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Cherokee Nation holds first of two-day Elder Summit

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Cherokee Nation Chief Principal Chuck Hoskin Jr pictured during a visit to Washington D.C. on Nov. 9, 2022

The Cherokee Nation held the first of a two-day Elder Summit on Thursday in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

The Nation is the largest of three federally recognized Cherokee tribes in the US, with a population of over 400,000, spanning 14 counties in northeast Oklahoma from Eufaula, Oklahoma, in the south to the Oklahoma/Kansas border.

The Cherokee Nation Elder Summit: Southern Region took place at the Chota Center at the Cherokee Casino in Tahlequah Thursday. Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Chuck Hoskin Jr. spoke enthusiastically at the event.

“It is not just because this room is full, the feeling that I feel in this room, surrounded by Cherokee Elders, knowing, knowing that you’ve got our back, knowing that we’ve got your back and knowing that the best days of the Cherokee Nation are ahead.”

The Northern Region Cherokee Nation Elder Summit will take place today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Will Rogers Downs Event Center, 16305 E. Hwy. 20 in Claremore. You must be 55 or older to attend; lunch will be provided.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.
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