building; A-ni Gi-lo-hi, Long Hair Clan Health Building; and A-ni Sa-ho-I, Blue Clan Vocational Building. The Center was named to honor the Cherokee linguist Sequoyah, who created the Cherokee syllabary in 1821. Soon afterward the Cherokee oral tradition had written form and led to publication of the first Indian newspaper in 1828, printed in Cherokee and English. When the 1839 Cherokee constitution was adopted, awareness of educational needs prompted the Cherokee to build schools for the young, seminaries for older Cherokee students, male and female, and for freedmen. When Oklahoma was granted statehood in 1907, the Cherokee Nation turned over almost 100 schools to the new state.

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Language Corner

Excerpts from the Cherokee Observer Language Lessons Cherokee Observer Language Lessons just in time for a seasonal feast:

Food Names (English alphabet only shown here.)

`al sta yvn `ti (food)
ha `wi `ya (meat)
wa `ka-ha `wi `ya (beef or cow meat)
si `qua-ha `wi `ya (pork or pig meat)
ha `wi `ya-u ka `yo sv (bacon or dried meat)
nu `na (potatoes)
`ga du (bread)
`se lu-`ga du (corn bread)
a tsa `di (fish)
u `we tsi (egg)
`ka `wi (coffee)
as ta `tlv da (cream)
kal `se tsi (Sugar or candy)
`wa du `li si (cake or something sweet)
ge `lis gi (pie)

Nation Resumes Law Enforcement

CNO Principal Chief Chad Smith administered the oath to new Cherokee Nation Marshals in the W.W. Keeler Tribal Council chambers on October 28: Sgt. Stacey Eubanks, Sgt. Franky Dreadfulwater, Interim Director of the Marshal Service Leonard McMillan, Sgt. Steve A. Garner, and Sgt. James L. Redcorn. After two years without a certified police force, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma reinstated the Marshal Service. Former state and federal prosecutor Julian Fite will oversee the organization of law enforcement. Each marshal undergoes a comprehensive background check to receive a clearance and must meet federal standards to maintain certification. An August request by Chief Smith to the Bureau of Indian Affairs led to resumption of tribal law enforcement. The BIA agreed in September that the situation that caused them to assume all tribal law enforcement in May, 1997 no longer existed, allowing the return of the tribal force. February, 1997 had marked the transition, when former Principal Chief Joe Byrd fired the entire Marshal Service after officers removed contested documents from his office. The documents had been requested by tribal council members, and, after the chief refused to provide them, led to a two-year struggle between the three branches of government that tested the tribal constitution.
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Reminder To Registered Cherokees

The First Families Charter Member registration continues through December 31, 1999. Contact them at the Cherokee National Historical Society Genealogy Office; P. O. Box 515, Tahlequah, OK 74465; e-mail Phone requests to 1-918-456-6007; fax 1-918-456- 6165. Questions may also be directed to CCS board member Marjorie Lowe, e-mail

Kudos Corner

We could not do these special events without all of you!

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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. Annual membership dues are $20.00 per person and include a hardcopy newsletter subscription. Thank you for your support of CCS! The Cherokee Messenger, a monthly publication of the Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston, welcomes news articles, family histories, poetry, and other items of interest concerning Cherokee culture. Inclusion is based on space available and is subject to editing.

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