June 7, 2017
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation recently donated $10,000 to the Adair County Park to help with the upkeep at the park in Stilwell.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. presented the check to Adair County Commissioner Keith Davis.
“Cherokee Nation remains committed to the preservation and upkeep of natural resources and that includes locations like Adair County Park, where people can enjoy the outdoor beauty of northeast Oklahoma,” Baker said. “Collaborations like this ensure visitors, as well as area residents, have a safe and family-centric environment to utilize in Stilwell.”
The former state park now operates through a partnership between Adair County, the city of Stilwell and Cherokee Nation. The tribe and city provide support funding while the county manages the funds and grounds of the park.
“The tribe’s support means everything,” Davis said. “The park is a partnership deal with the Cherokee Nation, city and county, and it’s a good thing for Adair County.”
Hargis said the park is a great recreational site for families and the community.
“This park provides many outdoor recreational amenities to our community,” Hargis said. “Whether it is fishing or the picnic pavilions or the playgrounds, this park provides a place for our families and community group to gather and enjoy some time outdoors. I’m very proud the tribe can partner with the city and county to help ensure our citizens continue to enjoy this park.”
The Cherokee Nation donation was made from Chief Baker’s charitable contributions budget.