Cherokee-Nation-News Newsen-usFri, 19 Apr 2019 14:01:26 CDTFri, 19 Apr 2019 14:01:26 CDT Oaks Indian Mission children reunite<p><span>OAKS – Children raised at Oaks Indian Mission gathered on April 6 to eat, sing, pray, tour the grounds and reminisce about their childhoods.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s changed a lot,” Bobby Joe Sapp, now 71, recalled during the alumni reunion. “But there’s a lot of stuff I remember. That creek back there, we’d swim in that in December.”</span><br /><br /><span>Sol Mockicin lived at the mission for 12 years with nine brothers and sisters from the Bull Hollow community in southeastern Delaware County.</span><br /><br /><span>“I came in 1948,” he said, adding that instead of using mowers, mission children rounded up nearby sheep for the lawn-care task. “But we ended up riding the sheep. In a mile of this area, there wasn’t an animal not trained to ride, thanks to the mission kids.”</span><br /><br /><span>Oaks Indian Mission has for decades cared for abused, abandoned or neglected children from various tribes and backgrounds. There are a total of 20 children living in Oaks’ three cottages.</span><br /><br /><span>“You know, that sounds like probably a lot less than what you’ve known from your time here,” Oaks Indian Mission Executive Director Don Marshall told the 30-plus in attendance. “We found that about six or seven kids per cottage right now is kind of the max of what cottage parents can handle, and 20 is about what our staff can handle. Everybody asks how many kids are here. Obviously, it’s an important question. But, I think the greater question is what we can do with the kids that are here. It’s not quantity, but the quality of the care we can give the kids that are here.”</span><br /><span>Sapp remembers a busier Oaks.</span><br /><br /><span>“There was a lot of kids here back then,” he said. “The boys, about 80 or 90 kids, stayed in that dorm right there.”</span><br /><br /><span>Marshall also touched on changes over the decades.</span><br /><br /><span>“The culture was different,” he said. “It’s a different kid that’s here now. Kids are here for shorter periods of time, it seems like. The kids right now, since I’ve been doing this as director, tend to be older, like high school age.”</span><br /><br /><span>Fay Arneecher, who turns 73 in May, said she lived among other mission children ranging in age from 5 to 18.</span><br /><br /><span>“But we all got along,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Her twin brother, Ray Grass, an artist and Cherokee Nation citizen, said he has “a lot of good memories here.”</span><br /><br /><span>“You can look at this as a school reunion,” he said, “but for us who’ve been together so many years, it’s almost close to a family reunion.”</span><br /><br /><span>Opened in 1926, Oaks Indian Mission today is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. A majority of the mission’s funding originates from individual donations and congregations of the Lutheran church.</span><br /><br /><span>“Right now it takes roughly $700,000 a year to run the Oaks Indian Mission,” Marshall said. “About 95 percent of that $700,000 has to come from donations. The beauty of the Oaks is that it’s funded by the church, by the Christian community. Therefore, there is an emphasis on the faith that’s anchored in the church over here.”</span><br /><br /><span>The reunion’s guest speaker was Dr. Irv Janssen, a longtime Oaks supporter, whose subject was “moral injury” versus post-traumatic stress disorder.</span></p>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 0:00:00 CDTCherokee Nation Fights Opioid Misuse through Education, Prevention Programs<p><strong>TAHLEQUAH, Okla.</strong><span> </span>— Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health is making an impact on Cherokee families with programs that focus on education, prevention, and medication-assisted recovery to end opioid misuse in Indian Country.</p><br /> <div dir="ltr"><br /> <p>“Our main goal is to use science in action to reach into our communities and show those struggling with addiction that there is a way out and their family and friends that there is hope,” said Juli Skinner, Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health clinic administrator. “We’re already seeing shifts of attitude and access within our target communities and clinics.”</p><br /> <p>The behavioral health team works with community groups, local law enforcement, Cherokee Nation Health Services, and area schools to help educate about the misuse of opioids and the proper use and storage of them, as well as offer community-wide drug take-back events and a variety of counseling and support services.