New Storm Shelter programs will better protect our most vulnerable citizens


Severe weather – including tornadoes, flooding and violent thunderstorms – is an inevitable reality on the Cherokee Nation Reservation. Storms can wreak havoc on Cherokee communities, even endangering lives. The risk is greatest for those families that struggle to afford a safe place to ride out storms. All Cherokees should have peace of mind that they can be safe from severe weather.

That is why I am proud to announce a new program to construct about 300 storm shelters across the Cherokee Nation Reservation. We want to make sure all Cherokees can protect themselves and their loved ones from dangerous weather. Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and I know we have a duty to protect Cherokee people — especially our elders, citizens with disabilities and military veterans. This program takes direct action to do just that.