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Cherokee Nation promotes citizen to top job within health department
Health | National
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.

Bill John Baker: Celebrate our culture at annual Cherokee Days festival
Opinion
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
Opinion
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
Education | Opinion
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.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation moves court system into new home
Law | Opinion
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
Health | Opinion
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
Education | Opinion
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.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation honors legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Opinion
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.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation takes the lead in embracing green energy solutions
Environment | Opinion
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
Opinion
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
Opinion
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
Business | Opinion
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.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation shares more than $444K with public schools
Education | Opinion
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.

Cherokee Nation accepts court ruling and welcomes Freedmen for citizenship
Law | Opinion | Politics
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.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation welcomes all to annual holiday in Oklahoma
Opinion
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.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation battles opioid epidemic among our people
Health | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation battles opioid epidemic among our people (August 2, 2017)
The opioid epidemic is ripping apart families, straining our tribal resources and wreaking havoc across the Cherokee Nation.

Cherokee Nation details devastating impacts of opioid crisis in Oklahoma
Health | Law | National
Cherokee Nation details devastating impacts of opioid crisis in Oklahoma (July 25, 2017)
The Cherokee Nation is defending its right to pursue drug companies and drug stores for flooding its homeland with prescription opioids.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation strives for excellence in health care
Health | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation strives for excellence in health care (June 13, 2017)
Our doctors take care of us, and we should celebrate their efforts and help patients better understand a physician’s sacrifice and dedication, Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker writes.

Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education
Education | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education (June 8, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior wants a 'candid conversation' about Indian education but it apparently doesn't include more funding.

Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings
Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings (May 17, 2017)
Lawmakers who control the federal government's spending levels are continuing to focus on Indian Country.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation makes $2B impact on economy
Business | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation makes $2B impact on economy (May 1, 2017)
Today, more than ever, the Cherokee Nation is an essential part of the economic fabric of our great state

Cherokee Nation donates a record $5M to public school districts
Education
Cherokee Nation donates a record $5M to public school districts (March 29, 2017)
The tribe shares 38 percent of revenues with 107 school districts in its 14-county jurisdictional area in Oklahoma.

Bill John Baker: Woman play important roles in Cherokee Nation
Opinion
Bill John Baker: Woman play important roles in Cherokee Nation (March 27, 2017)
Historically, the Cherokee Nation has been a matriarchal society and has always looked to strong women for guidance and leadership

Bill John Baker: A new day for the Cherokee Nation on health care
Health | Opinion
Bill John Baker: A new day for the Cherokee Nation on health care (March 13, 2017)
We have worked aggressively to improve access to quality health care and the wellness of our tribe, both individually and collectively.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect our natural resources
Environment | Law | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect our natural resources (February 27, 2017)
We will not stand idly by and let a private company unilaterally determine the future of two important rivers and the safety of the Cherokee community.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation seeks justice for broken treaties
Law | Opinion | Trust
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation seeks justice for broken treaties (December 20, 2016)
Lawsuits by nature are adversarial, but this is a chance for the government of the United States to do what is right.

Cherokee Nation files breach of trust lawsuit against federal government
Law | National | Trust
Cherokee Nation files breach of trust lawsuit against federal government (November 28, 2016)
Citing dozens of treaties and agreements dating to the late 1700s, the tribe said it has never been provided with a proper accounting of its trust funds.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye endorses Hillary Clinton
National | Politics
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye endorses Hillary Clinton (October 21, 2016)
The tribe's leader also took a big shot at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Obama administration asks tribes about infrastructure projects
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Obama administration asks tribes about infrastructure projects (September 23, 2016)
The #NoDAPL movement is forcing federal agencies to re-examine their handling of large projects.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests in needs of communities in Oklahoma
Business | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests in needs of communities in Oklahoma (August 30, 2016)
When our businesses are doing well, so are our people, our communities and our state.

School starts at #NoDAPL camp as pipeline resistance digs in for long haul
Education | Environment | Law | National
School starts at #NoDAPL camp as pipeline resistance digs in for long haul (August 29, 2016)
The Defenders of the Water School held its first classes at the Camp of the Sacred Stones as the #NoDAPL movement continues.

Indian Country makes presence known at Democratic convention
National | Politics
Indian Country makes presence known at Democratic convention (July 26, 2016)
Whether it was a hospitality tent hosted by the Cherokee Nation or meetings among American Indian and Alaska Native delegates, Democrats expressed pride in their prominent roles within the party.

Bill John Baker: An endorsement for Hillary Clinton for president
Opinion | Politics
Bill John Baker: An endorsement for Hillary Clinton for president (July 20, 2016)
As President, Hillary Clinton will continue an active dialogue with tribal governments.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation hosts Reservation Economic Summit
Business | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation hosts Reservation Economic Summit (July 6, 2016)
RES Oklahoma will bring together tribal leaders, elected officials, industry leaders and the American Indian business community to collaborate and network in an innovative and entrepreneurial atmosphere.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation in need of more foster families
Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation in need of more foster families (June 21, 2016)
The work of our Cherokee foster parents, child welfare workers and advocates is near and dear to my heart.

Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12
Law | National
Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12 (June 15, 2016)
Tribes and tribal organizations say the new regulations will help prevent the breakup of families in their communities.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation fights opioid abuse in Oklahoma
Health | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation fights opioid abuse in Oklahoma (June 13, 2016)
We have a crisis in Oklahoma and throughout Indian Country, and we must raise awareness of the issue.

