New building projects meet emergency needs, make Cherokee communities stronger
Another needed initiative is the continued growth of food security efforts for vulnerable citizens. New construction, along with expansion and renovation of current community buildings, increases our ability to store food and host healthy food giveaway events, something we are now doing almost daily across the Cherokee Nation reservation. Even before the pandemic, too many Cherokee families struggled with food insecurity, and the problem became even more pronounced this year. Our new investments will help get us through the current situation and will address future needs that arise. We fought hard to get our fair share of federal CARES Act funding. Because Cherokee Nation is a responsible government, we are using that funding to meet critical needs for our citizens and communities in northeast Oklahoma. I can’t think of a better use of those dollars than providing jobs and safety equipment, making sure our elders have plenty of healthy food, creating space for our employees to safely do their jobs without risk of being infected, and providing accessible health care near our Tahlequah headquarters that can treat a variety of illnesses and offer COVID-19 testing. Our citizens and our communities are the foundation of our great tribal nation. Like others across the globe, we have experienced devastating hardships in the past year. We are coming together and looking out for the Cherokee people and our neighbors, and we will all emerge even stronger.
Last weekend, the #CherokeeNation held its virtual 68th annual Cherokee National Holiday which included several online events as well as the inaugural Drive-In Movie Nights.— CherokeeNation (@CherokeeNation) September 11, 2020
We caught up with Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and others at Cherokee Premiere Night to talk about the event! pic.twitter.com/She9uY2lhF
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.
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