Cherokee Nation donates $10K to Rogers County bicycle trail

December 29, 2016

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation recently donated $10,000 to the Rogers County bicycle trail project.

The $10,000 donation will help with the consultant fee for the nearly 2-mile proposed bicycle trail along Highway 266 between Verdigris and Claremore in Rogers County.

“Health and wellness activities are critical to maintaining good health and preventing health problems. I have been a huge advocate for the Mayes County bike trail from the beginning and was thrilled to learn that Rogers County was embarking on a similar project, so I had to get involved,” said Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor. “The missions of this project will have a lasting impact on the lives and health of countless Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike, and that is invaluable.”

Rogers County Commissioner Ron Burrows said the bicycle trail will be a major asset for the county and is really happy to get the tribe’s support on the project.

“Cherokee Nation has been outstanding in several projects that Rogers County has been involved with, including the bicycle trail project,” Burrows said. “With younger generations looking for quality of life type of amenities when choosing an area to settle in, this trail will meet that criteria and help make Rogers County a top choice for young families.”

The tribe donated the money from its special projects fund.

“Partnering with community organizations and other governments can make our tribal dollars go further and have a greater impact,” said Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “I commend Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor for identifying such great causes and partners in order to make our communities in northeast Oklahoma stronger.”

Projects funded through the special projects fund are selected by Tribal Council and Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s office and allow the tribe to partner with communities and organizations on projects that benefit both Cherokee Nation citizens and non-Cherokees alike.