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N7 Day / Waters Giveaway
By Troy Littledeer

Sunday's game with Yale was OSU's annual N7 celebration in which the program paid tribute to the
Native American heritage of Oklahoma. The Cowboys wore their special Nike N7 uniforms and gear.
The game featured Native performers at halftime.

Following the game, Cowboy senior Lindy Waters (Kiowa/Cherokee) and his family will hold an Honoring
& Giveaway ceremony on the court. This Honoring & Giveaway tradition goes back generations in their

culture, and in the ceremony Waters will give gifts and honor those members of the Oklahoma State
family that have helped him in his journey.

OSU President Burns Hargis, athletics director Mike Holder, Mike Boynton and many members of the
Cowboy basketball staff will be honored and receive a gift from the Waters family (photo Troy

OSU senior Lindy Waters III paternal grandparents were Cherokee and Kiowa.
Lindy Waters III's cousin explained to me again about the geneaology. She said: [Redbird Smith]
daughter, Suzie Smith Waters Starr was their Grandpa Lindy Waters’ grandmother. Redbird is Lindy
Waters III and I’s great-great-great grandfather. Just some FYI.

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TEMPE, Ariz. – Recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Achievement Awards for individuals, companies, and construction projects in Indian Country that substantially contributed to the enhancement of Tribal communities, were recognized at the Construction in Indian Country’s (CIIC) Achievement Awards Gala on November 7, at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Events Center.

CIIC and the 2019 National Conference are privileged to be a platform for recognizing “quality design and construction in the built environment” and appreciates all those who submitted nominations. The award categories include Community Enrichment; Design and Planning; Construction; and Lasting Impact:

     Outstanding Community Enrichment Award, Souers Construction, Inc., Leon Shirley Architects & Navajo Housing Authority, “The Kayenta AZ12-050 Housing Project”

Souers Construction, Inc., Leon Shirley Architects and Navajo Housing Authority’s Kayenta AZ12-050 Project was selected for enriching the Kayenta Township community through the collaboration in design and construction process. The homes were fitted to homeowner and tenant needs by integrating Diné (Navajo) culture, family-oriented design, accommodating the Diné love of agriculture and strengthening relationship to the earth.

The Native Owned firms hired over 100 employees and provided training in certifiable safety classes. Employees were offered opportunities for continued education through personal growth, on-site training, safety and heavy equipment trainings and promotion opportunities.

    Outstanding Design and Planning Award, Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering, “Gateway to the North”

The ‘Gateway to the North’ masterplan and conceptual design was selected for excellence in land development planning that exudes innovation, exceptional engineering, modernization, or sustainable construction design. The design intent was for a destination with venues for visitors, hikers & bikers, Casino seekers, Culture and Craft connoisseurs and more.

The 156 acre and heavily wooded property was coined as “A Beautiful Place Beneath the Trees” and was planned and positioned for potential development along several market sectors to support local tribally-owned economic development, vacation goers, and reflect the tribal heritage of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indian people.

     Outstanding Construction Award, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino, “Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino Expansion Project”

The Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino Expansion project was selected for enhancing the local community through innovative and artistic construction. Completed in December of 2018, the expansion was a monumental project for the Ak-Chin Indian Community, as it serves to preserve symbolic tribal heritage, strengthen sovereignty and provide the rising generation with greater opportunities for employment and education.

The expansion includes the addition of an 11-story concrete hotel tower, a luxurious spa, 20,460 SF of new gaming space, several food and beverage venues, a new multi-purpose event/banquet center, a 750-car parking garage, and a new bingo hall.

     Lasting Impact Legacy Award, Peterson Zah 

Peterson Zah, Former Navajo President and Chairman  of the Navajo Nation was selected for the lasting positive impact he’s made in tribal communities. He was central to increased Native American enrollment and retention and in creating the Native American Achievement Program which provides students scholarships, mentoring and advising.

Zah is a co-founder of the CIIC National Conference in response to how Indian gaming was driving construction in the Native American communities. He promoted the use of local labor and resources into the construction process and conflict resolution between tribal and non-tribal entities.

Zah served ASU as Special Advisor to the President on American Indian Affairs and a CIIC Industry Advisory Council member; a committee of individuals from Arizona and New Mexico Indian tribes partnered with the Del E. Webb School of Construction.



