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File #: 20-055    Version: 1 Name: CHEROKEE HERITAGE CENTER ACT OF 2020
Type: Legislative Act Status: Passed
File created: 9/9/2020 In control: TRIBAL COUNCIL
On agenda: 9/24/2020 Final action: 9/24/2020
Enactment date: 9/24/2020 Enactment #: LA-20-20
Sponsors: Joe Byrd, Mike Shambaugh, Dora Patzkowski, Victoria Vazquez, Julia Coates, Keith Austin, Harley Buzzard, Shawn Crittenden, Joe Deere, Mike Dobbins, Canaan Duncan , Rex Jordan, Daryl Legg, Wes Nofire, Mary Baker Shaw, E. O. "JR." Smith, Janees Taylor
Indexes: Boards and Commissions, Cherokee Nation Heritage Center, Historical Society, Property, Transfer
Code sections: Title 32 - Historical Societies and Associations
Attachments: 1. LA-20-20.PDF
Related files: LA-15-85, 20-088

Section 1. Title and Codification

This legislative Act shall be titled and codified as the “Cherokee Heritage Center Act of 2020”, and shall be codified at Title 32, Historical Societies and Associations, Chapter 1, of the Cherokee Nation Code.

Section 2. Findings

The Council of the Cherokee Nation finds that

A. The property, buildings and archival holdings housed at the Cherokee Heritage Center are precious and irreplaceable resources for the Cherokee Nation and the Cherokee people, with such property described as:

East 230.0 feet of E/2 of NE/4 of NW/4, less and except the South 205.20 feet thereof, in Section 15, Township 16 North, Range 22 E.I.M, Cherokee County, State of Oklahoma, containing 6.00 acres, more or less,


S/2 of NW/4 of NE/4 and NE/4 of SW/4 of NE/4 and the S. 400.0 feet of SW/2 of NE/4 of NE/4 and W/2 of NW/4 of SE/4 of NE/4, and a tract of land described to wit: Beginning at a point of 200.0 feet E. of the NE corner of W/2 of SW/4 of SE/4 of NE/4; thence S. 200.0 feet; thence W. 1115.0 feet, to a point 200.0 feet S. and 75.0 feet E. of the NW corner of the SE/4 of SW/4 of NE/4; thence NW on a direct line to the NW corner of said SE/4 of SW/4 of NE/4; thence E. 1190.0 feet, more or less to the point of beginning; in Section 15, Township 16N, Range 22 I.B.&M., Cherokee County, State of Oklahoma, containing 44 acres, more or less.

B. A state of emergency exists concerning the safe storage of the Nation’s archival records held at Cherokee Heritage Center due to insufficient storage facilities at Cherokee Heritage Center, requiring immediate action;

C. Since 1963, the Cherokee National Historical Society (CNHS) has served an indispensable role in the preservation and management of the Cherokee Heritage Center and its archival holdings, particularly during periods of time in which the Cherokee Nation lacked sufficient resources to perform such f...

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