The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council authorized the CN Veterans Affairs department to apply for grants to establish a Cherokee Veteran Cemetery within the 14-county jurisdiction.

According to the resolution, the tribe will assume all responsibility for operation and maintenance of the cemetery, and it will match 10 percent of the total grant award for the design and planning work. The final site will be subject to approval by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Tribal Council also approved during Monday night's meeting a resolution authorizing the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program to apply for tribal heritage grants for documenting oral history and cultural traditions.

The council authorized the tribe to lease .75 acres of tribal trust land to the Cherry Tree Rural Water District for five years, with an option to renew for an additional five years. The land will be leased for $100 per year.

A grant of easement for right-of-way was approved. Mack and Sarah Flynn requested the easement for ingress, egress and utilities in Adair County.

The council OK' a modification to the operating budget, moving funds from the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act budget to go toward transitional emergency housing. The total effort of funds currently going to transitional emergency housing is a little over $500,000.

In his monthly report, Cherokee Nation Businesses CEO Shawn Slaton said CNB has been working with insurance adjusters to collect as much it can from business interruption insurance and property claims for flood damage at the Cherokee Casino in Fort Gibson.

"That's going to remain closed until probably early September," he said. "We ended up with about 2 feet of water in there. It played havoc with the electrical systems, the carpets - a lot of things that were long wait times. So six to eight weeks for some of those items to come back in."

What's next

The next regular Cherokee Nation Tribal Council meeting is July 15, at 6 p.m., at the tribal headquarters, W.W. Keeler Complex.