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Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn from All I Observe by Chad Smith

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STATE OF THE NATION: FULL FORCE AND EFFECT

September 3, 2006

Greetings. I thank you for coming this morning. It is my pleasure to be here with you today as we celebrate the fifty-fourth Cherokee National Holiday in celebration of our Act of Union of 1839, which brought all factions of the Cherokee Nation together under one body politic—the Cherokee Nation—and the passage of our constitution of 1839.

This holiday also commemorates the 100th anniversary of Section 28 of the 1906 Act, which provided for the continued recognition of the Cherokee Nation by the U.S. government. It is so important we acknowledge that the legal continuum of the Cherokee Nation has never been broken, and the government of the Cherokee Nation, as a constitutional government ...

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