Darrell Proctor II/MNYC Speaker
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Hensci! This month the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council (MNYC) has been busy preparing for the Mvskoke Youth Games. The Mvskoke Youth Games is one of many national events taking place as a part of NB3FIT week. NB3FIT week is a national week of inspiration, learning and movement to support the health and fitness of Native American youth.
The games will consist of competitions in stickball, tug-of-war, running, blow darts, atlatl distance throwing and traditional bow shooting. The event will be held on Nov. 11, beginning at 12 p.m. at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Complex. Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to participate. Parents/guardians must sign a waiver for all youth to participate. We are very excited to host the youth games again this year after a huge success last year.
At our October regular meeting, we discussed many things including the Wetumka community. Youth members of the Wetumka community were at the meeting to talk about forming their own youth council for their area. This idea is still in the early stages of development and we are happy to help our fellow Mvskoke youth.
We appreciate John Brown, head of the bow shooters society, coming to our meeting to talk to the MNYC about land that may be purchased for the Bow Shooters Society. The MNYC voted to send a letter of support for the land purchase.
Oct. 25 was Unity Day. On this day, people were encouraged to wear orange to display their stance against bullying and in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month.
Also last month, MCN Behavioral Health held an art contest to bring hope and awareness to mental health issues. We would like to thank Rachael Sourjohn for creating the Mvskoke Nation Youth Services Wings of Hope entry with the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council logo feathers. She incorporated the names of our members and the different things that give us hope.
We would also like to congratulate Jr. Miss MCN Iesha Phillips, who received the Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement. Out of over 800 applicants, Iesha was one of 20 that was chosen for this award. Congratulations, Iesha! We are proud of you!
Mvtekusen makit! Mvto!
The MNYC meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the MCN Mound Building. 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.