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Cherokee Nation sues drug firms, retailers for flooding communities with opioids

Lawyers for the Cherokee Nation opened a new line of attack against the pharmaceutical industry Thursday, filing a lawsuit in tribal court that accuses the nation’s six top drug distributors and pharmacies of flooding communities in Oklahoma with hundreds of millions of highly addictive pain pills.

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8/23/2017

article Cherokee (Nation) Casino aids local school during education budget cuts
(Oklahoma) -- Employee volunteers from Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs stacked boxes onto the shuttle bus to deliver much-needed school supplies to...
article Cherokee Nation Tribal Council re-elects officers
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council re-elected Speaker Joe Byrd, Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez and Secretary Frankie Hargis to their offices during a...
article MORON ALERT: The strange story of that ‘Blacks for Trump’ guy standing behind POTUS at his Phoenix rally
(Arizona) -- At a number of political rallies over the past year, a character calling himself “Michael the Black Man” has appeared in the crowd directly...

8/22/2017

article Cherokee Casino aids local school during education budget cuts
(Oklahoma) -- Employee volunteers from Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs stacked boxes onto the shuttle bus to deliver much-needed school supplies to...

8/20/2017

article Cherokee Nation says opioid lawsuit belongs in tribal court
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is urging a federal judge to allow a tribal lawsuit against distributors and retailers of opioid medications to be litigated in the...

8/19/2017

article Cherokee Nation Sets Blueprint for Elimination of Hepatitis C
(Oklahoma) -- Eliminating hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an achievable goal based on findings among the Cherokee Nation American Indian population.

8/17/2017

article Cherokee Nation says opioid lawsuit belongs in tribal court
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is urging a federal judge to allow a tribal lawsuit against distributors and retailers of opioid medications to be litigated in the...

8/16/2017

article Tribal Council re-elects officers
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council re-elected Speaker Joe Byrd, Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez and Secretary Frankie Hargis to their offices during...

8/14/2017

article Report from Chairman Taylor on recent Washington, DC trip
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC and had some very productive meetings with Mike Andrews, staff director for the Senate...

8/12/2017

article Tribal AG says opioid case is not going away
(Oklahoma) -- After the Cherokee Nation launched a lawsuit in tribal court against some of the largest, richest pharmaceutical companies in the world in April, the case...
article Cherokee Nation Tribal Council to be sworn in Monday
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will have nine tribal councilors sworn into office Monday during the tribe’s inauguration ceremony. The inauguration ceremony...

8/8/2017

article Cherokee Nation American Indian Tribe showing it is possible to eliminate hepatitis C
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation American Indian population is aiming to eliminate hepatitis C virus (HCV) among its tribal citizens, where already almost half have...
article Cherokee Nation Child Support Services celebrates 10th anniversary
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Child Support Services recently celebrated the office’s 10th anniversary. Established in 2007, the tribe’s Child Support...
article Cherokee Nation Tribal Council to mull scholarship funding
(Oklahoma) -- The Executive and Finance Committee of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council will hold a special session to review funding for the Cherokee Nation Promise...

8/6/2017

article Cherokee Nation event in Eugene a chance to reconnect with ancestry & culture
(Oregon) -- The Cherokee Nation is in the midst of holding events across the country. Sunday at Lane Community College, more than a hundred people joined for a...

8/5/2017

article Cherokee Nation, BIA place Ochelata health center land into trust
(Oklahoma) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Eastern Oklahoma Regional Office agreed to place 240 acres owned by the Cherokee nation into federal trust.

7/31/2017

article Cherokee Nation donates $15,000 to Murrow Indian Children’s Home
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation recently donated $15,000 to the Murrow Indian Children’s Home in Muskogee as part of the tribe’s annual contribution to the...

7/30/2017

article Cherokee Nations adds new museum about Sequoyah
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will honor Sequoyah, the inventor of the tribe's alphabet, with the latest addition to its collection of museums.

7/28/2017

article Cherokee Nation officials condemn state tag office sign as 'offensive'
(Oklahoma) -- On July 24, Cherokee Nation officials successfully requested that the Oklahoma Tax Commission force the Collinsville Tag Office to remove a “...

7/27/2017

article Tribal Councilor Warner to sit on CDC advisory committee
(Oklahoma) -- Next month Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Bryan Warner will begin serving a two-year term on a national advisory committee that will give input on tribal...

7/24/2017

article Smith, Shambaugh secure Tribal Council seats in runoff elections
(Oklahoma) -- More than 1,400 Cherokee Nation citizens cast ballots Saturday in the District 5 and District 9 Tribal Council run-off elections. Unofficial voting results...

7/23/2017

article Cherokee Nation: 107 opioid pills per adult were sold in tribe's district in 2015
(Oklahoma) -- More than 100 pills were sold for every adult in the Cherokee Nation's tribal lands in 2015, prosecutors for the country's second-largest tribe...

7/19/2017

article Smoothie grant promotes healthy eating in the Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- A $20,000 smoothie grant received by the Cherokee Nation from First Nation’s Development Institute has improved fruit and vegetable consumption and...

