Cherokee Nation continues essential services amid COVID-19

BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
04/29/2020 01:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – April 17 marked the second month that the Cherokee Nation has had to alter how it provides necessary services to its citizens.

The tribe has made continuous updates to its Facebook page, where most changes to services can be found.

“This week marks our second month of fighting the COVID-19 virus here in the Cherokee Nation,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in an April 17 video update. “I’m proud to report that we’re making incredible strides addressing our essential services all while focusing first and foremost on the safety of our citizens and our employees.”

The CN scholarship program is offering alternative ways for 2020 spring semester scholarship recipients to earn their community services hours, according to a CN Facebook post.

“Scholarship students can substitute community service by watching several video resources from the Centers for Disease Control related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the post states.

After watching the videos found on the CDC website, students must complete a verification form found on the CN website that replaces the original community service form when applying for scholarships.

For information click here.

Commerce Services is staying up to date on Internal Revenue Service economic stimulus checks that began distribution on April 15 to 2018 and 2019 tax filers, and has created “What You Need to Know” information found on the CN Facebook page with information from https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments.

“Please remember the IRS will not call, email or text you about your economic stimulus payment and they will not ask you for personal information or bank account information,” the CN Facebook post states. “The IRS will mail a letter 15 days after the economic stimulus payment is made to the payment recipient’s last known address. The letter will include information about how the payment was made and how to report any failure to receive the payment.”

For information call Commerce Services at 918-453-5536. 

In health care, Health Services is offering drive-thru screenings and COVID-19 testing at its Vinita, Muskogee, Sallisaw and Tahlequah outpatient facilities each weekday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., said CN officials.

“The bottom line is this, we are committed to helping during this crisis. We’ll continue to get through this,” Hoskin said.
About the Author
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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