Fighting for Justice in Cherokee Nation

Guest Commentary Published July 25, 2017 When the U.S. Surgeon General visited Oklahoma last year, he declared the “prescription opioid epidemic that is sweeping across the U.S. has hit Indian Country particularly hard.” This is absolutely felt in the Cherokee Nation, where opioid-related overdoses have more than doubled in recent years and more Cherokee Nation […]

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Environmental Protection Ensures Fresh Water, Better Future

Guest Commentary Published June 24, 2017 By Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker Protecting the environment and practicing conservation principles have always been important to the Cherokee people. Our close relationship to the land, and our traditional knowledge about our natural surroundings, has always been a part of who we are. Cherokee values and […]

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Cherokee Nation Health Providers are Among Best in Nation

Guest Commentary Published June 13, 2017 By Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker We are grateful for the talented physicians working for Cherokee Nation Health Services, which is the largest tribal health system in the United States. Our doctors take care of us, and we should celebrate their efforts and help patients better understand […]

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Growing Leadership Skills & Learning Cherokee History Define Remember the Removal 

Guest Commentary Published June 5, 2017 Every summer a group of young riders from Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians team up and retrace by bicycle the Trail of Tears, our ancestor’s removal route from our homelands in the East to modern-day Oklahoma. This year 12 riders from Cherokee Nation, who range […]

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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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