7/16/2017

article Opinion / Cherokee Nation Foster Care Employment Policy Update
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation has created a workplace policy emphasizing the importance of protecting our children, one of our core values as Cherokee people and part of...

7/12/2017

article Cherokee Nation donating surplus equipment to Stilwell Police Department
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council authorized the donation of a dozen unused Tasers to the Stilwell Police Department to help with law enforcement safety...
article Cherokee Nation adopts new foster care leave policy
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation announced a new foster care paid leave policy that is the first of its kind in Indian Country, and also one of the first in the state...

7/11/2017

article Four members attend their final tribal council meeting
(Oklahoma) -- Monday's regular monthly meeting of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council served as the last for several councilors to attend in an official capacity, as...

7/10/2017

article Cherokee Nation sues drug distributors as opioids ravage Indian country in Oklahoma [sub req]
(Oklahoma) -- Years after a confronting a methamphetamine epidemic, Oklahoma tribes face a new menace in opioids. The Cherokee Nation is fighting back with an...

7/8/2017

article Ross Street residents disapprove of city's deal with tribe
(Oklahoma) -- Despite hearing concerns aired by East Ross Street residents at a July 3 meeting, Tahlequah city councilors approved a memorandum of agreement between the...

7/6/2017

article “Stories on the Square” Returns in July on Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is offering free, family-friendly storytelling events on Wednesdays in July. The one-hour program is hosted under the...
article Cherokee Nation Donates Vehicle to Okay Volunteer Fire Department
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation recently donated a vehicle to the Okay Volunteer Fire Department. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe...

7/3/2017

article Cherokee Nation adopts new foster care leave policy
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation announced a new foster care paid leave policy that is the first of its kind in Indian Country, and also one of the first in the state...
article Cherokee Nation opens Sequoyah's Cabin Museum
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation is opening Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum after acquiring the historic property from the Oklahoma Historical Society late last year, a news...

6/30/2017

article Cherokee Nation Opens Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation is opening Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum after acquiring the historic property from the Oklahoma Historical Society late last year. The...

6/25/2017

article Cherokee Nation Management and Consulting Exhibit Recognized by Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Management and Consulting’s centennial planning team was recently honored with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s 2017...
article Cherokee casino briefly closed due to IT issues
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Casino Tahlequah closed for nearly 45 minutes on the night of Friday, June 23, due to a power outage caused by information technology...

6/21/2017

article Cherokee Nation Health Services earns award
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Health Services recently received the Public Health Innovation Award from the National Indian Health Board at a national conference, a news...

6/17/2017

article Tribe honors organizations with Community Impact Awards
(Oklahoma) -- Nearly 500 representatives of the 24 at-large and 136 in-jurisdiction Cherokee organizations traveled to Tulsa for the Cherokee Nation's 13th Annual...

6/16/2017

article Cherokee Nation Dietary Program Patients Experience Major Success
(Oklahoma) -- Thousands of Cherokee Nation citizens across the 14-county jurisdiction are changing their lives through the tribe’s dietary program.
article World-famous Budweiser Clydesdales return to Cherokee Casino in Claremore
(Oklahoma) -- The spectacle that has transcended generations and won the hearts of young and old alike for seven decades has returned to Cherokee Casino Will Rogers...

6/13/2017

article Cherokees Help With Education Funding
(Oklahoma) -- Northeastern State University for training in the latest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teaching and learning techniques at the Cherokee Nation...

6/12/2017

article Cherokee Nation helps more than 150 educators with STEM training
(Oklahoma) -- More than 150 educators traveled to Northeastern State University for training in the latest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teaching and...

6/10/2017

article Companies Ask Court to Toss Tribe's Prescription-Drug Suit
(Oklahoma) -- Walmart and other major corporations are asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by the Cherokee Nation, which argues that the...
article Expert offers tips for tracing Indian ancestry
(Oklahoma) -- Individuals who want to learn whether they have American Indian ancestry should start with themselves, according to of Wilson Seawright, archivist and...

6/9/2017

article Drug distributors attempt to waylay Cherokee lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- In response to a lawsuit filed by the Cherokee Nation, representatives from a group of the nation's top drug distributors went to federal court...
article How Did I Miss That? Cherokee T-Shirts and Vulture Culture
(New York) -- The Cherokee Nation throws a big party every year on Labor Day weekend called the Cherokee National Holiday, and the population of Tahlequah—about 16...

6/5/2017

article Cherokee Nation election results unofficial, Byrd re-elected
(Oklahoma) -- Polls have closed and the votes are in for the Cherokee Nation general election held Saturday. Cherokee Nation will release official results once all...

6/3/2017

article Cherokee Nation election results unofficial, Byrd re-elected
(Oklahoma) -- Polls have closed and the votes are in for the Cherokee Nation general election held Saturday. Cherokee Nation will release official results once all...

5/31/2017

article Federal court rules in favor of Cherokee Nation in UKB case
(Oklahoma) -- A United States District Court today ruled in favor of Cherokee Nation’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior to prevent 76 acres of...
article Miller seeking seat on Cherokee Nation Tribal Council
(Missouri) -- For most lawmakers in the Show-Me State, this week is an opportunity to step away from politics and recuperate after the legislative session and the...

