May 16, 2018
SALLISAW, Okla. - The Cherokee Nation recently made a contribution of $58,400 to law enforcement agencies in District 5 and District 6, which encompass all of Sequoyah County and part of Muskogee County.
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilors Bryan Warner and E.O. Smith presented the checks to law enforcement officials at a special luncheon Tuesday at Cherokee Casino Sallisaw.
“One of the most rewarding parts of my role as Tribal Councilor is providing assistance to organizations that are vital to our communities,” Warner said. “With the state’s financial situation, law enforcement agencies have experienced recent budget cuts much like other sectors, and I am glad the tribe can step up and help alleviate some of that financial strain.”
Of the $58,400 total donated, the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department received $12,000, and the Braggs, Gore, Marble City, Muldrow, Roland, Sallisaw, Vian and Webbers Falls police departments each received $5,800. The annual donations help ensure the safety of both Cherokee and non-Cherokee citizens.
“These brave men and women risk their lives daily for the safety and well-being of our communities, and I am so glad that the tribe can support them and their work,” Smith said. “As a Tribal Councilor, I will always work to support these agencies, whether it is financially or through other resources, because I know that it will be used responsibly and for the betterment of our communities.”
For Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane, partnerships with Cherokee Nation are an important resource.
“Anything we need, we know we can call the tribe, and they are always great to work with,” Lane said.
Each year the tribe donates 20 percent of vehicle tag sales revenue to local law enforcement agencies. The funds can be used on equipment or other needs.
“The Cherokee Nation strives to be a good partner throughout our 14-county jurisdiction, and our commitment to providing funding to law enforcement through car tag revenue is evidence of that dedication,” Hoskin said. “I commend Tribal Councilors Warner and Smith for not only delivering financial support to the agencies in their districts, but also for their diligence in securing other needed resources for these departments throughout the year.”