</p><br /> <p>“It’s just as much about preventing misuse and abuse as it is stopping an overdose,” said Sam Bradshaw, director of Cherokee Nation Prevention. “We are currently pioneering tribal medication-assisted recovery practices and continue to support safe solutions for opioid storage and disposal within our network of communities.”</p><br /> <p>Since 2014, the tribe has received more than $7 million in grant funding from sources like the Indian Health Service Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA). Those multiyear grants helped to start six key programs, including the Community Action Network (CAN), Cherokee Nation Tribal Opioid Response (TOR), Think SMART Oklahoma, Restoring Lives Network, Drug-free Communities, and Project HOPE.</p><br /> <p>“The programs we’ve developed are evidence-based practices and include activities like peer-to-peer training for law enforcement and other first responders to use a life-saving opioid overdose antidote called naloxone,” Bradshaw said. “We distribute Narcan, a nasal spray form of naloxone, to first responder agencies who attend our trainings, and we also resupply them as the need arises.”</p><br /> <p>In addition to the key programs, behavioral health officials have also worked closely on projects like the Cherokee Nation Opioid Task Force, the Hepatitis-C Elimination Project and the medication-assisted opioid treatment expansion.</p><br /> <p>“Opioid addiction doesn’t look like what you would think,” Bradshaw said. “It’s our mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins and our children. Increasing awareness of the effects this drug has on the individual and the community, as well as access to services to provide help, is the best way to fight this crisis.”</p><br /> <p>To learn more about the Community Action Network and their work to end opioid misuse in a community near you, visit <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable"></a>.</p><br /> <p>For more information about opioid addiction assistance, contact Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health and Prevention at 918-207-4977.</p><br /> </div>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 0:00:00 CDTArtists make their marks at annual TOTA show<p><span>PARK HILL – A collection of Native American painters, sculptors, basket weavers, potters and more inspired onlookers at this year’s annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale.</span><br /><br /><span>“I wouldn’t want to be judging this,” reception attendee Sally Sutton said. “There are too many good pieces.”</span><br /><br /><span>Art show winners were announced April 5 during a reception at the Cherokee Heritage Center.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m in awe,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker told the artists and others. “We’ve never had this big a crowd, and the quality of the artwork is absolutely stunning. You are doing such a great service to the Cherokee Nation because those pieces of artwork are telling stories. They are going to be pieces that our generations will look at so that we’re never forgotten.”</span><br /><br /><span>The event, in its 48th year, is the longest-running American Indian art show in Oklahoma, event organizers said. This year’s gallery featured 153 works from 89 artists. Charles Gourd, CHC executive director, said 19 tribal nations were represented.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think that is a very significant accomplishment,” Gourd said. “We have encouraged artists from other Indian tribes and other cultures to join us.”</span><br /><br /><span>For the sixth time, Cherokee National Treasure Troy Jackson won the grand prize, this year for a towering sculpture called “Faith in the Creator.”</span><br /><br /><span>“I think it’s pretty awesome,” he said of the win.</span><br /><br /><span>Jackson, 63, of Tahlequah, said his Cherokee and European ancestry inspired the clay and steel sculpture.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ve always been interested in my family’s heritage,” he said. “My mother’s side was Cherokee and my dad’s side was European. I found that there were certain things that they believed in even before contact with the Europeans.”</span><br /><br /><span>Jackson’s bird effigy pot also took first place in the pottery category.</span><br /><br /><span>Painter Jerry Sutton, who has a Tahlequah studio, said he began entering the Trail of Tears Art Show in the early 1990s.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ve picked up some ribbons here and there,” he said. “But whether it is culturally focused, personally focused or philosophically focused, I think the important thing is for people to look inside themselves so they can see outside of themselves. Art does that.”</span><br /><br /><span>Artists at the competition’s top level, Sutton said, “are as good as you’re going to get.”