All Cherokees Count, All Voices Matter
"I come from a proud family that has been involved with education for generations. We need to create more scholarships , more cultural opportunities and better communication for our At-large population. With over 30 years of experience in healthcare and education ,I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate the complicated tribal governmental , and get things done."
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Serving as an At-Large tribal council member has been the honor of my life to hold. I have immense gratitude for having had the opportunity to serve my tribe, which I love. I want to begin by thanking my fellow tribal council members for their unbelievable dedication to serving the Cherokee people. While we have not always agreed, I will always be grateful for our friendships and your commitment.
I thank my husband Frank and my entire family for their unbelievable support over the last four years. But, most of all, I want to thank the At-large Cherokee people for their faith in me. I have made lasting friendships, and I will miss you more than words can express.
When I came into office, I made a campaign promise that we would make more educational opportunities available to the At-Large. Throughout my tenure, we have: set up scholarships in At-Large Cherokee Communities,
Created new and innovative Cherokee Language learning opportunities, opened a medical school, and provided eye care service.
The eye service provides eyeglasses to At Large which was the first time a medical item (excluding prescriptions) was made available to At Large.
The Chief assigned Deputy Chief Warner, Chief of Staff Todd Enlow, CEO of Cherokee Nation Health Services Dr. Steve Jones, and me to study health Insurance for Indigenous people.
I formed and chaired a PhysicianReview committee to explore why we lost approximately 100 physicians out of 125 in a five-year period. Since that time our Provider turnover is less than 4%.
... and we worked with Chief Hoskin to get the At Large included in the Respond, Recover, and Repair Initiative which involves millions of dollars to At Large citizens.
It has been such a pleasure working with the current At-large representative Dr. Julia Coates and getting to know incoming representative, Johnny Kidwell. Thank you both for your support and dedication.
To all of you
(until we meet again)