Tahlequah tag office settles into new location
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation’s Tahlequah tag office is settling into its new location at 120 E. Balentine Road after its recent December opening.
The location sits between the Cherokee Springs Golf Couse and U.S. Highway 62, west of the Curt’s Oil Co. Conoco gas station and east of the Tommy Nix Auto Group, formerly known as Darrell Yates Auto Mall.
CN Tax Administrator Sharon Swepston said the location provides more lobby room than its prior office and offers more parking.
“There is a larger waiting room. The lobby area will seat about 50 people now whereas before we could sit maybe 20. So we have a lot larger area for our customers to come in to. It’s a lot nicer area for them to come in to,” she said. “Instead of just having one public bathroom we have two – a men’s and a women’s. That’s better, too.”
The new location has also retained its television and Swepston said she hopes her office can put it to use in other ways than just informing citizens about what is going on with the tribe.
“In the future, we may be able to use that as a system to be able to put people’s names up on there where they can tell when it’s their turn,” she said.
Swepston said the new location also provides citizens more ease while getting tags with its five agent booths and drop-off area. She said citizens seem to enjoy the new building, especially the larger waiting area.
“Everybody seems to really like it,” she said. “It seems to be going really well and the public seems to be accepting it real well.”
CN citizen Rebecca Zamora recently visited the office to renew a tag for one of her vehicles. Zamora said the visit was her first at the new location and that it looks and feels nicer than the previous site.
“I like it,” she said. “It’s a lot nicer and not so on top of each other.”
Swepston said since the location is still new to citizens the tribe is sending out cards with the office’s address. She added that signs would be going up at the location soon.
Swepston said the Tahlequah tag office had been at its previous location since 2000. That location, she said, would be used as office space for other tribal departments.
With the recent opening of the Catoosa tag office, there are now six CN tag offices in the tribe’s jurisdiction. The CN also has tag offices in Sallisaw, Adair, Collinsville and Jay.
“Hopefully that is better for all our citizens so that they can go out and get their tags and make it a little easier for them to do that,” Swepston said.
The Tahlequah tag office is open at 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday except on Tuesday when it’s open until 6 p.m.
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏓᎵᏆ ᏙᏆᎴᎷ ᏗᎦᏛᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗᎢ ᎢᏤᎢ ᏧᏙᏢᏒ ᏭᏂᎷᏨᎢ 120 E.Balentine ᎦᎳᏅᏛᎢ ᎾᏞᎬᏭ ᎥᏍᎩᏱ ᏥᎧᎸᎢ ᏣᏂᏍᏚᎢᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏤᎢ ᏗᎪᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿᏂ ᎠᏰᏟ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᎹ ᏗᎦᏄᎪᎬᎢ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ ᎤᏃᏍᏛᏂᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ U.S. ᎤᏔᎾ ᏂᎦᏅᏅᎢ 62, ᎤᏕᎵᎬᎢ ᏗᏜ Curt’s ᎪᎢ ᏧᏂᏟᏍᏗᎢ. Conoco ᎪᎢ ᏧᏂᏟᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎧᎵᎬᎢ ᏗᏜ ᎥᎿᏂ Tommy Nix Auto Group, ᎢᎬᏱᎢ ᏥᎨᏒ Darrell Yates Auto Mall.
ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏗᏈᏴᏗ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ Sharon Swepston ᎾᏍᎩ ᏳᏪᏓ ᎥᎿᏃ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎤᏟᏅᏓ ᏏᏅ ᎢᎬᏱᎢ ᏣᏂᏯᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎤᏜᏅᏓ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎢ ᏙᏆᎴᎷ ᏧᏂᏗᎢ.
“ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏔᎾ ᎧᏅᏑᎳ ᎠᎦᏘᏗᏍᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏜᏅᏛᎢ ᎧᏅᏑᎸᎢ ᎯᏍᎩ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎢᏯᏂᎢ ᏴᏫ ᏯᎾᏅᎢ ᎢᎬᏱᎢᏃ ᏥᎨᏒ ᏔᎵᏍᎪᎯᏊ ᎢᏯᏂᎢ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏯᎾᏅᎢ ᎨᏒᎩ. ᎤᎪᏗ ᎤᏜᏅᏓ ᏰᎵᏊ ᏙᏆᎴᎷ ᏧᏂᏩᏍᎩ ᎬᏩᏂᏴᏍᏗ. ᏫᏟ ᏲᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏴᏟᎯᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎢᎬᏱᎢᏃ ᏗᎪᏢᏒᎢ ᏌᏊᏭ ᏙᏱ ᎤᎾᏨᏍᏗᎢ ᎪᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏊᏃ ᎢᏤᎢ ᏗᎪᏢᏒᎢ ᏔᎵ ᏕᎪᏢᎭ - ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ. ᎥᏍᎩᎾᏃ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏓᏤᏝ.”
