The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Employment and Training Department is offering free GED classes for anyone in Tulsa, Okla. on Aug. 17, Aug. 18, Aug. 24, Aug. 25 and Aug. 31. Classes will be offered in Okmulgee, Okla. on Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 25 and Aug. 26.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Attorney General’s Office and the MCN Bar Association are taking donations to help supply and benefit Native American children placed in the Murrow Indian Children’s Home as a result of abuse or neglect. Donations can be taken to the Attorney General’s Office through the month of August.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation offices will be closed Friday, Aug. 14 to allow all employees an opportunity to participate in the Employee Appreciation Day.
Rotary District Governor Larry Long (left) and his wife Nancy (2nd from right), along with Assistant District Governor Rolf Hufnagel (far right) present Past President Blanche Evans a Service above Self Award. Also pictured is current President, Terry Dillsaver. Larry told the Club of a story of an impoverished young woman that came to Ponca City as a Rotary Exchange Student, learned English, went back home to teach English to earn money to go to college. Upon graduation, she worked herself up to a top position with Pfizer. At an awards ceremony, she gave the credit for her success to Ponca City, OK and Rotary. Larry hopes this story will inspire anyone involved with a service organization.
The Roy Leblanc Invitational Rodeo, held August 7-9, saw thousands of people disregarding triple digit temperatures to enjoy the 60th year of Rodeo fun. In addition to the rodeo itself, Okmulgee residents were treated to the annual parade that included trail riding clubs from across the nation, many of who competed in the rodeo games, which began at 8:00 p.m. nightly.
Results of the rodeo were announced as each competition was completed. In BareBack Riding, Carl Barnes of Tulsa placed first with Michael Ferring of Tulsa and Rodrick Hunt of Houston, Texas tying for second. In the Steer Wrestling competition, first place was tied between Casey Richards of Houston, Texas and Lloyd Goodman of Beaumont, Texas. Chase Crain, Muskogee, placed third, with Ben Goodman of Cheeks Texas in fourth, Tony Burton of Oklahoma City in fifth, and Bobby Harrison, also of Beaumont Texas, in sixth.
Calf Roping’s first place was given to Derrick Traylor of Houston Texas, second to Trey Goff of Tulsa, third to Glen Jackson of Pawnee, fourth went to Anthony Jordon of Tulsa, fifth to Troy Pierce of Tulsa, and sixth was to J Demery of Beggs, Ok.
In the Junior BreakAway Roping, Anthony Craig of Preston took home the nights first place honor, with Jarvis Demery of Beggs placing second. The Ladies Steer Undecorating competition saw Denise Tyus of Conway Arkansas take first place, Stephanie Haynes of Hempstead Texas placed second, Megan Byrd of Houston Texas placed third, and Renae Thierry of Oklahomy City placed fourth. Only one person placed in the Bull Riding competition, Ryan Roberts, who hails from right here in Okmulgee.
In Junior Barrel Racing, Autumn Perry of Tulsa placed first, Demin Goff of Stigler earned the second place slot, and Kendra Tyus of Conway Arkansas placed third. In Ladies Barrel Racing, first placed belonged to Corianna Burkhalter of Oklahoma City. In second place we had Betsy Bramwell of Stillwater, third is Kanesha Jackson of Hempstead Texas, fourth is Michelle Baccus of Tulsa, fifth was given to Destiny Foster of Tulsa, and Stephanie Haynes, from Hempstead Texas, placed sixth.
The Pony Express Champions title went to the County Boyz located out of Oklahoma City. Thanks again to the participants of the rodeo as well as all of those who came to show their support for the legacy that is the Roy LeBlanc Invitational Rodeo. Hope to see you all again next year!
Photo by Allen Gardner - ONN
“LONE MAN’S LAND” was produced and co-directed by Morris H. S. Graduate Ezra Gentle
and written and co-directed by Sand Springs resident Sheilah Bright
Okmulgee County has turned out another talented filmmaker in Ezra Gentle, who nurtured his filmmaking talent at Morris High School and polished it at the University of Oklahoma. His film, “LONE MAN’S LAND”, comes to the Orpheum in Okmulgee on Sunday, Aug. 16, at 2 pm. Admission is $5 for all seats. The film’s premiere showing was in Boise City, and it will have a 2-day run at the Circle Theatre in Tulsa ahead of its Okmulgee showing.
Sheilah Bright of Sand Springs wrote the story and co-directed the film with Ezra. A question and answer session will follow the showing.
