Washington County Cherokee Association celebrates new community center

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/13/2019 10:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
More than 150 people attend the Oct. 3 opening for the Washington County Cherokee Association’s new community building in Ochelata. COURTSEY
OCHELATA – More than 150 Washington County Cherokees were on hand Oct. 3 to celebrate the opening of the Washington County Cherokee Association’s new community building.

According to a Cherokee Nation press release, the building was constructed with community work grants awarded by CN Community & Cultural Outreach and community assistance funds from the Tribal Council.

“The Washington County Cherokee Association is a strong community organization that was willing not only to work hard to see this building to completion, but also to work hard to maintain it as a service to the whole community,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “I’m proud that this building will serve as a hub of Cherokee culture and community for the entire area.”

The release states the community building was built east of the CN’s Cooweescoowee Health Center in Ochelata, a community about 12 miles south of Bartlesville.

“The Washington County Cherokee Association has done a fantastic job of bringing together the people and the resources needed to take this from a vision to a completed project,” Dist. 12 Tribal Councilor Dora Patzkowski said. “I look forward to the wonderful opportunities this community building will provide to Washington County Cherokee citizens in the coming years.”

According to the release, the facility offers 5,000 square feet of space where the community association can host meetings, cultural events and other activities throughout the year.

“This community building wouldn’t have happened without the Cherokee Nation,” Richard Stephens, WCCA president, said. “We feel extremely privileged to have had all of the support we’ve received. We’ve received every resource we needed.”

Learn more about the WCCA at www.Facebook.com/WashingtonCountyCherokeeAssociation.
Community work grants provide funding to qualifying Cherokee community organizations planning projects that will benefit their communities. For a list of qualifications or for details on submitting an application, call 918-718-5522 or email bradley-wagnon@cherokee.org.

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