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Cherokee Nation regains access to $40M in housing funds





The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma once again has access to federal housing funds.

As part of a court order, the tribe agreed to reinstate the Freedmen, who are the descendants of former slaves. As a result, the Department of Housing and Urban Development said it would release nearly $40 million to the tribe.

"We are pleased that in the second week of our term, we've managed to work with the federal government to have this money released," newly inaugurate Chief Bill John Baker said in a statement, the Associated Press reported. "It's important we have that money so we can better take care of our people.".

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Feds give Cherokee Nation $39 million in funds that were frozen over freedmen election issue (AP 10/28)
$33 million in housing funding released to Cherokees (The Tulsa World 10/28)
$33 million in housing funding released to Cherokees (The Tulsa World 10/28)

Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Decisions:
Vann v. Salazar (October 11, 2011)
Cherokee Nation Registrar v. Nash (August 22, 2011)

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