A list of grantees is available at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp. 
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Survey responses will help inform the ongoing development of the Oklahoma plan for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
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As part of the Respond, Recover and Rebuild spending plan, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said the $45 million elder assistance initiative that will help Cherokee elders and those in need with costs related to COVID-19 relief, including food security and utility expenses. COURTESY
Also offered is Elder Safety Assistance, a $400 direct economic-assistance stipend to any Cherokee elder age 62 or older, regardless of income level and regardless of where they live.
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Seven offices are being established across the country to handle cold cases of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Natives.
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StrongHearts Native Helpline adds sexual violence advocacy COURTESY
According to research, 84% of Native women experience violence in their lifetimes, while 56% experience sexual violence.
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Cherokee Nation Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, right, and Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. serve veterans in June during a food distribution event in Tahlequah. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Todd Enlow, left, and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner prepare foods to be distributed during a veterans food distribution event in June in Tahlequah. COURTESY
The facility is working with and aiding veterans during the coronavirus outbreak.
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The policy also institutionalizes the role of a Hearth Act coordinator to ensure accountability for meeting timelines.
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People wait outside of the Tahlequah Day Center on July 21 as employees gather bagged meals, which typically include two sandwiches, fruit and a drink with the occasional bag of chips or snack cake. STACIE BOSTON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Billie White, Tahlequah Day Center cook, makes sandwiches before people start arriving at the Tahlequah Day Center on July 21 to pick up their meals. The center offers assistance to the homeless and those who have fallen on hard times. STACIE BOSTON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Bagged lunches made by Tahlequah Area Coalition for the Homeless volunteers and Tahlequah Day Center employees sit prepared on July 21 for individuals who are in need. The TACH is serving approximately double the amount of meals due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is need of more volunteers to help make sandwiches. STACIE BOSTON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Tahlequah Area Coalition for the Homeless meals typically consist of two sandwiches, fruit and a drink with the occasional bag of chips or snack cake.
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Court Appointed Special Advocates is a volunteer program that trains volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in court.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Adrianne Bark takes an online practice test for a billing and coding course at Northeast Tech in Kansas, Oklahoma. Bark participated in the CN Career Services short-term training program, which paid for her courses, books and testing fees. COURTESY
The funding is part of the CN’s Respond, Recover and Rebuild spending relief plan. 
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Leaders of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes meet for their quarterly meeting on July 10 for the first time via videoconference as a precaution due to COVID-19. The leaders announced $300 million for tribal improvements in Indian Country. COURTESY
Estimates show roughly 35% of households on tribal lands do not have quality access to broadband internet service, compared to 8% of households on non-tribal lands.
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