Cherokee Nation Invests In Vocational Training

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation is investing an additional $29 million in the next three years to help Cherokee citizens negatively impacted by the covid-19 receive vocational training in skilled trades such as health care, construction, child care, information technology and more.

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced the initiative as part of the second anniversary of the Cherokee Nation Career Readiness Act, which he and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner proposed in 2019 and later signed into law with support of the Council of the Cherokee Nation.

“As Chief, this initiative is particularly important to me. To my core, I truly believe that the Cherokee people want to work; they just need a government that has their back. I believe we ought to live in a society in which people who are willing to work hard, regardless of what skill they want to develop, that their hard work ought to be rewarded,” Chief Hoskin said. “When that occurs, families prosper, and as a result our communities prosper.”

Under the Career Readiness Act, hundreds of Cherokee citizens have already received vocational assistance through the Cherokee Nation Career Services Department over the past two years.

“For Cherokee citizens who choose to go to a college or university, the Cherokee Nation has long offered assistance through scholarships and other services. Higher education is a fantastic investment to support and I am proud of the work we have done in that regard. But not all Cherokees want to take that path,” Deputy Chief Warner said. “Some […]

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