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Cherokee Nation Tribal Council recognizes ‘Removal’ ride volunteer

Tribal Councilors on March 11 recognized with a resolution a volunteer who supports the Cherokee Nation’s annual “Remember the Removal” bike ride. Councilors unanimously recognized Jose Alcala for his volunteer work repairing the bicycles used during the nearly 1,000-mile journeys. Principal Chief Bill John Baker presented Alcala a traditional blanket and thanked for his efforts to ensure the safety of cyclists.

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7/21/2019

article Cherokees in 4 Ark. counties eligible for Section 184 home loans
(Arkansas) -- Cherokee Nation citizens living in four Arkansas counties now qualify to use the Section 184 Home Loan Guarantee Program after the tribe’s request to...

7/20/2019

article Cherokee Nation accepting applications for housing assistance
(Oklahoma) -- The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation will accept College Housing Assistance Program applications for the fall 2019 semester July 29 through Aug. 9....
article NSU, Connors, Cherokee Nation and NHS launch partnership
(Oklahoma) -- Northeastern State University, Connors State College, Northeastern Health System and Cherokee Nation came together earlier this month to sign a memorandum...

7/19/2019

article BAKER: Cherokee Nation plans for 2020 census
(Oklahoma) -- As citizens of the United States, we have a responsibility to participate in the United States Census, a national roll call mandated by the United States...

7/17/2019

article Cherokee Nation Tribal Council rejects recommended pay increases
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal councilors voted July 15 not to accept the pay increases recommended by the Cherokee Nation Compensation Committee, with critics within and outside...
article Cherokee Nation honors Loretta Shade as Cherokee National Treasure
(Oklahoma) -- The Council of the Cherokee Nation joined Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden in honoring Loretta Shade, of Hulbert, as a...

7/16/2019

article Cherokee Pay Hike Blocked
(Oklahoma) -- There will be no giant pay raise for Cherokee tribal leaders and the council. The council voted to kill the plan that would have doubled some salaries....
article Move for CN raises doesn't make agenda
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation District 3 Tribal Councilor David Walkingstick proposed legislation to give tribal employees a raise during an Executive and Finance...
article Proposal seeking raises for Cherokee Nation employees yet to be discussed
(Oklahoma) -- A proposal to increase the salaries of Cherokee Nation employees is still awaiting consideration. Amid the chaos at the end of Monday’s Rules...

7/15/2019

article Cherokee Tribal Council votes to decline controversial raise proposal for Cherokee leaders
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council declined a controversial proposed five-figure pay raise for the tribe’s elected officials on Monday night. Before...

7/12/2019

article Cherokee tribal councilor seeks raises for employees amid debate over salary increases for tribal leaders
(Oklahoma) -- Amid a debate over recommended pay raises for tribal leaders amounting in some instances to more than 80%, a member of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council...
article Kimberly Teehee: The strength of Oklahoma lies in its people
(Oklahoma) -- The following is a statement from Kimberly Teehee, the Vice President of Government Relations for Cherokee Nation Businesses, regarding Class III gaming...

7/11/2019

article Hoskin, Warner select cabinet
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Chief-Elect Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief-Elect Bryan Warner have selected their executive cabinet. “This team represents innovation,...

7/10/2019

article Cherokee Nation Compensation Committee submits hefty pay raises for elected officials
(Oklahoma) -- Principal Chief-elect Chuck Hoskin Jr. and other Cherokee Nation elected officials could be getting sizable raises when their terms begin Aug. 14, assuming...
article IHS, Cherokee Nation launch HIV pilot project
(Oklahoma) -- On National HIV Testing Day, Indian Health Service and Cherokee Nation officials announced an HIV pilot project to ensure the success of the Ending the HIV...

7/9/2019

article Cherokee Nation celebrates 40th anniversary of regained ownership of historical structures
(Oklahoma) -- Forty years ago, Cherokee Nation regained ownership of three of its most iconic structures: its prison, Supreme Court and Capitol buildings. A new exhibit...

7/8/2019

article GUEST OPINION: CN Tribal Council should reject pay hikes
(Oklahoma) -- Last week, the Cherokee Nation Compensation Committee offered its recommendation to significantly hike salaries for Cherokee Nation elected officials. Some...
article Proposed pay hikes for Cherokee Nation officers criticized
(Oklahoma) -- Big salary increases proposed for leaders of the Cherokee Nation have sparked some controversy within the tribe. Five members of the Cherokee Nation...

7/7/2019

article Walkingstick, Lay introduce legislation to reject pay increases
(Oklahoma) -- A report from the Cherokee Nation Compensation Committee earlier this week recommends pay increases ranging from 26% for Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd to...

7/6/2019

article Cherokee tribal councilors file legislation to reject pay raises for elected officials
(Oklahoma) -- Three Cherokee Nation tribal councilors on Saturday filed legislation to oppose impending pay raises for elected officials. Councilors David Walkingstick,...

7/3/2019

article Incoming Cherokee chief could see 84% raise over current chief's pay
(Oklahoma) -- Barring action by the Tribal Council, elected officials at the Cherokee Nation are about to get five-figure raises come August. A report from the Cherokee...

7/2/2019

article Cherokee Nation invited to store seeds in Arctic vault
(Oklahoma) -- Rare seeds representing centuries of Cherokee cultural and agricultural history are headed for an Arctic vault built to protect the world’s crops.

