Darrell Proctor II/MNYC Speaker
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Hensci! This month has been busy for the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council (MNYC). We held our monthly meeting on June 9 followed by the Mvskoke Youth Awards, which honors both young people and adults. There were two awards categories: Mvnettvlke Onaya (Youth Visionary) and Vculvlke Mvnettvlke Emvnicv (Old Who Helps the Young).
Congratulations to Celia Bateman, Sydne Gray, Kristopher Herrod and Darrell Proctor II for winning the Mvnettvlke Onaya awards! Congratulations to Terra Beaver, Julian Watson, Rochell Werito and Eric Yahola for winning the Vculvlke Mvnettvlke Emvnicv awards! Both of these awards are selected by the winners from the previous year and some additional Muscogee (Creek) citizens who support the Mvskoke Nation Youth Services program.
Also, congratulations to Joseph Kahbeah (Sergeant At Arms) and Alexis McHenry (Second Speaker) for winning Male and Female MNYC Member of the Year which is voted on by MNYC members. Mvto for everything you all do for the MNYC!
We would also like to say congratulations to Junior Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation and MNYC member Louisa Harjo for winning 1st place in Cultural Items for the 13-15-year-old age division at Red Earth for her traditional dress depicting Wilbur Chebon Gouge’s ‘A Struggle to Survive.’
On June 12, several MNYC members traveled to Shawnee to partake in OK UNITY Day. This was an opportunity for youth councils across the state of Oklahoma to come together in preparation for the National UNITY Conference, which will be held in July in San Diego, California.
June 20 marked the third anniversary of MNYC. We are grateful for all of the encouragement and support we have received over the past three years. Thank you to Nancy Mason and Rachael Sourjohn for all of your hard work advocating for Mvskoke youth and for making it possible for MNYC to take advantage of every opportunity that we can. Thank you to our members for working hard and achieving great things. We are excited to see what the future holds for the MNYC.
One of the biggest events this month was the 44th annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival. On June 21, our members volunteered at the Living Legends Ceremony where we greeted people and helped serve food. Our elders are the backbone of the Nation and are vital in preserving our culture and traditions.
MNYC was happy to be a part of this event that honors elders who have made significant contributions to our Nation. Congratulations to Thomas Yahola, Richard Larney, Edna Belcher, Scott Roberts and Dr. Roberta Kelly Moore. Mvto for everything you have done for our people!
MNYC spent most of our time fundraising at the Festival. We operated a dunk tank, sold snow cones and raffle tickets for traditional items made by some of our members. The money we made will be used to fund our projects and future events. Mvto to everyone who stopped by our booth and supported MNYC!
We would like to give a big MVTO to Claudia McHenry, Sasha McGriff and all of the other MNYC members who worked on the MNYC float for the Festival parade! Congratulations on winning first place and thank you for representing the MNYC so well!
Finally, we ended the month of June by attending the National Council meeting. We provided the opening song and prayer and then gave a report on what MNYC has accomplished over the past year. Mvto to Principal Chief James Floyd, Second Chief Louis Hicks and the National Council for your continued support!
Mvtekusen makit! Mvto!
MNYC meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Mvskoke Nation Youth Services Office, which is located at 112 E. 6th St. in Okmulgee. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining Mvskoke Nation Youth Council, please contact Youth Services at: 918-549-2557 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @mvskokeyc2015.