DEATHS

Claudine Radanovich, 90

Born February 7, 1928

Died April 17, 2018

Loyd T. Young, 86

Born June 28, 1931

Died April 16, 2018

Michael O. Foster, 65

Born July 24, 1952

Died April 16, 2018

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THINGS TO DO

Thursday, April 19

Annie
Art Under the Oaks Competitive Art Show
Art Show and Sale
Geronimo: Life on the Reservation

Friday, April 20

Annie
Art Under the Oaks Competitive Art Show
Squeeze the Day to Stop Child Abuse
Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Saturday, April 21

Annie
Art Under the Oaks Competitive Art Show
Take a Shot at Ending Abuse
Azalea Council of the Blind Annual Picnic
Tri-Highway Talent Showcase

Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 9:32 AM

The Cherokee Nation announced a new foster care paid leave policy that is the first of its kind in Indian Country, and also one of the first in the state of Oklahoma.

The new policy announced at the 2017 Cherokee Nation Employee Appreciation Day grants Cherokee Nation full-time employees five additional days of paid leave when a Cherokee child is placed in their Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare certified home.

Currently, the tribe has 15 families that work for the Cherokee Nation that are open for placement through the tribe’s ICW office for foster care. The employees can use the leave for attending initial doctor visits, coordinating daycare schedules, bonding with the child during initial placement or other tasks during placement.

The five additional days of paid leave for a full-time employee can be used at the employee’s discretion during the first full year after placement.

“Support is key for these children and families,” said Nikki Baker Limore, Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare executive director. “Moving a child into a new situation is never easy, but we are confident that with the progressive work of our ICW team and the support from Chief Baker with the new foster care leave policy, we are providing our Cherokee children and our employees with the support and tools they need.”

Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare has custody of around 80 children during any calendar year but intervenes as a party and participates in more than 1,600 cases per year throughout the United States. ICW participates by attending court hearings, working with children and parents to reunify families, and meeting all needs as they pertain to each case.

In the last five years, Cherokee Nation has increased employee benefits through policies that raised minimum wage to $9.50 an hour and provided a full eight weeks of paid maternity leave to mothers and six weeks of paid paternity leave to fathers.

For more information on Cherokee Nation’s Indian Child Welfare programs and services, visit http://www.cherokeekids.org/.

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