Monday, April 12, 2021

Cherokee Nation Hosting Free Virtual ACT Boot Camp

Cherokee Nation Foundation is offering a free virtual ACT Boot Camp on Saturday, May 22, for Native American students preparing for the national exam. The course is designed for students in grades 10-12, with preference given to Cherokee Nation citizens.

“A new class of students are working hard to prepare for their future in higher education, and they are facing new challenges as a result of the pandemic,” said Janice Randall, executive director of Cherokee Nation Foundation. “Bringing these programs to a virtual platform has enabled us to reach more students, both locally and at large. We look forward to helping them prepare in any way we can and are proud to play a part in the next chapter of their lives.”

ACT Boot Camp is led by MasteryPrep, an organization dedicated to building students’ confidence on test day by providing essential test-taking strategies and skills. Instructors guide students through content strategies for all four subjects and administer practice tests to help students identify their strengths and weaknesses.

Students participating in the virtual boot camp must be registered for the June 12 or July 17 National ACT exam. Students interested in the course can call the foundation at 918-207-0950 or apply online through May 7 at .

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CN Provides Record $6.3M to 107 School Districts

The Cherokee Nation presented more than $6.3 million to 107 school districts during the tribe’s virtual Public School Appreciation Day Wednesday. (L-R) Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Tina Glory-Jordan, Executive Director of Cherokee Nation Education Services Corey Bunch, Cherokee Nation Tax Commission Administrator Sharon Swepston, Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Cherokee Nation Tax Commissioner Fan Robinson, District 14 Tribal Councilor and Education Committee Chair Keith Austin

The Cherokee Nation presented more than $6.3 million to 107 school districts during the tribe’s annual Public School Appreciation Day held in a virtual format Wednesday. This year’s disbursement is the largest since the tribe began its annual contributions in 2002.

Aside from the millions of dollars the Cherokee Nation provides to the state of Oklahoma for education funding each year through the tribal-state gaming compact, the Cherokee Nation also allocates 38 percent of its annual car tag revenue directly to education.

“In order to have a bright future, we need to have a lot of our energy dedicated to the cause of education,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “This past year has been particularly challenging to school teachers, administrators, students and parents alike as we navigated the worst public health crisis in generations. I’m proud that our tribal government not only continues to support public schools, but that we also continue to expand our working relationships with those schools, finding more and more ways to offer assistance throughout the year. By doing this, we help guide the next generation to that bright future we all want them to have.”

Each school district makes the decision on how to use the funding for their schools. In the past years, schools have used the funds to cover anything from teacher salaries, facilities, operations, technology improvements or school programs. Many schools also used tribal car tag dollars to respond and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 over the past year.

“I want to thank all of our teachers and school administrators for the difficult work they have done over the past year. None of us have ever been faced with this situation and despite all of the barriers they had, each and every school district had to find innovative ways to transition into a safe learning environment,” said Deputy Chief Bryan Warner. “As a tribal government, we were positioned to offer our help in various ways and we did so without hesitation. It really does take all of us to bring up our children and ensure they have the tools and the skills they need to be our future leaders. I admire our educators for stepping up and leading the way for our children. As a parent, I truly am thankful for their commitment and determination and I’m proud that the Cherokee Nation is a partner in those efforts.”

For Westville Schools in Adair County, the Cherokee Nation tribal car tag dollars support the district’s COVID-19 protocols as well as the drivers education program that was started in recent years, according to Superintendent Terry Heustis.

“The Cherokee Nation has always helped Westville Public Schools. We have received a drivers education car, masks and PPE to help during COVID-19, along with extra funding to help us deal with COVID,” Heustis said. “Of course, we also receive motor vehicle tag money that has no strings attached and we have used it in multiple ways over the years. It always comes when we need an extra hand. The Cherokee Nation is always finding ways to help our Cherokee students, but they also help take care of all of our students. It is a great relationship and we can't thank the Cherokee Nation enough for all of their help.”

Sand Springs Schools also used Cherokee Nation’s generosity to respond to the past year’s changes caused by the pandemic.