6/29/2019

article Cherokees work to eliminate new HIV cases
(Oklahoma) -- On National HIV Testing Day, the Indian Health Service and Cherokee Nation announced the launch of a new HIV pilot project to ensure the future success of...

6/28/2019

article Cherokees work to eliminate new HIV cases
(Oklahoma) -- On National HIV Testing Day, the Indian Health Service and Cherokee Nation announced the launch of a new HIV pilot project to ensure the future success of...

6/27/2019

article IHS and Cherokee Nation launch new HIV pilot project
(Oklahoma) -- On National HIV Testing Day, June 27, the Indian Health Service and Cherokee Nation Health Service announced the launch of a new HIV pilot project to...

6/26/2019

article Claiming to be Cherokee, contractors with white ancestry got $300 million
(Missouri) -- Two years ago, when the mayor’s office in St. Louis announced a $311,000 contract to tear down an old shoe factory, it made a point of identifying...

6/25/2019

article US Navy to name future rescue vessel to honour Cherokee Nation
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Navy will name its newest towing, salvage, and rescue ship (T-ATS) Cherokee Nation in recognition of the service by tribal people.

6/24/2019

article First Native American Novelist Was a Killer Newspaper Editor
(California) -- Darkness had fallen, but the Ridge family wouldn’t find peace in slumber. John Rollin Ridge, then 12 years old, watched as his father was hauled...

6/22/2019

article US Navy to Dub Newest Rescue Ship 'Cherokee Nation'
(Washington D.C.) -- One of the U.S. Navy's newest rescue ships is being named the "Cherokee Nation" to honor the service and contributions the Cherokee...

6/21/2019

article Cherokee Nation is name for Navy's newest towing, salvage, rescue ship
(USA) -- The U.S. Navy's newest towing, salvage and rescue ship will be named Cherokee Nation, the military branch announced Friday. "It is my privilege to...
article Navy will name rescue ship 'Cherokee Nation' to honor tribe's contributions to the military
(USA) -- The U.S. Navy on Friday said it will name its newest rescue ship “Cherokee Nation” in honor of the contributions Cherokee people have made to the...

6/20/2019

article Cherokee owner’s dream comes true with children’s bookstore
(Oklahoma) -- What started as a dream has become a reality for the owners and operators of Lavender’s Bleu Literacy Market, an independent children’s...
article Cherokee Nation election campaign violation claims dismissed
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court has dismissed two petitions that sought to invalidate the results of the election that appointed the tribe's...
article CN tribal speaker to prepare new administration
(Oklahoma) -- Principal Chief-elect Chuck Hoskin Jr. said former Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Tina Glory Jordan to lead the transition team in preparation for...
article David Nail coming to Cherokee Casino and Hotel West Siloam Springs
(Oklahoma) -- David Nail is a frontman for David Nail and the Well Ravens, and also known for writing songs that have been chart-toppers. Nail rounds off his last 10...

6/18/2019

article Cherokee Nation Contributes $7.7M to Sequoyah County Road Project
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation is partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Sequoyah County to continue improvements to Dwight Mission Road.

6/17/2019

article Harvard Study Shows Native Americans in Oklahoma Climbing Socio-economic Ladder
(Oklahoma) -- Social scientists have long understood that a child’s environment, in particular growing up in poverty, can have a long-lasting effect on their...

6/15/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Harvard study shows Native Americans in Oklahoma climbing socio-economic ladder
(Oklahoma) -- Social scientists have long understood that a child’s environment, in particular growing up in poverty, can have a long-lasting effect on their...

6/14/2019

article Bill John Baker: A wonderful story of perseverance and resiliency
(Oklahoma) -- Social scientists have long understood that a child’s environment, in particular growing up in poverty, can have a long-lasting effect on their...

6/13/2019

article Cherokee Nation Businesses partners with Legends for Arkansas casino venture
(Arkansas) -- As part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses’ efforts to expand into Arkansas, CNB officials announced on June 11 a partnership with Legends to propose...

6/12/2019

article NFL Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Linked to Arkansas Casino Proposal
(Arkansas) -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is involved in an Arkansas casino proposal through his hospitality company Legends. In a release announced this week,...
article EDITORIAL: Cherokee Principal Chief-elect Chuck Hoskin faces many challenges
(Oklahoma) -- Congratulations to Chuck Hoskin Jr., who won this weekend’s election for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. Hoskin, a former secretary of state...

6/11/2019

article Cherokee Nation makes its Pope County casino pitch with Jerry Jones-related partnership
(Arkansas) -- The Cherokee Nation has joined the groups touting big plans for a Pope County casino, presuming one is allowed there. The nation’s business arm...
article Pope County Quorum Court discusses casino ordinance with community
(Arkansas) -- Casino gambling is legal in Arkansas but Jefferson and Pope will have to build from the ground up before they can go all in. However, some people in Pope...
article OP/ED: On identity politics, Cherokee style
(Oklahoma) -- “There are Cherokee citizens who have no Cherokee blood.” I ran across this quote in a New York Times article. It was attributed to the deputy...

6/10/2019

article CN Tribal Council OKs work on vet cemetery, flooded Fort Gibson casino
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council authorized the CN Veterans Affairs department to apply for grants to establish a Cherokee Veteran Cemetery within the 14...
article 11th-hour protests filed against CN winners
(Oklahoma) -- Three separate appeals regarding results of the Cherokee Nation election were filed with the tribe's Supreme Court Monday, after Chuck Hoskin Jr. and...
article Cherokee citizen graduates from Harvard
(Massachusetts) -- Ashley Dawn Anderson, a resident of Tahlequah and a Cherokee tribal member, graduated from the Class of 2019 at Harvard University. Anderson was the...
article Cherokee Medicine Keepers share land knowledge with college students
(Oklahoma) -- Nearly a year after its inception, a mentorship program combining elders known as Cherokee Medicine Keepers and college students is working to preserve...

6/9/2019

article Hoskin, Warner winners of Cherokee Nation election
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Election Commission certified the 2019 General Election results on Monday that have former Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and...

6/6/2019

article BAKER: Art therapy strengthens identity for tribal foster children
(Oklahoma) -- Art therapy is more than simply filling in a coloring book. Cherokee Nation’s Indian Child Welfare department is expanding its art therapy endeavor...
article Tribe donates prescription drop boxes
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is donating six prescription drug drop-off boxes to six municipalities as part of a grant that Environmental Programs received from the...
article Cherokee Nation recognized for support of teachers fund
(Oklahoma) -- Twenty-seven Oklahoma educators will embark on career-changing professional development experiences this summer, thanks in part to a new Tribal Alliance...
article Cherokee Nation steps in during historic Arkansas River flood
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation marshals, medics and emergency management team kept life moving in the 4,000-population town of Fort Gibson, where the Arkansas River hadn...

6/4/2019

article Hoskin, Warner win CN election
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Election Commission reviewed the results of the tribe's election Monday, certifying Chuck Hoskin Jr. as the next principal chief...
article Cherokee Nation, OSU Break Ground on Medical School
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders from the Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences gathered in Tahlequah to break ground on the 84,000 sq.-ft. OSU...

6/3/2019

article Chuck Hoskin Jr. elected Cherokee Nation's principal chief
(Oklahoma) -- Unofficial election results show that the Cherokee Nation's former secretary of state, Chuck Hoskin Jr., has been elected to be the principal chief of...
article Tulsa World editorial: Cherokee Principal Chief-elect Chuck Hoskin faces many challenges
(Oklahoma) -- Congratulations to Chuck Hoskin Jr., who won this weekend’s election for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. Hoskin, a former secretary of state...

6/2/2019

article Cherokees declare Chuck Hoskin Jr. winner in chief's race
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation early Sunday declared Chuck Hoskin Jr. winner of the principal chief's race, based on preliminary results. As of 1:30 a.m.,...
article Chuck Hoskin Jr. elected Cherokee Nation's principal chief
(Oklahoma) -- Unofficial election results show that the Cherokee Nation's former secretary of state, Chuck Hoskin Jr., has been elected to be the principal chief of...
article Chuck Hoskin Jr. elected new Cherokee chief, vows to 'unify Cherokee people' following 'contentious' election moments
(Oklahoma) -- Based on preliminary results, the Cherokee Nation’s former Secretary of State is about to get a new job title: principal chief. According to...
article Warner prevails in deputy chief race
(Oklahoma) -- Bryan Warner, one half of the Hoskin-Warner campaign, was elected Cherokee Nation deputy chief in the June 1 general election with 59.27 percent of the...
article Miss Cherokee, Junior Miss Cherokee, Little Cherokee Ambassador applications now available
(Oklahoma) -- Applications for the 2019-20 Miss Cherokee, Junior Miss Cherokee and Little Cherokee Ambassador competitions are now available.

6/1/2019

article Ballot counting continues into the night in Cherokee chief's race
(Oklahoma) -- Ballot counting continued late into the night at the Cherokee Nation Election Commission Saturday. As of 1:30 am, unofficial results from the 51 precincts...
article Deere runs unopposed, wins Dist. 13 council seat
(Oklahoma) -- After a March 14 Supreme Court opinion affirmed the Election Commission’s decision to prevent incumbent Buel Anglen from running in the general...
article Warner prevails in deputy chief race
(Oklahoma) -- Bryan Warner, one half of the Hoskin-Warner campaign, was elected Cherokee Nation deputy chief in the June 1 general election with 59.27 percent of the...
article VA, Cherokee Nation to host claims event
(Oklahoma) -- VA and Cherokee Nation are hosting a VA Claims Event 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 6, at Cherokee Nation Office of Veterans Affairs, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave.,...

5/31/2019

article Cherokee Nation Leadership Election Set for Saturday
(Oklahoma) -- Citizens of the Cherokee Nation are set to decide who will be their principal chief, deputy principal chief, and eight tribal council seats. The tribe will...
article Cherokee Nation’s next chief will have a big footprint in Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- Members of the Cherokee Nation — the largest Native American tribe — will cast votes for a new principal chief this week from every corner of...
article Cherokee principal chief election Saturday preceded by contentious road dotted with candidate disqualifications, court wrangling
(Oklahoma) -- The original field of four candidates for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation was whittled to two before even reaching election day. The election is...
article Federal judge nixes Brown’s case to rejoin chief race
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge on May 31 dismissed a lawsuit filed by Cherokee Nation citizen Rhonda Brown Fleming, who the tribe’s Election Commission...
article Fishinghawk officially out of Tribal Council race
(Oklahoma) -- With a May 31 deadline elapsed, Jodie Fishinghawk remained disqualified from the Dist. 8 Tribal Council race in the Cherokee Nation’s June 1 general...