5/30/2017

article Cherokee venues display works of authentic Native artists
(Oklahoma) -- One way Cherokee people preserve their historical culture is through art and traditional crafts. How they preserve the value of that art, is by straining...

5/26/2017

article Cherokee Nation Donates $75,000 to Backpack Programs
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation recently donated $75,200 to 20 area organizations in northeastern Oklahoma who participate in backpack programs that provide students...

5/24/2017

article Grass seeks to serve District 5 as tribal councilor
(Oklahoma) -- Vian resident Uriah Grass is seeking the Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Seat for District 5. “I am running to be your next elected District 5...

5/22/2017

article Miss Cherokee Sky Wildcat inducted into NSU Hall of Fame
(Oklahoma) -- Miss Cherokee Sky Wildcat was recently inducted into the Northeastern State University Hall of Fame after bringing state and national recognition to the...

5/21/2017

article Businesses refusing Nation IDs
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation citizens have taken to social media to complain that local convenience stores and other businesses will not accept tribal cards as a form...
article Cherokee Heritage Center Recognized by Oklahoma Travel Industry Association
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Heritage Center was recently recognized by the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association with a RedBud award for Outstanding Media Coverage Online.

5/19/2017

article Creating better opportunities for Cherokee families to foster
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation has a strong Indian Child Welfare program, and we have always emphasized the importance of protecting our children.

5/18/2017

article Cherokee Nation Donates $10K to Pryor City Pool
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation recently presented Pryor city officials a $10,000 check to help keep the city pool open. When the idea of closing the pool for...

5/17/2017

article Tribal Council confirms T. Luke Barteaux as district judge
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council confirmed T. Luke Barteaux as a judge of the Cherokee Nation District Court on Monday. After confirmation by the Tribal...
article Klein: Cherokee program provides a helping hand to homeless veterans
(Oklahoma) -- Dennis Christie has a place to call his own. “It’s great to finally have a nice place,” he said. “It’s good to have some...

5/16/2017

article Chief Baker Addresses House Committee on Tribal Issues
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker delivered testimony Tuesday before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and...
article CN Tribal Council confirms district judge
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council confirmed the appointment of T. Luke Barteaux as a district judge for the Cherokee Nation during its regular meeting on...

5/15/2017

article Cherokee Nation Takes Drug Distributors To Tribal Court
(Oklahoma) -- As the nation’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis grows, the Cherokee Nation is launching the first-ever lawsuit against drug distributors that...

5/14/2017

article OP/ED: The People Speak: Gambling takes terrible toll
(Oklahoma) -- In regard to the latest “Notes from the Chief,” while I applaud the Cherokee Nation’s long history of being a leader in education and...

5/9/2017

article Cherokee Nation Gives Nearly Half A Million Dollars To Volunteer Fire Departments
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation handed out nearly $500,000 to 131 Oklahoma volunteer fire departments Monday evening. During the ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel and...

5/8/2017

article Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Recognized by Junior Achievement of Oklahoma as Honorary Tycoon
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker was recognized for his efforts supporting Junior Achievement of Oklahoma at the 2017 Tulsa Tycoons: A Night...

5/4/2017

article Three federal recognized Cherokee tribes come together for Tri-Council meeting
(Oklahoma) -- The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma hosted the 6th annual Tri-council meeting of the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes...

5/3/2017

article Cherokee Nation’s economic impact on northeast Oklahoma exceeds $2 billion
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation’s impact on the Oklahoma economy now exceeds $2.03 billion, according to a report produced and released today by economist Dr....
article Cherokee Nation welcomes therapy puppy for foster children
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare added a new four-legged, furry member to their team on Tuesday. Unali, a Golden Retriever puppy, flew by airplane from...

4/29/2017

article Cherokee Nation’s economic impact grows to more than $2 billion; growth means more services for citizens
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s core is firmly rooted in its 38 federally recognized tribes. Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma have a unique history based on our shared...
article CN opioid suit will test reach of tribal court
(Oklahoma) -- There are questions now that a lawsuit has been filed by the Cherokee Nation in tribal court, accusing six drug distributors and pharmacies of failing to...
article Committee names new tribal judge
(Oklahoma) -- After the passing of Cherokee Nation District Court Judge C. Bart Fite, the tribe has found someone to fill his position. A resolution was passed naming...

4/26/2017

article Cherokee Nation Dedicates New Bridge in Delaware County
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation and Delaware County officials dedicated the new Whitewater Creek bridge in Delaware County on Monday. After the bridge sustained severe...

4/24/2017

article Cherokees Sue McKesson, CVS, Wal-Mart for Lax Opioid Monitoring
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation has filed a lawsuit in tribal court against several large pharmacy chains and healthcare providers for their alleged role in allowing...

4/23/2017

article Study: Tribe's economic impact on state more than $2 billion
(Oklahoma) -- A study estimates that the Cherokee Nation has a direct economic impact on the Oklahoma economy that's greater than $2 billion. Economist Russell Evans...
article Cherokee Nation Sues Opioid Distributors Over Drug Epidemic Among Tribal Nation
(Georgia) -- The Cherokee Nation has filed a lawsuit, in tribal court, which accuses the top pharmacies and drug distributors in America of flooding 14 counties in the...

