Cherokee Nation Supports Area Families through Oklahoma Messages Project

Guest Commentary Published May 10, 2017 By Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker In Oklahoma, we have a crisis within our judicial and prison system. Oklahoma is the female-incarceration capital of the country, with twice as many imprisoned as other states. Native women represent 13 percent of the prison population, and across the country, the […]

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Cherokee Nation’s Economic Impact Grows to More than $2 Billion; Growth Means More Services for Citizens

Guest Commentary Published April 24, 2017 By Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker Oklahoma’s core is firmly rooted in its 38 federally recognized tribes. Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma have a unique history based on our shared identity and heritage. According to a new study commissioned to the Oklahoma-based Economic Impact Group, our tribe and […]

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Preservation Efforts Ensure Cherokee Heritage Remains Intact

Guest Commentary Published April 21, 2017  Cherokee Nation’s most endangered buildings teach us about the history of our people – the stories and histories of our ancestors who lived here and flourished before we were ever born. We have made a concerted effort to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our most iconic and historic places that […]

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Investing in Oklahoma and Public Education is the Cherokee Way

Guest Commentary Published April 3, 2017 By Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker Cherokee people have always valued education. When Cherokees were forced to relocate and walk the Trail of Tears more than 175 years ago, our ancestors had to rebuild our tribe and society. They started with education. Once they arrived in Indian […]

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Cherokee National Treasures Book Honors Culture Keepers  

Guest Commentary Published March 8, 2017 By Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker A stunning new coffee table book profiling Cherokee National Treasures, the prestigious citizens who actively work to preserve and revive Cherokee cultural practices, has been beautifully designed and produced and will soon be available for Cherokees, historians and cultural enthusiasts to […]

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Tribal Governments: Stronger Together for Oklahoma

Guest Commentary Recently, the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes gathered to collaborate and strategize on issues that will be beneficial to the sovereign governments of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Seminole and Muscogee (Creek) nations.  The Inter-Tribal Council is one of the strongest tribal associations in the U.S. and was established to promote positive […]

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