Cherokee Nation honors veterans at September Tribal Council meeting


Deputy Principal Chief Joe Crittenden and Tribal Councilors Lee Keener and Dick Lay join Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Tribal Councilor Cara Cowan Watts to honor veteran Brown (center).

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. —  The Cherokee Nation honored two veterans with the Cherokee Medal of Patriotism during the September Tribal Council meeting.

William Brown, 57, of Tulsa, and Kelli Lynn Ross-Guy, 40, of Tahlequah, received a medal and plaque Sept. 16 from Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden, acknowledging their service to the country.

“It’s a great honor to serve my country,” Ross-Guy said. “Being awarded this medal is obviously a great demonstration of the tribe’s support for military service members, and specifically our Natives, who are going out to serve our country.”

Ross-Guy was born Aug. 17, 1973, to Robert Bruce Ross IV and Cecilia Bland in Tahlequah. Ross-Guy enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1993 and completed basic training in Parris Island, S.C. During her 20 years of service, she was stationed at several U.S. Marine Camps and deployed to Okinawa, Japan, and Al Taqaddum, Iraq. Ross-Guy retired with the rank of master sergeant in August. She received awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

Ross-Guy earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and is currently employed by Oklahoma State University at the Cherokee County Cooperative Extension Office in Tahlequah. She has one son, Austin Ross Guy, who attends Tahlequah High School.

William Brown was born Oct. 25, 1955, to Margie White Brown and John Wesley Brown, Sr., in Claremore. Brown enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1973 and completed basic training in San Diego. He trained as an administrative clerk and unit diary clerk at Camp LeJeune, N.C. Brown received an honorable discharge in 1976. After he returned home, Brown earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern State University. He currently lives in Tulsa. Brown has two children.

Each month the Cherokee Nation recognizes Cherokee service men and women for their sacrifices and as a way to demonstrate the high regard in which all veterans are held by the tribe. Native Americans, including Cherokees, are thought to have more citizens serving per capita than any other ethnic group, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. To nominate a veteran who is a Cherokee Nation citizen, please call 918-453-5541 or 800-256-0671, ext. 5541.

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