5/30/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Cherokee marshals set standard for tribal law enforcement
(Oklahoma) -- As torrential spring storms have created historic flooding recently in our communities, our Cherokee Nation emergency responders have been out in full...
article High-stakes election set for Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation election has drawn support from several prominent Democratic leaders, as well as backing from outside Oklahoma. The race is being...

5/29/2019

article The Cherokee Nation’s next chief will have a big footprint in Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- Members of the Cherokee Nation — the largest Native American tribe — will cast votes for a new principal chief this week from every corner of...
article Cherokee Bluegrass Festival set for June 6-8
(North Carolina) -- Adams Bluegrass, LLC, has announced that the Cherokee Bluegrass Festival will be held at Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground at 1553 Wolfetown...

5/28/2019

article Flooding could worsen; Fort Gibson casino suffers damage
(Oklahoma) -- Residents and businesses across Oklahoma are still waiting for the effects of several days of storms, tornados and flooding to subside. The Cherokee Nation...

5/26/2019

article HARPER: Citizens United does not impact the laws of the Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Late last week, the Election Commission of the Cherokee Nation in a unanimous decision disqualified David Walkingstick for the upcoming Principal Chief...

5/25/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Remembering and appreciating our military veterans
(Oklahoma) -- During the month of May, designated as National Military Appreciation Month, we always take time to recognize the many Native military veterans who have...

5/24/2019

article Cherokee Nation high court hears Walkingstick appeal to rejoin chief’s race
(Oklahoma) -- Disqualified principal chief candidate David Walkingstick’s fate in the race now rests in the hands of Cherokee Nation Supreme Court justices who...
article Court delays Walkingstick decision
(Oklahoma) -- After a couple hours of hearing oral arguments Friday, May 24, on the disqualification of David Walkingstick from the chief's race, Cherokee Nation...
article BAKER: Remembering and appreciating our Cherokee military veterans
(Oklahoma) -- During the month of May, designated as National Military Appreciation Month, we always take time to recognize the many Native military veterans who have...

5/23/2019

article Cherokee sovereignty likely to be featured in arguments to Supreme Court about David Walkingstick's election disqualification
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee sovereignty appears poised to become a key issue in David Walkingstick’s appeal to be reinstated as a candidate for principal chief. The...
article Jodie Fishinghawk disqualified from Tribal Council race
(Oklahoma) -- Following a May 23 hearing that lasted more than five hours, during which about 90 minutes was spent in executive session, the Cherokee Nation Election...
article Cherokee Nation disburses $476,000 to northeast Oklahoma fire departments
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation officials disbursed nearly half a million dollars to 136 rural Oklahoma fire departments on May 13 during the tribe’s annual...

5/22/2019

article CN Tribal Council donates over $67,000 to law enforcement agencies
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation District 14 and 15 Tribal Councilors Keith Austin and Janees Taylor celebrated Law Enforcement Week on Thursday, hosting the third annual...
article Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Break Ground on New Medical School
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders from the Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences gathered in Tahlequah to break ground on the 84,000 square-foot...

5/21/2019

article Cherokee Nation Tribal Council honors Cherokee citizen, internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Barbara McAlister
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal Councilors recognized Cherokee Nation citizen and internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Barbara McAlister during Monday night’s monthly...

5/20/2019

article CHAD SMITH: Second open letter to the Cherokee people
(Oklahoma) -- In response to my first Open Letter, someone questioned the basis of my statement that Baker and Hoskins are corrupting the nation with nepotism. I stated...

5/18/2019

article Think the current Cherokee chief race is a wild ride?
(Oklahoma) -- Races for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation are no strangers to volatile controversy or outright conflict. The campaigns and their supporters have...
article Removing obstacles: Cara Cowan Watts
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee citizens throughout much of Rogers County choose their tribal council representative for the next four years. Businesswoman, Ph.D., and former...
article Tribal Council honors Cherokee citizen, famed mezzo-soprano Barbara McAlister
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors recognized Cherokee citizen and internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Barbara McAlister during Monday night's...

5/17/2019

article David Walkingstick disqualified from Cherokee chief election
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Election Commission voted unanimously on Friday to disqualify principal chief candidate David Walkingstick from the June 1 election. The...
article Walkingstick disqualified from Cherokee Nation chief’s race
(Oklahoma) -- Election Commission officials disqualified principal chief hopeful David Walkingstick on May 17 following hours of testimony and deliberation focused on...

5/16/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Helping Indian-owned businesses thrive in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Building the next generation of business entrepreneurs ensures new ideas make it to market, new jobs are created and local economies are boosted. Cherokee...
article New Cherokee Casino Tahlequah unveiled
(Oklahoma) -- Officials on Thursday celebrated the opening of Cherokee Casino Tahlequah. The 92,000-square-foot facility is nearly five times the size of the previous...
article Cherokee Nation celebrates grand opening at Cherokee Springs Plaza
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Entertainment and the Tahlequah community celebrated the opening of the new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah today. “We...
article Candidate Sues Cherokee Nation in Federal Court to Get on Tribal Ballot
(Washington D.C.) -- On May 14, Rhonda Brown Fleming sued the Cherokee Nation in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., over whether she should be allowed on the...
article Cherokee Nation honors Owasso veteran with prestigious Medal of Patriotism
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored three veterans with the Medal of Patriotism at its May Tribal Council meeting this week. John Carleton, 73, of Owasso, along...

