Cherokee CRC building new dorms at Riverside Indian School

By Whitney Pancoast
on November 25, 2013

Last year, Cherokee CRC was awarded a contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the construction of two dormitories at Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Okla. With nearly 800 students enrolled in grades 4 through 12, Riverside is the largest and oldest off-reservation BIA boarding school in the United States and has more than 100 tribes represented in the study body.


Unexpected lessons

By Leanna Reeder
on November 15, 2013

Sometimes life’s best lessons come from the most unexpected of teachers. A recent opportunity to attend the Oklahoma School for the Blind’s annual Cane Quest Challenge reminded me that even we adults could stand to learn a thing or two.


Squashing Preconceived Notions

By LeeAnn Dreadfulwater
on November 14, 2013

Who doesn’t love the Indian summer days of October and November? We’ve been enjoying a glorious autumn here in the Cherokee Nation with crisp mornings, warm afternoons and a riot of colors at every turn. Like our ancestors, we know that this gift doesn’t last long and heralds change.


Completing College with Experience

By Kristy Sturgill
on November 11, 2013

Completing a bachelor’s degree can occasionally feel like a four-year-long to-do list of classes and coursework. If everything is completed, a piece of paper is awarded that qualifies students for job opportunities. After graduation the hunt for the perfect job begins, which can at times be a brutal, cutthroat experience. In some markets competition is fierce, and that little piece of paper that years were dedicated to is no longer sufficient enough to stand out from the many other applicants fighting for the same position. Now it is important to note on applications and resumes club involvement, volunteer hours and references, all of which point to experience. It is no secret employers prefer someone with experience, because common sense tells us that someone with experience holds less risk. For this reason, every student has one unavoidable and important class to mark off his or her degree plan to-do list: internship.


Boo-B-Q, where the zebras run wild

By Jason Dobson
on November 4, 2013

My interest in zebras has never amounted to much more than a passing fancy best satiated by occasional trips to the zoo or chance encounters with Madagascar while channel surfing. I certainly don’t hold a grudge against these barcodes of the Serengeti, but they’ve just never held the wow factor for me that, say, a giraffe or lion demands. They’re horses with stripes. Amusing, but that’s where my interest fades.