With the infusion of $7 million, we are expanding our GED program to offer online instruction for tribal citizens seeking a high school diploma. We are also expanding our summer youth employment program and extending the completion date through December, because so many teens were unable to work summer months due to COVID-19. With the program extension, high school and college students will have more opportunity to earn income while in school. We have increased funding to our tribal training program, formerly known as “Day Work.” Participants of the program receive payment to help with emergency necessities such as gasoline, groceries and utility bills. To help fill the growing demand for remote health positions, we are increasing our focus on areas such as telemedicine and health IT technicians. Additionally, we have expanded tuition assistance by $1 million for tribal citizens who are interested in classes via a Career Tech center. These programs are available for a wide range of career fields, including many tracks that can be completed by the end of the year, such as construction, truck driving, welding and health care. We will also have a technology enhancement grant available for many of these career trade students. Finally, our work experience program, which gives citizens a chance to get on-the -job training and transition into full employment with Cherokee Nation, its entities and partners, will get a financial boost. These expanded opportunities will now help more Cherokees gain employment during this difficult time. They will also improve the economic health of our whole region. Recovering the economy is essential for protecting our communities and our mental and physical health.
🎉Congratulations to Sequoyah High School Class of 2020! Sequoyah High School safely celebrated its graduating seniors with a virtual commencement ceremony w/ only grads in attendance.— CherokeeNation (@CherokeeNation) August 1, 2020
Visit our Facebook page to view all photos from last nights ceremony: https://t.co/c9DsbyKt7e pic.twitter.com/wWvdtPN1GX
With so much uncertainty around how long it will take the economy to fully return to pre-COVID-19 levels, Oklahoma’s tribal and state leaders must provide relief and a direction forward. By investing in our workforce, we help our citizens develop the skills needed for the future. This moment is extremely difficult, but it can also be an opportunity to jumpstart a long-term career. If you are a Cherokee looking for new career opportunities during this critical time, I encourage you to contact the Cherokee Nation Career Services department at 918-453-5555 to learn more about the right program for you.
"Respond, Recover and Rebuild": The Cherokee Nation announced a $332 million spending plan for the tribe's first portion of #CARESAct funding. @CherokeeNation @ChuckHoskin_Jr #Coronavirus #CoronavirusReliefFund #COVID19 https://t.co/0peXB22qAs— indianz.com (@indianz) June 3, 2020
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.