Oklahoma Roses a tourist’s companion romance

The book, “Oklahoma Roses, a tourist’s companion romance”, a 350-page, Christian romance novel set in the present day, which takes place in Hominy and the surrounding area, is available for purchase at Cha’ Tullis Gallery on Main St. and The Frederick Drummond Home on Price Ave. in Hominy for $15.24 (tax included).

The book contains scenes in historic downtown Pawhuska at the Constantine Theater and Bad Brad’s Barbecue.

In Hominy scenes take place at The Drummond Home, the Mexican Restaurant in the Train Depot, the Cha’ Tullis Gallery, the Marland Station, Hominy City Council and Vintage Treasures. There are also many other scenes that take place throughout Osage and Washington Counties at spots locals love and tourists will enjoy.

The book is sold in Pawhuska at: Sister’s Attic, Krazy Kow, The Funky Pearl, and Hair Razors. The Osage County Historical Society Museum has signed copies for sale.

The book is sold in Bartlesville at Moxie on 2nd, Price Tower Gift Shop, and in Dewey at The Vintage Loft.

The book is also available for purchase on Kindle at Amazon’s website or by mail to Roseanne McKee, PO Box 1273, Pawhuska, OK 74056 for $18.57 with tax and shipping included.

Here is a sneak peak (chapter one):

Noelle Sanders, a willowy blonde with straight, shoulder-length hair and blue eyes, walked quickly to her car as the Oklahoma wind rustled autumn leaves at her feet. She drew her red scarf closer with one hand and searched in her coat pocket for her keys with the other.

It was a Wednesday and Noelle headed west to the convenience store for a late afternoon cappuccino to warm her up – a midweek treat.

She was just placing the lid on the takeout cup when she heard a voice behind her.

“Noelle, how are you?”

She whirled around and saw his handsome smile. She recognized him from her high school days. It was Taylor Nolan. All six feet of him in a business suit that couldn’t hide the muscles from hours at the gym. Noelle drew a breath of expensive cologne as he moved closer.

“Doing well. What brings you back to town? I heard you’d moved to Houston.”

“I did, but I just took a new position at Drent Oil and they wanted me to be here. It’s closer to family, so I’m good with that.”

“Well, congratulations,” Noelle said with a smile.

“We should get together. What’s your number?” Taylor asked as he readied his cell phone for the number as if it were a foregone conclusion that she’d agree.

Internally, she paused, but he didn’t notice.

She gave him her number.

“I’ll call you soon,” he said and touched her elbow.

Noelle made her way to the checkout as Taylor disappeared into another part of the store.

What had she just done? She was already interested in Grayson, the handsome, dark haired cowboy with green eyes, whom she had met recently. True, they had not yet gone out on their first date, but it was scheduled for Saturday.

She drove home on automatic pilot.

As Noelle turned onto her street, her mind shifted. What did she have in the fridge? She made a mental checklist: romaine, tomatoes, feta, olives. Greek salad with her homemade vinaigrette sounded perfect after a long day of serving customers at the credit union.

She  laid down her purse, keys and cappuccino on the foyer table, slid off her coat and scarf, hung them on one of the rows of wooden pegs along the foyer wall and headed to the living room where she lit the fireplace. She loved the high stone fireplace exterior and rough-cut wood mantel. This fireplace was something she loved about the house she had inherited from her grandmother.

She knew it was early in the season to be using the fireplace, but she hadn’t adjusted to the sudden temperature change that was typical of Oklahoma weather on the open plains.

After warming up, she returned to the foyer for her cappuccino, which she finished as she thought about the events of the day. Her contemplation was interrupted by a text from her Aunt Julie asking if they were still on for lunch on Saturday. She texted back that they were, and that noon would be fine.

She turned her attention to making the Greek salad. The salad was soon ready, and she sat at the wooden kitchen table, said grace and began pouring her delicious, home-made red wine vinaigrette on the salad. Still her favorite, the secret ingredient was a spoonful of spicy horseradish mustard.

