Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Approves Application for 800 Acres of Tribal Land for Trust Status


(L to R) Stilwell I.T. artists Reuben Cain, Shawna Cain, Donivan Riddle, Daniel Flynn and Devon Tidwell-Isaacs; Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis; Principal Chief Bill John Baker; Stilwell I.T. artist Roger Cain; CNB board member Dan Carter; Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.; Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden; Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis; Tribal Councilor David Walkingstick; Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd; Cherokee pastor Gill Hooper; Tribal Councilor Shawn Crittenden; and Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center Clinic Administrator Christie Cooper.

Land where Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center is one parcel of land that would be put into trust.

Published May 19, 2016

TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved Monday submitting more than 800 acres of tribal land to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to be placed into “trust status.”

The 809.15 acres are located in Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Nowata and Washington counties, and includes land that four of the tribe’s health centers are built on.

Tracts of land being requested for trust status were on the Cherokee Nation’s priority list to be submitted to the BIA in an effort to help the federal government reach their trust goal in 2016.

“Placing land into trust status is an assertion of our tribe’s sovereignty,” said Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd. “Trust status grants our tribe full control of our land and its uses. With more land potentially being placed into trust status, we can pursue more housing for our citizens or create more jobs for our citizens through potential economic opportunities.”

The Cherokee Nation already has more than 61,000 acres of land in trust status.

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