This week, thousands of Comanche tribal members across the nation anxiously awaited the day their annual Per Capita money was posted to their bank accounts or delivered in their mailboxes. This year’s distribution date was November 15. With the holidays around the corner, the extra money comes in handy for Comanche families, as they prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whether tribal members use their per cap money to buy gifts, pay bills, buy necessities for their family, or save it for a rainy day, the annual financial distribution helps the local economies where Comanche tribal members live.
The Comanche Nation Youth Program cooked a traditional Thanksgiving meal for the participants at it's annual Thanksgiving Celebration November 15 at the Comanche Nation Complex's Watchetaker Hall. Director, Randi Attocknie Santos, said it is a way to show thanks to all the youth who are in the program. The communities of Cache, Apache, Elgin, and Walters were present at the homemade Thanksgiving feast, with a total of 62 students. Photo by Jolene Schonchin/Comanche Nation PIO-News
The Comanche Nation Elderly Center held its annual Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 16, at the Comanche Elder Center in Lawton, Oklahoma. A total of 220 people were in attendance. The Elder Center also made home deliveries of the Thanksgiving meal. Children from the Comanche Nation Lawton Daycare, “Numunu Turetu,” provided entertainment for the elders, by singing several songs. The children were given gifts as appreciation. The event was a blessing, giving elders a chance to fellowship and visit with family and friends.
Aimee Seaboy, of the Lakota tribe speaks about being in a abusive relationship and how she got herself and her daughter out of danger. Alarming statistics indicate that, as you read this short sentence, a woman has become the victim of assault. According to the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, every 9 seconds, another woman in the U.S. is beaten. If you or someone you know is in need of help please call the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 373-5608.
The 47th Annual Comanche Man Dance took place Oct. 21 in Apache, Oklahoma. Around 50 Straight Dancers, both local and out-of-state, participated in the ceremony, dancing to beautiful songs throughout the afternoon and evening. Despite the inclement weather, an estimated 200 were present to view the event. Numerous Gift basket filled with non perishable items, circled the drum, as the men danced into the night. Towards the conclusion of the dance, the gift baskets were given to elders.
Photo by Jolene Schonchin - The Comanche Nation News