Outgoing Cherokee Nation Speaker Tina Glory
Published August 12, 2015
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA —Monday’s Tribal Council meeting marked the last for six outgoing Tribal Councilors whose terms expired, or gave up their seat to run for other elected positions.
Speaker Tina Glory-Jordan, Deputy Speaker Janelle Fullbright, Secretary Jodie Fishinghawk and Tribal Councilor Lee Keener were honored before Monday night’s meeting with gifts for their years of service. Outgoing Tribal Councilors Cara Cowan Watts and Julia Coates were not present.
“I love my tribe and being able to serve in the capacity of Tribal Councilor has been one of the highest honors of my life,” Glory-Jordan said. “I came into this position wanting to make sure that the Cherokee Nation would be in better shape now than when I arrived, and I believe we, as a tribal government, have done that. I wish the incoming Tribal Council good luck and hope they continue the progress we started.”
In other business, the Tribal Council approved submitting an application for a diabetes grant to Indian Health Service. The Cherokee Nation Diabetes Program has used the grant for the past 18 years to provide services, staffing, equipment and supplies to treat and prevent diabetes.
“This grant program has been a blessing to the Cherokee Nation and allowed our health care system to provide critical services to thousands of diabetic citizens,” Fullbright said. “With the continuation of funding, our diabetes program will continue to reduce the number of diabetes patients in the Cherokee Nation and educate our citizens on diabetes prevention.”
The Tribal Council also approved submitting the tribe’s fiscal year 2016 Indian Housing Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Two reelected Tribal Councilors and six new Tribal Councilors will be sworn into office at a ceremony Friday.
The next Tribal Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Septembe 14, at the W.W. Keeler Complex in Tahlequah.