CITIZENS LEAGUE OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS
The Cherokee Citizens League of Southeast Texas
met at the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research Carriage House
in Houston Saturday, May 21, 2016.
Many thanks to Marjorie Lowe for her very fine program:
"Tiana’s Journey: In Wake of Removal"
A Cherokee mother’s story of harassment, dispossession, removal and survival.
Our Cherokee Elder, genealogist, and outstanding supporter of Cherokees offered an expanded view of conditions leading to the removal, The Trail of Tears, the hardships faced by those who endured this era of history and the special challenges facing women with children who had to manage without their husbands.
League members enjoyed a lively round of conversation, which included newcomers to our organization. The potluck luncheon was tasty as always. It was a great gathering on a sunny Houston Saturday. Appreciation goes to all who contributed to this day!
Many thanks to Cherokee Nation staff specialist Roy Hamilton, who shared very enlightening accounts of genealogy and history during our March 26 meeting in Houston. His details of growing up in a traditional Cherokee community were fascinating. We look forward to a return visit from Roy to share more information with our southeast Texas Cherokees.
(1) Pictured below are Roy Hamilton, left, with Cherokee Citizens' president Dr. Wade McAlister.
(2) Roy with Cherokee Citizens' secretary Dena Standingwater.
(3) Cherokee Elder Marjorie Lowe with Roy.
At the June 6, 2015 meeting, candidates for the June 27, 2015 Cherokee Nation election visited with attendees: Principal Chief candidate Charlie Soap and a Chad Smith representative (Kyle Smith), and At Large Councilor candidates Shane Jett and Ben McKee.
Voters can learn more about all the candidates at http://www.cherokeeleadership.org/voting.html
Pam Bakke, traditional crafts instructor from the Cherokee Nation, guided all ages of attendees through a fun and exciting sculpting of clay turtles we took home as great souvenirs of the day.
Of course our Potluck Luncheon was a winner with all.
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Our April 25, 2015 Meeting
Cherokee Citizens League of Southeast Texas members and their families enjoyed an inspiring meeting on a wonderfully warm but rainy Houston Saturday, April 25. 2015, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 600 Pecore Street in Houston.
A special screening of the video: "Cherokee Word for Water" was a moving and entertaining treat for all. We shared Absentee Ballot Request forms for the upcoming Cherokee Nation election, and reviewed the timelines to encourage voter participation.
As always, the potluck dishes were outstanding and memorable! Thanks to all who brought theirs and to our energetic clean-up crew.
It was a bright sunny Saturday in Katy, TX, just outside Houston, when more than 300 attended the September 19, 2015 meeting of Cherokee citizens, family and friends.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, CN Secretary of State Chuck Hoskins, Jr., along with newly elected At-Large Councilor Wanda Hatfield addressed the gathering.
Entertainment was provided by Choogie Kingfisher, who was the emcee and gave historical information. Storyteller Robert Lewis, Flute player Tommy Wild and basket making expert Pam Bakke were on hand as well.
Local Vice President Michele Hayes had a dream catcher making station for youngsters. Dawni Saloli lead the group in a Cherokee prayer and also explained about the six traditional festivals held by the Cherokee in pre-removal time.
CN officials were present to prepare photo ID’s, and the Election Commission provided personnel to register voters.
CN also put on a Cherokee version of the game show Jeopardy: Two rounds and Final Jeopardy, complete with sound effects and the recognizable music. Alison Armstrong, daughter of local board member Lloyd Armstrong, came in second.
CN provided barbecue from Rudy’s in Katy: Very good brisket and chicken.
Ed Griffin and Jacky Springer were awarded the Cherokee Warrior Award for their service in the Navy and the United States Marine Corps during Vietnam. Both were very appreciative and teared up when receiving the plaque and ribbons.
Judith Parker was honored as the Elder. She too was very humbled by the experience.
Many thanks to our Cherokee Citizens League President Dr. Wade McAlister for observations of this fascinating day..