Tribal Council approves contract for healthy living grant

June 20, 2017

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council unanimously approved a contract with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Healthy Living Program worth more than $350,000 at the legislative body’s June meeting.

The tribe’s Public Health Department was awarded a grant worth $113,425 for fiscal year 2017 and $240,000 for fiscal year 2018 to prevent and reduce tobacco use, increase physical activity and improve nutrition in Adair County.

“The tribe receiving this grant is a great thing for the citizens of Adair County,” said Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis, who chairs the health committee. “I commend our employees for working diligently to ensure this funding and resources will stay in Adair County. I hope with the leadership of our public health officials we can make a great impact on the health of our county through this grant.”

Funding provided by the TSET Healthy Living Program is designed to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease at the community level. The goal is to target places where funding will make the most impact, including businesses, governments, schools and community organizations.

In other business, the Tribal Council performed the following actions:

• Confirmed the reappointment of Glendon K. Watkins, of Tahlequah, as a board member of the Economic Development Trust Authority. Watkins worked at BancFirst in Tahlequah for nearly 30 years, including holding the position of senior vice president when she retired.

• Passed a resolution stating the tribe will support and promote the Spavinaw Creek Days as an event related to Cherokee Nation Culture.

The next Tribal Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, July 10, at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.