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Gov. Anoatubby congratulates graduates at Native American ceremony

Governor Bill Anoatubby of The Chickasaw Nation congratulates students and their families Wednesday at the Native American Graduation Ceremony and Reception.

Governor Bill Anoatubby of The Chickasaw Nation congratulates students and their families Wednesday at the Native American Graduation Ceremony and Reception.

DURANT, Okla. – Governor Bill Anoatubby of The Chickasaw Nation offered inspiring remarks while congratulating graduates and their families Wednesday as guest speaker at the Native American Graduation Ceremony & Reception, an annual event held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Also on the program were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Native American Institute director Lauren Rowland, and School of Choctaw Language instructor Chantelle Standefer.

The Native American graduates (undergraduate and graduate) were honored and presented the traditional stole at the event, which was held in the

Fine Arts Recital Hall. A reception followed in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Following are the graduates honored, listed by permanent hometown:

Bachelor’s Degrees


Ada: Duty, Emily Grace; Walkup, Trenton Blake

The graduates gather for a group photo at Wednesday’s Native American Graduation and Reception.

The graduates gather for a group photo at Wednesday’s Native American Graduation and Reception.

Antlers: House, Harlan Dale; Spurlock, Sydney Morgan; Taylor, Lisa Ann

Ardmore: Gillespie, Amber Ray; Gravitt, Shelly Renea

Atoka: Johnston, Brianna Nicole; Klaver, Crystal A; Stiles, Brandon Wayne

Barnsdall: Rasberry, Kasidy Dawn

Battiest: Noah, Michael Damian

Bennington: Percell, Abby Danielle

Bixby: Sharp, Patrick Wayne

Blanco: Williams, Amanda Lynn

Bokchito: McCann, Amos Tanner

Boswell: Dill, Misty Dawn

Broken Bow: Batchelor, Cindy Rae; Harris, Steven Paul Gene; Martin, Jake Micheal; Virgin, Skylre Boni

Burneyville: Self, Ailey Brietta

Caddo: Ringle, Joshua Blake

Calera: Patton, Noah Joy; Rogers, Riggin Russell

Caney: Foskey, Amelia Jo

Cartwright: Robinson, Jared Heath

Colbert: Nuncio, Joshua Shane; Poteet, Maddison Jade; Whitehead, Payton Sawyer

Coleman: Daniel, Jessica Taylor

Crowder: Cook, Kaitlan Paige

Davis: Hudson, Michael Cort

Duncan: Barrick, Taylor Denise

Durant: Clayton, Jessica A; Dosh, Caitlin Reanne; Elliott, Isaac Parker; Green, Kaley Michel; Joines, Austin Roger; Maxwell, Matthew Blane; Peterson, Wade Haskell; Thomas, Paige Nikole; Wilcox, Brandon Ray

Eufaula: Paden, Nehemiah Forrest

Farris: Winters, Krista Ann

Fort Towson: Byrd, Caitlyn L; Mahaffey, Joshua Lynn

Fox: Eaves, Ethen James

Hartshorne: Baughman, Ramie KaraLynn; Pingleton, Dylan Vaughn

Hendrix: Stanglin, Madison Layne

Holdenville: Camp, Jesse Rudolph

Hugo: Bigfeather, Cindy Renee; Cooke, Spencer Dwayne; Finch, Ashlyn Brooke; Self, Peyton Nicole; Simpson, Sarah LeeAnn; Smith, Tiffany Kay; Wilson, Lindsey Michelle

