Tulsa-area Cherokee citizens were invited to meet the candidates at a campaign event Saturday at Haikey Creek Park. About 35 people came to speak to Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden.
Baker gave a brief speech before meeting with those in attendance, reaching out to at-large citizens: those who live outside the 14-county jurisdiction of the Cherokee Nation, a representative for the Chief's re-election campaign said.
Principal Chief Baker discussed the $100 million investment that Cherokee Nation businesses have made to the tribal health system, providing for several new clinics in northeastern Oklahoma. The money is also being used to expand the Cherokee Nation hospital in Tahlequah, Baker said.
Cherokee Nation at-large citizens are now able to purchase tribal car tags, Baker said.
The revenue from tag sales in Tulsa County goes to support "no-strings-attached" checks to the school system, according to a spokesperson.
The group held a picnic lunch at the Triplex Shelter in Broken Arrow.