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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.


Cronkite News: New NFL coach eases Cherokee player onto field
Cronkite News: New NFL coach eases Cherokee player onto field (April 11, 2018)

Being a head coach in the NFL demands more than just teaching the X’s and O’s of the game.


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.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation takes lead in rewarding teachers
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation takes lead in rewarding teachers (March 14, 2018)

As the Chief of the Cherokee Nation and the son of public schoolteachers, it has troubled me to see the inaction at the state level as teachers across our great state struggle.


Oscars see a bit of diversity on stage with Native presenter and performance
Oscars see a bit of diversity on stage with Native presenter and performance (March 5, 2018)

Hollywood isn't a place where Native Americans will find a lot of opportunities but some signs of change were seen during the industry's biggest night of the year.


Mark Trahant: Native woman joins record year with run for Congress
Mark Trahant: Native woman joins record year with run for Congress (March 5, 2018)

Is it a record year for Native women running for Congress? It sure looks to be so.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation moves court system into new home
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation moves court system into new home (March 1, 2018)

With so many people visiting the tribal complex each year, the new court space should alleviate congestion for both employees and tribal citizens.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation makes strides in health care system
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation makes strides in health care system (February 21, 2018)

Cherokee Nation Health Services offers our citizens some of the best care available in Indian Country.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to preserve our language
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to preserve our language (January 30, 2018)

Preserving the Cherokee language is preserving Cherokee identity, as the heritage and traditions of the tribe are rooted in our language.


Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle secures U.S. Artists Award
Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle secures U.S. Artists Award (January 22, 2018)

Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, has won a $50,000 United States Artists Award.


Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court
Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court (January 17, 2018)

The opioid epidemic has hit Indian Country hard and tribes are looking for ways to hold drug companies accountable by going to court.


Mary Kathryn Nagle debuts 'Sovereignty' play at theater in nation's capital
Mary Kathryn Nagle debuts 'Sovereignty' play at theater in nation's capital (January 17, 2018)

A new play by Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, shares an intensely personal story.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation honors legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation honors legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. (January 9, 2018)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a remarkable advocate for equality for all people of color in America, including Indian Country.


Cherokee Nation seeks to hold drug companies accountable for opioid epidemic
Cherokee Nation seeks to hold drug companies accountable for opioid epidemic (December 18, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation is attempting to hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable for the opioid epidemic in northeastern Oklahoma but the tribe's lawsuit may never get off the ground.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation takes the lead in embracing green energy solutions
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation takes the lead in embracing green energy solutions (December 12, 2017)

We have embraced ideas that look to the future and how we can be better stewards for our children and for the earth.


Bill John Baker: Boys and Girls Clubs prepare our young Cherokee Nation citizens
Bill John Baker: Boys and Girls Clubs prepare our young Cherokee Nation citizens (November 29, 2017)

For the future of the Cherokee Nation, one of the most important things we can do for our youth is ensure we provide ample opportunities for them to grow mentally and physically in a safe and nurturing environment.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation takes time to honor veteran brothers and sisters
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation takes time to honor veteran brothers and sisters (November 8, 2017)

As Cherokees, we respect and admire any man or woman who has donned a uniform and made sacrifices to defend America’s freedoms.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation committed to improving economic opportunities
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation committed to improving economic opportunities (October 31, 2017)

Last year, the Cherokee Nation had a financial impact of more than $2 billion in our great state of Oklahoma.


House subcommittee schedules hearing on bill affecting Indian land in Oklahoma
House subcommittee schedules hearing on bill affecting Indian land in Oklahoma (October 3, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking testimony on three tribal bills, including one of significant interest in Oklahoma.


Cherokee Nation sends eight veterans to Washington on 4th annual Warrior Flight
Cherokee Nation sends eight veterans to Washington on 4th annual Warrior Flight (September 26, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation has sent eight veterans who fought in three wars to Washington, D.C., on its fourth annual Cherokee Warrior Flight.


Secretary of Health and Human Services took private plane to tribal meetings
Secretary of Health and Human Services took private plane to tribal meetings (September 25, 2017)

The Indian Health Service remains woefully underfunded but taxpayers have been footing the costs of Secretary Tom Price's private jet travel.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation shares more than $444K with public schools
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation shares more than $444K with public schools (September 21, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation is proud to provide additional financial assistance to public schools in northeast Oklahoma, especially during this era of declining budgets across the state.


Secretary of Health and Human Services continues outreach in Indian Country
Secretary of Health and Human Services continues outreach in Indian Country (September 19, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of Health and Human Services is in Oklahoma this week to meet with tribes and learn more about their health care efforts.


Cherokee baseball player Koda Glover sits out rest of season with shoulder injury
Cherokee baseball player Koda Glover sits out rest of season with shoulder injury (September 14, 2017)

Cherokee baseball player Koda Glover is out for the rest of the season, only a year after making his debut with the Washington Nationals.


Jenni Monet: Decision in Cherokee Freedmen case offers opportunity for healing
Jenni Monet: Decision in Cherokee Freedmen case offers opportunity for healing (September 7, 2017)

A landmark decision offers opportunity for healing between descendants of slaveholders and slaves, Jenni Monet writes on YES! Magazine.


Alaina Roberts: Freedmen dispute was really about blood quantum and race
Alaina Roberts: Freedmen dispute was really about blood quantum and race (September 7, 2017)

As the Cherokee Freedmen celebrate a long-overdue court victory, Alaina Roberts reflects on the struggle over blood and belonging in tribal communities.


Cherokee Nation accepts court ruling and welcomes Freedmen for citizenship
Cherokee Nation accepts court ruling and welcomes Freedmen for citizenship (September 5, 2017)

Chief Bill John Baker welcomed the descendants of former slaves within the Cherokee Nation, noting their ancestors were also forced to walk the Trail of Tears.


Freedmen win landmark ruling confirming right to Cherokee Nation citizenship
Freedmen win landmark ruling confirming right to Cherokee Nation citizenship (August 30, 2017)

The descendants of former slaves held within the Cherokee Nation are entitled to tribal citizenship, a federal judge has ruled.


Donald Trump supporter 'Michael the Black Man' offers odd views on Cherokee Nation and slavery
Donald Trump supporter 'Michael the Black Man' offers odd views on Cherokee Nation and slavery (August 23, 2017)

A fervent supporter of President Donald Trump is drawing attention on social media and in news outlets for his bizarre and unfounded claims about the origins of slavery in America.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation welcomes all to annual holiday in Oklahoma
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation welcomes all to annual holiday in Oklahoma (August 23, 2017)

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker invites all to celebrate the tribe's people, history and culture at its annual holiday.


Cherokee Nation ready to move forward with opioid lawsuit in tribal court system
Cherokee Nation ready to move forward with opioid lawsuit in tribal court system (August 10, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation is ready to proceed with a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry, the tribe's top legal official said.