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180th Anniversary It Is A Time To Reflect And Look Forward

180th Anniversary It Is A Time To Reflect And Look Forward

March 19, 2019 | Cherokee Nation Notes From The Chief

Osiyo - On March 24 we commemorate the 180th anniversary of the end of the infamous Trail of Tears with a National Day of Remembrance. On this day in 1839, the last detachment of our ancestors’ forced removal from their homelands in the southeast reg...

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Sovereign Rights At Stake In ICWA Case

Sovereign Rights At Stake In ICWA Case

March 12, 2019 | Cherokee Nation Notes From The Chief

Osiyo - Native children are removed from their homes at a higher rate than most of their peers. Nonetheless, in the recent Texas v. Bernhardt case, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that the Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional because...

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Celebrating Strong Cherokee Women

Celebrating Strong Cherokee Women

March 6, 2019 | Cherokee Nation Notes From The Chief

Osiyo - During March we celebrate Women’s History Month, honoring the enormous contributions Cherokee women have made throughout our history. From Isabel Cobb, the first female physician in Indian Territory, to Mary Golda Ross, a NASA aerospace engin...

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More than just a car tag

More than just a car tag

February 28, 2019 | Cherokee Nation Notes From The Chief

Osiyo - Every time a tribal citizen registers a vehicle with the Cherokee Nation, they make an investment in public education and our young people. You see, our vehicle tags are more than just a pretty tag. By Cherokee Nation law, 38 percent of the r...

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Adopting Oklahoma Native American Day is right for our state

Adopting Oklahoma Native American Day is right for our state

February 18, 2019 | Cherokee Nation Notes From The Chief

Osiyo -  Because Oklahoma’s rich identity is so closely tied to its Native heritage, it’s only natural that we should take an appropriate and lasting action to recognize the impact that tribes have on the state of Oklahoma, throughout history a...

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New Cherokee Nation Film Office Will Promote Region

New Cherokee Nation Film Office Will Promote Region

February 13, 2019 | Cherokee Nation Notes From The Chief

Telling the Cherokee story – our history, our heritage – is a skill that our people have passed down from one generation to the next. Storytelling is a cornerstone of our culture. That’s why I am so proud we have launched the Cherokee Nation F...

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Investing in Education, Investing in the Future

Investing in Education, Investing in the Future

January 29, 2019 | Cherokee Nation Notes From The Chief

In the Cherokee Nation, education is the foundation of our success. That has been true for generations. Even prior to our removal to Indian Territory, education was critical. Renowned statesman Sequoyah invented a written syllabary, which enabled better communi...

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Reforming Johnson-O’Malley Can Change Lives

Reforming Johnson-O’Malley Can Change Lives

January 22, 2019 | Cherokee Nation Notes From The Chief

The Johnson-O’Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act, recently signed into law, requires the U.S. Department of the Interior to update the count of Native American students eligible for the JOM program annually. The bill will estab...

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Notes From The Chief - 1/11/19

Notes From The Chief - 1/11/19

January 21, 2019 | Cherokee Nation Notes From The Chief

Osiyo - It was a historic day in December when we celebrated the final removal of more than 10,000 tons of nuclear waste that have plagued Sequoyah County and its citizens for decades. More than 500 semitractor loads removed the dangerous substances from t...

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CN Angel Project: A Brighter Day For Children In Need

CN Angel Project: A Brighter Day For Children In Need

December 14, 2018 | Cherokee Nation Notes From The Chief

Osiyo - All children deserve the joy of a bountiful Christmas morning and the experience of tearing open a gift especially selected and wrapped for them. As a father, grandfather and now great-grandfather, it is a tradition I never grow tired of watch...

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