Idabel: Cobb, Patrick Wade

Keota: Quirk, Mary Elizabeth

Kiowa: Wills, Jadyn Nikole

Konawa: Khoury, Danielle Arlene

Lone Grove: Kennedy, Amy Elizabeth

Madill: Hartsfield, Makaylah Jordan

McAlester: Kirkland, Christopher Dale

Milburn: Rodenbaugh, Elaine Ruth

Moore: Davis, Cannon Price

Ponca City: Scott, Blake Austin

Poteau: Shelton, Tatum Nicole

Quinton: Nix, Kristina K

Rattan: Baze, Mark Duncan; Clay, Cade Michael

Red Oak: Mabry, Jenna B

Sawyer: Finley, Collin Walker

Soper: McKee, Tanner David

Spiro: Lester, Crystal Lynn

Stigler: Goff, Brittany Dawn

Stroud: Barrett, Jacy Ann

Tahlequah: Asbill, Rodney Wayne

Tishomingo: Kellner, Michael Allen; Ladd, Crockett P; Snowden, Carrie D

Tulsa: Tims, Latoya Cecelia

Valliant: Leffel, Colton K; Reynolds, Shelby Lynn

Vinita: Williams, Emily Dawn

Wright City: Tidmore, John Paden


Melbourne:  Palmer, Tyler DeWayne


Lone Jack:  Key, Jonathan David


Colleyville: Henderson, Shea Taylor

Crosby: Blackburn, Joshua Randall

Dallas: Jackson II, Bobby Ray

Denison: Anderson, Alysha Chantel; Black, Tara Lynn; Clark, Samantha Ray;  Reed, Zoe Nichole

McKinney: Teel, Jeffery Logan

Melissa: Webb, Katherine Grace

Paris: LeFlore, Ryan Michael

Pearland: Hickey, Suzanne Celise

Pittsburg: Smith, Tajawin JaCarrol

Rockwall: Apala, Darwin Gene

Savoy: Dunkle, Carly Dawn

Sherman: Arnold, Haleigh Lynne; Baker, Michael A; Thornhill, Alexis Kenna

Van Alstyne: Stevens, Kelsea Mckale

Graduate degrees


Ada: Poulin, Nicole Jayne

Chelsea: Cagle, Kari Lynn

Durant: Counce, Robin Elizabeth; Narcomey, Nicole R; Sullivan, Elizabeth Anne

Madill: Arterberry, Chandler Baylee

McAlester: Karr, Casten Wayne

Oklahoma City: Dunn, Gary D

Ponca City: Hubbard, Deeyll T

Tahlequah: Shankle, Bradley Wayne

Vian: Murphy, Logan Pierce

Yukon: Moore, Maria R


West Memphis:  Jenkins, Chris Allen


Flagstaff: Edd, Lisa A


Hesperia: Wallbaum, Mathew Allen

Palo Cedro: Fisher-Smith, Dawn Sheri


Kilgore: Payne, Dana Maree

Pilot Point: Evans, Haley Claire

Van Alstyne: Wiles, Tina M


Roanoke: Hines – Fa’atau, Taylor B


Southeastern celebrates Native November

Southeastern celebrates Native November

Press Release Date: 10-26-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Native November with events scheduled from Nov. 1 through Nov. 28.

Native November opens with guest speakers on Nov. 1 and includes a wide variety of events. This includes recognition of Native American Scholars and the first recipients of the Southeastern Choctaw Language and Culture minor at the final football game of the season on Nov. 5 when Southeastern will host Ouachita Baptist University.

Three guest speakers will highlight the opening day (Nov. 1) of the celebration.

Jim Parrish, Director of the School of Choctaw Language, historian Richard Adams, and singer Roger Scott will be the featured speakers.

Parrish will discuss the importance of the Choctaw Language Program, how the Program works with Southeastern to provide the courses needed, and why the Choctaw Nation needs Language Instructors.

Parrish earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southeastern and completed the Superintendent of Schools program in 1998. He retired in 2009 after 34 years of teaching and coaching in public schools, with the last 15 years in administration.

Parrish was named Director of the Choctaw Language Program in December 2009.

Adams, a historian for the Nation, will share information about the Choctaw tribe and events that have been significant to the tribe. He is a full-blood Choctaw and has been an employee of the tribe for the last 12 years.

Adams joined the U.S. Air Force in 1964 and retired in 1987. He performed Baptist Mission and Ministry work for 10 years and served on the Board of Directors of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma from 1991-95.

