Progress is continuing on extensive repair projects located on Indian Road in Cherokee and Sequoyah Counties. Cherokee Nation is investing nearly $2 million in Tribal Transportation Program funds to expedite the projects, which are tentatively set to be complete in the fall of 2023.
Cherokee Nation is launching a new opportunity to help Cherokee families get fresh, healthy foods. The tribally owned and operated 1839 Cherokee Meat Co. has now become a SNAP retailer. This USDA-certified meat processing plant is an excellent new source of local, sustainable and healthy meat that is competitively priced.
Until now, Cherokee citizens in the community of Kenwood had to drive more than 10 miles to get mobile cell service. This month a new cell tower built by Cherokee Nation in collaboration with AT&T* expands the AT&T 5G network giving the 1,000-member population fast, reliable and secure connectivity.
The historic sites on our reservation are a testament to the resilience of the Cherokee people, who built thriving new communities from scratch after our removal on the Trail of Tears. Cherokee Nation is committed to celebrating and preserving historically significant sites.
Cherokee Nation is investing $1.3 million into playground equipment and community room upgrades at its rental housing units across the reservation, hoping to add to Cherokee citizens’ rental experiences and promote healthier outdoor activity for children.
Cherokee Nation Foundation is offering a free ACT Boot Camp to Native American students preparing for the national exam. The one-day course will be held on Saturday, April 1, at Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah last week became one of the first tribally operated hospitals to launch the new TeamBirth initiative, which is designed to enhance the labor and delivery experience for Cherokee families.
One of the greatest accomplishments of Cherokee Nation has been building the largest health care system in Indian Country. Our world-class facilities receive more than 1.5 million patient visits each year, and we have strategically built health facilities around our 7,000-square-mile reservation so that no Cherokee on the reservation is more than 30 minutes away from care.
Holding families sacred is a core value of the Cherokee people. One way that we uphold that value at the Cherokee Nation is by making it a high priority to protect our most vulnerable family members. Sadly, domestic violence is still far too frequent on our reservation in northeast Oklahoma, just as it is all over the country.
Cherokee Nation is trusted with dollars to provide services for our citizens, and we take that responsibility extremely seriously. Essential services like housing, health care, elder support and economic development depend on it. Whether our funding comes from tax revenue, federal grants and set-asides, or business profits, we track each dollar carefully to do the most good for Cherokees.
The summit will provide comprehensive training for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, court staff, emergency medical service workers, health care providers, advocates and others who are involved in addressing domestic violence issues in Oklahoma.
This week the Cherokee Nation’s Registration Department enrolled its 450,000th tribal citizen. The Cherokee Nation stands as the largest federally recognized tribe in the United States and has processed a record number of citizen applications since COVID-19.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, the Council of the Cherokee Nation and other tribal leaders will meet with state lawmakers on Tuesday during Cherokee Nation Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol to discuss the tribe’s legislative priorities.
Leaders from the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Businesses and the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation gathered to officially break ground Thursday on a 23-acre housing addition in Tahlequah named the Cherokee ᎦᎵᏦᏕ (Galitsode) Subdivision, which will be home to dozens of Cherokee families when complete.
Leaders from the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Businesses, and Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation will officially break ground on 24 new homes for Cherokee families to be built on approximately 23 acres of land in Tahlequah.
I wholeheartedly support Cherokee Nation Attorney General Sara Hill’s filing of an amicus brief in the Oklahoma Supreme Court opposing the State of Oklahoma’s imposition of state personal income tax of a tribal citizen who lives and works within a reservation in Stroble vs. Oklahoma Tax Commission.
Cherokee Nation leaders recently toured four of the tribe’s outpatient health centers where a total investment of $15 million is providing new patient services and expanding existing services and space within the facilities.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner on Monday unveiled the tribe’s first in-house drug treatment center during a ceremony at Three Rivers Health Center. The $18 million, 17,000-square-foot treatment center will be located in the Park Hill area of Tahlequah with construction set to start this year.
We all depend on farmers, ranchers and those who support them to bring food and other essential agricultural products to our tables and homes. At the Cherokee Nation, we are especially mindful that without food sovereignty, all other aspects of our sovereignty will be at risk.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner this week announced an extension of the tribe’s Community Impact Grant program for organizations that participate with the tribe’s Community and Cultural Outreach programs.
The Cherokee Nation is being awarded $200,000 by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund. The grant will be used for Phase I of the Grand View Intersection Safety Project in Tahlequah.
Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and I proposed, and the Council of the Cherokee Nation approved, a new law that earmarks more than $100 million for drug addiction services, staff, programs and facilities across the 14-county reservation. This marks the largest mental health investment toward behavioral health in the tribe’s history.
Cherokee Nation is infusing the Boys & Girls Club programs with a historic $5 million investment over the next two years. The donation will help with capital projects, food security programs and grants to offer more services throughout the year, including holidays and the summer months.
Cherokee Nation leaders met with 100 representatives of local Boys & Girls Clubs on Monday as Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner unveiled plans to invest an additional $5 million into Boys & Girls Club programs over the next two years.
As a sovereign government, the Cherokee Nation is aggressively building new homes, constructing new community centers, making broadband more accessible, and creating safer roads, bridges and water systems. We try to prioritize projects that will improve living standards and pay off with long-term economic growth, as well as create high-quality construction jobs.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner are proposing new legislation that would commit over $100 million for addiction treatment facilities, new treatment programs, a scholarship endowment, and other initiatives using settlement funds from the tribe’s opioid and e-cigarette settlements.
Cherokee Nation leaders met with members of the Illinois River Area Community Organization on Thursday, Jan. 5, and celebrated the early stages of construction for a multipurpose community building near the Illinois River.
We recently opened a new Cherokee Nation-led domestic violence center in Adair County which will immediately help families and children who are suffering at the hands of abusers. Our hope is that this shelter can break cycles of violence for our citizens and enable them to rebuild their lives.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. has named his former Chief of Staff, Todd Enlow, as Executive Director of Housing Programs. Enlow, of Tahlequah, will oversee the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation in his new role and will also serve as the Hoskin administration’s senior advisor.
Cherokee Nation and its businesses recently presented a $50,000 check to the Tulsa Area United Way to help wrap up the agency’s 2022 fall fundraising campaign. Through annual contributions and employee volunteers, the tribe has supported the nonprofit organization’s mission to improve lives and build stronger communities since 2013.
Cherokee Nation officials gathered Dec. 8 to break ground on a new walking trail at the tribe’s Three Rivers Health Center in Muskogee as part of the Cherokee Nation Public Health and Wellness Fund Act signed by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. last year.
