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November 2017

VOLUME 18 EDITION 11 Comanche Nation Public Information Office, Lawton, OK www.comanchenation.com November 2017 Parker Runs 50 Miles at the Palo Duro Canyon Trail Comanche Nation Entertainment accounting employee, Megan Oberley, reviews numbers at her desk. Comanche Nation Entertainment Unifies Accounting System Story and Photo by Jolene Schonchin/ News Staff As of May of this year, the four Comanche Casinos, who were operating their accounting independently, according to each casino, were unified under one system. Chief Financial Officer, Sandra Wheeler, explains how unifying the accounting system helps the overall transparency of the casino revenues. “It is very important to centralize the Accounting and Revenue Audit because you make everything uniform,” said Wheeler, who has been the CFO since March. To accomplish this task, everybody needs to be doing exactly the same, regardless of which casino numbers they are working on. Some of the basic account structures were different, due to the time frames that were started, Wheeler explained. They were using the same accounting program, but they did not have uniformity. When everybody is operating differently, and the recording structures are different, it has a tendency you will get miscommunication. This has completely eliminated all of that. By bringing all the accounting for all four casinos under one roof, everything becomes identical, and Wheeler has the ability to cross train all of the staff. “It was very silo before. When you bring everyone together, they become cross functional. They are assigned to a main property (casino), but can help out with other properties,” she said. The major Pro for the unification is that everyone is communicating and knows where everything is coming from. “What I found when I got here is that there was a separation between Revenue Audit, and Accounting. Although they were staying in the same location, they were not communicating a lot. It was slightly strange because, in our business, the accountants were booking what Revenue Audit is looking at.” She added, in order to do a good set of financial records, it has to be completely transparent. Wheeler assures that they abide closely by the AIPCA and Gaming regulations and rules, and try See ACCOUNTING, Page 3 Photo by Candace Todd/News Staff SMELLING SWEET FALL FLOWERS. Three-year-old tribal member, Aubree Poafpybitty, accompanies her aunt, Julianna Flute, to help pick out fall mums and pumpkins, located at Bedrock Nursery, 1802 NW 67th St. Lawton, Okla. Veteran’s Organizational Roots Remembered Story by Paula Karty/News Staff If you go to a pow-wow in southern Oklahoma or a Comanche event, most likely you will see the Comanche Indian Veterans Association (CIVA) involved. The CIVA is one of the largest veteran’s organizations within the Comanche Nation. The organization started as a idea of the late Edgar Monetathchi. He wanted to form a group to honor just the veterans of the Comanche Tribe. According to Karen Kaulaity, one of the daughters of Monetathchi. Her father had a idea to start up a organization to honor Comanche Veterans. Kaulaity said, that her father along with his wife Alice, would go to the home of the late James and Florence Chasenah to visit. Monetathchi talked to Chasenah about his idea. Kaulaity said that her father and Chasenah “roped” their buddies into starting the organization. According to Kaulaity, it was her father, Chasenah, the late Raymond Nauni Sr., the late Rev. Steve Chibitty, the late Clifford Ototivo, the late Forrest Kassanavoid and Garrison Tahmahkera, that originally formed the Comanche Indian Veterans Association. was for Comanche veterans only, said Kaulaity. Monetathchi originated the CIVA song, which is still being used today. As years passed, there was some sort of disagreement amongst the members of the organization, causing the group to “fizzle” out, according to Kaulaity. A few years had passed, decided that the organization must go on, so he began to re-organize the group. Kaulaity said, “Ever since then, the group has been going on.” Kaulaity, that her father approached the late Beatrice Tahmahkera Smith, and asked if she would make their shirts with their emblem, and if she would make shawls for their wives. Tahmahkera made the very first CIVA shirts and auxiliary shawls. Kaulaity said, that she remembers the group having a lot of benefit pow-wows, to raise money for the organization. She said, “Back in those days, they didn’t worry about contest The Late Edgar Monetathchi, one of the founders of the Comanche Indian Veteran’s Association. Monetathchi served in the United States Marine Corp in 1954-1955. or prize money, all they cared about was dancing and honoring the “Comanche veterans.” When asked who was the very first CIVA princess, Kaulaity said, “When they very first started before they “fizzled” out, they didn’t have a princess. Having a princess wasn’t important to those guys, not like it is nowadays.” Kaulaity said, “I couldn’t tell the exact date this all started. I’m thinking it was around the late 60’s or early 70’s.” A lot has changed since the late 60’s or early 70’s, the founding members are all gone. The CIVA goes above and beyond to make sure the Comanche veterans are honored. The group has grown in membership, and has taken on a lot of commitments that didn’t exist in the early days, such as: providing and placing military makers at the graves of deceased veterans, and presenting Honor Certificates to fellow veterans, just to name a few. The CIVA is still carrying on the tradition that was started many decades ago as an idea to honor the veterans of the Comanche Tribe. Parker Courtesy Photo Story by Stacey Heminokeky/News Staff On October 21 Comanche tribal member, Brandon Parker, ran in the 50 mile Palo Duro Trail Run, the longest run that is offered. Parker, 36, is from Lawton, Okla., and currently a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Services, in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, on the White Earth Reservation. Parker is a direct descendant of Quanah Parker who has a special relationship with the Palo Duro Canyon. “I’ve been working hard for three years to work up the strength to do this run. This run was very important to me. I’m very thankful and happy as that canyon holds so much happy and sad history for me and the Comanche Nation. I ran to celebrate my people’s strength and beauty and as well as to pay my respects to the old ones.” said Parker. Parker finished the 50 mile run in 11 hours and 33 minutes. “I’ve ran eight marathons and this one was the hardest run of my life. It was a run to celebrate, remember, honor, pray, inspire, and Ranald S. Mackenzie, I haven’t forgotten September 28, 1874,” said Parker. The race was started by Red Spicer as a road race, and it has morphed into a beautiful trail run, with distances of 20K, 50K, and 50 miles. The race takes place in mid- October when temperatures, can vary from freezing at the start to over 100 degrees during the afternoon. The race is on mostly single track, red dirt trails with a variety of rolling hills throughout the course. The views of the second largest canyon in the United States are stunning as the sun comes up and the canyon comes alive. The canyon has 60 miles of ravine with 800 ft cliffs and offers camp sites for those who want to experience more of it before or after the race. The Mesquite, Hackberry and Cottonwood trees offer green and yellow foliage, while the canyon itself is painted in red, brown, and white. The Hoodoo Rock formations are a wonder to look at as well. The course is a loop course, so it makes for a great way to see a spectacular Texas State Park. 26th Annual Comanche Nation Fair Pages 15-24

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