Cherokee-Nation-News Newsen-usTue, 11 Dec 2018 3:41:21 CSTTue, 11 Dec 2018 3:41:21 CSThttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssNativeKnot.comCherokee Nation Launches Cherokee 101 Pilot Program for Educatorshttps://www.nativeknot.com/news/Cherokee-Nation-News/Cherokee-Nation-Launches-Cherokee-101-Pilot-Program-for-Educator.html<div><br /> <p><strong>CHELSEA, Okla.</strong><span> </span>— The Cherokee Nation launched its Cherokee 101 pilot program Thursday that is designed to give educators a crash course in Cherokee history and language in order to implement more Cherokee lessons in the classroom.</p><br /> <p>The pilot program, suggested by Tribal Councilor Keith Austin and designed by the tribe’s education department, consists of six lessons for educators to review, with a quiz at the end of each section. Once all sections are complete, educators will receive a certificate of completion, $500 stipend for classroom cultural activities, a copy of the tribe’s new history book, “Cherokee Nation: A History of Survival, Self Determination, and Identity,” and a copy of the Cherokee language book used by the Cherokee Language Program in its community classes.</p><br /> <p>“This program is a new, exciting opportunity for both the Cherokee Nation and educators at schools in the 14 counties,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “The Cherokee Nation has a right and duty to share its history accurately in the classrooms of our schools, and this new online tool will give our educators the resources and knowledge to reach students like never before. I commend the work of Councilor Austin and our staff on this project and am excited to see where it grows from here.”</p><br /> <p>The pilot program will begin with three staff members from Chelsea Public Schools taking the online Cherokee 101 courses. Falon Wilson, a counselor at Chelsea High School and pilot program participant, said the chance to participate in the pilot program is a fantastic opportunity for her as well as her children and other students of Chelsea.</p><br /> <p>“This program is an overwhelming joy to have in our district. As a Cherokee Citizen, I did not learn much about my heritage until I was an adult. With my children in Chelsea Public Schools, this Cherokee 101 program will give my children an advantage I did not have,” Wilson said. “They will learn at an early age the importance of their Cherokee heritage and to have pride in it. I want my children to know what it means to be a Cherokee Citizen.”</p><br /> <p>Pam Phillips, a sponsor for the Chelsea High School Native American Student Association, said Chelsea High School’s participation in the program will give the teachers the resources needed to provide culturally relevant programs to students using accurate information.</p><br /> <p>“We are very honored to be included in the Cherokee 101 pilot program. Our JOM and NASA programs are continually looking at ways to bring in culturally relevant programs into our classrooms. Education for our teachers is fundamental in making sure the information is accurate and correct. This program is giving our teachers the opportunity to learn in an easy and informative manner,” Phillips said.</p><br /> <p>The tribe will utilize feedback from the three pilot program participants to refine the program before rolling out to the other Cherokee Nation Johnson O’Malley schools in the tribe’s jurisdiction.</p><br /> <p>Austin said the program is truly special and a fulfillment of the oath of office.</p><br /> <p>“As elected officials, we not only take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the constitutions of the tribe and the United States but also to promote the culture, heritage, and traditions of the Cherokee Nation. This program is a fulfillment of that oath to its fullest degree,” Austin said. “I am so proud of this program and believe it has the ability to grow and change how Cherokee history and culture are taught in the classrooms of our schools by providing a second-to-none resource on Cherokee history and culture to educators, as well as the opportunity for students of all ages to know our story from our perspective.”</p><br /> </div>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 0:00:00 CSTCN Principal Chief Bill John Baker Declares State of Emergencyhttps://www.nativeknot.com/news/Cherokee-Nation-News/Cherokee-Nation-Principal-Chief-Bill-John-Baker-Declares-State-o.html<p><strong>TAHLEQUAH, Okla.</strong><span> </span>— Principal Chief Bill John Baker declared a State of Emergency in the Cherokee Nation on Monday after tornadoes damaged homes and property in five Northeast Oklahoma counties. The tribe estimates that at least 822 Cherokee Nation citizens living in the affected area.