COVID Relief Funding Top 2021’s Most Popular Stories | News


TAHLEQUAH – As COVID-19 and its impact on the Cherokee Nation grabbed the headlines in 2021, readers of Cherokee Phoenix have also delved into history, art, food, and mystery throughout. the year. Here are our top stories of 2021 based on views on

No. 5: The “Goingsnake Tragedy” happened 149 years ago

The fifth most popular story of 2021 chronicled the deadliest day in the history of the US Marshal Service, which took place on April 15, 1872, near the town of Christie in Adair County, District of Goingsnake of the Cherokee Nation.

On that day, a shootout between a group of U.S. Marshals and citizens of the Cherokee Nation took place in a makeshift courthouse where CN citizen Ezekial “Zeke” Proctor was on trial for killing the citizen of the CN Polly Beck and injured her husband.

If acquitted, Deputy Marshal Jacob Owens and his gang were tasked with arresting Proctor for assaulting a US citizen. But in the end, Owens, seven members of the group and four others died in a shootout. A total of 11 people were injured, including Proctor and Judge Blackhawk Sixkiller.

“This is the bloodiest shootout that has ever taken place in the American West in which the military was not involved,” said David Kennedy, curator of the US Marshals Museum at Fort Smith.

Number 4: CHEROKEE EATS: Strawberry Dumplings

A how-to guide to strawberry dumplings was on the list at # 4. While not a traditional dish, Cherokee Nation citizen Tricia Nichols shared a strawberry dumpling recipe that is become a staple in his family and community.

“We used to go to Katfish Kitchen a bit when I was working in Tahlequah,” Nichols said. “They ate strawberry balls one day and I didn’t know what it was. At first I thought it was pie crust. I asked my mom and she told me the difference and said “No, these are dumplings”. I just thought maybe I could try doing this and I did. I got myself a bag of strawberries and just adapted it to make chicken and dumplings. Then I was able to do it and I understood it. It is quite easy.

Cherokee Eats Story includes Ingredient List and Cooking Guide.

No. 3: Search for Cherokee Nation Citizen Aubrey Dameron Continues 2 Years Later

Getting to # 3 was an update on the search for Cherokee Nation citizen Aubrey Dameron, who went missing in March 2019.

Born on October 22, 1993, Aubrey Dameron is said to have left her mother’s home at 3:30 a.m. on March 9, 2019, near Grove to meet someone, but never returned. In the story, those close to Dameron recalled a lack of communication that led to his disappearance.

“Instead of hearing from her every day or every other day, it happens every few weeks,” said her uncle, Christian Fencer. “It was just that it was very strange.”

Dameron is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She is a transgender Native American in transition with brown eyes, brown hair, a triquetra symbol tattoo on her back, and another tattoo that says “shorty” on her upper left arm. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-522-8017.

No. 2: Selection of the finalists of the Cherokee Phoenix Student Art Contest

The second most-watched story of 2021 was a preview of the finalists for the second annual Cherokee Phoenix Student Art Competition.

Following a public vote, grand prize winner Dakohtah Jordan, third grader, received a $ 100 gift card and its design on a t-shirt that was available for purchase during Cherokee National Day 2021. It garnered 25.62% or 359 of the 1,401 votes.

“I’m panicking and can’t believe it,” Jordan said. “I think it’s really cool to have my design on a shirt.”

According to Cherokee Phoenix editor-in-chief Tyler Thomas, the competition “was created as a way not only to give students in grades 1 through 8 the opportunity to express their artistic abilities, but also to educate them about our publication and begin the process of getting the students interested in the newspapers.

No. 1: Cherokee Nation to Get $ 1.8 Billion in Federal COVID Assistance

The most-watched story of 2021 centered around CN’s announcement that all tribal citizens would receive $ 2,000 in COVID-19 relief funding.

CN has offered direct payments to all 392,000 and more tribal citizens using federal COVID-19 recovery funds received as part of President Biden’s $ 20 billion US bailout. The payments represent $ 785 million of the total of $ 1.8 billion the tribe received in relief funds.

The first payments were sent on June 17 and, by the end of December, a total of 306,949 CN citizens had requested the payments of $ 2,000. To apply, citizens are invited to register on the CN Gadugi online portal via

“All citizens of the Cherokee Nation are eligible for this direct assistance regardless of your age, income or location,” said Senior Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.


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