May 30, 2018
HULBERT, Okla. - The Cherokee Nation recently donated $15,000 to the Hulbert Police Department and $10,000 to the Okay Police Department.
“In small towns like Hulbert and Okay, Cherokee Nation’s donations can make a world of difference in the police department’s ability to protect residents and keep neighborhoods safe,” Tribal Councilor Rex Jordan said. “We recognize that town budgets are often limited, so I’m proud we are able to provide these law enforcement funds to give these towns a needed boost.”
While Hulbert Police Department typically uses the tribe’s law enforcement funds to maintain its fleet, the donation also occassionally helps the department purchase new vehicles.
“This donation means a great deal to me and my department,” Hulbert Police Chief Casey Rowe said. “Our budget is so short and it’s such a small department that having this extra $15,000 helps us make it through the year. I don’t think our department could make it without it. It’s a great thing.”
The donation to Hulbert Police Department was provided through Tribal Council’s annual law enforcement funds. Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd, Councilor Jordan and Tribal Councilor David Walkingstick each dedicated a portion of their allocated law enforcement funds for the Hulbert donation.
Okay Mayor Bradley Mathews said the tribe’s $10,000 donation will help fund a contract with the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement service in the community.
“When we get assistance like this, it goes toward meeting our goals and what our community expects to be provided,” Mathews said. “Without the help of the Cherokee Nation, there are a lot of things we wouldn’t be able to do, and this is just one more example of that.”
Aside from monetary donations provided to agencies throughout the Cherokee Nation, the tribe also frequently donates surplus equipment, including vehicles, to police departments and sheriff’s offices.
“It’s no secret how local law enforcement agencies have an integral role in our communities,” Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Likewise, we recognize that Cherokee Nation’s support is vital to many of our police departments and their ability to effectively carry out that role. I appreciate how the Cherokee Nation continues to provide these crucial resources.”