CN donates $120K to 16 Cherokee County organizations

BY STAFF REPORTS
03/05/2019 05:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation recently donated more than $120,000 total to 16 Cherokee County organizations to improve the lives of Cherokee Nation citizens and county residents.

Among the recipients of the tribe’s annual donations and charitable contributions are food pantries, shelters, court advocates, churches and other organizations.

“It is a privilege for the Cherokee Nation to contribute funds to these great community partners,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “When the Cherokee Nation and community groups work together as partners, we are able to accomplish so much more in our communities. We truly are in this together. These 16 organizations are making a positive difference in Cherokee County and changing the lives of thousands of people each and every year.”

Among the organizations is Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cherokee Country, which received nearly $21,200. Court-appointed special advocates serve as independent eyes and ears in court cases that often involve child neglect, abuse or custody concerns.

CASA of Cherokee Country served 83 children in 2018, including 61 who are Cherokee.

“Cherokee Nation has supported the CASA program locally since it began in 1995, and without that support, we simply couldn’t function,” CASA of Cherokee Country Executive Director Jo Prout said. “We rely on a couple of grants and three fundraisers each year that are helpful in keeping us afloat, but the Cherokee Nation contribution enables us to continue our work. It’s a base from which we can work, and for that we are so grateful for the Cherokee Nation.”

CASA of Cherokee Country is regularly seeking advocates who can volunteer in court cases involving children in Cherokee County District Court, Adair County District Court and CN court.

For more information visit www.cherokeecasa.org or call 918-456-8788.

The organizations that received the CN contribution amounts are:

• CASA of Cherokee Country, $21,196,

• Cherokee Nation Foundation, $20,000,

• Elm Tree Baptist Church, $5,000,

• Help-In-Crisis Inc., $15,000,

• Hope House of Cherokee County, $5,000,

• Tahlequah Area Habitat for Humanity, $10,000,

• Zoe Institute Inc., $12,000,

• Cherokee Heritage Center, $8,000,

• Bread of Life, $2,000,

• Cherokee County, $3,000,

• D.D.Etchieson UMC, $2,000,

• Lost City Community Organization, $2,000,

• Native American Student Association, $2,500,

• Tahlequah Hospital Foundation, $4,500,

• Tailholt Community Organization, $6,000, and

• Tri-Community Web Association, $2,000.

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