Cherokee Nation Chief receives Key to the City of Muskogee

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Hoskin Jr. was given the Key to the City of Muskogee on Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration and parade.

Hoskin, along with other city and Cherokee Nation Tribe officials, took part in the parade on Monday which ran along Martin Luther King Street in Muskogee. During a celebration after the parade, Hoskin was presented the Key to the City from Muskogee Mayor Marlon Coleman.

“What an honor it is to be presented with the Key to the City of Muskogee and to spend Martin Luther King Day with such a wonderful community,” Hoskin said. “At this time in our history as native peoples, people of color and people all over the country, there are opportunities to work together. Dr. King talked about the arc of history bending toward justice, but it only bends if we make it bend. We’ve got to work together to make it bend, and there are many more efforts we can undertake as people in this community. I think Cherokee Nation can help in achieving justice in this area, and we can be part in achieving equality and achieving unity.”

Cherokee Nation has made many investments into the City of Muskogee, including helping with school funding, organizations, county government and road repair and rebuild. The Tribe also operates Three River outpatient health center and a career service satellite office.

“We stand with our tribes as a full partner. We, the people of Muskogee, will always stand strong with the Cherokee Nation,” Coleman said. “Me getting to where I am and Chief Hoskin being where he is, are all because of people like Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He lived his life as a reminder to us that as long as there is injustice or disparities toward people of color, we have to stand together to be certain that we fight against evil in our country. That’s why I’m so happy to recognize the efforts of Cherokee Nation, the efforts of Chief Hoskin, and for all they have done for people and humanity.”

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