Officials from Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses present a $20,000 check to coordinators for the Cherokee Nation Angel Project. The annual campaign ensures Cherokee children in need receive clothing and other gifts at Christmas. Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor David Walkingstick; Cherokee Nation Businesses board members Shaun Shepard and Jerry Holderby; Kim Teehee, CNB vice president of government relations; Tribal Councilors Curtis Snell, Rex Jordan and Janees Taylor; Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer of CNB; Principal Chief Bill John Baker; Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd; Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez; Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.; Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis; Nikki Baker Limore, executive director of Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare; and Tribal Councilor Dick Lay.
Donation provides gifts for children in need through the Cherokee Nation Angel Project
Published December 17, 2016
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation Businesses and its employees are once again helping make the holidays a little brighter for thousands of children in northeast Oklahoma by supporting the Cherokee Nation Angel Project.
CNB’s contribution helps the tribe’s holiday effort by providing gifts for children who might otherwise go without.
“This annual effort fulfills the holiday wishes of children living in Cherokee Nation foster care and thousands of Cherokee children whose families may not be able to provide the type of Christmas they had hoped,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Generous donations from CNB, employees and citizens exemplify the Cherokee tradition of working together as a community and show our tribe’s love and dedication to our youngest and neediest citizens.”
In addition to the monetary contribution, employees have made adopting Cherokee angels an annual tradition. Cherokee Nation, CNB and Cherokee Nation Entertainment employees have adopted angels from the tribe’s annual program for 11 consecutive years. This holiday season, CNB and CNE employees personally adopted nearly 800 of the approximately 2,000 angels being served through this year’s program.
“We take great pride in supporting the Cherokee Nation Angel Project,” said Shawn Slaton, CEO of CNB. “Our employees are constantly demonstrating their dedication to helping children and families in a time of need, especially during the holidays.”
CNB’s contribution, including toy drives held at numerous casinos, helps fulfill unmet needs for Cherokee children this Christmas. The tribe’s business arm donated an additional $4,000 to the tribe’s Angel Project for elders.
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.
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.