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Cherokee Nation Chief Declares State of Emergency After Winter Storm

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Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker has declared state of emergency in all the northeastern Oklahoma areas of the tribe following winter storm that dumped snow, ice and sleet across Oklahoma.

The Cherokee Nation makes up all or part of 14 counties.

The declaration clears the way for the Cherokee Nation to disperse emergency funds to assist tribal citizens who may need assistance with food or water, utilities, shelter or emergency transportation. It is also the first step toward seeking federal assistance, if necessary.

Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in all 77 Oklahoma counties last Thursday.

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