Travis Owens, director of cultural tourism and community relations for CNB; Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith; Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden; Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.; Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare Executive Director Nikki Baker-Limore; Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker; Shawn Slaton, CEO of CNB; Molly Jarvis, senior VP of cultural tourism and community relations for CNB; Amy McCarter, CNB community relations manager; Misty Heard, CNB community relations coordinator; and Paul Buckner, community relations coordinator.
Published December 21, 2017
TULSA, OKLAHOMA – Cherokee Nation Businesses and its employees are brightening the holidays for thousands of children in northeast Oklahoma through an annual tradition of supporting the Cherokee Nation Angel Project.
The company is contributing $20,000 to help fulfill unmet needs for children this Christmas. CNB and Cherokee Nation Entertainment’s contribution, including toy drives held at numerous casinos, helps the tribe’s holiday effort by providing gifts for children who might otherwise go without.
“The Cherokee Nation has many blessings to be thankful for and now more than ever, it’s important we remember our Cherokee families who, for whatever reason, may be struggling financially. It’s the mission of the Cherokee Angel Program to ensure their holiday season is also bright,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “By generously making sure gifts are delivered to children in need, CNB is making wishes come true and helping bring joy to families throughout Cherokee Nation.”
Along with CNB’s monetary donation, employees from the tribe’s business arm and entertainment properties personally adopted nearly 700 angels this holiday season.
This year marks the 12th consecutive year that the tribally owned company and its employees have participated in adopting angels for the program.
“As a company, we are very proud to serve as a great community partner and to help local children and families in as many ways as possible,” said Shawn Slaton, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “This time of the year really magnifies the need for us to give back, and our employees never waiver in their commitment and dedication to fulfilling a need.”
Cherokee Nation entities and employees provide the annual effort’s largest donations throughout the year. Departments throughout Cherokee Nation, CNB and CNE collect and donate essential items, such as clothing and winter apparel, in addition to toys.
“This year, Cherokee Nation was able to help approximately 1,990 angels. That is up from approximately 1,800 last year. For these children and their families, these gifts might be the only ones they receive this Christmas,” said Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare Executive Director Nikki Baker-Limore. “We appreciate our partners at Cherokee Nation Businesses. This project would not be nearly as successful without their help. We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to CNB for helping our Cherokee children in need.”
Children whose parents and caregivers applied for participation in the program are represented anonymously as angel ornaments on Christmas trees located in Cherokee Nation facilities. For more than a decade, the Angel Project has successfully helped thousands of children receive gifts such as clothes, toys, games and more through the annual effort.
The Cherokee Nation Angel Project assists Cherokee children who fall under low-income guidelines and reside within the Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction.