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AARP Honors Native Elders

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by Craig E. Davis, AARP of Oklahoma

American Indians from across Oklahoma gathered for AARP Oklahoma’s first Indian Elder Honors November 17th in Oklahoma City. Fifty American Indian Elder Honorees were recognized from more than 30 tribes at the event which featured the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers and was attended by several hundred people.

Among the honorees were authors, poets, educators, chiefs and governors; elders who have kept their cultures alive by saving traditional dance and language; and those who have fought for federal recognition of their tribes and nations and veterans – including the last surviving Native American from the Bataan Death March. AARP National President-Elect Lee Hammond was on hand to deliver the keynote address and help present medallions along with AARP Oklahoma Volunteer State President Marjorie Lyons and State Director Nancy Coffer…

Lorena DeRoin, Otoe-Missouria – at age 94 still comes to work nearly every day at her job at the Otoe-Missouria Senior Citizens Center where she has worked for 29 years. Mrs. DeRoin was the first Native American woman to serve as the president of the National Chapter of American War Mothers and today serves in the Otoe-Missouria Chapter of the American War Mothers as their Chaplain.

» Read the complete article on NativeTimes.com.

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November 26th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

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Otoe War Mothers Honor Veterans

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Approximately 200 people enjoyed a special Veterans Supper on Veterans Day, November 11, hosted by the members of the Otoe War Mothers organization. Honored guests for the evening were veterans from six surrounding tribes: Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Kaw Nation, Tonkawa Tribe, Ponca Nation, Pawnee Nation and Iowa Nation.

A special table was set up to display pictures and memorabilia of current military men and women as well those who have served in the past. A military roll call was held while each veteran representing their branch of service was honored. Wendell Bollinger, Second Member on the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council offered a thoughtful keynote address. Jade Roubedeaux led tribal singers who sang honoring songs for the gathered veterans.

The Otoe War Mothers wish to offer many thanks to all those that brought food and other items to make this night a great success in honoring our men and women of the armed forces. The organization offers special thanks to Claude and Patsy Dailey who worked tirelessly to prepare a plentiful and tasty meal, Baptiste Shunatona for taking the time to visit with our War Mothers, and the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council for it’s assistance. [photo]

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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November 19th, 2009 at 9:40 am

Elsie Avis Green

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Elsie Avis Green, longtime resident of the Ponca City community, passed away Monday, May 25, 2009, in Oklahoma City. She was 80 years of age. Elsie was born Aug. 10, 1928, in Pawnee, the daughter of John Green and Winona Poorhorse Green. She received her early education in the Pawnee Indian School and much later in life earned her GED of which she was very proud.

She was employed as a Community Health Care representative for the Ponca Tribe before her retirement. She was a member of the Ponca War Mothers. Her enjoyments included watching TV, movies, playing bingo and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. In earlier years Elsie was a very athletic person, excelling in softball and bowling.

She is survived by her eight children, Lois Warrior and husband Gordon of Ponca City, Susan Primeaux of Oklahoma City, Debby Kovanda and husband Reese of Lebanon, Mo., Sherry Jones of Ponca City, Delores Jones of Ponca City, Theresa Jones of North Carolina, Benjamin Michael LeClair of Marland and George Primeaux of Ponca City; 51 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 8 great, great-grandchildren; and many other extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Joyce Williams; one son, Enos Primeaux; five grandchildren; and three great, great-grandchildren.

A prayer service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at Ponca Indian Methodist Church. A traditional noon meal will be served on Friday, May 29, followed by the funeral at 2 p.m. Jimmy White will preside over the services. Burial will be in the Otoe-Missouria Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

Casket bearers will be grandsons, Wesley Gaines, Michael Williams, Bobby Williams, John Primeaux, Jarrod Brown, Enos Rhodd, Dennison Chee and Harry Malave. Honorary casket bearers will be Michael LeClair, George Primeaux, J.R. Brown, Earl Brown, Buddy Brown, Gordon Warrior and Hank Rhodd.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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May 28th, 2009 at 12:37 am

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Dedication Of War Mothers Memorial

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The Otoe-Missouria Tribe will be dedicating the War Mothers Memorial on Monday and encourages the public to attend the ceremony and a meal afterward. Special guests will be Otoe-Missouria veterans and veterans of other tribes. The Memorial honors those tribal veterans who have fought in every American war, including the Civil War.

