(L to R) Front Row: Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd. Back Row: Tribal Councilors Harley Buzzard, Shawn Crittenden, Bryan Warner, Curtis Snell, Rex Jordan, Buhl Anglen, Don Garvin, Frankie Hargis, Keith Austin, Wanda Hatfield and David Thornton and Indian Child Welfare representatives Sally Wilson, Sara Quetone and Lakyn MacDonald
Published November 21, 2015
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker signed a proclamation Monday, surrounded by the Tribal Council, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and members of Indian Child Welfare, declaring November as “Adoption Awareness Month.”
More than 1,000 Cherokee children in Oklahoma have active child welfare cases, with many of those awaiting their opportunity for permanent homes through adoption. Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare works with adoptive homes and foster homes to quickly provide safe and stable housing for the Cherokee children.
For more information on Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare, visit www.cherokeekids.org.