Tribal Council authorizes the donation of vehicles to three law enforcement agencies

February 22, 2017

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council unanimously passed three resolutions authorizing the Marshal Service to donate a surplus vehicle to three law enforcement agencies on Tuesday.

Law enforcement agencies receiving a donated vehicle include the Nowata Police Department, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office and Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. The Muskogee and Delaware county agencies will receive a 2010 Crown Victoria with the Nowata agency receiving a 2011 Crown Victoria.

“As with many state funded organizations, law enforcement agencies have been impacted by state budget cuts, so it’s more important than ever that the Cherokee Nation steps up and tries to help these agencies where we can,” said Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd. “So by giving a vehicle to an agency, we are freeing up resources for other needs and that is only helping create a safer environment for both Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike.”

As vehicles become available, the Marshal Service and Cherokee Nation Businesses routinely donate surplus vehicles to local law enforcement agencies and other first responder organizations. In 2016, the tribe donated more than 15 vehicles to local law enforcement and other groups.

In other business, the Tribal Council confirmed the nomination of Michael Doublehead, of Stilwell, and re-nomination of Steven Wilson, of Tahlequah, as commissioners on the Cherokee Nation Tax Commission.

“We could not have confirmed two better qualified Cherokee Nation citizens as commissioners on the Cherokee Nation Tax Commission,” said Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis. “I have the upmost confidence that Mr. Doublehead will serve on the Tax Commission with the same integrity and fiscally responsible mindset that he’s displayed throughout his professional career, and I know that Mr. Wilson will continue to be a great asset for Tax Commission.”

Doublehead has more than 25 years of management experience. He previously served as the general manager of Stilwell Utilities and as vice president of Cherokee Nation Industries. He currently serves as the general manager of Tahlequah Public Works Authority. Wilson is a managing member of Wilson Land Development, LLC. and S&T Rentals & Leasing, LLC.

Doublehead and Wilson will both serve three-year terms ending in February 2020.

The legislative body also confirmed the nomination of Ceciley Thomason, of Oklahoma City, as an editorial board member of the Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board. Thomason graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Rogers State University. She currently serves as program manager for Sally’s List, a nonpartisan organization that recruits and trains women to campaign for public office. Thomason will serve a six-year term ending in February 2023.

The next Tribal Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, March 13, at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.