4/22/2017

article Cherokee Nation’s Economic Impact on Northeast Oklahoma Now Exceeds $2B
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation’s impact on the Oklahoma economy now exceeds $2.03 billion, according to a report produced and released today by economist Dr....
article Cherokee Nation files lawsuit targeting CVS and other pharmacies in opioid crisis
(New York) -- Cherokee Nation is suing CVS Health, Walgreens, and other drug companies and retailers, alleging the companies didn’t do enough to stop prescription...
article Cherokee Nation donates to Tahlequah PD
(Oklahoma) -- The Tahlequah City Council recently approved a donation of $15,000 to the Tahlequah Police Department for the use of law enforcement equipment and its...

4/21/2017

article Cherokee Nation Sues Drug Firms over Opioid Crisis
(Oklahoma) -- In the first lawsuit of its kind, lawyers for the Cherokee nation are filing a lawsuit in a tribal court against the nation’s top six drug...
article Cherokee Nation Sues Opioid Providers In Tribal Court
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is seeking restitution for a drug abuse epidemic that has disproportionately affected members of its tribe. The nation filed a lawsuit...
article Cherokee Nation Sues Walmart, Drug Companies Over Opioids
(Oklahoma) -- Declaring an “opioid epidemic of unprecedented proportions” in Indian country, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma on Thursday, April 20 filed suit...
article Opinion: Preservation Efforts Ensure Cherokee Heritage Remains Intact
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation’s most endangered buildings teach us about the history of our people – the stories and histories of our ancestors who lived...

4/20/2017

article Cherokee Nation files lawsuit targeting CVS and other pharmacies in opioid crisis
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation is suing CVS Health, Walgreens, and other drug companies and retailers, alleging the companies didn’t do enough to stop prescription...
article Cherokee Nation Sues Drug Companies & Retailers for Illegal Prescribed Opioids in the Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Today, the Cherokee Nation filed a lawsuit against McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., AmerisourceBergen, CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance,...
article Cherokee Nation sues drug companies for alleged 'epidemic' of prescription painkiller abuse
(Oklahoma) -- Accusing them of creating “an epidemic of prescription opioid drug abuse” by flooding Oklahoma with unnecessary painkillers, the Cherokee...
article Cherokee Nation sues drug firms, retailers for flooding communities with opioids
(Oklahoma) -- Lawyers for the Cherokee Nation opened a new line of attack against the pharmaceutical industry Thursday, filing a lawsuit in tribal court that accuses the...
article RUSSELL: Tribal Government, Elections, and the Siren Song of Equality
(Texas) -- Elections are coming in the Cherokee Nation. I can tell because invitations to hog fries are hitting my email, and silly season in the Nation is the only time...

4/18/2017

article Cherokee Nation honors volunteers
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses is recognizing local employees for their outstanding volunteer efforts throughout the Cherokee Nation. Employees of the tribe...
article Principal Chief honored with 2017 Preservation Leadership Award
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker was honored with the 2017 Preservation Leadership Award by Preservation Oklahoma on Monday evening at the...

4/14/2017

article Cherokee Vote campaign sees success in getting tribal citizens registered
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation has invested time and resources in ensuring our citizens are registered to vote in tribal, state and federal elections. Cherokee Vote...

4/13/2017

article Tribe processing citizenship apps in record speed
(Oklahoma) -- After five years of hard work and strategic changes to the registration process, the Cherokee Nation is processing tribal citizenship applications in...

4/12/2017

article Cherokee Nation Gives More Than $14K to Kansas Public Schools
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation donated $14,000 to Kansas Public Schools in Delaware County to help with the construction of an indoor hitting facility for the school...

4/6/2017

article Tribe helps robotics teams compete
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation donated $850 each to nine VEX Robotics teams from six area schools to help the teams compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship in...

4/5/2017

article CN Tribal Council donates $5,000 to Locust Grove Police Department
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation District 15 Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor on Wednesday donated $5,000 to the Locust Grove Police Department. According to LGPD Chief Bryan...

3/31/2017

article Casino on the Horizon
(Oklahoma) -- Plans are moving forward for Cherokee Springs Plaza in Tahlequah to acquire its anticipated centerpiece tenant, as the Cherokee Nation Businesses board of...

3/30/2017

article CHEROKEE LANDING'S FUTURE: Tribal officials considering remedial action if state closes park
(Oklahoma) -- Chia and Liam Ryals play along the shore of Lake Tenkiller at Cherokee Landing State Park. Cherokee Nation officials are considering ways they might help...
article Cherokee Nation Helps Nine Teams Compete at VEX Robotics World Championship
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation donated $850 to nine VEX Robotics teams from six area schools to help the teams compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship in...

3/29/2017

article Cherokee Nation planning to replace Tahlequah casino
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses took a step Wednesday morning toward relocating and replacing one of its casinos. CNB’s board of directors voted...

