Claudia McHenry/MNYC Speaker
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Hensci! Stonkon fullatskat? Claudia McHenry cv hocefket os. Punayv Mvkoke Etvlwv Mvnettvlke Nafaktvlke towis. Hello! How are you all? My name is Claudia McHenry. I am the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council (MNYC) Speaker. In the past month of February, the MNYC met on the 9, at 10:00 a.m. The business conducted entailed new events ranging from reading the letter of recognition from Principal Chief James R. Floyd to the upcoming activities the MNYC plan to implement with the elders of our nation who are homebound. It was a great meeting that was met with three new MNYC members that included Abby Runnels, April Barnett, and Chenoa Barnett. We are excited that they have decided to join our family and we look forward to the impact they will make to all of the MNYC.
Though the month of February is short, it held many events in which the MNYC participated. Members were able to attend the Elder Sweetheart Dance where they helped serve food and assisted with activities. The MNYC had a team participate the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Challenge Bowl. That team included: Karen McGirt, Joseph Kahbeah, Mahiya Ramirez, and Darrell Proctor. Though they didn’t make it to the finals they had a lot of fun and made us very proud. Other MNYC members participated with their schoools’ teams and MNYC Secretary, Jadyn Randall was part of the Glenpool team that won first place. Darrell Proctor II, was awarded one of the Belvin Hill Memorial Scholarships.
The MNYC sent representatives, Tafv Sanders and Mahiya Ramirez to the annual United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Mid-Year Conference held in Scottsdale, AZ. Tafv and Mahiya participated in advocacy training and provided a mid-year report at the business meeting. Other members attend a dance and social hosted by the UNITY Youth Council of the Iowa Tribe, where they were able to fellowship, mingle, play hand games, and dance with other Oklahoma youth councils. These types of opportunities create bridges with other tribal youth that could lead to collaborations. We look forward to the possible opportunities.
The month of March is Women’s History Month. So, I hope that you hold your hoktake (women) in high regard and honor them this month. As Este Mvskokvlke we appreciate and value our hoktake traditionally and should remember that in our everyday lives, and especially in this month. Until next time, hvttvm cehecares!
The MNYC meets the 2ndSaturday of each month. Meeting locations vary. 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. I hope this highlight was informative and as always, I would like to say thank you for taking the time to read this article. Mvto!