June 15, 2018
TAHLEQUAH, OKLA. – Gary Cooper, Cherokee Nation citizen and executive director of the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation, was recently elected as the chairman of the National American Indian Housing Council.
Cooper will serve a two-year term as chairman for the organization that advocates for housing opportunities and increased funding for Native American housing and community development programs. The organization also provides training in many areas of Native housing management, on-site technical assistance, and research and information services related to Native housing issues and programs.
“I am very humbled and honored to be elected chairman of the National American Indian Housing Council,” said Cooper, of Hulbert. “The organization works tirelessly to ensure Natives have access to quality, affordable housing, and I am proud to help push that mission forward.”
During his tenure as the executive director of the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation for the past six years, the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation has expanded its current programs and implemented new programs, including the new home construction program and HUD-VASH program for homeless veterans.
Cooper has also provided testimony to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, represented NAIHC at a White House Tribal Nations Conference and served as member of the previous formula negotiated rulemaking committee. He also serves as vice president of the Southern Plains Indian Housing Association.
“Gary truly has a heart for Native people and a passion to provide the best quality and affordable homes to all Natives,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “I firmly believe that he will be a great asset as chairman to an already fantastic organization that advocates on behalf of all Natives, and I look forward to what the organization can accomplish during his tenure as chairman.”