Cherokee Nation donates surplus car to Oaks School

September 8, 2017

(L-R) Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Oaks School Superintendent Wyman Thompson, Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Tribal Councilor Mike Shambaugh.(L-R) Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Oaks School Superintendent Wyman Thompson, Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Tribal Councilor Mike Shambaugh.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. joined Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd and Tribal Councilor Mike Shambaugh to present Oaks School with a surplus car last week.

Oaks will use the car for its driver’s education program.

“We’ve seen how our schools have had budgets cut at the state level for years, but the Cherokee Nation is finding ways to help fill many of those gaps for districts in northeast Oklahoma,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “The driver’s education program at Oaks School is not only a benefit to Cherokee students, but also to non-Cherokee students. I’m proud the Cherokee Nation is able to give them a hand.”

The 2003 Ford Taurus was previously used by Cherokee Nation Businesses.

“It’s great to get this help from the Cherokee Nation,” Oaks School Superintendent Wyman Thompson said. “Funds are so tight at schools. This is a great help to our school and our driver’s education program.”

The tribe routinely provides surplus vehicles and equipment to city or county governments, schools and nonprofit organizations.

“This is why I became a Tribal Councilor,” said Shambaugh, of Jay. “It gives me great pleasure to help our communities in District 9, especially when it has a positive effect and benefits our children.”