After putting the dishes in the dishwasher, Noelle studied the kitchen calendar, which held all of her appointments. Her date with Grayson was handwritten on the calendar for Saturday night at 7 p.m. They were to meet at a local downtown restaurant, Frank & Lola’s.

Should she tell him about Taylor? If Taylor didn’t call, she wouldn’t need to… but what if he did call. Noelle had never dated two men at once. How would that work, she wondered?

Just a friendly date — what’s wrong with dating both of them? She didn’t have an easy answer.

The house was warmer, so Noelle turned off the fireplace and headed to the bedroom where she changed into workout clothes, got out her exercise mat and started the VCR. After her strength and stretching work-out, she always felt revived.

Time for some herbal tea and a few chapters of the novel she was reading. Old fashioned, she preferred reading from an actual book rather than an electronic device.

After a couple of hours, she took a shower, got into her cornflower cotton pajamas and drifted easily to sleep in her antique cherry sleigh bed under the patchwork quilt made by her late grandmother Ruth.

The next morning on her way to work, Noelle found herself thinking of Grayson Whelan, the handsome cowboy who she had met recently at the annual Cow thieves and Outlaws Reunion dinner at the estate of the deceased oil tycoon, Frank Phillips, who was largely responsible for putting Bartlesville on the map. The estate, just outside of the city, named Woolaroc, had become a museum and wildlife preserve. Each fall since 1927, Woolaroc had hosted a party on the shores of Clyde Lake for cowboys, socialites, thieves, bankers, and lawmen.

Noelle was a loan officer at the local credit union and so she was lucky enough to be offered one of the coveted tickets to the event. Grayson introduced himself during the cocktail hour and they soon struck up a conversation.

What she learned was that he was the owner of Whelan Ranch near the city of Hominy in Osage County. Grayson had been educated at Delaware Valley University in Pennsylvania and had earned a B.A. in History.

“You didn’t study ranch management or agriculture?” Noelle asked.

“No, my dad taught me that and I’d always wanted to study world history,” Grayson explained. “I figured I’d settle here, but I wanted a bigger world view, you know? I try to save up and go somewhere I haven’t been about every other year.”

“Where have you been?”

“Well, my family is part Irish, so I started with Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. We’re also Native American and that’s why I decided to go to Pennsylvania to college. That’s where my mom’s tribe, which is Lenape or Delaware, is from. The Delaware lived in the region that is now the Delaware Valley in Pennsylvania and in the state of Delaware before they were forced out and settled in Oklahoma.”

“That is really interesting. It’s meaningful to know your ancestry, isn’t it?”

“Definitely. Have you traveled?”

“No, my family used their extra money to send me to college, and didn’t travel until they moved to Vail, Colorado, because of my mom’s allergies.”

“Where would you go if you could?” he asked.

Noelle thought for a moment and said, “I think the Scandinavian countries would be interesting to visit, Norway, Sweden.” She paused, “I’m of Norwegian descent, so it would be fun to see where my ancestors came from. Like you did.”

“That makes sense. Travelling to those places definitely added a new dimension to my life,” Grayson replied looking across the evening landscape as if he were picturing Ireland.

A band started and Grayson asked, “Would you like to dance?”

“As long as you understand that I’m not that good at two-stepping, sure,” Noelle said, feeling bold.

Grayson took her hand and led her to the outdoor dance floor. Soon they were laughing and two-stepping to the fiddle of a local country band.

“You’re better than you think,” Grayson whispered to her.

Noelle smiled to herself remembering the moment.

It had been a good first meeting and she had said, yes, without hesitation when he had asked if they could go out sometime.

With Grayson in the picture, it really didn’t make sense to go out with Taylor. But, in her many discussions with Aunt Julie, she had always been advised to play the field before making a decision. So, she reasoned that it only made sense to get to know both men better before limiting herself to just one of them.