Bill John Baker: Oklahoma tribes back bill to protect Indian artists from frauds
Arts & Entertainment | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Oklahoma tribes back bill to protect Indian artists from frauds (April 18, 2016)
It’s critical for us as Indian people to ensure Indian art is truly created by enrolled citizens of federally recognized tribes.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation partners with Indian Health Service
Health | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation partners with Indian Health Service (March 7, 2016)
It was a historic achievement for the Cherokee Nation as the tribe negotiated, finalized and signed a Joint Venture Construction Program agreement with Indian Health Service.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests in our people's wellbeing
Education | Health | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests in our people's wellbeing (February 8, 2016)
When you look closely at what Cherokee Nation and all tribal governments in Oklahoma are doing, you will see we are fighting poverty, expanding business, creating jobs and offering better health care. =

Tribes awarded $5.9M to combat homelessness among veterans
National
Tribes awarded $5.9M to combat homelessness among veterans (January 8, 2016)
The 26 tribal recipients will be able to meet the specific needs of their warriors by providing them with rental vouchers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and services from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Cherokee Nation working to prosecute non-Indians under VAWA
Law | National
Cherokee Nation working to prosecute non-Indians under VAWA (January 7, 2016)
The largest tribe in the United States is close to meeting the requirements of the landmark 2013 law, a senior official said.

Bill John Baker: The Indian Child Welfare Act remains under attack
Law | Opinion
Bill John Baker: The Indian Child Welfare Act remains under attack (January 6, 2016)
Thirty-seven years ago, the federal government passed a law to keep Indian children safe.

USET leader criticizes GOP lawmakers for handling of Indian issues
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
USET leader criticizes GOP lawmakers for handling of Indian issues (December 8, 2015)
United South and Eastern Tribes President Brian Patterson testified against the Tribal Recognition Act, a bill that strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its ability to recognize tribes.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation children deserve loving homes
Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation children deserve loving homes (December 3, 2015)
This time of year let’s keep in mind those Cherokee children that need a loving, nurturing home.

Cherokee Nation opens doors to $10M health center addition
Health
Cherokee Nation opens doors to $10M health center addition (October 15, 2015)
The Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center, one of the heaviest used facilities, is now nearly double the size.

Cherokee Nation Council adopts largest budget in tribal history
National | Politics
Cherokee Nation Council adopts largest budget in tribal history (September 16, 2015)
The $767 million budget provides $35 million in increases for health, education and other programs.

Bill John Baker: New era of opportunity on the Cherokee Nation
Opinion
Bill John Baker: New era of opportunity on the Cherokee Nation (August 10, 2015)
During the next four years, I believe you will see tremendous positive changes for the Cherokee Nation—better than anything you’ve witnessed before.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation puts citizens back to work
Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation puts citizens back to work (July 24, 2015)
Cherokee Nation was the only tribal government to join 32 other state governments in receiving the DOL’s Jobs Driven National Emergency Grant funding.

Bill John Baker: Health care is top priority for Cherokee Nation
Opinion
Bill John Baker: Health care is top priority for Cherokee Nation (July 13, 2015)
The most important issue for our future, bar none, is access to quality health care.

Cherokee Nation certifies results of election for top positions
Politics
Cherokee Nation certifies results of election for top positions (July 1, 2015)
Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden secured majority votes so run-offs aren't necessary.

Bill John Baker wins re-election as leader of Cherokee Nation
National | Politics
Bill John Baker wins re-election as leader of Cherokee Nation (June 29, 2015)
The incumbent chief secured 52.66 percent of the vote, easily beating three other challengers.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation students keep our language alive
Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation students keep our language alive (June 16, 2015)
Members of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council have accepted the White House’s Generation Indigenous challenge to Indian Country to improve lives and increase opportunities for Native youth.

Bill John Baker: Compact upholds Cherokee Nation treaty rights
Environment | Law | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Compact upholds Cherokee Nation treaty rights (June 4, 2015)
For millennia, we Cherokees have provided for our families by hunting and fishing the lands.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation building for a brighter future
Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation building for a brighter future (May 19, 2015)
Business is booming in the Cherokee Nation. What we didn’t expect was to what extent our economic footprint had grown—by more than 50 percent over the last four years.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation language programs are working
Education | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation language programs are working (April 22, 2015)
Part of my sworn oath as principal chief is to preserve, promote and advance the language and culture of the Cherokee Nation.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation improves notification system
Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation improves notification system (March 3, 2015)
This week Cherokee Nation used its new phone messaging system that sends a voicemail and/or text message to employees with cell phones in the event of severe weather or an emergency.

Cherokee Nation chief faces at least four challengers in election
Politics
Cherokee Nation chief faces at least four challengers in election (February 27, 2015)
The election takes place June 27 and a run-off, if necessary, will be held July 25.

Bill John Baker: Sharing the Cherokee Nation's story of success
Opinion
Bill John Baker: Sharing the Cherokee Nation's story of success (February 24, 2015)
As Chief of the Cherokee Nation, I am proud of the progress we are making for our citizens and for all of Oklahoma.

Chief of Cherokee Nation won't be prosecuted for pigeon shoot
Law | National | Politics
Chief of Cherokee Nation won't be prosecuted for pigeon shoot (January 9, 2015)
Chief Bill John Baker apologized for attending the event in which live pigeons were thrown in the air and shot down.

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