Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Dick Lay recently presented the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata with a $5,000 donation.
Published January 19, 2018
TAHLEQUAH — A $5,000 donation from Cherokee Nation to the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata is helping provide the community with a new, modern facility that will be used for years to come.
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Dick Lay, of Ochelata, recently visited Nowata to present the tribe’s donation. Funds will be combined with others for construction of a 30,000-square-foot facility featuring new classrooms, a computer lab, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, meeting space and more.
“Each year we have the opportunity to partner with area Boys & Girls Clubs that make a lasting impression on the lives of Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike,” Hoskin said. “By contributing to the great work of the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata, we get to see the impact in the lives of future leaders and world-changers right here in Nowata County.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Nowata serves more than 1,500 children, 60 percent of whom are Native American.
“I’m proud of the contributions the Cherokee Nation continues to make in Nowata County, including to the Boys & Girls Club, which provides an invaluable service to our children,” Lay said. “This new facility will benefit the Nowata community and its families for years to come and will be something we can all be proud of.”
Boys & Girls Club of Nowata is partnering with Tri County Technology Center in Bartlesville to build the new facility. While the Boys & Girls Club will be able to host activities in the new building, Tri County Technology Center will have space for a business incubator that assists entrepreneurs in opening their own businesses.
“We are excited that Cherokee Nation is on board to support this project,” said Treasure Standeford, executive director of Boys & Girls Club of Nowata. “Our plan is to build a brand-new facility that would be conveniently located for both Boys & Girls Club and Tri County Tech’s business incubators. Cherokee Nation is one of our longest-standing partners since we came into existence in 1999, and without the tribe, the things we are doing would just not be possible. We’re really grateful and can’t say enough about how proud we are to be a partner.”
Organizers hope the new facility is complete by 2020.
Each year the Cherokee Nation provides more than $200,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the 14 counties and also provides the groups with surplus vehicles.