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Stateline: Indian Child Welfare Act likely headed to Supreme Court
Stateline: Indian Child Welfare Act likely headed to Supreme Court (March 19, 2019)

For the first time, states have sued to overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.


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.


'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court
'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court (March 14, 2019)

Tribal leaders are expressing hope after judges on a federal appeals court questioned the attacks on the Indian Child Welfare Act.


Indian Country asks appeals court to protect #NativeChildren in critical case
Indian Country asks appeals court to protect #NativeChildren in critical case (March 13, 2019)

A closely watched court case will determine whether the Indian Child Welfare Act lives to see another day.


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.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Many of us are rooting for Elizabeth Warren as president
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Many of us are rooting for Elizabeth Warren as president (February 18, 2019)

Elizabeth Warren is a brilliant lawyer and an outstanding senator. Whether she is a Cherokee is debatable.


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.


Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up
Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up (February 7, 2019)

The Indian Child Welfare Act is under attack and tribes are pushing back after conservative and Christian groups joined the battle.


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.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country and the 2020 presidential race
Mark Trahant: Indian Country and the 2020 presidential race (February 1, 2019)

Presidential elections are a policy debate, so how about one that includes Native American voices?


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.


Tribal nations present united front in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Tribal nations present united front in Indian Child Welfare Act case (January 22, 2019)

A battle to save the Indian Child Welfare Act is shaping up to be one of the most consequential court cases in recent history.


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.


The Conversation: Indigenous voices ignored in Elizabeth Warren debate
The Conversation: Indigenous voices ignored in Elizabeth Warren debate (January 9, 2019)

Cherokee and indigenous peoples have spoken out about Elizabeth Warren case, though they have largely been ignored in the larger media narrative.


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.


Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down
Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down (December 14, 2018)

Time is running out for tribes to see action on their legislative agenda as lawmakers prepare to wrap up the 115th session of Congress.


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.


Court puts hold on controversial Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Court puts hold on controversial Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (December 4, 2018)

Tribes will have to move quickly to save the Indian Child Welfare Act from being invalidated across the nation.


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.


Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing (November 13, 2018)

Tribal leaders from Arizona, North Dakota and Oklahoma are testifying in support of bills that affect their communities.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing (November 12, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work after the historic mid-term election.


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.


Election Day: #NativeVote18 races to watch across the nation
Election Day: #NativeVote18 races to watch across the nation (November 6, 2018)

Election Day is finally here and Native candidates across the nation are hoping to secure victory at the polls in what has become a landmark year for the Native vote.


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.


Two Native American geneticists interpret Elizabeth Warren's DNA test
Two Native American geneticists interpret Elizabeth Warren's DNA test (October 23, 2018)

Elizabeth Warren's decision to release the results of a DNA analysis was a political ploy.


National Congress of American Indians suspends highest-ranking staffer
National Congress of American Indians suspends highest-ranking staffer (October 22, 2018)

A #MeToo outcry has sidelined the long-serving executive director of the National Congress of American Indians on the eve of a milestone convention.


Cherokee Nation upset after Sen. Warren releases results of DNA test
Cherokee Nation upset after Sen. Warren releases results of DNA test (October 15, 2018)

Is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) really Native American? Her campaign says DNA results prove she is.


Man from 'Northern Cherokee Nation' landed $7.6 million in government contracts
Man from 'Northern Cherokee Nation' landed $7.6 million in government contracts (October 15, 2018)

The Northern Cherokee Nation isn't considered legitimate but federal contracting officials apparently don't care.


Cherokee author named to shortlist for National Book Award
Cherokee author named to shortlist for National Book Award (October 10, 2018)

Brandon Hobson is among the five finalists for National Book Award in fiction.


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.


Indian Country outraged by decision in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Indian Country outraged by decision in Indian Child Welfare Act case (October 8, 2018)

A federal judge's decision to strike down the Indian Child Welfare Act continues to draw strong reactions.


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.


'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case
'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case (September 27, 2018)

Tribes across the nation, advocates for Native women and a bipartisan group of former federal prosecutors are taking a stand in one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases in recent history.


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.


Two Native authors among finalists for National Book Award
Two Native authors among finalists for National Book Award (September 14, 2018)

Two Native authors, including one who has won widespread praise for his debut work, are among the finalists for the National Book Award.


'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.


Another Native vote first with two tribal citizens on ballot
Another Native vote first with two tribal citizens on ballot (August 29, 2018)

Voters in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District will make a historic choice this November, with two Cherokee citizens on the ballot.


'We are still here': Advocates seek support for Native languages
'We are still here': Advocates seek support for Native languages (August 23, 2018)

Generations of government assimilation programs left Native Americans 'robbed of the ability to speak our own language,' one advocate said.


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.


Cherokee scientist Mary Ross finally gains widespread attention
Cherokee scientist Mary Ross finally gains widespread attention (August 9, 2018)

Mary Golda Ross, the great-great granddaughter of a Cherokee chief, was the first Native woman to work as an aerospace engineer.


News reports link Rep. Markwayne Mullin to indicted member of Congress
News reports link Rep. Markwayne Mullin to indicted member of Congress (August 8, 2018)

A criminal indictment of a fellow lawmaker is putting Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, back in the news.


Another Native woman advances in historic year for Native candidates
Another Native woman advances in historic year for Native candidates (August 8, 2018)

Another Native woman is making history after winning her primary for a U.S. Congress seat in Kansas.


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.


Poll shows Cherokee citizen in tie for governor's race in Oklahoma
Poll shows Cherokee citizen in tie for governor's race in Oklahoma (July 30, 2018)

Kevin Stitt could make history as Oklahoma's first Native American governor.


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.


Cherokee Nation hospital tests patients for infectious diseases after lapse in protocol
Cherokee Nation hospital tests patients for infectious diseases after lapse in protocol (June 12, 2018)

The Cherokee Nation has fired a nurse who broke protocol by reusing syringes at an Indian Health Service facility in Oklahoma.


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.


Cherokee Nation sees success with 'trailblazing' program for hepatitis C
Cherokee Nation sees success with 'trailblazing' program for hepatitis C (May 16, 2018)

The Cherokee Nation is reducing hepatitis C among its citizens, reporting a 90 percent cure rate for those testing positive.


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.


Albert Bender: Paying tribute to great Cherokee leader Dragging Canoe
Albert Bender: Paying tribute to great Cherokee leader Dragging Canoe (April 13, 2018)

Dragging Canoe led the Indigenous forces and almost wiped out the first white settlement in Middle Tennessee.


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.


Navajo Nation joins parade of tribal lawsuits targeting opioid industry
Navajo Nation joins parade of tribal lawsuits targeting opioid industry (April 11, 2018)

What started off as a single lawsuit has turned into a full-blown movement in Indian Country against the opioid industry.