Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Authorizes Tribe to Join Native Wildlife Organization

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Tribal Council authorizes tribe to join Native wildlife organization

Published December 17, 2015

TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council authorized the tribe to become a member of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Monday night during the monthly meeting.

The NAFWS assists tribes in establishing new fish and wildlife programs; trains Native fish and wildlife biologists, managers, technicians and conservation officers; and helps with funding.

“The Cherokee people have long been great stewards of the land and protectors of its inhabitants,” said Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd. “Being a member of this well-respected organization will allow the Cherokee Nation to further develop programs that benefit the fish and wildlife, thus benefiting not just the Cherokee Nation, but all of Oklahoma.”

More than 200 federally recognized tribes are members of the NAFWS, which started in 1981.

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