16th Annual Battle of the Plains Powwow

By Roseanne McKee

Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

DEWEY — The 16th annual Battle of the Plains was held at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Jan. 19. Programs compete for best dancer bragging rights at the all-youth powwow. Photos from the event are at the end of this article.

The powwow is co-sponsored by Operation Eagle, a program for Native American youth, and the Royal Valley Boys & Girls Club of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, from Mayetta, Kan. Royal Valley was not able to attend this year due to the weather.

Some of the other programs competing were Johnson-O’Malley in Osage County and Indian Intertribal Club of Tulsa, which is known by the acronym IICOT.

The head singer was Geramey Cable; head man was Kwowee Potts; head lady was Jewell McDonald, the master of ceremonies was Kilan Jacobs, the arena director was Dude Blalock and the coordinators were Dennis LittleAxe and Anita Evans.
Before the powwow began, several of those involved spoke to the EE about the event and Operation Eagle.

At other powwows, the youth dancers are grouped into juniors, age 6 to 12. At this powwow ages are broken down into smaller age groups, said Quannah LittleAxe, an adviser and one of the dance instructors.

“I teach the girls [to dance],” LittleAxe said. “We meet monthly for about an hour to practice during the academic year.”

“This is a dance that’s just geared solely on the children for them to get together, meet new people, have a good time and dance,” LittleAxe said.

Each youth receives a participation ribbon and then points are accrued by each dancer in each category. Winners in each category receive ribbons. At the end of the day, the program whose students have amassed the most points, wins the Battle of the Plains Powwow.

Other activities at Operation Eagle are crafts, regalia making classes and educational field trips, LittleAxe said.

“Our students and their families identify as Native American/indigenous, President of the Operation Eagle Parents Jessie Haase said.

Every year there is an Operation Eagle Princess and this year it is her daughter, Kele Haase. There are responsibilities for the role, including greeting people at events and being introduced at powwows. At every powwow the princesses sign in so they can be recognized. At Saturday’s powwow, three other 2018-19 princesses were in attendance — Delaware Powwow Princess Skye Scimeca, Delaware War Mothers Princess Hailey Griffith and IICOT Princess Alexis Madden.
“We have upwards of 1,000 carded students in Bartlesville Public School system and so they probably are from tribes from all over the country. I can name several kids who belong to five different tribes so I think we have a pretty good representation in this one little group,” Haase said.

According to its website, Operation Eagle Indian Education Program oversees two federal programs for American Indian/Alaska Native students in the Bartlesville Public School system. Johnson O’Malley is funded through the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and provides services for students who have a CDIB
card or tribal membership card from any federally-recognized tribe. Title VII services are available to students who have a 506 (Indian Eligiblity) form on file with the Indian Education Office of Bartlesville Public Schools, and have a parent or grandparent who has a CDIB or is a member of a federally-recognized tribe.

The powwow began with a grand entry in which all of the dancers entered the dance area single file.

After Grand Entry, there was a memorial song during which all the dancers stood in place in the circular dance area around the drum and singers in the center and did not dance.

This was followed by a song in which the boys danced in a circle around the drum and singers while the girls formed an outer circle moving more slowly.
Then the competition began with tiny tots dancing first — some with their parents and some took the courageous step of dancing on their own.

Haase said she enjoys seeing the different generations of participants as the youth grow up and have children of their own in Operation Eagle.
The next event sponsored by Operation Eagle is a powwow in April at the Washington County Fairgrounds on a date to be announced.

“That is open to everyone, but it is sponsored by Operation Eagle. That is more of a traditional dance. We will crown our princess. We will have gourd dancing,” Haase said. “We will have a children and adults contest and in that contest they will get a payout like they do at other powwows. If you win your category, you will get a cash prize.”

To learn more about Operation Eagle, call 918-337-0130 or visit its Facebook page called Operation Eagle Title VII Indian Education.


American Indian Style Show – Part I

By Roseanne McKee

Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise


Princess dress worn for tribal princess competitions. Margaret Bird is behind the model narrating the style show.

