TAHLEQUAH -- An Oct. 23 memo from Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner announced a new program through the "Respond, Recover and Rebuild COVID-19 Plan" to assist Cherokee Nation citizens with disabilities.

The CN Disability Assistance Program will provide a $300 check for CN citizens in the reservation with disabilities, especially veterans with disabilities, to help them respond to COVID-19. The application and more information can be found on�Cherokee.org�under the green RRR Disability Assistance icon.

The memo also stated through the "Respond, Recover and Rebuild COVID-19 Plan," tribal employees have assisted more than 108,000 tribal citizens. Those citizens received assistance with funding for utilities, training programs, clothing assistance, emergency aid, school technology and more.

"Wado, for all your care and attention as these are historic achievements by our tribe and helped so many of our citizens who truly needed you," Hoskin told CN employees in his memo. He added that other RRR emergency elder and education payments should be processed and finished by Nov. 20.

In Health Services, Hoskin said health employees have now COVID tested more than 35,000 CN citizens, and public health contact tracing teams monitor more than 400 active COVID cases on a daily basis -- "all of this providing safety to our people and communities."

"Through our food distribution efforts, more than 90,000 citizens were served though our boxed food program and 28,000 ready-made meals went out to our senior nutrition sites and Elder Care," Hoskin said. "As we enter the seventh month of responding to the virus, we know that we are tired and ready for change of work and play. Although the virus has dealt a blow to the U.S. economy, we are proud that Cherokee Nation continues to weather the storm. We received a sizeable allocation of the Coronavirus Relief Fund, and with the help of the treasurer, we are strategically investing in many other projects across the reservation."

Hoskin expressed thanks for the work and dedication of the more than 11,000 employees of the CN and Cherokee Nation Businesses.

"We have accomplished so much together, and we are confident that the best days of the Cherokee Nation lie ahead of us. Thank you for investing in our citizens, our communities, and the Cherokee Nation," he said.