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Hoskin signs establishes At-Large Advisory Committee

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. signed an executive order Aug. 27 establishing an At-Large Cherokee Advisory Committee that Cherokee Nation officials say will better engage the policy perspectives of at-large citizens in Oklahoma and across the United States.

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7/1/2020

article Hoskin calls CN pandemic practices ‘best’ in region
(Oklahoma) -- After lauding the example set by mask-wearing Cherokee Nation lawmakers, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. described the tribe as maintaining “the...
article Cherokee Nation invests over $400,000 in NE Oklahoma rural fire departments
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is contributing nearly half a million dollars total to 136 rural Oklahoma fire departments. Funding provided to the 136 departments...
article Tribe to start testing surfaces in its offices for COVID-19 safety
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is adding surface testing to its list of safety protocols across its tribal government office locations. This new testing capability...

6/30/2020

article Cherokee Nation adds COVID-19 surface testing at tribal government offices for increased safety
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is adding surface testing to its list of safety protocols across its tribal government office locations. This new testing capability...

6/29/2020

article Oklahoma total coronavirus cases surpass 13,000, 3,200 active
(Oklahoma) -- On Monday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s data on its website showed a total of 13,172 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began with 9,...
article Tribe steps up health service as pandemic numbers rise
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma saw an increase in positive COVID-19 cases over the past week, bringing the total number up to more than 13,000 statewide. And Cherokee Nation...

6/28/2020

article Texting exchange involved Arkansas panel chief, casino firm's lawyer
(Arkansas) -- An attorney for Gulfside Casino Partnership on Saturday questioned whether a text message exchange between state Racing Commission Chairman Alex Lieblong...

6/27/2020

article Oklahoma total coronavirus cases surpass 12,000, more than 3,100 active
(Oklahoma) -- On Friday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s data on its website showed a total of 12,343 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began with 8,...

6/26/2020

article CNB requests approval to operate Ark. casino
(Arkansas) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses has filed a formal request that it receive an approved permit from the Arkansas Racing Commission to operate a casino in Pope...

6/25/2020

article Gulfside chosen over CNB for Arkansas casino license
(Arkansas) -- Despite efforts spanning for than 18 months, Cherokee Nation Businesses was not chosen on June 18 to receive a license to build a resort and casino in Pope...
article CN committee members discuss pending lawsuits, tribal health care
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council heard presentations on pending lawsuits and the status of health care during committee meetings Thursday. In a Rules...
press release 68th Annual Cherokee National Holiday to be "Virtual Holiday"
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., announced today that the 68th Annual Cherokee National Holiday will be a “virtual Holiday”...

6/24/2020

article Cherokees promise a Russellville location for casino
(Arkansas) -- The Pope County casino permit controversy is many court proceedings away from being settled, but here’s a piece of news: The Cherokee Nation/Legends...
article Group offers commitment on casino site
(Arkansas) -- A roulette wheel spins at Cherokee Casino & Hotel in West Siloam Springs, Okla. The chief executive officer for Cherokee Nation Businesses said...
article Cherokee doctor embarks on lengthy journey to become brain surgeon
(Texas) -- Medical school graduate and Cherokee Nation citizen Dr. Adam Carlton has embarked on a multi-year journey at the University of Texas Medical Branch to become...
article Cherokee National Holiday to be held virtually; most large events canceled
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation has been cautious about reopening its operations and hosting events, and on Wednesday, tribal officials announced that the 68th Annual...

6/22/2020

article Cherokee Nation donates protective equipment
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation is providing firefighters throughout the tribe’s 14-county area with care packages containing face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer...

6/20/2020

article Chuck Hoskin Jr.: Why I Support State Question 802 and Medicaid expansion
(Oklahoma) -- On June 30, Oklahoma voters will make a big decision about the future of health care. I hope you will join me in voting YES on State Question 802. By...
article Cherokees allege bias on Arkansas casino license vote
(Arkansas) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses filed affidavits Friday alleging that a member of the state Racing Commission was biased toward the Mississippi casino operator...
article Cherokee Nation museums, Cherokee Heritage Center announce reopening plans beginning July 15
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation announced a phased approach to reopen cultural tourism sites beginning July 15. The organizations temporarily suspended operations...

6/19/2020

article Cherokee Nation Businesses files affidavit of bias against Racing Commissioner
(Arkansas) -- There is more casino controversy in Pope County. Friday, an attorney for Cherokee Nation Businesses sent a letter to the Racing Commissioner chainman...
article Cherokee Nation files objection to Pope County casino permit scoring
(Arkansas) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses has begun its contest of an adverse vote yesterday by the Arkansas Racing Commission on two applications for a permit to operate...
article Cherokees allege bias on casino license vote
(Arkansas) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses filed affidavits Friday alleging that a member of the state Racing Commission was biased toward the Mississippi casino operator...
article Cherokee Nation to reopen cultural tourism sites next month
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation says it is still waiting a few weeks before it reopens cultural tourism sites in a phased approach. The organizations suspended...
article Boudinot learned of Cherokee Phoenix legend as student
(Oklahoma) -- The history of the Cherokee journalism is anchored from its beginning to now by the newspaper that started Native American journalism on Feb. 21, 1828, in...

