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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.


Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision
Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision (June 4, 2019)

It's been more than six months since oral arguments in a closely-watched tribal case but who's counting?


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.


Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket (May 28, 2019)

It looks like Indian Country can rest easy for now, with no new cases added to the U.S. Supreme Court's docket.


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.


Tim Giago: Paying tribute to the warrior women of Indian Country
Tim Giago: Paying tribute to the warrior women of Indian Country (April 24, 2019)

Warrior women worked within the system, did not advocate for violence, and yet brought about many positive changes in 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.


Cherokee Nation 'extremely disappointed' with decision on state arts law
Cherokee Nation 'extremely disappointed' with decision on state arts law (April 8, 2019)

The Cherokee Nation supported a state law that required 'Indian' art to be produced by citizens of federally recognized tribes.


Margaret Swimmer, former first lady of Cherokee Nation, passes on
Margaret Swimmer, former first lady of Cherokee Nation, passes on (April 5, 2019)

Margaret Swimmer, the wife of former Cherokee Nation Chief Ross Swimmer, passed away on April 1. She was 75.


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.


Oklahoma Watch: Indian Country left behind in economic development initiative
Oklahoma Watch: Indian Country left behind in economic development initiative (March 27, 2019)

Tribes have been left out of a major part of a new federal tax incentive, with their governments unable to support projects in some of the nation’s poorest areas.


'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.


'What she say, it be law': Tribes protected their women before being stripped of sovereignty
'What she say, it be law': Tribes protected their women before being stripped of sovereignty (March 25, 2019)

Native women are changing the narrative as they continue to secure safety for their sisters.


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.


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.