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Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner joined Charlie Soap and other Cherokee Nation leaders today in Bell to sign the Wilma P. Mankiller and Charlie Soap Water Act. The legislation will inject at least $2 million in additional funding each year into the Cherokee Nation’s efforts at eliminating barriers to clean water access in the reservation. The act will also develop expert recommendations and help find solutions to remedy any deficiencies that negatively impact the health, safety and overall quality of life of Cherokee citizens. The act is named in honor of former Principal Chief Wilma P. Mankiller and former Executive Director of Community Service Charlie Soap, who worked to create and improve water access in communities now serviced by the Cherry Tree Rural Water District, including the historic Bell water line in Adair County. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the historic Bell water line project, which Mankiller and Soap began planning as community organizers under the administration of former Principal Chief Ross Swimmer in 1981. The legislation was proposed by Chief Hoskin in March, and unanimously approved by the Council of the Cherokee Nation earlier this week.

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The Cherokee Nation presented a record $6.3 million to 107 school districts during the tribe’s annual Public School Appreciation Day held in a virtual format Wednesday. Each year, the tribe allocates 38 percent of its annual car tag revenue directly to education. This year’s disbursement is the largest since the tribe began its annual contributions in 2002. We spoke with three schools within the reservation to share their experience and the challenges they faced with COVID-19 over the past year. Please give it a watch.

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Good morning everyone hope you had a wonderful weekend! Just a little update on what is coming up next with South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, we have our second job fair on April 16 at the first Christian church. I have sent out over 200 messages this morning to employers and possible employees, so please if you are seeing this on Facebook and you know of someone who is looking for work or looking for workers share this flyer so we can put America back to work or at least a grand Lake area😂! #southgrandlakechamber #puttinggrandlakebacktowork

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Our kind friends at Southern Shirt Company donated nearly 12,000 shirts worth more than $75K to the Cherokee Nation. The donated clothing will be distributed between the tribe’s ONE FIRE Victim Services and Indian Child Welfare, as well as other human service departments for citizens in need. Wado Southern Shirt Company!

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#thisdayinhistory On April 19, 1995, at 9:02 a.m. a 4,800-pound ammonium nitrate–fuel oil bomb exploded in a Ryder truck parked at the north entrance of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring approximately 850. At the time, the bombing was the nation’s worst single act of domestic terrorism. The governor’s office reported that 30 children were orphaned, 219 children lost at least one parent, 462 people were left homeless, and 7,000 people lost their workplace. The City of Oklahoma City’s Final Report estimated property damage to more than 300 buildings in a 48-square-block area. Learn more at bit.ly/4-19-1995. Today, #weremember those who were killed, those who survived, and those changed forever by the tragedy on April 19, 1995. Photo by Jim Argo (2012.201.B0959.0179, Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection, OHS) #okhistory #25YearsAgo #dayofremembrance post credit: @okhistory

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