The Mission of Construction in Indian Country (CIIC) is to support construction management education to benefit American Indian and Indigenous communities as they increase their capacities to manage their own affairs while determining their own destinies. Our Vision is that all Indigenous communities shall have the technical capabilities and personnel to manage construction activities at industry-best standards.



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Three riders named to each of the six competing teams – Team USA Eagles and Wolves, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico


ARLINGTON, Texas – Ahead of the 2020 WinStar World Casino and Resort PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Global Cup USA, presented by Monster Energy, the coaches tasked with leading the six teams from the five competing nations have announced the first three riders set to comprise their seven-man teams for the event akin to the “Olympics of bull riding.”

The fourth edition of the PBR Global Cup, the only nation vs. nation bull riding competition, will make its second stop at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on February 15-16, 2020. The new team tournament debuted in Edmonton, Alberta, in November 2017, visited Sydney, Australia, in June 2018, and most recently stopped in Arlington this past February.

For the first time in league history, the coaches and assistant coaches have more power than ever, given full autonomy over the six athletes, and one alternate, set to don their nation’s colors and go head-to-head against the rankest bucking bulls on the planet.

Two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride (Whitesboro, Texas), set to become the lone coach to pilot a nation at all four editions of the PBR Global Cup, alongside two-time Team USA Eagles Assistant Coach J.W. Hart (Overbook, Oklahoma) selected a powerhouse trio of 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis (Buna, Texas), 2017 PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) and Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas), recently dubbed the “toughest athlete in sports” by USA Today.

Led by first-time Global Cup coach, and PBR co-founder, Ted Nuce (Stephenville, Texas) and returning Assistant Coach, INFR (Indian National Finals Rodeo) President Mike “Bo” Vocu (Oglala Lakota – Kyle, South Dakota), the historic all Native American Team USA Wolves squad’s initial drafts include: Ryan Dirteater (Cherokee – Hulbert, Oklahoma), Stetson Lawrence (Chippewa and Sioux – Williston, North Dakota) and Keyshawn Whitehorse (Navajo – McCracken Springs, Utah).

For the international teams, the first three riders selected to each roster are:

-          Team Australia: Cliff Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales, Australia), Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales, Australia), and Ky Hamilton (Mackay, Queensland, Australia)

-          Team Brazil: Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil), Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil), and Luciano De Castro (Guzolandia, Brazil)

-          Team Canada: Jordan Hansen (Okotoks, Alberta, Canada), Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada) and Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada)

-          Team Mexico: Edgar Durazo (Moctezma, Mexico), Alvaro Aguilar Alvarez (La Punta, Mexico) and Francisco Garcia Torres (Sal, Mexico)

Of the first 18 riders selected to compete at the 2020 PBR Global Cup USA, four will be competing on home state soil as Texas residents. A native of Buna, Cooper Davis will be joined by Decatur residents Leme, Pacheco and Castro.

Regarded as “Captain America,” Davis will compete for the Red, White and Blue for the fourth consecutive edition of the event, after establishing himself as one of the nation’s most crucial team members across the past three PBR Global Cups.

After going 2-for-3 in Edmonton, and 3-for-4 in Sydney, both resulting in third-place finishes in the individual aggregate, the Texan compiled the top performance of any athlete at the PBR Global Cup’s debut in the United States when he went 3-for-4 to top the individual leaderboard en route to Team USA Eagles’ runner-up finish.

Much the opposite of Davis, Lockwood nearly had his 2019 season derailed at the inaugural PBR Global Cup USA, breaking his collarbone during Round 1 following his 3.1-second buckoff of Wild Goose. The event marked the Montana man’s second Global Cup after making his debut in Sydney.

Rounding out McBride and Hart’s initial picks is Outlaw who will be riding for the Eagles for the second consecutive PRB Global Cup. He made his debut at the team-formatted event inside AT&T Stadium, adding one score to the nation’s total.

In his Global Cup debut, Dirteater headlined the Wolves roster, going a flawless 3-for-3 to spearhead a come-from-behind push by the home-soil defenders. His perfect outing left him second in the individual aggregate, finishing a slim 4.8 points behind the top-marked Davis.

