Tahlequah Daily Press

May 13, 2014

Cherokee Nation chief calls for review of tribal transparency

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker on Monday said the tribe will be working to increase transparency in the coming months.

During his state of the nation address to the tribal council, Baker noted recent interest in strengthening the tribe’s transparency and Freedom of Information Act. A work group has been appointed to analyze the situation and will report to  the tribe’s Rules Committee and eventually the tribal council.

“Politically motivated FOIA requests make it harder to comply with legitimate requests for information,” said Baker. “I have faith the work group, the rules committee and ultimately the council, will present legislation for my signature to strengthen transparency.”

In other business, the council approved a resolution for the CN Education Department to provide equal per capita funding to all eligible Johnson-O’Malley students at all public schools within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction.

The council also approved a resolution approving the submission of the Cherokee Nation Forestry Management plan to the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs.

What’s next

The next regular meeting of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, June 16, at the W.W. Keeler Complex south of Tahlequah.