He began teaching the Choctaw Language in October 1997 as a volunteer in Poteau, Oklahoma, and was certified by the tribe to teach the language in July 1998. He began his employment with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in 1999.

Scott will sing traditional Choctaw songs in the Choctaw language and explain the significance of these songs as they relate to the Choctaw people.

Singing ties the language and history together and is a very vital part of the culture of the Choctaw people.

Native American Student Visitation Day is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. A welcome session will be followed by discussions on tribal aid, group activities and Native American orientation and services.

Other events include roundtable discussions of history and culture, Native movies hosted by Southeastern students, , stickball, Native storytelling, traditional dress fashion show, Choctaw social dancing, a tour of the Chickasaw Cultural Center, and an opportunity to meet Miss Indian Southeastern.

For more information on Native November and a complete listing of events, call 580-745-2376 or 745-2812 or visit

Chris Wesberry serves as Coordinator of the Native American Center for Student Success. Chantelle Standefer is the NAEIE Academic Advisor, Blaine Parnell is the Choctaw Peer Advisor, and Amy Gantt is the Chickasaw Retention Coordinator.

Choctaw Language Department Announces Teacher Education Scholarship

Choctaw Language Department Announces Teacher Education Scholarship

Press Release Date: 1-24-2011

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Language Department is making available a great opportunity for hard-working students. The Chahta Anumpa Teacher Eduation Scholarship provides a full scholarship to a dedicated and capable Choctaw individual who is interested in completing a Teacher Education program while working closely with the School of Choctaw Language. Upon certification, the student will become a Choctaw Language Teacher.

“We’re looking for students who have a CDIB, have an interest in teacher education and who wants to be a Choctaw Language teacher,” said Choctaw Language Director Jim Parrish. The School of Choctaw Language is looking for individuals who are committed in furthering their education as well as learning in depth about Choctaw language and culture. “Our purpose is to train people to become Choctaw Language teachers,” said Parrish. “We now offer 18 hours of Choctaw Language credit at Southeastern, so the appropriate training is available.”

The requirements for receiving the Chahta Anumpa Teacher Education Scholarship are as follows: the student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, maintain full-time student status, have a Choctaw CDIB, work part-time at the Language School, attend Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Okla., take 18 hours of Choctaw Language and take six hours of approved English courses.

“We would like for the student to already have some Choctaw language experience, whether learned at school or in the home,” explained Parrish. The course work for this scholarship must lead to a Bachelor’s Degree in Education within the awarded time, and participants will be selected by the Scholarship Committee. According to Parrish, “there is a process in choosing the candidate for this scholarship. We will make our choices then conduct interviews with the finalists.”

A detail of importance concerning this scholarship the Choctaw Language Department wants to remind applicants is “it’s not limited to incoming freshmen,” stressed Parrish. “All Choctaw educations majors working towards their teaching degree are encouraged to apply.”

This scholarship provided by the School of Choctaw Language includes full tuition paid which includes tuition, fees, books, a living stipend of $1,500 per month, tutoring, testing fees, relocation assistance stipend (if necessary) and lap-top computer and printer. After the recipient of this scholarship has gained his or her teaching certification from the State Department of Education, he or she must teach in the Choctaw Nation School of Choctaw Language for five consecutive years.

The purpose of working closely with the School of Choctaw Langauge is to “get a good idea about what’s involved in being a Choctaw Language teacher and working with the department every day,” said Parrish. “They will gain experience working firsthand with our teachers who are native Choctaw speakers, and they have the opportunity to learn a lot.”

The application and related information concerning the Chahta Anumpa Teacher Education Scholarship can be found on the Choctaw Language website at The scholarship will be awarded to one individual and will begin in the fall semester of 2011 at SOSU. The application deadline for the scholarship is March 1, 2011. If you have further questions, please call Jim Parrish, Language Director, at 1-800-522-6170, ex. 2250.