6/18/2020

article Arkansas Racing Commission favors Gulfside Casino Partnership for Pope County casino
(Arkansas) -- Gulfside Casino Partnership, on the strength of a lopsided score from one commissioner, outpointed the Cherokee Nation to win Arkansas Racing Commission...
article Racing Commission awards Pope County casino to Gulfside partnership, but appeal coming
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission on Thursday (June 18) awarded a coveted license to Mississippi-based Gulfside Casino Partnership for a $254 million casino...
article Cherokee Nation leaders ponder emergency management code
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal Councilors debated the merits of adopting an official emergency management code during their meetings in late May, but ultimately tabled the issue....

6/17/2020

article CHIEF HOSKINS: Why I removed Confederate monuments from the Cherokee Capitol Grounds
(Oklahoma) -- Across our country, we are having a new dialogue about how we experience race and the painful chapters of United States history, including the American...
article Attorney warns panel on casino-review rules
(Arkansas) -- A casino operator vying for a license in Pope County warned the state Racing Commission that it is violating its own rules if it goes ahead with a plan at...
article Cherokee Nation provides food assistance in Okay
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskins, Jr., Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and Councilman Rex Jordan were in Okay on Tuesday, June 16 to help distribute...
article Cherokee Nation teams up with Verizon to protect, stay connected to tribal elders
(Oklahoma) -- When COVID-19 began spreading through communities across the globe, many citizens turned to technology in order to stay connected with one another. Once...

6/16/2020

article Chuck Hoskin: Why we must have difficult conversations about race and justice
(Indian Country) -- The Cherokee Nation First Lady and I recently watched with horror the footage of George Floyd, a black man, being killed by the vicious actions of...
article Cherokee Nation contractor among 42 small businesses selected for $6.1B Navy contract
(Oklahoma) -- A Cherokee Nation-owned federal contractor successfully bid to provide aircraft maintenance services as part of a $6.1 billion procurement contract split...

6/15/2020

article Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs reopens
(Arkansas) -- You can now try your luck at a nearby casino! Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs has officially reopened since shutting down for the first time in...

6/14/2020

article Pope County casino controversy unfolds further Thursday
(Arkansas) -- The state Racing Commission will take up competing applications to open a casino in Pope County at a meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Michael Wickline of the...

6/13/2020

article Cherokee casino opening
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Casino & Hotel is expected to open by the end of the week, according to the Cherokee Nation. Cherokee Nation Business announced opening dates...
article In casino dispute, city offered $4 million benefit
(Arkansas) -- The county judge of Pope County extended an olive branch -- to the tune of $4 million -- to the city of Russellville on Friday, just a week before the...
article Racing commissioners say little ahead of casino-pitch meeting
(Arkansas) -- Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's spokeswoman, Amanda Priest, said Friday night that the meeting will be held in another location that will be...
article 'Time for a change:' Cherokee Nation removes monuments dedicated to Confederate soldiers
(Oklahoma) -- A pair of Confederate monuments were removed from Cherokee Nation Capitol Square in Tahlequah Saturday. Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., in a prepared...

6/12/2020

article CHIEF HOSKIN: Why we must have difficult conversations about race and justice
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation First Lady and I recently watched with horror the footage of George Floyd, a black man, being killed by the vicious actions of...
article Confederate monuments on Cherokee Capitol Square to be removed
(Oklahoma) -- Two Confederate monuments are nearing their final days on the lawn of the Cherokee Nation Capitol Square, as Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said Friday...
article Cherokee Nation welcomes new leadership to Education Services, Sequoyah High School
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation recently welcomed new leadership to its Education Services department and Sequoyah High School. New leadership position changes include...

6/9/2020

article Cherokee casinos reopening in West Siloam Springs
(Arkansas) -- Cherokee Casino & Hotel in West Siloam Springs is expected to open by the end of next week, according to the Cherokee Nation. Cherokee Nation Business...

6/6/2020

article County's gambling foes take new tack
(Arkansas) -- A Pope County grassroots group is kicking off a petition drive to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot that would remove the...

6/5/2020

article Cherokee chief discusses reopening procedures
(Oklahoma) -- While Oklahoma has already entered phase 3 of its reopening plan, the largest Native tribe in the state just started having employees return to work Monday...
article Cherokee Nation Plans to Reopen Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa Next Week
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation has started reopening its casinos and aims to have Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa open by the end of next week. The tribe closed its 10...
article CHIEF HOSKIN: Working together for American Indian students
(Oklahoma) -- At Cherokee Nation, we remain deeply invested in ensuring good education for Cherokees and all children living in our 14-county jurisdiction. Each year, we...

6/4/2020

article Cherokee Nation Businesses announces reopening dates for Cherokee Casinos
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses announced today it is welcoming back guests to its 10 casino properties throughout northeast Oklahoma. The company’s...
article Remaining Cherokee Nation casinos get reopening dates
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses announced reopening dates Thursday for 10 casinos in northeast Oklahoma. The company says its phased reopening plan began this...

