Cherokee Phoenix to virtually host Seven Feathers Awards


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09/13/2020 10:00 AM

This year’s Seven Feathers Awards are red metallic feathers by Cherokee artist Tommy Roe Mitchell of Cherokee Metal Art in Yukon. They are approximately a foot long and 3 inches wide. Each feather will be mounted on a cedar plank with a plaque displaying the recipient’s name and award category. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

TAHLEQUAH – Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cherokee Phoenix will host its second annual Seven Feathers Awards Gala virtually at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 on the Cherokee Phoenix Facebook page.

“After careful consideration, the Cherokee Phoenix has made the decision to host the 2020 Seven Feathers Awards Gala virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Executive Editor Tyler Thomas said. “We want to be sure that we are able to honor our awardees in a safe manner that does not put them, their family and friends and our staff at risk. We anticipate an eventful night and look forward to sharing our awardees story with you.”

In 2019, the Cherokee Phoenix selected its first class of award winners from nominated individuals who go above and beyond to make significant impacts in the areas of the Cherokee language, culture, community, service, education, health and business.

This year’s class consist of Tyler Fourkiller, of Stilwell, for business; Ellie Johnson, of Stilwell, for community; Julie Thornton-Brison, of Checotah, for culture; Joyce Rock, of Muskogee, for education; Joshua Hobgood, of Fredricksburg, Virginia, for health; David Crawler, of Marble City, for language; and Elizabeth Reeve, of Oklahoma City, for service.

This year’s awards are red metallic feathers by Cherokee artist Tommy Roe Mitchell of Cherokee Metal Art in Yukon. The feathers are approximately a foot long and 3 inches wide. Each feather will be mounted on a cedar plank with a plaque displaying the recipient’s name and award category.

Silent auction items will be posted on the Cherokee Phoenix Facebook page following the awards ceremony broadcast and will be available for bidding for one week. Individuals will be able to place bids on items by commenting on its photo within the Silent Auction photo album.

All proceeds go to the Cherokee Phoenix’s Elder/Veteran Subscription Fund, which provides free annual subscriptions to CN citizens who are 65 or older, as well as veterans and active military personnel.

For information about sponsoring the event, call Samantha Cochran at 918-207-3825 or email samantha-cochran@cherokee.org. For information about the auction or to donate, call Terris Howard at 918-453-5743 or email terris-howard@cherokee.org.


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