Monday, November 11, 2019

Tribe Unveils Renderings of Veterans Cemetery

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner unveil preliminary renderings of the Cherokee Nation Veterans Cemetery.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has cleared the first phase of a Cherokee Nation Veterans Cemetery. Chief Hoskin made the announcement during the tribe’s annual Veterans Day Celebration in Tahlequah. 

"It is my belief that not only do we need to honor and take care of our veterans while they are living, but we must also commit to caring for them when they are laid to rest. That is why I am honored to announce this new national veterans cemetery, which will be solemn ground where our veterans can be laid to rest,” Chief Hoskin said. “Thanks to the support of the Council of the Cherokee Nation and an initiative that began under the leadership of my predecessors, former Principal Chief Bill John Baker and former Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, who is also our new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, we are able to take another step in honoring our veterans who have sacrificed so much for their country and the Cherokee Nation.”

Under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there is only one other national cemetery in the state of Oklahoma operated by a tribe.

“While there is still a lot of work the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center must do, including creating a process that will be used to take applications for this new veterans cemetery, it’s a blessing to know we have received initial approval from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to move forward,” said Secretary Crittenden. “The Cherokee Nation has always held our veterans in high regard and I believe this is one more way to honor them.”

Work on the cemetery is expected to begin in 2020 after the tribe has chosen a location and conducted an environmental assessment to ensure the site is suited to be used as a national cemetery.

The Cherokee Nation Veterans Cemetery would have the look and feel of other national cemeteries, such as those in Fort Gibson and Arlington.

“I can’t think of a better way to be interred,” Army veteran David Hall said. “This would be a central location for tribal members who are veterans. Without this cemetery, you would have Native veterans that are buried at other cemeteries, whereas the Cherokee Nation Veterans Cemetery would be a central location, which would be best.”

Chief Hoskin and Deputy Chief Warner unveiled preliminary renderings of the new cemetery during Friday’s event. Afterward, the tribe provided a meal for veterans. The ceremony also included a wreath-laying and musical performances.


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Miss CASC Competition Set for Nov. 21


The 2019 Miss Carl Albert State College competition is set for November 21 at 7 P.M. in the Hamilton Auditorium on CASC’s Poteau campus. Community members may purchase a ticket to the event for $10; CASC students, faculty and staff members may purchase discounted tickets of $5, all seats are reserved. 

Eight young ladies are set to compete for the crown: 

- Larissa Deaton, sophomore Allied Health major, of Poteau will offer a vocal performance of ‘Out Here on My Own.’ Her social impact platform: Beautiful on the Inside. 

- Marlene Miller, freshman Allied Health major, of Howe will perform a classical piano piece of ‘Fur Elise.’ Her social impact platform: Homelessness. 

- Madeline Humphries, sophomore General Studies major, of Poteau will offer a vocal performance of ‘Someone You Loved.’ Her social impact platform: R.E.D. Remembering Everyone Deployed. 

- Maci Crandell, a sophomore Allied Health major, of Poteau will offer a vocal performance of ‘Rise Up.’ Her social impact platform: ALICE Training – Active Shooter Response Training. 

- Destiny Cothren, freshman General Studies major, of Bray-Doyle will perform a color guard routine. Her social impact platform: Animal Cruelty & Animal Shelters. 

- Connie Gonzalez, sophomore Allied Health major, of Moyers will offer a vocal performance of ‘Scars to Your Beautiful.’ Her social impact platform: Self Love. 

- Makayla Lopez, sophomore Criminal Justice major, of Greenwood, Ark. will offer a vocal performance of ‘La Vie En Rose.’ Her social impact platform: Save the Strays. 

- Karlie Terrill, sophomore Education major, of Roland is set to perform a color guard routine. Her social impact platform: Suicide Prevention. 

For additional information on the Miss CASC competition, or to purchase advance tickets, please contact Terri Hardin at 918-647-1390 or email her at thardin@carlalbert.edu.

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Roland Man Charged with Drug Counts


A Roland man is facing multiple drug charges, an arrest warrant shows.

The warrant reveals that David Wade Teague, 54, of Roland was charged with maintaining premises for drug activity, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Oct. 15, a pair of Roland police officers went to Teague’s home after learning he was living at the location without running water.

The officers interviewed Teague, but as they were leaving, one of them spotted a broken glass smoking device lying in the yard. Teague told officers the pipe wasn’t his, then gave them permission to search his home.

Officers discovered used syringes, a pair of plastic baggies containing a white residue and a white container with marijuana residue inside it. Two bent metal spoons with drug residue were also located, as well as another glass smoking device. The residue on the spoons tested positive for meth.

Teague’s bond was set at $15,000. 

The felony charge of maintaining a place for keeping/selling a controlled substance is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or county jail imprisonment for up to five years.

The misdemeanor possession charge is punishable by imprisonment for up to a year and a fine of up to $1,000. The misdemeanor paraphernalia charge is punishable by up to one year in prison, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.


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Library Hosting Ornament Make and Take


Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library is having a free Christmas Ornament Make and Take event from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Everyone is welcome, but children under age 10 must have an adult with them. Each participant will receive an ornament.


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Inmate Charged with Failure to Register

A Sebastian County Detention Center inmate faces a charge of failure to comply with requirements of the sex offender registry, according to an affidavit.

Steven Lee Colley Jr., 45, re-registered with the program Sept. 19, stating that he would live in his car until he could find an address that wasn’t restricted. He was told by authorities that he would have to register as homeless every seven days until he found a place to live, but law enforcement officials haven’t heard from him since his release from the Sequoyah County Jail on Aug. 30.

The Sebastian County Detention Center’s records show an Alma, Ark., address for Colley.

The charge for failure to register as a sex offender is punishable by incarceration for up to five years, a fine of up to $5,000 or both.

Colley’s bond was set at $10,000, the Oct. 28 felony warrant states.

Records show that Colley was convicted of rape in September 2008 in Crawford County, Ark. 



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Education Board Filings Start Dec. 2


The boards of education in three area towns have announced that qualified individuals interested in running may file as candidates for board seats.

Candidates can file at the Sequoyah County Election Board from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, through Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Sallisaw’s Board of Education has an opening for the No. 5 seat, while Marble City has an opening for the No. 2 seat. Vian also has an opening for the No. 5 board seat.


Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer


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