Principal Chief’s Report for Sept. 28

by Sep 29, 2018Front Page, NEWS ka-no-he-da

SUPPORT: Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed (front row, second from left) joined other tribal leaders at the Cherokee vs Swain County football game at Ray Kinsland Stadium on the evening of Friday, Sept. 28. Shown (left-right) front row – Birdtown Rep. Boyd Owle, Chief Sneed, Big Cove School Board Rep. Karen French-Browning, Painttown Rep. Tommye Saunooke, School Board Chairperson Charlotte Saunooke, Tribal Council Vice Chairman David Wolfe; back row – Big Y School Board Rep. Dick Crowe, Big Cove Rep. Perry Shell, Big Cove Rep. Richard French, Birdtown Rep. Albert Rose, Vice Chief Alan B. Ensley, School Board Vice Chairperson Gloria Griffin, and Wolftown Rep. Bo Crowe. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather photos)




I have had the opportunity to meet with many individuals from many different areas these past two weeks.  

I had the great honor of updating our elders at Tsali Manor regarding the tribal budget and budgeting process.  Many do not realize the scope of our tribal budget or how the budgeting process works, leading to a lot of confusion and misconceptions regarding services and the future direction of the Tribe. I will be putting out a video describing the same subject on social media in the next week.  

My team and I visited Robbinsville Elementary School to meet the students and distribute bracelets and pencils to the youth.  I am proud to support all of our enrolled members that are in school.  I appreciate the leaders, teachers and students at Robbinsville being so welcoming.  I thoroughly enjoyed our visit and look forward to visiting again soon. 

HISTORY: Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed speaks during an event at Cowee School on Saturday, Sept. 22 where cultural kiosks for Cowee site were unveiled and commented, “ The Cultural Corridor will ensure that our story, our rich, vibrant history, will be told not from the perspective of a conquered people but from the perspective of a strong, resilient, and proud people.”

I’ve had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Blue Ridge Parkway to discuss future signage on the Parkway.  I am always thrilled to share our Cherokee history and culture, especially when we can reach the broad cross-section of individuals that drive the Parkway.  I look forward to seeing this project roll out in the years to come.  

The National Forest Service officials invited me to meet with them at the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard.  I had the pleasure of meeting USDA Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Jim Hubbard and USDA Interim Chief for the US Forest Service Vicki Christiansen.  Several stakeholders regarding Forest Service activities were also in attendance to discuss their perspective of public forest resources and their organization’s interaction with the Forest Service.  I was able to provide the tribal perspective and the unique relationship we share with the US Forest Service.  I would like to thank Joey Owle and Tommy Cabe for their continued to work with the USFS.   

Finally, I ended the week participating in the Opioid Reduction Task Force press conference in Asheville.  This task force included partners from the Cherokee Police Department, the Department of the Interior, the Drug Enforcement Association, NC Highway Patrol, the US Attorney’s office, along with several state and local law enforcement officials.  I applaud the Cherokee Police Department’s effort on this initiative.  I would like to thank all the officers that put their lives on the line to make this operation a success, and I want to thank their families for their support of our law enforcement. 

I hope everyone enjoys the Cherokee Indian Fair.  I look forward to seeing you there.