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Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation is moving forward together
Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation is moving forward together (August 23, 2019)

I am humbled and grateful for your confidence in me to serve our great Cherokee Nation as your Principal Chief for the next four years.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation's future is brighter than ever
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation's future is brighter than ever (August 13, 2019)

Nothing has been more important to me than serving the Cherokee people.


Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain
Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain (August 12, 2019)

Tribal leaders and advocates celebrated after an appeals court rebuffed opponents of the Indian Child Welfare Act in one of the most contentious cases in recent history.


Bill John Baker: Expanding homeownership opportunities to Cherokees in Arkansas
Bill John Baker: Expanding homeownership opportunities to Cherokees in Arkansas (August 8, 2019)

More than 8,000 Cherokee Nation citizens living in four Arkansas counties now have a new option available for homeownership.


Cherokee Nation inauguration scheduled for August 14
Cherokee Nation inauguration scheduled for August 14 (August 8, 2019)

Chuck Hoskin Jr. will be taking over as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation steps up for the 2020 Census
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation steps up for the 2020 Census (July 19, 2019)

Vital funding happens when our citizens are counted. I challenge all Cherokees to participate in the 2020 Census and make a positive difference.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation takes giant leap forward with website
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation takes giant leap forward with website (July 11, 2019)

The Cherokee Nation’s website – Cherokee.org – relaunched July 1.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation honored with name of new military ship
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation honored with name of new military ship (June 26, 2019)

Our Cherokee people have contributed in every major battle and war ever fought in this country and continue to serve in the Armed Forces in some of the highest rates per ethnicity.


Bill John Baker: Remember the Removal Bike Ride retraces Trail of Tears
Bill John Baker: Remember the Removal Bike Ride retraces Trail of Tears (June 20, 2019)

Participation in Remember the Removal enables the riders to better understand the trials and tribulations our people faced during their journey to Indian Territory.


Key lawmakers renew efforts to protect Native women from violence
Key lawmakers renew efforts to protect Native women from violence (June 13, 2019)

With the Violence Against Women Act mired in partisan politics, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping to turn the focus back to the most vulnerable in Indian Country.


Bill John Baker: A wonderful story of perseverance and resiliency
Bill John Baker: A wonderful story of perseverance and resiliency (June 13, 2019)

Northeastern Oklahoma is an area with some of the best outcomes for American Indian children in the country.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation helps foster children thrive
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation helps foster children thrive (June 6, 2019)

No matter who you are or what your circumstance is, you will always have a home in this tribe.


Bill John Baker: Thank tribal law enforcement for their service
Bill John Baker: Thank tribal law enforcement for their service (May 30, 2019)

The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service is an invaluable asset to our citizens and communities.


A 'stolen' election? Cherokee Nation proceeds to vote without candidate David Walkingstick
A 'stolen' election? Cherokee Nation proceeds to vote without candidate David Walkingstick (May 29, 2019)

Citizens of the Cherokee Nation are choosing a new leader but one of the leading candidates won't be on the June 1 ballot.


Decision on Cherokee Nation chief candidate comes down to the wire
Decision on Cherokee Nation chief candidate comes down to the wire (May 27, 2019)

Voters of the Cherokee Nation are going to the polls in a matter of days as a key candidate fights to stay on the ballot.


Trump administration opens consultation on Indian education update
Trump administration opens consultation on Indian education update (May 21, 2019)

A long-overdue update to the popular Johnson O'Malley Indian education program is finally on the horizon.


Cherokee Nation chief candidate David Walkingstick fights to stay in race
Cherokee Nation chief candidate David Walkingstick fights to stay in race (May 20, 2019)

Citizens of the Cherokee Nation are choosing a new leader in less than two weeks.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation helps tribal citzens grow their businesses
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation helps tribal citzens grow their businesses (May 16, 2019)

Small businesses are our lifeline and represent a bright future for tribes in Oklahoma.


Bill John Baker: The Not Invisible Act is vital to the safety of Native women
Bill John Baker: The Not Invisible Act is vital to the safety of Native women (May 8, 2019)

Every Cherokee woman - every American Indian woman for that matter - has the absolute right to feel safe.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee high school attracts the best in Indian Country
Bill John Baker: Cherokee high school attracts the best in Indian Country (May 1, 2019)

Sequoyah High School remains the educational home for our youth and is a magnet for the best and brightest in Cherokee Nation and Indian Country.


