The Cherokee Nation and state of Oklahoma have temporarily restrained Sequoyah Fuels Corporation from burying tons of stockpiled nuclear processing waste on the company's defunct factory site in Gore, Oklahoma. The plaintiffs say doing so will imperil two major watersheds shared by the states of Arkansas and Oklahoma.
The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the country to create a fish and wildlife advocacy organization. Monday the tribe launched the Cherokee Nation Fish and Wildlife Association, which in addition to advocacy, will provide exclusive information on fishing, hunting and events.
This week, the Cherokee Nation began dispersing seeds for Cherokee heirloom and native plants to Cherokee tribal citizens. Tribal officials say the program is designed to preserve the now rare cultivars and the native language and heritage associated with them.
Last autumn, after years of planning, the Cherokee Nation acquired a small herd of wild bison, surplus animals from a western national park. As Jacqueline Froelich reports, the tribe plans to grow and harvest the animals following traditional practices. (Click here to see more photographs and video of the bison herd.)