</p><br /> <p>Chief Baker signed the proclamation authorizing all appropriate tribal resources and personnel to respond and activating the Cherokee Nation Emergency Operations Center to assess the damage.</p><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://tours.nativeknot.com/siteAssets/fmimages/Native Knot - News/SOE 2.jpg" alt="" width="268" height="300" /></p><br /> <p>“The Cherokee Nation will continue assessing the damages and will provide whatever assistance our citizens and neighbors need during this time,” Chief Baker said. “As the damages suffered are substantial and many will have to repair properties and homes, we are thankful that at this time there have been no reports of loss of life due to the severe weather, and appreciate our local storm trackers and news stations for issuing warnings that gave ample amount of time for individuals and families to take necessary precautions during the storm.”</p><br /> <p>The tornadoes touched down Friday, Nov. 30 and left a path of destruction nearly 60 miles long through portions of Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Delaware and Muskogee counties.<span> </span></p><br /> <p>Chief Baker is asking President Trump to declare Cherokee Nation a major disaster area and that federal aid be provided to the tribe to assist in recovery and response efforts.</p><br /> <p>Cherokee Nation’s Emergency Management-Incident Management Team is asking Cherokee Nation citizens who were impacted by the storm to report their damage by calling 918-207-3871 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or by emailing<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="mailto:bradley-wagnon@cherokee.org" target="_blank">bradley-wagnon@cherokee.org</a>. Cherokee citizens should include name, address, contact information, and a description of the damage.</p><br /> <p>Crews from the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, Cherokee Nation EMS, and Cherokee Nation Emergency Management-Incident Management Team worked throughout the weekend to coordinate response and recovery efforts in affected counties.<span> </span></p><br /> <p>On Monday, Cherokee Nation Facilities Management and Human Services departments also dispatched personnel<span> </span>and equipment<span> </span>into impacted communities to begin assisting Cherokee citizens with clean up.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 0:00:00 CSTCherokee Nation Awards More than $274K to Cherokee Community Organizationshttps://www.nativeknot.com/news/Cherokee-Nation-News/Cherokee-Nation-Awards-More-than-274K-to-Cherokee-Community-Orga.html<p><strong>TAHLEQUAH, Okla.</strong><span> </span>— Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach awarded more than $274,000 in grant funding to Cherokee community organizations throughout the tribe’s 14-county area.</p><br /> <p>Community work grants provide funding to Cherokee community organizations that are planning projects that benefit their communities. This year, six Cherokee community organizations received grants.</p><br /> <p>“When we invest in Cherokee community organizations, they take that investment and build stronger communities,” Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Whether the funds are used for new construction or a project that helps to remodel existing community buildings, these grants will have a lasting impact on thousands of Cherokees who will see improved service from their Cherokee community organizations.”</p><br /> <p>To be eligible for community work grants, organizations must be majority operated by Cherokee Nation citizens who make up 51 percent or more of the organization’s board members. The organization must also meet other eligibility requirements, including working with Community & Cultural Outreach for at least two years and previously receiving the tribe’s Community Organization Training and Technical Assistance (COTTA) grant.</p><br /> <p>“The Cherokee Nation is blessed to have so many groups that are willing to step up and help Cherokees stay connected by creating places where they can fellowship as a community, experience their culture and heritage in a group setting, and get information on the services they might need,” said District 1 Tribal Councilor Rex Jordan. “I’m proud that the Cherokee Nation works so hard to provide these grant dollars to Cherokee community organizations.”</p><br /> <p>The Mid County Community Organization in Adair County is one of the six organizations awarded a community work grant this year. With the additional funding, the organization will invest in its new community building by adding heat and air, plumbing and other interior fixtures.