Cherokee Nation funds $190K waterline extension in Muskogee County


(L to R) Front Row: Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Tina Glory-Jordan, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Tribal Councilman Don Garvin. Back Row: Muskogee County Rural Water District #7 Manager Brad Clinkenbeard, Board Chairman Terry Swanner, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin and Engineer Cason LeBlanc.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation signed an agreement Thursday with the Muskogee County Rural Water District #7 to complete a $190,075 project that will improve water access to 16 homes in rural Muskogee County.

The tribe is investing more than $96,000 in construction funding, equipment donations and engineering costs. Cherokee Nation also secured $93,000 in Indian Health Service dollars for construction of the waterline extension. The project was worked up by Cherokee Nation Engineer Cason LeBlanc.

“The collaboration and partnership between the Cherokee Nation and Muskogee County will strengthen the capacity of the county’s infrastructure and increase access to good, usable water for several Cherokee families,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “It is important for us as a tribal government to make key investments that improve the lives of our people.”

The project is a nearly one-mile extension of the Two Mile Road Waterline, an area that has previously been unreachable.

“This project will help our system a lot,” said Brad Clinkenbeard, manager of Muskogee County RWD #7. “This gives immediate access to clean water for people who have been hauling water or have insufficient wells. After a couple of years looking at this project, everyone is ready to go.”

Cherokee Nation Community Services completed 10 water and sewer projects, totaling more than $250,000, in fiscal year 2013. For more information on Community Services’ engineering and sanitation program, visit

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