Northern Cherokee Citizen Selected by Native American Film Festival
Jason Levinson (pictured on left), a Northern Cherokee citizen, has been selected as a film writer by the LA Skins. The LA Skins is a Native American Film Festival and Music Festival held annually in Los Angeles, California.
In his short film entitled TOW TRUCKERS, Jason mentions his Northern Cherokee heritage. He’s the son of tribal citizen Donna Calm Spirit Wobbe, and grandson of the late tribal citizen Elma Stone who served in World War II. TOW TRUCKERS is a ten-and-a-half-minute film with entertaining dialogue between two men…David and Norm… who offer unsolicited life coaching as service reps to dissatisfied customers. The 11th Annual LA Skins Fest will be held November 14-19 in Los Angeles.
Osiyo Everyone, Chief and I want to thank each and every one who attended this year's powwow. We had an awesome turn out both Friday and Saturday even if it did rain on us. Many of our citizens traveled many miles to be with their tribal family and we were so happy to see them. There are so many people to thank for making this all come together.
First our Chief for bringing this tribe together, Wado. then to everyone who helped to get the grounds in excellent shape, Randy Runion for giving up his Friday's to come up from Springfield, Mo to mow. Bob McCartney for helping with the mowing and weed whacking and many little things that add up to mean so much. Daniel (Beanpole) for mowing the day before and almost melting in the heat.
Special wado to Buffalo Sister who was here every day to answer the phone and thousands of questions, sell adds and then deliver the powwow booklets. Tanya, you were a life saver, your expertise in graphic design and layout made this year’s pow wow booklet the best one ever! How do I say thank you to my awesome kitchen crew Chris Brooks and Cindy Little Bear Linchey. You two were a team fantastic. Can't wait to see what the two of you have dreamed up for next year. Our auction group for all their hard work once again Amy you and Christie did a bang-up job. Wado to Ricky Swearengin, Diamond Auction Co. for selling it all! To our Drum Young Bounty, you are the heart of the powwow, Wado. To all our vendors thank you for bringing your wonderful items to sell. I know I have missed some of you, but know that I thank you also from the bottom of my heart. Until next year, May Creator keep you all safe. Mrs. Chief
Citizens of Northern Cherokee nation a letter from your Chief 28 August 17
-Osiyo my tribal family, I know it's been a while since I have written a letter to my family, so now I have a spare moment to bring everyone up to date on all that is goings on.
I know many of you wonder what in the world does your Chief do? Well, for those of you that aren't aware, I am an over-the-road truck driver for a small company called Apollo Express INC. located in Bridgeton, Missouri. I try to be available for you to speak with me on my cell phone, but sometimes that is just not possible so just leave me a message or text (I am getting pretty good at that). If it is an emergency, please call the office. If you are just requesting paperwork, contact the Clinton, Missouri, office at 660-885-7779 and Buffalo Sister will be glad to help you. She is there 10 am to 3 pm most days. We also have much information here on the website. Don't forget we have a Facebook page too.
As many of you know, things have been moving slowly along in the process of our quest towards federal recognition. The immense amount of paper work and the verifying of fact and dates is an extremely difficult process, We only have a few volunteers who are willing and able to work on this and their time is limited. I will be taking additional time off after our Pow Wow this September 15, 16, and 17 to work on this mountain of paperwork. Sorting through old records is tedious but fascinating. The fact that it was illegal to be an Indian in the state of Missouri shows just how determined we were to survive!
Please don't get discouraged with the progress we are making, things are moving forward. This is a very expensive job, and you can help by donating, remember we depend on your donations to keep moving forward.
I hope many of you have been keeping up with the Tribe on Facebook and the web-page and sharing with your family who may not be connected to the internet. Updating your files if you have moved or married, changed your phone number or e-mail, these things are so important in the recognition process.
The NCN has been involved with many civic affairs including the Clinton "Old Glory Days" Parade, which we won "Best Walking" trophy, the Washington Missouri Town and Country Parade, along with several speaking engagements that I, as your Chief, and or tribal council citizens have attended. We had the honor of being one of the sponsors of "The Darkening of the Sun" event that was held on Hawk Arrow Springs in St. Clair, Missouri, property owned by Councilman Bill Hawk Arrow Buell. It was a wonderful time. Darkening of the Sun.
Now on to the less enjoyable facts, Last year at Pow Wow our grounds endured some severe damage due to heavy rain and many vehicles getting mired down in the mud, we have been unable to spare the extra funds to repair the damage, and with all the rain this season it is not getting any better. We need your help. This year we sustained water damage that our insurance would not cover and two of our computers were damaged. We need your help. We also had an attempted break in, so we need security camera's. We need your help. Remember these are your tribal headquarter and grounds. I am only the guardian of your headquarters. Help me to maintain them. Just like your home there is the mortgage, lights, phone, internet, fuel, insurance, these all must be paid, plus all the office supplies.
We need your help. Remember we are a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. We receive no state or federal funding. Your donations keep the doors open . I ask you to please be generous. We have PayPal for your convenience, this is a safe and secure way to make your monthly donation. We also accept checks and money orders which can be made out and mailed to NCN, P.O. Box 413, Cuba, MO. 65453.
These are just a few of the ways you can help lighten my burden. \\\\\\\\\\////////// I hear all the time, we would love to help but don't know how because we live so far away. Here are a few ways to do just that. Gift cards to Wal-Mart for food for our volunteers who donate their time, Staples for our office supplies, fuel cards to help offset their expenses for driving long distances to work at headquarters.
Wado Chief Grey Elk
UPDATE! Our 2018 Northern Cherokee PowWow and Cultural Gathering will be held Sept 14th-16th. This is a wonderful time to meet your tribal government and your tribal family. We hope you will plan on attending. There are many places to stay in Clinton, Missouri. Call and make your reservations now. Options include Parkfield Inn (660-890-6188), Hampton Inn (660-885-4488), and Westbridge Inn (660-885-2206). This is our main fund raiser for the year.
Let's make our 2018 PowWow a success!
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ONLY AFTER ALL THE TREES ARE CUT, AFTER ALL THE GAME IS KILLED, ONLY AFTER ALL THE STREAMS ARE POISONED, ONLY THEN WILL WHITE MEN REALIZE THEY CAN'T EAT MONEY.
REMEMBERING OUR PAST PRESERVING OUR CULTURE PLANNING OUR DESTINY