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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: BUILDING ONE FIRE

August 31, 2002

Greetings, fellow citizens of the great Cherokee Nation, friends of this nation, members of the Cherokee community, families, and guests. It is my honor to be here with you on this 163rd anniversary of the signing of our Act of Union and Constitution of 1839. This is the fiftieth celebration of this patriotic event. Fifty years ago, W.W. Keeler initiated this celebration as part of the vision of revitalizing the Cherokee Nation.

Upon my inauguration as your principal chief, Benny Smith admonished me to be a student of the Cherokee people and Nation. He also instructed us to “build one fire,” to come together as a people, put our differences aside, and work for our common good. That has become ...

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