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Tribal Council approves continuation of membership in InterTribal Buffalo Council

10/24/2017


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors approved a resolution Monday allowing the tribe to continue its voting representation with the InterTribal Buffalo Council.
 
Cherokee Nation’s bison herd in Delaware County has grown to 93 since the tribe first received 50 from national parks in North Dakota and South Dakota in 2014 with help from the ITBC. Tribes can only receive surplus bison from national parks if they are member tribes of the ITBC.
 
“The InterTribal Buffalo Council has been integral to the success of our bison herd and how we use it for cultural and historical lessons,” said Tribal Councilor Keith Austin, co-chair of Cherokee Nation’s Executive and Finance Committee. “Funding provided by ITBC also helps sustain the expanding herd on our 236-acre ranch in Kenwood.”
 
Since Cherokee Nation’s membership with ITBC in 2014, the tribe has also received about $160,000 for fencing, corrals and other equipment.
 
In other action, the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council also approved the following:

  • Reappointment of Jennifer Goins as a commissioner of the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission. Goins, of Tulsa, will serve a three-year term.
  • Reappointment of Dawnena Squirrel as a board member of the Cherokee Nation Community Association Corporation. Squirrel, of Rose, will serve a four-year term.
  • Appointment of Betty Frogg as an advisory committee member of the Cherokee National Treasures Program. Frogg, of  Stilwell, will serve a three-year term.
  • Reappointment of Eddie Morrison as an advisory committee member of the Cherokee National Treasures Program. Morrison, of Tahlequah, will serve a three-year term.
  • Reappointment of Jane Osti as an advisory committee member of the Cherokee National Treasures Program. Osti, of Tahlequah, will serve a three-year term.
  • A resolution adopting U.S. Highway 75 and 290 Road intersection in Washington County as a priority project for Tribal Transportation Program safety funds.
  • An act providing burial assistance for the Cherokee National Treasures Program.

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