“There’s no museum in the world that has all the Indian clothes. I have 50. The collection is stored in Tulsa and is insured,” said Osage elder Margaret Bird as she prepared her models for a style show at the Community Center in Pawhuska for 20 Tulsa tourists.

“I’ve been working on these since I was a fifth-grader. … I used to dance. I always hung around the elderly people and they would tell me the real deal. … You don’t just do things about traditions without asking.”

As an adult Bird went to the elders of each tribe and asked for detailed information about their regalia and for permission to reconstruct and show them.
“I’ve had only one tribe that said I couldn’t show their clothes. They made me a dress, but I don’t ever show it.

At this style show 13 models wore tribal regalia as Bird narrated and answered questions.

Several male and female models wore Osage regalia and one wore a traditional Osage wedding coat. Additional details will be in next week’s column.

After the style show, the models were transported to Indian Camp for an Osage lunch of fry bread, corn soup, chicken and noodles.

In an interview at Wakon Iron, the community center building in Pawhuska Indian Camp, Bird said, “I really want to stress that I don’t think people should get things out of a book. They should ask permission.

Bird’s accuracy has given her credibility with the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

“The Smithsonian came to Caney, Kan., at my home and come to me to make Delaware clothes and they have them there [at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution].”

Although she is not Delaware because of her expertise, Bird was asked by the Delaware Tribe, also called Lenape, living in Canada to teach them how to construct their regalia.

There are three groups of Delaware, Bird said, concentrated in Anadarko, Bartlesville and Canada, Bird said.

“They’d been dressing like other tribes from up there, and they were Lenape. But, they didn’t know how to dress. So, they commissioned me to go up there to show them how to do the men’s clothes and the women’s clothes,” Bird said.
“I drove up there with my sewing machine and my ribbons and I taught them. … That whole gymnasium was full of Indians — men and women. Well, they all wanted to learn to sew their Indian clothes. We showed them a film of the Delaware down here. Then we got our materials. … We worked two to three weeks every evening. … People brought their sewing machines. We stayed on a bed and breakfast on the res. We taught them everything they needed to know.”

A year later the Delaware Chief invited her to attend their dances in Canada.
“I was amazed at that powwow. All those people had their Native clothes on. I was just shocked. I cried. In two years they wanted it so bad and I asked ‘how many years have you been dressing like these other tribes,’ and they said, ‘we didn’t know.’”

“I had a good mentor, Nora Thompson Dean. Her Indian name was Touching Leaf,” Bird said.

Upon retirement “I’d like to get someone younger to hand this off to,” she said.
To learn more about having a style show hosted by Margaret Bird, contact Danette Daniels, owner of The Water Bird Gallery in Pawhuska at 918-287-9129.

Part II and III of the style show will follow on Sundays Jan. 13 and 20.

Celebrating the next generation coming of age: a Delaware naming ceremony

Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

By: Roseanne McKee

Paula Pechonick invited me to attend her granddaughter’s naming ceremony May 25 at the Fred Fall-Leaf Memorial campgrounds near Caney, Kan.

Delaware elder, Dee Ketchum, conducted the naming ceremony of his niece, Anna Pechonick, who is 14.

“We’re going to smoke the pipe with Anna. She can have the name just for her or she can release it. We’re acknowledging Anna and giving her a new beginning to life. Anna’s gone through some tough times,” Dee Ketchum said with a catch in his voice. “I know what she’s going through.”

“She can be whatever she wants to be at this point. She’s strong enough that she’s going to make the best of her world,” Ketchum said.

Ketchum handed his niece a long tobacco pipe to smoke and directed her exhale in all four directions.

“We are acknowledging the directions of our ancestors,” Ketchum said. “East because our creator is coming from the East. South because of the warm southern breeze, West because of good music from the West and North is weather, which we hope we don’t get.”

The name he announced for her was: Shi’ki Wesao tawes, which means ‘pretty yellow flower’ in the Delaware language.

Ketchum directed Anna Pechonick: “When you get done, touch the ground and it will all be good.”

