Cherokee Nation Tribal Council authorizes donation of surplus equipment

March 12, 2019

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden presented Jose Acala, a bicycle mechanic, a Pendleton blanket after the Tribal Council passed a resolution recognizing his volunteer service to the Remember the Removal Bike Ride.Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden presented Jose Acala, a bicycle mechanic, a Pendleton blanket after the Tribal Council passed a resolution recognizing his volunteer service to the Remember the Removal Bike Ride.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council authorized the donation of surplus equipment to four community organizations and a local school during the legislative body’s March meeting.

Donations included a vehicle and office equipment to Vian Peace Center in Sequoyah County; a freezer and two stoves to Mid-County Community Organization in Adair County; office equipment to Oaks Community Organization in Delaware County; office equipment to Zion Public School in Adair County; and a mower to No-we-ta Cherokee Community Foundation in Nowata County.

“It is always a blessing that the Cherokee Nation is in a position to help community organizations and schools with surplus equipment donations,” said Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan, of Stilwell. “We know that when we are able to help these organizations with basic equipment needs that it allows them to dedicate even more resources to meeting the needs of their organizations and communities.”

In other business, the Tribal Council passed a resolution recognizing Jose Acala, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for his volunteer work assisting the Remember the Removal Bike Ride. Acala, a bicycle mechanic, has volunteered his service each year to make sure the cyclists' bicycles remain in tune during the nearly 1,000-mile ride the cyclists make each June commemorating the Trail of Tears.

The next meeting of the Tribal Council is scheduled for Monday, April 15, at 6 p.m. at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.