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It was selected for a series of events where individuals with life-threatening injuries were treated and transported, and the treatment provided exceeded hospital expectations.
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Using the Cherokee Phoenix Elder/Veteran Fund, elders who are 65 and older as well as military veterans can apply to receive a free one-year subscription.
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Cherokee Nation Marshal Sgt. John Wofford and Deputy Marshal Austin Glory tie a buoy into a rescue boat before leaving on Sept. 13 for North Carolina to help with potential relief efforts from Hurricane Florence. COURTESY
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Incident Management Team in North Carolina expects widespread flooding.
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Gary McAlpin, Sweetwater Foundation founder, holds open an old newspaper racks that he turned into Community Care Chests to help Tahlequah-area people in need of items such as food, school supplies and diapers. COURTESY
The chests are repurposed newspaper racks to be filled with items ranging from food to school supplies to diapers.
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The Cherokee Nation W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex currently has electric car charging stations for electric cars that opened in 2017. The tribe plans to build four new charging stations for electric buses. COURTESY
Electric buses produce zero tailpipe emissions and will reduce harmful carbon emissions within the tribe’s jurisdiction.
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Michael Hixson is a Medicare advisor who helps seniors 65 years and older find suitable Medicare plans.
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Human Services clerk Michelle Keys, right, assists a client with forms for family assistance. The Cherokee Nation’s Family Assistance program falls under Human Services. LANI HANSEN/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Human Services clerk Heather Vann speaks with a client on the phone. One aid program that Human Services offers is emergency housing. LANI HANSEN/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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The Cherokee Nation program helps families obtain housing during emergencies.

Cherokee Translation
ᏓᎷᏈ- Ꮎ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏓᏂᏍᎪᎵᏓᏁᎰᎢ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ Ꮲ ᎤᎾᏁᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ Ꮎ ᎡᏍᎦ ᏳᏂᎵᏍᏓᏁᎯ. Ꮎ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏓᏂᏁᎳ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏙᎵᎬ ᎠᏂᏁᎸᎢ, ᎤᎪᏙ ᎨᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎨᏐ ᎠᏎᏃ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏗᎾᏓᏍᏕᎵᏙᎯ, Ꮎ ᎭᏫᎾᏗᏜ ᏧᏄᎾᏛᏃ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ. Ꮎ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏧᏁᏅᏒ ᎠᎾᎨᎶ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᎥᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ. ᏃᎴ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᎠᎾᏙᎵᎩ ᎠᎾᏙᎵᎪᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎩᎶ ᎤᏤᎵᎪᎢ, ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏗᎾᏓᏍᏕᎵᏙᎯ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᎰᎢ ᎥᏍᎫ ᏗᏂᎬᏴᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏲᎤᏟ.
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The CN Youth Shelter opened in 1978 in Stilwell before moving in 1981 to Tahlequah. A new shelter was built in 1992 in Tahlequah and named the John A. Ketcher Youth Center. COURTESY
The Cherokee Nation’s John A. Ketcher Youth Center is named after the late Tribal Councilor and Deputy Chief John Ketcher. ARCHIVE
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The John A. Ketcher Youth Center offers emergency refuge for youth between the ages 12 and 17.

Cherokee Translation
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ John A. Ketcher ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᎰᎢ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏫᎬᏩᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ 12 ᎠᎴ 17 ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎦᏰᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗᎢ.
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Cherokee Nation leaders present a novelty check for $6,000 to Marble City community organizer and former Tribal Councilor Mary Flute Cooksey on Aug. 9 at the Marble City Community Center. From left to right are Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Flute Cooksey, CN ambassador Tommy Wildcat, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Tribal Councilor Bryan Water and Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
On Aug. 16, Cherokee Nation leaders crisscrossed Sequoyah County and presented donations to 10 organizations and churches in Tribal Council districts 5 and 6.

The big recipient was Belfonte Baptist Church, which received a used Chevrolet Tahoe from Cherokee Nation Businesses’ surplus fleet.
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A copy of the draft plan will be available for review Aug. 20-21.
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Veterans and family members will have the opportunity to learn about VA benefits and services, and ask questions to Veterans Health Administration and Veterans Benefits Administration staff.
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