“The Cherokee Nation's generosity has enabled our district to enhance our capability to provide mobile devices to all students and to provide support for connectivity. This is helping us address inequities that exist among our students,” Sand Springs Superintendent Sherry Durkee said. “This contribution is important due to the financial challenges that always seem to exist in public schools. However, in these ‘pandemic years,’ this partnership has been even more important in making sure our students and staff have the resources they need to access educational resources.”

School districts receive money based on the number of Cherokee Nation citizens they have enrolled, yet funding benefits all students.

“The Cherokee Nation Administration and the Council of the Cherokee Nation continues to remain committed to the safety, welfare and learning of all students located within our reservation boundaries,” Executive Director of Cherokee Nation Education Services Corey Bunch said. “There are over 30,000 Cherokee students attending schools inside of Cherokee Nation and this year over $6.3 million will go to public schools from the MVT funds to address the needs of all students.”

During Wednesday’s event, Bunch also announced that the Cherokee Nation will soon begin providing a virtual tutoring service for all students within in the tribe’s reservation in grades K-12, regardless of whether they are a tribal citizen. The Cherokee Nation will offer the service through Varsity Tutors, a company committed to assessing every student’s unique needs and learning styles and connecting them with a tutor best fit to work with the student. Cherokee Nation will work directly with schools in the tribe’s reservation to offer the tutoring service to students, and more details about this program will be announced at a future date.

“Principal Chief Hoskin, Deputy Chief Warner and the members of our Tribal Council appreciate all of the work school teachers and leaders have done to continue to educate our youth during this trying year. We consider it an honor to work in the field of education and working together with public schools has been, and will always be, one of our highest priorities,” Bunch said.

Since 2002, the Cherokee Nation has awarded school districts in northeastern Oklahoma $68.6 million in education contributions from car tag revenue.

These counties received funds totaling the following amounts during the 2021 Public School Appreciation Day event:

Adair – $529,277
Cherokee – $921,784
Craig – $164,340
Delaware – $416,387
Mayes – $545,993
Muskogee – $591,366
Nowata – $104,422
Osage – $2,822
Ottawa – $111,369
Rogers – $627,838
Sequoyah – $533,401
Tulsa – $1,327,317
Wagoner – $213,404
Washington – $216,660

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Warrant Issued for Roland Man Accused of Scheme

A felony arrest warrant was issued for a Roland man charged with fraud.

Bond for Phillip Leverette, 48, was set at $10,000.

On Nov 11, 2019, Montea Wight of Muldrow contacted Leverette and his associates, doing business as K&P Steel Erectors, to erect some mini-storage buildings in Muldrow. Wight paid Leverette with two checks totaling $9,000 for the purchase of concrete and other building materials. Leverette cashed the checks but never returned to do the work, according to court documents.

On March 13, 2020, Wight filed a lawsuit for $10,000 against Leverette, Sizemore, Oliver and K&P Steel Erectors. On Sept. 8, 2020, a court order indicated that Leverette was not found to be served, forcing the case to be dropped.

Documents state that Leverette has never brought any goods to the Muldrow work site, nor has he made any contact with Wight. Multiple efforts by law enforcement to locate Leverette have failed.

Since the Wight case, other people have come forward with similar stories about being defrauded by Leverette.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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2nd United Way Classic Golf Tournament Set for May 17-22

The United Way of Fort Smith Area is partnering with the All Pro Tour for a second-consecutive year to bring professional golf to Fort Smith, Ark. The 2nd annual United Way Classic will take place at Hardscrabble Country Club on May 17-22.

The week will be packed full of events, including a pro-am Tuesday, May 18, a youth clinic Wednesday, May 19 and a Sip N Chip on Thursday, May 20.

The pro rounds will take place Wednesday-Saturday, with the trophy and check presentation Saturday afternoon, May 22. The tournament purse for the 2021 Classic is $135,000, with the winner taking home $25,000.

Eddie Lee Herndon, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Fort Smith Area, said, “Thanks to our sponsors, APT Tour staff and players, Hardscrabble Country Club, participating partner agencies and volunteers, the United Way Classic was a huge success in the inaugural year. Overcoming COVID challenges, the pros had an incredible tournament. We raised $60,000 for our agencies and the economic impact to the area was over $500,000. We are expecting great things again this year and greatly appreciate all of our sponsors.”

