TAHLEQUAH, OK Beginning Feb. 15, "Osiyo, Voices of the
Cherokee People," a new monthly, 30-minute news magazine-style program
featuring the people, places, history and culture of the Cherokee
Nation, will be airing locally.
journalist and CN citizen Jennifer Loren, a former anchor at KOTV
News on 6, will host the TV and online program.
"Being Cherokee has always been an important part of my life.
My family still owns our original allotment on Monkey Island, which
is very special to all of us," Loren said. "As a longtime television
journalist, I can't think of a better way to share the stories of
my heritage with the people of northeast Oklahoma and, really, with
the world. We have so many beautiful stories to tell."
Officials said the program would allow Cherokees living anywhere
in the world the opportunity to learn about and celebrate their
heritage. It would also highlight various aspects of the tribe,
including historical sites, artwork and artisans, language preservation
efforts, young Cherokees who are making a difference in their communities
"There is so much more to our tribe than many people know,"
Loren said. "I learn something new every day. I think this is going
to be an eye-opening experience for a lot of people, and a journey
they will embrace."
Muscogee Creek filmmaker Sterlin Harjo and Cherokee photographer
filmmaker Jeremy Charles are producing the show.
"The opportunity to create a program focused on the Cherokee
people is both an honor and a thrill for me as a Cherokee citizen,"
Charles said. "I think viewers will be excited by the interesting
characters and memorable stories we'll share each month."
The program will air monthly in local TV markets and online
Special screenings will be held in four Oklahoma locations.
Each will include a meet-and-greet with Loren, Charles and Harjo,
followed by a screening and a question-and-answer session. Dates
and times are:
- Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Dream Theater, 312 N. Muskogee Ave.,
- Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis Ave.,
- Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. Cherokee Nation's Vinita Health
Center, 27371 S. 4410 Road, Vinita
- Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Three Rivers Health Center, 1001
S. 41st St. East, Muskogee
For more information about the program or to check listings
in your area, visit www.Osiyo.tv.