EPISODE 610

In this episode, we meet Cherokee Nation citizen Jamee Suarez and her dedication to bettering the lives of all animals. As President of Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, she works with communities to educate how best to treat the furry companions in our lives. Ashley Thirsty-Vann is a Cherokee Nation citizen and genealogist working to bring generations of family history into focus. She leans on the strength and encouragement passed down from generations of Cherokee women to keep those roots strong. We watch as Gabe Simpson shows us how his grit and perseverance go a long way in realizing his dreams. As a stand-out NCAA athlete for two sports and an accomplished academic, he’s a small-town Oklahoma guy who dreams of bringing it all back to the Cherokee Nation. In our Cherokee Almanac, we learn about the significance and heartache tied to Blythe Ferry. For many Cherokee people, it was the last step our ancestors took in their original homelands.

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IN THIS EPISODE

Animal Ally: Jamee Suarez

Cherokee Nation citizen Jamee Suarez has dedicated her life to bettering the life of man’s best friend. As President of the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, Jamee works to educate the public and work with communities to see the value in all animals’ lives. 

Ashley Thirsty-Vann, Cherokee Genealogist

Cherokee Nation citizen Ashley Thirsty-Vann’s family history and generations of encouragement to stand strong in her Cherokee roots keeps her steady. She applies that strength and knowledge of genealogy to help others find their family roots.

Gabe Simpson: Small Town, Big Grit

Gabe Simpson is a stand-out NCAA athlete for two sports from a small Oklahoma town who dreams of bringing it all back to the Cherokee Nation. As an athlete and accomplished academic, Gabe shows us how grit and perseverance go a long way in realizing his dream.

Cherokee Almanac: Blythe Ferry

For many Cherokee people, the last step our ancestors took in their original homelands was on to Blythe Ferry. In this Cherokee Almanac, we learn about the significance and heartache tied to this site.

Let's Talk Cherokee

Cherokee Language Immersion School instructor Betty Frogg and student Emilee Welch talk Cherokee and teach us the following Cherokee phrases: I am cutting, two of us are cutting, a group of us are cutting.