6/3/2020

article How Cherokee Women Navigate COVID-19
(Oklahoma) -- Growing up in Oklahoma, my knowledge of Native American culture was minimal at best. As a kid, I was fascinated with the art at the Cherokee Trading Post,...

5/31/2020

press release Cherokee Nation announces $332 million spending package for COVID-19 aid
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation announced its first spending plan for some of the $8 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds, with $332 million going to the tribe...

5/30/2020

article CHIEF HOSKIN: Why I support State Question 802 Medicaid Expansion
(Oklahoma) -- On June 30, voters will make a big decision about the future of health care in Oklahoma. State Question 802 would have a $27 million economic impact on...

5/29/2020

article CN announces $332M plan for CARES Act funds
(Oklahoma) -- On May 28, Cherokee Nation officials announced a $332 million spending plan to use the tribe’s first portion of an $8 billion set aside in CARES Act...
article CN details $332M 'COVID-19 Respond, Recover and Rebuild' spending plan
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation announced a $332 million spending plan Thursday to use the tribe's first portion of an $8 billion set aside in CARES Act funding...
article Tribal Council modifies budget after getting part of $8B package
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved a $332 million budget modification during a meeting Thursday, May 28, after receiving a portion of the $8...
article Locals helping tribes impacted by COVID
(Oklahoma) -- Tahlequah is home to one of the largest tribal nations in the country, Cherokee Nation, but area residents have gone beyond that tribe's jurisdiction...

5/28/2020

article Cherokee Nation develops plan to spend $332 million to help with coronavirus recovery
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal leaders say the Cherokee Nation is implementing a plan to use a portion of the funds from the CARES Act to help in its recovery from the coronavirus...

5/25/2020

article Floridian inspired to give Cherokee Nation ‘heartfelt donation’
(Oklahoma) -- Like many whose lives were upended by the pandemic, Sarah Gossett was inspired to use her newfound free time raising funds for “someone who needed it...
article Construction complete on Cherokee Nation’s 8 efficiency homes for elders
(Oklahoma) -- With construction recently finished, eight single-efficiency detached residences are being offered by the Cherokee Nation to eligible tenants, and...

5/22/2020

article CHIEF HOSKIN: Wado to Cherokee foster parents
(Oklahoma) -- May is Foster Care Awareness Month, an opportunity to thank all Cherokee foster parents for the selfless time and love they give for our Cherokee children...

5/20/2020

article Chief Hoskin to visit Claremore Friday for elder food distribution event
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation citizens are encouraged to come by Christ United Methodist Church in Claremore Friday take part in the Cherokee Nation’s emergency...

5/19/2020

article CNB plan outlined commitment to safely reopen casinos
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses announced Monday its planned approach to providing a safe environment for guests and employees at its entertainment properties...
article Tribal company unveils front-line products in global health battle
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Federal recently unveiled a new line of products aimed at addressing the global health crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic, under its Scout...

5/18/2020

article Cherokee Nation Businesses releases plan outlining commitment to safely reopen casinos
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses announced today its planned approach to providing a safe environment for guests and employees at its entertainment properties:...

5/15/2020

article HOSKINS: Tribe makes plan to reopen government offices, businesses
(Oklahoma) -- In light of the worst public health crisis in generations, we have used medical science, facts and compassion as our guide. Throughout this crisis, our...
article The most influential Cherokee in history? Vote on it.
(Oklahoma) -- Who is the most influential Cherokee in history? Well, you can help decide beginning May 18. The Cherokee Phoenix is asking its Facebook audience to help...

5/13/2020

article Cherokee Nation honors law enforcement with drive-thru breakfast and $90,000
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors Keith Austin and Janees Taylor stood out in the rain Tuesday morning to recognize the hard work of each law enforcement...

5/12/2020

article CHIEF HOSKINS: Essential relief dollars finally come to Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- After much debate, media scrutiny and a national lawsuit, the U.S. Treasury Department is finally distributing CARES Act coronavirus relief funds to tribal...
article Hoskin gains temporary contract power; states ease coronavirus guidelines
(Oklahoma) -- With Tribal Council approval, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. now has greater authority to facilitate emergency contracts to obtain medical supplies and...

5/11/2020

article Food demand grows in Cherokee Nation amid pandemic
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s Food Distribution Program has seen a spike in demand as the novel coronavirus prompted shutdowns and stay-at-home orders....

5/9/2020

article CHIEF HOSKINS: Essential relief dollars finally come to Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- After much debate, media scrutiny and a national lawsuit, the U.S. Treasury Department is finally distributing CARES Act coronavirus relief funds to tribal...
article Aspiring ‘man of medicine’ embraces Cherokee heritage
(Oregon) -- For the past year, pre-med student Ben Schoonover has been discovering the Cherokee language with aspirations of one day “giving back to our community...

5/8/2020

article Cherokee Nation announces phased reopening for government offices June 1
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will reopen its government offices in a phased plan that incorporates social distancing. Employees will return in staggered shifts...
article Again, tribe's application for Pope County casino license cleared
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission, by a 6-1 vote Thursday, once again accepted an application on a "good cause" basis from Cherokee Nation...
article Commission accepts Cherokees’ application for Pope County casino license
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission — in a 6-to-1 vote — on Thursday once again accepted an application on a "good cause" basis from...