5/14/2019

article Cherokee Nation Hosts Sequoyah Day on May 18
(Oklahoma) -- Enjoy a day of traditional Cherokee art, music and more, honoring legendary statesman and inventor of the Cherokee syllabary, Sequoyah.

5/13/2019

article New Cherokee Casino Tahlequah opens its doors
(Oklahoma) -- When the doors opened on the new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah on April 30, it was the fruition of an idea seeded about 10 years ago. The first patrons entered...
article Tribal Council OKs CNHS application for grant funding
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council during its meeting Monday night gave the green light for Cherokee Nation Health Services to apply for grant funding. The...

5/11/2019

article Does Citizens United apply to Cherokee Nation election campaigns?
(Oklahoma) -- Update: A statement from David Walkingstick regarding the Election Commission's vote to schedule a hearing on his possible disqualification was not...
article CHIEF BAKER: Notes from the Chief
(Oklahoma) -- At Cherokee Nation, the largest tribal government in America, we recognize and respect women as life givers, culture bearers and the caretakers of our...

5/10/2019

article At-large voters sent notice regarding disqualified candidate
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Election Commission officials have mailed to at-large voters who requested absentee ballots for the June 1 general election a special...
article CNEC to decide fate of candidacy for Walkingstick
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Election Commission has set a hearing date to determine whether principal chief candidate David Walkingstick should remain on the June...

5/6/2019

article 2011 chief’s race tumultuous, 2015 election decided quickly
(Oklahoma) -- The 2011 principal chief’s race showed that every vote counts and having election checks in place is important. That year, the principal chief was...

5/3/2019

article Absentee voting remains unchanged for Cherokee Nation election
(Oklahoma) -- As the Cherokee Nation’s 2019 general election approaches, some tribal citizens are voicing concerns about absentee ballots. Under tribal law,...
article General election voting to be observed by ‘watchers’
(Oklahoma) -- With the Cherokee Nation’s general election looming, the competition to win votes can get contentious between campaigns. Voters have their favorite...

5/2/2019

article CN principal chief candidates debate area poultry issues
(Oklahoma) -- Two candidates competing to lead the Cherokee Nation as the tribe's next principal chief pledged to leverage what authority they might bring to the...
article Cherokee women discuss language preservation at NSU symposium
(Oklahoma) -- Through the centuries, the Cherokee Nation and its people have acknowledged and celebrated the indispensable role that women play in the preservation and...

5/1/2019

article CN Attorney General clears chief candidate of allegations
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree has looked into and debunked allegations made against Principal Chief Candidate Chuck Hoskin Jr., regarding...
article Endangered Beetle Cherokee Nation Created Conservation Area for Could be Downgraded to "Threatened"
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday after 30 years on the endangered species list, the American burying beetle can be downgraded to "...

4/30/2019

article CN treasurer steps down to be 'super mom'
(Oklahoma) -- After eight years as the Cherokee Nation Treasurer, Lacey Horn told the Tribal Council Educative Finance Committee last week that she will be stepping down...

4/29/2019

article Champions of Cherokee culture flourish back East
(North Carolina) -- Experts who specialize in Cherokee history, storytelling, dance and artistry are preserving their tribal ways in western North Carolina and Tennessee.

4/26/2019

article State gun regulation will not affect Cherokee Nation firearm laws
(Oklahoma) -- With the recent passage and signing of a bill by the Oklahoma Legislature and governor, state residents will have a wider berth when it comes to carrying...

4/25/2019

article CN chief candidate hit with ethics complaints
(Oklahoma) -- Three separate ethics complaints have been filed this month against Cherokee Nation principal chief candidate David Walkingstick, and all three have been...
article Deep in a cave, Cherokee texts still have much to teach
(Alabama) -- Working deep underground in a vast cavern system in modern-day Alabama, in the south-eastern United States, scientists have been translating messages...

4/24/2019

article Tufts to offer Native American and Indigenous Studies minor in fall 2019
(Massachusetts) -- Tufts faculty voted in favor of the creation of a Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) minor, to be offered next fall within the Consortium...
article The Treaty That Forced the Cherokee People from Their Homelands Goes on View
(Washington D.C.) -- On Friday, April 12, 2019, representatives of the three federally recognized tribes of the Cherokee people—the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma,...
article Tribe’s last monolingual Cherokee speaker dies
(Oklahoma) -- Mack Vann, the last monolingual Cherokee speaker, died on April 22 in Tahlequah at age 88.

4/23/2019

article Chief candidates take part in Cherokee Phoenix debate
(Oklahoma) -- With the general election more than a month away, Tribal Councilors Dick Lay and David Walkingstick as well as former Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr....
article Poultry houses, health care top CN chief debate
(Oklahoma) -- Poultry houses and health care were among the topics discussed on Tuesday, April 16 during a debate to see who will be the next leader of the Cherokee...

4/21/2019

article Casino reps meet with county officials
(Arkansas) -- Casino companies have made their way not only to Russellville but to other communities in Pope County until the time they can file applications with the...