The Cherokee Nation this week officially dedicated its J.W. Sam-Gadusi building in Catoosa. The facility will house satellite offices for Cherokee Nation Career Services and Cherokee Nation Human Services and will be used by the local Cherokee community group as well.
From individual Cherokee families to the whole Cherokee Nation, keeping children safe is our most essential responsibility. That’s why Cherokee Nation is launching a number of major initiatives to help our families and child care providers.
The Cherokee Nation celebrated the opening of its eighth food distribution center on Friday in Vinita. The 6,000-square-foot facility, built with the tribe’s Respond, Recover, Rebuild funds during COVID-19, will house several offices, a teaching kitchen and a grocery store component that will provide Native American families with healthy foods each month.
Two years ago, I called on the U.S. to finally fulfill a commitment made in that treaty by seating a Cherokee Nation delegate in Congress, and I nominated Kim Teehee for the role. Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives finally held a historic hearing on this matter.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, and members of the Cherokee Nation Early Childhood Task Force met recently to discuss a number of major early childcare initiatives in response to the task force analyzing childcare needs within the reservation.
Cherokee Nation Health Services was recently honored as the recipient of two national Indian Health Service awards, including the Pandemic Heroism Award for its COVID-19 Task Force and the Director’s Customer Service Award for the tribe’s efforts through the Pandemic Vaccine Task Force.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. is calling for the U.S. House of Representatives to live up to the United States’ commitment in the 1835 Treaty of New Echota and seat the Cherokee Nation’s delegate.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. has issued a statement regarding today's congressional hearing on the efforts to seat Cherokee Nation Delegate to Congress Kim Teehee in the U.S House of Representatives.
The Council of the Cherokee Nation approved a proposal by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner Monday to create three new ‘patient experience’ positions to help citizens better navigate the tribe’s expansive health system.
At Cherokee Nation and across America, we recognize November as Diabetes Awareness Month. An estimated one in 10 Americans has diabetes. In Indian Country, the numbers are even higher, with more than one in six of the adult population affected.
The Cherokee Nation’s seventh annual Cherokee Warrior Flight departs Thursday for Washington, D.C., with 14 veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War or Operation Enduring Freedom.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. issues a statement regarding next week's congressional hearing on the efforts to seat Cherokee Nation Delegate to Congress Kim Teehee in the U.S House of Representatives
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo, Secretary of State Tina Glory Jordan and Delegate to Congress Kim Teehee listened to oral arguments in Brackeen v Haaland before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.
Cherokee Nation officials gathered with Adair County leaders to cut the ribbon Monday afternoon and celebrate the grand opening of the tribe’s new $2.5 million, 4,000-square-foot Stilwell Cherokee Nation Tag Office.
In close collaboration with Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, the Council of the Cherokee Nation and our Secretary of Natural Resources Chad Harsha, I have worked to be a responsible steward of Cherokee land, balancing acquisition, development and conservation.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner this week unveiled architectural renderings for the Cherokee Nation’s planned Head Start facilities as part of Head Start Awareness Month in October.
For the Cherokee people and for people everywhere, true freedom is impossible without control over our own food supply. Tribal nations have long suffered the ill effects of being pushed out of our lands, denied our well-developed traditional strategies for food production, and forced to rely on outside sources for the food we consume.
Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and I have been working diligently on a long-term goal to ensure that all of our citizens, including those in our most rural communities in northeast Oklahoma, can still get the latest and greatest technology.
I encourage all Cherokees to vote, either by going to the polls on November 8 or by voting early or absentee. This election is one of the most important elections that we have faced as Native Americans in the state of Oklahoma.
The Cherokee Nation has been awarded a $34 million federal grant through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, part of the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that has so far provided a total of more than $1.3 billion to tribal entities.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. officially signed into law the Cherokee Artist Recovery Act of 2022 Wednesday morning, setting aside $3 million through 2024 to address the adverse economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Cherokee artists.
Leaders of the five largest tribes in Oklahoma announced today they officially endorse State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister as Oklahoma’s next Governor, citing her respect for tribal sovereignty and her commitment to work with the state’s nearly 40 federally recognized tribes for the betterment of all Oklahomans.
The Council approved a resolution calling on the Oklahoma Legislature to repeal House Bill 1775, which had the stated intent of prohibiting educational curriculum or activities that imply any individual should feel discomfort on account of his or her race or sex, among other provisions.
The Cherokee Nation will receive a $1.9M Tribal Opioid Response Grant to help address the opioid overdose epidemic and support Cherokees in recovery. The White House recently announced that $1.5 billion was awarded to support states, tribes, and territories’ efforts to address the opioid crisis and support individuals in recovery.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner gathered with members of the Council of the Cherokee Nation and tribal employees to officially sign into law the Cherokee Nation Family Protection and Violence Against Women Act Friday morning in Tahlequah.
The Cherokee Nation will kick off the 20th Anniversary Sovereignty Run hosted by the National Congress of American Indians and Bright Path Strong, beginning at the Cherokee Nation Reservation on Oct. 3, and eventually ending in Sacramento, California on Oct. 31.
Cherokee Nation will host several events in the month of October, including an art market, two meetings for at-large citizens in California, and the grand opening of the Anna Mitchell Cultural & Welcome Center in Vinita.
Informed citizens are crucial for Cherokee democracy. The Cherokee Nation best serves the Cherokee people when we have open and transparent communication and when citizens can access truthful information about what their government is doing. Besides, Cherokees have an inherent right to monitor their tribal government.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. joined dozens of national leaders today for the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. The event hosted by President Joe Biden was the first of its kind in more than 50 years to bring government leaders, including tribal leaders, academics and activists together to achieve ending hunger and reducing diet-related diseases in the United States by 2030.
The Cherokee Nation is once again partnering with the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper to provide a free, one-year subscription to Cherokee Nation citizens who opt into the program through the tribe’s online Gadugi Portal system.
The Cherokee Nation is now accepting applications for tutor positions at several Cherokee Nation Early Head Start and Head Start programs throughout the 14-county reservation. This program is in partnership and funded through AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism.
Native students preparing for national entrance exams just got a hand up with expanded college prep workshops offered by Cherokee Nation Foundation. The foundation is reaching even more students by offering its first Preliminary SAT workshop on Oct. 11.
This week, drawing some inspiration from the New Deal era Federal Art Project, Deputy Chief Warner and I proposed to the Council the Cherokee Artist Recovery Act (ARA). After three years that saw art galleries close, art classes postponed, art markets go virtual and the buying power of art patrons shrink, Cherokee artists deserve a boost.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner are proposing the Cherokee Artist Recovery Act of 2022 to address the adverse economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Cherokee artists by purchasing their art and providing more opportunities for artists to teach others over the next two years.