</span><br /><br /><span>“The best of the work here is on par with anything internationally as far as I’m concerned,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>One of those top-tier creators, Cherokee/Pawnee artist Daniel HorseChief, of Sallisaw, earned the annual Trail of Tears Award for his painting dubbed “Renewal,” which is based on earlier work.</span><br /><br /><span>“The previous piece had a couple,” he said. “This piece has the couple. They’re a little older, but they also have a little girl. She’s helping them sew a seed. It’s just about regeneration and cycles of things. We’re so tied into the legacies left before us.”</span><br /><br /><span>While seasoned artists such as HorseChief and Jackson earned some of the show’s top prizes, Native artists of all ages shared the spotlight. Younger contestants were showcased in the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition. </span><br /><br /><span>Tahlequah High School junior Macey Conner won first place in the 2-D category for grades 11-12, as well as the Bill Rabbit Award for her pencil drawing. Aptly named “Alasgida Sudetiyvda Ganvnda” (Year Long Dance), the piece took 17-year-old Conner, a CN citizen, a year and one month to complete.</span><br /><br /><span>“I just started it to see where it would go,” Conner said. “My mom, she’s like let’s put this in the show. In eighth grade, I won at the Tulsa State Fair, but it’s been a few years since I won first. I was so happy.”</span><br /><br /><span>The youth competition’s top winner was Emma Sherron, 14, a CN citizen who crafted a woven wall hanging in her favorite colors — coral, teal, and white.</span><br /><br /><span>“Since this is my first year, I thought I had a chance, but I didn’t know I would get first place and best in show,” the Tahlequah teenager said. “That really excited me.”</span><br /><br /><span>Sherron also took first place in 3-D art, grades six-eight.</span><br /><br /><span>“I started weaving about two years ago,” she said. “I learned from my grandma and my aunt. Weaving is unique because not as many people do it anymore. It’s fun to do it and carry it on.”</span><br /><br /><span>All artwork featured at the show is available for purchase through May 5.</span><br /><br /><span>Cherokee artist Roy Boney Jr. won the Bill Rabbit Legacy Award for his piece, “Painting Herself to Life.” Cherokee artist Toneh Chuleewah won the Betty Garner Elder Award for his “Indian River Bracelet.”</span><br /><br /><strong>Other first-place artists were:</strong><br /><br /><span>• Johnnie Diacon, Muscogee Creek, painting,</span><br /><br /><span>• Tama Roberts, Cherokee, sculpture,</span><br /><br /><span>• Vivian Garner Cottrell, Cherokee, basketry,</span><br /><br /><span>• Toneh Chuleewah, Cherokee, jewelry,</span><br /><br /><span>• Melinda Schwakhofer, Muscogee Creek, graphics,</span><br /><br /><span>• Norma Howard, Choctaw/Chickasaw, miniature,</span><br /><br /><span>• Gary Henson, Cherokee, emerging artists,</span><br /><br /><span>• Aiden Bearpaw, Cherokee, 2-D grades six-eight,</span><br /><br /><span>• Caitlyn McWhorter, Cherokee, 2-D grades nine-10,</span><br /><br /><span>• Tanner Williams, Cherokee, 3-D grades nine-10,</span><br /><br /><span>• Chandler Jackson, Cherokee, 3D grades 11-12,</span><br /><br /><span>• Jordan Crittenden, Cherokee, youth competition judge’s choice,</span><br /><br /><span>• Samantha Lawson, Cherokee, youth competition judge’s choice, and</span><br /><br /><span>• Kelsey Morgan, Chickasaw /Cherokee, youth competition judge’s choice.</span></p><br /> <p><span>For a look at the video about this great event please click <a href="">here</a></span></p>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 0:00:00 CDTCherokee Phoenix To Host Candidates Debates<p><span>TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Phoenix is hosting two debates – one for deputy chief candidates and one for principal chief candidates – beginning at 6 p.m. on April 16 at Northeastern State University.</span><br /><br /><span>The debates will be held in the auditorium of the W. Roger Webb Educational Technology Center.</span><br /><br /><span>Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the deputy chief debate will begin at 6 p.m. </span><br /><br /><span>This year there are two candidates running for the Cherokee Nation’s deputy chief office: Meredith Frailey, of Locust Grove; and Bryan Warner, of Sallisaw. The winner will replace Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden.</span><br /><br /><span>After the deputy chief candidates’ debate and a short intermission, the principal chief candidates’ debate will begin at 7:30 p.m. This year’s principal chief’s race is between Chuck Hoskin Jr., of Vinita; Dick Lay, of Ochelata; and David Walkingstick, of Tahlequah. The winner will replace Principal Chief Bill John Baker.