One-hundred and fifty-six professional golfers participated in the United Way Classic in 2020.

This year’s event this year is open to the public. COVID-19 safety protocols that are in place at the time of the tournament will be followed.

The pro-am is a fun opportunity to improve your game, play with a professional and improve your network. Teams of four will be paired with a professional from the All Pro Tour. There will be a morning and afternoon flight with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The youth clinic is open to first- through 12th-graders. Registration is limited to the first 50 and will be on a first-come, first served basis. One parent or guardian may attend and must stay with the child. Registration for the pro-am and the youth clinic can be made online at

Event sponsors include Arvest Bank, Orr Auto Park, First National Bank of Fort Smith, Times Record, Cox Business, 5NEWS, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Rheem, Harry Robinson, Buick GMC, Firstar Bank, Strategic Realty, Sodies Wine & Spirits, Roy and Karen Slagle, City of Fort Smith, Lovvorn Lumber, ServiceMaster and MP Warehouse.

This annual charity event supports participating United Way agencies. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information, contact the Fort Smith United Way office at (479) 782-1311 or email

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Marble City Takeout Dinners Set for Monday

The Marble City Historical Society has scheduled April’s Takeout Dinners at the Bank from 4-6 p.m. Monday, April 19, at the old Citizens State Bank Building downtown.

This month’s menu includes your choice of baked ham or baked chicken breast with scalloped potatoes and buttered carrots, hot roll and your choice of strawberry cake or lemon cake for dessert. Meals are $10 each.

Because last month’s meal sold out early, organizers are asking diners to call in their orders by 10 a.m. Monday (or as early as possible) to ensure enough food is cooked for everyone. To place an order, call Judy at (918) 315-9337, Mildred at (918) 571-8025 or Tamara at (918) 230-0605.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Commissioners Declare 911 Dispatchers Week

Tiffany Harrell, holding proclamation, represented Sequoyah County dispatchers 
at Monday's commissioners' meeting.

The Board of Sequoyah County Commissioners declared this week National Public Safety Telecommunicators Appreciation Week at their meeting Monday.

Every year during the second week of April, 911 dispatchers around the United States are honored for their lifelong dedication to serving the public.

Dispatchers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, Sequoyah County dispatcher Tiffany Harrell said, and most people don’t realize that. “When the pandemic started, we didn’t get time off. When bad weather hit, we still had to work.” Dispatchers “do a lot more than just sit in a chair,” she said, “and we don’t get recognition as much as we should.”

District 3 Commissioner Jim Rogers agreed with Harrell’s statement, saying, “It’s not an easy job, and we appreciate everything you do.” District 2 Commissioner Beau Burlison added, “I know it’s a thankless job, but you are much appreciated around here.”

In other business, the commissioners:

*Approved a lease-purchase agreement between the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and Welch State Bank for a 2021 Chevy Silverado

*Approved transfers from the VOCA Lease-Purchase account to the Sheriff’s Service Fee account and the VOCA Personal Service account to the Sheriff’s Service Fee account

*Approved the Sequoyah County Assessor’s Office’s five-year exemption reimbursement from the Oklahoma Tax Commission for the 2020 tax year

*Approved, on contingency of the district attorney’s approval, payment to Assessor Kelly Miller for accrued paid time off

*Declared as surplus 16 Galls duty vests by the Sheriff’s Office.

 Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Sallisaw Proclaims April as Alcohol Awareness Month

On Wednesday the City of Sallisaw proclaimed the month of April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Presenting the proclamation to Amy Edwards. of the Sallisaw NOW Coalition. along with the City of Sallisaw is Mayor Ernie Martens.

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Motorcyclist Flees from Police in Muldrow Area

A Muldrow motorcyclist who tried to evade a traffic stop was arrested March 19 and charged with several counts, including a felony, court records show.

Caleb Jayden Plank, 28, was charged with endangering others while attempting to elude a police officer, a felony that carries a penalty of one year in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, as well as misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.

