Tribe donates to Sequoyah County communities
Cherokee Nation leaders present a novelty check for $6,000 to Marble City community organizer and former Tribal Councilor Mary Flute Cooksey on Aug. 9 at the Marble City Community Center. From left to right are Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Flute Cooksey, CN ambassador Tommy Wildcat, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Tribal Councilor Bryan Water and Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
BELFONTE – On Aug. 16, Cherokee Nation leaders crisscrossed Sequoyah County and presented donations to 10 organizations and churches in Tribal Council districts 5 and 6.
The big recipient was Belfonte Baptist Church, which received a used Chevrolet Tahoe from Cherokee Nation Businesses’ surplus fleet.
According to the CN Communications, $34,500 in total donations was given. Of that, $2,500 was from Dist. 6 Tribal Councilor Bryan Warner’s community assistance funds. The remaining $32,000 was made from the administration’s charitable contributions budget.
The Cherokee Phoenix followed Warner, Baker, Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden, CN Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Dist. 5 Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith across two of the tribe’s southern districts and produced the following video of the day’s highlights.