</span><br /><br /><span>Dylan Goforth, editor in chief of The Frontier, a nonprofit journalism group in Oklahoma, will moderate the debates. The Cherokee Phoenix staff will formulate all debate questions, and no candidate will have prior access to the questions.</span><br /><br /><span>Seating in the auditorium will be first-come, first-serve. The debate will also be streamed live on the at and Rogers State University TV at</span><br /><br /><span>The Cherokee Phoenix has previously hosted three similar debates in 2007, 2011 and 2015.</span></p>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 0:00:00 CDTCherokee Nation Donates $30,000 to Adair County Law Enforcement<p><strong>TAHLEQUAH, Okla.</strong><span> </span>— The Cherokee Nation recently made a contribution of $30,000 to three Adair County law enforcement agencies.</p><br /> <p>Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan along with Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden presented the checks to law enforcement officials. The donations were made from Duncan’s allocated law enforcement funds.</p><br /> <p>“It goes without saying that our local law enforcement agencies provide an invaluable service to our communities,” Duncan said. “As with most sectors in our state, law enforcement agencies have also experienced the stress of budget cuts, and I am so glad the tribe can step up and help alleviate some of that financial strain.”</p><br /> <p>The Adair County Sheriff’s Department received $15,000, and the Stilwell and Westville police departments each received $7,500.</p><br /> <p>“It is such a blessing that our tribe is in a position to support those who serve and protect. Partnering with these local law enforcement agencies provides resources for necessary equipment and training that helps ensure the safety of Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike,” Crittenden said.</p><br /> <p>Each year the tribe donates 20 percent of car tag sales revenue to local law enforcement agencies. The funds can be used on equipment or other needs.</p>Tue, 09 Apr 2019 0:00:00 CDTNPS designated Cherokee house as Trail of Tears site<p><span>CLEVELAND, Tenn. – A house built around 1826 in present-day Cleveland by Alexander Harvey “Harve” Wilson for his Cherokee bride, Jane Swan, has been designated as being part of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail by the National Park Service.</span><br /><br /><span>Trail of Tears Association members, the NPS, a Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce representative and Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society members gathered March 29 on the lawn of the house to dedicate an NPS sign designating the property as a Trail of Tears site. </span><br /><br /><span>The NPS partnership certification agreement signed in 2014 states the Wilson-Ervin House at 914 Walker Valley Road meets the national historic trail criteria established by the National Trails System Act. In 1838, Cherokee people traveled through Cleveland on their way to holding camps in Charleston, just northeast of Cleveland, and the tribe’s makeshift capital at Red Clay was nearby. </span><br /><br /><span>During the ceremony, the house’s current owners, Bob and Nancy Erwin, spoke about acquiring the house in 1979 and its history. Bob said it’s believed the house was built between 1826 and 1831. One story about the house is that it had been built before 1826 “in the condition of a log cabin,” and after Wilson and Swan married in December 1826 and moved in, they expanded it. </span><br /><br /><span>“There’s really no good written records of those early years, but there are lots of traditions within the family. Family traditions are sometimes accurate; sometimes they are not. They are all that we can tell you at this particular point,” he said. </span><br /><br /><span>He said family stories state Alexander got along with his Cherokee neighbors and was accepted by the Cherokee Nation. Behind the house is a stream, and beyond that there was once a field that was used for stickball play, the “Cherokee version of knock down, drag out,” he said, and the Cherokees held meetings next to the stream and played in it. </span><br /><br /><span>“Apparently, what we can conclude from those early two years is that he (Wilson) fit in very well with the Cherokees. The only problem we’ve ever identified is that in one of the ball games it got just a little rougher than usual and one or two of them had just a few too many, and a couple of people were killed. He was called out to restore order, which apparently he did. Obviously, he was well received by the people, so he could infuse some degree of order,” Bob said. </span><br /><br /><span>Wilson and Swan had five children. She died around age 39. Wilson remarried about a year after Swan’s death to Sarah (who was called Sally) Ross, who was related to Principal Chief John Ross. Bob said he did not know how closely she was related to Chief Ross. Sally died when she was 29. </span><br /><br /><span>Wilson eventually created a 1,000-acre farm, which was passed on to his and Sally’s son, Wood Alexander Wilson, before another descendant, Tom Wilson, inherited the farm. </span><br /><br /><span>“He (Tom) was a very likable person,” Nancy said. </span><br /><br /><span>After being in the Wilson family for approximately 153 years, the house was sold to the Erwins in 1979. </span><br /><br /><span>“Bob said to me, ‘do you want that house?’ and I said yes. It was really for me,” Nancy said. “It was just an impulsive, emotional bond. There was something here. I don’t know what it was.”</span><br /><br /><span>After entering the home, a statement from Bob and Nancy hangs near the front door with a photo of the Wilson family in front of the home about 1900. </span><br /><br /><span>The statement, in part, reads: “Through the years, we have come to love and respect the house for it continues to stand true, providing comfort and shelter for those who are privileged to live within its walls. Our feelings about the house have been kindled by more than an interest in its rich history or by a curiosity about its past days. Rather, they spring from a feeling of special kinship with those who lived here before us, including our Cherokee predecessors. We sense the integrity of their ways of life and of their deep feelings of love for this land.”</span></p>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 0:00:00 CDTCN school clothing voucher applications now available<p><span><strong>TAHLEQUAH –</strong> The Cherokee Nation is accepting applications for its 2019 Clothing Assistance Program. </span><br /><br /><span>The clothing voucher program helps Cherokee families purchase clothes for school-aged children for the upcoming school year. </span><br /><br /><span>In 2018, the tribe helped more than 4,500 students, grades kindergarten to 12th, from across the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction prepare for school with gift cards totaling more than $450,000.</span><br /><br /><span>To be eligible for the program, a student must be age 5 before Sept. 1, a CN citizen, live within the CN jurisdiction and meet additional income guidelines. </span><br /><br /><span>Once parents have provided the necessary paperwork and have been verified by the tribe, the parents receive a $100 VISA gift card for every school-aged child in the home. Gift cards will be able to be used at any store. In previous years the vouchers had to be spent at Stage stores only.</span><br /><br /><span>Applications can be printed from </span><a rel="noopener" href="" target="_blank"></a><span> or picked up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at any CN Human Services field office and the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah. </span><br /><br /><strong>Human Services offices are located at:</strong><br /><br /><span>• W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah; </span><br /><br /><span>• Catoosa field office, 750 S. Cherokee St. Suite N.; </span><br /><br /><span>• Stilwell field office, 219 W. Oak; </span><br /><br /><span>• Sallisaw field office, 307/309 N. Dogwood Ave.; </span><br /><br /><span>• Pryor field office, 219 NE First St.;</span><br /><br /><span>• Jay field office, 1499 N. Industrial Park Road; and </span><br /><br /><span>• Nowata Food Distribution Center, 1018 Lenape Dr. </span><br /><br /><span>All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. at a CN office location or by mail on May 31. </span><br /><br /><span>For more information on income guidelines or other eligibility requirements, call Human Services’ Family Assistance at 1-800-256-0671 or visit </span><a rel="noopener" href="" target="_blank"></a><span>.</span></p>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 0:00:00 CDTIndian Women’s Pocahontas Club, hosts its Annual “Old Fashion Picnic”<p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club, hosts its Annual “Old Fashion</strong><br /><strong>Picnic” at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch</strong></p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;"><br />The Club’s distinguished Honorary Members and the Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Chief Bill John Baker will be honored guests at the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club’s annual “Old Fashion Picnic”, Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch near Oologah. Our club was founded in 1899, in Oowala, Indian Territory, Cooweescoowee District, of what is now known as the Cherokee Nation.