2 Cherokee Nation programs semifinalists for Honoring Nations award

BY STAFF REPORTS
03/16/2020 01:00 PM
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Two Cherokee Nation programs have been named semifinalists for the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development’s 2020 Honoring Nations program.

The tribe’s semifinalist programs are its hepatitis C elimination and ONE FIRE.

In 2015, the CN became the first tribe to launch an elimination project with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to screen and treat tribal citizens for hepatitis C.

According to a 2019 Cherokee Phoenix story, the program uses aggressive screening and treatment to eradicate the disease by screening patients ages 20-65 who use CN Health Services. The program, which has a 90 percent cure rate, has screened more than 50,000 Health Services patients and approximately 900 have received treatment for hepatitis C. The goal is to cure the Native American population of hepatitis C in northeast Oklahoma by the year 2030. 

Opened in 20136, the ONE FIRE program offers help to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence with emergency advocate assistance to law enforcement, transitional housing and legal assistance.

According to its website, Honoring Nations identifies, celebrates and shares excellence in American Indian tribal governance. At the heart of Honoring Nations is the principle that tribes themselves hold the key to generating social, political, and economic prosperity and that self-governance plays a crucial role in building and sustaining strong, healthy Indian Nations.

From the 18 semifinalists, the Honoring Nations’ Board of Governors will select six applicant programs to receive site visits during the summer.

In November, the Honoring Nations Board will announce the awardees at the National Congress of American Indians annual conference in Portland, Oregon. Awarded programs provide models of success.

For information about Honoring Nations, visit www.hpaied.org or call 617-495-1480.

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