Cherokee Nation has acquired from The Raab Collection one of the last Senate Bills from its original tribal government. The act provides for “Insuring the Public Buildings of the Cherokee Nation”, signed by all of its officials, including Former Chief Thomas Buffington, and approved by President Theodore Roosevelt.
Buffington is of a particular interest to newly elected Chief Hoskin, because it has been 120 years since a Cherokee chief was elected from Vinita, Oklahoma – Buffington also hailed from Vinita. Moreover, Buffington was one of the last elected Chief of the Cherokees, before Oklahoma statehood. Once Oklahoma became a state, the tribal governments, including the Cherokee government, were abolished.