Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Tribe to Host 5th Annual Elders Summit

Cherokee Nation citizens 60 years of age and older are invited to participate in the fifth annual Cherokee Nation Elders Summit, which will take place Sept. 24-25 (Tuesday and Wednesday) in Tahlequah and Claremore.

On Sept. 24, elders are invited to visit the Cherokee Casino Tahlequah Chota Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Sept. 25, the Elders Summit will take place at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“It is our duty as a tribe to serve our elders in any way they need, whether financial, physical or emotional,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “They are the foundation of our families and should be honored for their wisdom and experience, which guides us. Every year that this summit continues to provide valuable resources and information is another year that we can help them as a community.”

Elders play an important role in Cherokee culture as the foundation of families and the caretakers of traditions and heritage. Since it began in 2015, the Cherokee Nation Elders Summit has not only promoted the importance of Cherokee elders, but served as an information hub for elder services. This year, the summit’s theme will be “To Care for Those That Once Cared for Us.”

Both days will include a free lunch for attendees as well as resource booths with information on elder abuse, resources and Cherokee Nation programs.

Elders are encouraged to RSVP to Glenda McClanahan at 918-453-5000 ext. 7052.

The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 370,000 citizens, 11,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, the Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and the largest tribal nation in the United States.

To learn more, please visit www.cherokee.org.

KXMX News Staff

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