Veteran and Cherokee Nation citizen John R. Carleton, 73, of Owasso, is honored May 13 with the tribe’s Medal of Patriotism. To his left and right are Dist. 13 Tribal Councilor Buel Anglen and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen and Korean War veteran Ralph A. Feather, 86, of Jay, center, receives the tribe’s Medal of Patriotism on May 13. Feather is flanked by Dist. 9 Tribal Councilor Mike Shambaugh, left, and Principal Chief Bill John Baker. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen and Korean War veteran James D. Roe Sr., 85, of Warner, left, receives the tribe’s Medal of Patriotism on May 13. Principal Chief Bill John Baker, right, was among those who presented the honor. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The ambulance facility’s construction at the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell is estimated at $4 million
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Shannon Buhl, director of the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, talks about deputy marshal pay rates April 15 during a Tribal Council meeting in Tahlequah. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Dr. William Pettit, dean of the future Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation, and OSU Center for Health Sciences president Kayse Shrum pose for photographs with the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on April 15. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation leaders this month increased the Marshal Service budget by $256,757 for salary hikes.

Shannon Buhl, director of the CN Marshal Service, said the additional funds would be used to bring approximately half of the agency’s 31-officer force up to Bureau of Indian Affairs pay-scale standards.

“Everybody will meet the standard of the BIA now,” Buhl told the Tribal Council on April 15. “Some people get raises just because their salary was actually lower than the BIA.”
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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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