On March 19, a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy was patrolling U.S. Highway 64 near Dyer Boulevard when he spotted a white motorcycle headed westbound on 64. The deputy was unable to see whether the bike had a license plate, so he turned around to take a closer look. When he caught up with the motorcycle, the deputy saw that it had a license plate but he couldn’t read the state or the plate’s number.

The deputy then pulled in behind the motorcycle as it was turning onto Sequoyah Street in Muldrow from Highway 64. The motorcycle sped up and began passing vehicles in a no-passing zone, prompting the deputy to activate his emergency lights and siren. The motorcycle continued traveling westbound on Sequoyah at about 80-90 mph and failed to stop at the sign at Highway 64B and Sequoyah.

With his vehicle reaching up to 113 mph, the deputy pursued the motorcycle, with the suspect still pulling away. The bike continued traveling westbound until it came back out onto Highway 64, turned back east onto the highway and continued until it reached Redland Road, then turned north onto Redland.

Headed north on Redland until he hit Black Jack Road (East 1092 Road), Plank then turned back east, still driving at a high rate of speed.

The deputy lost sight of the motorcycle near Black Jack Cemetery, but he was alerted by dispatch that callers had said the bike had stopped in the vicinity of 1086 Road.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper came on to assist in the search and the officers discovered the motorcycle behind a residence on S. 4720 Road. Dispatch then received a call stating that the suspect had fled into the woods and was hiding in a nearby creek. The trooper went to search for the suspect while the deputy searched the motorcycle for evidence.

During his search of the motorcycle, the deputy discovered a large Ziploc bag with a green, leafy substance in it, a black box with a small Ziploc bag holding a white, crystal-like substance and a green glass pipe with a burned residue on it.

The trooper found and arrested Plank, who had four outstanding arrest warrants.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Maple Fire District Earns New Insurance Rating

Residents living within five miles of the Maple Fire Department may see reduced homeowners’ insurance rates as soon as July 1, officials recently announced.

Marty Green, chairman of the Maple Rural Fire District’s board, said the district is proud to announce that its Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating has dropped from 6 to 4.

The ISO number is based on a scale of 1 to 10 and rates 45,000 fire departments across the United States, Green said.

Green said the fire district was rated as a 9-10 back in 1995, but with the help and diligence of the “all-together” efforts of the community, firefighters, board of directors, neighboring fire departments, county officials, the Cherokee Nation, the Sequoyah County Water Association and many others, the department was able to succeed in its mission.

“We are very pleased to have earned this rating,” Green said.

The lower rating is expected to reduce insurance costs for residential and commercial buildings.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Muldrow Man Charged with Drug Trafficking

A Muldrow man was arrested March 17 and charged with trafficking in illegal drugs, according to court records.

Homer Jay Teague, 58, was also charged with the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

On March 16, a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol when he was dispatched to County Roads 4750 and 1054 in reference to a four-wheeler riding on the roadway and disturbing the neighbors.

When the deputy arrived, he saw the four-wheeler traveling northbound on 4750 Road and could hear its loud exhaust. He conducted a traffic stop and made contact with Teague, the driver.

Teague informed the deputy that he was riding around with his daughter and was about to head home.

While the deputy was examining the four-wheeler’s Vehicle Identification Number, he saw Teague walk to the shoulder of the road and toss a baggie containing a white substance toward the woods. When asked what he threw, Teague denied throwing anything, but upon investigation, the deputy recognized the baggie’s contents as methamphetamine.

Teague was placed in handcuffs and a search of his pockets turned up an additional bag containing a white, crystalline substance. He was then arrested.

Back at the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, the drugs, which weighed 26.1 grams, field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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OSU Extension Offers Monthly Co-Parenting Class

Parents with minor children who are going through a separation or divorce and those who may be seeking custody, visitation or paternity of a child are invited to take a Co-Parenting for Resilience class at the OSU Extension office in Sequoyah County.

April Olsen, FCS/4-H/CED with the Extension office, teaches the once-monthly class, which tackles subjects required by state law and the Sooner State’s court system. Combining lecture, discussion, video, hands-on activities and examples, the classes provide parents with effective methods to foster their children’s healthy adjustment to their parents’ changing situation.

