TAHLEQUAH – During the pandemic year of 2020, the Cherokee Nation made more than a dozen land purchases across six counties within its jurisdiction.

The largest purchase was in Sequoyah County, listed as “Demaree-Sequoyah,” for 4,376.53 acres for $4,376,530.

Another purchase by the CN in Sequoyah County was the .38 acres on which sits the Vian Peace Center food pantry. The purchase was for $200,000, paid to the Vian Peace Center, Inc. According to CN, Vian Peace Center remains the building’s occupant for no rent as part of CN’s support of the organization.

The CN also received two donations of land: 5 acres from the Vian Community Charitable Trust and 2.6 acres around the entrance near Sequoyah’s Cabin from Sequoyah County.

In Rogers County, the CN acquired 4.11 acres in Owasso for $1.5 million, and the 20-acre tract with the J.W. Sam Elementary School for $1 million in Catoosa.

In Nowata County, a purchase of 1.68 acres was made for $150,000 near the Will Rogers Health Clinic.

A purchase was also made in Craig County for .06 acres that includes the Barrett building in Vinita for $60,000.

Land in Adair County along Blackjack Street in Stilwell was bought for $200,000. The tract was listed at 3.2819 acres.

The CN also made four land acquisitions in Cherokee County during the year. A purchase of 6.25 acres was made for $675,000 on a tract listed as “Prewitt,” and 140 acres was bought on a tract listed as “Roach” for $664,580.

Five acres was bought in Hulbert for $125,000 and 4.87 acres was bought in Tahlequah for $120,000.

Total CN land acquisitions for 2020 were 4570.3019 acres for $9,071,110. Figures were reported by the CN Office of Real Estate Services.