Cherokee Nation W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, health centers, and satellite offices will be closed Monday, May 29, 2023. Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital urgent care, emergency department, and other emergency services will remain open.

Secretary of Natural Resources Office

Farm and Food Workers Relief Program

The Farm and Food Workers Relief Program was created, through USDA funding, to offset unexpected costs brought on by COVID-19, such as purchasing protective gear, paying for testing, and costs associated with quarantine requirements for both agricultural and meatpacking workers.

Eligible agricultural and meatpacking workers, can apply through Cherokee Nation for a one-time flat payment of $600.

For additional information on the Farm and Food Work Relief page.

Natural Resources are the bedrock for the overall health of our tribal citizens, our local wildlife, and our native plant species. The relationship between tribes and their natural resources is dynamic, intertwining a broad spectrum of regulatory compliance with deeply rooted connections among native lands, tribal culture, and sacred places. The Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources is responsible for promoting environmental quality and sustainable land practices for future generations of Cherokee citizens.

The Cherokee Nation Constitution reserves a cabinet - level position to oversee the Executive Office of Natural Resources, currently held by Chad Harsha. Prior to his appointment to this post in 2019, Secretary Harsha had a long-established, highly reputable legal career well rooted in tribal government and natural resources issues. He has represented the Cherokee Nation since 2015, serving the tribe as Assistant Attorney General and General Counsel to the previous Secretary of Natural Resources. His legal representation for Cherokee Nation includes natural resources protection, land use practices, environmental protection, general litigation, and matters of public administration.

Secretary Harsha makes natural resources a fundamental priority, administering the tribe’s environmental programs, conservation, and sustainability initiatives, and advising the Chief and Tribal Council on related public policy matters.

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