TAHLEQUAH – As part of Women’s History Month, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. declared March 25 as Cherokee Women’s Day during a proclamation signing.
“Some things to note is Cherokee Nation, the Cherokee people have been a matrilineal society throughout our history and women have played a strong role in Cherokee life and continues to do so today,” Hoskin said. “Seventy percent of the workforce at Cherokee Nation are women. Half of the Cabinet of the Cherokee Nation are women.”
Hoskin said he believes Director of Government Relations and Cherokee Nation Businesses Senior Vice President of Government Relations Kim Teehee will make “history” this year by being seated as a delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“We have such talented women across Cherokee Nation,” he said. “One of the talented women in Cherokee Nation, I predict, will make history this year, she already made history in her positions in the White House, and her being named as delegate to the United States House of Representatives. But I think that in 2021, Kim Teehee is going to be seated in the United States House of Representatives.”
Teehee said Cherokee women “are such a driving force” for the success of the tribe and its businesses.
“… so it is fitting that we take a moment and recognize that fact during Women’s History Month,” she said. “It’s also something significant for us as Cherokees, because women are profoundly influential on our tribe. As a matriarchal society, with a seven-clan system based on our mothers, Cherokee Nation has always looked to women for guidance and leadership. I’m Wolf Clan and look to my mother and the women in my lineage for strength and inspiration. I applaud Chief Hoskin for designating a day that celebrates and empowers women.”
Within the proclamation, Hoskin states that he strives to have “talented women” in leadership roles within the tribe.
“I strive to place talented women in leadership roles within this administration, including my cabinet, the Cherokee Nation delegate to Congress and the Cherokee Nation Businesses. Many of our tribal programs and departments are also led by women,” he said.
Teehee added that the tribal government is “one of the most progressive governments in the country when it comes to modern policy development for its workforce.”
“With a female dominated workforce that eclipses 70%, Cherokee Nation remains at the forefront for workforce evolution,” she said. “Expanded minimum wage, increased family leave and foster family leave ensures Cherokee Nation staff is able to do the best job they can for the Cherokee people, and continue making families stronger and safer within our reservation.”