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Philip Viles, a former chief justice of the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, is honored at the March 11 Tribal Council meeting for his service with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Viles served more than 25 years with the Supreme Court, 16 of them as chief justice. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Principal Chief Bill John Baker presents his monthly State of the Nation speech to the Tribal Council during its March 11 meeting. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Legislators also authorize tribal donations to community groups and organizations.
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Fannie E. Robinson, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, shakes hands with Tribal Councilors on Jan. 31 after support for her reappointment to the Cherokee Nation Tax Commission. The Tribal Council confirmed her appointment, along with several others, on Feb. 18. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Councilors also authorize the donation of 85 surplus intravenous pumps from W.W. Hastings Hospital to the Northeastern Health System.
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U.S. Marine Corps veteran Weston Henson, left, is awarded the Cherokee Warrior award for military service on Jan. 14 as Tribal Councilor Buel Anglen looks on. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Retired Warner Police Chief Terry Thompson, left, shakes hands with Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden on Jan. 14 during a Tribal Council meeting after receiving an award for his military service. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Veterans Affairs Director Barbara Foreman told legislators that the catalyst for a larger ceremony was “a backlog, actually, of our veterans to be honored.”
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Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis’s registrar confirmation and the Dist. 7 special election timeline pass the Rules Committee, but not a special Tribal Council meeting due to lack of quorum.
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With nearly 2,000 fluent speakers identified, the Community & Cultural Outreach department will host community events in hopes of identifying more fluent speakers.
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Tribal Councilor Victoria Vazquez reads a statement supporting the nomination of Shawna Baker for the Supreme Court justice during the Sept. 10 Tribal Council meeting at the W.W. Keeler Complex in Tahlequah. The Tribal Council sent the nomination back to the Rules Committee. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Some Tribal Councilors voice concerns regarding Shawna Baker’s lack of experience in tribal law.
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Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis reads a resolution adopting revisions to the 2018 Indian Housing Plan during the July 9 Tribal Council meeting at the W.W. Keeler Complex in Tahlequah. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The funds will be used for housing assistance such as $5.6 million for housing rehabilitation, nearly $4.5 million for the Rental Assistance Program and $3.4 million for the Mortgage Assistance Program.
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Tribal Councilors on June 11 amended the Cherokee Nation’s gaming compact with the state to allow game such as craps that use real dice and roulette with real balls, instead of versions that use electronic cards. House-banked games are still banned and so wins will be paid from a player pool. VEGAS CASINO TALK
The gaming compact supplement will allow Cherokee Casinos to begin offering Las Vegas-style table games such as craps and roulette on Aug. 2.
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Each month the Cherokee Nation recognizes service men and women for their sacrifices and as a way to demonstrate the high regard in which the tribe holds all veterans.
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Tribal Councilor Sean Crittenden, left, reads a resolution during the Feb. 12 Tribal Council meeting at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah. Legislators passed a lease with the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences to place a medical school in part of the current W.W. Hastings Hospital after the new Outpatient Health Center is completed. KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Shown is an artist’s rendering of the Cherokee Springs Plaza layout in Tahlequah. Provided by city officials, the map shows a proposed hotel “tru” by Hilton to be located in Lot 7. Cherokee Nation Businesses CEO Shawn Slaton reported that CNB is preparing to break ground on additional “projects” in the plaza on April 1. COURTESY
Oklahoma State University will lease space in the current W.W. Hastings Hospital after the new primary care facility opens in 2019.
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Tribal Councilor Joe Byrd speaks during the Dec. 11 Tribal Council meeting at the W.W. Keller Tribal Complex in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Legislators passed the Cherokee Nation Sovereign Wealth Fund during the meeting. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The fund is to “ensure the continuation of tribal operations and the general welfare of tribal citizens for future generations.”
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