Cherokee Nation makes temporary changes to its services

BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
03/24/2020 08:30 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Cherokee Nation citizen Tracy Daugherty, of Tahlequah, and her children, Eli and Cheyenne Daugherty, pick up groceries on March 20 from the CN Food Distribution site in Tahlequah, adhering to the temporary changes made by the Food Distribution program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation has made necessary changes, per tribal and Centers for Disease Control guidelines, amid the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of tribal citizens and employees by placing restrictions on available services.

“As we take on the challenge of dealing with COVID-19 two things are clear: first, Cherokee Nation government must continue to function to serve our citizens. Second, we must keep our workplace safe,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a March 18 video update. “This means not only keeping our government buildings clean and sanitary, but also reducing the number of visitors to our buildings and reducing the number of employees in those buildings.”

Food Distribution’s temporary changes include limiting clients in lobbies and stores, introducing curbside pickup for clients 65 years and older and making home deliveries to elders who are not able to visit Food Distribution sites.

These processes may change based on recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Staff will be on site to help with these changes, CN officials said.

Via the tribe’s Facebook page, the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation is also introducing temporary changes to its services.

Those who make payments will receive letters in the mail, with postage-paid return envelopes, asking them to mail in their payments. They will receive receipts and another postage-paid return envelopes through the mail.

All HACN apartment tenants will receive similar notices on their doors outlining the process with an option for elders to contact the HACN to request for staff to pick up their payments. And late deadlines are extended 10 days for mailed in payments.

Call 1-800-847-2869 for information.

Human Services temporarily closed its offices starting March 23 and services will be done electronically. For information, call 918-453-5422 or email human_services@cherokee.org.

Registration applications were only being taken by mail through March 31. All Registration Department walk-in services, including photo IDs, are suspended, per the tribe’s Facebook page.

Registration application forms are available at www.cherokee.org/all-services/tribal-registration and can be returned by mail. For information, call 918-458-6980.

Citizens needing proof of citizenship for tribal services can email registration@cherokee.org.

CN officials also said tag offices are encouraging citizens to use the online tag renewal option as all offices have temporarily closed as of March 23. Online renewals are for regular vehicles, motorcycles, travel trailers and personalized tags for those vehicles. To renew, visit http://tagoffice.cherokee.org/online-tag-renewal/.

Commercial and farm truck tags can be renewed by mail.

For information, call 918-453-5100 or email registration@cherokee.org.

Career Services will be closing to the public all offices and conducting services by phone and email. Each office location has established central locations for clients to drop off timesheets, pick up cards and other needed services. GED classes and training have been suspended.

Concerning CN employees and facilities, the Fleet Service Center suspended operations on March 20. And to keep fluent speakers safe and informed, CN officials have created a hotline called the Cherokee Speakers hotline (1-539-234-4040) for those who have questions about COVID-19 or need assistance.

Other changes include senior nutrition sites taking to-go orders, student clothing vouchers being handled by mail, fax or email and processing college scholarships will be strictly web-based, Hoskin said.

All other CN office closings, as of March 23, include the Tahlequah Child Development Center, Human Services, Election Commission and the Veterans Center. Services for those departments are being conducted online and by phone, according to a CN email.

“These measures reflect the kind of steps that I encourage all citizens to take in their daily lives as we make sacrifices and work together to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19,” he said.

For Food Distribution information, call:

• Tahlequah at 918-207-3920
• Collinsville at 918-371-4082
• Jay at 918-253-8279
• Nowata at 918-273-0500
• Salina at 918-434-8402
• Sallisaw at 918-775-1120
• Stilwell at 918-696-5171

For Career Services information, call:

• Cherokee County Tahlequah office at 918-453-5555
• Cherokee County Employment Training at 918-453-5555
• Cherokee County TERO and TLJC office at 918-453-5334
• Adair County Stilwell office at 918-696-3124
• Sequoyah County Sallisaw office at 918-776-0416
• Delaware County West Siloam office at 918-422-6371
• Delaware/Ottawa County Jay office at 918-253-3243
• Muskogee/McIntosh/Wagoner county Muskogee office at 918-682-2077
• Rogers County Claremore office at 918-342-7450
• Tulsa County Tulsa office at 918-574-2749
• Washington/Craig/Nowata County Vinita office at 918-256-4576
• Mayes County Pryor office at 918-825-7988
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Lindsey Bark grew up and resides in the Tagg Flats community in Delaware County. She graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, emphasizing ...
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Lindsey Bark grew up and resides in the Tagg Flats community in Delaware County. She graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, emphasizing ...

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