Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis, Stilwell Police Chief Chad Smith, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
STILWELL, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation donated $55,000 to four Adair County law enforcement agencies on Tuesday.
Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden presented checks to law officials. The Adair County Sheriff’s Department received $25,000, and the Stilwell, Westville and Watts police departments each received $10,000.
“As with most state-funded entities, our law enforcement agencies are feeling the budget cuts, and I’m so proud that our tribe can step up and help try to alleviate some of the budget woes,” Tribal Councilor Hargis said. “These brave men and women put their safety and lives at risk every day, and I hope that this money can help provide the necessary equipment and tools to keep them safe while they are working to keep us safe in Adair County.”
Adair County Sheriff Jason Ritchie said the tribe’s support is crucial for the safety of deputies and citizens.
“The Cherokee Nation’s support means so much to us because it provides vital equipment we need and a lot of times can’t afford, like vests, less lethal weapons and things like cars. It really means a lot to us,” Ritchie said.
Secretary of State Hoskin said it’s important for the tribe to be a good partner with local law enforcement in order to protect both Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike.
“Having properly equipped and funded law enforcement is vital for our communities, and that’s why the tribe dedicates a portion of its car tag sales revenue to our local agencies,” Hoskin Jr. said. “We want to be a good partner to these local agencies because we want to ensure our law enforcement can keep all members of our communities safe. I commend Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis for maintaining a good relationship with the agencies in Adair County and for always helping to meet their needs.”
The donated funds come from the tribe’s car tag sales revenue. Each year the tribe dedicates 20 percent of the revenue to law enforcement agencies.
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