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Chief Meets With CDC In Atlanta

Chief Hicks at CDC

Chief Hicks at CDC

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Michell Hicks spoke with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in Atlanta this week.  The 2014 TAC Meeting and Tribal Consultation Session provides an opportunity for Tribal leaders to speak openly about the public health issues affecting their communities. A listening session with the CDC Director and another roundtable discussions with CDC leadership is also being held. Most importantly, this forum provided an opportunity to for Tribes to submit testimony regarding the public health issues.  Chief Michell Hicks is the Nashville Area regional representative speaking for more than 26 federally recognized Tribes. Within the CDC Consultation Policy, it is stated that CDC will conduct government-to-government consultation with elected tribal officials or their authorized representatives before taking actions and/or making decisions that affect them. The CDC remain committed to respecting Tribal sovereignty while working together to leverage capacity, expertise, and resources to achieve the greatest impact on the health issues affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives.