Indian Affairs Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney says connectivity within Native communities has been a top priority for the BIA.
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The grants are for feasibility studies of proposed economic development projects, businesses and technologies located in designated opportunity zones.
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Waiting to shop for groceries, two clients wait outside the Cherokee Nation’s Food Distribution building in Tahlequah. In the second half of 2020, the CN provided directed assistance to a total of 125,300 citizens, not including the additional 112,000 Cherokee families helped through the tribe’s emergency food distribution efforts. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation COVID-19 relief efforts saw the tribe serving more than 30 times the normal volume of CN citizens in an average year.
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More than half of the 137,000 licenses annual hunting and fishing licenses have been mailed.
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From left to right are Secretary of Natural Resources Chad Harsha and Tribal Councilors Daryl Legg and E.O. Smith as they tour a new hunting and fishing reserve area in Sequoyah County on Jan. 11. COURTESY
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. presented the Cherokee Nation Park and Wildlands, Fishing and Hunting Reserve Act of 2021 to the Tribal Council on Jan. 11. Under the act, the tribe has allotted 4,000 acres of woodland in Sequoyah County, and acreage in Craig County as the first hunting and fishing preserves. In Adair County, space is dedicated for cultural use. COURTESY
The lands will be for the beneficial use of citizens, conservation of natural resources and preservation of Cherokee culture.
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LIHEAP helped more than 2,000 clients in 2020.
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Cora Lathrop Cherokee Nation mortgage loan officer and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance coordinator, helps Eric and Christy Young, of Tahlequah, file their taxes as part of the tribe’s free VITA program. ARCHIVE
The Cherokee Nation is in its 11th year helping individuals help prepare their tax returns at no cost.
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Those wishing to get started making out a Native landowner will can download a planning and preparation checklist from the Indian Land Tenure Foundation at iltf.org. COURTESY
The Indian Land Tenure Foundation wants to resume its will planning clinics once the pandemic subsides.
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The tribe’s Department of Transportation is looking into a self-governance compact through federal government.
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The Cherokee Nation is securing a multi-use site in Rogers County, which will house both a virtual production soundstage and warehouse for food and PPE storage and distribution. COURTESY
The tribe’s purchase of a multi-use site in Rogers County will ensure safer communications and strategic food warehousing.
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Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, left, and Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., right, thank Gary Cooper for his service on Dec. 4, Cooper’s last day as Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation executive director. Cooper left to work with the Office of Native American Programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. CHEROKEE NATION
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Gary Cooper was with the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation for 22 years, and its executive director for eight years.
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