</p><br /> <p>“For our rural area, receiving other grants is nearly impossible, but through the grants at Cherokee Nation, we are able to do so much good,” said Mid County Community Organization Secretary-Treasurer Dianna Yell. “Receiving these funds means so much to our organization and our community.”</p><br /> <p>As the budget allows, Cherokee Nation’s Community & Cultural Outreach will continue to accept community work grant applications from eligible organizations through the remainder of the current fiscal year.</p><br /> <p>Cherokee community organizations that meet all eligibility requirements can also begin submitting applications for 2019-20 community work grants on Oct. 1, 2019.</p><br /> <p>For more information on community work grants, email <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="mailto:bradley-wagnon@cherokee.org" target="_blank">bradley-wagnon@cherokee.org</a>.</p><br /> <p>Cherokee community organizations that have received a community work grant for the fiscal year 2019 include the following:</p><br /> <ul><br /> <li>Washington County Cherokee Association</li><br /> <li>Mid County Community Organization in Adair County</li><br /> <li>Victory Cherokee Organization in Collinsville</li><br /> <li>Evening Shade Community Organization in Sequoyah County</li><br /> <li>Native American Fellowship Inc. of South Coffeyville</li><br /> <li>Spavinaw Youth and Neighborhood Center</li><br /> </ul>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 0:00:00 CSTCherokee Nation EMS Collecting Donations for Cherokee Nation Angel Projecthttps://www.nativeknot.com/news/Cherokee-Nation-News/Cherokee-Nation-EMS-Collecting-Donations-for-Cherokee-Nation-Ang.html<p><strong>TAHLEQUAH, Okla.</strong><span> </span>— Cherokee Nation EMS is collecting donations for this year’s Cherokee Nation Angel Project, which provides gifts for Cherokee children who live within the 14-county tribal area and meet income guidelines.</p><br /> <p>Cherokee Nation EMS staff will be on hand Dec. 3-8 at the Tahlequah Walmart, from 11:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., accepting donations to help fill an ambulance. Requested donations include toys such as basketballs, footballs, dolls, board games, and stuffed animals; bedding items for twin-sized mattresses, as well as blankets and pillows; diapers, bibs, and sippy cups; and clothing from infant sizes to size 16.</p><br /> <p>After the donations have been collected, Cherokee Nation EMS will work with the Cherokee Nation Angel Project to distribute items to eligible Cherokee children.</p><br /> <p>You can also request one of nearly 2,000 angels by emailing <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="mailto:angel-project@cherokee.org" target="_blank">angel-project@cherokee.org</a> or select an angel in person at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 0:00:00 CSTCherokee Nation Citizens Trying Solar Panels on Homes to Lower Utility Costshttps://www.nativeknot.com/news/Cherokee-Nation-News/Cherokee-Nation-Citizens-Trying-Solar-Panels-on-Homes-to-Lower-U.html<div><br /> <p align="center"><em>Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation uses a grant for pilot program<span> </span></em></p><br /> <p><strong><span>TAHLEQUAH</span></strong><span><strong>, Okla</strong>. — A Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation </span><span>pilot program </span><span>is using solar energy </span><span>panels on several Cherokee Nation citizens’ homes </span><span>to save on their monthly utility costs.</span></p><br /> <p><span> </span></p><br /> <p><span>The </span><span>pilot program </span><span>is funded through an Indian Community Development Block Grant, which covered the cost of installing solar panels on 17 </span><span>homes the housing authority was remodeling for elders.</span></p><br /> <p><span> </span></p><br /> <p><span>Installations began in October 2017 and so far, families living in the energy efficient homes have saved an average of 50 percent on their monthly electric bills.</span></p><br /> <p><span> </span></p><br /> <p><span>“We know that solar energy is both renewable and plentiful, and over time, more and more homes around the country are taking advantage of this resource,” said Gary Cooper, executive director of the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation. “This pilot program in the Cherokee Nation gives us the opportunity to not only reduce utility costs for Cherokee families but to study whether it is feasible to place solar panels on more homes in the future. So far, we have received excellent feedback from homeowners.”</span></p><br /> <p><span> </span></p><br /> <p><span>Electricity consumption, direct hours of daily sunlight, the size and angle of a home’s roof, local electricity rates and the size of the solar panel system all play a role in determining how much a family can save on utility costs by using solar panels.