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recently organized Cherokee organization adopted a set of bylaws and a constitution
Tuesday night. The preamble of that document follows: "Under the guidance
of the Almighty God, we the members of the Victory Cherokee Organization, Inc.
of the Cherokee Nation, to preserve and enrich our tribal Culture, to promote
our common health, educational, social and economic well-being; to insure harmony
and responsibilities offered to us by and/or through the Creator, do hereby
associate ourselves together for the purpose of forming a community organization,
and for that purpose establish and adopt the following Constitution and By-Laws
of the Victory Cherokee Organization, Inc."
Guest speaker at the Jan.
11th Collinsville meeting was Myron Taylor, administrator of the Cherokee's
Bartlesville, Nowata and Vinita health clinics. Myron gave a brief overview
of services and on-going improvements planned at those clinics which serve
members of all Indian Tribes (not just Cherokees). He explained that the Nowata
Clinic would soon be able to mail prescription drugs directly to eligible
participants and x-ray capabilities would be added.
A van currently runs to/from the Cherokee facility at Sperry to the Nowata
Clinic. The potential for a van pickup in Collinsville was discussed now that
the Cherokee Nation has a facility here (the new housing office at 1323 W.
Broadway ... formerly the office of Home Town Real Estate). Questions ranged
from lack of dental coverage, limits to vision coverage at different clinics,
to comparisons with the Claremore Indian Clinic. It was noted that the Claremore
clinic was federally funded and was not controlled by the Cherokee Nation
as are the clinics discussed above.
Buel Anglen (District
8 Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilman) also addressed the Collinsville group.
Buel stated the Cherokee Nation had approved a total of $30,000 donation to
aid in Tsunami relief efforts. Anglen also answered questions about a questionaire
related to potential Cherokee election reform. The likelyhood of another Cherokee
History class this spring was discussed. Another set of Cherokee language
classes was also agreed to by the teachers from the previous classes. There
will likely be limits on class size this time and possible a split between
those just wishing to speak -vs- write the language.
Charles Tripp, president
of the Victory Cherokee Organization, indicated that future meetings would
be at an as yet determined location as the American Bank community room was
no longer available on the 2nd Tuesday which the group wanted to keep for
their meeting date. Tripp also indicated the group would be looking to purchase
property for a community room for general use by the organization. Tripp noted
that membership in the group was open to non-Cherokee Indians. Interested
non-Indians were also welcome at meetings.
14th update: VCO meetings will be held at Trinity Faith Church
(1107 W. Main).