4/19/2019

article Cherokee Nation tribal councilor tossed from ballot
(Oklahoma) -- A Cherokee Nation at-large councilor has been disqualified from running for re-election June 1 after the tribe’s election commission deemed she had...

4/18/2019

article Cherokee council member representing Tulsa metro disqualified from seeking 2nd term
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Election Commission has disqualified a sitting Tribal Council member from seeking a second term. On Thursday morning, the Election...

4/17/2019

article Cherokee Nation fights opioid misuse through education, prevention programs
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health is making an impact on Cherokee families with programs that focus on education, prevention and medication-assisted...
article 2 female firefighters make history as volunteers on Cherokee Nation Fire Department
(Oklahoma) -- Two female firefighters are earning praise tonight as they help lead the Cherokee Nation Fire Department. It’s a dangerous job, especially with...

4/16/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Native students have a right to wear eagle feathers in Oklahoma at graduation
(Oklahoma) -- High school graduation ceremonies across Oklahoma will soon take place. Graduation from high school is an especially significant occasion for Cherokee...
article Cherokee Nation chief candidates debate issues ranging from poultry houses to health care
(Oklahoma) -- Poultry houses and health care were among the topics discussed Tuesday night during a debate to see who will be the next leader of the Cherokee Nation. The...
article Faulty blood tests impact 300, CN health official says
(Oklahoma) -- Several hundred thyroid-related blood tests were rendered inaccurate by a third-party company, a Cherokee Nation health official said on April 15. Dr....
article Tribal Council OK's raises for some marshals
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on Monday approved a modification to its 2019 operating budget, which includes pay raises for about half of the Cherokee...

4/15/2019

article Tribal Council OK's raises for some marshals
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on Monday approved a modification to its 2019 operating budget, which includes pay raises for about half of the Cherokee...
article Lay campaign for Principal Chief emphasizes a brighter future
(Oklahoma) -- Dick Lay hopes to be a steadying influence during rocky but optimistic times for the Cherokee Nation. He is one of multiple candidates competing for the...

4/14/2019

article National Indian museum celebrates Cherokee tribes
(Washington) -- The National Museum of the American Indian celebrated Cherokee history during the sixth annual Cherokee Days festival over the weekend, featuring the...

4/13/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Making great strides in economic growth, development and diversification
(Oklahoma) -- Our tribal government is the sole owner, or shareholder, of Cherokee Nation Businesses. CNB is not just the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, but for all...

4/11/2019

article Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to grow our economy
(Oklahoma) -- Our tribal government is the sole owner, or shareholder, of Cherokee Nation Businesses. CNB is not just the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, but for all...
article Number of Cherokee language speakers declining
(Oklahoma) -- When Anna Sixkiller was growing up in the Leach community, everyone around her spoke Cherokee at home, at work, at church. “I thought everybody lived...

4/10/2019

article BLOG: Cherokee Wrote Backward Messages in Cave to Speak to the Spirit World
(Alabama) -- Nearly 200 years ago, Cherokee gathered inside a cave in Alabama and, using their newly minted alphabet, wrote ceremonial messages onto the walls and...
article Cave Markings Tell of Cherokee Life in the Years Before Indian Removal
(Alabama) -- On April 30, 1828, a Cherokee stickball team stepped into the underworld to ask for help. Carrying river-cane torches, the men walked into the mouth of...

4/9/2019

article Cherokee Nation helps break ground on hotel next to new gaming facility
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will soon be welcoming a hotel next to a forthcoming gaming facility in Oklahoma. A groundbreaking for the Tru by Hilton at Cherokee...
article Cherokee Nation citizen asks court to remove Scott from Dist. 12 race
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation citizen Jimmy Williams is seeking the removal of Tribal Council candidate Don Scott from the general election based on bloodline. Williams...
article Cherokee Nation donates for state championship rings
(Oklahoma) -- District 13 Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilman Buel Anglen presented a check from the Cherokee Nation to Skiatook High School Head Wrestling Coach, Jake...

4/8/2019

article Tribe, city break ground on Tru by Hilton hotel
(Oklahoma) -- Tourists will have a new place to stay in Tahlequah soon, as Promise Hotels hosted a ground-breaking for its new Tru by Hilton at Cherokee Springs Plaza...
article Cherokee Nation helps girls, women with hygiene care kits
(Oklahoma) -- After learning about girls and women missing school and work because of their inability to access or afford necessary supplies during their menstrual...

4/7/2019

article Cherokee Nation 'extremely disappointed' with decision on state arts law
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is "extremely disappointed" with a federal judge's decision to strike down Oklahoma's American Indian Arts and Crafts...

4/5/2019

article Margaret Swimmer, former first lady of Cherokee Nation, passes on
(Oklahoma) -- Margaret Swimmer, a former first lady of the Cherokee Nation, passed away on April 1. She was 75. Swimmer's husband, Ross Swimmer, served as chief of...

4/2/2019

article Bill John Baker: Sister community program connects Cherokees across the country
(Oklahoma) -- Relationships make the world go round. And that’s exactly why Cherokee Nation’s Community and Cultural Outreach Department helped foster...

