Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. has issued a statement regarding today's congressional hearing on the efforts to seat Cherokee Nation Delegate to Congress Kim Teehee in the U.S House of Representatives:

My fellow citizen:

Visit and help us make history.

This week the Rules Committee of the United States House of Representatives will hold a historic hearing on the Cherokee Nation’s treaty right to a Delegate to Congress. I encourage you to watch the hearing, accessible at the link below, Wednesday, November 16 at 9:00 a.m. CST.

Stream the hearing here.

I will testify at the hearing along with a panel of experts so that Congress can better understand that the Treaty of New Echota included a clear and simple promise: a delegate in the House of Representatives.

I also encourage you to help us move Congress to action beyond Wednesday’s historic hearing.  Below are several ways you can help:

  • Visit and send a message to your member of Congress that the United States must keep its word to your ancestors, to you and to your nation. You can send a message that the time is now to seat Kim Teehee, Cherokee Nation’s designated delegate, under the terms of our treaties and the Cherokee Nation constitution.
  • Post on your social channels to raise awareness and ask others to take action. Below is some suggested language:

“Treaties matter. Congress has a chance to make history by fulfilling a longstanding treaty right with the Cherokee Nation. Wednesday’s hearing is an important step: Now, the House must do its part and vote to seat the delegate. #CherokeeDelegate”

Since Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and I appointed Kim Teehee and the Council unanimously confirmed her as Cherokee Nation’s delegate in 2019 we have been hard at work. Our hard work, with the support of Cherokee citizens, has led us to Wednesday‘s history-making hearing.

Let’s finish out 2022 by getting Cherokee Nation’s delegate seated before the end of this year.

Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Principal Chief