DeLaune’s Corner: I am going to miss you all

DeLaune’s Corner: I am going to miss you all
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It is going to be weird leaving this department after 10 years. It has been an incredible ride with everyone here and with you, my readers.

Darren DeLaune/Reporter

It is not goodbye, it is hvtvm cehecvres

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — I am always told it is never ‘goodbye,’ it is ‘I will see you later.’ In the Mvskoke language, we say ‘Hvtvm Cehecvres.’

I agree with the saying. Saying goodbye sounds final and that is not the case for me. I want to see you later and that is why I say that. Even when I end phone calls, I will say ‘see ya.’

Why is the subject of my column on goodbye or I will see you later? It is because I am leaving Mvskoke Media. This will be my last column here.

It was tough saying that and it is tough writing this column. You all have stuck with me through a lot and for that I am thankful.

I have decided to set my sights north (well, north of the Mvskoke Media Department) as I have accepted another position with the Nation. I was told I would still write, but I get to do other things.

I am very happy about the writing. It is one thing I love a lot. Believe it or not, I enjoy the writer’s block I get from time to time because once I beat that, I feel accomplished.

It is going to be weird leaving this department after 10 years. It has been an incredible ride with everyone here and with you, my readers.

I was able to meet a lot of great people and some are my close friends to this day.

Because of you, the reader, I was able to have a column and share with not only MCN but all over the country.

With everyone’s help here, I was able to experience success with my columns and articles.

From winning awards with the Native American Journalist Association and the Society of Professional Journalism and being selected as a National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development ’40 Under 40.’

All this could not have been done without the readers.

I still remember some of the columns that I was able to share.

From small greetings, driving to sporting events, my daughter and what she considers the best day of her life, how a smile helps and my cat ‘Mittens,’ you were there.

Through my dancing and boxing (not at the same time), seeing heroes do everyday things to finding out if they shed tears, you were there.

Any subject that I saw, I would write about it and was very happy that you enjoyed them.

Why is it time for me to leave? I think it is time for a new season and a new adventure. I want to explore and face new challenges.

I hope through all my columns, the little advice I gave was able to help the readers in some way.

I usually left quotes for you all in my columns and I don’t think this column would be complete without them. Here is the first one.

It is from author Susan Gale.

‘Beautiful memories are like old friends. They may not always be on your mind, but they are forever in your heart.’

I am glad I get to share these memories of working here and working for you.

My second quote is from my daughter when she was about five-years-old.

‘My smile comes from you daddy. So let’s keep smiling and say we are twins.’

It is hard to smile right now only because I am leaving, but the smile will be back.

Through watery eyes, I want to tell everyone that I love you all so much and I am going to miss you.

But please remember, I will still be around the Nation, still covering events and still helping in whatever ways I can.

So I can tell you this, do not be a stranger. Come up and say hello. Trust me, we will still talk.

Even if we do not know each other, come up and talk anyways. I do not have a problem making new friends.

I love you all and hvtvm cehecvres.

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Darren has been with Mvskoke Media since 2009. He has always (and still does) played sports so he wanted to write about it. What started with sports, turned into features, columns, articles, whatever he can find around the MCN. He enjoys trying new things, which helped him become an avid dancer of bachata. Darren has one daughter, Syeann.



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  • Anna Harjo
    July 26, 2019, 8:57 am

    You are leaving too?? What happened to Jason Salsman?? Why is everyone quiting and getting other jobs??? I’m just curious is all…

    • Aaron Griffith@Anna Harjo
      July 26, 2019, 2:53 pm

      Seems to me like Mvskoke Media is slowly being strangled to death by paranoid politicians.

      It’s already become a shell of it’s former self, IMO.

      Make Mvskoke Media Great Again. It ought to be the slogan of every winning candidate in the upcoming elections.

      Please remember this and vote accordingly for the sake of our great nation.

    • JTLC@Anna Harjo
      July 26, 2019, 5:32 pm

      With changing from independent news agency to tribally controlled media outlet true journalist were left with few choices. The overall performance of Mvskoke Media since being stripped of independence is there for anyone to see. Prior to the switch Mvskoke Media was an award winning news agency. Now they are little more than a mouthpiece for the tribal government. As for Mr. Delaunes, I wish you the best in your future endeavors. Mvto

  • Nancie Longacre
    July 26, 2019, 1:09 pm

    Thank you for all your interviews with my brother Johnnie Warrior and my son Thomas Thunderkick Longacre you are awesome and appreciate your kindness and big smiles God Bless you Nancie Warrior Longacre!