The Career Readiness Act legislation will infuse $10 million to start building a new Career Readiness Campus on Highway 62 in Tahlequah and help train thousands of Cherokees in career trade programs while expanding overall funding for the program.
The Cherokee Family Protection and Violence Against Women Act will help protect families and the most vulnerable citizens – women, children and men – across the Cherokee Nation Reservation. It expands our criminal codes and provides more ways to help victims of domestic violence within the Cherokee Nation Reservation. It deepens our commitment to supporting victims of violence and protecting the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of our citizens.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner are proposing the Cherokee Nation Family Protection and Violence Against Women Act as part of their administration’s historic and ongoing efforts to protect Cherokee families by safeguarding their mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
The Cherokee Nation on Monday passed a $3.5 billion budget, the largest operating budget in the tribe’s history. The Council of the Cherokee Nation approved the Fiscal Year 2023 General Operating Budget of more than $2.98 billion and a capital investment budget of more than $569 million during Monday night’s Council meeting.
The largest, most comprehensive budget in the history of the Cherokee Nation will improve lives both for Cherokees and non-Cherokees across our 7,000-square-mile reservation in northeast Oklahoma. In the coming fiscal year, we will distribute more than $3.5 billion into more and better services for Cherokee citizens. This landmark budget includes significant increases to the programs that help Cherokee families become happier, healthier and stronger.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. spoke to thousands of Cherokee citizens and guests from the heart of the tribe’s capital city Saturday morning for his fourth State of the Nation address, emphasizing the strength of the tribe and its more than 430,000 citizens who live on the Cherokee Nation Reservation and around the world.
Cherokee Nation leaders honored six tribal citizens and three Cherokee community organizations during the Cherokee National Holiday Awards Banquet Thursday night, part of the 70th annual Cherokee National Holiday.
In collaboration with Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and the Council of the Cherokee Nation, we recently launched a new family leave policy that provides paid time off to all full-time employees with Cherokee Nation and CNB for the birth of a child or an adoption through the tribe’s Indian Child Welfare Department.
The honor marks the first time the Cherokee Nation tribal government has been recognized by Forbes as among Oklahoma’s most successful employers and best places to work in the state. The prestigious award was announced this week by Forbes and Statista Inc., and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. celebrated the recognition Thursday with employees.
Cherokee Nation cut the ribbon Wednesday afternoon and celebrated the grand opening of a new Catoosa Tag Office. The tribe broke ground on the new facility located at 400 N. 161st E. Avenue in 2020. The new space is approximately 5,100 square feet, has a larger lobby than the previous facility, along with more parking and a total of 12 service windows, two of which are accessible for those with disabilities.
The Cherokee Nation signed a $2 million loan agreement with the USDA on Tuesday as part of the USDA Heirs’ Property Relending Program. The USDA made the $2 million loan available to Cherokee Nation to relend to Cherokee citizens who are heirs to farmland and need help resolving ownership and succession issues.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner today announced the creation of a new family leave policy providing all qualifying parents who work fulltime for Cherokee Nation with paid time off for the birth of a child or adoption through the tribe’s Indian Child Welfare department.
Our tribal government is dedicated to supporting these grassroots efforts. Recently, at the CCO annual conference, Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and I announced a plan to expand our highly successful Community Impact grants. The $1.675 million infusion into the Community Impact grant program will further the important work these groups do day in and day out.
The Cherokee Nation Wildlife Conservation department is hosting its second annual controlled hunts this fall on preserve land in Sequoyah County. The controlled hunts are not subject to any residency requirement and applications are open to all Cherokee Nation citizens.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Speaker of the Council Mike Shambaugh encouraged Cherokee citizens to be engaged and to vote in the 2022 elections during the monthly Council of the Cherokee Nation meeting held Monday night.
The Cherokee Nation has provided more than 265 displaced workers with stable employment during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to millions from a U.S. Department of Labor grant and new programs the tribe started to create more jobs.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., First Lady January Hoskin, Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, At-large Council of the Cherokee Nation members Julia Coates and Johnny Kidwell, and other special guests will hold a community gathering for Cherokee Nation citizens living in the metro Oklahoma City area on August 13.
The Cherokee Nation is temporarily reopening its Clothes for Kids assistance program to help thousands of Cherokee youth who missed the initial deadline or whose citizenship application was processed after the initial deadline.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner are proposing the construction of a new “Career Readiness” campus in Tahlequah, part of an expansion of the historic Career Readiness Act signed in 2019.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner this week announced a new $1.675 million Community Impact Grant program for the tribe’s nearly 70 affiliated non-profit organizations across the reservation and across the United States.
Native students preparing for the national ACT exam can now register for a free virtual workshop hosted by Cherokee Nation Foundation. The Aug. 27 workshop is hosted in partnership with Testing With Success for Native students in grades 9-12, with preference given to Cherokee Nation citizens.
The Speaker Services program is under Cherokee Nation’s Language Department and now has dedicated staff-- four crews with workers that also speak Cherokee--that go out daily helping with everyday basic needs from installing wheel-chair ramps, new roofs to accessing hearing aids and medical devices.
The purchase of a new mobile MRI unit for Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital is part of an overall investment in diagnostic imaging totaling more than $6 million across the tribe’s Health Services system.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner announced a $1 million relief program to help Cherokee ranchers.The “Relief for Cherokee Ranchers” program will support Cherokee Ranchers in the Cherokee Nation Reservation with the hay shortage during the current irregular drought.
The Cherokee Nation currently has about 11,800 citizens of Freedmen descent enrolled in the tribe. A 2017 federal court ruling in Cherokee Nation V. Nash, determined Freedmen citizens have full rights as Cherokee citizens based on the Treaty of 1866.
The Cherokee Nation is hosting a series of seven construction recruitment events between July and September to help connect Native and non-Native businesses and contractors to an unprecedented number of tribal building projects ongoing across the 14-county reservation.
Oklahoma is quickly emerging as one of the most desirable states for filmmaking. We are proud to stand at the forefront of this emerging industry through the efforts of the Cherokee Nation Film Office.
Cherokee Nation celebrated Charles L. Head Day on Thursday with its annual honoring ceremony in Tahlequah. The event honors the life and legacy of Charles L. Head, the late Cherokee Nation Secretary of State and founder of the tribe’s innovative ONE FIRE Victim Services Department.
