Cherokee Nation Marshal Service to expand unit with grant


Cherokee Nation marshals, security officers, dispatchers and staff pose at the Cherokee Nation Prison Museum. (Will Chavez, Cherokee Phoenix)

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service is adding three new marshals to its 34-member squad after receiving an $845,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

A $551,387 grant from the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services will pay the salary of three new marshals over the next three years. Nearly $300,000 from the grant will equip the new marshals with vehicles, pistols, bullet proof vests, uniforms and other essential equipment.

“The COPS office recognizes the issues facing Indian County better than most federal entities and has given our Marshal Service the funding to better serve our citizens,” Marshal Shannon Buhl said.

The federal grants, totaling more than $26 million, went to 86 Native American law enforcement agencies to expand policing services.

“This new DOJ federal funding will be used prudently to add needed staff and equipment. It will help the Cherokee Marshal Service fulfill its core mission: to protect Cherokee citizens,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Our Marshal Service provides a critical service in our 14-county jurisdictional area, and they make all citizens safer – Cherokee and non-Indian.”

Cherokee Nation marshals serve within the 14-county Cherokee Nation jurisdiction. The Marshal Service is cross deputized in most counties and has secondary jurisdiction in each county within the jurisdiction, except for Tulsa County.

The Marshal Service is currently hiring. It plans to have new marshals hired, trained and equipped by February 2015.

For more information on the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, visit

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