Then addressing the friends and family who had gathered to bear witness to this event, Ketchum said, “We’re going to smoke her off and have a healing, and so whoever wants to smoke her off can do so.”

Instructing the crowd, he said, “be sure you touch her heart, as I do.”

A small metal container with a fire in it stood on the ground between Ketchum and Anna.

Ketchum used an eagle feather fan to spread smoke around Anna. Periodically more cedar was added to keep the fire going.

When he had finished, Ketchum said, “now it’s your job to pass this on to your family and to the future … because it’s your generation that will be passing it on. Take this new beginning in your life and become the person you want to be … bless you. May God bless you and keep you and cause his face to shine upon you in Jesus name, amen.”

Ketchum then circled Anna in a clockwise direction and stood in a line with several others.

One-by-one family members and friends smoked off Anna with the eagle feather fan. As they did so, they offered her words of blessing and advise in hushed tones that only she could hear. Each person then circled Anna in a clockwise direction. If anyone started off in a different direction, they were quickly redirected to follow the clockwise path around Anna.

When the ceremony concluded, guests were invited to a late-afternoon meal of salad, fry bread, corn bread, corn soup with pork and red beans.

The covered camp area held prep and fry stations with cabinets, a refrigerator, and two picnic tables. Nearby was a hand-washing station, and an outdoor cooking area.

The weather was warm and sunny with a breeze. Paula Pechonick sat with me as I consumed two helpings of the delicious food and she spoke to me about her tribe’s traditions.

Pechonick, who served as Chief of the Delaware Tribe from 2010 to 2014, explained that the tribe was originally called Lenape.

“I love Lenape myself, but we’ve been called Delaware since we came from the east coast,” Pechonick said.

However, because the tribe lived in the Delaware Valley, in an area claimed by Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, the tribe began to be called the Delaware.

According to Pechonick, Delaware children are named twice.

“Traditionally, the grandmother names the babies when they’re born.… Then, when they get older, they get a grown-up name.

“Those being named wear regalia if they have it. Traditional Lenape clothing has ribbon work. Anna’s ribbon work has oak leaves, turtles and red, black and white, which are the traditional Lenape colors.”

She shifted the topic to the history of the camp. “I’m the last adult survivor of the original camp,” Pechonick said.

She explained that this camp had been established by the Anna Anderson Davis, her great aunt, who was the sister of Pechonick’s grandmother, Minnie Willitts.

Anna Anderson Davis had two girls and five boys.

“My granddaughter, Anna, was named after Anna Anderson Davis,” Pechonick said.

“We started the Pow-wow and Anna had her boys help. She liked an old brush arbor, but it rained so much that they later added a tin roof,” Pechonick explained. “In addition, there was retractable roof over the cooking fire in case of rain.”

Pointing to the outdoor cooking area, Pechonick said, “Anna’s sons built the cooking fireplace. Everything in the camp has a story.”

She continued: “a grate was later added to the fireplace. The camp has enlarged over the years.”

Pechonick said that the picnic table had young Anna’s grandparents’ initials carved in it on one of the corners.

“I think it’s real sweet,” Pechonick said with a smile.

After the ceremony, Anna, who is a rising ninth grader at Dewey High School, said she felt, “overjoyed” and “marvelous.”

Anna’s mother, Jenifer Pechonick, said she felt blessed and then added, “Anna comes from a long line of strong women and she is growing up to be a fine one.”

Paula Pechonick chimed in: “she’s stronger than the two of us put together.”

“In years past, it was traditional for the pow wow committee to give food rations to each camp, but they stopped this in 1988. When I was Delaware Chief, I decided revived the tradition, using my own money for food,” Paula Pechonick said. “We didn’t have notes for how to do it, so I just went to the grocery store and bought in bulk, providing things like: beef roast, potatoes, carrots, bread, oil and self-rising flour.

“My kids all pitched in and helped. They stayed up all night to divide it up. I just went to sleep and when I got up at 5 a.m., they were around the table working,” Pechonick said laughing.

