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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Joe Byrd
Tribal Councilor Joe Byrd has served 14 years as a legislator and four years as principal chief.
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Harley Buzzard
Dist. 10 Tribal Councilor Harley Buzzard wants to continue improving the Cherokee Nation.
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Frankie Hargis
Before taking a seat on the Tribal Council in 2011, Frankie Hargis had never planned to run for tribal office.
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Mary Baker Shaw
Tribal Councilor Mary Baker Shaw plans to conduct monthly webinars for at-large citizens beginning later this year.
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Victoria Vazquez
Tribal Councilor Victoria Vazquez says she wants to focus on health care, housing and scholarships.
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Dr. Mike Dobbins
Dr. Mike Dobbins replaces Tribal Councilor Don Garvin, who served 18 years as a Cherokee Nation legislator.
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