TAHLEQUAH, Okla. —The first time fluent Cherokee Speaker Dennis Sixkiller put his mouth up to the microphone, it took several minutes for any words to come out.
“It was the first time I recorded a radio show, and I was so nervous. I had no clue what to say,” Sixkiller said.
That was a decade ago, in July 2004, when Sixkiller broadcast his very first “Cherokee Voices, Cherokee Sounds” radio show, the only program in Oklahoma to air in the Cherokee language. After recording, he would deliver his cassette tapes to the radio stations.
The Cherokee Nation celebrates Sixkiller’s 10-year milestone as radio show host. “Cherokee Voices, Cherokee Sounds” is an hour-long program in both the Cherokee and English languages and includes Cherokee music, interviews with elder speakers, and information on Cherokee Nation community news.
The program has exposed the Cherokee language and culture to people around the world.
Visit the museum in July and receive a free Cherokee Nation lunch bag
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – To celebrate National Picnic Month, Cherokee Nation officials are offering free lunch bags throughout July, while supplies last, to guests who visit the John Ross Museum.
The John Ross Museum highlights the life of John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation for more than 38 years, and houses exhibits and interactive displays on the Trail of Tears, Civil War, Cherokee Golden Age and Cherokee Nation’s passion for the education of its people. The museum also has a small gift shop.
QUAPAW – He drove past a set of greenhouses every day on his way to and from work. And every day, he’d think about those greenhouses and what growing food for his people would mean.
“I’ve always been interested in agriculture. The tribe owns a lot of land that isn’t being used. It’s a good way to diversify ourselves and it’s a good way to align with our culture as a tribe,” Quapaw Chairman John Berrey said.
He’d already been instrumental in getting a herd of bison for the tribe - taking that first step toward a full on agricultural program for the Quapaw.
“We got the bison to provide protein for our tribal citizens,” he said. They haven’t slaughtered any yet, but plan to begin this Fall.