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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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12/16/2017

article In Opioid Battle, Cherokee Want Their Day in Tribal Court
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee children were disappearing. At weekly staff meetings, Todd Hembree, the attorney general of the Cherokee Nation, kept hearing about babies in...
article Mural of Cherokee National Treasure dedicated in Vinita
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation and city of Vinita dedicated a new mural in honor of Cherokee National Treasure Anna Belle Sixkiller Mitchell in downtown Vinita on Dec...

12/15/2017

article Ed Hardin: Cherokee nation and its football team strong and victorious
(Oklahoma) -- A steady wind blows down off the Qualla Boundary, and snow flurries seem to rise instead of falling into the empty streets. This is the quiet time on the...
press release Notes from the Chief: Reflecting on a successful 2017 and welcoming a bright new year ahead
(Indian Country) -- As we wrap up 2017 and begin 2018, we can reflect on our multitude of achievements in the past year and look forward to the coming year’s...

12/13/2017

article Upgrades planned for Cherokee Springs Plaza traffic
(Oklahoma) -- Roadwork is under way near Cherokee Springs Plaza to alleviate the traffic congestion that occurs in the area and accommodate future growth as work...

12/12/2017

article Cherokee Nation Tribal Council confirms three board appointments
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors appointed Dr. Gary Dan Davis to the Cherokee Nation Foundation’s board of directors at the December meeting Monday...
article Tribal Council reaffirms board appointments
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council confirmed three appointments during a meeting at the W.W. Keeler Complex Monday. Deacon Turner was reaffirmed as a...

12/9/2017

article EDITORIAL: Local partnerships make county unique
(Oklahoma) -- Sometimes, local residents think of the area's largest institutions and entities as islands unto themselves. The public doesn't necessarily...

12/8/2017

article Local partnerships make county unique
(Oklahoma) -- Sometimes, local residents think of the area's largest institutions and entities as islands unto themselves. The public doesn't necessarily...

11/30/2017

article Steven Ruighaver Wins Record-Breaking WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee $365 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed
(Oklahoma) -- Steven Ruighaver, a recreational poker player from South Carolina, claimed the first place in the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee $365 No-Limit Hold...

11/27/2017

article Cherokee Nation adds solar canopy vehicle charging station
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will host a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Tuesday for a solar canopy charging station for electric vehicles, the newest addition to the W.W...

11/20/2017

article As Native Americans Face Job Discrimination, A Tribe Works To Employ Its Own
(Oklahoma) -- Diane Kelly, executive director of career services for the Cherokee Nation, runs an employment workshop for tribal members at the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa...
article Cherokee Nation donates $29,000 for outdoor learning space at Muskogee school
(Oklahoma) -- Students at Alice Robertson Junior High School are getting hands-on experience with gardening thanks to a $29,000 donation from the Cherokee Nation.

11/19/2017

article VIDEO: Cherokee Preservation, Cherokee Pride
(Oklahoma) -- The National Trust for Historic Preservation honored the Cherokee Nation this week for its work to repair and restore historic properties in northeastern...

11/18/2017

article As Native Americans Face Job Discrimination, A Tribe Works To Employ Its Own
(Oklahoma) -- When he started working as a bartender a few years ago in Seattle, Howie Echo-Hawk says he began experiencing discrimination. First, a bar manager told him...

11/16/2017

article Tribe honors Native-owned businesses
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored hundreds of Native-owned businesses, from construction companies to printing shops, during the tribe’s 10th annual TERO...

11/15/2017

article Cherokee Nation Honors U.S. Army Veterans in November
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored four U.S. Army veterans with the Medal of Patriotism at the Tribal Council meeting Monday. Virgil England, 81, of Blue Springs...
article Cherokee National Historical Society Hosting Genealogy Workshop Nov. 18 at Cherokee Heritage Center
(Oklahoma) -- In recognition of Native American History Month, the Cherokee National Historical Society is hosting a genealogy workshop on Nov. 18 at the Ho-chee-nee...

11/12/2017

article Chief Downing helped Nation heal after Civil War
(Oklahoma) -- In the wake of the Civil War, the rancor among the Cherokee population proved difficult to placate. But local historians give much credit to a Cherokee...
article CN honors top nine Indian-owned businesses for 2017
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored hundreds of Native-owned businesses, from construction companies to printing shops, during the tribe's 10th Annual TERO...

