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During the ceremonial planting of Cherokee Roses, Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden used dirt from North Carolina that was collected from Kituwah mound, known as the mother town of the Cherokees where oral traditions hold all Cherokees originated from.


Cherokee Roses planted at John Ross Museum as part of commemorative event

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation officials hosted a public event Monday at John Ross Museum to reflect on two significant dates in Cherokee history that led to the forced removal of Cherokee people, known as the Trail of Tears.

Officials reflected on the May 23, 1836, ratification of the Treaty of New Echota. The treaty gave the Cherokee people two years to move west from their native homelands in the east to Indian Territory. The second date marked the beginning of the forced removal, May 24, 1838.

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Princess pageant held at Beavers Bend State Park

Broken Bow, Okla. – The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma hosted the 2014 Choctaw Owa Chito “Festival of the Forest” Princess pageant at Beavers Bend State Park crowning Ariana Chey-Anne Nikkole Wade Byington as Little Miss Choctaw Princess, Tristen Elaine Sargent as Junior Miss Choctaw Princess, and Cheyenne Rae Shomo as Senior Miss Choctaw Princess.

The Owa-Chito Choctaw princess pageant was hosted by the Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton, Jack Austin, Jr., and Sue Folsom and is part of “Sustaining and reviving what was and will always be our Choctaw traditions and culture”.

Contestant qualifications included proof of Choctaw Indian Blood through Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) status, no criminal background, single status without dependents and a description of Choctaw dress and accessories. Senior and Junior Miss contestants were required to perform a traditional talent directly related to Choctaw heritage.

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Brushy Elementary seventh-grader Lauryn McCoy’s presentation on how to make traditional shell shackles for stomp dancing helped earn her the title of Little Cherokee Ambassador on Saturday.

Sixteen Cherokee youths competed in the Little Cherokee Ambassador competition at Sequoyah Schools’ gym.

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Sydney Morgan Prince, "acstikiro:khe’e" which means “she sings pretty” represented the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes as the 2013-2014 Tribal Princess in the 83rd American Indian Exposition held annual in Anadarko, OK.

Miss Prince was crowned the 2014-2015 Miss American Indian Exposition on 08/09/14. Miss Prince competed in various events with other tribal princess in the annual exposition under the guidance of her tribal director, Tara Tartsah.

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