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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday rescinded a 19th century proclamation that called for citizens to kill Native Americans and take their property, in what he hopes can begin to make amends for “sins of the past.”

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.

TAHLEQUAH -- On Oct. 17, Principal Chief Bill John Baker signed a proclamation signifying the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Witnesses included Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, 2018-19 Miss Cherokee Whitney Roach and members of the Cherokee Nation One Fire Victims' Services department. After the signing, a poem addressing the issue of domestic violence was read by One Fire's Kylie Parnell near the CN heirloom garden. One Fire Victim Services is located at 17725 South Muskogee Ave. For more information, call 918-772-4260 or call 1-866-458-5399. The Cherokee Phoenix covered the events and produced the following video.