Principal Chief Bill John Baker cuts the ribbon at the new ONE FIRE Victim Services Office inside the Cort Mall April 30, while First Lady Sherry Baker, Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden, Tribal Council members, ONE FIRE Task Force members and other dignitaries watch.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation officially opened the doors to the Charles L. Head ONE FIRE Victim Services office at the Cort Mall in historic downtown Tahlequah Tuesday.
The office provides help to victims of crime, including emergency advocate assistance to law enforcement, transitional housing and even legal assistance. Doors are open to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or dating violence.
“The Cherokee Nation is setting a national precedent in Indian Country for our victims’ assistance response,” Chief Baker said. “From emergency health care to temporary and permanent housing, to abuse and addiction counseling, to education and job placement, the ONE FIRE approach will be an all-encompassing one-stop shop for survivors who need help and need help immediately.”
To promote ONE FIRE, the tribe recently held a poster contest for Boys and Girls Club fifth- through seventh-graders, and 11 of the finalists were treated to lunch with Chief Baker during the office open house.
At 8 a.m., May 17, the inaugural ONE FIRE Against Violence golf tournament will also be held at Cherokee Springs Golf Course. Cost is $75 per person or $300 per team, with all proceeds supporting victims of domestic violence and child abuse. For more information, contact Debra Lack at 918-453-5310 or Jon Overacker at 918-453-5334.
The Cherokee Nation is dedicated to combating the epidemics of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, not only in tribal communities, but also in the surrounding communities. The ONE FIRE Victim Services office is at 215 S. Muskogee Ave. in Tahlequah. Victims of sexual assault or violence can call the emergency hotline at 866-458-5399 or Cherokee Nation ONE FIRE officials at 918-453-5113.
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