Cherokee Nation Donates $15,000 to Murrow Indian Children’s Home in Muskogee

Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden; Tribal Councilor Mike Dobbins, of Fort Gibson; Murrow Indian Children’s Home Board of Directors President Chris Martin; Executive Director Betty Martin; Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker; and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.

Published January 24, 2018

TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation on Monday donated $15,000 to the Murrow Indian Children’s Home in Muskogee as part of the tribe’s annual contribution to the nonprofit organization.

The Murrow Indian Children’s Home provides a safe, nurturing environment to Native American children who are in state or tribal custody.

“This annual contribution to the Murrow Indian Children’s Home helps provide a stable environment for children who are in need, including Cherokee youth,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “These children are our future, and they deserve our attention and our care. I’m proud the Cherokee Nation continues to support such a worthy endeavor.”

In recent years, the tribe’s annual contribution to the children’s home has been used to help with funding for a new activity center and other operational costs. The tribe also donated a surplus van to the organization in 2016 to help staff safely transport children who stay at the home.

“The Murrow Indian Children’s Home ensures Native children who are facing difficulties in their lives have a safe place to call home,” said Tribal Councilor Mike Dobbins, of Fort Gibson. “The care they receive at this home is essential to their well-being, and it’s wonderful that the Cherokee Nation is a partner in this effort.”

At any one time, nearly 40 children may be living at the home where they are provided with clothing and other necessities.

“This Cherokee Nation donation helps us continue to provide care for the children who come to stay at our home,” said Betty Martin, executive director of the Murrow Indian Children’s Home. “We count on this Cherokee Nation donation and appreciate it very much.”

For more information on the Murrow Indian Children’s Home, call 918-682-2586.

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