Stilwell Public Library Friends Society President Grace Ferris, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis, Stilwell Public Library Branch Manager Kathleen Connelly-Brown, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Stilwell Public Library Friends Society Secretary Regina McLemore.
Published February 19, 2018
STILWELL, OKLAHOMA – The Cherokee Nation donated more than $26,000 total to three Adair County organizations and the Adair County Park on Tuesday.
Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis presented checks to the representatives of the Adair County Park, Stilwell Public Library, Jeremiah 29 Foundation and Salem Cemetery during their visit.
“The Cherokee Nation strives to be a good partner in all of our communities,” Hoskin said. “When we partner with respectable community organizations and municipal and county governments, the impact of our tribal dollars can go that much further in bettering the lives of Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike.”
Stilwell Public Library received $5,000 to help with the purchase of new shelving at the request of Councilor Hargis. Jeremiah 29 Foundation received $10,500 for its Angel Tree and operational expenses and Salem Cemetery received $1,200 for new fencing at the request of Tribal Councilor Shawn Crittenden. The funding requests were approved by Principal Chief Bill John Baker as part of the tribe’s special projects funds.
The $10,000 donation to the Adair County Park was made from Chief Baker’s charitable contributions budget. The tribe annually gives to the park to financially assist the county and city of Stilwell with park upkeep.
“The Cherokee Nation’s willingness to help its local community organizations and governments is something that I take great pride in as a Tribal Councilor,” Hargis said. “Our tribe has been blessed beyond measure, and it is just so fantastic that we are able to pass those blessings on to our community organizations and governments that are working to improve the lives of our citizens.”
Stilwell Public Library Branch Manager Kathleen Connelly-Brown said the tribe’s donation to the library will allow the facility to make some much-needed shelving improvements for the library’s growing inventory.
“The financial support from Cherokee Nation is so very much appreciated. With this donation specifically, the library will be purchasing new shelving. Our current shelving is unstable and overly crowded,” Connelly-Brown said. “Updated shelving units will provide the much-needed shelf space, improve the overall look, and last for the next 30 years, contributing to our investment in the future of library services.”
Projects funded through the special projects fund are selected by Tribal Council and Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s office and allow the tribe to partner with communities and organizations on projects that benefit both Cherokee Nation citizens and non-Cherokees alike. Donations from the charitable contributions budget support organizations that benefit Cherokee youth, Cherokee history, crisis intervention, sports and special projects. It also supports other charitable organizations that work in the community on housing, substance abuse, food pantries and other issues.