3/28/2017

article CN awards $5.1 million to 107 school districts
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation awarded $5.1 million dollars to 107 public school districts from the tribe's 14-county jurisdiction during its annual Public School...

3/25/2017

article Tribe Donates Millions To Schools
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation gave a record $5 million to 107 school districts during the tribe’s annual Public School Appreciation Day Friday, providing a...

3/24/2017

article Tribal Council accepts grant to help increase fitness, nutrition
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on Monday unanimously approved a contract with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Healthy Living Program...
article Cherokee Nation awards $5 million to northeast Oklahoma school districts at Public School Appreciation Day
(Oklahoma) -- After the Cherokee Nation's forced relocation as part of the Trail of Tears, the tribe dedicated more than half of its budget to "educate our...

3/20/2017

article CN wrapping renovation projects
(Oklahoma) -- A couple of major projects for Cherokee Nation Businesses will be wrapped up over the next few months, the Tribal Council learned during Monday night's...

3/17/2017

article Cherokee Nation breaks ground on 11 new homes in Vinita
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation broke ground Friday on 11 new homes being built in a new addition in Vinita, a town of more than 5,500 in Craig County. The three-...
article CHIEF BAKER: Women play essential role in our history and our success at Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Historically, the Cherokee Nation has been a matriarchal society and has always looked to strong women for guidance and leadership. Cherokee women are...

3/12/2017

article Record Number of Teams Compete in Annual Cherokee Challenge Bowl
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation welcomed a record number of teams to the annual Cherokee Challenge Bowl this week at the Sycamore Springs Ranch in southeastern Mayes...

3/6/2017

article Cherokee Nation graduates more welders in training program
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation graduated more skilled welders Friday from its innovative Cherokee Nation welding program. The tribe held a graduation ceremony at Hard...
article Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Election Garners 33 Candidates
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Election Commission on Tuesday drew for ballot positions for the 33 candidates running for Tribal Council in June.
article Cherokee Nation Native Youth M.O.V.E. Group First Nationally Recognized Chapter in the State
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation now has the first nationally recognized Youth M.O.V.E. chapter in the state of Oklahoma. The tribe’s Native Youth Motivating...

3/3/2017

article Cherokee Nation Male Seminary Recreation Center Introduces New Fitness Programs
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Male Seminary Recreation Center is introducing several new fitness programs in 2017 in order to promote healthier lifestyles for gym...
article CN Tribal Council assisting with police trauma equipment
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation District 15 Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor on Wednesday met with officials from the Claremore Police Department, and made a donation of $5,...

3/2/2017

article Oklahoma hidden figure: Cherokee woman helped NASA put man on the moon
(Oklahoma) -- In the 1960s the heroes of America’s space program were men. Astronauts like John Glenn and Gus Grissom were household names. While the guys were...

2/28/2017

article Cherokee Nation Fire Program helps suppress 85 wildfires
(Oklahoma) -- Within the first two months of the year, the Cherokee Nation Fire Program has responded to more than 85 fires in Oklahoma, sending crews out this week to...

2/25/2017

article Cherokee Nation Hosts 30 Schools for First Competition at Joe Thornton Archery Range
(Oklahoma) -- About 350 students from 30 rural Oklahoma schools showcased an ancient sport Friday during the tribe’s first ever Cherokee Nation Archery Tournament.

2/23/2017

article Tribal Council authorizes the donation of vehicles to three law enforcement agencies
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council unanimously passed three resolutions authorizing the Marshal Service to donate a surplus vehicle to three law...

2/22/2017

article Tribal Council authorizes the donation of vehicles to three law enforcement
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council unanimously passed three resolutions authorizing the Marshal Service to donate a surplus vehicle to three law...

2/21/2017

article 200 years of broken promises force Cherokee Nation to file lawsuit against US government
(Oklahoma) -- Broken treaties aren't exactly breaking news for Oklahoma's native people. So why is the Cherokee Nation launching a new legal battle now? There...

2/20/2017

article Cherokee Nation begins construction of 469k-sq-ft facility, featuring ASC — 4 things to know
(Oklahoma) -- Tahlequah, Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation broke ground on a 469,000-square-foot health facility in Tahlequah. Here's what you should know.

2/18/2017

article Cherokee Nation Breaks Ground on New 469,000-square-foot Facility at W.W. Hastings Campus
(Oklahoma) -- After several years of planning and negotiation with the federal government, the Cherokee Nation officially begins construction on the tribe’s new...

2/15/2017

article 35 file for tribal council
(Oklahoma) -- The filing period for nine Tribal Council seats ended on Feb. 9 with 35 Cherokee Nation citizens tossing their hats into the ring, according to the...

2/9/2017

article Cherokee Nation Files, is Granted Emergency Restraining Order, Halting Disposal of Radioactive Waste near the Arkansas & Illinois Rivers
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation and state of Oklahoma jointly filed and were granted a restraining order today against Sequoyah Fuels Corporation near Gore to stop the...

2/8/2017

article Cherokee Nation Welcomes Star Pipe Foundry
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation held a dinner Thursday in South Coffeyville to welcome the new company SP Foundry, which is bringing 250 jobs to Nowata County.