On Friday, Cherokee Nation began distributing its first batch of what will total more than $14 million to utility companies on behalf of 9,600 low-income Cherokee households through a one-time emergency assistance program.
The Cherokee Nation has named Debra Proctor as Senior Director of the tribe’s innovative ONE FIRE Victim Services department, which has helped support and protect approximately 2,000 victims of domestic violence since its inception.
The Cherokee Nation is providing $150 in clothing assistance for every qualifying Cherokee child regardless of age, residency or income, with applications accepted now through 5 pm. on July 29. This marks the first time the program has been available to children under the age of 5 and not enrolled in school.
Cherokee Nation citizen Dwight Birdwell, 74, is the first Native American to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic service during the Vietnam War after President Joe Biden awarded him the military’s highest recognition Tuesday at the White House.
The Cherokee Nation will dedicate an expansion project that will add 80,000 square feet of new space to the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell on Monday, June 20, 2022. Cherokee Nation poured approximately $30 million into the project.
The great Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller is remembered for being a defender, mentor, mother and leader. She demonstrated grit and determination, fought for justice for Native Americans, and inspired us to do more to help ourselves as a people. She made the world better, fairer and more just.
The Cherokee Nation is hosting a series of in-person sign-up events across the tribe’s reservation this month to help eligible Cherokee citizens apply for the expanded low-income Emergency Utility Assistance Program. The deadline to apply for the program is June 30, 2022.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. officially signed Monday a law to reform the tribe’s election code which included strong provisions to prevent dark money from coming into tribal elections.
The tribe’s annual contribution helps support volunteer fire departments, which otherwise rely on fundraisers, membership dues and the help of their communities’ residents to maintain their vital operations.
“Man Enough to be a Girl Scout.” That is the call to action, which I proudly support, for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma’s annual campaign encouraging men of our community to uplift young women in all areas that make Girl Scouts great, including STEM, life skills, outdoors experiences and entrepreneurship.
Cherokee Nation at-large Councilor Johnny Jack Kidwell was inducted into the U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School’s Wall of Gallantry in May. Kidwell served for two decades in the U.S. Coast Guard and was honored with a place on the wall for his courage and sacrifices.
Foster care as we know it has been around since the early 1900s, but Cherokee people have provided a version of “foster care” for much longer. Historically, Cherokee children were raised in a community setting, with every person in a child’s life taking on a specific role to ensure that they grew into a well-rounded Cherokee.
At Cherokee Nation we are committed to creating a safe, caring and supportive workplace. As the employer of choice in the region, we know that safeguarding the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of our staff is important for the entire community.
The Cherokee people’s connection to the land and nature has always been central to our way of life. Both to honor our past and to carry on our Cherokee identity long into the future, we must ensure the newest generations have access to traditional plants and know how to use them.
The Cherokee Nation held its first at-large community gatherings since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, meeting with hundreds of Cherokee citizens in Northern California during visits to Bakersfield, Fresno and Napa April 22-24.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., spoke before the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Monday, advocating for the preservation of Indigenous languages including Cherokee and other languages across the globe.
Cherokee Nation celebrated the installation of more than a dozen new native bee and butterfly houses during visits to the Cherokee Immersion School and the Bonnie Kirk Cherokee speakers village in Tahlequah Tuesday evening.
For almost two years, our tribal government made the hard choice to suspend official in-person gatherings with Cherokee communities. Now that vaccines are widely available and infections have dropped dramatically, the time is right to bring these back.
The Cherokee Nation is contributing funds to the Griffin Promise Autism Clinic and recently announced a partnership with the Pervasive Parenting Center in an effort to launch the Cherokee Nation Autism Initiative.
The Cherokee Nation announced Wednesday the tribe is dedicating nearly 1,000 acres of land inside the reservation to protect culturally significant plants, and also signed a separate agreement with the National Park Service to allow Cherokee citizens to gather plants within the Buffalo National River Park in Arkansas for traditional use.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner will sign Wednesday a first of its kind agreement with the National Park Service to allow Cherokee citizens to gather culturally significant plants within the Buffalo National River Park in Arkansas for traditional use.
Cherokee Nation Public Health is offering a return to in-person racing for members of the Wings Fitness Program after altering its 2020 and 2021 race schedules to be completed virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner officially enacted a revised “Public Health and Wellness Fund Act” during a signing ceremony Thursday at the Cherokee Nation Outpatient Health Center in Tahlequah.
Six cyclists from Cherokee Nation will participate in the 2022 Remember the Removal Bike Ride this June, retracing an estimated 950 miles along the northern route of the Trail of Tears by bicycle. This marks the first year for the team to be comprised entirely of Cherokee women.
Today in Cherokee Nation we provide everything from early childhood education to college and university scholarships. Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner and I are proud that we are able to help more Cherokees than ever on their educational journey.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner announced Thursday a proposed plan to use the tribe’s initial opioid settlement funds to start constructing drug treatment centers for tribal citizens, as well as increase overall funding for wellness programs.
The Cherokee Nation is contributing $7.5 million to 107 school districts as part of the tribe’s annual Public School Appreciation Day initiative. This year’s disbursement is the largest since the tribe began its annual contributions in 2002.
Today, the Cherokee Nation – alongside the Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Muscogee Nation and Seminole Nation of Oklahoma – filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of oral arguments in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta.
Cherokee Nation is investing a total of more than $12 million to add new patient services or expand existing services and space at four tribal health centers located across the tribe’s 14-county reservation area.
Too many Cherokees suffer with health conditions that could be exponentially improved with easier access to exercise, healthy food and support for their mental well-being. Within our tribal health system at Cherokee Nation, we know it is much healthier and less expensive to address these issues before they become a medical emergency.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. officially signed legislation Thursday afternoon investing a historic $120 million into funding for expansion of affordable housing options, low-income home repairs and other related housing needs for hundreds of Cherokee families across the tribe’s reservation.
Under the Housing, Jobs and Sustainable Communities Act, we invested $30 million in revenue from the tribe’s business arm, primarily to help elders and Cherokees with disabilities with home repairs or, in some cases, brand-new replacement homes.
The Cherokee Nation has administered more than 270,000 COVID-19 tests and implemented several public health safety measures in the past two years as this week marks the two-year anniversary of the tribe’s first positive COVID-19 case within its tribal health care system.
An issue that I passionately believe in is that every Cherokee woman should feel safe in her community and in her home. That’s why I was so proud this week to attend the formal announcement of the reauthorized and expanded Violence Against Women Act.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner are proposing a historic $120 million in funding to expand affordable housing options and offer low-income home repairs and other related housing needs for Cherokee citizens across the reservation.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. issued the following statement Wednesday before attending a White House ceremony to witness President Joe Biden sign legislation that reauthorizes and expands the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
The Council of the Cherokee Nation on Monday approved a proposal by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. to expand Cherokee Nation Health Services’ hearing aid program to Cherokee Nation citizens who live anywhere in the United States.