11/11/2017

article Gala honors Cherokees
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Heritage Center recently hosted its annual SevenStar Gala at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Four awards were given to recognize those...

11/9/2017

article Cherokee debates off-casino alcohol sales
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee is once again debating alcohol sales. It has been available for years inside the casino, having gone to a referendum vote. When the tribe...
article Notes from the Chief: Celebrating Cherokee Veterans
(Oklahoma) -- November is a special and sacred time in the Cherokee Nation and all across Indian Country. Annually, November is the month we set aside to celebrate and...

11/8/2017

article Chief Baker: Compromise is Never Perfect, but Compromising the Lives of Our Most Vulnerable isn’t an Option
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker released the following statement today, urging Oklahoma lawmakers to reach a bipartisan budget agreement to...
article Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation takes time to honor veteran brothers and sisters
(Oklahoma) -- Osiyo, November is a special and sacred time in the Cherokee Nation and all across Indian Country. Annually, November is the month we set aside to...

11/7/2017

article Cherokee Nation honors top nine Indian-owned businesses for 2017
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored hundreds of Native-owned businesses, from construction companies to printing shops, during the tribe’s 10th Annual TERO...

11/6/2017

article Cherokee Nation continues support of the Moravian Archives
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. recently visited the Moravian Archives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to tour the facility and...

11/2/2017

article Tribe screens more than 40,000 for hepatitis C
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation has screened more than 40,000 tribal citizens for hepatitis C after becoming the first tribe in the country to launch an elimination...

10/31/2017

article Cherokee Nation screens more than 40,000 patients for hepatitis C
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation has screened more than 40,000 tribal citizens for hepatitis C after becoming the first tribe in the country to launch an elimination...
press release Cherokee Nation to honor Indian-owned vendors and artists
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will recognize its top certified Indian-owned businesses of 2017 during the tribe’s 10th annual TERO awards banquet at 6 p.m....

10/30/2017

article Cherokee Nation honors veterans in October
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored a World War II veteran and three Vietnam War veterans with the Medal of Patriotism at the Tribal Council meeting on Monday, Oct...

10/27/2017

article Principal Chief’s report for October 2017
(Oklahoma) -- The month of October was eventful. The Annual Cherokee Indian Fair began with a great parade, great weather for the week, an exciting children’s day...

10/24/2017

article Tribal Council approves continuation of membership in InterTribal Buffalo Council
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors approved a resolution Monday allowing the tribe to continue its voting representation with the InterTribal Buffalo...

10/19/2017

article Cherokee Nation Chief Baker appoints Randy Campbell to Cherokee Nation Election Commission
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation citizen Randy Campbell was sworn into office as the newest member of the Cherokee Nation Election Commission Monday.

10/18/2017

article ‘Chosen One’ campaign seeks increase in Cherokee foster and adoptive homes
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s Indian Child Welfare team has launched a new initiative to recruit foster and adoptive parents, as well as collect some of the...

10/17/2017

article Cherokee National Youth Choir Wins Best Pop Recording at Native American Music Awards
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee National Youth Choir’s album “Celebration” was named Best Pop Recording during the 17th annual Native American Music Awards...

10/7/2017

article Arts Scene: Cherokee Art Market features works by more than 150 artists
(Oklahoma) -- The 12th annual Cherokee Art Market will feature works by more than 150 elite Native American artists from across the nation representing more than 50...

10/4/2017

article Tribal Youth Council sworn into office for 2017-18
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation swore in its 2017-18 Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council Monday evening at the tribe’s headquarters in Tahlequah.

9/29/2017

article Cherokee Nation nurses among Oklahoma’s Great 100 Nurses
(Oklahoma) -- Sixteen Cherokee Nation nurses were honored Monday at the state’s Great 100 Nurses awards dinner at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

9/26/2017

article Cherokee Nation celebrates local community organization groundbreaking
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis...
article Cherokee Nation receives visit from US Health Secretary Tom Price
(Oklahoma) -- U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s first visit to Indian Country included a lesson on blowguns, chatting with pint-sized Cherokee...

