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Cherokee budget passes committee

Tahlequah, Oklahoma (AP) 9-09

A committee of the Council of the Cherokee Nation has passed a $470 million annual budget for the Oklahoma-based tribe,

The budget includes increases in college scholarship funding.

For the second year in a row, Councilman Bill John Baker spearheaded an effort to increase college scholarships, gaining narrow approval for boosting awards to $2,000 per semester, from the current $1,500 level.

Also winning approval was a nutrition initiative that will bring $135,000 in funding for nutrition programs at food pantries, Cherokee community groups and local “backpack” food programs for children.

The budget includes $300,000 to fund a new “TERO” commission to strengthen enforcement of tribal laws to increase employment for Cherokees.

 

 

 

 

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