A year ago today, a ruling from the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals (OCCA) recognized that the U.S. Supreme Court’s McGirt decision applied to the Cherokee Nation, thereby affirming that the Cherokee Reservation was never disestablished.
The Cherokee Nation is asking citizens who live within the tribe’s 14-county reservation to participate in a water quality study as part of the Wilma P. Mankiller and Charlie Soap Water Act signed by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. in 2021.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. today officially signed new legislation investing more than $54 million into the Cherokee Nation’s Emergency Medical Services to help lower response times, reduce staff strains and improve training for community partners throughout the tribal reservation.
Cherokee families deserve emergency responders who can always bring rapid care in a crisis. That’s why Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and I have proposed more than $54 million in funding to enhance Cherokee Nation’s Emergency Medical Services and upgrade our fleet of ambulances.
The Cherokee Nation’s Catoosa Tag Office is temporarily relocating to the former JW Sam Elementary School building, 701 W. Rollins St., and will reopen to tribal citizens at that new location starting Wednesday, January 19.
The Cherokee Nation held a dedication ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the newly refurbished Attucks School Building in Vinita, and give the historical property new life as the future home of the Boys and Girls Club.
Bunch, of Adair County, has served as acting Chief of Staff since November and has been instrumental in the tribe’s efforts to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic while safely ensuring critical services are available for Cherokee citizens.
The Cherokee Nation Veterans Color Guard has reorganized as a non-profit organization to continue honoring veterans and presenting the national colors during tribal events and ceremonies. The Cherokee Nation Veterans Color Guard has operated on a separate, non-governmental not-for-profit basis at the tribe since 1996. It relies on volunteer military veterans to present colors at official Cherokee Nation events and serve at veteran funerals across the Cherokee Nation Reservation.
Cherokee Nation citizens will soon have better access to world-class health care. I recently signed legislation that will invest $440 million into major health care capital improvements. This commitment will ensure our people get the kind of quality health care they deserve for many years ahead.
aidThe Cherokee Nation will offer GED classes to anyone wishing to continue their education by participating in the tribe's Adult Education program at Bell School in the Bell community of Adair County.
Cherokee Nation was not the only tribal government with a compact like this. A similar deal with the Choctaw Nation generated another $6 million. Those funds supported the responsible management of fish and wildlife for all Oklahomans to enjoy. That was until Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt abruptly decided to abandon the agreements.
The Cherokee Nation honored eight standout Native-owned businesses with special recognition for their outstanding performances with the tribe’s annual TERO Certified Indian Owned Business Awards on Monday, December 6, at the Cherokee Nation W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.
Cherokee Nation officials joined leaders from the town of Fort Gibson and Muskogee County Commissioner for district 1 to cut the ribbon on the East Benge road improvement project on Monday, December 6.
The Cherokee Nation is partnering with the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper to provide a free, one-year subscription to Cherokee citizens to help connect them with important public health information and details about the tribe’s ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
First Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland visited the Cherokee Nation’s Cherokee Immersion School in Tahlequah on Friday to experience first-hand how the tribe is successfully making historic investments in preserving and perpetuating the Cherokee language.
To minimize the risk and spread of COVID-19 during the holiday season, Cherokee Nation Public Health is recommending Cherokee citizens follow health and safety guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Cherokee Nation is welcoming a new principal and assistant principal to Sequoyah High School. Ramona Ketcher has been named Sequoyah High School principal and Justin Brown has been named assistant principal.
The Cherokee Nation has now signed agreements with 13 city municipalities to donate traffic citation fines the tribe receives back to support those cities in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court McGirt decision.
Cherokee Nation Marshal Shannon Buhl was sworn in to begin his third term as the tribe’s head law enforcement officer Tuesday afternoon following a vote of confirmation by the Council of the Cherokee Nation Monday evening.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. on Monday participated in the White House Tribal Nations Summit, encouraging the United States government to support new educational opportunities for Native students and to make key investments that help tribes save and perpetuate their sacred languages.
Cherokee Nation will launch a comprehensive study of its government workforce pay and target a gradual minimum wage increase to $15 per hour by 2025, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner announced today.
The Cherokee Nation on Oct. 29 finalized its acquisition of the Greasy School campus in southern Adair County. Cherokee Nation will repurpose the site into the tribe’s second Cherokee language immersion school starting with the 2022-2023 school year.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it is an excellent time to reinforce our tribe’s commitment to combatting domestic violence and helping survivors in ways that are sensitive, timely and, most of all, effective.
Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Todd Enlow will leave his cabinet position for an opportunity in the private sector, but will remain as a part-time special advisor to Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr., the tribe announced on Thursday.
The Cherokee Nation is investing an additional $29 million in the next three years to help Cherokee citizens negatively impacted by the COVID-19 receive vocational training in skilled trades such as health care, construction, child care, information technology and more.
The Cherokee Nation on Tuesday unveiled plans to invest more than $10 million in an Adair County health and wellness facility near the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell, marking the first major project to begin construction under the tribe’s Public Health and Wellness Fund Act signed by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. earlier this year.
The Cherokee Nation is providing an eco-friendly boost to the Washington County Cherokee Association through the installation of rooftop solar panels on the community organization’s building, which is expected to lower their yearly utility bill costs by nearly half.
With the case against the distributors resolved, we can begin the healing process for our tribe and our citizens. This settlement will enable Cherokee Nation to increase investments in substance use disorder, mental health treatment and other programs to help our people recover.
The Cherokee Nation Registration Office is extending its closure of in-person services through October and will reopen to the public on November 1 to allow staff to continue to focus on clearing a backlog of thousands of pending citizenship applications.
The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation continues to offer the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with eligibility extending for the first time to Cherokee citizens living in certain areas outside Oklahoma, including in parts of Arkansas and Kansas.
The Cherokee Nation is providing an eco-friendly boost to the Spavinaw Youth & Neighborhood Center through the installation of rooftop solar panels on the neighborhood center’s building, which are expected to lower utility costs by as much as 80 percent.
The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation is ramping up a $22.5 million total investment to repair or build replacement homes that will improve the lives of Cherokee elders and support a wave of job growth throughout the Cherokee Nation Reservation.
Our collective future is being written today by the investments we make in our youngest children. That’s why I am excited about Cherokee Nation’s aggressive new plan to help our youngest learners and their caregivers.
