- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - The Cherokee Nation is among the first to join a White House initiative aimed at helping more lower-income, young men of color graduate from high school and college and become productive citizens and future leaders.

The Tahlequah-based tribe held its first My Brother’s Keeper summit this week to set goals. The Cherokees are among 15 tribes and more than 100 communities across the country that have joined the initiative.

Part of the initiative is to ensure all children are prepared to enter school and read at grade level by the third grade. It also aims to help more young people graduate from high school and complete post-secondary education or college.

It asks tribes and communities to ensure the young adults find employment and are safe from violent crime.

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