Secretary of Natural Resources Office

Natural Resources are the bedrock for the overall health of our tribal citizens, our local wildlife and our native plant species. The relationship between tribes and their natural resources is dynamic, intertwining a broad spectrum of regulatory compliance with deeply rooted connections amongst native lands, tribal culture, and sacred places. The Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources is responsible for promoting clean air, safe water, and sustainable land to ensure environmental quality for our next seven generations.

The Cherokee Nation Constitution reserves a cabinet-level position to oversee the Executive Office of Natural Resources, currently held by Sara Hill. Prior to her appointment to this post by Chief Baker in 2015, Secretary Hill had a long-established, highly reputable legal career well rooted in environmental issues. She has represented the Cherokee Nation since 2004, serving the tribe as Deputy Attorney General and the United States Attorney’s Office as a Special Assistant US attorney. Her legal representation for the Cherokee Nation includes tribal water rights, natural resources protection, examining the legal feasibility of numerous ecological projects, and a host of other environmental matters.

Secretary Hill makes Natural Resources her most fundamental priority, administering the tribe’s environmental programs and advising the Chief and Tribal Council on land, air and natural resources policies. She and her dedicated team work with leadership and Tribal Council to create applicable rules and maintain appropriate government-to-government relationships to fully maximize efforts to benefit our people as a tribe. The field of Natural Resources is broad and involves areas such as conservation management, fish & wildlife sciences, ethnobiology, agriculture, renewable energy, and risk management.

Public Notices

  • 2019-04-15 CN Appendix D-4 Amended Application
    On 04/15/19, the Cherokee Nation submitted an application under the Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement for Indian Tribe Beneficiaries dated 11/30/18.