Warner gets CN help to provide meals to elderly
Warner city officials, including Mayor Roger Thomason, right, and City Councilor Barbara Watson, fourth from right, join Dist. 4 Tribal Councilor Mike Dobbins, wearing mask, for a $25,000 check from the Cherokee Nation that will provide meals for elderly and personal protective equipment to protect against COVID-19. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Warner Court Clerk Paula Girty visits with Dist. 4 Tribal Councilor Mike Dobbins after receiving a $25,000 check from the Cherokee Nation on Sept. 15 to provide meals to elderly and personal protective equipment to protect against COVID-19. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
WARNER – Through the efforts of Warner city officials and Dist. 4 Tribal Councilor Mike Dobbins, the Warner Senior Citizens Center has received support to serve meals.
City officials joined Dobbins on Sept. 15 at Warner City Hall to receive a $25,000 check from the Cherokee Nation that will support the center. About 150 seniors are served lunch every week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday downtown.
“The city of Warner actually made the formal application, and I became aware of it and I helped see the process completed. But the city of Warner actually initiated it, and then I was able to help kind of help get it over the finish line,” Dobbins said. “It’s primarily to help with food security.”
He said the intent is to help feed Cherokee elders and purchase personal protective equipment to protect elders from COVID-19.
Warner Mayor Roger Thomason said the CN funds will be a “tremendous” help for the senior citizens center, and this isn’t the first time the CN has helped the center and the town, which is located in Muskogee County.
“It’s always a big help because we’re a small town with a small budget. When we get money like this, it just helps us tremendously,” he said.
Warner citizen Barbara Watson served as city clerk for 10 years, and for the past 14 years has been serving on the town’s city council. She said the CN has always been there for the town.
“They’ve always been there to back us up and support us. They’ve met many of our needs,” she said. “We really don’t separate our Cherokee and regular population because we are friends, between us, so what helps one helps the other, and we’re grateful for that. We’re grateful for everything that the Nation has done to support the town because it allows us to serve, not only the Cherokee citizens, but the rest of the citizens as well.”
Approximately 1,600 people reside in Warner, which is in what used to be the CN’s Canadian District. It is now located in Dist. 4 of the CN, which includes parts of Muskogee and McIntosh counties.
“I’ve been serving Warner and the rest of Dist. 4 for three years and this is the most gratifying part of that is being able to serve Cherokee elders in a tangible way like this,” Dobbins said.