Martin Luther King Jr. Day statement from Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker


As we recognize and honor Martin Luther King today, it is a good time to reflect on where we are as a country. While we have certainly made progress, we still have far to go in terms of equality and opportunity for all. My job is to ensure Cherokees, and all Indians, are always respected as part of our nation's fabric. Part of Dr. King’s enduring legacy is that he increased hope for people. He planted seeds of hope in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans, regardless of color, creed or religion, that life could be and should be better. That hope carried a generation forward and continues to inspire me today. Real hope is believing life will be better soon. It's not a fleeting wish that things will get better, but a true belief that a brighter future lies ahead. At Cherokee Nation, our goal is to build brighter futures for all of our citizens. A brighter future today, tomorrow and a generation from now, as Dr. King so eloquently said: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

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