Cherokee Nation donates $120K to 16 Cherokee County organizations

March 5, 2019

(L-R) CASA of Cherokee Country board members Kriss Harris, Hank Wright, Ginger Reeves, Larry Gipson, Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Paula Young, CASA of Cherokee Country Executive Director Jo Prout, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Jon Overacker, Lynn Thompson, Lynna Carson and Brad Eubanks.(L-R) CASA of Cherokee Country board members Kriss Harris, Hank Wright, Ginger Reeves, Larry Gipson, Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Paula Young, CASA of Cherokee Country Executive Director Jo Prout, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Jon Overacker, Lynn Thompson, Lynna Carson and Brad Eubanks.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation recently donated more than $120,000 total to 16 Cherokee County organizations to improve the lives of Cherokee Nation citizens and all residents of Cherokee County.

Among the recipients of the tribe’s annual donations and charitable contributions are food pantries, shelters, court advocates, churches and other organizations.

“It is a privilege for the Cherokee Nation to contribute funds to these great community partners,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “When the Cherokee Nation and community groups work together as partners, we are able to accomplish so much more in our communities. We truly are in this together. These 16 organizations are making a positive difference in Cherokee County and changing the lives of thousands of people each and every year.”

Among the organizations is Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cherokee Country, which received nearly $21,200. Court-appointed special advocates serve as independent eyes and ears in court cases that often involve child neglect, abuse or custody concerns.

CASA of Cherokee Country served 83 children in 2018, including 61 who are Cherokee.

“Cherokee Nation has supported the CASA program locally since it began in 1995, and without that support, we simply couldn’t function,” said Jo Prout, executive director of CASA of Cherokee Country. “We rely on a couple of grants and three fundraisers each year that are helpful in keeping us afloat, but the Cherokee Nation contribution enables us to continue our work. It’s a base from which we can work, and for that we are so grateful for the Cherokee Nation.”

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As the budget allows, Cherokee Nation’s Community & Cultural Outreach will continue to accept community work grant applications from eligible organizations through the remainder of the current fiscal year.

Cherokee community organizations that meet all eligibility requirements can also begin submitting applications for 2019-20 community work grants on Oct. 1, 2019.

For more information on community work grants, email www.cherokeecasa.org or by calling 918-456-8788.

Cherokee County organizations received the following Cherokee Nation contribution amounts:

CASA of Cherokee Country, $21,196.08

Cherokee Nation Foundation, $20,000

Elm Tree Baptist Church, $5,000

Help-In-Crisis Inc., $15,000

Hope House of Cherokee County, $5,000

Tahlequah Area Habitat for Humanity, $10,000

Zoe Institute Inc., $12,000

Cherokee Heritage Center, $8,000

Bread of Life, $2,000

Cherokee County, $3,000

D.D.Etchieson UMC, $2,000

Lost City Community Organization, $2,000

Native American Student Association, $2,500

Tahlequah Hospital Foundation, $4,500

Tailholt Community Organization, $6,000

Tri-Community Web Association, $2,000