OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation Dean Dr. William Pettit presents Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez a beaded stethoscope, commemorating the school and tribe’s partnership on the new medical school being built in Tahlequah.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved a budget increase for the Marshal Service Monday as part of an operating budget modification during the April legislative meeting.
The $256,757 increase will raise the salaries of about half the deputy marshals to bring the officers up to standard or above standard with the Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement’s pay scale.
“Our Cherokee Nation Marshal Service is such an invaluable asset to our local communities,” District 7 Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan said. “I am happy that our Tribal Council was able to work with the administration and secure the funding for pay increases that is bringing all of our Marshal Service to or above the BIA standard.”
The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service is a certified law enforcement agency with jurisdiction throughout the Cherokee Nation. The Marshal Service currently has 31 deputy marshals and is cross-deputized with 50 municipal, county, state and federal agencies.
In other business, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences President and OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean Dr. Kayse Shrum and OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation Dean Dr. William Pettit presented beaded stethoscopes to members of the Tribal Council during the meeting. The commemorative gifts celebrate OSU and the tribe’s partnership on the new medical school. The medical school will be located in Tahlequah and is scheduled to begin operations in 2020.
The next meeting of the Tribal Council is scheduled for Monday, May 13, at 6 p.m. at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.
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