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Copyright 2005 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
August 9, 2005
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Monthly Meeting (2nd Tuesday)
Officers of Collinsville's
Victory Cherokee Organization (VCO) led the meeting Tuesday Aug. 9th
in the sanctuary of the Trinity Faith Church where the group meets monthly.
They are (L-R) Tom Burr, Lenora McMullen, Karen Borgsmiller and Charles
Tripp. The group's new office is now also set up in the church building
(at 1107 W. Main). The new office phone number is (918) 371-6688.
VCO will set up
a table in front of the church during Founder's day to show some of
the remaining art work that is still available from from their fund
raiser. VCO will also be working with Janice Fields to help provide
school supplies for up to 50 kids to supplement other programs in place
which don't always meet the needs of the kids at the start of school.
Several group members
are planning to participate in the 53rd
Cherokee National Holiday parade in Tahlequah Saturday Sept. 3rd
(Labor Day weekend). The holiday has been celebrated since 1953 in commeration
of the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution. The theme of the holiday
this year is celebration of the "Great State of Sequoyah".
At the July 2005
VCO meeting Marcus Juby gave a brief history lesson on the "State
of Sequoyah" which was one of the alternatives to the current State
of Oklahoma in the years prior to statehood in 1907. Indian Territory
and Oklahoma Territory eventually combined to form a single state but
many had favored two separate states. One of the challanges in 1905
was getting all of the different tribes in Indian Territory to agree
on a single state constitution. The 1905 story (below) from the Collinsville
News is an example of that challange. A quick glance at other 1902-1906
one-vs-two state stories shows there were several other issues and concerns
driving the eventual one-state decision process.
Youth Tour Followup
The photos below are just a small
sample of the sights seen this summer by a group of Collinsville youth
who had the priviledge of visiting the homeland of their Cherokee ancestors.
(Link to previous
coverage). Davie Henry attended the Aug. 9th VCO meeting and noted
that the youth on the tour learned much more than what is taught here
in the textbooks which cover mainly the "Trail Of Tears" aspect
of Cherokee history. Davie said he learned they were a well educated
people with a republican government and they never lived in tepees.
He said he also learned that Cherokee was a Creek word meaning "people
that lived in mounds". Henry also said he and the other youth took
dirt from Collinsville that was used in a "touching ceremony"
at one of the mounds in the Cherokee homeland.
Tour Photos by Alice Wilder