</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">Community picnics were the social gatherings of that era. Our club continues to honor these traditions, as “We are the caretakers of our culture, our heritage, and our communities”.</p><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">The picnic is open to the public. Free admission. Sponsored in part by<br />Cherokee Nation Businesses.</p><br /> <ul><br /> <li>Traditional hog fry – cooking begins at 9:00 a.m. on-site</li><br /> <li>Live music – gospel music begins at 10:45 a.m.</li><br /> <li>Food served at 12:15 p.m. – $10.00 suggested donation</li><br /> <li>Delicious fresh strawberry shortcake</li><br /> <li>Trout fishing pond – fishing gear furnished</li><br /> <li>bb gun range – sponsored by J.M. Davis Gun Museum</li><br /> <li>Train rides – sponsored by Will Rogers Memorial Foundation</li><br /> <li>Camel and pony rides</li><br /> </ul><br /> <p>Vendors – contact Jennifer at (918) 402-3057</p><br /> <p>Cherokee games to begin at 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m</p><br /> <ul><br /> <li>Cherokee marbles</li><br /> <li>Cornstalk shoot</li><br /> <li>Horseshoes</li><br /> <li>Blowguns</li><br /> <li>Chunkey</li><br /> </ul><br /> <p style="text-align: left;">For more information, contact Ollie at (918) 760-7499 or email or Vicki Baker at (918) 798-0771 or visit our website at</p>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 0:00:00 CDT“Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” Debuts Newest Season on April 7<p><strong>TULSA, Okla</strong>. — Season five of “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” debuts April 7, bringing even more documentary-style profiles on the people, places, heritage, history and culture of the Cherokee Nation and the Cherokee people.</p><br /> <p>“The power of storytelling is deeply ingrained in Cherokee culture, and nothing is more powerful than having the opportunity to tell our own story,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John <span>Baker</span> said. “OsiyoTV is our collective story, featuring our people, told in our voice. We couldn’t be prouder of this show and all it has done over the previous four years to help build an understanding and appreciation for the Cherokee Nation, its people, and its rich culture.”</p><br /> <p>Season five will keep viewers on the edge of their seats as they witness a Coast Guard rescue drill, learn to survive in the wilderness without supplies and meet Cherokee athletes thrilling crowds from high school to the NCAA. The new season unveils new stories featuring powerful but not as well-known Cherokee women, showcases traditional Cherokee arts such as flint knapping and basketry, and reminds viewers of the impacts of nearly forgotten events like the displacement of dozens of Cherokee families from present-day Camp Gruber.</p><br /> <p>“We’ve been inspired by every feature in this season, and we think you will be too,” said Jennifer Loren, executive producer, and host. “It is an honor to share these stories on behalf of the Cherokee people, and we couldn’t be more thankful for the support we’ve had from our loyal viewers. In just four and a half years, we have produced more than 160 short documentaries for this program, a true testament to the rich and beautiful stories our people have to tell. We can’t wait to share this season. It will not disappoint.”</p><br /> <p>The series and the short documentaries within it has earned numerous regional, national and international accolades, including five Heartland Regional Emmy awards and recognition at film festivals across the globe.</p><br /> <p>“Entering season five, it’s remarkable to look back at where we started and see how far we’ve come since,” said Amanda Clinton, vice president of communications at Cherokee Nation Businesses and creator of OsiyoTV. “We started this program to showcase outstanding Cherokees, educate those outside of our tribe and build pride in our people, but it’s become so much more than that. Our short documentaries are now being accepted into national and international film festivals and even Academy Award-qualifying film festivals. We’re taking tribal storytelling to a level not seen before in Indian Country.”</p><br /> <p>OsiyoTV is available statewide on PBS in Oklahoma and Arkansas, regionally within Tulsa on RSU-TV, in Joplin on NBC and ABC, as well as on FNX, an all-Native programming network in 20 national markets. The show is formatted for multiple platforms, including <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="" data-auth="NotApplicable"></a>, <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="" data-auth="NotApplicable">YouTube</a>, <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="" data-auth="NotApplicable">Vimeo</a>, <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="" data-auth="NotApplicable">Facebook</a>, <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="" data-auth="NotApplicable">Twitter</a> and more. It is funded and produced by Cherokee Nation Businesses.