TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker applauded the efforts of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Cherokee Citizen and U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) for inclusion of the W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam in the conferenced Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) released this week.
The lawmakers worked to include legislative language that could allow the Cherokee Nation to construct, operate and market a hydroelectric facility.
“We’re glad this is now a renewable energy option for us and we look forward to exploring this and other opportunities,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “The Cherokee Nation is very thankful for Sen. Inhofe and Rep. Mullin’s leadership and work to include the W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam in the WRRDA bill. Because of their support, we can explore more possibilities for renewable energy. I personally worked with both these lawmakers on this issue, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.”
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