Cherokee Nation officials show the donation made to backpack programs in the tribe’s 14-county area. The officials are, from the left, Tribal Councilors Dick Lay, Curtis Snell and Jack Baker; Chuck Hoskin Jr., Secretary of State; Tribal Councilors Janees Taylor and Shawn Crittenden; Victoria Vazquez, Tribal Council Deputy Speaker; Joe Byrd, Tribal Council Speaker; and Tribal Councilors Buel Anglen, Harley Buzzard, Keith Austin and Wanda Hatfield.
The Cherokee Nation recently donated $75,200 to 20 area organizations, including three in Sequoyah County, that participate in backpack programs which provide students with everything from school supplies to nutritious weekend snacks.
Members of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council distributed the checks to 20 churches, schools and other organizations in Sequoyah, Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Muskogee, Nowata, Rogers and Washington Counties.
Sequoyah County churches receiving funds are Hillside Pentecostal Church - $856.13; Lee’s Chapel Assembly of God, $1,177.17; and The BOD Church, $642.09.
Currently the programs partnering with the tribe serve 2,458 students, of which 57 percent are Native American.
The tribe donated the funds from the Cherokee Nation’s donations and charitable contributions budget. This year partnering programs received $53.51 per enrolled Native American student served.
Chuck Hoskin Jr., Cherokee Nation Secretary of State, said, “These community organizations provide an invaluable service to our local communities. The Cherokee Nation takes great pride in identifying good community partners and helping these quality organizations make a great impact within their community. I want to commend these organizations for their service and the Tribal Council for meeting this need in the communities through allocation of tribal dollars.”
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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