October 10, 2018
LENAPAH, Okla. – The town of Lenapah’s water quality is being improved thanks to a $12,000 contribution from the Cherokee Nation.
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez visited the Nowata County community on Oct. 4. They delivered the donation and visited with employees of the water treatment facility.
“This project is another great example of how Cherokee Nation’s partnerships are beneficial to eastern Oklahoma communities,” Hoskin said. “The positive impact of this contribution should be seen for years to come. Investing in vital infrastructure throughout the tribe’s 14-county area continues to be a priority for the Cherokee Nation.”
Funding was provided through the tribe’s special projects fund and Cherokee Nation’s water and sanitation department. 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.
“Small communities like Lenapah make the most of every dollar they receive to improve the lives of their community members,” Vazquez said. “I’m proud the tribe is partnering with Lenapah to update their water treatment facility.”
The funds provided by Cherokee Nation will help with installation of a new media filter at the facility, which is used to remove pollutants from the water.
“This donation will definitely help us improve the water quality by filtering out a lot of the contaminants,” Lenapah Public Works Authority Superintendent Stephen Lowen said. “We appreciate the Cherokee Nation coming and helping us with this system.”
Around 300 people, most of whom are Cherokee, rely on Lenapah’s water treatment facility, according to Lowen.