Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

September 17, 2013

Wickliffe delivers State of UKB Nation address

TAHLEQUAH — Amid troublesome developments in recent weeks, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma hosted its 63rd Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration at the tribal celebration grounds south of Tahlequah.

Held Friday and Saturday, the event featured arts and crafts, a stomp dance, turtle races, a cornstalk shoot, a stickball game and a parade through downtown.

“What I like about coming out to the holiday is being around other Natives and being able to celebrate our culture and our heritage,” said attendee Linda Sacks.

At midday Saturday, hundreds were present to take part in the festivities, but also, as several said, “to see what’s going on.”

“I am a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma,” Sacks said. “A function of events like this is to allow us to support each other, and that is another reason I’m here. I want to show my support for the UKB with everything that has happened recently.”

Dozens were present at the pavilion during the annual State of the Nation address, delivered by Chief George Wickliffe.

The celebration theme was “Weaving the Past into our Future,” and Wickliffe frequently referred to events in the tribe’s past during his address.

“We do not give up,” he said. “This recent decision is only about our casino. The rest of the government continues.”

Wickliffe said he believed the long legal struggle concerning the casino was not over.

“In my opinion, and the opinion of our lawyers, they are going to reverse this,” he said. “This is not the end. It continues.”

Pointing to other turbulent events in the history of the tribe, Wickliffe said the people of the UKB were always resilient.

“We will bounce back,” he said. “I’m believe that when we next have our celebration next year, it will be the biggest we have ever seen.”

During the address, Wickliffe also announced his intention to enter the University of Tulsa College of Law.

“I will begin at the [spring] semester,” he said to applause. “But this will not take away from my abilities as chief of the United Keetoowah Band.”

Ella Mae Worley, UKB treasurer, recently filed impeachment charges against Wickliffe, Assistant Chief Charles Locust and Secretary Joyce Fourkiller-Hawk.

The tribe also was forced to close its casino after failing to place the lot at 2540 S. Muskogee Ave. into federal trust.

-- srowley@tahlequahdailypress.com

Text Only
Local News
  • jn-WEB-truck-fire.jpg Up in flames

    Truck fire could impact city’s trash services

    Operations at Tahlequah’s solid waste transfer station will be impacted by the loss of a 2008 Freightliner destroyed by fire Wednesday night.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-gasoline.jpg Ethanol or regular gasoline? Dealers, mechanics disagree over what’s best

    Oklahoma is one of the few states with refineries producing pure gasoline and E10.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • NSU-fountain.jpg University heads in Oklahoma average $216,000 per year

    First in a three-part series about higher education compensation and how it compares with pay for rest of the state

    For years, area legislators, administrators of state agencies and state employees have been critical of cuts to programs and flat budgets. But while programs may be shaved and salaries for higher education professors may be stagnant, administrative costs seem to be exploding on many campuses.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • ishcomer-elizabeth.jpg Woman picked up for child endangerment

    A 41-year-old woman was released from jail this week after Tahlequah officers arrested her on child endangerment and drug charges.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • mcgregor-michael.jpg Two jailed after false 911 report made

    Two people were jailed Wednesday after a woman allegedly made a false report to 911 dispatchers.

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • TPS looking to fill several positions before school starts

    The Tahlequah I-35 Board of Education held a special meeting last night, to bring more certified personnel and support staff on board before school starts.

    August 1, 2014

  • svw-beagles-MAIN.jpg Going to the dogs

    Hounds at center stage for more than just Red Fern Festival

    Larry Blackman and Titus Blanket have always loved dogs, especially beagles. In their respective roles as president and vice president of the Cherokee County Beagle Club, they’ve turned that love into a passion.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • sanders-jeri.jpg Murder charge against mother of dead boy, 3, dismissed

    A first-degree murder charge has been dropped against a 37-year-old mother accused in the death of her 3-year-old son.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • supersalary.jpg Okla. superintendents paid comparatively well; teachers 46th lowest

    Administrators say they work year-round, have other duties

    As public education in Oklahoma continues to feel the pinch of a shrinking state budget, watchdog groups and district patrons across the state are asking whether superintendents are getting a disproportionate piece of the financial pie.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Boards keep city, county afloat

    City and county officials rely on a variety of boards to oversee diverse and complex issues, and many of their members work behind the scenes to keep the wheels of government oiled and turning.
    The city of Tahlequah currently has 10 boards and three trust authorities. Cherokee County has two county-specific boards.

    July 31, 2014


Do you think "blue laws" related to Sunday alcohol sales in Oklahoma should be relaxed? Choose the option that most closely reflects your opinion.

Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars, and liquor stores should be open.
Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars only; liquor stores should stay closed.
Liquor stores should be open Sundays, but drinks should not be served anywhere on Sundays.
The law should remain as it is now; liquor stores should be closed, and drinks should be served on Sundays according to county option.
No alcohol should be sold or served publicly on Sundays.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction