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May 12, 2013

Meredith Frailey seeking District 15 Cherokee Nation council seat

CLAREMORE —

Meredith Frailey, Cherokee Nation Tribal councilor for District 6,  has announced she will seek the District 15 seat.
Frailey is currently serving her second term on the Council of the Cherokee Nation for District 6 – Mayes (Mayes County). She has during her first term she was elected as the first Speaker of the Council and was again re-elected during her current term. As Speaker, she is third in line of succession to head the Cherokee Nation government.
“As an experienced legislator, I appreciate the challenge and debate involved in drafting and approving good legislation that improves the self-reliance and quality of life for all Cherokee citizens. However, my biggest joy is personally helping fellow Cherokee citizens,” Frailey said.
“Today, critical issues face the Cherokee nation, such as sequestration, citizen, land in trust, political threats to our sovereignty, water rights, financial oversight, the weak economy, anti-Indian groups and potential losses of federal funds to the State of Oklahoma for social services. With these threats looming over the Cherokee Nation, experience and understanding of our government and Cherokee culture courts now more than ever.”
Her vision for the Cherokee Nation is a self-sufficient, focused network of programs and business enterprises that help create economic independence for the Cherokee people, and that provide an inheritance for future generations.  Frailey sees the greatest priorities for District 15 include:
•Protect Sovereignty
“One of the greatest responsibilities I have as a tribal council member is to vote on legislation that helps our citizens and protects and strengthens our sovereignty.  Cherokee leadership must be ever vigilant in protecting our historic and enduring legacy of sovereign rights with every decision made.” she said. “Our sovereignty is being challenged everyday and we must never
give up our right of self-governance and self-determination. That is one of the major reasons I decided to seek re-election because experience counts now more than ever.”

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