Every evening after dinner during the Delaware Pow-wow everyone gathers at the arena to dance, and so the annual Delaware Powwow is not only a time for families to spend time together, but also for the tribe as a whole.

“Starting 25 – 30 years ago, they have traditional Lenape dancing on Thursday night, such as the ‘Go Get ‘Em’ woman’s dance and the stomp dance, which is danced last,” Paula Pechonick explained.

Just before this column was submitted, I learned from her mother, Jenifer Pechonick, that during the Delaware Pow-wow, Anna Pechonick was chosen to serve as the 2019 Delaware Pow-wow Princess.

“Since Anna was a little girl, she has aspired to be princess of the Delaware Pow-wow. She has worked hard to be chosen. We are so proud of her and she is most deserving. We are delighted and honored that the committee asked Anna to represent the Pow-wow in this way,” Jenifer Pechonick said.

To learn more about the Delaware Tribe, which is headquartered in Bartlesville, visit their website at https://delawaretribe.org.

Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club holds 65th Wild Onion Dinner Native American Academic Scholarship Fundraiser

By: Roseanne McKee

Carmen Ketcher, BIWC Wild Onion Dinner Entertainment Chair, who is Sac and Fox and Delaware, shows a plate of wild onions and eggs, ham, hominy, fry bread and a side of cobbler for dessert, served at the dinner. Photo by Roseanne McKee

The Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club (BIWC) held its 65th Wild Onion Dinner on Sat., March 11, at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Dewey, Okla. The inter-tribal group of ladies served wild onions and eggs, ham, hominy, beans, fry bread and cobbler for dessert to more than 150 guests.

Entertainment was provided by the Bartlesville Education Program’s Dance Outreach, which is a part of Operation Eagle, which seeks to preserve the culture of Native American students. The group of seven students danced at noon accompanied by singers and the traditional drum. Students ranging in age from six to 17 danced.

One purpose of the wild onion dinner is to raise funds for scholarships for Native American students. Students wishing to apply for the Roberta Sanders Memorial Scholarships may do so by submitting a letter of application by April 15 to the BIWC Scholarship Committee Chair with two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors or employers. Those reapplying must submit a form to the scholarship chair before the start of their fall and spring of their academic semesters. A year-end transcript is also required. Call Scholarship Committee Chair, Sharon Armstrong, who is Laguna Pueblo and Cherokee, at 918-335-2460 for the needed forms and mailing address.

Another purpose of the dinner is to preserve tribal traditions and continue to bring awareness of Indian heritage, said Club President Sandra Jamison, who is Osage and Seneca-Cayuga.

Wild onion dinners are a Native American tradition celebrating the arrival of spring and with it – edible plant growth. After the winter season, “the first greens that came up were wild onions,” explained member Carmen Ketcher, who is Sac and Fox and Delaware. “You’ve probably got onions in your back yard. The way that you can tell that you’ve got the right one is that if it smells and tastes like an onion, it is an onion. The other one with broad leaves is bitter … and it could make your stomach hurt.”

Sharon Armstrong, BIWC Wild Onion Dinner Chair and Scholarship Chair, who is Laguna Pueblo and Cherokee, cuts wild onions. Proceeds of the wild onion dinner fund academic scholarships for Native American students. Photo by Roseanne McKee

The onions used in the dinner are finer than a scallion and mild in taste. The onions are sourced and purchased from a local woman, who gathers, cleans and cuts them for the club.

Another delicious component of the dinner is Indian fry bread. Ketcher and Club Vice President Paula Pechonick, who is Delaware, explained the basics of fry-bread making.

“Fry bread needs to be light, full of holes and soft,” Ketcher explained. “These ladies here do a super, super job!”

“We use self-rising flour, two parts flour and one part water or milk, a little dash of sugar. If the water or milk is warm the bread rises a lot faster,” Pechonick said. Once mixed, the dough is placed in large stainless steel bowls, covered with a dish towel and allowed to rise.