3/30/2019

article Letter to the Editor: Tribal car tags taking millions from public schools
(Oklahoma) -- In a recent article about the Cherokee Nation contributing $5.7 million to schools, Chief Bill John Baker informs the audience of the annual generosity of...

3/29/2019

article Tribal Council authorizes adding roads to TTP
(Oklahoma) -- When they convened on March 11, Cherokee Nation legislators approved a resolution regarding the tribe’s “transportation facilities inventory....
article Cherokee biopic short film 'Nanyehi' to be inducted into Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame
(Oklahoma) -- The award-winning short film “Nanyehi” is being recognized by the Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame for sharing the compelling story of legendary...
article “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” debuts newest season
(Oklahoma) -- Season five of “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” debuts April 7, bringing even more documentary-style profiles on the people, places,...

3/28/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Cherokee graduates can share tribal pride through new stole program
(Oklahoma) -- A new program will allow Cherokee Nation citizens graduating from college the opportunity to show their tribal pride. The Cherokee Nation Stole Program,...

3/25/2019

article Macon residents file suit over ownership of Cherokee archaeological site
(North Carolina) -- Five Macon County residents file a lawsuit against Franklin's town council over a Cherokee archaeological site listed in the N.S. National...

3/24/2019

article Cherokee history surprises community leaders
(Georgia) -- Chieftains Museum Director Heather Shores offered Rome civic leaders insights into native American history that many members of the Rome Exchange Club...

3/23/2019

article 'Never, ever going to forget': 180 years since the end of the Cherokee Trail of Tears
(Oklahoma) -- thnic cleansing. Genocide. Those are powerful words that many Americans might associate with other, far-off lands and times: Armenia. Bosnia. Rwanda. Nazi...
article CHIEF BAKER: 180th anniversary is time to reflect and look forward
(Oklahoma) -- On March 24, we commemorate the 180th anniversary of the end of the infamous Trail of Tears with a National Day of Remembrance. On this day in 1839, the...

3/22/2019

article Final Cherokee Nation candidates list confirmed
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation election officials adopted a general election candidates roster in March, minus two candidates who withdrew and another two who failed to...

3/20/2019

article Cherokee Days returns to the Smithsonian
(Washington D.C.) -- For the sixth consecutive year, Cherokee Days is returning to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The...

3/18/2019

article Cherokee Nation keeping track of ‘Northern Cherokees’
(Oklahoma) -- During the previous several decades, it seems an ethnic fashion has taken root with millions across the U.S. It isn’t a type of traditional music or...
article Five veterans honored by Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored five military veterans with the tribe’s Medal of Patriotism during the March Tribal Council meeting. Jerrald Richerson,...
press release National Museum Of American Indian Celebrates Cherokee Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Museum of the American Indian celebrates Cherokee history during the sixth annual Cherokee Days festival April 12–14, featuring...

3/14/2019

article Supreme Court affirms ousting of Anglen as candidate
(Oklahoma) -- A Cherokee Nation Supreme Court opinion issued March 14 affirmed the Election Commission’s earlier decision to prevent longtime Tribal Councilor Buel...
article Cherokee Nation launches SoonerCare enrollment tablet giveaway
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation continues its effort to enroll Cherokee children for SoonerCare during a March 20 event at Cooweescoowee Health Center. As part of the...

3/13/2019

article Cherokee Nation Tribal Council recognizes ‘Removal’ ride volunteer
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal Councilors on March 11 recognized with a resolution a volunteer who supports the Cherokee Nation’s annual “Remember the Removal”...

3/12/2019

article CN leaders say Stilwell mortality figures flawed
(Oklahoma) -- Stilwell in Adair County made national headlines in 2018 for having the lowest life expectancy in America, but Cherokee Nation leaders question the...
article Supreme Court OKs 3 candidates, tosses Brown-Fleming
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court on March 12 affirmed that a principal chief candidate was ineligible to run, but three other hopefuls made the cut....

3/11/2019

article Camp Cherokee applications set to open on Friday
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will begin taking applications for the 2019 Camp Cherokee on Friday, March 15. Camp Cherokee offers day camps for elementary students...

3/10/2019

article Klein: Cherokee moccassin-making classes are 'great way to pass on knowledge' of culture
(Oklahoma) -- Danielle Culp first made moccasins so that she could enter the Junior Miss Cherokee pageant. She added to her basic knowledge through a Native American...
article The Sacrifice of Tsali, The Cherokee Folk Hero Who Gave His Life For His People
(North Carolina) -- Tsali was a Cherokee folk hero who sacrificed his life for his people. They were in hiding from the US government who had ordered the removal of the...

3/8/2019

article Cherokee Nation 2019 Camp Cherokee Applications Available March 15
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will begin taking applications for the 2019 Camp Cherokee on Friday, March 15. Camp Cherokee offers day camps for elementary students...

3/5/2019

article Cherokee Nation’s burial aid for needy families
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s Human Services Burial Assistance Program continues to help families with funeral expenses. For approximately 20 years, the...
article Cherokee Nation’s burial aid for needy families
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s Human Services Burial Assistance Program continues to help families with funeral expenses. For approximately 20 years, the...

3/2/2019

article Cherokee Nation contributes $5.7 million to 108 school districts
(Oklahoma) -- In one day, one of Oklahoma’s largest tribes kicked in $5.7 million to more than a hundred school districts to aid the education of the state’s...
article OUR VIEW: Hats off to Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- At at time when Oklahoma schools and teachers are hurting for funding, the Cherokee Nation provided a $5.7 million boost to 108 school districts.

