TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation celebrated the installation of more than a dozen new native bee and butterfly houses during visits to the Cherokee Immersion School and Bonnie Kirk Cherokee Speaker Village in Tahlequah on Tuesday evening .
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and his first daughter Jasmine Hoskin visited immersion school students and Cherokee speakers while hanging new pollinator houses. The homes of native bees and butterflies play an important role in creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which affect a third of the food supply in the United States.
“This is the third year we’ve celebrated Earth Day by providing new habitats for our native pollinators like bees and butterflies. I am extremely proud of the commitment of First Lady Hoskin and our daughter Jazzy. Both instinctively search for ways to protect our environment, and because pollinators are essential to the survival of our planet’s ecosystems, they chose to continue this important work by inviting immersion school students and Cherokee speakers to play a role,” Hoskin said. “We can all do our part to limit the threat of habitat loss to our pollinators, and building and installing these homes is a great way to make an impact.”
In previous years, the tribe has installed pollinator habitats in the Cherokee Nation Heritage Garden in Tahlequah, which is home to over 200 different traditional plants and 26 crops used by the Cherokees hundreds of years ago. years for food, ceremonies and medicinal purposes. Heritage crops and native plants grown annually in the garden also help replenish the Cherokee Nation Seed Bank, which provides seeds to tribal citizens who wish to grow their own traditional Cherokee crops.
“I want to help because pollinators, especially our native bees, are in danger. Without them, our ecosystems could collapse. I think it’s important that we all do our part to protect pollinators because we need to protect the Earth as best we can,” said Jasmine Hoskin.
The pollinator houses installed at the Immersion School, Speaker Village, and Tribe Heritage Garden are similar in size and shape to the birdhouses, but feature nesting areas for pollinators .