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The Cherokee Nation recently honored nine Cherokee citizens for their dedication to Cherokee people and culture with the Principal Chief’s Leadership Award. Pictured from left to right are: Chad Smith, Principal Chief, Ice Killer, Lorraine Hummingbird Bates, Jack Christie, Laverne Carpenter Stone, Jack Baker, Karen Fourkiller, Curtis Rohr, Virginia Phillips (wife of Harold “Jiggs” Phillips), Benny Smith and Deputy Principal Chief Joe Grayson Jr. (Courtesy photo)

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Cherokee Nation presents leadership awards

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Honoring nine Cherokee citizens for their dedication to Cherokee people and culture, the Cherokee Nation recently presented the Principal Chief's Leadership Award to several of the tribe's most giving citizens. The leadership awards are given annually in recognition of Cherokee citizens who demonstrate leadership and a giving spirit within the Cherokee Nation and its communities.