Tribal Council accepts grant to help increase fitness, nutrition


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on Monday unanimously approved a contract with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Healthy Living Program worth more than $350,000.

Cherokee Nation’s Public Health Department was awarded a grant worth $113,425 for fiscal year 2017 and $240,000 for fiscal 2018 to prevent and reduce tobacco use, increase physical activity and improve nutrition in Adair County.

“The tribe receiving this grant is going to be a great thing for Adair County,” said Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis, who chairs the health committee. “I am proud the tribe was able to step up and ensure this funding and resources will stay in Adair County. I hope with the leadership of our public health officials we can make a great impact on the health of our county through this grant.”

Funding provided by the TSET Healthy Living Program is designed to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease at the community level. The goal is to target places where funding will make the most impact, including businesses, governments, schools and community organizations.

In other business, the Tribal Council also confirmed the reappointment of Sequoyah Schools Superintendent Leroy Qualls as a board member of the Cherokee Nation Foundation. Qualls’ term on the board will continue through March of 2021.

The Cherokee Nation Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that provides educational assistance to tribal citizens and promotes and preserves Cherokee Nation language, culture and history.

The next Tribal Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.

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