Annette Ketchum, BIWC Publicity Chair, who is Delaware, makes fry bread at the Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club’s 65th Wild Onion Dinner. Photo by Roseanne McKee

After the bread rises, it is very gently rolled out.

“You have to get the thickness just right and then we’re cutting them out with a round mold,” Pechonick said.

“When you re-roll the dough, it gets tough. You don’t want a tough bread,” Ketcher said.

Describing the origins of fry bread, Ketcher said, “I don’t think it was an original Native American item. They used acorns or corn to make their bread and I think it’s after the white man introduced white flour that we began making fry bread.”

Ladies with CDIB cards or other tribal certification of membership in a federally recognized tribe, are invited to join the Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club by calling 918-336-8053. Leave name and message and you will be contacted.

The club meets on the second Thursday of the month, Sept. – May, at 11:30 a.m. at the Women’s Club Building located at 601 S. Shawnee Ave, which intersects with Adams Blvd. in Bartlesville. Drop-ins are welcome! Visit their Facebook page for upcoming events and photos.

Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club Installs new Officers

Press Release by Roseanne McKee on behalf of Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club

Bartlesville, Okla.

Courtesy Photo by Roseanne McKee. Bartlesville Indian Women's Club held its Installation of Officers luncheon at Montana Mike's on May 14. The club members shown are: back row (L-R):  Rose Carrier, Geraldine Wright, Sharon Armstrong, Sandra Jamison, Paula Pechonick, Annette Ketchum and Mary Kirk; second row (L-R):  Jenny  Hague, Missy Miller, Connie Edwards and Carmen Ketcher; front row:  Joy White.

Courtesy Photo by Roseanne McKee. Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club held its Installation of Officers luncheon at Montana Mike’s on May 14. The club members shown are: back row (L-R): Rose Carrier, Geraldine Wright, Sharon Armstrong, Sandra Jamison, Paula Pechonick, Annette Ketchum and Mary Kirk; second row (L-R): Jenny Hague, Missy Miller, Connie Edwards and Carmen Ketcher; front row: Joy White.

On May 14, 2016, the Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club, the second oldest Indian women’s club in Oklahoma, held its installation of officers’ luncheon at Montana Mike’s. Carmen Ketcher, who has just completed a two-year term as club president, announced the newly elected Indian Women’s Club officers and committee chairs.

The new President is Sandra Jamison, who is Osage and Seneca-Cayuga. The First Vice President is Liz Nelson, who is Kickapoo; the Second Vice President is Paula Pechonick, former Chief of the Delaware Tribe; the Secretary is Mary Kirk, who is Delaware and Cherokee; the Treasurer is Connie Edwards, who is Potawatomi and Cherokee; and Historian is Jenifer Pechonick, who is Delaware.

Ketcher announced standing committee chairs: Annette Ketchum, Publicity Chair, Rose Carrier, Patriotism Chair, Sharon Armstrong, Auditing Chair, Joanne Littleaxe, Cultural Preservation Chair, Sharon Armstrong, Roberta Sanders Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee Chair. Members of this scholarship fund committee are: Phyllis Walker, Connie Edwards, Sharon Fouts and Carmen Ketcher.

Also, the following Style Show Committee members were announced: Joanne Littleaxe, Annette Ketchum, Carmen Ketcher and Cyndee Fuller, and style show advisors: Gerry Wright and Dee Theis.

After these announcements, each club member was given a candle. Ketcher lit her candle first and then shared her candle’s flame with Sandra Jamison. This process continued until all of the candles were lit.

Then Ketcher told Jamison: “We’re all different tribes, we’re different people but we’re all united under you. Good luck — two years of fun and good times!”

The luncheon was attended by several women who had been members for 30 or more years. Geraldine Wright, who is Kickapoo, has been a member for 58 years and Jenny Hague, who is Delaware and Cherokee, has been a member for 50 years. Joy White, who is Pawnee, estimates she has been a member for 45 years. Sisters, Paula Pechonick and Annette Ketchum, have been members for 32 years.