Lawrence and Whitehorse both rode alongside Dirteater after having made their Global Cup debuts in Australia. While Whitehorse made the trip Down Under as the alternate, Lawrence went 1-for-2 during the American’s fourth-place campaign.

At the most recent PBR Global Cup inside AT&T Stadium, Lawrence again went 1-for-2; however, 2018 PBR Rookie of the Year Whitehorse was bested by all three of his draws.  

Under the leadership of 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi (Tres Lagoas, Brazil) and three-time PBR World Finals event winner Robson Palermo (Rio Branco Acre, Brazil), Team Brazil will be on the hunt for their unprecedented third consecutive PBR Global Cup event win, after taking the title at the two most recent stops in Australia and the United States.

In addition to making team history in Arlington in February 2019, Team Brazil standout Leme etched his name in the individual record books as the first rider to record a 90-point score at a PBR Global Cup. He covered Frequent Flyer for 90 points during the opening night’s bonus round.

Reigning PBR World Champion Pacheco earned his fourth consecutive selection to Team Brazil, while Castro will be competing for the second time after going a perfect 3-for-3 in Sydney.

Team Australia, Canada and Mexico will all look to their initial picks to improve upon their efforts in 2019 as each nation seeks its first Global Cup Championship.

For Australia, led by 1998 World Champion Troy Dunn (Bloomsbury, Queensland, Australia) and Brendon Clark (Morpeth, New South Wales, Australia), the Richardson brothers will return for the fourth edition of the event to anchor the nation’s contingent, while 19-year-old young gun Hamilton will return to the nation’s roster for the first time since adding a score to their heart-breaking, 0.75-point, runner-up finish on home soil in June 2018.

Featuring all new leadership via Scott Schiffner (Strathmore, Alberta, Canada) and Tanner Girletz (Cereal, Alberta, Canada), Canada will look to Hansen, Parsonage and Buttar to avenge a dismal last-place result from Arlington after the Maple Leafs nearly captured the Global Cup Championship in Sydney. Hansen led Team Canada in Texas recording two of the nation’s three 8-second efforts.

Rounding out the competing teams is an ever-improving Team Mexico, set to be coached by Gerardo Venegas (Juarez, Mexico) and Jerome Davis (Archdale, North Carolina), that recorded its best finish to date at a Global Cup in Feb. 2019, finishing fifth out of the six teams. Veteran Durazo earned his fourth selection to the team, while Alvarez and Torres will both be making their third appearance at the international spectacle.

Tickets for the 2020 WinStar World Casino and Resort PBR Global Cup USA, presented by Monster Energy are on sale now and start at just $10. They can be purchased at the AT&T Stadium Box Office, online at or, or via the phone at (800) 732-1727.

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OKMULGEE, OKLAHOMA —Following letters of invitation from the election board and principal chief, The Carter Center deployed a small team of observers to the Nov. 2 primary election in Muscogee (Creek) Nation for the tribe’s principal chief, second chief, and members of the National Council. A general election is anticipated on December 14, 2019.


The Carter Center deployed a team of three international electoral experts to Muscogee (Creek) Nation (MCN), which retains jurisdiction over tribal citizens in eight counties in east-central Oklahoma. The team observed early in-person voting at all four early voting precincts in advance of election day as well as the training of poll workers. On election day, the team observed the polling process at 16 of the nation’s 18 in-person voting precincts. In addition, The Carter Center accompanied members of the election board and Lighthorse police to collect absentee ballots from the United States Post Office in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and transport them to the MCN government building where the processing of ballots took place. The Carter Center observed the verification and counting of the absentee ballots, the receipt of election materials from precincts after the polls had closed, and the tabulation of electoral results.

The Carter Center conducts its election observation work in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and the Code of Conduct for International Observers, which provide guidelines for professional and impartial methods of international election observation.[1] As an international nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center assesses electoral processes against the host nation’s constitution, election laws, and other pertinent legislation.

The electoral process is ongoing, as an electoral dispute resolution process allows for the filing of appeals November 4-8. Following questions raised about the mailing of absentee ballots, a court hearing is scheduled for Thursday, November 7, to determine whether any action should be taken on absentee ballots that arrived at the post office after the legal deadline. As the process is ongoing, the following are only preliminary observations. The Carter Center will release a final report and recommendations after the conclusion of the electoral process following the general election in December. 