5/7/2020

article Arkansas Racing Commission sticks with competition for Pope County casino; Mississippi operators promise lawsuit if they don’t win
(Arkansas) -- The legal wrangling continued today on the process of awarding a permit to open a casino in Pope County. The Arkansas Racing Commission rescinded an...
article Cherokees, casino foes seek to halt license action
(Arkansas) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses joined an anti-casino group in asking that a circuit judge hold an emergency hearing and grant a restraining order to keep the...

5/6/2020

article Cherokee Nation objects to Racing Commission agenda Thursday
(Arkansas) -- The Cherokee Nation has objected to plans of the Arkansas Racing Commission to address two items that have created controversy as it considers applications...

5/5/2020

article Interior secretary's stop in Cherokee served two purposes
(North Carolina) -- U.S. Secretary of the Department of the Interior David Bernhardt made a delivery in Cherokee on Tuesday. But he's also took notes on the tribe...
article Racing Commission sets meeting Thursday on Pope County casino
(Arkansas) -- After months of wrangling and legal disputes, the commission recently decided to evaluate two permit applications, from the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and...

5/4/2020

article Chuck Hoskin: Even during social distancing, Cherokee culture connects us
(Oklahoma) -- One of the greatest sources of strength Cherokee people have right now is our culture and heritage. COVID-19 precautions have temporarily closed down our...

5/2/2020

article West Siloam Springs discuss the nonpayment of a monthly stipend [2nd Item]
(Arkansas) -- ... The board also discussed the nonpayment of a monthly stipend by the Cherokee Nation for the city's fire and ambulance services, according to Kris...
article Cherokees relishing new-found respect despite threats
(Oklahoma) -- They called it the “Indian problem.” White settlers wanted more land, and the tribes held rich acreages. Removing tribes from the Southeast was...

4/29/2020

article COUNCIL LETTER: Tribal Police instructed to enforce isolation and quarantine penalties of up to 360 days in jail and $5,000 fine
(Oklahoma) -- I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy during these exceedingly difficult times. The numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the...
article Cherokee Nation receives additional food supplies to feed 5,000 Cherokee elders
(Oklahoma) -- Officials with the Cherokee Nation say they have received additional supplies to help feed thousands of Cherokee elders. The Cherokee Nation’s...

4/28/2020

article New legal action seeks to prevent award of casino permit in Pope County
(Arkansas) -- You perhaps thought the Pope County casino controversy was winding toward some resolution when the Racing Commission decided April 15 to hear competing...
article Santa Fe Indian Market postponement disappoints Cherokees
(New Mexico) -- The 99th Santa Fe Indian Market will be postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19, affecting Cherokee artists of different media. “This is a difficult...
article Cherokee Nation receives additional USDA food for Cherokee elders
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation is receiving additional food supplies to help feed 5,000 more Cherokee elders thanks to a program provided by the U.S. Department of...
article Council gives chief power to negotiate ‘life and death’ contracts
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation policymakers – some stationed at home – met for brief meetings on April 27 to pass COVID-19-related measures that included a...
article Santa Fe Indian Market postponement disappoints Cherokees
(New Mexico) -- The 99th Santa Fe Indian Market will be postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19, affecting Cherokee artists of different media. “This is a difficult...

4/27/2020

article Cherokee Nation receives USDA food supplies to help feed 5,000 Cherokee elders
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation receives additional food supplies to help feed 5,000 Cherokee elders because of a program provided by the U.S. Department of...
article CN Council gives chief new powers
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved a resolution authorizing Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. to execute certain contracts on behalf of the tribe...
article Cherokee Nation providing PPE to first responders, emergency personnel across Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is providing a supply of personal protective equipment to first responders and emergency personnel in northeast Oklahoma. The Cherokee...

4/24/2020

article Cherokee Nation donates 2,500 KN95 masks to first responders
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokees Nation is providing first responders and emergency personnel in northeast Oklahoma with a supply of personal protection masks to keep them...

4/23/2020

article Cherokee Nation receives limited supply of rapid tests for COVID-19
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation received a limited supply of rapid test kits for COVID-19, which will be used to provide results in just minutes for patients who are...

4/22/2020

article Cherokee Nation receives limited supply of rapid tests for coronavirus
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation received a limited supply of rapid test kits for coronavirus, which will be used to provide results in just minutes for patients who...

4/21/2020

article Cherokee Nation Tax Commission sees increase in online tag renewals
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation officials have urged all clients to use the online motor vehicle tag renewal option ever since all CN Tax Commission tag offices closed on...

4/20/2020

article Voluntary furlough program offered to employees of Cherokee Nation Businesses
(Oklahoma) -- The business arm of the Cherokee Nation is giving employees the option of going on furlough — a move that could enable some workers to receive an...

4/18/2020

article Cherokee Nation Health Services expands use of telemedicine
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s Health Services is increasing its use of telemedicine and teledentistry by remotely connecting patients with medical care...

