Tahlequah Daily Press

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April 17, 2012

CN council adopts journalist shield law

TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on Monday unanimously approved an act shielding journalists from punitive or retaliatory action if they refuse to reveal sources for information about official proceedings.

Referred to as the “Free Press Protection and Journalism Shield Act of 2012,” the measure allows journalists to protect sources of published or unpublished information, unless the content is potentially defamatory.

Councilors Chuck Hoskin Jr., Jodie Fishinghawk and Frankie Hargis were the act’s sponsors.

“This would give journalists the freedom from testifying they enjoy in 40 other states across the country,” said Hoskin. “I believe it will enhance our journalists' efforts if they have no fear of being hauled into court to disclose sources. I believe it will enhance our free press if we pass it.”

Councilors also unanimously passed resolutions confirming the nomination of several citizens to board positions. Josh King and Bobby Mayfield were confirmed as commissioners of the Cherokee Nation Housing Authority, and Susan Plumb was confirmed as a board member of the Cherokee Nation Foundation.

All councilors sponsored a bill honoring the late Steve Jobs for his contribution to the Cherokee citizenry in bringing the tribe’s language to modern tools.

The Cherokee syllabary is available as an application for man Apple products, including the iPhone and iPad. The resolution passed unanimously.

In other business, the tribal council passed a resolution to encourage and promote the alternative energy initiative developed by Brian Barlow.

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  • CN, UKB battle over trust land application

    Two Tahlequah-based tribes presented oral arguments Friday in a protracted fight over a land-in-trust application.

    Over the course of five hours, attorneys for the Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation Entertainment and the Department of the Interior made their cases before Northern District Judge Gregory Frizzell in a hearing that was originally scheduled for February.

     

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    NSU experiencing delays in fitness center construction

    Earlier this month, Northeastern State University announced it is experiencing delays in the renovation of its fitness center and pool.
    The facility was officially shuttered Sept. 17, 2012, and at the time, the projected completion date for renovation was this fall.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • jn-Suspect-1.jpg Officials: Images of suspects may help nab church burglars

    Cherokee County investigators hope surveillance footage captured around the Crescent Valley Baptist Church in Woodall helps lead to the suspects accused of breaking into the complex and setting fire to one building this week.
    According to Undersheriff Jason Chennault, cameras captured footage of two suspects on bicycles early Tuesday morning, July 22.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • svw-movie-night.jpg Local library hosts family movie night

    Nova Foreman and her two daughters were about to leave the Tahlequah Public Library Thursday, when they saw the Family Movie Night flyer.
    The three decided to stay and enjoy a movie they had not yet seen at the free, theater-like event.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-Keys.jpg Grant to fund stepped-up Keys PE program

    Kair Ridenhour’s new office is filled with pedometers.
    Ridenhour officially started his new position as assistant elementary principal at Keys Public Schools on July 1.
    But his other role at the school – that of physical education project coordinator – prompted the influx of pedometers.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • jn cvbc fire.jpg Church catches fire after burglaries

    Authorities are looking for the person accused of breaking into the Crescent Valley Baptist Church two times this week and likely causing a fire that damaged the youth building early Wednesday morning.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • svw Humane photo.tif More volunteers needed to house strays, help with spay-and-neuter

    Furry friends may seem like the perfect addition to round out a family.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marijuana, seeds lead to four arrests

    Four people were arrested on marijuana related charges early Wednesday morning after a traffic stop on South Muskogee Avenue.

    July 24, 2014

  • Sex offender found living in tent at river

    Cherokee County sheriff’s investigators arrested a convicted sex offender this week when they discovered he has been living in a tent along the river.

    July 24, 2014

  • ts-NSU-MAIN.jpg Fledgling RiverHawks arrive

    Over 200 incoming freshmen took part in orientation class at Northeastern State University

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

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