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Added are criminal sanctions for election fraud, while an extensive new section defines election fraud.
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Election reform has been a yearlong effort by legislators.
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Health Services officials say they hope to partner in a volunteer study of the antiviral medication remdesivir.
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Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. speaks to members of the Tribal Council on June 25 during a committee meeting. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation leaders and employees continue wearing masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
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TAHLEQUAH – During the latest Tribal Council meeting, Cherokee Nation leaders unanimously approved a spending plan for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of federal CARES Act coronavirus relief funds.
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Tribal Councilors and administration officials remotely take part in a Tribal Council meeting on April 27. Legislators have taken social distancing steps due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COURTESY
The Tribal Council meets for the first time since COVID-19 impacted gatherings.
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From left to right are Tribal Councilor Shawn Crittenden, Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, veteran Vinnus Hilderbrand, Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor, Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan and Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. Cherokee Nation officials honored Hilderbrand with a CN Medal of Patriotism on Feb. 10 for his military service. COURTESY 
From left to right are Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Keith Austin, veteran Danny Stanley, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Joe Deere. Cherokee Nation officials honored Stanley with a CN Medal of Patriotism on Feb. 10 for his military service. COURTESY 
Two Cherokee veterans are honored for their service in the U.S. Army.
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Funding could come from an existing cemetery preservation program.
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Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. addresses the Tribal Council during a Dec. 16 meeting in Tahlequah. The Council approved a historic registry act to protect and preserve historic sites significant to the Cherokee Nation. COURTESY
The legislation’s goal is to protect and preserve sites of significance to the tribe.
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Cherokee Nation Dist. 4 Tribal Councilor Dr. Mike Dobbins recently donated $2,000 to the community group Southern Cherokee Helpers for their community activities. Attending the announcement were Sarah Cowett, left, Callie Connolly, Derek Birdtail, Councilor Dobbins, Ginger Coleman and Henry Birdtail. COURTESY
The funding will assist the group in their effort to promote Cherokee culture through monthly community service activities and crafts in Dist. 4.
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Cherokee Nation Businesses CEO Chuck Garrett addresses the Tribal Council on Nov. 12. In his monthly report, Cherokee Nation Businesses CEO Chuck Garrett noted that the top official in Pope County, Arkansas, offered his support for CNB’s casino application. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
An amendment to the motor vehicle tag act allows the tribe to withhold funding from schools that prevent Cherokees from observing cultural practices.
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