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Tribal Council Increases Budget by $1.6 million, Supports Election Safeguards

07/12/2011
July 12, 2011

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved a $1.6 million increase to the tribe’s budget at this month’s regular Council meeting and in a separate special Council meeting voted to support additional election safeguards for the July 23 run-off election and any necessary special elections required to fill Council seats. 

The legislation provides $200,000 for a new food distribution site in Collinsville and adds $15,000 to benefit Cherokee sports teams. The bulk of the budget increase is committed to education, with $100,000 dedicated to public school outreach, $311,000 for the directed studies program and $746,000 for the tribe’s Cherokee Promise Scholarship at Northeastern State University. The increase brings the tribe’s current total budget to just under $656 million. 

In other actions, the Council voted to make eight additions to the list of the Nation’s road improvement projects that receive Indian Reservation Roads Program funding through the Federal Highway Administration. The new projects are in Cherokee, Craig, Adair and Mayes counties. 

A resolution to submit a grant application to the U.S. Family and Youth Services Bureau for youth shelter services was approved by the Tribal Council. 

Two environmental pieces oflegislation were passed. The Council mandated that a record be kept of pesticides applied on tribal lands, and it voted to donate a piece of equipment that takes and analyzes air samples to the National Atmospheric Deposition Program in Champaign, Ill. 

The Council also confirmed the re-nomination of Deacon Turner as a board member of the Cherokee Nation Foundation. 

During a Tuesday, July 12 special Tribal Council meeting, the Council passed a measure recommending that the Cherokee Nation Election Commission obtain an independent electionservice company to assist the commission in conducting the upcoming run-off and if necessary, any special elections. 

The next regular Tribal Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Tribal Council Chambers of the W.W. Keeler Complex in Tahlequah, Okla.


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