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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Leaders of the Cherokee Nation honored six tribal citizens and three Cherokee community organizations at the Cherokee National Day Awards Banquet on Thursday evening, as part of the 70e Annual Cherokee National Day.

The recipients received special recognition from Chief Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and the Council of the Cherokee Nation for their significant contributions of political acumen, patriotism, community leadership and dedication to the Cherokee Nation.

“The Cherokees we recognize this year have played an influential role in promoting and advancing the Cherokee Nation, our families and our communities. It is an honor to have met, worked with and served each of them,” said Chief Hoskin. “The work they did, the wisdom they brought, the paths they blazed, and the heart with which they served the Cherokee people will leave remarkable generational impacts on the Cherokee Nation and the communities in which they live here. on the reserve and across the country.

Family and friends gathered with the winners Thursday evening in Tahlequah.

“This year, as we celebrate the 70e anniversary of the Cherokee National Day, we also want to take a moment to recognize some of our Cherokee citizens who have helped build a legacy and a foundation that supports our efforts as a people and a government,” Deputy Chief Warner said. “We greatly respect what each of them has done for the Cherokee people and we are honored to recognize their incredible service.”

The Cherokee citizens receiving holiday rewards this year include:

Medal of Patriotism

The Medal of Patriotism is awarded in recognition of those who have answered the call of duty, made great sacrifices and risked their lives in service to the Cherokee Nation and the United States of America, tirelessly defending and promoting freedom and freedom for the Cherokees and all mankind. The recipients of the Medal of Patriotism 2022 are:

• Winifred “Freddie” Dudley. In 1944, at the height of World War II, Cherokee warrior Winifred “Freddie” Dudley of Owasso joined the Women’s Auxiliary Corps of the Revolutionary Army. The United States Army had not drafted women before World War II. The service that Dudley and the other women of the Corps rendered to their country was, for the time, controversial, but proved to be an important step on the road to victory for America and her allies. Dudley recently celebrated his 100e birthday.

• Rex Earl Starr. As a patriot with great love for his country and nation, Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Justice Rex Earl Starr proudly served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and Air Force Reserve. the United States Navy for 41 years. During his military service, Judge Starr worked as an Army Medical Services Corps officer and as an airman, earning his Army Aviation Master’s insignia and becoming a decorated fighter pilot before retiring in as a lieutenant colonel.

Statesmanship Award

The Statesmanship Award is given in recognition of those who, as public servants, embody the ideal of servant leadership, exemplifying Cherokee values ​​and acting with respect, dignity and courtesy while working for the betterment of the Cherokee nation and its peoples. citizens. The 2022 Statesmanship Award is awarded posthumously:

• Frankie Hargis. In life, Frankie Hargis’ work has touched the lives of thousands of Cherokees and shaped public policy in lasting ways that have made the Cherokee Nation stronger and safer. As Registrar of the Cherokee Nation, Hargis showed great determination to secure the rights of tribal citizens. And as District 7 Tribal Advisor from 2011 to 2018, she advanced work on a domestic violence survivor shelter, children’s development center, roads, bridges and an expansion of the Wilma Health Center. P. Mankiller.

Individual Community Leadership Award

The Individual Community Leadership Award recognizes citizens of the Cherokee Nation who have tirelessly, without hesitation, given their time to make their communities more vibrant and livable. Their example of servant leadership embodies Cherokee values ​​and is held in high regard by their peers for strengthening the bonds of citizens of the Cherokee Nation. The 2022 Individual Community Leadership Award recipients are:

• Patty Riley Reeder. A recent inductee into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, Patty Riley Reeder is the former editor of the Claremore Daily Progress and public relations director of the Will Rogers Memorial Museums. She is a founding board member of Claremore Friends of the Library, chair of the Rogers County Board of Health, public representative of IHS’s award-winning diabetes education program, and fundraiser Share the Spirit Christmas Dinner Basket.

• Lyndon Emberton. The Cherokee Achievement work is the work of Lyndon Emberton, who led pilot employment and poverty relief efforts in the Cherokee Nation through the Rural Communities Initiative Foundation. Emberton is passionate about housing, jobs and schooling in his immediate community. He resides in the Belfonte/Nicut community and serves on the Sequoyah Schools Board of Education, the Sequoyah County Water Association Board, and Kibois Community Action.

Community Leadership Organization Award

The Community Leadership Organization Award is given in recognition of communities in the Cherokee Nation who have demonstrated the spirit of collaboration through servant leadership, as well as the application of Cherokee values ​​to make their communities a best place for citizens of the cherokee nation. The 2022 Community Leadership Organization Award winners are:

• People Community Center Inc. The momentum that helps Cherokee communities thrive is the same that People Community Center Inc. in Bowlin Springs continues to demonstrate. Founded in the spring of 2021, the community organization mobilized against local vandalism that had occurred at its community cemetery. He undertook an ambitious community building project – one of the largest of any Cherokee community organization in history. Its membership continues to grow and its vision inspires the many volunteers who contribute to community efforts.

• Hulbert Cherokee Community Organization. Since its inception in 2017, community organization Hulbert Cherokee has taken the lead in serving its community. Its nine board members and many volunteers are compassionate current and former residents of Hulbert. Every two months during the pandemic, HCCO coordinated food drives that provided more than 500 families. After the recent completion of their community building, the HCCO was able to expand its food offering and reach.

• Puget Sound Cherokees. The Cherokee community of Puget Sound in Washington State, on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples, shares their knowledge and friendship in an inclusive community of more than 60 members, with a wider online reach. Its efforts include a weekly virtual gathering, a monthly book and film group, meetings that share art, history and culture, a YouTube channel, and weekly virtual Cherokee language sessions. The community group was recently honored with the 2021 Cultural Perpetuation Award.

parade marshal

Each year, the Cherokee Nation Administration selects a Cherokee National Day Parade Marshal. The 2022 Parade Commissioner is:

• Dwight Birdwell. Former Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Justice Dwight Birdwell is the first Native American to receive the Medal of Honor for heroic service during the Vietnam War. He received President Biden’s Medal of Honor in July 2022 for his actions in a battle at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon with Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary, 25th Infantry Division. Birdwell was also awarded the Cherokee Nation Medal of Patriotism in 2012 and was awarded two Silver Stars and a Purple Heart. Birdwell, who practices law in Oklahoma City, is from the Bell community and served on the Cherokee Nation’s highest court from 1987 to 1999.

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