Bill John Baker: Registry strives to record all Cherokee speakers
Bill John Baker: Registry strives to record all Cherokee speakers (April 23, 2019)

Without our language, we lose a significant part of our identity as Cherokee people.


Bill John Baker: Native students can show their cultural pride at graduation
Bill John Baker: Native students can show their cultural pride at graduation (April 16, 2019)

No Native student should ever be barred from wearing eagle feathers or displaying their cultural pride at graduation.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to grow our economy
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to grow our economy (April 8, 2019)

Cherokee Nation Businesses is not just the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, but for all of northeast Oklahoma.


Restrictive Oklahoma struck down for going against Indian Arts and Crafts Act
Restrictive Oklahoma struck down for going against Indian Arts and Crafts Act (April 1, 2019)

Citizens of state recognized tribes can once again sell their goods in Oklahoma without being fined or imprisoned.


Bill John Baker: Sister community program connects Cherokees across the country
Bill John Baker: Sister community program connects Cherokees across the country (April 1, 2019)

The Cherokee Nation helps foster connections between at-large Cherokee communities and nonprofit groups.


'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny
'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny (March 26, 2019)

An Indian Health Service pediatrician abused young patients on two reservations for years without being held accountable.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation helps college graduates show their pride
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation helps college graduates show their pride (March 25, 2019)

We have long believed that education is the springboard to a brighter future for our people.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation reflects on the end of the Trail of Tears
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation reflects on the end of the Trail of Tears (March 19, 2019)

As Cherokee people, we are stronger today than ever before.


Appeals court schedules lengthy hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Appeals court schedules lengthy hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case (March 11, 2019)

Arguments are taking place in a case that tribes say goes to the very heart of their sovereignty and their relationship with the United States.


Bill John Baker: Stand strong and stand up for our Native children
Bill John Baker: Stand strong and stand up for our Native children (March 11, 2019)

Our children are our hope, our strength and our future. They are not for the taking.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation celebrates the women who make us strong
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation celebrates the women who make us strong (March 4, 2019)

Cherokee Nation is a matrilineal tribe, and reverence for women is deeply rooted in our culture.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests in education and our young people
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests in education and our young people (February 25, 2019)

This year, the Cherokee Nation will award a record-breaking $5.7 million to public school districts in Oklahoma.


Bill John Baker: It's time for Oklahoma to celebrate Native American Day
Bill John Baker: It's time for Oklahoma to celebrate Native American Day (February 18, 2019)

Oklahoma’s rich identity is so closely tied to its Native heritage.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation aims to tell the stories of our people
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation aims to tell the stories of our people (February 11, 2019)

Telling the Cherokee story – our history, our heritage – is a skill that our people have passed down from one generation to the next.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation keeps language alive for future generations
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation keeps language alive for future generations (February 4, 2019)

Part of my sworn oath as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation is to preserve, promote and advance the language and culture of the Cherokee Nation.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to invest in education
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to invest in education (January 29, 2019)

In the Cherokee Nation, education is the foundation of our success. That has been true for generations.


Bill John Baker: Indian students will finally be counted thanks to new law
Bill John Baker: Indian students will finally be counted thanks to new law (January 18, 2019)

With the passage of the Johnson-O’Malley Modernization Act, we are poised to build a stronger future for the Cherokee Nation and for all of Indian Country.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation celebrates removal of nuclear waste
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation celebrates removal of nuclear waste (January 11, 2019)

I’m proud that Cherokee Nation took the lead in removing a risk that would have threatened our communities forever.


Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law
Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law (January 7, 2019)

A new federal law is a remedy for a huge injustice that has led to a devastating loss of land for the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole and Muscogee (Creek) Nations.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to support veterans
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to support veterans (December 14, 2018)

America’s veterans, including many Cherokee men and women, committed a portion of their lives to preserving our collective freedoms.


