Cherokee citizen and U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, toured the Cherokee Nation Monday, August 25 to see the programs at Sequoyah High School and Cherokee Immersion Charter School.
He also toured Cherokee Nation Industries in Stilwell, Oklahoma to learn more about the tribe’s government and commercial contract manufacturing projects.
“Because Tom Cole and I are the only two Native Americans who walk the halls of the Capitol, it’s important for us to always look to improve our image in what they refer to up there as Indian Country, but as I refer to it as home,” Mullin said. “The visit to Sequoyah and Cherokee Nation Industries will allow me to brag even more on the Cherokee Nation.”
Congressman Mullin spent the afternoon speaking with the Sequoyah High School scholarship class about goal-setting and pursuing college. Sequoyah High School is operated by the Cherokee Nation but funded by the Bureau of Indian Education. This year 465 students applied to the school.
Rep. Mullin also listened to the Cherokee Immersion first-grade class introduce themselves in the Cherokee language.
“The pride they’ve instilled in students at Sequoyah is amazing. The elementary school is learning a second language by being immersed in their traditional Cherokee language,” Rep. Mullin said. “The impact it will have in not just preserving our language, but in their ability to learn down the road, is going to be something special.”
During a tour of Cherokee Nation Industries, Mullin said he was impressed by the company’s success fulfilling and securing government and commercial contracts. CNI started in 1969 to serve as the economic and workforce arm of the Cherokee Nation. The tribal enterprise specializes in aerospace and defense manufacturing, telecommunications, and distribution services.
“We are proud of Cherokee citizen and Congressman Mullin and his legislative work on behalf of the Cherokee Nation and all Native people,” said Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden. “Anytime we can host a member of Congress and exhibit the Cherokee Nation’s education and job creation strengths, it is positive, and it’s even more meaningful when it is our own representative. We are committed to giving our citizens a quality education so they can secure a good job right here in northeast Oklahoma.”
Congressman Mullin was elected in 2012 to serve the people of Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District. He currently sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Natural Resources Committee.