TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation received grants totaling more than $5.3 million in October, including six grants from the U.S. Department of Justice that account for the most number awarded to any one tribe in Oklahoma.
The six Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation program grants from the Department of Justice total nearly $3.1 million, and will allow the tribe to provide services to elderly crime victims, improve the response time of Cherokee Nation deputy marshals, help reduce youth delinquency and assist recently incarcerated citizens as they reintigrate into daily life.
“These federal dollars provide the Cherokee Nation with new and improved resources for assisting many of our most vulnerable citizens,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “Funding will allow those working in our justice system to partner with a number of local and state agencies to improve public safety within the 14 counties of the Cherokee Nation, in large part through community policing efforts, new equipment and additional training. Improving public safety is beneficial not only to Cherokees, but to everyone who lives in and visits northeast Oklahoma.”
The tribe also received a grant worth more than $2.2 million from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Disability Employment Initiative to help 150 adults with disabilities develop career skills in health, business, construction and tourism/hospitality.
“We know that a skilled workforce ensures a stronger economy in the Cherokee Nation,” Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Now, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor and our local partners, the Cherokee Nation can direct more of our citizens toward a stable career where they and their employers can succeed.”
The added grant funding will strengthen the Cherokee Nation’s tribal justice system and expand service programs for citizens throughout the 14-county jurisdiction. The seven grants awarded to the Cherokee Nation in October are as follows:
- Cherokee Nation Career Services was awarded more than $2.2 million to provide adults with disabilities who live within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction access to vocational training, work experience, career development skills, supportive services and on-the-job training.
- Cherokee Nation Career Services was also awarded $749,993 to expand its Coming Home Re-entry Program, which helps recently incarcerated tribal citizens reintigrate into productive daily life. Career Services will partner with Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health and Northeastern State University.
- Cherokee Nation Human Services was awarded $449,925 to aid victims of elderly abuse. Human Services will partner with the Cherokee Nation Office of the Attorney General and state and district courts to strengthen working relationships and legal services for victims of elder abuse.
- Cherokee Nation Human Services was also awarded $349,646 to develop a tribal youth delinquency reduction program in Adair and Cherokee counties. The program will provide skill-building and support, case management, pro-social activities for youth, community awareness activities and parent-education services.
- Cherokee Nation Marshal Service was awarded $565,241 to improve response times and address emerging public safety issues within the tribe’s service area. Funds will allow for the purchase of patrol vehicles and for deputy marshals to train for search and rescue.
- Cherokee Nation was awarded $74,995 to create a strategic plan for the tribe’s justice system. The tribe will create a workgroup comprised of members from key departments involved in the Cherokee Nation justice system.
- Cherokee Nation ONE FIRE, which provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, was awarded $898,100 to expand its services. ONE FIRE will provide additional support services to victims of domestic crimes, including emergency groceries and supplies, transportation and costs of transitional housing.
The tribe’s Grant Development Department coordinated the application processes on behalf of the five departments that received grant funding.
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