Dr. Cornell Pewewardy, center, is surrounded by supporters of his proposal to recognize Indigenous People's Day on the second Monday of October, in the city of Lawton, Okla., which is also known as Columbus Day. He presented his proposal the evening of January 9, during the monthly Lawton City Council Meeting. He said the day can be used as a teaching tool and opportunity to help people learn about the Indigenous People of North America. The council approved the proposal, and the first celebration of Indigenous People's Day will be October 8, 2018. This was the second time Dr. Pewewardy presented his proposal to the Lawton City Council.
Christmas was celebrated by the Quanah Parker Descendants Organization through a Christmas Powwow, held December 25 at Watchetaker Hall, Comanche Nation Complex. Numerous local businesses donated toys and other items for children’s gifts, and Santa made a special delivery during the celebration. Songs, dancing, and fellowship made the festive powwow a success. The Quanah Parker Descendants hold the Christmas Powwow annually.
Story by Jolene Schonchin/Comanche Nation PIO-News
Justin Boos, Director of WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act), left, and Marshall Niedo, sets up furniture inside the new location of the WIOA office at the Comanche Nation Education Center. A total of five programs are moving into the former Comanche Nation College building, located at 1608 SW 9th. St., Lawton, Okla. Student Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, WIOA, Higher Education, and the GED Program will open at their new location 8 a.m. December 11. The Education Center has been upgraded to satisfy the programs and staff. New flooring and glass doors are but a few of the many new details at the facility. Photo by Jolene Schonchin/News Staff
Boxes of new copper bottom cookware is warehoused at the Comanche Nation Complex, awaiting the annual Elder Day celebration, where each elder, age 62 years of age and older, will receive one, at the December 8 at the Comanche County Coliseum, 920 South Sheridan, Lawton. The cookware is just a few of many giveaway items for the Comanche elders. Elders (only) will receive a raffle ticket for the following: 300 - $100 Free Play Casino Vouchers; 40- $30 Golden Corral Gift Cards ; 40- $30 Cracker Barrel Gift Cards; 10- Wide Screen TV’s 46” or larger. Elders (only) will receive: Christmas Candy Bag and Copper Bottom Pots & Pans.
Chairman Nelson helps staff members unload boxes of toys to give to Comanche Churches for their Christmas Celebrations. A Prayer Breakfast will be held for Comanche Churches 9 a.m., December 7, at Watchetaker Hall. Churches will receive a check and Christmas toys for the children of their church. Photo by Jolene Schonchin/Comanche PIO-News