Claudia McHenry/MNYC Speaker
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Hensci! Stonkon fullatskat? Hello! How are you all? The Mvskoke Nation Youth Council (MNYC) had an eventful month of May that included the graduation of six MNYC members from high school. The MNYC held their regular monthly meeting where they discussed having an event for the MNYC members to reconnect.
The members recognize the importance of retaining good relationships. The MNYC has been named Grand Marshalls of the MCN Festival Parade by Principal Chief James Floyd. The members are excited to participate and are very proud to hold this position in the parade. The parade will be June 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
The MNYC ended the month of May with a very special trip to the Homelands. The members were able to travel to Alabama and Georgia. The MNYC stopped at Moundville, the Battle of Horseshoe Bend site, the Ocmulgee River, and the Ocmulgee Mounds. This trip was very special to the members as well as the chaperones.
One of the chaperones was John Brown. Mr. Brown had plenty of good things to say about the trip, the youth council, and the trip guides. In an interview Brown was asked about the importance and the impact he personally thought this trip had; his response was, “this group was probably the largest group that was able to paddle and canoe down the Ocmulgee River since our ancestors were forced to move.”
It was a significant moment for Brown because canoeing and paddling is something that he would like to reintroduce into the Mvskoke culture in Oklahoma. He feels that everything starts with the youth and for this large of a group to experience this gives him hope that canoeing and paddling will continue for future generations. He was very proud of how the MNYC represented themselves, their families, and the Nation.
The MNYC is very thankful for Mr. Brown’s presence and assistance on their special trip. Mr. Brown was able to provide insight and was a great guide in every sense. His courage is something to speak of, Mr. Brown was never afraid to speak up for the Mvskoke people and he was never afraid to correct anyone. Mvto, John John!
Some members of the MNYC that attended this trip were interviewed as well. Most of the answers were the same and were very insightful to how they genuinely felt being there in the Homelands. Member Arianna Osborne recalled feeling mixed emotions. She said she felt very happy being in the Homelands and being able to experience for herself what the ancestors were able to experience.
Other members that were interviewed all had the same semblance of an answer when asked how they felt when in the Homelands. They all answered that they felt home. They all felt a strong connection to the land and all the areas that they visited. The experience was very beautiful and is something that all citizens should experience for themselves.
At the end of the month the MNYC was able to watch two of their members be crowned as the new 2019-2020 Miss and Jr Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The new Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation is Mikayla Buckley and the new Jr Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation is Jadyn Randall, the MNYC is excited to assist them in their reign in any way possible and hope the best for them.
Please join the MNYC at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival at their booths. The MNYC will have two booths at the festival, they will have a Dunk Tank as well as a Snow-Cone Stand. Both of these booths serve as fundraisers used to support any type of service-learning projects and leadership opportunities. The Dunk Tank is supported annually by the members of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council, this invitation is a good chance to become comfortable with your representatives.
The MNYC meets the 2ndSaturday of each month in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Council House. Follow us on social media @mvskokeyc2015 or the MNYS program @mvskokeyouth. You can also receive text alerts by texting the word @mnys to 81010. For more information, please call 918-549-2557.