2/5/2017

article Cherokee Art Market hosting Native youth art competition
(Oklahoma) -- Native American youths are invited to participate in the 2017 Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition and Show, scheduled for April 8 through May 6.

1/28/2017

article Harrah's Announces Major WNC Expansion in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- The leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have approved plans to expand Harrah's Cherokee Casino. The tribe's leaders approved...

1/27/2017

article Tribe leaves large footprint in county
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation pumps about $117 million into the Sequoyah County economy alone and about a $1.55 billion impact on the annual economy of Oklahoma.
article BAKER: Tribal governments: stronger together for Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Recently, the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes gathered to collaborate and strategize on issues that will be beneficial to the sovereign...
article Cherokee Nation Official Offers Progressive Agenda for State Lawmakers
(Oklahoma) -- A representative of the Cherokee Nation has suggested Oklahoma lawmakers pursue an economically progressive agenda to achieve prosperity in the state....

1/21/2017

article Cherokee Nation opens 10th casino across state line
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation just opened its 10th casino in Grove, Okla., in the state's northeast corner near the Grand Lake area and close to the Arkansas...

1/20/2017

article Cherokee Nation to distribute heirloom seeds
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will begin dispersing its limited supply of heirloom seeds to tribal citizens interested in growing traditional Cherokee crops and...
article Cherokee Nation could have congressional delegate
(Oklahoma) -- One way the Cherokee Nation could increase its effectiveness in Washington, D.C., would be to seat an Indian delegate in the House of Representatives. The...

1/19/2017

article Cherokee Casino Grove celebrates official grand opening
(Oklahoma) -- After purchasing the property in 2013, officially breaking ground in the spring of 2016, and a topping off ceremony on June 20, 2016, before a soft launch...
article CN tribal council holds brief meeting
(Oklahoma) -- Monday's Cherokee Nation Tribal Council meeting covered a limited agenda. Principal Chief Bill John Baker announced in his State of the Nation address...
article Inter-Tribal Council backs Cherokee for Indian Affairs post
(Oklahoma) -- Jana McKeag, who has more than 40 years of experience working with tribal governments, is being considered for the post within the Department of Interior.

1/18/2017

article Cherokee Nation opens $30 million casino in Grove
(Oklahoma) -- With temperatures hovering just above freezing, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker enthusiastically pumped his arm into the air proclaiming it...
article Tribal, city leaders celebrate opening of Cherokee Casino Grove
(Oklahoma) -- With a snip of the ribbon, members of the Cherokee Nation - led by Principal Chief Bill John Baker - ceremonially opened the tribe's 10th casino just...

1/17/2017

article Cherokee Casino Brings 175 Jobs and More Entertainment to Grove
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Entertainment and the Grove community celebrated the opening of the new Cherokee Casino Grove on Tuesday. The new gaming...
article Cherokee Nation to Disperse Heirloom Seeds February 1
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will begin dispersing its limited supply of heirloom seeds to tribal citizens interested in growing traditional Cherokee crops and...

1/16/2017

article Cherokee Nation officials to celebrate grand opening Tuesday
(Oklahoma) -- After almost a month operating under the "soft opening," officials with the Cherokee Nation will host a formal grand opening celebration on...
article Cherokee Nation donates $5K to two Adair County organizations
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation donated $5,000 to help the New Life Church in Stilwell and the Adair County Resource Center. Both organizations operate snack pack...

1/13/2017

article Cherokee Nation awarded First Nations smoothie grant to boost health
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Food Distribution Program has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute to help tribal citizens get...

1/11/2017

article Cherokee Nation program a boon as state funds dry up
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation’s Roads Program has made a conscious effort to improve the quality of passage for the roads less traveled in Cherokee County and...

1/6/2017

article Tristan Ahtone: Cherokee Nation entitled to delegate in Congress
(Oklahoma) -- As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to occupy the Oval Office, much of Indian Country is bracing for the worst. But the U.S. Congress has an...

1/5/2017

article COMMENTARY: Why Cherokee Nation Represents The Best of Us
(USA) -- Here’s something I didn’t know but should have: For more than 200 years, the Cherokee Nation has had the right to have a delegate be seated by the U...

1/4/2017

article The Cherokee Are the Only Tribe Entitled to a Delegate in Congress. But Will They Finally Send One?
(Washington D.C.) -- As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to occupy the Oval Office, much of Indian Country is bracing for the worst. But the U.S. Congress has an...
article Creation of secretary of Native American Affairs post is important
(Oklahoma) -- The creation of a state secretary of Native American Affairs will raise the level of importance and better prioritize Native issues in Oklahoma. Gov. Mary...

1/3/2017

article CN Wildland Firefighters protect tribal lands
(Oklahoma) -- When there is a wildfire anywhere in the Cherokee Nation's 14-county jurisdiction - and sometimes outside it - there is a group of emergency responders...

1/1/2017

article Cherokee Nation donates $10K to Rogers County bicycle trail
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation recently donated $10,000 to the Rogers County bicycle trail project. The $10,000 donation will help with the consultant fee for the...

