Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Baker on Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK 2026Published January 18, 2016

TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA –On this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker reflected on the lasting impact and legacy of Dr. King for all Americans.

“We remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, a remarkable advocate for change for all people of color in America, including Indian Country,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “He made a quest for equality for the voiceless and advocated for all people of color who face injustice. Part of that legacy today is increased hope and fairness. That regardless of your color, creed or religion, life should be fair and just. Dr. King once said, ‘We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.’ We strive to increase hope for the Cherokee people every day. We are forever indebted to heroes like Dr. Martin Luther King for fighting for our rights and for creating increased opportunities and freedoms that we all enjoy today as Americans.”

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