Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approves '14 budget

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Associated Press

Posted on August 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 31 at 11:05 AM

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved has approved a $566 million operating budget for fiscal year 2014.

The tribal council approved the budget on Thursday, and the 2014 fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

The tribal council approved a $92 million capital improvements budget and $4.6 million for a new residential treatment facility for Native American youth battling alcohol and substance abuse.

Under the approved budget, $150,000 is earmarked to hold more community meetings in the 14-county jurisdiction.

Also on Thursday, the tribal council confirmed Chuck Hoskin Jr. as the tribe's new secretary of state. He begins the position immediately.

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