Cherokee Nation Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Executive Director Michael Lynn has been reappointed to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Tribal Advisory Board by Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Charles A. McCall.
Deputy Chief Warner will be recognized during NSU’s 2021 homecoming celebrations this fall along with Dr. James Williams, a 1977 NSU graduate who was selected by the board as this year’s Distinguished Alumnus.
The Cherokee Nation is supporting public school districts in the tribe’s Reservation by donating thousands of Cherokee-made masks to districts that implement schoolwide mask mandates to help reduce the spread of the deadly COVID-19 Delta variant.
The Cherokee Nation is following recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to administer an additional dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to fully vaccinated patients who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.
As Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, I am strongly encouraging all school systems on our reservation and across the state to follow the best practices to protect students, teachers, staff, visitors and members of their households.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. named former Council Speaker Joe Byrd as the tribe’s first Special Envoy for International Affairs and Language Preservation at a ceremony in Tahlequah.
Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief Bryan Warner has been elected Chair of the Centers for Disease Control Tribal Advisory Committee, a national advisory committee giving tribes input on health issues to the CDC as well as the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
The Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council was established in 1989 as a youth leadership development program that focuses on educating our young leaders about the Cherokee Nation government structure, history, language and culture.
Cherokee Nation cancelations include the Holiday weekend’s annual inter-tribal powwow, softball tournament, golf tournament, stickball exhibition, traditional games, car show, and downtown artisan markets.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. spoke Wednesday during a White House virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, governors, mayors, and other state leaders for a discussion on the importance of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
The second class of 53 student doctors to be accepted into the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation received their white coats during a small ceremony in Tahlequah on July 30.
Cherokee Nation, state, federal and military leaders gathered this week to tour the construction site where 21 new homes are being built for Cherokee veterans through the U.S. Department of Defense Innovative Readiness Training Program.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner welcomed Secretary Becerra, CMS Administrator Brooks-LaSure and IHS Director Fowler at the tribe’s new Outpatient Health Center in Tahlequah.
The Cherokee Nation is providing an eco-friendly boost to the Neighborhood Association of Chewey in Adair County through the installation of rooftop solar panels on the community building, which are expected to lower utility costs by as much as 90 percent.
Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and I joined these federal leaders, as well as other tribal, health care and nonprofit leaders, for an engaging discussion of Oklahoma’s recent expansion of Medicaid and our shared efforts to improve the health of Cherokees and all Oklahomans.
The Council of the Cherokee Nation approved a resolution Monday adopting the Kansas Intersection Safety Improvement Project for work at the intersection of U.S. Highway 412A, Highway 59 and State Highway 10 in the town of Kansas, Delaware County.
On the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation celebrates this historic victory and is announcing its path forward to protect sovereignty and enforce its justice system in the wake of the decision.
We are extremely proud that she is to be forever honored by the American Women Quarters Program, alongside dignitaries like poet Maya Angelou, astronaut Sally Ride, suffrage leader Adelina Otero-Warren and actress Anna May Wong.
We are extremely proud that she is to be forever honored by the American Women Quarters Program, alongside dignitaries like poet Maya Angelou, astronaut Sally Ride, suffrage leader Adelina Otero-Warren and actress Anna May Wong.
Under the agreement, Vian will be able to retain fees and fines associated with Cherokee Nation traffic and misdemeanor offenses in the form of a donation, in recognition and exchange for the policing and administrative functions provided by the municipality.
The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the country to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation Self Governance Program, meaning the tribe has autonomy to plan and finance road improvement and transit projects within the reservation.
The three federally recognized Cherokee tribes passed resolutions Friday to celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the Cherokee Syllabary, oppose non-Indian groups posing as Cherokee tribes, and address the crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women.
The new law helps to protect those who have become victims of credible threats of violence regardless of whether they have been involved in a relationship with or had a family connection to the person responsible for making the threats.
The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation has created the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and renter households in need of assistance may submit their application online.
The Cherokee Nation Attorney General’s office added five new charges of false personation against a Tahlequah woman initially charged last month in tribal court with one count of election fraud and one count of false personation.
Cherokee Nation Attorney General Sara Hill announced today that the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians dismissed its appeal in a case it filed, UKB v Barteaux, putting the legal challenge to rest.
The Cherokee Nation has filed its 1000th case in Cherokee Nation District Court since the Supreme Court McGirt ruling and subsequent Hogner decision found that its reservation had never been disestablished, and that the state of Oklahoma had been improperly prosecuting cases outside of its jurisdiction for over a century.
Four Tribal Council incumbents were re-elected, with one newcomer elected, while four other Tribal Council district races are heading to run offs next month, according to unofficial results from Saturday’s Cherokee Nation General Election.
This past week marked 100 years since the Tulsa Race Massacre. On May 31, 1921, an armed mob attacked the Greenwood District of Tulsa, which was known as “Black Wall Street” because it was a renowned center of black entrepreneurs and business professionals.
The Cherokee Nation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the tribe’s Vinita Health Center recently to celebrate the renovation and reallocation of 2,400 square feet of space that is providing additional exam rooms for the health center’s growth.
The Council of the Cherokee Nation unanimously approved Monday a resolution authorizing the tribe to sign agreements with city municipalities within the Cherokee Nation Reservation to donate revenue from traffic and misdemeanor citations of ticketed Natives back to those municipalities.
Sequoyah High School’s commencement ceremony for the class of 2021 seniors will take place at Gable Field at Northeastern State University on May 14, at 6:30 p.m., using social-distancing recommendations and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The tribe’s annual contribution helps support volunteer fire departments, which otherwise rely on fundraisers, membership dues and the help of their community’s residents to maintain their vital operations.
Cherokee Nation officials celebrated Earth Week with a visit to the Mid County Community Organization in Adair County on April 22, where new rooftop solar panels were installed as part of Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.’s $30 million Housing, Jobs and Sustainable Communities Act passed by the Council of the Cherokee Nation in 2019.
The Cherokee Nation Foundation announced today scholarship recipients for the 2020-21 academic school year. The nonprofit organization is awarding nearly $228,000 to 20 high school graduates and 69 current university students.
The Cherokee Nation on Monday unveiled its first public, rural eco-friendly electric buses to transport employees and tribal citizens to work and tribal health centers, and its first electric school bus, which is the first of its kind in the state of Oklahoma.
Members of the Council of the Cherokee Nation were presented with the first Cherokee-made personal protective equipment from a test run at the Stilwell PPE manufacturing facility during the Council’s monthly meeting Monday, April 12.