4/17/2020

article Cherokee speaker, longtime employee dies to COVID-19
(Oklahoma) -- Faye Deason, a 25-year Cherokee Nation employee who worked at the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell, died April 13 from coronavirus, according...

4/15/2020

article Arkansas Racing Commission moves forward two Pope County casino applications
(Arkansas) -- It’s down to two proposals for a multimillion-dollar casino operation in Pope County. The Arkansas Racing Commission on Wednesday (April 15) approved...
article Racing Commission to consider competing casino applications for Pope County
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission decided today to hear casino applications from both the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the Gulfside Casino Partnership of...
article State Racing Commission accepts Cherokee Nation Business’ casino application
(Arkansas) -- The state Racing Commission accepted Cherokee Nation Businesses' application for the Pope County casino license on a "good cause" basis at a...

4/13/2020

article The Pope County casino pot nears a boil with attack on one potential applicant and meeting Wednesday
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet by telephone at 11 a.m. Wednesday to consider the Cherokee Nation’s argument that there’s “good...

4/12/2020

article Cherokee Nation suspends operations through May 1
(Oklahoma) -- Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced the Cherokee Nation will extend the suspension of its business operations, including all 10 of its gaming and...

4/11/2020

article Casino application review risks violating order, group says
(Arkansas) -- An anti-casino group told the state Racing Commission on Friday that it would be a violation of a court's temporary restraining order if an announced...
article Cherokee Nation state of emergency remains in effect
(Oklahoma) -- With cases of COVID-19 still showing no signs of abating, the Cherokee Nation remains under a state of emergency. Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. signed a...

4/10/2020

article Panel to review Cherokees' bid
(Arkansas) -- The state Racing Commission agreed to consider a request from Cherokee Nation Businesses to accept its application for the Pope County casino license, the...
article Cherokee Nation extends suspension of operations through May 1
(Oklahoma) -- Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said that Cherokee Nation will extend the suspension of its business operations, including all 10 of its gaming and...

4/9/2020

article Following First Death, Cherokee Nation Braces For Increase In Coronavirus Cases
(Oklahoma) -- Following the death of a tribal official, Cherokee Nation is preparing to face the coronavirus crisis head-on. In a Facebook Live interview with Indianz....
article Cherokee Nation casinos, cultural sites remain closed
(Oklahoma) -- All Cherokee Nation-owned casinos, hotels, museums, gift shops and welcome centers remained closed as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. The casino shutdown...
article Tribal Council leader stays in shape despite virus protocols
(Oklahoma) -- Daily walking for exercise isn't part of a new routine for Joe Byrd. But Byrd, who normally walks two miles a day, has expanded his distance to five...

4/8/2020

article Cherokee Nation Mourns Tribal Member
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is mourning the death of one of their own. The tribe's director of the self governance department passed away from COVID-19,...

4/7/2020

article Cherokee Nation distributes food packages to 4,000 Cherokees during COVID-19 pandemic
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation has distributed more than 1,500 food packages to help more than 4,000 elderly and disabled Cherokees have plenty of food as they stay...
article CN loses first employee to COVID-19 virus
(Oklahoma) -- In an email, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced to employees on April 6 that the Cherokee Nation has lost its first employee to the COVID-19 virus...
article A Treacherous Choice And A Treaty Right
(Oklahoma) -- Last Fall, the Cherokee Nation appointed a delegate to the U.S. Congress—a first for the Cherokee Nation or any tribal government in the United...

4/6/2020

article Cherokees relish newfound respect despite threats
(Oklahoma) -- In the early spring of 2018, Joe Byrd found a seat on the airport shuttle headed to Tulsa International Airport, and over the radio heard a familiar, yet...
article Cherokees relish newfound respect despite threats
(Oklahoma) -- In the early spring of 2018, Joe Byrd found a seat on the airport shuttle headed to Tulsa International Airport, and over the radio heard a familiar, yet...

4/5/2020

article Mayors, JPs call to license casino
(Arkansas) -- The Pope County Quorum Court and five of the county's six municipalities are drafting resolutions and letters urging the state Racing Commission to...

3/28/2020

article Hoskin declares state of emergency in Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- With many levels of government applying measures against the COVID-19 threat, a state of emergency for the Cherokee Nation was declared and signed on March...

3/27/2020

article Cherokee Nation Businesses temporarily closes operations
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses officials decided in mid-March to suspend several operations, which includes casinos, hotels, museums and retail to help protect...
article CNB awaits Arkansas casino court ruling postponed by COVID-19
(Arkansas) -- Plans to build a resort and casino in Pope County appear headed for another delay for Cherokee Nation Businesses, as a March 30 hearing involving a lawsuit...

3/26/2020

article Closed Cherokee Nation casinos donate to communities
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation leaders acted fast in mid-March to provide perishable food from three temporarily closed Cherokee casinos to community groups who...

3/25/2020

article CHIEF HOSKINS: How Cherokee Nation is taking on COVID-19
(Oklahoma) -- The dangerous COVID-19 virus continues to spread across the world, and now it has officially reached Cherokee Nation. A Cherokee citizen in Tulsa County...

