Darrell Proctor II/MNYC Speaker
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Hensci! July has been an eventful month for the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council (MNYC). We had a great time attending the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) conference in Denver, Colorado. We enjoyed the workshops that were presented during the conference.
We were able to obtain information on problems affecting Native youth and we were able to bring that knowledge back to the MNYC. One of the best events of the conference was the cultural exchange night. Several of our MNYC members participated in a fashion show that consisted of Mvskoke traditional clothing from pre-removal to present day. They did a great job educating the audience on the significance of each era’s clothing.
The next UNITY event the MNYC participated in was the workshops. Several of our youth council members hosted their own interactive workshop called “Sustaining the Stomp Dance Tradition.” The workshop consisted of knowledge being shared about the ceremonial dances, how participation in stomp dance helps the youth deal with the challenges they face and ended with a demonstration.
The conference ended as it does every year, with a banquet showing the highlights of the week and giving out awards. We were fortunate to have two of our own people receive awards. Nancy Mason was nominated by our MNYC and won the J.R. Cook Youth Council Advisor of the Year award. Nancy has been instrumental in our MNYC’s success and we wouldn’t be where we are today without her. We are very appreciative of all that she does for the youth and there is no one more deserving of this award.
The other award was the Cook Native American Ministries Scholarship which was won by our Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation Amberly Proctor. She plans on using the scholarship to help fund her pursuit of her master’s degree. We enjoyed ourselves at UNITY and we are already making plans for the conference next year, which will be held in San Diego, California.
One important thing we accomplished this month was the bake sale fundraiser for Oske Lowe. On July 29, we held a bake sale while the National Council held their quarterly meeting at the Mound. Mvto to those that bought baked goods and donated to our fundraiser.
We would also like to say a big thank you to Oske’s family for joining us for the bake sale. The MNYC had previously voted to purchase a generator for the family to have to ensure that Oske will always have access to his oxygen. The generator and $500 (all of the proceeds from the bake sale) will be presented to the family.
Finally, we would like to congratulate Charles Mason for competing in the USATF Regionals competition. He placed 4th in javelin and went to nationals in Lawrence, Kansas.
Mvtekusen makit! Mvto!
The MNYC meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Mound Building. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining Mvskoke Nation Youth Council, please contact Youth Services at 918-549-2557 or email@example.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @mvskokeyc2015.