State of the CN

Osiyo ginali (Greetings friend),

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the “ᏣᎳᎩ: Wherever We Are” virtual event series so far. We started this series to bring Cherokees, wherever we are, together through our shared culture, traditions, and more. And now, with the 69th Annual Cherokee National Holiday moving online this year, our mission has become even more important.

While we will miss celebrating Cherokee National Holiday together in person, we’re excited to join together with the Cherokee National Holiday team to invite Cherokees all over the world to Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.’s annual State of the Nation address.

Principal Chief Hoskin will be sharing Cherokee Nation’s recent accomplishments, present priorities, and future goals on Saturday, September 4 at 11:30 a.m. CT. The event will also feature Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner and other Cherokee Nation officials.

If you’ve enjoyed our “ᏣᎳᎩ: Wherever We Are” events, we know you won’t want to miss this chance to hear Principal Chief Hoskin speak. Click here to RSVP to stream the annual State of the Nation address on Saturday, September 4 at 11:30 a.m. CT. (We’ll send you details on how to join on Friday and Saturday, so be on the lookout!)


Additionally, Cherokee Nation received more than $2 billion in COVID-19 recovery funds through the American Rescue Plan.

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner proposed, and the Council approved, a broad spending plan for the funds. This includes providing every Cherokee citizen with $2,000 in direct assistance. The plan also includes major investment in a range of areas, including health care, education, housing, and economic development, as well as many other priorities. The administration and the Council will work together in the coming months and years to develop more specific programs and services under this plan.

To be eligible for the $2,000 disbursement, every Cherokee citizen must apply for the funding on Cherokee Nation’s new Gadugi Portal, created as an easy way to keep citizens informed and connected. Apply today (online) here.

Wado (Thank you),

Kevin Stretch, Director
Community & Cultural Outreach
Cherokee Nation

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July Gathering

Julia Coats, third-term At Large Tribal Councilor and former director of the Cherokee Nation History Course project.

Items of interest:

“The Big Payment” – give a historical recounting of parallels between previous payments made to CN citizens and the current COVID relief payment.

Contrasting visions for At Large citizens, and of progress and current initiatives for At Large Cherokees

Speaker: CN Tribal Council Member Julia Coats
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 982 444 6678

Pass Code “CoCC2021”

CCO Annual Conference of Community Leaders

See email below from Bradley Wagnon,  it has the link to register for conference.  Please be sure to put what organization that you represent.   If you have any questions please give me a call or email. 


Tammy Keeter Miller

Manager of Administrative Operations

Cherokee Nation

Community & Cultural Outreach

From: Bradley Wagnon
Sent: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 9:39 AM
To: CommunityCulturalOutreach <>
Subject: CCO Conference of Community Leaders Registration Link

CCO Annual Conference of Community Leaders will be held Virtually on Aug 21st.  Please use the link below to register. We are looking forward to “seeing” everyone!!!



Brad Wagnon

Community Outreach Coordinator


Even the smallest person can change the course of the future- JRR Tolkien

From Julia Coats

Subject: [CN Update] Absentee Ballot Request Period Opens for Runoff Council Elections

‘Siyo nigadv,


Last weekend the midterm election of about half the members of the CN Tribal Council occurred. There are four runoffs, including the At Large race between top vote-getters Kyle Haskins and Johnnie Kidwell. The runoff is on July 24.


If you requested and received an absentee ballot for the general election, you do not need to request another for the runoff, even if you did not vote your ballot the first time. You will automatically be sent an absentee ballot for the runoff.


However, a new absentee ballot request period has opened, so if you did not previously request an absentee ballot, or if it was lost or not recorded for some reason with the Election Commission, please use the attached form to request an absentee ballot for the runoff. My strong recommendation is to email it to the Election Commission, and copy it to yourself so there is a record in case it is lost. DO NOT send it through a campaign or give it to anyone else to submit. If you do not have a scanner, you can take a picture of the form with your phone and attach it to an email. You may also send it by regular mail it or fax it, but regular mail does not give you any kind of verification that it was sent or received, which is the advantage to emailing it.




Best wishes!




Deacon Turner

Guest Speaker June 19

Deacon Turner

Prior to joining the investment company Bernstein, Deacon worked directly for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, for both the Housing Authority and as a negotiator on tax treaties for the office of the Chief.

He was on the staff of US Senator David L. Boren. Deacon earned an AB, cum laude, from Harvard University, where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar. He attended Oxford University as a US Rhodes Scholar, graduating with an MA in prehistoric archaeology.

Deacon currently serves on the Board of Cherokee Nation Businesses, a billion-dollar tribal operation, as Co-chair of the Executive Committee.

He is a Trustee of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, serves on the Board of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and on the Board of Directors of the Indian Nations Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

COVID application is available now from Nation

I just completed the application.  It seemed pretty easy but can be confusing.  You will need to check a reason why you are applying.  I selected the income criteria. 

Click on COVID tab at top.  Follow instructions.  If you have questions let me know.  Once you complete the application you will get a confirmation number.  Write that down and keep it.  Be sure your mailing address is right. 


John Gritts