3/24/2020

article Cherokee Nation makes temporary changes to its services
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation has made necessary changes, per tribal and Centers for Disease Control guidelines, amid the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of...
article Cherokee Nation: Tribal member tests positive for COVID-19
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal leaders with the Cherokee Nation say a member of the tribe has tested positive for COVID-19. Officials with the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation...
article CHIEF HOSKINS: Safety and health are priority for Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Just a short time ago, I and most Cherokees were focused on the plans and activities of everyday life. We could take so much for granted as we enjoyed...
article The Cherokee story of preserving an endangered culture
(Oklahoma) -- In the early spring of 2018, former Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Joe Byrd found a seat on the airport shuttle headed to Tulsa International Airport and...

3/23/2020

article Cherokee Nation suspends casino, hotel operations
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, and Cherokee Nation Businesses CEO Chuck Garrett, have continued to monitor...

3/22/2020

article CHIEF HOSKINS: Safety and Health are Priority for Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Just a short time ago, I and most Cherokees were focused on the plans and activities of everyday life. We could take so much for granted as we enjoyed...

3/20/2020

press release Cherokee Nation Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr (Oklahoma)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr offered the following statement in response to the passing of Merle Dry, a 55-year-old Cherokee citizen who...
article New data and a Cherokee Nation death
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma have confirmed the first COVID-19 related death, according to the Cherokee Phoenix. A 55-year-old Cherokee man died on...

3/19/2020

article Cherokee Man is First American Indian to Die from Coronavirus
(Oklahoma) -- Indian Country had its first casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic when a Cherokee tribal citizen passed away on Wednesday from the virus. The Cherokee Phoenix...
article Cherokee Man is Thought to Be First in Oklahoma to Die from Coronavirus
(Oklahoma) -- Indian Country appears to have one of its first casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic when a Cherokee tribal citizen passed away on Wednesday from the virus.
article Chief Chat: Safety, health are priority for Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Just a short time ago, I and most Cherokees were focused on the plans and activities of everyday life. We could take so much for granted as we enjoyed...

3/18/2020

article Cherokee Nation suspends casino, hotel operations
(Oklahoma) -- Operations at Cherokee Nation Entertainment casinos and hotels, including the Cherokee Casino and Hotel in West Siloam Springs, Okla., are suspended until...
article Claremore casino operations temporarily closed; racing remains open without spectators
(Oklahoma) -- All gaming operations inside Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs has been temporarily suspended by casino management from March 16 through March 31 amid...

3/17/2020

article Cherokee Nation closing casinos and hotels through March
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation announced it's closing all of the tribe's casinos and hotels, including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, at midnight...
article Cherokee Nation takes additional steps amid coronavirus threat
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation on March 17 rolled out new medical-related protocols, announced limited access into the Tribal Complex and asked employees 65 and older...

3/16/2020

article Cherokee Nation suspends casino, hotel operations
(Oklahoma) -- Although tribal leaders say that there have been no reports of a positive coronavirus case on any Cherokee Nation properties, they are taking precautions....
article 2 Cherokee Nation programs semifinalists for Honoring Nations award
(Massachusetts) -- Two Cherokee Nation programs have been named semifinalists for the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development’s 2020 Honoring...

3/15/2020

article CHIEF HOSKIN: Why Cherokee Nation invests in public schools
(Oklahoma) -- At Cherokee Nation, we recently renewed a commitment to a great cause and a great tradition: public education in Oklahoma. Our tribe distributed more than...

3/14/2020

article Chief Chat: Why Cherokee Nation invests in public schools
(Oklahoma) -- At Cherokee Nation, we recently renewed a commitment to a great cause and a great tradition: public education in Oklahoma. Our tribe distributed more than...

3/13/2020

article Cancellations, safety precautions rise in Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- From Tribal Council meetings to youth gatherings, many Cherokee Nation events have been cancelled or delayed as leaders focus on preventing the spread of...
article Diabetes is third-leading killer of Cherokee Nation citizens
(Oklahoma) -- When it comes to health risks in the Cherokee Nation, among the most serious is diabetes, particularly the type 2 variety that typically develops later in...

3/10/2020

article Cherokee Nation contributes record $6M to 108 school districts
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation contributed more than $6 million to 108 school districts during the tribe’s annual Public School Appreciation Day Thursday. This...

3/9/2020

article Cherokee Nation Businesses launches Cherokee Federal
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses is rolling out a rebrand of its diversified businesses. Monday, CNB announced a new name, logos, website and social media...
article Snell provides general dentistry at private practice
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation citizen Jerry Snell II has known since graduating high school that he wanted to practice dentistry and have his own business. After...

3/6/2020

article Cherokee Nation announces record contribution of $6M to 108 Oklahoma school districts
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation on Thursday announced a record-breaking contribution of more than $6 million to 108 school districts in Oklahoma during the tribe...