12/30/2016

article Cherokee Nation donates $10K to Rogers County bicycle trail
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation recently donated $10,000 to the Rogers County bicycle trail project. The $10,000 donation will help with the consultant fee for the...

12/20/2016

article Cherokee Casino Grove has 'soft opening' before Christmas
(Oklahoma) -- With lines of people standing at the doorways, and a larger amount waiting out the cold weather in their cars, Cherokee Casino Grove officials officially...

12/19/2016

article Cherokee Casino Grove has 'soft opening' before Christmas
(Oklahoma) -- With lines of people standing at the doorways, and a larger amount waiting out the cold weather in their cars, Cherokee Casino Grove officials officially...

12/18/2016

article Cherokee opioid epidemic reflects growing trend
(Oklahoma) -- Abuse and addiction tied to opioid prescription pain killers have been identified as a major health problem not only for members of the Cherokee Nation but...
article Commentary: Cherokees’ gay-marriage law is rooted in tradition
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation, one of the largest registered Native American tribes in the U.S., has officially decided to recognize same-sex marriage.

12/15/2016

article ‘It can tear a family apart’: The opioid crisis sweeps through Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Dr. Anna Miller sits with her legs pulled up, boots kicked off, in an exam chair at Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital. She’s waiting for her...

12/14/2016

article Cherokee Nation: A case study in how to put roofs over the heads of Native Americans who need them
(Oklahoma) -- The brick housing project where Nita Sue Barnes lives in the capital of the Cherokee Nation looks like any middle-class neighborhood in the USA. Homes are...

12/11/2016

article COLUMN: Leadership Oklahoma Class — Appreciating investments
(Oklahoma) -- The November Leadership Oklahoma session was in Tahlequah with a focus on tribal government and community and economic development. The session goals...

12/10/2016

article Cherokee Nation To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation's attorney general Todd Hembree has determined that same-sex marriages must be recognized. From Tulsa World: "While a tribal...
article Sequoyah (Cherokee) to Grace 2017 Native American Dollar Coin Design
(Washington) -- On Friday, December 9, the United States Mint unveiled the one-year-only design that will appear on the reverse of next year’s 2017 Native American...

12/7/2016

article Study shows children learning Cherokee are part of ongoing language renewal
(Kansas) -- Cherokee has been one of a number of endangered Native American languages to see a renaissance in recent history. A group of University of Kansas researchers...

12/4/2016

article Full circle for RedStone President Chris Samples
(Oklahoma) -- From his working class childhood living in Miami in Indian housing, to his career as president and owner of the Native-owned RedStone Construction, Chris...

12/2/2016

article Cherokee Nation chief endorses Fallin for Interior Secretary
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker announced his support this week for Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin as Secretary of Interior under the Trump...
article Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs celebrates fall meet
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs wraps up 28 days of fall racing, as the 2016 American Quarter Horse Association racing season concludes for the seventh...

12/1/2016

article Federal Recordkeeping The Subject Of A New Lawsuit By Cherokees
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation has sued the federal government, and wants to know details about how it has managed its property throughout history. Washington has...
article This is Why the Cherokee Nation Filed a Lawsuit Against the Federal Government
(Oklahoma) -- Trust is a big reason why the Cherokee Nation filed a lawsuit against the federal government exactly 231 years after they entered into the Treaty of...
press release Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs celebrates successful meet
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Casino - Will Rogers Downs wraps up 28 days of fall racing, as the 2016 American Quarter Horse Association racing season concludes for the seventh...

11/26/2016

article Cherokee Nation honors top eight area Indian-owned businesses for 2016
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored hundreds of Native-owned businesses, from construction companies to printing shops during the tribe's 9th Annual TERO...

11/24/2016

article Sequoyah's Cabin officially changes hands
(Oklahoma) -- It became official on Wednesday, Nov. 9, when the Oklahoma Historical Society officially handed over ownership of Sequoyah’s Cabin to the Cherokee...

11/21/2016

article Cherokee Nation honors top eight Indian-owned businesses for 2016
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored hundreds of Native-owned businesses, from construction companies to printing shops during the tribe’s 9th Annual TERO...
article Cherokee Nation honors vendors
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored hundreds of Native-owned businesses, from construction companies to printing shops during the tribe’s Ninth Annual TERO...

11/12/2016

article Cherokee Nation Formalizes Purchase of Sequoyah’s Cabin
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is celebrating the purchase and acquisition of the historic home of legendary statesman and inventor of the Cherokee syllabary,...
article CNB boosts entertainment experience
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses is preserving and promoting Cherokee culture at each of its tribally-owned properties by using themes and technology to immerse...

11/11/2016

article Diversifying the Cherokee portfolio through federal contracts
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation’s entertainment venues are thriving these days and provide budget dollars that fund services for our people. That is a good thing for...
article Klein: Sequoyah's Cabin comes back home to the Cherokees
(Oklahoma) -- Sequoyah’s Cabin, one of the most significant pieces of Cherokee Nation history, has been returned to the tribe’s people. “A true jewel...

11/10/2016

article Cherokee Nation Purchases Sequoyah’s Cabin from Oklahoma Historical Society
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is celebrating the purchase and acquisition of the historic home of legendary statesman and inventor of the Cherokee syllabary,...

11/9/2016

article Cherokee Nation Formalizes Purchase Of Sequoyah's Cabin
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation officials formalized the purchase of Sequoyah’s Cabin from the Oklahoma Historical Society with a signing ceremony Wednesday. The...

10/25/2016

article Cherokee Nation schedules job fairs for newest gaming facility
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is looking for employees to work at its newest casino in Oklahoma. Two job fairs will be held November 2 and November 14. Both take...
article Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month
(Oklahoma) -- Sundays at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs, racehorses parade past the stands in unconventional pink saddle towels and silks.

10/24/2016

article Cherokee Heritage Center Presents Distinguished Awards at SevenStar Gala
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Heritage Center recently hosted its annual SevenStar Gala on October 22, 2016 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa.

10/23/2016

press release Tribal Council approves lease for wind farm at former Chilocco Indian School
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved the leasing of more than 4,000 acres of tribal trust land near the former Chilocco Indian School site to wind...

10/22/2016

article Arkansas Supreme Court will not reconsider ruling on casino issue
(Arkansas) -- Voters of Arkansas were set to see a referendum on the ballot this November that would have decided if casino gaming could be added to three counties in...

10/21/2016

article AR Supreme Court Denies Casino Amendment Reconsideration
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court denied a request to reconsider the casino-gambling ballot issue. Votes on the proposed constitutional amendment will not be...

10/19/2016

article Tribal Council Approves Lease for Wind Farm at Former Chilocco Indian School Site
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved the leasing of more than 4,000 acres of tribal trust land near the former Chilocco Indian School site to wind...

10/13/2016

article Cherokee Nation Receives Grant for New Transit Buses
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is using a $321,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration to buy six transit buses that meet the needs of riders with...

10/12/2016

article State Lawmakers And City Officials Oppose Casino Issue
(Arkansas) -- The November election is now less than a month away and one of the issues that have been getting a lot of attention is Issue 5. If voters pass the issue...
article Study puts casinos' tax bump at $122M
(Arkansas) -- Three new casinos that would be authorized by a proposed constitutional amendment would create thousands of jobs and raise $122 million in annual tax...

10/11/2016

article Group that backs Arkansas casinos projects $122M tax revenue boost
(Arkansas) -- Legalizing casinos in three Arkansas counties would create an additional $122 million in annual tax revenue and thousands of new jobs, according to a study...

10/9/2016

article US Department of Housing, Urban Development Deputy Assistant Secretary Visits Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Native American Programs got a firsthand look at...

10/7/2016

article US Department of Housing, Urban Development Deputy Assistant Secretary visits Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Native American Programs got a firsthand look at...

10/6/2016

article 2016-17 Tribal Youth Council sworn into office
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation swore in its new 2016-17 Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council members on Tuesday to begin serving a one-year term volunteering and...

10/3/2016

article Ark. casino ballot measure faces rejection from Supreme Court
(Arkansas) -- The odds just got longer for a casino proposal to stay on the November ballot. A "special master" assisting in a trial regarding a proposed...
article Special master finds signatures insufficient for casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- Special Master John Jennings, appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court to review sufficiency of signatures on petitions to put a casino amendment on the...
article Special master: Arkansas casino issue should not be on ballot
(Arkansas) -- A ballot item to allow casinos to operate in Washington, Miller and Boone counties should not have been certified for the Nov. 8 ballot, a special master...

10/2/2016

article Art Market to feature 150 artists' work
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Art Market returns Oct. 8-9 to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa, a media release states.The 11th annual event has grown into one of the...

10/1/2016

article Fight against Arkansas Casinos continues
(Arkansas) -- Earlier this week, a brief was submitted by the Protect Arkansas Values-Stop Casinos Now group in an effort to see Issue 5 voted against. According to the...

9/30/2016

article Ark. casino ballot measure faces new criticism
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Supreme Court will soon decide on whether to allow casinos on the ballot in November. It's called Issue 5, and if passed, would allow three...

9/25/2016

article Cherokee Nation Hosts Resource & Benefit Enrollment Fair for Veterans
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is hosting a resource and benefit enrollment fair for all veterans on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center in...

9/22/2016

article State Chamber of Commerce opposing casinos measure
(Arkansas) -- The state Chamber of Commerce says it's opposing a ballot measure that would legalize casinos in three counties. The chamber Thursday said its...

9/21/2016

article Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe Opposes Casinos Measure
(Arkansas) -- Former Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday said he opposes an effort to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties, citing concerns that local voters wouldn'...
article Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe opposing casinos measure
(Arkansas) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is opposing a ballot measure that would legalize casinos in three counties. Protect Arkansas Values/Stop Casinos Now...
article CHIEF BAKER: Record budget allows Cherokee Nation to expand critical programs
(Oklahoma) -- Almost a billion dollars will be invested in the coming year to improve Cherokee lives. The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council passed a historic $934.2 million...

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