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The Cherokee Nation launched new construction and remodeling plans as part of their COVID-19 response plan.

On Tuesday, the nation broke ground on $25 million worth of building and remodeling projects known as Respond, Recover and Rebuild. The eight new facilities and four remodeling projects, located in Vinita, Pryor, Stillwell, Tahlequah and other towns throughout the Nation, will include a PPE manufacturing facility, a food outreach site and a new employee healthcare facility.

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A new Cherokee language animated series is set to premiere this weekend during Cherokee National Holiday's drive-in movie night. 

The new series Inage'i or In the Woods features four animal superheroes having adventures, playing tricks on each other and just having fun... all in Cherokee

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Beloved Cherokee Linguist Durbin Feeling, died on August 19th at the age of 74, will be honored by the Cherokee Nation on Tuesday.

His work preserving and protecting the Cherokee language earned him praise from Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., who passed legislation named after him that would invest in the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program and create a new language hub.

Feeling, who has been called a "modern day Sequoyah," created the Cherokee syllabary grew up speaking Cherokee in his home near Locust Grove.

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Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. signed an executive order Thursday that establishes the Commission for the Protection of Cherokee Nation Sovereignty.

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Four tribes filed a federal lawsuit over the approval of two new gaming compacts signed in April.

The Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation and Citizen Potawatomi Nation filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of the Interior, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, Comanche Nation Chairman William Nelson and Otoe-Missouria Tribal Chairman John Shotton.

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Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article stated that the Cherokee Nation, the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation withdrew their support for the agreement in principle the Five Tribes drew up last week. A statement from Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. says that while they're taking the time to listen to their citizens, they are NOT withdrawing their support for an agreement in principle.

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Next week, people will head to the ballot box to vote on whether Oklahoma will expand Medicaid through State Question 802. Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton with Oklahoma Engaged explores the impact expanding Medicaid could have on tribes.

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Two Confederate monuments have been removed from the Cherokee Nation Capitol Square in Tahlequah.

The first was a fountain memorializing Confederate soldiers and General Stand Watie was dedicated in 1913 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. A second monument also honored Watie and was also dedicated by the UDC in 1921.

The monuments were placed in the square when the property was a county courthouse and owned by the State of Oklahoma. They were not placed by the Cherokee Nation, which reclaimed ownership  of the square in 1979.

Governor Kevin Stitt and nine Oklahoma gaming tribes filed paperwork last Friday telling a federal judge why he should rule in their favor in the dispute over gaming compacts in the state.

It hinges on one statement, "this compact shall have a term which will expire on January 1, 2020," as well as "the compact shall automatically renew for successive additional fifteen-year terms."

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