</span></p><br /> <p><span> </span></p><br /> <p><span>“The Cherokee Nation has been a trendsetter in Indian Country when it comes to its use of renewable energy, so it should not be surprising to see the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation using this pilot project to find even more opportunities,” Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “It is clear that Cherokee families who are participating in this program have seen great benefits to their budget, while our environment is also benefitting. That’s the kind of win-win scenario we’re always looking for in the tribe.”</span></p><br /> <p><span> </span></p><br /> <p><span>Cherokee Nation citizen Linda Gifford and her husband, Johnny, live in Spavinaw, a small community of around 450 residents in northeast Mayes County. When the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation began a rehab project on the couple’s home, the Giffords agreed to participate in the solar panel project.</span></p><br /> <p><span> </span></p><br /> <p><span>Like other participating families, the Giffords’ electric bills have seen drastic reductions since the panels were installed.</span></p><br /> <p><span> </span></p><br /> <p><span>“The impact of these solar panels has been quite noticeable at our home,” Linda Gifford said. “They have cut our utility bill each month. We relied on window air units to cool our house in the summer. In 2017, we paid around $180 one month for our electricity bill, and in 2018 during that same month, we paid a little over $70 with the solar panels installed. We are thankful for the opportunity to participate and appreciate the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation for approaching us about it.”</span></p><br /> <p><span> </span></p><br /> <p><span>Placement of solar panels cost an average of around $19,780 per home but varied depending on the home’s location, the size of the solar panel system, agreements with utility companies and other factors. </span></p><br /> <p><span> </span></p><br /> <p><span>The solar panels carry a 10-year warranty and will be monitored quarterly with rural Wi-Fi or a cellular network. The tribe is evaluating the results of the pilot program and is looking for future grant opportunities that would provide more solar panels for the homes of Cherokee families.</span></p><br /> <p><span> </span></p><br /> <p><span>The following counties have homes with solar panels from the pilot program:</span></p><br /> <p><span> </span></p><br /> <p><span>Adair County – 6</span></p><br /> <p><span>Cherokee County – 3</span></p><br /> <p><span>Mayes County – 4</span></p><br /> <p><span>Muskogee County – 1</span></p><br /> <p><span>Rogers County – 2</span></p><br /> <p><span>Sequoyah County - 1</span></p><br /> </div>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 0:00:00 CSTCherokee Nation Kicks Off 2018 Angel Projecthttps://www.nativeknot.com/news/Cherokee-Nation-News/Cherokee-Nation-Kicks-Off-2018-Angel-Project.html<div><br /> <p><strong>TAHLEQUAH, Okla.</strong><span> </span>— Nearly 2,000 angels are ready to be adopted as part of the 2018 Cherokee Nation Angel Project, which kicked off Tuesday. Each year, the project provides clothing, toys and other holiday needs to Cherokee children across the tribe’s 14-county area.</p><br /> <p>Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd, and Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor were joined by the Cherokee National Youth Choir, Miss Cherokee Whitney Roach, Junior Miss Cherokee Kaitlyn Pinkerton, and Little Cherokee Ambassadors to kick off the program at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.</p><br /> <p>“Christmas is such a magical time of the year, and it is a blessing to know we are able to share in providing for Cherokee families who are in need,” Crittenden said. “Our tribe always has so much to be thankful for, and it is important that we remember our Cherokee families that could use a little extra help during the holidays. If you are able to share your blessings this year, I encourage you to visit the Cherokee Nation Angel Project tree.”</p><br /> <p>Each ornament on the tree represents a Cherokee child in the community. The Cherokee Nation Angel Project could mean the difference in whether these children have presents to open for Christmas, according to Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare Executive Director Nikki Baker-Limore.</p><br /> <p>“Many of these families do not have extra funds for Christmas gifts,” Baker-Limore said. “The children on the tree are living with either a guardian or a family member who meets the federal income guidelines, so it is very important and appreciated when the community comes together to contribute to these families during the holiday season.”