Former Secretary-Treasurer and Tribal Councilor Gary Chapman, center, poses for a picture with the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council after being given a blanket in recognition of his many years of dedicated service to the Cherokee people.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on Monday approved submitting a grant that could lead to an entrepreneur and job development training center in Tahlequah.
The grant is administered by the Administration for Native Americans, a national group that promotes self-sufficiency for Native Americans. If the grant application is approved, the tribe would provide $123,780, which is a 20 percent match for project costs. The Cherokee Nation Commerce Department would operate the training center which would teach business skills, at a site yet to be determined.
“Anytime the Cherokee Nation can offer its citizens an opportunity to enhance their lives, we must pursue it diligently,” said Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Tina Glory-Jordan. “This training center will not only empower our citizens to pursue their dreams, but will also help create more jobs for Cherokee people.”
Former Secretary-Treasurer and Tribal Councilor Gary Chapman was recognized by the Tribal Council for his years of dedicated service to the Cherokee people. Tribal Council presented Chapman with a blanket as a token of their appreciation.
In other business at the September Tribal Council meeting, the legislative body did the following:
- Passed a resolution to donate surplus Cherokee Nation EMS radio equipment to the Bell Volunteer Fire Department.
- Authorized the Cherokee Nation to become a member of the National Congress of American Indians and appoint tribal delegates.
- Reappointed Edward H. Fite as a commissioner of the Cherokee Nation Environmental Protection Commission. The Tahlequah resident has worked for the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission for 30 years and has experience in environmental issues.
- Reappointed Marty D. Matlock as a commissioner of the Cherokee Nation Environmental Protection Commission. The University of Arkansas ecological engineering professor has served on numerous environmental boards and committees nationwide.
- Appointed James L. Cosby as a board member to the Cherokee Nation Administrative Appeals Board. Cosby earned a law degree from the University of Tulsa in 2001 and has maintained a private practice in Tahlequah since 2003.
The next Tribal Council meeting will be held Oct. 14 at the W.W. Keeler Complex in Tahlequah.
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