March 13, 2017
WHAT: Groundbreaking for construction of 11 new homes in Vinita
WHEN: Friday, March 17 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Intersection of W. Louise Ave. and North Miller St. in Vinita
WHO: Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin
Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez
Housing Authority Executive Director Gary Cooper
Vinita Mayor Ronnie Starks
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation will break ground Friday on 11 new homes that will be constructed through the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation’s New Home Construction Program.
The three-bedroom homes are being built through the New Home Construction Program, which was implemented by Principal Chief Bill John Baker in 2012. Home recipients are selected from the Housing Authority’s waiting list of local New Home Construction applicants who do not own land.
The local school district may also greatly benefit from the new homes, as the public schools can receive up to $2,800 in federal impact aid for each Indian child in the school district living in the homes.
Chief Baker, Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez and other leaders will deliver remarks during the groundbreaking celebration.
Since the announcement of the program in April 2012, the Cherokee Nation has built more than 500 new homes and has approximately 300 more under construction throughout the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction.