March 13, 2018
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation recently made a contribution of $37,500 to four Adair County law enforcement agencies.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis presented the checks to law enforcement officials.
“Our law enforcement agencies are such a vital part of every community that we serve, and it’s important that we show our support,” Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “I am proud that we can help fill the funding gap and work together in communities where Cherokee Nation citizens live, work and raise their families.”
The Adair County Sheriff’s Department received $15,000 and the Stilwell, Watts and Westville police departments each received $7,500. The annual donations help ensure the safety of both Cherokee and non-Cherokee citizens.
“One of the most rewarding parts of my role as Tribal Councilor is providing assistance to organizations that are vital to our communities,” Hargis said. “As with most sectors in the state, law enforcement agencies have experienced recent budget cuts, and I am glad the tribe can step up and help alleviate some of that financial strain.”
For Stilwell Police Chief Chad Smith, partnerships with Cherokee Nation are an important resource.
“It is always wonderful to partner with the Cherokee Nation,” Smith said. “This funding helps supply equipment and other needs and really benefits our community as a whole.”
Each year the tribe donates 20 percent of car tag sales revenue to local law enforcement agencies. The funds can be used on equipment or other needs.