Founded in May 1935, membership in Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club is an opportunity for women from every tribe to come together to share their culture. One of the objectives of the club is to raise money for a college scholarship program to assist Native American students. This luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate all of the hard work the club does throughout the year.

“Some people may think it’s just a cultural club, but really it’s a service/cultural club,” Publicity Chairman Annette Ketchum said.

Treasurer Connie Edwards, a member for 25 years, who is Potawatomi and Cherokee, said, “the [educational] scholarships are awarded at $500 – $800 per year for four consecutive years. Students fill out a renewal form each year to continue the scholarship. On the renewal application, we require a passing grade and at least 15 college hours per semester. Right now we have 16 on scholarship, some of whom will graduate this year.”

To raise funds for their service projects, the club holds several fundraisers annually.

First, the sixty-fifth Wild Onion fundraiser dinner will be held in the spring at a location to be decided and date to be advertised.

Second, the club holds an Indian Taco Fundraiser at SunFest in Bartlesville, which requires a three-day commitment from club members.

Each year the Indian Women’s Club provides a meal at the Washington County Free Fair, which is held in September at the Dewey Fairgrounds.

The club also offers two types of style shows to groups for a fee. The style shows not only raise funds for service projects, the shows are ways of preserving tribal traditions, promoting continued growth, and awareness of Indian heritage, which are among the club’s written goals.

Outgoing President, Carmen Ketcher announced that this year the club will have a style show in early August for the Marine Corps Convention in Tulsa at the Osage Nation Casino.

“The club also offers a shorter format style show lasting 30 minutes. At this type of style show the models describe their clothing. This is a high-energy, fun show, mostly for bus tours and locals,” Ketcher said.

To book a style show for your group or event, contact the Indian Women’s Club Style Show Chairman Joanne Littleaxe at 918-336-3498.

The club also uses fundraiser proceeds to make contributions to various historical groups and community projects.

Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club membership dues are $20 annually and a CDIB card is required.

The club meets the second Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. The club does not have meetings during the summer. The club shares the building with several other clubs in Bartlesville known as the Women’s Club Building, located at 601 Shawnee Ave. in Bartlesville. Anyone needing a meeting place can call 918-335-1361 for rental of the building or other information.

To learn more about joining the Indian Women’s Club, contact Club President Sandra Jamison at 505-264-5411.

Delaware Tribe Hosts Housing/Loan Seminar — All Tribes Welcome!

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Delaware Tribe will host a Housing/Loan Seminar at the Delaware Tribal Complex, 170 NE Barbara, Bartlesville, Okla., in Forsythe Hall at the Community Center at 6 p.m.

The seminar, presented by Legacy Tribal Consultants, will provide details of the Section 184 Native American Home Loan program. This event is free and open to the public. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The Section 184 loan program offers competitive, low mortgage interest rates for: home purchase, refinance, rehab or construction including double-wide and modular homes — and loans are not limited to property on tribal lands.

Approved borrowers must be members of a federally recognized tribe with photo I.D. and tribal registration card.

Unlike traditional loan programs which are credit-score driven, Section 184 loans do not require a particular credit score. Instead, borrowers must demonstrate a pattern of good rental or mortgage history for the past two years, have all credit collections, judgments and tax liens paid, and have two years of work history in the same line of work and/or school enrollment.

Approved borrowers must be currently employed with verified income and those with past credit problems must provide written explanations of derogatory credit.

The loan program, guaranteed by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has lower down-payment requirements than traditional loan programs. The Section 184 loan program offers borrower down payments of only 2.25% for mortgages over $50,000 and just 1.25% for mortgages under $50,000.

In addition, the source of down payment funds may be: borrower’s own funds, gift funds, secured loan funds or tribal down payment assistance.

Another attractive feature of the Section 184 loan program is that in purchase scenarios, contracts may specify that sellers pay prepaid fees, such as taxes and insurance, and other costs at the home closing. For more information, call the Delaware Tribe of Indians at 918-337-6590.

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