- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - A new executive director has been named to lead the Cherokee Heritage Center.

The Cherokee National Historical Society Board of Directors named Candessa Tehee the new executive director of the center that preserves and promotes the Cherokee culture.

Tehee previously managed the Cherokee Nation’s Language Program. She is a fluent Cherokee speaker.

Tehee says in a statement that she is honored and humbled to serve in the position.

The Cherokee Heritage Center was established in 1963.

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