June 22, 2007
Chad Smith, Principal Chief
P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah, OK 74465
Dear Principal Chief Smith:
This letter is in response to your inquiry regarding whether the Department of the Interior intends to continue providing Federal funding to the Cherokee Nation, in light of the activities in Vann v. Kcmpthome, Civil Action 03-01711 (HHK), (D. DC).
The Department intends to continue providing Federal funding to the Cherokee Nation, unless otherwise directed by a Federal court or Federal legislation. The Department's position has been expressed in the United States Memorandum in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for a Preliminary Injunction filed May 29, 2007, in Vann, and accepted by the district court's decision dated June 13, 2007.
Deputy Bureau Director -·Indian Services
cc: Jeanette Hanna, Director, Eastern Oklahoma Region
(to see an actual copy of the letter click the title above to go to the Cherokee Nation official site.)
For a copy of the December 19, 2006, Order in the Vann case click here.