Tuesday, November 17, 2009

CherokeeLink Newsletter

CherokeeLink Newsletter
For The HTML Format of the Newsletter:
(Having Problems With The Links? Try this version instead.) http://www.cherokee.org/home.aspx?section=newsletter&Date=11/17/2009

AOL - 11/17/2009 Newsletter

The Cherokee Nation Color Guard was featured in the New York Veterans Day Parade and they were featured on CNN’s iReport, http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-355503. There is still time to volunteer on the building of the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center. For more information visit http://veteran.cherokee.org.

As the holidays approach, so does winter weather. Here are some winter weather preparedness tips.

Cherokee Nation Emergency Management - Winter Weather Preparedness Tips

During a Winter Storm


• Listen to your radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports and emergency information.

• Eat regularly and drink ample fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.

• Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.

• If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).

• Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.

If You Are Out Doors

• Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.

• Cover your mouth. Protect your lungs from extremely cold air by covering your mouth when outdoors. Try not to speak unless absolutely necessary.

• Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.

• Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.

• Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.

Wado! (Thank you)
Cherokee Nation
P.O.Box 948
Tahlequah, OK 74465
918 453-5000

***Cherokee Nation News***
Cherokee Nation Sponsoring Tobacco Cessation Events; Chief Declares Smoke-out Day: 11/13/2009 4:50:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Thursday, November 19, has been designated as Great American Smoke-out Day in the Cherokee Nation. In honor of the event, the tribe is offering classes and incentives to help smokers and tobacco users stop for at least one day.


Principal Chief Declares November as Diabetes Awareness Month: 11/12/2009 3:36:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
November has been declared as Diabetes Awareness Month in the Cherokee Nation by Principal Chief Chad Smith.

Cherokee Nation Hospital Gets New Art: 11/12/2009 8:41:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital is being decorated with photographs and works of art from the Trail of Tears era to the present day thanks to a generous donation from Cherokee Nation Entertainment. CNE donated more than 100 pieces totaling $27,000 for the art, which will be placed throughout the entire facility.


Local food banks receive food donation as needs increase: 11/12/2009
(C) Cherokee Nation
Thanks to a Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs sponsored Halloween party, area food banks recently received more than 350 pounds of canned food to assist needy families this Holiday season.

Newly Developed Loan Program Helps Native Artists: 11/10/2009 3:16:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Aspiring Cherokee artist, Ryan Smith, an Oklahoma native who was two years into the Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck, knows a little something about determination and drive. After he walked away from New Orleans as a Katrina survivor, he decided to come back to Tahlequah to settle, where he is currently a community works supervisor for the Cherokee Nation.

Sunshine and Fun Highlight Cherokee Nation Fall Festival in Salina: 11/10/2009 3:14:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Although grey skies postponed the event from an earlier date, there were nothing but clear skies and beautiful sunshine when Cherokee Nation hosted its annual Fall Festival/Health and Safety Fair in Salina last week. This was the seventh year for the festival, which was held by the tribe’s Early Childhood Unit.

Cherokee National Youth Choir Seeks Alumni: 11/10/2009 2:30:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
The award-winning Cherokee National Youth Choir will soon celebrate its 10 year anniversary and choir organizers would like to reach out to all alumni to update their contact information.

Sequoyah Cheerleader is First to Make All-Region: 11/6/2009 3:45:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Symone Ross likes to be first. She was the first born, the first in the family to attend school at Sequoyah and now she’s the first Sequoyah cheerleader to be named an all-region cheerleader. Ross, the captain of the Sequoyah cheerleading squad, tried out against 50 other high school seniors to earn one of 16 spots on the All-Region squad.

Sequoyah Standout Accepts Offer to Play Division One Basketball: 11/6/2009 3:15:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Macon, Georgia will soon be the home of another one of Sequoyah Schools’ best basketball players. Lindsey Hammer recently verbally committed to play college basketball for the Mercer Lady Bears. Hammer’s older sister, Lorin, a 2008 Sequoyah graduate and Gates Millennium Scholarship winner, already dons a Mercer uniform as a guard for the Mercer women’s basketball team. Next year, her younger sister will follow in her footsteps.


Cherokee Nation Receives Finance Award: 11/5/2009 2:05:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
For the eighth year in a row, the Cherokee Nation has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report.


**** Other Links of Interest ****
Games - http://www.cherokee.org/home.aspx?section=culture&culture=games

Community Calendar - http://www.cherokee.org/home.aspx?section=calendar
RSS Feed - http://rss.cherokee.org
Podcasts - http://podcasts.cherokee.org
E-Cards - http://ecards.cherokee.org

**** Cultural Tidbits ****

It has been suggested that the reason the Cherokee were originally open to the establishment of missions was so the children could learn to read and write, as the Cherokee syllabary had not yet been invented. Cherokees were interested in Christianity, but more interested in the byproduct, which was education.

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