The story takes place in the community of Kenton in the Panhandle, which was once called “No Man’s Land”. The little community of ranchers has a population of 20 and is so far west that it operates on Mountain Standard Time. Only the strong have survived in the Panhandle, and now their cowboy way of life is under attack from cattle corporations.
Ezra’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lewis, are residents of Okmulgee.
The University of Arkansas School of Law Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative has joined with the Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, the Wallace Center at Winrock International (Washington DC), Morse Marketing Connections (MMC), and the Choctaw Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation along with Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative to offer an important “bootcamp” workshop for southern eastern Oklahoma August 13 in the Student Center Conference Room at The College of The Muscogee Nation, 2170 Raven Circle Okmulgee, Ok.
You will hear the latest on food safety regulations and GAP certification, crop insurance and risk management tools, and will be given hands-on experience in what are called “one page” financial, risk assessment and business plan tools. We will also provide information on new markets in the region and how your operation can participate in food hubs that are growing in number across the country as a way to link small, beginning, mid-sized, remote and new producers and their operations into new markets.
The in-person workshop will begin at 12:00 pm with light refreshments and conclude by 5 pm. The workshop will cover the following information:
- “One Page” Financials
- “One Page” Business Planning
- “One Page” Risk Assessment
- Food Safety Regulations Update and GAP Overview
- Risk Management and Crop Insurance Policy Updates
- Choctaw Nation Update on Promise Zone, Food and Agriculture Plans
- Muscogee Creek Nation Update on Food and Agriculture Plans
- Food Hubs & Other New Markets
- New and Old Legal Issues Facing Producers
In addition to the in-person workshops, a “One Page Cost Benefit Analysis Tool” webinar workshop will also be offered. It will be at least one hour long and will be on Thursday, Aug 20. The webinar requires registration to participate. Please use the link below to register:
This workshop is sponsored through the support of the USDA Risk Management Agency and each of the participating sponsors.
Thank you to the Choctaw Nation for their generous support at each of our locations. Thank you to the Muscogee Creek Nation for their generous support at our final location. Please Attend and Tell Others Who Might Be Interested! See you there!
Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes.
Many may have noticed that the intersection of 8th Street and Wood Drive is getting a makeover. "For years I've heard complaints about the lack of flow at the intersection of 8th and Wood. This plan to expand began years ago and we tried, unsuccessfully, to create a solution that would please everyone," states Okmulgee Public Works Director Rick Miller.
A study of the intersection has been done by traffic engineers and Miller believes that, finally, a solution had been found. After coordinating with Oklahoma Department of Transportation to keep highway traffic moving at optimal speed with minimal hindrance, it has been decided that the East and West lanes of traffic will receive an expansion.
The lanes traveling east to west are currently 4 lane intersections with lanes designated for traffic that move either straight or into a right turn. The traffic is impaired by cars who wish to make a left turn either north or south. The new intersection will have three east bound lanes that will contain a designated left turn lane as well as the already established right turn lane and straight bound lane. The study done by ODOT shows that the changes will improve the flow of traffic in all directions.
In addition to the physical changes in the intersection, the traffic light sensors will be getting an upgrade in an ongoing effort to replace the original sensors placed in the ground with video monitoring sensors. These sensors will not only aid in the improved flow of traffic but will also withstand shifts in the ground or less than favorable weather conditions that had previously prevented the sensors from operating properly.
Completion of the project is slated for October.
The Mvskoke inspired mural painted by Creek artist and muralist Yatika Starr Fields is quite a site to see at night now in downtown Okmulgee. Lights have been installed and an information marker erected at the site.
The project was commissioned by the Muscogee Creek Nation located southwest of the MCN Council House in Okmulgee.
The project was a weeklong event that began on April 6 during OrangeFest. The mural depicts a combination of history of Okmulgee, Homage to Muscogee Culture and past artist of Muscogee Creek descent.
Tayler and Kyleigh Williams of Little Rock Arkansas enjoying the parade. - Photo by Laura Rosbrugh
The smell of Indian tacos and the sounds of music filled the square in downtown Okmulgee today as spectators lined up for the Roy LeBlanc Rodeo Parade. The parade attendants braved the Oklahoma sun, with temperatures in the triple digits.
The crowd was not disappointed as the parade began with two dance teams leading several of the riders from the invitational rodeo. Hundreds of horses, dressed in their best, from Oklahoma and across the United States pranced, played and dazzled the crowd.
Rodeo performances begin each night at 8:00 p.m. at the Bob Arington Rodeo Arena on Highway 75 in Okmulgee.
Photos by Laura Rosbrugh - ONN Reporter