CCO’s 16th annual Conference

From: Tammy Keeter-Miller <>
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 10:13 AM
To: Tammy Keeter-Miller <>
Subject: Reminder to click on the link below to register for CCO Virtual Conference

ᎣᏏᏲ (Osiyo) Greetings,

As you know CCO’s 16th annual Conference of Community Leaders was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the promise we would work on a virtual conference to deliver the same high-quality presenters and topics you have come to expect. CCO has been meeting, researching, and procuring personnel, event management, conference platforms and mobile-app software to bring our conference to the next level.

This year’s conference theme is ‘Servant Leadership’, and we can all appreciate everyone pitching in, regardless of your position on the org chart. As our ancestors guide us: ᏰᏥᎴᏆᎶᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏗ ᎦᎾᏅᎪᏉ~ You all gang up on work whenever and wherever it arises, and ᏗᏣᎵᎪᎯ ᎢᏤᎮᏍᏗ~Live united, work as a team with one another.​ If you are a follower of Cherokee Nation on social media you know Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. and his administration embodies this spirit.

Save the date, August 31st, 2020, for a full day of live events, addresses, plenary presentation, 28 concurrent sessions, interactivity, polls, networking, swag, and so much more.

We hate not seeing you in person, but we are smartly playing it safe. We promise if you’ll give us your Monday, we’ll make it worth your while. Because development is still underway with the platform we are unable to share more specific information at this time, but you can expect to hear from me on a regular basis until we kick it off on the August 31, 2020.

You need to register quickly in order to save your spot, so quickly share this with your organizational leadership, or even those who might benefit from attending our conference. Participation and feedback=swag, mailed straight to your house! We promise to protect your personal information, and only use it to reach out before, during, and after the conference.

We will record the sessions and make them available for a short time period after the conference, in case you missed out on a concurrent session you really wanted to attend. However, live participation will allow you the greatest opportunity for our Cherokee SWAG bag, chock full of desirables.

So, we encourage you to preregister, and tell others who would benefit!>>> CLICK HERE<<<

ᏩᏙ (Wado) Thank you,

Kevin Stretch, ᏍᎦᏍᏗ


Community & Cultural Outreach

Cherokee Nation


Virtual Gathering with Dr. Kristen Carpenter

Colorado Cherokee Circle is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Dr. Kristen Carpenter will present about the historic Supreme Court Decision McGirt vs Oklahoma

  • Professor Kristen Carpenteris Council Tree Professor of Law and Director of the American Indian Law Program. Professor Carpenter writes in the areas of American Indian Law, Property Law, Religion, and Human Rights and her articles have been published in the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, American Indian Law Review and others. Professor Carpenter is also active in pro bono work with tribes, including federal appellate cases on sacred sites, peyote, and child welfare matters. At Colorado Law, Professor Carpenter teaches courses in Property, Cultural Property, American Indian Law, and Indigenous Peoples in International Law and is the Faculty Advisor to the Native American Law Students Association. She is also the co-founder of the CU Native American Research Faculty group, a university-wide, interdisciplinary effort that promotes indigenous studies and outreach to Native communities.

Time: Jul 18, 2020 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Current Council

Refresh on your current Council members.

Council Coordinator

Tommy Jones

Public Relations

Adam Shepard

Membership & Website

Tom Gilliland  &

John Gritts

General Meeting Coordinator  

Jeremy Hamilton

General Meeting coordinator

Sue Clem


Eve McDonald


On Line Scholarship Workshop

From: JulCoates— via CNupdate <>
Date: Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 1:51 PM
Subject: [CN Update] CN At Large Online Scholarship Workshop
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‘Siyo nigadv,
On Saturday, June 13, The Cherokee Citizens League of Southeast Texas (our At Large satellite community in Houston) in conjunction with the Cherokee PINS Project: Education and Engagement for Sovereignty, will sponsor an online scholarship workshop with very special presenter Cara Cowan Watts, former Tribal Councilor of the Cherokee Nation. 
Tribal Councilors Mary Baker Shaw and I will update you on current scholarship availability for At Large students, and Cara will take questions about her presentation on the scholarship application process and finding funding. If you have a college student or soon-to-be college student in your household or family, be sure to watch the video at the link below, and then join us online at 12 pm EDT, 11 am CDT, 10 am MDT, and 9 am PDT for questions and more info.
**There is some homework first. Before attending the workshop on Saturday, please view the recorded presentation at the link below:
To join the live online portion of the workshop on Saturday, please use the link below:
Topic: CN Town hall and Virtual Scholarship Workshop
Time: Jun 13, 2020 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 842 4931 1521
Password: 669761

We look forward to seeing you there!

Logan County – Colorado

Logan County violated law by not enrolling children in tribal nation, appeals court rules
Michael Karlik, Colorado Politics May 29, 2020  

A county welfare agency failed to enroll two children in the tribal nation of their grandfather, which the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled was a violation of the law that protects the interests of Indian children.

The Logan County Department of Human Services in May 2018 alleged the neglect of twins who were one month old, K.C. and L.C. Their mother indicated that the children’s father had Chickasaw heritage, and the county notified the tribal nation. The Chickasaw Nation responded that the twins were eligible for citizenship because their paternal grandfather was a citizen.

The nation asked that the parent or guardian — in effect, Logan County’s human services department — assist in filling out the paperwork enrolling the children as members of the tribe. Because the children were not at this point tribal citizens, they did not fall under the Indian Child Welfare Act, a 1978 law that allows tribal involvement in custody placements. Congress passed the legislation in response to a trend of native children being placed with non-indigenous families. An estimate from 1974 suggested that 25% to 35% of all Indian children were in non-Indian households or institutions.

“[W]e have a vested interest in the welfare of children who are eligible for citizenship with the Chickasaw Nation,” the tribe wrote in the case of K.C. and L.C. The department, however, did not complete the paperwork, and in April 2019 it moved to end the mother’s custody rights.

Only then did Logan County disclose the nation’s request to the juvenile court. The judge, finding that the children were not enrolled tribal citizens, determined there was no role for the ICWA in this case.

Colorado law provides that courts must confirm whether a child services agency tried “to verify whether the child is in fact a member, or a biological parent is a member and the child is eligible for membership” in a tribe. Guidelines from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs further advise social workers to facilitate tribal membership where possible.

On Thursday, the appellate court’s three-member panel ruled that in dependency and neglect proceedings, a county must communicate to the juvenile court as soon as it receives a tribe’s request for a child’s enrollment in the nation. In her opinion, Senior Judge Janice B. Davidson wrote that “we have little trouble deciding that a department’s ICWA-mandated due diligence necessarily includes the requirement that it timely inform the juvenile court of tribal interest in obtaining citizenship or membership for an enrollment-eligible child.”

A court must then conduct a hearing to determine “whether it is in the children’s best interests” to become tribal citizens — a decision which Davidson emphasized was not the county’s alone to make.

Tribes have the ability to set their own eligibility for membership, but the ICWA presumes that having tribal ties is desirable for children due to the access to tribal services, programs and protections that membership allows. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, based in New Orleans, is currently considering a case that challenges the constitutionality of the ICWA.

“Their culture is at stake and the future of their people is at stake,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. to Vox. The child in the Fifth Circuit case is Navajo and Cherokee.

Because Logan County did not comply with the ICWA, the Colorado appeals court determined that there needed to be a new hearing for the children in which the parents and the human services department could testify. If the juvenile court judge were to decide to enroll the children, the ICWA would guide further proceedings.

The case is People in Interest of K.C. and L.C.