Former CNMS building to be disassembled
Plans are underway to take down the old Cherokee Nation Marshal Service building, which housed the Cherokee Nation’s law enforcement department from 2001 until this past March. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The former Cherokee Nation Marshal Service building located west of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex has had many uses since it was built in the 1980s, but its days are numbered.
The building will soon be taken down to provide more parking for the Tribal Complex, on which a second story was recently added to provide more office space and accommodate the tribe’s courts.
“The building will be disassembled rather than demolished,” CN Construction Project Administrator Paul Crosslin said. “We’re hoping we can save some parts for future construction projects.”
Crosslin said he is not certain when the building will be disassembled. Tests such as tests for asbestos levels first need to be completed.
“We’re hoping to start the disassembly next week (week of Aug. 14) but that decision hasn’t been made yet,” he said.
Longtime CN employees estimate the building was constructed in the mid-1980s as a green house with no insulation. In the 1990s, the building housed the Cherokee Gift shop.
“I worked there when I started in 1992,” Cherokee Gift Shop General Manager Linda Taylor said. “That was before the gift shop was moved to the front of the Cherokee Nation Annex building.
CNMS Capt. Danny Tanner said the building housed the CNMS from 2001 until this past March.
“Our new location (inside the Cherokee Nation EMS building east of the Tribal Complex) was actually built for the Marshal Service, but the CN Election Commission ended up moving in,” he said.
Tanner said he was grateful the CNMS was able to move to its new location. “This is where Cherokee Marshal Service should be located.”