Cherokee Nation funds $349,000 waterline project in Delaware County


(L to R) Front Row: Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Harley Buzzard, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Tribal Councilor Curtis Snell. Back Row: Cherokee Nation Engineer Billy Hix, Delaware County Rural Water District #11 board member Max Woollard and Delaware County Rural Water District #11 chairman Bruce Davis

OAKS, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation and Delaware County Rural Water District 11 entered into an agreement Thursday to build a new $349,000 waterline in the Oaks community.

The project will provide quality water to about 70 families. The waterline stretches 10 miles, from west of Kansas to south of Colcord. The project is expected to finish by spring 2015.

“It is important for the Cherokee Nation to make critical investments in community infrastructure that will improve the lives of our people today and for years to come,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “This partnership between our tribal government and the local government of Delaware County will make clean, safe water a reality for a multitude of families in Oaks.”

Cherokee Nation secured more than $344,000 in Indian Health Service dollars for the waterline construction. The tribe is also investing $5,000 from tribal funds.

Cherokee Nation Community Services completed 10 water and sewer projects with $250,000 from tribal funds and $1.28 million from Indian Health Service funds in fiscal year 2013. For more information on Community Services’ engineering and sanitation program, visit

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