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏤᎢ ᏗᎪᏢᏒᎢ ᏗᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᏝᎭ ᎠᎴ Swepston ᎥᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎤᏮᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎥᎿ ᏧᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᏰᎵᎢ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎬᏩᏙᏗ ᏱᎩ ᏗᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎩ ᏓᏂᏃᏣᏢᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᏣᏘᎾ ᏗᏜ ᏗᎨᏒ ᏍᏏᏅ ᏓᏂᏃᎯᏎᎲᎢ ᎠᏁᎳ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᏅᏍᏓᏢᎢ.
“ᎤᏩᎬᏗᏗᏒᎢ, ᎡᎵᏊ ᏲᏨᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎩ ᏰᎵᏊ ᏴᏫ ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ ᏧᏙᏪᎶᏗᎢ ᎤᏂᏃᎯᏎᎯ ᎨᏥᏯᏂᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
Swepston ᎯᎠ ᏄᏪᏎᎢ ᎢᏤᎢ ᏧᎰᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎢᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᎭ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎠᎯᏗ ᏧᏂᏁᏍᏗ ᏙᏆᎴᎷ ᏗᎦᏛᏗᎢ, ᎯᏍᎩᎭᏃ ᎾᏂᎠ ᎨᏥᏅᏏᏓ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏟᏅᏓ ᏫᏓᏢᏗᎢ. ᎠᎴ ᏙᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎠᏂᎸᏉᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᏤᎢ ᎠᏓᏁᎸᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏔᏂᏓ ᏥᎩ ᎠᎦᏘᏗᏍᏗᎢ ᎧᏅᏑᎸᎢ.
“ᏂᎦᏗᏃ ᏙᏳᎢ ᎠᏂᎸᏉᏗᎭ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏙᏳᎢ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏂᎩᏏᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏂᏰᎸᏐᎢ.”
ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Rebecca Zamora ᎾᏞᎬᏫ ᎤᏪᏙᎳ ᎠᏤᎯᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏙᏆᎴᎷ ᎦᏗ ᎥᎿᎢ ᏙᏆᎴᎷ ᎤᏤᎵᎢ.
Zamora ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎩᎳ ᎢᎬᏱᎢ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎡᏙᎲᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎢᏤᎢ ᏗᎪᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎧᏃᏗᎢ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏤᏢᎢ ᏏᏅ Ꮎ ᎤᏪᏘ ᏗᎪᏢᏒᎢ. ᎥᏝ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᎦᏁᏄᏟ ᏱᎩ.”
SwepstonᏃ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏏ ᎢᏤᎢ ᏥᎩ ᎥᎿᎾ ᏙᏆᎴᎷ ᏗᎦᏛᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᏃ ᎠᏏ ᏗᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᏫᏓᏂᏅᏁᎠ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎥᎿᎾ ᎢᏜ ᏫᎦᎶᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏫᎦᎷᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ.
ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗᏍᎬᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᏞᎬᏭ ᎨᏒ ᏗᎦᏃᏣᏢᏍᎩ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᏂᏙᏛᏅᏔᏂᏒ ᎥᎿ ᎢᏤᎢ ᏗᎪᏢᏒᎢ.
Swepston ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᎵᏆ ᏙᏆᎴᎷ ᏗᎦᏛᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗᎢ 2000 ᏔᎵ ᎢᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ ᏂᏛᎬᏩᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏂᎪᏢᏐᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᎢ. ᎤᏪᏘ ᏙᏆᎴᎷ ᏗᎦᏘ ᏧᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗᎢ ᏂᏧᎵᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᏂᎵᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏚᎾᏙᏢᏩᏗᏒ ᏧᎾᏙᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ. ᎾᏞᎬᏭ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎤᏂᏍᏚᎢ Catoosa ᏙᏆᎴᎷ ᏗᎦᏛᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗᎢ, ᎾᏊᏃ ᎨᏒ ᏑᏓᎵ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏕᎪᏢᎭ ᏙᏆᎴᎷ ᏗᎦᏛᏗ ᏧᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗᎢ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ. ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏙᏆᎴᎷ ᏗᎦᏛᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗᎢ ᏗᎤᏃᏢᎭ ᏑᎷᏂᎨᏴᎢ, ᏙᏫᏍᎦᎶᎢ, ᏧᎾᏴᏢᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏜᏱᎪᎢ.
ᎤᏚᎩᏃ ᎬᏗ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏯᎯᏗᎠ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᏅᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏧᏂᏁᏍᏗᎢ ᏧᎾᏤᎵᎢ ᏙᏆᎴᎷ ᏗᎦᏘ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Swepston .
ᎾᏍᎩᏃᎾ ᏓᎵᏆ ᏙᏆᎴᎷ ᏗᎦᏛᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏍᏚᎢᏍᎪᎢ 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. ᎤᎾᏙᏓᏉᏅᎢ ᏧᎾᎩᎶᏍᏗ ᎬᏗᏍᎩ ᏔᎵᏁᏃ ᎢᎦ 6 p.m. ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᎠᏍᏚᎢᏐᎢ.
– Translation by David Crawler