</p><br /> <p>In addition to Christmas toys, the project often provides families with items like bedding and winter clothing.</p><br /> <p>You can request an angel by emailing<span> </span>angel-project@cherokee.orgor select an angel in person at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah. All donations should be returned unwrapped to the Cherokee First area inside the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex by Dec. 5.</p><br /> <p>Tax-free monetary donations to help buy gifts for the Angel Project children can be made to the Cherokee Nation at<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="http://icm-tracking.meltwater.com/link.php?DynEngagement=true&H=3ZUQjNycMu7D%2Fe%2Bm%2FOmi3Qi1eTNrfRb0HcFplK3KYerw%2B6SfjwwI9pNbVlFaj9xZ2NQLOtlCrVulneOlTmuPOSNeetCE4K61vYTCWqcB8Xkb0u4Tv%2FCjhBK1wU6GdY%2F2&G=0&R=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cherokee.org%2F&I=20181121200047.000000ac4e7e%40mail6-53-ussnn1&X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjViZjU5ZjdlMjY3Y2ZjM2NlNDZkYTYzYTs%3D&S=Yk2H20hgb4WrWXVbwaiXbaHRMY8zphvx_bVUyHKeExE" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://icm-tracking.meltwater.com/link.php?DynEngagement%3Dtrue%26H%3D3ZUQjNycMu7D%252Fe%252Bm%252FOmi3Qi1eTNrfRb0HcFplK3KYerw%252B6SfjwwI9pNbVlFaj9xZ2NQLOtlCrVulneOlTmuPOSNeetCE4K61vYTCWqcB8Xkb0u4Tv%252FCjhBK1wU6GdY%252F2%26G%3D0%26R%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.cherokee.org%252F%26I%3D20181121200047.000000ac4e7e%2540mail6-53-ussnn1%26X%3DMHwxMDQ2NzU4OjViZjU5ZjdlMjY3Y2ZjM2NlNDZkYTYzYTs%253D%26S%3DYk2H20hgb4WrWXVbwaiXbaHRMY8zphvx_bVUyHKeExE&source=gmail&ust=1543336143685000&usg=AFQjCNH9U8hxFNtsbUPBmX_FX5qr1CJrUA">www.cherokee.org</a>. Look for the “Giving to the Cherokee Nation” box at the bottom of the home page.</p><br /> <p>The Cherokee Nation also has a number of elder angels for adoption through the tribe’s Human Services department.</p><br /> <p>For more information about the Cherokee Nation Angel Project, call 918-458-6900. For more information on adopting an elder angel, call 918-453-5000.</p><br /> </div>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 0:00:00 CSTUpcoming Exhibit to Highlight Cherokee Nation Flaghttps://www.nativeknot.com/news/Cherokee-Nation-News/Upcoming-Exhibit-to-Highlight-Cherokee-Nation-Flag.html<p align="center"><em>Public asked to share photos and stories</em></p><br /> <p><strong>TAHLEQUAH, Okla.</strong> — In preparation for a new museum exhibit, Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is asking the public to share photos and stories of where their Cherokee Nation flag has flown.</p><br /> <p>The exhibit will open next summer at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum in celebration of the flag’s 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary.</p><br /> <p>The exhibit will feature the history and symbolism of the flag and share stories and photos of where it has been flown across the globe.</p><br /> <p>Photos and stories can be submitted by email to <a rel="noopener" href="mailto:cherokee.tourism@cnent.com" target="_blank">cherokee.tourism@cnent.com</a> and will be accepted through March 1, 2019.</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 0:00:00 CST“Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” to Debut Short Documentary https://www.nativeknot.com/news/Cherokee-Nation-News/Osiyo-Voices-of-the-Cherokee-People-to-Debut-Short-Documentary-a.html<div><br /> <p><strong>TAHLEQUAH, Okla. </strong>— Cherokee Nation’s Emmy award-winning documentary series, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” has been named a finalist in the Short Documentary category at the 2018 LA SKINS FEST, presented by COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL.</p><br /> <p>The short documentary, titled “Harry Oosahwee, Speaking Through Art,” features Cherokee Nation citizen and soapstone artist Harry Oosahwee. The film will be screened on Nov. 17 at 4 p.m., followed by a Q&A session with executive producer and host Jennifer Loren.</p><br /> <p>Winners of the Short Documentary category will be announced at the Celebrate Natives in Film, TV, and New Media Awards ceremony later that night.</p><br /> <p>“We are honored and humbled to be selected for this festival among so many of our talented peers,” Loren said. “We take our work seriously and are so proud the Cherokee people trust us to share their stories through film. The exposure from this festival will further bolster our mission of sharing authentic Cherokee stories with the world. Like many of our subjects, Harry Oosahwee’s deep connection to Cherokee culture has played a vital role in his art. His compelling story demonstrates the role language has played in his art as well as the challenges that our people have faced through the loss of our language and the ways we have worked to overcome this loss.”