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Recent political events from Senator Elizabeth Warren’s DNA results have raised important questions nationally of what it means to be a citizen of a federally recognized tribe. These events—and disparaging statements made by elected leaders and political pundits in response—may cause some to question the value of tribal citizenship.

The right of a tribe to determine its citizenship is the most basic and inherent function of a sovereign government. But citizenship is a concept that many outside tribal governments do not understand.

As I discuss citizenship with non-Native friends, I talk about my family table. During holidays, our family table is shared by my immediate family, and friends we do not get to see that often. They are all welcome and loved as we share food, stories and laughter.
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We recently concluded elections across Oklahoma and the United States. Being able to vote and participate in the electoral process is a critical part of our democracy.
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In case you haven’t seen it, we recently published an eight-page, all-Cherokee section within the September issue of the Cherokee Phoenix.
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Three men I deeply admire – the late Drs. Duane King, Dr. Neil Morton and Dr. Bob Blackburn – collaborated to write an engaging new history book called “Cherokee Nation: A History of Survival, Self Determination and Identity.”
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Most people know of domestic violence as physical violence – pushing, slapping, hitting or strangling – all stirring images of bruises and black eyes. However, people tend to forget the other abuse types, which are difficult to recognize.
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The site is one of the historic endpoints of the Trail of Tears, which is especially significant in 2018 as we commemorate the 180th anniversary of the forced removal of the Cherokee people to Indian Territory, now modern-day Oklahoma.
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A new program created by the Cherokee Nation’s Indian Child Welfare department is called 4C – short for Cherokee Children’s Cultural Connection. It’s designed for children ages 4 to 18 who are in tribal custody.
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The Cherokee Nation remains committed to protecting our women and children from violence.
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The Cherokee Nation is steadfastly committed to our military veterans, those men and women who have sacrificed so much for our tribe, our country and our collective freedoms.
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According to a recent Time magazine article, every day we check our smartphones about 47 times – about every 19 minutes – while spending approximately five hours on them.
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Art, history and contemporary culture will be all in one place, and if people want to dig deeper they can travel to Tahlequah or Ada or Anadarko or Lawton.
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