August 2, 2018
TAHLEQUAH, OKLA. – Cherokee Nation leaders and local officials gathered Thursday to dedicate the recently completed Miller Street construction project.
The tribe invested $138,000 in the overlay of Miller Street, the relocation of a waterline and the construction of the new neighborhood street for 11 new homes built for Cherokee families through the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation New Home Construction Program. The project is part of a $1.1 million total investment in neighborhood infrastructure and new homes on Miller Street in Vinita.
“The Miller Street project is evidence of the tribe’s commitment to being a good partner in our communities,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “The city of Vinita has also proven to be a good partner, and we were thrilled to work with the city on this project that provided better infrastructure to the residents and new homes to Cherokee families.”
The tribe and Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation partnered with the city of Vinita to complete the road and waterline project with the tribe providing the funds and the city completing the construction.
“I want to thank the Cherokee Nation for providing the funding to improve North Miller Street and replacing the waterline which leads into the new housing addition,” said Vinita Mayor Ronnie Starks. “The partnership we have with the Cherokee Nation is truly an asset for Vinita. We want to continue to work with them as they invest in Vinita.”
Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez said the tribe’s ability to partner with quality organizations or local governments helps make its tribal dollars more impactful.
“Collaboration between the Cherokee Nation and local organizations and governments produces positive results that benefit Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike,” Vazquez said. “With this project, we are not only benefiting the local residents and 11 new homeowners, but also our schools and local government. Because of the funding, the schools will now receive federal impact aid for each enrolled student who resides in the new homes, and also allows the city to dedicate its funds to other projects.”
In fiscal year 2017, the Cherokee Nation helped construct or repair more than 78 miles of roads and bridges.