Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Tina Glory Jordan, Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club Chief Professional Officer Janice Randall, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Councilor David Walkingstick and Board Member Leroy Qualls.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation donated nearly $82,000 to the Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club on Thursday as part of a nearly $200,000 total donation to eight organizations in Indian Country.
“The Cherokee Nation is a proud and regular financial supporter of the mentoring work done at Indian Country Boys & Girls Clubs,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “The benefit our youth acquire from these worthy organizations is significant. We owe our children, especially those who need it the most, an outlet and an opportunity where they can grow into their full potential as productive and responsible citizens.”
The funds help the afterschool programs continue character and leadership development among Cherokee youth. The Cherokee Nation has contributed more than $1.5 million to help the organizations with salaries, operation costs and materials since 2008.
“The Cherokee Nation donation is so important. If we didn’t have this money, it would be almost impossible to run our programs,” said Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club Chief Professional Officer Janice Randall. “We use the money for scholarships for our kids and to fund any program needs the kids might have.”
The eight Boys & Girls Clubs within the Cherokee Nation’s jurisdiction serve 15,000 students, with Cherokee County alone serving 6,281 children.
Organization, enrollment, award amount
Adair County, 2,073, $27,039.13
Bartlesville, 808, $10,539.13
Chelsea, 380, $4,956.52
Cherokee County, 6,281, $81,926.09
Delaware County, 2,277, $29,700
Green Country, 1,086, $14,165.22
Nowata, 514, $6,704.35
Sequoyah County, 1,531, $19,969.57
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