Newly confirmed Cherokee Nation Election Board commissioner Rick Doherty, with Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden holding the Bible, takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Garrett.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on Monday unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the tribe to become a member of the National Congress of American Indians.
NCAI is the largest and oldest Native advocacy organization in the U.S. It is organized as a representative congress of Native Americans and Alaska Natives who serve to develop consensus on national issues that impact tribal sovereignty and are considered a priority.
“The National Congress of American Indians provides Native leaders an opportunity to speak with a unified voice on issues that are so critical to American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Murphy Supreme Court case, land into trust and other issues,” said Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd, who is also vice president of the eastern region of NCAI. “ NCAI allows tribal nations to focus on policy and legislation that will preserve our heritage and our traditional values. Tribes across the country, including the Cherokee Nation, are stronger today thanks to the work of NCAI over the years, and I am proud we are able to be a part of such an important organization.”
Principal Chief Bill John Baker is Cherokee Nation’s delegate to NCAI, with alternates that include Tribal Councilors, members of the Chief’s cabinet and other tribal program directors.
During NCAI events, delegates chosen by member tribes consider issues of pressing concern in accordance with their tribal governments’ policies, goals and needs. NCAI members consider resolutions relevant to NCAI’s position on a broad range of issues.
In other business, the Tribal Council also confirmed the nomination of Rick Doherty, of Stilwell, as a Cherokee Nation Election Board commissioner.
The next meeting of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council is Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.
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