August 7, 2018
SOUTH COFFEYVILLE, OKLA. – Cherokee Nation leaders and members of Native American Fellowship Inc. recently celebrated the ribbon cutting for a new parking lot at the organization’s community building in South Coffeyville.
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez participated in the Aug. 2 ribbon-cutting event.
“Native American Fellowship Inc. is a great asset to the community of South Coffeyville,” Hoskin said. “This community organization works hard all year to promote the culture and history of our tribe as well as serve the needs of the community. I commend Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez for committing more resources to NAFI and South Coffeyville.”
Vazquez provided $12,000 from the Cherokee Nation’s Special Projects Fund to help fund the parking lot project.
“It’s wonderful to see so many Cherokees coming together at this community building each and every year,” Vazquez said. “This new parking lot is a wonderful addition to this property and will make visiting the community building even more convenient for years to come.”
NAFI President Bill Davis, who also attended the ribbon cutting, applauded the partnership with Cherokee Nation.
“NAFI and Cherokee Nation have once again partnered on a great project,” Davis said. “This new parking lot will make the community building, which is used year-round, more accessible. I appreciate the leadership of Deputy Speaker and District 11 Tribal Councilor Vazquez and Secretary of State Hoskin in helping us get this done. This is a win-win for the community and also the Cherokee Nation citizens.”
Projects funded through the special projects fund are selected by Tribal Council and Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s office and allow the tribe to partner with communities and organizations on projects that benefit both Cherokee Nation citizens and non-Cherokees alike.