Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. was recently reappointed as the Oklahoma Area Alternate Delegate to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC).
The STAC allows tribal leaders from across the country to meet with HHS officials in order to provide tribal guidance on the department’s priorities and budget as well as improve the relationship between HHS and tribes.
“It is an honor to continue my service as the Oklahoma Area Alternate Delegate on the STAC,” Hoskin said. “Anytime we have an opportunity to take a seat at the table and make our voice heard, we must capitalize on it. This committee provides leaders in Indian Country the chance to influence priorities, policy and budget decisions in hopes of improving the lives of Native people from all around the country.”
As the alternate delegate, Hoskin will participate in forums, meetings and conversations between federal officials and elected tribal leaders.
“Secretary Hoskin is a key leader in the implementation of expanded health care opportunities for Cherokees and all Native people in Indian Country, including the forthcoming expansion of the W.W. Hastings Health Campus in Tahlequah,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Building a new outpatient health care facility and attracting the best medical talent available ensure we are able to continue providing quality health care for generations to come. Through Secretary Hoskin’s leadership and his role on the STAC, Cherokee Nation is able to maintain its strong relationship with the federal government.”
The STAC meets quarterly, with its next meeting scheduled for May 9-10. The Cherokee Nation hosted a quarterly meeting in September 2017. It was the first quarterly meeting held outside of Washington, D.C.
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