A primary election was held in Muscogee (Creek) Nation on September 21, 2019. An electoral dispute resulted in a court order on October 2, 2019, to annul all results from the September 21 election and hold a second primary election. Several candidates withdrew from the process between the September 21 election and the vote on November 2. Under the MCN Electoral Code, if no candidate wins a majority of votes, the top two vote getters advance to the general election. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s electoral system allows voters to vote for one candidate in each legislative district race.


Summary of Observations

The Carter Center commends the people of Muscogee (Creek) Nation on a smooth electoral process. Polling precinct staff conducted their responsibilities with professionalism in precincts where The Carter Center observed during early voting and on election day. The Center’s team found that election board commissioners and staff performed their responsibilities with integrity.


The Electoral Process.The November 2 primary election featured two days of early in-person voting at four precincts across the territory on October 30 and 31. Early voting, intended to afford voters greater opportunity to exercise their franchise, was introduced for the 2019 elections and was received positively by those interviewed by Carter Center observers.


In addition to the early voting days, the election board introduced a number of other procedures to the process in response to complaints that arose during the September primary election and the court’s orders. These measures, which included bolstering the documentation of the chain of custody of sensitive electoral materials, were positive additions that strengthened the electoral process. Other measures included strengtheningprocedures for verifying, sorting, and counting of absentee ballots, as well as formalizing security processes for ballots and ballot boxes. Additionally, as in recent elections, registered voters who had requested an absentee ballot but decided instead to vote in person on election day were treated in the same way as voters who were allowed to cast “challenged votes.”  “Challenged votes” cast on election day are counted only after inspection by the election board and confirmation that they were cast by a registered voter and that that person did not also cast an absentee ballot.


For these elections the election board also strengthened its recruitment process for precinct workers, including the implementation of an application process. The training of poll workers focused on the technical aspects of the electoral process and was a useful refresher for the many experienced precinct workers.


Election Day.The polling process proceeded smoothly on election day. Some polling precincts experienced minor challenges with a curling of ballot papers that caused some voters to have difficulty inserting their ballots into the counting machines. Polling staff were able to assist voters in these instances.


Voter turnout has historically been low in Muscogee (Creek) Nation elections, and the November 2 polls were no exception. Although results have not yet been certified, voter turnout appears to be similar to or slightly higher than turnout in the September 21 election, with only about 28 percent of registered voters participating. Voter registration numbers are low in the nation, as only about 18,000 of 89,000 citizens are registered voters. The Carter Center hopes participation will increase in future elections so that the will of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation people is more fully represented.


Counting and Tabulation. The election board conducted the counting of absentee ballots and tabulation of election results with assistance from Automated Election Services (AES), the private vendor that provides the voting and counting machines, and in the presence of Carter Center observers and watchers representing candidates. The tabulation process was also live-streamed by the national media outlet Mvskoke Media. These efforts toward transparency in the counting and tabulation process are commendable.


Overall, the counting and tabulation process was conducted smoothly. The Carter Center observed that additional steps were put in place since the September 21 election to improve the efficiency of the process, including the addition of a second workstation to verify the signatures on absentee ballots. Members of the Citizenship Office were present throughout the process to provide additional verification as needed if questions arose regarding the eligibility of any voter to cast a ballot, including absentee ballots, challenged ballots, or any questions from polling precincts. 



The Carter Center respectfully offers the following recommendations for additional improvements in advance of the December 14 general elections:

Increase public information, including voter awareness efforts. The Carter Center recommends that public information campaigns regarding the elections be increased, including additional information about the election date, the ballot, the voting process, how to request an absentee ballot, and deadlines for the receipt of returned absentee ballots.

Enhance training of precinct workers. Future electoral processes would be improved by ensuring a more proactive participation of the board and election manager in the development and implementation of substantive parts of the training sessions and ensuring that training goes beyond the technical aspects of the operation to include practical exercises, especially for those who are new to the process.


Provide onsite training for watchers and observers during tabulation.Watchers and observers provide an important layer of transparency to the process. The Carter Center recommends that the election board provide brief presentations at each step of the counting and tabulation process to ensure that all witnesses understand its key aspects. Information shared by election board members during the counting and tabulation process on November 2 was helpful, and the Center recommends that this communication be increased for the December 14 general election.





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