Mary Katherine Dawson, 67

Born July 24, 1952

Died July 2, 2020

Mary Inez Sims, 79

Born September 1, 1940

Died July 2, 2020

Teresa Dawn Reid, 36

Born August 10, 1983

Died July 2, 2020

Shawn Wayne Wheeler, 51

Born February 4, 1969

Died July 1, 2020

John B. Bebee, 89

Born April 25, 1931

Died July 1, 2020

Linda L. "Poni" Wilson, 69

Born October 11, 1950

Died June 29, 2020

Kenneth Ray Benton, 83

Born May 17, 1937

Died June 29, 2020

Roy Dale Jenkins, 80

Born December 11, 1939

Died June 29, 2020

Micheal Joseph Motte, 63

Born December 4, 1956

Died June 27, 2020

Warren Clay Graham Sr., 82

Born October 14, 1937

Died June 26, 2020


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Monday, February 3, 2020, 9:18 AM

Emma Sherron

Native American youth are invited to participate in the 2020 Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition and Show, scheduled for April 4 through May 2.

All artists must be citizens of a federally recognized tribe, in grades 6-12, and are limited to one entry per person. There is no fee to participate in the competition.

In addition to the monetary awards listed below, the Best in Show winner will also receive a free booth at the Cherokee Art Market in October.

Last year’s Best of Show winner was Tahlequah eighth-grader Emma Sherron for “Woven Wall Hanging.”

“Having my own booth space at Cherokee Art Market was incredible,” Sherron said. “Everyone was very helpful, and it was amazing to be in the environment surrounded by so many elite artists. I learned to weave from my grandma, and she learned from her sister-in-law, my great-aunt, Cherokee National Treasure Dorothy Ice. I can’t tell you how special it’s been for me to learn from them. Now I’m sharing traditional art in a way that’s specific to me, and I enjoy using different colors, patterns and sizes in my work. I’m beyond thankful for the opportunity this competition gave me and am excited and proud to carry on both my family and cultural traditions.”

Entries will be received March 26 and 27 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Ho-chee-nee Chapel at Cherokee Heritage Center, located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill.

Submissions must include an entry form attached to the artwork, an artist agreement form and a copy of the artist’s CDIB card or tribal card.

Artwork is evaluated by division and grade level. Awards include Best in Show - $250; first place - $150; second place - $125; third place - $100; and Bill Rabbit Art Legacy Award - $100.

A reception will be held on April 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cherokee Heritage Center in conjunction with the 49th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show. Winning artwork selected from the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition will remain on display throughout the duration of the Trail of Tears Art Show.

The Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition is hosted by Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism. Applications are available at

For more information, please contact Deborah Fritts at 918-384-6990 or

The Cherokee Heritage Center is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill.