The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council handed a decision Monday requesting a three way partnership between Cherokee Nation Schooling Companies and the Bureau of Indian Schooling to fund Sequoyah Excessive College, and heard from Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Cherokee Nation Companies CEO Chuck Garrett on gaming and authorized points.

Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd mentioned it might be much like the tribe’s Indian Well being Companies three way partnership.

“That is proposing a three way partnership with BIE for Sequoyah Excessive College to enhance varied initiatives up there,” mentioned Byrd. “The chief and I’ve had this dialogue, so we nonetheless want some extra enter and possibly some visits to Washington, D.C., to make this occur.”

The request dovetails the tribe’s hope to safe staffing, operational, renovation and building funding for enlargement of the highschool and different training companies.

Throughout his State of the Nation deal with, Hoskin up to date the council on the quarterly assembly of the Inter-Tribal Council of the 5 Civilized Tribes, throughout which Hoskin mentioned solidarity amongst Oklahoma tribes on the gaming compact dispute with Gov. Kevin Stitt is obvious. He additionally talked about the tribe has, together with the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations, filed a lawsuit asking a federal court docket to find out whether or not the compact robotically renewed originally of the yr.

“Each tribe that engages in gaming on this state agrees we’re heading in the right direction collectively, and that is good, as a result of there’s energy in our numbers, and finally it is going to be the most effective for our folks and, in truth, it might be finest for all 4 million Oklahomans if the tribes’ place is finally upheld,” mentioned Hoskin.

The continuing authorized battle with Stitt has reportedly generated bills from CNB. Garrett mentioned the bills are associated to the advertising marketing campaign it has created with the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations – United For Oklahoma, which is utilized by the tribes to unfold their message on the gaming compact.

Garrett mentioned CNB had one other non-recurring expense associated to gaming {efforts} in Arkansas. He mentioned the Arkansas Racing Fee “inappropriately opened a second utility window” for a on line casino license in Pope County, Arkansas.

“We now have revised and up to date our utility, and it is going to be resubmitted this week per the invitation of the fee. We’re {looking} ahead to establishing that we’re, in truth, the one certified applicant for the license in Arkansas,” mentioned Garrett. “We’re the one applicant that has acquired the required endorsement of the county {officials}. We have additionally acquired a decision of welcoming from the town council, declaring their willingness and talent to ship the utilities we have to develop a first-class facility that we intend to develop.”

Garrett added there have been “some judicial proceedings” associated to the Arkansas gaming license wherein CNB is just not a defendant, however has intervened in to make sure the tribe’s voice is heard.

Six extra college students have graduated from the CN Grasp Apprentice Language Program, and Hoskin highlighted the tribe’s continued dedication to preserving the Cherokee language by discussing a brand new partnership with Rogers State College. The 2 entities agreed to launch a televised language course.

“I respect the management off Councilor Taylor and Councilor [Keith] Austin in brining us a possibility to accomplice with RSU in means that not solely brings Cherokee language lessons to college students of Roger State College, however due to the best way wherein it’s performed and produces, it’s a high-quality product that folks can entry, in truth, everywhere in the world by means of RSU’s YouTube channel,” mentioned Hoskin.

The chief will probably be making a go to to New Orleans Jan. 22 to indicate help for the Indian Youngster Welfare Act to be upheld as constitutional within the Fifth Circuit Court docket of Appeals. The act was a beforehand struck down by a district choose after which reversed by a three-judge panel.

“There’s a rehearing, and it’s a essential second, I believe, within the Indian Youngster Welfare Act,” mentioned Hoskin.

What’s subsequent

The following Cherokee Nation Tribal Council assembly is Feb. 10, 6 p.m., at W.W. Keeler Complicated.

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