Bill John Baker: Saving our Cherokee language by identifying fluent speakers
Bill John Baker: Saving our Cherokee language by identifying fluent speakers (December 10, 2018)

If our language disappears, we will be without the core of the vibrant and thriving culture we share from generation to generation.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation in historic health partnership
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation in historic health partnership (December 3, 2018)

Oklahoma State University and the Cherokee Nation are changing the way America trains doctors.


Bill John Baker: Remembering the service of Cherokee Code Talkers
Bill John Baker: Remembering the service of Cherokee Code Talkers (November 9, 2018)

At Cherokee Nation we are adamant about honoring and paying respects to those who have fought for the liberties we enjoy every day and hold so dear.


Bill John Baker: Housing program helps Cherokees fulfill educational dreams
Bill John Baker: Housing program helps Cherokees fulfill educational dreams (October 31, 2018)

Lifting even one Cherokee student can have far-reaching effects.


Bill John Baker: Honoring and respecting our elders
Bill John Baker: Honoring and respecting our elders (October 8, 2018)

As Cherokees, our elders remain the foundation of our families and communities.


Judge strikes down Indian Child Welfare Act in contested ruling
Judge strikes down Indian Child Welfare Act in contested ruling (October 5, 2018)

Tribes are preparing for a big battle after a federal judge struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act in a case many believe is headed to the Supreme Court.


Bill John Baker: Paying our respect to military veterans
Bill John Baker: Paying our respect to military veterans (September 25, 2018)

Cherokee Nation has always revered and honored our Cherokee warriors, the brave men and women willing to fight for our nation and our freedom.


'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action
'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action (September 13, 2018)

Indian Country saw a busy day on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers passing four bills as tribal leaders discussed major issues and controversies.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation shares story of our survival
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation shares story of our survival (September 10, 2018)

From ancient traditions to forced removal and assimilation to survival and to self-determination, the Cherokee Nation’s strong sense of identity and governance are undeniable.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation aims for 'biggest and best' holiday
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation aims for 'biggest and best' holiday (August 17, 2018)

As we honor our heritage and culture, we know Cherokee National Holiday is about coming home for many attendees.


Bill John Baker: Building a brighter future for the Cherokee Nation
Bill John Baker: Building a brighter future for the Cherokee Nation (July 30, 2018)

The entirety of this land was once ours, and it is a joy to return one piece of land to the Cherokee people.


Cherokee Nation acquires historic site by Trail of Tears landmark
Cherokee Nation acquires historic site by Trail of Tears landmark (July 12, 2018)

The Cherokee Nation is protecting a historic site from development and rebuilding its land base in Oklahoma.


Bill John Baker: Tara Sweeney a 'strong voice' for Indian Country
Bill John Baker: Tara Sweeney a 'strong voice' for Indian Country (July 10, 2018)

The Cherokee Nation looks forward to working with Tara Sweeney on issues important to Indian Country.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect Native women and children
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect Native women and children (June 18, 2018)

Native women suffer from violent crime at some of the highest rates in the United States.


Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill
Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill (June 13, 2018)

A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy.


Bill John Baker: Young Cherokees take part in annual Trail of Tears ride
Bill John Baker: Young Cherokees take part in annual Trail of Tears ride (June 1, 2018)

Each summer, a group of young Cherokees team up and retrace on bicycle the Trail of Tears, our ancestors' removal route from our homelands in the east.


Bill John Baker: Johnson-O'Malley education program needs full funding
Bill John Baker: Johnson-O'Malley education program needs full funding (May 2, 2018)

At Cherokee Nation, we strive to ensure every Indian child in our 14-county service area receives the educational opportunities they deserve.


Cherokee Nation promotes citizen to top job within health department
Cherokee Nation promotes citizen to top job within health department (April 12, 2018)

The Cherokee Nation has promoted one of its own to lead the tribe's growing health enterprise.


Bill John Baker: Celebrate our culture at annual Cherokee Days festival
Bill John Baker: Celebrate our culture at annual Cherokee Days festival (April 9, 2018)

The Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians are again collaborating for the fifth annual Cherokee Days


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation connects citizens to their culture
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation connects citizens to their culture (March 30, 2018)

The strength of the Cherokee Nation resides in our people.