Cherokee Nation leaders gathered with community members in Bell on Wednesday to celebrate the official signing of the Wilma P. Mankiller and Charlie Soap Water Act, new legislation proposed by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and unanimously approved by the Council of the Cherokee Nation.
The Cherokee Nation has received a clean audit opinion from an independent Certified Public Accounting firm for the tribe’s fiscal year 2020 financial statements, including the annual comprehensive budget and Cherokee Nation’s Respond, Recover and Rebuild COVID-19 relief initiatives through Sept. 30, 2020, which marked the end of FY2020.
The Cherokee Nation presented more than $6.3 million to 107 school districts during the tribe’s annual Public School Appreciation Day held in a virtual format Wednesday. This year’s disbursement is the largest since the tribe began its annual contributions in 2002.
Protecting women and children has always been a core value for the Cherokee people. With the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), we will be able to do even more to ensure families are safe.
Cherokee Nation leaders joined Sequoyah County Water Association representatives on March 26 to celebrate the completion of the Sequoyah County Water Treatment Plant, which will provide fresh, cleaner and safer drinking water to about 5,300 residents and businesses.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. is proposing new legislation that would inject at least $2 million in additional funding each year into the Cherokee Nation’s efforts at eliminating barriers to clean water access in the reservation for Cherokee citizens.
Cherokee Connect, the tribe’s universal connectivity initiative, is focused on serving as a broadband resource and deploying connectivity that fills the gap for Cherokee households currently lacking internet access.
The Cherokee Nation is making it even easier for the public to access the COVID-19 vaccine at tribal health centers throughout the 14-county reservation by improving the registration process, reducing paperwork requirements and broadening vaccine distribution to all those in and outside the reservation.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. signed into law significant new legislation today that will earmark an estimated $9 million to $12 million per year to provide Cherokee citizens with access to substance abuse treatment centers and wellness centers.
The Rogers State University Language Concurrent Scholarship is designed to give high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn the Cherokee language online while obtaining college credit with no out-of-pocket costs.
Cherokee Nation’s most iconic and historic documents and artifacts are moving to a new, temporary home. The Cherokee National Research Center is scheduled to open later this summer at the Cherokee Springs Plaza in Tahlequah.
The Cherokee Nation continues working to ensure criminal justice is served following today’s Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals (OCCA) ruling, which dismissed criminal charges in the Hogner case and will likely lead to the dismissal of hundreds of other state criminal cases in the Cherokee Nation Reservation.
The Cherokee Nation is now accepting applications for its Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children program, which is designed to ensure students have access to nutritious meals during the summer months.
The Cherokee Nation has gone through its three-phase vaccine distribution plan and is now helping the surrounding community by opening the distribution of vaccines to the public living within the Cherokee Nation reservation.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. signed into law the “Cherokee Nation Park, Wildlands, Fishing and Hunting Preserve Act of 2021” on Monday, March 1, during a visit to the tribe’s beautiful new 4,000-plus-acre preserve in Sequoyah County.
The Cherokee Nation is launching an online assessment program and investing $4 million to help Cherokee homeowners living in the reservation repair plumbing problems caused by the February 2021 winter storm event.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner are proposing new legislation that would provide Cherokee citizens with access to substance abuse treatment centers, wellness centers and fitness centers by setting aside a portion of third-party revenues collected by Cherokee Nation Health Services each year.
The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court ruled today in a unanimous decision that the language “by blood” is void, and should be removed from Cherokee Nation’s tribal laws, including provisions within the Cherokee Nation Constitution, according to the opinion.
The Cherokee Nation is launching its “We Heart our Cherokee Health Heroes” Appreciation week after Valentine’s Day to applaud the brave efforts of the nearly 2,600 tribal health employees and their work this past year to combat COVID-19.
To recognize the tremendous service and dedication of our health care workers, Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses are collaborating for a “We Heart Our Cherokee Health Heroes” celebration from Feb. 15 to 19.
Phase 2B priority includes people in congregate settings, all teachers who are Cherokee Nation citizens, all first responders who are Cherokee Nation citizens, and patients with underlying health conditions, and who are eligible to receive care within Cherokee Nation Health Services.
The Cherokee Nation had to move quickly to get these investments to our communities, but we also want to ensure maximum transparency and accountability to the Cherokee people. That’s why the Cherokee Nation Treasurer recently released the COVID-19 Respond, Recover, Rebuild Spending Report.
The Gadugi Portal, a centralized database aimed to better connect Cherokee Nation citizens with tribal services, is now live for citizens to manage or update essential information, such as a name change or new mailing address.
The Cherokee Nation this week administered its 10,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to Cherokee citizens falling within the tribe’s Phase 1 and Phase 2A priority distribution plan, including frontline health care workers, first-language Cherokee speakers, and Cherokee elders.
The Cherokee Nation Treasurer released the tribe’s COVID-19 Respond, Recover, Rebuild Spending Report on Thursday, showing the number of ways the tribe has served citizens through job and food security, economic relief, health care, housing and connectivity during the pandemic.
Cherokee Nation and the other Native Nations in Oklahoma have been crucial partners during these hard times, whether by adopting strong public health policies, distributing PPE and vaccines, or sharing emergency economic relief.
Tribal leaders discussed their response and recovery efforts amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and provided updates on other tribal activities. Leaders also passed a series of resolutions, including one supporting the confirmation of U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) as Secretary of the Interior.
The Cherokee Nation is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for Cherokee Nation teachers and child care workers, food distribution program employees and other critical infrastructure staff, as well as tribal citizens 55 and older.
The historic partnership between Oklahoma State University and the Cherokee Nation celebrated another milestone with the official ribbon cutting ceremony at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation on Friday, Jan. 15.
Love of the great outdoors is deeply engrained in Cherokee culture. As in many Cherokee families, I have lifelong memories of camping, hiking in the woods and enjoying time on the lake. These experiences help shape our ideals of preserving public lands.
Two hundred years ago, the brilliant statesman and inventor Sequoyah presented the Cherokee syllabary to the Cherokee Nation. This year we are honoring the bicentennial of Sequoyah’s historic achievement that brought widespread literacy to our tribe.
In Cherokee Nation and across the world, we have struggled with the deadly COVID-19 virus for most of 2020. We have made sacrifices and suffered terrible losses, but we see a ray of hope. New vaccines arriving in Cherokee Nation offer freedom from the threat of this terrible virus.
The Cherokee Nation is updating its criminal code and proposing to immediately repurpose $10 million from its general budget to make necessary upgrades in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court McGirt ruling.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner today announced the tribe is securing a multi-use site in Rogers County, which will house both a virtual production soundstage and warehouse for food and PPE storage and distribution.
