Collinsville, Oklahoma
May 28, 2012
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Chickens In Your Backyard? /
Brinkley Senate Review

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Smithsonian Exhibit Preparation
Mrs. Young’s Second Grade Class helping decorate placemats for the Smithsonian Exhibit, Key Ingredients: America by Food. All ages of students in Collinsville are decorating placemats for the exhibit. We will use the 500 placemats in windows of local businesses to advertise the Exhibit.

If you get a chance to join us on June 16 it will be a great day. We have exhibits related to food, farm animals, outsides cooking and more from 4:00-7:00pm. The festive Ribbon Cutting will take place at 7:00pm and a street dance with added entertainment from 7:30-9:00.

For more information call Collinsville Library, 918 549-7528 -- Susan Babbitt (5/14/2012)
Raising Chickens in Your Backyard
Collinsville Library, 1223 W. Main
Thursday, June 7, 2012 7:00-9:00pm.
Collinsville Library Hosts The Smithsonian --
Carissa Pankey has all types of tips for raising chickens including common diseases, proper nutrition, space needed, and how to raise baby chicks to full grown adults. In Collinsville you are allowed to keep hens within the city limits as long as they are not a nuisance to your neighbors. Roosters are not allowed within the city limits. They crow you know and not just once a day! Just ask my rooster, Betty! He never stops!
-- Susan Babbitt (5/12/2012)
Cherokee Nation Announces 2012 Remember the Removal Riders

May 7, 2012

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation has selected 10 representatives who will be joined by eight riders from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians this summer on the 2012 Remember the Removal Ride, a more than 900-mile bicycle trek retracing the tribe’s infamous Trail of Tears.

“The Remember the Removal project is a great experience for all who participate,” said Baron O’Field, Remember the Removal Ride organizer and three-time participant. “It’s an awesome way to learn about the history of the Cherokee people and see beautiful country along the way. It’s also a very physically and mentally challenging project.”

An initial Remember the Removal ride took place in 1984 when 20 Cherokee students rode the same route in commemoration of the forced Cherokee removal from the tribe’s original homelands in the southeast to what is now Oklahoma. The ride was revived in 2009 and has become an annual event aimed at educating youth about the Trail of Tears while teaching them leadership skills.

The riders start by driving to Georgia to an area in the original Cherokee homelands. From there the bike ride ends approximately 20 days and nearly 900 miles later back in Tahlequah. As weather and terrain permits, the group will camp along the route some nights, while other nights will be spent in commercial lodging. Each day riders will cover from 35 to 75 miles, rain or shine, across a challenging terrain.

“Many of the participants in the past have learned that they are tougher than they think they are and learned to help and rely on their teammates,” said O’Field. “When they finish the project, all of them will share a bond that they will never forget.”

The Cherokee Nation’s Trail of Tears took place over the winter months of 1838-1839, the result of an order from then-President Andrew Jackson. An estimated 16,000 Cherokees were forced by U.S. militia to immediately remove themselves and their families from their homes, farms and communities. After being held in federal stockades until deep winter, they were subsequently herded like cattle on overland and water routes through territories that are the present-day states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas. The Remember the Removal Ride accurately retraces the northern route of the Trail of Tears through those areas as documented by Rev. Daniel S. Butrick, a Baptist missionary, and others who survived the journey.

More than four thousand Cherokees died along the various routes from the harsh conditions of the crossing. Ride organizers hope to promote awareness of these significant events as the Cherokee riders travel the trail's path. Other goals include helping educate Cherokee students about their tribe’s history and promoting the achievements of the modern Cherokee Nation to those now living along this historic route. Riders competed for the honor of taking part in the event by submitting a detailed application that included biographical information and essays to demonstrate each person’s interest and commitment to the project. Cherokee Nation riders, who are all tribal citizens, receive a professional genealogy report that helps connect them to ancestors who were part of the removal in the 1830s. Along the way, stops will be made at sites of historic and cultural interest, with guest speakers on hand to provide context and answer questions.

Cherokee Nation’s 2012 Remember the Removal riders are: Eric Budder, 17, Echo King, 18, Clay Rudolph, 21, and Danielle Culp, 22, all of Claremore, Luke Phillips, 15, Seth Alsenay, 16, Megan Alsenay, 20, all of Keys, Nathalie Tomasik, 17, of Tahlequah, Keaton Sheets, 17, of Stilwell, and Elizabeth Cook, 18, of Texarkana, Ark.

Four Remember the Removal alumni will ride again this year, serving as chaperones and mentors to the new riders. They include Sarah Holcomb of Vian, Kurt Rogers of Tahlequah, Jerrad Dry of Fort Gibson and C.J. Alsenay of Keys. Other staff for the ride are O’Field, Justin Leatherwood, Taylor Alsenay and Cherokee Nation marshals Faron Pritchett and Ralph Travis.

Eight new riders from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will join the Oklahoma group at the ride’s start in Georgia, including EBCI Principal Chief Michell Hicks, Judy Castorena, Chi Sawyer, Jeremy Wilson, Carmen Johnson, Sky Littledave, Logan “Tatsi” Nelson and Jeremy Hyatt.

The group’s Facebook page can be found by searching “Remember the Removal Bike Ride” and a general website with a map and itinerary is available at A send-off ceremony will be held on Friday, June 1, at 9 a.m. in Tahlequah at the Cherokee Nation tribal complex.


-- Cara Cowan Watts (5/13/2012)
Senate Review by Sen. Rick Brinkley --
* Tragedy of methamphetamine addiction
* Choice for senior health care

The tragedy of methamphetamine addiction has taken a tremendous toll on our state, and its human cost is staggering. We witness it on an almost daily basis. Scarcely a day passes without a notice of meth-related crime in the news.

After months of planning and dozens of committee meetings and debate, the Legislature has approved a bill I authored with Rep. David Derby to combat meth manufacturing in Oklahoma. Our bills gives law enforcers powerful tools in the fight against meth, implementing real-time enhancements to Oklahoma’s electronic blocking system to ensure it is online with the 19 other states that use the technology to block unlawful sales of pseudoephedrine.

The bill targets meth manufacturers without limiting the access of law-abiding citizens to the safe and reliable non-prescription cold medicines they have always used. This past week, Gov. Fallin signed our legislation into law. I’m tremendously grateful for the support of my colleagues and the Governor as we work to address this pressing issue.

The Governor has also signed into law a very important measure to preserve access and choice in health care for Oklahoma seniors. Under House Bill 2566, assisted living centers will no longer be able to penalize residents for doing business with their local pharmacies. This new law will support the right of patients to choose their pharmacy of choice.

Please feel free to contact me at the state Capitol by calling (405) 521-5566 or by email at


Oklahoma State Senate District 34
Senator Rick Brinkley
Vice Chair, Finance
State Capitol: (405) 521-5566
-- Matt Glanville (5/14/2012)