Mvnettvlke Onaya Awards
Amberly is active in the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council where she serves as the Treasurer. Some of her recent accomplishments include graduating from Oklahoma Baptist University Summa Cum Laude, Oklahoma Society of CPAs Outstanding Accounting Student Award, Mvskoke Women’s Leadership College Student of the Year and being crowned Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation for 2017-18. She sets a great example for Mvskoke youth, all while staying humble.
Cody is committed to education, service, and tribal affairs. Cody has shown this through internships with the Oklahoma Policy Institute, US Senator Al Franken in Washington, D.C. and the White House under the Obama Administration. While in the White House, Cody helped to organize the Tribal Nations Conference. Cody recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma Cum Laude and plans to attend law school at the University of Tulsa.
Iesha is passionate about Native people. She is very active in her community and participates in as much as she can including AISES, Native American Club, Mvskoke Nation Youth Council, and Muscogee (Creek) Nation Challenge Bowl. Some of her accomplishments include WeRNative Youth Ambassador, Jenks NAE Student of the Year, Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society, Pre-Med Society Vice President and Jr. Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation 2017-18.
Laura has always been a leader. She has overcome many obstacles throughout her K-12 education, including a physical disability. Despite this she is a member of the National Honor Society and received an award as a “Super Tutor” for spending many hours helping her peers and younger students. Laura is also a strong advocate for LGBT persons. As a bi-sexual woman herself she sets a positive example of pride and confidence in accepting themselves.
Vculvlke Mvnettvlke Emvnicv Awards
(Old Who Helps the Young)
Better known as “John John” is regarded as an amazing man. Although, he currently works doing what he loves, he was doing this work long before just because he loves it. Through his work he is a mentor to many youth through the teaching of Mvskoke culture and traditional games. He has helped many learn traditional bow shooting and making, throwing with an atlatl, and shooting blow darts. Something that might be lost otherwise.
Justin is a lover of lacrosse and being indigenous. Beginning as a freshman in college and playing on a Division 1 lacrosse team, he began devoting time to coaching young people in the game of lacrosse. He has been working to inspire young people through the sport for more than 20 years. Justin also teaches them about the indigenous roots of the game and about American Indian culture. He is a genuine and giving person, with a heart for teaching young people.
Lauren works for the MCN Tribal TANF program. She is also heavily involved in her community, serving as the secretary for the Glenpool Indian Ed Parent Committee, Core Committee member of the MCN Challenge Bowl and a member of the Miss Muscogee Pageant. She has been recognized by the Mvskoke Women's Leadership as the Woman of the Year and Mother of the Year. She is a positive role model for young girls by always being respectful and responsible.
Mary is the JOM Coordinator, tutor, and Sponsor of the Native American club at Wetumka Public Schools. Her job/passion continues even after hours to help youth in the club with fundraising and chaperoning them to attend various youth opportunities. She is also active in the Elder Group at Wetumka Indian Community. Mary is admired by many because of her dedication to the community, youth and school.
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