- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - A new species of moth has been named in honor of the Cherokee Nation.

The Cherokee Nation says the brownish white moths recently discovered in the tribe’s ancestral homelands have been named Cherokeea attakullakulla.

The moth was named after the Cherokee people who originally inhabited Tennessee and North Carolina as well as to honor Cherokee leader Attakullakulla. He was one of six Cherokee ambassadors to travel to London in 1730.

A biologist who formerly worked with Duke University made the discovery while surveying the moth population.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker says that as a tribe, the Cherokee people have always been deeply connected to nature and the environment.

He says the tribe is honored to have the species named for the Cherokee Nation.

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