Cherokees reviewing

first hunting, fishing code

Cherokee Nation representatives will be in Claremore 2 p.m. Sunday at the Senior Center (116 N. Missouri Ave.) seeking input on a new hunting and fishing code.

The meetings are being held throughout the tribe’s 14-county jurisdictional boundaries.

Information gathered by the Cherokee Nation’s environmental programs department will be incorporated into a new written tribal hunting and fishing code.

Chad Smith, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, said, “Enacting a wildlife code is one way we can exercise authority as a sovereign nation to ensure that our fish, wildlife and other natural resources are protected for the benefit of both present and future generations of Cherokees.

“It’s important that we use our land and water resources wisely to preserve their beauty and usefulness for future generations,” Smith said.

“These meetings are designed to gather advice and hear concerns from tribal citizens on issues like hunting, fishing, plant gathering and environmental protection,” said Clint Carroll, Cherokee Nation environmental technician. “These will be critical meetings for citizen input on these issues. This is an important tribal initiative that can succeed only through the participation of all its citizens, and it is hoped all citizens who can will attend.”

Another meeting will be held in Sallisaw on Friday, Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation building (3807 W. Cherokee, at the old Whitmire Western Store).

For additional information on these meetings or on the hunting and fishing code, contact Clint Carroll in the Cherokee Nation Environmental Programs Department at (918) 453-5370.