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A fundamental principle of our Cherokee culture is that we should consider the impact of what we do today on the next seven generations of future Cherokees. We are answering this sacred responsibility by investing in strong communities and a clean and healthy environment.
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The Cherokee Nation is committed to ensuring that all voting age Cherokees are registered to vote. Recently, we celebrated CN Voter Registration Day because we know how important it is for our citizens to have a voice in our democracy.
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The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the Cherokee Nation like it does the rest of the world, but we are responding in ways that make our Nation stronger.
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TARA KATUK SWEENEY
As an Inupiaq, I grew up north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska, home to some of the most remote communities in the United States. Arctic living requires resourcefulness, respect for nature, and, most importantly, strong connections to community members. You can’t make it on your own, and like all tribal communities, social connectivity and kinship are critical to survival.
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At the Cherokee Nation, putting elders first is simply our way of life. Each year the Tribal Council, the deputy chief and I make serving our elders a priority in the government’s budget. However, with new federal dollars in our COVID-19 Respond, Recover and Rebuild plan, we will be doing even more to help our elders get through whatever lies ahead. 
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Recently the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma affirmed what Oklahoma tribal nations have known from the beginning – on Jan. 1 our gaming compacts with the state of Oklahoma automatically renewed for another 15 years.
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Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has put strains on Cherokee families, the economy in northeast Oklahoma and our local public schools.
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REBECCA NAGLE
On a warm Saturday morning this June, a crane pulled up to the courthouse square in downtown Tahlequah. As controversial monuments were being taken down by activists and cities across the country, the Cherokee Nation shook two Confederate monuments loose from their foundations, strapped them to a trailer and put them in storage.  
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Across our country, we are having a new dialogue about how we experience race and the painful chapters of United States history, including the American Civil War. Recently, I oversaw the removal of two monuments from the historic Cherokee Nation Capitol Square in Tahlequah. The monuments failed to reflect the CN’s values of freedom and inclusion, and they run contrary to the idea that CN should have control of telling its own story. 
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“It is critical to build coalitions with African Americans to advance our issues and theirs.” – Former Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller, Nov. 14, 2000.
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Tribal officials say a code exists within the Marshal Service but lacks authority to secure aid from other agencies and departments.
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