3/1/2019

article Cherokee Nation contributes record $5.7M to 108 school districts
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation contributed more than $5.7 million to 108 school districts during the tribe’s annual Public School Appreciation Day Friday....
article Nissan electric vehicle rebate available to Cherokee Nation citizens, employees
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation and Nissan USA representatives announced a limited time rebate for Cherokee Nation citizens and employees purchasing a Nissan LEAF. The...

2/23/2019

article Walkingstick and Frailey promise reform for Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal Councilor David Walkingstick and Mayes County Commissioner and former Tribal Council Speaker Meredith Frailey announced their campaigns for...

2/22/2019

article CN Election Commission rules on candidates' eligibility
(Oklahoma) -- During a special hearing Thursday, the Cherokee Nation Election Commission decided the eligibility of five individuals who filed for the 2019 Cherokee...
article 'Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People" to be at film festivals nationwide
(Oklahoma) -- The producers of Cherokee Nation's Emmy award-winning documentary series, "Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People," have been selected to...

2/21/2019

article STUDY: Students learning Cherokee writing develop ‘idiosyncratic’ style
(Kansas) -- Cherokee is spoken as a first language by fewer than 5,000 people, yet in recent years it has experienced a remarkable revival as a second language. But what...

2/20/2019

article Gov. Kevin Stitt declares Wednesday 'Cherokee Nation Day'
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation leaders on Wednesday were at the Capitol to showcase the tribe’s services and to meet with lawmakers. Tribal employees advocated for...
article Potential CN candidates face eligibility challenges
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation general election is slated for June 1, and the Cherokee Nation Election Commission received candidacy filings from 36 individuals.

2/19/2019

article Bill John Baker: It's time for Oklahoma to celebrate Native American Day
(Oklahoma) -- Because Oklahoma’s rich identity is so closely tied to its Native heritage, it’s only natural that we should take an appropriate and lasting...
article Cherokee Nation Legislative Day at State Capitol Wednesday
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation leaders take to the state Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 20, to showcase the tribe’s services and make introductions to the legislature, in...
article Cherokee Nation Receives $281,000 Grant to Add Five New Transit Vans
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is receiving a $281,250 grant from the Federal Transit Administration for five new transit vehicles that will replace older vans and...
article Tribal Council confirms appointments to tribal boards, commissions
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors confirmed the reappointment of four individuals and appointment of one individual to various board and commissions during...
article 'Land Grab' lecture / Inskeep: Ross, Cherokees added to democracy
(Oklahoma) -- In the capital of Cherokee Nation Monday, a large group of locals gathered in the Northeastern State University Webb Auditorium to listen to guest speaker...
article Tribal Council confirms appointments to tribal boards, commissions
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors confirmed the reappointment of four individuals and appointment of one individual to various board and commissions during...
article “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” Showcasing Special Features at Major Film Festivals Nationwide
(Colorado) -- The producers of Cherokee Nation’s Emmy award-winning documentary series, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” have been selected to...

2/18/2019

article Cherokee Nation receives $281,000 grant to add five new transit vans
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is receiving a $281,250 grant from the Federal Transit Administration for five new transit vehicles that will replace older vans and...
article Cherokee Nation reps distribute Valentines for Vets in Claremore
(Oklahoma) -- A Valentine’s Day celebration was held Feb. 14 at the Oklahoma Veterans Center when Cherokee Nation representatives handed out Valentines for...

2/16/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Adopting “Oklahoma Native American Day” is right for our state
(Oklahoma) -- Because Oklahoma’s rich identity is so closely tied to its Native heritage, it’s only natural that we should take an appropriate and lasting...
article Jordan launches re-election bid for CN District 1 tribal councilor
(Oklahoma) -- Rex Jordan, a lifetime resident of Cherokee County, has announced his candidacy for re-election to the position of Cherokee Nation Tribal Council District...
article Cherokee Nation citizen/Native American history scholar joins history department
(Pennsylvania) -- Adding to a growing cohort of scholars who focus on indigenous studies, the Department of History in the College of the Liberal Arts recently welcomed...
article Klein: Wild Onion Dinner helps Indian Women's Pocahontas Club preserve, celebrate Cherokee culture
(Oklahoma) -- Ollie Starr can't recall her first taste of wild onions or drink of sassafras tea. “We grew up gathering, preparing and eating those foods,...

2/13/2019

article Cherokee Nation seeking nominations for National Treasure distinction
(Oklahoma) -- In preparation for the 67th annual Cherokee National Holiday, the tribe is seeking nominations for its esteemed National Treasure distinction. The deadline...

2/12/2019

article Former CN Tribal Council speaker to run for deputy chief
(Oklahoma) -- Former Tribal Council Speaker Meredith Frailey filed her candidacy for deputy principal chief of the Cherokee Nation at the Cherokee Nation Election...
article CN citizen’s debut picture book receives prestigious Robert F. Sibert Honor
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation citizen Traci Sorell’s debut picture book, “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga,” has received the Robert F. Sibert...

2/11/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: New Cherokee Nation film office will promote region
(Oklahoma) -- Telling the Cherokee story – our history, our heritage – is a skill that our people have passed down from one generation to the next....

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