By TEDDYE SNELL
The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on Monday approved a number of board appointments made by the administration.
Ed Fite, Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission administrator and Cherokee citizen was re-appointed to the Cherokee Nation Environmental Commission, as was Marty Matlock.
James L. Cosby was confirmed as a board member of the Cherokee Nation Administrative Appeals Board.
“Mr. Cosby, are there any potential conflicts of interest or other matters you’d care to disclose this evening?” asked Councilor Cara Cowan-Watts.
Cosby pointed out he shares a law office with Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Justice Angela Jones.
“But as far as conflict of interest is concerned, we never discuss business, we simply have a business arrangement,” said Cosby. “We don’t discuss Cherokee Nation business. I take my job with the Cherokee Nation very seriously.”
In other business, the council approved the donation of CN EMS radio equipment to the Bell Volunteer Fire Department.
The council also approved a resolution prohibiting development in the calving and post-calving grounds of the porcupine caribou herd.
The tribe will also be submitting a grant application to the Administration of Native Americans for a social and economic development grant to provide an entrepreneur and job development training center.
Finally, the council approved amending the comprehensive budget for the current fiscal year by $2,148,521, bringing the total budget for the tribe for 2013 to $577,933,109.
The next regular meeting of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, in council chambers at the tribal complex west of Tahlequah.