TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation Election Commission held a special meeting on Dec. 17 at their headquarters in Tahlequah. Highlights of the meeting included amending the contract of the commission attorney Harvey Chaffin, certifying Dist. 7 Tribal Council candidate Canaan Duncan and drawing for name placements on the Dist. 7 special election ballots.
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court ruled on Dec. 17 that tribal council hopeful Canaan Duncan is eligible to run for office.
Duncan had already been deemed by the CN Election Commission eligible to run for the vacant District 7 seat in a 4-0 vote following challenges from Robin Mayes and Tim Houseberg. The pair sought a reversal of that decision from the Supreme Court on Monday.
They claimed Duncan should be disqualified because he violated tribe law by campaigning while still an employee of the nation’s secretary of state office.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Oklahoma Board of Agriculture wants state lawmakers to develop rules for poultry operations.
The board on Dec. 11 declined to approve or reject rules requiring large poultry operations to be at least one-quarter mile from occupied homes and one-half mile from public schools or city limits, in addition to distance requirements from public highways, property lines, certain streams and private and public water wells.
Environmentalists and residents of northeastern Oklahoma, home to numerous poultry operations, say the rules are not strong enough to protect water or prevent pollution. The state’s Farm Bureau and Cattlemen's Association says there was not enough time for additional input on the proposal.
State Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese says he’s disappointed a decision wasn’t made, but says “we are happy to punt it to the Legislature.”
TAHELQUAH – The Cherokee Speakers Bureau will be held Thursday, Dec. 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will meet in the Community Ballroom that is located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokee. All Cherokee speakers are invited to attend. If you want to bring a side dish or a dessert, feel free to bring it. Come speak Cherokee and enjoy food and fellowship.
For further information about the event, please contact: the Language Program at 918-453-5151. ...