Nearly 500 representatives of the 24 at-large and 136 in-jurisdiction Cherokee organizations traveled to Tulsa for the Cherokee Nation’s 13th Annual Conference of Community Leaders.
The two-day conference hosted by Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach was held June 9 and 10 at the Wyndham Tulsa Hotel and Resort. Attendees went to workshops led by experts in sustainability and culture, and also met with tribal leaders, including Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
The tribe concluded the conference with the Community Impact Awards banquet, which honors community organizations that do outstanding volunteer work, promote the culture and make other significant contributions. Two Sequoyah County organizations received awards, the Marble City Food Pantry & Youth Services and the Brushy Cherokee Action Association.
"These Cherokee Nation citizens deserve to be recognized for the critical work they are doing to improve the lives of others in their cities and communities," Hoskin said. "Whether it's mentoring youth or creating greater cultural awareness or volunteering to help elders in need, these individuals and groups define the values of community and family that are so important to us as Cherokee people."
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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