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Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 7:32 AM

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. on Monday participated in the White House Tribal Nations Summit, encouraging the United States government to support new educational opportunities for Native students and to make key investments that help tribes save and perpetuate their sacred languages.

The two-day virtual Tribal Nations Summit, the first gathering of tribal leaders since 2016, was established to connect the Biden Administration, in a nation-to-nation setting, with tribal leaders from across the country.

During a panel on Native American education and Native languages, Chief Hoskin spoke about the Cherokee Nation’s $40 million investment to replace or upgrade Head Start centers with modern facilities and about the expansion of the Cherokee language immersion school. He also encouraged the creation of a Bureau of Indian Education program similar to the Indian Health Service joint-venture program that would allow tribes to incur construction costs for upgrading BIE school facilities, such as Cherokee Nation’s Sequoyah High School campus in Tahlequah.

Chief Hoskin also highlighted Cherokee Nation’s ongoing efforts to save the Cherokee language in both spoken and written form. Currently, only about 2,000 fluent Cherokee speakers remain and the average age of a fluent speaker is nearly 70 years old. Chief Hoskin has worked with Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and the Council of the Cherokee Nation to make historic investments for preserving and growing the Cherokee language.