Catastrophic flooding in May and June impacted much of the tribe’s 14-county area, home to thousands of Cherokee families.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster assistance for 41 Oklahoma counties as a result of spring flooding and severe weather in the state.

The storms produced historic flooding throughout the northern half of the state and spawned a tornado that struck near Tulsa International Airport on May 21.

Stitt announced the approval Tuesday, saying it makes federal funding available for cities, counties, rural electric cooperatives and the state to repair infrastructure and other costs associated with the storm response.

Stitt said damage estimates from the storms stand at $22 million.

The counties approved for assistance extend from west to east across the northern half of Oklahoma and Stitt said assistance was also approved for individuals and business owners in 27 of the counties.
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Cherokee Nation citizens living in Benton, Crawford, Sebastian and Washington counties could be eligible.
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Eligible applicants must be citizens of a federally recognized tribe and be residents in the Cherokee Nation jurisdictional area.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Dozens of tribes now have direct access to the FBI’s National Sex Offender Registry as tribal authorities try to combat high rates of sexual violence, federal officials said July 11.

The Justice Department announced an automated system that links a sex offender registry for tribes with the FBI’s database, saying it will make information sharing seamless.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Sandra Whitecrow is a former Day Training participant who was hired full time by the department in 2018 as a file clerk. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation Career Services is located in the W.W. Keeler Complex in Tahlequah. It offers programs such as Day Training to help Cherokees find employment opportunities. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Career Services’ Day Training has seen more than 6,800 applicants come through in its 10 years.
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The offices of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cherokee Country offices are inside the Tahlequah Municipal Armory at 201 E. Delaware St. CASA serves children in the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee County and Adair County court systems. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A poster hangs inside Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cherokee Country offices defining what a CASA advocate is and does. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cherokee Country serves Cherokee children and continually seeks volunteers to be advocates.
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The Cherokee Nation expects to store culturally significant seeds at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, located on a remote island between mainland Norway and the North Pole. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – Rare seeds representing centuries of Cherokee cultural and agricultural history are headed for an Arctic vault built to protect the world’s crops.

Secretary of Natural Resources Sara Hill said representatives of Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway reached out after hearing about the tribe’s private seed bank in Tahlequah.
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Because of its size, the project was planned in a northern and a southern phase, covering a portion of a highly traveled road in the county.
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A sculpture called “The Warrior Circle” by Cherokee artist Daniel HorseChief is seen outside the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center in Tahlequah. The Tribal Council voted June 10 to seek funding for a veterans cemetery. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee veterans honored with the tribe’s Medal of Patriotism this month are Billy Cecil, of Park Hill; Ashley Rutherford, of Burleson, Texas; John Cochran, of Catoosa; and Marvin Winton, of Amarillo, Texas. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Councilors want to limit those who would be buried in it to only tribal citizens.
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Principal Chief Bill John Baker signs a proclamation declaring June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in the Cherokee Nation on June 14 at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – With 2019 marking the 14th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Cherokee Nation officials signed a proclamation on June 14 at the W.W. Keeler Complex declaring June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in the CN.

In 2006, the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, with the support of the United Nations International Plan of Action, first proclaimed a day to recognize elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.
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