Classes, which cost $35, are held at the Sequoyah County commissioners’ office at the courthouse.

For more information, call (918) 775-4838 or visit the OSU Extension office at the courthouse.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

72-year-old Man Visits Sallisaw on Walking Trek Across U.S.

Walking across the United States would be a daunting task for anyone, but 72-year-old Roger Gates has a cross to bear on his journey.

Gates, who started walking March 15, 2020, is carrying an 11-foot-long, nearly 80-pound wooden cross. Gates says he is on a quest to raise money to build three warehouses, one of which will be headquartered in Muskogee. The warehouses will store emergency supplies strictly for use in major disasters. Gates says he also hopes to build one warehouse each on the East Coast and West Coast.

This isn’t Gates’ first cross-country walk. In his 40s, he embarked on a similar trek, though he didn’t do it to raise funds. Instead, he said, that “obedient walk” was the Lord’s way “of teaching me, forming me and shaping me for my ministry of helping people.”

When asked how he sees himself, Gates said, “Some people call me a pastor. I call myself a servant of the Lord. I’m more like a modern-day disciple. I go to the true church and that’s everywhere.”

Gates says he doesn’t understand why churches of different variations fight against one another. The “true church,” he said, “looks toward the Lord.”

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Gates wasn’t always a religious man. He says drinking led to the breakup of a marriage.  His later involvement in drugs ultimately led to a 6-year prison term.

It was while he was in prison that Gates turned his life back toward God. He said he was lying in his cell when he hit bottom. “I felt a ton of weight on me. I knew if I took one more step I was a dead man. I had walked so far away (from the Lord). I was at a crossroad, but I still couldn’t think of God or Jesus. Boy, I was hurting.”

Gates said it was then that he heard a voice telling him that who he needed was God. "I’ve been following Him ever since.”

You can keep up with Gates’ journey on his Facebook page, Ministry of Truth.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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OSHSA Spring Yard Sale Set for April 16-17

The Old Sallisaw High School Association has scheduled its spring yard sale for Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

The sale will be inside the OSHSA Black Diamond Event Center, 220 W. Creek in Sallisaw.

To sell your own items, booth rent is $10 per space, which may be paid at the park. There is limited table space inside, but there is unlimited space outside (bring your own table).

The group is still needing donations of small household items, furniture and more. To donate, visit the Old Sallisaw High School Association’s Facebook or call (918) 774-2439, (918)774-3887 or (918) 208-9286 to meet for drop-off at the event center.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Belfonte, Gore Voters Choose School Board, Trustee Members

Voters in Belfonte and Gore decided several races during elections Tuesday, according to unofficial results posted by the Oklahoma Election Board.

In the race for Belfonte Public School Office 1, Mike Hyde received 119 votes compared with Kim Muskrat’s 9 votes, while Ed Baker defeated Nadine Ross 114 to 12 for Belfonte Public School Office 2 (an unexpired term).

In Gore, Lester Keathley was elected to Gore Public Schools Office 1 over Matt Holland by a vote of 218-74 and Robin Henry defeated Donald C. Carter for a seat on the Town of Gore’s Board of Trustees by a vote of 140-58.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Drug Take Back Day Set for April 24 at Walmart

It’s time for the DEA’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and the Sallisaw NOW Coalition is once again spearheading collection efforts.

Members of Sallisaw NOW will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Sallisaw Walmart, with drop boxes to allow folks to safely dispose of any expired or unwanted medication.

The National Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

In addition to the drop boxes, coalition members will have medication lock boxes, NARCAN drug overdose reversal kits and Deterra Drug Deactivation System pouches available.

Amy Edwards, Sallisaw NOW’s prevention services director, says this is the sixth year her agency has participated in the event in partnership with the Sallisaw Police Department and Walmart.

She said the Drug Take Back Day is important to the community because “so many drugs get in the wrong hands.” In 2020, she said, nearly 84,000 people in the United States died of drug overdoses. She added that about 64.5 percent of those addicted to opioids don’t have a prescription for the drugs themselves.

The National Drug Take Back Day is held twice a year, Edwards said, on the last Saturdays of April and October.

