Published On: Thu, May 9th, 2013

Tribe hosts VA Training Summit

Principal Chief Michell Hicks (left) welcomed Eddie Tullis, a Tribal Council member from the Poarch Creek Band of Creek Indians, at the VA Eastern Region Training Summit held in Cherokee on May 6-7.  (LYNNE HARLAN/EBCI Public Relations photos)

Principal Chief Michell Hicks (left) welcomed Eddie Tullis, a Tribal Council member from the Poarch Creek Band of Creek Indians, at the VA Eastern Region Training Summit held in Cherokee on May 6-7. (LYNNE HARLAN/EBCI Public Relations photos)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hosted the Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Region Training Summit in Cherokee on May 6-7.  More than 100 attendees learned about the services and programs available to tribes by Veterans Affairs programs.

The Office of Tribal and Government Relations present a carved veteran’s seal to Casey Cooper (center), CEO at Cherokee Indian Hospital for their involvement and partnership in improving services for Veterans.  Cooper is shown with Erica Moot (left) and Stephanie Birdwell.

The Office of Tribal and Government Relations present a carved veteran’s seal to Casey Cooper (center), CEO at Cherokee Indian Hospital for their involvement and partnership in improving services for Veterans. Cooper is shown with Erica Moot (left) and Stephanie Birdwell.

The event was opened by Principal Chief Michell Hicks and Big Cove Rep. Perry Shell. The two-day event featured presentations by government and representatives including the EBCI’s Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority and the Charles George Veterans Affairs Medical Center who discussed their collaboration to provide services to tribal veterans. The event was co-sponsored by the Charles George VA Medical Center, the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority and the Steve Youngdeer American Legion Post 143.

– Lynne Harlan, EBCI Public Relations 

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