Funds for the memorial were raised over several years by the Otoe-Missouria War Mothers, a chartered chapter of the National Organization of War Mothers. The tribal chapter was chartered on Sept. 13, 1943, and was the first Native American War Mothers chapter in the United States.

Chapter member Lorena DeRoin, now in her 90s, was one of first Otoe-Missouria War Mothers and in 1999 was the first Native American to be elected president of the national organization. Greta Adams, who is now the chapter president, was at one time the president of the American War Mothers State of Oklahoma Chapter.

Monday’s program will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the memorial, located immediately south of the tribal cemetery. Immediately following the War Mothers program, tribal council members — representing the tribe — will dedicate the memorial.

Afterward, a meal will be served in the tribe’s Cultural Building. Everyone is welcome. Those attending are requested to bring your own chairs and dishes.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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May 25th, 2009 at 12:15 am

Lester Harragarra – Photography Exhibition

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Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma

Lester Harragarra is an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and a descendent of the Kiowa Tribe. Lester’s father is the late Kenneth Harragarra, a World War II veteran and a former Otoe-Missouria Tribal Chairman. Lester’s Otoe-Missouria grandparents are Moses and Mary Harragarra. His grandfather was one of the last hereditary Chiefs of the Otoe-Missouria and his grandmother initiated the first all American Indian War Mothers Chapter in the United States in 1943.

» Read the complete article on the Indian Arts and Crafts Board website.

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May 15th, 2009 at 1:50 am

Charlene Rochelle Haze

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Charlene Rochelle Johnston Haze was born Oct. 5, 1947, in Modesto, California, to Charles T. Johnston and Thelma G. Koshiway Johnston. She passed from this life on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, in Red Rock, having reached the age of 60 years, 6 months, and 18 days.

She married Albert Haze on November 13, 1999, in Otoe Baptist Church of Red Rock. She moved to Red Rock from Tulsa and was affiliated with the Baptist Church. She was a member of the Otoe War Mothers, and attended the Native American Church. She loved her culture and also loved her traditional dances.

Survivors include her husband, Albert Haze of Red Rock; mother Thelma Johnston of California; a son, Nathaniel Pendelton of Ponca City; two grandsons, Jaden Maureen Biggoose and Michael Alan Nathan Pendelton of Ponca City; a granddaughter, Lillyann Rochelle Pendelton of Ponca City; two brothers, Jonathan Sroufe of Arizona and Charles Koshiway of California; two sisters, Cherie Whittemore of California and Bernadine Gray of California; plus a number of other relatives, and many friends. Charlene was preceded in death by her father, Charles Johnston.

The funeral will be held at noon Saturday, April 26, at the Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center in Red Rock with the Rev. Jimmy Kennard officiating. Interment will be at the Otoe-Missouria Cemetery in Red Rock under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home of Pawnee.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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April 28th, 2008 at 9:10 am

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Ceremony to Mark Tribal Perspective

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As Statehood Day nears, there is a feeling of excitement in anticipation of the largest celebration of our state’s first 100 years. Leading up to this special day, numerous fun-filled Oklahoma Centennial events have occurred over the past several months, including parades with marching bands, colorful floats and dignitaries, and home-town festivals with their local entertainment and enticing food aromas that fill the air…

After the blessing ceremony, the Chata Ulla Choctaw Children’s choir will sing. Then remarks will be made by three generations that will offer different perspectives of their lives as American Indians. They are Mary Lou Davis, an elder from the Caddo tribe, Russell Tallchief, a member of the Osage Nation, and Ayla Medrano, a Kiowa-Comanche-Muscogee (Creek) youth. Tribal leaders will offer remarks, and Otoe-Missouria War Mothers will be honored, followed by a memorial song and a moment of silence.

