Cherokee Nation Legislative Day at Oklahoma State Capitol Wednesday

Oklahoma State Capitol

Oklahoma State Capitol

TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — It’s Cherokee Nation Legislative Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Wednesday to showcase the work and many services offered by the nation’s largest American Indian tribe to state lawmakers.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and other tribal leaders will meet with Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge, a Cherokee Nation citizen, and other state lawmakers throughout the day.

As part of the festivities, Chief Baker and Deputy Chief Crittenden will be recognized on the senate and house floors. W.W. Hastings Hospital CEO Brian Hail and Salina’s A-Mo Health Center Medical Director Dr. Brett Gray will also be honored from the state house of representatives and senate for serving as Nurse of the Day and Doctor of the Day, respectively.

Tribal leaders will also share with lawmakers their support of House Bill 1831 to increase access to health care for Native Americans and legislation to reduce the amount of prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma.

Many Cherokee Nation departments will also be set up in the Capitol rotunda with information booths about their programs.

For more information on Cherokee Nation Legislative Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol, contact Lisa Long at 918-899-4363 or

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