</p><br /> <p>Oosahwee’s story was produced by Jennifer Loren (Cherokee) and directed by Sterlin Harjo (Muscogee Creek/Seminole), one of the co-creators of “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People.” It was edited by Harjo and Blake Brown (Chickasaw) of FireThief Productions.</p><br /> <p>“OsiyoTV continues to evolve and create informative and entertaining stories that tell the important stories of Cherokee history, culture and people,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “We are proud to share this narrative. Participating in a unique LA film festival designed for Native filmmakers only reinforces our commitment to short and long form filmmaking from a distinctly Cherokee point of view.”</p><br /> <p>The prestigious LA SKINS FEST ranks among the country’s best film festivals and is an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and critics.</p><br /> <p>The six-day festival runs Nov. 13 – 18 at the TLC Chinese Theater in Hollywood.</p><br /> <p>More than 70 Native American, independent productions representing hundreds of reservations, nations, and tribal organizations from North and South America will be featured throughout the festival.</p><br /> <p>“NBCUniversal embraces the power of diverse storytelling and has great respect for the rich traditions of Native Americans,” said Craig Robinson, executive vice president, and chief diversity officer at NBCUniversal. “Our partnership with the LA SKINS FEST helps us share these unique narratives with the world.”</p><br /> <p>Established in 2015 and hosted by Cherokee Nation citizen and Emmy-winning journalist Jennifer Loren, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” features documentary-style profiles on the people, places, heritage, history and culture of the Cherokee people. It is funded and produced by Cherokee Nation Businesses.</p><br /> <p>The series has received numerous regional, national and international accolades, including five Heartland Regional Emmy awards.</p><br /> <p>For more information and to watch “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” please visit <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.osiyo.tv/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.osiyo.tv&source=gmail&ust=1542739066085000&usg=AFQjCNGxEnmxpaHZ5hW3J2CUDe7nUx6now">www.osiyo.tv</a>.</p><br /> <p>For more information about LA SKINS FEST, please visit <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="http://icm-tracking.meltwater.com/link.php?DynEngagement=true&H=qJ9juQrYQnz1cqUgIm8psgUQ75z%2Bv%2FUt%2BmzLgDhho6nnEEJMrQdYl6%2Bd%2FBXo8ke3oyDNvgtwHZSfRsHr2QlfWLcHY99Pb8HeEgecFT0aekeovegXLGNq3ulWp0VSHksl&G=0&R=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.LASKINSFEST.com&I=20181113220340.0000002bd55b%40mail6-42-usnbn1&X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjViZWI0N2UxMjY3Y2ZjM2NlNDZkOTk0Zjs%3D&S=zxEhku2B6Vb1mC4WR9T4BUwimNxyH_pThE_w4vFMfp0" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://icm-tracking.meltwater.com/link.php?DynEngagement%3Dtrue%26H%3DqJ9juQrYQnz1cqUgIm8psgUQ75z%252Bv%252FUt%252BmzLgDhho6nnEEJMrQdYl6%252Bd%252FBXo8ke3oyDNvgtwHZSfRsHr2QlfWLcHY99Pb8HeEgecFT0aekeovegXLGNq3ulWp0VSHksl%26G%3D0%26R%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.LASKINSFEST.com%26I%3D20181113220340.0000002bd55b%2540mail6-42-usnbn1%26X%3DMHwxMDQ2NzU4OjViZWI0N2UxMjY3Y2ZjM2NlNDZkOTk0Zjs%253D%26S%3DzxEhku2B6Vb1mC4WR9T4BUwimNxyH_pThE_w4vFMfp0&source=gmail&ust=1542739066085000&usg=AFQjCNFaxDo8E6KuKPeEJ5vEYKbaM92nGw">www.LASKINSFEST.com</a>.</p><br /> </div>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 0:00:00 CSTTribal Council Funds Identification Survey of Fluent Cherokee Speakershttps://www.nativeknot.com/news/Cherokee-Nation-News/Tribal-Council-Funds-Identification-Survey-of-Fluent-Cherokee-Sp.html<div><br /> <p><strong>TAHLEQUAH, Okla. </strong><span> </span>— The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council passed a budget modification Tuesday, funding a survey that will identify the current number of fluent Cherokee speakers living in the Cherokee Nation.</p><br /> <p>With nearly 2,000 fluent speakers already identified, the Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach department will use the $50,467 to host local community events in hopes of identifying more fluent speakers. Once complete, the tribe will be able to use the data to apply for more grant funding for language programs.</p><br /> <p>“The Cherokee language is an integral part of our identity as Cherokee people,” said Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Through the work of our CCO staff, we are able to identify and honor our first-language speakers, while at the same time using the data from the survey to apply for new grants that will allow us to continue our language revitalization efforts.”