CN administers burial assistance program

01/11/2020 01:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation administers a burial assistance program funded through the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the CN.

It is designed to relieve or eliminate financial hardship associated with traditional funeral costs for indigent impoverished or low-income families with little or no resources. The program shall make available two burial assistance options for eligible families to select from. Eligible families must select one of the funeral homes that have an active contract with the CN.

The program is not an entitlement program, meaning that being a CN citizen or any other federally recognized tribe does not automatically make a person eligible for benefits under this program.

The deceased must be a citizen of a federally-recognized tribe, verified by a tribal citizenship card (a blue card for CN citizens). The deceased must have been a resident of the CN jurisdiction for six months prior to the date of death.

The deceased and his or her immediate family may not have resources (life insurance, veteran’s benefits, cash, savings accounts, etc.) exceeding $2,800. The deceased and his or her immediate family may not have income for the previous month greater than 150% of the National Poverty Level income standards.

The family must select a funeral home included on the list of those having an active burial contract with the CN. For information, visit and click on Human Services under the All Services tab at the top of the page. Then click Family Assistance.

Funeral homes that work with CN burial assistance

Adams Crest Funeral Services, Tulsa
Add ‘Vantage Funeral & Cremation Svc. Tulsa,
Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home, Sallisaw
Amy Stittsworth Funeral Service & Cremation Directors, Enid
Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home, Bartlesville
Backstrom-Pyeatte Inc. Siloam Springs, Ark.
Benjamin Funeral Service, Nowata
Brown-Winters Funeral & Cremation Service, Miami
Burckhalter Funeral & Cremation Services, Vinita
Butler-Stumpff Funeral Home, Tulsa
Checotah Funeral & Cremation Service, Checotah
Clifford D. Garrett Funeral Home, Ft. Gibson
Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home, Collinsville
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory, Muskogee
David W. Barnes Funeral Home, Coffeyville, Kansas
Davis Family Funeral Home, Dewey
Delozier Funeral Service, Chelsea
Dighton-Moore Funeral Services, Owasso
Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, Van Buran, Arkansas
Ellis Family Funeral Home, Grove
Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau
Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Pocola
Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel, Tulsa
Fitzgerald Southwood Chapel, Tulsa
Floral Haven Funeral Home, Broken Arrow
Forever Memories Funeral Services Inc. Sallisaw
Hart Funeral Home, Tahlequah
Hart Funeral Home, Stilwell
Heath-Griffith Funeral Home, Tulsa
Hibbs Funeral Home, Choctaw
House of Winn Funeral Home, Muskogee
Jack’s Memory Chapel, Tulsa
John Ireland Funeral Home, Moore
Johnson Funeral Home, Sperry
Keith Biglow Funeral Home, Muskogee
Lawson’s Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Grove
Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home, Muskogee
Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel, Fort Smith, Arkansas
Locust Grove Funeral Home, Locust Grove
Luginbuel Funeral Home, Vinita
Luginbuel Funeral Home, Langely
Mallett Funeral Home & Crematory, Wagoner
Mallory Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stigler
Michael’s Funeral Home, Drumright
Michael’s Funeral Home, Bristow
MMS-Payne Funeral Home, Claremore
Moore Eastlawn Chapel, Tulsa
Moore Memory Chapel, Tulsa
Moore Rosewood Chapel, Tulsa
Moore Southlawn Chapel, Tulsa
Paul Thomas Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Miami
Peters-Stumpff Funeral Home, Skiatook
Peters-Stumpff Funeral Home, Tulsa
Reed & Culver Funeral Home, Tahlequah
Reynolds & Sons Funeral Service, Collinsville
Rice Funeral Home, Claremore
Roberts & Hart Funeral Home, Westville
Roberts/Reed-Culver Funeral Home, Stilwell
Rogers Funeral Home, Henryetta
Schaudt Funeral Service & Cremation Care Centers, Glenpool
Schaudt Funeral Service & Cremation Care Centers, Okmulgee
Schaudt Funeral Service & Cremation Care Centers, Tulsa
Serenity Funeral Home, Tulsa
Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory, Wagoner
Shipman Funeral & Cremation Service, Pryor
Shipman Muskogee Cremation & Funeral Services, Muskogee
Stephens-Key Funeral Home, Pryor
Thomas Funeral Home, Welch
Walker Brown Funeral Home, Bartlesville
Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove
Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay


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