Tribal Council approves Littlejohn to tribe’s AAB

BY JAMI MURPHY
Former Reporter
11/17/2015 02:00 PM
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Jerry Wane Daniels receives a pin during the Nov. 16 Tribal Council meeting in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, from Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden for his service in the Vietnam War. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Christopher Dale Mayfield accepts his recognition for his Operation Desert Storm military service during the Nov. 16 Tribal Council meeting from Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Tribal Council approved the newest member of the Cherokee Nation Administrative Appeals Board on Nov. 16 at the legislative body’s monthly meeting after moving forward the nomination from the Rules Committee meeting earlier in the day.

Tribal Councilors, minus an absent Jack Baker, unanimously approved Junior Dewayne Littlejohn during the Rules Committee meeting and full Tribal Council. Littlejohn will begin serving Dec. 15 for a term of four years.

“Junior Dewayne Littlejohn is duly qualified and should be appointed as a Member of the
Administrative Appeals Board,” the legislation reads.

The AAB is a board comprised of three members who hear employee grievances, including wrongful termination cases. The board’s other two members are James Cosby and Nathan Barnard.

The Tribal Council also approved two budget modifications.

The first modification passed the Executive and Finance Committee on Oct. 29 and increased the tribe’s budget by $4.2 million to more than $651 million. It included $3.97 million related to carryover of a Department of Labor grant.

The second passed the committee on Nov. 16 and increased the tribe’s total operating budget by more than $1.1 million to more than $653 million. It contained $760,000 related to an increase in the Tribe’s Employment Rights Office program from TERO fees to be collected.

Also during the meeting, Health Services Director Connie Davis recognized Craig Edgmon, a home health nurse for the tribe’s Redbird Smith Health Center, who successfully resuscitated an unresponsive patient during a home visit.

“And because of his heroic efforts this patient survived that event,” she said. “He went on the next week to teach a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) class where the following week one of his students passed on that and paid it forward and successfully resuscitated yet another patient out in the field. That shows what your efforts have done.”

In other news, Cherokee Nation Businesses CEO Shawn Slaton said that the Outpost 1 convenient store on the Tribal Complex is expected to be open around Feb. 1. Once opened the fuel system would be shut down for about three months until new fueling stations can be added. Slaton also said the Roland Casino hotel is expected to open near Dec. 1 and that CNB’s television show “OsiyoTV” would expand to the Oklahoma City area playing at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings on channel CW 34.

In addition, he said that CNB Native American employment rate is at 81.6 percent with 73.5 percent of that strictly CN citizens.

Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden also recognized two CN citizens for their military service, Christopher Dale Mayfield for his service in Operation Desert Storm and Jerry Wane Daniels for his time in Vietnam.

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