3/5/2020

article Cherokee Nation awards $6 million to local school districts, challenges Oklahoma to follow its lead
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. urged Oklahoma to put its money where its mouth is moments before his tribe donated over $6 million to 108...
article Sale of tribal car tags provides nearly $583K boost to Rogers County schools
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation contributed more than $6 million to 108 school districts during the tribe’s annual Public School Appreciation Day Thursday. This...
article CHIEF HOSKIN: Calling on all Cherokees to be counted in 2020 Census
(Oklahoma) -- It's hard to believe 10 years have already passed, but this month, U.S. Census postcards will show up in mailboxes across Cherokee Nation and the...
article HISTORY: 1985: Wilma Mankiller
(Oklahoma) -- In 1985, Wilma Mankiller paved the way for female leadership in America when she became the first woman to be Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, the...

3/4/2020

article Racing Commission delays casino permit consideration
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission today tabled consideration of the Cherokee Nation’s request for a casino permit in Pope County until a decision is...
article State to await ruling before deciding Pope County casino license
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission will wait for the courts to have their say before deciding whether Cherokee Nation Businesses should be considered for a...
article Cherokee Nation breaks ground on expansion of Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation broke ground Tuesday at the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center for an 80,000-square-foot expansion to modernize the facility originally built...

3/3/2020

article Cherokee Nation to award more than $6 million to northeast Oklahoma school districts
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation will distribute more than $6 million to 108 northeast Oklahoma school districts Thursday, March 5, during the tribe’s annual Public...
article Cherokee Nation to disburse more than $6M to NE Oklahoma schools
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation officials will distribute more than $6 million to 108 northeast Oklahoma school districts at 11 a.m. on March 5 during the tribe’s...
article Cherokee Nation breaks ground on expansion of Stilwell health center
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation broke ground Tuesday at the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center for an 80,000-square-foot expansion to modernize the facility originally...

2/27/2020

article Cherokee Nation chief cites 'friendships more powerful than any disagreement' as tribe honored in Oklahoma House
(Oklahoma) -- The state Legislature on Wednesday recognized the contributions of the Cherokee Nation. The Senate offered the tribe a citation by Senate President Pro Tem...
article CHIEF HOSKINS: Cherokee Youth Summit builds leadership
(Oklahoma) -- There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about what our work means for the next seven generations. What we do today will not only affect my...

2/25/2020

article Cherokee journalist brings Native issues to national stage
(Oklahoma) -- Rebecca Nagle, a Cherokee Nation citizen and freelance journalist, is preparing for her next writing project since recently becoming a 2020 American Mosaic...

2/24/2020

article The Cherokee Nation once fought to disenroll Gov. Kevin Stitt’s ancestors
(Oklahoma) -- Last week, High Country News and The New York Times jointly reported a story on the ongoing battle between Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, R, and tribes in the...

2/23/2020

article Cherokee Casino to host career fair
(Oklahoma) -- Casino executives are planning to host a career fair for Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs and Cherokee Casino Grove from 2 to 5 p.m. on...
article CN Health Services implements employee reorganization structure
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. has named Dr. R. Stephen Jones, of Tahlequah, as executive director of Health Services. The promotion of...

2/21/2020

article Cherokee leaders gave birth to Native American journalism
(Oklahoma) -- The birth of Native American journalism happened on Feb. 21, 1828, near the junction of the Coosawattee and Conasauga rivers in what is now the...

2/20/2020

article Chief: U.S. 'on the hook' to seat delegate
(Oklahoma) -- During a Lunch and Learn gathering hosted by the Cherokee Nation Thursday, Feb. 20, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. discussed the tribe’s mission to...
article CN Health Services implements employee reorganization structure; Jones to direct
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. has named Dr. R. Stephen Jones, of Tahlequah, as executive director of Health Services. The promotion of...

2/18/2020

article Luttrell, Walke to co-chair House Native American Caucus
(Oklahoma) -- Two Cherokee Nation citizens have been named co-chairs of the Oklahoma House of Representatives’ Native American Caucus. During the group’s...

2/16/2020

article The newest Navy ship named after Cherokee Nation
(Louisiana) -- The Keel of the Navy's latest ship named after the Cherokee Nation has been laid at the Gulf Island Ship yards in Louisiana. The ship is part of the...

2/15/2020

article Russellville casino study shows $3B economic impact
(Arkansas) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses released findings this week that indicate a potential economic impact of more than $3.15 billion over 10 years for the Cherokee...
article Cherokee Nation First U.S. Tribe to be Invited to Preserve Their Heirloom Species in Global Seed Vault
(Oklahoma) -- With close to 1 million samples from nearly every country on earth, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the remote Svalbard Island, between Norway and the...
article Cherokee Nation among leaders honored by Leadership Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Leadership Oklahoma will present the Cherokee Nation and three other entities with awards for leadership at its annual Excellence in Leadership Gala at The...
article Cherokee Nation donates equipment to area entities
(Oklahoma) -- The Council of the Cherokee Nation unanimously authorized the donation of surplus equipment to several entities during the legislative body's February...
article Chief Chat: Cherokee Nation Film Office: One year and going strong
(Oklahoma) -- When we first made the leap of opening the Cherokee Nation Film Office, we often heard, "Why should Cherokee Nation get involved in this?" To...

