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Friday, April 8, 2022, 8:36 AM

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner announced a proposed plan to use the tribe’s initial opioid settlement funds to start constructing drug treatment centers for tribal citizens, as well as increase overall funding for wellness programs.

The proposal would amend and strengthen the Public Health and Wellness Fund Act of 2021.

The proposed law would earmark $15 million in initial opioid settlement money over the next three years to help construct drug treatment facilities in the Cherokee Nation Reservation.

The Cherokee Nation finalized a $75 million settlement with opioid distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen to be paid over six years.

In a separate settlement, a tentative agreement with Johnson & Johnson was reached with all federally-recognized tribes for $150 million. The Cherokee Nation estimates receiving $18 million over two years.

The tribe is evaluating uses for the remaining opioid settlement funds, which will likely be used for additional behavioral health capital projects.

In addition to setting aside initial opioid funds for treatment facilities, the amended Public Health and Wellness Fund Act would also generate more funding for wellness programs by broadening the type of third party revenue that Health Services sets aside.