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Cherokee Nation Principal Chief to speak at White House Tribal Nations Summit

Chuck Hoskin Jr in Nov. 2022 speaking in Tuscan, Arizona

Later today, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. will speak at the White House as a part of the Tribal Nations Summit. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro.

The summit is the first in-person White House Tribal Nations Summit of the Biden-Harris Administration and is being held at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Federal officials will join tribal leaders to engage on ways to strengthen and invest in Indian Country, including language revitalization.

The Cherokee Nation estimates there are about 2,000 first-language Cherokee Speakers with an average age of 70. Chief Hoskin will speak about the tribe’s investment in language programs to establish new native speakers, which utilize federal programs.

With more than 440,000 citizens, 11,000 employees, and various tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and is the largest tribal nation in the United States.

The 2022 White House Tribal Nations Summit gets underway this morning at 7:30 and will be live-streamed on the U.S. Department of Interiors YouTube page. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro

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 krps.org to an NPR style news and information website.
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