Working in solidarity means we can better protect our self-governance. By sharing best practices and successful ideas, we can do more good for all our citizens and our state. We have a long and successful history of forging partnerships and building coalitions that improve the lives of all Oklahomans. Collaboration at the Inter-Tribal Council goes beyond tribal leaders. The organization also brings together tribal councilors and employees of the member tribes. We all benefit by being involved and are able to celebrate in the achievements of the participating tribal governments. All of us, together, promote positive agendas at the federal and state levels. Resolutions approved by the Inter-Tribal Council establish a unified message for our tribes that is more powerful than any of us would be on our own. Founded in 1949, it is one of the oldest and largest tribal organizations in America. A longstanding spirit of unity defines the council, and today it is as relevant and important as ever, maybe more so, as we stand united on critical issues facing our sovereign governments. Enemies of our tribal sovereignty will always attempt to divide us, but when we work together, we leverage resources to help even more people, including our non-Native neighbors. In Oklahoma, we have the largest concentration of Native people in the U.S., and our tribal governments are strong. Individually, each of our tribes is doing positive things for elders, youth and our communities. This benefits not only our tribal citizens, but all of Oklahoma.
Congrats to Principal Chief @ChuckHoskin_Jr for being elected President of Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes, which unites the tribal governments of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), and Seminole Nations, representing more than 750,000 Citizens. pic.twitter.com/8xv9C7BdYe— CherokeeNation (@CherokeeNation) January 10, 2020
I look forward to leading this essential organization in 2020, knowing the leaders of the Five Tribes believe in protecting our tribal rights. We remain united on important issues, including government-to-government relationships, compact discussions, economic development, budget issues, cultural preservation and access to quality health care for everyone. Through the Inter-Tribal Council, we will continue to work in a spirit of cooperation and build progressive outcomes. The strength of the tribes is one of Oklahoma's greatest assets, and the Inter-Tribal Council makes us even stronger.
Chuck Hoskin Jr. is the 18th elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, the largest Indian tribe in the United States. He is only the second elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from Vinita, the first being Thomas Buffington, who served from 1899-1903. Prior to being elected Principal Chief, Hoskin served as the tribe’s Secretary of State. He also formerly served as a member of the Council of the Cherokee Nation, representing District 11 for six years.