Principal Chief Bill John Baker to Give State of the Nation Address Saturday Highlighting Seven-year Progress

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker delivers the annual State of the Nation address at the 65th Annual Cherokee National Holiday in 2017.

Published August 30, 2018

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker will give his annual State of the Nation address highlighting the tribe’s progress over the past seven years.

The theme of the 66th Annual Cherokee National Holiday is “Family: A Bridge to the Future, A Link to the Past.”

Chief Baker will highlight that over the past seven years his administration has laid the foundation for more jobs, a more vibrant economy and stronger families in the Cherokee Nation.

“Ambitious ideas, coupled with swift actions, have created sustainable change over the past seven years and have solidified a firm foundation for the future,” Baker said.

He plans to highlight the tribe’s multitude of building projects, including 700 new, affordable homes for Cherokee families and a 469,000-square-foot outpatient health facility under construction in Tahlequah. College scholarships awarded to Cherokee students increased by 43 percent, and the tribe made record investments in public schools, roads and business development.

The State of the Nation address will be held at the tribe’s newly constructed Cherokee National Peace Pavilion behind the Cherokee National Courthouse in downtown Tahlequah. It follows the Cherokee National Holiday parade at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

For the complete Cherokee National Holiday Schedule, visit www.cherokee.organd click on the Holiday link.

WHAT:

Principal Chief Bill John Baker gives his seventh State of the Nation address

WHEN:

Saturday, September 1, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:       

Cherokee National Peace Pavilion

177 S. Water Ave.

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

 

WHO:             

Principal Chief Bill John Baker

Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden

Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.

Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd

Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin

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