Darrell Proctor II/MNYC Speaker
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Hensci! It has been a busy month for the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council (MNYC).
Members of the MNYC participated in the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair held on April 3 at the Sam Noble Museum. MNYC was well represented in several categories. Charles Mason, Sutv Harjo, Louisa Harjo, Mahiya Ramirez and Tehilla Wind placed 1st in High School Traditional Song. Sutv Harjo placed 1st in Middle School Comic Strip and Louisa Harjo placed 2nd in High School Poster. Mahiya Ramirez placed 3rd in High School Spoken Poetry and Jay Fife placed 1st in High School Spoken Poetry and Spoken Language. Congratulations to all the winners!
After our meeting in April, we had an opportunity to speak with our National Council representatives at our National Council Meet and Greet. We appreciate everyone who came out to fellowship with us. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the National Council members and to discuss interesting topics and issues with them. We appreciate all the National Council has done for us and for their continued support throughout the years.
On April 21, the MNYC hosted the Mvskoke Veteran’s Breakfast at the Mvskoke Dome to honor our Mvskoke veterans and to show our appreciation for all of their service to our country. There was a great turnout and everyone had a good time. Again, we would like to say mvto to all veterans for your service.
We would like to say congratulations to MNYC members Nancy Deere-Turney, Jay Fife and Ashleigh Fixico on being selected as one of this year’s United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc.’s (UNITY) 25 Under 25! We would also like to congratulate Maddie Lamb for also being selected for this award. Mvto to you all for doing a great job representing the Muscogee (Creek) Nation!
As part of the monthly field trips for the Culture and Language Committee, members of the MNYC will take a trip to Buckeye Indian Baptist Church to attend their 4th Sunday service on June 3. The MNYC enjoys learning about Mvskoke culture and looks forward to future cultural trips.
It is time for our 3rd Annual Mvskoke Youth Awards! Mvskoke Youth Services is currently accepting nominations for the Mvnettvlke Onaya (Youth Visionary) or Vculvlke Mvnettvlke Emvnicy (Old Who Helps the Young) awards. The Youth Visionary award is for youth ages 12-14 who are making an impact in their community. The Old Who Helps the Young award is for adults ages 25 and up who work to improve the lives of Mvskoke Youth. All nominees must be enrolled MCN members. In order to submit nominations, go to: bit.ly/mvskokeya. The deadline for nominations is set for May 18.
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 MNYC, please contact Youth Services at: 918-549-2557 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @mvskokeyc2015.