Veterans and their family gather at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center for a Valentine's event. JOSH FOURKILLER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
On Feb. 13, the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center staff showed their appreciation for veterans by hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner and gathering for area veterans.
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A students shows her appreciation for veterans this Valentine’s Day season by making a Valentine's card. JOSH FOURKILLER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Students, churches and individuals in the area showed their appreciation for veterans this Valentine’s Day season by making hundreds of Valentine’s cards for the men and women who served in the United States military. 
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AARP has opened its application period for the 2020 AARP Community Challenge grant applications. The grants are opportunities for community organizations to apply for “quick-action” funding. COURTESY
The program is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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Steven Hair, a tax preparer for Cherokee Nation Commerce Services, was among those providing Volunteer Income Tax Assistance services on Feb. 6 in the Tsa-La-Gi Community Room on the Tribal Complex in Tahlequah. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Households with incomes below $56,000 can also ask advice of the VITA staff.
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From left to right are Bartlesville Vice Mayor Alan Gentges, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Tribal Councilor Dora Patzkowski, Bartlesville City Councilor Jim Curd and Bartlesville City Manager Mike Bailey. COURTESY
The space is being designed for the community and visitors to enjoy art, music and other local events. 
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Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Secretary of Natural Resources Chad Harsha hold packages of some of the Cherokee Nation’s heirloom seeds being sent to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. The CN is the first U.S. tribe to send heirloom seeds to the vault. COURTESY
Cherokee White Eagle Corn is one of the heirloom seeds the Cherokee Nation is sending to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. COURTESY
The tribe’s Natural Resources office collected nine samples of heirloom crops to send to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway.
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President Trump’s executive order to create a task force to address the missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives epidemic initially meets on Jan. 29.
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The Cherokee Nation, via its #CherokeeNationCounts 2020 Census campaign, is urging tribal citizens to complete the Census completely and accurately to help ensure the tribe receives funding for programs. COURTESY
#CherokeeNationCounts will help ensure the tribe receives crucial funding and grant opportunities.
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The Cherokee Nation’s Community and Cultural Outreach provides funding and expertise to support the tribe’s community groups.
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U.S. Census Bureau Executive Director Kendall Johnson speaks at a Jan. 14 event to unveil the national advertising and outreach campaign for the 2020 Census, at the Arena Stage in Washington. MICHAEL A. MCCOY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
The head count starts in January in Native villages in Alaska, but the rest of the country won’t be able to start answering the questionnaire until March.
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Sequoyah High School freshmen Hayden Girty, second from left, and Kyle Adair, center, are given new desktop computers from the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service. The CNMS gives away computers each year to deserving students in the Cherokee Nation in collaboration with the Broken Arrow Police Department. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Two Sequoyah Schools students receive new desktop computers from the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service.
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