Claudia McHenry/MNYC Speaker
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Hensci! Stonkon fullatskat? Claudia McHenry cv hocefkvt os. Mvkoke Etvlwv Mvnette Nafaktvlke Punayv towis. Hello! How are you all? My name is Claudia McHenry. I am the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council (MNYC) Speaker. In April, MNYC members participated in the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair (ONALYF) in Norman, OK. Members who participated include Charles Mason, Louisa Harjo, Sutv Harjo, Karen McGirt, Mahiya Ramirez, Mikayla Buckley, and Darrell Proctor II.
As a group, their performance of the traditional Mvskoke hymn, Espoketis Omes Kerreskos, was awarded 3rdplace in the 9th-12thgrade category! Here mahe yvhikvlke! (Good job, singers!) Also competing in the 9th-12thcategory was Mahiya Ramirez who won 2ndplace in Individual Traditional Song and 1stplace in Individual Poetry. For the third year in a row, Sutv Harjo won first place in the Comics and Cartoons category for the 6th– 8thgrade category.
Here mahe, Hoktake! (Good job, ladies!) We are proud of all who participated in the language fair; it really shows the pride these youth have in the Mvskoke Opunakv (Mvskoke Language.)
Several MNYC members are reaching educational milestones this month. High School graduates include: Darrell Proctor II, Joseph Kahbeah, Karen McGirt, Mikayla Buckley, and Angel Hartley. Brooklyn Alexander and Bailee Allen completed their Associates Degrees from the College of the Muscogee Nation this Spring. Last December, the MNYC celebrated the graduation of Nancy Deere-Turney (MNYC Alum) with a Bachelor degree from Oklahoma State University and Amberly Proctor with a Masters degree from the University of Oklahoma.
The MNYC also participated in Earth Day activities in their home communities. Each member was asked to determine what steps they could take to benefit the environment.
Members picked up trash, planted gardens and trees, recycled plastic bags and even purchased recyclable cups to use at their favorite store. Though it is good to be reminded to be kind to the Earth on Earth Day, this is something that should be extended to EVERY day. I would like to say thank you for taking the time to read this article. Mvto!
The MNYC meets the 2ndSaturday of each month in the 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.