According to DEA statistics, in October 2020, 492.7 tons of medication were collected during the 19th National Drug Take Back Day.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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CN, Guard Break Ground on Veterans’ Housing Addition

Members of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Navy Reserve and Air Force Reserve Command were on hand for the groundbreaking of a Cherokee veterans housing initiative in Tahlequah on Monday along with, center from left: Master Sgt. Mitchell Sisco, Innovative Readiness Training program operations manager; retired Brig. Gen. Brent Wright; Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.; and Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner. The participating military units will provide personnel to construct the 21 new homes as part of the U.S. Department of Defense Innovative Readiness Training program.

Cherokee Nation leaders joined representatives from the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Navy Reserve and Air Force Reserve Command, along with family members of the late Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Mige Glory, to break ground on the future site of the Mige Glory Addition in Tahlequah Monday.

The Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma Air National Guard broke ground Monday at the future site of 21 new homes for eligible Cherokee veterans and their families.

The project is part of the Cherokee Veterans Housing Initiative through the U.S. Department of Defense Innovative Readiness Training program. Plans for the new Mige Glory Addition include a total of 21 new homes over the next three years, with the first seven new single-family subsidized homes to be built in the first year along with the necessary infrastructure to support the housing addition.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said it was exciting to be at the groundbreaking ceremony Monday surrounded by construction equipment and pipes already in the ground. It is expected that housing pads and framing will be visible in the coming months.

“We know that the need for improving housing in Northeastern Oklahoma is great and that the need for our Cherokee population is even greater,” Hoskin said. “We should do everything we can to serve our Cherokee veterans, because they have served us and this great nation. That’s where this housing project comes into play. It could be that our veterans are currently living in housing that just doesn’t meet their needs and these homes will better meet that need. We also know there are jarring statistics on veteran homelessness, and that is why we focused on this project over the past few years. Disproportionally, native veterans are among the homeless veteran population and the more we can do in the area of housing, whether it’s emergency rental assistance or this type of long-term housing solution, the better, and we should keep focusing on solutions for this problem. Partnering with these military units, we have the tools and talent to make a big difference.”

The Oklahoma Air National Guard, the Army National Guard, the Navy Reserve and the Air Force Reserve Command will provide personnel to construct the new homes as part of the Innovative Readiness Training program. The IRT program provides hands-on, real-world training during the construction process, allowing joint military units an opportunity to improve their deployment readiness.

Master Sgt. Mitchell Sisco, operations manager for the IRT program and a Cherokee Nation citizen from Tahlequah, has worked with the Cherokee Nation to kick off the project. Sisco said he approached the Cherokee Nation about establishing a veterans housing addition through the IRT program after completion of a similar project in Montana in 2016.

“This is a wonderful example of how the military and civilians can work together to help out for a good cause,” Sisco said. “The Innovative Readiness Training program has multiple missions: we have construction, medical, cyber and all kinds of missions where we can go out into the civilian world and leverage our military training requirements with our community partners’ requirements to get tangible benefits for them. We have many other construction, medical and cyber missions throughout the U.S. and its territories.”

The Cherokee Nation provided the 30 acres for the project, and the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation will provide materials and other basic services for construction of the new homes. The Housing Authority will manage the property and in the future, will open the application process to Cherokee veterans. The Cherokee Nation Office of Veterans Affairs and Cherokee Nation Emergency Management department are also providing support for the project.

The new housing addition will be named in honor of the late Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Mige Glory, who served in the U.S. Army after being drafted at age 18. Glory served as a clerk for the 122nd Evacuation Hospital at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

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Vian Slates Town Cleanup for April 20-21

The Town of Vian has scheduled its community cleanup for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 20 and 21.

The cleanup is only for residential customers of the Vian Public Works Authority and all trash will be picked up on residents’ normally scheduled trash day. Please make sure to have all your refuse materials curbside by 7 a.m. on the day of your trash pickup.

Everything from metal to household trash will be accepted, but metal must be placed in a separate pile. Any appliance that contains Freon or has a compressor must have it removed before pickup.

Tires and batteries will not be accepted, nor will hazardous wastes such as paint, pesticides or cleaning chemicals.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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