Collinsville, Oklahoma
November 25, 2014
Miscellaneous News
Cherokee Thanksgiving Thanks /
Polar Express Movie Dec. 5th /
3rd Turkey Winner /
Christmas Parade Theme /
Fire Chief To Chamber
Week 3 CDI Turkey Winners
WE HAVE OUR WINNERS FOR WEEK 3! Don't get discouraged though you'll have the opportunity to find another medallion next week. Read the Times Star next week as we REALLY step it up a notch for a brand new and last medallion hunt. Congratulations go out this week to sisters, Amber and Misty Collier of Collinsville for finding the medallion! C.D.I. Program Manager, Shelley Nachtigall was on hand to award the frozen turkey donated from JB's Market. -- Sherry Campbell (11/24/2014)
December 4th Chamber of Commerce Meeting
Monthly luncheon meeting at Collinsville Library Meeting Room --

Russell Young, City of Collinsville Fire Chief, will give a presentation about holiday fire safety.

Sidney Worrell with New Spin Media will give a presentation about a new Virtual Tour program being offered to local businesses through a partnership with the City of Collinsville and the Chamber of Commerce.

Lunch is available for $10 and begins serving at 11:45. The meeting begins promptly at noon.

Best regards,
Collinsville Chamber of Commerce (

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Press Release -- For Immediate Release

Collinsville, OK (November 24, 2014) – The Collinsville Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first Polar Express Movie Night on Friday, December 5, 2014. The film will be shown at 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm at Herron’s Crown Opry Theater at 1015 W Main St in Collinsville.

Admission prices are $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for kids 12 and under. Everyone is encouraged to wear their pajamas and be prepared for a memorable evening of special surprises and holiday fun.

Concessions items will be available for sale. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each show time. Plan on arriving early for best seating.

For more information, please contact Melissa Carlson at or 918.371.4703.

Contact: Melissa Carlson
Chamber Manager

by Cara Cowan Watts

Week of November 23, 2014

Thanks in Cherokee

By Cara Cowan Watts

Wa do (or Wado) is the English phonetic spelling of 'thank you' in Cherokee.

Although many people still have antiquated and inaccurate images of the American Thanksgiving with pilgrims and Natives gathered around a large dinner table, I know it is a traditional time of thanks for many of our Tribal Nations. Thanksgiving is truly an American holiday given to us by the First Nations and not pilgrims.

Rather than reflect on the genocide, slavery, theft and other atrocities actually associated with the historical events of the 1600s, my family and I set aside time for each other and give thanks for the past year as we plan for the next.

With the Cherokee Nation more than 300,000 Tribal citizens strong across the world and more than 8,000 government and business employees combined, we should have high employment, self-sufficient families and increased home ownership.

In other words, the Cherokee Nation, our partners, neighbors and families are blessed and should have much to be thankful for in 2014.

As I prepare for my much anticipated family time, I am thankful to have had the pleasure to have served you for three consecutive four-year terms on Tribal Council.

Since I took office in 2003, I have had the opportunity to serve the Tribe nationally on health research and funding, sovereignty, self-governance, water quality and water rights issues and much, much more for almost 12 years. I will always be thankful for the chance to serve our Nation and improve the Tribe and Indian Country through my personal work.

In the coming year, I know we have much work to do as a Tribe to improve the lives of our citizens and our communities.

As Cherokee, we are taught to be prayerful and thankful throughout the year. Prayer and thanks for humbling and bring me perspective to every situation.

My prayers for 2015 will be focused on a stronger Cherokee Nation.

WADO for giving me the opportunity to serve you!

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If you have questions, issues or concerns about the Cherokee Nation government, please email me at or write me at P.O. Box 2922, Claremore, OK 74018. A well written brief email will get your issue, request or concern addressed, efficiently and effectively.

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Cara Cowan Watts is an elected Tribal legislator within the Cherokee Nation for portions of Rogers and Tulsa Counties.

Cara Cowan Watts

Press Release -- For Immediate Release

Collinsville, OK (November 18, 2014) – The Collinsville Chamber of Commerce is busy preparing for the 2014 Collinsville Christmas Parade taking place on Saturday, December 13 at 11:00 am. This year’s parade, which is themed “Jingle All the Way,” will make its way down Main Street between 15th Street and 5th Street.

All entries must reflect the parade theme or display Christmas decorations. The top five parade entries will be entered into a drawing for a $100 cash prize. Participation fees are $10 for Chamber Members and Non-Profit Organizations and $20 for Non-Chamber Members.

For more information, please contact Melissa Carlson at or 918.371.4703.

Contact: Melissa Carlson
Chamber Manager