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Hoskin Jr. announces $3 million in funds to protect elders from abuse and fraud on Thursday

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. with Cherokee Congressional Delegate Kim Teehee
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. with Cherokee Congressional Delegate Kim Teehee

With a population of over 400,000 worldwide, the Cherokee Nation is one of the largest federally recognized tribes in the country. The estimated population of the Nation in northeast Oklahoma is estimated to be about 171,000 across nearly 7,000 square miles.

According to the Administration of Native Americans, only about .5% of the Cherokee population are native speakers. On Thursday, Chuck Hoskins Jr., Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, spoke at the first day of the Elder’s Summit in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, about the importance of preserving the Cherokee language.

”Because, as you know, most Cherokees are like their chief, and they don’t speak Cherokee. I know we’ve got a lot of Cherokee speakers in this room. We’ve got to save this language for the next generation.”

Chief Hoskin also announced 3 million dollars in funds to better protect Cherokee elders from abuse and fraud. Day two of the Elder Summit is being held this morning, starting at 11 at the Will Rogers Downs Event Center in Claremore, Oklahoma. 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.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.