Leaders of over 20 federally-recognized tribes gathered in Cherokee this week to discuss numerous issues affecting Indian Country. The USET (United South and Eastern Tribes) Sovereignty Protection Fund Annual Meeting kicked off on the morning of Monday, Oct. 9 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Event Center.
“We’re really grateful to have this opportunity to be here,” said Kirk Francis Sr., Chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation of Maine who also serves as USET president. “We appreciate you all for welcoming us to your territory and allowing us to be here and to speak on these very important issues. On a day that’s celebrated by most Americans, it reminds us that the issues we face and the work we do is so important, and I look forward to doing that work this week based on that true history.”