By TEDDYE SNELL
The Tahlequah Community Building was filled to capacity Monday evening, as Cherokee Nation citizens gathered for an evening of food, fellowship and information-gathering.
Cherokee County Tribal Councilors Joe Byrd, Tina Glory-Jordan and David Walkingstick hosted the annual gathering, and spent time visiting one-on-one with constituents.
“I think people are very interested on how they might be affected by the federal government shutdown, especially when it comes to some programs offered by the tribe, like housing and food services,” said Byrd.
“I get asked all the time how we’re doing. The answer is we’ve not been affected at all. Some people worry that when the federal government shuts down, so does the tribe, but not in the age of sovereignty and self-governance.”
The councilors provided a full-service dinner of brisket and all the trimmings, along with door prizes and other treats. Health services began providing flu shots early in the day, and photo IDs were being made rapidly.
“I am extremely delighted we had so many people come out for our annual meeting,” said Glory-Jordan. “We’ve been doing this for six years and this is the biggest turnout yet.”
Glory-Jordan said well over 20 CN departments, including housing, registration, the marshal service and health services, had booths to provide answers to most questions a citizen might have.
“We’ve provided hundreds of flu shots today, which began in the early afternoon,” she said. “People just love it when we get out in the community, and we’re so glad to see them.”