March 3, 2017
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation recently donated $15,000 to the city of Skiatook to help install special needs playground equipment at Skiatook Central Park. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Buel Anglen presented a check to Skiatook Chamber of Commerce board members Linda Loftis and Charlotte Hall and Skiatook Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Upton.
“We’re very thrilled and honored to accept this donation from the Cherokee Nation,” Upton said. “Often children with special needs are overlooked when it comes to playground construction. This money will go to providing them a safe environment to enjoy our park.”
Hoskin said it’s important for the tribe to be good partners with our local governments.
“It is very important for the Cherokee Nation to identify good partners that can help us make more of an impact with our tribal dollars,” Hoskin said. “The city of Skiatook has identified a need within their community, and the Cherokee Nation is more than happy to dedicate some of its resources to helping ensure that need is met.”
The tribe donated the money from its special projects fund.
“It's my pleasure to help out our children with special needs that use the park equipment,” Anglen said. “Now the children will be able to use the swings like anyone else.”
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.