Due to inclement weather, the Cherokee Nation W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex and satellite offices, including Tag offices, will close for the remainder of today Monday, January 30. Please check with your Cherokee Nation Health Center on operation hours.

Emergency services remain open.

Secretary of Natural Resources Office

US Fish and Wildlife Tribal Summit

US Fish and WildlifeCherokee Nation, in conjunction with the US Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region, is hosting a Tribal Summit at the Hard Rock Casino, in Catoosa, Ok, on November 29-December 1.

This event will provide an opportunity for Oklahoma tribes to engage with the US Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region through dialogue, engagement, and collaboration to address tribal conservation challenges. Each tribe is invited to send two representatives to participate. Travel expenses will be covered through a cooperative agreement with the USFWS. Tribal representatives will be reimbursed for mileage and per diem and the hotel will be covered directly with an approved registration. If you have any questions you may contact Miranda Witte at miranda-witte@cherokee.org.

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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