Cherokee Nation donating surplus equipment to Stilwell Police Department

July 12, 2017

(L-R) Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors Jack Baker, Don Garvin, Curtis Snell and David Thornton Sr. were presented Pendleton vests during their last Tribal Council meeting.(L-R) Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors Jack Baker, Don Garvin, Curtis Snell and David Thornton Sr. were presented Pendleton vests during their last Tribal Council meeting.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council authorized the donation of a dozen unused Tasers to the Stilwell Police Department to help with law enforcement safety during Monday night’s monthly meeting.

The 12 Tasers being donated have been identified as surplus inventory. The tribe’s security officers have been equipped with Tasers for about three years and are upgrading to newer models.

“Law enforcement agencies today are often faced with limited resources, so I’m proud the Cherokee Nation is able to offer this equipment to Stilwell police officers,” District 7 Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis, of Stilwell, said. “It’s important for police to have the right tools to keep the citizens of our community safe, and I hope this equipment provides just one more option for them to do so.”

Cherokee Nation routinely makes donations of surplus equipment, such as vehicles or office furniture, to schools, organizations and law enforcement.

“I support making any surplus donations that help law enforcement, especially in my hometown,” District 8 Tribal Councilor Shawn Crittenden, of Stilwell, said. “I give credit to the tribe’s security office for wanting to donate some of its equipment no longer needed to another law agency that will benefit.”

The Tribal Council also did the following:

• Presented four long-serving tribal councilors with Pendleton vests in honor of their service. Tribal Councilors Don Garvin, Jack D. Baker, Curtis Snell and David Thornton Sr. each participated in their last meeting as tribal councilors and took time to share some of their fondest memories.

• Approved a resolution allowing the One Fire Association to lease the Kenwood Community Building and ball fields in Delaware County for five years with an option to renew for an additional five years.

• Approved a resolution authorizing a partnership between the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Cherokee Nation’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 to improve home-visiting services for children and families.

• Confirmed the nomination of Gabe Mosteller as a board member of the Economic Development Trust Authority Board of Directors. Mosteller’s term will expire in July 2020.

The next Cherokee Nation Tribal Council meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Tribal Council headquarters in the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.