Cherokee Messenger
December, 1997

New CCS Officers Are Off And Running!

Welcome to these fine officers who were elected by the membership in October and who assumed offices at the November meeting: Cindy Linnenkohl, President; Joe Williams, Vice President; Wade McAlister, Treasurer; Victor Carroll, Secretary; Judith Bruni, returning as Special Projects Chair; Carter Terry, Newsletter Coordinator; Terry Thompson, Membership Chair; and returning as past president, a founding CCS member, Deborah Scott. New ideas are sprouting already, so let yours also be known to these officers. CCS will have a very exciting year ahead with all of us working together!

Red Nations Remembering

Red Nations Remembering will take place Sunday, March 8, 1998. Last month readers received information on a Logo designing contest, to select a new logo identifying this outstanding regional event. This is a great chance to have the logo designer show talent plus having his/her name as artist on each item where the logo appears. Just think, all across the U.S. treasured souvenirs-mugs, buttons, fans, T-shirts-will sport that marvelous logo by one of our CCS supporters!

Enter as many times as you like. There is a $5.00 entry fee per drawing, and the logo must be simple enough to be screen printed easily onto items. The winning entry becomes CCS property.

Red Nations Remembering was established by CCS in 1997 as a gathering to commemorate the Trail of Tears and to honor our Cherokee people. Everyone interested is invited to participate! The outstanding, well attended commemoration received wide press coverage, with something for everyone, all ages and interests. The 1998 gathering will likely be at the West Montgomery County Park, Montgomery, TX and promises to be just as successful.

Planning meetings are taking place and we need volunteers! Call Judith Bruni, CCS Special Projects Chair, 281-556-1908. This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to a fun and rewarding event. For more details on Red Nations Remembering or the logo contest: call Cindy Linnenkohl, 409-258-8441, or Joe Williams, 281-346-2765.

Free Winter Vacation in Yellowstone!

There has been a great controversy over management of buffalo inside of Yellowstone National Park. See the website for background. The following letter. "Greetings from Buffalo Nations," is a call for hardy volunteers to staff a site in the park, especially good for those tired of all this south Texas heat.

Its official. Buffalo Nations has just opened their second office in West Yellowstone. Winter has already started to show itself. Four bull buffalo have crossed the park boundary and could be in trouble soon. We have tried to haze them back to the park but they keep coming back out. At the moment we only have two dedicated activists at each office (Gardiner and West Yellowstone). With all the winter chores - gathering at least 12 cords of wood, canning food, setting up a teepee for a field camp and winterizing the cabin - thereís not much time to watch over the buffalo. Thatís right. We need more people ASAP!!! We offer free food and lodging for any activists that care enough to help. Yellowstone is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and if you have never seen it, now is your big chance. Remember West Yellowstone is more often than not the coldest town in the lower 48 states (donít let that scare you, we are great fire builders). Bring all your warm clothes and a winter sleeping bag. We also encourage people to bring snowshoes and /or cross country skis to help patrol the borders of the park. If this sounds like a winter dream vacation to you, please contact Mike or Jeremy at: Buffalo Nations, P.O. Box 957, West Yellowstone, Mt. 59758. Phone 406-646-0070; fax 406-646-0071; e-mail:

Last Winter the State of Montana killed 1100 of the last wild buffalo in the United States. Itís up to all of us to not let this ever happen again.

Cherokee Pipe and Tobacco Ceremonies

The following letter came from Les Tate, whose e-mail address is

During the Alabama State Pow Wow recently I talked with a man who told me that his grandfather had been a Cherokee medicine man and had used one of several different tobacco blends depending on the need. One use was to cure earaches by blowing tobacco smoke into the ear, which the speaker said had worked for him. Another man mentioned that , in addition to old Cherokee tobacco, which could be grown quite well in a five-gallon bucket. Mullein and rabbit tobacco, which have their own individual uses, are sometimes used in tobacco blends.

Les Tate


Congratulations to CCS member and nationally acclaimed artist, Bob Annesley, who recently was named "Visual Artist of the Year" at the "Returning the Gift VI Native Writers Festival," held October 23-26, at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. Bob is a Master Artist of the Five Civilized Tribes, among other national honors bestowed for his fine work. The Tahlequah conference was the international annual meeting of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.

Herbal Re-awakenings

Lelanie Stone, "The Cherokee Lady," whose herbal descriptions readers remember from previous issues, has a new address: P.O. Box 1139, Salina, OK 74365. Phone: 918-434-6069, fax: 918-434-6069, e-mail:

Dagmare Thorpe, Executive Director of The Thakiwa Foundation, Stroud, OK, of the Sac and Fox Tribes, recently contracted with Lelanie Fuller Stone as an herbal consultant for their Traditional Agriculture Project. The granddaughter of the world renowned Olympic Gold Medallist, Jim Thorpe, has been active in all types of Native American issues since the 1960ís. Lelanie, who resides on Lake Huron in northeastern Oklahoma, is a Cherokee American herbalist, author, columnist, artist, teacher, and nurse. Recently she commented, "I feel very honored to have been contacted by Dagmar Thorpe of the Thakwa Foundation, and granddaughter of the famous Jim Thorpe. As a Child growing up in Okmulgee and Henryetta, Oklahoma. I remember studying about Jim Thorpe in grade school. He was very special for the Sac and Fox families, and I would like to see this kind of rekindling of the Native American traditions and cultures happening in all the communities in Oklahoma."

The Thakiwa Foundation began the Project in 1995 to rekindle the language, culture and teachings of the Sac & Fox families living. It is targeted at helping the Sac and Fox families to improve management, productivity and natural resources of their lands. Reintroduced are the traditional corn, beans, and squash (also know as "The Three Sisters"). An indigenous garden and seed bank were created. Dagmar Thorpe and The Thakiwa Foundation enlisted the help of Lelanie to identify the natural herbs and plants of the area. She will also assist by explaining the traditional uses of plants, how to harvest, dry, and process the natural herbs and foods for storage.

Online Cherokee Flash Cards
This online Internet Cherokee Language Quiz grew from humble beginnings: a homemade set of flash cards. The Internet version is more high tech, but the theory remains the same: choose how many questions you want to answer and whether you want the answer choices printed in English, the Cherokee syllabary or both. A word or phrase will appear along with four possible answers. Choose an answer and click, "Next" to go to the next question. When youíre finished, youíll see how you did, along with the correct answers.

Every time you visit the site, a new test is generated just for you! The quiz is free and ever changing, so visit as many times as you like. For those who would like to see new features, just send e-mail to the site administrator. And for those who would like to build sites just like it, the quiz engine used at the site is available free of charge.

This site was created by Baylor Wetzel, who graciously maintains it at no cost to the user. Please visit and give him some input!

Informative Picks, Fabulous Pictures on the World Wide Web

Remember your public libraries, if you are not currently a computer owner with Internet access (enjoy this benefit of your taxes!) Following are a few selections our readers may enjoy. As mentioned before, the Internet is exploding with information on Native peoples around the world, and has much detail of interest to Cherokees. Space prohibits more than scant information.

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