» Read the full article on NewsOK.com.

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November 6th, 2007 at 9:03 pm

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126th Otoe-Missouria Four-Day Encampment

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Native American traditions live on in this tribal community as members gather from across the country for the 126th Otoe-Missouria Encampment which begins Thursday. Sufficiently recovered from recent flooding, the tribal encampment grounds will again host hundreds of campers, dancers and visitors, continuing a long tribal tradition dating to the tribe’s first days after being relocated to Indian Territory.

The Otoe-Missouria Encampment Committee has planned four full days of activities — July 19-22. Each evening will feature a different program of dance contests, with the new tribal princess crowned Thursday. Gourd dancing and specials will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The Otoe Olympic Games for children will take place beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Other events will include turtle races, foot races, horseshoe tournament and a 5-on-5 basketball tournament.

Powwow officials include Oliver Littlecook and Michael Burgess, masters of ceremonies; John Arkeketa, head singer; Lewis Dent, head gourd dancer; Michael Plumley, head man dancer; Salina NoEar Todome, head lady singer; Michael Whitecloud and Randy Moore, arena directors; and, by invitation, Otoe War Mothers, Red Rock Creek, Kiowa Gourd Clan, Black Bear Descendants and Ponca Gourd Dance Society. Miles Hall and Wilber Enloe will be water boys.

The powwow is free and the public is invited to attend. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Food and other vendors will be available.

Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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July 19th, 2007 at 10:41 pm

Vena Cora DeRoin

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Vena Cora DeRoin, longtime resident of the Ponca City community, passed away Sunday, June 24, 2007, at her son’s home in Tulsa. She was 99.

Vena was born March 10, 1908, in rural Red Rock, the daughter of Charles Grant Barnes and Mary Jones Barnes. Vena attended the St. Mary’s Catholic School in Ponca City and later an Indian School in Phoenix, Ariz. Vena helped in the war effort during World War II by working in aircraft manufacturing with Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kan., and Douglas Aircraft in Oklahoma City. She was married to Franklin DeRoin on December 24, 1928.

Vena was a member of the Otoe-Missouria Owl Clan, the Red Rock Indian Baptist Church and the American War Mothers, where she was a past state chairman. One of her enjoyment in earlier years was participating in powwows.

She is survived by her son, Norman DeRoin of Tulsa; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great, great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Gertrude Brown; two brothers, Charles “C.G.” Robedeaux and Roy Barnes; and one half brother, John Childs.

Mrs. DeRoin’s body will lay in state at the Otoe Baptist Church, Red Rock, Tuesday evening, June 26, and then at the Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center starting Wednesday afternoon. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center with burial to follow in the Otoe-Missouria Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

Casket bearers will be Hank Childs, Cheek Childs, Mitch Childs, Eldon DeRoin, Frank DeRoin and ArnL Bennett Jr.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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June 27th, 2007 at 10:51 pm

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LaBerta May Brown Smith

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LaBerta May Brown Smith, resident of Red Rock, died Wednesday, January 4, 2006, in Waco, Texas. She was 76.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday, January 7, at Otoe Indian Baptist Church in Red Rock with the Rev. Jimmy Kenner officiating. Burial will be at Otoe-Missouria Cemetery in Red Rock under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home in Pawnee.

LaBerta May Brown Smith was born May 3, 1929, in Arkansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Bert Brown and Carmel Howell Brown. She attended Pawnee Indian School and Chilocco Indian School. She married Jessie L. Smith. She moved to Red Rock from Corpus Christi, Texas, and was affiliated with the Otoe War Mothers and Otoe Baptist Church, where she played the organ.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda A. Morrison of Gatesville, Texas; a sister, Greta Adams of Stillwater; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1989; her parents; and a son, Robert Scruggs.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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January 9th, 2006 at 1:59 pm

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