To streamline personal information management for Cherokee Nation citizens, we recently launched the new “Gadugi Portal,” where Cherokees can manage or update their essential information with the tribe, including things like a new mailing address, name change, date of birth or veteran status.
The Cherokee Warriors Database, a centralized portal to identify thousands of Cherokee veterans across the globe, is now live for tribal citizens who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces to register.
Cherokee citizen and Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation Executive Director Gary Cooper is embracing a new role with the Office of Native American Programs at the U.S. Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.
Cherokee Nation recently launched a new connectivity survey and a $3 million program to provide connectivity to Cherokee households lacking Internet access to assist in overcoming some of the virtual challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is long overdue for the state of Oklahoma to enact a statewide mask mandate. The Centers for Disease Control recommends it, the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommends it, and the Oklahoma State Medical Association recommends it.
Cherokee Nation Health Services has been awarded a $4.1 million Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations grant through the Native American Research Centers for Health and the National Institutes of Health to assist with COVID-19 testing and contact tracing efforts.
Cherokee Nation recently contributed funds to the Oologah Senior Citizens Center to cook and deliver a Thanksgiving meal for up to 80 senior citizens so they can stay in this holiday and protect against the spread of COVID-19.
I live on reservation land, where I am governed by the Cherokee Nation and federal laws. I also live in the state of Oklahoma, where I am proud of our tribe’s successful partnership with the state government over decades.
The Cherokee Nation’s rapid testing efforts at Sequoyah High School are protecting students and staff from person-to-person exposure of COVID-19 by quickly pinpointing cases and limiting the spread of the virus as intended.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. on Friday announced support for the Durbin Feeling Native American Language Act of 2020, a bipartisan bill proposed by Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on the 30th anniversary of the Native American Language Act, which was signed by President George H.W. Bush on Oct. 30, 1990.
The Cherokee Nation recently announced a $9 million Disability Assistance Program to help disabled Cherokees with food, supplies or other expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 6.
Cherokee Nation officials recently joined community leaders of Native American Fellowship Inc. in South Coffeyville and Tri-Community Association in Briggs to celebrate the installation of rooftop solar panels to their community buildings to help lower utility costs as well as provide an eco-friendly energy source.
The coronavirus pandemic has put many people — Native women especially — in peril from domestic violence, as more and more people are forced to stay home, escalating this unprecedented problem across the United States.
Registration is now open for Cherokee Nation Foundation’s fall ACT Prep Course. The 12-week course will be presented virtually to Native American students in their junior or senior year of high school, with preference given to Cherokee Nation citizens.
The Council of the Cherokee Nation approved this week renaming the current Belfonte-Nicut Community Center after Cherokee Nation citizen and fluent Cherokee speaker Sallie Byrd Sevenstar, who passed away on August 24.
Cherokee Nation recently announced plans for a new One Fire Victim Services office in Tahlequah and a new transitional housing center in Stilwell to better help victims of domestic violence with larger, new facility space and added resources to begin rebuilding their lives.
The coronavirus pandemic has put many people — Native women especially — in peril from domestic violence, as more and more people are forced to stay home, escalating this unprecedented problem across the United States.
The Commission for the Protection of Cherokee Nation Sovereignty established by the Principal Chief after the U.S. Supreme Court McGirt ruling, has issued its first recommendations on expanding the tribe’s courts, attorneys and marshal service.
A fundamental principle of our Cherokee culture is that we should consider the impact of what we do today on the next seven generations of future Cherokees. We are answering this sacred responsibility by investing in strong communities and a clean and healthy environment.
Passed unanimously by the Council of the Cherokee Nation, the Cherokee Heritage Center Act of 2020 transfers ownership of the site’s 44 acres, buildings, equipment, assets, collections and historical documents from the nonprofit Cherokee National Historical Society to the Cherokee Nation. It is an exciting new chapter for the tribe to assume ownership and stewardship.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner announced Thursday that Cherokee Nation government employees will receive up to a 3 percent increase to their base salary in October and will also receive a holiday bonus.
Cherokee Nation leaders broke ground Tuesday on $25 million worth of Respond, Recover and Rebuild projects that range from PPE manufacturing and space for social distancing, to food outreach sites and a new employee health care facility.
The Cherokee Nation is constructing eight new, 4,000-square-feet buildings and conducting four remodels as part of the tribe’s COVID-19 Respond, Recover and Rebuild plan. Cherokee Nation leaders will break ground on nine of the sites Tuesday.
The Cherokee Nation was met with both “difficulties and triumphs” over the past year, with huge investments being made in language preservation, career readiness and elder housing, holding governments accountable for their promises, and emerging with a response plan to COVID-19 that is among the best in the country, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. says in his upcoming State of the Nation Address.
Today, the Council of the Cherokee Nation approved a historic $1.52 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2021 and passed legislation designed to address the opportunities and challenges created by the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma.
We’re committing over $45 million to not only avoid budget cuts in Cherokee Nation’s elder programs, but to greatly expand what we can do for our elders for the rest of the calendar year to ensure our most vulnerable citizens’ needs are met.
The Cherokee Nation recently received a nearly $300,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration for five new transit vehicles that will replace older vans and expand services in Tahlequah and Stilwell.
The Cherokee Nation is working to improve access to quality, affordable broadband for its citizens throughout the reservation boundaries with a new grant and with leadership advocating for Indian Country on a number of federal broadband advisory boards.
August 14, 2020 marked one year of service for Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and his administration. Under the leadership of Principal Chief Hoskin Jr. and Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner, the largest tribal nation in the United States continues to prevail and prosper even through unprecedented times.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. has established a new commission to make funding and resource recommendations and examine other related areas in the wake of the historic United States Supreme Court McGirt decision.
Recently the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma affirmed what Oklahoma tribal nations have known from the beginning – on January 1, 2020, our gaming compacts with the state of Oklahoma automatically renewed for another 15 years.
The Cherokee Nation is encouraging Cherokee citizens and the community to use an abundance of caution and continue to take safety practices as the number of positive COVID-19 cases recorded in the tribe’s health care system has increased by more than 200 percent from June 27 to July 27.
The first class of 54 student doctors to be accepted into the new Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation received their “white coats” on Friday during a small virtual ceremony in Tahlequah that was live streamed.
Students at Sequoyah High School will return to school this fall under a plan that will include an all-virtual option as well as limit in-person instruction to no more than 25 percent of students in the building at any one time to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. issued the following statement today on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruling in favor of the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations and intervening tribes, that the gaming compacts with the state renewed on Jan. 1 for another 15-year term.