</p><br /> <p>As part of the survey, the tribe will be awarding special medallions to the identified fluent Cherokee speakers. Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd said the survey is another positive step in growing the Cherokee language.</p><br /> <p>“Currently, our study shows that most of our fluent speakers are older than 60 years of age, making it more important than ever before that we identify the first-language speakers so they can share their knowledge with our younger generations,” said Byrd, who is a fluent Cherokee speaker. “I commend the work of our Community & Cultural Outreach department and look forward to what this survey will yield in our language revitalization efforts.”</p><br /> <p>Last month, the Cherokee Nation hosted the first Cherokee Language Speaking Employee Appreciation Day to kick off the identification survey of fluent Cherokee speakers. More than 150 fluent Cherokee-speaking employees gathered to discuss ways to continue growing the language as well as receive a special thank-you from tribal leaders and learn about the tribe’s various language programs.</p><br /> <p>For more information on the identification survey of Cherokee speakers, contact the Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach department at 918-207-4995.</p><br /> <p>The next meeting of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council is Monday, December 17, at 6 p.m. at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.</p><br /> </div>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 0:00:00 CSTCN Businesses Signs on as Presenting Sponsor of Native Business Summithttps://www.nativeknot.com/news/Cherokee-Nation-News/Cherokee-Nation-Businesses-Signs-on-as-Presenting-Sponsor-of-Nat.html<p><a href="http://cherokeenationbusinesses.com/Pages/home.aspx">Cherokee Nation Businesses</a><span> </span>(CNB) has signed on as the presenting sponsor of what is sure to be one of 2019’s most innovative, immersive and valuable gatherings for business leaders, corporations and startups across Indian Country.</p><br /> <p>The inaugural<span> </span><a href="https://www.nativebusinessmag.com/summit/">Native Business Summit</a><span> </span>takes place May 13-15, 2019, at the<span> </span><a href="http://www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com/">Hard Rock Hotel & Casino</a><span> </span>in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The summit will feature a business tradeshow, exhilarating speakers and thought leaders, informative breakout sessions, business matchmaking, a golf tournament, and plenty of networking.</p><br /> <p>“This summit provides a unique opportunity for tribal leaders to come together in celebration of our achievements industry-wide and to further advance our combined capabilities in an ever growing and changing the marketplace,” said Steven Bilby, president of CNB’s diversified businesses.</p><br /> <p><span>Over three valuable days, attendees will have the opportunity to grow their business and gain powerful insights from workshops, successful keynote speakers and seasoned presenters. The annual Native Business Summit will build upon the conversations on NativeBusinessMag.com and in </span><em>Native Business Magazine</em><span>.</span></p><br /> <div><br /> <div><br /> <div><br /> <p>“The Native Business Summit will expand the conversations in<span> </span><em>Native Business Magazine</em><span> </span>and inspire business growth and creation,” said Carmen Davis, publisher and executive editor of<span> </span><em>Native Business Magazine</em>. “The energy that is created by the magazine will all come together in one place.”</p><br /> <p>“We’re going to take that energy and send it through the roof,” said Gary Davis, publisher of<span> </span><em>Native Business Magazine</em>. “You’ll get to interact with our subject matter experts and dive deeper into relevant and trending topics across a diverse array of business sectors. You’ll hear from leaders of tribal enterprises, corporations, and people interested in doing business with Indian Country and advancing economic development.”</p><br /> <p>Industry leaders will cover important topics such as energy, finance, technology, cannabis, gaming, infrastructure, federal contracting, healthcare, agriculture, and much more.</p><br /> <p>Pre-early bird rates to attend the summit end November 30. Register at<span> </span><a href="https://www.nativebusinessmag.com/summit/">NativeBusinessMag.com/Summit</a>.</p><br /> </div><br /> </div><br /> </div>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 0:00:00 CST