Employees at Cherokee Nation Industries in Stilwell applaud the Sept. 18 announcement of an increase to the Cherokee Nation Businesses minimum wage. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announces a minimum wage hike for employees of Cherokee Nation Businesses on Sept. 18 in Stilwell. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
More than 2,500 employees are expected to get raises.
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A statewide referendum adopted in 2016 made simple drug possession a misdemeanor and increased the threshold for felony property crimes from $500 to $1,000.
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The gaming area, stage space, restaurant and tavern are again open at the Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson. The facility was closed earlier this year because of historic flooding. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A patron plays an electronic game on Sept. 11 at the reopened Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson. The venue closed earlier this year because of flooding. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The venue had a “soft opening” on Aug. 30 after being closed for flooding repairs.
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Gov. Kevin Stitt has said the gaming compacts expire at the end of 2019 and will need renegotiating.
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U.S. attorneys began meeting Aug. 28 to review law enforcement issues facing tribes.
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Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. visits with at-large Cherokee Nation citizen George  Schwartz at a community meeting in Norman. Hoskin signed an executive order at the meeting that establishes an At-Large Cherokee Advisory Committee to better engage the policy perspectives of at-large citizens. COURTESY
It is supposed to better engage policy perspectives of at-large citizens and try to expand grant opportunities for at-large communities.
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Cherokee veterans prepare to board a shuttle on Sept. 9 at Cherokee Hotel & Casino West Siloam Springs to head to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport for a flight to Washington, D.C., as part of the sixth annual Cherokee Warrior Flight. As they left the hotel, employees greeted with them with signs, American flags and cheers. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Army veteran Claude Stover, 72, of Oaks, left, and Navy veteran Charles Lane, 83, of Claremore, take part in a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 9 in Washington, D.C. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Army veteran Billie Tritthart, 71, of Miami, Oklahoma, and his wife, Winnie, leave the U.S. Capitol after taking a guided tour of it on Sept. 9. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Navy veteran Charles Lane, 83, of Claremore, right, walks with Cherokee Nation Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, a U.S. Navy veteran, after touring the U.S. Capitol. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The Cherokee Nation takes the veterans to Washington, D.C., on its sixth annual trip.
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The name and rank of Cherokee Nation citizen and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Anthony Moss is inscribed on a cantilevered bench with a lighted pool of water under it at the Pentagon Memorial. At 9:37 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 flown by terrorists rammed the Pentagon, killing 184 people in all. Moss was one of the 125 people killed inside the Pentagon. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Brian Anthony Moss
Brian Anthony Moss
The Cherokee Nation citizen was killed when American Airlines Flight 77 rammed the Pentagon.
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Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. on Aug. 31 gives his first State of the Nation Address during the Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah. Hoskin told the crowd that he plans to quadruple the size of the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program, which teams adult novice Cherokee language speakers with master-level fluent speakers. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
From left to right are Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd at the State of Nation Address on Aug. 31 during the Cherokee National Holiday. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. speaks during his first State of the Nation Address on Aug. 31 during the Cherokee National Holiday. Hoskin said the tribe must act boldly and quickly to preserver the tribe’s language. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. also says tribal sovereignty will be exercised in the interest of Cherokee Nation citizens.
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Gary Chapman
Gary Chapman
Gary Dean Chapman was also one of the drafters of the 1975 Constitution.
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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) – The Russellville City Council is forming a committee to evaluate applications for a new casino, even though Pope County has already made its pick on an applicant.

Arkansas voters in 2018 authorized four casinos in the state: two at racetracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis and two in Jefferson and Pope counties. The Jefferson County casino is already under construction, but the process in Pope County has been slowed by challenges.

In August, the Pope County Quorum Court endorsed a proposal from Cherokee National Businesses, but leaders in Russellville say they want a say in the process.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the council voted Sept. 5 to establish a seven-member committee to review proposals. The state racing commission has set a Nov. 18 deadline to receive casino license applications.
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