2/14/2020

article Cherokee Nation awards Collinsville veteran with Medal of Patriotism
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored two veterans with the Medal of Patriotism at its Tribal Council meeting on Feb. 10. Each month, the Cherokee Nation observes...

2/13/2020

article Keel Laid for Future USNS Cherokee Nation
(Louisiana) -- A keel laying ceremony was held Feb. 12 for the future USNS Cherokee Nation (T-ATS 7), the second ship of the Navy's Navajo class of Towing, Salvage,...

2/12/2020

article Cherokee Nation first tribe in U.S. to send heirloom seeds to global seed vault in Norway
(Norway) -- The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the United States to receive an invitation to deposit its traditional heirloom seeds to the Svalbard Global Seed...

2/11/2020

article Stilwell not ‘death capital’ after all, CN leaders told
(Oklahoma) -- Dubbed by Oklahoma leaders as the Strawberry Capital of the World in 1949, Stilwell is no longer the “death capital” of the country as...

2/10/2020

article Gulfside Casino Partnership asks court to rule on its Arkansas lawsuit
(Arkansas) -- With Cherokee Nation Businesses awaiting movement on its request to site a resort and casino in Pope County, a competing interest has asked a Pulaski...
article Tribal Council OKs appointments, discusses ship named after CN
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council during a meeting Monday approved two renominations to the CN Tax Commission and a variety of donations, and authorized...
article Cherokee activist, journalist Rebecca Nagle speaks at Berkeley Forum event
(California) -- Cherokee activist and award-winning writer Rebecca Nagle spoke about the issues relating to Native American representation and narrative-building in...

2/8/2020

article "This is history in the making": Cherokee Nation becomes first U.S. tribe to preserve culturally important seeds in Arctic "doomsday" vault
(Norway) -- For more than a decade, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault — also known as the "doomsday" vault — has collected and maintained the world...

1/31/2020

article With televised lessons, Oklahoma station helps to keep fading Cherokee language alive
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma public TV station is collaborating with the Cherokee Nation to produce the first-ever televised course for learning the Cherokee language.

1/30/2020

article Oklahoma tribes take casino gaming to Arkansas
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Native American tribes are not waiting to settle the dispute in Oklahoma, before they expand out of the state. “I think it reflects how...
article Cherokee Nation chief speaks at OSU on tribal issues
(Oklahoma) -- The Center for Sovereign Nations at Oklahoma State University was created in 2015 to help provide more resources and services to students who are citizens...
article Cherokee Chief visits library for showing of movie
(Oklahoma) -- Former Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller grew up in one of the poorest counties in the United States. But poverty, being Cherokee and a woman did not stop her...

1/24/2020

article Cherokee Nation to disperse rare heirloom seeds beginning Feb. 3
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will begin dispersing its limited supply of heirloom seeds Feb. 3 to tribal citizens who are interested in growing traditional Cherokee...

1/23/2020

article Cherokee Nation to study hemp, cannabis industries in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is creating a work group to study the burgeoning hemp and cannabis industries in Oklahoma. The Tahlequah-based Native American tribe,...
article Cherokee Nation Will No Longer Demand THC Abstinence From Employees
(Oklahoma) -- “Landscapes are changing, and the Cherokee Nation needed to modernize its HR policies to reflect those changes,” said Principal Chief Chuck...

1/18/2020

article Book talk examines nationhood in early 20th century Cherokee writing
(Oklahoma) -- N -- Kirby Brown will be the second faculty member featured in the upcoming UO Authors, Book Talkson Feb. 12. A citizen of the Cherokee nation and...

1/17/2020

article Cherokee Nation submits 3rd application for a Pope County casino license
(Arkansas) -- Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen said his temporary restraining order doesn't bar the Racing Commission from taking applications based on...

1/15/2020

article Cherokee Nation Businesses reapply for a Pope Co. casino license
(Arkansas) -- The Cherokee Nation Businesses resubmitted an application for a Pope County casino license on Wednesday. CNB is now submitting their initial application -...
article Cherokees try again on Pope County casino license application
(Arkansas) -- The Cherokee tribe today again submitted an application to the state Racing Commission for a casino license in Pope County. The proposal, for a $225...
article Cherokee Nation honors Collinsville veteran, his two brothers with Medal of Patriotism
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored four veterans, three of them brothers, with the Medal of Patriotism at the January Tribal Council meeting on Monday.

1/14/2020

article Cherokee Nation drives more than $2 billion into Oklahoma economy
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation injected nearly $2.2 billion into the Oklahoma economy last year. New research shows the tribe and its businesses continue to expand their...

1/13/2020

article Cherokee Nation forging ahead on gaming with new Arkansas deal
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council passed a resolution Monday requesting a joint venture between Cherokee Nation Education Services and the Bureau of...
article Cherokee Nation experiencing Tramadol shortage
(Oklahoma) -- During the Jan. 13 meeting of the Tribal Council’s Health Committee, councilors were told of a medication shortage that could have far-reaching...
article OP/ED: Cherokee Nation increases effort to save historical sites in northeast Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Across Cherokee Nation are places rich in Cherokee history. Whether it is a refreshing spring that supplied Cherokee families with life-sustaining water, a...

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