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Opinion. On the first day of the 21st United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York last week, with delegates from around the world dressed in their colorful Indigenous attire, Cherokee Nation Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. spoke about the preservation of the Cherokee language. He was there among thousands of other Indigenous people to set goals to preserve and push for implementation of Indigenous rights around the world.

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Guest Opinion. The Cherokee people’s connection to the land and nature has always been central to our way of life. Both to honor our past and to carry on our Cherokee identity long into the future, we must ensure the newest generations have access to traditional plants and know how to use them.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Onondaga Faithkeeper Oren Lyons was greeted with a standing ovation at the Indian Gaming Association (IGA) 2022 convention this past week. Lyons, who is 92, was being honored with the organization’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement.

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OPINION. What are you doing to be a good relative?

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Opinion. Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a scare tactic used by conservatives across many states. While CRT is a term generally taught in law school, conservatives use it to stir up their base by claiming that public educators use CRT to make school-aged children feel guilty about the actions of their ancestors—particularly, White ancestors. 

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Guest Opinion. Public schools are central to communities across the Cherokee Nation Reservation in northeast Oklahoma. With more than 19 of every 20 Oklahoma school-age children attending public schools, these schools have an irreplaceable mission to be available to every child no matter their background, keep them safe throughout the day and provide the core education and extracurricular opportunities to help them discover and achieve their dreams.

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OPINION. Earlier this month, a delegation of some 100 First Nations, Inuit and Métis representatives made a pilgrimage to the Vatican City to meet with Pope Francis and other Roman Catholic officials to discuss the scars that remain from Indian residential schools in Canada.

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Guest Opinion. For generations, education has been deeply important to the Cherokee people. The Cherokee government established the first public education system in this land in 1841, decades before the state of Oklahoma existed. Our ancestors built this foundation so that Cherokee youth have opportunities to succeed in the modern world, while carrying on Cherokee culture and knowing where they come from.

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Opinion. Native American cartoonist Ricardo Caté (Santo Domingo Pueblo), creator of the Santa Fe New Mexican’s daily “Without Reservations” comic, posted online a cartoon with the caption: “Slap heard ‘round the world” after actor Will Smith smacked comedian Chris Rock during the Academy Awards television last Sunday night.

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Cherokee Nation is strongest when our people have healthy bodies and minds. Too many Cherokees suffer with health conditions that could be exponentially improved with easier access to exercise, healthy food and support for their mental well-being. Within our tribal health system at Cherokee Nation, we know it is much healthier and less expensive to address these issues before they become a medical emergency.