I hope this quarter’s Turtle Talk finds all doing well and enjoying the spring season. Spring is always a time of renewal as everything that laid dormant during the winter months spring to life. Once again, we find ourselves preparing for a busy summer season. Our summer youth intern program will be starting in May with approximately 22 Wyandotte Youth participating and working in all the various programs here at the Tribal headquarters. It is a great opportunity for our youth to become involved with their Tribe and to see how a tribal government operates and functions. This year at the conclusion of the program we will be taking them to Upper Sandusky, Ohio to visit former Tribal homelands and see many of our Wyandotte historic sites.
Just a quick update on the Park City, Kansas land into trust issue. Our case has been transferred to the federal district court in Topeka, Kansas and should come before the court this fall. Meanwhile, our application is still in process at the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC and we are actively working with them to take the land into trust, so that we can withdraw our suit and save the legal expenses associated with the case.
We are already looking forward to and planning for our Pow-Wow, Culture Days and Annual Meeting coming up this fall. Our Pow-Wow Committee has begun preparing for this year’s event which only seems to grow and get better each year. If you would like to volunteer to help and assist with this year’s Pow-Wow do not hesitate to contact Sherri Clemons as they are always looking for good help. The Culture Committee has been working very hard on a special project which you will find more information on in this issue of the Turtle Talk. They have done an outstanding job putting this project together and it will be something you will not want to miss. The Annual Meeting just continues to grow each year and it is always a great time to meet Wyandotte Citizens from across the country. I hope everyone that is able will plan to attend this year; we have been working very hard on several projects and hope to be able to report on them at that time. In closing, I would like to say a special thank you to outgoing Tribal Princess Cortney “Glass” Chavez. Cortney did an outstanding job representing the Wyandotte Nation all across the country. She was very dedicated and committed to her duties as Princess and she will be missed. Cortney will be handing the reigns over to the new Wyandotte Tribal Senior Princess Emilee Wills at this year’s Annual Meeting. We have also, for the first time, established the role of a Junior Princess. Veronica Burnside has been selected for this position. Congratulations to these two special young ladies on being selected to these distinguished positions to serve their Tribal nation.
As always, may God continually watch over and protect you and your family and may you have a great summer. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Ephesians 6:10