9/25/2017

article Fourth Cherokee Warrior Flight takes eight veterans to Washington, D.C.
(Oklahoma) -- The fourth annual Cherokee Warrior Flight left from Tulsa International Airport early Monday, carrying a group of eight veterans and their chaperones to...

9/21/2017

article U.S. Health and Human Services secretary praises Cherokee drug treatment center
(Oklahoma) -- A member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is receiving an up-close and personal view of the opioid epidemic in Indian Country.
article U.S. Secretary Of Health And Human Services Visits Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price is in Oklahoma visiting with tribal leaders to talk about their healthcare needs. Price...

9/16/2017

article HUD investigates Cherokee Nation's use of housing funds
(Oklahoma) -- Questions on whether the Cherokee Nation has been misusing housing funds for college scholarships has led to an investigation by the U.S. Department of...

9/14/2017

article Cherokee Nation to host third Elders Summit
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee elders across the tribe's 14-county jurisdiction are invited to the third annual Cherokee Nation Elders Summit. This year's summit is...

9/13/2017

article Cherokee Nation honors veterans in September
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored three U.S. Navy veterans with the Medal of Patriotism at the September Tribal Council meeting on Monday.

9/12/2017

article Tribal Council passes budget for fiscal '18
(Oklahoma) -- At its regular monthly meeting on Monday, the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved a resolution to submit an application for a grant to the Office of...
article Cherokee Nation hosts third annual Elders Summit events
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee elders across the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction are invited to the third annual Cherokee Nation Elders Summit. This year’s summit is...

9/11/2017

article Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri Tribe to hold election Saturday
(Arkansas) -- The Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri Tribe will hold an election from 1:30-4:40 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in Springfield. Members who plan to vote will be...

9/9/2017

article Cherokee National Youth Choir Nominated for Three Native American Music Awards
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee National Youth Choir is competing for three Native American Music Awards, including Duo/Group of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop...

9/8/2017

article Cherokee Nation Honors Two Citizens for Keeping Tribe’s Art & Culture Alive
(Oklahoma) -- Two Cherokee Nation citizens were recently named Cherokee National Treasures, an honor given by the tribe for keeping Cherokee art and culture alive.

9/6/2017

article Gilcrease exhibit examines post-removal CN prosperity
(Oklahoma) -- With the new “After Removal: Rebuilding the Cherokee Nation” exhibit, Gilcrease Museum visitors can see how the Cherokee Nation has come to...

9/5/2017

article Cherokee chief promotes healing in State of the Nation address
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s voice choked with emotion on Saturday as he addressed the descendants of Cherokee freedmen during...

9/2/2017

article NC Casino Operator Hit With Unpaid Wages Suit (sub req)
(North Carolina) -- The operator of a pair of North Carolina tribal casinos was hit with a proposed class and collective action in federal court Thursday accusing it of...

9/1/2017

press release Crochet club at Harrah's has casino employees making caps for kids with cancer
(Arizona) -- At the moment she first picked up a crochet hook nearly four years ago, Feliz Leyba fell in love with crochet. In the years since she’s learned the...

8/29/2017

article Cherokee Nation hosting construction job fair for new health facility in Tahlequah
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation is working with Flintco and Cooper Construction to host a construction job fair for the new Cherokee Nation Outpatient Health Center at the...

8/28/2017

article Cherokee Nation dedicates Washington County bridge
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation and Washington County officials dedicated the new Matoaka Bridge 84 project in Washington County recently. Repairs to the former single-...

8/26/2017

article Cherokee Nation citizens make Native 40 under 40 list
(Oklahoma) -- Five Cherokee Nation citizens made the 2017 "Native American 40 Under 40" list by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development...

8/25/2017

article Cherokee Holiday, Labor Day promise slate of local activities
(Oklahoma) -- Tahlequah and the surrounding area will soon be a hub of tradition, culture and art as residents and visitors begin celebrating the 65th Annual Cherokee...

8/24/2017

press release Hit comedian returns to Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs
(Oklahoma) -- Hilarious actor and stand-up comedian Joey "Coco" Diaz returns to the Qualla Ballroom inside Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs on...

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...

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