</p><br /> <p>For more information and to watch “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” please visit <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="" data-auth="NotApplicable"></a>.</p>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 0:00:00 CDTHudson gets Indigenous science fiction work published<p><span>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Cherokee Nation citizen Brian Hudson has dubbed himself an Indigenous cyberpunk for his love of science fiction, which led to the publication of his novelette titled “Digital Medicine.”</span><br /><br /><span>Hudson said he started writing creatively while receiving his post-doctorate in Riverside, California. He is an English instructor at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque but grew up in the Oklahoma community of Bushyhead.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was at Riverside doing a post-doc there, which by the way for a sci-fi geek is nirvana there because they have the largest collection of sci-fi in the world at the library there. I worked with Nalo Hopkinson, she’s a big name in Afro-futurism, which Grace Dillon borrowed from the discourse of Afro-futurism to coin the term ‘Indigenous futurism.’ So I worked with Nalo and she was putting together that anthology and worked with me to get ‘Digital Medicine’ to where it needed to be published,” he said. </span><br /><br /><span>The novelette contains science fiction elements with a mix of Cherokee culture that stem from Hudson’s Cherokee roots.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s a story set in 1998 about a young Cherokee woman who is teaching her elder how to hack computers. She gets in trouble for hacking computers and gets sent to an elder, kind of as a public service type of thing by the tribal court and ends up teaching this elder how to hack computers,” he said. </span><br /><br /><span>Hudson said he drew inspiration from being a former computer programmer.</span><br /><br /><span>“Writing this story to me was kind of revisiting my early love of computers like late (19)90s when the internet was new and shiny. I didn’t know about all the online stuff back in the 90s,” he said. “I was thinking what it would have been like if I had got into the hacking community back then. So it was neat to be able to do that, to think on the early internet and my experiences with it.”</span><br /><br /><span>The story also contains the Cherokee language, which Hudson said he drew inspiration from the tribe’s work with language revitalization.</span><br /><br /><span>“One of the reasons I thought about this as a viable story is the Cherokee Nation has been doing amazing work with the language revitalization, and I was thinking about well what would it be like back in the late 90s when…the Cherokee Nation was doing work with Unicode to get Cherokee in (the computer system) in about ’97 or ’98. We’re really forward thinking when it comes to that among the tribal nations,” Hudson said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Digital Medicine” was part of an anthology called People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction that won a British Fantasy Award in 2017 for Best Anthology. The anthology was printed in the June 2016 special issue of LIGHTSPEED Magazine.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was very lucky to get it included with that anthology that won the British Fantasy Award in 2017. The editors were great. They worked with me to make sure we could get Cherokee syllabary in the printed edition correctly. They’re wanting Indigenous sci-fi so they’re open to making sure they can get the language in there properly, which is good. It’s not always easy for them to get the Cherokee syllabary in the print editions,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>Hudson is now working on a short story titled “Virtually Cherokee,” a far-future science fiction story that sets the protagonist from “Digital Medicine” as a 75-year-old woman who creates an artificial intelligence that is Cherokee. </span><br /><br /><span>“Virtually Cherokee” is set to be released in another anthology in 2020 with the Simon & Schuster publishing company.</span><br /><br /><span>“I thought it was really important that when you have the vanishing Native myth that’s so pervasive when you have Natives in the present writing about Natives in the future, it’s really hard for anyone to hold onto that myth. So I thought it was not only cool because I was a sci-fi nerd anyways, but I thought there was a lot of potential for Indigenous sci-fi,” Hudson said.</span></p>Mon, 01 Apr 2019 0:00:00 CDT