By PRINCIPAL CHIEF RICHARD G. SNEED
Iam honored to share a small glimpse of my day-to-day activities with you. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have or give further information regarding specific programs and tribal operations. If you would like to make an appointment with my office, please call (828) 359-7002 to schedule.
September started off with the recognition of Labor Day, celebrating the contributions our labor workers have made to making America what it is today. We could not have made this great country a success without our laborers and furthermore our Tribe would not be successful without our labor force. I am grateful for all our tribal workers, and we all have a part to do which is necessary to keep our Tribe running smoothly.
Upon returning to the office, I presented the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians budget to Tribal Council to be approved. Section 21 of the Cherokee Code calls for the Principal Chief to submit a balanced budget to Tribal Council. I was happy to do so and am very proud of the hard work done by our tribal programs and all the staff in the Treasury Division.
I was thrilled to present a resolution to Tribal Council on Thursday, Sept. 6 recognizing the work and accomplishments of Alexander “Mingo” Hornbuckle, Survey/Forestry technician with the BIA Cherokee Agency. For years, Mingo has worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs helping to educate and bring awareness to the dangers of wildfires and the need for prevention. He provides wildfire education to local schools, community gatherings, public events and tribal programs. I would like to thank Mingo for his dedication and public service.
The Office of the Principal Chief had the opportunity to Feed the Braves on Friday, Sept. 7 prior to their football game. I continue to be amazed at the respect and courtesy instilled in our football team and credit their families, our Cherokee community and the Cherokee Central Schools coaching team for this. Thank you Coach Kent Briggs for all your hard work, and I look forward to seeing what these young men can do this season.
The EBCI Emergency Management Department has been extremely busy this past week. They started the week executing the Cherokee Preparedness Day, in collaboration with my office and various tribal programs. We must all find the time to prepare so when disaster strikes we are able to care for our families and each other. They then wrapped up the week with preparing for the effects of Hurricane Florence. I am very proud of the cooperation shown this past week between emergency and public service programs throughout our community. We are blessed to have so many employees with the expertise and compassion to make sure we are prepared and well taken care of. I would also like to thank the Cherokee Nation for sending their Swift Water Team and Emergency Management staff to assist during our time of need.
Again, please call my office at 828-359-7002 if we may be of assistance to you.